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carcinogen_crush The sun is out and bright while,
We are all eating popsicles.
Because maybe the world will end and,
That's the best way to it.

SCREAM through dreams that cut your voice off;
wide awake, will nothing soothe?
With a word I'd take this pain from you,
but I fall mute.

Title: Metal Gear!? It can't be!
Posted: September 11, 2007 (07:57 PM)


I know that it's blurry and backwards (thanks mirror, and thanks phone for not being able to be held at a good angle) but that's my new tattoo courtesy of Will at Skin City Tattoo in downtown Tigard, OR.

I have to go back in three weeks and have it finished - I was bleeding too much for him to finish filling in the orange. So it'll be another two months almost before it's completely healed.

But; I love it.

:)

CRUSH
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Title: Body and Soul part I
Posted: September 09, 2007 (06:18 PM)
In a world dominated by marketing schemes, it's often difficult for the people who seek real, vital information without being given a shmooze.

Fitness of the body is important, make no mistake, but when everyone and their neighbor wants to make a cut in the diet and health business, you as a person are getting the least help possible.

Companies make it out to be something that you can shirk off if you buy their meals. 'Buy L.A. Weight Loss meals and you'll be happy and skinny!'

It saddens me that there is indeed a target audience for these scams. People who are insecure and lack a real sense of confidence; good folk who feel as though they're inferior to others because of their size, shape or physical appearance. For them, it's a very appealing offer.

Health isn't something so simple. Just as wisdom comes in time, fitness and health comes with awareness of the self. You can eat those bars or fix those South Beach Diet pre-planned dinners into your daily schedule and while you may lose weight, you're also losing sight of the more important issues at hand.

Take time for yourself. Recognize the fact that you're blessed with the gifts of self-awareness and contemplation; you're not a doll or an action figure, you're on a different plane where in order to find a true sense of accomplishment - a true sense of contentment and appreciation - both the physical and spiritual properties of you have to synchronize.

That is something there is no "fix" for. You can watch every channel, surf every website and seldom will you come across the help that you're looking for. Happiness isn't a package waiting to be opened, it's a state of being that's lying in wait inside of you.

To discover strength you never thought you had, that's exactly what you'll need for the journey. Don't under-cut yourself, no nay-saying. If you have ever thought to yourself, 'There are some things that I'm not pleased with, things that I feel I could accomplish that I don't have. But I know that I'm incapable. . .' then you need to stop.

If you have ever acknowledged the feeling that you could be doing something better, you're strong enough to tackle the problem and see it through to the end. It's the unaware that are in need of the severe kind of help; you just need affirmation. You're strong and you can accomplish any feat within human bounds as well as anyone else can.

Once you know this, then your training can start anytime that you're ready.
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Title: My Choice. . .
Posted: September 08, 2007 (06:48 PM)
42" Panasonic Plasma with 720p and 1080i support for $1,009.99 VS 37" Sony LCD with 720p and 1080p support for $1,399.

I still have some time to swap out my set, so helpful feedback would be. . . helpful. As far as I can see, I'm happy with this purchase - but I'm curious what happens to Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs when they're viewed in 720p as opposed to 1080p.

What do you think?
Generally, I've just heard that Plasma sets have better picture in terms of response time and black levels.
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Title: Which is the better format:
Posted: September 08, 2007 (04:34 PM)
HD-DVD or BLU-RAY?

Discuss.
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Title: Bought a PS3. . . (and other things)
Posted: September 07, 2007 (01:41 PM)
Sort of. Got scammed by some Nigerian Paypal scammer. I know, I know - shut ya mouth, no lectures. With one minute left for bid on the 80Gig model at $460, I was so buzzed I didn't check the dude's user rating.

So yeah, I got scammed my nearly $500 amount. Piece of shit, me.

Anyhow; I should be fully reimbursed for the funds within the next month thanks to either Paypal, or my bank if Paypal fails to take the lead.

Being as it is, I went out today (to the store) and bought another (real) PS3. $450 for the 60gig, which I hear is better because of the PS2 chip inside of it - something like that. Piece of shit only came with a damned composite cable - dunno what else I thought I'd get, but. . .

