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Title: Moving. Electronic Yard Sale.
Posted: August 28, 2010 (08:55 PM)
I'm moving to Oregon at the end of September and my girlfriend and I need to trim down our possessions and fund our trip. I hate to spam, but I'm selling games, books and movies and I'm willing to negotiate the price with any of you on anything you might be interested in. If you're looking for stuff, please help us out and check out the links!

Books, DVDs and Movies on Glyde.

My eBay page (PS1 games, mostly).

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Title: A Singular disappointment
Posted: July 16, 2010 (07:54 AM)
Singularity is a game with a great premise: what happens to the present when someone makes a change in the past. Michael J. Fox squeezed threeBack to the Future movies out of it, and the first twoTerminator movies built a franchise out of it too, so the writers at Raven definitely had room to do something special with the plot. And for the most part, they did well. The plot isgenuinelyinteresting. Our protagonist travels to amysteriousRussian research facility in the Pacific to find that time itself is unraveling on the island. We have no idea what's happening, but early on, we're sucked back into 1955 and we make a decision of significant consequence while doing what seems right: saving an NPCs life. When we return to the present, the US has been defeated by the Soviets, and that seemingly innocent decision led to the death of millions of people.

Oops. Our bad.

Turns out, we saved a scientist who has some pretty dark thoughts on how to properly use a mysterious element found on that island. Like say, weaponizing it and blowing up half of America. This is one bad motherfucker. He'sblownup half the world. You can imagine that someone with such ambitions would do everything he personally could to stop someone trying to change an outcome that made him the greatest conqueror in human history.

You know how many times we encounter this guy over the course of the game? When we save him in the beginning and twice toward the very end of the game.

Along the way, we hear he's chasing after us. We hear he's getting close. We hear his men are closing in on our position, that things are desperate, that we need to hurry. Or he'll get us.But he doesn't show up. He's not there to face us. All he does is throw an endless pile of meatsacks at us to pump ammo into, over and over. All this nefarious, world-conquering evil doer can do is send one small wave after one small wave of soldiers at us. Never mind the fact that he has armies at this disposal that conquered all of Europe. And China. And North and South America. And Africa. We never, ever confront the bad guy. By the end of the game, he barely matters. It's hard to even believe that he did all of the stuff that set the game's plot in motion considering how inept his operation appears.

This isn't a complaint about difficulty. I've beendissatisfiedwith the presentation of enemies, particularly antagonists, for a while now. My beef here is, I don't believe the writers. I want to fear myvillain, and I think you do too. We want him to antagonize us. We want him to petrify us. We want to go through the whole of the game worrying that we're not up to snuff to take him down because he is to be feared (or her even, but that's another discussion). This isn't done by playing on nightmarish difficultly or throwing more goons or making upgrades scarcer. This is done through presentation. And first, thevillainshould show up.

Singularity tells it's story primarily through the use of notes, voice recorders and random video footage we find through the game. It's all very period authentic. We'll suspend our disbelief for a second and ignore the fact that all of these are in English in a Russian facility. But this is really the only way the story is told. We're in contact with a couple of NPCs, but all told, that interaction lasts for probably 20 minutes of a game that I clocked 8 hours on. The rest of the time, the plot is being pushed forward by these random objects you uncover and it just isn't enough.

For starters, most of the voice messages and notes weresupposedlycreated while the island was in chaos. Putting aside notes for a second, let's focus on voice messages. Remember that the events we're investigating first unfolded in 1955. In 2010, I've got a pocket-sized voice recorder. It's about as small as a cellphone. It's digital. It would make sense if someone died today and had one of these on them and recorded messages onto it because it is extremely portable. They didn't have these in 1955. They had magnetic tape, on reels. Players of said reels were big and bulky, even their "portable" form. At least, that's how their presented in Singularity. Assuming this is the historically accurate, someone explain why a dying man fleeing for his life from radioactive, flesh-eating mutants would carry several of these bulky, ultimately worthless pieces of technology around with him when they could fill their satchel instead with something like food or water? Why carry several and scatter them around the world when you could just as easily carry one and some extra tapes and save space?

