Sunday, May 31, 2009

Flash Update!

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Games: Here's a link to the latest podcast, if you didn't catch it on Twitter or at GameCritics proper. Give it a listen if you're so inclined, and feedback is always welcome.
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Also, I just finished inFamous a few minutes ago... Disappointed. The review is done, and should be posted soon. I'll have a link to it here when it goes live.
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Just a quick obervation: Twitter is already lighting up with tons of E3 news. If you're not already tweeting, it's the best and fastest way to get the scoop on everything that's happening.
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Just sayin'.
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Saturday, May 30, 2009

A Quickie

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Just a quick one tonight.
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Food: Now that summer is here, it's time again for the wife to get out the grill and start cooking outdoors. She's got a real talent for it, and besides the usual meat-oriented kinds of things, she also does desserts. Tonight she cooked up grilled bananas drizzled with honey, and if you’ve never had grilled bananas, the consistency of the fruit changes quite a bit after it's been sizzling for a few minutes. After cooking, we topped the banana slices with a little bit of Nutella (a chocolate/hazelnut spread) some whipped cream, and some graham cracker crumbles. Pretty damned tasty stuff, if I do say so myself.
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Games: After getting about 2/3rds of the way through inFAMOUS, if not more, I basically wrote my entire review in about forty minutes.
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I'm going to keep pushing forward and finish it off, but I'd be very surprised if anything in this last section really changes my opinion.
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Besides inFAMOUS, I'm putting the finishing touches on my upcoming Crimson Gem Saga review, I've got a few more entries to do for my ‘Best of Community’ feature, and as if all that wasn't enough, I've been toying with the idea of doing the main review for Fallout 3.
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(…And yes, I do know that any potential review would be quite late to the party, but it is a pretty sad state of affairs that we’ve got full reviews for all of the DLC add-ons, but not one for the game proper.)
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Writing: Things are progressing slowly but surely on the new book. Although I've fallen way behind on my daily quota, I think it's still entirely possible to have the whole thing wrapped up and edited well before the end of the year. I hope.
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Other than that, not much to report.
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Friday, May 29, 2009

Mosheh, Matthew and Didi (Faces 366 to 368)

Package


A slightly awful image from my phone but this is the contents of the package that is on its way to Alissa via the Royal Mail and their parcel torturing devices. I'm sure the last few packages I received had been put through a grinder, dipped in hot oil and set on fire before they made their way to my door. I'll say a little prayer that this one makes it across the ocean in good nick.

inFAMOUS Impressions

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Games: So, I told myself I wasn't going to plunk the money down after playing the inFAMOUS demo on PSN, but I did. It's just that I've been playing so many RPGs lately that I was starting to burn out of gaming altogether, and I definitely needed something action-oriented to get the juices flowing again. I was weak, I admit it.
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Don't get me wrong, it's not that I thought the demo was terrible, it's just that I expect a great deal from Sly Cooper developer Sucker Punch, and the little bits I saw of their new electricity-themed open-worlder didn't quite click in all the places I thought it should. Still, I've often said that Sucker Punch has never made a bad game and I was definitely willing to give them the benefit of the doubt in this case.
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I wasn't able to put in as many hours tonight as I would have wanted to, but after about 2 1/2 in Empire City, I'm feeling as though my instincts from the demo were correct.
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I'm sure everybody and their brother is already hip to this, but the gist of inFAMOUS is that a bike messenger-type dude is caught in a weird explosion, and ends up with various types of electricity powers as the city itself starts a long, slow slide into hell.
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The game starts off well enough, but at this point I'm feeling like Sucker Punch could have really started the game off a little slower, specifically with respect to character development and story pacing. Things happen pretty quickly, and I'm not quite on board with everything that's going on. For example, in one fast-paced cutscene, a quick line or two details the romantic schism between the main character and his love interest, but it goes by so rapidly and with such little fanfare that I nearly missed it. Beyond that, the main character gets recruited by a government agency pretty much immediately, and from that point on it’s all about doing missions.
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I get that the developer wants to get the player into the game without a lot of downtime, but what I've gotten so far in terms of motivation and development has been pretty thin.
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As for the actual gameplay, I've done a few core missions and four or five side missions. So far it's about what I expected. Everywhere you go, there are a lot of goons that snipe at you from a distance (which is quite irritating) and the game has been emphasizing the main character’s parkour/urban exploration skillz by having him scale every surface like Spider-Man out of costume. No really exceptional missions so far, but then again, I'm just getting started. It's all been fairly combat-oriented, with the character’s electricity basically functioning like any other projectile weapon.
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More thoughts to come as I get further into it, but part of me is already wondering about the different directions that Prototype (the other open-world superhero-ish game coming next month) will take.
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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Good Morning SMS | Good Morning Quotes



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What is the best breakfast for you and me my friend?
Of course, my sweet good morning wishes that I send you every morning
And your lovely smile for me J that you send me after reading it!!!!
Good Morning!!!
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Beauty of a flower lies in its color and smell, while the beauty of a wonderful morning lies in a cup of tea, a newspaper, and a beautiful good morning wish sent by a friend like me!!! Have a good day!! Good Morning!!

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You still in bed
It’s really bad!!

Or, having tea without me
Very sad!!

Smiling at my sms J
Then I am really glad!!!
Good Morning!!

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Its time for your bed to sleep so get up and give it a chance to take restJ
Good Morning!!

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To get what you want; stop doing what isn’t working. Have a good day!!!

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You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning. Get up now and turn your dream into reality. Good Morning!!

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The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. Good morning and make a goal in your life!!!

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There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning. Wish you all three, Good Morning!!!

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The brain is wider than the sky. Get up now, think big and fly high. Good Morning!

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Receive my simple gift of good morning wrapped with sincerity, tied with care and sealed with a prayer to keep you safe and happy all day long Good Morning

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May you begin this day with a smile on your face, and with happiness for your soul to embrace. Good Morning my love
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I try to Beeee the best friend i can beeeee, so here u go, some Goodmorning flowers right to you from meeeeeee.

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Night has ended for another day, morning has come in a special way. May you smile like the sunny rays and leaves your worries at the blue blue bay.
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Morning greetings doesn't only mean saying Good Morning, it has a silent message saying: I remember you when I wake up! Have a nice day!
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The Word 'Hello' means H=How R U? E=Everything all right? L=Like 2 hear 4rm U. L=Love 2 C U soon. O=Obviously, I miss you! Good Morning my friend
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A night hug warms the heart, a night kiss brightens the day, and a gd morning to start your day!

