Archives by Day


Frontiers Are An Invention Of Men. Nature Doesn't Give A Hoot

by Rainier on Aug. 30, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Not quite sure what is going on, but the electricity keeps going out around here. It's kind of annoying when you're trying to writes articles or do laundry. Not cool at all!

Karaoke fans in China are going through a rough patch, as the communist government has updated its blacklist with a slew of songs no longer permitted to be played. Starting mid-Sept., 100 unapproved or unregistered from local pop stars, as well as Western celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and a 12-year-old Backstreet Boys track are no longer allowed to be played.

On a different note, British sports bar Mad Dog in the Fog surprised its regulars with airing StarCraft II tournaments for 50+ geeks, which even spawned a new name: Barcraft.

Satan Reasons Like A Man But God Thinks Of Eternity

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Another weekend has passed, and so did another PAX Prime, However, we spent most of our time doing errands, watching Green  Lantern cartoon (starring Nathan Fillion as the voice of Hal Jordan), and of course some APB Reloaded as well as Deus Ex.

Next weekend is Labor Day, so we're having the in-laws over, and then the weekend after that we're going on a little trip to New York, sight-seeing, visiting some friends, going to the US Open tennis finale, that sort of stuff. Should be fun, especially now that Hurricane Irene has left the building.

I Don't Rattle, Kid. But Just For That I'm Gonna Beat You Flat

by Rainier on Aug. 28, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

On Friday, we saw The Change-Up, and I can't figure out why it got somewhat of a bad rap when it came out. Granted, it wasn't on our must-see ASAP list, and the only reason we watched it was because we had free tickets for an older movie, but it was quite entertaining. There were some cheap laughs and funny situations. The meaning of life was not imparted, and the outcome was predictable, but the journey was laugh-out-loud satisfying.

No other movies on our radar at the moment, but later this week, we'll go to an advance screening of Warrior, and then we're looking forward to Real Steel.

Until then, more Deus Ex!

You Have Not Yet Learned That In This Life You Have To Be Like Everyone Else

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Deus Ex: Human Revolution started off a bit slow, guiding you through the mechanics and story at first, but once you are let loose into the city to wander, things pick up. Lots of talking to people, hacking doors and computers, uncovering conspiracies and so forth. Good stuff.

To celebrate this week's release of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, we'll be giving away a few copies on our official Twitter feed, so if you haven't picked up your copy yet (be aware, Gamestop will rob you of your OnLive code) then here's your chance.

Not Much Has Happened Since I Last Wrote Except For My Manslaughter Charges

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Deus Ex installed. See you in a few days ...

We Are Men Of Action, Lies Do Not Become Us

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

We had a little earthquake last night. It was nothing too serious, just a few seconds of rumbling. There wasn't any damage, but it was a strong enough jolt to have us scurrying for the nearest doorway. The East Coast had a fairly decent scare earlier this week as well, but we live in earthquake territory, so these things don't scare us easily because there's a tremble every few months.

There's a new Underworld movie in the works, and while the series is nothing special, it's made bearable to watch by the presence of Kate Beckinsale. The previous installment had a look-alike, which made it not so bearable, but in Underworld: Awakening Kate is back, so...

Where's my Deus Ex copy, damnit ...

I'm An Unstable Psychotic Individual With Perverted Tendencies

by Rainier on Aug. 23, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Stan Lee Media has filed suit against the Conan the Barbarian movie, claiming it is the rightful owner of the character, the rights of which were transferred to another company by a former lawyer through an illegal deal. SLMi is seeking 100% of the movie profits, which isn't much at all since the flick bombed hard at the box office, pulling in barely $10 million in its opening weekend. Oddly enough, it still made more than Fright Night.

In case you missed it, Deus Ex ships today, and it's looking pretty sweet. We have our review up as well as a few interviews if you want more info on the game ...

Therefore Let Us Be Happy While We Are Happy

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Next month, we're heading to New York for a little vacation, which we coincided with the US Open tennis tournament, so we had planned to see our favorite Kim Clijsters in her bid to defend her title. We have our plane tickets and tickets to the women's final, only to find out this week that she will not be competing due to a lingering injury. Talk about bad timing!

