What I Played This Week 2.13.2011

 So this week was a pretty easy week. Seems like most of the gaming was centered around one game to a huge margin, and for reason I’m okay with that. I’m not going to start with that game, just because I like suspense. (This is where you pretend like you don’t know what game I’m talking about) Also, in better news. my gamerscore just hit about 43k. Not a ton for some of you chievo whores, but good for me.


Monopoly Streets


Yep, still rocking this incredibly casual, but really addicting game. I mean, mostly I just play at my girlfriends, since it’s her game, but she decided to surprise me for an (early) Valentine’s Day gift and grab me my own copy. Which is sort of awesome, because every once in awhile I have a craving to play it, but I can’t because I didn’t have mine. But on to the game. A.) I found a way to play that has nothing to do with winning, and it’s sort of awesome. It’s also a secret, but still awesome. B.) Fuck these kids online. We were playing, and of course, they were trading with each other to help each other out, and sort of fucked us over. And if that wasn’t enough, I’m pretty sure they had some sort of magic power, because I landed on their one hotel-ed set of properties every single fucking time around the board, and not once did they land on my 20+ properties, and especially not the two sets with hotels. So yeah, can’t prove it, might just be bitter. Pretty sure they were cheating. Who cheats at Monopoly, really?


Mass Effect 2


Speaking of awesome Valentine’s day gifts. My girlfriend picked this up for me as well, mainly because I’ve been bitching about how much I’ve missed it since I’ve traded it in. Regardless. I haven’t actually played it (again) yet, short of popping it in to make sure my Cerberus code was still good before I gave my new one away. I really just wanted to point out how awesome my girlfriend is, really.


Halo: Reach


Yep, I caved and bought the legendary edition. It was only 60$ brand new, and I’ve really wanted it for a long time. So, now I have this fucking awesome Noble team statue in my room, and my roommates still trying to figure out what it is, I think. Regardless, I jumped in and knocked out a bit of the “new maps” I still haven’t played. My girlfriend, however, pridefully went 0-0-19 in her first online match. Good news is, she finally figured out how to walk and look around at the same time, so she’s getting better.


On a side note. I have a completely sealed copy of the Reach limited edition (The one that came with the Legendary, since I already owned the Limited). My girlfriend didn’t want it. I might be trying to sell it, but if I can’t get any biters, there may be a giveaway or something.


Other Things Before I Get To The Game I Spent All Week With


I bought a PS2. Hell yeah nostalgia value motherfuckers. Don’t have any games for it, but looking forward to re-diving into Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts. and maybe even my PS1 copy of Wild Arms if I can find it.


Dead Space 2  

Yep, this is the game I spent all week with. All fucking week with. However, I have emerged victorious. Dead Space 2 has been bested, using only the plasma cutter. Why I put myself through that, I have no idea. But I have this strange sense of pride now that it’s done, and that makes me feel good. So it was worth it. But seriously, that game really ramped it up on difficulty in the last few levels. It was hard. My lack of ammo and health probably didn’t help anything though. For those of you who have played/beaten it, I went into the last boss battle with exactly 8 shots in my plasma cutter and one small heath pack. Messing up was not an option. And after like 29472482 tries, the whole dorm heard my excitement at victory. Pretty fucked up ending though


Crash Bandicoot: Mind Over Mutants

What, you thought my blog was over after the big news? Hell no. So, for those of you who don’t know, my gamertag has the word Crash in it, due to my obsession with the original Crash Bandicoot game for the PS1. So, I found this game cheap (and I got to use university money instead of real money) so I bought it. It’s...not the Crash Bandicoot I remember. Which is sort of sad, but no matter how horrible this game is, there’s something drawing me to it, and I just can’t place it. I was gonna stop after level 1 to write this blog, but I’m just finishing level four. And I can’t seem to put it down for more than a paragraph.


Alright, that’s all from me this week. Hope you enjoyed. As always, comments, concerns, and criticisms are welcome and of course appreciated. Seriously, they make me feel special. Thanks.

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What I Played This Week(s) 2.5.2011



First of all, I’d like to thank 360voice.com. I know a lot of people don’t use the site, because basically all that it does is give a glorified recap of what you played and how many points and achievement you receive. Hell, I almost never use it. But the point is, since it has been two weeks since I’ve written this thing, it does a lot to help my memory.


