New PC

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I've recently just bought a new PC. I had my previous one for 5+ years, and while it was still in decent shape and running well, I wanted a proper upgrade. I had to start from scratch, because upgrading from the old parts would have just been pointless because pretty much everything needed an upgrade.

Anyway, here are the specs, for anybody interested:

Case
COOLERMASTER HAF 922 MID TOWER GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i5-2500k Quad Core (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache) + HD Graphics
Motherboard
ASUS® P8Z68-V LX: USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs, ATI®CrossFireX
Memory (RAM)
8GB KINGSTON HYPER-X GENESIS DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz, X.M.P (2 x 4GB KIT)
Graphics Card
2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 Ti - 2 DVI,HDMI,VGA - 3D Vision Ready
Memory - 1stHard Disk
120GB INTEL® 320 SERIES SSD, SATA 3 Gb/s (upto 270MB/sR | 130MB/sW)
Power Supply
CORSAIR 750W ENTHUSIAST SERIES™ TX750 V2-80 PLUS® BRONZE

It's not right at the top of the line, but it's a really nice system. It runs Starcraft 2 on extreme and stays above 100 frames per second. I've yet to try any other games on it. I'll be looking to buy Battlefield 3 on the PC at some point and see what it can do.

Speaking of Battlefield 3, I bought it on 360 and I've played a bit of the multiplayer. It's very different to my usual Call of Duty, and sometimes it can be far too slow for my liking, but on the whole, I really enjoy it. The random stuff you can get up to in the game is really fun, and playing it with a few friends is a laugh. It will take a little while before I get "good" at the game, but I'm enjoying it so far.

What is this? I don't understand.

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In my previous blog, I started off talking about how I hadn't blogged in a while. There was a three month gap between that blog and the one before it. That was nine months ago. :o

I guess I'm just not as vocal about my opinions on games as I used to be. I still play them (although I don't play as many games as I would like to as I usually play either Call of Duty with friends or Starcraft 2), I just don't talk about them afterwards as much as I used to.

Speaking of Starcraft 2, it's probably my favourite game....of all time. I love it. I'm still not that amazing at it, although I would be much better if I actually played as much as I wanted to, but it's not just about that. It's about the amount of time I spend thinking about it. That sounds weird, but it's not really. I follow the professional Starcraft 2 scene quite a lot now. I watch a lot of live tournaments, and a lot of online videos about the game. I am completely engrossed in the Starcraft 2 scene. I can talk about the game all day and not be bored. It's a game that you are always learning about.

Outside of that, Starcraft 2 is just a bloody good game that is fun to play, even when you get destroyed in a match.

There have been other games, obviously. Modern Warfare 3 came out and I don't like it (well, I don't like the multiplayer anyway). It's not balanced. It's not fun. It's not good. But it's the one game that we (my friends and I) all own, so on a Friday night, after the work week is over, we all jump on and try to have a laugh. But we really need a new multiplayer game to play.

Other than that, I've just been working a lot, which is great, and getting by as normal. It's all good. I'm looking forward to the Christmas break. I intend on working through some of the many games I have bought recently and haven't played yet. I intend to do this, but I might just end up playing Starcraft 2 the entire time, which is fine too.

Well hello there...

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I just realised that I haven't posted a blog on GameSpot since 2010. I knew it had been a while, but that's a little bit ridiculous. I guess I just haven't had much to say, really. I haven't really been up to anything exciting, and I haven't really been playing too many games.

But considering it has been so long, there are so games I have to talk about:

Call of Duty Black Ops -- I've played quite a bit of Black Ops, and on the whole I really enjoy it. It has it's problems, but all Call of Duty games do. But it's still another example of why Call of Duty is the most popular console game at the moment -- it just feels really good to play. It's smooth. It's fast. It's exciting. It's also a great game to play with someonline friends and it has the ability to just steal hours, days, and weeks from your life. I don't know if I'll continue to play it right the way up to the next Call of Duty release, but it won't disappear quickly either.

Assassin's Creed 2 and Assassin's Creed Brotherhood -- I played both of these games in quick succession and I absolutely loved them both. AC2 is such a better game than the original. It's not horribly repetitive. The things you are doing flow into the story far more than the first one. The combat is smoother. The free-running and climbing is better. The story is also much better and far more exciting. Brotherhood then steps up again, concluding Ezio's story and leaving us all thirsty for the next in the series. I cannot wait for the next game in the series, and it will definitely be a day one purchase for me.

