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Hello ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, transgender and ewoks alike!
 
Been awhile since I popped a blog out into the blogosphere (I used that term, shoot me later) and figured I'd do one now. As I sit here in anticipation for the plethora of comments I envision getting. We'll get straight to it then, no waiting about or delaying here people, I deliver the goods and I deliver them on time!
 
PS3 updates!

  • Bought Uncharted 2 on release day, finished Uncharted 2 some days later, went to bed each night for a week afterwards dreaming of Uncharted 2. The game is a brilliant interactive, cinematic piece of entertainment that held my attention for the entire time I played it. Its crowning achievement for me is that it does a lot of what other games have done in the past, but it does them to such a higher level of quality and standard. Overall it just felt a lot more refined in many areas compared to similar games in the past and present. Worth putting the money down for I'd say.
  • Still playing through inFAMOUS and fairly certain I'm coming close to the end of it. Just about 67% clear in the Historic District and I have to say it's another game I'm really happy with so far. From what I've played I've enjoyed immensely and as far as Super Hero style of games go it is one of the few that actually do things right. I do however imagine the quest to find every blast shard in Empire City will pose a problematic journey for me with hours of grinding cables and jumping across roof tops. But it'll be worth it.
  • Got a few other games I'm playing through right now as well. Resistance 2, Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway, COD: World at War. All somewhat enjoyable in their own right if I do say so myself!
  • I've begun down a dark path I'm not sure I'll ever be able to come back from. I've become a bit of a trophy hunting whore these days. As I said above the quest for the blast shards in inFAMOUS will kill me, but I want that trophy. Same with a number of trophies in Uncharted 2. I'll likely be doing the same with future PS3 purchases as well. Does it ever end? :(
  • A little disappointed to see we'll never (for the foreseeable future anyway) be able to link our PSN ID and trophy lists to Giant Bomb. Sort of enjoy being able to show that stuff off, even if I'm not particularly amazing at gathering trophies, achievements and so forth. We can only hope

 
PC version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2! 
I promised myself I would try to stay as far away from including this controversial topic in any blog I write. But honestly the 'scandal' and so forth about it has got to such a point of hilarity I must now mention it. First things first though is an admittance of guilt for originally overreacting to the announcements made about the PC version of the game. I shake my head in shame at such behaviour coming from myself.  

In all fairness though the PC gaming community should have seen this coming from a mile away. They should have been prepared to hear their version of the game would be heavily changed to the point it feels like Infinity Ward and Activision have catered less to the PC player and more to the console player. And I personally don't see why people are so up in arms over this when in reality, PC gamers are in no real place to question the moral and ethical decisions of a company. Obviously I'm generalising here, not every PC gamer has a dirty moral fiber because we all know PC gamers have no moral fiber. It's why they all pirate games, right? :P  
 
The day when one developer and publisher team up and decide to have a more heavy handed approach to the PC community was bound to happen. People seem pissed Infinity Ward would be behind such horrible evil intentions toward PC gamers. But for crying out loud people have you all forgotten Robert Bowling's comments about COD4 on the PC?
 
It seems like Infinity Ward and Activision are slowly going out of their way to systematically kill off MW2's chances of success on the PC. I get the impression they would rather not release the game on the platform at all but are doing it anyway either out of sheer confidence that sales on the console will mean any piracy of the PC version equates to no major loss in profit. Or because simply they hope by taking such a heavy handed approach it may cause a shift for the better in the way the PC gaming community conducts itself. I'd like to think the latter is something that could happen, perhaps if other developers and publishers take similar decisions as IW + Activision we'll see more game releases on the PC at similar times to their console versions. I take no joy in getting a shoddy PC port almost a year after the console version.
 
If paying for DLC and a higher RRP coupled with things like match making and more account security is what it takes for the industry to consider showing the PC more love. Then I'm all for it. Because to be quite frank the way things are going now, I might as well change my alignment to Sony and just use my PC as a glorified storage device for porn and internet access. Although in hindsight that is really all it has ever been :P 
 
Giant Bomb Stuff!
  •  If you haven't seen it already then check out the topic explaining changes to the moderator team on the site. Changes I'd say we're all in agreement are for the better :)
  • We are in discussion about new mods as I type this. Well not exactly as I type this but we're discussed it, there may be more on that sometime soon. These things are always slow to finalise as there is always so much to discuss. To increase your chances of becoming a moderator on Giant Bomb, go visit your local Site Rules & FAQs topic today! Check out the guides in that topic, learn from them, put them into practice and become a good, productive and helpful user around the site.
  • The Community Spotlight has some great content in there created by users for all of us to enjoy. I suggest you all pop over to it and look through the great stuff on offer and while you're there give ZombiePie a big thanks for keeping that topic in great shape.
 