Alright, down to business here. I noticed a general theme this week. My friends, and primarily my girlfriend, have a lot of impact on which games I play. Since this is a super duper two week edition, the game playing descriptions will probably be shorter, simply because I’m lazy. Another addition: I realized I hadn’t mentioned yet, but everything I play is the 360 version, if that wasn’t clear. 


Dead Space 2  

That’s right. This is clearly the big game of the two weeks, completely blowing Darksiders off of my agenda. I had completely forgotten my love for Dead Space. Except, this is better. Namely because (so far) I haven’t found any puzzles that required me to use an internet FAQ, and most of my difficulty has been simply the amount of monsters coming at me. The game is still shock value horror, but unfortunately, some of that shock value is almost boring somewhat soon in the game. It’s still got a sick story though, and more importantly a voiced Isaac Clarke! Seriously though, if you liked Dead Space, pick this up. I haven’t tried the MP yet, and I would really like someone to play with. (I have the 360 version.)


Dorito’s Crash Course


God I hate games like this. I don’t like falling down time and time again. My blood boils, you can watch my blood pressure go up, and my irritation just causes me to do worse. But just kidding about the hating part. I actually really enjoy this game for whatever reason. I’ve even gone back and played it after I’ve done the possible achievements. But easily, the best part was my girlfriend watching and saying “why can’t you get past that part, it doesn’t look that hard” and then proceeding to watch her almost throw my controller in frustration within the first couple levels.


Halo: Reach


Hey motherfuckers. Remember when I asked if anyone wanted to play Reach with me? Yeah assholes, no one did. Just kidding about the hostility. Regardless, I did jump on the MP for a few hours, and it gave me a chance to play with my old friend  and his roommate, who is surprisingly good at SWAT. I made the mistake of this quote “goddammit , if I wanted to get killed by one shot across the map, I’d play Cod”. And that leads me to my next entry.


CoD: BLOPS


Yep. Fuckin Call of Duty. I’m not going to lie. I don’t like Call of Duty. So I’m not going to write anything about the game. I will say this though: the community is my favorite part. As long as I mute basically everyone that isn’t in my party. Seriously though, for whatever reason, all my friends from home are nearly CoD-exclusive gamers anymore, and this gave me a good chance to reconnect with some old friends.


Beatles Rock Band  

Yeah, there’s not really a story behind this. I was looking through my played games list, and realized I really like the beatles. So I stuck it in, figuring if liked how the game was set up as much as I used to, I might go out and buy Green Day rock band. While I forgot about that until just now, I really actually had fun playing Rock Band by myself for the first time in what seems forever. I went for the 85% all guitar solos on expert achievement. After a few hours and blisters on my fingers, I’m only about 3 songs away, and I’m currently 77% all three of them. I’ll get them one day. But if there’s anyone playing this still, I really love the Beatles and wouldn’t mind an online jam session.


Monopoly Streets  

This game is ridiculously addicting. I made fun of my girlfriend for weeks for buying an xbox simply to play the sims and monopoly, but I’m not going to lie, I’m thankful for it now. I know last blog I brushed it off as simply an easy chievo-whoring game, but it’s actually a lot of fun to play. Having said that, my monopoly strategy is almost perfected, so I’ll beat all of your asses, xbox version or board.


Madden ’09


I decided to turn this on to play my own simulation of the upcoming Super Bowl: My Green Bay Packers versus the rapists from Shittsburgh. I apologize for that, really, but I’ve been in a trash-talking mode since the playoffs started, and well, it’s what I do. But on to games. I really need a new Madden. There’s nothing that takes the fun out of the game than to realize I can’t play as Clay Matthews. Not to mention I took an hour fucking around with my depth charts because John Kuhn wasn’t my starting fullback and William Blackmon was still returning my punts. However, for the first time, I actually had fun playing Madden defense. Since my recent splurge into football, I actually understand plays and how to call them. I’m not just playing the outside linebacker rush anymore, I actually control the safety dropping in from coverage. Makes the game a shit ton more complicated...but actually fun.


Fallout: New Vegas


I think my biggest gripe with this game is that I have to realize that the real place is called Las Vegas, not New Vegas. I guess the game forces my mind to mix New York and Las Vegas, and look really stupid in real life. But back to the game, again. For the first time, I just ran around and killed motherfuckers. And it was awesome. I was just showing a friend how the combat/faction system worked, so I just ran around killing things. Not surprisingly, the experience was superior to my actual time playing the game, since most of my playthrough was well before the updates that made the game playable.



