I’m running, I don’t know why, but I’m running fast. I’m in a tunnel not made for the amount of people that are currently squeezing their way through. For some strange reason it’s not hot or muggy but cool. There is a breeze that is blowing us through this tunnel. I would estimate that there has to be 100+ people in this tunnel and it is chaotic. I don’t know why I feel I need to calm all of these people down, but I do. It’s as if my voice has a calming effect on the crowd and they immediately respond.
We are all still running and I recognize someone. Well, kind of. It’s like a miniature version of that person. Like a child. Without hesitating I grab the girl—like straight out of the movies saving kids style with explosions happening in the background. Picking up the small girl seems to make me run faster. We head out of the tunnel into a parking lot full of school buses. I notice a childhood friend’s mom who I haven’t seen for quite some time. It seems as if she is in charge of getting the small children into these school buses for the evacuation. She recognizes me but merely yells at me to get all the young ones on the buses. I oblige. While doing this, I’m still trying to figure out what we are running from. I sense a disaster of some sorts, but I think it is something much much worse.
I step inside a bar type restaurant while the people are loading up on the busses. I look for any remaining survivors. I step outside to see that all the busses have vanished. They left without me? I was so vital to saving everyone; to the collective well-being of the entire group leaving. How could they have left me here by myself? Then something strange happens. I feel relieved. Not anger nor animosity. Relief. Total relief. I’m exhausted but completely satisfied. I sit on an empty stair case and just smile though I know something horrible is coming out of that tunnel.
It’s pretty late. I slept from 5:30-11:30 pm. I have no idea why. I don’t know what it is about sleeping when I know there is not chance of me not oversleeping. I think that is why I sleep so well in the day time. Nobody will notice if I’m sleeping.
I’ve tried to rekindle my posting on tumblr to foster some time of relationship with the people that do enjoy some of the things I do on the internet. The only problem is that I do not think many will be reading this. This is partially my fault as I neglected tumblr in the past because I didn’t think anyone was reading it.
Currently I am mulling over a contract with everyone’s favorite video gaming channel on YouTube. My only tip for those still reading is to read the fine print of every contract. You’d be surprised by some of the language used in contracts.
Today is an early Valentine’s Day. I planned some special stuff for my gf so hopefully everything goes according to plan. I am very surprised how much the price of flowers + delivery is jacked up during this card holiday. Oh well, I guess it’s my fault for waiting so long.
Let me know your Valentine’s Day stories (horror would be more entertaining)
I have had a bit of difficulty sleeping lately as I am editing a late night video. QuickTime is being a pain in the ass on PC so I had to install/uninstall it. I kind of miss working on a Mac. Not so much the form factor as much as the reliability. Everything worked…all of the time. There was never any hiccup with any other softwares. On my new PC it already feels like it’s dragging ass. Oh well
Lottery is currently at $310 million. I wonder what I shall buy when I win it? Probably a new desktop.
Everything seems to be getting more difficult. I don’t know where/why? It’s like I was cruising and then hit a wall, eh.
Ok, so it’s been a while since I’ve last posted. Nothing really has changed, I just wasn’t receiving the interaction that warranted keeping this tumblr thing alive. My buddy Rob told me that he actually read my Tumblr more than he watched my videos, so I will be attempting to once again tumblr some more.
A few things I think:
- The Super Bowl was pretty good. Kind of boring in the middle but for the most part entertaining. Eli Manning has proved that he belongs in the elite class of NFL Quarterbacks.
- Work kind of sucks. I do not remember it being so bad in such a long time but it is pretty bad. The people are bad, the administration is bad and overall everyone is being dumb.
- I am not sleeping well. Lately I’ve been having a tough time with a few things and this may be why my sleep is not going so well. There are a lot of things I wish that were different but for some reason it is just not working out. I guess some things were just meant to be the way they are.
- Weather is strangely good for right now. I believe that I heard the weatherman say it’s going to be pretty bad coming up though.
