After finishing Penny
Arcade Adventures, I started to play Sonic Generations. That was
until I realized a game I had overlooked for far too long. Sonic
will have to wait since I remembered about the Sony network problems
last May...and the free games they gave as compensation. I had
picked up Infamous, and had never played the game.
Well, last night I
put Sonic into a temporary sleep and started Infamous...with the
goal of beating it and trying to continue things in Infamous 2
afterwards. I'm doing another typical Malik thing. I skip a game
when it came out, and then get interested in the sequel that also
came out much earlier than the present. So, I finally play the first
and second game without any break...assuming I fully enjoy Infamous
and don't get tired of the game series.
I say this is
typical since I've done it far too many times. A couple years ago I
did this with Ratchet and Clank (playing the PS3 games and then
going back to most of the PS2 titles). I also did this with Fallout
3 and then diving immediately into New Vegas last winter. I did that
this winter with the Penny Arcade Adventures games. It's something I
can't explain, but it seems to be the norm for my style of gaming.
It's also probably why, when I'm done with one of these episodes,
that I don't touch that genre of game again for a good year or two.
I'm actually a
little excited about the Pro Bowl this weekend. I think I felt this
level of appeal for the game after seeing that five Seahawks will
now be playing. Earl Thomas was the only player voted in, but then
Robinson was brought in as the alternate fullback. It only got
better when Chancellor and Browner were brought in on defense this
week. The secondary will be three Seahawks, and the Seahawks might
have been bad this year but they did have a good pass protecting
secondary. Of course, the part that really got me excited is to see
Robinson is now going to be blocking for Marshawn Lynch at running
back. Yes, the single best player in the Seahawks offense (and maybe
the best player on the entire tear for this season) is going to show
what the Seahawks had going right on offense.
Of course, to
balance this game of flag football (let's face it, the Pro Bowl is
not a heavy hitting game), the Mariners are looking worse every time
I look at them. First the team fails to make any major offensive
upgrades. Then they trade a future Cy young winner in Pineda for a
complete unknown (called a good prospect, but prospects in other
teams go to die in Seattle) in Jesus Montero. Now Eric Wedge is
talking about moving Ichiro out the the number one spot (Ichiro
might have slumped last season, but he was still one of the best
hitters on the team...and still pulled in a respectable average by
most players who don't pull in 200 hits every previous season in
their career) for possibly Gutierrez (who I think will never recover
from his ailment last season), Ackley (who is a solid number 3
hitter with a good average and a nice long ball), or Chone Figgins
(who wouldn't get a .300 average in T-ball).
I will make an
easy prediction for 2012. The M's will be third place in the AL West
(only because the A's are just that much worse), and will pull out
another losing season that ends well before the All Star break. The
difference between 2011 and 2012 will only be iun that Seattle will
not sport a solid pitching rotation and will still have an offense
that is offensive to watch.