The Cynical Dead :My Time with Telltale's Walking Dead *SPOILERS*

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Hello gents and ladies if you're reading this then well congrats you've made it to 2013. So what did I do to start off my new year? Well, since I didn't have any work today I finished off the last two episodes of The Walking Dead in one sitting. This was a bit of an experiment for me. You see I've never really "got" the attraction to The Walking Dead. Its always just seemed incredibly formulaic to me from an outside perspective. Group of survivors run from place to place insert human drama blah blah blah. My cynicism was fairly strong going into this thing. The other thing I had going for me was that I was spoiled on multiple multiple plot points. Then over the holiday break on Christmas day Telltale pulled the ol' drug dealer trick of give em' the first hit free. On top of just giving away the first hit free all the other episodes were 200 points a pop. So there went $10 and suddenly I had the entire season sitting on my Hard Drive of my 360.

So the question was for me with my cynicism working against me and me being spoiled would the story telling in The Walking Dead hold up for me? Honestly, the answer is well...yes mostly at least. There are some things that I thought were really dumb which I'll touch on later but for now lets focus on another topic.

You are my sunshine my only sunshine.

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The Walking Dead is a dreary world. It doesn't start happy and it doesn't end happy. The one constant element that is a tiny ray of hope in the entire game is Clementine. This is one area where I really did have to eat my words. Not only is Clem's character well written and believable as a child character but its the first child character that you didn't want to instantly punt in the head to shut them up. I mean, remember those jerk kids in skyrim or how about the kids in Fallout 3? AWFUL I TELL YOU~! Whew (deep breath). Clementine's relationship with Lee from the time she peeks her curious head out of her tree house to the time the end credits roll was entirely captivating. This is a game that very early on shows you that it doesn't fuck around with choices instantly putting Kenny's child Duck into harms way. Even though going in I knew in the back of my mind that Clem was safe in the moment the pacing and the writing of the story kept me so focused on the moment that many times the moments Clem was in danger were still incredibly tense. A number of moments caught me as being awful and incredibly fucked up choices but the two that brought me damn close to tears both involved Clementine. The hardest being the very ending I told Clementine to shoot lee and watching that entire scene play out couldn't be more soul crushing. It was amplified by the fact that just earlier in episode 4 I had finally come out and told her that her parents were dead, again soul crushing. Clem had been a tough soldier through the entire journey watching countless horrific things play out yet for her to have to kill the one person left that truly cared for her was absolutely one of the most heartbreaking things I've seen in games in awhile. Ya know... I'm not sure I'd even want a 2nd season at this point I just want to imagine Clem grew up and lived her life.

#TeamKenny

The most adorable redneck ever.
The most adorable redneck ever.

So, being exposed to people buzzing and talking about this game the one thing was clear that you couldn't play it down the middle and be a people pleaser. So when push came to shove (and boy did it come early) I chose to side with Kenny. Why? Well, simply because early on my priorities were always to put the children first every damn time. As result my first encounter with Larry ended with me stepping in and defending Duck. This lead to Larry being a jerk to me and well from that point on the lines were drawn as far as I was concerned. Kenny had never let me down and dammit I was sticking with him. Kenny struck me as the second most endearing character in the series. The stuff with Duck was hard watching a father deliriously trying to cope with the fact that it finally happened to him a family member had been bitten. Again, a very well written character who acted very human. He lashed out in anger then denial then finally broke down into a sobbing mess. This whole arc with Kenny's family might not have had the same impact that it did on some since this was one of the parts I did have spoiled BUT I still really appreciated the writing. Watching Kenny finally sacrifice himself for Christa finally set in my mind that Kenny was a good man deep down. Even if he was almost all to gleeful in wanting to throw a cinder block on Larry's head and a belligerent asshole at times he was a good man thrown into a shitty situation and I'll forever be #TeamKenny.

Awful choices, regrets and oh...fuck Ben.

As stated before The Walking Dead is a game that doesn't fuck around. It will throw awful things your way and make you deal with them with absolutely NO time to think about it. I really loved that they threw the timer on there it made you really have to act instead of think and that still made all of the choices pretty meaningful. So, what awful choices did I make? Well, plenty including killing Larry after telling him to eat up his human leg BBQ. Most choices I made and was confident in even if they were insanely shitty choices like killing the boy in the attic or rolling the dice on Larry "really" being dead. The one however that really filled me with regret was leaving Lilly behind. Like many awful choices you make in life you make them when you are angry and don't really mean what you think you do. Lilly had just shot Carly who early on was one of my favorite characters. I chose to openly confide in her and she seemed like the right choice to save and here Lilly just off and killed her. Tensions were high and I had my flag firmly planted on #TeamKenny so Lilly wasn't exactly "hearing out" my arguments. So, in a rage I left her. I considered it payback for what she had done to Carly in cold blood. Then as time went on the subject of Lilly came up with Kenny and I felt bad and awful really. I realized that she was just doing what I had been doing making the tough choices to survive and I had just left her to die after already killing her dad. Fuck.

