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With such tasty treats as Twinkie Weiner Surprise, Secret Treasure Loaf, and Bacon ‘Beer-itos,’ it won my curiousity. Some of the most unique/weirdest ideas that actually have a few of meals that look pretty good actually.

Warning: One of the few “political” posts I’ll make. 

Fail Utah (Gaming)For those that don’t know, I’m a Utah resident. Recently, there was a bill that passed in Utah that makes me a little angry because it involves a little work from a disbarred jackhole lawyer from Florida. To avoid giving him any more infamy other than the link, we shall refer to him as ass-hat. 

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large_20080310-streetfighteriv-dhalsim Aaah, the awesomeness of games. Especially this year. It seems that the last few years have been… bleak at best with titles that really picked up the crowd and put them back into the mood to play a game solidly for hours on end.

With my previous post and Killzone 2 goodiness, I neglected to mention the other game that has completely made me feel like the old days of the arcade cabinet, a roll of quarters in the pocket, and a desire to master one of the combatants in one of the ultimate fighting games. Street Fighter IV

Hit the jump for a bit more of a breakdown on my experiences with this title!

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I’m sorry that the new video isn’t done, it’s still just sitting and mocking me in my editing program. However, with the current play that I’m directing, this is officially Hell Week.  For those who don’t do theater or don’t have a clue what Hell Week is, I’m sure that you can guess. Basically, we open Friday. I have two casts of the show and I’m doing my best to ensure that both are ready to open and knock this play out of the park. To do so, this week is the first rehearsal with lights, costumes, props, and no assistance at all with scripting. Hence… Hell Week.

Killzone 2 Yet… I’ve found the time to play some games and take the time to unwind as it has been a fairly stressful few weeks. I decided, after struggling to find a convincingly negative review on the title, to pick up my copy of Killzone 2 at launch. Wow. 

I don’t usually take a large shine on FPS. Reason One: I’m colorblind. Not sure if many people take this into effect, but, take Halo for example, if you’re Red/Green colorblind, and you’re on the Blue Team… your enemies don’t need active camo in order to blend seamlessly into the lush green fields. Point Two: I really thought that all of the Halo series is over-hyped, and really there’s nothing new it brought to the table for me. I just didn’t find it to be fun, especially with the community that plays Halo because it’s all about competitive gameplay rather than just fun. It created a bunch of gamers who are more eager to sling verbal lashings than actually having fun playing a game. 

Before I get flamed by every XBox or Halo Fanboy in the ‘Net, Killzone 2 didn’t bring anything new to the table either. The story is exceedingly casual, but I digged the ending. I won’t give it away, but I liked the ending to this game. It wasn’t expected. The story evolves in very unique manner which I was surprised to see in the title. More importantly, I thoroughly enjoyed the online play. I like the fact that it rewards the players who play consistently enough to branch out in to the special classes, much like that of Call of Duty 4. It was just fun though. They worked out a system where you can seamlessly bounce between the different game types without loading the maps over and over just to change the game style. So you can bounce from Body Count to Assassination. If you’re lucky enough, maybe you’ve been following the Assassination Target trying to get a melee kill, and now he’s the end goal for that match.  It was just fun. The ranking system definitely can take a while to progress, so for anyone just starting out and eager to try out some of the new classes, find a game where they’re doing all 5 gametypes and it keeps a running tally of the points you earn. 

When the dust settles… the story mode was rather short. Casually took me two days to complete (about 5 – 6 hours) with only a few “hot spots” that were increasingly frustrating. I wish the cover system would’ve made it into the Multiplayer but it does keep you creatively thinking while going head to head against a live player. If you own a PS3, this is an absolute must buy for the FPS fan. Again, it doesn’t bring anything new to the table, but the graphics are gorgeous, the multiplayer is addictingly fun, and the slight RPG element keeps the game interesting as you keep signing up for more games to progress to the next level to unlock more options. Even managed to snag the Clan name “The Brown Coats.” (TBCS) 

Until then, have a wicked awesome day.

Okay… I am probably doing something wrong that I’m over looking, or else I’m just not used to my new Vegas Studio Pro 8.0 software.  I have a line of sequences where there’s a black screen to work as the background/green screen.  It previews correctly but exports completely blank.  So, I’m having to go and re-edit those sequences and they’re more numerous than I thought.  Ah well. Update will be delayed until about Tuesday night/Wednesday night. Sorry guys, was hoping that the video section would be easier than this, but it’s a learning curve for me with the new software.

Unrelated news: Just finished watching the Oscar’s and I’ve got to say… that is a very inspiring thing to watch for a filmmaker.  Not necessarily because of wanting to win one, but the impact a film can have on a person really drives a desire to be better at the film projects I’m involved with and I am hoping to escalate my performance to the next level. Look for more upcoming productions where I will be challenging myself in more interesting manners.

Appreciate the continued support and patience with the film segments. Later.

(PS While this clip lasts, if you haven’t seen the interview with Joaquin Phoenix on David Letterman, check out this clip while it’s up with this quirky interview, and then a similar interview with Andy Kaufman. I find them fairly similar in performance, it makes me wonder if this isn’t just an elaborate gag as he seems to lose it at the end of the interview.)

Interview with Joaquin Phoenix on David Letterman:

Interview with Andy Kaufman & David Letterman (1980):