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I was tagged, so here's 5 things you may not know about me

IppaiMetaru tagged me so now I've got to tell you all 5 things about myself that you probably don't know and give you a better understanding of who I am as a person. I was supposed to think of 10 things but I couldn't think of anything other than 5 without getting too personal. So here it goes.

#1. I'm a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. About a year ago I began watching the show Hulu. At the time they had the first 3 seasons (but now they've downgraded to only the first) and I immediately fell in love with it. At first I was hooked because of the stink of the 90s on it and it got me nostalgic but as it went on I connected with the characters and found the lore and the world of Buffy to be very engaging. I've watched 5 of the 7 seasons so far and have also watched the first season of Angel (currently watching season 2 through Netflix) which was the spin off series.

#2. I love ALF and own all 4 seasons on DVD.

#3. I own all 5 seasons of Futurama on DVD as well and am very excited to it's 6th season return this June.

This is beginning to focus too much on the TV I watch. Let's move on to movies.

#4. My favorite movie director is Quentin Tarrantino. He's never made a movie I didn't like. Resevoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2, and Inglourious Basterds are some of my favorite films ever. But.....

#5. Fight Club is my all time favorite film ever. The ignorant think it's just a movie about guys fighting each other but they'd be wrong. So very, very wrong. It's a film about consumerism, what violence does to people, and a man slowly going insane. Seriously, go watch this movie. Go watch it now. It's amazing and has one of the biggest twists in any film ever.

At this point I'm supposed to tag a for more people for them to also do this. But I'd never want to force anyone to do anything so if you want to go a blog like this then consider yourself tagged.

Well, I'm no longer banned. Explanation is in the blog.

Some of you may have noticed that I was banned about 3 weeks ago. I received a PM saying the reason I was banned because I was associated with an account that had been banned back in 2007. Apparently a public computer I used to sign into Gamespot had been used by the banned person in question and when my friend tried to make himself a Gamespot account they did a background check and saw that I was associated and banned me, my brother, my other friends account, and the new account being created. It's complicated and confusing.

I immediately e-mailed customer support on March 6th and it took until the 25th for them to respond back to me just to say they were working on it. Today I got another e-mail telling me that I was unbanned, including every account that was associated with me which also included the account that was banned on that public computer way back in 2007. Apparently the person who banned that account back then didn't know why he banned it so it was unbanned. So now everyone is happy and I'm no longer associated with a banned person. A person who is no longer banned.

So yeah. I'm back. I just wanted to explain why I was banned so you didn't think I was some scum bag flamming in the forums and getting into trouble.

Anyway, I know it's been a few weeks but I wrote out a very long Alice in Wonderland review that I wanted people to read. Sadly I was banned the next day I wrote it so almost no one got the chance too. If you don't mind please read it and tell me what you think. In fact I'm sure some of you have seen it since I wrote that review so you can tell me why I'm wrong or why you agree with me.

Why BioShock 2 shouldn't exist

I have no interest at all in BioShock 2 and I'll tell you why. When someones creative property is taken away from them for the sole purpose of monetary gain I get very offended. It happens all the time with movies.

A film (or in this case a game) is created with the distinct purpose of being a very well thought out story driven adventure. It has closure and really no room left over for the story to continue. Everything is taken care of and there are no loose ends left to be dealt with. It becomes a very successful property. One that very well may become something of a classic in many people eyes. It sells very well as people want to experience this game (or movie) that some call a masterpiece. It makes a lot of money and the greedy corporate studio heads decide the take advantage of this and milk it for all it's worth. This has happened with many different franchises and each time it does I die a little on the inside. The Terminator franchise comes to mind as an example.

And this is were BioShock 2 comes into play. There is no reason for this game to exist. Everything that needed to be said or see was in BioShock. But the game became popular and made a lot of money and naturally the greedy corporate heads decided to milk it. I feel very strongly that this game should not exist. It does nothing good for anyone except for maybe getting people to play BioShock. It cheapens the first game and takes away a lot of what made that game so good.