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Hello, wake up, Receive my simple gift of 'GOOD MORNING' wrapped with sincerity, tied with care and sealed with a prayer to keep u safe and happy all day long! Take Care!

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I just love when morning gets here, cuz i can send a Great Big Good Morning sms to my bestest friend. what a lovely way to start my day
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The sun rises into the sky with the warmest smile, he wishes you a good morning, hoping that you have the perfect day. Take care & miss you. Gd morning
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Har sagar ke do kinare hote hain,
kuch log jaan se bhi pyare hote hai
ye zaruri nahi har koi pass ho,
kyonki zindgi ki har soobha me yaadon ke bhi sahaare hote hain...!Good morning!
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May you begin this day with a smile on your face, and with happiness for your soul to embrace. Good Morning my love, Goodmorning to youuuuuuuuuuuu Cockacolate duuuuuu, Refreshed and newwwwwwwwwwww, skies are bluuuuuuuuuuuu, Goodmorning to youuuuuuuuuuuuuu

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when i woke up early morning birds were singing i asked them i m missing a sweet voice in u a bird replied: u still havn't said good morning to taht sweet Angel....so GooD MorninG sweet heart

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Muskan aapke hoton se kahin jaye na,
ansoo apki palkon pe kabhi aye na,
poora ho aapka har khwab,
aur jo poora na ho, vo khwab kabhi aaye na...!Good morning

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Treat everyone with politeness,Even those who are rude to U.....Not because they are not nice,But bcoz u are nice....!!!**Good morning**

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Friend nahi to life waste,
Salt nahi to food waste,
Story nahi to cinema waste,
Mera SMS nahi to tera cell waste...!GOOD MORNING!
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Todays Thought: Try hard to get what u like (or) you will be forced to like what u get… Keep smiling always it increases ur face value… Good Morning and Have a terrific day…

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As the sky breaks into a beautiful Sunrise ...may GOD open the window of heaven to shower U lots of blessings...Good Morning...

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With petals of Roses,Palm full of Holly water,Light of Full Sun,Fragrance of Flower and Grass with dew.I wish u a very special Good Morning....

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New day new blessing.Don't let yesterday's failures ruin the beauty of today,b'coz each day has its own promise of love,joy,forgiveness.....
Good Morning...
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All mornings are like Paintings:-U need a little inspiration to get going,a little smile to brighten up & SMS from someone who cares to color ur day...G@@D M@RNING.....Hav a Nice Day

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Wakeup & Wink those Teeny Weeny Eyes.Stretch those Inzy Winzy Bones,Wear that Jolly Winning smile & tell urself today is a beautiful day...
G@@d M(:)rning....

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See outside the Window,
Sun rising for U, Flowers smiling for U,
Birds Singing for U, B'coz last night
I told them to wish U G@@D Morning.

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Between a 100000 yesterdays& a 100000 tomorrows, there is only one today and I would not let this pass without saying thx 4 being such a lovely frnd... Good Morng..............

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The sun has once brought brightness to earth! lazy bone. it's time 2 wake up gd morning...

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Early this morning God gave me 3 baskets of fruits -
LOVE + HAPPINESS + PEACE OF MIND and told me 2 share them with PPL Dear 2 me. I'm sharing all with U...
Good Morning!
Close ur eyes, Take a deep breath, Open ur arms wide,Feel ur heartbeat, & Say " Its too early. Let me sleep again."
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Your soul came back from dreamland re-united with a sleeping senseless piece of yourself slowly open ur eyes realize its a brand new day. Good Morning.
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Its time to wake up my precious pearl!Good Morning
Good morning sweetheart
How are you today
Are you thinking of me
Are you coming my wayIt would be nice
To see your smiling face
I sure do miss you
Come on over to my placeLet me know
What you're up to
So I can make plans
For just me and you
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Good Morning
Let's get together
For some morning tea
Soda, coffee or milk
It doesn't matter to meIt's your presence
That's important to me
It's time we get together
Don't you agree?Good Morning
Good morning my friend
It's a new day
I hope things get better
For this I did pray
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May all of your problems
Be out on their way
On this bright morning
That starts this new dayGood Morning!
Good morning sunshine
I sure am glad That you are all mine


Good morning
Above the dark horizon soon
new light rays will appear.
They signify to all the world
a fresh new day is here.
The sun has risen, and its light
may bring us hope for peace--
and with a deeper faith in God,
we pray that wars may cease.
Our time on earth is but a test--
a test we must not fail.
By building values, growth in faith,
may love from hate prevail.
So each new day we start once more
with rising of the sun.
May we have gained in stature when
our final day is done

Ale + 1 (Faces 364 & 365)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Spotlight on: Crimson Gem Saga

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Games: So recently, the discussion of innovation versus presentation has been popping up in regard to various titles. Specifically, how should a critic view a game that makes no attempt at breaking new ground, but instead focuses on delivering a very polished and playable experience?
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Of course, I think the answer certainly depends on who the critic is and what their personal philosophy is composed of. It really couldn't be any other way, could it? That said, I do think it has to be taken into account that the games industry is a large one, and there are players of all stripes within it.
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Keeping this in mind, I think it can be safely assumed that there is room enough for games that push the envelope, as well as those who are content to stay sealed within it.
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The most recent title where this issue popped up was the PSP’s Crimson Gem Saga, released today by RPG uber-publisher Atlus.
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Putting it through its paces, I was immediately struck by the superb production values, as well as the time and attention paid towards the finer details like the menu system, on-screen indicators, and so on. Without a doubt, this is an extremely attractive game, and the developers obviously took their time in crafting it. It's clean, smooth, and quite appealing.
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However, within just a few minutes it's clear to see that Crimson Gem Saga has placed itself firmly within the direct heart of the turn-based RPG genre, and is quite comfortable to be there. Like so many others, the game starts with the hero waking up in bed. Exploring the town, chests in the homes of townsfolk can be plundered, the combat system plays out exactly as one would expect, and thus far, there have been no surprises or unexpected twists.
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Is this necessarily a bad thing? If Crimson Gem Saga had faltered anywhere, I have a feeling that I wouldn't be quite as warm towards it as I am. Fortunately, the game nails every aspect down tight; it's almost a master-class meditation on the true essence of the turn-based RPG.
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From that perspective, I think its simplicity is actually quite appealing, especially in light of the numerous tricks, hooks, gimmicks, and ever-increasingly-elaborate systems that players expect to have to learn before getting into any modern-day Role-Player. (The Japanese sort, anyway…) although there is certainly something to be said for innovation and pushing genres forward, there is such a thing as going too far. Although the JRPG is well overdue for a big shakeup, I have to be perfect honest in saying that the refined and elegant experience in Crimson Gem certainly has appeal.
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I'm not quite far enough along in the game to deliver a review-level judgment, but so far my experience has been quite positive. If you're at all inclined towards indulging in a traditional RPG that's been buffed to a mouth-watering sheen, track down a copy ASAP… you know how quickly Atlus stuff gets scarce.
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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Swaddling, Reviews, and Resuming Writing

