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I'm leaving this account. Go to the new one (linked).

You read that right. I've said and done a lot of stupid things on this site that I fear might get trolled for (with this new ToU anything is possible), and I wanted to start again fresh. Plus, I just got tired of this username a long time ago. Am I aware that I'm leaving behind almost 3 years of posting history? Yeah, but I don't feel like I'm missing much considering I've been inactive for almost half of it. It won't be that hard to start from scratch. Besides, I'll still be here under a new name so it's not like I'm leaving for good. Link Go ahead and add me if I haven't already sent you a friend request. Thanks again, guys, for sticking with this poor Southern boy all these years. :)

Back from Spring Break (and Meh Effect 3)

I've got to to say, my Spring Break was a little less eventful that I had hoped. I worked most of the week, and I had a book to read for my literature class. I was able to spend at least one day at the beach so I guess it wasn't a total loss. And so ends my last Spring Break as a minor. ;) I'm still on the fence whether to get Mass Effect 3 right now. As much of a fan I am of the series, I just don't feel that hyped for it. A lot of what I'm hearing about the game isn't helping either. Besides, The Witcher has me covered in the RPG department for the time being (Geralt kicks ass BTW). Maybe I'll wait until it drops? Don't know.

10K posts and Spring Break!

 Yep, over 10K is the number of posts I've made on this site and I feel sad just from bragging about it. It truly is a testament to all the time I've wasted on this site as well as the precious minutes I'm wasting while typing up this blog post. It gets even worse when I think of all the stupid forum posts and blogs I've made over the years. Often I think about going back in time to meet myself starting out on this site and smacking that little punk. But enough beating myself up. I'm glad I made it this far, and thankful for all the guys that have supported me over the years. :P BREAK!!  Not really. Right now it's cold and drizzling outside, but hopefully I'll get some good beach weather later on this week. Other than checking out the beach, I don't have much planned this spring break. I do have to read this one book for my literature class, but beyond that I don't have to worry about school anymore and thank God. These past few weeks in school for me have been a hassle, but now I can genuinely get a break from all that. Catch ya'll later, here or gaming online. ;)

Not sure if I'm getting Mass Effect 3 yet.

Don't get me wrong. I'm still hyped for it, but lately I've had school and scholarships to worry about. Not to mention I have a large backlog of games I still haven't gotten around to beating these past 3 months. I haven't finished Rayman Origins. I'm in the middle of chapter 2 in The Witcher. I'm almost done with Skyward Sword. Plus, I already have an unopened copy of SSX. I only paid the minimum amount on my pre-order, so I know my Gamestop will keep it until I pay off the rest. But I've got enough on my plate as it is, so I might hold off on ME3 for awhile. :?

American Nightmare and SSX

What's up? I've been pretty busy with school these past few weeks, but hopefully I'll get a well-deserved break some time soon. Over the weekend, I beat I Alan Wake's American Nightmare and it was good. It had a pulpy, Tarantino-esque feel to it which worked well without detracting from the overall atmosphere. The combat is a lot more varied and so is the enemy roster. And once again, Remedy's writing remains strong, though I'll probably need to replay the story some more to get what all happened. The problem I had with it was, without spoiling anything, that the story mode recycles the same 3 environments 3 times. Granted, they're different encounters and objectives for each trip back and the idea is interesting from a narrative perspective, but it's a DLC so I can't expect too much.  Another thing I really liked was Mr.Scratch, Alan's dark doppleganger. He's kind of a mix between the Heath Ledger Joker and Mr.Blonde from Resevoir Dogs. He blends these influences well and Finnish actor Ilkka Villis does an excellent job portraying him (though I'm not sure if he's using his actual voice or if he's dubbed). I only wish he were better utilized. Here's hoping we get to see more of Mr.Scratch in later DLCs and possibly Alan Wake 2. Well I'm off to pick up my copy of SSX. I've been hearing a lot of good things about it, but unfortunately I don't think I'll get too deep into it until later on this week. Later. ;)

Just played the Mass Effect 3 demo...

And it was OK. It told me absolutely nothing about the story, but I guess I'll have to play the full game to find out. I will say this though, it's kind of a bad sign when Shepard is speaking so freely without my control. But then again, this might only be true for a few instances in the actual game. The gameplay is more or less the same from ME2, but with a nifty "roll" feature that helps in firefights.

The multiplayer was so-so, but I'm not expecting much anyway. For game like Dead Space, Uncharted, and MGS I just ignore the multiplayer component all together so that's probably what I'll do here.

Games I'm looking forward to in 2012

Just like last year, 2012 has plenty of games that I want. I doubt I'll have the money or the time to play all of them (par for the course), but I'll still list out the ones I'll have my eye on.

The games I want that have a set release date:

Resident Evil: Revelations (when I get a 3DS)
Twisted Metal
Uncharted: Golden Abyss (if I get a Vita)
Alan Wake's American Nightmare
Silent Hill HD Collection
Mass Effect 3
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (maybe)
Kid Icarus: Uprising (again when I get a 3DS)
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
Bioshock Infinite
Tomb Raider

For everything else that "might" be coming out this year:

Halo 4
The Last Guardian
Aliens: Colonial Marines
The Last of Us

And that's it so far.

Level 33 and game stuff

According to my ranking system, I went from this

to this

Fascinating. (P.S. While googling, it seems Rule 34 has a thing for this Nintendo character too. :?)

Anyway, it looks like February has some interesting games to start off this year (for me at least). So far the only ones I'm looking forward to are Alan Wake: American Nightmare and SSX. I might pick up Twisted Metal, but I never really picked up on the series so I'll just wait and see.

As for my recent gaming progress, I've been jumping in and out of Skyward Sword, New Vegas, and Rayman. I might also do some trophy hunting in Uncharted 3. I'm also up for Gears 3 tonight if anyone's interested.

On a side note, I managed to complete my entire (well except for the NES and Acid games) revisitation of Metal Gear Solid by beating MGS4. I'll save my thoughts on that game for some other time. However until then, I'll leave y'all with one simple question: How the hell does Hideo Kojima keep getting work?

That is all.

The Grey

I just got out of watching The Grey, and frankly I loved it. Probably one of the best survival movies I've seen since Castaway. Liam Neeson still proves he's a badass with solid performances all around. The cinematography was great. There were some good thrills mixed in with some haunting moments. Plus, it was surprisingly philosophical for something that could have easilly been a popcorn-thriller.

I've also heard this movie angered a bunch of animal rights groups for showing wolves in a negative light (kind of like what Jaws did for sharks). I say screw em'. Anything that pisses off wolfaboos earns cool points from me.

My Top 9 Games of 2011

Yes 9. I only bought 9 "new" games this year, and I think I'm already pushing it with Halo Anniversary. Well it took me a while to get around to making this list, but here they are.

9. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary (360)

8. L.A. Noire (PS3)

7. Rayman Origins (360)

6. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)

5. Bastion (360)

4. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)

3. Portal 2 (PC)

2. Dead Space 2 (360)

1. Gears of War 3 (360)