BioShock was special. BioShock 2 is not. It feels, plays, and exists solely as a money making machine. I feel like I'm beginning to repeat myself here.

In closing I just want to say that I have no interest in BioShock 2. I may one day play it but I'll try as hard as I can not too. I don't like the idea of the game or the idea that Ken Levine isn't involved and that his creation was taken away from him. I'm fully aware that this happens all the time but for some reason this time it's gotten me worked up.

I do look down on you if you like or play BioShock 2. I'm sorry if that makes you angry or if your offended by that. But I don't think you understand what that game is or what it signifies or why it exists. I think your just blindly jumping into a game because it has the name of the last game and a 2 after the title.

But hey, maybe I'm the only one that cares. Maybe I'm the only one worked up about this whole thing but that's ok. I needed to get it off my chest and I needed to at least tell someone how I feel in hopes that they too will see things from my perspective.

You're killing me

Waiting. Waiting until Friday to get my copy of Mass Effect 2. The wait is killing me. Waiting...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Also I managed to get all the exclusive armor/weapons from pre-order bonuses and the collector's edition by being online very late at night and seeing a news story from IGN saying that it had all been posted on the Marketplace on accident and for free. The list of item I managed to download (for free) are:

Collectors' Weapon and Armor

Terminus Weapon and Armor

Inferno Armor

Sentry Interface

Umbra Visor

M-29 Incisor Sniper Rifle

Blood Dragon Armor

Recon Hood

Normandy Crash Site

I'm a lucky man I am.

Can't think of a clever title for this blog

Oh, hello there. I haven't written a blog in 2 months have I? I guess it's time I bring life back into my profile and prove to everyone that I am indeed still alive.

So what have I been doing for the last 2 months? Well since becoming a Gamefly user I've been spending a lot of my time playing tons of games that I otherwise would have never given a second glance at in the store and playing games that I would have liked to have bought but instead rented. Lets see here, I'll pull up my Gamefly rental history and give you a rundown of what I've played in the last 2 months starting from August and ending now.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine - Great game, worth a rental.

Wanted: Weapons of Fate - Extremely short game (about 3 hours) and the points were easier to get than finding a free to play Tetris game online. I got all 1000 points in it in about 2 days.

Halo Wars - Left me a bit cold. I've played a lot of RTS games in my time and this game just couldn't hold up. It was too simplistic and just wasn't much fun.

Too Human - What you've heard is indeed true. This game is terrible. How anyone enjoyed it is beyond me. The only thing it had going for it was the loot and if it didn't have that it could has been the worst game I've ever played.

Dissida: Final Fantasy - I like Final Fantasy. At least the 2D games. From FFVII and on I have ignored the entire franchise. This game was mainly just fan service and had more of an emphasis on FFVII and on. So I didn't really like it. The combat got very boring as well.

Ghostbusters - Yes, I finally got the chance to play this game and I really liked it.

Batman: Arkham Asylum - Wow. Just wow. This is game of the year so far. I absolutely loved this game.

That's not everything I played but they are the most notable.

Expect another blog in the coming days. I have some things that I'd like to share with you guys. I had to post this boring blog just to get back into the swing of things.

TMNT: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled XBLA Review

NOTICE: I don't expect everyone to read the entire review but if you do plan on buying the game PLEASE read the 4th paragraph. Thank you.

It's been a while since the arcade release of Turtles in Time. It's gone down in history as one of the greatest arcade games of all time and for good reason. It was a great beat em' up that let 4 people play on the same machine at one time. It truly was an experience to behold. But games have progressed a lot since then and old school beat em' ups just don't hold up as well anymore and this remake of Turtles in Time is no exception.

In Turtles you get very few play modes. There is Story mode that is 4 players online and off, a Quickplay mode that lets you skip to any level you've already played through, and one other mode called Survival were you only have 1 life and when you die it's game over. All of these modes have the same 4 difficulty levels to choose from. The online works well enough and it handles lag very well. You won't experience any slow down but the players on the screen will jolt around if your connection can't keep up.

