Posts Tagged ‘Bullshit’

I got a question asking what/where I play in WoW, so I figured I’d just throw up a post in case other people care to jump in game to hit up some quests.  My main is Igorek, a Draenei Death Knight on Cenarion Circle in the guild Northrend Commonwealth.

Here is my armory page, if you are at all curious about my gear/achievements.

3.1 looks like it’s going to be hitting servers this Tuesday (or next Tuesday).  I better get my money together so I can purchase a dual spec.  You’re looking at a future Unholy DPS/Frost Tank Death Knight!  I shall report my findings as I find them.

Feel free to throw down your name/class/race/realm in the comments!

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Busy day here at the nest, between regular Thursday woes and managing a staff of 3 (ha ha ha) I have a lot on my plate. None more important then this interview at IGN which reveals some of the details to the previously reported Fallout 3 downloadable content. There’s actually a lot of good stuff in there, which isn’t suprising considering how upfront all the development blogs were during the original production of F3. The meat of the article discusses the first DLC to be announced, Operation Anchorage.

The Chinese red army is everywhere, and the player will first have to secure the surrounding mountain side and then fight their way into the Chinese base. The player will have to use a lot of their standard combat skills, along with several new tools that will only be available in the downloadable content. These include interactive Strike Teams under the player’s command and unique armor, weapons, and other exotic gadgets.

That sounds pretty fucking fun, if you ask me. Granted I haven’t touched the game since the box went down, but you can be sure I will be slinging those Microsoft points to download this bad boy. This is also something to look forward to:

It will include new weapons, armor and achievements! It’s full of top-secret technology used by both sides during the war, which the player will of course be able to use throughout the main game as well.

Other morsels revealed about the other two DLCs: Level cap removed and you can continue playing after the game ends in the Broken Steel DLC, while the Pit DLC takes place in Pittsburgh. These are some delicious details and I for one can’t wait to get my xbox back, finish the freaking game, and then save up the 800 points to buy Operation Anchorage.

Quickly, and I just got a project to work on so I can’t go into detail, but check out Game On’s article about how Spore was the #1 pirated game in 2008. Of course, Spore is the game that only allowed you to install it on five computers, so the debate rages on and the piracy issue just got a little more fuel to the fire. There are some interesting points in the article though, and should prove to be a good read if you are at all interested in the piracy issues of our little industry here.

That’s all for now, I have to get back to the grind…

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Why Hello There…

Man, the Bird’s nest keeps getting bigger. I’m Commonname (or Mike, whatever) and I’ll be joining the ranks to talk about Video Game news and MMOs, specifically, World of Warcraft, which has kind of changed gaming for me in general.  So I’ll be talking about that kind of stuff and bringing you news and the like when i get it.

I’ve been playing the game for…god, I think I tried the 10-day trial in 2005.  That summer the game was given to me as a present for surviving a car accident.  I’ve been playing off and on ever since.

So while I don’t “Raid” every weekend or “PVP hardcore,” I like to think I have a fairly strong grasp of the game and I’d be more than happy to share interesting stories, tips and tricks and my overall feelings on MMOs.  Thanks again to Dave for letting me post here!

Also, I do a thrice weekly webcomic called Eros Inc. which is about a young woman becoming a cupid and finding love for people in Los Angeles.  It’s a comedy.

Okay, no more pimping. From here on out, video games!

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Yes thats right phans and phoes alike, its Jpark making my debut as a contributor to the Bird Blagh.  You may ask yourselves;

Why would Jpark make contributions on Bird’s video game blagh dude?

 Well let me answer your question with another question:  How many abodiginals do you see male modeling?  But for serious, I am a video game addict and will actually be  bringing content  and often a second opinion to the blog.    Actual post with content to come tomorrow.  Left 4 Dead follow-up on the maturation of scare-factor video games.  Yeah I know you jumped when that thing grabbed you from in the wall that first time you played Resident Evil.  Has it changed?

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Microsoft Sucks, seriously

So I’m a hardcore Xbox guy. I had a dreamcast, and while its sega, you know the microsoft guys borrowed heavily from them. I had an original xbox, and now I own a 360. But here’s the thing: 360s break. Its a known fact. Even microsoft knows they break. I think almost everyone I know that owns an xbox has had it breakdown for no reason other then they use it a lot. That’s total bullshit, if you ask me, but I stand by my system.