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Misc: It’s been sort of a busy last few days, but I'm getting some much-needed down time with the family this weekend. We're not doing anything exciting, and we have no plans... just the three of us spending time together and taking it easy.
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Family: Although I realize that probably no one reading this blog actually cares at this point, I do want to give a shout-out to the Kiddopotamus SwaddleMe blanket.
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For those of you without kids, the current thinking is that when babies are born, they are born in a premature state. I'm not talking about babies being “preemies”, but that even when they go full-term and are delivered on time, they still aren't really ready to be out in the world. The theory is that infants really should be in the womb for at least another three months, but if they were, their heads would be so large that they would not be able to fit through the mother's pelvis; hence the reason why they are ejected too soon.
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Anyway, the reason I bring this up is that for the first three months after birth, it's recommended that parents swaddle their children for sleep, meaning that they are wrapped very tightly with a blanket to restrict their movement. At first I thought this sounded kind of harsh, but after seeing how my son flailed and thrashed around in bed (even to the point of waking himself up) the wisdom of swaddling soon became clear.
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However, swaddling a baby is much easier said than done. These little guys have a real talent for slipping out of the blankets, much like miniature Houdinis. Besides that, you have to have a special sort of blanket... not too thick, and large enough to wrap the baby properly while not being so huge that you have eight miles of extra material laying around with a baby at the far corner of it.
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Are you still reading? I haven't bored you to tears and driven you to click away to another page?
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If you're still here, the SwaddleMe gets top marks. It comes in several styles and colors, but the thing that makes it so great is that it's specifically designed to swaddle a baby, with flaps overlapping in a specific order and locking down with swatches of Velcro. Done properly, the little tykes are snug, secure, and very comfortable, and it's a lot easier and more efficient to use than trying to tie a knot in the corner of a wadded-up blanket.
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And yes, that's right... this blog covers games AND parenting tips. How's that for one-stop shopping?
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Games: Been sort of scattered with the gameplay lately… at the moment, I'm still working my way through the excellent CaveIn: Miner Rescue Team on Community, in addition to the also-excellent Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2 - Raidou Kuzunoha vs King Abaddon on PS2. How's that for a title?
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As for the rest of the game tidbits I've got under my belt, I'm saving them up for tomorrow night's podcast recording. We've been on hiatus for a few weeks since both Tim (the show’s host) and I each had newborn sons enter our lives, but now that things have settled down a bit, we're getting right back to it. If everything goes according to plan, it should be posted at GameCritics before too long, and I’ll have a link to it here when it's ready.
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Oh, also… for those who may have missed them, here are a few links to some recently published pieces:
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50 Cent: Blood on the Sand (360) Review
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Mithra: the Calling (360 Community) Review
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Tokyo Beat Down (DS) Review
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Fallout 3: Broken Steel (360) Review
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Valkyria Chronicles: Enter the Edy Detachment! (PS3) Review
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Writing: Not a whole hell of a lot to report right now, except for the fact that I was finally able to spend a little more time working on the new book. It's been tough getting back into gear after taking about three weeks off, but the dust is starting to settle and the itch to get this project wrapped up and into the hands of some test readers is setting in.
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Alissa (face 363)


Alissa, in all her competition winning glory.




Minor Catastrophe!!!

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Family: Not too to my own horn or anything, but since Whittaker’s been here, changing diapers has been pretty painless. No big accidents, no fuss... he doesn't even really get upset.
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All that changed tonight.
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Little Whit had been snoozing while the wife and I watched the final episode of Idol, and once the winner was revealed we headed upstairs to get ready to turn in. While the woman was puttering around with one thing or another, she passed the baby off to me for one last diaper change before we hit the sack.
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I've been noticing over the last few days that he usually waits a few minutes after he wakes up before his bodily functions kick in, but I thought I had waited long enough tonight to be in the safe zone. I thought wrong.
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I laid him down the bed and prepped the wipes and the diapers. I've pretty much got this whole process down to a science, and an efficient one at that. Unwrapping him from his swaddling blanket, I pulled off the old, soiled diaper and began to wipe him down. He's been home from the hospital for about two weeks or so, and I've changed diapers multiple times every day since then. Like I said, I've got this process down.
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Today, of all days, the little Velcro strap on the side of the soiled diaper snagged the material of the clean diaper as I was tossing it aside. Absolutely the first time it's ever happened. As I began to separate the two diapers, a little warning bell went off in my head, and it occurred to me that this was the perfect time for things to go wrong, so naturally, they did.
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As I was still trying to get the soiled diaper off of the clean diaper, I heard his little tummy rumbling and I knew something was coming. There weren't any towels or small cloths handy, so I left him on top of his swaddling blanket and tried to will myself into moving faster. (For some bizarre reason, these swaddling blankets have a small hole cut into the back of them. I honestly have no idea what function they serve. a heat vent, maybe?) Anyway, it just so happened that his little bottom was positioned directly over this hole.
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When the stuff started flowing, instead of the blanket catching it, it passed directly on through and onto the bed.
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Dropping the diapers, I tried to wrap the blanket around the mess to minimize the damage, and while I was occupied with that (and failing) his little bladder kicked in and he shot upwards, hosing down me, the parts of the bed that his poop didn't hit, and his own head.
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Trying to do damage control, I let go of the blanket and tried to block the urine, but all that happened was that his little bottom fell directly into the poop, smushing it all around. Whit started crying, the bed was a disaster, and I decided to take the kid and run to the bathroom.
The wife helped me get him clean with an impromptu bath and we had to swap sheets afterwards… not exactly the quick diaper change I was expecting before turning in, but I guess parenthood is full of little surprises like this, right?
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Good times.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Missing you quotes | i miss you quotes



“They say when you are missing someone that they are probably feeling the same, but I don’t think it’s possible for you to miss me as much as I’m missing you right now”

“Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated.”

