Monthly Archives: March 2011

Minute to Win It

Minute to Win It for iOS | iPhone/iPod, Reviews, Action Games, Arcade

Minute to Win It, provided to me by Capcom, is a new iOS game based on NBC’s television program. The game features a variety of one-minute challenges / mini-games. From the graphics and sound to the system of unlockables, the game is very polished. Unfortunately, the challenges are too challenging! …At $1.99, many gamers will likely find themselves frustrated over the challenges. Minute to Win It is available now on iTunes, and if you’re up to the (extreme) challenge, you’ll likely enjoy the game. However, if you’re like me, you may want to see if Capcom tunes the difficulty down a bit.

If the game is patched to become easier, I suspect I’d come back to play more of it. The structure is great, but the the challenges are too hard given the touch controls.

The Video Game Chronology Project

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Migrating from the Penny Arcade Forums, here is my latest attempt to chronologically place every video game. I am currently in the process of transferring all of this data onto a spreadsheet, but here is the straight list in the meantime. Any omissions, misplaced entries, or games which just shouldn’t be there? Be sure to let me know. Thanks for participating with me in this Herculean and maybe impossible endeavor.

Gorblax of Select Button has compiled a chronological list of as many games as he can based on the setting of the game rather than the release. Why? I have no idea. But I guess it’s interesting to note that Diablo, Diablo II, and Lord of Destruction took place over 1263 to 1265. The project seems worth noting just for how much work Gorblax must have done to compile the list.


I’m off of work, and Andy’s giving me a ride home. Pretty tired. Inventory was easier than a normal shift though. Just later. Rich asked if we were gonna play WoW when we got home.
Gonna sleep. Or maybe play Pok

Pokemon White and More

Pokémon White Version
I started playing this recently, and it’s been enjoyable. It feels like a reboot of the series. It features all new pokemon, and no old ones will be encountered until after the defeat of the Elite Four. The starters seemed cool, and you your pokemon before even leaving the first room. Unforunately, you can’t trade until after the first gym, so getting all the starters would be difficult. You learn to run pretty quickly, which is nice. I’m not sure why you can’t just start the game with the ability to run though. This seems like a bad design decision. The professor tells you about “someone’s” PC early on in the game, and then within abut about a half hour, you meet this “someone.” It also seemed like a chuckle and nod at that old series staple.
My only complaint so far, and it really isn’t the game’s fault, is that I can’t stop grinding for the correct nature. It’s so time consuming and annoying, but spending countless hours training a pokemon of the wrong nature sounds horrifying. I’m about ten hours into the game yet I only have one badge.
The villains are Team Plasma, an organization who denounce mankind’s enslavement of wild pokemon. They seem sort of… right on, actually.The game also features C-Gear, which is the in-game tool you use to play with others. What’s interesting is that it uses an always-on approach to see who’s playing near you. I’d rather conserve battery life myself though. Also, they seem to have removed the underground, which I enjoyed, and replaced it with the Entranet and Dream World, which I either dislike or don’t fully understand.
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
Playground Brigade is now 5/6 Blackwing Descent, 2/4 Bastion of Twilight, and 1/2 Throne of the Four Winds. We’re also not raiding anymore. We also cleared up to General Vezax in Ulduar, which was fun. A lot of the guild hadn’t seen much of Ulduar. For some reason, General Vezax never spawned. We did, however, defeat Algalon the Observer, which was awesome. I got the Reply-Code Alpha and started the chain for the key. With 4.1 on the way, I really need to get working on at least finishing Mount Hyjal. I’m also still one heroic short of Cataclysm Dungeon Hero.
GTA4: The Ballad of Gay Tony
I’m only a few hours into this game still because gem likes to be there when I play it to watch. I’m enjoying it so far though. In the latest level I played, I got to steal a military helicopter and then use it to blow up a yacht and some smaller boats. Pretty fun.
Super Meat Boy, The Force Unleashed II, and Beat Hazard
Here are three games that I was playing a lot previously but haven’t played in a while. I definitely want to get back to the first two. If I don’t get back to Beat Hazard, I at least reached the maximum rank already.
iOS: Infinity Blade, Doodle Lab 101, and Angry Birds
I purchased Infinity Blade recently, which is an interesting action-RPG. I need to put more time into it though to see how it holds up. I’ve also been playing Doodle Lab 101, which feels like a simple little Flash game honestly. You have to draw paths for differently colored bouncing balls to reach the correct goal. You also have to combine the balls to create the right colors. Lastly, I’ve been playing more Angry Birds. It doesn’t deserve all the hype it got, but it’s fun.
To Play Later
As usual, there are a lot of games I’d like to get around to playing. I started both Demon’s Souls and No More Heroes 2 but didn’t put too much time into them. I should finish up BlazBlue and Guilty Gear XX^Core Plus as well as play BlazBlue: Continuum Shift. Marvel vs. Capcom 3 also looks pretty fun. Mad World, Blue Dragon,Guild Wars, BioShock and Viva Piñata are all games that I own and have played but never finished. Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, Odin Sphere, killer7, Psychonauts and God Hand are games I’ve wanted to play but haven’t yet I own them. There’s also the latest Layton, the rest of the Phoenix Wright series, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Epic Mickey, Lost in Shadow, and Armored Core: For Answer. And then there’s an itch to play a shooter – maybe Resistance, Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops, or the newly released and negatively reviewed Homefront.