As Cee Lo once said... FUCK YOU.
As Cee Lo once said... FUCK YOU.

Oh, but then there is the catalyst for Carly, Duck, Katjaa and well just a lot of stuff in general...Ben. Ohhhhh Ben. Here I went out of my way to convince Kenny and Lilly both that he should be allowed to stay with the group and he ends up fucking everything over. Now, yes... I realize that the story advances beyond the motor inn no matter what but hey man don't be bringing the realities of the game structure with my hate for Ben. He was just a constant fuck up. I wanted to find some part of me that sympathized for him but at every turn he made me hate him. He was a coward and didn't save Clem multiple times. He trades with the bandits and is directly responsible for the death of duck and consequently Katjaa and as a final coup de grace he manages to let zombies into the school in Crawford resulting in the death of Brie. So when tasked with the choice of cutting him from the group I did so and then I dropped him down the bell tower because fuck him. I really have tried to find a sympathetic angle to his character and I keep coming up with blanks. I just constantly hated him.

Technical horrors and awful plot devices ahoy!

The real scary part about The Walking Dead isn't the zombies. Its the technical nightmare that it is. Yes, I know the 360 version was the worst but ya know what I was already locked in and committed to that version. Its really a shame on some places like in episode 5 the frame rate went to a horrible stutter and I found a consistent problem with getting the newest episode to start. If you scratching you head wondering why well yeah.. I am too. I don't know I would click "Play" on the episode and it would multiple times do several things...

  • In later episodes for whatever reason start the first episode over overriding my save (thank god I copied to every slot)
  • Start at the final chapter in the previous episode
  • Oh, and it even saved or imported my choices wrong on a few occasions when it did start the correct episode (again, ya multiple save slots)

So that stuff was a real bummer on multiple levels man.

The other thing that was just REAL dumb was the reveal of the Station Wagon man. It seriously felt like the writers got themselves into a bit of a dead end and needed justification for Clem missing. It was just really poorly handled especially since well.. you really HAVE no choice other than to take the food. Either you decide to take it or Kenny takes it anyways. It was just a bit to convenient of a plot device and this man knowing about Lee going to the farm which was BEFORE the station wagon was increasingly dumb. Am I do really believe that somehow this guy had crazy surveillance that allowed him to spy like god on the characters so then he can call Lee out on awful thing that he did? Please. Its really the low light of the entire story and they were really scarily close to botching the entire landing if it wasn't for the absolute heartfelt send off of the story of Lee and Clementine.

Long goodbyes and sweet lullabies

So its over both this uh... whatever you want to call it and my time with The Walking Dead. Part of me wants to know what happens if I do this or that what happens if I stay silent the entire time? There are lots of choices in this game and even though some choices like the station wagon are entirely scripted and linear the writing does stand tall making you feel like your choices do still matter. That's why even though I kind of want to see all of this other stuff I kind of well... don't. I don't want to strip this game apart and know how the magician does the trick. Regrets and all I crafted my story and my choices and I'll stick with them. So now your asking me what do I think about everyone buzzing about it was it deserved? Does it deserve to be game of the year? Well, for me personally no... I still really enjoyed the game and honestly I may have to think about revising my list now that I played this and Hotline Miami finally. However, even if I consider this on my list which...fuck it I guess i do.

I still think Final Fantasy XIII-2 is the most fun I've had with a game all year. Yes, I realize that a large majority of you think that my love for it is crazy and possibly it is. I do think the Walking Dead was successful though. Even with me being spoiled and incredibly cynical going in i was still damn near in tears as Clementine pulled the trigger to kill Lee. And I think that is what good writing and good stories should do. I think people place too much stock or are at least to over hypersensitive to spoilers. Look, yes being surprised by events is fun but if a story is TRULY a good story the characters and journey to that destination will still be insanely compelling. I really did enjoy my time with The Walking Dead though. A well spent $10 and honestly would have been worth the full price. So I guess I'm fine seeing all of those GOTY lists filled with TWD now. I don't agree that its number one but dammit I now see why some people think so.

See you later, Clementine.
See you later, Clementine.
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My top 25 of all time: #25 Winback

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Hey there! So I've long known what my top say 3 or so games of all time were. Its not hard for me to pull those games out when someone asks me what my favorite game of all time is. However, I was thinking in the scheme of things what are my top 25 of all time? Did I even know the answer to this question? So last night I sat down and decided to make up a list which you can find on my profile if your interested. Anyways, I thought I would start throwing down longer blogs of each game and why it meant something to me. These games aren't all "amazing" or in some cases even "good" but they are the games for one reason or another that has shaped my tastes in Video Games and to a larger extend media in general. Anyways with further ado......

