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Broadcast to the void

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Anyone still making blogs? I have my notifications set to email me whenever someone makes a new blog, but I haven't gotten jack in over a week. Is there just not much to talk about? Is this part of some mass protest no one told me about?

I'd like to know.

-Matt

You can't learn to walk..

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Without learning how to crawl.

Hey, everyone. Been really busy with school and work that I haven't had much to talk about these days. But I guess with the new update and all, I do now. It's been pretty weird having to relearn how things are done here again. I still don't know where the user's blogs are. Not in the feed, I hope, because that would be a pain to sift through.

But I'm sure I'll get the hang of things here again.

-Matt

GTA 5 launch

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Well, I picked up my copy of GTA 5 (i.e. my first ever GTA game) last night. The only downside was that by the time I got home my internet was out. Weird timing, I know. I did play some of Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, though (scary as hell and lovin' it). :D

Hopefully, I'll be able to play it tonight. For anyone wondering, I got the PS3 version, but I'll get the 360 version later on at some point.

Oh, and I saw The World's End. Freakin' hillarious movie.

-Matt

Back from vacation, and back to work

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Cancun was alot of fun. We went to an adventure park that had zip-lining, ATV driving, and cave swimming, visited the Mayan ruins at Tulum, did some shopping in Play Del Carmon, snorkeled at the beach in Akumal (where we got to swim with sea turtles), and got to hang around the resort in the meantime. Before we left, managed to bring back a few souvenirs: a variety pack of habernero hot sauce and a bottle of top-shelf tequila not available in the US.

Well that marks the end of my summer. Time to get back to working and getting ready to go back to school this fall. OH BOY!

Oh, and I've started playing Minecraft 360 if anyone wants to join me sometime.

[spoiler] Still haven't beaten Fire Emblem: Awakening, yet. X( [/spoiler]

-Matt

Cancun

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Tomorrow I'm leaving for Cancun with my folks. Just squeezing one last vacation in before the fall semester starts up. Maybe I can finish up Fire Emblem: Awakening while I'm on the plane.

See y'all in a week. I'll try and stay safe with it being Mexico and all. :P

-Matt

San Diego and some games I got

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On the same week as Comic-Con (no, I didn't go), me and my folks took a vacation to San Diego. Last time I visited that city, I was about 5 and only vaguely remembered going to Disneyland and the zoo. What are my impressions 17 years later? Pretty good.

We hiked around Torrey Pines and Cabrillo National Monument, checked out the maritime museum, went to the San Diego Zoo, explored the shops and restaurants around Carlsbad, Encinitas, and Oceanside, and did a rushed tour of the USS Midway.

Overall, it was a fun trip and I'd gladly go again for more given the chance.

On the gaming side, I've been playing ALOT of Fire Emblem: Awakening and I just can't get enough of it. It's probably the most fun I've had with a game all year. I got it and Mass Effect 3 (about time right?) for my birthday along with 1600 MS points for it's DLC (basicly a GOTY edition). I haven't started to Mass Effect 3 yet, I plan to very soon.

I managed to get a good haul from the Steam summer sale. This year, though, I decided to temper myself by only getting games that were marked 75% off and priced at $5 and below unless they were in a bundle. What I got:

  • Bastion soundtrack
  • Hotline Miami soundtrack (both of which are awesome)
  • Left 4 Dead 1 and 2
  • Mark of the Ninja
  • Surgeon Simulator 2013
  • System Shock 2
  • and The Walking Dead GOTY edition

I also got a few more games from XBL either from sales or just from being freebies:

  • Defense Grid
  • Splinter Cell: Double Agent
  • Crackdown

Oh, and I've started taking an interest in Minecraft now. I'll be getting the 360 version near future so if anyone wants to join me in that you're more than welcome to. :)

And that's all for now.

*goes back to playing more Fire Emblem*

-Matt

RTX recap

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So, the Rooster Teeth Expo.