Days Come Once

I like riding the bus. I don’t always needing to take the bus, but for some reason, it seems like a chance for me to reflect and to consider those around me. I like to wonder what the lives are like of the other passengers and the driver. Riding the bus isn’t the worst thing in the world by far, but here, you’re not supposed to be on the bus. You should have a car. If you’re on the bus, something’s wrong. I like to wonder what’s wrong.
For a portion of my bus ride, he bus is filled mostly with UCI students. For them, nothing’s wrong with this, but once they get off near UCI, then things have changed. Usually there’s a few asian girls who don’t speak English very well and have trouble figuring out how the bus works. They bother the driver slow us down. I wonder where they’re from and what they’re doing here. Then there are the senior citizens getting groceries. I like to wonder about their lives. They’ve been alive so much longer than me. Being old doesn’t inherently mean deserving of respect, but they definitely have a lot to tell me about if I took the time to listen. And then there are the everyday people going to work or returning home. I wonder if they’re happy in life and why they have to take the bus.
Yesterday I Was watching the date scroll by on the little sign on the bus. Suddenly the fact that the day’s date was unique and would never exist again after today popped into my head. March 4, 2011. It only happened once. What did I do with March 4, 2011? I woke up, rolled around in bed for a while, and generally fought the beginning of the day by trying to remain asleep as long as possible. Next I screwed around on the Internet. Man, what minor changes are being made to World of Warcraft? Yeah, there was something about ZG and ZA. I needed to know. Did my friends do anything interesting and share it on Facebook? Did I get any good PR announcements for Game-Boyz? No, I didn’t. Got to scroll through reblogged photos by Nicole and Blair to search for written posts. Did Alex share any sweet Back to the Future photos? I wonder if my favorite author, John Scalzi, has anything new on his blog (he always does). Okay, okay, time to shower. And after I shower, I go get greasy Del Taco with Andy. Del Taco, like I have four or so times per week. Then I walk to the bus, sit down, and watch people while reading my book, Zombie, Spaceship, Wasteland by Patton Oswalt. And finally I reach the bookstore, where I do the oh-so-important, irreplaceable job of ringing people up and telling them where books are. Good bye March 4, 2011. I should really put you down in the history books for what good use of you I made.
It just suddenly seemed strange and kind of sad that time is limited, but I spend it so worthlessly, like most people do. Not that I’ll change this. There are tons of unique, exciting experiences out in there world. And they’re ready to make my blood pressure shoot up, give me headaches, and cause me stress. Why try something new?

Another World Ported to iOS

Another World’s Creator Eric Chahi Chooses BulkyPix And DotEmu To Port His Iconic Game to iPhone And iPad | News | Game Boyz

San Francisco, CA – March 3rd, 2011 – Eric Chahi, the visionary and the architect behind Another World, (aka Out of this World) today revealed that developer DotEmu and Publisher BulkyPix have been chosen to bring his iconic game to the iPhone and iPad platforms. Recognized by the gaming community for its pioneering and highly stylized vector graphics and animation this the French masterpiece goes is even today remembered as one of the greatest, most unusual titles of its era.

This is pretty awesome (assuming it’s a good port). Another World was a great game and one that I never finished. I’d love to get the opportunity to try again on my iPhone.

