Monthly Archives: July 2010

Valve Rights Wrong in Big Way

Co-Optimus – Valve Admits Mistake, Gives Two Free Copies of Left 4 Dead 2
Here’s something interesting I read on Co-Optimus today. Valve banned 12,000 Modern Warfare 2 players for cheating when they weren’t actually cheating. As an apology, Valve unbanned all 12,000 players and gave each play two copies of Left 4 Dead 2 (one to gift to a friend with Steam). That means Valve just gave out 24,000 copies of Left 4 Dead 2!

Fractured Soul

Fractured Soul looks pretty sweet to me!


Each screen of the DS shows a slightly different world. To succeed, you have to jump between the two screens. It’s developed by End Game Studios and currently doesn’t have a publisher.

The Orange Box and Gender

selectbutton :: View topic – Games You Played Today IV: Play Free or Die Hard
antitype of Select Button made an interesting observation on The Orange Box. Basically, he examines gender stereotypes in Team Fortress 2 (masculine) and Portal (feminine). I’ll reproduce it here since forums have a tendency to fall off the Internet:



You know, after both playing a whole lot of Team Fortress 2 and replaying Portal, I wonder how many have noticed how polarized these two games are concerning gender perspective. TF2 is a game full of invariably male avatars toting guns and knives, traditional images of masculine force. Portal, on the other hand, subverts everything about “first person shooters” by placing you in the role of a woman whose presence is not inspired by the male gaze, and whose weapon isn’t so much a phallic instrument of death as it is an egg-shaped object that creates oval portals on most surfaces, simultaneously representing both a receptive entrance and a spatial birth canal exit. And, uh… that’s all I’ve got, really, but it seems enough to make Portal a special game beyond its inventive space/physics mechanics. I’m guessing this sort of thing was discussed more back when the Orange Box came out, but as I only got around to playing TF2 recently I’m seeing this more clearly.
Couldn’t really say how exactly Episode Two or HL2 in general fits into this equation if at all, though I’m sure there are some funny ways of interpreting the gravity gun and Freeman’s one-sided “relationship” with Alyx. Does it feature both the gleefully explosive machismo of TF2 and the feminine subversion of Portal, or neither? Seems like it’s kind of between the two by those interpretations, and more understated (focused more on the dystopian humor that Portal shares)…

Crimson Acolyte Cowl or Hood?

Recently someone found WebPageless while looking for a comparison between the Crimson Acolyte Cowl and the Crimson Acolyte Hood. This isn’t the first time it’s happened, so I decided to talk about the two of them a little.

