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Movies / Ultimate Avengers
« on: April 13, 2006, 10:36:04 am »
I love comic book movies.  Especially animated ones.  Batman : mask of the Phantasm was one of the best in my opinion.

So it was really a no brainer to go and pick up Ultimate Avengers on DVD.  I've never read the ultimates Comic series, but apparently this movie follows the storyline fairly closely.  I enjoyed it tremendously.  I think Animation is a great format for Marvel Properties.  It allows the movies to stay closer to their comic roots, and allows greater freedom in showing off fantastic battle scenes.  I think it makes a lot more sense to go the animation route, then the big budget summer movie blockbuster.  Avengers has it's share of flaws, but all in all I was very satisfied.  My only major complaint is that they seemed to animate around 15fps.  But the story and artwork held up.  I hope, that if this format is sucessful, they spend a little more money for more animation frames.  I'd also like to see more marvel properties get this treatment.

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Movies / Who's seen Watchmen?
« on: April 13, 2006, 10:31:27 am »
I can't believe it was only in theaters for a week.  Pretty good though.  Can't wait for the dvd.

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PC Games / Gunbound
« on: March 27, 2006, 10:19:40 am »
Does anyone out there play gunbound?  I'd really like to populate my freinds list with people who aren't foul-mouthed little 13 yr olds.  (polite 13 yr olds are welcome on my buddy list.  Anyone on this site pretty much, except for pat-man  ;D :P)

I play Lightning (love-bot) with a delay avatar. (Matrix cloak, glasses, etc) and I'm a double wood Axe rank.  My favorite game-mode is Score.  i believe that double-teaming is perfectly acceptible in Score mode because the ultimate goal is to work together as a team to win.

I also like playing "random-only" rounds where everyone must choose a random bot.  I also believe in allowing all special items.  It really give the game a much better dynamic when people have the power to change wind, and use heals.

If you have no idea what i'm talking about, gunbound is a free artillary duel game in the korean-anime style.
www.gunbound.net for more info.. warning Korean-english.

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Podcasts / Great places to eat in San Jose
« on: March 22, 2006, 06:35:31 am »
Steve, Since I've worked in San jose for 5 years, I thought i'd give you some suggestions on good restaurants.  Sorry I didn't post this earlier, but I'm traveling, and I'm a little behind the times.

#1: Sonoma chicken Coop (san pedro square)
    The food here is the same as you would get in a fancy restaurant, but it is served quick and relatively cheap.  Instead of waiters, you place your order at the counter and pick it up when your number is called.  What they save in waiters salaries are passed on to you through sub-$10 entrees that you would expect to pay $20 for in any other restaurant.  The Chicken Carbonara, Roast Duck, and Lasagne are all excellent.  When the lines are long, they pass out free samples of their Pizza to help the wait feel more bearable.   

#2: Tied house (San Pedro Square)
    Brewery and restaurant.  Try the Face-off Ale, or the Maibock (yumm).  They feature some good entrees, but my favorite is the Brewers burger (pastrami and cheese on a 1/2 pound burger).  They also feature a wild game burger, and alligator sausage. 

#3: La Victoria Taqueria (Santa Clara and San Pedro st.)
    There is nothing too remarkable about this simple burrito and taco place, but they have a special "orange sauce" that is the most amazing condiment ever created.  This simple sauce alone turns their ordinary food into something extrodinary.  Only go here for the orange sauce.  I like to get a steak burrito here.  The Chicken is a little too wet for my tastes.

#4: La Mordita Taqueria (Market st. and Julien)
    No Orange sauce here, but the food is some of the best in San jose for your typical taco/burrito/etc.. fix.  I like to get 2 tacos and a chicken Quesadilla.

#5: Britannia Arms English pub  (Santa Clara and San Pedro)
    Typical English pub fare.  Good selection of beers, and the burgers are pretty damn good.  The bangers, and Shepards pie are also good choices.  Stay away from the Curry.  They also have a really good Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich that is not listed on the menu, but they will make it for you if you ask for it. 

#6: Los Cubanos  (Next to the Britannia)
    Cuban food.  YUM. 

enjoy your stay in San Jose.

