Can I Transfer To The Class With The Cool Vikings Instead?

by Rainier on Aug. 1, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

To take a break from all the APB Reloaded madness, we've been checking out a few other F2P titles this weekend, such as Combat Arms, and 14-day trials of Earthrise and Darkfall. Later today, GamersFirst plans to relaunch Fallen Earth as free to play, so that's next.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Real Steel are two movies that initially didn't really capture my attention, but as their launch is drawing closer, the new trailers have managed to grab my interest, so they're now high on my to-watch list.

Next week, we're attending the advance screening of Final Destination 5. While we've seen a few of the previous installments, I dropped out after the third movie, so I guess we'll have to brush up on the fourth one before we head out.

There Are Two People Who Know I Didn't Do It. Me And The Guy That Did Do It

by Rainier on July 31, 2011 @ 3:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

What's up with these MMO companies that want you to give them your payment information to activate your account when the retail version includes the first month for free? Why would I potentially put myself at risk with my credit card if I don't even know if I want to subscribe? I already paid you for the game, and you gave me a free month to try it out. Why do you want more? Makes me not even bother to try out your game in the first place, I've already tossed aside two games because of that.

We watched the new Harry Potter movie yesterday, and it was quite good. It's nice to see it all getting wrapped up, but personally, I was a bit disappointed in the ending. Had hoped for some more fireworks. What's up with the "19 years later" bit? I see the point that they want to show everything went full circle, and it's in the book and everything, but all I got from it was that they all got fat and ugly.

I Have Not Come For What You Hoped To Do. I've Come For What You Did

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

There was wine involved last night, so it was lights out shortly thereafter, and I slept like a baby.

We haven't decided which movie to see later tonight, but it's quite surprising that The Smurfs outpaced Cowboys & Aliens so far this weekend, even if it's only by a small margin. You'd figure that Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig (007) have more appeal than a few blue CGI characters, even if they are funny and cute.

To take a break from APB and The Witcher 2, I finally decided to try out Brink, and I'm not liking it at all. I'm not sure if it's me or the game, but I can't figure out for the life of me where and what the next objective is, only to end up losing the match because my AI teammates are no help at all.

Wouldn't It Be Great If I *Was* Crazy? Then The World Would Be Okay

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

Is it just me or is Liam Neeson in every other movie these days? I love how it claims that it's "inspired by the classic game." Really? Apart from the title and some battleships, there's nothing to it. I don't recall there being any hot chicks and make-out scenes or aliens in my board game. Still, I'll go see it, exactly because of the aforementioned elements. They're the perfect ingredients for a good time at the movies.

This weekend, we have a major decision to make, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Cowboys & Aliens, or The Smurfs. Tough call...

I Don't Like Violence. I'm A Businessman; Blood Is A Big Expense

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

I've flaked on the MOTD for the past couple of days, but I have a legit excuse! I do, really ... I was tired and needed to catch up on my beauty sleep. For the people who've had the misfortune to meet me (all two of them), they know I have a lot of catching up to do.

Later today, we get to meet up with id Software/Bethesda to check out RAGE, play the game, chat with the development team, and maybe a few interviews. Keep an eye out for that coverage somewhere down the line (not sure when the embargo lifts).

In our downtime, we finished Enslaved (good story, frustrating controls), The Witcher 2 (finally in Act 2, loving it) and some APB Reloaded (oddly lag-free for the past two days!).

Don't Second Guess An Operation From An Armchair

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

It seems that we were not the only ones who liked Captain America: The First Avenger, as Cap unexpectedly kicked Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 off the #1 spot this weekend by making nearly $66 million. Granted, the Potter movie is in its second week, and most people who wanted to see it have already done so, but nobody expected the Captain America movie to perform THIS well. Kudos!

Yesterday was rather uneventful as predicted. We had dinner with friends, and then we watched Falling Skies and Leverage.

Been playing quite a bit of The Witcher 2 and enjoying it a lot, but some of the big fights are frustrating and require a bit of trial and error before you figure out what to do.

Friends Come In And Out Of Our Lives, Like Busboys In A Restaurant.

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

Yesterday was a perfectly good, lazy day.