First, Crimson Acolyte Cowl is the headpiece of the shadow set, and Crimson Acolyte Hood is the headpiece of the healing set. I’m just going to call these the DPS headpiece and healing headpiece respectively.
DPS headpiece
Gains over healing headpiece: 8 crit, 72 haste
(2) Set: The critical strike chance of your Shadow Word: Pain, Devouring Plague, and Vampiric Touch spells is increased by 5%.
(4) Set: Reduces the channel duration by 0.51 sec and period by 0.17 sec on your Mind Flay spell.
Healing headpiece
Gains over DPS headpiece: 80 spirit, 1 spell power
(2) Set: Your Flash Heal has a 33% chance to cause the target to heal for 33% of the healed amount over 9 sec.
(4) Set: Increases the effect of Power Word: Shield by 5% and Circle of Healing by 10%.
Let’s break this down by looking at the two headpieces from the perspective of each spec.
Spirit is almost worthless for shadow. Spell power is king, and crit and haste are both next in line. Obviously the DPS headpiece has the better stats for shadow. In addition, the healing headpiece’s set bonuses don’t help shadow at all. The DPS headpiece’s set bonuses are pretty nice. This is a no brainer. If you’re shadow, take the DPS headpiece.
Let’s take a look at the four stats that differentiate the two headpieces. For holy, spell power is the most important of the four with spirit close behind. Spirits provide both regen and a spell power boost. Crit and haste, while helpful, are less helpful. Looking purely at stats, the healing headpiece is slightly better. Take into consideration the fact that the DPS headpiece’s set bonuses don’t help holy at all while the healing headpiece’s set bonuses are quite nice and this one is easy as well. If you’re holy, take the healing headpiece.
Disc priests will probably have a harder time than holy priests or shadow priests picking their headpiece. I went through this when I first started collecting T10 as a disc priest myself. Spirit is pretty much worthless for discipline priests. Let’s look at the remaining stats that differentiate the headpieces. What’s better, 1 spell power or 8 crit and 72 haste? Clearly the crit and haste are much more valuable than 1 spellpower. Discipline is in the weird position of wanting the same gear caster DPS players want (except we don’t want hit of course).
The problem is that the DPS headpiece’s set bonuses don’t help disc at all. How about the healing headpiece’s set bonuses? Increasing the effect of Power Word: Shield is great. This spell is what makes disc what it is. You should be using it all the time. PW:S should always be on the tanks and anyone taking or about to take damage. For example, when someone gets the Mutated Infection during the Rotface battle, put a shield on them! Once you have enough mana to not worry about mana at all, you should be blanketing the raid in shields whenever you have the free global cooldown anyways. As for the Flash Heal bonus – I think it’s a nice set bonus. In a lot of fights I hardly use it at all, but in a lot of fights I still do use it.
It’s tempting to go for the throughput stats of the DPS set, but you really should be taking advantage of the healing set bonuses. Go for the healing headpiece. There’s also another way to look at it. Let’s assume you don’t care about the healing set bonuses. Then why get the dps headpiece? If you’re going to forget the healing set bonuses anyway, you should go for Corp’rethar Ceremonial Crown (Heroic) from heroic Gunship 25. I realize you’ll have to do a 25 mode heroic and that might not have been what you wanted to do, but (at least on my server) it’s very easy for anyone to get into a PuG that can do heroic Gunship. This gives you a benefit of 30 int, 30 stamina, 114 spirit, 25 armor, 18 crit, and 47 spell power compared to the 8 crit and 72 haste you’d get from the DPS headpiece. It’s even better than the Sanctified version of the DPS headpiece.
There are a lot of other headpieces that are better for disc than the DPS headpiece as well. Another is the Cowl of Malefic Repose (Heroic) from heroic Blood-Queen in 10-man. This is much harder to do than heroic Gunship 25, so let’s forget it. Next up is Thaumaturge’s Crackling Cowl (Heroic) from Deathbringer heroic 10. Next there’s Corp’rethar Ceremonial Crown from regular Gunship 25. Lastly, Cowl of Malefic Repose from Blood-Queen 10 normal.
Some of those are pretty hard to get. Strangely enough, the very best one is the easiest to obtain. Even if you’re just starting out, finding a PuG for 25 man shouldn’t be hard, and most do heroic Gunship. You should go for the healing headpiece, but if you decide you don’t care about the set bonuses (although you should), there are much better headpieces than the DPS headpiece.
So, what you do? Buy the T10 that’s made for your spec! Do it! And don’t sell the set bonuses short!


Recently I finished Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood and The Club. I played through The Club on the easiest difficulty and haven’t tried multiplayer at all yet, so I’d like to spend a little more time on that. When I’m done, there are a few games I’d like to finish up.



  • MadWorld (Wii) – I’m near the end, so I think this will be the next game I play.
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) – I’m only in the third world, but I was really enjoying it.
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) – I already finished the game, but I’d like to grab the hidden coins and finish the special zone.
  • Demon’s Souls (PS3) – There’s a lot left here. I only finished the first level, but it’s a cool game. It’s just a bit heavy. I need to really sink time into it.
  • Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (DS) – While I beat the game, I haven’t finished all the puzzles.
  • Little Big Planet (PSP) – I’m in the third country. There’s a lot left.
  • Everyday Shooter (PSN) – I’ve played this quite a bit and only reached the fifth level this week. There are eight levels total. Am I just terrible?
  • BlazBlue (PS3) – I’ve reached 100% with five of the characters. Still need to get through the rest!
  • Contra 4 (DS) – I played through the easy difficulty, but it doesn’t give you the last level in easy mode. For a while I couldn’t play this game because you couldn’t save regularly, and my DS kept crashing. It’s better now, so I need to return to this in normal mode.

Then there’s a few games that I haven’t started at all yet but want to play soon.

