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Leaving for Georgia in 3 days

I wanted to make this blog a little closer to the time of our departure, but I'm bored at the moment and figured I would get it out of the way.

As some of you may know, I'm getting married this weekend, on 10/10. We decided to get married in Georgia on the beach of an island my family used to go to every year when I was growing up. After the wedding we are staying an additional week for our honeymoon.

While I'm really looking forward to a vacation, and beachy weather...I've got a lot of other things piling up both at work and with school. Luckily, I got an extension on my school work, but I'm still a bit worried about having the time and energy to get things done. Also, we are paying for a lot of the wedding and our reception (back in Illinois 2 weeks later) ourselves, so money is a bit tight, and will be for a while.

Also, I can't believe it's already October...Where has the year gone? It's going to be 2010 soon. Unbelievable.

Anyway, you won't see me for a few weeks here...I may have Jody turn off my mod abilities since I'll be away from a computer in case anything goes wrong...Don't be alarmed.

Stay classy

Go see Toy Story 1&2 in 3D!!!

I don't think I've ever made two blogs this close before...But I just got back from the 3D Toy Story double feature...I strongly urge everyone to go out and see these movies. The 3D is the best I've ever seen, and the movies are both so endearing and funny and just plain great. Seriously, do yourself a favor and see them.

It's only around for a short time, don't have any regrets!

Chicago and the Olympics

I was born and raised in Chicagoland (that basically means the greater Chicago area including suburbs) all my life. I lived in Milwaukee for a period of time and have traveled most major cities in my life. I have a strong love/hate relationship with our fair city...And I'm torn about the Olympics.

All of this will be moot soon enough since the voting for the 2016 bid will be over soon, unless, of course, there is a tie...

Cons:

Even the suburbs will be cluttered with traffic - Chicago is big...But the Olympics are HUGE. To offset having the entire downtown area bursting with people and traffic, they will be having the suburbs host some events...And that's not even considering people staying in hotels. Traffic is bad enough on a day-to-day basis, we don't need something like this jamming us up...We might as well walk to our destinations...Or maybe buy a Segway?

Money - I'm not sure how many people are aware of Chicago's (Cook County's) sales tax...but it's enormous at 10.25%. I could be mistaken, but I think it's the highest in the whole US. We also have to endure things like parking meter hikes, and even cab drivers have raise their prices and added on surcharges. While most of the games are funded by corporations like Coca Cola, not all of it is.

Back to that money... - The city's limited funds could probably be better spent on public schooling. There are frequent school violence cases, too many dropouts, and just negativity all around in many public schools here. This should be a top priority.

Crime - I'm not talking about Chicago's typical reputation for white collar crime either...People will always take advantage of situations like this, and even small things like cab drivers adding illegal surcharges would be a very likely scenario. Pickpockets and other possibly violent crimes are not going to just disappear. Note that this is a bigger issue in Rio...

Pros:

Jobs - It's estimated that more than 100,000 jobs would instantly open up if we win the bid. That's a great thing, even if only temporary, it's still 7 years away. There would likely be residual jobs for clean-up, crowd control, etc.

Money - This is also a pro since the city would see TONS of tourism dollars, but the cons of this are still in effect. Assuming sponsors do pick up most of the tab for building and organizing, the city shouldn't have to exert itself too much financially.

Infrastructure - We have major professional sports teams...We have lots of venues and space to host sporting events. Even without leaving the city limits, Soldier Field and the United Center are massive. Leaving the city, there are dozens of college campuses and sports-type places. This is definitely something we have over our competition.

US of A - This is a bid for Chicago directly, but all of the US. There is no better city in the US right now to host this (I realize I may be biased there...) and we haven't hosted the Games since '96 in Atlanta. Madrid just had it in Barcelona and Japan with Nagano. South America will have its time to shine, but I think having Obama talk directly to the voting committee, we're solid.

Conclusion:

I probably wouldn't go to any of the events assuming we get the Olympics, but I think I'd like to have them here. I, of course, will likely compalin about all the traffic, but I do that anyway.

Big Smoke

I NEVER pay attention to levels or anything, but I'm curious as to how long this level takes me. My good buddy Mailer sure went through hell getting past it, and I'd like an official record of my trials and tribulations of when exactly I hit this famed level.

It's kind of weird since I am showing 0%, and in forum posts I'm still showing level 62...But whatever.

Save The Arcades

First, watch this video, that Jody Robinson posted for some info...

Next, head to SaveTheArcades.com. There, you can play a side-scrolling shooter game (it's really not very good, but it's for a good cause) and then simply donate your score to the arcade of your choice. Simple.

I donated to Star Worlds Arcade, which is just outside the Chicagoland area, and I've been there a few times in my life. I am definitely going to try to take a quick trip out to visit it again.

