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Chuck’s Challenge 3D


The beta of Chuck’s Challenge 3D was released for some Kickstarter supporters recently, and I had the chance to try it out. It’s a port of the iOS game, Chuck’s Challenge, which is itself similar to the amazing Chip’s Challenge from the Lynx and PC. The video is short because it’s just a quick look at the game. You’ll have to excuse a couple times where nothing seems to be happening; I was trying various inputs just to see how it worked.

Portal 2, Hoard, Sequence, and Shatter

I’ve been playing a handful of Steam games lately.
Portal 2
gem and I began working on the co-op chambers last week. By the time she had finished the single-player game, my computer die, leaving us unable to play co-op. We just not got back around to trying it. I’m really enjoying it. Like all the other mechanics in the series, there’s that initial figuring-it-out phase, and then things just start clicking. I also like that sometimes I don’t even know what’s happening; I’m just doing what gem tells me and finding myself who-knows-where.
Hoard
Hoard is a fun game I reviewed for Game Boyz but never beat. There’s no story mode or anything like it. Rather, there’s a large number of independent maps. The game looks sort of like an RTS, but you control only a single dragon and are tasked with burning towns, kidnapping princesses, and increasing your gold hoard. While there’s a lot of replayability, I did manage to complete every map.
Sequence
This seems fun so far. It’s a little corny and lacks some polish in the graphics and voice-acting, but it’s still enjoyable. It’s sort of an RPG or dungeon crawler in which combat is done through keyboard or controller DDR. It’s a neat concept, but it’s grindy. I’m going to keep playing it for now, but I doubt I’ll finish it.
Shatter
OMG EXTREME BREAKOUT!!1!one! At least, that’s what it seems like. It’s fun but not groundbreaking.

Sometimes I play video games

The last time I made a large Game Journal post, I was playing Sonic Generations, Ocarina of Time 3D, inFamous 2, and World of Warcraft. I was also thinking about starting Gears of War 3, Ivy the Kiwi?, Sonic Colors, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Epic Mickey, and Kirby’s Return to Dreamland.

* * * Playing * * *

World of Warcraft
Of course, I’m still playing World of Warcraft. I have a separate blog to talk about that, but we’re now 5/8 in Dragon Soul.
Mario Kart 7
Mario Kart’s always been one of my favorite series, and 7 is no let down. As usual, there’s a Mirror mode unlocked after 50cc, 100cc, and 150cc. I’m working on it now.
inFamous 2
I’m so close to that damn platinum trophy! I really need to put some more time in it!
LittleBigPlanet 2
I actually just started playing this today, but I bought it for gem for Christmas. We’re playing through the game in co-op! Unfortunately, after every play session, we have to login as the other person and start the game again to sync trophies to both accounts. So much work. Fun game though, and I’m glad she’s enjoying it!
Plants vs. Zomibes
More content was added to the iOS version, so I’m playing that off and on a bit as well as the PC version ocassionally.
Super Mario 3D Land
I stopped playing this because of Pilotwings and Mario Kart, but I’ll hopefully get back to it soon. It’s amazingly excellent. Great level design. Every element is there for a reason, and when I die, it’s my fault. Perfect. Wonderful use of 3D as well.
Game Dev Story
I started playing this again just a little bit. I’d like to get a perfectly reviewed game.

* * * Finished * * *

Pilotwings Resort
I played this a lot of while! Alex let me borrow it, and it’s pretty fun. I didn’t manage to get perfects on everything, which keeps me from unlocking some bonus missions, but I did beat the main game!
Sonic Generations
I finished this and loved it. Thankfully Sonic Team didn’t make it super long by adding too much worthless content.

* * * Gave Up * * *

Zeno Clash
Zeno Clash is a weird first-person fighting game with a really bizarre story. I got stuck for a little bit, put it down, and never came back. I might be done with it. Maybe I’ll just switch it to easy mode and plow through it.

* * * Thinking About Playing* * *

Grand Theft Auto
I don’t even know which one I’d like to play. I suppose I’d like to finish the first one, but it crashes when I alt-tab. I have the third on Android that I could play, but I’m not sure how much time I’d want to devote to an Android port. What if I get stuck later because I lack good controls? Of course, I have all the pre-4 games on Steam as well.
Co-op Platformers
Lots to choose from after we finsh LBP2. Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and Kirby’s Return to Dreamland come to mind.
More
Gears of War 3
Ivy the Kiwi?
Sonic Colors
Epic Mickey
The Binding of Isaac
Sequence
Cthulhu Saves the World
Psychonauts
The Old Republic…?

