So, what did YOU do geeky this week? Here’s what some of us at E-G have been doing to keep geeky during the summer.
This week I went out of town on a mini vacation to visit my parents and friends in Southwest Florida. However, being the geeks we are, chose to skip the normal outdoor activities one does on a vacation on the coast and played video games instead. I finally picked up Uncharted 2 and I believe I am almost finished with the single player campaign. Most of my other friends opted to pick up Starcraft 2 and have been playing that.
Also, I was introduced to The Big Bang Theory. So far I have finished the first season and I am craving more.
I’ve been hard at work on the upcoming Call of Duty Retrospective that we announced over the weekend. I’m really excited about working on these videos and I hope everyone is going to enjoy the results. I’ve topped off replaying the first COD and I’m close to wrapping up the expansion so with any luck the first episode in the series will be out sooner than we realize.
Oh yea! In site news, we’ll be at MAGFest 2011 for sure! I signed up the site a few weeks ago. I’m even more excited about the show this year than I was last year, probably because I know more of what to expect.
My week thus far has consisted of a little more StarCraft II, along with a dose of World of Warcraft. Since I completely skipped the last two years of WoW, I decided to see if the questing I missed had improved. My friends said it had a great deal…however it was largely still the same: kill this many of those, collect this, run over here etc. LIARS! This was just a plot to get me back into the game. Luckily for me though, this expansion is nearing an end so there’s no competitive race in content and the gear and all that stuff is kind of pointless. Much harder to get hooked.
Other than that, I’m in the planning stages for a new PC! I can’t wait for this to become a reality. My current rig can’t even play Bad Company 2 and has to play SC2 on some really weak settings. This will also allow me to get my geek on in music production and video editing. Needless to say, the future has a very joyous moment in waiting.
I’m still playing Star Ocean: The Last Hope, but with only an hour of playtime a day, I’m not progressing nearly as fast as I’d like to. Maybe that’s for the best though… since I don’t have to sit through so many of it’s incredibly shitty cutscenes if I don’t play so much. At one point during the development process of the English version of this game, SOMEBODY must have noticed that the voice-overs were TERRIBLE.
Aside from that, I picked up Army of Two: The Fortieth Day yesterday, and must say that I’m genuinely surprised about this game. The level design is great, the emphasis on co-op is rad, weapon customization is pretty neat and most importantly, there are just an incredible amount of people to shoot. So in short, it’s everything the first game wasn’t. Unfortunately, the game fumbles by assigning almost all actions to the same button (dashing into cover from a distance is the same button as vaulting over cover if you’re close to it). And for some reason, there is no way to control the audio or turn on subtitles. Voices are generally pretty soft and I can’t follow the story line at all… not that I expect to be blown away by it, but more because I’d really like to understand why I’m shooting all these people.
This week saw me getting back into a daily gaming flow for the first time in months. With a combination of trying to just pass the last classes so I can finally get my degree and looking for the job I’ll move to right after that, the days have blended together into an opaque headache of a mess. Luckily, early on the week, I received the 16GB memory pro stick duo for my PSP, and with an hour of downloading took it down to under a gig. Safe to say that, with practically half the PSX’s good library in my pocket, I am kicking boredom’s ass.
But I am not surviving entirely on the sustenance of the nostalgia IV. Gamefly’s sent me the surprisingly decent Saw: The Videogame, and in between sessions with Jigsaw I made New Super Mario Bros. and Professor Layton and the Curious Village my bitch(es). But the best summary possible of these past few days is the comfort and bliss that results from curling up in my duvet and stack of pillows and going through a month of Persona 3 Portable, juggling social links and Tartarus training like the pro I am. Oh, all that and working hard on the site…..yeah……
(psst….expect a few reviews and previews coming from me in the next week or so!)