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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Video of the Week: Fortress Bebop

If Team Fortress 2 had a game opening, I'd mod it so that this played instead. Brilliant.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Forgive the Silence

...for I have an internship and driving school. Back next week. :D

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Games to Wait For: Ni no Kuni (The Another World), PS3

So a friend of mine asks me on Facebook,
So as an artist I think Im SUPPOSED to be hype for this game...but I fail to see what all the fuss is about. Explain plox?
I look at it, think about it for a bit, and black out. I wake up, and boom, text.
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Have you ever seen a Studio Ghibli movie? Spirited Away? Princess Mononoke? Howl's Moving Castle? Glorious animations, immerse stories, that's one part of an RPG right there. The art style is in some ways the reverse of at least western RPGs that give people and creatures the realistic focus, in that the characters look simplistic and cartoony yet still carry great emotion, just like an animated film. This makes the setting seem all the more realistic in comparison, something Studio Ghibli does in all of their works. All at 60 FPS in 1020p HD quality.

The other, provided by Level 5, is meant to work somewhat like an RPG where gameplay is interactive, much like in Star Ocean or the Tales series (this is based on what I've seen in the videos, the DS version has different mechanics). The company has made games like Dark Cloud, Rogue Galaxy, Dragon Quest VIII and up, etc., many of which were extraordinary RPGs.

Also, if the game works anything like the DS one, you'll actually have to rely on a book that will come with the game, in order to advance in the story and use abilities. It's the same book that the main character gets, and you'll struggle unless you actually read.

Considering Level 5's previous works, I think this will be a better combination than Ghibli and Squeenix. Their previous work directions seem to coincide with each other, and the amount of time they've been working on this shows it.

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The PS3 version hits Japan in 2011. Too long! Argh!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Video of the Week: Catocalypse (AKA Kittygeddon)



LOL wut? Seriously, props to Thecorp303 (creator of this video, and supposedly the map itself) for this. Watch it and prepare some tissue, you may be in tears after this.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hell of a Deal: Steam Summer Sales


It's a sale on Steam. Now that you've read this, go buy stuff! Wanna know some deals? There are plenty more, like The Witcher and the Commandos collection, but here's some advice: wait until the last day to make purchases (July 4), except on deals that are on the Today Only section. Today's deals:
  • Overlord Complete Pack ($4.50)
  • Counter-Strike: Source ($6.80) [Recently updated]
  • Unreal Deal Pack ($13.60)
  • Aion Standard Edition ($19.99)
  • BioShock 2 ($14.99)
  • Trine ($4.00)
  • DiRT 2 ($10.00)
  • Killing Floor ($5.00)
Like any Steam sale, it's likely that games that are discounted now may be further discounted later. You will be pissed when this happens.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Custom Content: Ringtones - JAM Project | SOUL TAKER

The Soul Taker by cric

SOUL TAKAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

Love this song. JAM Project just sounds so freakin' bad-ass, and this song follows that trend. It's the opening theme to the aptly titled "SOUL TAKER" (yes, it is in all caps). Rock on. \m/

JAM Project - SOUL TAKER: soultaker.mp3; 454.5KB | Preview and Download from Box.net.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Zero's Rants: An Aside on Politics

It's so weird that we can't trust those we appoint to represent us so often. All I seem to hear is how senator So-and-So and House Representative What's-His-Name aren't making the right choices for us as a nation. This organization says it does A but is doing B instead. How Republicans aren't doing it right, how Democrats aren't doing it right, how we need to get these people out of office, etc. It's not just big media saying it, either; jump onto /r/politics on reddit or the comments sections of Fox News posts and you hear the same things.

Is it that the representative system is that messed up, for whatever reason being?

Is it because we're just not content, whether we want more change or want things to stay the same?

Or do we just love stressing ourselves out over these matter, important they may be?

Whatever the case, I wish I could stop worrying about such things. But I can't, since I'll see posts on reddit that get my dander riled (even though I took /r/poltics off of the frontpage), or twitter posts or trends linking to some political news articles, or someone on Facebook posts some politics, or *gasp* my RSS feeds drop a political incident in my lap (even though I don't follow news feeds, much less political feeds), or I go to YouTube and a subscribed channel drops something, or I *gasp* actually go on Google News or I turn on the TV and there's some news on. Running sentence aside, I can't stop looking at this stuff. Don't say "Just stop using *blah*" or "don't watch *blah*", because then I'm cutting out a source of info or a service that I otherwise love to watch and/or use. I can't stop voting, because that's stupid; that's just letting everyone decide the future, with me having no say at all. No way am I going into politics, I'm too indecisive as it is. Besides, odds are at some point that I'd become one of those people or a part of an organization that "isn't doing it right."

So, all I can do is read, voice an opinion now and again and get practically yelled at by 0.001% of the internet, and move on whilst my conscious stresses over how screwed up the present is and how screwed up the future could be because of this legislation or that mandate or these taxes.

