GB is My Only Gaming Website From Now On

Yeah, I just posted it on my GameSpot blog. Although it breaks my heart to leave a place that has held a special place in my heart for so long, it has gone downhill ever since Gerstmann left. I just like Giant Bomb more, because it isn't run by an army of suits whose only goal is take our money from us.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you guys know that Giant Bomb is my source for gaming needs from now on.

Peace,
Casper

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A Proper Blog (With Pictures!)

Before I start, I would just like to say this: I am so sorry for not being online, but, as some of you know, my grandmother passed away 4-5 days ago. And that isn't exactly easy for me, because my grandmother was one of the greatest persons I have ever known. She was kind, loving, giving and funny -- everything you could ever wish for from a family member. And now she's gone. And it breaks my heart. But I can take comfort in the fact that it was quick and painless; she just drifted asleep and never woke up again. And, really, it was the best thing that could ever happen for her. She could barely walk, had trouble with breathing, and the fact that she's in a better place right now makes me feel better.

As much as I hate it, I'm probably only going to be online for about a week. I'm at my dad's place right now, and they have a working Internet connection, but we don't have that at my mom's place, because the company that provides the Internet fucks up on a daily basis. We have ordered a new Internet connection (a 7Mb download/2Mb upload, by the way), but I have no idea about when it's going to be here, so I can't really tell you. At any rate, I'm going to be at my dad's place for a week, and then I am going to go home, so if I'm not online after Friday the 8th, I still don't have an Internet connection.

As far as gaming goes, I have been playing a whole lot of FIFA '08 and Guitar Hero: Aerosmith (yes, I bought it). Guitar Hero: Aerosmith is definitely a better game than I

Guitar Hero: Aerosmith is a lot better than I thought.
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith is a lot better than I thought.
originally thought it would be. The songlist is great, and they are all a whole lot of fun to play. My favorite song in the game is probably Cheap Trick's "Dream Police" or Mott the Hoople's "All the Young Dudes." Now, I'm not a particularly huge fan of Aerosmith, but I have to admit that they have put out some great songs, and most of their biggest hits are in the game, but there are some weird omissions from the tracklist. "Janie's Got a Gun" and "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," for example, aren't in. Aside from some big hits missing, all the favorites are here: "Walk This Way," "Sweet Emotion," "Mama Kin," "Dream On," "Love in an Elevator" and "Toys in the Attic."  Of course, these aren't the only Aerosmith songs that are in the game; these are just some of the biggest hits. As for the songs in the game that aren't made by Aerosmith, they are all great choices. These songs are all songs that Aerosmith was either influenced by, was an opening act at one of their concerts or just songs they wanted to be in the game, and all of these songs are great, great songs (except the Joe Perry songs *shudders*). I don't think there's one song in the game by the other bands that I don't like, so it goes without saying that I like the songs in the game very much. And it only helps that every single song in the game is a lot of fun to play. A lot of people are saying that the game is way too easy compared to Guitar Hero III. Well, it is true that the game is easier than Guitar Hero III, but I wouldn't go as far as saying the game is too easy. I think the game has the perfect difficulty, and a lot of that comes from the charting of the songs. Everybody who has played Guitar Hero on Expert difficulty will know that some of the songs in the game had an ungodly amount of three-note chords ("Stricken," "3's and 7's," "Miss Murder," etc.), but there really isn't a song in Guitar Hero: Aerosmith that feels like it has an unnessecary amount of three-note chords. Sure, there are three-note chords in the game (and even a four-note chord at the end of Joe Perry's Guitar Battle), but it doesn't feel like they were put in there for the sake of putting in three-note chords, but put in because they fit the song. I'll probably write a review for it when I get a chance to check out the online in it and see if anybody's playing, but with my current Internet situation, that might not happen for some time, so for now I'll just focus on getting some more FCs (I only have, like, 7-8); I'm working on an FC of  "Hard to Handle" and "She Sells Sanctuary."

