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SOCOM: Confrontation Release Date!

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September 16th! Really can't wait...

SOCOM II popped my online gaming cherry, and it's still one of my favorite games ever.

Here's hoping for more of the same from Confrontation, as well as next month's EGM, some new screens, and hopefully lots and lots of gameplay footage...and getting into the Beta!

Check this site if you're a SOCOM fan... www.SOCOM.com

MGS4 - June 12th, 2008

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That's right, kids...June 12th, 2008--judgement day. The day I have been waiting for my whole life.

I've already pre-ordered from GameStop, and I'm hoping to get the pre-order bundle...if I don't get it, I'll be upset...but at least I know I'll be one of the first people to get the game from my GameStop in the local mall.

A weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

Only 102 more days to go...

Went to the strip club last night...

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Last night, a bunch of friends and I hit up our local 'gentlemen's club', "Billy Dean's Showtime Cafe", for one of my friends' birthday celebrations. We drank beforehand, and stored some beers in the alley outside for later--all in all, a good bunch of teenaged fun with a bunch of my friends.

With this being my 4th time going to the club, I had known what to expect--the 'dancers' want your money, they don't care about you, yada yada. My friends had no problem smacking the girls' asses and throwing money in their faces, so they got a bunch of attention. My outlook is a little different...I try talking to them. Always. Yes, I'm the guy who talks to the 'dancers'.

And also, with this being my 4th time going to the club, you would think that I would know better--don't fall in love, don't spend too much money. I failed both of these objectives. I spent $100 in about 2 hours, and once again, I fell in love with a stripper...if you know what I'm talking about, if you know how I feel, please comment.

Her name was Mya. As soon as she hit the stage, she locked eyes with me, and it was over. Before I knew it, $30 was gone and I was on my way over to the lapdance guy to make my appointment and spend another $20...this morning, I woke up. On the floor was the shirt I wore inside the club. I picked it up and started smelling it -- that same intoxicating smell. All the 'dancers' wear this lotion/cream that has an addictive scent. I can't get it off my mind. It HAS to be addictive.

Anyway, after the best lapdance I'd ever received, I go outside and my friends are all missing. I go outside to find two of them in an alley, one of them face-down on the concrete. They got in a fight...during my lapdance. My friend Mike was pretty messed up...his parents came to pick him up and drove us home at about 4:30am.

What's the moral of this story? I'm not sure...if there's a lesson to be learned from all this...it has to be...I don't know, man...I can't stop smelling this shirt.

'Dream Girl'

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I had a dream last night.

Here's the setup: my two younger cousins(one is like 14 and the other is like 9), came over my house for dinner(they live very far away and I never see them)...walking in with them was this girl, who immediately sat next to me at the dinner table.

We hit it off. I liked her, she liked me. We talked. We talked a lot. I don't remember what we talked about, or what her voice sounded like, or what she even looked like...but I can't stop thinking about her.

Later on in the dream, she began sniffing my ear. Yes, sniffing my ear. "What kind of cologne do you wear?", she asked, with a presumed smile.

My question to you is...is it possible to fall in love with a girl you only met in a dream?

Multiple Sightings of Case Designate 'CLOVERFIELD'

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**CLOVERFIELD SPOILERS**

When the viral ad campaign for JJ Abrams' foray into cinema began in July, the movie only then known as "1-18-08" caught the attention of many people, including me. I have been tracking the progression of the film since the summer, and the hype that came along with it. And let me tell you...never has a movie that was so hyped, so built-up, delivered on so many levels. Never has a movie justified the hype that went along with it. Here's a mini-review:

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The best thing about Cloverfield is that, yes, it is a monster movie(in my eyes, a great monster movie), but what sets it apart, is obviously, the first-person perspective of the camera.

When you see a monster movie, like King Kong or Godzilla, or whatever it is...you see the monster stomping around and yelling, and pompous big-Hollywood music in the background as it roars and stomps and stomps and roars, as you see people running around in terror. Cloverfield took the role of the terrified normal person, and let you experience what EXACTLY is going through their mind, and EXACTLY how they feel.

Which brings me to another part--the acting. A bunch of realtively no-name, talented actors filled this movie and I thought they all did a fantastic job. The screaming, the terror in their eyes...something about the performances made it so reallistic. Hud's comedy, while welcomed, did seem a little unnecessary at times, but everyone in my theater laughed when he cracked a joke(intended or not). Also, Rob's love for Beth--you could feel it, you could feel how much he cared for her. If you've been in love before, you could relate to him. And if you've ever lost someone, you could also relate to the movie...

...the way each of the gang died...while it was expected that they would die, I felt sad each time one of them was killed off. The way Marlena died was truly shocking, and I was not expecting it at all. I can't believe she friggin' exploded! Jason's death was assumed, Hud's death was pretty violent, and Rob and Beth basically had the hand of God dropped ontop of them. After each death, though, I did feel kind of sad...which I think was the purpose of the party scene in the beginning. We got to know each character a little bit(but it wasn't overkill), so I was a little sad each time one of them died.

The monster--what the hell was it?! Maybe the monster was made so awesome by the fact that, even though this movie has gone through viral marketing since last summer, we had never once seen the monster. That's why the unveiling of the creature was so satisfying, to me. What was it? From what I could see, it was kind of like an insect/snake/worm with two big forearms(I didn't see any hindlegs, did anyone else?) and a terrifying face. It was unlike any other monster before it.