TL;DR: Guy whining on internet.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Muddy Liveblog: Sony E3 Conference.

Watching E3 on G4. Figure I'd post something here as I experience it with those that are also watching.

3:03 They're boosting 3D. 20 titles by March 2011.

3:06 Killzone 3 in 3D. People are putting on their glasses, and it's a live demo.

3:12 Missing part of the experience w/o 3D. Meh on both the demo and the player; got whipped around a bit.

3:14 Sly Cooper HD collection! Yeah! And it's in 3D.

3:15 Regular content in 3D as well, it looks like. OK.

3:17 Dammit, why was Sly Cooper all slow-mo? Early demo, I suppose.

3:18 Sounds like they aren't killing the PS2 just yet.

3:20 Here comes Playstation Move. Forgot that you need the Playstation Eye to use the Move.

3:26 New game called Sorcery. Works w/ Playstation Move. Guarantee most of this came from early demos of EyeToy and Eye.

3:30 Fire Tornado! I can dig it.

3:32 Good tech demo; mixing elements rocks. Next up is Sports. Making a sandwich.

3:38 Golf bit's done.

3:39 Whoa. Wait, what? "Heroes on the Move," staring PS3 star characters. Uses the Move as well, from the looks of it.

3:41 Kevin Butler just hit the stage. Yes!

3:46 Wow, Butler just stole the show.

3:47 PS Move available September 19th, $49.99. Aw, the side controller is $29.99. Bundle at $99.99 has a PS Eye, a Move controller (not the side controller), and a tech demo game.

3:51 Just saw Time Crisis on the Move showoff video. Yes!

3:52 They're jumping to the PSP.

3:54 They brought that obnoxious kid from That's So Raven onto the PSP ad campaign. Not bueno.

3:56 Showing off God of War: Ghost of Sparta for PSP. CG Teaser, not much to see.

3:57 They just dropped a bunch of PSP game titles...but they sped through them. Here comes the showoff video for them. MGS: Peace Walker, ModNation Racers, Ace Combat: Joint Assault, Gravity Crush Portable, DBZ: Tenkaichi Tag Team, Hot Shots Tennis: Get a Grip, Madden 11, inviZimals, Patapon 3 (!!), Fat Princess, Tetris, EyePet, Piyotama, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, The 3rd Birthday (!!), Persona 3 Portable, Ys, Valkyria Chronicles II.

4:01 Playstation Network is up next. Showing off numbers.

4:03 Now I have a reason to get on Playstation Home. They copied their booth and put it on there. Maybe I'll take a look.

4:04 They acquired MediaMolecule, the company that does LBP and ModNation Racers. Showing off LBP2. LBP's pretty much become a user-friendly game maker.

4:10 I am loving the possibilities of LBP2.

4:11 Playstation Plus. Paid Network subscription. $49.99/year, $17.99/3 months. You get free stuff off the network, and discounts; no guarantees that you'll get access to new Network features like better user communications between games. That should hit regular PSN users as well if they come out, like a firmware update. It sounds like a Membership card for commercial stores like a GameStop card.

4:15 Metal of Honor's being showed off right now.

4:19 MoH's multiplayer looks amazing. The beta drops June 21st (my birthday). Game comes out October 21st, comes with MoH: Frontline on PS3.

4:20 Dead Space 2's on the floor now. The atmosphere is great. I need to run through the original at some point.

4:23 Limited Edition Dead Space 2; comes with the original game w/ Move capabilities. Huh, was just talking about it.

4:25 Wait, what? Valve!? Portal 2!? PS3!?

4:28 ...Oh yes. I like very much. Final Fantasy 14 up next.

4:29 Blarg, more FF XIV CG; slight gameplay bits, from the look of it.

4:30 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood has exclusive PS3 content, and Multiplayer. Here's a trailer. I'm liking how it looks; multiplayer looks very interesting. Beta's coming to PS3 soon.

4:33 More showcase video. Socom 4, Mafia II, Madden 11, NBA 2K11, The Fight: Lights Out, NCAA Football 11, EyePet, Start the Party, The Shoot, Echochrome II, MotorStorm: Apocalypce, True Crime, MvC3, PixelJunk Shooters 2, Mortal Combat, Castlevania, Dead Nation, DC Universe, Tron Evolution.

4:37 Gran Turismo 5. I'll believe this game is out when I can put a copy of it in my hand. They're pulling The Test Track from TopGear. I'll admit, it looks beautiful. November 2, 2010. THERE WE GO. Finally, a date.

4:40 Infamous 2. Oh, he has a weapon...and ice powers.

4:43 TWISTED METAL! YES YES YES A THOUSAND TIMES, YES! 2011. It looks amazing. Objective-based gameplay. Faction systems, huge maps...First day buy.

