By Mjolnir 2 Comments
Top StoryA few days ago I ordered a new laptop after the one I had sorta crashed and I had to reset it to factory defaults. Needless to say, I lost a lot of my stuff: a couple hundred songs, a few movies, hours of time logged into games, and a sizable collection of wallpapers that I had accrued after hours of lurking /wg/. Well the new one arrived yesterday, and after getting to know my way around Vista and installing all my essential programs (e.g. Firefox, LimeWire, Steam), it seems alright.
While it is definitely a lot better than the old one (2.1ghz Turion X2, 4gb RAM, Radeon HD 3450), the thing that trumps any other feature is that it came with trial versions of various PopCap games, including Peggle. I had never played Peggle before, though after I saw it I went straight for it and I must say, that game is awesome. I'll save the dramatic, "mine eyes hath been opened" stuff and just say that I subsequently downloaded Peggle Extreme and plan to get the Deluxe package off Steam. Pure wonderment.
GamesAs for other games I've been playing, there's a pretty good variety. I ordered Fallout 3 and Persona 4 after graduation several weeks ago, and put a fair amount of time into those. I bought Braid and worked my way through it, although I didn't solve all the worlds. *sigh* One day I turned on my DS and found that my FF Tactics A2 save had disappeared so I started a new one and have since surpassed where I was before. That 2-for-1 Amazon sale prompted me to get Puzzle Fighter HD, which I played through once and do not feel like I ever have to go back to again. I bought Ace Combat 6 not too long ago, and having finished it, still think that AC5 is better (in all fairness, The Unsung War battles with Metal Gear Solid 2 for my favorite game of the last generation). Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault is played whenever I feel like turning on my desktop. One you might not expect is Tekken 5, which I've sort of picked up after frequently visiting the arcade in a mall I've been going to lately. I just randomly picked Marshall Law and have tekken a liking to the game. So yeah, I've been playing some stuff.
MoviesStar Trek is officially the greatest movie of the year so far. Bear in mind that I make this statement having never seen an episode of Star Trek and always hated Trekkies, but that movie is just downright sci-fi awesome. Everything about it was just great, from the cast to the pacing. I know I can't speak for true Trek fans out there, but as a newcomer to that universe, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Transformers, on the other hand, didn't impress me as much. I just got sick of what I assume is the Michael Bay-ness of it with all the swooping camera and feeling like I'm constantly being reminded "Hey, this stuff is super awesome! Remember how hot this chick is and how cool the transformations look?!" Yeah dude, I get it. Despite these grievances, I did really like the combat and the way I was reminded that Optimus Prime is the badest-assest of them all. Effects and acting are great, but geez if I don't want to punch Sam's mom. At least there was no more dumb Australian chick. but a whole lot of Rainn Wilson!
Etc.I got one of those Warriors shirts that Jeff wore at E3 from the Ecko store a while ago, though I'm still waiting for a good time to wear it.
The two Warcraft flavors of "Mtn" Dew are apparently out so I picked them up at Wal-Mart earlier and am going to taste them sometime soon. If the Horde flavor is original Game Fuel I'll be happy, although they both say Game Fuel on the label then differing types of flavors. That makes me think that Mitten Dew is making this a full-time brand, which I do not like the thought of. Just stick to being what I get whenever I go to Taco Bell and everything will be just fine.