Head Cashier

Today was my first day of training as a head cashier! I was pretty nervous, but it went alright! I was scared about dealing with customers and people, but after one day of training, I’m now much more nervous about forgetting to do something or screwing something up “behind the scenes” so to speak. But it’s really great to be able to correct minor things easily.
I did a bunch of returns without any problems, and even refused a return without too much of a fuss. Amanda pointed it out as my first refusal! 🙂 It was also kind of exciting to answer the HC phone for a change. Now I’m on the other side of it. There was also a customer that purchased a $9.99 book for $60-something because it rang up wrong. It was nice to be able to fix that myself.
I just wish I wasn’t feeling so sick for this. I took cold medicine all day, and luckily for me, Rich had cough drops. I don’t know why I didn’t think of buying some.


On the 21st, gem and I picked up a pizza from Gina’s and went to Stephanie’s to hang out, eat dinner, and play Apples to Apples. It was a lot of fun! We got to meet her boyfriend for the first time, and he was super cool too. It’s nice making new, cool friends! Oh yeah, this is supposed to relate to birthdays, right? We were there at midnight when it became gem’s birthday!
For her actual birthday, we ate at BJ’s! Mmm, pizookie! We then made our way to Color Me Mine to paint bowls and a Horde cup! I didn’t finish my Horde cup, nor did we finish the bowls. We’ll have to come back again some other time. We also ran into Stephanie and Joe at Color Me Mine! They did know we were going to be there, so I suppose it wasn’t that big of a surprise…
After Color Me Mine, we went back home where I made gem hang out downstairs so she could be surprised by Antonio coming in with her cake! He texted me earlier that day about wanting to surprise gem with a birthday cake. He brought a delicious tres leches cake, and gem was surprised and very happy!
Speaking of Antonio, we had sushi with him, and the roommates later in the week. We ate so, so, so much there. Antonio paid for gem and me as a birthday present. He’s very nice. 🙂
On my birthday I threw a party after work. I invited a ton of people but assumed a lot wouldn’t come. It ended up being pretty perfect; Lots of people came, but it wasn’t too crazy. In attendance were all the roommates, Jessica, Antonio, Edward, Brittney, her boyfriend Austin, Luke, his girlfriend Melissa, Nicole, Blair, Paris, Taylor, and Alex (x3). A bunch of people brought beer, so there was plenty to go around. Blair came straight from the airport after getting back from Utah despite having a hyperextension injury earlier that day. I’m glad she could make it! I also got to sample some of Alex Hurst’s home brewed beer! I got pretty drunk I will admit. I talked to a lot of people on Facebook without remembering it seems.
From Nicole’s Tumblr:

I had an awesome time last night. Peter’s birthday was the best birthday ever haha(: But the real question of the day is this, how hungover is peter? Because I know I woke up with headache and an urge to purge. But none the less. It was awesome. the alex’s made me laugh so hard that if I had been unfortunate to have some liquid passing through my lips it probably would have come out my nose

Pucca Noodle Rush

Pucca Noodle Rush for iPhone | iPhone/iPod, Reviews, Strategy

Pucca Noodle Rush ia fun game! It does contain the animation and sound problems I mentioned, but the problems don’t hurt the gameplay; They simply show a lack of polish. Time-management masters looking for a challenge might be let down, but if you’re looking for a cute, fun time-management game, this fits the bill nicely!

If it wasn’t about Pucca, I probably would have enjoyed it far less, but it was a cute little game.

Best SFF Novels of the Decade Tor Reader Poll

Best SFF Novels of the Decade Readers Poll RESULTS | | Science fiction and fantasy | Blog posts via The Whatever

We are exhaustedly happy to announce the final results of the Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novel of the Decade Reader’s Poll!

Scalzi’s Old Man’s War took the top spot, with Gaiman’s American Gods coming in second! Both are fantastic books that I really enjoyed. Sadly, I didn’t read any of the other eight, so I guess I should try to get on that now, hm?

LGB Representation GOGmix

GOGmix – via
Good Old Games allows you create GOGmixes, list of games based around a topic of your choosing. Recently an article on announced that the writer of that article had recently created a GOGmix of games that had LGB representation in them. It’s worth noting that this list can only contain games available on GOG, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Also – I’ve never played any of the games on the list, but I’ve been interested in both The Longest Journey and The Last Express.