4:51 Show's over. Huge drops.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Video of the (Last) Week:

Griefing never gets old. So, for your entertainment, we're jumping back to CounterStrike!



Bonus Weegee:

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Custom Content: Ringtones - Castlevania


I've got premium-cut versions of Vampire Killer (Castlevania, NES) and Bloody Tears (Castlevania II, NES) right here and waiting. Come and get some! *whips*

Castlevania Ringtones: cv.zip; 890.4 KB | Preview and Download from Box.net.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Video of the Week: Oblivion Game Flaws

If you've ever played Oblivion, you know that the game has some balance issues, weird AI, and very funny bugs. Someone's done a live parody of it, and it really does a good job of pointing them out.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

What I See: THUNDERCATS ARE LOOSE.

Spotted on Kotaku.


ThunderCats! HOOOOOO! The series is getting a rehash, on Cartoon Network nonetheless! This is one series that I approve getting a rehash, as I honestly don't remember too much about the series beyond the characters and the sword. Looking at the press release, it seems that CN is trying to get an older age group back to watching, with The Loony Toon Show (considering how cartoon violence like in classic Loony Toons skits are generally hated by overprotective parents...we can only hope it's good), another season of Batman: the Brave and the Bold (not that bad of a show, honestly; goes back to a more light-hearted Batman), Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (another Scooby Doo rehash?), and Young Justice (hell if I know).

...but THUNDERCATS!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Video of the Week: Rifftrax vs Metroid

SPOILERS: If you haven't played through the Metroid Prime trilogy, you may not want to watch this one. Admittedly, I haven't either, but I saw it after the fact.

Rifftrax is MST3K for modern folks. Someone pulled some audio bits from some of the videos and plops them behind some Metroid Prime scenes. It works brilliantly.

What I See: Half-Life 2 Episode 3? [RUMOR]

Found this screenshot on Reddit. Most likely, it's a mock-up, but considering it hasn't reached the major channels yet, I figured I'd get the drop down, just in case. I honestly do think it's a real image, but again, it's better to take this with a huge grain of salt.




Thursday, May 27, 2010

What I See: New Marvel vs Capcom 3 Screens!

Spotted on Destructoid.


As I code away in the dead of...dawn, MvC3 Screenshots appear! And they look gorgeous! Check Destructoid's post and gallery for the rest of the images, all at high resolution. Oh, and because I haven't posted it yet, take a look at the trailer. If you've seen it, look again, dammit!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

POLL POSITION: Zero's "Let's Play..."?

There are several "Let's Play..." videos on YouTube. Of course, that makes me want to try it too. Question is, should I? Should I devote time to playing and recording (older) games? Let me know in the Polls!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Video of the Week: Smash Eater 2

I'm making a list of MADs, and this is one of my favorites. Someone did a remake of the Soul Eater 2nd opening. First, watch the opening...



Now, watch the remake.



Best mashup I've seen in a long time. Very well done.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Custom Content: Ringtones - Seiken Densetsu 3 (Secret of Mana 3)


YOSH! This game rocks, and its music rocks! I made ringtones from SD3...probably about a year ago at this point. So yeah, been hiding the goods, besides those who know me, but here they are finally out of the backlog.

Also, I've really been piling on the Custom Content feature. I need to review a game or something.

Seiken Densetsu 3 Ringtones: sd3.zip; 1.5MB | Preview and Download from Box.net.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Video of the Week: Ryu Montage

I've been in a fighting game mode lately, maybe due to the frustrations of Finals Week. Just wanna punch something. Well, I got handed this one through a friend of mine on Facebook. It's a really well done montage of Ryu from Street Fighter, in every game he's been in...which is every game. Matter of fact, he really has been in any game with a Street Fighter character in it...that was a fighting game, anyway.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Still Frame: Webcomics, Vol. 3

These are some of my "sillies," comics that often have little to no plot, and are really just for stupid humor. It still works quite well, though. It's the quirks with these comics that grab my attention. They also seem to update when the artists feels like beyond one exception, so forgive the loose update information.


Nedroid | nedroid.com/
By Anthony Clark
Genre: Humor
Updates: Multiple Updates Weekly
[The sheer randomness of some of these comics somehow keeps my attention. I'm serious; read a couple and see what I mean. It's something along a comedian/straight-man skit, except they're both slightly mental.]


Cyanide & Dynamite | www.explosm.net/comics/
By Kris Wilson, Rob DenBleyker, Matt Melvin, & Dave McElfatrick
Genre: Dark Humor, Satire
Updates: Daily
[These are comics that sometimes make me wish I didn't laugh at them...and then I laugh again and get over it. 2000+ comics, flash animations, and millions of hits daily...these guys are rolling in it, on 3-shape characters, nonetheless.]