- Call of Duty and gaming in general is still fun for me. I’ve been given the opportunity to do a few more things in terms of videos, but I have yet to read the fine print of the contract. Some stuff I agree with while others I’m not to sure of yet.
What’s up guys? I know I haven’t posted in a while. It’s been kind of a busy past few weeks at work but I finally got some time to catch my breath. Last night I was able to watch Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol at my local IMAX theater. For those that are unaware, an IMAX theater screen is enormous and added value to the overall mission impossible experience. Also, we were able to watch an extended trailer for The Dark Knight Rises. At first, I thought it was the prologue, but upon further investigation, I became aware it was just an extended trailer. Trailer or prologue, it was still awesome and I am very excited to see The Dark Knight Rises this summer.
On to the review: In short, I really enjoyed MIGP. It was basically action packed from start to finish. It was similar to a COD game in that it was one set piece to the next with action and gadgets mixed in. Some parts were funny/corny but did not take away from the overall tone of the movie. Towards the end, it starts to get unbelievable, but if you take MIGP for what it’s worth—a high octane action film—you will not be disappointed. The plot is thin but the action is not.
Tom Cruise is funny and charismatic. Jeremy Renner is a good change of pace and equally engaging. Paula Patton is pretty nice to look at. And Simon Peg is funny as usual.
Overall Grade: 9.0 out of 10
Go watch it, it’s worth making the trek to the movie theater
I woke up really early today. Well, early for a Sunday and had nothing to do. I ended up making a video and eating an egg mcmuffin. I haven’t had an egg mcmuffin in quite some time and it was very good. I may have to change up my daily oatmeal and mix a few of those in there.
I’ve been playing a lot of MW3 lately. I’ve been having a lot of fun. I’ve changed the regular crew that I play with and have been playing in smaller parties lately. I think who you play with can determine your level of joy/frustration in a game so be sure to pick your party wisely.
Oh and another pro tip: If you use color blind assist, you are able to see enemy stealth bombers
2. My adopted mother always calling me worried about me
3. Nemo not crying anymore
4. Overall health even though I’m not very healthy right now
5. The warm bed I’m writing this from
6. Polite and respectful young people
7. Amazon and Amazon prime
8. The few people that watch and comment on my YouTube and Tumblr pages. I am completely satisfied with the number of interactive subs I have. If I never gain any more subs, I am completely fine with that.
1. There are a lot of vidja games out right now and it’s awesome
2. I still have to finish playing Batman: Arkham City, Modern Warfare 3 campaign, Saints Row The Third, Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition
3. I stopped playing online multiplayer with people that complain and it has been more fun and less stressful
4. There is a massive influx of campers in Modern Warfare 3. Either a bunch of people just got the game or the people that had the game figured out the camping spots. It’s ridiculous if it’s the latter
5. Playing domination with just a party of two is actually a bit more exciting. Yes, the percentage of a win is probably around 60% as opposed to 90% (with a full party) but games are more exciting and close…and most importantly more fun. I think I have a better time in smaller parties
6. Matchmaking in Modern Warfare 3 is horrible with a full party. Please fix this!
7. Halo honeymoon might be over. It’s just too slow. Maybe playing with a bunch of buddies will fix this?
8. Looking forward to this holiday break
9. Anyone still playing Gears of War 3? I kind of miss it
10. Thinking about buying another xbox during black Friday. Apparently they are going to be $139
So I haven’t posted in a while and feel kind of bad. I know only about two people will be reading this, but I wanted to get into the habit of posting regularly. I’ve been kind of busy with school and really liking Modern Warfare 3. I know a lot of you guys hate it because it’s not “this” or “that” but I’m satisfied with it.
It’s funny because I’ve just realized how serious some people take video games. I think for some, it’s an extension of their life and/or personality. For others, I can’t explain their obsession with being good at a video game or at least giving the impression that they are good at a game. It’s like God forbid anyone thinks you’re bad at a video game, I mean come on, it is a video game!!! We’re talking about a DAMN video game and I’ll be DAMNED if anyone thinks I’m a noob!!! arrgh!!! Ok, maybe a little exaggerated, but you get the idea.
