7 days of gaming, TV viewing and future purchase decisions

Man, I've had a busy week. Well, a busy gaming week. Ah, the joys of unemployment. 

Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue

Ah Deathspank. You're so funny. Not in a laugh out loud way, more of a slight chuckle... way. It's another Deathspank and it's very much like the first one. I enjoyed it though. It's still pretty ridiculous and I'm still a loot whore. Getting that new upgrade is always satisfying.

Fifa 11

Been playing a lot of Fifa 11 for the PC over the weekend. Be A Pro mode is very fun and challenging, but it does seem a bit too easy to max out your attributes. I'm halfway through my second season, and have maxed more than half of them. Also, you only get to play in your league. No FA Cup, Champions League or anything like that. That kinda sucks. 
 
The commentary is still borked. Martin Tyler and Andy Gray repeat themselves a lot, and make pretty stupid comments. Example: opponent gets off a weak shot, the ball rolls on the ground and the keeper picks it up. Tyler: "HOW DID HE MANAGE TO GET THAT????". Uh, he bent over and gently extended his arms. And some of the commentary is extremely circumstantial. If your guy is number 9 and scores in the 9th minute, Tyler will actually comment on that. Kind of cool I guess. 
 
Oh, and I decided that I wanted to be a goalkeeper for a few seasons. Created a player, and when I had to choose positions, I could choose anything... except goalkeeper. Fuck. As usual the PC version lacks features. It actually lacks plenty more compared to the console versions. My recommendation if you're considering getting this: buy it for your console. 
 

Minecrafting!

I bought Minecraft a few months ago but didn't really go online until this weekend. Turns out I couldn't. My connection would crash to the point where I had to restart my PC to get it working again. If you have an Atheros onboard card, it might fuck up. There are workarounds, and eventually it started working but the lag was atrocious on a US server. 
 
So, might as well start up a local server and connect to that. The advantage of that is that you can spawn blocks and items for yourself if you know the ID of the item. Very nice feature, and you can really mess around with that. So, what to do with all that power? Easy, blow up a mountain! 
 
Behold! 

 Yes, it's a mountain covered in TNT
Unfortunately it didn't go boom. I don't think the engine could handle all of that so the blocks just sort of disappeared. It did however make a substantial crater: 

I might have underestimated just how powerful the explosion would be. It did make a nice waterfall though 
 
Also, snow world. Yay! 
 

Dead Rising 2

Case Zero made me buy the first Dead Rising. I kind of enjoyed it I guess, but the Survivor AI and controls were a bit janky. Bought the PC version of the sequel and the AI has vastly improved. They can actually survive this time around, so no need to constantly babysit them. The controls were a bit weird though. I used my wireless 360 controller and at first, the game refused to even detect it. I managed to get around that by downloading a control wrapper though. Anyway, shooting controls are messed up. I aim with the right stick, but have to shoot with the X button. That's fucking impossible. 
 
I don't know what to think about it though. It's basically Dead Rising with better graphics and less jank. You're still in a mall, and the opening sequence is pretty much identical to the first game. I think I expected some more open outdoor areas like in Case Zero. No psychopaths in jeeps this time around though. Thank fucking christ for that. 
 

Halo: Reach

 Alright, so I finally bought it. Meh, it's another Halo. There was nothing in it I didn't really expect. It does have some epic cutscenes though.

A good week in TV

Supernatural is back. Fuck yeah! Still one of my all time favorite shows. The new season has started out a bit slow, but the second episode did have monsters. I miss Cas though and I hope he'll be back soon. 
 
I watched the season premiere of The Next Iron Chef. Nope, still no interest in cooking shows. 
 
And I finally got around to watching Predators. The human characters were good, but the predators were just... clumsy. How the hell they managed to kill any xeno's is beyond me. They're slow moving and their hand to hand combat is ridiculous. It does get a plus for starring a guy with an awesome name:  Mahershalalhashbaz Ali. o_O 
 

My next PC

So I finally started getting some money again which means I can slowly consider getting a new PC. I basically have to spend about 2500 bucks to get the machine I want. Core i7, 8gigs of RAM and an SSD just to name a few of the parts. This month I'm getting a new monitor though. Look at what I have now: 
 

 17 inches of crap
It's old and not widescreen so it definitely needs to go. This is what I have chosen: 

 24 inches of shiny goodness. I just want to lick it.
Okay, this became way too long a post, so I'm just going to stop here.
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Posted by ZimboDK

Man, I've had a busy week. Well, a busy gaming week. Ah, the joys of unemployment. 

Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue

Ah Deathspank. You're so funny. Not in a laugh out loud way, more of a slight chuckle... way. It's another Deathspank and it's very much like the first one. I enjoyed it though. It's still pretty ridiculous and I'm still a loot whore. Getting that new upgrade is always satisfying.

Fifa 11

Been playing a lot of Fifa 11 for the PC over the weekend. Be A Pro mode is very fun and challenging, but it does seem a bit too easy to max out your attributes. I'm halfway through my second season, and have maxed more than half of them. Also, you only get to play in your league. No FA Cup, Champions League or anything like that. That kinda sucks. 
 