All we did was run some errands and grab groceries, plopped ourselves on the couch to watch Torchwood, Burn Notice, Weeds, and finally The Tourist. The last one disappointed a bit with too much talking and a very slow pace. Oh yeah, and we washed all of that down with some ice cream!

Tomorrow we're meeting up with a few friends for an early dinner. Apart from that, we have no plans, so I foresee some more couch time in our future.

Not sure what GamersFirst is up to. There have been some small patches over the past few days, but none seem to fix the (very annoying) lag spikes that have cropped up over the past week or two.

I Was Wonderin' When El Capitan Was Gonna Get A Chance To Use His Popgun

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

We went to see Captain America: The First Avenger last night, and we loved it! It sure lived up to the hype, which is always a good thing, and it was surprisingly funny, with lots of stuff blowing up, good special effects and even a little romance (just a tad) for the more sentimental viewers. Adam got to see it earlier this week. Read his review if you want more details.

For people who have not yet seen it, stay until after the credits. There is the customary extra footage, but this time it's not just "some" Avengers bit, but an actual teaser trailer that shows Iron Man, Thor, the new Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Cap himself, of course.

Apart from that, not much going on this weekend. Maybe We'll go for a hike, watch some Burn Notice, Rescue Me, or The Tourist, which has been lying around for weeks.

What's Wrong With Celebrating Sobriety By Getting Drunk?

by Rainier on July 22, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

We just came home from the Soundgarden concert, and it was awesome. The opening act, The Mars Volta, was weak sauce and not our cup of tea. (If they're classified as progressive rock, I'll take regressive rock, thank you very much.) The place was packed and temperatures skyrocketed as soon Soundgarden took the stage. They instantly made us forget that they'd split up over a decade ago, with fan favorites like "Black Hole Sun," "Jesus Christ Pose," "Outshined," "Rusty Cage," "Spoonman" and plenty more. Whoever said grunge was dead is sorely mistaken. The thousands of fans in attendance can attest to that!

Tonight, Captain America: The First Avenger !!!

A Lot Of Holes In The Desert, And A Lot Of Problems Are Buried In Those Holes

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

Two more days of patience, and Captain America: The First Avenger will be upon us! Adam got to see an advance screening today, and while his review is under embargo until later this week, he did let me know "you won't be disappointed." I'm going to hold him to that!

While we're impatiently awaiting Friday, we watched the two-hour season finale of Leverage, and it lived up to expectations as well. Maybe Eliot's slow-mo bullet time segment was a bit over the top, but it sure looked cool, so I'm all for it.

A new patch for APB Reloaded is being rolled out tonight, and hopefully it will resolve the frequent lag spikes that have been occurring over the past week or two. Even though it's only a few seconds every time, it's happening too frequently to dismiss.

I Didn't Always Hate Her. When I Was A Child, I Only Kind Of Disliked Her

by Rainier on July 20, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

It's mid-week, so it's time to get you guys warmed up for our Friday giveaway on Twitter. This time, we'll be giving away a bunch of codes for Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, so if you've wanted to check it out or have the original SSFIV and want the AE DLC, then keep an eye on the official WP Twitter feed.

The new season of Hell's Kitchen started, so since we're foodies, we had to watch that. It's always good entertainment to see Gordon Ramsay go all donkey on his minions.

Mid-week also means that there are only three more days until Captain America (be quiet, Adam!!). This had better be good!

You Know For A Clownfish, He Really Isn't That Funny

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

As expected, yesterday turned into a lazy Sunday. We ran some errands and planned on watching a whole lot of TV, and we didn't even get around to that. We woke up late, watched women's World Cup soccer — someone needs to teach a few intricacies of defensive play to these women; they had it and gave it away ... twice! — and played Stronghold Kingdoms, APB Reloaded, The Witcher 2, and Prince Of Persia: The Forgotten Sands.

Our big movie/DVR afternoon turned out to be weak, as we only managed to watch Burn Notice and half an episode of Leverage before I snoozed off.

From here on out, it's all about counting down to Captain America!

Can You Fly A Plane? I Can Certainly Try ...

by Rainier on July 17, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Yesterday was quite a long day. The BBQ breakfast turned out to have more generous portions than we anticipated, so halfway through, we were already getting stuffed, but we endured. We were afraid that the weather wouldn't hold up for the game, but it did, and 7+ hours of baseball later, I'm a slight lobster-ish color even though it wasn't all that hot.