  • Metal Slug 6 (PSP)
  • Metal Slug 7 (PSP)
  • Guilty Gear XX ^ Core Plus (Wii)
  • Holy Invasion of Privacy, Bad Man (PSP)
  • Alien Swarm (PC)

Serenity: Float Out

Serenity: Float Out is the newest Serenity comic. It’s a one-shot telling that attempts to tell a bit of the backstory of Wash. The story was written by comedian Patton Oswalt, and the art was done by Patric Reynolds. While it wasn’t bad, it definitely wasn’t up to par with the previous Serenity comics. Only fans who care about seeing everything should really bother with it.

In Float Out, three people are buying a new ship that they’re naming after Wash. They struggle to find something to say about Wash during the floating-out ceremony and decide to reminisce about Wash instead. Each of the three tells a story about Wash. While I want to hear about Wash, I don’t know these three other characters, and I don’t care about them. We’re never really told much about them. Each story is nothing more than telling us what we already know about Wash, such as the fact that he’s a good pilot. To make it worse, each story is only a couple pages. Float Out would have been better as a mini-series, with each story being a separate issue. This would have allowed more characterization of both Wash and the story-teller. The only actual bit of forward-moving plot occurs on the very last page. I won’t spoil it, but it’s an interesting addition to the Firefly story.
The Serenity comics seem to be going downhill. I haven’t read The Other Half yet; maybe that would change my opinion. The first mini-series did a great job of wrapping up the series. In fact, it bothers me that there are big Firefly fans that would watch Serenity without reading those three comics first. The second mini-series wasn’t as good but still told an interesting story, even if it was a prequel that didn’t truly add to the previously told story. Float Out wasn’t much more than a nod to Wash. I want an overall story that leads somewhere. Prequels are fine, but a one-shot that doesn’t offer a new look as a character is kind of boring. I am looking forward to The Shepherd’s Tale, but (I assume that) it’s going to give actual insight into Book. I’d also like to see the Firefly saga move forward rather than always looking backward. The last page of Float Out at least implies that they want to move forward, which makes me happy. Float Out definitely won’t win anyone over to Firefly/Serenity, but fans who want the whole experience should read it. It’s not bad, but it just doesn’t add. Fans who don’t mind missing a little can skip it without regret.

E3 Game-Boyz Posts

I’ll post links to all of my Game-Boyz E3 coverage in this post. It’ll be in reverse chronological order. I’ll specify what category the post was, the data and time, and a brief summary. Check back here to find links to anything I write.
7/15/ 16:53 – Bulkypix’s New iPhone Games | Preview | Game Boyz

7/6 13:02 Preview – Vanquish, Third-Person Shooter for PS3 and 360 / Xbox 360 / Previews – Awesome new third-person shooter by Sega, Platinum Game, and Shinji Mikami
6/27 18:39 Preview – Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 / Nintendo Wii / Previews – Awesome!
6/27 11:42 Blog – Sonic Colors / / – Modern formula finally perfected
6/27 Preview – Pac-Man Battle Royale / Hardware / Previews – Awesome arcade cabinet
6/26 23:30 Preview – Disney’s Epic Mickey for Wii / Nintendo Wii / Previews – One of the best games at E3
6/23 14:46 Preview – Capcom shows Street Fighter IV, 1942 First Strike, and Ghosts ‘N Goblins: Gold Knights II for iPhone / iPhone/iPod / Previews – All cool games
6/22 Preview – Battlestar Galactica Online Preview / PC Games / Previews – Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica Online.
6/21 Preview – DC Universe Online / PS3 / Previews – Sony’s new action-MMO set in the DC Universe.
6/20 Preview – Magic the Gathering – Tactics by SOE / PS3 / Previews – Online tactics game set in the Magic the Gathering universe!
6/20 02:58 Preview – Blacklight: Tango Down / Xbox 360 / Previews – Downloadable FPS for PSN, XBLA, and PC. A very good title!
6/19 17:52 Preview – Loong – The Power of the Dragon / PC Games / Previews – New fantasy, free-to-play MMORPG
6/19 02:32 Preview – Black Prophecy, Space Combat MMO / PC Games / Previews – gamigo’s free-to-play space combat MMO, Black Prophecy
6/17 01:43 Preview – Hudson’s Lost in Shadow / Nintendo Wii / Previews – Lost in Shadow is one of the best games I saw here.
6/17 01:28 Preview – Oops! Prank Party / Nintendo Wii / Previews – New party game / minigame collection for Wii.
6/17 00:54 Preview – Bomberman Live: Battlefest / Xbox 360 / Previews – A quick look at Hudson’s new Bomberman game.
6/17 00:34 Preview – Hudson’s Bonk: Brink of Extinction / Nintendo Wii / Previews – New version of the classic platformer, Bonk!
6/16 11:08 Editorial – D3’s new games at E3 / Nintendo Wii / Video Game News – D3 showed off Ben 10 Ultimate Alien, Puzzle Quest 2, Kidz Bop Dance Party, and Despicable Me The Game.
6/15 10:21 Blog – Excitement / / – Just a list of cool things that I’ve already missed at E3 but am excited about.
6/15 00:16 Blog – The end of day zero / / – The end of day zero
6/14 15:10 Blog – Checked-in! / / – Quick post after checking into the hotel.
6/13 23:54 Blog – E3, World of Warcraft / / – Made a rather long (at least compared to my previous ones) blog post at Game-Boyz discussing my excitement for E3 and World of Warcraft.