Top 10 Video Games on My Mind

Sonic Generations
I just started playing this, and I’m enjoying it. It’s definitely some fan service, which is fine by me. I’m a big fan, so it works.
Ocarina of Time 3D
One dungeon down!
Infamous 2
I beat the game in hard mode with good, but I’d like to go back and do it with evil karma. I also wanted to max my good character, but grinding XP is taking far too long.
World of Warcraft
Of course, there’s always more to do in WoW. We finished normal mode Firelands, but there’s still more gearing, PVPing, questing, and other stuff to do.
More
And then there are a bunch of games I need to start still!
Gears of War 3
Ivy the Kiwi?
Sonic Colors
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Epic Mickey
Kirby’s Return to Dreamland

Games in June

I haven’t made a Game Journal update in a while!
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony
I finished The Ballad of Gay Tony. It had been a while since I played the original campaign or the Lost and Damned, but I think I liked the original best followed by The Ballad of Gay Tony. The characters were all very entertaining. The relationship between Tony and Luis was cool, Yusuf was a fun character, and the ending mission was a lot of fun.
Portal 2
gem finished this, but with my computer down, there’s no chance at playing co-op anytime soon.
Worms 2: Armageddon
I picked this up for the iPhone a few weeks ago. It’s pretty full-featured, but I suck a lot so I stopped playing it.
Monster Hunter Dynamic Hunting
Fun but short. It didn’t have any RPG elements besides being able to upgrade weapons and armor. There isn’t even any exploration. It reminds me of the Arena in Armored Core.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
I was playing this regularly for a while, but now I haven’t touched it in a few weeks. With my room off-limits, I haven’t moved it downstairs. I was enjoying it though!
Save Toshi
This iPhone puzzle game tasks you with throwing balls at platforms so that the girl standing on top falls onto the goal platform. If you hit her, you lose. It’s surprisingly fun if you turn off the terrible voice-acting. I beat this, but it was shorter than I expected. It turns out I was playing a version that was basically a demo for a longer version.
Cell Bound
Another iPhone game! It’s kind of like Puzzle Bobble except the bubbles come from all sides towards the center, and you can rotate the center. It was fun, but I stopped playing it as soon as I posted the review.
Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing
More iPhone gaming! This just came out, and as I loved the console version, I had to pick it up. It’s a little difficult because it uses tilt to steer, but it’s better than I would have expected. I haven’t put too much time into it, but I plan to play it more.
Plants vs. Zombies
I’ve been playing this more than anything else lately. With the newest update, the iPhone version finally received some mini-games. One game comes immediately, and then there are two packs of three that can be purchased with the in-game currency. I bought the first pack but haven’t made enough money for the second. The update also brought the Zen Garden that allows you to raise plants. It’s fun!
A Slice of Life
The last iPhone game, I promise! The goal is to have your character succeed in the various parts of life – job, education, social, etc. It’s like the Sims but only menu and button-driven with no direct control. It kind of sucked.
Sonic Generations Demo
The demo only features one level of the classic gameplay, but I enjoyed it. It almost seemed a little too fast, making it hard to focus, but I didn’t run into any traps, making the speed okay. The graphics seemed odd because it was clearly inspired by the classic graphics but still 3D. I liked it a lot more than the photo-realistic background of Sonic 4. I’m looking forward to playing more of this for sure!
A.R.E.S.
I’ve been playing this a bit the last couple days. It looks a lot like Mega Man X, but in A.R.E.S. you can control the direction in which you shoot as well as spend recyclables dropped by dead robots on grenades, repair kits, or upgrading weapons.
Metal Drift
I wanted to play this because I enjoy vehicular combat games, but it seems odd from the tutorial. You can shoot in any direction, including shooting directly behind you while driving forward. It seems difficult to be able to do that.
Nimbus
Okay, last game. Nimbus is a flying, side-view racing game in which you can’t directly accelerate. You reach the goal by attempting to keep your momentum, flying into cannon-things (think barrels from Donkey Kong Country), colliding with bouncy pads, etc. I’m enjoying it so far.
Besides playing PvZ regularly, nothing is really pulling me in a lot right now. Right now I’m mostly playing A.R.E.S. and Nimbus at home, but I have to kind of push myself to do it. We’ll see. Maybe I should hook my Wii back up again.
I also signed up for a second 365 Project, the photo-a-day site. While the first I’m using for photos as intended, my second account is now for screenshots. We’ll see how it goes. It’s here

