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Apr
23
PermalinkDay 79, 80, 81..... Where in the world is RAWR?!
I'm not sure many people noticed.... but Rawr was MIA over the weekend

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She got squished by a truck... not sure what she was doing out on the road... silly Rawr

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Just kidding... although I did witness a very gnarly accident on the motorway on the way home from dinner at my parents.... I was in the inside lane while a speeding boy racer going way too fast flanked the outside of the slow lane only to wrap himself around a light post and spin out into someone in the slow lane.... the light post fell across the motorway in a flash of light and electricity sparks... good thing I have great breaks and the guy behind wasn't up my ass and I could stop in time and the guy behind me managed to stop too (just)... it all happened so fast and narrowly missed my car and I had to drive right up to the center median to get around the fallen light and some debris.... glass shards crunching under my wheels and the suddenness of everything and being a state of shock I drove very slowly past the car at fault and saw two teenage boys with nothing but fright on their faces very much alive and not bleeding and a few people behind had pulled over to help them... knowing I'm not much use in those situations and with dog in tow I decided it was best I move along and keep going... shaken and very much still in shock I drove home a little slower and much more carefully... as I recounted the evenings events to the folks still around in late night party chat, I felt a little less guilty for driving off without stopping.

That is pretty much the most interesting thing that happened over the weekend...

As for neglecting my blog... I felt a little worse for wear after this weeks podcast recording and feeling like all the extra add on activities around my gaming taking a bit of a toll... I felt obliged to get it done and viewed it all much like a chore rather than something I choose to do for the love of it...
I just needed to let that feeling pass... I found myself just having more fun procrastinating and playing for the enjoyment of games than for gamerscore (although looking back the points came pretty steady too

So I kicked up my feet and took the weekend off...

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It wasn't quite the tropical beach get away but I feel recharged enough to get another uninterrupted block of daily blogging under my belt... so here's to another 65-80 days of daily musings.

Finding a little head room for myself was nice... but it caused me to focused on the situations that I can't do anything about and the knowing no matter what I do or how hard I try... the issues bigger than myself that are out of my control will remain unchanged...

So hours of mind numbing Price is Right felt like the perfect game to my melancholy mood.... peppered with fun bits of Saints Row the Third with Stoph and some Rainbow Vegas Six 2 with EliteEdawg420... and finding myself in the middle of an impromptu BL4CK SiLv4 and McTennisD Spades sandwich all made for welcome distractions...

I also had the pleasure of real people company to help me with some local multiplayer Price is Right which I witnessed first hand how much the kinect doesn't like people who are not 5ft'4 inches (164cm) wearing short shorts.... apparently even signing in for anyone over 6ft is a mission and a half...
I feel like every time I ask anyone to play Kinect with me I risk showing people out how truly annoying I really am multiplied by the annoying factor of the things I need them to do and the inability for the kinect to work right for anyone not my height... I feel like I risk real life relationships and sanity for a few more Kinect required gamerscore.
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In my last blog I was talking about RB3 and being mad at Harmonix for all the new peripherals... just a reminder to all those unfamilar with the saga of plastic music games... Harmonix doesn't just mean Rock band once upon a time they made Guitar hero two / too!

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Apr
19
PermalinkDay 78 - Holding out, on the good games
So I think a few people are surprised I only started Kinect Sports today...

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But Its not that I haven't played it I've thrown it on at social gatherings and I often have a game or two with my Dad when I'm round at my parents house. So I've been in contact with the game just not earning achievements in it... till this morning

Of course I like it... its made by Rare, its polished and it works well... Its most fun with other people around and the sports included translates to a wide international audience as well as spanning generations.

I only just realized how much my Dad has played this game... considering I played for almost two hours this morning and I only just reached level 5 (its a sliding scale).... He hit level 100 about a month ago... I can't wait to put a little more in to this game.

Finding motivation after a chaotic day at work to play much of anything was a tall order... to prove how apathetic and lazy I was I played what was in the disk tray... which was more Price is Right... facepalm I tried to pick off the low hanging fruit but it clear that game is a long haul grind.... but I am starting to get the hang of the lists I need to Ctrl+F... I'm also getting better at getting $1 on the Showcase spin....The game as a concept for an HOUR long TV show still sounds like a flop and as boring as watching someone reading off their grocery receipt. I'm amazed and shocked what passes for entertainment to the masses.

Distracted by the promise of amazing things... I busted out some Stereoscopic 3d glasses and I was not disappointed...

