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Archive for December, 2010

New Years Eve

In a few hours we’ll be waving goodbye to 2010.  Most people will be starting off the New Year drunk, then hung over and resolutions will be broken without a second thought.  Many people view New Years as a celebration, a fresh start; others see it as nothing more than a day.  At very least it’s the beginning of a new calendar.

I’m not a big New Years Eve fan, but I understand why people are.  It is a good way to trick yourself into believing that you can change.  You can take up something new, quit smoking, lose weight or anything else you may wish to do.  Of course you won’t keep it, but at least you tried.

Resolutions aside, New Year does feel like a fresh start, at least I think it does.  I say ‘feel’ because it doesn’t really offer anything new.  The calendar may change, but your still the same person, living in the same house, working in the same job, hanging out with the same people.  Sorry if I took the romantic view out of your New Year.  Go enjoy New Years Eve, make resolutions you won’t keep and start the year off with a headache, you’ve earned it.

Don’t forget to comment and vote below to let me know what you think.  Also since this is the last day in December this is the last day that the poll will be white.

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Tron: Evolution

Even the biggest Tron fans could not pretend that Tron: Evolution is a good game.  The graphics weren’t up to scratch, the story development isn’t good and the game just feels like you’re constantly doing the same things over and over.  Considering how good the movies were, in my opinion, this game was disappointing.

The biggest problem I have is the repetition.  There are different enemies, but they all look similar and are killed in only slightly different ways.  Plus you fight them in surroundings that look identical to the last room that had enemies in it.  Also there isn’t an edge you can’t fall off.  This gets pretty annoying after a while, as you could get stuck for a while, because there are quite a few places where you must jump from platform to platform.  It can also be funny, because bad guys can also fall.  In fact there was fight that I was trapped on for a while, then he accidentally did a flip off the side of the platform.

The soundtrack wasn’t bad.  Two Daft Punk songs, Derezzed and The Grid, are featured in the game.  They did such an amazing job on the movie soundtrack, I’m glad some of their songs got put in the game.  The rest of the songs in the game were made by Sascha Dikiciyan, Cris Velasco and Kevin Manthei.

The graphics are surprisingly bad.  To be fair the scenery isn’t the worst, but the characters look horrible.  At times Quorra looks like a man and it’s really hard to tell if Gibson is supposed to look old or young.

I don’t usually play online, but I really wanted a decent run on a Light Cycle, so I made the exception.  Have to say, it wasn’t terrible.  It was pretty good in fact.  Going around killing real players in disc combat (I almost made a typo that would have changed how you look at the Tron world) or on Light Cycles is really addictive.  One thing that freaked me out was that I picked up some peoples chat line and end up listening to their whole conversation.  That’s not the games fault that just happens sometimes when you play PS3 online.

If you want to fill in some of the gaps between the Tron movies, then you probably should get this game.  It’s not necessary as you’ll still understand what’s going on without playing the game, but if you’re dying to know more than buy the game.  The online play is another good reason to fork out the money, just remember the bad graphics, slow story and repetitive game play before you buy anything.

Tell me what you think by voting and commenting below.


Updates

I’m really not well, so I thought I’d use this post to update things from previous posts. First up is the much awaited thumb(less) guy, he was mentioned in my post ‘Rest In Peace’ and briefly in ‘Your Soundtrack’.  Well, unless you’re an enemy of his, you’ll be glad to know that he’s made a full recovery, his thumb is fixed, and he’s back in work.

https://adamodwyer1.wordpress.com/2010/11/29/rest-in-peace/

https://adamodwyer1.wordpress.com/2010/11/30/your-soundtrack/

The next thing I want to clear up is the release date for the movie Yogi Bear, mentioned in the preview article for the movie.  I accidentally gave the US release date thinking it was the international one, so I was still right if you live in America.  From what I can tell an international release date hasn’t been given and it might not get one, as Yogi was slaughtered my critics.

https://adamodwyer1.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/yogi-bear-the-movie/

That brings us to my post ‘Are Children’s Shows On Too Late?’  At the time I wrote the article, I was sure they were, but someone commented and cleared up a lot of it.  They explained that, some channels do not have different versions for different countries, so they air all night to make sure kids in all different time zones get to watch it.  That does explain some, but not all, of the channels.

https://adamodwyer1.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/501/

That’s all my updates.  Thank you for reading.