GunShow | http://gunshowcomic.com/
By KC Green
Genre: Humor, Satire
Updates: Weekly (sometimes more)
[There's the occasional plot and reoccurring character (the Anime Club being the most popular at this time), and that really suits the random structure of the comic; bring some kinda structure to some of the random stuff that Green puts in.]


Pictures for Sad Children | http://www.picturesforsadchildren.com/
By John Campbell
Genre: Dark Humor, Satire
Updates: Weekly
[The drawing style is jarringly simplistic, yet meshes so well with the dark humor just about every comic has. It's like a 10-year old emo kid draws these. That kid would get a gold star from me.]


AmazingSuperPowers | http://www.amazingsuperpowers.com/
By Wes & Tony (Can't find their real names anywhere)
Genre: Humor, Satire
Updates: Twice a Week
[Simple drawings, great material. It's tastes, though, are a bit limited; this feels like a niche comedy webcomic.]

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Video of the Week: BO BLOCKING POWEEEERRRR

Yeah, you may have already seen this collection already, but for those of you who don't:


Here's the real treat, though.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Custom Content: Ringtone - See-Saw | Obsession [.hack//SIGN]


Another one of those ringtones that just clicked when I thought of it. It's a 30-second cut from the TV Opening of .hack//sign, the anime featuring more plot lines than an MMO should be able to handle! The timing of the cut I grabbed was perfect, all the way up to the ending shout that fades out at the end of the tone. Take a listen, you'll figure out what I mean.

See-Saw - Obsession: obsession.mp3; 509.9KB | Preview and Download from Box.net.

Monday, April 26, 2010

An Otaku's Interests: Onemanga.com


One Manga has become one of my favorite manga-reading sites around. Like many other sites, manga gets uploaded here for all to read. Beyond the fact that they have pretty good uptime and a nice interface (use arrow keys to change pages, chapter & page jumps, etc), it's recently started public Beta testing of a user-based system. Now, instead of bookmarking all of the manga I've been reading individually in my browser, I can bookmark them via the site itself and click "My Manga." Bam, all of the manga I'm reading/read is there, and even has what chapter I've read up to. A quick click and I can read the latest manga chapter, or come back to where I was reading. They update daily, have a huge archive of manga of so many genres, and are generally stable outside of the Beta service. They even have a Random button to pull out a random manga title from their selection; I've found a couple of titles I'd never heard of, like The Legend of Maian, Genshiken, and Highschool of the Dead (can't believe I didn't know about that one sooner), thanks to that feature. The forums are...meh, in my opinion, but I don't use them too often in the first place, so I won't judge them further.

If you don't already have a favorite place to read manga, make One Manga your choice. Beyond the occasional odd ad, they're the best service I've come across.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Video of the Week: Mega Wicker Man



THEY'RE IN MY EYES!

Never did play this game, didn't know such enemies existed.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Video of the Week: 99 Problems, But a Glitch Ain't One

Love this flash animation done by StudioJOHO. If saving the princess ends the game, let's not save the princess! ENDLESS GAME!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Video of the Week: SSF4, Rap Edition

Spotted on Capcom-Unity.



So glad I missed the Saturday update. This number deserves VotW. Above is an ad for SSF4 by Just Blaze. Sick sounding beat, but that's pretty much it. Well, someone put lyrics to it.



This is Redrapper putting some sweet rhymes to a sweet beat. Sounds glorious. This should be put in another ad, and he should be getting paid for this (if he didn't get something already).

Friday, April 09, 2010

Custom Content: Marvel vs. Capcom 2 - Player Select (Take You For a Ride)


Guess what? Rumor mill's stirring about a new MvC game! JOY! From the same person that gave rumors that Super Street Fighter 4 was coming, and nailed every single new character appearing in it, we get word that MvC3 will drop "in the coming months." Hopefully before the year ends. I loves me some MvC, so in honor of even hearing a rumor, new ringtone! I can't believe I didn't think of it sooner, it's perfect for phones. Now you can annoy the hell out of anyone near you with "I WANNA TAKE YOU FOR A RIDE!"

Marvel vs Capcom 2 - Player Select: PlayerSelect.mp3; 125.8KB | Preview and Download from Box.net.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Video of the Week: Calbee is Crazy.

Huge WTF commercial, as usual from Japan.



Edit: Fixed the video link. I've had a huge white space on my page for close to a week now. ^_^; Here, have a bonus video.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Video of the Week: Bushmaster ACR...IN MSPAINT

5+ Hours on this one, according to uploader FuggedabouditNL. The final piece looks great, and the source material (it's inspired by Modern Warfare 2) matches. But JESUS! MS PAINT! Imagine what he could pull off with better software? He probably already has it and is just showing off...and it worked.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Daily Scribbles: New Game, and New Tech.

