Tuesday, May 26, 2009

137 Days UP - "Give me a reason to end this discussion, to break with tradition, to fold and divide..."

I've been somewhat lax in my posting duties for a few weeks - but I hope you'll forgive me because I've been seriously enjoying me some games.

After just about all of these lengthy game playing sessions, there's always that moment where I go "man, where'd all that time go?" and at some point in the past I might have felt a twinge of regret - Hell, my year off from games - the reason this very blog exists - was something of a penance for the many hours passed on my couch/in front of the computer/not reading a book on the train.

Nowadays though, I try my best to set aside the time I can and just enjoy the ride. I realize one day in the near future I probably won't be able to invest the kind of time I do now in this stuff, and I'll look back and miss this NEARLY FOUR MONTH PERIOD OF UNEMPLOYMENT. Thankfully though, I'll be too busy counting all the money in my "Money/Laser Tag Pit" with my Asian lingerie model girlfriend to really be too upset*...

Goodbye Sunday afternoon! Hello Plants Vs. Zombies!

So...having said all of this, you should check out Plants Vs. Zombies and Mass Effect if you like video games. One's a nice casual tower defense game that hooks you in an never lets go, and one is a glorious, epic space RPG that sucks* you in and never lets go. I'll let you figure out which is which. Also, I learned how to play Werewolf (a form of the party game Mafia) this weekend too, which is also a lot of fun if you have a bigger-than-Rock-Band-can-handle size group of people all willing to try something new and fun (and non-electronic, if that's your thing).

Point is: Game Game Game Game Game - because, well, it's one of the few great things out there that they haven't linked to cancer...yet.

-Matt

*That is, until the robot uprising.
*An important distinction.

Monday, May 11, 2009

122 Days UP - "I'll go with the the worst idea, if everyone takes the toll..."

I've never been a super big fan of game shows. Don't get me wrong, I always wanted to be on 'Double Dare,' 'Fun House,' and 'Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?' when I was kid. That's a given. But nowadays, unless something's on in the background - at which point I'll start yelling at the idiot contestants on 'Wheel of Fortune,' 'Family Feud,' or any number of shows where I knowI wouldn't be so stupid* - I never really make it a point to watch anything.

Having said this, I am PUMPED for the debut of 1 vs. 100 on Xbox Live. Or more generally speaking - since technically I've never even see the actual show before - I'm excited about the prospect of participating in all the game shows I've always wanted to be on. I really think this is the future of game shows, a genre that quite frankly hasn't seen much advancement since people started basically airing all their dirty laundry on the air for the chance to walk away with nothing.

As with sports, as a gamer I'd always rather be playing rather than watching when it comes to game shows. And unlike sports, there's not really a fundamental difference between participating in the video game version of the game show and the real thing. Sure, you miss out on the wonderful playful banter with say, Drew Carrey, but I think we can all live without that. The pre-recorded banter-track in You Don't Know Jack made me laugh harder than anything I've ever seen any real host say, so suffice it to say I don't think it'll be hard to recreate.

Sure, I'll play whatever this is!

I don't see a game show that this wouldn't theoretically work for*. You could get TONS of people to log onto a smaller game, like say, a Jeopardy or a Wheel of Forture, and players who answers questions correctly while "watching" are essentially applying to be on the show again in the future, maybe even as soon as the next round. And there are some game shows that are PERFECT for this type of thing, like The Price Is Right. Everyone in the "audience" is a potential contestant, just like on the real show. Throw in a semi-decent live (or, again, call the YDKJ people) host to keep things moving (*ahem*, long time improviser, at your service) and some reasonable cash prizes (I'll play for Microsoft/Sony/Nintendo points all day long, and that costs the company next to NOTHING) and I think you'll have an infinite pool of contestants willing to play at all hours of the day, every day.

Man, why did this take so long to happen? Game Shows + Video Games + Millions of Online Gamers Willing To Sit Through Annoying Advertising For Potential Prizes = Success! It's simple math, really. Well, I guess I'll wait to play 1 vs. 100 before committing to that for sure...

-Matt



Currently Playing: Exactly two things: 1) X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which I got at a ridiculous discount, and am enjoying thoroughly - highly recommended for anyone who's ever wanted to eviscerate non-stop for about 10-15 hours. And 2) Castlevania: Order of Ecclessia, which, if you've played any other Castlevania on the DS/GBA/Symphony of the Night you'll know what to expect - it's great and tweaks the formula just enough to keep it fresh.

*Jeopardy, of course, I know I would do quite poorly on. But c'mon, that show's for NERDS!
*Maybe some of those crazy Japanese game shows? You can't really recreate the feeling of having your head trapped in the same space as a deadly poisonous snake, I suppose.

Friday, May 1, 2009

112 Days UP - "You load sixteen tons, whaddya get? Another day older and deeper in debt..."

This pic is labeled "The Closer" to all who receive it.

I'm a little less than 3 months unemployed now. In my latest desperate attempt to stand out, I've started attaching the above photo to my job applications - especially the ones that ask for a "sense of humor." Other than pointing to this brilliantly hilarious blog, I can think of no other way to show my lighter side than with a thumbs up, a weird smile and a sticky note on my head.

Speaking of this blog, I've become semi-aware of my web presence recently, in that I've been wondering if it's preventing me from getting any jobs. Is being a huge nerd and acting really silly on the internet enough to dissuade legitimate businesses from hiring you these days? Because if so, I'm kind of boned.

Hehe...I said "boned."

-Matt

Currently Playing: Just started the newest Castlevania for the the DS - Order of Ecclesia - pretty addictive so far, I have to say. Also just checked out the new X-men Origins: Wolverine demo - holy crap, that game is vicious! The game just informed me of exactly how I've wanted Wolverine to behave and play all these years. Kinda makes me less excited to see the PG-13 rated movie now...