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Games, Rental Services, and Paperwork

Wow, its been a while since I posted a blog on this site. Gaming wise I've been fairly boring. Gears of War is, by far, the game that I play the most. I am totally addicted to Gears on XBL. There is a tournament on April 9th that I registered for but have yet to hear anything more about. I'm usually the highest or the second highest scoring player in the games that I play so who knows, maybe I actually have a chance. With Gears, you're pretty much going to be a good player if you communicate and work with your teammates. There is only a certain amount of freelancing that you can get away with, which is nice since one player cannot really make a difference unless they play nice with the remainder of the team. In other gaming news I just picked up MLB 2K7 for the 360. I was a little worried after the flaming pile of dog poop that was MLB 2K6, but 2K7 appears to be the real deal. The character models are better, the presentation and graphics are waaaay better, and so far it seems that most of the fielding and base running bugs from last year have been worked out. I've only played it a few times and will be writing a few review after I put a couple more hours into it. I joined a service called Gamez N Flix a few months back. They had a promotion for a 2 game or movie (out at a time) plan for $9/mo so I jumped on it. What necessitated the membership was the addition of the HD-DVD player for the 360, which is a fantastic addition. The player itself performs admirably with the only real limitation being the availability of movies. Unfortunately this service didn't help much. They are great if all you want is games and standard DVDs but they have almost no selection of HD-DVDs. I have has 12 of them on my queue since January and have received only 1 movie on HD-DVD. They keep sending games or standard DVDs in my queue. I have written to them about this service issue with their HD-DVDs on a few occasions and they have made it perfectly clear that they don't care. Another thing that has been eating up my time recently is the absurd amount of paperwork and just work in general required to buy a house. Good. Freaking. Lord. As if looking for a house and negotiating the price wasn't enough work, actually getting the mortgage finalized, the home inspection, radon inspection, termite inspection, chimney inspection, homeowners policy, association agreement, title, and settlement all set you'll have signed more papers than you ever have in your entire life. I'm sure settlement will be even more of a paper signing fest than the rest of it. Its all worth it though. The house is nicer than I had expected at this point in my life and I'm doing some rather extensive renovations over the next month. Well, thats it for now. If you see me on XBL give a holler, I'll be happy to whoop your ass in whatever I happen to be playing at the time :o)