Alright, thanks for stopping by. As always, comments, compliments, and criticisms are welcome. Hopefully I’ll retain this strange motivation and come back to do this on a weekly basis. We’ll see.

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What I Played This Week 1.23.2011

Let's start this out. I'm aware it's the 24th. I, however, normally write these on Sundays, but the commotion with my Packers going to the Super Bowl sort of distracted me. Oh yeah, and moving back into Uni. Having said that, I think it's been long enough that I don't particularly remember what I played, so let's go with what I do remember. Keep in mind this blog usually has some form of spoilers in it.
 

Darksiders

 
Yep, same as last week. This took up a ton of my gaming time this week. I'm still not very far, due to the fact that well, I haven't had a ton of gaming time. Just got the second heart and the five achievements with it, so not too much to complain about. Yet I'm still going to complain. A.) the boss fights are sort of super easy once you find out their glaring weaknesses. It's hardly a consistent life or death thing, just as long as you can continue the patterns. B.) I forgot how much i hated wandering around without the faintest idea of where I'm going. The sense of accomplishment once I figure it out outweighs the frustration though. But don't let me give you the wrong idea. I do still like this game a lot, and it's a ton of fun. Sort of sad that I'll probably be putting it down for awhile considering Dead Space 2 comes out tomorrow. Don't let me forget to go back to it. 
 

Risk: Factions

 
Okay, so I only played the demo. Went into my RA's room to see what he was up to, and saw him playing it. Decided to go back to my dorm and download the demo, so I did. It was...okay. The campaign was surprisingly interesting, for as far as the demo would let me get, but it still fucks with my mind that Risk can be played any other way than the classic version. But then I found the classic version on the demo, and I was happy. Risk is a lot harder than I remembered, and it might be my sore ego talking, but I'm pretty sure the dice (die?) are pre-dispositioned to kick your ass. 
 

Halo Wars

 
For whatever reason, playing RISK gave me the desire to control huge armies, so I went ahead and booted up Halo Wars for the first time in forever. Turns out, I'm still really good at that game. Admittedly, the Legendary AI aren't as big of a challenge as they should be, but whatever, it makes me feel good to beat them. The game runs incredibly smoothly for me as a console RTS, something I've always taken for granted, as it was the only one I owned. I've since acquired Red Alert 3, and let me tell you, not so good with a controller. Also. Let me give you this piece of advice. If you're playing a live opponent (preferably in Deathmatch), and he consistently  builds the "anti-units" to whatever you're attacking him with, build your population limit worth of Warthogs. He'll have no idea what hit him. There's nothing like sending 99 Warthogs across the map to attack him, and watch him try to build enough Cobras to shoot at all of them. 
 

Netflix

 
Nope, not a big deal this week. I've exhausted all the shows I actually wanna watch, so I'm killing time with Family Guy until something new shows up. Family Guy isn't funny. it's really not. 
 
 Okay, that's all folks. Thanks to whoever made it this far. You should let me know what you think, cause quite frankly, I don't know why I still right this weekly bullshit.
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What I Played This Week 11.16.2011

Alright, here we are again. A blog no one cares about, in weekly format. What I played this week! 
 

Netflix

 
I kept this one for last in my last blog, for surprise/stupidity value. But, it took up the majority of my week. But, it came to an end. I finished the last of the seasons of the Office available for instant stream, and just like that, my heart sank. I feel almost empty inside, like now that I'm done with it, and I have to wait forever for season 7 to show up, since I can't watch it in real time. But, it leads way to my next point. I forgot how much I fucking love achievements.  
 

Dorito's Crash Course

 
I get it, y'all say it's not really a game, cause it was free. But do you know what, I hadn't put significant time into a video game in forever, and it was my entryway. And more importantly, I didn't have to get up to put a disc in. I was just fucking around, and bam, chievo. And all of a sudden, I remembered why I lived, and that I wasn't empty inside. (This was right after finishing the Office, btw). So I spent some time, got a decent amount of achievements from the game, and then realized I liked it. So I moved on. 
 

