Does your wife or girlfriend hate it when you game??

Hello all, I wrote this in 2007 but the facts remain the same today.

When you and the fellas get going on some Gears of War, NBA Live, Madden. . . people just need to understand, WE NEED THIS.
Ladies we love you but sometimes we need to sit back and be men… so understand we need our time.

In Tyler Perry’s “Daddy’s Little Girls” Gabriel Union’s character says she’s looking for “a black man with good credit, who speaks grammatical English and who doesn’t play video games.”

Ok, wow….What’s the problem? That’s like saying I’m looking for a black woman who doesn’t like shopping and/or fashion. Don’t get me wrong I know it can get bad… fellas if you want to play XBOX360, PS3 or Wii more than you want to be with your lady then you need to take a look at your life and get your priorities together. A form of affection should be higher priority than beating the Heat on your NBA Live Season. Please ladies AND men give your loved ones just a few hours to get some gamage in . . .

Yes, ladies game too.

The average age for a video game player is about 30, a number slowly increasing as people that were kids playing the first arcade, console and home computer games continue playing now on current systems. The gender distribution of gamers is reaching equilibrium, according to a 2003 study showing that 57% of gamers are male and 43% female. (ESA report on the sales, demographics and usage data of the industry)

Wow 43 percent, that’s a lot of women. If you’re out there reading this ladies… Will You Marry Me? Haha, I’m just kidding I’m married,  but seriously its just a sign of the times… 20 years ago men got together and had poker night. Now . . . we game. It’s not just another night of the week… it is the very fabric that keeps man sane… the comraderie and competition mends all wounds of the world and act as catalysts to propell the patrons of gamage toward a better mood… a better state of mind so we can deal with the weight of life, work and relationship.

To all my gamers out there, men and women alike, keep gaming. . . Maybe I’ll see u out there on XBOX|Live

TheImpetuousOne

Resistance 3 Screens Flickr’d

After the reveal of Resistance 3 this past Gamescom, news has been kind of slow. Then Flickr user 1337guyzorz2 has posted a stack of pictures here. Not sure who 1337guyzorz2 is, or how he got the pictures, but they are now part of the internet.

The one picture I enjoy is the effects of the invasion on St. Louis.

Take a look and tell us what’s on your mind by making a comment below.

Source: IGN

NBA Elite 11….errr 12??????

September 27th signified a shift in the world of NBA basketball games that has been inevitable (in some eyes) for the past few years. NBA Elite (previously NBA Live since 1995) has been delayed indefinitely by Peter Moore, President of EASports.

Unfortunately, NBA ELITE 11 is not yet ready and we have made a decision to delay next month’s launch. We are going to keep working until we’re certain we can deliver a breakthrough basketball experience.

EA Sports has put out a NBA product since their 1995 release on the Super Nintendo and Genesis and has had an athlete on the cover since Mitch Richmond was on the cover in 1997. EA has been struggling with product stability over the past few years. EA Sport’s Madden NFL franchise has seen feature cuts in Madden NFL 06 (hear my thoughts about that release), frame rate issues on the PS3 version in ’08, and now these development hiccups have sneaked their way over to their Live, now known as Elite, NBA franchise.

The announcement of the delay comes less than a week before the game’s scheduled release. This just happens to be the same day that 2K Sports’s Michael Jordan covered NBA 2K11 is releasing. Could EA Sports be feeling the pressure of the Jordan clad game? In a word, DEFINITELY. From the minority, possibly becoming the majority soon, 2K’s NBA franchise has been on EA’s heels since the early 2000’s. The only complaint I’ve heard about NBA 2K was its annoying TNT Gatorade .jpg that covered the screen after a highlight. Yes, EA has stated that rosters and their DNA feature will be updated for free for the NBA Live ’10 users that still have their disc (if you don’t have the disc then you will be charged $10 to play online via EA’s Online Pass), but who wants to play last year’s game when they have the chance of playing as Michael Jordan? Yeah, this is the same Jordan who hasn’t been playable, to my knowledge, by other than #23 for years.