Forgive the lack of posting...again. I've been playing Battlefield: Bad Company 2 in my spare time instead of writing more blog posts. The assignment load has also stacked on me a bit (700+ word essay and a tedious CS project), which is why I'm up at 2:30am not gaming. If I get the time, I'll have a review up by next week.

That aside, I also purchased a nice new mouse. A Logitech V220 Wireless Mouse for Notebooks, refurbished and on sale, of course (cheap bastard that I am). Haven't really gotten a chance to use it too much, but it's a perfect excuse to get back to using my rechargeable batteries that I've been essentially charging and not using for months now...then again, maybe I should just get new ones...

Monday, March 22, 2010

Hell of a Deal: Amazon's Gold Box Deals, PS3 Edition

Amazon's running a Gold Box sale on PS3 games. Currently, Tekken 6 is $18. I was so tempted to buy this game, but I'm waiting for SSF4. Oh so tempted. There's hints relating to an RPG, a Lego game, some accessory, and a UFC title still upcoming.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Daily Scribbles: Snagged BF:BC2...But Did I Do It Wrong?


Finally decided to get out and get Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Closest GameStop was at the Christansburg Mall, so I had to take the Two Town Trolly to get there. It only runs its route once an hour, so I time it and get to the stop with minutes to spare. Too bad the bus wasn't there; I was working off of last year's bus schedule, so I didn't know that the bus stop had moved. So I head to where the bus would stop at...misinterpreting where the pickup for the bus was. The stop moved to the other side of the building that I was near, where I was thinking it was near Main Street. Noes, I'm gonna miss the bus! Good thing the TTT actually stops at other stops on Main Street now (beforehand it was that stop or bust off of campus).

I get on and wait. Looking outside, eventually we pass near where construction on a building was taking place...except it was done...and there was a GameStop sign over it. WAT. It's only a 15-minute bike ride away from me, and that's cake! Screw this, I get off at the next stop...which was a whole shopping area away from me (10-minute walk). Only after the bus pulls out do I actually think about whether the store was even open yet; I go past this building every so often, so it just suddenly being open was a surprise. Luckily, it was open...Just yesterday. Holy hell, I'm on a roll.

So I hop in, grab BC2 and get ready to pay (I have a $50 gift card from doing surveys for a year...yeah, I prepared for this moment). One of the guys at the counter (think his name was Max) pointed me to a pre-owned copy of the Limited Edition. Holy sh*t. Grabbed, bought, walked out happy. Got back on the bus and came back to the dorm. Walking back, though, it occurs to me that the "Free DLC" only works for new copies of the game, and you need to use the code inside the case to get it. Luckily, the code's still there, but if it's been used, I'll have to pony up $15 to get it all. I haven't put the disk in yet, so I'll update when I do.

Update: IT WORKS! LUCKIEST DAY OF YEAR CONFIRMED.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Custom Content: Ringtone - DMC4 Battle!


An awesome and memorable guitar piece as a ringtone. It's the start of DMC4's "The Time Has Come," Niero's battle theme. The natural fade-in also means you'll have time to silence your phone before people start wondering why your hand started glowing...or something like that. It's been in my back-log for a while now, as a matter of fact. Enjoy!

Devil May Cry 4 - The Time Has Come: TheTimeHasCome.mp3; 505.1KB | Preview and Download from Box.net.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Video of the Week: Hokuto Musuo

Sorry for the lack of posts. Spring Break, I just lounged around too much. In other news, YOU'RE ALREADY DEAD.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Video of the Week: The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku



I actually had an emotional response from this. The apparent storyline in this song is really strong. With all the personification of the Vocaloids, it's still a program, and it's as if a person is being depicted as being less than human. Something like this would piss me off (and I guess that's where the response came from), but then I thought "...but she is only a program." The song made me feel for a program. Oh, I'll be screwed when AI develops to the point of having human emotions.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

POLL POSITION: Going to Otakon?

Let me know in the sidebar at the right. Just want to build a simple tally, maybe I can meet some of our readers there!

Also, anyone have some ideas for cosplay for me? If I don't get a summer job, I'll probably devote 2 weeks or so to make it if needed. I really wanna do it this time, after seeing my friend Bruce in one.

Monday, March 01, 2010

My Favorite Gaming Moments: Warhawk

This was going to be a Daily Scribble, but I figured, "Why not? This is supposed to be a blog, anyway." So new segment!

Remember my Warhawk review? Yeah, way far back, I know, but I really do want to start playing again. There was one match that I truly enjoyed (though I enjoyed many others beforehand), that will really stay with me. It pretty much made Warhawk for me, despite the fact that it wasn't actually in one of the planes. It was a capture the flag map, and I was in one of the jeeps. Time running out, and the game is tied (sounds like a bad sports movie). I drive all the way from the farthest base (the maps are pretty damn big), with 1 guy in the passenger seat. We rush the enemy base, getting some back up as we kill half the enemy team. Our jeep was totaled though, so...we steal an enemy jeep.