Cheers for reading folks, as usual comment and critique below. Just remember one thing, if this turns into a nasty discussion just about MW2 on the PC I will weep at having to close down my own blog :(
 
So please don't make me cry!
 
Hamz, XOXO
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Edited by Hamz

Hello ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, transgender and ewoks alike!
 
Been awhile since I popped a blog out into the blogosphere (I used that term, shoot me later) and figured I'd do one now. As I sit here in anticipation for the plethora of comments I envision getting. We'll get straight to it then, no waiting about or delaying here people, I deliver the goods and I deliver them on time!
 
PS3 updates!

  • Bought Uncharted 2 on release day, finished Uncharted 2 some days later, went to bed each night for a week afterwards dreaming of Uncharted 2. The game is a brilliant interactive, cinematic piece of entertainment that held my attention for the entire time I played it. Its crowning achievement for me is that it does a lot of what other games have done in the past, but it does them to such a higher level of quality and standard. Overall it just felt a lot more refined in many areas compared to similar games in the past and present. Worth putting the money down for I'd say.
  • Still playing through inFAMOUS and fairly certain I'm coming close to the end of it. Just about 67% clear in the Historic District and I have to say it's another game I'm really happy with so far. From what I've played I've enjoyed immensely and as far as Super Hero style of games go it is one of the few that actually do things right. I do however imagine the quest to find every blast shard in Empire City will pose a problematic journey for me with hours of grinding cables and jumping across roof tops. But it'll be worth it.
  • Got a few other games I'm playing through right now as well. Resistance 2, Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway, COD: World at War. All somewhat enjoyable in their own right if I do say so myself!
  • I've begun down a dark path I'm not sure I'll ever be able to come back from. I've become a bit of a trophy hunting whore these days. As I said above the quest for the blast shards in inFAMOUS will kill me, but I want that trophy. Same with a number of trophies in Uncharted 2. I'll likely be doing the same with future PS3 purchases as well. Does it ever end? :(
  • A little disappointed to see we'll never (for the foreseeable future anyway) be able to link our PSN ID and trophy lists to Giant Bomb. Sort of enjoy being able to show that stuff off, even if I'm not particularly amazing at gathering trophies, achievements and so forth. We can only hope

 
PC version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2! 
I promised myself I would try to stay as far away from including this controversial topic in any blog I write. But honestly the 'scandal' and so forth about it has got to such a point of hilarity I must now mention it. First things first though is an admittance of guilt for originally overreacting to the announcements made about the PC version of the game. I shake my head in shame at such behaviour coming from myself.  

In all fairness though the PC gaming community should have seen this coming from a mile away. They should have been prepared to hear their version of the game would be heavily changed to the point it feels like Infinity Ward and Activision have catered less to the PC player and more to the console player. And I personally don't see why people are so up in arms over this when in reality, PC gamers are in no real place to question the moral and ethical decisions of a company. Obviously I'm generalising here, not every PC gamer has a dirty moral fiber because we all know PC gamers have no moral fiber. It's why they all pirate games, right? :P  
 
The day when one developer and publisher team up and decide to have a more heavy handed approach to the PC community was bound to happen. People seem pissed Infinity Ward would be behind such horrible evil intentions toward PC gamers. But for crying out loud people have you all forgotten Robert Bowling's comments about COD4 on the PC?
 
It seems like Infinity Ward and Activision are slowly going out of their way to systematically kill off MW2's chances of success on the PC. I get the impression they would rather not release the game on the platform at all but are doing it anyway either out of sheer confidence that sales on the console will mean any piracy of the PC version equates to no major loss in profit. Or because simply they hope by taking such a heavy handed approach it may cause a shift for the better in the way the PC gaming community conducts itself. I'd like to think the latter is something that could happen, perhaps if other developers and publishers take similar decisions as IW + Activision we'll see more game releases on the PC at similar times to their console versions. I take no joy in getting a shoddy PC port almost a year after the console version.
 