“It only takes a minute to get a crush on someone, an hour to like someone & a day to love someone, but it takes a lifetime to forget someone”

“When I see your smile, and I know it’s not for me, that’s when I’ll miss you” ~

“Can miles truly separate you from friends…. If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?” ~Richard Bach

“The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected.” ~Nicholas Sparks

“Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.” ~ William Cowper

“If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.” ~Claudia Ghandi

“What is the opposite of two? A lonely me, a lonely you.” ~Richard Wilbur

“Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in heart.” ~Kay Knudsen


Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell. ~Edna St Vincent Millay


Love is missing someone whenever you're apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you're close in heart. ~Kay Knudsen


Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated. ~Lamartine


All days are nights to see till I see thee,
And nights bright days when dreams do show thee to me.
~William Shakespeare, "Sonnet XLIII"


Can miles truly separate you from friends.... If you want to be with someone you love, aren't you already there? ~Richard Bach


How like a winter hath my absence been
From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year!
What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen!
What old December's bareness everywhere!
~William Shakespeare, "Sonnet XCVII"


Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes. ~Henry David Thoreau


If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden. ~Claudia Ghandi


Within you I lose myself...
Without you I find myself
Wanting to be lost again.
~Author Unknown


Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need to know of hell. ~Emily Dickinson, "Parting"


Gone - flitted away,
Taken the stars from the night and the sun
From the day!
Gone, and a cloud in my heart.
~Alfred Tennyson


Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair. ~William Cowper


What is the opposite of two? A lonely me, a lonely you. ~Richard Wilbur


No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth. ~Robert Southey


Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle
Everything I do is stitched with its color.
~W.S. Merwin, "Separation"


Thou art gone from my gaze like a beautiful dream.
And I seek thee in vain by the meadow and stream.
~George Linley


Love reckons hours for months, and days for years; and every little absence is an age. ~John Dryden


Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven. ~Tryon Edwards


When I go away from you
The world beats dead
Like a slackened drum....
~Amy Lowell, "The Taxi"


Life is so short, so fast the lone hours fly,
We ought to be together, you and I.
~Henry Alford, "You and I" (Thanks, Jenn)


As contraries are known by contraries, so is the delight of presence best known by the torments of absence. ~Alcibiades


Oft in the tranquil hour of night,
When stars illume the sky,
I gaze upon each orb of light,
And wish that thou wert by.
~George Linley


Days of absence, sad and dreary,
Clothed in sorrow's dark array, -
Days of absence, I am weary;
She I love is far away.
~Jean-Jacques Rousseau



You left, and my heart is a ceaseless sermon of loneliness. ~Jaesse Tyler


In true love the smallest distance is too great, and the greatest distance can be bridged. ~Hans Nouwens


The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected. ~Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook


What shall I do with all the days and hours
That must be counted ere I see thy face?
How shall I charm the interval that lowers
Between this time and that sweet time of grace?
~Frances Anne Kemble


I think about you constantly, whether it's with my mind or my heart. ~Albany Bach Reid


I keep coming back to you in my head, but you couldn't know that, and I have no carbons. ~Adrienne Rich


I am tired, Beloved,
of chafing my heart against
the want of you;
of squeezing it into little inkdrops,
And posting it.
~Amy Lowell, "The Letter"


I dropped a tear in the ocean. The day you find it is the day I will stop missing you. ~Author Unknown


To die and part is a less evil; but to part and live, there, there is the torment. ~George Lansdowne


In the hope to meet
Shortly again, and make our absence sweet.
~Ben Jonson


The joy of meeting pays the pangs of absence; else who could bear it? ~Nicholas Rowe


Why can't we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn't work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos. ~Charles M. Schulz


Where'er I roam, whatever realms to see,
My heart untravelled, fondly turns to thee;
Still to my brother turns, with ceaseless pain,
And drags at each remove a lengthening chain.
~Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller


Missing someone gets easier every day because even though it's one day further from the last time you saw each other, it's one day closer to the next time you will. ~Author Unknown


We only part to meet again. ~John Gay


She went her unremembering way,
She went and left in me
The pang of all the partings gone,
And partings yet to be.
~Francis Thompson


One kind kiss before we part,
Drop a tear, and bid adieu;
Though we sever, my fond heart
Till we meet shall pant for you.
~Robert Dodsley


As the presence of those we love is as a double life, so absence, in its anxious longing and sense of vacancy, is as a foretaste of death. ~Anna Brownell Jameson


Ye flowers that drop, forsaken by the spring,
Ye birds that, left by summer, cease to sing,
Ye trees that fade, when Autumn heats remove,
Say, is not absence death to those who love?
~Alexander Pope


A goodbye isn't painful unless you're never going to say hello again. ~Author Unknown


Don't be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again after moments or a lifetime is certain for those who are friends. ~Richard Bach


Ever absent, ever near;
Still I see thee, still I hear;
Yet I cannot reach thee, dear!
~Francis Kazinczy


Missing you could turn from pain to pleasure, if I knew you were missing me too. ~Author Unknown


Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire. ~Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, translated from French


The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness. ~Norman Cousins


It is loneliness that makes the loudest noise. This is true of men as of dogs. ~Eric Hoffer


I think we dream so we don't have to be apart so long. If we're in each other's dreams, we can play together all night. ~Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes
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Top 100 Love Quotes & Love Sayings of All Time


Top 100 Love Quotes : Top Love Quotes & Sayings of All Time

The following is our collection of Quotes about love or Romance that we feel are the top quoted quotes of all time. We have not placed these quotes in any particular order. Make sure to check them all out, they are great! (See what users like yourself ranked as the top Love Quotes.)

