What I did during the downtime?

Vidiot's Brain Dump contains zero calories.

 Notice: This was written while GB was down.    

Hi Microsoft Word!

Apparently GiantBomb is down, or something.
In-fact, apparently everything is crashing and burning right now. PSN may have, or may not, have been hacked by Anonymous. I'm curious to see if it was Anonymous, I don't think they realize the level of back-lash they will receive, if it turns out they thought people would be rallying with them while they kick consumers from legitimately playing games online. I've watched even the most staunch supporters turn in the last few hours, like an infuriated mob. 
For the record: I'm not exactly happy with how Sony handled the GeoHot situation, and I feel that it's quite clear the conversation over what I actually own, when I purchase a $300 machine from Sony is going to be a big deal debate in the near future. It's going to be very interesting to watch.

Or, Sony is messing with everybody and this is a big giant conspiracy. I'm interested in their next press-statement, because nobody just proclaims that there are "out-side forces" , that have stopped their online network from functioning, and then just leave it at that.
Or maybe they will? There's so little information trickling out right now it's hard to pin-point what exactly is going on. One thing is for sure though: Somebody royally fuc****-up.

 If you can play this in Co-Op, it's a blast.
While were on the topic of PSN, I'm really intrigued about future Steam-support with PSN.
I picked up Portal 2 for PS3 and have been deeply impressed with the Steam integration. I love the idea of having a free PC version alongside with it, and I really enjoy the idea of having Playstation trophies linked to Steam Achievements. I wished it worked the other-way around, but seeing how fragile PSN is at the moment, I can understand the reluctance of pursuing that.
What really impressed me was playing it on Co-Op. I would play on my PS3 and fellow GB user Tiwi would boot it up on his PC, and we would play together virtually without a hitch. I know perhaps from a technical standpoint it might not be the most elaborate combination, but for me, this this feels like the first time cross-platform play between a PC and a console has seemed...Genuine.


Yar!

I just realized how many other Microsoft Word doc's of unfinished blogs I've written over the past few years.
I have periods of compulsive writing sometimes, I have a bunch of unfinished concepts and ideas that never made it. Some are blog entries that go on for pages that I've finished writing, but I would re-read them later and decide they're not worth sharing.

Kinda like this one. This one has no reason to be uploaded or shared. There's not even a concrete subject for it.
I haven't even gotten to the part of me listing what I did during Giantbomb's down-time. I should probably do that at some-point, I wrote that as the title, I don't think it's very controversial to follow through with writing on the title of the blog you are advertising.

So I went to GiantBomb and I saw this:

Usually when site's go down they have a tendency of not communicating with their users with the specifics of what is happening.
Not only did GiantBomb get the message across over what was happening, they had some pretty entertaining things to watch. There was a small time-period where people were probably wondering what madness had befallen everyone, but this was quickly rectified.

I don't like to close internet windows that much, so I actually had GiantBomb open before it shut-down. Yesterday I accidentally saw the window open and inappropriately believed that the website was back up.

Then I cried.
Then I went outside, and continued on with my life.

YARS!....Revenge?

I like Tron: Legacy.
I picked it up on BluRay, but I finally got around to watching the entire thing in one sitting. I saw it in 3D in the theaters and really enjoyed it. Even without the 3D, it's still a fantastic film to just look at. You can pause it at anytime, and just stare at a single frame, it's that visually inviting.
It might have a weak script, but I really enjoy the directing that's on display. I hope the same director is still around for the obvious sequel.

CHEEVOS!

Does anyone have Sonic 2 for 360? I need the one required multiplayer achievement for an S-Rank.
I went back and played through Sonic 3, and I honestly forgot how elaborate some of those stages can get. Sonic & Knuckles is next, and it should be noted that a bunch of old Sega games are dirt cheap on Xbox Live Marketplace.

I picked up Limbo on sale, I haven't gotten that far into it. I skipped over it when it was initially released because of the price, and I'm excited to get more into it. I also picked up Undead Nightmare finally, probably talk about that soon.