End of May Update

It’s been over three weeks last my last Game Journal update. While I haven’t played a ton, I have made progress on a few games.
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony
I’m still putting decent progress into this. gem likes to watch me play this, so I can’t play it that often, but I’m enjoying it. I loved the original GTA4 more than the expansions, but I think I’m liking the Ballad of Gay Tony more than the Lost and Damned.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game
Last time I updated, I had just started playing Scott Pilgrim again. Last night Collin, Duncan, gem, and I finished the game on Average Joe, the normal, easiest setting. I had a blast and would definitely love to jump back into it and try on the harder difficulties.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
Well, this is kind of funny. I couldn’t play this for months because I lost it, and as it turns out, I had just reached the last level when I misplaced the game. Check, another game completed.
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
My desktop died, so progress here is pretty much dead as well.
Portal 2
I didn’t make any progress here myself, but gem has almost finished the single player campaign. This relates to MY game progress because it means we can almost start playing the co-op campaign together.
Hoard
My Hoard review is finally up, and I have played a bit more of it. It’s nice because it doesn’t have a campaign mode. It simply has a variety of short skirmishes available.
Up next…
I’m not sure what to play next. With my computer down, a lot of those options are out. I’m still going to be working on the Ballad of Gay Tony, and I might pick up Pokemon White again. I think Gish would be fun to play as well as Samorost and Samorost 2 on my laptop. As for consoles when gem’s not around, I think I’ll put more time into Super Mario Galaxy 2!

May Update

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
I’ve been much more active now that I’m back in Carpe just because there are so many more people around. Also, with the 4.1 changes to heroics, I can do multiple heroics on my off days and still get valor points for all of them. I did four tonight with guildies, and it’s very nice to be able to do this! I should be able to buy a new piece of valor gear soon, and I only have a neck piece and two rings to buy as far as honor gear. Of course, I need honor enchants as well. I’m at ilvl 350 in PVE, but I haven’t done the new dungeons because I’m waiting for gem. In PVP gear I’m currently at 2.8k resilience. Also, I finished Children’s Week, and I love the new lore in the quests!
Portal 2
I managed to play through the single player campaign in Portal 2, and it was fantastic. It wasn’t as good as the original, but it was still amazingly great. I’m looking forward to playing co-op with gem as soon as she finishes the single-player campaign. Alex has also played it a few times at my house, and it’s even wonderful just to watch him play.
Hoard
I don’t really want to talk about this too much since I’m reviewing it for Game-Boyz, but I’ve been playing it too. It’s very fun, especially since each round is only about ten minutes.
Plants vs. Zombies
I finally got all the achievements in PvZ on iOS! The one I was missing was the achievement for getting all the plants. Of course, that was just a grind for money away! I kind of wish there was more to do in the game though. I know I could just play it for fun, but it’s more difficult to play when there isn’t a goal in mind. Even games that can’t be completed usually have a high score mode or something. Now this one is all done.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game
After all this time, I finally got to play Scott Pilgrim! I played with gem, Justina, and Collin. God, it is so much fun. It feels like such a great throw back to River City Ransom while containing modern gameplay mechanics and beautiful aesthetics. I can’t wait to finish it.
Rush
Rush is basically Chu Chu Rocket with more panels and a third dimension. I picked it up on Steam when it was on sale and have been having a lot of fun with it. I still have a lot of puzzles left to do, but it’s pretty interesting. There doesn’t seem to be any stages comparable to the arcade stages in CCR, but that’s okay, because the puzzles are fun.
Chu Chu Rocket
Speaking of Chu Chu Rocket, I started playing the iOS version of it again in an attempt to get more achievements. It has a lot of puzzles!
Capsized
Capsized is a new, indie platformer on Steam. I downloaded the demo and enjoyed it but haven’t yet purchased the full game. You move your character with WASD, aim with the mouse, and can shoot, jump, and interact with the environment in a few other ways. The game is gorgeous. Check out the screenshots here.
Mass Effect
I didn’t play this at all, but I did pick it up when it was on sale on Steam. I’m sure I’ll get to it eventually!
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
I found it! This had been lost for a couple months now I think, but I finally found the game today. Now I can get back to it.