From then on, it's a freakin' movie chase scene, swerving past tanks, rockets, and Warhawk fire, all while trying to get back to the allied base. I mean literally swerving, I could see the damn explosions. I somehow do a perfect job taking the fastest route and making it all the way back to the base. And then my partner dies, and the flag is dropped. Screw that. I pick up the flag and score the winning point. I then exhaled and stopped my face from turning purple.

Rarely happens, but moments like that make multiplayer games for me. It's the "DID I JUST DO THAT? AWESOME!" factor of it all.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Video of the Week: Smooth Touhou

Touhou + Micheal Jackson = Win.



What did it take to come up with this idea?

Friday, February 19, 2010

Video of the Week: ...With my Benelli Shotgun.

I CALL HAX!



This is just too great. And the way he's still advertising his gun...Meme potential off the scale.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Games to Wait For: Super Street Fighter IV



Capcom nailed this roster! I truly can't wait for this game to come out. They've also hinted at a new character, Hakan, who's supposed to be an Arabic grappler. Really can't wait to see him.

On top of the new roster, the bonus games from the original Street Fighter II are coming back, new special finishers, new costumes I think, and a much better online mode. So glad I held back on the original...though if you have the original you can unlock other things for SSFIV. Hopefully I can get my hands on a borrowed copy to grab the content, if possible.

Game comes out April 27. I'm pre-ordering this sucker.

Also, there was leaked information on the roster beforehand that started as a rumor. The info nailed every single new character, including Hakan. That guy needs a raise, because he got the hype machine going really early, and the pay-off is great.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Daily Scribbles: Wordpress Designin'


Some of you know that I'm the Web Designer and Site Manager for Virginia Tech's Silhouette Literary and Art Magazine...and if you didn't know, ya do now. I did the original site in plain HTML and CSS because of a lack of time, but now I'm putting the site on Wordpress. Designing a theme...is a bit trickier than I expected. I'm doing a modification of the free public theme "Sidebarssuck" by Lifecheater, because for this site, sidebars do suck. Practical, yes, but not good-looking enough for what I was going for. As much as I hate to say that...I really like practical, so I'm out of my comfort zone.

However, I had loads of fun figuring out how to work theme editing. It's going to make life so much easier and better for Silhouette once this gets up. If it wasn't for the fact that I don't have my own personal server, I think I'd move 365DT to a Wordpress installation. Every time I try to theme Blogger, I stop because it's just too damn hard without having your own server to work on. Some day...

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Video of the Week: Osaka Bang!

This only makes me want to go to Japan more.

Hell of a Deal: flOw (PS3) for FREE!


Spotted on Joystiq.

Yep. Free. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zada. Zero. Zilch. Not a penny. I think that's all the incentive you'll need to get this game. Grab it off the PSN to own ThatGameCompany's beautiful and artistic game for the low price of $0.

Do it fast, though, this deal expires at midnight EST. Looks like it also only applies to US and Canada. Sorry to anyone not in North America.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Custom Content: Ringtone - BASARA KO!



I'll admit, I'm kinda cheating with this one. Forgive me, though, Wednesdays are the bane of my existence on this class schedule I have right now, so this is all I could get up for today. This tune is from Sengoku Basara X ; not only is it the opening theme to the game, but when you use a character's special finishing blow, it kicks up as background music. It's an awesome tune from a supposedly awesome fighting game. I only wish I could play it.

Sengoku Basara X - Crosswire (Basara KO!): BasaraKO.mp3; 397.1kB | Preview and Download from Box.net.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Programs for $0: KeePass


If you have passwords, especially passwords for really important stuff like bank accounts, you practically need this program. KeePass keeps track of any and all passwords you may need to store, and in many ways. Using a master key, a key file, your Windows user account, or any combination of the three, you log in to or create a password database. Easy to use catagorization, auto-generate passwords via several methods...It's really user-friendly.

Beyond passwords, though, I also really like keeping software keys, and any other sensitive information that I may need in here. It's really the best way to store your passwords. Stop using text files and sticky notes! It's only $0!

EDIT: Silly me, I forgot to, you know, post the link to the program's site. Here ya go.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Video of the Week / Game to Try: GNILLEY!!!!!!!!11!

GNILLEY is an indie game made by Glen Forrester. It's basic premise is using volume to change the environment and defeat enemies to move on. So more often than not, the louder you are, the better you'll do. It won the Most Original award at Game Jam Sydney, and for good reason. Check out the demo below, which deserves Video of the Week, and then try the game. Show your support for the Aussies! They kinda need it.

Custom Content: Ringtones - Sailor Moon [ENG]

I try to appease my entire audience. Yep, I made Sailor Moon ringtones, specifically from the English DiC dub. The Japanese Dub has some weird disco music. I've got the first season transformations and Sailor Moon's attack in this pack, in a ZIP file as usual for these packs (usual being that I've done one other at this point).

