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If you play WoW, at least make sure you get your free robot!

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Guitar Hero Smash Hits: Causing Anger before Launch

Guitar Hero in some ways, started the big push for Rhythm games. They were not the first of their kind, but they made the Genre huge. Before Guitar Hero there were Frets on Fire and other games based in Japan, being the same concept. Play as the guitarist and rock out. Enough said. These games have been fun and all have rocked, even Aerosmith got you moving and Rocking. So for the first time ever, I am severely angry with a Guitar Hero game,Smash Hits.

It is not that I don't expect it to be fun, but I feel this title is severely recycled, but that was the point. It is the "best" songs from all Guitar Heroes before GH: Aerosmith. Now all the songs are being redone to support all instruments that was in World Tour and Metallica. That's not really my problem, normally I would not care so much, because there is some changes and added features you could not do with these songs, on their respective title. Plus, there are some GREAT bands on there too. Pantera, Rage Against the Machine, Ozzy, andDragonforce. It's a killer line up, but i have most if not all these songs already and can go and rock out to them, just can't drum or sing.

So what bothers me, is in reality, this title does not offer much of an upgrade, to spend another 60 bucks. The reason, because this, like with Metallica, does not support Downloaded music, minus the HG tunes. Seriously, WTF Activision/Neversoft?!?! Have you not been paying attention, what have the GH fans been calling for....cross game Downloadable content. If I can't take GH Smash hits and not be able to play other GH music, then what's the point. People like me, want to do what we did with our Rock Band 1 copy and what RB DLC does...we want to stick 1 COPY of a game in and be able to play ALL if not MOST of our music. If you didn't do the Disc copy deal like RB 1 did for people who bought RB 2, for 5 bucks, that is not as big of a deal as not being able to take all this music I PAID to Download, and be able to use it on ALL the new GH releases. I am sorry, but I do not want to have to get up and switch discs...and being that, if I have to do that already, then screw it, I will pass on Smash hits and pop in GH2 or GH3 to rock out to some of the past song.

GH needs to start making it so we can play our DLC on other discs, rather than just the World Tour disc....only Metallica works on multiple discs (GH3, GHWT and Metallica) and that is just NOT ENOUGH. Rock Band makes it so I only have to have 1 DISC in and I have HUNDREDS upon HUNDREDS of songs that I can play, WITHOUT swapping discs. As much as I prefer GH over RB, this issue is starting to wear on me, make your DLC cross game compatible, it is not that tricky!

A Rant about AIG....AGAIN

So a while back posted a blog ranting about irresponsible spending by AIG, after receiving a government bailout. Never did I think that their burning of cash would ever sink to the level of low that we are seeing today. For a reference, here is a link to the past blog:

http://www.gamespot.com/users/klugenbeel/show_blog_entry.php?topic_id=m-100-25536025

So, unless you been hiding under a rock, or never check the news, you have probably heard about the bonuses that 4,600 AIG employees received recently. These bonuses totaled in 165 million dollars in pay outs. Some 70+ employees received bonuses upwards and above 1 million dollars, the highest pay about being over 6 million.

Now don't get me wrong, I believe people are entitled and should receive bonuses, but only in cases of success. AIG is a failing business and received the money it did because they were failing. In order to save jobs and help stop our stumbling economy, they were given money. Unfortunately, they have wasted it on themselves and on wasteful advertising campaigns. As i said before, Bad Publicity can be good publicity, but in the case of these bonuses now....they really do just have bad publicity. Receiving bail out money before was the "good, bad publicity", but now they have the people calling for their heads in the streets...and duh, that's just plain old bad publicity.

Another thing that makes these bonuses given out, a laugh is how AIG tried to explain and justify them. These bonuses were apparently "retention pay outs". In other words they paid these people these bonuses to keep up with the competition and make sure these people did not leave the company. What is funny is 11 of these people that received the "retention bonus" took the check, and then left the company. So I am sorry, how the hell is this a "retention bonus" and if so, shouldn't you be taking back that bonus from those 11 people? Come on AIG< stop making excuses and just ADMIT you guys are dumb, greedy, SOBs!

