Today is Ashton's birthday, he is
now four years old. He is such a rad kid. I love hanging out
with him. For his birthday we had a couple of his friends over
for lunch and cake and ice-cream and then took them to a bounce
house. They played hard and had a blast. It's awesome to see him
grow, but sad to see that little boy slowly fading away.
In other news I got a new car.
After years (about 8) of wanting a Toyota FJ Cruiser I am
finally the owner of one. Not just any old FJ, but a 2012 Trail
Teams Edition. It is "radiant red" with all blacked out trim and
it is totally amazing. Jackdruid had the best comment about it.
He said, "It looks like the Tracker "Hulked Out"." And then said
I should get a decal for the back window that says "TRACKER
SMASH!!!!" Which would be funny to us and no one else would get
it. I've been driving it a few weeks now and I love it. My wife
is awesome for letting me get it.
As far as gaming goes; some of us
have been hitting Diablo 2 for the weekly game night. I never
finished that game but got to Act 2 several times. Now I'm done
with Act 2 and just starting Act 3. I've also finished the last
F.E.A.R. expansion from the first game and have started working
on Crysis Warhead, the expansion for Crysis. It is fun but it
keeps crashing on me and is really starting to be frustrating. I
just finished Episode 2 of the Strong Bad game tonight, 3 more
episodes to go. They are entertaining, but nothing about the
game play is really all that fun. The "fun" comes from just
watching the things play out and hearing the dialogue, which I
can get from just watching an episode on the web. I really think
the point and click adventure days are over, and for good reason
(sorry Tim Schafer). Anyway, coming up soon on my games list is
the first Deadspace. With all the hype for Mass Effect 3 I've
been wanting to get to Mass Effect 2 but it is still quite a
ways off. I'll just keep plugging away though.
Last Monday at dodgeball we only
had five of our twelve people show up at the start. Lucky for us
the other team only had five show up as well. We played the
first two games 5v5, then one more of our guys showed up and at
the same time the other team's sixth came as well. So it was
never uneven. We dominated! I think we ended up going 7 to 2
that first match-up. It was a double header night and we had a
30 minute break between games and then played the next team. We
dominated them too. I think it went 7 to 3 against them. We were
on fire! It was a whole lot of fun and everyone was playing
really well. It was so nice to score two wins in one night.
Thank goodness for months with 31
days in them. ;) I'm going to do my best to update at least once
a month this year, and I almost blew it already.
So last time I said I knocked
F.E.A.R. off my list but I forgot about the two expansion
packs, Extraction Point and Perseus Mandate. I've already
finished Extraction Point but haven't started Perseus Mandate
yet. I also realized that I have the Crysis expansion to play
too. So once I finish off
F.E.A.R. for good then I'll hit up the Crysis XP. Once that
is done I think I'm ready to move on to Deadspace. But all this
is still contending with Battlefield 3. That seems to be our
choice game for the weekly Game Night. I think
will hold that position fairly solidly until
Diablo 3 comes out. But even then, D3 will only be 4 player
and I believe we had close to 10 in BF3 last week.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning demo is out and I haven't
played it yet.
Gabe from Penny Arcade had really good things to say about
the game and it looks like the SonOfJ is playing it tonight so
I'll have to see if he likes it. Even if it is great, I am not
ready to drop $60 on it and bump it to my current game right
now. I'm content to wait for a Steam sale and play through Mass
Effect 2, Dragon Age and several other games before taking on
the world of Amalur.