Darksiders

 
My first real video game in awhile. Not racing, not Rock Band, not Crash Course. But a real game, with controls and enemies and a story line and everything. And it's actually pretty good. I heard all of the Zelda comparisons and I don't see it. I mean, I do, but I can put it aside. I'm not super far into it, but it's super satisfying to jump on a fire bat and rip its face off. And even more satisfying to do it twice, without ever touching the ground. It does get a little bit annoying at times, and even hard if you don't have the right formula to beating an enemy. I'll write more about this when I'm further, but I have this to say right now. Fuck Angels. 
 

Monopoly Streets

 
Okay, so I may have gone a little over board in my newly rediscovered "I want achievements" kick. But in all fairness, the game is my girlfriend's, not mine. And we played it together, so it was more of a date than achievement whoring. Regardless, I got a ton of achievements my first game, cause I'm ballin at monopoly. And surprisingly, it was actually sort of fun. 
 
 
Okay, that's it. Sort of a slow week, but I got a slow start. Achievements aplenty will come this next week, hopefully.
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What I Played This Week 1/8/2011

Well, I said this would become a weekly thing for the -5 of you that care. So, here's what I played this week. It's not much, I'm mainly doing this to avoid the reading I have to have done for monday.
 

The Darkness

 
As probably none of remember, I wrote a blog about all of the ridiculous amount of games I bought over the holiday, plus the backlog that existed before it. Well, I finally bit the bullet and started playing through the backlog. After a list-randomizer game me an order to play them in, I picked out The Darkness out of my spindle. Let's put it this way: thank God it's not still 2007 (2006?) For my own curiosity, I looked up how the game reviewed, though I knew it wouldn't be good. (I paid $3 for it, it can't be good) Well, actually, it reviewed surprisingly decent. I mean, I know a 76 on metacritic isn't brilliant, but at least it's in the green. That gave me a little hope starting it up. A misplaced hope it was. Maybe it's because I had a headache, or I just got out of class and I knew I had to go back, but it's bad. Real bad. I don't have much to say about my actual playing, because as of now, it's only about a chapter or two in to the game. I'm sure it looked good when it came out, but right now...not so much. The concept was cheesy from the beginning, but the gameplay is even worse. It's cool the first time you get to send some sort of demon snake thing out of your body to devour an unsuspecting heart, but quite frankly, it gets old pretty quickly. 
 

Fallout: New Vegas' Dead Money

 
So I just started this, literally an hour and a half ago. My dismay with this DLC has very little to do with the game, and more to do with me. I, being an idiot, don't manually save very much, so my last manual save left me with a level 8, slightly evil character to work with. I went and picked up Boone, considering I pissed off the NCR before I had the chance to get him last time through. It was considerably useful, considering he disappeared as soon as I started the DLC quest up. As I started the DLC, I got a warning that the DLC was designed for high level characters, namely 20+. Being an 8, I of course clicked okay and continued anyway. For a while, it was fine. I recruited all three of my teammates, and had started the "heist". At this point, of course, I'm out of stimpacks, decent armor, and any weapons with ammo, because they took everything from the base game away from me. So, I basically got raped consistently while trying to get my first ally into position, and at that point gave up, temporarily. At some point, at least in my mind, I'm going to go through New Vegas again and make sure I actually save with a decently leveled character. We'll retry Dead Money then. 
 

Netflix

 
What, you thought this was a gaming blog? Okay, it is, but this is what I spent a lot of my 360 time with this week. Don't get me wrong, I love my instant stream, but it's seriously taking away my gaming time. Anyhow, this portion is short and simple, simply because all I did was watch the Office. I'm about done with season 5 now, not bad considering I just started season 1 right before Christmas. Hopefully, after I finish the series, I can get back to gaming. But, currently Netflix has me captive, and the only reason I'm not watching it now is because my 360 won't connect to the stupid University internet. 
 
 
And that's it folks. Thanks for reading, I'm sure it was boring. It's been a busy first week back at Uni, so hopefully I'll have some more time or motivation to play as I get settled in.
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Rate My Gaming Collection

I saw a similar thread about someone's PC games, and I figured I'd give it a shot 
 
So, basically over the last couple years I went sort of psycho with all of the games I bought. So I made a list! Not on GB though, so it's just text. It's in the spoiler tag, cause it's a pretty big list and it'd be obnoxious to have to scroll through every time. 
 