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No spoilers so I won't talk about it anymore other than it takes a very special game for me to spend an hour with it after I have all the achievements... and to wear cardboard glasses with plastic film lenses.

Lastly in a moment of durpy DUHness this box covered in brown paper showed up at my office...

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deflecting many quizzical looks and answering "whats that?" by my co-workers and family with "something for my house" and promptly changing the subject I rushed home to rip open my new Keytar.

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I bought it dirt cheap as a MightApe deal of the day.... only to remember I don't actually own Rock Band 3... I was so annoyed with Harmonix demanding players buy so many new (expensive) peripherals this late in the life cycle of plastic instruments to "complete" the RB3 and vowed to show my disapproval with my wallet... I then semi-perma-borrowed my friend copy who was bored after 5 seconds and I guess I must have given the game back to him at some point only to remember standing in front of my bookshelf realizing I don't actually own RB3... rather anti-climatic I found a home for a boxed RB3 Keyboard near my bookcase waiting for some day in the near future.
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I'm impressed with how many of you guys managed to decipher it!

I had a funny conversation with Nick.... A collector of all things Xbox Retail.

me: but can you work out why I picked it
me: Kinect Sports is the clue
Nick: nope
me:: they are both Rare
Nick : whaaaaaaaaaaaaaa?
Nick : NOOOOOO its not!
Nick : I could walk into a store and buy both of those
Nick : ohhhhhhhhhhhhh
Nick : I geddit :D
me: omg
me: you are so fail
Nick : your fault
Nick : MADE BY Rare*

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Apr
19
PermalinkDay 77 - Mystery Mail!
Recently I promised Eff GX that I would give Rise of Nightmares another shot

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Seeing as its something I have very few points in, and being a Kinect game, survival horror, all things I like... but I also like bubblegum and steak but not at the same time... and Rise of Nightmares is a bit like that... Its very slow paced and lots of cutscenes (someone please tell me if you can how to skip them?) and not a whole lot going on... I just want to kill some goddamn zombies...

It feels like a clumsy cheap SAW game knockoff... without the puzzles... the zombie baddies are rather bland and there are a multitude of crappy weapons that only last a few kills... the game even makes you fish around a bloody toilet bowl with your bare hand for a key....and the controls.. well they are shocking... yes you can be "on rails" but more often than not you have to go and back track around for a key or a switch "freehand" which is atrocious and to point out how drunkenly bad the "walking around" is there are spikes on walls and puddles of electrified water which are insta-death and avoiding them are a challenge more than the zombies....

I question who wrote the story too... as this is was the original reason I tossed it in the pile of unloved games.... it feels like what an American thinks Europe is like without having ever been... one moment people are speaking Romanian the next Russian, then German and so on... but everyone is able to speak with badly accented English with accurate grammar... and often as with F-grade horror movies the protagonist puts himself in to stupid situations basically trying to get killed. But this is taking liberties which mock you trying to suspend disbelief long enough to enjoy a survival horror.... and to further my case the writer is uninspired the zombies feature the hot mess zombie nurse, the Lolita zombie and a myriad of buff beach boys with robot parts... not really the most ground breaking stuff.

Enough sub mediocre game bashing... Stallion83 is about as lucky as they get.... without even looking at the screen or trying AT ALL he managed to get the highest ratio luck based achievement in Price Is Right... Knowing my luck I will still be at it when he celebrates getting his 1 millionth point.... two nights in a row of TPIR is doing my brain in... I seek stimulation and this weeks phone game is only avail to USA live users, So I started Max and the Magic Marker... its cute and looks fun and doable... but I can't stop pressing the face buttons and going back to the home screen or bing... no matter which way up my phone is... and I like to think I have fairly petite fingers so for those who have great big man sausage fingers I might give this one a skip :/

Now on to the amazing cool news FRENCHDAWG sent me my very own copy of Kinect Sport Season1....

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For those of you who don't know... my Dad who has taken a keen interest in Kinect in particular Kinect Sport Season 1 and Perma-borrowed my copy (along with an old elite and my second kinect)... its *supposed* to be on loan and hes *supposed* to be able to come and swap it for ANYTHING in my rather extensive collection... but he insists that he needs to keep up his Ping Pong domination.... he plays daily and has created a second account as his first gamertag got to level 100 and found the level cap... my Dad told me the other day... "those other "warnings" they are coming back now I made a new account to play Kinect Sports..." by "warnings" he was talking about achievement notifications laugh

But I will be giving KS1 some well over due attention thanks FRENCHDAWG!