April Game Update

Playing
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm for PC
I’ve been doing a heroic and BG most days now. I’ve received a lot of new gear, which is cool. After a lot of thought, I rejoined Carpe Flux Capacitor recently. It sucks to see Playground Brigade fall apart, but it’s nice to be back in Carpe. A couple weeks ago, BFF took me on their guild run of BWD, although I didn’t make any new progress. I have managed to break 80,000 HKs, get Cataclysmically Superior, and finish Hyjal though. Boy, Hyjal was a badass zone at the end there! And lots of cute quests involving animals too.
Surviving High School for iOS
While I haven’t been playing this as much, I’ve been playing through the weekly episode every week.
Anomaly: Warzone Earth for Steam
This is a game I’m reviewing for Game-Boyz, so I don’t want to talk about it too much here until after I post the review. I will say that it’s a reverse tower defense in which you control a line of units going on the offensive against stationary turrets. I beat it this morning, and I really enjoyed it. There’s a few bonus modes that I’d like to play more of before I call it quits on this game.
Hoard for Steam
Another Game-Boyz game that I can’t talk about too much. Even if I could though, I just started it. It’s a strategy game in which you play as a dragon attempting to hoard gold by destroying cities, scaring peasants into giving gold tributes, and kidnapping and ransoming princesses. Seems fun!
Plants vs. Zombies for iOS
I finally managed to finish the New Game+ mode in this and am working on the last achievement – unlock every plant. I still have a few more to unlock, but I’m sure I’ll get it soon since I’ve been playing it a lot in my down time.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 for WiiWare
I beat and reviewed this recently. It was a solid entry I think, and I enjoyed it. While I didn’t gather all the chaos emeralds, going after them really wasn’t that fun. I think I’m done with this one.
Stopped Playing
Mirror’s Edge for iOS
I’ve just grown bored of this. The levels are pretty repetitive and sometimes annoying. I’ll probably end up finishing it after a while through playing it in small chunks.
YumYumBoy for iOS
I’m still trying to post the review on this one, but Game-Boyz has been having some problems. I might pick it up from time to time, but I think I’m pretty much done with it.
Considerations
I picked up Portal 2, so obviously I want to play that more. I’d also really like to figure out where I put Force Unleashed 2 so I get back to it. I should probably get back to Ballad of Gay Tony and Johnny Platform’s Biscuit Romp as well. Further down the line, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and Rush all sound appealing. I purchased Unbound Saga, a brawler for XBLA recently and should probably check that out. I’ve also been wanting to play Scott Pilgrim and Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime when I get the chance.

End of March

Not a lot going on with gaming in the last half of March.
Playing
Homefront for PC
I’ve been putting time into this for the past couple weeks and finished it tonight. I enjoyed it. It had a lot of technical problems that kept it from being anywhere near the hype, but it was enjoyable nevertheless. The campaign was about six hours long or so – the perfect length for someone who only plays games once per week. If the story sounds intriguing and you don’t mind some annoyances, borrow it and give it a go. Don’t buy it.
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm for PC
Last week I got Cataclysm Dungeon Hero by finally doing the final heroic I needed, and tonight I unlocked the portal to Uldum, the last I needed. I still haven’t hit 80,000 honorable kills, but I’m very close. I’d like to start doing Algaloth weekly and maybe BGing daily.
Mirror’s Edge for iOS
Definitely worth the $1 I paid when it was on sale. This version is a side-scrolling platformer that’s played with one finger by swiping vertically and horizontally. It’s nothing amazing, but the atmosphere matches its console counterpart well. I’m enjoying it.
YumYumBoy for iOS
Here’s a puzzle game I’m reviewing. It should be done, but there’s a freeze on new posts to Game Boyz while we change hosts. More on this later then, I suppose.
Surviving High School for iOS
I can’t believe I’m playing a visual novel by EA. The game is about of a bunch of high school kids who try to date and get into trouble. It’s episodic and comes with a long (2-3 hours) campaign called Football Season. After finishing that, I looked at the other episodes. There are a few standalone episodes and sequels to Football Season as well as various numbered episodes that belong to seasons. I bought a sequel to Football Sequence taking place during college and didn’t like it as much. The numbered episodes each cost a dollar, but the game features a “now airing” episode, which is the newest episode every week, for free. I played through one of those and will probably continue playing the free one each week for a while.
Slacking
Pokémon White Version for DS
Nothing. I need to get back to it.
GTA4: The Ballad of Gay Tony for 360
If gem and I are ever off at the same time, I’ll play it more.
Johnny Platform’s Biscuit Romp for XBLIG
Too lazy to bring my 360 back upstairs.
Super Meat Boy for PC
Can’t find my PS3 controller.
The Force Unleashed II for PS3
Can’t find the game
Beat Hazard for PC
Couldn’t find my PS3 controller, but I’m not sure I would have touched this anyways. Am I done with it?
Infinity Blade, Doodle Lab 101, Angry Birds for iOS
Nada
To Play Later
So many things running through my mind! I need to finish the Layton series, and I’m only on the second Phoenix Wright. I know I should play Demon’s Souls and finish Mad World since it’s short. There are a bunch of newish Wii games to play – DKC Returns, A Shadow’s Tale, Epic Mickey, and Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Lately what I’ve been thinking about the most though are Golden Sun, Psychonauts, and Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee. I’ll need to replay Golden Sun to properly import into Golden Sun 2 though. Phooey.

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.

Elite in Beat Hazard!

