Sunday Nostalgia: Episode I

So I don't know about you guys, but Sunday's always get me down. It's the end of the weekend, I have to get up early the next morning and go to school, then usually work, and it makes me a little gloomy. So in an effort to lift my spirits, I've decided to start a new series on my (sadly neglected) Giantbomb blog. So the idea is, every Sunday, i will post a piece of nostalgia from some aspect of popular culture, be it a video game, a theme song to a film, an interview, an article, etc. Hopefully this will bring a bit more awesome to everyone's Sunday's, and inspire some good conversation amongst the community. 
So I thought I would start it off with something most of us remember from the old days of Gamespot, Button Mashing. To be even more precise, the Button Mashing Intro. 

There is just so much awesome contained within this 51 seconds. It makes me think back to that time when all of the guys were working together to bring us the best content on the net. Not to say I don't love what everyone's doing now. I can't wait to see 38 Studio's upcoming project, and Screened is one of my most visited sites, but I can't help but smile when I watch this:) 
Well that about does it for this week's folks. Let me guys know if you like this idea and I'll keep working on improving it in any way I can, and hopefully it turns out to be better received than the other Episode I...

Currently playing...

Bionic Commando(Xbox 360)
So I know I'm a little late to the party on this one, but nevertheless, i decided to pick it up at Best Buy, after all, it was 9.99. So i'm about 2 hours into it, and it's going quite well. The swinging mechanics are easily the best part of the game, and make up for a large portion of the game's flaws, such as the mediocre gun play, the cheesy story line, and the main character's ridiculous hairstyle. 
Batman Arkham Asylum
So I actually just finished this game, and contrary to the content of my previous post about the game, I have come to love this game. The action makes you feel like a total badass, and the game is just really great. 
World of Warcraft
.......and dailies. 
Foreign Legion: Buckets of Blood
 I picked this up while it was on sale over Steam, cost me 2.50. It's a pretty basic third person shooter, but the cartoony graphics and comical overuse of blood actually make it well worth the purchase price. There's no story at all, and the control seems a little janky, but for 2.50 I can't really complain.
Well anyways, that's about it. I made this blog post in an attempt to be more active in the GB community, so hopefully you'll enjoy my posts and I'll see you on the forums:)

Star Wars in Concert: The Review

Let me just get this out of the way now, I'm a huge Star Wars fan. Ever since receiving my first stormtrooper action figure when I was 5 years old, I've been a devoted follower of the franchise. So when I heard that my friend Steve had an extra ticket to Star Wars in Concert here in Vancouver, I jumped at the opportunity.  
 So the night arrives, and I'm sitting in GM Place, next to an overweight white guy with a beard like Tom Hanks in Castaway, holding a toy light-saber, and drinking a Mountain Dew. "This is awesome," i thought to myself, "i'm surrounded by fellow nerds". The lights dim and the orchestra starts playing....  
2 hours and 17 minutes later, it's over, and a mix of things are flowing through my brain. Happiness, Relief, Disappointment, these are all present. But when i stand back and really look at the details of the show, how do I really feel about it? Let's start out with the parts I enjoyed.  
It was quite exciting. All the people there were just pumped up and overflowing with nostalgia for they're beloved Star Wars. The whole joint was lit up with glowing light-sabers and the "woot's" and "yeaaaah's" were so loud you could feel it. All the noise and excitement really boosted the overall experience. Seeing that many people gathered together to all share in something as awesome as Star Wars was really great.   
Obviously you can't talk about a concert without talking about the music, and let me tell you, it was pure awesome. The live orchestra sounded crystal clear and wonderful, the tempo's were perfect, and to top it all off, the scenes from the movie as well as the concept art on screen were crisp and vivid. Not only that, but they were matched perfectly to the music.  
Now there was a narrator to the whole thing, who guided you through the story of the franchise and filled in any missing gaps. And who better to narrate than C3PO himself, Mr.Anthony Daniels. Anthony did a great job on stage, he was loud and clear, his flow and pace were outstanding, and his British accent made the whole experience feel very authentic.  
Now I mentioned that i had criticisms about the show. For one, the on screen scenes did not seem to merge together all that well. Each song would have an overall theme or topic( i.e., Anakin,the rise of the Rebel Alliance, etc) and the scenes that illustrated the theme/topic often did not coincide with it. For example, when the song focusing on Anakin and Padme's love was played, there were several instances in which scenes from the Battle of Geonosis were shown, where clones were shooting or droids were running. This wouldn't be much of an issue if were just a minor occurrence but it happened a lot, in almost every song.  
Another problem I had with the show, was how it started out with realization that the whole concert would follow a set story line, from the Trade Federation uprising all the way to the defeat of The Emperor and the destruction of the second Death Star. Sounds good in theory, but it didn't play out. While the show did have a story, it wasn't all that smooth. For instance, one song would describe the happenings of two whole movies, while another song would follow the same two movies, but from a completely different perspective. The whole thing would jump around all the time, one song they'd be focusing on events from Episode 2, and the next song they would go back to the Phantom Menace. It really made the show lose some of it's appeal, and made it feel poorly put together.  
There are a few other grievances i have with the show as well, such as not having the Yub Yub Ewok victory song, unoriginal captions for the songs, and repeated use of a few songs in spots where it wasn't needed. I won't go much in depth with those because to be frank, they're simply isn't much to elaborate on.  
In conclusion, I'd have to say the overall experience was bit of a letdown. Make no mistake, the music was amazing, but some of the other aspects of the event weren't so awesome. The sloppily placed visuals, the failure of a single story arc, and the lack of my damn Yub Yub song make it feel like a bit of a bummer, but if you can get over that stuff and just focus on the music and the enthusiasm brought on by the crowd, I would recommend you check it out if it comes to your town. 


