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Gamespot finally got better again!

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Heh. NOPE. A cruel joke I know.

Still no blog updates from friends. Feeds on peoples profiles are still filled with their friends crap and you can't filter it at all.

Still can't see the newest posts in threads you've applied to.

User ratings for games are completely messed up and arent assigned to the right versions of games.

This site... it just be dead now.

More Lazyhobobitching about the redesign of Lamespot.

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RANT

Dammit new gamespot. Even though my feed says "You wrote a review of the Darkness II" it just isn't true. I tried to rate the game! But my rating won't even save! And now you say I reviewed it? Ugh.

And wtf how come when I search for a game, then click on it, it throws me to the gamespot review for it on a random platform. Why doesn't it send me to the summary/main page for that game like old gamespot did? So you know I could like pick from there where I wanted to go in relation to the game. I don't want to randomly end up on the PC review of a game. Are you guys trying to artificially increase views for gamespot reviews or something? I kind of hope so, otherwise it's just a stupid way to make the site work. I also hate that now on a game's page I cannot click on the name of the platform to get to reviews for that version. Sure it might say "Also on ps3, xbox 360 etc" but one soon realizes that no matter how long you click on them, they won't conveniently link you like the old site did.

AND GIVE ME BACK MY TRACKED USER BLOGS FEED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OK Calming down a bit, trying to elaborate in normal manner:

Also, I just want to say that I have a love for this site. I have been using it since like 2006 or 2007 and have great fun blogging and reading blogs here. This is why this new site redesign bothers me so much. It is destroying why I liked the site. This site had unique features, but now it feels like a broken and less thought out version of giantbomb.com. On Gamespot you used to be able to rate games and the list of every game you rated used to be in your profile. Years worth of my ratings are now gone from it. They still show up if I go to an individual game's page though, but that is useless to me if I cannot see them all in one list. I miss the levels we had with game references next to them too. The feed thing on our profiles is stupid I am sorry. When I click on my friends feed it is filled with every little action they did. For example, if BravoOneActual so much as farts it will take up room in the feed and even though he might have written a blog a little while before that it will be pushed off the page and I will never know about it. I feel fine making a fart joke about him too since I know my blog will never be seen when he checks his friends feed. I just scratched my butt 5 times and each wonderful itch-relieving scratch of my ass took up a space in the friends feed and knocked my blog off the list. A filter to show only certain things in the friends feed would make things way nicer. If we could only see friends new blogs, or forum posts, rather than a monstrous jumble of activities it would be a useful section of our profiles.

The new redesign is also destroying how user friendly navigating around gamespot used to be. This site is a great archive of games reviews going back a long time. It used to be very simple to search for a game, and look at reviews and information a bout the different versions of the same game on different platforms. Now the way the site is laid out makes no freaking sense. You have to click a ton of times to get anywhere.

I want to give you some time to fix things gamespot, but you have been really really terrible in fixing bugs and design problems from past site redesigns. I just don't see you guys fixing all these major problems and making the site fun and easy to use again. I hope you can prove me wrong on this.

P.S.

When I was editing this blog and tried saving it, somehow it just posted like 3 copies of the blog as new blogs. I cannot find anyway to delete them anywhere either. Yay?

WTF IS THIS!

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WTF Gamespot stop redesigning your site. You never make it work. This new redesign is freaking terrible if you have any interest in blogging or following others blogs. I no longer see an updates thing on the right side of the screen to browse through the newest blogs from people I follow. All the games I have rated over the years I have been here have dissapeared... Everything I used on this site has dissapeared with this redesign. WTF gamespot. Ugggggggggh. This is like a new low. I didn't think it was possible. Any interest I had in coming back here to blog is pretty much dead at this point.

Edit: Ok. They brought back the Now Playing list randomly after how many years, but nuked everything else on our profiles.

Rage PS3

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So I got Rage and a bunch of other games for cheap during a cyber monday deal from toysrus.com. I paid 9 bucks for rage. Some of my friends were b*tching and moaning at me for getting it because they really disliked it. I knew it had problems, but I was too curious to try it since ID made it.