Rules of a Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are defined as promises we make to ourselves, annual, but never keep.  That may not be the official definition, but it should be.

Most of us make unrealistic plans that we break within a week, others make it a bit further (eight days), but the dream barely ever becomes reality.  Why is it so impossible for us to better ourselves?  This year I will attempt to keep my resolution.  I’m really going to try this time.  It’s funny I actually can’t remember any of the resolutions I’ve made in the past.  It’s strange, because I know I’ve made them I just don’t know what they were.  Maybe I kept one by accident.  I’ve yet to decide on a resolution, but when I do it will follow these rules.

  1. Make sure you’re not depending on someone else.  Doing it with a friend sounds like it will help, but if they cave you’ll cave or at least you’ll want to or feel its okay too.
  2. If you’re quitting something, remember that the more obstacles between you and your poison the better.  I gave up biting my nails for lent, a couple of times, but once I bit one without realising it was second nature, no thinking involved.
  3. If you’re taking on a new skill make sure it’s something you can afford and can get too regularly, you don’t want to lose on a technicality.
  4. Make sure it’s for the better.  This one’s obvious, don’t give up breathing or take up driving planes into buildings.
  5. Tell people what you’re doing.  A little encouragement will go a long way.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?  Have you ever had one that you kept?


The Sims 3 Console Version

Until now The Sims have been trapped, but they’ve been set free.  The Sims 3 gives players the ability to visit neighbours and travel to different parts of town.  Much like the PSP version, except the PSP version was done better.

I just don’t understand why they couldn’t have made the console version more like the PSP version.  Sure the areas weren’t that big, but at least you knew your way around and you had time to explore them.  Instead EA (Electronic Arts) have decided to replicate the PC game, which doesn’t entirely work on console.

The PC games have been more popular than the console games, but the console versions still have a massive fan base.  EA doesn’t seem to realise that there is a reason console players aren’t buying the PC version.  Some people, me included, prefer the console games, and I’m a fan of both versions so I’ve played enough Sims games to make a strong comparison.

For me the biggest let down is the lack of multiplayer mode.  My favourite part of the console Sims is playing with friends.  The Sims 3 is fun to play, but after a while I can’t help but miss my partner in crime, who has assisted in the murder of thousands of Sims.  This is the game’s biggest flaw, but it’s not the only one.  Another down point is that it’s hard to find the time to explore the huge world, especially if you have multiple Sims.  I’m still not even sure how many neighbours I have, since I’ve only visited one so far.  Then there’s the click and go control system, which actually didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would (I’d gotten used to The Sims 2 controls).

The game is definitely not all bad.  It has many good points that almost make up for its shortcomings, almost.  The introduction of pregnancy was a clever, and unexpected, idea.  It gave me quite a shock actually.  Aging is another fun, yet slow, feature.  I’m patiently waiting for my Sims to become old and die; saves me buying new carpets all the time.  I haven’t really played with the Karma powers all that much.  It’s a very My Name is Earl idea, not that that’s a bad thing.  Plus you can now have an upstairs.

All and all the game is fun, but can quickly lose momentum.  Being able to travel isn’t as interesting as you might think, especially as it is hard to find the time with work and other Sims.  The lack of a two player mode is just such a downfall as it would have made all the other flaws less noticeable.  Still I have to give it some points for the very well thought out features that were added.


Something, Something, Something, Dark Side

Something, Something, Something, Dark Side is the second instalment of the Family Guys take on the original Star Wars trilogy.  The first, Blue Harvest, was a critical success, but this sequel episode wasn’t received as positively.