Let's consider the notes: how is it that our character, 55 years into the future, happened upon them in perfect chronologicalorder? We're on a pretty big island. The research facility is pretty big, too. It's also suffered a lot of damage. So how is it that, as we're playing, we're finding one note after another, in perfect A-B-C order? And after all these years, how is it that they've all survived, with nodegradation, no gust of wind blowing a few away away, no mutant feces making one illegible, no water damage, no fire, etc.? And just how did these notes, most journal entries, wind up in strange places like a storage area in the basement of a building? Why would someone be so casual with notes that reveal important secrets?

A problem with relying so heavily on this form of storytelling is simple: it doesn't make any sense if we actually stop and think about how the story is being told to us for, I don't know, half a second. Another is it doesn't give you an opportunity to develop a legitimate relationship with any other character. You could come into my room and read my notebook and check out my movies and games and notice my color choices and you might be able to figure a lot out about me, but would relationship be meaningful? How many people have you liked on first impression and come to hate? And how many did you dislike and come to like as you got to know them through interaction?

Relying on audio logs, diary entries, etc. for character development presents the player with merelycircumstantial evidence of who someone is and doesn't serve as a proper relationship. We need to see and interact with our enemies. So many video games are robbing us of meaningful relationships with our foes simply by not presenting them well and Singularity is particularly disappointing in this regard. I think what has bothered me the most is that Singularity really could have been a classic. Instead, it falls short simply because the team at Raven working on the game relied all too heavily on a weak plot device, forcing us to collect accounts of other's relationships with someone instead of forging our own.
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Title: Haven't updated in forever...
Posted: May 07, 2008 (10:27 PM)
I thought I might as well update this thing. I'll do it GameFAQs style.

RP - I wrote up a Full Auto 2 (PS3) review a couple of days ago, and about a week before that, I reviewed MLB 2K8 (PS3). I like my MLB review a lot more than I thought I would, considering that it's only the third or forth sports game I've reviewed, and two of those were for the DS.

GP - I played through Call of Duty 4's single player last week. It was quite good, but it was as short as everyone said. I was surprised at how interested I became in the plot and I was very happy to see one of my favorite series evolve. I've since been hopelessly hooked on GTAIV. I'm sure I haven't put in as much time as some other players, but I have a life and I think 19 hours is a major accomplishment in less than a week for a single game for me. I also installed Rainbow Six Vegas 2 and played through the first few checkpoints. That game has a lot to live up to considering how excellent the first game was. Mostly, I'm trying to catch up on a lot of games that I've missed, but my backlog still seems to be growing....

LP - About to graduate college and "enjoying" all of the stress that comes along with that. I'm busy trying to keep my grades up because I need all of .04 extra points on my GPA to graduate Magna Cum Laude, which wouldn't look too shabby. I'm in the process of applying to The Institute of World Politics in Washington D.C. I'm hoping to get accepted into their Strategic Intelligence Studies program because I'm reasonably positive I'll be able to get the type of job I want with a degree from there. For now though, just focusing on having a good time and enjoying the last few weeks of the incredibly awesome experience that was college.
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Title: Heading to Thailand soon...
Posted: August 06, 2007 (10:40 PM)
In about 3 weeks, I head to Thailand for four glorious months of studying in Bangkok. DjSkittles, my real-life best friend, will be joining me on the adventure.

And I'm starting to freak out.

I have so much I feel like I have left to do before I go. I have to delegate all of my responsibilities out at Thunderbolt and show other staff members the ropes. I have to apply to the four graduate schools I'm hoping to go to. I still need my visa. I want to visit one of the schools I'm interested in. I need to work more so that I have more money. Uhg, too much to do!

But, the experience is going to be gnarly. I got all of my shots, so when I go to Cambodia and Vietnam and Thailand I'll be protected against most every virus that tries to attack my body. My parents are getting me a new digital camera for my birthday, I got a new laptop that's more travel-oriented, and I got an R4 for my DS, every ROM imaginable for the DS, and season 4 of 24 to help us survive the 17 hour non-stop flight.