Winback: Covert Operations

Blastin' fools
Blastin' fools

Back in the long past year of 1999 I was 14 and after briefly playing my cousins copy of Metal Gear Solid I quickly started developing a fascination for the game. Here is the problem. I had a Nintendo 64. Don't me wrong the N64 was a great system there are a ton of ground breaking games on that system. There however was NO Metal Gear Solid. So then one day while perusing the games at the rental store I saw Winback. My jaw was agape starting at the back of the box. Here was this cool secret agent guy. Back pressed against the wall like Solid Snake gun in hand. I had to play this. So after much begging (and whining) I got my way and my mom rented me the game.

Whats this?! A cover system!?

Mr. Terrorist bad guy!
Mr. Terrorist bad guy!

So after I got home I started the game. To my surprise the game did NOT play anything like MGS. You stood still and pressed a button to draw your gun and with feet firmly planted fired your gun. This was odd to me as run n' gun was the name of the game for most shooters of the day. Instead the game also highly prodded you to use cover. This was in fact the first game to use a 3rd person cover system.

Metal...Gear!?

So while this game didn't feature a metal gear it did very much feature a group of terrorists that were at a remote place that needed to be stopped. Enter S.C.A.T or Special Covert Action Team. Looking back that naming is...unfortunate. Anyways, the story starts off with an assault on the enemies base only to have your helicopter crash. Jean Luc survives but his team is gone so off you go on your journey to find them and stop the terrorists dastardly scheme. So looking back the story in this game is truly awful. Hey, hindsight and all of that right? Never-the-less between this and Metal Gear these games really left an impression on me. So much that I wrote a (probably incomprehensible) story directly inspired by both games. I still have the binders with the story. You know the 5-subject notebooks you used in school? Yeah, two of those full front to back with a story I wrote inspired a large part from this game.

Good Job, Jean Luc!

Our hero Jean Luc getting ready for action.
Our hero Jean Luc getting ready for action.

So, more or less that is it. Winback is a game that history is most likely going to forget. That is a bit of a shame because games like Gears of War and other 3rd Person shooters today owe a lot to the first few games like Winback and Kill.Switch that made progress in developing what became the modern cover system. In retrospect it isn't a great game and even for its time the writing was awful and the game play amounted to little more than a shooting gallery. But what a fun shooting gallery it was! If anyone is interested you can play the (slightly better looking) PS2 version of the game via PSN. I'm not sure I'd recommend this to anyone unless you already have a soft spot for it like me. However, its a game that influenced me and I'm really glad I had my time with it. Its super unfortunate that the Winback name was entirely drug through the mud with the awful release of Winback 2. That game was AWFUL. Quite possibly one of the worst games I've ever played. I couldn't finish it and folks I've played and finished some awful games like Vampire Rain. Anywho, this is #25 on the list. I'm not going to have a regular schedule for this stuff just basically whenever I feel like it. I'd be delighted to see in the comments if anyone else was as fascinated by this game as a kid as I was. I can't deny that this wasn't a good game but none-the-less it influenced me and my tastes. Till next time folks!

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My dumb blog thing: 12/14/12

Well shit. I missed yesterday! However there was a very (well not really) good reason for that. The Giantbomb Beta is LIVE for member son! It is a controlled sort of anarchy over there and its tons of fun. I really enjoy the new layouts for (most) things although the mobile version of the site seems all jacked up right now. Any of you actually tried it on mobile yet? I dunno possibly its just internet explorer (I'm on windows phone) is just fuckin everything up.

Oh hey... here is a GIF of naked Dante putting on his clothes mid-air for no good reason other than I'm really excited for the new DmC and we are just WEEKS out people. Whooie! I really need to play the demo again (in fact I think I'll do that as soon as I'm done writing this) I think the combat seems really solid. I've already seen people online making ridiculous combo videos. I really hope that the game is really re-play friendly and they keep all the end of level rank stuff.

Still playing Far Cry 3 but starting to hit a bit of a wall with it feel interest starting to slip away so I figure I should wrap that up before I do. Which leaves me wondering what I'm going to play until DmC hits. Been floating around a few things..... one of which is finally doing up some Metal Gear Solid HD. Then again...I should possibly finish Castlevania: Lord of Shadows.

There are a number of JRPG's that I want to get back into as well but I feel that I should wait to get into those. Resonance of Fate all three of the Altelier series. I seriously have two of those games special editions both sitting sealed on my shelf un-opened that I paid well over $100 for. I think whatever it is I should play something on my PS3. So this leads me to another question that I'd like to throw out there. I am not per say a fanboy of any one console but I often find myself going long stretches playing on specific consoles or whatever. Right now I'm really hot on the Xbox last year I had a ton of time where my PS3 and the PC was the hotness for me. Anyone besides me sort of ping-pong through consoles like this? Then again... I could do something even crazier and turn on my Wii and play Muramasa... wait no... that is crazy talk. Playing my Wii? What am I? Desperate?

Anyways, I leave you with this random clip of Panty and Stocking. Which reminds me... I should really re-watch all the episodes again. Other than the bizzaro ending (which all ganaix anime have) I can't really say I have any issues with the show. Although gotta say...not sure how I'm digging the english dubs.... also I wish that they would release a Blu-Ray version. Anyways until next time!