Although it can’t be denied that the episode is good for a few laughs, it just isn’t at the same standard as its predecessor.  Brian and Peter as Chewie and Hans, respectively, was one of the best things in Blue Harvest, yet it was practically absent from this episode.

I did enjoy when they point out certain movie rules, for example; Look we got four or five of the main characters on board I think we’ll be fine’.  As well as the return of some Family Guy jokes, Consuela the maid, the big chicken, I’m not going to say who it is, but someone’s going to do the hurt knee thing and Meg gets told to shut up.

Not the best episode, but it’s still good for providing some much needed laughs.  Although I recommend watching it on TV rather than buying it, 45 minutes just isn’t a long enough episode to warrant buying it on its own.

If you’ve seen it let me know what you thought by voting and commenting below.  If you haven’t seen it still do those things (no one will judge you).


It’s Christmas

Hi everyone, just writing to say enjoy Christmas, or at least what’s left of it.  Today didn’t turn out like I’d thought, in a good way.  I got some games that I’ll be reviewing over the next few days so don’t forget to check back, including Tron: Evolution and The Sims 3.


Is Eating Yellow Snow A Good Thing?

Hard to believe that years ago we’d already be in bed.  Every creak might be Santa moving around downstairs.  Now we know the truth and the magic is lost.  We know that we don’t have to go to bed early and that the creak is more likely the Christmas rapist.  I’ve had a bad day so please excuse my cynicism.  On the bright side, my bad day has given me an interesting topic to talk about.  It’s the holiday blues, but you probably already know that because of the heading, in fact I’m going to change the name.  By the time you read this the name will already be changed, I just left the sentence in to let everyone know why the name does not directly reflect the topic of the article.

Lots of people feel depressed around the holidays, myself included (this year at least).  I know there are people out there that will be spending Christmas alone and I should be grateful that I’m having a family meal, I just wish my family was less dysfunctional (thank you spell check I had no idea that had a Y in it).

I’m trying really hard to find the meaning of Christmas.  It can’t be the presents, and it isn’t family (not in my case anyway), maybe it’s more spiritual.  I’m not religious, so I’m not going to harp on about Jesus, because wasn’t around then so I can’t say beyond reasonable doubt which religion is right.  I could guess and then insist my answer is the correct one.  I’m good at that.  I’m so glad that I can see my flaws, I hate when people can’t admit they have flaws.  Anyway by spirituality I mean on a more personal level.  What do you believe in?  What’s important to you?  What do you want to do?  These are the questions that should be answered on Christmas.

Now, without further ado, the reason you read this far, here’s a list of why it might be a good idea to eat yellow snow:

  1. Snow might not be yellow because of pee, there could be gold buried underneath.
  2. Pee is warm and snow is cold so if you eat them you could gain the ability to control temperatures.
  3. Yellow represents many things, one of them in artistic, so if you want to become a painter you might want to eat that snow my friend.
  4. Lemonade may have fallen on the snow, you should check.
  5. Maybe you were meant to eat that snow and if you don’t eat it bad things will happen in the future.  You’ll forever think back and say ‘Damn I should of eaten that snow when I had the chance and both arms’.

Okay, to be honest, you probably shouldn’t eat yellow snow because I read about a man who was hospitalised after it, but I also read about a man that peed his way out of an avalanche.  Let me just make it clear, eating yellow snow bad, peeing yourself to freedom good.

Vote and comment below to let me know what you think.  Have a great Christmas eve.


Last Minute Christmas Shopping

I can’t see the future until it becomes the present, but here’s what I know about the first of January.  It will be a Saturday, the start of a new year, it will start just after midnight on the 31st of December and I’ll be starting Christmas shopping for next year.  It may be an unrealistic goal, but I pray that I stick to it.

I spent today searching for a present for my almost sixteen month old nephew.  I must have gone into every shop in the centre at least twice.  After hours of looking I eventually found something, but the more interesting story is what happened while I searched.  Before I start I’d just like to specify that it is not quite as exciting as that intro made it sound.  It’s close, but not quite there.  If you have now lost interest this would be a good place to stop reading, if not please keep your arms and legs inside of the vehicle at all times, because this journey starts in a car.