1. "A kiss is a lovely trick, designed by nature, to stop words when speech becomes superfluous."
--Ingrid Bergmen

2. Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are.
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.
- Captain Corelli's Mandolin6. "Love is the beauty of the soul."
--St. Augustine

3. "My night has become a sunny dawn because of you."
--Ibn Abbad

4. "In real love you want the other person's good. In romantic love you want the other person."
--Margaret Anderson

5. "In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities."
--Janos Arnay
7. "Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies."
--Aristotle

8. "Each moment of a happy lover's hour is worth an age of dull and common life."
--Aphra Behn

9. "Your words are my food, your breath my wine. You are everything to me."
--Sarah Bernhardt

10. "In my wildest dreams, you always play the hero. In my darkest hour of night, you rescue me, you save my life."
--Bliss and Cerney

11. "Come live with me and be my love, and we will some new pleasures prove, of golden sands, and crystal beaches, with silken lines and silver hooks..."
--John Dunne

12. "What I do and what I dream include thee, as the wine must taste of its own grapes..."
--Elizabeth Barret Browning

13. "I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach..."
--Elizabeth Barrett Browning

14. "Take away love, and our earth is a tomb."
--Robert Browning
15. "But to see her was to love her, love but her, and love her forever."
--Robert Burns

16. "She walks in Beauty, like the night
Of cloudness climes and starry skies,
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes..."
--Lord Byron

17. "Like music on the waters is they sweet voice to me."
--Lord Byron

18. "I love you, not only for what you are, But for what I am when I am with you."
--Roy Croft
19. "You're nothing short of my everything."
--Ralph Block

20. "The only true gift is a portion of yourself."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

21. "Thou art to me a delicious torment."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

22. "Love distills desire upon the eyes, love brings bewitching grace into the heart."
--Euripides

23. "I love her and that's the beginning of everything."
--F. Scott Fitzgerald

24. "I wished for nothing beyond her smile, and to walk with her thus, hand in hand, along a sun-warmed, flower-bordered path."
--Andre Gide

25. "Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own."
--Robert Heinlein

26. "Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."
--Oliver Wendell Holmes

27. "What I feel for you seems less of earth and more of a cloudless heaven."
--Victor Hugo

28. "It's so easy, To think about Love, To Talk about Love, To wish for Love, But it's not always easy, To recognize Love, Even when we hold it.... In our hands."
--Jaka

29. "Two souls with but a single thought, two hearts that beat as one."
--John Keats

30. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."
--Helen Keller

31. "... See there's this place in me where your fingerprints still rest, your kisses still linger, and your whispers softly echo. It's the place where a part of you will forever be a part of me."
--Gretchen Kemp

32. "When you came, you were like red wine and honey, and the taste of you burnt my mouth with its sweetness."
--Amy Lowell

33. "Make me immortal with a kiss."
--Christopher Marlowe

34. "Oh, thou art fairer than the evening air Clad in the beauty of a thousand stars."
--Christopher Marlowe

35. "Love is the enchanted dawn of every heart."
--Alphonse Marie de la Martine

36. "In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing."
--Mignon McLaughlin

37. "We came by night to the Fortunate Isles, And lay like fish Under the net of our kisses."
--Pablo Neruda

38. "The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain signing to it...you and you alone make me feel that I am alive...Other men, it is said, have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough."
--George Moore

39. "In love there are two things: bodies and words."
--Joyce Carol Oates

40. "I become a waterwheel, turning and tasting you, as long as water moves."
--Rumi

41. "I miss you even more than I could have believed; and I was prepared to miss you a good deal."
--Vita Sackville-West

42. "Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction."
--Antoine de Saint-Exupery

43. "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
--Antoine de Saint-Exupery

44. "There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved."
--George Sand

45. "Sometimes your nearness takes my breath away; and all the things I want to say can find no voice. Then, in silence, I can only hope my eyes will speak my heart."
--Robert Sexton

46. "My heart is ever at your service."
--William Shakespeare

47. "The more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite."
--William Shakespeare

48. "Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition."
--Alexander Smith

49. "I am my beloved, and my beloved is me."
--Song of Solomon

50. "Her breath is like honey spiced with cloves, Her mouth delicious as a ripened mango."
--Srzgarakarika

51. "To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven."
--Karen Sunde

52. "Love, till dawn sunder night from day with fire Dividing my delight and my desire..."
--A. C. Swinburne

53. "Love is friendship set on fire."
--Jeremy Taylor

54. "Within you I lose myself. Without you I find myself wanting to become lost again."
--Unknown

55. "Somewhere there's someone who dreams of your smile..."
--Unknown

56. "I see my fated stars in your eyes. They melt me like the sun does snow."
--Unknown

57. "The rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart."
--Unknown

58. "To be your friend was all I ever wanted; to be your lover was all I ever dreamed."
--Unknown

59. "If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you made me smile, I would have the whole night sky in the palm of my hand."
--Unknown

60. "If you love me only in my dreams, let me be asleep forever."
--Unknown

61. "Kiss me and you will see stars; love me and I will give them to you."
--Unknown

62. "Love is a dream that comes alive when we meet."
--Unknown

63. "The soul that can speak with its eyes can also kiss with a gaze."
--Unknown

64. "Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essense."
--Vincent van Gogh

65. "Harmony is pure love, for love is a concerto."
--Lope de Vega

66. "Here are fruits, flowers, leaves, and branches, And here is my heart which beats only for you."
--Paul Verlaine

67. "When a heart finds another, what's a cloud more or less in the sky?"
--Wolf and Page

68. "The most precious possession that ever comes to a man in this world is a woman's heart.
--Josiah G. Holland

69. "From every human being there rises a light that reaches straight to heaven. And when two souls that are destined to be together find each other, their streams of light flow together, and a single brighter light goes forth from their united being."
--Unknown

70. "The most wonderful of all things in life is the discovery of another human being with whom one's relationship has a growing depth, beauty and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing; it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is a sort of divine accident, and the most wonderful of all things in life."
--Sir Hugh Walpole

71. "Love means to commit oneself without guarantee, to give oneself completely in the hope that our love will produce love in the loved person. Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love."
--Erich Fromm

72. "You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly."
--Sam Keen

73. "The most powerful symptom of love is a tenderness which becomes at times almost insupportable."
--Victor Hugo

74. "True love begins when nothing is looked for in return."
--Antoine De Saint-Exupery

75. "Love is the emblem of eternity: it confounds all notion of time: effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end."
--Germaine De Stael

76. "The life and love we create is the life and love we live."
--Leo Buscaglia

77. "For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it."
--Ivan Panin

78. "Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals."
--J. Isham

79. "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."
--Lao Tzu

80. "The most eloquent silence; that of two mouths meeting in a kiss."
--Unknown

81. "Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul."
--St. Augustine

82. "Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it."
--Thomas Fuller

83. "Paradise is always where love dwells."
--Jean Paul F. Richter

84. "True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart."
--Honore de Balzac

85. "We are all born for love... it is the principle existence and it's only end."
--Benjamin Disraeli