Steam Community :: Beat Hazard :: TheUser
I finally hit the Elite rank in Beat Hazard today! I say finally, but I think I’ve only clocked a couple hours in the game. Still, I think it’s a really terrific game. In the last two days I also managed to snag the Brutal Boss Kill achievement for killing a boss before it fires, the Go Platinum achievement for scoring a million points in a single track, and the I’m Just Starting achievement for reaching five minutes in Survival Mode.

Conclave of Wind and Chimaeron



Conclave of Wind and Chimaeron, originally uploaded by theuser.

Last night we downed the Conclave of Wind and Chimaeron, putting us at
3/6 BWD N, 2/4 BoT N, and 1/2 TotFW N, half way through the normal
difficulty content. They were both fairly interesting fights I
thought. Staying so split up for the Conclave of Wind was interesting,
even though Elizabeth and I just hung out on one platform for the
majority of the fight. It was fun though! And it was fun chatting
during low points of the fight. The Skywall is gorgeous, and I love
being there.
One platform gave a stacking debuff that you’d clear by going to a
different platform for a period of time, but you also wanted to be on
that platform at a certain time. I was annoyed that people had trouble
understanding that some people, by nature of when we were telling them
to initially go to that platform, did not have time to go at the
designated time, get stacks, leave, drop stacks, and get back in time
for the next designated time. Eventually we changed strategies that
allowed them to start on that platform earlier, giving them time to
leave and get back in time for split-damage AOE, and that worked well.
But of course, the super awesome team consisting of me and Elizabeth
was awesome anyways.
Chimaeron went really smoothly once Corey and I were actually focusing
on different groups rather than accidentally healing the same group.
This fight has a mechanic that forces all incoming attacks on players
that are over 10K health to bring the player to 1 HP at the least. In
other words, they might be higher than 1 HP, but it won’t kill them as
long as they’re over 10K. This makes it interesting because people
only need to be at 10K HP or above, not anywhere near topped off on
health, which also means that I can spend ridiculous amounts of mana
actually using Flash Heal, my fast but inefficient heal, because I
only need to quickly get them to 10K.
So far, I’m loving the difficulty of Cataclysm raids I think. We’re
making progress every night. Most fights (not all) have still provided
a challenge during which we wipe repeatedly, which is of course good
because I want to work for kills. But I like that we’re still
progressing each night. I don’t want to raid nightly, and I don’t want
to be super hardcore, but I do want to see these raids to the end. I
haven’t seen what others are saying about the current tier or raiding,
so I’m not sure if the consensus is that it’s easy or how it compared
to the start of Wrath. Remember that I only started raiding in 3.3.
Hardcore raiders who want more of a challenge have heroic mode
anyways, so I feel like having normal mode be at a pace that actually
let’s us move through it without weeks spent at the same boss is good.

Grim Batol



Grim Batol, originally uploaded by theuser.

How long are heroics supposed to last? I know they take longer in
Cataclysm than they did at the end of Wrath. An hour? An hour and a
half? Two hours and forty minutes when gem and I queued for a random
heroic. It was our second heroic, but our first was with the guild.
After two hours we had switched a lot of players because they kept
leaving, and only one other DPS stayed with us. One tank even yelled
at me (a disc priest) for DPSing when I should have been healing.
Clearly he hasn’t heard of Atonement. Also, it’s hard to heal the tank
when I have to heal DPS that make mistakes. Anyways, we brought Collin
in to tank and then things went a lot more smoothly.
While that might have been particularly bad, I still can’t see myself
wanting to do a 45 minute heroic after work. I suspect I’ll be doing
most of my gearing during my days off.