So my only solution to AIG is, the government needs to step in and just regulate the crap out of AIG. I know some people that may read this will say crap like, "Government involvement is bad and we need to keep Government out of business." I say to those "nay sayers" that you need to sit down and shut up. You had your way for years and we see how not regulating these industries went, right down the toilet. So when we don't regulate these failing businesses, they do what they want and have helped cause this economic turmoil we are in, so shut up. Lets step in and see if government can't change what is going on, I fail to see the nay sayers coming up with a better idea.

Personally, I think we should hang these AIG execs. To their defense, we don't live in Japan.

Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band 2 - DLC

So I will first say, I think I have a new opinion since last talking about these two games. First let's talk about Guitar Hero World Tour, which I last time praised and said was better than Rock Band 2. Game play, disc soundtrack, and features....still has me hooked to Guitar hero World Tour, but I find I play Rock Band 2 more with friends and my girlfriend more than Guitar hero World Tour, and it is strictly because of the DLC. Yes DLC is a huge part of these games, and when I can play upwards of 300 songs all from the Rock Band 2 disc (DLC, RB1 License xfer) compared to my Guitar hero World Tour collection of about 100 or so songs, the 200 more songs makes it harder to play Guitar Hero because I want more options! That being said, this leads to the next part of the rant.

Since about halfway through December, Harmonix and Neversoft have been launching DLC, but well....crap. Worst part is both of them have done this. Let's look at the first example, the Country Track Packs. Both RB and GHWT have launched a country music pack (Going Country 01 - RB; Country Rock Track Pack - GHWT). Now when both games have titles in the names of Rock Band and Guitar Hero World Tour, Country music just doesn't fit in either of their names. First of all, Country does ROCK and second of all who in country music you would call a Guitar Hero? I am sorry, but whoever you think is the best country music guitar player, will NEVER EVER amount to such Rock Band guitar players like Dave Mustaine, Kirk Hammet, Yngwie Malmsteen, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Angus Young, ect. I feel Country music on these games is a tragic event and the crap needs to stop, but probably will not since Rock Band did make there's called Going Country 01, which leads me to believe there will be more and in past news articles Harmonix said there would be more....DAMNIT!!!!

Now not only is country been a problem, but the lack of good tunes as well since Mid-December. First I want to address the Oasis album by GHWT, you just put an Oasis pack out a few months ago...GIVE US SOME VARIETY. This is Guitar Hero, not Oasis Hero! Travis Barker pack...LAME....Bruce Springstien does at least fit the bill better than a lot of the European and Foreign crap GH has put out, but Springstien doesn't rock as hard as some of the other guys during his generation. Reggae also does not make sense in GHWT.

Now lets not leave Rock Band out, because since mid-December, they have been the worst on putting out good music. Again, RB felt the need to give us even more Foo Fighters, so it leads me to make a similar comment like I did to GHWT, this is Rock Band, not Foo Fighters band, so stop putting out more of the same bands and get some variety into the game. I wonder what made Harmonix release the Roy Orbison 01 pack, but in the name it seems like they will be releasing more and I am sorry, but Roy Orbison does not ROCK!

So what this comes down to is what has happened Neversoft and Harmonix? Why such the lame packs lately? I would not be surprised to see this DLC items not be a hot item, but I could be wrong because there still are fans out there who will support their artist, but is there enough of these types of fans to justify it over things like Iron Maiden packs (which we haven't seen a lot of this classic British Metal band in these games) or even going with not hard rockers like Billy Idol? There is room for many many great rockers, but why not use Rock and not swing towards things like Country and Reggae, it just doesn't make sense. Here is hoping to a better February set list! Cheers! :D

Palin, does she ever just shut up?

Some of you may remember the VP candidate Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska. She was blasted in months leading to the election, and still is being blasted. She was interviewed recently and was complaining that people were unfair and critical about her, yet no one seems critical of Caroline Kennedy (D-NY) who is in line to take over for Sen. Hillary Clinton as she leaves to be Secretary of State in the Obama Administration.

Palin is quoted on saying such things, "I've been interested to see how Caroline Kennedy will be handled and if she will be handled with kid gloves or if she will be under such a microscope."

"It's going to be interesting to see how that plays out and I think that as we watch that we will perhaps be able to prove that there is a class issue here also that was such a factor in the scrutiny of my candidacy versus, say, the scrutiny of what her candidacy may be."