I’ve come up with a different hypothesis. I think for some of these gamers, being good at a video game may be one of the few things they’ve ever been decent at thus far in their life. It’s not like most of these people were D-1 athletes or even scholars for that matter. Therefore, I think they hold on to this illusion of greatness towards a video game because that’s all they have. It’s like if you take person who has never been particularly good at sports or academics or even socially awkward and all of a sudden they are being adored by their video game gameplay, they try their hardest to hold on to that adoration that they would do anything to keep it. Now this is just a theory and many may disagree. Maybe people just want to be good at video games because they think it’s real life? I don’t know.
Anyway, I am sad to say that there is a high correlation between a player’s skill and how much fun I have with them while playing online. However, you’d probably be surprised by the results. It seems that the higher a player’s skill level, the less I enjoy playing with them. I don’t know why…well I know why, but you get the idea. It seems like the older a person is combined with their diminished skill level, I have a greater tendency to have a much better time with them. Hmm, can anyone explain that?
either way, I will post more often. Let me know what you guys think about my above rant.
Modern Warfare 3 First Impressions + Release Night
Few thoughts on Modern Warfare 3 + Midnight Release
1. Midnight release at Best Buy was a nightmare. We were in the pre-order line w/probably an hour long wait. Decided to change to the purchase line, waited 5 minutes and got out of there. We’ll pick up our $5 later today. Best Buy needs to do something to fix this. It’s frustrating to know if you pre-ordered the game you wait an hour + and if you just want to buy the game you’re in and out.
2. MW3 is awesome so far. Multiplayer is fun
3. Quick scoping is back and I hate it…with a passion
4. Campers are pretty hardcore right now with the game being new
5. Action is a lot quicker than black ops—even more so than MW2
6. Graphics seem better, or at least smoother
7. I’m glad I didn’t buy Battlefield 3…maybe later
8. The only team that seems to care about winning in Domination, is my team
9. Watching Reader play the single player campaign is more entertaining than actually watching the gameplay. He leans like he’s playing a driving game
10. Support killstreaks is a nice addition to those that have trouble building up streaks
11. Single player campaign looks pretty fun. Anything with a predator and a chopper gunner looks sweet
12. Guy that helped us at Best Buy was actually really helpful
13. Uploading my first MW3 video now
14. The UMP is my favorite gun right now
15. The Spas-12 sucked
16. Reader said: “Just as I expected, I died a lot!”
17. The SCAR-L is pretty nice too
18. My brother is going to hate this game for a while
19. Hardened Edition is arriving at my door any time now
20. New York ain’t looking too good in this first level
If you’ve followed me on twitter or tumblr, then you by now know my thoughts on EA’s online pass system they implement on online multiplayer games. Basically to encourage “new” game sales EA puts a code in all new releases that is necessary to play online content. If you rent the game from Gamefly or another retail outlet, you must pay 800 Microsoft points to unlock online content.
Well after complaining about the online pass, Gamefly sent me (as well as many other subscribers) an opportunity to request a free online pass via gamefly via EA. Now I actually followed this link last week when I was still kind of “feelin” Battlefield 3. However, it seems they have decided to email me an online pass code today, 11/07 the day before the release of Modern Warfare 3…hmmm kind of suspicious how I did not receive my code until now.
Anyway, to shorten things up, I’m pretty sour about the online pass deal and EA games in general, so I will not be purchasing a new copy of Battlefield 3 and will be reluctant about new EA games in the future.
Note: FIFA 12 is an awesome game and I don’t know anything about Soccer
Someone who gives a damn about this game can redeem this
I’m really looking forward to the release of Modern Warfare 3. So much so that I’m taking a day off of work to get my pre-ordered copy at midnight and play all day on Tuesday.
I know what you are thinking; I must be a guy with a gaming monitor, 300 dollar wireless headsets, and a souped up internet connection so I can host games and dominate. In fact, I am none of those things. I’m just a guy who once a year likes to take a day off work and pretend I’m back in college playing Halo 2 all day and blowing off my classes.