I played through the final Mass Effect 2 DLC and walked away kinda disappointed. Big things happen during the final DLC, but the amount of interest and urgency seems...Muted...Held-back...In comparison to other DLC packs. Lair of the Shadow Broker, was still my favorite DLC pack out of the torrent of DLC available for Mass Effect 2, this seemed awkwardly indifferent in comparison.
It's not bad, and it's still light-years better regarding other game's DLC, but it just comes off with less of a bang that I wanted. It goes through motions you have seen before a million times over, and the big choice that you get the impression you are going to make at the end is removed from your hands.
It seems like a counter-statement to the entire mentality of the Mass Effect series, I applaud it. Hopefully, there will be a big reason for such a shift in storytelling concepts that will be apparent in the third game.

So I guess everything is back to normal now. I have a stockpile of weapons I need to get rid-of, seeing how the robot apocalypse is not going to happen.
That's kinda depressing
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Posted by vidiot
Vidiot's Brain Dump contains zero calories.

 Notice: This was written while GB was down.    

Hi Microsoft Word!

Apparently GiantBomb is down, or something.
In-fact, apparently everything is crashing and burning right now. PSN may have, or may not, have been hacked by Anonymous. I'm curious to see if it was Anonymous, I don't think they realize the level of back-lash they will receive, if it turns out they thought people would be rallying with them while they kick consumers from legitimately playing games online. I've watched even the most staunch supporters turn in the last few hours, like an infuriated mob. 
For the record: I'm not exactly happy with how Sony handled the GeoHot situation, and I feel that it's quite clear the conversation over what I actually own, when I purchase a $300 machine from Sony is going to be a big deal debate in the near future. It's going to be very interesting to watch.

Or, Sony is messing with everybody and this is a big giant conspiracy. I'm interested in their next press-statement, because nobody just proclaims that there are "out-side forces" , that have stopped their online network from functioning, and then just leave it at that.
Or maybe they will? There's so little information trickling out right now it's hard to pin-point what exactly is going on. One thing is for sure though: Somebody royally fuc****-up.

 If you can play this in Co-Op, it's a blast.
While were on the topic of PSN, I'm really intrigued about future Steam-support with PSN.
I picked up Portal 2 for PS3 and have been deeply impressed with the Steam integration. I love the idea of having a free PC version alongside with it, and I really enjoy the idea of having Playstation trophies linked to Steam Achievements. I wished it worked the other-way around, but seeing how fragile PSN is at the moment, I can understand the reluctance of pursuing that.
What really impressed me was playing it on Co-Op. I would play on my PS3 and fellow GB user Tiwi would boot it up on his PC, and we would play together virtually without a hitch. I know perhaps from a technical standpoint it might not be the most elaborate combination, but for me, this this feels like the first time cross-platform play between a PC and a console has seemed...Genuine.


Yar!

I just realized how many other Microsoft Word doc's of unfinished blogs I've written over the past few years.
I have periods of compulsive writing sometimes, I have a bunch of unfinished concepts and ideas that never made it. Some are blog entries that go on for pages that I've finished writing, but I would re-read them later and decide they're not worth sharing.

Kinda like this one. This one has no reason to be uploaded or shared. There's not even a concrete subject for it.
I haven't even gotten to the part of me listing what I did during Giantbomb's down-time. I should probably do that at some-point, I wrote that as the title, I don't think it's very controversial to follow through with writing on the title of the blog you are advertising.

So I went to GiantBomb and I saw this:

Usually when site's go down they have a tendency of not communicating with their users with the specifics of what is happening.
Not only did GiantBomb get the message across over what was happening, they had some pretty entertaining things to watch. There was a small time-period where people were probably wondering what madness had befallen everyone, but this was quickly rectified.

I don't like to close internet windows that much, so I actually had GiantBomb open before it shut-down. Yesterday I accidentally saw the window open and inappropriately believed that the website was back up.

Then I cried.
Then I went outside, and continued on with my life.

YARS!....Revenge?

I like Tron: Legacy.
I picked it up on BluRay, but I finally got around to watching the entire thing in one sitting. I saw it in 3D in the theaters and really enjoyed it. Even without the 3D, it's still a fantastic film to just look at. You can pause it at anytime, and just stare at a single frame, it's that visually inviting.
It might have a weak script, but I really enjoy the directing that's on display. I hope the same director is still around for the obvious sequel.