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My dumb blog thing : 12/12/12

Yo son, its 12-12-12 and for whatever reason there is a Sandy benefit concert tonight and Nirvana is reuniting. Uh...whut? Its seems to be a nice big awful week for bad decisions in the music industry. Avril (I hate your girlfriend) Lavigne is also covering a Nickelback song in a One Piece anime movie. Uh...again... whut?

Okay okay... in GOOD decisions in the music industry Good ol' Frank Ocean is nominated for SIX count em' SIX grammys. That is awesome and I really hope he wins one of them. If you haven't heard of Frank firstly what rock are you living under? Secondly, go listen to Channel Orange. Now. I'm kind of feeling positive about his chances. Also, not on the list of best new artists or anything grammy related ( at least that I know of) is Carly Rae Jepsen. Call me maybe can suuuck it. So, Frank also just recently released his video for one of the best songs on his album "Pyramids" I would post the video but thing is... I can't. There are a fair amount of nekkid boobies in the video and I wouldn't want to upset the mods. Especially after my harmless dolphin rape video got deleted. If you have zero idea what I'm talking about youtube "Ecco the Reluctant Dolphin" also go watch the video for "Pyramids" its actually a great video.

Frank approves of his nominations. Also, that is a sick-ass headband.
Frank approves of his nominations. Also, that is a sick-ass headband.

Anyways, I need to finally turn on the PS3 and finally watch some blu-rays I've been sitting on. I don't know why I haven't watched all this stuff thats just been sitting there but I dunno I rarely feel the need to watch TV. First up on my list of things to get through is Hyakka Ryoran Samurai Girls. Yeah, I know what your thinking its a fan-servicy and ecchi trash and I dunno you are probably right on many accounts. But hey... guess what I'm a sucker for dumb ecchi anime as sometimes the fan service is just so absurd that it crosses the line from being risque and saucy to just down right hilarious. If you're game go look up manyuu hikenchou one of the outright most absurd and hilariously dumb ecchi anime out there. Girls fight and the more powerful they get the larger their breasts get. Its insanely absurd and completely hilarious to watch.

I mostly got Samurai Girls though simply because I thought the art style was sort of neat. It has a very ink blot looking filter to the whole thing. which is neat. I was going to post a trailer or something for it below but apparently THAT has nekkid boobs in it too so... fuck I guess this Opening Credits sequence might be safe enough to post. I've been mounting a lot of ideas for a huge blow out on Far Cry 3. I'm really enjoying the game and honestly I'm not really enjoying the story so much as I am enjoying watching Jason Brody evolve. I don't want to spoils anything for anyone but man... just man I had a few audible reactions last night to some of the things that happened. I'm hesitant to go all out yet as I've just reached the second island so I've got a few missions until the end.

Um, that is all for today I think. Still highly anticipating the GOTY stuff from Giantbomb. Oh, and the other day er...like Monday was really odd. The Halo Map debacle happened, G-mail crashed then later in the day Facebook crashed. Really odd day and week at that. Little sad that there won't be a TNT this week but hey... whatevs! Oh and I dunno I might be (probably) wouldn't mind finding three or so duders to play through some Far Cry 3 coop with. Its not spectacular but its fun enough to run through a few times. Also, I want the damn achievements for it. Speaking of I played the first mission with some randoms and nobody was using their mic except one dude. The entire time guy sounded like he was on the phone and then proceeded to have an extended conversation with whoever he was on the phone with about his cocaine habits. So...that happened I guess. ANYWAYS, if you might be possibly down for Co-op my Gamertag is the same as my forum name. Oh, and even if you don't wanna play Far Cry and just want to shoot me a request you can as I deleted a hellva lot of inactive people on my friends list. I'd just appreciate a follow up message with the request to let me know your from Giantbomb. I for whatever reason get random goof balls sending me friend requests all the time. As long as I know your from the land of duders I'll accept it. And that is it. Go, on... go listen to some Frank Ocean do it!

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My dumb blog thing : 12/11/12

Okay well.. I don't have much of anything in perticular today so I think today is going to be a short one. On a high note though I think my friend might be making me a dumb banner to put at the top of these things which is neat! Anyways, I've still been playing Far Cry 3 which I think now I might want to actually go for all the achievements in. Seems pretty doable and the game is fun enough. The only real drag might be trying to find the relics but the good news is you only need 60 relics and not all 120. I'd like to do a write up or a detailed review in the future for that one. I was insanely wrong about that game. Far Cry 2 was such a shit show. Go get malaria pills every five minutes.....oh and the jeep repairing.... god damn the jeep repairing. So, Sunday wrestling happened in particular TNA's PPV I don't even fucking know what it was called and it doesn't really matter because it was awful. I got lured by my curiosity after posted tin the good ol' wrestling thread about it. Ended up watching it with the LoC guys (a.k.a all the wrestling crazies that visit the wrestling thread) and wow... WWE has issues and often has a ton of them but TNA is just insanely painful to watch on all accounts. Even matches that SHOULD be good were ruined by dumb and often anticlimactic finishes. Apparently Hulk Hogan is still around for whatever god damn reason. Oh and his daughter is there too now because apparently failing at pop music wasn't enough for her.