Cataclysm, Force Unleashed 2, Super Meat Boy, Beat Hazard

Video games. I feel like I live in their culture but spend very little time playing them.
Cataclysm
I finally hit 85 recently and even met some guildies I didn’t know at a party at my place the other day. Very cool guys! I haven’t even done all the normal instances nor have I tried the new battlegrounds, but I enjoyed the instances I did. Moving the quest givers inside the instances is a fantastic change. I still feel like I’m not sure what’s going on in some of the instances. That said, I only quested in Vashj’ir, and the Throne of the Tides probably felt the coolest to me. I guess the instances are better when I have the lore of the zones backing them up.
Speaking of zones, I still think there are too many quests. Blizzard did a great job making new and interesting quests, but there’s too much padding. Every quest should have some meaning and progress the story in a meaningful way. But I do enjoy the new Orgrimmar quite a bit even if Hellscream won’t even consider a peaceful existence. I’m curious to see where the story will go, but I’m okay with him in the game (even if I wouldn’t care for his politics in real life). Also, “Thrall’s balls” and “Hellscream’s eyes are upon you” are great lines. I’ve always really enjoyed the difficulty of healing and how I need to use many more spells than I previously did.
Force Unleashed 2
Edward bought this game for me for Christmas, and I’ve enjoyed it so far. It’s very similar to the first one. I really enjoy how much it feels like I’m in Star Wars. It’s obviously a bit of a button masher, but I’m not always looking for a deep game. In Force Unleashed 2 I’ve found a good way to allow me to feel like I’m in the Star Wars universe, really throwing around my lightsaber and using cool force powers. The way the quick time events play out to kill certain larger enemies is always the same, which is disappointing, but I’m definitely having fun. I also love the cutscenes progressing the story and the cool transitions.
Super Meat Boy
I haven’t been putting as much time into this as I’d like, but it’s definitely a well designed platformer. I loved N and N+, and Super Meat Boy fits in quite nicely. It has superb graphics, music, and bits of polish. Of course it’s very challenging, but it doesn’t make me angry like bad people in WoW do.
Beat Hazard
Beat Hazard, which features procedurally generated levels based on music, is fantastic. Not only is it fun, but it also provides me with entertainment in short bursts, and I don’t always have a lot of time to play video games. While I’m definitely behind all of my roommates in terms of progress, I am nearing the final rank. Yay!

Various Things

Hello world!
Today felt like a good day for the most part! That’s always a plus. The store was super busy for a while, and I spent a while in music. Things went fairly well though, which is always a confidence boost.
I played Agricola a few days ago with some friends. It’s a board game focused on farming with the goal of having a balanced farm. I scored 25 while my friends scored in the 40s. Oh well! Next time I might actually know how to play, because I didn’t grok it until a couple hours into it.
I finished Daredevil Visionaries – Frank Miller Vol. 2, collecting issues #168-182, which was really good. I never realized how totally awesome Daredevil was, and I can thank Kyle at work for getting me interested.
Lately I’ve felt in the mood to watch some movies or television but wasn’t sure what to watch. I prefer funny over serious usually, and the only thing funny I still had was Sex and the City. I watched two episodes and thought it was pretty bad. I think it’s supposed to be empowering towards women, but the show trivializes sex. Then last night I started asking for suggestions for movies and watching more Sex and the City. Three more episodes into the series, and I think I’m liking it, although I dislike how it portrays sex. I know, that’s kind of weird considering that’s what the show is about.
Anyways, recommended movies were But I’m a Cheerleader, Little Miss Sunshine, My Best Friend’s Girl, Couples Retreat, and Private Benjamin. I had seen the first two but not the last three, so I’m going to try to watch those soon. (Side note: After getting the recommendations, I claimed that I thought Little Miss Sunshine was okay. And just now I checked my movie log, and I gave it a 10/10. It doesn’t seem to hold up in my memory, but I must have enjoyed it a lot when I watched it. Odd.) Today when Andy found out that I had watched more Sex and the City, he gave me a stack of DVDs – Social Network, Archer Season One, Community Season One, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season One, and Inception. I’ve already seen Inception, but the rest I want to see. I wasn’t too interested in the Social Network, but everyone keeps raving about it, so I’ll give it a go.
So what did I watch? Well, tonight I actually watched But I’m a Cheerleader. Every other time I’ve watched it, it was on television and I was interrupted, so I wanted to watch it straight through. Evening though I knew where the story was going, I still felt kind of sick about some of the shit in the beginning. But then love blossoms and it’s okay. I like that movie a lot, and it’s also important to me because of the circumstances surrounding it when I first saw it in high school.
And last night I hit level 85 in World of Warcraft. Now to grind dungeons so I can start grinding heroics so I can raid!
Edit: Been using Tumblr even more. Damn it. Also logged into Deviant Art for the first time in years. Over 9000 (*giggle) notifications.

Cataclysm U.S. Launch Party

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One-hundred thirty-three days. That’s how long I’ve spent actually logged in to my main character in the World of Warcraft. Four hours. That’s how long I had to wait for the release of the newest expansion, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm after getting off work last night. I was definitely excited. Many of the game changes had already occurred in the last patch. I knew I probably wouldn’t see any new content that night because I’d likely go to sleep after purchasing it. But I couldn’t help it. As a World of Warcraft player, the excitement was there in me. It should have been a holiday.

I wrote a piece about the Cataclysm launch over at Gameboyz!

BlizzCon 2010

I never got around to writing about BlizzCon, so I’ll try to write a short version of the event here.

