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Have you played the Ghost Recon : Future Soldier beta yet?

Ghost Recon : Future Soldier’s beta started a couple days ago, grabbed my copy on Splinter Cell : Conviction for Xbox 360. Seems pretty wonky that I got stuck on loading screens the first couple days I tried to play it, finally get through today and it freezes up on lobby before the second match I played. Haha…jeez. May be cool if I could get multiple games in.

Anyways, the real point of this post is that I have 3 Xbox live codes still for the beta that runs until early May. Shoot me an e-mail at DGMpayne at if you’re interested and I’ll see you on the battlefield…


UPDATE (4/23/12, 1:20am EST) : Got a couple responses already for beta codes right after posting this…down to 1 left now


Some good news… Prey 2 is still on the way, says Bethesda statement

Prey 2

…just not this year. Prey 2 has not been cancelled as early rumors had suggested, but the release date has been pushed back to next year.

The statement from Bethesda reads :

“Development of Prey 2 has not been cancelled but the game will not be released in 2012 as planned. The delay is due to the fact that game development has not progressed satisfactorily this past year, and the game does not currently meet our quality standard. Prey 2 has shown great promise and we regret disappointing our fans. We have made a substantial investment in game development to deliver the experience fans want. We are determined only to release the AAA game that fans rightfully expect, and are unwilling to compromise our quality standards to meet a release schedule.”

Must have been buggy as all shit  if it didn’t meet Bethesda’s “quality standard” (see: Brink, Fallout 3 + New Vegas, etc.) but still some good news nonetheless for likewise fans who thought the first was as cool as I did.


If you need me…

Hey everybody, been very much neglecting my websites for quite a while now (noticed?), here’s a bit of an update…

Been using the 360 quite a bit lately, playing Battlefield 3 most nights or using netflix, since I got a new slim model after my birthday a few months back (you may remember my old console  RRODed again earlier last year). Also played Arkham City, Gears 3, Modern Warfare 3, RAGE, Dead Island (started, but would be much more fun with some steady co-op partners) among others pretty recently. The console’s a beauty compared to my old one so I’m pretty pleased with it so far.

Still PS3-less though, and can’t afford repairs/new console at the time being. In due time though I suppose I’ll get a nice slim there too. The new Twisted Metal is only a mere couple of days away now, right? Making it quite possibly the most awesome valentine’s day in history *fingers crossed*.  Also just read online that the “limited edition” comes with a download of Twisted Metal Black which just makes it all the more awesome. If you’re looking for PS2 classics, Black’s not one to miss.

My desktop is in the crapper right now, so I won’t be back on Steam until I work out some hardware issues. Shame because I was spending alot of time on it between sales, indie bundles (Humble, Gala, Royale) and I quite enjoy Steam for PC gaming. Should be resolved fairly soon though (I hope).

May go back to posting more regularly if I figure out another format and stick to it again, though I’m not making any promises… 😉

See you on Xbox Live!

P.S. – New episodes of The Walking Dead start TONIGHT…if you’re into that sort of thing. 😀

– DGM-payne


Drifting back into PC gaming…

Take a seat and let me tell you a story. I’m going to tell you right now that it’s long winded, so take a bathroom break now if need be…or skip the 2nd and 3rd paragraph if you can’t be bothered with learning the circumstances behind my glorious main return to PC gaming. You can also skip to the end if you need an ultra-abridged versionbut why would you be here reading this if that were the case?

You may or may not know that my gaming history goes as far back as the NES, yet I would have to say that it wasn’t until PC gaming that I really started getting into it. Series like Duke Nukem, Doom, early Command & Conquer and others were big influences on the gamer I am today. I’ve dialed back alot though in recent years in favor of consoles such as Xbox 360. Not to say that I haven’t been console gaming in past years since my roots (because I have…alot) but recent years have shown my gaming consumed by Xbox 360 for the most part (Wii and PS3 to a much lesser extent). I was fine with that at the time, I’d be lying if I said Xbox 360 wasn’t still my favorite console to co-op and communicate with friends and family, until circumstances started sending me packing to different means of gaming.

A little while back you might remember that I had a dreaded E-74 error (one of the many forms RROD takes) on my 360.  I was a bit pissed about it at first, but quite a bit relieved when I found out that they extended warranties for this particular error (since a boatload of people were getting them…nice job again M$). I guess I was somewhat lucky too that I had my console for a few years before any serious problems (after hearing all the other RROD horror stories out there). So I UPSed (that’s a word, right?) my console in…BANG ZOOM…got another console back a little while later and everything was jolly good again. Everything was going peachy until a couple months back I noticed random console freezing during a couple different games I was playing. It got to the point where it was frustrating to even try to play anything. I tried all sorts of troubleshooting: installing to hard drive, playing without hard drive, playing offline, etc. with no success (if anyone can shed some extra light on this I would be grateful). I’m thinking it’s a DVD drive issue, which I’ll probably try replacing once I get some extra money for a new one and I’ve already started looking into the replacement procedure. I then started seeking solace with another console until…tragedy.