Anways.... the go home show for the TLC PPV wasn't that great either on the WWE side of things. Although again stealing the show again Dolph Ziggler helped pull out a fantastic match against Sheamus. Sheamus I absolutely HATE his character I hate him on the mic I hate everything about the pale ginger haired idiot but I can't hate his ability in the ring because damn when he is paired with the right people you really get some amazing performances from him. The other saving grace of the match was Antonio Cesaro vs Kofi Kingston. Cesaro's uppercuts are the most insanely brutal thing I've ever seen. The guy is just soo damn good in the ring. Catching Kofi mid-air into a tilt-o-whirl back breaker was absolutely amazing the guys strength is incredible. Thing is he isn't a hugely bulky guy either yet he is one of the most insanely strong guys the WWE has right now. So, speaking of wrestling if anyone is reading this that loves wrestling you should really check out the Art of Wrestling podcast hosted by Colt Colbana it is an absolute treat to hear many of the best wrestlers talking candidly out of character. Its something you don't see a lot of and getting a peek behind the curtain of how things are in the biz is pretty fascinating at least to me. Speaking of I also would highly recommend the CM Punk: Best in the World DVD its one of the best documentaries I've seen in a while. The conviction of CM Punk to get what he wants is insanely commendable. Its amazing to see him go from some skinny punk kid to realizing that he is now the longest reigning WWE champion in the past quarter century now at 380+ days.

So... I guess I had no idea what I was going to write about and like I predicted yesterday it ended up being about wrasslin. So... that means I promptly expect no replies to this entry. Haha. I'll continue digging into Far Cry 3 hopefully I'll feel good enough about where I am in the story soon to talk about it. Till next time!

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My dumb blog thing: 12/10/12

Okay well lets start my dumb little blog thing today with a music recommendation. If you haven't already heard the song go listen to "Chum" by Earl Sweatshirt. If you don't know who Earl Sweatshirt is well first off shame on you and second off well, simply put he is part of Odd Future. Odd Future is a collective rap group with smaller sub-groups within it. You might have heard of Tyler The Creator who got a lot of mainstream buzz after winning an award for best new artist at the MTV music wards. Anyways, Earl is gearing up to FINALLY release a solo album. He is by far one of the most lyrically dangerous and incredible rappers out there today. His verse at the end of Odd Future's "Oldie" where Earl made a surprise return was an incredibly dense and well put together verse. Because I know y'all are gonna be lazy and not look it up here I'll be nice and embed it below for you fuckers since I love y'all.

In other random news the WiiU pad sure looks easy to break. That...kind of makes me terrified to even want to get a WiiU. Anyways 2012 is wrapping up and we have uh what like less than 19 days before the supposed end of the world. Speaking of the end of the world like...why is everyone so terrified of it? Seriously. Look, were all going to die at some point. Now, personally the thing that bums me out the most about the fact that we are all going to die is that humanity is going to keep moving forward even after I die. I'll never get to know about all the cool technology or video games or other nonsense that goes on in the world after I'm gone. So honestly, being around for the end of the world to me would be exciting because I would know for a fact that I was there for the end of humanity's time on earth. What also is entertaining about this is the people that actually "prepare" for it. I mean look if it is the end of the world a bug out bag and a supply of rations and water are not going to save you.

Since the world isn't going to end lets change gears. There is enough GOTY nonsense going on now and I'm sure everyone will be sick about talking about this years games soon. I initially thought of writing up a whole big blog about that but I already did a "I really liked these games" and "This is everything I've played this year" blogs so... I'm not going to do a long drawn out blog post about that. If you are interested in what my list was well.....

1.Final Fantasy XIII-2

2.Halo 4

3.Dishonored

4.Forza Horizion

5.Hitman Absolution

6.Max Payne 3

7.Dragon’s Dogma

8.Sleeping Dogs

9.Lollipop Chainsaw

10. Twisted Metal

I'll be more than happy to answer questions about why I picked all of them but I don't think any of my choices should me TOO much of a surprise to anyone at least on here If you've been following along with all the dumb posts I've made all year. Anyways the thing I'd like to talk about isn't this year since that is soooo five minutes ago I'm looking forward to what games are going to make me broke in 2013. I'd like to hear everyone else's list of stuff they are looking forward to in 2013 as well. These are by the way... in no particular order.

1. DmC

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This is a game that I've been wildly looking forward to for a good while now. The question has been at least for me will ninja theory be able to pull off a game with the combat that rivals the original games? All signs are pointing to yes which is very comforting. I'm really looking forward to Ninja Theory's take on the world and characters.

