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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I Have a Dream

 
We all know the phrase " I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. "  There is so much more. 

Here is Martin Luther King Jr. Speech in its entirety. 
 

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

We cannot turn back.

There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: "For Whites Only." We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream." 

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,

From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last

 

 
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In response to Al Gore's blizzard comments.

 

“The end is nigh! The world is headed for a global ecological catastrophe! Telltale signs are everywhere and we need to make a change, now!” These are some of the prominent ideas from the 24 June 1974 issue of the Times Magazine.  My attitude towards global warming, or global climate change, is one hundred percent skeptical.   Looking at the data, there is only one right answer to whether global warming exists: “We don’t know.”   My belief is that there is too much uncertainty in our knowledge of weather and climate change to make definitive interpretations on future global weather patterns.

 What has helped install the idea of global warming is the measured increase in global temperatures since the 1980s.   While it is clear the temperatures did rise, this climate trend could have multiple interpretations. Scientists supporting the global warming theory state that the cause of this temperature rise is the increase of greenhouse gases, especially from industrial sources.  However, I believe this is just one interpretation of the data. An examination of global average temperature estimates for the past several hundred years reveals that temperatures have been rising and falling for hundreds of years.   Some scientists suggest that a rise in greenhouse gases may be a side effect of the earth’s natural climate fluctuation toward a season of higher global temperatures rather than the cause. Other scientists propose that the temperatures correlate more closely with the behavior of sunspots than the emission of greenhouse gases While our consumption of fossil fuels has significantly increased, I believe that it cannot be concretely correlated with the increasing temperature.  

Because of the uncertainty of climate science and the variety of interpretations from the data, I believe that it is foolish to decide to follow one theory of thought without concrete evidence.   It is irrational to make political and legal decisions affecting the livelihood of millions of Americans based on one interpretation of climate data, especially if the suggested interventions are unlikely to make much of a difference.  Many people blame the perceived global warming on other human beings consumption of greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide.   While our consumption of carbon dioxide has increased, the majority of carbon dioxide (97%) comes from forest fires, decaying plants, and volcanoes.  So, if seven billion people in the world (which includes all the factories in the world), why the huge focus on the three percent?   How much of the three percent is America?  

The cost is all too high.   Global warming enthusiasts want us to give up our way of life and many of our comforts for something that may not be happening.   Therefore, our government has no right to enforce businesses and individuals to change their way of life, likely causing many Americans to become bankrupted and jobless, based on one interpretation of climate change data. While minor policy changes may be permissible, such as giving tax credits for “green” construction and business practices, extreme policy changes are inappropriate until we have more concrete evidence that global warming exists. In my life, I will make personal changes to my lifestyle dependent upon the cost of the changes.

Another concern is that I’m convinced the global warming issue is being used as a spearhead for political agendas supporting global governance.  Redistribution of wealth has been a phrase commonly used with environmentalist.  A news story from 18 November 2010 stated that Ottmar Edenhofer said, “climate policy is redistributing the world's wealth,” and “it's a big mistake to discuss climate policy separately from the major themes of globalization.”   Americans shouldn’t be forced to pay for climate change that may or may not be happening, especially if climate change policy is being twisted to be used for political aims.  

 It comes down to the question of how does one take control of a county whose population is ingrained on idea liberty? Consensus science holds the key. Through mass media global warming supporters relay their ‘scientific’ message of global warming as a fact rather than one of the theories. Their message in one of hate, fear, and danger; not a message of dispassionate reason and logic which considers all the evidence.    Scientists who question their wisdom is removed and mocked.  Global warming supporters have settled the facts and have come to a consensus, but they forget consensus is not science.  

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