So I'm going to PAX on Saturday this year, but some of the festivities have already started. Tonight my roommate and I went to a Sony/IGN even at Top Pot Doughnuts (a Seattle institution) that's a few blocks from the convention center. I got an IGN shirt, sticker, God of War PSP/cell phone charm thing, and best of all, a PlayStation Move poster signed by Kevin Butler himself (number 138/500). Then we hung out for a bit, got free doughnuts and Mexican Coca-Cola and I played the GoW: Ghost of Sparta demo while my roommate played Valkyria Chronicles II. We didn't stay the whole time because it was pretty packed, but the swag was worth it.
I'm sure there are plenty of others here that have a backlog of games. Mine is shamefully quite long, and many are top-tier titles that you would probably scoff at for me just having let them sit on the shelf. Some unwrapped even. I will not post the list for one: because it is too long, and two: because it's embarrassing. Though I'm trying to make an effort to get through some of these games, which is usually what this summer release lull is for to us gamers.
Okay, so I'll let you in to a bit of insight on what I have been putting off. Today in the mail came the new issue of Game Informer with Batman: Arkham City featured on the cover. I promptly sat down the flipped through the issue. Not only was I excited about the new Batman game, it gave me the itch to go back and finish Arkham Asylum, which I did a mere 15 minutes ago...and this is a game I bought on release day.
I'm sure there are those of you that can relate, but my problem was being continually distracted by new games. I swear there are more must-have titles this generation then last, but then again, it looks like this gen is going to outlast the previous one, which out of the sheer amount of time would leave it likely to have more quality titles from a sheer statistical standpoint. Regardless, many of the games on my list lay unfinished even when I have completed more than half the game.
Some of I have struggled with multiple times. I recently beat Crysis not too long ago. This last play-through where I completed the game was actually the third time I had started it. It's not like it couldn't hold my attention; it's just there are so many other games out there that are just as adept at stealing it.
Though my gamer determination held fast this time. I know that I had to finish the game or it will forever mock my from my shelves of games. Not only that, but I feel like I've been wasting them by just leaving them untouched, unfinished. I'm trying to get better. Just yesterday I spent over four hours straight to finish up the Subspace Emissary adventure mode in Brawl (I told you my backlog was shameful). Tomorrow I think I'll beat Killzone 2. After all, I am on the last mission.
I've made a list. This time, I pledge that I will keep at it until it is empty. This is something I've tried before, so I hope this time I can keep my word.
Yep, I got all the achievements in Split/Second on 360--just in-time for the release of Blur tomorrow! Did I mention I love racing games?
Had a visit yesterday at the store from Earl Alexander again, but you probably know him better as Louis from Left 4 Dead! I met him once before Christmas last year as you can read a few blog posts back from this. He stopped in again to pick up a copy of The Orange Box since he did a voice in that game as well. Anyways, he's a really nice guy and since he lives so close to the store he actually offered to come in again today to sign my copy of Left 4 Dead.
Also the message he wrote himself, I didn't even ask, lol. He also said he may be able to get the voice actor for Francis to visit as well. That was the highlight of the day today.
Today I accepted a new job with ESPN.com to work in their office here in Seattle. I'm going to be making sure you can see all those lovely ads that appear on the web site properly, hahaha. You're welcome. Anyway, just excited to land the job just a month after having gotten my bachelor's degree and now I don't have to work at GameStop anymore! Plus, as part of my orientation, I get to take a 3-day trip to Connecticut and visit the ESPN studios. This is very exciting for me so I just felt the need to blab about it everywhere I could, lol.
I got the idea after watching that silly new video of hers
So Kotaku was running articles today celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the PS2. It's crazy to think that it's actually been that long since it was first released. While I did get a GameCube before my PS2, the two systems together served me quite well until I got in to the current generation of gaming. I had a lot of great memories with my PS2 and some wonderful franchises that it introduced me to like Ratchet & Clank, Sly Cooper, Katamari, Tekken, God of War...
Just as they were on Kotaku, I would like to salute my PS2 and all the wonderful years of gaming it brought me. Here's to you little buddy!
So I was working today (GameStop) and amongst all the ridiculous holiday shopping business should I actually get to meet a video game celebrity of sorts. Today one Mr. Earl Alexander was in our store, but you may know him better as the voice of Louis in Left 4 Dead. He was with a friend of his talking about Left 4 Dead and he stopped me as I was going about working at the store. We chatted about L4D2 a bit and brought up the fact that he did voice work in the game.
Naturally, I was skeptical, because for one, I had no idea who did the voice for Louis, let alone what he looked like. Frankly, anyone could make up crap like that. Well, to test him, I asked him to do the famous line: "Grabbin' pills!" and sure enough, it was the voice, lol. It was very cool and pretty much made my day. Also funny because he was talking about how Valve was asking him to come back to do more voice work for Louis, but he didn't know why. I mentioned that I had read an article saying that they were working on a new L4D2 campaign where the new survivors meet up with the ones from the first game. Kinda funny that he didn't know prior. Regardless, it was very cool to meet him.
My friend today sent me a link to a news story that happened locally here. This was the first I had heard about it, but I don't keep up with the news very often. Apparently in Seattle there is a horror convention called Crypticon happening at some point, and some guy decided to cosplay as HUNK from Resident Evil for the "zombie crawl." Well, his costume was good. So good that people called the police. Finding this entertaining as I did I decided to send the artcile to Kotaku. And they posted it! Yay! I feel special now, lol.
See where it says: "Thanks, foolio1!" Yeah, that was me :P