Have a hankering to get your teabagging on tomorrow night? If so join The Perfectly Sane Show cast tomorrow night as we teabag our way through the planet Reach in Halo: Reach for Tuesday Night Battlefield. This will be the last Reach themed TNB for the next few weeks so if you want to show off your skills, talk some games/movies/sports, or just plain have a good time with some fellow gamers then enlist for tomorrow night. As always leave your gamertag down below and I will send you an invite around 9PM EST.
Ok so not really and do people actually talk like that? In anycase being a director is something I have always wanted to do and while I am in no position to make feature length films, or even shorts at this time I am able to mess around a bit with Bungie's rendering service on Bungie.net and then edit them together with my video editing software and that is exactly what I did this afternoon. My first attempt is below.
I had some problems using the free floating camera and ended up using the above the shoulder cam for 99% of it and obviously it is vary amateurish but that is where anyone reading this can come in. I'm hoping to get better at it and make some interesting and cool clips using Bungie's service. Does anyone have any tips on how to record, edit and produce video content like this? And does anyone have any expertise in video recording inside Halo (be it 3, ODST or Reach)?
I hope to use the service to record some of Tuesday Night Battlefield (The Perfectly Sane Show community night) and to record the eventual match up between The Perfectly Sane Show and TeaBag Radio in the coming weeks, so any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Last night I did something I haven't done in quite some time, I played split screen multiplayer. At one point in time this was a regular occurrence for me but as my friends and I have gotten older it happens less and less frequently. There is something that is special about having your friends in a room as you pass around controllers from one to the other, something that you just don't get when you play with your friends online.
Its funny how we have progressed as gamers though in the past 10-15 years. When my friends would get together to play games like Goldeneye or Mario Kart 64 we did so on a 13 inch television situated atop the dresser in my bedroom at my parents' house. Last night we sat down to play Halo: Reach in my living room on my 60 inch television. The split screen portion for each player last night was bigger than my television at my parents' house.
Its also funny how much has stayed the same. Those that were good at the games back in the day are still good at the games today, the trash talking is just as bad as ever, people are still looking up porn as we play (although it used to be on my PC but is now on their cell phones), and we still had to tone it down a bit as the night went on although now it was for fear of waking my kids instead of my Mom.
A lot of people grow apart from their childhood friends as they get older and I count myself lucky to have a core group of friends that has been with me for nearly two decades now. They are the best dudes in the world and I wouldn't exchange them for anyone. I hope that I can still say this in ten, twenty, thirty years because while it doesn't get to happen as often as I'd like, I enjoy it just as much now as I did in high school.
Special shout out to whoever was the kid who randomly friend requested my friend Reid last night and then endured 40 minutes of me and Andy screaming insanely into the mics ultimately culminating in my telling him to go to bed. My wife swears our collective IQ drops to just above retardation when we get together to play games like Halo and I think our conversation with you certainly proved that but you were a good sport and for that one has to be grateful.
Anyway go play some games with your friends kids and keep doing it. It keeps me sane and I'm sure it will do the same for you.
OK that is a lie as Jeff is the only drinking but everything seems less coherent as Fozzy and Chris are both sick. This week the guys quickly mourn the sudden loss of Tony to a lightning strike, talk more about Halo: Reach, touch on Sonic the Hedgehog, Beat Hazard, cover some news, make their NFL picks and answer a questions about bad game titles and hallucinogenic drugs. Enjoy it here.
Special thanks to Fozzy’s cousin who opens and closes the show with some of the most unearthly noises we’ve ever heard.
The last couple days I have been focusing pretty heavily on Halo: Reach so I suppose there is no need to change it up just yet. As some of you know, over the summer I ran an event called Tuesday Night Battlefield, it only lasted a couple weeks but not because of a lack of interest, just a lack of time. Well its back and guess what game we are going to be playing tomorrow? If you guessed Plants vs. Zombies you were close. That's right we will be playing Halo: Reach tomorrow night, starting at 9PM EST with a tentative run time until 11PM EST. TNB's have run well into the night in the past though so don't worry if you were looking for more play time with everyone. Everyone from the Perfectly Sane Show except Fozzy (Persian internet doesn't work with XBOX Live) will be participating tomorrow night and we hope to see a good number of you as well.
So how do you hook up with us? Well first off leave your gamertag down below so I can add you to my friends list for tomorrow's festivities and if you are already a friend, leave your tag anyway so I know to send you an invite. We'll try to get as many people with us as the system will allow and if we have to we'll rotate people in and out.
We hope to see some of you tomorrow night for the relaunch of TNB and a scrotum to the face shield.
As some of you know I like my achievements and trophies but despite my gamerscore, I'm not exactly the prototypical achievement whore. I just play a lot of games, which in turn turns into a lot of achievement points. The thing I love about them is the sense of accomplishment, the sense that someone is there patting you on the back for doing something in the game. They don't really mean something but they give me that extra little motivation to keep playing through games.
Where am I going with all this? Well as some of you know by now, Halo: Reach has a daiily challenge system. It is very similar to an achievement system except when you accomplish it you don't get any additional GS. What you do get though is some bonus credits and a message that pops up on your screen telling you you've finished it. In fact (much like Gears of War II and Left 4 Dead) the challenges keep track of your progress throughout the day and will give you little in game updates as you move towards completing your goal. The other night I played 4 hours of multiplayer chasing down the challenges for that day and all I really went on to do was play more of the campaign. And the challenges are not just linked to competitive multiplayer, depending upon the challenges for the day it could be campaign or firefight related as well. Its an ingenious system that will keep me coming back over and over again.