We'll see how I feel/look later today, as a hike might make me spontaneously combust at this point, and nobody wants to see that happen.

We watched Torchwood last night, and depending on our hiking plans, we might sneak in a few episodes of Spooks or even watch "The Tourist."

Oy! Keep Your Fingers Out Of My Soup!

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

We have a busy week ahead of us, starting today with a double header at the baseball stadium, preceded by a BBQ, probably a hike tomorrow, Soundgarden concert on Thursday, Captain America on Friday, and perhaps another hike after that. Phew, I'm getting tired just thinking about it ...

It seems Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is doing quite well in movie theaters, racking up a whopping $92 million on its first day, dethroning the record previously held by the Twilight series (thank god).

Now off to have some brisket, ribs, tri-tip and sausages for breakfast!

Stwike Him, Centuwion. Stwike Him Vewy Wuffly!

by Rainier on July 15, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Now that I've finished Red Faction: Armageddon, I'm looking for a new game to pick up and play — you know, in case APB servers are down — and I'm debating between Brink and The Witcher 2. Probably going to check out the former first, since a shooter is most likely to be shorter than an RPG.

Been a fan of Matt Damon for a long time now, so we're looking forward to his new movie, Contagion (by Steven Soderbergh, also starring Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and a few others).

Speaking of movies, nothing to watch this weekend, so I guess Netflix and DVR will have to do.

Happy Friday!

If You Don't Mind Me Saying So, This Conversation Is Getting A Little Strange

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

We finished watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, and it was quite good. Looking forward to seeing the conclusion since we never read the books — just too many of them. In the "better late than never" category, we checked out Torchwood, a Dr. Who spin-off, which has just started its fourth season and moved from its original UK setting to the US. It's weird, but we enjoyed our introduction to the series.

Less positive is the fact that Netflix is raising its prices by up to 60%, but they fail to mention that. Instead, they cleverly worded it to say that it gives customers "more options."

In other news, I got three new pairs of socks ....

Get Up Angel, You Look Like A Pekingese

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

To prepare for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, we started watching the previous movie, sort of our first part of Part 1, so to speak. So far so good, although I needed a little refresher of what had transpired in the last movie to be able to put it all together. We're not going to be in line to see it during opening weekend. We're not THAT big Potter fans, so we'll let the crazies trample each other first, and maybe see it in a week or two after the rabid fans have gone home.

Soundgarden concert next week. haven't seen them in almost 20 years, so I'm pretty stoked.

All I Am Is What I'm Going After

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

We finally got WorthDownloading back up and running, and we do apologize for the delay. It turns out that somewhere between the last backup and the HD crash, we made a little undocumented tweak. Of course, this made everything go sideways, and it took us longer than it should have to get to the bottom of it. Now that we've sorted that out, we're going to put a new and better server in place shortly and move it over. All sorts of fun stuff!

Adam saw an early screening of the new Harry Potter movie, and we'll have a review by the end of the week. Bottom line, you should get your tickets in advance. It's going to be crazy!

Being Tough Won't Make You Smart

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

Another relaxing weekend has passed. The weather was great outside, but our planned hike fell through because we got lazy and decided to hunker down and play video games instead. Finished playing LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game. Now on to the free play mode to collect and unlock everything, and some more APB Reloaded, which has a stress test before the next big patch.

When we took a break from gaming, we watched some more Leverage and the newest episode of Falling Skies.

Apart from that, we did a whole lot of nothing, and it was great!

The Dead Know Only One Thing: It Is Better To Be Alive

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

With no movies this weekend, we're saving ourselves for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and mainly Captain America: The First Avenger. We did, however, watch some Burn Notice, and maybe later today a few more episodes of Leverage. All in all, a quiet weekend.

When we weren't doing errands or watching TV, we played LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game and of course APB Reloaded. In the latter's case, I've been quite cranky the past few days due to what I suspect is a sudden influx of hackers. Now, I know when people lose some games, they cry foul, but when people on our team go from winning 7 out of 10 games, to 3 out of 10 overnight, then it's hard to not be a little suspicious. Add to that griefers (people running you off the road with a heavy truck because they are bored) or ghosters (players in a team that did not get pulled into an instance, giving away your position) and things get frustrating very quickly ...