Because of their past mishaps I feel somewhat relieved that EASports decided not to put out a broken game. At the same time, I do think they deserve it for previous greed. So tell me NBA fanatics, do you still think that NBA Live is FANTASTIC, or are you hoping to play the ’90s Bulls versus the behemoth known as the 2010-11 Miami Heat in 2K11? Let me know in the comments below.

Source: NBA Elite Delayed

Star Clipper Day

Star Clipper is a comic book store in St. Louis’ U City Loop. Today they are celebrating their sixth anniversary in the Loop location. They will be having Caricature drawings, Trivia, Costume Contest (sponsored by Kid Robot), and a live dj. If you get a chance today stop by.

Star Clipper is located at:
6392 Delmar Blvd. in the Loop!
St. Louis, MO 63130
314.725.9110

Store Hours:
Sun-Thu 11:00 – 8:00
Fri-Sat 11:00 – 10:00

EMAIL: info@starclipper.com

My Pile of Shame – Smoov LT

With every new game that comes out there is the urge to get enveloped in the story and become the character/avatar that you are controlling. However, at least for me, life gets in the way and the time I used to have to divulge myself neck deep into a game is not the same as it once was. Adding to my difficulties is Xbox Live. Turning on that box and seeing those notifications of everyone online tugs at my social fiber. And even though I might not be able to talk (my voice travels and I have a sleeping family), I still want to be able and here my boys cry over being left down-but-not-out.

So those two impediments have led to an interesting pile of shame. Some of these games I have been itching to play, but just haven’t had the chance to really give it the time that it deserves, and some I just don’t want to play them for one reason or another.

So without further ado I present to you, MY PILE OF SHAME!
***chronological order from most recent release dates***

  • Alan Wake (Xbox 360) – Released May 18, 2010:
    Now this game is the reason why I started this post. I had to force myself to remove Halo: Reach. Alan Wake is a ‘pshychological thriller’/survival horror game. But in my opinion, it’s more a shooter, a la Resident Evil 5. Bright Falls, the setting, is this game’s Twin Peaks. There are plenty of big trees, lakes, streams, and broken down cars to get in your way and force you out of your car. The core of the game, and where the surviving happens, is at night in the woods. This is where the game’s engine is at its best. While walking through the woods with just your flashlight and a gun, you can see light from a nearby checkpoint peering through the trees. But just once you think you’re getting close, the wind starts to blow back and forth, light bulbs will shatter, darkness seems to move, and enimies arrive. That’s when the survival starts.
    Reason that I stopped playing Alan Wake: See next game.

  • Red Dead Redemption (Xbox 360, Playstaion 3) – Released May 18, 2010:
    Rockstar’s return to a sandbox of the old west is a classic game. I purchased this game because of the way it looked on a friend’s TV. Yep, sure did. But I’m glad I did. The story seems compelling so far, and the ‘gameplay’ is solid. You play as John Martson who is somekind of an outlaw that has a nagging feeling to kill his old friend. The multiplayer for RDR is pretty good; as good as any other Rockstar game. So I stopped playing it after a week. I had fun trying to catch a better horse and get off the donkey they start you with. And going to enemy hideout to enemy hideout with a ‘posse’ was good. But after a while, that also got stale. I never did ask my ‘posse’ if they played the single player game…..guess Xbox Live got them too.
    Reason why I stopped playing RDR: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

  • God of War 3 (Playstation 3) – Realeased March 16, 2010:
    Now if you’re into gaming you’ve probably heard of the God of War series. If you haven’t WAKE UP! So I’m not going to go into the reasons why Kratos is mad again, but I will tell you where I am in the story. Now if I remember correctly, I’m in this HUGE hall of a room that has these big cubes hung by chains oscillating to some end with no floor (“There’s a floor, there’s a floor Monte.”). I don’t know why I’m doing what I’m doing; this game’s story seems disjointed compared to the previous two. Anyway, I’m fighting this big spider on one of the cubes with the Chains of Olympus (or whatever they are calling the main weapon that’s been in all the games) and these heavy tiger gloves strapped to my fists. And for some reason I can’t kill this spider and my pride won’t let me turn the difficutly down a notch.
    Reason why I stopped playing GOW3: Frustration!