I own a Sega Saturn

I have been collecting games for a long time now, even though I foolishly sold most of it in my late teens/early 20's...But I have NEVER owned a Sega Saturn, despite always wanting one. The other day, I finally picked one up in mint condition with Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon Zwei. I was super excited when I got it home, but I haven't had a chance to play it yet because I'm totally obsessed with Batman Arkham Asylum right now...

I hope to pick up Nights, Virtua Fighter, and some other goodies, but does anyone have any recommendations?

What should I buy?

I haven't had a good rant in a while...

As a mod here, we deal with lots of crap from lots of folks, but most of the time that doesn't really get to me. There are a few things that REALLY bug me, though, and this is one of them...

Example topic:

I have $200 what should I buy?

:|

How the hell are we supposed to know what you should buy? Why would anyone ask strangers what is best for them to buy? Now, to clarify, this isn't the same as asking for advice between brands, or looking for a recommendations for a speaker or TV or something...These kinds of questions are fine as long as they are showing some thought of their own, but when they are completely relient on the opinions of others, it irks me.

This happens most often in the PS3/360 boards with 'what game should I get?' threads and they absolutely drive me crazy. 99% of the time people don't even go into detail about what they do like, so the threads are essentially devoid of any thought, so why bother posting them? We don't know what you like, we don't know what you play, we don't know you...Why do we care what you end up spending your money on? At the very least, give us a rundown of what you like, and/or have a few games in mind to narrow it down to...That's at least tolerable.

Coming in, making a thread, wasting the time of others simply because you cannot do your own research irritates me.

Oh, it feels good to rant...:P

The 200th blog extravaganza (promotions and post counts and dating, oh my!)

Well, to start off...The surprise I wanted for my 200th blog still isn't ready because I've been slacking (too much to do) BUT there's still a lot to talk about. I couldn't hold off blogging any longer!

For starters, I was recently promoted to sMod (Senior Mod)...But yesterday I was promoted again to mMod (Master Mod) and I banned my first account *squeals with joy*. I will always remember my first...I've been a mod here for about 4 years now, I think...Not too sure of the timeline, I just remember coming aboard in January-ish? I think? Yeah, it doesn't matter much, it's just been a while, so I don't really think much will change, I'm still gonna be the terse, sarcastic Spazz you all know and love.

Next up, I recently hit 30,000 posts, which is something I never thought I'd do...That was neat, I guess. Thanks to all that posted at the thread in OT about it.

Speaking of OT...You may have seen my new sig (thanks to Harashawn)...If you don't go to OT, that's OK, you may be better off, actually ;). Nocoolnamejim (aka Jim) put up a poll in the latest Roll Call regarding OT's 6 millionth post. The winner of that accomplishment (Munchlax99) would win a date with Megan Fox or a date with yours truly. The results so far have been extremely close. So, if you wanna head on over, feel free to vote so I can sweep Munchlax off his feet.

Few other things happening in my "offline life", but I feel like I should be saving that for another blog entry...

I still plan on making the stuff I had planned for my 200th blog, maybe even this week, but we'll see how my procrastination kicks in.

Until next time!

Does anyone really even care about Duke Nukem anymore?

Growing up, I loved games like Doom, Wolfenstein, and Duke Nukem, I would spend hours playing them. Looking at those franchises now, though, is a different story.

Doom has been a solid enough franchise, Doom 3 was pretty OK, but it was released in 2004 and there's no word (yet) on a solid Doom 4. That said, I still had more fun playing Doom again on the Xbox Live Arcade than I did playing Doom 3.

Wolfenstein has fared better, the upcoming game looks awesome, and Return to Castle Wolfenstein wasn't a total waste (on the PC/Xbox, at least). The last iteration of the original Wolfenstein I played was on a mobile phone, and that wasn't so great, but the game itself still has good moments, though I still enjoyed Doom more.

Duke Nukem 3D came out in 1996. Thirteen years ago and we've barely seen anything from Duke since. Duke Nukem Forever has become a joke within the industry. So much of a joke, in fact, that no final product could ever live up to expectations or capture the glory. Too Human sure as hell didnt' do it, which was another game that was constantly pushed back.

Looking at the footage and pictures released after the controversy broke there was a sense of nostalgia, but that's about it. The game didn't look particularly good or fun to play. This could be due largely to the fact that we are inundated with FPS games, and most of them are pretty good. There is seemingly little room to innovate within the genre, and if a FPS doesn't have multiplayer to increase the value, it's overlooked and/or forgotten soon enough anyway.

Duke may be a character we grew up with, but his absence has caused a bit of a rift between generations, I'm sure. Young gamers probably only hear about the games historically, but are probably aware of the industry joke of Duke Nukem Forever never coming out. It just seems like a lame duck franchise to me, why bother?