CHEEVOS!

Does anyone have Sonic 2 for 360? I need the one required multiplayer achievement for an S-Rank.
I went back and played through Sonic 3, and I honestly forgot how elaborate some of those stages can get. Sonic & Knuckles is next, and it should be noted that a bunch of old Sega games are dirt cheap on Xbox Live Marketplace.

I picked up Limbo on sale, I haven't gotten that far into it. I skipped over it when it was initially released because of the price, and I'm excited to get more into it. I also picked up Undead Nightmare finally, probably talk about that soon.

I played through the final Mass Effect 2 DLC and walked away kinda disappointed. Big things happen during the final DLC, but the amount of interest and urgency seems...Muted...Held-back...In comparison to other DLC packs. Lair of the Shadow Broker, was still my favorite DLC pack out of the torrent of DLC available for Mass Effect 2, this seemed awkwardly indifferent in comparison.
It's not bad, and it's still light-years better regarding other game's DLC, but it just comes off with less of a bang that I wanted. It goes through motions you have seen before a million times over, and the big choice that you get the impression you are going to make at the end is removed from your hands.
It seems like a counter-statement to the entire mentality of the Mass Effect series, I applaud it. Hopefully, there will be a big reason for such a shift in storytelling concepts that will be apparent in the third game.

So I guess everything is back to normal now. I have a stockpile of weapons I need to get rid-of, seeing how the robot apocalypse is not going to happen.
That's kinda depressing
Posted by Video_Game_King

I'd co-op the game with you, but unfortunately, I don't have it for the 360. I have it for the Genesis, but I'm not technically skilled enough to hack some weird Genesis USB online play thing.

Posted by Claude

Even though the site was down, I had a good time. Whiskey Media was great to their fan base. Bought Fallout New Vegas to play on my new hdtv and a couple of other games.

Posted by Catolf

everything is more normal ps3 trophies is still an up and down thing and psn but other than that thankfully no robots rose to attack us all.. XD. I just watched Tron, I'm surprised I liked it as much as I did.

Posted by PixelPrinny

 this this feels like the first time cross-platform play between a PC and a console has seemed...Genuine


Clearly, you have never played Final Fantasy XI. Clearly! PS2 x PC ( x 360, too, even) integration!

Also MS Word? Wow, look at you all fancy with your Office programs while I'm stuck using Notepad.
Posted by Video_Game_King
@PixelPrinny said:
Also MS Word? Wow, look at you all fancy with your Office programs while I'm stuck using Notepad.
"
You're both doing it wrong. Firefox plug-ins are the best way to blog.
Posted by SSully

I had a fucking blast with the scrub league mortal kombat tournament, it was so god damn funny and exciting, easily one of my favorite things giant bomb has done. Also drew skyping before the big live live show with random people was pretty good. 

Anyways while the sites were down I played plenty of mortal kombat and portal 2, and went on with my life in every other aspect! Was a bummer that everything was down, but I felt WM handled the situation perfectly. 
Posted by BraveToaster

Work, movies, and video games.

Posted by HandsomeDead

People actually like Tron Legacy and think Joseph Kosinski is a good director. Weird.

Posted by Claude
@Axxol said:
" Work, movies, and video games. "
That's a life lived right there.
Edited by vidiot
@Video_Game_King:  Ossi was cool enough to help me get it. The lack of Genesis to 360 support infuriates me. How dare they not include that.
@Claude: Oh, that's hilarious. I bought Fallout: New Vegas on a whim a couple days ago, that is bizarre.
What other games did you pick up? I'm excited to see what you approve of, and the subsequently arguing with you about your opinions.
@Catolf: I know many people who did not enjoy that film. Tron was never a concept that "made sense", but I love the visual nature of both films. It also gives Inception a run for it's money in regards to best movie soundtracks of last year. I hope Daft Punk experiments more with using an orchestra, in the immediate future: It's a great fit.
@PixelPrinny: I don't play MMO's so there's my answer concerning that. You're right, Final Fantasy XI deserves attention regarding the concept of cross-platform play.
My only experience was the dismal ShadowRun for 360, and other bizarro attempts to get similar Console vs. PC play.
Posted by vidiot
@HandsomeDead said:
" People actually like Tron Legacy and think Joseph Kosinski is a good director. Weird. "
No, it's not. Direction is fine, it's the script that has problems and is devoid of substance. Give him a better script, and I will for sure pay money to see the third film.
Posted by Hailinel

Cheevos
Cheevos
Cheevos
Cheevos

Cheevos

Cheevos

I hate this word so much.