As for RL, I have an
[-F69-]Dodgeball team that plays on Mondays. We aren't very
good, but it is a total riot to play. We play at the West Valley
Fitness Center and the times change each week, but always on
Monday. If you are interested in coming to watch let me know and
I can get you the times. Also, TheSonOfJ helped us with our
t-shirt design. I think he tried to make it look like me. I
guess I'm just an angry bald dude furiously chucking balls. Not
too far off the mark. ;)
Another year in the books. I hope
everyone has a fun and safe New Year's. My kids have been sick
and that is messing with my plans, but we'll just play it by
for gaming I am pleased to say I have knocked
my list. That game pulled me back to 2005 but now I'm back
in 2008. If you are wondering what
my list is, just
click here to see what I'm talking about. That is the list
of games I have that I haven't played or haven't finished. I
decided to play them in order of release (or pretty close). When
I finish a game I check it off the list. You can see that I've
chosen to skip a few, like the Brother's in Arms series. I just
couldn't get into that game. I played the first one all the way
through and I didn't like it. I tried to play the second and
third but they just weren't any fun for me. My O.C.D.
personality and being a "completionist" makes it really hard to
skip anything, but I just had to skip those. I also took a page
from the Book of Poop, that is to say I'm using cheat codes on
some of the single player games to get through them faster. I
did this with
F.E.A.R. I still got to experience the story and game play
but none of the frustration of getting stuck on a fight.
My experience with F.E.A.R.
reminded me a lot of the original
Half-Life. It seemed to have a very similar feel and pacing.
There was a lot of running down hallways or ventilation ducts
where you would come to a room to be ambushed by soldiers or
S.W.A.T. guys. Then it was back to running through hallways
again. I don't mean that to sound like it was bad, I thought the
game was pretty good, had I played it back in 2005 I'm sure I
would have thought it was really awesome. It does do some creepy
things in it that give it that eerie edge to put it in the
"scary game" category. I just realized that I have the two
expansion packs for F.E.A.R.; Extraction Point and Perseus
Mandate. I plan to blow through those with God mode too.
feel like I should mention
while I'm at it. That game is my pick for Game of the Year.
Portal 2 was a strong contender but ultimately
me over with the incredible multiplayer experience, staggering
sound, beautiful graphics and long sessions with the squad on
Wednesday's Game Night. The quick
release of the expansion pack bothered me at first because I
always feel like DLC released that close to the initial launch
just means they held it from the game proper so they could sell
it later as a money grab. But since I got the Limited Edition
BF3 I got Back to Karkand for free and it is totally awesome. I
was most excited for Wake Island but least impressed with it
compared with the quality of the other three maps.
I have put a lot of hours into that game and don't see
myself getting bored of it anytime soon.
It seems like every other
videogame site out there are tripping over each other to give
Game of the Year to
Skyrim, but I just don't see the appeal in that game. I
guess I should give it another chance, but it just didn't grab
me when I played it. I felt the same way about
as well, which has a lot of similarities to
Skyrim. Maybe I'm just not the solo RPG kind of person.
Either way, I'm sure it is a great game and deserves people's
attention, but it just doesn't make the GOTY list for me.
me I should blog more about my gaming experiences with "my
list", so maybe that will be my New Year's resolution and I'll
have more frequent posts. I wouldn't hold my breath if I were
you, but we'll see what happens.
Now that Iíve had some time with
Battlefield 3 I wanted to share some of my thoughts about it.
First off, Battlefield 3 is awesome! They have done a lot of
amazing things with this game which I have been thoroughly
enjoying. All Iíve wanted to do since it released is get back in
and play it more.
One of my biggest concerns was not being able to remap all the
keys I normally use. This has been a problem in some games as I
donít play with the standard WASD configuration. I use odd keys
like \, Delete, End, Page Down and Backspace. I am very happy to
report that I was able to bind all my keys the way I wanted
them. This wasnít possible in the beta, but the final game had
no problems with =, Insert, Home or Ins.
The graphics are really beautiful.
I'm running it at ultra but haven't seen what lower settings
look like but
Penny Arcade doesn't make it sound appealing. They
did a lot with the lighting effects, which sometimes it feels like too
much, but I am accepting it as part of the style of the game.
Kind of like "this is what the Battlefield Universe is like,
massive lens flares" The sunlight, HDR lighting, and scopes all
have their own uniqueness to them, but it works.
