Saturday, January 24, 2009

My 30 Favorite Video Games: 15, & 14

Okay, so from here on in my favorite games are all first person shooters, save one. I know, I know there are other kinds of games, and they're fun I'm sure, but I love me a FPS. I can't help it! Maybe my top 15 games will change over time, but I doubt it. Anyway, from now on until I get to #5 I will do two games at a time and then one, but there will be pictures! Yay! So, enjoy.

15. Project: Snowblind

Publisher: Eidos, System: Xbox- This is a shooter in the strictest sense of the word. There is very little depth and next to no story. The idea is to go from one mission to the next. This was originally supposed to be one of the Deus Ex games. I think the original title was Deus Ex:The Clan Wars, but after Deus Ex: Invisible War did so dismally with the critics and in sales, that idea was scrapped. It's not hard to see that is indeed a Deus Ex game though, it's pretty clear it takes place in the same "universe", so to speak. The game is fun, and it plays well. It's very pretty and it's fun to do more stuff in the Deus Ex world. Lots of people hate this game, because it is just a shooter and has none of the RPG elements that made Deus Ex so popular. You play Nathan Frost a soldier in a civil war in Hong Kong who was "killed" in battle and then fixed and brought back with amazing nano-tech augmentations. You have ballistic shielding, it protects from bullets for s short time, vision that is a cross between x-ray, infrared, and night vision, reflex boost that heightens your reflexes so that everything seems to be going in slow motion. If you have played F.E.A.R. you know what I mean. You also have cloak which will render you invisible for a short time, and electrical storm that causes a huge electronic burst to shoot out and injure enemies and disabling electronics. These augs are a lot of fun, but they also take up energy that is replaced by energy packs that you find throughout the world. While there are some real problems with the game, it's a bit too short, and there's only one level I think the game play makes up for its shortcomings. I love it though, and accept it for what it is. Like I said, if you like a straight up shooter then this game is for you. But you have to play it on the Xbox because it's not backwards compatible for the 360.

14. Quake 2

Publisher: id, System: Xbox360- I first have to clarify that I played the PC version that came bundled with Quake 4. In gaming you will often hear, remember your roots. You should respect the games that came first because without Atari we wouldn't have the NES. Without Nintendo we wouldn't have the Sony Playstation systems, and so on. Well for FPS fans the Quake series is one of the those. There would be no Halo, or BioShock if not for Quake, Doom, Wolfenstein 3D, and Duke Nukem. To be honest I played Quake 4 first, and when I was finished I decided to give Q2 a try. I am so glad I did! It is just tons 'o fun! There's even less story that there was with Snowblind but it is amazing! And considering how old it is it held up so well! You play a marine who crashes into the Strogg base and you are led through different missions to sabotage the Strogg. Eventually to have to fight the final boss who is also the Strogg leader, the Macron. He is not easy, but it is so satisfying when you defeat him. The whole game was just so much fun, I adored it. Seriously, if you don't mind the rather primitive graphics (I don't) then give this a try, and then play Q4. You will not be sorry.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Today, January 20th, 2009 at 12 pm eastern standard time, history was made when an African-American man became The President of The United States of America. That's pretty amazing. Whether you voted for him or Sen. McCain you have to admit this is pretty huge, and I for one am glad to be alive to witness it. The country is experiencing a difficult time, but as with all new administrations I have hope for a better future. I am hoping President Obama can help make that happen.

This is a new era, a new President and there is new hope for change.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Things I Want To Do With This Blog.

The beauty of the internet is that everyday people like myself are able to express themselves and their opinions and (hopefully) lots of people will read what they have to say. Some people are funny, some are droll, some are smart, and others...not so much really. The best part is there is so much variety that you don't have to read the stuff from those you don't like or whom you disagree with, but then you can have a real mind expanding debate if want to.

I have done more with my blog(s), (I have a couple of others, one on MySpace, and one on Live Journal, but I usually post the same things to all of them), than I have in a very long time. I feel more creative and it feels great. Also my writing is really good lately, and while I have no idea why, I will continue on that streak and keep on keepin' on.

So friends, welcome to my world of movie reviews, video game reviews, and commentary on pop culture, the news, entertainment, and politics as I see it, or think it, or write you know what I mean.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

I'm published! ....Sort of.

So, I' am now an internationally published photographer. It's just one picture and it's in a Portugese book about Jim Morrison and The Doors, but still! I feel pretty good about it. It will eventually be published in English for the American and British market, so that will be really cool. Yay!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Video Game Remakes, Updates and "Spiritual Successors"

I support the idea of the remake. Resident Evil did it and it was fabulous. Doom did it, but they just called it Doom 3, It was amazing. BioShock is supposed to be the "spiritual successor" to the System Shock games, and Tomb Raider Anniversary was gorgeous. Why are there not remakes planned for the System Shock games and Deus Ex? because the gaming industry sucks, that's why! Also, where in the hell is Half-Life 3? Marc Laidlaw? Hello?

note: if eventually there are remakes of System Shock I and II, and Deus Ex, I will consider taking back my statement above, but I will only consider it.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Cyberpunk Is Dead.

Or so that's what I've been told... I was even told this by Bruce Bethke, and he should know since he coined the term and all. But honestly, as I was editing and re-writing one of my short stories, it hit me; I am either a total maverick (not the McCain/Palin type, but the real deal), or I am kicking a dead horse. Of course I realize it's probably more of the latter than the former but then I have always loved a challenge. Anyway, I have decided to keep on writing the stuff that inhabits my brain, trying to claw its way out and just tell whomever I am trying to sell my stories to, What? No! It's not 'cyberpunk', it's tech-noir, or neopunk, or some other synonym that will appease the editors who have convinced themselves that cyberpunk is not what people what to read.

At any rate, there are still lots of people who want to read dark gritty stories of a future that is far more likely to occur than not, and I am happy to provide them that. 2009 is going to be an interesting year for me...I feel it in my to speak.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

So, it's 2009 Already!?

The very first New Years Eve/ New Years I can remember was 1974/1975. It was the first year my mom thought I might be old enough to stay up until midnight. I had just turned 6 the October before and I was so stoked! I was getting to stay up all night! (heh) My Aunt Lula Mae used to have a big party every year in her basement and pretty much the whole family would show up. I loved running around with all of my cousins and eating all of the great snacks that were put out. Ah I miss those times.

Anyway, I hope everyone has a lovely New Year and that it brings lots of happiness and good luck. Cheers!