Suing Sony

I think I'm finally at that point. While I'm a firm believer in Capitalism, I also belive in holding people (and corporations) accountable for their actions.  The lack of security, the removal of promised functionality, and the most grievous error, keeping us in the dark about our personal security has pushed me over the edge. I'm sorry Sony, but you have failed miserably.

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My 360 is selling me dildos

 

Does anyone else see those add or infomercials on Xbox Live?  Yesterday, while I was waiting for Rainbow Six Vegas 2 to download, I perused the ads.  I found this gem.


  The 360 fills all the holes in your life.  Now you can Kinect with yourself. 

Does anyone want to help come up with clever / fun captions? 


** edit my caption was missing.

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Mortal Kombat Apprehension

 

 I’ve been playing a lot of the Mortal Kombat demo to see if I like it.  It’s really good, but I do have some concerns.   The biggest apprehension I have are the x-ray moves.   At first, they were awesome, but as time progressed and I grew to be a better player they became easier to pull off.  This in and of itself is not bad, but they become horrifically repetitive far too quickly.   It’s the same cinema every time.  I know what will happen every time.

I understand the purpose of super moves, and I love them in other games like Super Street Fighter 4, but damn, the x-ray moves have me questioning this purchase.   Maybe it’s the graphic style, but I almost dread doing them. Do any of you feel the same way?

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It's tax time!

Here are just a few of my thoughts on the current US Tax Code.

 Congress uses the tax code too affect our behavior.  They encourage us to get married, to buy a house, to save for retirement.  They discourage us from drinking alcohol, or smoking.  There is a whole panoply of activates where congress seeks through the tax code to affect your behavior.  It is none of the government’s business what I do.   So, they shouldn’t be taxing me to tell not to do something, or subsidizing to tell me to do something.  I have a mother and a wife for that.  

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The return of Button Mashing

 OK, it’s now called Super Button Mashing, and I feel totally insulted.  Yes, GameSpot brought back their game show last week, and  it’s awful to say the least.

Let’s start with the intro to Button Mashing, err Super Button Mashing.  It’s Chris Watters asking Sophia Tong what she knew about Button Mashing.  Sophia Tong claims she is clueless about Button Mashing.  She has been an editor at GameSpot since 2008, and has no clue eh?  Maybe I’m blowing this way out of proportion, but I always look into what a company has done before I take a job there.  However, one year after Gerstmann Gate she has no idea… kind of hard to swallow.

The introduction video to Super Button Mashing set the tone for me.  I’m so used to the awesome intro with Jeff Gerstmann, Alex Navarro, and Richard Gallup (in a pink pimp suit).  It was clever, fun and the song was great.  Now it’s just a bunch of 8-bit style pictures, and clips from NES games with a computer generated voice announcing “mashing buttons” and occasionally “Button,” and followed by the original intro song’s “Mashing.”  It’s great if you love everything being narrated by Stephen Hawking, but damn, they’ve already destroyed the legacy for me.

After the abominable intro video Ryan Mac Donald says, “Welcome to yet another… well, I guess our debut episode of Super Button Mashing.”  Was that supposed to be clever or cute?  I can’t tell.

So, now the game has changed, and now they are using a Jeopardy style system for points and different categories.  One of those categories is dedicated to Jaffe, their special guest.  Yep, David Jaffe is on their “premier” episode.  The GameSpot editors had their lips attached firmly to Jaffe’s scrotum.

Shaun McInnis loosens his lips just enough to pronounce “Zombie” stylized way of Ryan Davis’s “Zambie.”

At this point, I stopped watching.  This was a concept that should have been aborted from conception.

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Blacks Being Force Out of San Francisco.

  

"Blacks Being Force Out of San Francisco" was the headline in my twitter feed. It wasn’t from FOX News, CNN, BBC, or MSNBC, but it came from The Economist.   That’s right, The Economist.  

The article was about city restricted supply and demand.  It’s a really good read and I highly recommend it if you are interested in the environmental movement or politics.