When I get stressed, I just have to keep reminding myself how awesome of an experience it's going to be. I'm going to practically an entirely different world and it should get me prepared for my next adventure, which is backpacking through South America for two months after I graduate next May.
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Title: Hahaha
Posted: April 08, 2007 (06:23 PM)
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Posted: April 06, 2007 (10:19 PM)
I've got a four day weekend, so I used the time to catch up on some stuff. I started playing Hotel Dusk yesterday. I'd like the game a lot more if the main character didn't try so hard to go out of his way to be so smug. He's like the kid that tries too hard to fit in and everyone knows he's a bitch. I don't really know how much more of it I can stand truthfully. I also loaded up Rush for the PSP, which is a very average game. The damage modeling on the cars is pretty cool, but the actual textures on the cars are amazingly dull and flat. Thunderbolt's redesign is finally up. I think that looks great, but we're still catching up on some glitches. I just need to get myself interested in doing some actual school work for this "vacation" which is hard for some reason...
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Title: Busy, busy, busy
Posted: April 03, 2007 (03:03 PM)
I've been incredibly busy lately.

I just finished an essay on nuclear proliferation for an essay contest and, of course, one of my professors also gave me information on another essay contest on US-European relations, so I have yet another paper on my plate (which, of course, is due on the same day as a paper for my Critical Thinking in Politics course).

Of course, I'm actually interested in gaming now that my semester is at it's busiest point. I've been playing way too much Counter-Strike lately, particularly Gun Game, a mod for CS: Source. I also played through Garfield and His Nine Lives, which was boring but short enough that I bothered to beat it. I've got Hotel Dusk and Rush (PSP) coming from GameFly soon, but I think Deus Ex is going to take up my time instead of them for a little while.

Work has been fun and I seem to be doing well because they gave me more hours and a raise. I've also been accepted to study abroad in Thailand, so from September ~15 - December ~15, I'm going to be off in Bangkok studying and hopefully traveling throughout the country and South East Asia. I've also been busy over on Thunderbolt. We're about to roll out a completely new version of our site and I think it looks fantastic. I think the new version of Thunderbolt is one of the reasons my interest has been renewed in gaming and reviewing. Whenever Thunderbolt or HG releases a new feature or contest, I'm always more interested in writing something fresh.
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Posted: March 13, 2007 (09:48 AM)
I finished my Rainbow Six Vegas review last night, but after reading it over, I hated the introduction so I scrapped the introduction and decided to come up with a new one. Now I'm struggling. I don't really know what to think of my review right now. I don't know how much I actually like it. Vegas was a hard game to review because for a lot of the game, I was really frustrated because I kept dying, but by the end of the game, it easily vaulted itself into my "best games ever" list. It's hard to describe why that is, and I'm afraid that my review ends up reading as a list of cool battles and me saying "the battles are hard, but worth it" without any other substance. I think I'm going to need to keep working on this one...
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Posted: March 05, 2007 (06:53 PM)
I beat Rainbow Six Vegas, which turned out to be one of the best games I've ever played in my life, even if it was very challenging to a tactical-newbie. Just you wait for the HOT NEW REVIEW from asherdeus. Splinter Cell: Double Agent and Scarface are coming from GameFly soon, so I'm going to work on those. I've never been a huge fan of the Splinter Cell games, but after beating Vegas, I thought about giving Tom Clancy another chance. For some reason, I'm also interested in Medal of Honor Heroes for the PSP, even though I hear it's terrible. I'm chugging through Medal of Honor: Spearhead (a PC expansion to Medal of Honor: Allied Assault) and enjoying it, but I don't think I can tolerate a PSP FPS.

I also have bronchitis, which is probably one of the worst things I've ever suffered.
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Title: Happy Christmas to me (and hopefully, you too)
Posted: December 30, 2006 (12:17 PM)
I hope that everyone had a good Christmas and that Santa came through and delivered them everything that they wanted. I got pretty much everything that I hoped and expected this holiday season. I got a few games, some new clothes, but mostly cash to pay off my computer (I'm not complaining).


Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
Shadow of the Collosus
EverQuest 2: Echoes of Faydewer.
Parasite Eve


Seven Swords


The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King

In addition, I got a few ski passes, but the good news is that my computer is half paid for. I've spent the last few days torrenting PC games that I've wanted to play. I think I need to pick up another hard drive.
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Title: I submitted a new review
Posted: December 18, 2006 (11:04 PM)
I finished up my FEAR: Extraction Point review tonight. I wrote it a week ago, sat on it for a while, and then I editted it tonight. I felt a lot better about the review after the edit than I did before it. Trying to shake the reviewing rust off. It's been three months since I last reviewed a game.
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Title: Shit is done.
Posted: December 13, 2006 (09:01 PM)
Finally, after working non-stop seemingly all semester, my classes are over. I took my last final today and handed in all of my papers. Since I'm done with classes finally, I took the time to play through Gears of War (not quite the 10/10 that everyone painted it, but a fun game) and FEAR: Extraction Point. I may review GoW, probably not because there's enough out there already, but I'm writing up an Extraction Point review now. Then it's on to the X-Mas Battle. I'm excited about that. I've got a solid team of contenders that I think is going to be at the top of the field. I'm just happy to be going home to play videogames and ski for most of the winter. I'm also looking forward to hopefully picking up Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops at some point in the next few weeks.
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Title: Classes
Posted: November 14, 2006 (12:00 PM)
I just picked my classes too so I'll post them up here.

POL 203: Critical Thinking in Politics
POL 213: History of Political Thought
POL 359: Nation, State, and Global Order
HIS 102: History of the 20th Century
HIS 329: History of the Cold War
SPA 102: Continuing Spanish
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Title: Prepare for more PC reviews!
Posted: October 05, 2006 (11:07 AM)
I finally bought a new computer. My first one since June of 2004. I bought a brand new Dell desktop. Check out the specs:

EDIT: I cancelled that PC and bought a different one.

- Intel Core 2 Duo Processor (1.87GHz)
- 1GB DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz
- 19 in (19 in viewable) 1907FPCFlat Panel Display
- 256MB nVidia GeForce 7900 GS
- 250GB SATA II Hard Drive (7200RPM)
- 16X DVD-ROM and 16X DVD+/-RW

I'm pretty excited. It should play all my games well, and it's very upgradeable. With the newly ordered rig, the graphics card is quite a bit better, though I did sacrifice some processor speed. It'll play games a lot better now. As soon as I get it, I'm installing all my games and seeing how they're supposed to look, and I want to pick up copies of Battlefield 2 and the new F.E.A.R expansion pack which is coming out soon and play them in all their glory.
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Title: God of War
Posted: September 05, 2006 (08:33 PM)
I found God of War at a pawn shop near my school for $7. The game is good, but it isn't nearly as great as everyone says it is. It feels like the developers just combined Devil May Cry, Baldur's Gate, and Greek myth into one game. A solid 7/10.
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Posted: August 24, 2006 (05:49 PM)
I don't really look forward to a lot of games, but I was looking forward to Half-Life 2: Episode 2 a lot. Now, there are rumors that it's going to be delayed until the first quarter of 2007, instead of coming out at the end of this year. That's annoying and disappointing. I figured that, since the game is going to use the same engine as HL2: E1, they already know where the story is going, and they don't really need to develop anything new, that the game would actually come out on time. Guess not. Hopefully SiN: Episode 2 will come out on time.
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Title: I <3 More Cheap Games
Posted: July 30, 2006 (07:55 PM)
I bought more games.

- Tony Hawk 3: I never beat this Tony Hawk. I got the GameCube version for Christmas. Bad move. The GameCube's kidney shaped buttons and awful trigger/shoulder things don't work well for Hawks.
- Tony Hawk 4: Eh, it was $2.99 and completed the collection.
- Extermination: A game produced by Sony that sucks! What a surprise!
- Turok Evolution: Seriously, it was a dollar. I know it's awful, but it was an FPS for a dollar. I can't pass that up.
- World Poker Tour: Yep, another poker game.
- 007 - Agent Under Fire: It isn't good, but the multiplayer is fun. Q-Claw rocks.

I reviewed World Series of Poker and Painkiller: Hell Wars. I think both of those reviews will stay on Thunderbolt though. They aren't bad, they're just short (600 words each), and nothing particularly amazing. WSOP got a 3/10, Painkiller: Hell Wars a 4/10. I might bring over Painkiller.

Other than that, I'm going on vacation to the Poconos in a week. I'll bring my laptop there and probably play my "I" game for the Alphabet Olympics. I'm "playing" Iron Storm. By "playing" I mean, I installed it, played it once, and haven't touched it since then. Hopefully I can get motivated and write something good. I just don't like feeling like I have to write something.

I still need to review Prey. I also should play it too.

