Back From Vacation

Hey folks. Yep, as the title suggests, I am back from my vacation in Wildwood, New Jersey. We had a pretty damn good time over there, the weather was great, the booze was pretty good and the company was even better. I'm still technically on vacation though, since I only go back to work next Monday.

During my vacation, I played around with my new toy, the Nintendo DSi. However, the game I played the most of is not New Super Mario Bros. I spent most of my time playing Brain Age 2. In fact, I would sit down on the porch next to my motel room and play that every morning. Although Brain Age 2 is a bit repetitious, it's still a pretty good game. As for Mario, I played a grand total of 15 minutes and shut it off, remembering why I wasn't too keen on platformers in the first place. I don't even know the reason why I bothered buying it in the first place. Ah well.

I purchased two games since my return home. The first one was Worms 2: Armageddon. Not a whole lot to say here except that it's a Worms game with a single player campaign added in the mix. But no worries, the fun is still there. The second game I bought is The BIGS 2. I was rather hesitant to buy that one, but after seeing the decent reviews it got, I jumped in. Let me tell you, it is leaps and bounds ahead of the first game. There is a Become A Legend mode, where you need to perform certain tasks for your created player to advance so he can one day become a Legend. This mode is very well done and surprisingly extremely addicting.

I also picked up 3 movies on Blu-Ray. The first one is Watchmen Director's Cut, which comes in a metal case and is 20-something minutes longer than the theatrical release. The second one is 300 Ultimate Edition, which comes with a great booklet. Finally, the last one is Grease Singalong Edition, which comes with a booklet containing all of the lyrics to the songs. I now have 3 versions of Grease: one on VHS, one on DVD and now, one on Blu-Ray. I think that makes me a fan.

Last but certainly not least, I invite you to check out this article I posted on EndSights. I talk about casual and hardcore gamers, and why I think those two terms are now irrelevant. Tell me what you think and give me your own opinion on the subject.

I'll try to do a video blog before I go back to work, but no promises. You guys stay cool.

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Posted by DBoy

Hey folks. Yep, as the title suggests, I am back from my vacation in Wildwood, New Jersey. We had a pretty damn good time over there, the weather was great, the booze was pretty good and the company was even better. I'm still technically on vacation though, since I only go back to work next Monday.

During my vacation, I played around with my new toy, the Nintendo DSi. However, the game I played the most of is not New Super Mario Bros. I spent most of my time playing Brain Age 2. In fact, I would sit down on the porch next to my motel room and play that every morning. Although Brain Age 2 is a bit repetitious, it's still a pretty good game. As for Mario, I played a grand total of 15 minutes and shut it off, remembering why I wasn't too keen on platformers in the first place. I don't even know the reason why I bothered buying it in the first place. Ah well.

I purchased two games since my return home. The first one was Worms 2: Armageddon. Not a whole lot to say here except that it's a Worms game with a single player campaign added in the mix. But no worries, the fun is still there. The second game I bought is The BIGS 2. I was rather hesitant to buy that one, but after seeing the decent reviews it got, I jumped in. Let me tell you, it is leaps and bounds ahead of the first game. There is a Become A Legend mode, where you need to perform certain tasks for your created player to advance so he can one day become a Legend. This mode is very well done and surprisingly extremely addicting.

I also picked up 3 movies on Blu-Ray. The first one is Watchmen Director's Cut, which comes in a metal case and is 20-something minutes longer than the theatrical release. The second one is 300 Ultimate Edition, which comes with a great booklet. Finally, the last one is Grease Singalong Edition, which comes with a booklet containing all of the lyrics to the songs. I now have 3 versions of Grease: one on VHS, one on DVD and now, one on Blu-Ray. I think that makes me a fan.

Last but certainly not least, I invite you to check out this article I posted on EndSights. I talk about casual and hardcore gamers, and why I think those two terms are now irrelevant. Tell me what you think and give me your own opinion on the subject.

I'll try to do a video blog before I go back to work, but no promises. You guys stay cool.

Posted by Darro

I am in the same boat as yourself concerning your article since you know I have acquired 3 sports games and I would never see the day I would do that and more surprisingly, enjoy them quite a bit.  Tiger Woods is oodles of fun and The Bigs 2 is enjoyable as well.  NHL 09 I already played before and its been the only sports game I could play before I tried out others.  I won't get Madden that's for sure since football games of any kind suck in my opinion.

Watchmen is out here next week on DVD and Blu-ray of course and I might get it since it looks somewhat appealing to me.  Might have to try out the comic book also since I heard great things about it.  Anyway, hope you are up for some more action later on today (I want to beat you in NHL) :P

Posted by ElectricHaggis

Maybe I should buy Watchmen... I enjoyed reading it after all.
I'm glad you enjoyed your vacation.

Posted by Bruce

I wish I had messed around with some Brain Age.

Posted by Claude

I've decided that I'm hardcore casual. I also think the lines have now blurred on what is hardcore and what is casual.

Hardcore Casual