 
Thursday I went with gem, Shaun, and his friend to pick up our tickets. It didn’t take as long as I expected it to take. We waited less than two hours – longer than ComicCon’s processing but much shorter than Anime Expo.
On Friday I met with Antonio and we headed to BlizzCon together. We spent most of the day hanging out together. Unfortunately my phone died, so keeping in contact with people was difficult. We managed to get gem in that day too, which was cool. For the most we watched panels. Learning about the Diablo III was great, and the WoW lore panel was very interesting. I loved hearing more about Thrall! I saw the costume competition but missed the dance competition because I went with Shaun and his friends to Medieval Times. We took a limo over there, which was interesting, and the dinner and show was excellent. We had chicken, tomato soup, bread, ribs, and a apple-pie-croissant-thing for dessert. Tasty! The show was really exciting. Thoroughly enjoyable evening!
On Saturday we spent more time just wandering around. We also got to watch some of the arena tournament. I got really into it and will definitely watch more in the future. We spent a few hours watching and then headed back to the main part of the hall for the Tenacious D concert. I really enjoyed it! The Metal came on stage to dance during the song and even battled the Lich King when he came out! Luckily they became friends! Afterwards I checked the D3 lines, but they were really long. We decided to end the evening by taking a picture with the orc/wolf statue. There were two guys there who apparently were going around posing as each statue and taking pictures. They asked me to take a picture of them I did, and then they asked if we were going to check out any of the game. I said that I wanted to see D3 but that the lines were too long. He proceeded to point to his employee badge and said we could go play together. It was pretty cool! We did some 3-on-2 Diablo III PVP with them! Antonio, gem, and I really sucked! But still, it was a lot of fun. I’m really looking forward to D3 and now the PVP as well!
Over the next week, we also went back to watch more of the stream. We finished up watching some of the WoW tournament. aAa won, but I was hoping Complexity Red would win. Too bad! And I also got my sweet Deathy pet and Deathling Figure Print! In summary, BlizzCon 2010 – really cool!

Trip Details

I’ve been back from my trip to Dallas for a little over a week and never really talked about it here. I guess I should.
THQ invited me to Dallas last weekend to check out their new game, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011. I left early Saturday morning from John Wayne and got in around noon. Airport procedure is so simple and easy now. Before I had ever flown, airports seemed hectic from what I knew from TV. It was a big lie! Anyways, a car picked me up from Dallas Fort Worth and took me to the hotel. I checked in at the Sheraton and then decided to find lunch. There was a Whataburger not far from the hotel so I looked up how to get there. The metro line had a stop right next to the hotel and another close to Whataburger. The trip didn’t take long, and I was excited to try what I heard compared repeatedly to In-n-Out. It was alright but not really anything like In-n-Out. California wins! After getting back to the hotel, I took a nap before the event.

 
At 6:30 I met the THQ representatives downstairs. After signing an NDA they took us to the event. There was a short presentation followed by food, drinks, and game playing. The food was super delicious! There were all sorts of burgers, sandwiches, and chips. There were chicken burgers, mushroom vegetarian burgers, and Kobe beef burgers. I suspect the Kobe burgers were Kobe-style and not actual Kobe beef. The chips were really good and included sweet potato chips! There was also a delicious turkey sandwich served on a muffin rather than sliced bread or bun. I can’t remember everything that was there because there was a lot, but it was all really good. Unfortunately they didn’t have soft drinks. A lot of the other journalists were rather upset by this. I was surprised by how few people were willing to drink beer. Sadly the beer was limited to the usual large, domestic beers, but it was still okay. While playing the game, people would come around to refill drinks and offer more food, including cheescake lollipops, chocolate cake/fudge bites, and more. That’s the life – playing games one foot from a big, HD screen while someone comes around with sweets and beer. (I’d prefer soda though of course). My preview of the game is at Game Boyz, so read it there if you’re interested. After getting back to the hotel, I read Eragon before going to sleep.
On Sunday I didn’t have anything to do until 5:00! I had a coupon for $5 off a meal in the hotel because I declined room cleaning, so I went down to the buffet for lunch. It was good but nothing special really. Then I took the metro down to check out the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza where JFK was assassinated. I spent a little time at the memorial and exploring around the few blocks near there before going to the museum proper. I wasn’t expecting the museum to be so powerful. I’m not sure how to describe it really. Usually I don’t care about these things. A man who did some good things was killed. He was murdered just like many other people are murdered daily. It’s sad, but it’s hard to feel sad over it when it’s so common, especially when it all happened before I was born. But when I was actually there at the site of shooting learning about it, it really hit me. Of course I’m not saying that I sit around crying over it now or anything. I’m just saying… you should go if you’re ever in that area. I think it’s good to see. You can see the place from which Oswald fired in the museum (then the Texas School Book Depository), and the places in the street at which JFK was hit have been marked. I even went out to the Grassy Knoll (which, sadly, reminded me of Clone High.
After rushing back to the hotel, I checked in with the THQ representatives before getting on a shuttle to go to the America Airlines Center, an arena in Dallas. We were watching a wrestling match, Hell in a Cell 2010. Honestly, it was incredibly fake and stupid. I spent the whole time IMing Shaun and Andy on my phone, making fun of it. But it was strangely entertaining. It’s like bad anime. The story is kind of interesting, but it was full of really long fight scenes that should have been condensed! Also it reminded me of Pokemon. One fight was between someone named Cena and a member of a group called The Nexus. The Nexus seriously looked like Team Rocket. If Cena lost, he’d join Nexus, but if he won, Nexus would disband. I joked that apparently Cena had to join Team Rocket and do Nexus runs if he lost. It was pretty entertaining actually. I don’t think I’d go out of my way to watch, but I’d be happy to attend again if my ticket was once again paid for!
And then on Monday it was back to the airport! The car that took me to the airport also took a writer from GamingNexus.com and the PS3 lead from IGN. They were both pretty coo, and I traded business cards with the writer from Gaming Nexus so we could stay in contact. All in all, a really great weekend!