There has never been this much ugly on a cover.
There has never been this much ugly on a cover.
As for FIFA '08, I'm also enjoying that game a whole lot more than I originally expected. The game definitely plays a more realistic, slower-paced game of football than FIFA '07, which is great. The only thing I don't like about the game is the difficulty curve. I started out with playing on Amateur, but when I got to point where I would win every single game with a least a five-goal lead, I decided to move up to Semi-pro, and I got my ass handed to me in every single game I played, so I was faced with a bit of a dilemma: move back to Amateur or keep on playing on Semi-pro? Luckily, I decided to stick with playing Semi-Pro, and I eventually got over the difficulty, but before I got over it, I seriously thought about taking the game back to the store -- it was that big. Of course, this varies from player to player. I might suck compared to someone else, but if you consider yourself to be shitty at FIFA, you might want to start out with FIFA '07, since it's an easier game. The big, new feature to FIFA '08 is a mode called Be a Pro. In Be a Pro mode you take the role of one player on the pitch and try to play your player's position to the best of your ability and try to make him a top-rank player. While you are playing, there will be a meter on the bottom of the screen that shows you how good you're playing your player's position, so if you're on your position, make great tackles, score goals, pass the ball around, etc. your meter will fill up; but if you play your position really badly, your meter will decrease. For a mode like this to work, you really need your team's AI to be consistent and realistic, and, thankfully, it is. Players will actually play football realistically. Overall, I'm enjoying the game a lot more than I originally expected. I thought I would have to play with friends to like this game, but I actually don't have to. I am going to get a Dualshock 3, though, because, y'know, rumble and being able to play with friends.

Remember when I bought The Bourne Conspiracy? Yeah, I completed it the day I got it. The hand-to-hand combat and the takedowns are fucking awesome,
FALCON PUNCH!!!
FALCON PUNCH!!!
and the shooting's good as well, but the spotty story and the length is enough to advise you from buying the game. I didn't even expect the last fight in the game to actually be the last fight in the game, so I was pretty fucking pissed to see the credits roll. You can go back and pick up the collectable passports in the game that will unlock the ability to play through the boss fights again, which is pretty cool, but I'm probably not going to do that since the save file corrupted as soon as I finished the game. If you can get it without paying full price, you might want to check it out, but if you have to pay full price for it, stay the hell away from it.

Phew, this was a pretty long blog! I think I should end it right here.

Peace,
Casper.

P.S: I'm going to buy Battlefield: Bad Company, so I really, really hope my Internet situation gets fixed.

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I'm Sorry For Not Being Online, But...

...my grandma passed away 4 days ago, and I haven't really been wanting to go online. Also, I haven't had any Internet, which has, you know, kept me from going on Giant Bomb. But I'm at my dad's place now, and they have a good, solid Internet connection.

I want to write some more, but my dad's laptop has an absolutely shitty keyboard and it's just a pain in the fucking ass to write on. I'll write a full blog tomorrow. For now, I'm going to be.

Peace,
Casper.

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(First GB Post!) Updates About Stuff

Hooray for my first Giant Bomb post! I'm going to keep this quick, because I've already written this blog three times before, because my PC keeps fucking up on me:

- I went to see Hancock last night. I'll admit it: I was rather sceptical, because I have read some reviews, and they weren't exactly easy on the movie. But I thought it was great. It isn't a deep movie, but it provides some quality entertainment. One thing I didn't like about the movie was the plot twist. I suppose it kinda worked for the movie, but you have to admit that it was kind of corny. Still, it kinda worked, I guess.

- I'll have some impressions of FIFA '08 and The Bourne Conspiracy up by tomorrow night or the day after that. I'm going home to my mom tomorrow, and I am going to play the living shit out of those games, so I can have some decent impressions up for you guys. As to whether I'm writing a review for them, The Bourne Conspiracy is a given. I don't know about FIFA '08, because I don't really know how to review sports games, but hey, I might just do it anyway. Who knows?

- Am I weird for feeling bad about posting this blog on GameSpot AND Giant Bomb? I mean, GameSpot has been my home on the Internet for a year and a half, and I have met some awesome people on there. But it has gone downhill lately, and it doesn't help that most, if not all, of my friends list is migrating to this website. I don't know, dude. On one hand, I really want GameSpot to be awesome again, but on the other hand, I want to stay here, because... y'know: Jeff Gerstmann, Brad Shoemaker, Ryan Davis and Vinny Caravella.

Why is this so hard for me? It's a fucking website, for Christ's sakes! Mybe I am a bigger nerd than I thought?


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