Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Queens of the Awesome

Last night, the Tove-ster and I went to see Queens of the Stone Age at Paramount Theatre. It was freaking awesome. That's all I can say, they rocked their asses off. It's the best show I've seen in a long time.

Thank you QOTSA.

The pictures are from

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Oh The Games We Play

I'm setting something right I should have done long ago. I always spend money on games with the perfect intent on actually playing them. After all, isn't that what they're for? Some games I'll start playing, lose interest and then forget about completely. Most of the time, the reason I quit playing one game is because I've bought another. So, in my attempt to remedy this, I'm going to post all the games that I currently haven't completed in an attempt to put some finality on the situation. Here goes:

Super Paper Mario
Excite Truck

Viewtiful Joe
Viewtiful Joe 2
Custom Robo
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
Mega Man Anniversary Collection

Xbox (Original)
Genma Onimusha
X-Men Legends
Rallysport Challenge 2
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
Otogi: Myth of Demons

Nintendo DS
Cooking Mama
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Trauma Center
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Lost in Blue
Advance Wars: Dual Strike
Pokemon Diamond
Hotel Dusk: Room 215

Mario and Luigi Superstar
Racing Gears Advance
Pokemon Sapphire (although I was so close one time, but my saved game got erased)

So that's about it. I'm promising myself not to buy anymore games until I at least beat a few of these. When I finish them, I'll be getting rid of them. I hold on to games for far too long that I never play, which is part of my problem as well. I'm not even going to get into the fact that I buy a lot of crappy original NES games and never play those either, but I'm excusing them from this list because it's just the right thing to do.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Games of December

Here are some of the games I've been tirelessly playing all month, along with some quick tidbits:

Mario Galaxy (Wii)

I've loved Mario ever since the olden days of gaming. Though I never played Super Mario 64 (don't stone me to death please), I did play Super Mario Sunshine, and loved it. Super Mario Galaxy is more of a throwback to Mario's groundbreaking adventure on the N64, however, it still feels strangely familiar to Sunshine. Coins have a different purpose this time around, offering life, intead of, well, money. Star bits are what you're after, though. Fifty and you've got a new life. You'll have no problem finding plenty of them, nor will you have problems finding extra 1up mushrooms.

The game does get a tad disorienting once in a while, since your adventure will take you to small, goomba-infested worlds in which you're jumping upside-down and backwards to avoid getting hit. One of the coolest additions to the game is Mario's bee suit. This adds a whole new dimension to some levels, making for some really interesting play-throughs. I haven't beaten it yet, but I'm still trying to find all of the damn stars (more than 100 of them), then I guess I'll go save the Princess.

Mass Effect (Xbox 360)

Mass Effect is made by one of my favorite developers, BioWare. The story driven plot and great action elements make this one of my favorite games of all time. Though, in my opinion, not quite as good as BioWare's first game, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. A lot of people bash this game for it's subtle design and gameplay flaws, but I think the design, as somewhat simplistic as it is, serves the game well. The shear amount of story lines, sidequests, and subplots make this game well worth the 30 or so hours it takes to complete. Not to mention you get to make it with hot alien chick.

Other games and such:

Guitar Hero III (Wii)
Starcraft (Still going strong)
Wii Sports (Wii)
Forza Motorsports 2 (Xbox 360)