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Why is Ed Boon such a dick?

In the grand scale of things, Ed Boon makes pretty good games. Mortal Kombat has always been a fairly average series that has survived for years. MK9 is probably his magnum opus. It's beautiful, it's fun and it makes sense for this generation of gamers, as well as previous. But it's always the little things that kill my respect for Mr. Boon. 
1. The Kung Fu Achievement 
Really? DO I even have to explain myself here? 24 Hours of playtime each character. I guess one thing Boon doesn't realize is how disposable games are these days. We don't play games anymore like we played them in 94-98. This achievement sucks, and I hope no one bothers wasting their time getting it. 
2. These DLC Costumes 
They really aren't that great, but for collectors -- they are golden. I know one guy who scored every costume, and he felt satisfied afterwards. It was quite the achievement because it's an investment, and there are multiple ways of getting a hold of these said costumes. 
3. Scorpion Ass-Kissing 
The DLC statue/bookend thing, the main menu, the story mode -- it never ends. Ed Boon consistently rides Scorpion's tip despite being a fairly average, irrelevant character.  
4. Challenge Tower 
It's ridiculous. 
5. MK VS. DC 
6. Story Tutorials 
Anyone play Deception? 
I got more, but I'm literally making myself sick thinking about Ed Boon.


Fable 3

Fable 3 makes me sad. Peter definitely didn't hype this game up as badly as he did with Lionhead's previous installments, but that's probably only because he knew in the midst of development that he was making an incredibly lackluster title. He has some ambitious and intriguing ideas scattered throughout the course of the game, but everything feels so hasty and rehashed that it's hard to appreciate anything good the game does have to offer.  
I think one thing I can appreciate most about the game is its primary focus on being a Queen or King. The responsibilities you face are quite stressful to take on, and you have to accumulate a lot of gold to stay true to the promises and hope you instilled into those poor little dwellers looking for someone to look up to in their perpetually awful lives. It's never that I can ponder on and enjoy though. All I can focus on is the direct problems I see in front of me. My annoying dog that freezes and gets lost and sees a treasure that I saw seconds before, the uncomfortable atmosphere, the incomplete look, the abysmal frame rate, the recycled graphics engine and of course Jasper's consisting advertising campaign.    
A legendary video game designer once said that the little things are what make a great game. Boy he was right.


Why is Xbox Live STILL $50?

Let's break down some of those Xbox Live benefits: 

  • Deal of the Week (or, day? I forget)
  • Private Chat (even though this can be used on a silver account)
  • Demos (something that doesn't cost a penny on PSN)
  • Party Chat (is this free on silver?)
  • Netflix (never use)
  • Social Networking (never use)
  • Playing games online (this has always been ridiculous to me, especially when Uncharted 2, Rock Band 2,  Metal Gear Online, Street Fighter IV, Resident Evil 5 and LittleBigPlanet are free of charge to play on my PS3)
I'm not flat out saying Xbox Live is not worth the money. I just want to know how it is worth the price of admission. Why should I let Microsoft constrict me like a hungry snake? Why would anybody be charging crazy prices in this bad time? With Live and all this add-on content -- I feel overwhelmed by DLC on just ONE platform alone. I don't want to hear about how the quality and variety of Xbox Live totally dominates PSN because nobody uses 80% of what Xbox Live offers. It just seems like all those different features are there to negate people complaining about the cost of Xbox Live.

I HATE Valve

Recently Valve has talked a lot of shit on the PS3. 
"Right now don't not buy it on the 360 because you think it's coming out on the PS3 - it's not going to," Chet Faliszek said. "Right? It's coming out on the PC and 360. It's going to be exclusive for that." 
Faliszek also said that Left 4 Dead 2 is "all about playing with your friends," and that "in hooking up with your friends and the community aspects, I think the Xbox 360 is head and shoulders above the PS3. The 360 and PC are on par, right?"

I've had a good time with my PS3, and loads of people are making the turn.:
PS3 Tekken 6 is outselling 360, just like BlazBlue did.
The PS3 is outselling the 360 for the past three months.
Uncharted 2 continues the streak for Sony having the highest rated exclusive.
Uncharted 2 SUCCEEDS with making a great multiplayer experience on the PS3 (better than any of Valves multiplayer nerd blow outs). 
Now I'm not saying this has relevance to Left 4 Dead 2. But you should get the point. Valve is not being mature on how they talk on the PS3. I don't know if Microsoft paid them an extra buck or two or what, but I don't see intelligence in the comments they have made. They shouldn't be feeling high and mighty enough to bash another company when they are currently hyping a game that looks like last years installment.
Faliszek, fuck off. If something doesn't turn out right on the PS3 it's because you aren't good enough at developing.
So quit mouthing the best console of this generation and work harder making your rehash sequel look like a fun game. You pandering, monotonous, sycophant.


Giant Bomb Review Predictions #1

I would like to start a blog on predicting Giant Bomb's upcoming review scores. I seem to be really quite good at it, and it's fun when I'm right which seems to be 100% of the time. So let's see if I'm talented on the spot with this.
The game to start this whole thing up is going to be Tekken 6. So here I go.

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Firstly, I have watched Jeff play Tekken for years. He's a great player. A fantastic player even. For someone who spends all their time around video games it seems he wouldn't have the time to be so good at Tekken. He clearly has passion for this franchise and will clearly be the one to review this title. I don't like Tekken. The flow of the combat is a bit strange to me, and the learning curve is awkward. I never have had a connection with any of the characters or the games visual style. But a lot of people love this series. Jeff is one of those people. Without question in my mind this game will get a 4-5/5.
There is a possibility of a 4/5, but I am really not seeing it. The game looks like it's evolving enough to warrant the perfect score. 
I was wrong on this one, but I'm glad Jeff finally gave a Tekken game a mediocre score, so I win either way.
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Next up is the WWE video game series, "Smackdown Vs. Raw 2010". I love these games. Lately they have been GOD awful though. 2008 was rehash and 2009 was as well. 2010 seems to be adding CRAZY cool creation tools. I'm very tempted to buy the game myself after seeing such interesting concepts in the quick look. Jeff clearly enjoyed himself from what I viewed and it's clear fans of these games are going to love it. You can still see flaws in the games presentation but it seems like it's offering a lot of improvement and innovation. If Jeff reviews this game it will get a 3-4/5
A 3/5 is possible, I didn't get to see all of the quick look, but Jeff really seemed to enjoy what he was doing. Especially with Good Old Jim Ross.
Correct with this review. Was hoping it would have gotten a higher score.