I’m not a committed gamer, I don’t get every new release, I don’t have a high K/D ratio in any FPS game, and I don’t really play more than one game at a time. Those are the reasons that my excitement for MW3 will go out the window at about 12:45 am on the 8th of November.
I can’t remember the buttons for more than one game. I’ve been playing Gears of War 3 exclusively since its release back in September. I’ve gotten all settled into the button layout so much that I’ve even unlocked one of the active reload challenges. I played Black ops for 10 minutes yesterday to “practice” for my MW3 all-nighter. I killed myself by throwing grenades with the right bumper (active reload), I got shot in the face jumping over an obstacle with the A button because I was trying to take cover by crouching, and my guy jumps up and down every time I try to sprint. Based solely on the buttons I’ll be in a negative K/D hole so big I’ll never get out of it by 1:00 am.
The weapons in MW3 are going to kill me easily. For some reason, when it comes to the Modern warfare series, my head is like a beach ball. I’ve had much greater success in World at War and Black Ops than the COD 4 or MW2. I know they are made by different companies so that may be part of the reason, but I think it has more to do with the weapon sets for the games. Most guns from WWII and the Cold War didn’t have as good of accuracy from range as more modern guns, so I can get killed from a much greater distance. This is bad for me for two reasons, number one is that my only move is to run directly at someone and hold the trigger button on my automatic weapon. I lose this exchange pretty often. Number two is that I’m a terrible shot from long distance. I’m pretty sure I’m going to hate MW3 because I’ll be getting killed by players I don’t even see.
I’ve always been a competitive guy. I really like to win. I’m going to die a lot because I’m going to play to win. I’m going to get killed by the same camper in the same spot 4 times in a row until I can get him out of his hole to help my actually talented teammates stay alive. I’m going to go 6 and 40 trying to capture the B Flag on Domination. So inevitably people are going to get in my lobby check my stats and see that I kind of suck. I bet they won’t check the W-L ratio though, because all I do is Win, Win, Win, Win, No matter what!
So I’m at the body shop again and I seem to have forgotten how boring this place can be. Anyways, new videos and comms coming soon. I just got upgraded Internet and planning to optimize my network in preparation for MW3—yep total nerd move. It is nice to be able to upload videos really fast though. Maybe I’ll do a setup video on my modem and router since I’ve been asked that question quite a bit. Also, Reader18 will be composing a blog post for my page so keep an eye out for that
I’m a noob at this. If you want to make a reply, use the comment section. I’ve been trying to reply to notes, but they look funny and kind of bumps the main stuff down. I’ll get the hang of this thing sooner or later
2. I decided to not purchase Battlefield 3. Funny how I have no problem spending $150 on a Gears of War 3 epic edition but still sour over a silly $10 online pass
3. This MarkofJ challenge is a little bit more difficult than I thought
4. I wish I had a PS3 so I can play Uncharted 3
5. I think I’m going to open up those X12s, I need a new headset after I obliterated mine
6. I like how Epic Games is supporting Gears of War 3 after launch. Kind of makes me feel a little better for spending $200 ($150 for the epic edition + $30 for the season pass + $20 for the gears controller)
7. I got better internet so that means better gaming and more videos!
So I just finished the Battlefield 3 single player campaign. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it. It stands on it’s own as a complete mission and I am satisfied. I would say it is short for most gamers, maybe a 5-10 hour endeavor. Some parts are overused and much was recycled from other games—most notably Modern Warfare—but still worth trying out if you are a fan of the FPS genre.
If you guys know me, you know I’m always looking for the latest and greatest while suffering from just a touch of OCD. Now, if you’re looking for the best iPhone 4 or 4S screen protector (they are identical front/back) then look no further.
The phonedevil screen protector products are—to me—the best. I’ve seen flimsy screen protectors and these are thick, while at the same time not hindering the original feel of the touch screen. They are so good in fact, that when I had to get a new screen protector, I ordered them directly from their site (in the UK) and waited as amazon was out of stock. I’m guessing they were out of stock because the 4S just came out. They are easy (after practice) to apply, and I’ve had one on my iPhone 4 since release over a year ago. I got the front and back protector and while pricey are definitely worth it, if you want the best.
