Archive for February, 2009

Journal: Snowy Wastelands and Baby Rhino Power

Well, as predicted, I was unable to throw together some posts during the week, so I’ll recap a bit of the important stories –capping my bandwidth didn’t help matters.  After which I’ll explain what is in store for me this coming week, and what I’ll be doing next Sunday and the week which follows it.

To start off, the Operation Anchorage DLC was released for Xbox 360 and was recieved with various opinions.  The four to five hour long sidequest addition dumps your character into a virtual reality situation where the only things that transfer through are your stats.  When you kill enemies, they fade away in a mix of The Matrix and Tron styled fashion disallowing you from picking up the weapons they drop.  There are plenty of reviews out there –as well as some video footage— if you’re interested in more indepth coverage.  I on the other hand am going to ask the number one question:  Have you ran out of stuff to do in Fallout 3 to warrant the download of a  $10 expansion?

In more hilarious backlash news, Sony both relayed the message that, yet again, the PSP2 is not in production, as well as dissing IGN for their rumor starting skills.  It would seem that a Sony representative was having a bad day and decided to end the endless unsubstantiated PSP2 rumors with the following quote:

Clearly, being a quiet time of year, many, what we thought to be credible websites, are making up stories about PSP2, and how it allows you to teleport across the globe, travel through time, and will be powered by the horns of baby rhinoceroses.

Hopefully, you can sense a mild tone of sarcasm, which should hopefully indicate how ‘on the money’ IGN are. Needless to say, we don’t comment on rumour or speculation, but this is nonsense.

Clearly Sony is tired of the PSP2 rumors running around the video game world in a marathon where the only winners are photoshops and speculation.  Hats off to Sony for standing up and telling it how it is while reminding us that baby rhino horns won’t power a non-existent handheld platform.

In news that is less gaming related, and more gaming news site related, Joystiq has done not only given itself a nose job, but also went under the knife to combine their offspring into one ultimate being.  One can now access all of their site from Joystiq.com by using a prefix to the address such as “xbox.“, “playstation.” or “nintendo.”  The idea behind this was to remove the “Fanboy” monocre and get those other sites to sound more reputable when trying to ask for interviews and the like.  So, what are you waiting for, I’m not posting anything, and their professionals!  Check out their site and leave them pretty little comments for Ben Gilbert, one of the newest hires, to moderate.  He’ll love you for it.

As for me, I’m still pacing myself through my final week of the semester.  I’ve downed one test with more ease than expected and am preparing for the rest to ambush me later this week.  On the video game front, I’ve been working through Chrono Trigger, and I’m still getting frustrated beyond all means.  My frustrations, sweat, love and tears will all be put into words when I finally complete the game, but that won’t be for a while.

If you’ve been following these journal updates, you’ll know that I’ll be taking a long flight back to the United States next Sunday, and will finally be able to dip my toe into the pool of games that I’ve been dying to swim through — please don’t splash.  I’m getting really excited for next week, and I’ll be attempting to write pieces about the games I do get my hands on, albiet without my computer.  To reitterate from last week, I’ll be sending in my laptop for some much needed hardware assistance (read:  Dell is fixing my keyboard).

Next:  More studying with game breaks and the occasional stop for some relaxing movie or TV entertainment viewing.

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