August 26, 2011

Top 10 Video Game Countdown

10.  Quake for PC
I'm giving Quake the number ten position mainly due to the fact that it was the first 3D game I seriously invested time in. As far as gameplay goes it's fairly identical to any FPS of the day (back when Doom and Doom II were kings).  Where it shines is it's use of 3D graphics and overall creepiness. It seriously scared the crap out of me countless times.  It was also fun to play around with the console commands to change gravity and how enemies act.  If you ask me, without Id softwares numerous game offerings we wouldn't be enjoying the FPS's of today.

August 24, 2011

Diablo III beta, next month?!

Is Diablo III's beta starting in September? I really really hope so.  I'm going a little crazy here wondering when the beta is going to start, and according to the interwebz it's slated for next month sometime.  That in no way means I will get an invite right away.  The Diablo III wiki's and news reports at state that the game will be released 6 months after the beta is announced.  This means that I may get a chance to play the beta in that time frame.

It's maddening to know about it but not really know. Meanwhile I've been biding my time by looking into another game similar in style to Diablo II.  It's called Path of Exile.  It's a free to play online game set in the post apocalyptic future...? but without advanced technology apparently.  The developers are in New Zealand, the same goes for the servers I imagine, so lag will be an issue, however, the game itself looks rather good.  Check it out for yourself if you please. You can even sign up for the beta which has already started.

August 23, 2011

Television! but more importantly DOCTOR FREAKING WHO IS STARTING UP AGAIN!

I love watching TV shows, but I hate TV.  To combat the incessant commercial nature of TV I have gone to great lengths in obtaining shows in a less conventional but more popular way.  Needless to say, I enjoy commercial free TV shows all the time.  Currently my favorite shows are Doctor Who, Thundercats (2011), Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Bones, and Psych.  Most of these shows are scheduled for episodes starting very soon, Thundercats is ongoing right now, and it's top notch.  My most anticipated show for this fall is 30 Rock, and secondly Parks and Recreation.  Honestly, these two shows are absolutely hilarious.  However this month, my most anticipated TV show is Doctor Who!  Just five more days and we'll get to see some truly amazing things from this long running BBC sci-fi epic!  I can hardly wait!

August 16, 2011

Top Ten Video Game Anomalies

So this is a countdown of the ten things in video games that I find to be strange and unnatural or just down right annoying as heck!  Aside from that and the fact that all video games are complete fantasy, except sports games apparently, this list is really just for fun and is in no way serious, so if you don't agree then tough cookies!

10.  Glitch'o'Rama
  •  Making a video game takes a lot of people, and people aren't perfect so, we get to experience the frustration of bad game coding, or just pure negligence from game developers.  So... pretty much every game that comes out has a few glitches these days, like getting stuck in a wall, or the ground, or being unable move or use a certain item, perhaps dying for no reason.  Sometimes they are flat out crazy, like being flung around the map in a multiplayer game or having generic characters duplicate on you ad nauseam.  But some games are so bogged down by glitches that they become nearly impossible to play.  I've heard of games like that, and one particularly comes to mind; Hellgate: London.  A friend of mine said that even after patches and fixes were doled out by the developer the game suffered from horrible glitches that made the game difficult to play.  Such as; failure to load textures in a level, making it impossible to tell foe from a common wall!  Another game that comes to mind, that I have played, is Oblivion for the PC which is still mega-glitchy today, and it's now over five years old.  It is, however, still playable but only barely thanks to the highly dedicated Mod community on the web.  I'd put Fallout 3 in the same boat, but it's only three years old and was a lot better over all.  
  • There are other games out there with good glitches, like being able to duplicate items infinitely in Icewind Dale by using the character arbitration menu mid game, or being able to go through walls in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night by using the Sword Brothers spell at a specific point, or completely bypassing a section of the game by wall jumping like in Super Metroid (well, that's more of trick).  These are glitches that I'm okay with because they give character to a game.

August 10, 2011

私の日本の自動車産業のお気に入り

Ha ha, If you can't read that then you wont know what this post is about!  Just kidding, I recently wrote about which German car companies were my favorites, now I'm going to give a little spiel on the Japanese Automotive Industry and which ones are my personal favs.

For starters there are a lot of Japanese Car Manufacturers, perhaps the most well know are Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, and Subaru.  Wikipedia has provided a much longer list, some of which are motorcycle and instrument manufacturers but you get the idea.  The major Japanese Automotive groups of today include;  Toyota (Lexus & Scion), Honda (Acura), Daihatsu (owned by Toyota), Nissan (Infiniti, Autech & NISMO), Suzuki, Mazda (pronounced matsuda in Japanese), Mitsubishi (literally meaning 3 diamonds), Subaru, Isuzu, Kawasaki (primarily motorcycles), Yamaha (motorcycles, scooters, recreational boats), and Mitsuoka (cars).

August 07, 2011

I Heart Dragons

My big bro sent me an invite to Spotify recently and I've been loving it.  I'm searching up songs and listening to all the amazingly good bubblegum pop I possibly can!  Here is my current obsession, oooh so good!  Love a good cover, and this one by I Fight Dragons is simply phenomenal!


Oh yeah man! Feel the power of love!

Please, please, please, make this a reality!


August 02, 2011

My Favorite German Car(s)/Auto Groups

A while back I was thoroughly confused when a friend told me that BMW stood for British Motor Works.  I knew this was wrong, but I didn't tell that to his face to save him from possibly being embarrassed.  So I went and did some research into which modern Auto Groups are German based and what not (because I wasn't completely sure myself).

I was surprised to find that there are currently six major German Auto Groups in existence today.  They are as follows; VolksWagen AG (which has acquired and maintains the following marques; Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, SEAT, and Škoda) , BMW AG (Bavarian Motor Works or Bayerische Moteren Werke in German), Daimler AG (Mercedes Benz), Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG (Porsche, even though owned by VW, was originally Austrian, and not at all Italian, which a lot of people seem to think), Adam Opel AG (which is not widely known in the US except as general car chassis types employed by manufacturers like Saturn), and Ford-Werke GmbH (which is owned by Ford, but works out of Germany, so is technically not a standard German Auto Group that I would think about off the top of my head.).
 Are you confused yet?  Most of the car manufacturers of Europe are in Germany and over half of them are owned by VolksWagen AG.  Those that are not owned by VW, are still part of the whole of European Automobile Production in Germany, which is nearly 30% of Europe total!