So we just got back from the game, where we smashed on some Chipotle and a big oven baked cookie a la mode at Old Chicago which was delicious. The only problem is that we forgot our leftover cookies there, which I think must be a common problem because we do that all the time.
The game was exciting the Trojans fought a hard it was a shame that they lost on a last second fumble. Andrew Luck (the Ogre because he looks like an Ogre), Stanford’s All American Quarterback, was impressive as always. What stood out was the quarterback play of Matt Barkley, USC’s highly touted quarterback.
Much blame will be put on the running back of USC, I don’t know his name but he’s number 22, for fumbling the ball in the end zone; however think back to the 60 yard run he ripped off earlier in the game as well as another 40 yarder he had in the second half. If you want to go even further back in the game the receiver, number 9, had a pass bounce right off his hands and USC had to settle for 3 points. All-in-all it was a good, hard fought game, hopefully the Trojans will be able to rebound back from this.
Let me know what you guys thought about this game.
2 years ago I had the HTC Droid Eris and last year I had a Blackberry Curve. In comparison to those phones the iPhone 4S is…FAR superior. Siri is actually really helpful. I can tell Siri to send texts, call people, set reminders and even search for things on the internet. Definitely comes in handy when you’re driving, hehe. She even comes up with some smart ass responses to questions. For example, try asking her if she finds you attractive.
Its pretty much like having a smaller iPad that can make phone calls. Web browsing is fast. Photo quality is great. I’m especially enjoying using Instagram and editing pictures. I wish the screen was just a tiny bit bigger.
Its on the pricey side but I had an upgrade, so $299 was reasonable. Needless to say I’m not missing my Blackberry.
Alright look, we all know you love your consoles and your COD, but I have got to say, BF3 on PC is worth the money and the trouble.
I know you have this shiny new HP, and all it would really need to run this game up to epic standards is a PSU and a video card, but you can run as is, and even my old dusty unit is doing alright.
I have a friend who has been owning this past week on your EXACT same system with no issues. I know how much you love graphics, so I will say that in order for you to truly enjoy the game to your standards, those two slight upgrades would be necessary and something you would WANT to do after playing on PC for a bit.
But honestly, if ever there was a game to try on PC, this is it. This game is a shining example of why PC is better for these types of games, and knowing how you are, if you tried it with a semi open mind, I personally believe you would switch to the dark side…..
As mush as I don’t want to get owned by you at yet another game, especially in my house (on pc) I think you would be impressed.
Couldn’t agree more with you. Why would I buy a game that I can’t try out the multiplayer. It’s the biggest part of the game and what they have been marketing for in the past few months. If they really thought, “guys, this is THE game that will pull us closer in Call of Duty sales”. Then why charge $10 more. Now some may say, COD charges $50 (I think) for Elite. That’s not the same thing since Elite is a service with bonuses etc, and I don’t have to buy it if I don’t want too.
Now that being said, you (EA) can’t honestly say you have the best FPS out there because it seems you have little faith in your game. If you had faith in your game you wouldn’t charge a EA pass, and everyone would get a chance to experience your game the way you intended. Then if we thought it was a great game you just earned a BF4 customer. BUT….. In the attempt to make $10 now instead of caring about current and future sales, I along with others will not be trying your game. That is why COD will remain King of the FPS until you guys discover what your doing wrong.