Starcraft 2 -- Holy crap. Starcraft 2 has reminded me why I love the RTS genre. I think it's probably my GOTY for 2010. Not only is the single player campaign epic, with a variety of different missions that are enjoyable with a good story flowing through the game, but the multiplayer is so perfectly balanced that it keeps me going back. Unfortunately, Starcraft 2 is a very hard game to get good at, and I'm nowhere near as good as I would like to be. I aim to get higher up in the leagues though, but it will take a lot of practice. I can see me playing this game for a long time to come. I am fascinated by it. Really excellent game.

That's all I really want to talk about. I've been spending a lot of time with those games. Since my last blog, I have bought quite a few games that I really want to play, as well as all of my other games that I haven't played yet. Now that I've finished with the Assassin's Creed games, I'll be moving on to either Red Dead Redemption, Mass Effect 2 or Alan Wake next.

I'll try to blog more often. The trouble is, I never want to just blog without a real purpose (even though that's kind of what this is), but I guess it would be easier to blog every so often, just about whatever, than blogging once every three months and having it as a catch-up blog. That's not really fun for anybody.

p.s. I just changed my GS banner last night. I felt I needed something more up to date than a modified Gears of War banner, seeing as I don't even play that anymore. Since I'll never tire of The Rolling Stones, my new one seems like a perfect fit. :)

Ornament Scavenger Hunt

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This is my entry for the Scavenger Hunt taking place on GameSpot right now. If you haven't heard about it, go and check it out.

Clue 1: Van Nguyen
Clue 2: Jody Robinson
Clue 3: Guy Cocker
Clue 4: Matthew Gravish
Clue 5: Chris Watters
Clue 6: Kevin VanOrd
Clue 7: Aaron Sampson
Clue 8: Alex Sassoon Coby
Clue 9: Wernher Goff
Clue 10: Jan Heir
Clue 11: Randolph Ramsay
Clue 12: Andrew Park
Clue 13: Mark Walton
Clue 14: Justin Calvert
Clue 15: Sophia Tong
Clue 16: Kurtis Seid
Clue 17: Giancarlo Varanini
Clue 18: Justin Porter
Clue 19: Ryan McDonald
Clue 20: Tyler Winegarner
Clue 21: Maxwell McGee
Clue 22: James Kozanecki
Clue 23: Frank Adams
Clue 24: Sarju Shah
Clue 25: Shaun McInnis
Clue 26: Ricardo Torres
Clue 27: Tom Magrino
Clue 28: Dan Chiappini
Clue 29: Homer Rabara
Clue 30: Takeshi Hiraoka
Clue 31: Tor Thorsen
Clue 32: Jim Maybury
Clue 33: Carolyn Petit
Clue 34: Tom McShea
Clue 35: Dan Mihoerck
Clue 36: Jane Douglas
Clue 37: Brendan Sinclair
Clue 38: Laura Parker

I have Black Ops! :)

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It arrived a day early, which is awesome.

I've played a little bit of it, and it's pretty cool so far. Compared to Modern Warfare 2, it's a very different game. I really need to play more of it though.

Speaking of which, I'm going to play it right now!

I'm no longer 21 :(

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I hadn't realised how fast this year had really passed, but it has. Last year at this time, I had just turned 21, I was concentrating on finishing my first semester of my last year at university, and that was awesome.

A year later, I've completely finished with university (at least for now), and I'm no longer that age that everybody older than 21 seems to look back on. I know I'm only 22 now, but time is starting to fly now, and I suppose it's only going to pass quicker with every additional year (according to my Dad, anyway). Not that I'm that fussed, though. I have felt the same on every birthday since I turned 18.

Besides from birthdays, I still can't find a job, local or otherwise. People really weren't joking around when they said the job market was a little rough at the moment. It sucks, but there isn't too much I can do about it.

But it does give me time to play games. I finished Halo: Reach, and I enjoyed it. It's a Halo game. Simple as that.

I've been making my way through my first career in F1 2010, and even though I'm not playing it as much as I thought I would, I'm enjoying it.

And I've been finishing up my time with Modern Warfare 2. Black Ops, the next game in the series, hits on Tuesday, and I'm super stoked. I'm fed up with Modern Warfare 2, not that it's a bad game, but it has some serious flaws, which people abuse to hell. Me and the people I play with are eagerly awaiting Black Ops now, and we really don't have too long to wait!

On the other hand, I've played Modern Warfare 2's multiplayer for nearly 18 days now, and we can probably bump my total time up to 20 days including the campaign and the spec-ops mode. That's a lot of time. If I spend that much time in Black Ops, it doesn't give me too much time to play some of the other games I own and haven't played, and there is a lot of them. Ah well.