But the building restrictions-- and outright bans-- resulting from the political crusades of environmentalist zealots sent housing prices skyrocketing in San Francisco, San Jose and most of the communities in between. Housing prices in these communities soared to about three times the national average.

You can read what I think about environmental extremist here.

It will be interesting to see how the increased cost of living effects the developers and producers in the area.  Will they move to decrease the cost of running the business? Will the cost be pasted on to the consumer? Only time will tell.
 
Anyway, I have some more games to play ( Crysis 2 on the PC) and work to do. I just wanted to share the story with you. Enjoy.

 

Reference:

Real Clear Politics - leans left

The SF Examiner - leans right (from what I’ve seen)

The Economist – nonpartisan? 

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Disaster-prone areas and the Federal Government.

 

Should hurricane damaged areas be rebuilt? Who should pay for the rebuilding? Current practice is for the federal government to reimburse people for their losses due to natural disasters. Thus most rebuild in the same disaster-prone area. In a sense the federal government encourages people to rebuild at a large cost to taxpayers. My opinion is that government should not outlaw building in hurricane prone areas, but the people that build in these areas have to assume the risks involved, that is, find private insurance or risk losing everything, i.e., don't expect to be bailed out with tax money. On the other hand, there are those who believe hurricane damages should be a shared public risk assumed by all taxpayers.

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Killzone 3, Jurassic Park, and other Demos

 

I’ve been playing a lot of Killzone 3. It’s pretty good. They have improved the multiplayer by leaps and bounds since Killzone 2 and I can’t recommend it enough. Jeff’s (aka OG JeffyG) review is damn good and really accurate.

I’ve also been playing a lot of Civ V. That game is still damn good. Really, really good.  One more turn is killing me.   I think I need more than 4 hours of sleep a night. 
 
I have Bulletstorm, but I'm going to be putting that game off for a while.

I’ve also been playing a lot of demos. Dragon Age 2 (it was pretty good on PS3, but I am not a fan on the PC). I just tap the X button (right click on the PC) a lot.   The story is being set up well though.   Yakuza 4 demo was interesting, and  I may pick the game up, but the demo is just a bunch of fights.   Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars more of the same.  It’s a lot more of the same.  I was personally hoping for more.   I’ll be passing on Lego Star Wars.

Jurassic Park, by Telltail, looks enjoyable, but I think I’ll be passing.  I loved the novel, and the movie was good, but Heavy Rain is not my cup of tea.  My favorite part of the movie is when the raptors are looking up into the ceiling and seeing their DNA code on their faces.It's needy, but all types of awesome.

My favorite adventure game has to be Full Throttle. I really hope someone remakes the game, but I don’t know what I would change, if anything.

I think I’m going to play Rift until Knights of the Old Republic comes out. I have a couple of friends who have jumped on board, and playing games with friends is always good.

As a result of all of these games and my preorder of SOCOM 4. I will not be using this code for SOCOM 4 beta access. QEEN   6TN6 CHFD. Enjoy.

Also, here is a video of my puppy Layla.  She and Chewbacca (aka Chewie, my other golden retriever) are consuming all of my time. 
 
  

  
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Game Deals of the Week 2-20-2011 - 2-26-2011

Let's face it,  we are living in economically tough times. Here are some deals that will help you keep some cash in your wallet. Feel free to add any I've missed.  I've link the game to the deal. 
 
Enjoy
 
If you want me to keep this up please let me know.
 
 Killzone 3   
 
Pre-order Killzone 3 and receive $20 in promotional credit toward the purchase of items shipped and sold by Amazon.com (certain exclusions apply, including Kindle books, MP3s, and video rentals and downloads) as well as an Amazon-exclusive code to get instant access to 3 Unlock Points to use on the weapon or ability of your choice to get the early edge in Killzone 3 Multiplayer. Also includes the Killzone 3 Retro Map Pack, featuring two of the most popular maps from Killzone 2. A code to access the bonus content will be e-mailed to you within 2 business days after the product ships. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com. 

