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Well, since I didn't write an entry yesterday, I'm sure two of you were worried I didn't make it to the best coast safely. I almost didn't, but thankfully, I arrived early Wednesday morning at around 12:30 am after a long day of travelling. And when I say long day, I mean LOOOONG day. It was 12:30, but for me it felt like 3:30 since my body was still on eastern time. The hours leading up to that landing in SF were not fun. Tornado warnings and terrible winds and rain caused about a half hour of turbulence for my first flight, which in turn, caused me to throw up all over my nice sweat shirt. I think I may have had a minor anxiety attack. I'm not afraid of flying but when I feel like I'm on a roller coaster for thirty minutes straight... my stomach can only take so much. Then the second flight was delayed about three hours, so I had plenty of time to let my stomach settle and wait. And wait. And wait some more. But my last flight, from Philly to the bay, long as it was, was peaceful and quiet.
Here I sit in Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT and I've changed my mind. I don't want to move to San Francisco. I don't want to go through with it. I am sitting at the gate waiting for my flight that's been delayed by rain and I am overcome with sadness but also excitement.
This is the story of a man in his late twenties, whose life has taken many twists and turns, many of which have felt out of his control. When an old friend offers him a chance to start over in a new place and foolishly follow his lifelong dream of writing in the video game industry for a living, the young man grasps the opportunity. After years of living in the shadow of his siblings, after wandering through much of his twenties without much direction, he decides to re-take control of his life and take a huge risk. This is the story of a man leaving the life he knows and those he loves to follow his dream in the home of Riceroni, Chinese food, Harvey Milk, and the Rock (the prison, not the wrestler/ actor).
One day, I get a text from Jack Gardner saying that Jeremy and him wanted me to play Slender for some kind of advertisement for Team GIO and Extra-Life. I had seen this game on videos online but it didn't look that scary, so I figured why not?
One year ago, Jeremy Brown and I started this weird little thing we like to call a podcast. Somehow, we fooled a bunch of people into listening to us ramble on and on about video games and any other junk that entered our brains. We are ever so grateful to all of you for putting up with our crap and giving us a reason to get out of bed in the morning. We like to show that gratitude every week with our shout-outs...
James Holmes had just murdered a dozen people and injured 58 more. Now he sat in the parking lot unremorseful, waiting for the police to take him to the Aurora Colorado Police Station. "I am the Joker," he told the officers who took him into custody and, like his villainous role-model, has since shut down, simply refusing to cooperate with investigators. Judging from what I know about the case (and I could be completely wrong, rendering this entire post pointless) Holmes admired the Joker character, who favors the unprejudiced nature of chaos over the righteousness of order. He had dyed his hair orange mimicking the look of The Joker and in modeling his actions after those of the famous villain, he calmly executed a brutal attack on the midnight showing of Dark Knight Rises early last Friday morning.
Jack returns this week to have a bunch of in-depth discussions about various games. We tackle the Mass Effect 3 ending DLC and get into a very heated discussion about the value of the new endings. Then we tackle Half-Life 2 and discuss why Jack has never finished it and why Jeremy isn't blown away by it. I get offended and my fanboy comes out, baring fangs like a rabid dog in a corner.
This week Jeremy and I are flying solo...together. Jack couldn't join us this week, so we did a show just the two of us like old times. Don't worry, Jack returns for next week's episode. This episode is actually a few weeks old so thanks for your patience with the outdated topics. But nobody really listens to us for up to the minute breaking news anyway do they? If so, they're doing it wrong. After Jeremy tells a couple stories about his experiences with customer service people (seriously, dude's go problems), I give my review of Ridley Scott's Alien prequel-ish film Prometheus.
We also chat about the games we're playing at the moment including why Jeremy and I aren't too enthralled with The Witcher 2. Jack talks about the Uncharted games and why he doesn't like Uncharted 2 as much as Uncharted 3 (blasphemy!).
A week ago Mray posted a blog listing all of the games he has achieved a 1000 gamerscore or received a Platinum trophy in and just today I read a similar blog by Jolt the Cynic. So I decided to join the fun and list all the games I've platinum'd. Here they are:
This week we welcome the smooth vocal chords of Dean aka Born4This to the show. It's our first annual E3 spectacular and boy is it spectacular! We cover all the big games, announcements and press conferences. We have some intense discussions and though we get a little negative about some of the showings, we have plenty of good stuff to say as well.
This week has been jam packed with glimpses of the future of gaming as demos and trailers pour out of E3 at the L.A. Convention Center. Thought provoking concepts (Watch Dogs), gorgeous visuals (God of War: Ascension) emotional stories (The Last of Us) and cinematic blockbusters (Star Wars 1313) all somehow left me feeling a little underwhelmed. So, to cure my case of jaded gamer syndrome, I decided to take a break from current gen gaming and travel back to a fondly remembered gem of my youth called Primal Rage.