I have not been a big fan of Team
Deathmatch and the absolutely retarded random spawning. You can
spawn right in front of an enemy at times which is beyond
frustrating. People say they play TDM to level fast but I can
get more kills on a Rush or Conquest map easily.
I'm really glad that Neonghost is
enjoying the game. I've been having a lot of fun playing with
him. Our co-worker, The Fodder, is also playing a lot and even
Ghandisar has bought BF3 and jumped on Vent with us. He is going
by the name 21r1 in BF3, but if you see him that is the same old
Ghandisar from the WoW days.
I'm looking forward to the
expansion pack that comes out in December; Back to Karkand. I
never played Battlefield 2 which is where Karkand comes from but
I'm totally excited to head back to Wake Island. I think that
will be a fun map on Rush mode. If you haven't bought the game
yet and are even thinking about it, I highly recommend it. There
were sales this weekend for $30 that you might still catch if
turned out to be a lot of fun this year. I think it had a lot to
do with hanging out with
Neonghost. We camped out at the LAN area and played games
for two days only interrupted by
breaks and walking around the expo to stretch our legs. I
brought Syd and Ash on Saturday and they had a lot of fun. I
forget what something like
like through the eyes of a kid. I think they were a bit
overwhelmed by all the people and noise. Ashton was terrified of
the people dressed up in Star Wars costumes, especially the
Chewbacca. By the end of it though he did muster the courage to
go and give Chewie a high five. He also liked telling the Storm
Troopers that he is going to be Darth Vader for Halloween.
I managed to finish
Mass Effect (yes, ME1) while at
GEEX. I know
I know, I used to give people a hard time for playing single
player games at LANs too, but when you are
children you take advantage of any uninterrupted game time
you can get. I also finished
Crysis (again, the first one) Monday night. That finishes
off 2007 from my list of games to play and I'm now working on
2008. After skipping
BIA: Earned in Blood I think I am going to give
BIA: Hell's Highway a chance to see if it is any better.
game list is going to go into hibernation once Battlefield 3
comes out so I'm trying to get through what I can. I don't
really have a lot of time either since it comes out in a week. I
just got an email from
saying the pre-load will be available on Friday.
GEEX confirmed the
64 player BF3 server today as well.
Click here to join the FB page for the server. I am getting
really excited for this game. I'm just hoping everyone else
enjoys it as much as me.
I have a copy of
Just Cause 2 that I want to give away and so I'm using it to
Game Night. What this means is if you show up for game night
Vent you will be entered to win. I'm not even requiring you
to play a game, just get on Vent and hang out and chat with us.
Your odds of winning are extremely good so come join us tonight.
My Battlefield 3 Experience
Features that are either broken or just not included.
1. Canít open a menu till you are in the game and alive. This
includes video settings and keybinds. When someone kills you for
standing there like an idiot you are pulled out of the menu and
canít get back until you respawn again.
2. Cannot remap mouse buttons. At all. It just doesnít work
3. You are not able to remap all keys.
4. Why do I need to hit Alt-Enter to go full screen? Is this
running in Windows Media Player? I can get past that annoyance
once, but between every round it pulls it out of full screen and
I have to hit it again.
5. Quick Match hasnít worked for me yet. I get this error
everytime: Failed to ping closest servers, please try again. If
this happens frequently, check your firewall settings. I have
verified my firewall is not blocking BF3.
6. Filters tool tips would be nice. I had to trial and error to
figure out if checking a box meant I would filter them out or
that is what I wanted to see.
7. When I click to join a server, why doesnít it just put you in
the game. I clicked Join, Iím telling you I want to Join so why
do I then need to click on Go To Game? The Game window loads
behind my browser. The only reason I knew it was there the first
time was I could hear games sounds. That is just weird.
Features that would be nice to have.
1. My clan tag is [-F69-] but we are only allowed 4 characters
in BF3. I remember the olden days of Windows 95/98 when file
names couldnít be too long, but didnít we get over that? Would
it really break something if we were allowed more characters for
clan tags? There are only so many 3 and 4 letter combinations.