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Entirely underrated as a game and written off by most as "just another movie tie in" but its really good and I loved it!!... and not just because its a PC stack too!
It also Tron *EVOLUTION* so I thought I'd pay homage to all those of you out there getting your Trials Evolution fix
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Posted by phatal1ty on 19 April 12 at 00:17 | There are 6 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.
Apr
17
PermalinkDay 76 - The Price is Strange....
I don't really know anything about "Price is right"

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Thanks to some TA user matching and a handy dandy countdown timer Stallion83 and I managed to figure out timezones without as much drama as usual AND find two others who wanted to play some Price Is Right.
Cheers for hanging without with us HazeMonster and Matty to tha G !!!

"Price Is Right" is a foreign concept to me and if you asked me would this work as a show I'd guess no... it sounds retarded... 4 contestants guessing the price of cheese or a trip to Spain... it makes no sense.

I've escaped watching a single episode for 27 years but I think I might have to change that now, to understand wtf is going on... as far as I can tell the entire game is largely luck based, which makes for some pretty arse boost session... saving grace for losing on purpose I guess.

Perhaps I live in a bubble where the price is somewhat irreverent, as I do 90% of my shopping online... groceries even... whatever price is the cheapest between the major online retailers dictates what I know and nothing else really matters... I tend to forget the price of things fairly quickly too... most people would remember the price of a pair of shoes or jacket... not me.. I can't even remember the price I paid for my last car (my current car is fleet lease from work)

I'm not oblivious to money... I shop around... and I am price sensitive to lots of things... I passed up on Self Defense Coach for $25nzd... I'm sure I can snag that for less... that or I don't want Self Defense Coach that badly... the last time it saw my disk tray it went right back to the store.

I can't begin to tell you guys how much I appreciate it when I get a heartfelt PM or comment how my doodles and words can entertain you guys for a moment of your day. Its the fuel that keeps me going.

I was asked if I have formal training in art, the short answer is not really I took art and art history in high school and that was about it. I attended animation camp during school holidays but that was not nearly as exciting as it sounds... I had someone who knows me very well once ask me "Why do you draw like a 3 year old now? You make real art... what happened?"

So I thought I'd share a random piece from a scrap book... I have a whole box full of bound notebooks with sketches and junk and notes and scribbles

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I just thought it was a really funny cover... its the same dude three times on the cover... in some pretty budget acting poses... not even Doug Williams is that much of a ego maniac.

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Apr
16
PermalinkDay 75 - Having a day job
Oh no! Real life blog alert....

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Seeing as I did little in the way of interesting gaming last night, I finished FEZ which took me the better part of 6hrs and then I watched it while napping waiting for the clock to give up its anti bricks for 3ish hours... The game is entirely amazing and I'm a little sad its over (only good games gives you that feeling) even if my last 10hrs was collectible hunting... And I got really intimate with my inability to compute Left and Right, something in my brain is wired wrong.

If you enjoyed the music from FEZ or just enjoy some chill electronica check this out for three free tracks

I figured it time to do an entry about my real life... So for those of you who don't know I work in optics... sunglasses, reading glasses, prescription frames and lenses, etc.we stock the gas station, dollar store stuff right though to the high end brands that are $600-800 a pair and everything in between..... Its pretty boring stuff but its a family business (and it pays well... ) Our company doesn't deal with the end consumer.... So its pretty relaxed and I only deal with a small part of our clients.... I come to work in shorts and a teeshirt or ripped up jeans with a hoodie depending on the weather.

I also get to bring my furbag with me...hes got a pretty sweet crate next to my desk. (there are three different doggy beds in there)

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Its where he stores all the gloves he steals from around the office and warehouse. Kaha has a scrat like obsession with gloves... if you leave one of these out...

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even at desk height he will nip off with it and run away and hide it in his crate. If you put a pair on and look him in the eye he will play fight for them and run away with it as soon has he steals it off your hands... hes pretty crafty with it too now. I could easily train him to ignore gloves but its a funny quirk and it does no harm... its good for him to "do" something with his brain.

This is a custom oversize pair that we got a batch made for store window displays for Christmas....

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I hope that didn't bore you to sleep

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One of my favorite racing games, mostly since its set in Hawaii and I love and miss Hawaii a lot. Its well worth a look in if you like driving games... even if you don't try this on for size and you might be surprised.

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