No games yet. I'm waiting on the ESIV GotY edition and Dark Sector amongst others. Instead, I bought The Fifth Element on Blu-Ray, one of my favorite movies of all time. You just can't beat Milla's hard nipples, Willis' platinum, thinning hair, Oldman's G.W. Bush-esque Southern dialect, that kickass opera performance by The Diva, space Orcs, Ian holm as the rattled monk, speedy negotiations, and bleeding skull caps.

Yessir, I'm in love all over again!

As if I haven't been already (pah) I've decided to take a brief break from doing any sort of writing for the site. This should be painfully obvious to everyone after my one submission in a near seven week period. I need some sort of batteries recharged, but I'm not sure where they are or how to go about getting them the juice.

Within the next few months, I plan on getting around to making a video series that I'll put up on YouTube about day-to-day nutritional help and training advice; as well as unlicensed counseling episodes for the purposes of improving peoples' spirits. I think that it would be an interesting thing to try before I start the course for Health and Fitness next year at the college - and if I can manage to secure a PC with a capture card, I'll be doing a series of game reviews/discussions with two of my friends.

Last on the list is a series of gameplay tips: subtitles displayed across a video of the action will hopefully help people get a feel for some of the things I decide to tackle. I'm really burning to do a set of Two Worlds tutorial sessions, being that there's only one in the actual game.

On a final note;

I'm literally torn on what to think of BioShock. There's no denying that Irrational has provided an atmosphere that works and all-around awesome writing/acting. Oh yeah, and the graphics are nice. The problem I'm having with that, though, is that everyone's raving about how innovative it is. News to that crowd: Valve beat them to the punch with Half-Life some eight years earlier. Despite being genuinely eerie in most ways and a few twists on the genre, BioShock isn't much more than a conventional shooter. Is there anything wrong with that?

Well, that's what I'm asking myself.

CHEERIOS!

CRUSH

(By the way. . .

I started dating. A girl. Pretty awesome - she's a really nice person and she's almost two years older than I am. Hee hee. Older women. Fetish? NO! Delicate appreciation for rare maturity.)

:)
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Title: A most Strugglingest WRITTER
Posted: September 05, 2007 (09:42 AM)
The summer tournament may not have swung in our full favor, but considering some setbacks, I'm glad that we placed where we did.

Jason and Felix were great to work with and I'll even go so far as to say that they taught me a lot. Over the span of six weeks I managed to pump out a single, new review. Not an extraordinary feat under usual circumstances, but I feel like I accomplished a lot.

Both J & F went completely out of their way on numerous occasions in order to make sure that things were getting through to me. Taking into account my dull intellect and the fact that I should have understood most of what they were saying from the get-go. . . you have two truly patient people.

Only one review; sure. This one review, though, is the culmination of what essentially amounted to a summer-long crash course in the basics of better reviewing.

It was a cool experience - I'm very proud of my single triumph (even if I lost) and very grateful of my two teammates. Thanks a bunch guys!

Pretty soon (hopefully) I'll have more to show for all the effort you put into making me not suck - as bad as I did.

CRUSH
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Title: News
Posted: September 01, 2007 (06:58 PM)
Two Worlds full review on the way.

BioShock full review on the way.

Sooner than later, for all intents and purposes. : )

I also wanted to ask a question that someone can hopefully answer.

How do I make videos of games? I mean, direct videos. I've heard some people mention a capture card for a PC, but I'm not sure how that works.

Thanks!

CRUSH

Title: BioShock and Two Worlds first impressions.
Posted: August 25, 2007 (01:23 PM)
Got both of them now. Surprisingly (more in the case of Two Worlds) I'm not disappointed.

BioShock begins quickly and with a bang and has that overall Half Life presence about it. Very cinematic, I mean, even considering the game's first person perspective. While the opening sequence pales in comparison to the thrill that The Darkness gave me, the sheer beauty of Jack's plane crash over the Atlantic and first steps into Rapture cast an enormous shadow over the former game.

Oh yeah. It plays well, too. : )

Two Worlds, on the other hand, is actually a pretty terrible game. Terrible graphics, terrible dialogue, terrible voice acting, presentation, animation - yada yada yada. . .