86. "Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness."
--Oliver Wendell Holmes

87. "Love doesn't make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile."
--Elizabeth Browning

88. "To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with."
--Mark Twain

89. "If I know what love is, it is because of you."
--Herman Hesse

90. "So dear I love him that with him,
All deaths I could endure.
Without him, live no life."
-- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

91. "Love is like a friendship caught on fire: In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable."
--Bruce Lee

92. "She walks in beauty,
Like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes."
--Byron

93. "....A simple I love you means more than money...."
--Frank Sinatra

94. "How delicious is the winning of a kiss at love's beginning."
--Thomas Campbell

95. "One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is Love."
--Sophocles

96. "Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired."
--Mark Twain

97. "Come, let us make love deathless."
--Herbert Trench

98. "There is no remedy for love but to love more."
--Henry David Thoreau

99. "If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever."
--Alfred Lord Tennyson

100. "All love is sweet, given or returned."
--Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Competition Winner



A day late but the winner of the prints and other bits and pieces has been decided. Congratulations to Alissa who gets to know what it would be like to have children gleefully swinging bats at her head as a piñata.

Thank you to everyone who joined in. There were a lot of your ideas that I want to draw but I’m not going to announce them just yet. I’ll start drawing them and posting them here just as soon as I finish Alissa’s portrait. And, of course, I’ll be in touch to find out where to send your runner up prize.

You can read through all of the ideas submitted here




Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Knights in the Nightmare art book, and CaveIn...rocks

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Games: Since the super-nifty dee-luxe Devil Summoner 2 package (scroll down for the pic) got me in the mindframe for extra bonus-type stuff, I thought I'd put out word for the soundtrack and art book that comes with a preorder for Atlus’ Knights in the Nightmare for DS.
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If you’re already buying Atlus stuff then I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir here, but it never hurts to make sure, right?
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Anyway, I haven't had a chance to hear the soundtrack yet, but I did take a look at the art book and it's pretty sweet. Titled the Tome of Lost Souls, it's pretty close to a hundred pages of character portraits, profiles, sketches, and notes from the designers. Although I'm not absolutely sure, it seems to me as though the artists that worked on KitN are some of the same ones that helped bring Riviera and Yggdra Union to life. (And if you haven’t played either of those, you’re missing out…)
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Besides the fact that it's chock-full of attractive illustrations, completists and super-fans will want to make sure to snag a copy since the book gives comprehensive lists of each knight in the game, which order they belong to, and other facts like age, race, and class. If nothing else, it's a great companion piece to the game and a pretty nifty source of reference material.
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The game comes out June 2, so you've still got time if you haven't put your $5 down yet.
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(Oh, and a top-secret bonus tip from me to you: if you have a copy of Yggdra Union for GBA and insert it into the cart slot at the same time Knights in the Nightmare is inserted, Princess Yggdra will pop up during the tutorial, and Pamela will appear at various portions during the game. You heard it here first!)
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Games: I'm still compiling my list of the best Community games, and even though I've already taken a quick look at just about every one of them, I went back through again to make sure I didn't miss anything and I've got to say, the quality of these Community titles has really improved quite a bit since the service first launched.
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Of course, it goes without saying that quite a few of these are either complete ripoffs of other titles, pieces of crapware that barely hold together, or both. However, if you take the time to sift through all of the coal, there are certainly more than a few diamonds to be found. For example: CaveIn: Miner Rescue Team.
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I admit that I expected to play it for a minute or two and then quickly delete it, but the quality and ingenious design were impossible not to notice. I played through the trial period and popped for the full version immediately.
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Basically, you play as a miner rescuing your fellows but the twist is that each area in the subterranean tunnels is laid out like a puzzle, quite similar to something like The Adventure of Lolo (for you old-schoolers out there.) Boulders come in various colors and can be eliminated by matching three, but each room is a little different. Some have you simply eliminating boulders. Others have you pathfinding through dark areas, using dynamite (pretty big blast radius there... watch out) or doing other things that keep the formula feeling really fresh. Although I haven't seen very much of the game so far, I was instantly hooked. Expect to see this one on the best-of list, for sure.
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In the meantime, I'm still taking suggestions and nominations for the best of Community, so keep ‘em coming!
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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Best of Community - Request

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Hey All -
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I'm going to be putting together a 'Best of Community' post covering the cream of the 360's Community archives. If you've got a good game you'd like to see given some spotlight, LMK via a comment down below, a tweet, or an email.
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Thanks!
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Trino, Selvaria, Bikinis, Raiho and Writing

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Games: In between projects at the moment, I spent most of my game time today (which was not much) checking out the various Community games I've downloaded over the last few weeks.
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Every Wednesday when I check out the new stuff on Live, I make a point of looking at the new Community offerings and queue up the trials for a day just like today when I want to play something, but I'm not quite ready to commit to something substantial. Anyway, I think I tried something like ten or twelve different titles, and only one of them was worth a damn.
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Called Trino, you take on the role of a small, aquatic-looking life form that creates triangles in space. The point of it is to trap enemy creatures within the triangles to earn power ups and move on. It's sort of half-puzzle, half-action, and it has a very polished and ‘complete’ feeling to it. I didn't spend a lot of time on it, but I paid for the download happily and I'll be getting to it in short order.
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Check the video here for a visual.
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Games: I finally unlocked the hidden mission in Behind Her Blue Flame, one of the DLC missions for Valkyria Chronicles.
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(And if you haven't bought VC yet, exactly what the hell are you waiting for? It's $30 brand-new and outstanding.)
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Although I dislike the way the game assigns rankings based on speed of completion and nothing else, I was compelled to keep pushing through since I had heard that the final section features enemy general Selvaria with full use of her Valkyrur powers. If you've played the game, then you know how awesome that is. If you haven't, trust me when I say that she is a one-woman wrecking machine.
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At this point I'd actually like to say that the payoff was worth the effort, but that would not be quite accurate. Although it was a bit of a rush to get to play with the big guns, the level itself is actually quite boring, and the amount of restarts and aggravation needed to get there were pretty significant. I'm glad I did just because I'm such a Valkyria fan, but in all honesty, it was more trouble than it was worth.
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Games: At long last, I finally got the chance to play Onechanbara Bikini Samurai Squad on the 360. If you haven't heard of the game, here is in a nutshell: girls in bikinis, swords, and zombies. It practically sells itself, right? At least, the concept does…
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After popping in and turning it on, it took me about ten or twelve minutes to decide that it was complete crap. The graphics are atrocious, the level of sophistication is quite primitive, and I saw absolutely nothing that convinced me in the slightest that this game would be worth even a cursory play-through. In all honesty, it was one of those titles that screams ‘steaming pile’ from the get-go.
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It's unfortunate because I could really get behind a title with such an offbeat premise, but the fact remains that for any game, no matter the content, there's got to be a certain level of expectation. In the case of Onechanbara, there was a giant, black sucking hole where the quality should be.
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Games: A quick heads-up to you SMT fans out there… Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs King Abaddon just came out, and the deluxe package is awesome:
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The game, a Raiho demon plushie, and a super-cool looking box. It’s so sweet I don’t really want to open it, but since I loved the last Devil Summoner, I’m-a gonna have to. Go out and get yours yesterday… you know how fast the good Atlus stuff goes.
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Writing: I haven't written a word in the new novel since about a week before my son Whittaker was born. I'm feeling vaguely guilty about having fallen so far behind in my daily word quota, but between taking time out for my new baby boy and giving my co-author little extra time to take care of a few things he needs to get to, putting it on pause is really the only thing to do.
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Still feel guilty, though.
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Anyway, I'm not avoiding writing entirely. Instead of pouring my usual effort into the book, I decided to spend some of these recent late nights catching up on my game reviewing. At the moment, I've got Whit on my left arm and a cup of tea in my right (black, honey and cream), and I'm dictating with the help of a speech program and headset. Knocked out three quick ones so far...
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What can I say? I like to use my time effectively.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Grapple Buggy, RF: Guerrilla, and Ultor Exposed