If paying for DLC and a higher RRP coupled with things like match making and more account security is what it takes for the industry to consider showing the PC more love. Then I'm all for it. Because to be quite frank the way things are going now, I might as well change my alignment to Sony and just use my PC as a glorified storage device for porn and internet access. Although in hindsight that is really all it has ever been :P 
 
Giant Bomb Stuff!
  •  If you haven't seen it already then check out the topic explaining changes to the moderator team on the site. Changes I'd say we're all in agreement are for the better :)
  • We are in discussion about new mods as I type this. Well not exactly as I type this but we're discussed it, there may be more on that sometime soon. These things are always slow to finalise as there is always so much to discuss. To increase your chances of becoming a moderator on Giant Bomb, go visit your local Site Rules & FAQs topic today! Check out the guides in that topic, learn from them, put them into practice and become a good, productive and helpful user around the site.
  • The Community Spotlight has some great content in there created by users for all of us to enjoy. I suggest you all pop over to it and look through the great stuff on offer and while you're there give ZombiePie a big thanks for keeping that topic in great shape.
 
Cheers for reading folks, as usual comment and critique below. Just remember one thing, if this turns into a nasty discussion just about MW2 on the PC I will weep at having to close down my own blog :(
 
So please don't make me cry!
 
Hamz, XOXO
Posted by crunchUK

To be honest, i think they are just getting away with call of duty brand power, but whatever. I couldn't personally care less

Edited by CL60

XOXO! I wuv you Hamz!
 
Anyway, I should probably get Uncharted 2 sometime.

Posted by Akeldama

good to see you still kicking around Hamz! Keep up the trophy hunting! No shame :P

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Posted by MetalGearSunny

I have to agree with you on Uncharted 2. It held my attention until the very end. I simply couldn't stop playing it. But I wasn't at the point where I had dreams about it. lol. 
I still haven't gotten around to playing online with you, or anyone for that matter. We should play sometime. I got to take the game back on Saturday, and I don't know when I'll have money to purchase the game. 
 
It was great showing the trophy stuff off. Too bad it only lasted like two days. I hope Sony opens up third party support soon. By the way, dick move Sony. Seriously. "Let's make an API that no one can use!"
 
Do I get special bragging rights for already having you on my friends list? 

Posted by Bigbombomb

I'm guessing that this is a Blog? 
I wish that I could play Uncharted 2 but I don't have PS3 or the money to buy one.

Posted by DanielJW

Sometimes they took the "Cole gravitates towards things he can climb" stuff too far. If there was a ledge in between two poles or something that I wanted to get on, it was nigh impossible. Aside from that though I really enjoyed inFAMOUS. 
 
That and the more I hear about Uncharted 2 the more stoked I get for it. I won't be getting it until around Christmas, but I'm super excited.  

Posted by natetodamax

I command you to make me a moderator Hamz. I do have over 6,000 posts, all of which have offered productive and helpful insight to the community!

Posted by CL60
@natetodamax said:
" I command you to make me a moderator Hamz. I do have over 6,000 posts, all of which have offered productive and helpful insight to the community! "
Asking will never work.
Posted by CL60
@natetodamax said:
" @Fallen189 said:
" @CL60 said:
" @natetodamax said:
" I command you to make me a moderator Hamz. I do have over 6,000 posts, all of which have offered productive and helpful insight to the community! "
Asking will never work. "
Also, fuck no. "
First of all, it was a joke. And second of all, you're only saying that because you know I would ban your ass instantly if I was a mod. "
Okay? Even though I have never done anything to you? Congratulations. It's a good thing you will never be a mod with an attitude like that.
Posted by Bigandtasty
@Hamz said:
"just use my PC as a glorified storage device for porn and internet access."
There are other uses for a PC? o_o
Posted by Claude

I have no interest in MW2 and with its dealings on the PC. I have seen a shift of focus for one of my favorite genres on the PC, Golf. I've bought every Tiger Woods game on the PC since, well hell, even before Tiger Woods put his name on the PGA Tour games. EA has decided to take a different approach to the Tiger Woods PC incarnations. EA skipped any form of Tiger Woods on the PC last year and this year they have created a new business model, browser based gameplay. I've been in on the beta since Beta 2 which is now in Beta 4.
 