  1.  Alan Wake - Xbox 360
  2. All-Pro Football 2k8 - Xbox 360
  3. Army of Two - Xbox 360
  4. Assassin’s Creed - Xbox 360
  5. Assassin’s Creed II - Xbox 360
  6. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood - Xbox 360
  7. Batman: Arkham Asylum - Xbox 360
  8. Battlefield: Bad Company - Xbox 360
  9. Battlefield 2: Modern Combat - Xbox 360
  10. Bayonetta - Xbox 360
  11. Beowulf - Xbox 360
  12. Big Bumpin’ - Xbox 360 Arcade Disc
  13. Bioshock - Xbox 360
  14. Bioshock 2 - Xbox 360
  15. Blur - Xbox 360
  16. Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway - Xbox 360
  17. Brutal Legend - Xbox 360
  18. Call of Duty 2 - Xbox 360
  19. Call of Duty 3 - Xbox 360
  20. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Xbox 360
  21. Call of Duty (7): Black Ops
  22. Call of Duty: Classic - Xbox 360 Arcade HDD
  23. Cars - Xbox
  24. Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
  25. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Xbox 360
  26. Condemned: Criminal Origins - Xbox 360
  27. Condemned 2: Bloodshot - Xbox 360
  28. Counter-Strike - Xbox
  29. Crackdown - Xbox 360
  30. Crackdown 2 - Xbox 360
  31. Dance Central - Xbox 360 Kinect
  32. Dante’s Inferno - Xbox 360
  33. Darkness, The - Xbox 360
  34. Dead Rising - Xbox 360
  35. Dead Rising 2: Case Zero - Xbox 360 Arcade HDD
  36. Dead Space - Xbox 360
  37. Dead Space: Ignition - Xbox 360 Arcade HDD
  38. Deadliest Warrior: The Game - Xbox 360 Arcade HDD
  39. Deadly Premonition - Xbox 360
  40. Devil May Cry 4 - Xbox 360
  41. DJ Hero - Xbox 360
  42. DJ Hero 2 - Xbox 360
  43. Dorito’s Crash Course - Xbox 360 Arcade HDD
  44. Dragon Age: Origins - Xbox 360
  45. Dragon Age: Origins: Awakening - Xbox 360
  46. Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires - Xbox 360
  47. Enchanted Arms - Xbox 360
  48. EndWar - Xbox 360
  49. Fable II - Xbox 360
  50. Fable III - Xbox 360
  51. Fallout 3 - Xbox 360
  52. Fallout: New Vegas - Xbox 360
  53. FIFA 06: Road to the FIFA World Cup - Xbox 360
  54. Final Fantasy XI: Online: Ultimate Collection - Xbox 360
  55. Final Fantasy XIII - Xbox 360
  56. Forza Motorsports 2 - Xbox 360
  57. Gears of War - Xbox 360
  58. Gears of War 2 - Xbox 360
  59. Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 - Xbox 360
  60. Guitar Hero II - Xbox 360
  61. Guitar Hero III - Xbox 360
  62. Guitar Hero: Aerosmith - Xbox 360
  63. Guitar Hero: World Tour - Xbox 360
  64. Halo: Combat Evolved - Xbox 
  65. Halo 2 - Xbox
  66. Halo 3 - Xbox 360
  67. Halo 3: ODST - Xbox 360
  68. Halo: Reach - Xbox 360
  69. Halo Wars - Xbox 360
  70. Harm’s Way- Xbox 360 Arcade HDD
  71. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part One - Xbox 360/Xbox 360 Kinect
  72. Hydro Thunder Hurricane - Xbox 360 Arcade HDD
  73. Kameo: Elements of Power - Xbox 360
  74. Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days - DS
  75. Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep - PSP
  76. Kinect Adventures - Xbox 360
  77. Kung Fu Panda - Xbox 360
  78. Last Remnant, The - Xbox 360
  79. Left 4 Dead - Xbox 360
  80. LEGO Batman: The Video Game - Xbox 360
  81. LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventure - Xbox 360
  82. Lost Odyssey - Xbox 360
  83. Lost Planet 2 - Xbox 360
  84. Madden NFL 06 - Xbox 360
  85. Madden NFL 07 - Xbox 360
  86. Madden NFL 08 - Xbox 360
  87. Madden NFL 09 - Xbox 360
  88. Mercenaries 2: World In Flames - Xbox 360
  89. Mirror’s Edge - Xbox 360
  90. N3: Ninety-Nine Knights - Xbox 360
  91. NBA 2k6 - Xbox 360
  92. NBA Live 07 - Xbox 360
  93. NBA Street: Homecourt - Xbox 360
  94. NCAA Football 07 - Xbox 360
  95. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit - Xbox 360
  96. Need for Speed: Most Wanted - Xbox 360
  97. NFL Street - Xbox
  98. Ninja Gaiden II - Xbox 360
  99. Perfect Dark Zero - Xbox 360
  100. Pocket Bike Racer - Xbox 360 Arcade Disc
  101. Pokemon: HeartGold - DS
  102. Prey - Xbox 360
  103. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands - Xbox 360
  104. Project Gotham Racing 3 - Xbox 360
  105. Project Sylpheed: Arc of Deception - Xbox 360
  106. Pure - Xbox 360
  107. Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters - PSP
  108. Red Dead Redemption - Xbox 360
  109. Resident Evil 5 - Xbox 360
  110. Resonance of Fate - Xbox 360
  111. Rock Band - Xbox 360
  112. Rock Band 2 - Xbox 360
  113. Rock Band 3 - Xbox 360
  114. Rock Band, The Beatles - Xbox 360
  115. Rock Revolution - Xbox 360
  116. Saboteur, The - Xbox 360
  117. Shadowrun - Xbox 360
  118. SKATE - Xbox 360
  119. Sneak King - Xbox 360 Arcade Disc
  120. Sonic Adventure - Xbox 360 Arcade HDD
  121. Soul Calibur IV - Xbox 360
  122. Splosion Man - Xbox 360 Arcade HDD
  123. Star Wars: Battlefront II - Xbox
  124. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - Xbox 360
  125. Summer Athletics: The Ultimate Challenge - Xbox 360
  126. Super Meat Boy - Xbox 360 Arcade HDD
  127. Super Street Fighter IV - Xbox 360
  128. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 - Xbox 360
  129. Timeshift - Xbox 360
  130. TNA Impact! Cross the Line - PSP
  131. Tony Hawk: Ride - Xbox 360
  132. Two Worlds - Xbox 360
  133. UFC 2009: Undisputed - Xbox 360
  134. World Of Warcraft - Mac
  135. WWE: SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 - Xbox 360
  136. Xbox Live Arcade Compilation - Xbox 360 Arcade Disc    
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The Phorcast: Episode 3 - Coming Into Our Own