  • Yakuza 3 (Playstation 3) – Realeased March 9, 2010:
    Now I have never played any of the Yakuza games…..and I still haven’t. This game is still in its shrink wrap waiting to be opened. I saw a few gameply videos on various sites and it kind of piqued my interests, so I picked it up with God of War 3. End of story so far.
    Reason why I stopped playing Yakuza 3: Never Started

  • Final Fantasy XIII – (Playstation 3, Xbox 360) – Released March 9, 2010:
    Now I have to preface this game with a few details. After watching some videos of Persona 4 I actually got interested in turn-based Role Playing Games. Before that, I would never have touched it. Yeah I said it! Also, before I purchased FFXIII I did some research to find out what previous games of the series I should try out. I picked up FFX from the bargain bin and purchased FFVII from the Playstation Network. I started playing FFVII first, got to the point that the black guy killed his friend and stopped playing. Those graphics were terrible! I have yet to touch X because XII came out. I still don’t know how anyone would have been able to play VII without FAQ’s. So I finally started XIII. I enjoyed the handholding, contrary to the complaints on most message boards, because I hadn’t had too much background with previous games in the series. And since I was fairly new to the series, I was overwhelmed with the size of the map when I got to Chapter 11. After I got my mind right, I made it to the second battle with the overseer of the ‘planet in the sky’ (bear with me since it’s been almost 6 months since I played the game). I played this boss fight five times. Ok, most people with my gaming background might say that this number would be normal, and usually they would be right. But five times isn’t normal in Final Fantasy terms. This particular boss battle averaged about FORTY-FIVE minutes. FF veterans might say that I probably had the wrong combintation of team members and abilities, but I feel like if I’m working that hard for forty-five minutes I should be able to beat it. That’s just too long!
    Reason why I stopped playing FFXIII: Multiply forty-five by five and then ask me again….

  • Red Faction: Guerilla (PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360) – Released June 2, 2009:
    So here is another first of mine in a series. I actually didn’t purchase Guerilla; I purchased another THQ published game called Darksiders. THQ gave me a reason to buy Darksiders; buy it and get a free copy of Guerilla. So yeah, I bought Darksiders over Dante’s Inferno.
    Reason why I stopped playing Red Faction: Guerilla: Darksiders/Never Started

  • Far Cry 2 (PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360) – Realeased October 21, 2008:
    Now we’re hitting 2008 and my reasoning for not playing certain games has pretty much been forgotten. But I am constantly reminded about Far Cry 2 because of the online communities that I am a part of. People online tell about the visceral aspects of the game (before Viscreal Games). I just remember the long car ride in the opening of the game and trying to pull a bullet out of my arm. I will return to that island???? Can’t remember if that game was on an island or Africa…..oh well.
    Reason why I stopped playing Far Cry 2: I’m sorry, what game?

  • Army of Two (Playstation 3, Xbox 360) – Released March 4, 2008:
    NICE!!! No, not really. But I’m sure I heard that word a few times in the bro-tastic co-operative thrid-person shooter (more like third-person shi…well, you know what I mean). I don’t know, but it’s something about this game that rubbed me the wrong way, no pun intended. Army of Two’s ‘thing’ was the Aggro system. It’s used to tell the enemy AI to focus on one guy while the other guy turns almost invisible and flanks to the sides to dispatch of enemies. Basically, one guy shoots while the other one moves. But wait, you can ‘bling’ out your weapons with weapon and shield attachments, different colors, and even have the guns made out of gold and diamonds and this adds to your Aggro meter (????). Shall I go on????
    Reason why I stopped playing Army of Two: Blinged out Aggro Bro!!!

  • No More Heroes (Wii) – Released January 22, 2008:
    I didn’t purchase No More Heroes back in ’08. I got this shortly after Father’s Day 2010 because my wonderful wife bought me a Wii. I was looking at the back log of games available and this one looked fun to play. However, because of the next game I have yet to open No More Heroes.
    Reason why I stopped playing No More Heroes: See next game.

  • Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) – Released November 12, 2007:
    The third of three games that I’ve played on the Wii (Twilight Princess from my first Wii that I sold and Super Paper Mario that i finished after Father’s Day 2010) is probably one of the best games that I’ve played in my life. Uuuh huh, yep (King of the Hill). After I got used to being upside down and running towards myself, I realized how GREAT this game is. The gameply is fluid and it’s just FUN. In my opinion, this game opened my eyes like the first time I had to blow into a Nintendo cartridge. With a good group of my online friends playing and being mad at Gears of War 2, I felt good being happy playing Galaxy and actually enjoying myself. However….
    Reason why I stopped playing Super Mario Galaxy: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2/Gears of War 2

  • The Orange Box (PC, Playstaion 3, Xbox 360) – Released October 10, 2007:
    Now I’ll probably get the most heat from the internet because of what I haven’t finished in this group of games. Namely, the Half Life series. Not sure where I am in this City 17 campaign, but I do know that I am not on either of the episodes. I am still in Half-Life 2 proper. And I’m sure some will be upset with the reason shy I stopped play the game.
    Why I stopped playing The Orange Box: Call of duty 4: Modern Warfare.

    So, when it’s all said and done there is one question, why am I not finishing games?
    Answer: Multiplayer Made Me Dot IT!!!!!

TheImpetuousOne tries XBOX360 Kinect

So I’m sure you all have been following the tour for Xbox360 Kinect. If you haven’t you can check it out here.  The XBOX360 team and the Kinect team were out in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, GA this past weekend and I got the opportunity to try out Kinect.

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TheImpetuousOne w/ Guest Pass

I’ll start with the good.   First of all the controller-less action is just as new and exciting as that first strike you got playing Wii Sports bowling.  The extent of detail that Kinect tracks is amazing; not perfect but impressive. It followed my every move, if I lifted my arm slightly, the character on the screen did the same.  I was captivated just at the loading screen that prompted me to lift my hand and move a zipper from left to right (iPhone slide to unlock style) to start the game.  I think Kinect will get much more of a response than Playstation Move has received.  I mean has PS Move even launched?????  Talk about under the radar!  But lets face it Sony, Nintendo did the remote ( Wii-mote) thing already, it’s a bit too late.

My wife and I chose to play ‘River Raft,’  part of Kinect Adventures. The X360 Kinect team explained that this would be one of the games that came with Kinect out of the box.  We were able to play the game together, another advantage over Playstation Move. With no need for an extra remote we were both loaded into the game and ready to go.   I applaud any game that can get my wife to play Xbox360, so needless to say, I’m looking forward to having this in our home.
The art festival was great and all but naturally the Kinect tour was a big hit here. The lines moved fast and the demo area, once inside, was air-conditioned.  On a hot summer day in the ATL, AC was like dry land in Waterworld (  excuse the nerd moment ).

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We got there early so the lines you see here were pretty short but by midday and once others were seen walking around the park with their xbox360 guest passes around their necks the lines grew within minutes.

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Left: Kinect Adventures Right: Dance Central

What we didn’t get to try was “Dance Central” in the other Kinect demo room.  It was the more popular of the two, however only one person could play at a time.  Your friends were welcomed to come in as back up dancers. I’m not sure my wife would have wanted to be my back up dancer so we skipped it.

Then there are the cons.  I really like this product and its hard to find many things wrong with it. However, controller-less gameplay seems pretty cool but it does present somewhat of a limitation in game types. Can you imagine playing a shooter and having to stand the entire time pretending to hold a gun?  Or how do you control a 3D environment?  I hope Microsoft has given this some significant thought.

The other issues I can foresee include glitchy responses. We’ve all seen it with the Nintendo Wii launch title Red Steel the first time you died because the Wii-mote didn’t respond quickly enough you considered throwing your Wii out of the window. SENSE THAT MOTION NINTENDO!!!!!!   But seriously folks, the Kinect will open up a new world with Wii like (if not better) controls and HD/Next-Gen graphics.  To the casual gamer anything is acceptable but to those Halo or Gears of War players who count on split second accuracy, the Kinect will have a lot to live up to.