After playing it about 3 or 4 hours, it feels like Rage could have been a great game, but was rushed out and the games length was padded out with boring pointless things.

The game tries to do many things imo. It has typical linear first person shooting level which are a lot of fun. The weapons are fun to use, the enemies ai is pretty smart as they will jump around, use cover well, and will often rush at you. The problem with the game is that these shooting levels are so infrequent in the game. Rage consists of lots of pointless driving in a vehicle from town to town. You leave one town, drive for a few minutes to another, talk to a guy, drive back to the other town, drive to a quick fetch mission, drive back to a town, drive to the other town..... After about 30 minutes of doing that boring crap you finally might get lucky and get to do a linear style first person shooter level for about 15 minutes. The vehicle sections are so pointless. You drive straight back and forth between towns and there is no real open world. You pretty much drive in a straight line. There are random enemies you encounter, but there is no point to fight them, as your vehicle's ammo is depletable and you will have rebuy it. It makes more sense just to drive fast and avoid the enemies. So you just drive pointlessly between every mission in a straight line for no good reason.

The pointless driving back and forth between towns might be more bearable if the game wasnt riddled with frequent very long loading screens. Every time you leave a town there is a loading screen, once you reach another town there is a loading screen. If you enter any other area in the game there is another loading screen. It really gets annoying after awhile. The game feels as if you spend about half the time driving pointelssly between areas or waiting on loading screens.

Another problem is that the textures in this game never ever fully load. It's the weirdest thing I've ever seen in a game. The textures take 10 seconds to load in front of you, but they never stay loaded forever. The textures only load in your direct field of view, but have to reload every time you turn away and turn back. Its like you have tunnel vision and textures only load where you can see, but it's only temporary. You can even see the textures loading every time when you look down the sights of your gun. It's really really distracting. I guess though it better that they did this than making the frame rate really crappy. The game does run pretty smoothly, and enemy animations looks really good.

I was haing fun with Rage at first since it started off with typical first person shooting action, but then the majority of the time in the game turned into fetch quests, and pointless traveling back and forth every few minutes. I think the game would have been a lot better if they simly made it linear first person shooter. They should have just scrapped the driving sections and the little towns where you can talk to people. ID is know for making linear shooters and I think they should have just stuck with that formula.

I guess one good thing about the game is that John Goodman does some voiceacting in it. After about a hour or so of gameplay though you don't hear from him anymore. Also, there is a doom style space marine bobblehead on the dashboard of John Goodman's characters car in the opening cut scene which was cool heh. Another stupid cool thing about the game is when you crash on an atv into a wall or something. Your body launches into the air while you hear a hilarious scream and watch the ragdoll physics as your body bounces around the environment.

Lord of the Rings: War in the North is a great singleplayer game.

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Been a long ass time since I wrote a blog. Part of the reason is that I just haven't felt like it, another reason is that I've been a bit busier as I've been developing more of a social life ha, and another reason is that I use gamespot less because of all the problems it has.

I feel like most of the bloggers that I knew for years and that had me eagerly checking the site for new blogs have moved on from gamespot and it's kind of sad. Some of them check in from time to time but its not the same :(. There are some other bloggers I follow that I dont know as well, but sometimes make some good blogs too luckily.

Even though I've been blogging less I still have been gaming a good amount. I recently got Lord of the Rings: War in the North on the PS3 and wow this game really surprised me with how fun it was. I couldn't put the game down for a few days until I beat it. It has its share of problems, mostly in the form of semi-unforgivable bugs because it was rushed by its publisher WB Games probably. There are a few bugs that are game-breaking, forcing you to have to restart your game due to you being unable to progress in the game. I didn't have it happen to me, but my friend did, and so have lots of other people when you search about it online. Also, It is marketed as a 3 player co-op experience for online play, however the game seems to handle lag terribly and is pretty unplayable online. That saddened me as I looked forward to playing this online with 2 other guys, but playing it in singleplayer was really fun even still.The computer controls the 2 other co-op partners in the game, but they have an acceptable level of intelligence for video game AI and you can order them around a bit and make them act slightly less dumb.