Sailor Moon Ringtones: SailorMoonTones.zip; 1.4MB | Preview and Download from Box.net.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

What I See: Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 2!



Still Frame: Webcomics, Vol. 2

These are some of my personal favorites. They've been bookmarked a long time for me.


8-Bit Theater | http://www.nuklearpower.com/8-bit-theater/
By Brian Clevinger
Genre: Humor, Fantasy
Updates Tu, Th, Sat
[Currently beyond 1200 strips, The insane plot and often physical comedy are refreshing, despite it being a sprite comic. I almost tried to start my own sprite comic because of Clevinger's work...Then I came to my senses.]


El Goonish Shive | http://www.egscomics.com/
By Dan Shive
Genre: Action, Drama, Humor
Updates ~Tu, Th
[The plot is a bit "everywhere," but Shive's comic world is fleshed out quite well as a result. Do not read from the middle, you will have no clue what's what and you won't get any enjoyment out of it. Classy TF fan-service abound.]


Order of the Stick | http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots.html
By Rich Burlew
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Humor
Updates Weekly (day varies)
[Thank my brother for this one. He's a huge D&D fan (got me making a campaign), and there's a lot of referential humor in this comic for it. The 4th wall breakage is priceless when it happens.]


Sabrina Online | http://www.sabrina-online.com/
By Eric W. Schwartz
Genre: Humor
Updates Monthly
[It kinda sucks that we get about 3 comics a month from him, but they're all very funny and advance the plot surprisingly well. It's the web equivalent of a newspaper's Sunday comic strip, but actually funny. It's not only for fur fans, despite what others may say...Transformer fans will like it too. :P]


Candi | http://www.candicomics.com/
By Starline Hodge
Genre: Drama
Updates M-Tu, Th-F
[This is my "One Tree Hill," of webcomics, I suppose. Teenage drama abound, though there's enough comedy to keep me entertained otherwise. Also, there's a talking, flying ferret. Gotta get the surreal fans somehow, and that's not a bad thing in my opinion.]

Monday, February 01, 2010

New Tech: The Apple iPad

No, I'm not doing any previews or specs on it. Anyone who wants to know about the iPad already knows about it at this point. What I will be doing is pointing you to Philip Defranco's previewof the iPad. It's a segment of LikeTotallyAwesome, a tech/movie/game review show he started up in the fall. I think it does a pretty good job at communicating all the info you may or may not want to know about.




Personally, I was kinda excited for it...but then I remembered I have a Tablet PC. I'd rather pay $70 for a new battery than $499 for an enlarged iPod.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hell of a Deal: Psychonauts for $2 on Steam!



Disappointed in Tim Schafer's Brutal Legend? Grab his better work, Psychonauts, for $2! I just grabbed it myself, but from what I've heard it was worth the purchase years ago. Now it's $2? BUY BUY BUY!

Monday, January 25, 2010

What I See: Pie in a Jar!



Spotted on Lifehacker.

I lurves me some Pah, but I would love to make some of these. They're single-serving pies that you bake in the jar. I can so imagine heating up one of these after a long school day. You can find the recipies and more about them at Our Best Bites.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Video of the Week: Chun Li 3D Animation

Found this number a couple of days ago. It's a home-made Chun Li animation, done very well in my opinion. I'd imagine this to be used in a Street Fighter EX game, and I'd really like it.



Yeah, Street Fighter EX+Alpha was a guilty pleasure for me. Second-best full-3D fighting game I've seen from Capcom, best being Rival Schools.

Friday, January 22, 2010

New Tech: Nokia Launches Free GPS Service



Spotted on Engadget.

If you've got an applicable phone (most likely one that needs a data plan), you can now get Turn-by-Turn navigation for free. Google did this for Android phones, but Nokia has more influence with more phones. Very smart, it's definitely got me thinking about getting a Nokia again. Check out more details about the service on Engadget, and grab the app if your phone's good for it here.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Daily Scribbles: Freezing Rain & You

It's nothing but sleet down here right now, and VT freaked out about it. Campus closes at 3:30PM, classes after then are canceled. My CS lab starts at 2:30, though, so does this apply to me? I check on the class forums at about 1:56, a mere 5 minutes after finding out. No update. I make a post asking. Wait until 2:15 for some response...nothing. "Ok, guess classes are going. Now to bike my way there."

Yeah, bike. And with nothing to cover my face, I'm looking down 3/4ths of the time to protect my eyes from falling ice (which always hit my eyes). Finally get there about 5 minutes before class, just to see everyone start to walk out. Yep, lab just got canceled.

Hell of a Deal: Left 4 Dead 2 @ Amazon



Amazon's got its Deal of the Day going, and it's worth every penny. L4D2's on sale, $35 for Xbox, $28 for PC. If you haven't bought it by now, you will regret not jumping on this deal. Regret, I say! REGRET!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Daily Scribbles: Back to School Again

Yep, it's about that time. And man, my schedule is not looking at me too kindly this semester.

