This was either a very
good or a very bad weekend. I'm still not sure. I can say that when
shit goes wrong, it does tend to happen in groups. For example, my
Friday post was late. Why? My on board network adapter decided to
die on my main PC. This usually is the start of a motherboard
replacement. However, I somehow lucked out with only needing a new
PCI network card to get all my problems sorted out. However, it was
the start of things to screw up a good weekend schedule of seeing
the new Harry Potter movie with some friends.
Then, while out getting
my new network adapter, I found my tire flat. This meant my car had
to go down to Les Schwab for a repair. Thankfully, Les Schwab does a
hell of a job and were good enough to fix my slow leak for free.
Personally, I think it helped that Velveeta took the car in and they
do tend to be a bit more relaxed on payment for tire fixes when
women are involved. Either way, I'm glad that they do a good job and
even for a good price when they do charge.
Beyond that crap, and
some yard work that needed done, I did get in some good times. I did
eventually see the new Harry Potter movie and it was pretty good. As
a non-reader of the books, I could tell a bit too much was skipped
to fit the two and a half hour time frame, but it still was an
entertaining movie. I wish they idea of splitting up the books into
multiple movies was done before the next movie starts, but I'll take
what I can. My only serious complaint is why they decided to
completely change how Tonks (I think that's her name) was portrayed.
She was the same actress (I believe), but looked so different that I
couldn't tell if she was meant to be a different character or not.
I also went to the
Social Distortion concert in Seattle on Friday. That was one hell of
an awesome show. Once again, I decided to brave the floor in front
of the stage. I think I probably took a year or two off my life
doing so, between the pure raw energy of the crowd and the extreme
heat of a near record high July night in Seattle. Still, it was
worth it, even if the opening acts (especially Civet) sucked beyond
Mike Ness is a showman
deep down. He knows what the audience wants and he knows how to give
it. The audience wants energy, some good stories, and a lot of loud
f#@$ing punk music. All of which are guaranteed when he's on
stage...and the delivery was damned near perfect.
On a final note,
I'm happy to see (despite how it may be old news...I've just not
seen it yet), that Professor Layton 2 has a release date for next
month. It's about time that this game is given a date.
I downloaded the Rancid
and Rise Against packs for Rock Band last night. It's about all I've
done geek related for quite a while since real world things are
getting in the way of my fun geek pastimes.
On expert guitar,
the Rise Against songs are awesome if you like their music. I enjoy
Prayer of the Refugee far more in this version than the GH3 version.
In fact, I think the main reason I like it so much is that I know I
can sing if I felt inclined to do so, since it's one of my favorite
songs. I can also say the exact same for Re-Education (Through
Labor), which is another awesomely fun guitar and singing song. At
least I assume it's a great song for singing since I so do enjoy the
As for Rancid...on
expert guitar, the pack is less than fun. However, I think Ruby Soho
and Time Bomb are definite party/full band songs. I mean these are
songs with a great high energy potential as long as you have friends
to play with. Otherwise, they are probably better on bass than
guitar, although I didn't have the chance to try them on bass yet.
The guitar line tends to be a lot of a standard ska rhythm, which
means alternating chords (R > R+B > R > etc.). If you enjoy Pinball
Wizard and Where Did You Go, then these are songs for you. If you're
not a fan of this style, than you better hope you enjoy other
instruments than guitar if you download this pack. At least the last
song in the pack (the name escapes me right now) is far more of a
On a different
note for the end of this post; I accidentally (long story in that)
downloaded and installed Internet Explorer 8 on my main desktop.
I can say that for having so few noticeable differences over IE7, it
sucks ass. I mean this has so few changes, but they are all
changes for the worse for my usage of internet browsing. I
think it's safe to say, after years of procrastinating, that I'm
finally going to go the Firefox (or maybe Chrome) route in the very
Normally I frown on the
thought of more lawsuits in the world. I mean a good amount in the
geek world are bullshit claims of copyright infringement that comes
down to "we have a patent on all ideas ever made because we have a
very vague patent for an idea that's not related to what the
defendant has done." Some do have merit, but the vast majority are
nothing more than the lame attempts of a person or company to make a
quick buck based on the technological ignorance of a judge.
some lawsuits in the game world make me feel good. For example,
when Double Fine counter-sues Activision over Activision's previous
lawsuit to prevent the release of Brutal Legend, I am happy.