But somehow, it remains fun. After me and my buddy Marcus each spent an hour toying around with the game, we came up with several comparisons and were taken in by something of an unidentifiable charm.

Most closely, the game resembles a home console iteration of the first Dungeon Siege game on the PC. Then, Diablo II. Then, Asheron's Call for its use of color and the way that the sky feels more like a ceiling than a sprawling space.

There's no doubt about it that Two Worlds is addicting. Tons of weapons and armor, an interesting method of hack n' slash gameplay that also mixes in the possibilities of magic and stealth. If you were a fan of any three of those computer games, you're sure to find a lot to be happy about here.

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Title: Movies.
Posted: August 24, 2007 (10:27 AM)
Picked up this interesting looking movie last night called Renaissance and watched about five minutes of it pretty close to midnight.

I was dead tired, so I decided to just wait until today to watch it. But still, it looks pretty neat. I'm way into the whole film noir detective thing (hopefully made clear with my MP2 review) and so this looked like a pretty reasonable buy for $20.

I'm wondering if anyone's seen that Clive Owen/Jenni A. film, Derailed. I was looking over the cover before I bought Renaissance and almost considered taking it home instead.

Is it any good?

I liked Clive's performance in Sin City and Children of Men (admittedly, Children of Men wasn't the great that many people made it out to be, but I still liked his part) and wanted to know of some other movies with him in it.

Good ones, hopefully.
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Title: I can't believe that no one else. . .
Posted: August 23, 2007 (05:31 PM)
Is excited for Two Worlds.

Regardless, I watched Game Trailers' shitty video review of BioShock today - nothing made much of an impression on me. Not to say that the game looks bad, only that those reviews usually leave me indifferent.

The claim of open-endedness does have me suckered into running out to buy it now - but I've always had a nagging, pessimistic issue with this sort of feature.

I'm not sure who it was that critiqued my Morrowind review a long while back, but I stated my beef in there.

Too many games allow the freedom of multiple choices in a number of different categories. This wouldn't be such a bad thing, if there were particular and specific risks, rewards and consequences at the end of it. As it stands, this is a qaulity that a better amount of freedom based titles lack.

It's hard to play a distinctive role in a game, when the only encouragement is "you can do it like this, if you want to".

Your options are certainly broad in most cases, but remain fun diversions rather than immersive and innovative nuances.

Example:

In TES3: Morrowind, what point is there to being anything other than a warrior? It wouldn't be such a damage dealing blow, if Bethesda hadn't boasted so much - but here, it takes a heavy hit. Mages are screwed over before long by having inadequate amounts of Magicka to support their constantly improving spells and generally not having the endurance to take much damage, or the strength to carry armor.

Thieves have a situation nearly as bad. I cannot think of a single common example (other than the predefined Thieves' Guild and a few Morag Tong mission) where any sort of stealth based skill comes in handy. You'll be able to loot random treasure and the like from homes and similarly "friendly" populated areas, but there's no such happening in the game's numerous caves, dungeons, towers, ruins and other types of confined quarters.

Moreover, missions essential to the main storyline (including the ones made available on Soltheim and Mournhold) hardly ever call upon the need to steal, sneak, or generally be far enough away to shoot an arrow at something.

This same detriment plagued Oblivion, but I thought I'd be gentler on my (self-confused) reasoning behind paying attention to it. Most people are satisfied, I think - so why shouldn't I be?

Well it nags at me, without fail, at every opporunity.

There should be imposed definition. There should be guidelines. Developers make the mistake of saying that you can be "any" character you want, or complete a task in "any" way. Though they didn't anticipate gamers trying to become "everything" and do it "every way", that's exactly what they've gotten themselves into.

There's little point in playing a role, if open ended RPGs make being a jack-of-all-trades leaps and bounds more beneficial than sticking to one trade and being the best that there is.

Until they can fix it, I'll be left with a half-frown on my face after all is said and done. BioShock - the best game evAR - or not. Though I am skeptical of investing my time into BioShock because of this pessimistic outlook, I can't help but want to try it out. If it really is the spiritial successor to System Shock 2, then all the more.