Yesterday was spent lounging around, running some errands, and going out to a fancy dinner, after which we made a failed attempt at watching The Green Hornet. This is the second time we've dozed off while watching it. The movie is not too bad, though it's a little weak.  In our defense, though, there was wine involved.

Later today, we might watch The Change-up, since we have free tickets to redeem toward an older movie.

To Know Them Means To Eliminate Them

by Rainier on Aug. 19, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Last day of the week, and also last day of GamesCom, which opened to the public yesterday. We don't expect too many more announcements to be made.

We have no special plans this weekend, apart from a pit stop at a tasty BBQ place for dinner, maybe watch The Change-up,  check out a few Netflix movies that are lying around, or if we feel adventurous, maybe a hike.

Our main chore, however, will be catching up on those pesky GamesCom press kits. Joy!

The Failed Mind Sees The Heart's Failings...

by Rainier on Aug. 18, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

There's no denying that GamesCom has kicked off, and there have already been a few interesting announcements. It'll run through the end of the week, so I'm certain there are more goodies to follow, so keep your eyes peeled.

Early reviews for the new Conan movie are quite disappointing, one calling it "a barbaric bore." Guess we're not rushing out to see that one when it comes out this week. Adam got to see Fright Night last night, which also opens this weekend, so we'll have a review on that shortly. Next week we're checking out Warrior, so we'll have some coverage on that.

Also keep an eye out on our WP Twitter feed as Friday we'll be giving away PS3 and PC codes for Call Of Duty: Black Ops Annihilation.

Enough Of Symbolism And These Escapist Themes Of Purity And Innocence

by Rainier on Aug. 16, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Nothing too interesting was going on yesterday. People are probably holding the fireworks until the start of GamesCom later this week. There should be a few interesting announcements coming our way, so we'll dig in and be sure to get you all the latest as it happens ...

Why, oh why, are they planning to remake The Crow!? Nothing will ever match the original Brandon Lee version, and the sequels were outright pathetic.

Wanted to send thanks to our friends over at Del Rey and Tor for providing me us with all the latest novels based on games. Just received the Rage adaptation, but it'll have to wait until I'm done with W.E.B. Griffin and Ted Bell.

Progress Always Comes Late

by Rainier on Aug. 14, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

We were in the vicinity of the movie theater today for some errands, so we decided to check out Cowboys & Aliens and see what all the negative fuss was about. While the movie isn't  bad, it's definitely lacking oomph, especially since it features high-caliber actors like Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig. There was too much talking and not enough action in the movie. The beginning dragged on too long, with a bunch of gum-flapping and not enough pew-pew.

We also crossed off another chore from the list: washing our car. We've been putting it off for weeks, and the poor thing was getting quite nasty. When we admit it, it's definitely prime time for a scrubbin'.

I Know I'm Awake But It Feels Like I'm In A Dream

by Rainier on Aug. 13, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Oh what a snooze fest that was! Wrapping up a long week with some good sleep always reinvigorates me, and it had to be done last night.

There was a food truck gathering in town last night, so we went out there and got ourselves some tasty grub. We wanted to get some ahi tuna rolls, but the line was so long that by the time we were up, they had just sold out of the item. The person right in front of us snagged the last ones. The nerve!

Today, we'll run some errands, but most of our time will be spent bumming around, watching DVR and playing video games, just the way we like it!

Your Indignation Is Duly Noted; You Can Always Resign Tomorrow

by Rainier on Aug. 12, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

In case you missed it yesterday, Adam spent the day at Eidos Montreal, where he talked to a bunch of the Deus Ex: Human Revolution developers and played the game to his heart's content. Check out his live blog for an overview of his day.

Our ever-growing number of Twitter followers shouldn't feel left out because the weekly Friday giveaway is still going to take place as usual. If you are interested in a free code for Boulder Dash-XL, we're going to be giving away 10 of them, so keep an eye out.