More Games

Before I head to sleep, I thought I’d make one more post. I haven’t been playing a lot lately. Obviously I’m still raiding in WoW. I’ve done RS 10/25 on normal and am 1/12 ICC 25 H, 12/12 ICC 25 N, 8/12 ICC 10 H, and 12/12 ICC 10 N. In Ulduar, I’ve reached YS but haven’t downed him.
I did Zalazane’s Fall, which was really, really cool! With the 4.0 patch already on the background downloader, I really need to push though. I need to put all my time into Loremaster. I really wanted to see the Alliance side of old world as well, not to mention doing the Battle for Undercity as an Alliance character. And obviously, I want my ICC and Ulduar drakes. I know gem really wanted Shadowmourne, but I don’t think it’ll happen. OS 3D 25 drake, Onyxia drake, Mimiron’s Head, and the ZG mounts sure would be cool too (haha yeah right). I need to at least grind rep with Zandalar Tribe and do Stratholme runs. So much to do.
Other than that, I started playing through Gears of War again a bit after reading the novels. I’m playing on the middle difficulty this time, which is challenging (but I’m still progressing steadily). I also need to play Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Alien Swarm and finish BlazBlue, Mad World, and Demon’s Souls.
Lots of new games coming out soon and a few just came out. Ivy the Kiwi? and Progressor Layton 3 and the Unwound Future both came out recently. Sonic Colors, Dead Rising 2, A Shadow’s Tale, Vanquish, The Force Unleashed 2, LittleBigPlanet 2, Sonic 4 Episode 1, Epic Mickey, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, Donkey Kong Counry Returns, and Cataclysm all come out soon. I’m also still hoping that Aliens: Colonial Marines and Six Days in Fallujah are released.
And then there are further off releases like Portal 2, inFamous 2, The Last Guardian, Ico/SotC remakes, The Old Republic, and Guild Wars 2.
I wish I had more time to play these.

LK 25 and Halion 25 Down



LK 25 and Halion 25 Down, originally uploaded by theuser.

Saturday night a handful of CFC members, including gem and me, joined
MOONSHINE in downing Arthas in Icecrown Citadel 25 and Halion in Ruby
Sanctum 25! I wasn’t expecting this progression for quite a while! Of
course, there’s always more to do. HM ICC 10 and 25 would be great, as
would achievements for the drake. Ulduar clear and ToGC are also high
on my list of things to do! I’m super happy I got Arthas down in 25
though. MOONSHINE has some great people, and I’m glad they brought us.

WoW and Lynx

I’ve been playing a few games recently. Besides World of Warcraft, I’ve been playing a few different Lynx games. I’ve also been playing some PSP games and a couple console games.
In WoW, I’m now 12/12 ICC 10, 7/12 ICC 10H, and 11/12 ICC 25. I’ve done RS 10 but still haven’t finished 25. I also broke 6k gs yesterday!
As for Lynx games, I’m getting pretty far in Chip’s Challenge. I think I’m about one-third of the way through the game. While I’ve definitely playe more of CC than any other Lynx games, I’ve also put some time into Gates of Zendocon and Todd’s Adventures in Slime World.
I picked up The Club a bit ago for less than $10. It was the first game I purchased since last summer. I enjoyed the more arcade-y take on third-person shooters. I haven’t played around in it much after beating it. I also tried to finish Mad World, but I’m pretty lazy, and the boss battles require a lot of shaking.
Okay, I’m fallng asleep. Good night.

Backlog

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)