That is, until last week, when my 360 started having color issues. I thought it was the connection with the HDMI, so I turned it off, unplugged the cord, and checked it out. Everything looked normal, so I fired it back up, and lo and behold there was nothing on the tv. I thought, well, my HDMI output must be shot, lets try component. Again, no video, only this time I had sound. Still not good enough to play Fallout though. So I went online and found out that my xbox is no longer under the one year warranty. However, if I had the “red ring of death” it would have been covered. However, since it was broken without those stupid F-ing lights, I had to pay 100 bucks to get it fixed. I thought that was rediculous so I called microsoft, Irate as hell, about getting this taken care of. Now after being on hold for about 45 minutes, and being hung up on twice, I finally got someone on the phone who could help me. After talking to this poor guy and his dumdfounded manager, I ended up getting most of the repair for free. BUT STILL, its absurd because now all these great games are out and I can’t play them. My Fifa club career has been sidelined, I haven’t been in the wasteland for way too long, and I haven’t even bought Gears 2 yet.

So, since this is the rebirth of the bird blahg, I will try to get some hands on with PC games and until then can only report stuff I find on the intrawebs, which, since I need to get some work done, probably won’t be until tomorrow.

Sweet lyphe, phans.

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My apologies, I truly didn’t mean to forget about the Bird Nest. Things are busy-ish at work and I just haven’t felt like writing anything recently. Maybe its the doldrums of summer video game release, and not being a Madden phanboy I couldn’t get that deep behind it. Either way, I can only stumble so much without feeling nostalgic about the Bird Nest (which the Chinese blatantly stole for their 90,000 seat stadium…still waiting for some royalties on that one…) so i figured it’s time for a post or two. Regarding Madden, I respect the game, the people who obsess over it, and what it’s done for sports gaming. I mean, when I can go onto ESPN.com and see every Madden rating it makes me a little happy that ESPN is bearing the Madden torch. What can I say, ESPN is great for what it is, but I never went there first to scope out the newest EA dealios. Granted, the dominance of Madden in pop-culture in regards to Gamers almost rivals World of Warcraft, and I’m not sure I want either one representing the industry. Nature of the beasts, I guess.

Madden aside, I think this Fall is going to have some epic titles to look forward to. The new Tiger Woods (09) looks beautiful in HD, as expected. The gameplay hasn’t changed from 07 as far as I could tell from the demo but there is a more standard three click system (classic timing scheme) for those that are analog stick challenged. Needless to say, its more forgiving then say, the pitching system from MLB2k8 but thats a rant for another day.

I obviously look forward to FIFA 09 and Fallout, as I’ve mentioned countless times. I won’t talk about them now; although I am hoping that FIFA fixes all the niggly issues but leaves the core essentially the same. I want to rescind an earlier statement. That is, that there is nothing to get excited coming out now. Not true. I’ve been vaguely interested in Too Human which was released today. I want to check it out, but will most likely wait until Gamefly catches up with me. See you later Mario Galaxy – I’m still waiting to try Beijing 2008 to satisfy my soft spot for anything that reminds me of the track pad with Nintendo, even if all “athletic” games since then have just been button mashers. Back on topic, Too Human looks fantastic and could be fairly promising. Played as Bauldur, a Norse god in what seems eerily (and awesomely) similar to the PS2-only masterpiece, God of War, take on evil force for the sake of mankind. Cooler still, Too Human is the first of three, so this very well might be the start of something beautiful if it hooks me. At the very least, its something to fill the space between Fifa matches while waiting for Fallout.

Last thing about Fallout, I read a 5 page in depth preview in PC gamer the other day. Wasn’t that mind-altering, but I’ll look for it anyways and try to get it up here for you. They got a chance to do a number of quests and it was an interesting read. Still just a tease though, but the release date is so close I can feel it. Until then…

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Well, another Friday accounted for and everyone is crusing along. Not much to report but I felt obligated to say goodbye for the day. I played the Madden and Facebreaker demos last night, both were pretty impressive. I had a great time reliving the game winning TD pass (Eli steps, has Plax open in the end zone…TOUCHDOWN!!! GIANTS LEAD SUPERBOWL XLII 17-14!!!!) and Madden’s got a pretty cool feature where they test you when you first start the game and then adjust the difficulty settings as you play.
I think it’s pretty cool and fun mini-game/trainer feature. The game itself is just as confusing as ever (there are maybe 45,000 presnap options) but with practice it seems managable.

Facebreaker was fun but I got my ass kicked by a smoking hot virtua-chick. Not the first time that’s happened…

Lastly, check out this Bloomberg report about Jim Brown suing Madden for using his likeness. Lighten up man, you are being honored on Madden as part of the All-Brown’s team. I just think its a shame. How many times have I created myself in video games only to have my character cut just as fast as I would be in real life? These egotistical athletes need to realize their core fans are the ones playing these games and want to use them, digitally. Deseperately. How long did it take MJ to make it into an NBA game? I still don’t think his actual likeness is allowed, they cheat and get around it, like Madden did in this case. And now they are getting sued. It’s a damn shame.

Have a good weekend brohams and brohamimes.

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