I am a fan of the Lord of the Rings world. I found the movies to be so-so after re-watching them for the 2nd time recently. I read the book The Hobbit when I was in the 6th grade but dont know how I would feel about it now and I never read the rest of the books because the movies came out and ruined the story for me anyways. My opinions about the movies and books doesn't matter though since I am just a big fan of the setting of the series. I like the whole middle age era with crazy magical sh*t going on thing the series has ha. The enemies and villains in the Lord of the Rings are just so awesome too.

The above paragraph, although a bit of a tangent, does relate to how I feel about the game. The game does a great job of making you feel like it's part of the Lord of the Rings universe. It feels like the quality of a movie almost in the story and voice acting. It tells a tale of a dwarf, sorcerer, and ranger that is supposed to happen at the same time as the main story of the Lord of the Rings. It was cool to go through a new adventure rather than the same one from the books and movies again.

I am a big fan of the Two Towers and Return of the King games on the Playstation 2 and Xbox. They had great combat systems, cool level design, and nailed down the feeling of the Lord of the Ring movies. Lord of the Rings War in the North surpasses those games even imo. The combat doesn't use button combination style combo's like those older games, but feels actually more like a beat-em-up. You mash light attacks on enemies until and indicator pops up that lets you do critical hits. I've been told that the combat system is similar to the newer Batman games, even though I haven't played those myself. This combat system has healthy amounts of gore in the style of awesome beheadings and limb severing though ha. You also can shoot projectiles with your crossbow, and as you level up your character you unlock lots of special attacks that you can do easily by pushing two buttons together. The pacing in this game is really good too. The environments and enemies you fight change right at the best moments, right when you feel like you are almost getting bored of things. One other thing that keeps the game interesting is that you find tons of new weapons and armor throughout the game. You are rewarded for exploring the less obvious areas in levels with treasure chests and other goodies that help you a lot in the game. There are tons of different weapons to choose from and they alter your play style quite a bit which is nice since it gives the game a lot of replayability.

I wasn't expecting much from this game as it had fairly low reviews and I knew it would be a bit buggy. Despite the bugs though I had a huge amount of fun playing it as a singleplayer game. I'd rate the singleplayer a 8.5/10, but think the game overall is like a 7.5 because of the bugs and crappy online problems. I would highly recommend this game to play offline either alone or in split screen. YEP, this game actually has at least 2 player split screen and seems like it would be a great local co-op experience. If you are looking to buy this game to play online, I'd not bother as its online mode seems to not have been tested enough and cannot handle the slightest bit of lag before things get unplayable. It is a shame since the core game is really well- made.

Tip-toeing my way into the world of Anime...

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I've always disliked anime. The way that animations were so choppy on purpose always annoyed me. I disliked how most characters in anime look identical except for their haircuts. I never enjoyed the over the top voice acting I'd seen on the few animes I'd looked at.

However, I'd realized I hadn't seen to many animes, so maybe the ones I had looked at were just garbage and not representative of the entire genre. I also was told that in general English dubs are terrible, and yea the voice acting was a huge thing that annoyed me before.

My friend suggested I watch Cowboy Bebop and I had downloaded it and had it sitting on my hard drive for months. Finally started it a couple weeks ago and wow I really really like it. The story, dialogue, and voice acting are all really good. It could pretty much not be an anime, all the stereotypical anime things that normally bother me are missing in this show or are toned down to the point where they don't bother me. I really enjoy the setting as well. Watching space bounty hunters is always cool. Show has a good sense of humor too.

I also watched the movie Spirited Away. I liked it, but at the same time it annoyed me because it had a lot of the typical anime things that bothered me. Thought the voice acting was decent, but annoying sometimes, especially the main character. As beautiful as the art style was in that movie, the animations were really choppy and it bothered me. I know that is supposedly the style of Anime, but just seems lazy to me to have such choppy animations. But overall, I liked the movie for its weirdness and cool visuals. It was targeted at younger audiences too, so I probably enjoy Cowboy Bebop much more since its for adults.