Dantes Inferno Demo Impressions

When I first heard about Dantes Inferno, I was pretty intrigued. It sounded like a really cool idea and it looked like it had some potential. Well after downloading the 360 demo and playing it, I am sorely dissapointed. 
There isn't really much to say about this game, it isn't terrible, but it's very mediocre. 
The first thing I noticed was the controls. They work, but they're very bland and uninteresting. Y is heavy attack, X is light attack, etc. As well as the boring controls, the enemy AI is poor, the models fir those enemies are poor as well, and the boss fight against the grim reaper guy is repetitive and meaningless. The little story that is in the demo is your average, run of the mill, "evil guy redeems himself, his girl dies, and then he seeks revenge" storyline. 
Simply put, it's a mediocre God of War clone. To be fair, it's just a demo, and the full game could  flourish and turn out to be great. But that seems rather unlikely, after all, the whole point of a demo is to showcase why people should buy your game, and if this is a strong point of the game, then I'll pass.


Last year's games...definitely last years games.

I have alot of games from the Steam holiday sale, so i'm trying to finish most of those up. And I haven't played Assassins Creed 2 or Batman yet, but I REALLY want to do so before Mass Effect 2. I'm focused on Trine and Dragon Age right now, then it's just Dark Athena and maybe a little Zombie Driver. And I want to get around to finishing HL2 Episodes 1 and 2. So i got plenty on my plate:)



I'm trying to catch up on alot of games i haven't finished in order to get ready for the action packed months to come:) Playing Dragon Age, Assault on Dark Athena, Killing Floor, Zombie Driver and Medieval 2 Total War.


buggy live streams, and not being there

I know it's hard, but it would be great if sites could have a nearly flawless live stream of events and press conferences at E3. And as exciting as it is to know that most of these amazing games, are coming out this year, it would be so rad to be there. But if things keep going the way they do for me, then in 3 or 4 years, my career could very likely take me to E3 and into this industry, which is what i really want to do.


Some games and a few corrections.

Well first the games,i'm most looking forward to in Feb 2009 are Dawn of War 2 and i'll maybe rent Street Fighter,but i'm not that into fighting games,they're convoluted and repetitive except for sort of Soul Calibur but even then.And the few corrections are someone said they were looking forward to HL2EP3,that doesn't come out till 2010,and also Halo Wars comes out March 3rd not in Febuary.