"Is it political? Is it sexism?" she asked. "What is it that drives someone to believe the worst and perpetuate the worst in terms of gossip and lies?"

She observed that Katie Couric and Tina Fey have been "capitalizing on" and "exploiting" her.

"I did see that Tina Fey was named entertainer of the year and Katie Couric's ratings have risen," she said. "And I know that a lot of people are capitalizing on, oh I don't know, perhaps some exploiting that was done via me, my family, my administration. That's a little bit perplexing, but it also says a great deal about our society."

Ok, so who the heck does this woman think she is? Before this moron even came into the picture, her GOP friends at Fox News blasted Hillary Clinton any chance they could. When Hillary came on TV saying she has been treated unfairly, the same morons at Fox made comments about Clinton crying and having the attitude that, "Oh the big boys are picking on me" and made comments on if Clinton would do the same if foreign Nations did the same, would she call it "picking on her" because she's a girl. All Palin is doing now and even when the election was still up for grabs was the same thing. Complain that the Liberal media was picking on her.

Now Palin is trying to say people are "capitalizing" on picking on her? Ok this is why people pick on you.

"I can see Russia from my house." - Palin when asked about Foreign countries and policy with them

You have a daughter under 18 who is knocked up. Family Values? Maybe if you spent more time paying attention to your kids or teaching them about "safe sex" your daughter wouldn't be on the campaign trail with you, ready to "pop" that illegitimate child out.

You are one of those women out there, that feminist who spent years trying to push for equality, that would send women back into the kitchen to be nothing more than subordinate house wives.

What can we say, you are a Redneck...and the educated people in the country do not respect Hicks. Is it a social thing, no, you are freakin' rich...so social status has nothing to do with it, but you are still a HICK and a rich Hick at that. Just cause you are rich, doesn't make you be less white trash, you are white trash and people don't want that crap in the white house...i think even some of your fellow GOP thought we couldn't put another hick in office (George W. Bush).

So Palin, stop complaining...you and your friends did the same crap to Hillary Clinton, which make you HYPOCRITS! Shut up, and go take a canoe to Russia and leave America alone!

Unions run by Morons?

So I log in today and I get an invite to a Union. When looking at it, it's from someone I do not know, and it's for the union called: The Big Nintendo Nations Union. So the real question is did this guy see something i post and want me in or did he just rifle through names he saw and just invite anyone he could get?

I am going with just rifle inviting, which people really need to stop. In the past year I have been very out spoken about my disappointments and frustrations with Nintendo, so why would i ever join an Nintendo based Union. Plain and simple Nintendo has turned its back on the core of the gaming community, the people who made and been playing with Nintendo since the 8 bit NES. Once upon a time I was thinking I wanted to pick up a Wii and enjoy it, but I waited and it was the smart move in the long run.

If anyone remembers the LameCube, i mean GameCube, what did Nintendo do real well...release a ton of Kiddie crap games or just plain old BAD games. So with that said i waited to see what Nintendo would put out and just like with the LameCube, the Wii is piling on the Junk titles and leaving only a few quality games to play. I am sorry, but owning a console needs to be justified with quality titles and non just a few and far between. The reason the 360 is doing so well this time around is Blockbuster titles, quality titles, and IPs that people know and love, are showing up on the 360. Myself being a person who swore off Sony after the PS1 (because the PS1 was poorly built and it is the only system I ever had to replace and at that...replace the unit twice) I am now at the point that I would pick up a PS3 over a Wii.

Plain and simple the Wii released strong with titles like Zelda and Metroid released not long after, but that was about it. The good titles then even slowed further and the last game worth my time being No More Heroes, I am sorry but that is too few quality titles coming out whereas the PS3 started slow, but now is turning out the Quality games and it makes it more enticing to buy.

What it comes down to is, don't invite me to Nintendo unions because plain and simple, your system is OBSOLETE. The overall quality of your games are CRAP and your system is also BEHIND everyone else in the world of ONLINE GAMING. Plain and simple Nintendo, stop releasing the Kiddie crap and get back to making games for the core gamers, the ones who BUILT YOUR BUSINESS! Oh btw, HAHAHAHA FOR WII MUSIC'S FAILURES! Build a game where you can fail, not the "everyone is a winner game" because that type of game is made for LOSERS!

I am a Game Connoisseur?