On a different note: I can't wait until my birthday (Sept4). Apart from turning 18, having a modest amount of cash thrust upon me by family and having to NOT have sex with the young girls I date (ha, when was my last date? See: NevAR), I'll be getting the first of four settlement payments from when a dog attacked me when I was only five years old.

Coming to a total of $2,700 on its own, this can only mean one thing:

42+ inch Plasma TV.

After reading up on the pros and cons of Plasma vs LCD, I think I'll end up going the route of the former. While it seems safer for the product itself to go with an LCD, the Plasma seems to have the better picture - and that's what I'm concerned about most.

Then in a few weeks, I start my job at the Vesta call center near my apartment complex and hopefully, keep the work going steady. My stint at Target threatened to eat my soul, especially so after I got put up for a promotion, but denied because of my age. Then what? They promote the guy from Turkey who, no offense to anyone else from Turkey, can barely speak English and knows nearly batshit about electronics.

Answering phones and typing shouldn't be so bad, considering:

1. I get to redirect complaints and issues other than change of information.

2. The qualification for the job is - get this - 30 words a minute. What? I thought that that was a joke at first.

3. It pays a dollar more and I won't have to put up with 4 douchebag bosses at once or the gossip and highschool drama bullshit that went on at the big red.

Then in October, it's moveout time. That way, if I manage to be blessed enough to rid myself of the eternal virgin status, being too noisy isn't an obstacle. The neighbors can go fuck themselves. Haha. But that ever happening, is a very, very long shot into the dark.

It will be nice to have my own apartment, though. A certain sense of duty and responsiblity.

Then hopefully during the first stretches of 2008, I'll be ready to start either the criminal justice course at Everest, or the health and fitness classes at Portland Community College.
I'd either like to get my foot in the door with private investigation, work on the police force, or be a fitness trainer. I'll probably end up going with the last one, because it's the one I love the most.

Why am I telling everyone?
I have no idea.

I'm going to be around here for a LONG time, so I thought it'd be nice to let a little of my personality show through and give all you other regulars a fair chance to get to know me.

That's all.

CRUSH
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Title: Hm. . .
Posted: August 22, 2007 (11:06 PM)
I wonder what would happen if I had a vagina. . .

Oh, nevermind. I'd just play with myself all day. But how is that deviation for the norm? Damn.

Anyway.

Two Worlds comes out on Friday; who else is getting this kickass looking game? I swear, it looks sort of similar to my favorite MMORPG of all time - Asheron's Call. The original shitty game, not the shittier sequel.

I'm so excited I can't even put it into words. It's like, when you know someone so well that you don't feel the need to be descriptive, you just sort of. . .

Make fart noises and punching sounds effects.

It looks that good.
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Title: You Piece of Shit.
Posted: August 22, 2007 (01:10 PM)
My friend's computer is a piece of fucking shit. Really, who thinks, "We need computers for the family, what should we get? *gasp* DELL! GENIUS!"

You know who? Parents. If the media would like some proof of "bad parenting" leading to bad things happening, here's exhibit number one, friends.

Buying a Dell amounts to sliding your man-rod into a gator's mouth and then going, "THANK YOU MR. GATOR. THANK YOU FOR RIPPING OFF MY DRESSING PUMP!"

I swear. Seriously.

This bullshit computer won't read the damned floppy that my review for this week's round is on. I don't get it, because it worked fine yesterday. Today it's "unable to read". Bullshit. Bullshit.

So now I have to wait until like 3 in the afternoon to get finished. Lame. Lame. Lame.

Bored as hell sitting here doing nothing, keeping an eye on this autistic kid.

. . . Damn. How do I pass the time?

I'm going insane.

Title: *gasp*
Posted: August 19, 2007 (10:58 PM)
I have ass-mark, too.
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Title: I got crushed.
Posted: August 18, 2007 (05:14 PM)
Congratulations on the win, DoI. It was an easy win, I admit, but the fact remains. : )
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Title: DUDE! OMG!
Posted: August 16, 2007 (11:09 PM)
Hey Jason! (cause this is Oregonian news)

Check this out. On the news just now, a man named Wayne Steed was taken into custody for having thousands of child pornography photos on his computer.

I just thought it was kind of funny, considering that there's a Wayne Steed here on HG.

Anyway, pip pip.
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