Magtheridon’s Lair and No Ruby Sanctum

Today I saw Cheeseygirl looking in trade for people to join her in Magtheridon’s Lair. I went, and it was pretty fun. People pulled before any explanation could be given, but enough people knew what they were doing to pull it off. I also met her new boyfriend who is one of the leaders of their guild now. He’s an intelligent fellow it seems who knows how to play WoW. I enjoyed talking with him.
Ruby Sanctum failed tonight. Kaytral’s raid was scheduled for 6:30. I asked about it at 6:45 or so, and Harley said she was still in ICC. I assumed Kaytral must have wanted to wait for her. At 7:30 she left, and at 7:45 I asked again. Harley seemed annoyed because she was tired and not feeling well. I don’t really know what happened to everyone else. I guess without Harley no one wanted to raid. I’ll have to look for a PuG tomorrow. It’s really annoying when guild runs fail late in the week. No PuG is ever good at the end of the week.
I ran Magisters’ Terrace for an attempt at the mount and Shadow Labyrinth for the achievement. Fun times! Next week Zen’s leading another ICC 25 and said he’d put my trinket on reserve. He also put an Ulduar on the calendar. No idea if that’ll happen! I’d love to start collecting shards though!

WoW Progress

First, an update on guild progression. With so many people leaving, the core raiding group has really changed. Harley, Mekrob, and Darth are now part of the LK attempts usually. Obviously I already knew Harley, but I’ve gotten to know Darth and Mekrob, both cool dudes. We’ve had a lot of changes to the roster though. Hopefully we don’t crumble more. We’re still having a lot of trouble on the LK though. A few weeks ago we were always struggling in phase two and had only one good phase two. We’ve seen the transition to phase three once but died during it. This week we had trouble getting to phase two. It’s supposed to be guild progression not regression! Unfortunately, I don’t really know what’s happening. I have noticed that things seems to go smoother when I call out things on Vent. It’s kind of cool to be able to make an impact like that.

