Sunday, July 27, 2008

Still Pregnant, But Now With More Breakdancing

Between working full time and the baby beating the bongos on every organ in my body, I have not been able to play games all that much. Although I did get Go Go Break Steady yesterday. (Or as I like to call it, "Boom Boom Zuma") If you like rhythm-y, puzzle-y games, definitely pick this one up (Man, I love the Arcade!). It has a fun multiplayer aspect as well. Other than that, we've been getting ready for our gamer girl's arrival (almost 10 weeks to go!).

Since this blog is so very interesting today, here's a picture of RuFfNeCk's Mighty Muggs collection (that I started for him anyway):

Friday, July 18, 2008

Finally, A Spectator Sport I Can Get Behind

I am not a big sports fan. I don't have a team I root for, I don't watch draft picks or stay glued to the TV for an entire season. I don't get all fired up and yell at the TV when my team does something bad (or good). I've never really even experience that feeling of "one more point, don't choke don't choke don't choke" Until now...

G4 is airing the championship in 4 episodes, the first of which I watched last night. It was like watching a major sporting event. They had commentators, flashy graphics, replays and some girl in tight clothes. I was really impressed and actually found myself on the edge of my seat at various points. Maybe it helps that I like watching people play video games. RuFfNeCk turned to me at one point, slightly embarrassed that we were watching it to which I responded, "What's to be embarrassed about? We're gamers. This is gaming. It's exciting and I've totally bought into it."

Now I just need to get wicked good at DOA4 so I can join the fun...either that or convince them to add Beautiful Katamari to their line up...

ICandee, You Game side note of the day: Checking out the CGS My Space, I ran across a blog entry explaining how G4 was going to run the episodes and found this little gem:
"G4's young male viewers are passionate about video games," said Neal Tiles, President, G4. To which he then added, "Maybe females play video games...we don't know...and frankly...we don't want to know. That's a market we can do without." Tool...

Saturday, July 12, 2008

ICandee's Top Five: Not Gaming Edition

Sometimes I'm just "blah" about playing anything but still want to do something gaming related. Something to keep me connected while I wait for inspiration to strike on what game I'll play next. The thought occurred to me the other day that I may not be the only one this happens to and so with that thought in mind...

Please to enjoy...

ICandee's Top 5 Gaming Things to Do When You Aren't Gaming

1. Read: Masters of Doom

This book tells the story of John Romero and John Carmack, co-creators of Doom and Quake. Very interesting read, a must have for any gamers library that includes more than games.

2. Listen: The Katamari Damacy soundtracks

RuFfNeCk would argue this in favor of the Final Fantasy soundtracks, but for me the Katamari soundtracks from Katamari Damacy and We Love Katamari are ones I actually listen to in my car so they get top billing. Fun, quirky, sentimental and full of pop Japanese music from these games was the first set of game music that didn't want to make me knock myself out with my own controller after hearing it over and over.

3. Watch: King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

This documentary chronicling the rivalry between Donkey Kong champion Billy Mitchell and challenger Steve Wiebe is not to be missed. It's either the funniest thing I've ever seen or the saddest thing but either way it's the best documentary I've watched in a while. Not even gaming is exempt from a seedy underbelly.

4. Wear: Gaming Gear

I recently discovered a site for all your gaming gear needs and found quite a few that I would love to have myself. Now, as is the case with most geek wear sites, their womens section consist mainly of underwear (We wear shirts too you know!) and some cartoon character squeezing where you boob would be but their mens section is pretty extensive and enjoyable. They also have a collection of Zero Punctuation shirts which is cool.

5. Buy: More Games

OK, this was RuFfNeCk's suggestion for my fifth non-gaming selection but I reminded him that because he now works for the "gaming man" at a well known game store, he's become a corporate shill and his opinion means nothing. Of course, that was his cue to wave a shiny piece of free gaming schwag in front of my face and we just ended up making out for a while. So go buy more games!

If there are other things you do to game when you aren't technically gaming, please do share with them with the whole class! (And by class, I mean me)

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

No Time for Love Dr Jones!

RuFfNeCk walked into the room last night with a brand new copy of Unreal Tournament III for the 360. I promptly shouted, “yoink!” as I took it from him and said, “So long sucker!” to Lego Indiana Jones (at least for now).

So how come no one told me about Unreal Tournament before??? Hello??? (And yes, I have been living in a cave) This game is awesome! All run and gun, all the time! Lots of explosions, body parts flying everywhere…wowowowowowowow! And that was before I discovered the Link Gun…hello Lover! This may be the game that actually renews my interest in multiplayer…hmmmm, we’ll see…

ICandee’s Random Thought of the Day: headless animal crackers still weird me out.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Oh Say Can You See...The Artifact Piece on That Ledge

Ah, the land of the free...the freedom to play whatever games I want, when I least until the baby is born...

I am making progress on Lego Indiana Jones. Sure there are other games that I'm wanting to get back into (Ninja Gaiden II for one) but this one has got me in it's plastic clutches and I'm unable to see past it. I woke up with the Chinese version of "Anything Goes" from Temple of Doom this morning. Always a good sign when you start dreaming in pixels. /sarcasm

So on this 4th of July, our Independence Day, I will be further investigating my co-dependence on gaming...What a country we live in!


Happy 4th everyone!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

ICandee Jones and the Temple of Completion

I'm not the type of gamer that has to get 100% completion in a game. I applaud those gamers but am certainly not one of them. That was until freakin' Lego Indiana Jones came out and now I'm obsessed...

Where's the package on that level? Why can't I find that last artifact piece? Why, for the love of Pete, do they not allow camera control??? I've decided that this is my new quest: to get 100% completion on Lego Indiana Jones...See you all in 2015...
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