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Title: I <3 Cheap Games
Posted: July 18, 2006 (06:01 PM)
One thing I loved about the release of the PS2/Xbox/GameCube was how cheap it made Dreamcast and PS1 games. One thing I'm loving about the release of the PS3/360/Wii is how cheap it has made Xbox and PS2 games. I've picked up a bunch of cheap used PS2 and Xbox games over the last few days. Nothing particularly amazing, but good games that I enjoyed or heard were good.

Recent purchases!

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2): I beat the game two days after it came out. It gets a lot of flack for the absolutely stupid storyline, but the gameplay is awesome. I might actually review this one so I can have so more ammo for the TT.

Max Payne (Xbox): I've already beaten and reviewed this one, too, but for $2.99, who can resist?

SSX Tricky (PS2): I've never played this, but SSX was fun and I heard this was good too. I thumbed through the manual and the song credits scare me.

Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge (Xbox): I haven't played this either, but it was also $2.99 and I heard it was fun, so why not?

Outrun 2 (Xbox): I had a demo for this that my friend and I became obsessed with beating. I'm thinking I'll like this.

World Series of Poker (Xbox): I got this one cheap through GameFly. I heard it was awful, but there was free shipping, I had a coupon for five dollars off, and I love poker. So it's all good.

In other news...

I got Prey to review, for the 360. I also drew I for the team tournament. I had about 6 or so letters I was really hoping for and I was sadly not one of them. Oh well. I have a lot of games. I'll find something.

Maybe this will finally be motivation to finally play Indigo Prophecy...
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Title: New Super Mario Bros. Hurts
Posted: July 12, 2006 (09:44 PM)
The other day, I was in bed with my girlfriend and we were playing New Super Mario Bros. We were alternating between levels and I was up. I got almost to the end of the level when I jumped poorly and went down a chasm. In frustration and embarassment (because I had cockily ensured my girlfriend that I would in fact dominate the level), I slammed my fist down onto, what I thought, was the bed. I ended up hitting the bed frame, and my thumb nail turned instantly black. It hurt like hell.

Here's a picture:

This was almost a month ago too, and I just took this picture tonight. I suspect that the thumb nail's going to fall off pretty soon.
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Title: Hey College Kids...
Posted: July 01, 2006 (01:09 AM)
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Posted: June 20, 2006 (12:39 PM)
I got bored and posted my Game Collection online at GameSpot today.


Check it out and post yours too!
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Title: Reviews
Posted: May 10, 2006 (04:45 PM)
I reviewed Black today. It took me about a week after playing it to get the words out. What an incredibly blown opportunity to create a truly memorable FPS. I've been playing a bit of Untold Legends: The Warriors Code and think I'm going to review that game too. I already reviewed Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade and they're essentially the same game, so it shouldn't be too hard.

I have Darkwatch coming for Xbox and Medievil coming for the PSP, but I have finals this upcoming week and it's the last full week I can spend with my girlfriend before she goes home for the summer, so I don't really expect to play them at all for a while.
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Posted: May 04, 2006 (08:53 PM)
First, I'd like to thank Janus for his comments on my review.

Second, I want you all to know that Tool's new album rocks my pants. Hard.

Third, Black is five hours long, has respawning enemies, and you can't jump. You also can't climb over shin-high barriers.
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Title: Stubbs the Zombie
Posted: April 29, 2006 (08:54 PM)
I wrote a review for Stubbs the Zombie and it was posted tonight. I've never really tried to write a review like that (without directly referencing the game or the player), but when I sat down to write the review it seemed like an appropriate game to try it with. It needs quite a bit of work I think, but I really enjoyed writing it. It's one of the most creative reviews I've written ever.
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Title: Summer Plans
Posted: April 28, 2006 (01:12 PM)
A lot of people out there are going away for the summer. I'm not. I have to save money for school and visiting my girlfriend who lives four hours away from me when we're not in school. But I still have some reviewing plans:

My reviewing goals:

- Revise a substantial portion of my review catalog.
- Do well in the Team Tournament.
- Write at least one review a week.

