Archive for February, 2008

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GDC 08 – Why I’m drooling

February 24, 2008

With the Game Developers Convention wrapping up, I’ve been reading a lot about what’s been shown over the past week.  Here’s what I’m most excited about.

Gears of War 2 – This is obvious of course.  I’m not expecting there to be much of a change in the game play mechanic but hey, it was a damn good time before.  I’ve been thinking since I saw the initial trailer, and I just read that I’m not alone, that it looks like you’ll be able to dual with the Lancer so there is no more “BULLSHIT!!!  I chainsawed you first!” arguments.  Also I hope they do a better job of catching and fixing glitches with the multiplayer in this one.  The main reason I stopped playing the original GoW was the amount of cheating happening on Live.

APB – This is the biggest surprise of them all.  MMO without the RPG.  The guys who made Crackdown (great game btw) are working on an MMO which is essentially a bad ass game of Cops and Robbers.  The idea being that you choose your side when creating your character.  There is no leveling system, but your character does in a way “level up” based on how much time you’ve put into the game.  The level of customization for the characters is what has me most intrigued.  The pics and videos I’ve seen so far just make this game look amazing.  They made a team of bad guys out of famous game devs and they looked damn near close to photo realistic.  The idea is that each gang and police unit are evaluated by their stats.  So a gang decides they want to pull a heist, say, hijack an armored truck.  As soon as they make their move, and APB goes out a similarly “statted” police unit.  Now you could have 4 noob gangsters pulling the job and it will call only 1 police officer.  The example given where this happened ended in the 1 cop killing all 4 gangsters.  Very very very excited about this game.

Fable 2 – I loved the first Fable game.  In fact, I’m thinking about downloading it via Xbox Live to play through it again.  Sure it wasn’t the “Best RPG of All Time!” like it was hyped, but it was damn good.  Very damn good.  So with the new one, it looks to be more of the same but with a lot more thought and care included.  You can pick between male and female characters this time.  The demo I saw showed the main character as being female and a 2nd male player joined in for some co-op.  When joining you get to choose how everything is going to be divided: EXP, Gold, something else so, I think it might have been MP.  Just wow is all I gotta say.  The whole mechanic with the dog is cool as hell too.  Another thing that will divide gamers is that a few weeks before the game comes out, there is going to be an XBLA game that is essentially a gambling game that you play to earn gold.  The gold earned in this game is then transferred into Fable 2 for you to use.  freaking sweet!   Sure it may seem a little cheap to be stuck somewhere and wanting to buy a better weapon to make it through but don’t have the money, then you go play the XBLA game for an hour to make the money and come back.  Maybe the money is only accessible at certain places, like you have to go to a pub to pick it up or a bank or back to your home.  Who knows, we’ll see.

Other things of note were the announcement of Portal 2.  Really excited about that one.  Other than that I’m kind of blanking.  But the next year of gaming looks to have some real gems with it.

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RIP CJ

February 18, 2008

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Back in college, I was on this site most everyday.  All sorts of random messed up stuff that you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else.  Now, their type of content can be found just about anywhere.  Over the last few years I’ve pretty much abandoned Consumption Junction as it had simply just become another place to go to get random porn pics, who cares?!  That shit is all over the internet, you guys had the market cornered on funny images and videos and really messed up stuff too.

So I maybe stroll in once every month or so and I went by the other day and noticed a comment on one of the pics, said something to the effect that the site had been sold and some company was running it now.

So I’m bored again and decide to pop over and what do I find?  You need to sign up with a credit card… they say you won’t be charged… to verify your age.  CJ… you just signed your own death warrant.   The kind of people who are going to be visiting that site aren’t gonna trust that.  Who wants to take the time to do that when that content is everywhere else on the internet already?

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How I’m Gamin’ -= Pt. IV

February 10, 2008

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Burnout Paradise, I don’t really wanna get into long winded details.  It rules, you need to get it.  So much better than Burnout Revenge but I don’t think they’ll ever recapture the fun that was party crash in Burnout 3.