Bah. I thought this would just be a quick little blog talking about my birthday. Why do I always end up doing this?

I'm back!

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Yeah, I'm back. Although, I have never really been away, but I did have my profile set to friends-only for a month there, but now it's open again. :)

I've not got much of an update for this blog, though. Apart from a couple of rough things happening in my life two weeks ago, nothing much has happened. I've been trying my best to find a good job, and not succeeding just yet. Other than that, I've just been playing some games.

I've bought three games recently, despite my incredibly low budget:

Halo Reach: I have only played the first three missions so far. I really only bought it because my friends had bought it and I wanted to play with them. However, since then, two of them have traded it in. *shakes fist* But I'm fine with it, because I do enjoy the Halo games anyway.

F1 2010: I don't know if I've talked about my love for the F1 sport on my blog before, but I really love it. I watch every single race, as well as some of the pre-race events. The problem with being an F1 fan, though, is that there hasn't been any good F1 games for several years, and then several years before that one, so I've been eagerly anticipating Codemasters' F1 2010 for a while now. Now that it's here, I like it so far. I've not spent too much time playing it; I've completed just two of the career weekends, but it's really cool so far. I like the way the cars feel, the great graphics, and I love the tactical decisions you have to make, which stays true to the sport. I'm looking forward to sinking a lot of time into it.

Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock: Another Guitar Hero game, sure, but it's another one I enjoy. I kind of liked Guitar Hero 5 last year, but it wasn't that great. I do feel that this one is a step up though. The quest mode is pretty cool. The songs are great. It has a whole host of different modes to try. I do think it's a really tight package. Of course, if you're fed up of the genre in general, it probably won't sway you, but I still enjoy Guitar Hero and Rock Band games, and I definitely like Warriors of Rock.


Despite buying those three games, and playing them to some extent, I still have a massive backlog to get through, but I don't know when I will be able to do that. I'm still playing Modern Warfare 2 (I finally levelled up all the way), and although I think I'm nearly done with that, finally, Call of Duty: Black Ops comes out next month, and I can see me putting a lot of time into that game.

You would think with me not having a job at the moment, I would be able to plough through all of these games, but that hasn't been the case. Ah well, it's not like the games are doing to disappear on me. I have all the time in the world to play them.

Tagged :(

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Sorry people. I've been tagged (by the evil BZSIN) and I feel obliged to do this, but I think I'll avoid tagging anybody else, because I always enjoy breaking the chain. :wink:

You've been tagged, here are the rules:

    1. Put Your iTunes (or other music player) on Shuffle.
    2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
    3. You must write down the name of the song no matter how silly it sounds!
    4. Put any comments in brackets after the song name.
    5. Tag at least 10 friends. Anyone tagged has to do the same, because fun pointlessness spreads like a virus.

1. If someone says, "Is this okay?" You say

Only You - Kiss

2. How would you describe yourself?

United Abominations - Megadeth

3. What do you like in a guy/girl?

Man on the Edge - Iron Maiden

4. How do you feel today?

More than a Feeling - Boston

5. What is your life's purpose?

You - The Who (hah, not bad)

6. What is your motto?

Smokin' - Boston

7. What do your friends think of you?

Higher Power - Journey

8. What do you think of your parents?

Fool in the Rain - Led Zeppelin

9. What do you think about very often?

I'm a Loser - The Beatles

10. What is 2 + 2?

My Hero - Foo Fighters

11. What do you think of your best friend?

Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones

12. What do you think of the person you like?

Cold Gin - Kiss

13. What is your life story?

Rip this joint - The Rolling Stones

14. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Children of the Grave - Black Sabbath

15. What do you think of when you see the person you like?

Foxy Lady - Jimi Hendrix (Perfect! :P )

16. What will you dance to at your wedding?

Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin (haha)

17, What will they play at your funeral?

Hard Life to Live - Black Sabbath

18. What is your hobby/interest?

Dandelion - The Rolling Stones

19. What is your biggest fear?

Citizen Erased - Muse

20. What is your biggest secret?

Spanish Castle Magic - Jimi Hendrix

21. What do you think of your friends?

Doom Gloom Heartache and Whiskey - Viking Skull (underground hard rock band. Check them out if you like hard rock).

22. What will you put as the title?

Merry Go Round - Fleetwood Mac (But I'm not actually going to put it as the title. Caddy 1 - "The Man" 0)

Phew. I'm done. I don't really enjoy getting tagged or doing these things usually, but this actually gives you a quick glance at my general music taste and collection.