Actually, I'd be happiest if Activision never sued in the first
place. I mean they had all rights to the game's publishing but
decided to pass. I mean Activision ditched a good amount of games in
the last year (such as Ghostbusters) and then these games found new
publishing partners. Usually the new partner would be the main
competition for Activision; EA.
As far as I can
tell, and this is mostly my opinion, Activision sees Brutal Legend
as too similar, in some ways, to Guitar Hero. So, if they knew the
game would gather as much hype as it has, they would have used it as
a companion piece to the GH franchise. However, since the game
didn't get hyped until after Activision cut it loose, they lost the
potential for a companion piece since they saw the game as another
probably commercial failure from Double Fine (who sadly has a
history of commercial failures despite having some awesome talent
and just not getting sales for their awesome games). In other words,
I think Activision is just kicking themselves for skipping what
might be a very awesome game, or at least (and this is what matters
to them), a solid financial success of a game. Instead of just
kicking themselves, however, they decided to also take it out on the
company they actually originally left high and dry when they
acquired Vivendi and then abandoned Double Fine shortly after.
In other words, I
think Activision is the new EA, now that EA has shown some control
and sanity since their last big shake-up a year or two ago. Sadly,
Activision didn't look at how EA was hurt with their egotistical
methods in the past and are now doing the same level of bullshit
with being too big of an entity with too small of brains.
It's been a slow week
for me with only one real geek type of thing going on at all. I have
played a few days of Rock Band this week. It's been a lot more than
I'd normally play of the game. The main reason I've been playing so
much is that I've been spending a good deal of time at my parents'
home. Surprisingly, I can actually claim proudly that I enjoy
playing RB with my mom since she's rocking the expert after only
about a year with Rock Band games and only six months on top of that
with Guitar Hero 3. So, while I'm hitting the expert guitar, she's
playing expert bass and that is enough to make for good times.
Anyway, on the
note of RB, I'm not sure what to make of
creator idea. Partly, I'm not sure about it since that link
likes to crash my work PC, and I mainly check RB stuff during my
coffee breaks at work (too busy at home to do much on the internet
lately). However, the little part I can make on this is that the
tools should be pretty solid...at least if they really are the same
authorship tools used by Harmonix. However, I'm still worried that
this is another case of the GH:WT track creator. I think the big
question will come down to how much work one has to do to really
make a track that is worthwhile to play. Is there going to be a
sound generator or do you need audio files? Is there lyrics? Is this
just some lame attempt to play catch up with Activision on a feature
that was not all that good to begin with?
I'm also intrigued
by the pay to download idea on this. Supposedly you can find the
better custom tracks for download at a cost. I wonder if any songs
are really going to be worth it when RB does have such a freakin'
huge song library as it stands (I think it's well over 700 tracks by
now). However, the money loving side of me likes the idea of getting
a cut of each track sold. However, that's the same part of me that
thinks the lottery is a good investment. In other words, it's a part
of me that's usually told to shut the hell up and not cause any
stupidity to ensue.
next week is looking good for Rock Band DLC. Just like last
week, some good looking packs are out there. This includes a Weezer
pack with three songs that I figure have to be some of the most
requested RB DLC (Undone, My Name is Jonas, and Pork and Beans).
There's also a Blink 182 pack...although I'm only really partial to
Rock Show of these newer tracks (versus the Dude Ranch album). Then
there's KISS to round it all out...however, with no Rock N Roll All
Nite, I feel like this pack is lacking a tiny bit of awesome
Anyway, it looks
like next week is definitely another week of me buying Microsoft
Points and filling up more of the tiny bit of space left on my tiny
20GB (really less than 14GB) HDD.
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