Bulletstorm  PS3  PC

Pre-order Bulletstorm for Xbox 360 and get a $20 promotional credit toward the purchase of items shipped and sold by Amazon.com (certain exclusions apply, including Kindle books, MP3s, and video rentals and downloads). Also, receive a free upgrade to Bulletstorm - Limited Edition, which contains the full version of Bulletstorm plus the Deadly Peace Maker Carbine, additional boots and armor, 25,000 experience points, and visual upgrades for the iconic leash. Pre-order offer ends on February 21, 2011. The promotional credit will be added directly to your Amazon.com account within two days after your order ships. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com.

Homefront  PS3  PC

Pre-order Homefront, for PS3 or Xbox 360, and get $10 off a future video game purchase, as well as a Homefront Outfit for your PlayStation Network or Xbox LIVE avatar, and the Homefront: Enter the Occupation Digital Mini Guide. The promotional code will be placed directly into your Amazon.com account, and the avatar and mini guide access codes e-mailed, within 2 business days after the product ships. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com.

 
  Gears of War 3

Pre-order Gears of War 3 and get $20 off a future video game purchase. The promotional code will be placed directly into your Amazon.com account within 2 business days after the product ships. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com

 

  Pokemon - White Version

Pre-order and received a $5 promotional credit toward the purchase of items shipped and sold by Amazon.com (certain exclusions apply, including Kindle books, MP3s, and video rentals and downloads). The promotional credit will be added directly to your Amazon.com account within two days after your order ships. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com. Limit one per household.

  
Pokemon - Black Version

Pre-order and received a $5 promotional credit toward the purchase of items shipped and sold by Amazon.com (certain exclusions apply, including Kindle books, MP3s, and video rentals and downloads). The promotional credit will be added directly to your Amazon.com account within two days after your order ships. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com. 
   

LA Noir   PS3  

Order this game and get $10 off a future video game purchase. The promotional code will be placed directly into your Amazon.com account within 2 business days after the product ships. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com. Promotion valid on all existing orders.

 

LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars    PS3   Wii   DS   PSP   3DS   PC

Order this game and get $10 off a future video game purchase. The promotional code will be placed directly into your Amazon.com account within 2 business days after the product ships. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com.

 

Mass Effect 3   PS3   PC
 
Pre-Order Mass Effect 3 and get a $10 promotional credit toward the purchase of items shipped and sold by Amazon.com (certain exclusions apply, including Kindle books, MP3s, and video rentals and downloads). The promotional credit will be added directly to your Amazon.com account within two days after your order ships. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com. 
  
Crysis 2   PS3  PC
 
Reserve your copy of Crysis 2 for PS3 and receive a $10 promotional credit toward the purchase of items shipped and sold by Amazon.com

 

Fight Night Champion  PS3

Pre-order Fight Night Champion and receive young George Foreman as an exclusive boxer as well as a $10 credit on a future video games purchase. Fight as George in his earlier years with the power and speed of a young champion. The code to access the exclusive bonus content will be e-mailed to you the day your order ships. The promotional credit will be added directly to your Amazon.com account within two (2) days after your order ships. This offer will be extended to all existing pre-orders. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com

  
  SOCOM 4  U.S. Navy Seals

Pre-order SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy Seals and get $10 off a future video game purchase, as well as an in-game SU90-S Shotgun. The promotional code will be placed directly into your Amazon.com account, and the shotgun access code e-mailed, within 2 business days after the product ships. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com.

 

  Major League Baseball 2K11   PS3  

Pre-order Major League Baseball 2K11, for PS3, Wii, or Xbox 360, and get a $10 promotional credit toward the purchase of items shipped and sold by Amazon.com (certain exclusions apply, including Kindle books, MP3s, and video rentals and downloads). The promotional credit will be added directly to your Amazon.com account within two days after your order ships. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com
 
 

Top Spin 4   PS3  Wii

Pre-order Top Spin 4, for Wii, and get a $10 promotional credit toward the purchase of items shipped and sold by Amazon.com (certain exclusions apply, including Kindle books, MP3s, and video rentals and downloads). The promotional credit will be added directly to your Amazon.com account within two days after your order ships. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com

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