Being fed up with the 360, I figured I’d fire up the PS3 and give it some lovin’. Only to find that it’s plagued with a black screen at startup (startup chime + black screen). I’ve had my PS3 for only a bit over a couple years now and though I used it no where near as much as the 360, I had taken good care of it (or so I thought atleast). So here I am, trying to conquer this problem as well. Trying to restore to default settings (only to get through the initial setup and back to black screen), restoring the file system (only to get a corrupted file system message) and others in the reset menu to no avail. Thinking I’m going to have to get that new hard drive sooner than I planned. I’ve wanted to upgrade from my 40gb…BUT I’m probably going to lose my old data now (seems to be the case the more I look into it). I’m almost afraid to even boot up my Wii now lest it succumb to some ill fate as well (and continue this seemingly cascading effect).

Now that I’ve fully explained the situation, I’ll get back into my resurgence of PC gaming (if you’re still awake). I’ve been getting back into my Steam game backlog lately. I, like many others I’m sure, have been collecting up Steam purchases for awhile now and like collecting anything it can be quite addicting. When alot of these games go on sale for $5 or less, how can you possibly pass them up? When they start piling up after many sales and what not it’s nice to actually go back and PLAY some of them (I know, crazy concept right?). Though I’m still far from playing through all my Steam titles (131 at the time of this posting), I have been dipping into a few new titles lately (some old, some new in reality).

Aquaria was one of the first ones, which I had come to acquire through the Humble Bundle a couple months ago. I had scoured it’s lands for more than 20 hours and even if it had been the only game in the bundle I’d say that I had gotten more than my money’s worth. I can’t recommend it highly enough for those that are into Metroidvania type adventure games. Ever heard of a little game called Amnesia: The Dark Descent also? If you’re truly into survival horror games then it’s not one to pass up at all. Audiosurf is always a good standby as well with endless potential. It’s the music game that keeps on giving as long as there’s music to feed it with. It’s always a good time for classics as well, isn’t it? I acquired Star Wars: Dark Forces through the Steam Star Wars pack this winter and have been loving it, having wanted to try it out for awhile. Other classics outside of Steam I have been setting up with a certain DosBox Frontend for back in the day fun (classic Apogee and ID Software titles are among my favorites). I could probably go on forever like this but this is what I’ve been up to lately in gaming. My desktop isn’t a top-of-the-line gaming rig, but it should be pretty moderate for the newest PC titles as well (having built my desktop just a little over 2 years ago).

I guess the moral of the story is this: consoles can be a harsh mistress sometimes *sigh* …and if you’re mainly a console gamer don’t completely forgo the viable world of PC gaming.

…On that note, pick up Duke Nukem Forever for PC before consoles! 😀

– DGM-payne

UPDATE (3/2/2011) : Purely coincidentally, Amnesia : The Dark Descent had just gone on sale on Steam for half price. All the more reason to pick it up now. I would recommend Braid also at $3 during the mid-week sale if you haven’t picked up that indie puzzler yet.


Riskening’s Anticipated List (Returns!) 2011!

Adapted from my Amazon list, and sequel to last year’s Anticipated lists, here’s a list of my top picks to watch out for over 2011 in video gaming.

You might even notice a few here from past lists, which now (hopefully) will reach the light of day. *fingers crossed*


  • Duke Nukem Forever – “If you’re a Duke fan then you’ve no doubt followed the ups and downs of Forever’s development over the years so I’ll spare you the details. What I would like to recommend though is checking out the newest trailer if you haven’t yet, which shows extensive new gameplay and a May release date. FPS lovers rejoice!
  • Gears of War 3 – “Originally planned for a Spring release date but it has since been pushed back to a Fall release. Have no fear though because Epic games plans to bring the trilogy to a close with another grand co-op campaign (with more players) and new game modes.”
  • Batman : Arkham City – “More villains, grander surroundings, and more emphasis on detectiving (alright, so it’s not a word…) among other things up the ante from Arkham Asylum’s epic beginning.”
  • Uncharted : Drake’s Deception – “Among the grade-A PS3 cream of the crop, the Uncharted series has always delivered. Here’s to hoping we actually get full-fledged co-op within the story this time around as well…”
  • Mass Effect 3 – “Still working through the games myself, but after seeing the reception of the first 2 games there is no doubt that the third is on alot of people’s anticipated lists.”
  • Portal 2 – “Portal + co-op. Nuff said…”
  • LA Noire – “Visually fantastic facial animations and environments, go check out some of the trailers so far if you haven’t already. I’ve been watching this one for awhile now and I can’t wait to see what comes out of this detective story…”
  • Killzone 3 – “Another one of those Playstation staples, if you’re an FPS lover and haven’t touched the Killzone series yet then get on it fast. The third takes place right where the second left off as the Helghan war is heating up.”
  • Rage – “Id software’s post-apocalyptic shooter/combat racer is almost upon us. If Id’s previous long running history (Doom and Quake, among others) is any indication then you’re gonna want to check this out.”
  • Max Payne 3 – “I couldn’t end my 2011 list without mentioning my favorite series, Max Payne. Rockstar games is taking the helms for the third iteration so I’m intrigued to see where they take it…”

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