I had a pretty eventful weekend as far as games were concerned while Giant Bomb was down.  I'll have to write up my own blog about it.
Posted by Claude
@vidiot:  Looking forward to your thoughts on New Vegas. I just started, still trying to figure out the type of character I want to be and how I want to play the game.
Edited by Portis

Sonic 2 on XBLA has online multiplayer? WTF! Usually ports of old-ass games just get dumped on XBLA with no extras -- I'm impressed.
I played hell-of Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time while simultaneously listening The Dave Snider Show for most of the down time. When I wasn't at work or school, anyway.

Posted by HandsomeDead
@vidiot said:
" @HandsomeDead said:
" People actually like Tron Legacy and think Joseph Kosinski is a good director. Weird. "
No, it's not. Direction is fine, it's the script that has problems and is devoid of substance. Give him a better script, and I will for sure pay money to see the third film. "
Considering he wasted the Daft Punk fight scene and made the lightcycles far less entertaining than they were in the original movie, the guy is barely OK. The film does have a nice neon look to it but in the hands of someone else, it could have actually been a good film rather than a passable laser show scored by Daft Punk.
Posted by Infininja
@vidiot: 

I've got the game. Gamertag is the same as my username. Send me a message saying who you are.

@Portis said:
" Sonic 2 on XBLA has online multiplayer? WTF! Usually ports of old-ass games just get dumped on XBLA with no extras -- I'm impressed. I played hell-of Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time while simultaneously listening The Dave Snider Show for most of the down time. When I wasn't at work or school, anyway. "
It sucks shit. The laggiest thing you've ever played, really.
Posted by vidiot
@Hailinel said:

Cheevos

I hate this word so much.
I am doing something right. :P

@Portis:
I'm considering checking out the PS3 Ratchet and Clank games in the future. Of all the PS2 game series that deserve some-sort of repackaged PS3 re-release, Ratchet and Clank is high on the list of something I want to see. I have the original, somewhere, but I would like a more accessible collection of sorts for people like me considering how many entries there are to that series.
Oh, and the Sonic 2 XBL support isn't up-to-snuff and is lags like crazy.

@HandsomeDead said:
Considering he wasted the Daft Punk fight scene and made the lightcycles far less entertaining than they were in the original movie, the guy is barely OK. The film does have a nice neon look to it but in the hands of someone else, it could have actually been a good film rather than a passable laser show scored by Daft Punk. "
Good lord. Light cycles were far less entertaining that the original movie?
I'm more than ready to point out the many flaws in that movie, but that's just silly. If anything there wasn't enough scenes of the light cycles. Both sequences are technical show-pieces for their time-period, and I'm sorry, a bunch of people yelling wannabe Star Wars space-battle lingo ("Gold bike to red bikes!"), versus to what's on display in Legacy?
Hell-no.
First-time director, did a fantastic job. The framing is phenomenal, the actual action sequences are well choreographed, it's the script that holds it back. All the small moments of down-time, where characters had to interact with each-other without something immediately exploding/shouting/action...ing.

If anything, it's a similar complaint that can be directed to the original movie. So in that regard, I think it's a pretty fair sequel.

@Infininja:
Thanks a ton for volunteering, but I was able to grab this last night thanks to another user. I was surprised how easy it was. :P 
Posted by blueaniman93

I watched episodes of Psych of Netflix. I listened to parts of the Dave show and then listened to the rest afterwords on archive.

Posted by iam3green

i kept on refreshing the site hoping that it was up again. i gave up and browsed gamespot.

Posted by WatanabeKazuma

...For the record I liked Tron Legacy.


Also those multiplayer achievements where the only thing stopping me getting the full points from the Sonic games too. Cheevos though, horrible term.