Ressurecting my Giantbomb profile. You know why. Also, Vanquish and Megaman 3

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I registered on giantbomb when it first started up, but I sort of stopped using it much and just stayed on gamespot for my blogging needs. Gamespot has been deteoriating at a very rapid pace recently though, in regards to the user/blogger community. As a result I am going to try posting my blogs on giantbom.com too. Im hoping gamespot gets its **** together for the community features, but it's not looking as that is a priority anymore sadly. My username on giantbomb is also lazyhoboguy. I am so creative huh.

I've been playing Vanquish on ps3 and Jesus rocket propelled Christ that game is awesome. I just love zooming around with the rocket boots in that game. It feels like such a different experience from the typical shooter. You have to dodge and zoom around like a lunatic to avoid all the missile and other crazy **** the evil russion robots hurl at you. The game runs amazingly well too the frame rate never slows down even with all the robotic chaos going on. I think the main character of that game is going to get lung cancer though. Guy pops a cigarette into his mouth every 30 secs.

I also finally got Megaman 3 on the NES. I've wanted that a long time. I've managed to kill 2 bosses already. Snakeman (or was it serpent man?) and Topman. Feels so good when you beat a boss in that game and steal their powers. **** YOU SNAKEMAN AND TOPMAN!!!

My PS3 broke and Gamestop came to the rescue. I don't know how I feel right now.

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So after 5 years my fat model 40 gig ps3 died. It started turning itself off after like 10 mins of gameplay for a day or two. Then started turning off immediately every time i turned on the ps3. From asking around and reading online sounds like some thermal paste or something like that isnide is cheap and leads to crap inside the ps3 melting and getting broken eventually. My ps3 was in a well ventilated area too. I really did not feel like spending money on buying a new ps3. 250 bucks seemed a bit high for a new one to me. I had made up my mind that I was just going to suffer for like 6 months to a year and wait for a price drop. I was considering buying a used wii, even though theres only a handful of games I want to play on taht. I freaking hate waggle bulls**t.

Anyways, an evil terrible corporation who I normally wouldnt touch with an on million foot pole ended up coming to rescue. Gamestop, *PUKES*, had a great deal on a new ps3 that is for a week only. It last until the 26th I believe. You can get a new 160 gig ps3 for 200 bucks (50 off the normal price). You also get one free new game and have a choice between that new batman game or the komplete edition of the Mortal Kombat game. Since I don't care for fighting games much I just sold gamestop Mortal Kombat back. Used the 30 dollar credit and bought used copies of Dj Hero 1 and Dj Hero 2 on the ps3, as well as a new in box DJ hero controller. I've wanted to try that series for forever, and I basically got to for free.

Gamestop also had a buy 2 get 1 free thing on ps2 and gc games. Although 80 percent of the games had no manual or case artwork, automatically disqualifying them from my consideration, I still managed to find some games. Got Midnight Club 2, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2, and Dance Dance Revolution Extreme. They were all around 5 bucks and of course one was free because of the deal. I dont have a ddr mat yet but I'll get one eventually. I've never actually tried DDR before, but I'm curious to do so.

My body and mind feel like really confused though. I walked away from Gamestop this time feeling a feeling I've never ever in a trillion year felt while shopping there. I was actually satisfied.. they actually did not screw me over or rip me off in any way shape or form this time. I of course double checked every little thing before leaving the store, due to my pass expeiences of being f***ed in the ass their so frequently. But nope, everything was fine this time. What is this world coming too... I don't even know who I am any more. For a temporary time in my life, I was happy with Gamestop. ewwww

Youtubes Whoring

I tried something new again on my channel and recorded some skype talk between myself and another guy I game online with a lot. We were playing X-men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse online co-op on the Playstation 2. I thought our stupid jokes were funny, but am really curious if other people do and want to see more of this. Let me know if you liked it or want us to go die in a fire.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iU-B2XmtcCM&list=UU6PqXHLxGaML24QT8Ijewpw&index=1&feature=plcp