Hello, everyone who's fortunate enough to be in this blog. It's me, Caleb again. You might recognize me from the previous podcasts I posted previously from the site I work on. 
 
Well, we're back at it again, for some surprising reason. It's not quite as formal, and certainly not as long, as our GOTY podcast, but we're still pretty proud of it, all things considered. Any way, this is basically here in case you wanted to stop by and give it a listen. Keep in mind, it's also on iTunes if you prefer it that way. Seach: Scorephoria 
  
Link to the Podcast

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My Gaming Week In Review

First things first: This post contains spoilers, as I'm talking about games I've played. 
 
Alright, here we go. A semi-irregular blog post about the games I've been playing. You know, instead of actually playing them. With as many games as I've acquired recently, this list is actually sort of small. But, I guess I have to blame to hectic nature of the holiday season for that. So, let's go.   

Rock Band 3

I got it for Christmas last week, with the keyboard/tar peripheral. I was super stoked to try it, but I'm not completely sure I was a fan. In a mood that I can only attribute to rhythm game burnout, I felt myself dragging through the setlists, instead of being excited to try new or more difficult tracks. Even with the new instrument, it just wasn't all that much fun for me. I five-starred every song on hard for my achievement, and I felt like I'm done with the game. Until late this past week, some friends came over. Then I remembered why I liked Rock Band to start with, it's a ton of fun with friends, usually at the expense of whoever is forced into vocals. The song list still wasn't my favorite, but we each found something we liked, with Amy Winehouse being thrown in for kicks. John Lennon's Imagine was my high point, personally. That game could do with a ton more disc based John Lennon, but I'm not willing to pay a ridiculous amount of MSP for the rest of the album as DLC. As much as I would like it. Rock Band 3 is still up on my list of music games, but I think I might just be done with them, for now. Except DJ Hero. I love me some DJ Hero 
 