I'll keep updating, though, and more than I have been. I need some web presence, and I'm not going to get it with a Video of the Week and no other content every week. Wish me luck. :D

Friday, January 15, 2010

Still Frame: Webcomics, Vol. 1

I've been trying to do reviews for the webcomics that I've been following, but at this point I have well over 70. It's just not feasible anymore. So instead, I'll post about 5 new webcomics that I follow or have begun following, along with a snippet of what the comic is about, either from the site itself or by me. So, here's the first installment for ya. These guys are pretty out there, often recognizable by many simply by uttering the comic name.


xkcd | http://www.xkcd.com/
"A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language."
By Randall Munroe
Genre: Humor
Updates M, W, F

[The place where stick-figure artwork comes to shine. Munroe is as funny as he is intelligent, and considering his popularity, he has both in spades.]


Questionable Content | http://www.questionablecontent.net/
"...an online comic strip that is ostensibly about romance, indie rock, little robots, and the problems people have."
By Jeph Jacques
Genre: Drama, Humor
Updates M-F
[Jacques has a tendency to be outright random in both his comics and his comments. You can't help but laugh with him. His art style is simplistic yet very detailed; he does these comics in a couple of hours the day before he posts. How awesome is that?]


Penny Arcade | http://www.penny-arcade.com/
"Equal parts comics and commentary, Penny Arcade features Tycho and Gabe, the alter egos of creators Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins."
By Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins
Genre: Humor, Video Games
Updates M, W, F
[If you're a gamer, 9 times out of 10 you know of these guys already. Great strip-style gaming comedy mixed in with a funny blog, 2 conventions, charity, scholarships...Wow, and all of this stemming from good artwork on a webcomic?]


AppleGeeks | http://www.applegeeks.com/
Art by Mohammad Haque, written by Ananth Panagariya
Genre: Sci-Fi, Humor
Updates ~M, Th
[I'll be honest, I haven't kept up with this series. I really like the art style, though, and the writing is good even though I can't really judge too well since I'm behind on it. ...WINDOWS IS BETTER. Ok, got that off my chest.]


Ctrl+Alt+Del | http://www.cad-comic.com/
By Tim Buckley
Genre: Video Games, Humor, (Drama?)
Updates M, W, F
[Another very popular gaming comic, Buckley's given his comic an actual plot to follow. While he's gotten some flak for it, I think it's all for the better. He still does little stints outside continuity, and has a side comic as well.]

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Custom Content: Ringtones - G Gundam



I've been waiting for this one, honestly. Once I got it in my head to do G Gundam ringtones, I went straight to work. Just finished, really. This is a collection of 3 different themes, 4 MP3s in total. The file labeled Shining_Finger_overflow.mp3 is the Shining Finger theme, in my opinion, at its best as a shortened clip, but it goes over the 30-40 second limit I use in my cuts. I think the Burning Finger theme is my favorite, though. This collection will be in a zip file, just so you know.

G Gundam Ringtones: GGundam_Tones.zip; 2.3MB | Preview and Download from Box.net.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

An Otaku's Interests: Otakon 2010 Announced!

Oh yeah, it's that time of year again. Spring school semester!

...

...WAIT, NO, NOT THAT TIME! I just made myself sad. And probably half my readers. Sorry.



No, it's time to pre-order those Otakon tickets! Otakon 2010 is set for July 30-August 1. Anyone reading here already know that they're going? If so, are you cosplaying? Let the comments fly!

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Video of the Week: YEAH! TOAST!

Really well-done machinema music video (I'm assuming using Garry's Mod 9). I think I lost it most around the spy popping up.



That toast is a spy!

Friday, January 08, 2010

Custom Content: Ringtone - Vim | No



Here's a nice little number from an artist named Vim. It's digitally created, sounds a lot like something from a video game; the whole song is pretty good. The intro, though, rocks as a ringtone, in my opinion. Be sure to hit the preview in the link, since it's not as instantly recognizable, though you may have heard it if you follow Eddsworld on Youtube.

Vim - No: Vim_no1.mp3; 489.5 kb | Preview and Download from Box.net.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Programs for $0: CCleaner



CCleaner, also known as Crap Cleaner (which I prefer, honestly), is a temporary file removal program, as well as other operations. It'll remove the temporary files from your PC, freeing you of possibly gigabytes of space. Web browser cashes, your Recycle Bin, etcetera. It can also clear out registry remnants and errors, making everything just work better overall. Uninstaller manager, startup manager, and system restore manager included. I live by this program to quickly grab some space and speed up the laptop, and it doesn't take up more than a couple of megabytes. Also, $0. Enjoy, and keep that PC clean.

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