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The usual end-of-year list
November 14, 2009

Getting to be that time of the year when I'm far too busy to play games and am thus missing some interesting titles I'll have to list out here so I don't ignore them after the crazed finals rush.

The list is shorter this year than in previous years. I no longer have the money, time, or willpower to pick up and try every game that looked interesting. Many was the game I had mild interest in that hasn't made this list (Brutal Legends being a perfect example).

Dragon Age Origins
Braid (finally out on PS3)

Modern Warfare 2 is a tentative entry. I'm not in much of a shooter mood right now but by all accounts it's a game that shouldn't be missed.

Demon Souls I'm afraid to pick up. I think to really enjoy it I'd have to have a hell of a lot more time in my day to devote to it.

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Farewell for a time
November 10, 2009

This week's ROTW will be the last time you guys will hear from me for about three or four weeks. In light of my ever increasingly-insane workload I will be needing to take a break from anything not film or school related until the end of the term.

My PS3 has been turned off, my TV has been put into storage, and my PSP will be getting sent off to Sony for warranty replacement. For the next couple of weeks, I am gameless. I think it's the only way I'll finish my thesis.

I'll see you all on the other side. Wish me luck.


You never know when it's going to hit you
November 03, 2009

I was flirting with this girl at a party a couple weeks ago and we kind've hit it off. No sex, no make outs, no exchange of phone numbers, just a very pleasant evening of flirting until she had to leave to not be hung over for work in the morning. More on that in a minute. A little aside first.

There was also a transvestite at the party and we flirted something major, too. Cause, you know... I'm bi... and I like to flirt. Anyways, we're really hitting it off when one of our friends comes up, slaps this trannie on the back and exclaims, "So, Alan. You've met Jonathan. This guy (pointing to me) is the one who sucked you off at last year's party."

Alan looked at me... "that was you?"
I looked at him... "that... oh that was you."

Then we didn't speak for the rest of the night.

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... seriously?
November 02, 2009

Myst doesn't have a positive review to its name on this site? That's... not right. Myst is one of the most original games of all time. Aside from shaping the adventure genre for years to come, it also was the first major game to feature mostly ambient music integrated with the natural sounds of the environment, a style that would pave the way for adventure gaming soundtracks. Not to mention the fact that it told a story that you come into the middle of and never really find out the whole of... again, a heavy influence on later adventure works.

And you know what... it may look a little dated today... but it still works. I'm gonna write a review. I'm gonna do it.


For EmP... happy halloween
October 30, 2009

Chrono Cross
Together with Xenosaga, this is Square Enix's most convoluted plot line... which puts it high in the running for most convoluted plot of all time. Despite EmP's suspicions, I didn't actually like Chrono Cross. I have to admit to getting choked up quite often during it, but that was an effect of the beautiful music, not because anything interesting was actually happening on screen.


Some more three sentence reviews
October 29, 2009

I'm almost done with my Chinatown Wars review, but I needed a quick break. So more quickies!

Deus Ex
Wearing a trench coat and sunglasses, you fight the confusing plot lines of the Illuminati. It's nice to play as a character who can fit a rocket launcher under that coat. Better yet, they explain WHY he can fit a rocket launcher under his coat.


Deus Ex Invisible War
The reason this game got bad press: less trench coat. Less rocket launcher. Less explanation.


Programming at its best. If using C++ involved the slaying of monsters for exp and loot, then I'd probably be a programmer today. I certainly spent enough time at the game to build one myself.


God of War II

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Casting Call for Population 2
October 27, 2009

Don't know if anyone knows anyone living in Portland, OR, but if you do... my next movie is going to start filming soon.

Moon Tribe Studios presents another casting call for a short film shooting late February 19th – 28th, 2010 entitled, “Population 2,” a futuristic dark drama about loss and the inability to move on.

Hired actors will receive credit and experience on a serious production set and on a film that is going to be making the festival rounds as well as seeing limited theatre release.

Moontribe Studios is highly supportive of the independent film making scene in Portland and there is a large chance that more acting work may follow.

Please read closely:

WHERE: TBD (You will be contacted if chosen with the location)

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