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Games: Anyone who reads this blog or follows me at GameCritics knows that I have a great appreciation for indie games. Small, interesting, and innovative are things that I can appreciate, so today I've got some scoop on an upcoming title that should be worth keeping an eye on:
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Grapple Buggy, coming from Nathan Fouts over at Mommy’s Best Games.
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The mad genius behind one of my favorite Community games (Weapon of Choice) the pictures and trailer show that GB is mining the same sort of gonzo, over-the-top gameplay gold, and honestly, I can't wait.
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Taken directly from the press release:
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>Sumptuous blend of buggy-driving craziness and grapple swinging glee!
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>Upgrade your buggy with new wheels, jumping abilities, and devastating new grapple arms!
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>Fight or befriend—explore VALD-END to encounter both terrifying xenofauna and sentient aliens!
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>Features dynamic decision branching, and multiple, story-driven endings!
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Check the video, scope the pics, and know that without having played even a moment of it, I'm quite ready to lay down cash on faith that Nathan will deliver the goods.
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Keep your eyes peeled, and for more on Nathan and his past work, click here.
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Games: An excellent example of a demo that fulfills its purpose by getting players interested in the full retail release, the playable snippet of Red Faction: Guerrilla is pretty fantastic.
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Quite honestly, I had no intention of giving the game any space on my to-play list-- I didn't care for the previous RF games, and from the screenshots and press coverage I've seen so far, it looked like basically more of the same from a franchise that had very little cachet. However, upon actually giving it a try, I was quite surprised at how quickly I got sucked in.
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The switch from first-person to third gives the game a different feel than its predecessors (and seriously, if the entire industry took a break from first-person for a while, I’d be TOTALLY fine with that) and the destructible environments were a real hoot. After making my way to a garage and liberating one of the giant construction mechas housed there, bashing cars, crashing through entire buildings and wreaking havoc on everything in my path was about ten times more amusing than I would have anticipated.
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Great job on that demo, Volition… you nailed it. If the rest of the game is as well-done, I'll definitely be signing up for some time on the Red Planet.
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Games: I had originally intended on doing a full review of Ultor Exposed, the new (and extremely late to the party) DLC for Saints Row 2, but after having completed it last night, I'm going to skip the official writeup and just post a few quick thoughts here. (Oddly enough, it's also from Volition... interesting coincidence, non?)
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In a nutshell, this DLC contains six new vehicles, a new minigame twist to the co-op, a few new pieces of clothing and some hairstyles to go along with them, a couple of new multiplayer maps and three story-based missions. Although it sounds like a pretty good amount of content on paper, I definitely didn't feel like I got my $10 worth.
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Since I polished off the game the week it came out, I had basically no interest in revisiting it for the co-op portions. The clothing and hairstyles aren’t interesting enough to be worth mentioning in any detail, and the aspect I was most interested in-- the story missions-- are so short and shoddy that Volition should be a little embarrassed.
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I guess the main draw to these three missions is that they feature porn actress Tera Patrick. I can't say that I'm a fan of hers so the fact that she was present meant basically nothing to me, although I do find it somewhat humorous to note that her in-game model looks pretty horrific. Juicy porn star? More like facially-deformed hairless ape.
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Patrick aside, each mission feels slapped together and the lot of them can be completed in less than an hour. They offer no new interesting twists on gameplay that can’t already be found in the retail version, and for whatever reason, the framerate constantly drops and the game starts to chug when there's more than a couple cars onscreen. It was borderline unplayable in a few instances, causing me more aggravation than anything else.
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Although I'm generally a fan of DLC that extends the life of games I even halfway enjoyed, I really can't recommend Ultor Exposed to anyone.
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The verdict: skip it.
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Competition Ends...

On Tuesday (19th May). I'm away for the rest of the week and I will pick the winner when I get back. Click your way over here if you haven't entered yet.

damienweighill.com/2009/05/your-face-blog-competition/




Monday, May 11, 2009

Baby, Blue Flame, and Broken Steel.