No big plans for this weekend, so we'll probably just relax a bit, play some APB, check out Dawn Of Fantasy, and undoubtedly watch some DVR and Netflix!

Salvation Is A Last-Minute Business

by Rainier on Aug. 11, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Last night, we saw Final Destination 5, and while each movie in the series has the same premise, the gruesome death scenes are what make this franchise worth watching, and the latest installment does not disappoint.

I was more intrigued by the people attending the screening than anything else. In addition to a handful of critics, the theater was filled with regular folks who had been standing in line for hours, just on the off chance of being let in. Two things amazed me: 90% of this crowd was Asian, and some people had the nerve to blatantly remove tags from press-assigned seats and put them in their purses, only to claim ignorance when security asked for their special tickets.

The Hurt Locker's Kathryn Bigelow is making a movie  about Navy Seal Team 6's hunt and eventual kill of Osama Bin Laden. Count me in!

If No One Wants It, Why Are We Stealing It?

by Rainier on Aug. 10, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

We just came back from a Kalypso press event, where we saw/played Tropico 4, Dungeons: The Dark Lord, Jagged Alliance: Back in Action, and Air Conflicts: Secret Wars. We'll have some coverage on those later on, so keep an eye out.

Tonight we're heading out again as we got a nice crispy invite to watch Final Destination 5. Hopefully it'll be the 3D version, with splatter and gore right in your face!

It seems THQ is in some hot water, putting Red Faction and MX vs. ATV on ice and closing studios left and right, while heavily banking on titles like Space Marine and Saints Row. I rather enjoyed the latest Red Faction game, so I'm not sure why it didn't sell as well, but I'm not entirely convinced that those two latter titles will save the day.

No More Shenanigans, No More Tomfoolery, No More Ballyhoo

by Rainier on Aug. 9, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Our wedding anniversary was nice, with good weather and the day off work for the wife. We ran some errands since we were out of town last week, watched The Final Destination just in time to attend the Final Destination 5 advance premiere on Wednesday, and also checked out the latest episodes of Falling Skies.

Been playing some Darkfall, and while the game is quite interesting despite its somewhat dated graphics, it's also pretty brutal, especially when you get ganked by another player and your loot and mount get jacked. That hurts ....

One Life Ends, Another Begins

by Rainier on Aug. 8, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Home Sweet Home!

We made it back safe and sound, although when we were boarding the second leg of the flight, it didn't look like it. All of a sudden, the security people were doing spot-checks at the gate — only looking for a male, it seems — and three agents were scanning the crowd for somebody. It made everybody in line quite uneasy!

Today also marks our ninth wedding anniversary, so props go to my better half for putting up with my antics for all these years, and hopefully many more to follow! :)

You've Kept Him Alive So That He Can Die At The Proper Moment

by Rainier on Aug. 7, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Today is the last day of our little trip, and we're flying back home tonight. The weather has been excellent, hovering around 90°F/30°C most of the time. It's a little humid and some clouds, so the sun wasn't constantly beating down.

Last night, we saw Horrible Bosses, and it was quite good. We were afraid that the best parts had already been shown in the trailer and there wouldn't be anything left to laugh over, but that was clearly not the case. Good stuff ...

No big plans today apart from buying some cheese and visiting a local vineyard, so it should be nice and relaxing.

I Asked For An Army. All I Got Is You

by Rainier on Aug. 6, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

These short vacations are brutal. Too much eating all the time!

Today we saw House on the Rock, which is equally fascinating and impressive as it is disturbing. Built by Alex Jordan, the House on the Rock is quite literally that, a HUGE house on a mountainside with room after room decorated with specific collections ranging from dozens of dollhouses, hundreds of guns, the world's largest indoor carousel and other creepy items (a pickled head, for instance).

Afterward, we had a picnic/BBQ by the lake, which of course had my undivided attention, and then dinner at a local dive bar/fish fry place. We're stuffed...

By the time we got back home, the locusts were out in full force!