And Now For Something Completely Different!

Oh hai!

I promise, I have not pushed this blog into a corner and forgotten about it. However, I have pushed it into a corner. Life goes on, we go around bends and all that other wise nonsense about the wheels of time.

I have found employment and I love my job. However, it does take up a great deal of my time. If you miss my ramblings or just want to see what I’m up to; I’m working for I Can Has Cheezburger for their farm sites as a content screener. I know, I squeed when I got the job. So, I’m still around on the netz. I can’t tell you all the places I am, (I’m like and internet ninja…HI-YAW!) but here’s a few:

There I Fixed It – My baby is growing up

This Is Photobomb

FailDogs

140pedia

And many others, but the rest are under the radar for now. ^_~

Feel free to drop by and have a look around. And I haven’t completely forgone my love of games. My brand of snark can soon be found giving gaming news to GEN, so make sure to come Digg me up for the good of all girl gamers. ^_^

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We Now Return To Our Regular Programming

For anyone that reads this blog on a regular basis, I apologize for the lack of content the last few days. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I was rendered unable to update you on obsure and amusing video game related news. HOWEVER, do no look behind the curtain, and all that jazz. Back to the blogging and thank you for your patience!

Mutant Chronicles Invades Xbox Live

Click Here For Official Site

Click Here For Official Site

This is only vaguely related to games, but Microsoft recently released a movie by studio Magnolia Pictures onto Xbox 360. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking because I thought it to: Oh goodie, a half-assed piece of tripe. No thanks.

But then I watched the trailer. Check this shit out!

Sure it’s a B-movie style zombie flick. But it has evil corporations, a secretive religious sect AND special effects that tread the line between awesome and suck. It’s like Lucas made this movie! (I kid…not really…) That, and Hellboy. And who doesn’t like Hellboy?

Anyway, it’s available for download on Xbox Live for 800 points for regular old television and 1200 points for spiffy HD.

Plus, it turns out Magnolia Studios is also behind such awarding winning films as the documentary “Man On Wire” and the highly anticipated “Let The Right One In”

Seriously, what else are you doing on a Wednesday night? Or, if you’d rather wait until April 24th (and get raped by movie theater pricing), Mutant Chronicles will be coming to a theater near you.

UPDATE:

Just finished watching it. At an hour and forty five minutes, this movie was extremely awesome. Unlike most composite horror movies, no character is safe regardless of necessity to the plot. Filmed entirely on a digital sound stage, the steam punk effects take on a graphic novel feel that took some getting used to…but I warmed up to it by the time the plot got rolling. Definately worth the $10.

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Tricksy Hobbitses

Doh!

Doh!

This isn’t terribly video game related (unless you count the inevitable movie tie-in game) but every since bumbling onto Nix’s site, I’ve been a regular at Beyond Hollywood. And when someone gets me on April Fool’s Day, especially after I did an ENTIRE POST about the calendar challenged this morning, I’ll admit it.

He got me. Him and those meddling hobbits!

No idea what I’m talking about? Here’s the link.

Now, in all fairness to myself, I read THIS ONE first. So my guard was down and I was all too willing to accept a second “leak”.

Anyone else out there in internetland have a “Doh!” moment this afternoon? Come on, I know I can’t be alone on this…right? >.>

Necron Goodness

Mwa-ha! Mwa-ha-ha!!

Mwa-ha! Mwa-ha-ha!!

Yes, this isn’t strictly “video game” oriented but I’m shoe-horning it in here. It’s gaming dammit.

SO, back in the day I dabbled in Warhammer. It satiated my OCD nicely with repetative tiny brush strokes and anal attention to distance details.  But I lived in small town USA and GamesWorkshop was but a dream.

Now, my husband and his friends have re-discovered the joy of tabletop gaming and as I type, they are working up a skirmish on the living room floor; codexes and figures strewn about like so many Legos. Two days ago I ordered the Necron codex off the internet. I eagerly await its arrival.

My husband has chosen to create a Tyranid army…basically he is intrigued by playing as the aliens from Starship Troopers. Right down to the black and bumblebee yellow color scheme.

I. Must. Destroy. Him.

For those of you unfamiliar with Necrons, or Warhammer 40k in general, feel free to click on the shiny underlined words to be magically transported to a new page full of more information than you could possibly want and/or need.

So once my codex gets here and I decide what my army will consist of (thinking of starting out with a 1000 point) I will have the pleasure of buying overpriced plastic which I must then put together and paint. GLEE!

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Halo 3 incites teen to murder? WTF?!

Seriously, wow. I’m minding my own business perusing the news section of gamespot.com in search of information for a new article when I stumbled across this gem.