So I log on the other day and find that I was given this snazzy little icon here:

This apparently means i have great taste in games, and I must say it's true, otherwise you do not stay in the collection of the current gen. After thinking about it for a while, I would have to agree, I mean look at some of the blockbusters that I have owned, and put countless upon countless hours into:

Halo Series - This series shocked the world and blew open FPS gaming for the console. In fact you could almost say that because of games like this, it has led a shift of FPS to consoles, and people playing them on consoles more than on a PC.

StarCraft-Brood Wars - This is the RTS of RTS games. There has been no RTS able to top this series (in my opinion and a lot of people's to). We have seen countless RTS come out over the years since StarCraft and despite how good they are, I find myself asking, is this really better than StarCraft? StarCraft is the role model for anyone making an RTS and an shining example of RTS done right!

Half-Life Series - The original and 2nd are still favorites and are great FPS. Even though you can argue there are better FPS out there (not many, if not only 1 or 2), but on the PC...what FPS gave you so much more to do, not many. Half-Life and HL2 set the bar on Game mods. With independent hits of their times like Counter Strike and Day of Defeat, it is hard to argue that this game didn't set industry standards.

WarCraft Series - Whether we are talking about WoW or WarCraft back when we all knew it as an RTS, WarCraft is a HUGE franchise. People pour money into WoW not only the monthly fee, but for gold from farmers, t-shirts, buttons, card game, beer stiens, and more! With 11 million people and counting on the MMORPG, it is really hard to argue that this is not a quality Series.

This is just a touch on my collection of hit games, but I feel these are biggest and probably the best made, and why, because these series do not seem to have a single, Bad or Alright game...they are ALL GREAT! I mean I could of thrown the Tom Clancy series in there, but the fact of the matter is, there has been a few well..."ehh" Tom Clancy games and don't feel it has the same Blockbuster power that the above do. So do I have good taste in games, yes, do i have great taste...you bet. For some of the best inside on the gaming industry and the world, you have to keep coming back and seeing what I have to say! ;)

Guitar Hero World Tour Hands On/Review

Well folks, what can I say about the new Guitar Hero that will hit the streets tonight at 12 am. Its flipping awesome! Plain and simple. The graphics put all other GH and RB games to shame, its just really well done and well polished. The Tool exclusive background for their songs, is well... incredible.

Though the Eye is highly distracting if you just jump into a Tool song for the first time, also be prepared that when in World Tour mode, you need to save your money, because your money actually is used to progress into new gigs, such as the 3 Tool set list in World Tour. You will need 8k in cash to unlock Tool, so if you are 5 staring most your songs, you may need to do 1 extra set list after unlocking the Tool set list to buy the Tool set list for 8k in cash. Guitar Hero is going to be the Music game to Beat this holiday season, and despite the fact i love Rock Band 2, Guitar Hero World Tour is going to be taking over for a bit and putting RB2 to the side line. Plus World Tour is going to be launching more downloadable music, similar to Rock Band, and in fact...there is already music ready to download for World Tour.

Another feature I really like about Guitar Hero World Tour is the Bass. At times your are going to see a purple line come across your fret board and that means to play an open note. Don't hold any of your fret buttons at all, just play and open strum, it in fact makes Bass a lot more fun and interesting to play than in past Guitar Heros and Rock Bands.

The Jocks and Band Geeks of Video Games?

Over the years, more of this current generation of consoles, there seems to be a growing trend in the gaming community. Both the gamers themselves and Publishers are guilty of letting things like this happen, but really Nintendo is the biggest influence in this negative Trend.

It seems to me that publishers and developers alike, are making more and more of these "easy", user friendly to everyone games. Gamespot has been nice enough to start pointing these games out with the "Cake Walk" award. The big thing to bring this out of me is the new Wii Music game, about to hit stores in less than a week. This game is the epiphany of "Cake Walk". How do we know, Nintendo has even said it themselves. When they introduced it at E3 they even stated this was a game with no way to fail and really no way to screw up. you use your Wiimote in a likeness of the instrument to make the music play. So in other words there is no failing! WHAT?!?! Isn't the point of a video game to win something or reach some sort of goal? Would the Zelda games be fun if you didn't have to rescue Link? Would Mario have been fun if you weren't trying to save the Princess? Would Halo had been fun if you were not trying to squash the Covenant? Or to put it in a similar fashion, would Guitar Hero or Rock Band be fun if every song you played, not matter how many notes you missed, the game still said 'You Rock" and let you continue onto the next tier? NO!!!!!!

