Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Worst Fantasy Island Episode...EVER!

So I decided to break down and purchase Dead Island after numerous first-hand reviews gave it a "must buy"!  Despite receiving a silver at the Software Bug Olympics, it really hasn't been too bad and I think by delaying the purchase I allowed some time for patching to occur.

  While I still feel the controls aren't what they should be, it is proving to be enjoyable, and at times, a challenge.  My biggest gripe so far is that if you click "close" on a menu it then activates your primary weapon.  This was especially frustrating after collecting a number of items to build a bomb, which then became my primary weapon.  I then clicked close and watched as my character then lobbed said bomb at the wall, wasting it on a very dirty, but nonetheless harmless, workbench.  That'll teach em!  I've gotten around this by using "ESC" instead but that really needs to be fixed.
  I was also a little discouraged that I had to carry and repair so many weapons.  Who knew a tropical resort was flush with such poor cutlery.  I'd would have assumed they'd have those Ginsu knives that can cut through anything and remain sharp.  Unfortunately this is not the case and I've been forced to find new ones after dispatching a few zombies.  However, I don't think this is terribly off base and in reality, if I were to de-limb a few zombies, you'd have to imagine the blade would dull and the handle would get a bit gooey.
  Today's a little crazy but I hope to get back to the game later on tonight or even tomorrow.  I'd like to to give the Coop another try but so far it's been a poor experience.  This is more a reflection on the participants and not on the game.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day

I hope you all had a fun and relaxing holiday.  I took my son fishing and took home 20 Bluegill.  I think it took me longer to clean those suckers than it took to catch them but they are probably one of my favorite to eat so it's definitely worth it.  We'll catch up with you tomorrow!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Where have you been?

  Well, it's true, I am a big let down.  This year has been really crazy and I haven't really dedicated myself as I should to the blog.  I spent nearly a year training for Tough Mudder which I successfully completed about 4 weeks ago.  That was an immense challenge for me but I feel great about the accomplishment.  YOu can watch me get electrocuted at the finish line right here:

  I'm in the blue shorts with a white stripe and no shirt.  Please note how I take a good jolt and drop to my knees, good times!  Between that, work, three kids a wife and two dogs, it's been hard to even get enough alone time to take a shower.
  I have also been dabbling with the mapping utility for Natural Selection 2.  I finally feel I am on the path to something I can share.  This has got to be at least the 4th map I've started but faced frustration due to lack of time or artistic direction.  I simply swapped my daily gym routine for some mapping time and here are some of the results.

  Not too terrible but certainly have a ways to go.  I have several other areas that are physically constructed however they don't have textures or lighting.  I hope to continue and chronicle the work here.  I'm pretty rusty creatively but I'm hoping to starts coming back to me.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Green Lantern's Light!

What a pile of garbage.  Why do they try so hard to not have great DC comic movies (minus Batman, sorry Bruce).  More on this tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Where have you been and what's that on you face

OK, sorry!  I'll be the first to admit a small defeat in keeping the blog at all up to date or relevant.  Work, kids, kids activities, sleep, etc.  All the stuff that get's in the way of a good blog post.  I'll do better, this time...

Monday, July 12, 2010

Not in the Hallway!

  Yesterday has me a bit warn out.  My son had the flu which lead on through the night.  I am a bit groggy but he is feeling better and should be able to resume his normal routine tomorrow.

  Over the weekend we learned that Edward Norton is not going to be Bruce Banner/Hulk in the Avenger's movie.  I was really bummed about this.  I also didn't think that the statement from Marvel was very professional.  I have no doubt that it will still be a great story but I thought Norton did a fantastic job and its too bad that they couldn't work towards an agreement.

  Comic Con finally released the schedules for Saturday and Sunday.  There were so many events to read about that I cheated and searched for the three I am most excited about:

11:45-1:15 Warner Bros.: Green Lantern, Sucker Punch, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Warner Bros. showcases three eagerly awaited upcoming new films in this Hall H presentation!
Green Lantern-- Get a first look at the upcoming sci-fi action adventure Green Lantern, directed by Martin Campbell. Green Lantern is an epic adventure that crosses galaxies to bring to life the legendary Silver Age superhero Hal Jordan, who is chosen by the ring itself to become the first human member of the Green Lantern Corps and take on the vast and powerful Parallax as it threatens to destroy the world. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, Blake Lively as Carol Ferris, Peter Sarsgaard as Dr. Hector Hammond, and Mark Strong as Sinestro
6:00-7:00 Marvel Studios: Thor and Captain America: The First AvengerProducer Kevin Feige and special guests give you an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hall H 

  We should finally get a good long look at Thor as well as some of both Captain America and Green Lantern.  All movies I can't wait to see and that I fear will be less that amazing.

  The All Star Game is tomorrow but as a Cub fan, I don't have much to root for.  It's been a rough year, again, for my favorite team.  However, the game is about celebrating baseball for both players and fans.  This year I think there is even more to enjoy as we are beginning to see the effect of less players doping.  Baseball has seen overall lower scores and less home runs but the pitching has been fantastic and the games very exciting.  I might try and get tickets for next years game as it will be in near by Kansas City.  Let's hope the Cubs have greater participation the next time around.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

On the other side of the screen, it all looks easy.

  I watched Tron last night for the first time in probably 20 years.  My six year old son joined me and I was surprised how well he stuck with it.  This morning I told him that there was a sequel coming out that we should go see and he said, "I hope it's in new color because that one was in 70's color".  It made me laugh then made me feel old.

  I was able to get some quality time in with the Engineer Update for Team Fortress 2.  Of course, now there are 10 engineers on every team.  It's like following a band for years, then they become popular and its difficult to get tickets.  I liked them first, back off!  I didn't realize at first that you can now move your built items which has added a new dimension to the class.  I had planned to put some serious time in last night but ended up watching Timer with the wife, which was real enjoyable.

  Star Wars: The Old Republic has finally begun testing.  I was exceedingly disappointed to not be invited this round, as this has been the only MMORPG I've been looking forward to playing since WWII Online.  It isn't released until early next year so there are a few real life things I should focus on completing before as there is little hope in my ability to focus once that day arrives.

  As I have been mentioning, Comic-Con is nearly upon us.  They released Friday's schedule which happens to be Star Wars day.  The event I would be most looking forward to is the World Premiere of Batman: Under the Red Hood.  I hope the Saturday schedule has some Avengers on it.