The commentary is still borked. Martin Tyler and Andy Gray repeat themselves a lot, and make pretty stupid comments. Example: opponent gets off a weak shot, the ball rolls on the ground and the keeper picks it up. Tyler: "HOW DID HE MANAGE TO GET THAT????". Uh, he bent over and gently extended his arms. And some of the commentary is extremely circumstantial. If your guy is number 9 and scores in the 9th minute, Tyler will actually comment on that. Kind of cool I guess. 
 
Oh, and I decided that I wanted to be a goalkeeper for a few seasons. Created a player, and when I had to choose positions, I could choose anything... except goalkeeper. Fuck. As usual the PC version lacks features. It actually lacks plenty more compared to the console versions. My recommendation if you're considering getting this: buy it for your console. 
 

Minecrafting!

I bought Minecraft a few months ago but didn't really go online until this weekend. Turns out I couldn't. My connection would crash to the point where I had to restart my PC to get it working again. If you have an Atheros onboard card, it might fuck up. There are workarounds, and eventually it started working but the lag was atrocious on a US server. 
 
So, might as well start up a local server and connect to that. The advantage of that is that you can spawn blocks and items for yourself if you know the ID of the item. Very nice feature, and you can really mess around with that. So, what to do with all that power? Easy, blow up a mountain! 
 
Behold! 

 Yes, it's a mountain covered in TNT
Unfortunately it didn't go boom. I don't think the engine could handle all of that so the blocks just sort of disappeared. It did however make a substantial crater: 

I might have underestimated just how powerful the explosion would be. It did make a nice waterfall though 
 
Also, snow world. Yay! 
 

Dead Rising 2

Case Zero made me buy the first Dead Rising. I kind of enjoyed it I guess, but the Survivor AI and controls were a bit janky. Bought the PC version of the sequel and the AI has vastly improved. They can actually survive this time around, so no need to constantly babysit them. The controls were a bit weird though. I used my wireless 360 controller and at first, the game refused to even detect it. I managed to get around that by downloading a control wrapper though. Anyway, shooting controls are messed up. I aim with the right stick, but have to shoot with the X button. That's fucking impossible. 
 
I don't know what to think about it though. It's basically Dead Rising with better graphics and less jank. You're still in a mall, and the opening sequence is pretty much identical to the first game. I think I expected some more open outdoor areas like in Case Zero. No psychopaths in jeeps this time around though. Thank fucking christ for that. 
 

Halo: Reach

 Alright, so I finally bought it. Meh, it's another Halo. There was nothing in it I didn't really expect. It does have some epic cutscenes though.

A good week in TV

Supernatural is back. Fuck yeah! Still one of my all time favorite shows. The new season has started out a bit slow, but the second episode did have monsters. I miss Cas though and I hope he'll be back soon. 
 
I watched the season premiere of The Next Iron Chef. Nope, still no interest in cooking shows. 
 
And I finally got around to watching Predators. The human characters were good, but the predators were just... clumsy. How the hell they managed to kill any xeno's is beyond me. They're slow moving and their hand to hand combat is ridiculous. It does get a plus for starring a guy with an awesome name:  Mahershalalhashbaz Ali. o_O 
 

My next PC

So I finally started getting some money again which means I can slowly consider getting a new PC. I basically have to spend about 2500 bucks to get the machine I want. Core i7, 8gigs of RAM and an SSD just to name a few of the parts. This month I'm getting a new monitor though. Look at what I have now: 
 

 17 inches of crap
It's old and not widescreen so it definitely needs to go. This is what I have chosen: 

 24 inches of shiny goodness. I just want to lick it.
Okay, this became way too long a post, so I'm just going to stop here.
Posted by crusader8463

If you are unemployed how are you affording all this, and can I have some of the money?

Edited by Jambones

Good times!
 
Wait, is that a picture of snow in Minecraft, or the fallout caused by the explosion? :D

Posted by ZimboDK
@crusader8463: Well, I live in Denmark. We have an awesome welfare system, and if you put in a bit of effort you can easily save up a good chunk of money. 
 
@Jambones: I never thought about it like that. In the future I'm going to refer to the snow as fallout from my giant explosion.
Posted by memo
@ZimboDK:  Get some Dual 24in screens that would be pretty sweet. I always wanted 2 screens on my PC setup but i got a Laptop instead 
Posted by ZimboDK
@memo: Yeah, dual screens for gaming isn't for me. I just can't get used to the frame of the monitor obscuring my vision. Also, with all the things I want to buy the next few months, I need every dollar I can get.
Posted by ozzdog12

BTW(in Dead Rising) you aim with the right stick ans shoot with the RT, you can also shoot with X, but RT fires when aiming.

Posted by ZimboDK
@ozzdog12: Not on my machine. Don't know if it's specific for the PC, or just because the game didn't detect the wireless controller, but RT does nothing on my comp.
Posted by ozzdog12
@ZimboDK said:
" @ozzdog12: Not on my machine. Don't know if it's specific for the PC, or just because the game didn't detect the wireless controller, but RT does nothing on my comp. "
weird
Posted by crusader8463
@ZimboDK:  It's punishing you for not using a mouse and keyboard like you should be. =)
Posted by ZimboDK
@crusader8463: Yeah, but I'm left handed so WASD isn't an option. Rebinding the controls is only possible through an .ini file, and the ingame button popups don't change. It's a pretty lazy port. Performance is fine though.