2. Metal Gear Rising :Revengence

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Box art

Oh looky another character action title! I can't believe this thing is finally going to see the light of day. After being in development purgatory for what seemed like forever finally Rising is happening. I personally haven't got a chance to get hands on with it but from people who have gotten to play the demo I'm hearing good things. That really makes me excited. I'll be interested I guess to see where they take the fiction. I mean if this is post MGS4 then that means the Patriots are gone which also means nanomachines are or at least WERE a thing of the past.

3. Tomb Raider

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I never did like the Psone Tomb Raider games but I got into the franchise this gen when they first released Tomb Raider Legend. I then played all the subsequent games this gen. So now were officially in "reboot" territory. Its pretty hilarous considering that Uncharted out Tomb Raider'd Tomb raider and now Tomb Raider is potentially poised to out Uncharted Uncharted. I'm not even sure if that sentence I just typed makes any sense but....hopefully you get my gist. Game looks great! I'm glad finally all the hub-bub surrounding Lara and her presentation in the game has died down and that people are finally focusing on the game. I'm hoping the game delivers on the "survival" element as much as they've been hyping but I guess we'll see....

4. Bioshock Infinite

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First off I want to say that the box art is fucking awful. I really hope they change it but it is looking doubtful. Awful box art aside this game looks fantastic. I'm just wondering if it is going to have the same impact that Bioshock did on me. The first time you saw rapture in Bioshock it was just one of THOSE moments in video games. The game has been delayed again for more polish and I guess we'll just have to wait to see if it is good or not. Listening to Jeff Cannata talk about it on Weekend confirmed was pretty exciting the guy seemed entirely enamored with it.

Well.... that is it for games at least or well announced games or well... games that I remember. I'm sure there are other things I could put on the list. Oh I do have two non-game related things I'm excited for one being Lady Gaga's ArtPop album and Paramore's self titled 4th album. Well, at least I got something sort of decent written today. Tomorrow will probably be more wrasslin talk as tonight is the go home show for the TLC PPV. Anyways, later and let me know what you are looking forward to in 2013 doesn't just have to be games either.

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My dumb blog thing : 12/9/2012

Okay, just a real quick check-in today since I have nothing major to talk about today. First off I just want to say I'd really recommend people go watch/listen to Kevin Periera's "Pointless" podcast over at Deathsquad.tv I've plugged this in another topic I made a few weeks ago but I can't stress how much I like this podcast. A few other random tidbits. I've absolutely fallen in love with this:

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It is goddamn delicious. If you are a coffee drinker I recommend it for sure. I know some people are adamantly against putting anything in their coffee and I'm with you on no sugar but this creamer is delicious. I'm also not an insane coffee aficionado so I usually settle for some Dunkin Doughnuts coffee that you can buy in the bags. I've also come to the conclusion the other day that I know I'm starting to head down the path of "getting old" because I got way to excited the other day about buying a new pack of socks. Lastly I played a bit more of Dungeon Siege 3 last night and this morning. I'm enjoying it quite a bit. I know it sort of god tepid reviews when it came out but I've never played the series at all so I guess I didn't have any expectations for it. Which leads me to wonder what the original games are actually like. Are they remotely like the 3rd game are they even worth playing? I know I saw them on steam but I don't think they sell them separately which is kind of a bummer I guess. Didn't have a whole lot to say today but wanted to make sure to keep up with doing this every day. Anyways, whats everyone been playing for the weekend? My stack I've been rotating through as of late has been FarCry 3, Dungeon Siege 3, Hitman Absolution , Dead Island and Halo 4 multiplayer. Okay well.. I'm sort of tired and I've got the next two days off from work so I'm gonna take a nap or something...I think. I'll try to aim for something longer and of possible better discussion value. That is unless somehow a rabid discussion about the finer points of coffee somehow erupts from this. In which case I fully expect to be mocked for my heathen ways of buying bagged pre-ground coffee and creamer. Until next time!

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My dumb blog thing: 12/8/12

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So hey... back again and I watched the VGAs last night as did a lot of people on here. Surprise surprise they actually were not bad! So, the show started off with Sam Jackson dropping more F-bombs than the censors could keep up with. Seriously, I do believe a few F-bombs got through. Then it went on to show the new South Park : The Stick of Truth trailer. Its pretty cool that they have the game looking exactly like it does on the show however has anyone actually seen any real game play of this thing? All the trappings of a proper south park property could be there but if the game plays like shit then who cares? It would however be cool to finally see a good South Park game. Oh they gave out awards on this show too apparently I was not watching for the awards. I was watching for everything else besides the awards.