Blur

 
It all started out as finding a gift for my girlfriend. I knew she liked racing games, and she was supposed to be getting her Xbox back from M$ any day. While that part didn't work out so well in retrospect, I didn't know that at the time. She already has Hot Pursuit and we don't own a PS3, so I started to look for some recent titles. After a trial and error, I found out she didn't like Split/Second, so that was out. (Good news is, we played someone else's copy and I didn't have to spend money on it). For some reason or another, I was watching a Big Lots commercial and saw that they had Blur on sale. I made my decision. I went and bought a copy, and realized that it actually looked like a game I might enjoy. So I bought two copies, with the intention of playing mine when she got around to playing hers. Turns out, that same night the Rock Band friends came over, I was looking for a four player split screen game. So we took out Blur, and ended up playing it for hours. I can't articulate why it was fun, short of it being hilarious to knock my friends off cliffs with some sort of electro-magenetic pulse. Regardless, even after they left, the game was still a lot of fun in single player, and I can't wait for my girlfriend to get through her holiday games so I have someone to play with again. 
  

Kinect/Kinect Adventures

Oh, that's right. I got a Kinect for Christmas. I had almost forgotten. I don't really have much to say on the subject. After the initial "ooh, aah" the fancy motion controls got from the small army of family watching, I bit the bullet and opened up Kinect Adventures. What can I say, it feels a ton like the Wii, without the controller. But with the clunkiness and the lack of following my hand correctly. I mean, I wasn't expecting it to be perfect, but there were a few times when it didn't work. I have a few more Kinect games to try out, namely Dance Central and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows (Part One), so maybe it won't be so...not fun when I get into those. Although judging by the HP quick-look, that game probably won't help sooth my buyer's regret. 
 

Red Dead Redemption's Undead Nightmare

 
So, thanks to this brilliant holiday that is Christmas, my girlfriend's parents hooked me up with some MSP. So, I went on a little bit of a spending splurge. I got both Alan Wake DLC's (on sale at 200 MSP each), Undead Nightmare, Fable 3's Understone (?) DLC, and Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen for a RB3 achievement I wanted. Other than the fact I'm pretty sure i got the Fable 3 DLC's name wrong, not very significant. But, I played through the RDR DLC today. That's right. The whole Undead Nightmare pack, with the huge media campaign and disc release, took me maybe 5 hours. Okay, so I didn't save all the towns, but I didn't rip straight through the story either. I couldn't get into it right away, simply because in my RDR universe, Uncle and John were already dead. It was almost traumatizing to see them alive again (and not in the Undead way). Admittedly, Uncle didn't last long. I guess that the ending had an explanation for why he was alive at the time, but I at least wish it would've told me it was set before the end of the base game, so I at least had an idea of where I was in the timeline. Not that it mattered. it took time some place after the Mexican revolution and the end of the game, but I don't remember there being a hint of the apocalypse in there. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it sort of bothered me that it took a good story and tried to exploit it, all while turning a decent cover based shooter mechanic into a (for me) hack and slash with a torch and a ridiculous amount of dead-eye shooting. I loved RDR, but I really wasn't a fan of the zombies. 
 
So, I guess that's it. Thanks for reading, if you're still here. i'm going to try to make this semi-regular, but I have a feeling that once I'm back in University after break, I won't have time to play games, much less right about them
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Scorephoria Podcast: Episode 1: Smoothing Out The Rough Edges

Hello, everyone again. I don't know how many of you saw it, but the site I work on posted a Game of the Year podcast last week. It was met with surprising compliments and general goodwill, so we decided to go ahead and try to make it into a weekly thing. Turns out it's a little rougher when you don't have a set procedure in front of you like a GOTY segment, but I still think it turned out rather well. 
 
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Game of the Year (In Podcast form!)

As some of you may remember, I work on a (small) video game website in addition to hanging around GiantBomb more than is probably healthy. Last night, the other writers and I got together and recorded our first site podcast to celebrate the end of 2010, and of course, crown our Game of the Year. It's pretty long, and relatively vulgar, but we're pretty proud of it. I'm just interested in what you think. 
 
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Let me know what you think!

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