Ruby Sanctum also came out a couple weeks ago. On the first week, I got into a PuG that was horrible and couldn’t clear anything. Then I did a 10m with the guild. We cleared to Halion but couldn’t down him. First, we had some difficulties in positioning him and moving him as the debuffs were put down on the ground. Harley was having some computer problems, so that definitely wasn’t helping. Second, debuff placements were a problem. In all three phases players get a random debuff that, when dispelled, put a circle on the ground of badness. The size of the circle is proportional to how long it takes to dispel it. People had trouble moving into position, so we were getting huge debuff zones. The fight takes place in a large circle with Halion standing near the perimeter, parallel to the tangent line at that point of the circle (roughly). Players were supposed to run towards the tail and then to the outer edge to drop the debuff. In other words, not just to the tail – to the outside edge of the fighting area but near the tail. People were just going to the tail. We also had some trouble on the laser that shoots through the middle in the second phase. We made it to phase three, the final phase, once but died due to a lack of coordination in splitting the raid group. Still we were all learning the fight, so I don’t mind too much even though a lot of other people have downed him. Kaytral wanted to do attempts tonight, but there’s nothing in the guild message or calendar. Hopefully people show!
CFC’s in a weird position right now. More and more I feel like the geared and good people are being forced to carry bads. I really don’t mind as much when I’m helping someone knowledgeable gear up an ungeared toon, but we have some people who are just plain bad. I know enough from Tam not to blog about specific problems or name any names. I’m just starting to feel like not showing up for anything but LK kills. For my healing set, I need a wand off of the Blood Princes and a wand off of the Blood-Queen. In last night’s guild run, we only managed Festergut, Rotface, and Valithria. We didn’t even see the Blood Wing! And if I had PuG’d it, it wouldn’t have been any better. Why show up? Oh, I know. I need to carry and help gear the people who don’t know how to play at all. Spell power is not better than hit. 30 hit isn’t enough. But thanks for taking one of the only pieces that could still help a progression raider. It’s not like we needed that character to have that piece. Uh oh, I’m going into specifics, aren’t I?
Okay, okay, what else? I did a full clear of Karazhan with Zen and gem the other day. It took forever because we didn’t know our way around. We’re going to start doing Attumen the Huntsman every week in an attempt to get his mount. We also did ZG, which we’re going to start doing regularly as well. I want some mounts! I have four piece sanctified for both my healing and DPS sets now! For my healing set, I’ll be 10m-normal BiS as soon I get my wand, not counting Lich King drops. I’m still hoping for Althor’s Abacus off of 25m. In Zen’s PuG this week I saw it drop. The person who won it had never seen it drop previously and rolled a perfect 100. I guess that’s a decent way for me to lose the roll at least. As for my DPS set, I’m four piece sanctified, but I’m using sanctified legs and not gloves. When the sanctified gloves drop in VoA, I plan on switching the legs to Leggings of Woven Death. Also this week the guild let me go shadow for Lord Marrowgar and Lady Deathwhisper! I was horrible, but it was fun for a change. It’s nice because it keeps things feeling fresh. Harley suggested I level an alt to keep things fresh, but the I’ll obligated to do all the weekly things on two characters when I’m actually trying to find more time to do other things.
Yup, that’s all!

AX Days Two, Three, and Four

Day Two
The second day of Anime Expo was relatively uneventful. The first thing we actually did was go to M Grill, a Brazilian steakhouse in Koreatown in LA. Edward wanted to join us and use our hotel room, so taking us out to eat was his payment. It was a fantastic restaurant. Like the other Brazilian steakhouse at which I’ve eaten, various meats are brought around the room and offered to you. It’s all you can eat, and you pick on a per-meat-basis if you’d like a piece.