Next up ( I think) was Phantom Pain which the internet has pretty much deduced that is most likely Metal Gear Solid 5 and if it isn't Metal Gear Solid 5 it is at least some way connected to the Metal Gear universe. The studio in the trailer "Moby Dick Studios" doesn't even exist apparently. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. This reminds me back of when there was the teaser site years ago that had ominous storm clouds randomly flashing images. Within no time the internet deduced that it had something to do with Big Boss and Raiden and turns out they were correct and Peace Walker and Metal Gear Rising were both announced soon after. So is it Metal Gear Solid V or is it something relating to Ground Zeroes? Either way it should be exciting as it looked fantastic in motion and all apparently real time too which obviously means that it is for next gen systems. So the question is how long does Kojima keep up this ruse? Speaking of Konami Castlevania apparently has another entry into the franchise with Lords of Shadows 2. I got 2/3rds of the way through the original Lords of Shadow and its a pretty fun game. I got distracted though and haven't gone back to it yet but this trailer spoiled the ending for the first game but also made me want to see how the hell everything went down. Also, its apparently set in modern day so that could be interesting. Also interesting is if you will resume your role as Gabriel or take up a role of another young Belmont. It seems Konami trusts Mercury Steam with the franchise going forward as they seem to be helming up this iteration as well.

The biggest announcement of the night in my opinon was Dark Souls II. Oh lord that trailer made my panties wet. First off the music was fantastic. Secondly while the trailer was entirely CG what I did notice is the quality of the CG seemed much higher. This leads me to believe that Dark Souls was such a success for them that they were cleared a much bigger budget for the new game. This could be very very exciting. I'm hoping they really push the online connectivity forward and figure out new ways to make that stuff fun. Also I would really like the story stuff of the next game to not be so obtuse. I hear so many people prattle on about the lore of Dark Souls but man that stuff just passed me buy I have no clue about any of it. I know that there is a bunch of stuff that is on item descriptions and what not but I'm not sure that is enough to make me want to care about the lore side of it. Either way I'm buying it day one. Thats pretty much the brunt of what interesting announcements were made. There was a dumb trailer for AC3 DLC and another for Halo 4 Spartan Ops stuff but that is nothing to be extremely excited by.

I suppose I should wrap this up by actually talking a bit about some of the actual awards stuff. I was really excited for Humble Hearts even if they didn't stand a chance against journey in the indie game category the fact that one guy made that game and it was getting national attention on mainstream TV was fucking awesome. Good for him. Oh, and apparently Half-Life 2 is the game of the Decade? Personally I would have picked Portal. That is one game that really turned puzzle games on their ear. Also, a big WTF that Wii Sports was even nominated for that award. Really? Anywho, also The Walking Dead won GOTY which I guess I'm fine with. I don't have any fucking interest in the game but I had more interest in Assassins Creed 3 or Borderlands 2 not winning the fucking award. Especially Borderlands 2 ugh fuck that game so hard. I guess I should end this now lest this turn into a rant about why Borderlands 2 is so awful. Which honestly might be a future topic... cause I haven't outright hated a game like I do the Borderlands franchise in a long long while. Anyways, GOTY season is starting up and I can't wait to see what the bomb crew cooks up this year. What are you guys expecting from the discussions? I'm expecting a lot of X-com praise and also I wouldn' t be surprised if Jeff at least pushes for a nom for WWE 13' for something I don't think it will actually win anything but I think it at least gets a nom because of jeff. Also expecting a pretty big anti-TWD agenda from Jeff. Should be fun. Dunno what I'm going to write up about tomorrow but I'll figure it out! Gotta end this and go play some Far Cry 3. It is pretty damn good!

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My dumb blog thing: 12/7/12

Happy Track Wreck day! If you're wondering what Im talking about the VGA's are tonight and its going to be as fun as watching a pile-up on I-70. Will there be teabagging? Will there be awkward skits? Will host Sam Jackson kiss Nolan North on the lips? Okay, so the last one probably won't happen but it be damn funny if it did. Anyways, I'm back with my second round of whatever "this" is. Heh, no surprise nobody responded yesterday wrasslin doesn't seem to be the most liked of topics round these parts. I've been taking a ton of visits to remote tropical islands lately on one there is pirates and the other zombies. Lets leave the pirates for another day and talk about.....

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Yay zombies! Everyone loves zombies right? Well, except for the folks trapped on this island. So I managed to dodge this game last year somehow and never picked it up. Wal-mart (also known as my work...bleh) was having a black friday sale on this for a whopping $10! So I decided if there were any copies left when I went on my break that friday I would pick it up and try it out. Turns out that unsurprisingly if you tell people something is $10 they are most likely going to buy it in droves regardless of what the game actually is. So...no copies left. Then I came into work on I think Monday and there in the case was sitting a single copy of Dead Island. Someone in all the black friday fervor must have threw it on a random shelf in the store. Sadly, it was back to the normal 15 bucks but I said FUCK IT! So now here I sit knee deep in the shit with zambies all around me. I actually really like the game and per one Bradly Shoemaker's advice I turned on the analog fighting. At first it is really clunky to get used to but once you do the feeling of slicing off a few limbs is pretty great.

