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Archive for March, 2008

Best Website Ever

Monday, March 31st, 2008

http://www.tedmosbyisajerk.com

So it’s Monday

Monday, March 31st, 2008

1. I need to get to a Kinko’s today and print off my state tax returns. Turns out neither state (MN, nor VA) will take partial year tax returns online. Who knew?

2. I need to send Falling Point to Joel and make sure Rainbow Six Vegas 2 got to Matt. Nice to see us getting a review copy every day when I come home.

3. I’ve been reading Bret hart’s autobiography and it’s awful. Not the writing, the writing is quite good. I’m only 100 pages in and I can’t imagine how anyone reading this can think of Bret as a role model or any sort of positive incest. There is spousal abuse, child abuse, homosexual incestual fellatio, cat sodomy, cheating on one’s spouse, racism, homophobia, and it is bound to keep going. Honest to god, Bret Hart is a living breathing piece of dog shit posing as a human being, and the sad thing is, aside from Owen, that’s pretty much par for the course for the Hart family. Jesus, even ol’ the old pedophile Jerry Lawler comes off pretty good in HIS autobiography. This is the first time I’ve read an autobiography to find myself losing respect and any sort of kindess for a person.

4. 16-0 for Taker. Retire already Mark so they can’t fuck that up.

5. Yesterday I drove up to Frederick, maryland to go hiking with Kim. We had a great time, ate at a lovely Tapas place and got some exercise in. It’s just too bad Maryland is such a shitty place to drive in road-wise. The humans aren’t too great either. I haven’t seen that many accidents in a driving experience since I lived in MN, and even that would only occur in winter road conditions. Oy.

WM Check in

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Thanks Don for giving me a free feed to the show.

All I can say right now is that both Guin and Jack must be ecstatic to see Kane as the new World Champion.

Also, nice to see Edge/UT is given the main slot rather than Cena/HHH/Orton.

Man, it’s been a long time since I’ve watched WWE, but so far? Yeah, WM has really fallen in terms of quality.

Review #172

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Review: Heavenly Guardian (PS2)

Heavenly Guardian
Publisher:UFO Interactive
Developer: Starfish
Genre: Action
Release Date: 2/26/08

Talk about your rare titles. Heavenly Guardian was so under-produced it took a month for me to get my copy of this game directly from the source itself. So if you don’t have the title already (and I think only fellow DHGF staffer Mark B. falls under that category), be prepared to spend a long time looking for this one if you don’t want to Ebay it.

I originally agreed to check out Heavenly Guardian because everything was saying it was a side-scrolling shooter. Gamefaqs, Gamerankings, Gamespot – they all listed this game as such. Unless you’re new to my writing or the site, you know I’m a bit of a shoot ‘em up aficionado, and for $19.99, I was of course going to do what it took to get my hands on this little gem.

So imagine my surprise when the game wasn’t a shooter AT ALL. It was actual a 2-D action game that pretty much followed the layout and gameplay of the old NES “classic,” Fester’s Quest. Just more proof that you can’t trust any of the aforementioned sites for quality journalism. Especially as Ufo Interactive;s own website lists the game as an ACTION title. Idiots.

As there are no reviews of this game anywhere on the web, it’s our job at DHGF to ensure you get educated about indie publishers and obscure titles. God knows the larger websites only care about the larger publishers as that’s who pays their bills.

So how is Heavenly Guardian? Is it a quality budget title appearing in these death throes of the PS2, or did I waste a lot of time and energy tracking this sucker down?

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Friday!

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Hey, what do you know Heavenly Guardian arrived at my door last night. It’s touted as a shooter, but it’s more a Smash TV style action game. Cute little PS2 exclusive title. I only got an hour of it in because I had to download the system update for the PS3 and HOLY HELL IT TOOK OVER AN HOUR. Lame.

-D&D Tactics is surprisingly good. Colour me shocked.

I’ve had a sinus migrane behind my right eye since last night and its still here this morning.

Kim’s ankle is still messed up so we might be doing something other than Harper’s Ferry this weekend. We’ll have to see. Last thing I want is to go on a hike with her and 4 miles into it have the ankle snap or something.

It’s kind of disturbing to see that in the 21st Century you can, still be tied to a tree and beaten for being a witch. Maybe it’s that folkloric background, but is having magical powers really that unusual compared to a religion that belives in an elephant headed god and that cows or sacred? Or that Zombie Jesus can turn substance into an alcoholic beverage? Or that eating pork and shellfish are up there with rape and murder?

SO FULL OF MEAT

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Last night Heather, Vlad, Kari, Alan, and I went to Fogo De Chou. We had a lot of fun, most of it poking fun of my hyperactive gluttony, but it was awesome none the less. I ate 60 pieces of meat without purging. Of course I’m feeling it today even when I didn’t yesterday. I weighed 150.6 before Fogo and weighed 156.6 when I got home. Holy crap! Speaking of crap, by the time I was done I was down to 155 exact so that should tell you something…

Oh god, and they’re catering lunch for us today at work. I hope there is a salad or something not meaty.