As for the actual Expo itself, we didn’t have a lot plan. We walked around a bit looking at cosplay, spent some time in the Exhibit Hall, and read in the Manga Lounge. We went to the laser show, but it was kind of boring. AX staff were also passing out tickets to the MELL concert. It seems they were having trouble filling the audience (as usual). We said we weren’t interested because of the laser show, but they gave us tickets anyways. It’s lucky they gave them to us even though we didn’t want them; we went to the concert after getting bored of the laser show. MELL is a techno/trace inspired rock singer, and the concert was a lot of fun. Juan, a friend who was with us, got removed for taking photographs, but they allowed him to come back after confirming that he deleted the photos.
Day Three
The third day was packed full of events! In the morning, gem and I went to a panel on creating steampunk characters. The emphasis was on creating characters to cosplay so it talked about making the props. It was a lot of fun! The panel was hosted by the League of S.T.E.A.M., which is a group that does live performances and webcasts of a steampunk verson of Ghostbusters. They had a lot of cool props, including a plunger gun that actually worked (after building up pressure for what seemed like forever – something that’s actually cool since it’s steampunk) and a gun that launches a net.
I guess I forgot to mention what happened on the way to the panel. I was eating a banana nut muffin that tasted a little strange. It had the taste of bread, bananas, nuts, and… dental adhesive. How strange. Then I noticed that my crown fell off. After the panel I cleaned everything as best I could and popped the crown back on my tooth. It seems to be staying pretty well, so I’m going to wait until Wednesday when I’m more free to go see the dentist. It should be relatively easy to adhere again. After that was all taken of I ran into Jennifer Damm cosplaying Princess Peach! That was pretty fun!
Next we went to Chibi Masquerade. It seems that Masquerade is an event for cosplay skits and is a competition. Chibi Masquerade isn’t a competition and accepts anyone in costume. It’s like a training ground for Masquerade. It was really fun! Some people had lines and dialog, other groups danced, and some just came on stage quickly to show off their costumes. Two cute little boys dressed as characters from Naruto fought on stage for example. Tuxedo Mask gave a monologue about being divorced from Sailor Moon and living with his brother. He was hoping to meet someone new and gave out what I assume is his actual phone number. Also, War Machine got on stage! His costume was amazing! It had a shoulder-mounted gun that really moved and the glowing core.
Next we went to AX Idol. We got there an hour or hour and a half early, which kind of sucked because the show started late. Idol was as the Nokia Plaza in LA Live so we wanted to get there early due to limited seating. Jennifer and her friend ended up running into us there and sat with us. gem noticed someone sitting near us in a fleece panda sweater. She wondered who would buy such a thing, then realized that Linh-Nam did, and then realized that it was Linh-Nam! We talked a little, and I met his girlfriend, but then the show started. AX Idol opened with a song by the host’s band, and then Idol itself started. It was a great show! I really, really enjoyed it. Then we went down to see Last Comic Standing. As usual, Last Comic Standing was very funny. I saw a lot of returning comics, including Soap, who made it into the finals. Unfortunately he lost to other person in the finals. Luckily though most of comedians were great.
Day Four
We woke up on the fourth day to find that the power was out in our bathroom. This made taking showers and going to the bathroom more difficult. We took turns going to the bathroom with the door wide open and the rest of us waiting outside the hotel room. Edward the only person who didn’t shower the previous night, so he was the only person who needed to shower. He just left the door open a bit and took off his clothes after closing the shower curtain.
The last day was much less crowded. Edward and I went to an anime podcasting panel that gave tips on podcasting hosted by Anime-Genesis. It was short but fun, and we got free t-shirts! Although we went to get tips because we want to start a gaming podcast, I think I’ll also check out the Anime-Genesis podcast. Afterwards we spent a little time in the Manga Lounge and Exhibit Hall. I read the first volume of Cheeky Angel, a manga about a boy who wishes to be the manliest man but gets turned into the womanliest woman. It was pretty amusing. In the Exhibit Hall I got a sweet Sonic tshirt and a cool Shy Guy tshirt. Yay!
We left as the Exhibit Hall closed and went to Orochon Ramen like we do every year! I had a tasty miso-based soup with egg and tofu! Yum yum! And then we went home! Yay!

Day Zero and Day One

Day Zero
I was pretty on Day Zero. I only slept for three and a half hours, and then we had to buy a bunch of snacks with Antonio. When we got down to LA, we parked in his staff parking and went in search of his badge. The people he expected to have his badge didn’t because Antonio told them he wasn’t going to come Day Zero.
gem and I line up for our badges, and it took about three hours. They couldn’t find her information but then printed hers anyways after she showed her email confirmation. Later we came back at night so that Antonio could get his badge at the staff meeting. gem and I sat down in some chairs while Antonio was in his meeting. It ended around 11:30, and when we went to leave, the doors were all locked. LACC staff were confused and kept asking us how we got inside. They seem surprised to find out that we came in the main entrance two hours earlier. They just locked up without checking the upper levels or saying anything. Idiots.
Our hotel room’s really small, but the hotel’s location is great. It’s a 10-15 minute walk from the LACC, is right next to an IHOP and Subway, and is one block from a Ralph’s. Plus we filled our room with snacks!
Day One
Yesterday we started our day by getting AMV contest tickets. I expected it to be annoying, but we waited in line for less than a minute. After we got our tickets, I went to the Manag Cafe and read the first volume of the Sunwell Trilogy and a bit of FLCL. Then we checked out the Exhibition Hall and met Ann. We also checked out the arcade and the table-top gaming room. I doubt I’ll play, but it was pretty cool!
The AMV Contest was longer than I would have liked as usual. However, I thought the AMVs were really good. I had a great time. The best part was Edward. He showed up late on Day One and got his ticket separately from us. Because he wanted to sit with us, he offered the guy sitting next to us $15 to switch tickets. Surprisingly the guy said okay, swapped and left. Then I noticed that the guy didn’t go to place that Edward’s seat was located. Edward checked the ticket and found out that the guy’s ticket was for a seat far from us. He was just sitting there. It was hilarious. He tried to pay off the girl that showed up for the seat. She seemed interested, but her friends wouldn’t let her. Edward sat alone.