This game is really one example of the systems being what sell the game instead of pretty graphics. There is a ton of interesting things going on in the game with the modding system and skill trees and as mentioned before the game's presentation side is well uh... sorta awful. Models are ugly textures are bad it just looks cheap. I'm glad however that Techland decided to make sure not to sacrifice the game play part of it. I'm only in ACT 2 right now but I'll say I'm mostly enjoying the game albeit playing it in small bursts. Possibly a review in the future if i finish it. We'll see....oh yeah and this happened yesterday....

I'm well... confused. This doesn't look like Star Trek at all. First off the narration instantly made me roll my eyes. I had to double check I wasn't watching the Dark Knight trailer or something again. Okay, ominous voice yes our world is in danger. Oh and now your matrix jumping and all dressed in black? Who is this guy? He is saying he has "returned" as if we should know. Oh and at 0:41 there is the most glorious fake looking scream ever. All of this littered through action shots with explosions and dudes walking slowly with guns drawn. Then more exposition from ominous voice then oh no explosions! Look, I'm not a huge Star Trek fan but I had to sit through enough TNG episodes as a kid while my dad watched them that this is nothing like Star Trek. Hell, I liked the first movie too but again that seemed like... Star Trek. Its just one trailer and obviously they want to make a sizzle reel to pull in people who just like bang bang action so I HOPE there is actual stuff in this movie that is more in line with Star Trek. Ya know... ship battles and space and crazy holo deck shenanigans. Well, I'll appreciate any responses but if not....eh... I understand. Anyways, tomorrow will probably be a recap of the awful awful fantastic-ness that was the VGA's I'll be most likely LIVE tweeting during the train wreck so if you want to follow along give me a follow at @GNT_Josh on Twitter.

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My dumb blog thing: 12/6/12

So its been a weird few days for me. Some things good and others bad. I had a moment the other day though where I was really wanting something positive to put my energy into. So I decided that I was going to write something every day no matter what it was. I want to try to get better at it and well... the only way to do that is to just fucking do it. So I might review a game or talk about a movie or whatever is on my mind at the time. I'm going to try to steer away from personal stuff mostly for everyone else's sake because I don't want this to turn into fucking LiveJournal or something. So that is that i guess. If you want to hear me ramble on about things well here is the place to do it. For right now I'm just going to use Giantbomb as my home for this stuff. So if for whatever reason you want to read this stuff then here is the place to do it. Not doing this for an audience though mostly doing this for myself to just help try to improve my writing skills by doing something every day no matter how small some days it may be.

Which brings me to my first subject today. Wrasslin. In particular I want to talk about how damn amazing the last year has been. Last year CM Punk sat Indian style on the entrance ramp mic in hand and gave a promo that sparked a number of things happening. Now there are a lot of people who I know are of the opinion that WWE squandered the momentum coming off of that promo. While the Kevin Nash/Triple H angle was extremely dumb and went absolutely nowhere the thing they did do right was put the WWE title back on punk at Survivor Series. Its day 381 and CM Punk is still WWE champion. He is the longest reigning champion of the past 25 years. He has beaten Hulk Hogan , John Cena hell even one of the men he idolizes himself Randy "Macho Man" Savage. We have been afforded some fantastic matches because of it. Who ever thought that CM Punk vs Daniel Bryan for the WWE title would be a thing? Nobody. Both of these guys are not the typical bodybuilder macho guy archetype that Vince and the WWE likes. Oh and we also got the return of Chris Jericho which was absolutely amazing. Chris in my opinion is one of the best ever. Wrestling fan or not I really suggest everyone check out his books that he wrote. Sadly Chris left to do his music thing with Fozzy which he seems genuinely into and while Id rather see him in a wrestling ring I can't blame the guy for seeding other career paths for himself. I think my favorite match of the year was the one between Chris and Dolph Ziggler on Monday Night Raw.

Which brings me to the last thing I'm going to drone on about today. Dolph Ziggler is the BEST up an coming star in the WWE and I really hope that he gets his time to shine as World Heavyweight or WWE Champion. The guy deserves every bit of it. He is like Mr. Perfect and Shawn Michaels rolled into one. He can make any guy in the ring look like a million bucks and he can also look like a million bucks working a guy over. I really hope at the upcoming PPV that he doesn't lose to John Cena and lose his MITB contract. That would be a huge shame. If Dolph actually held on to the case and cashed in a Wrestlemania I'd pull a Jerry Lawler and have a heart attack. Okay I lied...one more quick note. I think people give Triple H too much shit HE is the reason that Ambrose , Rollins and Reigns are on TV right now. He is better at finding and pushing young talent then I think many people give him credit for. THAT is the exciting part here going into 2013 we have all of these young guys like Ambrose and Maddox that are the stars of tomorrow. I'll be excited and slightly horrified to see what happens at TLC in two weeks. If you've read this far I wish I could give you some sort of cookie or something. Anyways, I'm done for today I'll be back tomorrow with erm...something. I think I might talk about the new Star Trek trailer and possibly Dead Island. So if you care to hear about that same place same channel tomorrow.

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