This trend is not only in video games, we continue to find more and more stories of middle and high school sports being bombarded by parents because their kid didn't make the team. Well did you kid practice, work out and try as hard as the kids who did make it? Probably not. This "Everybody is a Winner" mentality is disgusting and makes me sick. We are going to turn our youth into a bunch of sniveling wusses who will expect, not matter how little they do or try (as in not practicing), think they should be rewarded for not meeting a goal. GROW UP! Did the Boston Red Sox win the 2004 World Series without playing harder and working harder than the other team? Of course, they worked hard to win, and so they won.

So why is Wii Music angering me so much? If Wii Music is successful, we will start seeing more of these "You can't loss games come out" and could these take over and eradicate what we know of video games? Can this cause all publishers and developers to toss a common goal to victory to hit the back burner and only have "Everybody is a Winner" games? Probably not, but it could cause a shift, where more games will come out like this, which will take time and money away from making games with a way to win from us.

The fact of the matter is, e play games to beat something or win something. The real satisfaction of a video game is trying as hard as you can to beat it, because when you beat it and are victorious, there is no better feeling, except doing the same thing in a Organized competition (video games and sports alike). That RUSH of victory cannot be matched by a dumbed down, "everyone is a winner" game. The people who feel the "Everybody is Winner" are in fact, the LOSERS who did not want to try hard enough to win, and think prizes or satisfaction should just be given to them. These people are a bunch of Nancys and are doing nothing but spreading their lack of motivation to others, and making these new losers think it's ok to lose, as long as you tried. Don't just try. Trying means you practiced and worked hard at something. You try, you practice and then you win. If you don't win, then repeat, try...practice then win. Eventually, NO MATTER WHAT, you will win and you will feel so incredible that you won, and that feeling will always be greater than a "Consolation" prize for "Good effort". It's never fun to loss and get your butt kicked, but if that is happening...you are just not trying hard enough.

How about a REAL game?!?! You know, where you could actually lose?

AIG and Advertising

For those of you living in the US, you all know that it is just not the same here in the USA as it was a decade ago. We had a balanced budget, we were not in the middle of a war or 2 if you count Afghanistan and Iraq separate. People could walk into the bank and take out a high risk loan for a new house, life was good. Now the economy is the toilet, Mortgage firms are in the hole, insurance companies are even doing down the tubes too. So the government is stepping in and helping some of the firms get through these touph times and keeping them from going belly up.

Until today, I was in favor of helping these guys out, but that has changed very quickly. Do to business of my own, I had to upgrade my cell phone to a Samsung Instinct, make getting e-mail and getting things for work done while I am on the go at times. So i log on to the web this morning and what do I see. AIG, advertising right on the front page of the default Sprint page that pops up. So I for a second I think, why have I heard AIG's name recently? Was it a commercial on TV, no. Was it an ad on the local new page I read every morning, no. Oh that's right now I remember, you S.O.B.s just got bailed out from going belly up by the government. Now why did this AIG ad on my mobile phone's internet tick me off so much?

Oh yeah, because what do you need to put up advertisements, MONEY! That's right, so you are telling me that you don't have money and you need government help, yet you are spending money on advertisements? Now some will say, well ads do generate new business, revenues and gross profit, yes people i know, I am a communications major and this is one of my focuses. Keep in mind though, AIG first is all, an insurance company and a big one. People know the name, and also there is something called Publicity and whether it's good publicity or bad publicity it is still publicity and that itself generates REVENUE and PROFITS! You morons are already on front page news about being SAVED by the government. This is both good and bad publicity! Sure it's bad in the fact that you were going belly up, but this is news that the government has your back, THATS GOOD NEWS, which Good Publicity is FREE ADVERTISING! You morons are all over the nightly news and internet and you are throwing money away into Advertising on my mobile phone, You have to be kidding me, and you wonder why you are having money issues!?!?!!?!?!

Insurance companies = Epic Failure? You be the judge of that, it's YOUR money do what you want with it, give it to these bozos and they will put out another commercial.

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