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Console Games / Ninja Gaiden Black_Help_
« on: January 05, 2006, 01:54:19 pm »
Okay, I purchased Ninja Gaiden Black, and it is kicking this old man's ass on Normal.  The box says it included 5 difficulty Levels.  How do I access them?  I want to set the game to Super Easy.  There are no difficulty level options anywhere in the menu that I could find.


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Console Games / My list of games to buy
« on: December 28, 2005, 12:18:25 pm »
What to do with my xmas money?  I have complied a list of games I should check out:

- Conker live and Reloaded
- Oddworld Stranger
- ninja Gaiden Black
- Battlefield 2
- FEAR
- Sly cooper 3
- Indigo Prophecy
- Forza Motorsport
- Dragon Quest VIII
- Fire emblam: Radience
- Trackmania Sunrise.
- Shadow of the colossus
- Prince of Perisa 3
- Beyond good and evil

Obviously, I can't get them all.
Does anything on this list jump out at you and say.. Oh my god, do not pass go, and pick this game up right away!

Thanks,

Steve

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Console Games / Psychonauts Review
« on: December 27, 2005, 10:27:58 am »
This Christmas, I asked my family for an assortment of "the best games no-one played".  I only got one game, and it was psychonauts.  Now, I love a good platform action game.  I had always heard good things about psychonauts, but looking at the screenshots, and gameplay movies, made this game look kind of weak.  Well, in this game's case, you have to ignore the screenshots and gameplay demos.  The game is freakin' awesome!

The story: breifly, is that you are a kid at psychic summer camp with a bbunch of other kids who are training to be "psychonauts" (psychic secret agents).  In the first part of the game, you explore the campgrounds and get some basic and advanced training from the counselors.  You can also grab the hidden collectibles to "level up" as much or as little as you want to.  Soon the Kids start having their Brains removed/kidnapped and the real adventure begins.

Each of the levels take place either in the real world, or in somebody's brain.  Usually, in order to pass an area, you need to enter someone's brain, and fix their mental defect in order to get them to be sane enough to help you along your quest.  (I forgot to mention that the people you are possesing are all mental patients).  This is where the brilliance of the game comes into play.  Although the levels looks insanely abstract at first glance, they actually are very good at representing the mental state of mind of your victims.  I am constantly blown away by just how perfect the puzzles, and levels match the situations at hand. 

The writing, and voice acting are outstanding.  10 out of 10

The game can be difficult in places, but there is always a way you can get help from in-game characters if you feel you need it.  The boss battles are fun, and not too difficult.  There is always a puzzle invovled in defeating them.  I like that.

There are tons of treasures and hidden bonus items to collect. 

The artwork in some of the levels is simply breathtaking.  This does not come across in any of the screenshot you will see online.  The artwork is very stylized, and really needs to be seen in context to be appreciated.   

I don't want this game to end.

Regardless of my glowing review, this game is still a platformer, and if you don't like those kinds of games, you won't like this one either.  But if you do like Platformers, you really need to pick this one up.

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PC Games / My ultra mini review of Rag doll Kung fu
« on: December 21, 2005, 01:41:54 pm »
I can't recommend it.  It's really awkward to play, and isn't very entertaining.

The cutscenes are amusing.

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PC Games / My Darwinia Demo mini-review
« on: December 19, 2005, 05:48:02 pm »
I downloaded and played through [edit] The Darwinia Demo [/edit] on steam. I would highly recommend that anyone who is intrigued by this game give it a shot. I personally don't do well in RTS type games. The thing I liked about Darwinia, was that I didn't need to multitask too much. I could only directly control 4 units at a time, and usually only had to think about two units at a time.

The graphics were great, and the feel of the game was excellent. I'm going to try out rag-doll kung fu tonight, and then I'll probably buy Darwinia after xmas sometime.


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Console Games / ps3 realtime video showing MGS4 OMG!!!!
« on: December 16, 2005, 12:13:41 am »
http://files.filefront.com/MGS4_PS3_Devkit_Demo_Eng_subs/;4440530;;/fileinfo.html

Okay I'm now a believer.  If xbox has the corner on online gaming, the ps3 will have the corner on the most state of the art graphics you've ever seen.  I wonder if the xbox360 is capable of this quality of graphics.

