Thursday, May 28, 2009

Wtf chkdsk

My XP HDD is chkdsk-ing and Im like WTF OMG BBQ. Blog fail.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Raiden IV Coming to 360

"No, not that Raiden. Raiden IV, the top down scrolling shmup released in Japan for the Xbox 360 last year year is headed to North America, courtesy of publisher UFO Interactive.

The publisher has confirmed to 1UP (and does a new ESRB rating) that the most recent entry in the long-running Raiden shooter series will grace these shores in August. With Raiden Fighters Aces just recently released by publisher Valcon for the Xbox 360, this will be a very Raiden year.

If you're new to the Raiden series, make sure to pick up the budget priced compilation prior to Raiden IV's domestic release, so you can be up to speed on the series deep story, which tells the tale of thousands of things being shot by jets and explosions happening."

-Michael McWhertor of

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Beast Is Unleashed

Did you see the Project Trico video below? You see the chain tying that animal down? Thats what was just cut off the leg of The Beast, aka Alex Rodriguez. All the BS surrounding him, about steroids, his hip injury, his fling with Madonna, his wife and his divorce, everything was cut free the day he started playing baseball again. You can hear it in the postgame interviews. "Im just happy to be playing baseball."

Happy is right. After hitting a game trying, bottom of the ninth 2 run homerun in prelude to yet another Yankees comeback win about 40 minutes ago, Arod's season statistics are frightening: 10 hits. 7 home runs. A clean .400 on base percentage. And people just dont want to pitch to him. Brad Lidge, who is by all accounts one of the best closers in the game, started Arod out with 5 hard sliders, all diving down in the zone. On the 6th pitch, a 3-2 count, he threw a high outside fastball, the thinking being whatever you do dont come inside to this guy.

But Arod just doesnt care. Hes not like other power hitters. His power is vast, nearly omnipotent, and multidirectional. He waited on the high outside fastball and went with it, sending a screaming line drive the opposite way into the right field seats. Tie ball game. Stadium explodes. Lidge deflates. Cano gets a hit. Steals second. Melky doubles. Game over. Yankees Win! (John Sterling voice): Thaaaaaaaaaa Yankees win - in highly dramatic fashion, yet again.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Youtube/Blogger Acting Weird On Me

OK, so I really wanted to post something really effing cool from youtube, but its not posting no matter how many times I try. This happened to me once before with Blogger and Youtube, and eventually all the videos showed up at once. So, when the blog looks totally broken, you know it will be working normally again shortly. Obviously.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Trippy Unreal 3 Mod

DM-Spectrum from Matthew Bradley on Vimeo.

The best part of PC gaming can be summed up in one word: mods.

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Drug War: NYT Clueless on Afganistan

By Gretchen Peters, author of Seeds of Terror: How Heroin Is Bankrolling the Taliban and Al Qaeda

LINK - From The New York Times

So far, Western-led efforts to fight the opium trade in Afghanistan have focused mainly on eradicating poppy crops, a policy that has done little to hamper the drug lords and simply victimized poppy farmers and poor sharecroppers who work the land. As the Obama administration overhauls strategy in Afghanistan, installing Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top commander, the focus of antidrug efforts should be on the smugglers and drug processors.

First, there must be stepped-up efforts to take down powerful traffickers like Mr. Khan and to cut off the Taliban’s opium profits, which the United Nations calculates to be worth $400 million a year. Their greatest earnings don’t come at the farming level, but from protecting shipments leaving farm areas and taxing drug refineries.

A good start would be using air attacks to destroy drug convoys carrying opium on smuggling trails toward the Pakistani border, using the same infrared technology employed along the Mexican border to avoid hitting civilian vehicles. Working with local law enforcement, NATO forces must also establish checkpoints along major arteries and border crossings and search all vehicles for drugs — even those belonging to senior Afghan government officials and their relatives. Taliban warriors may be able to slip over the mountainous borders in secret, but large drug shipments often go by road.

In October, NATO gave its commanders a mandate to destroy drug refineries, but many have been reluctant to do so. Not only should they take the offensive, but they should put an emphasis on arresting the chemists and other specialists operating the labs, who are difficult to replace. Some NATO nations in the Afghan coalition have placed restrictions on their troops that prevent them from participating in American-led counternarcotics operations. That’s short-sighted, given that Afghan heroin tends to end up on European streets. Until such restrictions are dropped, troops from those nations should be deployed to provide security, freeing up American and Afghan soldiers for combat linked to the opium trade.

In addition, until Afghanistan’s notoriously weak judiciary and police can be reformed, we should bring any major smugglers to the United States for trial, as was done with Mr. Khan.

Stopping the drug flow is only half the battle: the money flows along separate routes from the opium, and disrupting financial flows may be tougher. To that end, Washington should subsidize efforts to regulate both Afghanistan’s bank transfers and the informal hawala network, the subcontinent’s unregulated version of the Western Union. Most hawala transfers are legitimate — Western aid groups in Afghanistan, for example, use it to send funds to rural field offices. But the system also moves drug money. The Treasury Department has put together a sound proposal that would not add costs for those using the hawala system but would allow the authorities to track who sent how much money, and to whom.