This leads me to question the addictivness of games. Not whether or not people can and do get addicted to the point of craziness, ie: shooting your parents for telling you to get off the damn Xbox, but whether or not it was inevitable for these poor people.
For example, if the teen had been ridiculously obessed with say, the works of Shakespeare, to the point that he no longer functioned as a member of society would they have blamed Hamlet for his actions? Or would they have just said he had an addictive personality and was mentally unstable?
Which he clearly is. I mean, even the judge said it. Why does the fact that he snapped over Halo 3 and not say, being told he couldn’t go to the football game cause this type of sensationalism? The public fascination with watching video games crash and burn is odd.

So, the question is…are video games really more detrimental or addictive than any other vice? Or do they just get a bad wrap because they’re easier to target than cigarettes or alcohol? Or because video games are marketed to children? Though you’d think finding out you have a problem with addiction at the age of seven might keep you from snorting cocaine off a public toilet seat at twenty.
But I digress. Though this was a tragic event, I have to wonder how it got to that point. The article clearly says the boy planned the murders for weeks in advance. Was he acting perfectly normal during all this? Or, like many parents, did they simply take this as a “phase” and dismiss his behavior? All I know is I’ll be sleeping with one eye open once the kiddos hit puberty.
P.S. Question…why was there no trial for this kid? Seemingly the judge made the ruling without the aid of a jury of peers. Any readers out there in the legal business that could answer that?

Another Twilight Rant

So, I know everyone and their mother has an opinion on Twilight and all it’s marketing glory. But I’m throwing in my two cents, because this is the internet and I can. So nyah.

Maybe I’ve been living under a rock since 2005. Or maybe my daughter is too young to care about sparklepyres and Mommy would rather her vampires novels have more smut in them. So it wasn’t until Stephanie Meyer threw her enormous hissy fit about Midnight Sun getting leaked or whatever that I’d even heard of these things. And to this day I wish I’d been more willing to let it slide. To not click the link. To not delve into the black pit of Twilight. But I didn’t so I did.

Have you ever heard the phrase, “God save me from your followers?” Yes? Well, this line with minor tweaks could apply to the legions of teenage girls and, surprisingly their moms, that see Edward Cullen as the second coming. I may have read these books. I have no problem with candy for the brain. None at all. A generically written, one dimensional plot has gotten me through many an airplane trip. But you can’t say that to Twilighters. To them, it’s the equivalent of saying Shakespeare was a hack that stole his work from better writers. (Which is also up for debate, but I digress). They slather on you with the spew of fanatic encyclopedic knowledge and abuse exclamation point use to the point that the grammar nazi in me curls into the fetal position and dies. Almost had to become an anti-Twilighter merely to survive in the sea of fangirl foam.

Then, through these posts and blogs and wiki’s, a small theme started to emerge. Meyer’s vampires don’t drink human blood. Fine, I can handle that. After all, Louie from Interview With A Vampire tried that for a while. A nice way to show the struggle between the monster and the man. Then, Meyer’s vampires can go out in the daylight. And SPARKLE. Okay, wait. I can justify this. Give me a second. Oh, wait. You say the oldest Cullen is only a few hundred years old? *Spazzes and dies.* The only vampire I know of that could walk in the sun unaffected was Dracula and this is because he’s older than dirt. And then, the vampires don’t have fangs? Wait, what? Damn, evolution hates these vampires. And then, they’re cold and have no pulse. Plausible…in fact even fairly normal in vampire lore. But they can still produce sperm and babies…biology for the lose. A revolutionary theory occurs to me: Meyer’s sparklpyres aren’t even vampires but those evil Elves dragging  the good vampire name through the mud. Shame on them.

I won’t even go into the Mary Sue-ness of Bella or whatnot because I enjoy a good Mary Sue. Hell, I read the Anita Blake novels. But I’m not going to tout them as a pardigm of modern literature. They’re a fun read that makes my husband happy because he gets continuously laid for a few days after I read one. There’s another reason Twilight grates on me. The entire lack of sex. But Donna, you say, they’re YA literature. Sex would be inappropriate. Ah, but it was the publisher and not Meyer that stuck them there. So instead of a sexy romp, you get four books of cock-teasing and angst.

According to the almighty internets, there is also a theme of relationship abuse, female subservience and a sad lack of Bella having a life outside of “OMG he loves me!”. No outside friends, no hobbies, no nothing. I can’t say if that’s true or not, but my brain seizes every time I try to read these books again. So I won’t go into the argument of whether Bella is a bad role model for tween girls.

I will leave you with a final thought. If you were going to live forever and look seventeen, would you A) repeat high school until the end of time or 2) make the logical leap to saying you’re eighteen to avoid said hell that is high school and get a job at the local bookstore? Poor Edward, he’s in hell for eternity because his brain couldn’t make that logic leap. Actually, it probably could but then he wouldn’t have met Bella so the author had to neuter that thought along with most everything that makes a vampire a vampire.