That's that. Nothing else major, writing wise. As for life, the usual stuff. Visit the girlfriend, make some cash, hang out with my friends. Nothing too major, but something that's sure to be fun.
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Title: Ashy's Fall 2006 Classes
Posted: April 23, 2006 (05:21 PM)
I stole this idea from The Genj:

English 220: Modern Culture and Media
- This is the first writing course I've taken in over a year. I guess we'll have to examine how modern forms of media like comic books, movies, music video, cartoons and shit like that and figure them out. It sounds like it could be pretentious.

POL 319: International Organizations
- I'm really looking forward to this class. I don't know a whole lot about the EU, WTO, and the UN and I want to learn more and understand how they operate.

POL 497 (Senior Seminar): Global Security
- I'm almost done with my major, so I'm taking my senior seminar a year early. We look at how global security has changed over the years and discuss it. It seems interesting enough.

SPA 101: Elementary Spanish
- My second attempt at Spanish. Hoping I don't get a D again. I wish I could take Latin at my school.

POL 329: American Foreign Policy
- Another course I need for my major. We just look at how US Foreign Policy has changed over the years and the impacts it has made on the world.

That's that.
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Title: I signed up for GameFly
Posted: March 31, 2006 (12:38 PM)
I signed up for GameFly today. I don't have money for new games when I'm at school, but I do have the $15 a month for their service. I bought a game from them once that worked fine, so I'm going to try this service out. I added in all the games I wanted to get from them over the next few months today.

Full Auto
Far Cry Instincts: Predator
Tetris DS
Untold Legends: The Warrior's Code
MediEvil Resurrection
Age of Empires: Age of Kings DS
Metal Gear Acid
Grandia III
Far Cry Instincts: Evolution
Grandia Xtreme
The Warriors
Half-Life 2
LEGO Star Wars
Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath
Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse
Tomb Raider: Legend
Bode Miller Alpine Skiing
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Samurai Western
Way of the Samurai 2
Spy Fiction

I know some of the games on the list aren't that great (some of them I'm sure aren't even that good), but I've been interested in all of them at one point or another so I decided I'd check them out. I only get one game at a time though, which is kind of a drag, but I can just play the shit out of them this way without any other games to distract me. I'll probably move things around and I'll probably never even get certain games as new ones come out that I'm more interested in, but for now I think I have a pretty solid list.
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Title: Reading? Books?
Posted: March 08, 2006 (05:04 PM)
Jason Venter told me a long time ago when I wrote a review for Zone of the Enders that I should read Ender's Game, because my introduction was awful and I made a reference about the book because it had "Ender" in it and I was awfuler back then. So I took it out of the library for Spring Break.

I just finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix a few weeks ago. My girlfriend bought me Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and I finished that in about three days. Then I read The Da Vinci code, which was gripping but a little annoying and now I'm reading Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk.

I never read a lot in High School, but I've been bored with games and movies lately and books provide a nice distraction. Plus when I'm bored I can pull out a book and read a lot easier than I can bust out my laptop or PS2. And games in general just aren't that exciting right now. I need a new FPS game that's as good as Half-Life 2 or FEAR and that sadly isn't happening.

When are Half-Life 2: Aftermath and SiN coming out?
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Posted: February 12, 2006 (08:15 PM)
I finally found Devil May Cry 3.

Quality game so far. Too bad about the difficulty.
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Posted: February 07, 2006 (09:34 AM)
I can't find Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition at any stores by my house, and GameFAQs hasn't sent me my Amazon gift certificate yet so I don't want to buy it online until I get that. So there's a game I actually want to play and I can't get it. And that makes me sad.
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Title: 2005...A year of reviews...
Posted: January 13, 2006 (11:14 AM)
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Posted: January 09, 2006 (12:56 PM)
I've finally written reviews again. It feels pretty good.

I wrote a review for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney that was nothing special, but I wrote a review for Puyo Pop Fever (DS) today that I really liked writing. It's not as stilted and organized as all of my other stuff and hops around a bit more and I think it reads a little more energetically. Fewer conjunctions and the like too. I'm pleased with it, and I might even submit it for a contest here.
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Title: Home from college...
Posted: December 24, 2005 (02:45 PM)
I've been home from college for a few days (a week) now and while I had plans to write lots of reviews and stuff, I've found that I have very little desire to write anything. I rented Ridge Racer 6 and Need for Speed Most Wanted for the 360 and was going to write reviews, but I ended up returning both of them to the store without finishing up the reviews. I've mostly just been watching movies and skiing. Maybe I'll get my writing desires back after Christmas is over...
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Posted: December 04, 2005 (09:51 AM)
Beaten Games:

Red Faction
Area 51
Metal Gear Solid 3
The Suffering: Ties That Bind
Call of Duty 2
Condemned: Criminal Origins

Almost Beaten:

Quake 4
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Title: Spring time!? Spring time!? I still have work to do for the fall!
Posted: November 21, 2005 (11:17 PM)
Inspired by Genj's post, I've decided to post my classes for the spring. I am not a unique snowflake.