Here are some renditions of the monster, from the GameStop boards' member "Merovingin33":
http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/7743/cloverfield4flatfj9.jpg
http://img264.imageshack.us/img264/1980/clovervf7.png

Pretty accurate, I think...the creature kind of reminded me also like a preying mantis/grasshopper. What did you guys think?

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Overall, I really enjoyed Cloverfield, and I think it's $10 well-spent. Go see this movie now! I'll be seeing it again tomorrow...

Ryan's Announcement

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So, last night, I couldn't wait to get to bed so I could wake up today, download the new KojiPro Report podcast and hear the announcement we'd get out of the Seahawks loss...

...well, in short, the announcement was an announcement of an upcoming announcement...KojiPro will soon be coming out of their media blackout and release a bunch of things altogether, not just a release date.

So that was the announcement. That, and that there are 3 MGS-related projects coming this summer...MPO2? ZOE3? Not sure, but, you can take from this announcement what you may.

As for me...I continue to wait for an official release date. That's my only concern.

Our friend(?), Ryan Payton

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Kojima Productions' own Ryan Payton--our friendly pal, our way into the behind-the-scenes action of MGS4's development. You may like him, you may hate him. You may despise him. Hey, maybe you don't even know who he is! It's all up to you.

RYAN PAYTON HATER: "I hate that four-eyed f****t, he ruined Portable Ops! WTF is with him trying to 'George Lucas' everything?! OMG, NULL?! ARE YOU SERIOUS!? Wtf are you turning MGS4 into, man!? WHAT A D****E BAG!!"

RYAN PAYTON FAN: "Ryan's such a cool guy, he's really down to Earth, and he's really Westernizing MGS--but in a good way. I like Ryan! Love his podcasts...I enjoy listening to his podcasts so much! He gives us so much news about MGS4!"

I personally don't think he's a bad guy. His podcasts are entertaining, and I enjoy listening to them every Thursday. He certainly has brought a more 'Westernized' style to MGS4 and MPO...but one thing anyone with knowledge on the subject of MGS4 or MPO can say about Ryan Payton is that he enjoys the spotlight. His name has popped up everywhere MGS4 has. He is seemingly the poster boy for MGS4...now, I don't know if this is on purpose or not, but it would help to explain his actions sometimes.

Most recently, on last Thursday's[1/10/08] Kojima Productions Report podcast, Ryan's big mouth came to bite him in the ass. In making a bet with Mark McDonald, the Seahawks fan said if Seattle lost to the Green Bay Packers in Saturday's NFL Divisional Playoff game, he would reveal news about MGS4 that was supposed to be saved until later. In believing in his team so much, Ryan made a fatal mistake as Ryan Grant ran for over 200 yards and 3 TD's and the Packers deficated all over Payton's Seahawks, 42-20.

And so, on this Thursday's podcast, Payton is set to(we think) unveil some info on MGS4. What Payton didn't expect(or maybe he did?) was the EXTREME amount of hubbub on the internet following last Thursday's podcast. Within a day, articles popped up all over the internet on PS3fanboy, Kotaku, and many other websites. "NEW MGS4 INFO RELEASED SOON", "LET'S GO PACKERS!", "NEW MGS4 INFO NEXT WEEK?" read the headlines.

Oh man...the expectations we have for this 'announcement'. What could it be? -- A release date? Boxart? Info on Collector's/Special Editions of the game? Whatever it is, it better be big...because, although I admire Payton for doing this, he has put himself out there, and is completely open to criticism. Whether he cares or not is beyond me, but, all I know is, I'm excited for Thursday...

...with good reason? Hmm...we shall see.

Christmas came, and Christmas went...

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Christmas morning I woke up at about 8:00am...went upstairs, saw the presents, yawned and sighed. I began to tear away at them. When all was said and done I had added 5 games to my collection -- NBA 2K8, All-Pro Football 2K8, Heavenly Sword, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, and the gem of them all, Unreal Tournament III.

I was happy...but something sat in the back of my mind. The one thing I really wanted for Christmas...an HDTV. I didn't get it. I was upset, but still happy with what I got.

"Go put your games in your room," said my mother. I agreed. I walked into my room and set my games on my bed. Out of the corner of my eye...I spot a large, large box, wrapped in red Santa Claus wrapping paper. "You guys are a**holes," I said with a smile on my face. I tore away at the paper...a Westinghouse 32inch HDTV. I could now enjoy my PS3 the correct way.

Boy, I don't know how I ever played PS3 games in standard definition. If you play PS3 or Xbox 360 or anything in standard definition and you are a self-respecting gamer...you really need to go HD. It is absolutely necessary.

Happy Holidays to all...I'll try to post some more blogs in the new year...that's a resolution.

Call of Beauty 4: Modern WOWfare

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Holy crap...I was expecting this game to be good, but it's just downright amazing. Check the review I wrote below.

I haven't had this much fun playing a new game probably since I got Resident Evil 4 for Christmas a couple years ago. And the online play--unparalleled. SOCOM II is still the king of online shooters, in my opinion, but this game is absolutely fantastic and so much fun to play.

You NEED to get this game.

I need money :(

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Assassin's Creed

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Haze

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

...these are just a few of the games coming out for the PS3 within the next couple of weeks...and I want to play them all--but I have no money. Well, I have some money, but not enough to buy these games. This is more of a rant than anything, I know, but I needed to let off some steam.

I need a job. I need a job badly. Best Buy and Circuit City refuse to hire me...I myself REFUSE to work at Toys R Us again...ugh. What is a gamer to do?

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