Today's challenges: More than a Handful - Kill 125 enemies in multiplayer Matchmaking. Where There's Smoke... - Kill 50 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking. The T.G. Opposition - Kill 20 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking with the Shotgun. I'm Rubber, You're Glue - Earn 1 sticky grenade Kills in a multiplayer Matchmaking game.
These seem directly primed towards the way I enjoy playing the game. The first two are pretty standard (play a lot of firefight and competitive multiplayer today) but the last two are exactly how I play the game. I love to get right up on the enemies in Firefight and oftentimes have myself equipped with a shotgun and in competitive multiplayer the sticky grenades are one of my favorite tools. I guess I know what I will be doing later today (after football).
While Halo: Reach was certainly one of the most anticipated titles scheduled for release this fall I am honestly surprised by the adoption rate of the title. A lot of people on my friends list are guys that have previously said they have little interest in playing more Halo, yet here we are less than a week after release and nearly all of the 58 people on my friends list has been playing the game. The other night I logged into find 19 people online and 16 of them playing Reach. So I've been thinking to myself why the sudden change of heart?
I'm sure some of it is that some people have the impulse control of small children. I myself have said I have little desire to get a game (RDR for instance) yet still ended up purchasing the title shortly after release so I can relate to that but some of these people have adamantly told me how they think Halo is a "lame" franchise and how they hate it. So why are these people playing it and playing mass amounts of it at that?
The only thing I can come up with is that Halo is a title that has an appeal that few can resist. Its the community fever, the well designed levels, the balance of play and ultimately its an excessively fun game play. For me personally I've put a bit of time into the title this week (less than many, more than some) and I've found it to be the best online Halo game I've played to date. If one were to ask me today what my game of the year would be I am about 99% positive that I would say Reach and considering the amount of games I've played this year, that is really saying something. How has your Halo: Reach experience been rolling so far or are you one of the few that can avoid the pull of the Halo?
Ouch… that title is bad and blatantly obvious isn’t it? Oh well, while Halo: Reach is the main focus of the show this week we still manage to talk a bit about Spider-Man, House M.D., DJ Hero 2, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, Plants vs. Zombies, some random news and we make our NFL picks. But honestly we’ve all been playing Reach and loving every minute of it.
Yes there was a post about a chance to win a copy of Deadly Premonition from us on Wednesday. We received a rather weak showing for the question so we ended up cutting that part of the show but be advised, if you commented your name will be held for the next chance to win and if you participate in that one, you will have two chances to win. Anyway sorry about no game give away this show but we did not forget you.
Oh and if the editing seems particularly bad this week, like far worse than normal. It’s all Chris’s fault because he rushed the editing and mixing out so he could go play more Halo. Seriously.
When it comes to control snobs the best example is the PC Gamer, after all it is true that the PC is the best for precision control in FPS and RTS games. I however am a controller snob. I enjoy playing my PC but when I am shooting someone, attempting to navigate a tricky section of platforming, or driving, I prefer to have a controller in my hand. I particularly enjoy the XBOX 360 controller and with a fancy dongle-doohickey device I am able to use one on my PC. This is nice for games like GTA where I prefer the controller to the mouse and keyboard controls. Yes, it may seem silly that I would prefer a console controller to my mouse and keyboard but blarfgh…
Anyway yesterday I downloaded a pair of games from Steam, those being Mafia and Knights of the Old Republic. Both were released on consoles quite some time ago, Mafia on the PS2 and KOTOR on the XBOX. I had played a small bit of Mafia when it was released but at the time I wasn’t able to play KOTOR and with Mafia II being something of a small hit and KOTOR being a game everyone has told me I should play, I felt the $20 investment was well worth the go. Today I sat down to try out Mafia, I got out my dongle-doohickey device, set up a controller on it and launched the game. I then spent a good ten minutes or so setting up the controller via the in game menus. Everything seemed like it was going to work out fine until I launched the tutorial and my guy just spun around in a circle. So I tried a couple other things to get it to work and poof nothing was working.
I just want to play Mafia with a controller, which uses a controller like mine on the PS2, but the game won’t let me. When I brought the issue up in forums I was basically laughed off the computer. “Why would you want to use a 360 controller to play it anyway, everyone knows mouse and keyboard is the best.” “n00b!” “Silly console gamers don’t know how to play games the right way.” How about instead of insulting me, you direct me to how to actually make it fucking work. Playing this game via the mouse and keyboard should be classified as torture. It is clunky, makes my hands hurt and worst of all I don’t like it.
So I ask you nice people, any ideas on how to get my controller to work?
This week we discover the fact that Tony is superhuman when it comes to Mario games. We also discuss our experiences with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Reflex Edition, Killzone 2, G.I. Joe, Mass Effect 2 DLC, Metroid: Other M, The Runaways, Vanquish, NHL 11, and Machete. In news, Fozzy and Tony go in depth on the problems with college football and the whole group discusses rainbows and unicorns as well as trying to prestige in Modern Warfare 2 without killing anyone. The guys give their NFL picks of the week and we wrap it all up with Fozzy on a desert island playing Mass Effect 2 while everyone else is playing Halo 3 multiplayer and enjoying socialization. And if you haven’t been listening to the entire final song, you might want to do so this week. Just saying On second thought, you might not want to… Get it here.