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Trying to get back in the habit of posting every other day, but haven't quite found the groove yet… for now, just some quickies:
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Misc: Whittaker and Mommy are both doing excellent, although I think everybody here at the homestead is feeling a wee bit rough around the edges. Enervation aside, Whit's got a great appetite and looks fantastic, and the woman is a role model for new mothers everywhere. Family Happy Get!
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Misc: Still about 150 e-mails before I get current… everybody please bear with me. ^_^
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Games: Spent a little time with the Valkyria Chronicles DLCs, Enter the Edy Detachment! And Behind Her Blue Flame.
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Edy wasn't bad. A little short maybe, but it starred most of the offbeat characters I liked in the main game. Seeing more of them was a good thing.
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Blue Flame was kind of pissing me off… it's neat to be able to play as the enemy side, but one big issue I have with Valkyria in general is that a player’s performance ranking is based solely on speed of completion and nothing else.
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By nature, I'm a very cautious and methodical SRPG player, so trying to go for speed is something that does not come naturally to me. I don't enjoy it. I was quite content to finish levels with ‘D’ rankings in Valkyria’s story mode since I played it my way and never lost a teammate, but it's known that there is a secret level in Blue Flame that's only accessible by getting ‘A’ ranks in the three missions before it.
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It feels incredibly unnatural and unpleasant to break out of my normal SRPG play style in an effort to see this secret level, but I wasn't doing a very good job of it. After ‘A’ ranking the first bit, I was encountering significant frustration with the next and had to step away from it and give my blood pressure a break. I’ll come back to it later, but this was a poor way to close out my otherwise-exemplary Valkyria experience.
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Look for full reviews coming soon, BTW.
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After (temporarily) jumping ship from Blue Flame, I moved on to Fallout 3’s Broken Steel. Didn't get very far in this long-awaited bit of DLC, but if nothing else, it was worth $10 to finally be able to get an ending to the main storyline that made sense.
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No spoilers for people who haven't played Fallout 3 yet, but in my opinion the original ending was not only completely unsatisfactory, but illogical and poorly plotted as well.
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Kudos to Bethesda for being willing to rewrite history in this particular instance, and admitting that they biffed it the first time around.
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More to come.
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Friday, May 8, 2009

Welcoming Whittaker

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Misc: So, after long last, a proper update on the situation:
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After a long pregnancy that seemed like it would never end, my son Whittaker Rana Gallaway was born on May 4.
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Vital stats: 8lbs 1oz, 20.5 inches long, and his skills are Charm, Nuzzle and Sleep. Not bad for a level one character, eh?
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Now that he’s out of the womb complete with ten fingers and ten toes, the wife and I couldn't be happier, although the cliché about being insanely tired after a birth is true. Not only is the process physically rough on both mother and child, babies run on an opposite clock -- sleepy and quiet during the day, fidgety and needing extra attention at night. Although it probably made a lot of sense from an evolutionary perspective back when the species was still avoiding sabertooth tigers and giant cave bears, it's not much of an advantage these days.
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…Needless to say, this little level one character cast a level ten Fatigue on his mommy and daddy, and we’re just now shaking it off thanks in large part to the mother-in-law, who brought a purse-full of Remedy with her when she came to visit.
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Despite this joyous, incredibly happy and absolutely welcome event that overshadowed everything else in our lives, it's true that time waits for no one -- while we were stumbling around in a daze changing diapers and looking for clean swaddling blankets, my email box swelled up to over 350 messages needing a look-see. If you've sent me a message and haven't heard back, I'm only just now starting to wade through the deluge. Besides letting electronic communications go by the wayside (except for Twitter, which I could do in mobile fashion with one hand while juggling things in the other) all game reviews, work on the new book, and Coffeecola updates came to a bleary-eyed halt. However, after being home for a couple of days, it feels as though things are on the upswing. I expect a somewhat-normal work routine to take hold imminently -- starting back up on caffeine has helped a great deal.
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(I gave it up in addition to a few other things in a show of solidarity for the wife who was abstaining while Whittaker was in utero, but now that the embargo on potentially-harmful foodstuffs has been lifted, let the coffee overdose jitters commence.)
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Taking care of a little housekeeping before getting back to Coffeecola business, I'd like to say thank you to @genepark, @crystal_murray, @nightdreamer, @benmoraes, @finalmacstorm, @donaldtaylorii, @articulateink, @colonelt, @daleweir, @jkarney, @jenjeahaly, @roguemovement, @zolos, @leadbelly666, and @edgeone for sending messages of congratulation via Twitter. (Did I miss anyone?) Also, thanks to everyone who sent in messages via email… you’ll hear from me soon.
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Games: Although I'm not up to full speed, here are some tidbits to tide regular Coffeecola readers over until the next update…
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fear Selvaria
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>Valkyria Chronicles (PS3): Still playing, still loving. I'm really thinking that this is the best PS3 exclusive out there, and even after putting over twenty hours into the main campaign, it still feels interesting, fresh, and exciting. It’s absolutely, totally recommended, and I'm thrilled that I have a few pieces of add-on DLC waiting for me (Edy’s and Blue Flame) after credits roll.
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>Red Dead Redemption (multi): Although the original was flawed, it was a hell of a lot of fun and took a pretty good stab at doing justice to the underserved Western genre. I just caught the trailer for the sequel and I’m feeling pretty psyched.
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edgy and interesting, or just a Capcom one-off?
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>Bayonetta (multi): I get that the main character is a witch who has guns on her shoes, but it's a little impossible not to think that this is a recycled Devil May Cry with a gender switch and a storyline that seems to have a little bit of absurdity to it. Call me crazy, but after watching the storyline trailer available now, I couldn't help but sense echoes of God Hand. Anyone agree?
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boring as a dog's ass
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>Bionic Commando (multi): I'm still pretty excited for the current-gen remake of the NES classic, but the multiplayer demo currently available left me pretty cold. I get that traditional multi (as in, not co-op) is still important to a lot of folks, but to be perfectly honest, in a title like this, I couldn't care less. For the purposes of getting me excited about the impending release, this demo was a total fail.
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as you'd expect (HA!) it's a shooter. pun intended?
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>Cho Aniki (Wii Virtual Console): After reading about it for (literally) years and seeing it held up as one of the ultimate examples of eccentric Japanese game design weirdness, I was more than a little amazed to see that it was available for download to the Wii. I ponied up the 700 points immediately, but haven't started it up yet. I think I may be slightly afraid.
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$10 to put Fawkes to work and keep playing? YES PLEASE.
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>Misc DLC: I haven’t had much time for DLC/add-ons given the circumstances, but I've been keeping my eye on what's been coming down the pipe. Expect to see updates or at least brief mentions on the recently-released content for The Maw, Saints Row 2, and of course, Fallout 3. To be perfectly honest, I'm absolutely dying to start Fallout’s Broken Steel add-on, but Valkyria Chronicles is so good that I feel like I'd be doing a disservice to put it on hold, especially since I'm so close to the end. The wasteland is just going to have to wait for a little while longer.
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That's it for tonight. Thanks for your patience during Coffeecola’s hiatus, there’ll be more to come soon. For now, I'm going to go snuggle with my wonderful wife and amazing little boy.
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