Now Playing: April 2016

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Since I never did a Now Playing article for either February or March thanks to my PC being out of commission, I figured I’d do one for April.

Why a week sooner than I’d usually aim to do it? This is because I don’t see myself having much time or interest in gaming in the coming weeks. My free time is more spent these days watching movies or TV. I feel it doesn’t do me any good to tell myself I’m going to play a game later on knowing I’m probably not going to bother. It’s a pointless expectation to have if my interest isn’t there when the time comes.

Now don’t take me as one of those “I’m done with gaming” types. That’s preposterous. It’s much more along the lines of “absence makes the heart grow fonder” things. Time away from playing games will ultimately help me get more excited to play them.

In these last two months I did play and beat Jak 3 (PS2) and Uncharted 3 via the Uncharted Collection on PS4. The former was fun until the final boss. Trying to shoot specific spots without any sort of auto aim in a vehicle that only shoots straight ahead is not what I call fun. The latter was fun and Drake was a wonderfully voiced character as always, but the constant big set piece escapes from crumbling structures got old very, very fast.

I also played some of the RPG Star Ocean: First Departure on PSP. It was fun for about 5 hours and, as usual, I lost interest. Rarely does an RPG keep me entertained these days.

I do want to eventually finish The Legend of Kage 2 (DS) and Bully (PS2), but those will have to wait until my gaming mojo returns.

In the meantime, I’ve watched A Clockwork Orange and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. The scenes you usually see about the movie are from the beginning section and that never convinced me to watch it. However, a breakdown of the movie via Renegade Cut showed me other parts of the film making it much more intriguing. This is something you simply cannot accomplish for me by avoiding spoilers as the Internet community would have you believe.

A Clockwork Orange was an excellent piece on society’s view on criminal punishment and rehabilitation. In that regardless of debt paid while incarcerated the victims still want a piece of payback for themselves. It’s actually quite sad and makes Alex, the main character, sympathetic by the end. At the end, though, it seems as if Alex reverts back to his old ways. Is this the case or am I reading more into it than is there?

Finally, I’ll leave you with my new acquisition of Painkiller: Hell & Damnation. Thanks for reading!

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New Releases 2008: March 2-15

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It’s nice to see that a number of highly anticipated games are being released outside of the holiday season. This week and the next are hopefully proof that publishers don’t need to wait until the end of the year to release their big games. Gamers do take notice all year around.

THIS WEEK’S 3 BIG GAMES
God of War: Chains of Olympus
Army of Two
Bully: Scholarship Edition

THIS WEEK’S HONORABLE MENTIONS
Silent Hill: Origins
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm

NEXT WEEK’S 3 BIG GAMES
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Condemned 2: Bloodshot
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates

NEXT WEEK’S HONORABLE MENTIONS
House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return
Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
FlatOut: Head On

The Mortal Stuntman On The Ultimate Quest

As promised here’s the first of two blog posts that I mentioned in my last Now Playing article. I bought these four games all new a week ago.

I’ve been eyeing Ultimate Mortal Kombat for online UMK3 play which, as you know, I did play some of last month. It also helps my meager DS collection too.

The Stuntman Ignition demo on the PlayStation 3 was a lot more fun than I originally expected so I was excited for this game. Why PS2 version, then? No PS3 currently. Though that is my next planned purchase. Usagi704 made a great comparison of this game. He said it’s no more trial and error gameplay than the Guitar Hero and Rock Band games. The only real difference is that instead of music instruments you’re driving a stunt vehicle.

Bully was a game that interested me from the start. However, I was more likely to get it once the crazy “save the children” people were all over it. I want Manhunt 2 for the same reason. More on this in another future blog post.

Finally, Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. Not known as the biggest RPG fan around, I was still taken by the graphics and what looked like a pretty fun experience when viewing this game’s GameSpot video review. It looks like I’m back into this series after missing the six games in the middle.

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Bullies Rule!

It’s really great to hear that someone can think for them self.

Judge Ronald Friedman made his final decision on the fate of Rockstar Games’ PS2 game, Bully. A Take-Two Interactive employee used a cheat code to quickly show the judge all of the different parts of the game. Friedman then noted that “there’s nothing in the game that you wouldn’t see on TV every night.”

That’s what every single person that plays games already knows. Besides video games are really nothing more than interactive television shows anyway. Score another victory for gamers everywhere and another strike against Psycho-Politics.

Joystiq article: Florida court OKs Bully

Get Yourself An Opinion Based On Truth

Quotes from a Washington Post article with comments.

Game publisher Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. was ordered to demonstrate an upcoming video game titled “Bully” for a judge to determine whether it violates Florida’s public nuisance laws.

The only public nuisances are the very two people that want this to happen. Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Ronald Friedman and everyone’s favorite idiot Miami-based attorney (who will go unnamed because he gets too much news coverage as it is and you already know who it is anyway).

“My view is that the game potentially impinges on public safety,” [idiot attorney] said. “I’m pretty sure that the game is harmful to minors.”

There are many more things in the world that’s a danger to the general safety of the public and harmful to minors than a simple video game you don”t like. That being the corrupt Bush Administration. I guess I can understand that you’d think Bully is so terrible seeing that you are from a state that has Jeb Bush as Governor.

[Idiot attorney] said that he and the judge plan to watch the game played in its entirety, no matter how long that takes.

I love the wording here. They plan to “watch” as the game is played. That figures. I sure wouldn’t want them to play the very game that they are accusing of being so bad. Oh, I know why they won’t play the game. It’s because they’re afraid that they might actually enjoy the game. Wouldn’t want that.

Attorneys for Take-Two did not respond to phone calls or e-mails last night. Rockstar Games, the Take-Two subsidiary that developed the game, […] also did not respond.

They shouldn’t have to respond to this trash. As soon as Miami’s infamous idiot attorney doesn’t get the attention that he so needs, then he’ll just fade away for good. No response is the best response.

Clive Thompson, who reviewed the game for Wired.com, concluded that the game is “snarkily clever social commentary.” His review described the game as not violent.

“The game doesn’t glorify bullying at all,” he wrote. “Indeed, it’s almost precisely the opposite.”

This is how you come to a fact-based conclusion. You play the game.

Washingtonpost.com article: Florida Judge Wants To See ”Bully” in Court