My Letter To The Editor:

I am extremely disappointed The New York Times decided to publish the opinion of Gretchen Peters regarding The War on Drugs in Afganistan. Despite travelling to the country in question and attempting an interview, she fails to provide any insight or new information about the subject. What she does provide, however, is a disturbing rehash of the failed policies we have employed in the War on Drugs in this country. That somehow, by using gang war tactics ("A good start would be using air attacks to destroy drug convoys") we can bully the growers and sellers and distributers of narcotics into ceasing their operations and going and getting a job at Walmart instead.

But Afganistan doesnt have a Walmart. It doesnt have almost any of the hallmarks of a 21st Century, 1st world society - including a solid educational system or a strong job market. The idea that somehow we can bully these people into giving up the one trade that pays for everything - and has for hundreds of years - is preposterous. We cant win The War on Drugs in our own country - a 21st century society with all the trimmings - so what, besides hubris, makes Gretchen Peters think we can win it in Afganistan, where its becoming increasingly obvious that we cant control anything?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Punch Out! IGN Review

Looks fantastic remake of the original game.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Battlestations Pacific GT Review

"Incredibly engaging and fun; with easily over 50 hours of play."

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Contra ReBirth: Level 1 Gameplay

Contra has been reborn just like Gradius, and if what Im seeing in the video is any indication, this will be insane coop fun on the Wii.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

IGN Infamous Review

This game kinda came out of nowhere to be really awesome.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2: Teaser

FPS and shooting game expert James Bond 007 never having played the single player CoD4 through to the end is the greatest tragedy of gaming this generation. Mayhap he wont make the same mistake twice? Jet fighters! Snowmobiles! Underwater missions! Holy crap!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Raiden Fighters Aces Trailer

Was Japan only, US release imminent. Awesome.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Fight Night Round 4 Trailer

This game is looking amazing, and Im not even into boxing really.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Gears of War 2: Dark Corners DLC

Microsoft and Epic Games have announced a massive upcoming add-on for Gears of War 2 that will contain new multiplayer maps as well as a brand new campaign mission. All of the content will be made available both at retail as a code for a download and through Xbox Live separately.

The new campaign level is a deleted chapter titled Road to Ruin. In it, Marcus and Dom will return to Locust Hollow for a mission that can be played in the traditional, action-packed way or in what is described as an "all-new stealth mode."

The add-on will include seven new multiplayer maps. Here are their official descriptions, as provided by Microsoft:

Allfathers Garden: Honor the sacred grounds of the Coalition founders in this explosive map, where powerful weapons catalyze fast and furious action at this COG landmark.

Memorial: Set near the Eternal Flame, which pays tribute to the fallen soldiers on the battlefield, a hard-fought battle ensues at the Tomb of Unknowns. Putting their flank formation and evasive skills to the test, players will fight to control the Boomshot.

Sanctuary: Once a peaceful ground for reflection and remembrance, all that remains of the Sanctuary is the chill of death. Feast your eyes on the arsenal of weapons available as you make your way through the tight paths and blind corners of the Locust-damaged temple corridors.

War Machine: In the abandoned train station that once served as a hub for travel, players will need to master the Longshot, Mulcher and Boomshot weapons to advance the fight while evading fire from the platforms above.

Highway: Take the fight deep into the Locust Hollow in the complex passages of this underground highway system brimming with enemy vermin. Stick together, separate the enemy and have an exit strategy ready or it'll be a one-way trip.

Way Station: Sitting in limbo between death and "processing" are Locust way stations filled with fallen COG soldiers. Tread lightly and practice patience as it's better to sacrifice firepower for stealth while navigating this minefield of hidden grenades.

Nowhere: Set in the middle of what was once a destination for weary desert travellers, the land is now barren and devoid of life. Pick off your enemies with the Longshot sniper rifle and make your way to the stairwell with a well-fortified team during this intense firefight.

The retail release is titled Gears of War 2: All Fronts Collection and will contain all previously released Gears of War 2 add-ons as well as the seven new maps and campaign chapter. It will have a price of $19.99 in the US (or ?14.99/€19.99 in Europe) and will be released July 28.

If you already have purchased and downloaded the previous map packs and don't want to double up, the new content will be available separately as its own download. It will carry the title Gears of War 2: Dark Corners and have a price of 1600 Microsoft points (US $19.99).


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Red Dead Redemption Trailer

I played Red Dead Revolver on the original Xbox some 4-5 years ago, and while I cant say it was amazing, it was a fun experience. The 1st game was roginally made by Capcom but then dropped, Rockstar picked up the title and refined into a more polished experience, but it still had some rough edges. The new game is 100% built from the ground up by Rockstar San Diego, and will be an open world, GTA style Western. Sounds great, lets hope it lives up to its potential.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Monday, May 4, 2009

How They Market The 360 In Japan

Upon closer inspection, where is that USB cable going?

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Nadal Wins Rome Masters, 30 In a Row on Clay

"He overcomes the pressure better than me, that's why he's the best in the world."

- Novak Djokovic, after losing 7-6, 6-2 in the Rome Masters Finals against Nadal.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Mario: Game Over

I can taste colors!!!!!!!!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Meowtal Kombat! - Mario Paint

For MD. Everyone else, sorry, it was a slow week, lol.