I believe they have done this for many reasons; to control piracy, allow for micro-transactions and probably some other perks. The game will be free from the start, but if you want more, you must pay to play.
 
The PC is changing and how PC games are developed and marketed. There will always be bumps in the road as developers try to figure out what works and what is the most cost effective. I see one day the PC and Console converging in some form. That's the way of business, like water flowing, the least amount of resistance to find its goal.
 
By the way, Tiger Woods Online for the PC is coming around nicely.

Posted by Breadfan
@dcpc10 said:
" Great blog, some of the discussion following it however....not so much. ;) "
Yeah guys, arguing in a blog is petty.  Especially if that blog is a mod's. 
  
Anyway 

How do you like Hell's Highway?  I thought it was great, but there just wasn't enough to keep me occupied.  
 
I'm sure it's super cheap, now but I got it at full price and felt a little ripped off.
Posted by ZombiePie

<3

Moderator
Posted by Hamz
@Br3adfan said:
How do you like Hell's Highway?  I thought it was great, but there just wasn't enough to keep me occupied.   
 
I'm sure it's super cheap, now but I got it at full price and felt a little ripped off.
I thought it was pretty good, couldn't complain too much as I got it for £10 which seemed cheap enough. A nice shooter with a few frustrating bits here and there and like yourself there wasn't a great deal to keep my occupied. But the game was OK just not entirely full price worthy at this point I'd say.
Posted by KamasamaK
@Metal_Gear_Sunny said:
" Do I get special bragging rights for already having you on my friends list?  "
Only if you were his FIRST!
Posted by Origina1Penguin

Your blog title is not unlike your lower intestine: stinky... and loaded with danger.

Posted by Tireyo

Oh look, It's Hamz and his Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog!! : - P
 
Uh well, I can't think of anything to say. I guess the only thing I can say is that all I play on PC is The Sims 3, so I have no idea what you are talking about. : - P

Posted by eroticfishcake

I can't actually believe you use the term "blogosphere". Sounds like a deep sea fish that ate it's own arse. : /
That aside, it was an interesting read (bar the CoD2 stuff since I'm sick of it). I'm a little surprised you have the time to play all of those games since there not exactly games which you can just pick up and play in short bursts. I should probably get if inFAMOUS since I saw a second hand copy of the special edition for €40. Thing is, that was in Gamestop...

Posted by crunchUK
@CL60 said:
" @natetodamax said:
" @Fallen189 said:
" @CL60 said:
" @natetodamax said:
" I command you to make me a moderator Hamz. I do have over 6,000 posts, all of which have offered productive and helpful insight to the community! "
Asking will never work. "
Also, fuck no. "
First of all, it was a joke. And second of all, you're only saying that because you know I would ban your ass instantly if I was a mod. "
Okay? Even though I have never done anything to you? Congratulations. It's a good thing you will never be a mod with an attitude like that. "
He's joking you fool...
Posted by MetalGearSunny
@Kamasama said:
" @Metal_Gear_Sunny said:
" Do I get special bragging rights for already having you on my friends list?  "
Only if you were his FIRST! "
I don't know I was his first....was I?
Posted by natetodamax
@CL60 said:
" @natetodamax said:
" @Fallen189 said:
" @CL60 said:
" @natetodamax said:
" I command you to make me a moderator Hamz. I do have over 6,000 posts, all of which have offered productive and helpful insight to the community! "
Asking will never work. "
Also, fuck no. "
First of all, it was a joke. And second of all, you're only saying that because you know I would ban your ass instantly if I was a mod. "
Okay? Even though I have never done anything to you? Congratulations. It's a good thing you will never be a mod with an attitude like that. "
Just to let you know, I was talking to Fallen, not you.
Posted by 02sfraser

i think that PC games are moving more into a console way of things. having a Mac i don't play PC games so can't comment much but everyone i know who bitched about it bought the game anyway haha. oh well protesting for nothing. wait sorry, no MW2 PC right? ;)
 
 always try and say i'm not a trophy whore but since coming to uni i got 2 platinums and confident in getting another 2 soon.  i think it is a path we all must take as users :(