And unlike the killzone video, this actually is in realtime. (you'll see).  I'm offically impressed now.

--Steve

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Music / Nerdcore hiphop
« on: November 29, 2005, 10:04:00 am »
I apologize if this has been covered before, but if you like rap or hiphop, and you like computers and videogames, and starwars and all things Geeky, you should really check out these guys:

MC Front-a-lot
www.frontalot.com (tons of free tracks online)

Noteworthy tracks:

Penny Arcade Theme
Rappers we crush
Braggadacio
Yellow Lasers
Indier than thou
Which MC was that
Nerdcore Hiphop
Charity Case

Also Who could forget MC Chris  (www.mcchris.com)
you've probably heard him as the voice of MC peepants on Adult Swim's Aqua Teen hungerforce, and Sealab 2021.

His biggest claim to fame is the song "Fett's Vette" (all about pimp daddy boba fett of course)
He's got a few free tracks on his site for you to enjoy.


--Steve


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Console Games / The official "Broken Xbox 360' thread
« on: November 23, 2005, 12:25:24 pm »
I'm starting this thread for people who got defective 360s in to rant.  Really it's just my morbid curiosity.


For those who don't know, apparently there's a bunch of bad 360s out there.  I;ve already seen some firsthand complaints at grownupgamers.com

http://www.xbox-scene.com/xbox1data/sep/EEFkZkkkyEHasmrPqu.php

--Steve

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PC Games / MMO Monthly Fees. A short Essay
« on: November 22, 2005, 10:10:06 am »
I see a common thread when people talk about MMOs where they say, 'I don't want to pay $15 a month for a game."  I am not here to tell those people they are wrong, it IS a lot of money over time.  I just wanted to explain how that $15 a month fits into my life.

I always stayed away from games like everquest etc.. because of the monthly fee and the sheer level of dorkiness associated with it.  But I decided to pick up city of heroes one day, just out of curiosity.  I figured I'd play the free month, then decide whether or not to keep it.  I loved it so much I kept it.

Before City of Heroes infected me, I would spend $100 a month on games easily.  After I started playing CoH, I stopped going to the movies, and stopped buying new console and pc games entirely for about a year.  So now my monthly entertainment budget had shrunk from $100 a month, to $15.  That is an excellent example of why monthly fees aren't necessarily so bad in my case. 

Of course, if you still plan on buying new games frequently, a monthly fee would be the kiss of death to your bankroll.

Most games give you 10-30 hours of playtime before you are done with them.  If you get into an MMO that you like, it can occupy you for months and months.  Now that's value!  Of course, That only works if you find one you like, and there aren't too many to choose from right now.

Please don't take this as some kind of soapbox rant where I am trying to convince everyone to play MMOs.  I'm not, I just thought I'd share my experience with you, and how the $15 a month actually saved me money.

--Steve

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Console Games / KOTOR
« on: November 13, 2005, 02:23:35 pm »
Okay, I've owned KOTOR for a long time, I played about 18 hours (left dantooine, and went to Kashykk, and got butt-raped, and gave up) when i first got it, then lost interest.  After hearing Gamingsteve's retro review, I decided to give it another shot.  I'm now 12 hours in, and doing much better than the first go-round, because I decided to commit to all dark or all light.  (big difference!)

But now I'm starting to gt bored again.  Steve mentioned the "Oh my god" moment in the game that makes you want to finish it.  Can anyone tell me how far in the "Oh my god" moment is?  I'm getting really tired of it, and I'm hoping there's some light at the end of the tunnel. 

I'm currently on Dantooine doing my jedi training.

(please try to be spoiler free)

--Steve


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Console Games / Guitar Hero
« on: November 13, 2005, 02:17:43 pm »
I just picked up guitar hero.

Here's my mini-review:
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<ahem>

OMG THIs GAME IS TeH RoXoRS!!!!  \m/ (-_-)

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Thanks for your time.

--Steve

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