Whether or not the gameplay is good is really a matter of personal opinion. If you still enjoy old school beat em' ups that are all about holding Right and wailing on the X button then this game is for you. If you've since abandoned that ****of gameplay and can't find yourself getting back into it then this game won't win you over. All the turtles play exactly the same other than some characters having further reach with their attacks, like Donatello and his bow staff, or some moving faster than others. But no matter what Turtle you pick your game experience will remain the same. You can also now attack in all 8 directions instead of just in front of you and behind you and this makes the game a lot easier than it previously was.

If your someone who never played the arcade version but instead played the SNES version then this isn't the game you remember. This is the arcade version remade. That means you don't get a Technodrome level and Shredder instead transports you back in time at the end of the 3rd level where you're in the sewer fighting the yellow Alien lookalike monsters. The prehistoric level does not have the evil spiked turtle as a boss but instead has a mud monster for the boss. Also in the pirate ship level you fight Toka and Razar instead of a pirate Beebop and Rocksteady. So this is a fairly different game than the SNES version and you should keep this in mind before paying for a copy.

So for $10 you get a very outdated game that probably isn't the version you remember. On top of that you can beat the game in about 30 minutes and if you know what your doing you can get most of the achievements in one play through. You also can't switch the graphics back to the original look so your stuck with the updated look. Buying the game is just a matter of whether or not you want to play an outdated beat em' up.

6.5 out of 10

Gamefly - Que 1

So since I'm on Gamefly now I thought that every time I receive new games from my Que I'd give you all some impressions on what I think. I'm sure it won't interest many of you but I do love writing these blogs so maybe I'm just doing this out of a need to write this stuff down. Who knows!

The very first two games I received from Gamefly were Mirror's Edge and Far Cry 2. Both came sort of unexpectedly since they were both around the middle of my game que and others before it had high availability. Here are my impressions.

Mirror's Edge was fantastic. I ended up liking it a lot more than I thought I would. The story was pretty good. It was nothing groundbreaking or fantastic but it did keep fairly interested as the game went on. The controls did take getting some used to but once I mastered them the game became pure fun. It was very short and I actually ended up beating it the day I got it in the mail but only because I couldn't stop playing it. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for something new.

Far Cry 2 is, well very very meh. I can't get into it all. The game look unappealing, it's tedious having to drive everywhere, the gunplay is weak, it takes too many shots to kill a guy, and when I shoot someone I don't feel like I'm doing anything and then just fall over dead. So yeah, I don't like Far Cry all really. I'm probably done with it by now.

I've already shipped Mirror's Edge back to Gamefly and I have Wolverine at the top of my game que on what to send next. But judging from what happened last time who knows what they'll send next. But here's hoping it's Wolverine or Ghostbusters.

My life's greatest accomplishment

I, yes I, finished a full game of Monopoly. But it wasn't just a normal game of Monopoly, no sir! It was Transformers Monopoly! Ah wuh chuh chee choo choo. Yes I know that expertly typed out Transformers transforming sound blew your mind but please stay with me here.

2 hours into the game, I have hotels (called Anti-matter in this version) on many spaces on the board including Earth and Cybertron which is Transformers Monopoly's equivalent of Park Place and Boardwalk. I draw an Autobot card that makes me pay $200 for every Anti-matter I have on the board. I have to mortgage most of my property to help pay the costs but that didn't slow me down, no sir! I came back and with vengeance gaining money faster than you could say "Ah wuh chuh chee choo choo".

Then the end game rolled around. My opponent rolls a 7 and lands on Cybertron having to pay $2000 in rent because of the Anti-matter in play. Even when he mortgaged out all his property he still couldn't afford the sky high rent costs rendering him bankrupt and I, yes I, became victorious.

Ah wuh chuh chee choo choo!

Transformers Monopoly available in a store near you.