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13
Mar

I could really go for a Sim Sandwich right about now… (or something equivalent)

Here’s the other half…
So around this time in late February is when Dawn of War 2 came out (Hooray!). I had preordered it at best buy but it became backordered and I had to wait a little extra to get mine. When I did finally get it at the very end of the month I was raring to go. It’s an all around great campaign, a bit more squad based and micro managing in an RTS than I’m used to (coming from a massively C&C background) but it’s easy to adapt to. I hear the co-op is pretty bitchin as well (haven’t personally tried it yet unfortunately). It sure as hell beats the cold that I was coming down with around the same time. Luckily it cleared up before I had to go for jury duty on the 4th, but as I had explained to my cousin that day was completely uneventful anyways.

Here’s how my jury duty went down…
Got there about 9am, filled out a couple forms, watched a dumb introduction to petit jury video then some CNN, then after being there for about an hour and a half got called into a backroom with about 20 people where they told us we were no longer needed because the trial they called in extra people for was settled out of court and I was free to go. Didn’t have to sit on a jury and now I’m set for another 6 or 8 years.
Haha…pretty pointless, right? I think I still get the $40 though.

What else happened…
Oh, my mom finally got her new washer after that extremely unfortunate incident from around christmas time. Good news is that insurance covered it AND I don’t have to help lug our clothes over to my grandma’s house every weekend. YAY! Helped my brother and mom put the washer and dryer up on cinder blocks. Next step is looking for a sump pump. There was never a problem with the old washer and dryer during flooding, but I guess there’s just something about the way they make the new ones that can’t take a little bit of water creeping up. Go figure.

We should probably talk about games again…no?
I already talked about Dawn of War 2 earlier, but my other pick for last month would be the Lost and Damned expansion for GTA 4. Back when I first got GTA 4 I didn’t have much of a choice on format since I didn’t have a PS3 yet, but now I’m glad I got the 360 version. TLAD added a decent amount and variety of missions that run parallel and intertwine with Niko’s story, new weapons and vehicles, and a gang war/bike race here and there. Easily 10-20 hours (more if you count online play) of added content for a decent price.

Speaking of good prices though, I got the Simpsons game for the 360 this week for only $8. This game is a goldmine of video game references and even often EA poking fun at themselves as well (or the video game industry at all for that matter). The comic book guy even has you collecting video game cliches along the way, such as exploding barrels, double jumps, etc. I could go on and on about the different kinds of references, but for example in the “Enter the Cheatrix” level where you spend your time in a literal game engine with miserable looking Sonic-ish and Mario-ish characters slaving away, as well as noticing the Doom door opening sound coming from a moving platform is a beautiful thing. The Sim Sandwich part of the title came from a level with Will Wright in it. The cutscenes throughout the game are even brand new cartoon footage (claimed to be over 30min total). Sure, alot of voices are recycled from the show but I really don’t mind at all (and this is coming from someone who grew up with the show). The game is just plain visually beautiful too. The camera is a bit quirky, which is probably this game’s biggest downfall (besides only offline co-op and no other multiplayer), but it still doesn’t take away too much from the game. I’ve had alot more fun with it than I had expected for a game this cheap and I highly recommend it to anyone who is even remotely interested. Here’s the Newegg link to the $8 price with free shipping (still $8 at the time of this posting, saw it go up to $10 once but then it went back down again).

WHEW…

That brings us to one last thing:

re5-partners-helicopter

The game that I’ve been waiting for years now and watching countless trailers for is finally officially out NOW. My copy of RE 5 collector’s shipped wednesday and I’m just hoping to get it SOONer than later. After watching the last couple of trailers and witnessing the ever increasing bad-assitude of Wesker I nearly crapped myself. This is a glorious friday the 13th. I’ll have more when I actually obtain it.

One last thing, I was going to post this yesterday but apparently it was a bit too windy day and our power went out for a good chunk of the night.

Ugh…

It’s always something, isn’t it?

– DGM-payne

P.S. – The DGM forums are back up now since I finally dug up the index file I required, go ahead for a stay if you please.

20
Oct

Now featuring a new post every week! (aka DVDs of October)

Did I mention I was lazy? Anyways, let’s continue…

I’m a bit of a DVD collector (probably quite an understatement), as many of you might be as well, so I’d like to start sharing my DVD picks of the month of October ’08.

Starting with those already released…

  1. Cult of Cartman : Revelations – 12 Cartman based episodes for the South Park fan in everyone, including classics such as “Scott Tenorman Must Die” and “AWESOM-O”. Somewhat pointless for anyone collecting the season box sets as the only difference here are introductions by cartman for each episode (his lessons, pretty funny though) and 3 previously unreleased on DVD episodes (which will be on the next box set). It’s still a good start for anyone else though. Extras include a collectible membership card and sticker as well as a bible-esque case (although original idea and looks spiffy, does not actually snap shut which can be kind of a pain).
  2. The Simpsons : The 11th Season – You either love the Simpsons or you don’t, and if you’ve been keeping up with the season releases at all like me you probably already heard about this one. Limited edition features a Krusty head this time since they’ve already blown through the Simpsons family. Also in this set (atleast the one I got) was a Simpsons Ride express pass for up to 4 people at either Universal. Wish I had it a couple months ago when I went to Universal Orlando, long ass line but atleast you can watch simpsons clips before and the ride itself was pretty sweet…recommended.
  3. Robot Chicken : Season 3 – Newcomer Robot Chicken a few years back has since become a mainstay over at Adult Swim, featuring the same bold stop-motion comedy you’ve come to love. Usual special features include deleted animatics and scenes, alternate audio, commentaries, etc. Speaking of Adult Swim though, anyone see those Williams Street County Fair and Expo commercials? Certain lucky bastards at certain universities around the US get to check it out. If you’ve been to one, tell me about the awesomeness please…you bastard.

And those coming out tomorrow…

  1. Family Guy : Volume 6 –  Freakin’ Sweet! This is another series that you’ve probably been collecting all of or nothing at all. Best Buy bonus is a lithograph for the 100th episode and Target has a signed script and poster thing, apparently. I think I’ll check out the Target version.
  2. The Incredible Hulk – What you could possibly need 3 discs for in a special edition movie is beyond me, but I’ll still be picking it up. The movie is on par with recent Marvel movies such as Iron Man and Edward Norton does a bang up job as Bruce Banner. Target has some sort of “tearing up a brick wall” edition with YET another disc (Making it 4, Wowee…COUNT ME IN!).

In other news, my first spam comment has been blocked on this site by Akismet. Oh Joy! Almost brings a tear to my eye.

Oh, and my birthday’s tomorrow! The big 2-OH!

Man, where does the time go…

In the words of my favorite anime, of which I just watched the movie for yet again today,

See you space cowboy!

-DGMpayne




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