Another cool feature of the demo rooms was that they recorded you playing during your session.  The guest pass included a personal number to enter at  http://www.kinect.me to watch later and you’re able to leave a message to show on the guest book if you chose to do so.  I was so excited to share the video of me and my wife playing kinect here but sadly Its been 3 days and the code still does not work.  Microsoft, you lose a few cool points on this one.  Why offer something and give away guest passes that may or may not work??  Quality control anyone?? I can see if this was an isolated incident but I’ve seen on other blogs that I am not the only one to be disappointed and greeted with this screen:

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FAIL

Overall I’m EXTREMELY excited about Kinect and the potential it has to take gaming to a completely new level. It’s innovation like this that makes me dream about what our grandchildren and their children will be playing in 2102. I hope you get to try Kinect in a city near you. Keep gaming and maybe I’ll see you out there on XBOX | Live!

Gamertag: TheImpetuousOne

Halo: Reach……Discussion

*****BOMBS BELOW*****
(that means spoilers in stlgamer language)

I wanted to post this to spark a discussion about the Halo: Reach campaign.  Compared to the other installments, sans ODST and Halo Wars, Bungie created art.  Yeah I said it, a piece to be played and enjoyed well into the future.  As the STLGamer crew and myself played through the game, I noticed the two differences between Reach and the previous Halo games.  In my opinion, it was tone and the absence of the flood.

Bungie took the one big piece out of the ODST ‘expansion’ and built on that for Reach.  The dark tone was made apparent in the openning cutscene of the game, sewn into integral parts of the campaign, and showed its ass after the credits.  For me, seeing that helmet, stuck in the ground as if it was planted by the covenant, at the beginning of the game let me know that this was not going to be a happy ending (not too mention that I was keen to the story of planet Reach).  One by one you learned about your Noble team and soon they all died.  But they all just didn’t die like the Carmines from the Gears of War series (well not all of them at least), they all died trying to give Reach one last push for salvation.  The one part that got me was when Jorge (spelled like Hor – Hey but spoken like George) took off his helmet grabbed Noble 6 by his arms and through him off the covenant ship thnking that he sacrificed himself for Reach.  The music, the muffled in-space audio, and seeing myself being thrown in first person added to the immersion of the ‘experience’.  This was one example of the epic tone of the game.

As for the ending, I heard that there was a unique epilogue after the credits but really Bungie?!?!  Seeing my HUD pop up, gun in hand, and seeing the words “Current Objective: SURVIVE” blew my mind.  It’s just something you have to experience.

To my second note, the lack of Flood being in the game is pretty self explanatory.  There is no flood because the game is not on a Halo.  But because of that, the story does not suffer from their existence.  Sure, the use of a Shotgun to the flood feels good, but the story arc that explains why and how makes no since.  You try and make a vampire/zombie species have an exuberant back story, dont’ worry….I’ll wait.  Suffice it to say that the previous Halo game stories are really interesting until their stopped short to come up with something to do with the Flood.

All in all, Reach is an epic story.  And it should be played even if you’ve soured on previous Halo games, or if you’re a newcomer to the series (really????).  At least in my opinion.  What do the rest of you think????

Resident Evil: Afterlife

Yesterday I decided to go see Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D which is the newest installment in the Resident Evil series. While watching the commercials for the movie I saw that Wesker made an appearance in this installment. This made me curious to see how this character was going to be portrayed and made this a must see for me. In the first few minutes of the film you can tell that his character is rather corny and not as cool as they make him the the Resident Evil games. He is rather dry and reminds me of a character from a SyFi channel original.  Anywho…… Wesker aside I enjoyed the movie. Since the beginning of the series we see that the movies don’t really follow the games.  They introduce characters and likenesses but it’s just not the same.  They have some returning characters from previous films and some new faces are being introduced to the series.  I have seen all the movies in the series and I enjoyed them all despite the fact that it doesn’t truly follow the canon of the original story.  Sometimes you have to take yourself away from the source material to enjoy something.  I may have a totally different view than many Resident Evil fans (purist even).  If you are a fan of Resident Evil in any way I suggest seeing this movie. It is at the lease entertaining.