The Fogo in DC was prettier then the other ones I’ve been to, but the meat quality was the worst of our the four I’ve know gone to. There was a lot of chewy/overcooked meat we had, and the beef ribs were VERY gamey. Usually I like gamey, but this was a bad version of it. Still the vast majority of the meal was excellent and the rabbits were given a whole caramel fried banana each in a bunny bag.

Of course they devoured them and Chewie was so full os sugar he woke me up at 4 this morning and made sure I didn’t go back to sleep all night. Arrgh. I am shit ass beat.

Yay for meat though!

Reviews Through July -

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

PS2 Fatal Fury Archives 2 4/8/2008
Wii Baroque 4/8/2008
DS Rondo of Swords 4/15/2008
DS Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Time 4/20/2008
Wii Battle of the Bands 4/21/2008
PS2 Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES 4/22/2008
Wii Castle Shikigami 3 4/29/2008
PSP R-Type Command 5/6/2008
Wii Blast Works: Build, Fuse & Destroy 5/6/2008
PS3 LEGO Indiana Jones 6/3/2008
DS Arkanoid 6/17/2008
Wii Iron Chef 6/24/2008
Wii The Monkey King: The Legend Begins 7/31/2008

April is busy as hell! Looks like a non dating month for me!

Look at all the shooters though: Castle Shikigami 3, Blast Works, R-Type Command, and Monkey King! Holy crap yes! And IRON CHEF! I will beat Bobby Flay’s Ass! I will invite Lori over and she too can beat Bobby Flay’s ass. I will fly to Seattle and let Tick_Wonderdog beat Bobby Flay’s ass!

‘Can we have sex and then go shopping?’ “You know what? I like you!”

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

HIMYM last night was awesome. One of the better episodes this season but nowhere as awesome as “Crazy/Hot.”

Put in a ten hour shift yesterday as right when I was ready to go home a last minute huge project hit. D’oh. Today should be a lighter affair though.

Started D&D Tactics yesterday. Okay, really all I did was make characters, but isn’t that the best part of D&D video games? The character making?

Started the Ergo Proxy DVD series last night. Really really good animation and plot. It’s akin to Ghost in the Shell, except its actually good.

Diehardgamefan.com is going really well. Hits are way up from NATE and we’re getting a nice amount of positive press within the industry. Rock on.

Review #171

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None
Publisher: Dreamcatcher
Developer: Awe Games
Genre: Adventure
System Released On: Nintendo Wii
Release Date 2/28/2008

It took a while for the review copy to arrive, but here it is. And Then There Were None is a port/slight update to the PC version of this game that came out in October of 2005. For those of you unaware, “And Then There Were None” is the best selling mystery novel of all time. It’s also the only book I can think of that has had the main centerpiece of the book edited with each generation. The original name of the novel was “Ten Little Niggers” based on a nursery rhyme. You can probably guess why the name of this was changed. The second name of the book was “Ten Little Indians,” and it was under this guise that I first read the novel as a single digit aged child. I remember being utterly flummoxed by the plot (I was 9), but the eventual resolution blew my mind. Eventually the title was changed to “And Then There Were None” and any reference to “Indian” was changed to “Soldiers” and in this video game, changed again to “Sailors.” It’s nigh impossible to find an unedited copy of the book these days, as the outright references to racism against both the Jewish and Black (I’d say African American, but this is a British novel, and black is still the preferred connotation in the isle I once called home ) communities. I do have a copy of the book in its original title with the “N-Word” for collector’s value, but it’s a dog-eared Australian copy.

Okay, I’m already rambling and it is only the first paragraph. I love Agatha Christie. I love murder mystery games, and I love the adventure genre. It was a no-brainer that we sequestered a review copy of this game. At the same time, you may remember I reviewed Murder on The Orient Express in December of 2006. This was another adventure game developed from an Agatha Christie novel . The game received a 5.0 from me, or what we now call “Mediocre.” I loved that they got David Suchet to reprise his role as Hercule Poirot, but that was the one saving grace for that game. And Then There Were None lacked that particular interconnection between Dame Christie’s writing/acting/gaming trinity, so I was pretty much of the mindset that this would be the same formula and thus merely an average gaming experience.

So was it?
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Another Work Week begins!

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Hope your Easter was entertaining. Mine was pretty laid back. I finished my time with “And Then There Were None.” Review should be up eventually.

I watched “Southland Tales” last night. As much as I think Donnie Darko is a pretenious transparent boring piece of crap, I have to say I think Southland tales is a pretentious transparent entertaining film. It was a pretty good and funny movie, and the nearly three hours flew by. Everything in the film is a metaphor, and I remember telling Vlad and Heather an hour into the movie, that I had no idea what the movie was about, but it was obvious where they were going and what each character represented.

I guess I’m shocked that Donnie Darko recieved such praise while Southland Tales was pretty much ignored or lambasted.

Good workout yesterday although I added more to my reps and my body is aching like hell today.

Not much going on this week until the weekend, which is rather nice.

Oh, April 12th is “Spring Into Action Day” up in Hanover, PA. This is Kim’s first big planned event, so I thought I’d plug it here. It’s also her first website. Seems like a lot of fun, although I have a feeling the only person in the area I can see going is Anarcha. If Matt was not a time zone away, he’d probably explode with joy for the 54 holes of frisbee golf.

http://www.eventsforachange.com/