The traffic moved slowly along the roads, each driver being cautious of the snow.  Eventually we made it to the centre, I was drop off.  I had never entered the centre from this side before, made everything look interesting.  The familiar shops quickly destroyed this feeling of wonderment.

I paced from shop to shop, getting more and more desperate as I went.  The tone deaf choir sang songs that barely qualified as Christmas songs.  It was strange watching them; I just couldn’t understand how they couldn’t see the looks of pain on the passerby’s faces.  They must have known, deep down they must have known how bad they sounded.

Eventually I decided on a present, but first I would have to make it back to that shop alive; a task which I thought would be easier than it was.  The shop was on the other side of the car park.  At first I was fine, like every other time I’d crossed it that day, but then a car stopped driving, as I was crossing behind him, and he began to reverse.  After the initial bump, I managed to make it out of the way alive, but then the driver decided to yell at me.  Naturally I argued back, neither of us could hear the other through the window, but I was so angry I didn’t care.

I then went and got the present.  It’s wooden, so I felt like going back and smashing in that guy’s windows, but I didn’t.  Partly because I didn’t want to end up locked up over Christmas, and partly because I wasn’t a hundred percent sure which car was his.

The stress of last minute Christmas shopping, as well as the stupid drivers that are obviously mentally damaged, has convinced me to start my Christmas shopping on the first of January.  So next year everyone gets outdated Christmas presents.


Best Christmas Movies Ever

Despite the fact that this year there have been none made, there are hundreds of Christmas movies.  Some just pass by almost unnoticed, while others become family favourites.  Since it’s just a few more days till Christmas, let’s forget the rejects and focus on the Christmas hits.

Christmas movies play a pivotal role in getting people into the Christmas spirit.  Most people have a few favourites that they enjoy watching every year.  Then there’s me.  I’m not Christmas’s number one fan, if I’m completely honest.  Personally I love Halloween, its fun, creepy and really underappreciated.  So when I tried to think of my favourite Christmas movies, it wasn’t as easy as I thought.  None the less I powered through and here’s what I came up with.  These are in no particular order and I can guarantee that I’ll think of millions more later.

Nightmare before Christmas

I’d recommend this movie to anyone, especially people who find the transition from Halloween to Christmas too fast, like me.  In it Jack, the king of Halloween town, decides that he wants to try do Christmas this year.  It’s a good film, plus its kid friendly (by which I mean Santa is not let out of the bag if you know that I mean).

The Santa Clause

It’s the usual story, boy meets Santa, boy pushes Santa off roof, boy becomes Santa.  The first two movies in this trilogy are good, the third is not.  I never get how adults can not believe in Santa in these movies, if you’re not buying the presents then who is, but somehow they don’t.

Home Alone

It’s probably on everyone’s favourite list.  Home alone is just one of those films that never gets old, my children’s children will probably be watching it someday.

Jingle All the Way

Arnold Schwarzenegger tries to get a popular toy for his son.  The only problem is he left it until right before Christmas.  If you’ve done the same just remember WWJB (What Would Jesus Buy).  No I didn’t make that up it’s a documentary that I haven’t seem.  I’m a huge fan of the name though.

As you’ve probably noticed from my list, I’m not a fan of Christmas movies that have too much sadness, save those movies for Valentine’s Day.  That’s why Jack Frost will never be on my list, yet ironically when I was a kid I didn’t even notice it was a sad ending. Christmas Carol almost made the list, the Muppets version not the Jim Carrey one, but when I was a kid the story really freaked me out, so in honour of my inner child I left it off.  Also movies like It’s a Wonderful Life didn’t get picked either.  This was because it’s a boring movie that people say they like to sound like they have great taste.

What are your favourite Christmas movies?  Let me know by commenting and voting below.