hey Justin how do you put a profile pic thing?? i cant find it!! like i said total noob
I went to customize, the little cog looking thing in the top corner of the dashboard. Then you can customize your theme and on the left side it says profile pic. Then you can upload it. Let me know if it works
edit: just kidding. go to dashboard—->click on your blog up top—->click settings on the right columns
Get some cheap Xbox Live from Best Buy | 12 months $30-$40
1. Text xbox360 to 332211
2. you will receive a message that says the following: Best Buy XBOX360: Save $20 on Xbox Live 12 Gold Card. In Stores only. Show sku: 3866248 End 10/29/11 See Store for details. Reply HELP for help, STOP to cancel
3. Go to best buy and search for the older Xbox live cards that retail at $49.99. There are Joust cards and Madden cards. Sometimes they are in obscure places, not where they sell the regular $59.99 cards. (note: sometimes they will have $49.99 cards behind the $59.99 cards)
4. Go to checkout and show the employee the text. They will enter the sku and you will be able to get $20 off. So if you are lucky enough to find a $49.99 card your price will be $29.99 + tax. If not, $39.99 + tax isn’t a bad deal either.
So in my previous post I was gushing about how awesome Battlefield 3 is/was, or at least the single player campaign. I tried to play some multi-player, but it said that I needed an online pass. Now I’m not a stranger to EA’s online pass system, but for them to not even include a trial makes me not even want to purchase the game. I was giving strong thought to purchasing BF3, but with this slight hiccup, EA has made me rethink this.
The funny thing is that I actually blow a lot of money on stupid stuff already so I would think the target demo for most video game companies would be me. At $39.99 (my gamefly price which includes a coupon and reward discount) to the door, BF3 almost seemed like a must buy—if I could at least try out the multi-player. Now it seems to go against any principles I had concerning the online pass. Weird how I’m getting into such a fit about a $10 online pass.
Note to EA: Whatever you do, do not give your customers an opportunity or reason to rethink their purchase decision of your product. If you do, you may not like what they end up deciding.
I’m sitting in the office of an autobody shop. I don’t know what it is about auto shops that make me think these guys are ripping me off or lying to me. I’m actually at a dealership so it isn’t too bad, but they could tell me anything. It’s eerily quiet in here…
So I’m sick enough that I wasn’t able to even lay in my bed, let alone go to work today so I decided to try out some Battlefield 3. I installed both discs on my Xbox 360 hard drive and the process took around 20 minutes. I also, installed the optional texture pack (1.5 GB) and that took an additional 5-8 minutes.
I’m a casual gamer and typically like campaign driven stories, even if they are cliched over-dramatic set-piece after set-piece (read: Call of Duty). I am what you would call a Call of Duty fan—notice I said fan and not fanboy. So going into Battlefield 3, I am a little biased towards the other FPS king. Right off the bat the campaign was hard hitting and I was put into an adrenaline filled first mission on a subway train. I did not know what was going on, but I did know I was running from something.
Battlefield uses similar elements from most modern shooters. The story is told through a wide use of flashbacks, and different characters that are intertwined but do not necessarily know each other. Sound familiar?
I didn’t get to play much as my stomach and overall queasiness would not allow me. I would estimate that I am maybe 10% finished with the campaign and I am very impressed. I also want to play the game to progress the story, so Battlefield is still intriguing and the story still has its hold on me.
Note: flying an F-18 hornet was pretty damn awesome!
First Impression grade: 88% for a strong B+ (and this is coming from a biased Call of Duty fan—)
If you’ve followed me you know that I love Gamefly. I had to add in a quick testimonial for them because I felt that their service is ever improving. I live in the Pacific Northwest and Gamefly has just opened a new distribution center in Seattle. Long story short, I get new releases a day after they hit stores. For example, Battlefield 3 came out on Tuesday 10/25. I received it in the mail on Wednesday 10/26. Also, by being a member for x amounts of consecutive months, you get a discount on games as well as reward coupons. So for me right now, my choices lie between getting: Battlefield 3 for $39.99 or NBA 2K12 for $33.69. I think that’s a pretty sweet deal and I may decide I don’t want either of them. Oh and at $23 a month, I think that’s a reasonable price to pay for all the latest releases.
So today Nemo was crying a lot. He got a sprain in his neck from something. My gf had to take him to the vet at 3:00 am last night and then I had to sit with him all day. I feel bad for him. He’s kind of a big baby, but hopefully the drugs the vet gave him make him feel good.