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First off, thanks again for all the birthday wishes, guys. I really appreciated it. :)

About a week and a half ago, I went up to Austin to go see RTX, and as you can imagine it was a blast. It's probably the first real game or "geek" convention I've ever been to. There were panels, autograph signings, tournaments, lots of gaming merchandise, and tons of games on display, from big name to indie. Some of the gaming highlights for me were:

  • Assassin's Creed 4 multiplayer: Not sure how it compares with the mp in other AC games, but from what I played I this was fun. The Achievement Hunter guys did a live Let's Play of it which was hillarious. (Off-topic: I've only played up to AC2. Can I jump right into AC4 or do I have to play the other games first?)
  • Hotline Mimai 2: Wrong Number: It's worth pointing out that my opinion of Hotline Miami turned a complete 180, partly from playing this game. It's more of the same violent, neon-lit gameplay you love but with new masks and more of that killer soundtrack. I'm really looking forward to this one.
  • Battle Block Theater: A few minutes after playing this, I was hooked. I'll be sure to pick it up on XBLA when I can.
  • Dive Kick: It's a fighting game where the only two moves are "dive" and "kick". It's ridiculously simple and yet ridiculously addicting and fun.
  • Other games that I enjoyed but don't have much to say about were Loadout and Shadow Warrior (also from the Devolver Digital booth).

There was a Halo tournament at the 343 booth and other tournaments being held for The Gauntlet and Iron Gaming, but I only had a Saturday-only pass so I mostly stayed away from those. Speaking of 343, they unveiled a bunch of new content for Halo 4, including new maps, new armor (including the return of Mark V and ODST armor), and a new sports gametype that looks fun. Also, Frank O'Connor was there but I didn't get a chance to see him. So sorry, Champ. I couldn't get your message to him. :(

Oh, and there was a TON of cosplay from countless game series, especially Halo.

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One guy from Texas A&M - College Station workde his A&M Corp of Cadets fatigues into his outfit to look like a UNSC marine. I also saw about 3 different Booker DeWitts and 3 Elizabeths there as well. The 405th Infantry Division (shown above) had a booth with all sorts of prop weapons and armor and I got to hold some of them. Never thought I'd hold a UNSC assault rifle.

Fun thing: I noticed every cosplay weapon had a pink tag on them from the state. I guess to show that they weren't actual weapons.

There was also a Rooster Teeth museum where RT got to show off some of the props they've used in there live-action shorts, including the F-150 they used in the "Video Game Car" episode of Immersion, the Hobbit clothes used in A Simple Walk Into Mordor, and my favorite, the entire set they use for the RT podcast.

For more RTX pics, go here. For pics with me in them, PM me.

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The only panel I went to was the Achievement Hunter panel (above). Before the show, I got autographs and pics from Caleb Denecour (in purple) and Jordan Cwierz (not shown), the animator for Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures. Both were very nice guys and Jordan got to sign my Best of RTAA DVD. At 11:27, I was one of the people in the audience who cheered when Geoff mentioned that Ryan lived in Corpus. :D P.S. Dylan Hatcher is trying way too hard to impress the AH crew.

As for the rest of the staff, I got to meet Kyle Taylor and Miles Luna at the autograph table. Both cool guys. They complimented me on my black fedora. While in line for that signing, Barbara Dunkelman and Joel Heyman (the voice of Caboose from Red Vs Blue) walked by the line from their own signing and Joel walked over to my part of the line to take a pic with the guy next to me who was flagging him down. I wanted to speak up and get pic with him as well, but he walked off before I got the chance. Plus, it was already a freak appearance so I didn't want to push my luck any further.

Speaking of luck, I was eating dinner with my family that night when I saw Michael Jones, Lindsay Tuggey, and Dan Gruchy there at the same restaurant as us. I wanted to go up and say hi, but I didn't want to bother them while they were chatting and eating. After they were done, I managed to catch them in the parking lot. For someone that swears up a storm in Rage Quit, Michael was incredibly nice to me. Same with Lindsay and Dan. They asked me how things were going and if I was enjoying RTX which I was. Then they let me take a pic with them.

Just before heading back to Corpus the following Sunday, we stopped and took some photos outside the Rooster Teeth studio.

Overall, RTX 2013 was alot of fun. There were plenty of stuff I wanted to do, like meet Burnie Burns, Gus Sorrola, Barbara Dunkelman, Joel Heyman, and the other Achievement Hunter members. Richard Garriot, Jen Taylor, Earl Alexander, and of course Frank O'Connor were there, but I didn't get a chance to see them (or atleast not up close).

But I'm grateful for the stuff I did get to do. For RTX 2014, I'm gonna set aside the whole weekend for it and coordinate a trip with a bunch of other guys. Hopefully, I'll be able to do alot more this time.

One last thing. I'll be taking a vacation with my folks to San Diego during the same week as Comic Con. Of course, it's already sold out, but weird timing, huh?

Anyway, catch y'all later.

-Matt