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(no subject) [Jan. 24th, 2012|03:14 am]
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Ohmi's Skyward Sword review:
Claimed to be "Not only the best Zelda on the Wii, but the best Zelda ever made" - IGN

The review - warning: spoilersCollapse )
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Vote on Soul Calibur V! [May. 10th, 2011|10:58 pm]
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 Daishi Odashima - the producer for Soul Calibur V is holding a poll.  If you have any love for Soul Calibur please go vote!
http://www.misterpoll.com/polls/518203
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Hi Guys! [Jan. 25th, 2011|08:52 pm]
Happy Thanksgiving, Xmas, New Year, MLK etc.  It's been a long time!

I don't really have much to say but I might start using this thing again if I can gather some time to do game reviews.  I've played a bunch of good and bad stuff this year and kinda wanted to review it just for posterity.
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Final Fantasy 13 Short Comment [Mar. 17th, 2010|11:24 pm]
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Are you a La'Cie? Because if you are, you may be the enemy of Cocoon but... Victoria wants a word with you. :D

BTW- I'm only about 9 hours in so far.. but I'd give this game about 50/100 score if it were up to me.  I don't completely hate the game but the pacing is terrible and there's nothing to break up the monotony of the HALLWAY OF BOREDOM!  FFX isn't one of my favorite FFs.. but it was similar to this and yet so much better.  For example: The fact that you stop at towns, talk to people, shop there etc... helps give you a rest from the hall-crawler nature, so do the Cloister of Trials areas where you do puzzles..  The towns and dungeons also help break up the scenery so that it's more varied as you travel... though FFX also had more variety in its basic areas too.  I'm thinking the only good thing about FFXIII so far is the blu-ray movies and possibly the story.. though that's a questionable one since I've already experienced many scenes where I want to call BS on what's happening.

Some telling words from the producer:
A: We wanted to do a lot more but it was "too hard to accomplish"
B: We created 2 games worth of content but only put 1/2 of that in (IE- production problems caused them to throw away tons of content)

Clearly this game is unfinished as to what it should've been and it shows.
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JR pwns joo EA lolololol! [Nov. 18th, 2009|11:31 am]
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"Today, we are learning that Pandemic Studios, one half of that 840 million dollar acquisition, is being closed down, suggesting that the studio is worthless to EA at this point – only two years following the deal.
According to
SEC documents, Mr. Riccitello pocketed up to 4.9 million on that deal, and no doubt helped his fellow co-founders of Elevation Partners walk away making a nice profit on that deal. EA’s shareholders have been left with the bill - and a stock that has fallen 70% since that deal was completed."

http://www.marketrap.com/article/view_article/91171/outrageous-electronic-arts-inc-ceo-riccitello-buys-his-own-company-and-closes-it-down-two-years-later

The welfare of 1500 employees and countless stock-holders is nothing as long as I have a cool 4.9mil in my pocket! :D
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Talk about blood of a thousand... [Nov. 11th, 2009|02:43 am]
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EA laid off 1,500 people today.  One of them was my amazing art director, Jason Kaehler, who seemed pretty essential to the project.  I'm glad he was able to lay down a lot of standards for us to go by... and hopefully we make it without him.  But it definitely won't be the same.

We also lost our lead QA testers..  'cuz, you know, quality QA isn't important when you're trying to ship triple-A titles. :P

What is going on people?!  Where is the accountability at the top?
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Dyson 24 - More than meets the eye? [Sep. 10th, 2009|02:35 am]
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[music |Hyper Crush: robotic technotronic]

So I bought a vacuum.. and it was horribly expensive..  and I never thought I'd say this about a house-cleaning appliance but..  holy smokes the thing is awesome!

Just think.. it's thoroughly satisfies my lust for techno-gadgetry.  I also appreciate that it transforms when you need it to in order to reach tight/high places.. yeah like a transformer. @_@;   no more clunky tube attachments though!.. oh and it's got a singular wheel in the middle which houses the motor!?  What kind of madness is this?!

Mundane stuff that matters:  HEPA filter is a must!  Also it's very quiet for a vacuum.  I know the larger one has like 2x the suckage power but this one is small.. efficient.. light and good for the size of space that I have right now...
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Autoblogging.. [Sep. 3rd, 2009|12:43 am]
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In Acura news..  The RSX might return?!  I don't see why they would bring it back considering the Civic/Si is basically the same car with more features.. ('course I would argue that it looks worse lol)

I've been contemplating my next automotive move.. and things are moving in very different directions right now..  one thought is to buy a used S2000 and just have a ton of fun on the winding roads.. the other is to buy a subdued and cheap commuter car.. like a used (old 2 seater type) Honda Insight.  The problem is that I suspect I'll have to replace the batteries shortly after buying one of those if I did because almost all of the ones I've seen so far are near the 100,000 mile mark... and I think the batteries are supposed to expire around there.  New batteries would cost an extra 2 grand on top so I'm not sure that's a great option..  'course used Insights are only about $9,000 which isn't really bad for a car that gets nearly 70mpg.

I thought about the 370Z and I'd still like to test-drive it.. but considering I could get a used Corvette Z06 for about the same money and the Corvette would get better highway milage.. it's sorta hard to justify.. (370Z = 26mpg, VetteZ06=29mpg) O_O;

Other cars on my test list:
Lotus Elise (track / weekend car only)
Acura NSX (would have to go used)
BMW Z4, BMW M3, or other BMW cars just to see what all the hubbub is
Mazda RX-8, Miata (I hate smiling cars though)
Aptera Type-2e  (I dunno if it's testable, this will be a must try whenever it's available though)
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Driving to work [Aug. 3rd, 2009|01:34 am]
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I just calculated my monthly gas expenses for driving (1040mi/month)

RSX Type-S (current car) = ~29mpg = $115 (premium fuel)
Old Honda Insight = ~65mpg = $48 (regular)
Aptera Type-E (electric) = ~300mpg = $5.2 (wall plug power)

Needless to say I'm pretty interested in the Aptera... it also has a 100mi range which isn't bad for an electric.  Next year they're supposedly going to have a hybrid model as well.
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Home late every day... time for ice-cream! [Jul. 17th, 2009|02:27 am]
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It's just amazing how late I get home these days.. especially since I started opting to eat dinner up in Emeryville/Berkeley last night I went with my DD, his GF, and one of the interns to Berkeley for some food.. on the way to the Thai place we were eating at...  we stopped by this Ice-Cream parlor called "Ici" that apparently makes custom flavors of ice cream that rotate constantly (like daily I think?)... interesting stuff like "rose pistachio" or "basil" were on the menu when I went.  I ended up getting something more basic - double malted chocolate but I also added peanuts to the top.. and well I expected regular peanuts.. but these were actually candied peanuts which nicely complimented the chocolate.  The price is a bit more than say Baskin Robbins but for the originality and quality it's hard to beat!

If I can make it back there again sometime I want to get their orange chocolate chip icecream sandwich that I saw that day.. looked so good!
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