Political Science 337: Middle East Politics - I'm really looking forward to this class. I hate having discussions with people about the Middle East because I really don't know that much about it. Hopefully, taking this class will help me understand the political landscape in the Middle East and help me get past some of the stereotypes that I've probably picked up about the place from living in America. The teacher of this class is my advisor and I know I'm going to get a lot out of it.

Political Science 207: Comparitive Politics - Not really sure about this one, I just need to take it for my major. I have the teacher for Political Science 369: Terrorism and Political Violence and I can tell that she's really smart, just terrible with people. I hope that she gets more comfortable and familiar with me.

Political Science 211: Public Policy and Administration - Another required course for my major. I guess the teacher is really good, but I really don't know much about this class.

Introduction to Astronomy - I need to take some science courses and I'm terrible at Chemistry, Physics, and Biology, so I wasn't given many options here. Thankfully, two of my friends are also taking this one with me, so if I get confused I can just ask them. I used to love telescopes and planets and stars when I'm younger, so maybe my passion will be rekindled.

History 102: The West and the World 1500-1900 - I was lucky to get all of my American History requirements taken care of in High School, but I still needed to take a Western Civilization course here. Ancient History made me so bored in High School that I didn't even want to go to school because I had to go to the class, but when it got closer to modern times I actually did really well. So here's hoping I dominate this one too.

All in all, I'm excited. I still have to finish out this semester, and with four papers due in two weeks (one on Hezbollah, one on the New York State Legislature, two dealing with International Relations), it is going to seem like an eternity before I get there. Oh well, I'll survive.
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Posted: November 18, 2005 (02:34 PM)
I beat GUN. Good game, but short as fuck. The game kind of disappointed me in the "free-roaming" department too, because it's pretty linear. Oh well.

Beaten Games:

Red Faction
Area 51
Metal Gear Solid 3
The Suffering: Ties That Bind
Call of Duty 2

Almost Beaten:

Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
Quake 4
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Posted: November 16, 2005 (09:14 PM)
So, I came in 7th in the shooter contest. I'm pretty pleased with my results. I think my F.E.A.R review, which I finished up tonight, will be a little better received than my N.O.L.F review was, because I spent a little more time with it, including a lot more information and what I think are some great examples. Sure, I don't have any flowery writing or anything gay, but I think it'll still do pretty well. Here's hoping, anyway.

Beaten Games:

Red Faction
Area 51
Metal Gear Solid 3
The Suffering: Ties That Bind
Call of Duty 2

Almost Beaten:

Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
Quake 4
GUN - 33% Complete (After fucking two hours of play, un-fucking-real)
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Title: Games I've Beaten At College
Posted: November 09, 2005 (09:50 PM)
College has been great for both academics and gaming. I'm getting high marks in all my classes and I've managed to work my way through several games here, almost more frequently than at home (though I don't have a job at home so that makes some sense).

Here's the list (mostly so I can keep track):

Red Faction
Area 51
Metal Gear Solid 3
The Suffering: Ties That Bind
Call of Duty 2

Partly Finished (Soon to be beaten):

Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
Quake 4

I'm quite pleased with my progress.
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Title: Red Faction Review
Posted: October 17, 2005 (09:29 AM)

Red Faction opens up with an introduction to our hero, Parker. He’s a miner on Mars who has come to the red planet to seek fame and fortune. Of course, when he gets there he quickly discovers that the mine operators are a ruthless corporation that control every aspect of their employees’ lives and require them to live on rigid schedules that they dictate for them. Soon an explosion kicks off a rebellion and Parker’s humdrum mining life is instantly transformed: in a matter of minutes he goes from “Parker the Miner” to “Parker the Revolutionary Who Can Out-Shoot Anyone”.

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