2. It would be nice to have letters available for your Squad
Emblem. Maybe you are afraid people will spell out bad words,
but it would be nice to have letters.
3. The last thing that would be great to have is Battlefield 3
available on Steam. Jusí sayiní.
If you are checking out the beta I
do have a Platoon setup for us. I'm not sure how to tell you to
join it but Neonghost found it before I even told anyone about
it so maybe check with him on how he did that.
My page is here, I think. Anyway, I'm not going to make a
big push for this right now since it is still beta and I don't
know if everything will be wiped for launch or not.
had a chance to play
Borderlands a few times now and I have to say I really like
it. For me the game really shines when you are playing with 4
people, although even playing with just me
and b0lg it was a lot of fun.
Borderlands really feels like a First-Person Shooter
Diablo 2. It is a loot drop game and you are constantly
comparing that new gun to the one you currently have. They
utilize the same color scheme as
gear such as green, blue, to purple for epics. When you are
playing with 4 people it has a feel like you are running an
instance in WoW,
but with guns. The art style is really cool and gives the game
more character, not only from the characters themselves but the
world in general. I know that we are late to this party but I'm
glad we made it and now I'm excited for the announced
Borderlands 2. I'm hoping that
Borderlands 2 will have support for more players and some
And since this site is mostly self
serving I want to take a second to ask you to head over to the
FaceBook and give my band a little
likey "Like". It's been about 2 years since we last played
but Night of the Living Rednecks is crawling out of the grave to
bring the sounds of the Dead Kennedys back to Salt Lake City. We
are hoping to have a show for Halloween, so if you want to keep
up-to-date on the happenings FB is probably the best way to do
in full swing. This is the first time in about six years I'm not
there. All the news coming in over the
whatnot is making me jealous.
FireFall is back and looking really good.
Counter-Strike: GO is playable. HaloFest is going on
alongside PAX. So much gaming goodness out there and it's all
happening in Seattle. If you're there, think of those who
couldn't go and maybe share some beta keys when you get back.
As for what I've been playing this
last week; I didn't play
of Empires Online any more than the first super short
mission. I'll try and get some time in this week.
Borderlands is the weekend deal on
right now and Bolg got the 4 pack and
passed the savings on to me. Hopefully we get a chance soon to
try the coop in that. I loaded it up the first time today and it
looks like it could be a lot of fun. The art style really is
cool and so far it controls well. Wednesday's Game Night was
more Left 4 Dead 2
action, but this time we tried out the Scavenge mode. We were
not good at it, but it was a lot of fun. I'm glad that so many
in the squad are making the effort to join us on game night. I
hope it keeps up. I was thinking that it might be fun to play
Diablo 2 to get us excited for
3. I'm sure we'll continue to play whatever game we all
have, but I think most have D2.
you heard the new
of Empires Online went live? I listen to a LOT of gaming
podcasts and feel like I know a great deal about the goings on
in the gaming industry but this seems to have flown under the
radar to me. I haven't heard a lot about it yet, other than it
seems people like it. I'm in the process of downloading it now.
I'm curious to see how their Free To Play model works.
was talking it up a lot and said he paid for the $40 package. I
really liked the original
Age of Empires and AoE2 but I didn't really get into
much. It will be interesting to see how this game can hold up in
a world that has StarCraft 2. It is a little ironic too that
Warhammer 40k is on sale this weekend on Steam. Seems like
right now is a good time to be a Real-Time Strategy fan.
similar news Valve is running the
International DOTA 2 Championships at
GamesCom and streaming it live. They have a picture of a red
orc on their site and I have no idea how they can get away with
it and not have
Blizzard suing the shiznit out of them. I played a bit of
the original DotA on
and it was ok. I didn't get into it very much, but it was
of Legends being as popular as it is and the enevitable DOTA
clone that will make it to
StarCraft 2 at some point I wonder who will come out on top
as the king of the "DOTA" game type. I know that DOTA fans are
legitimately fanatical so there could be room for all the
different flavors to succeed in their own way, but one of them
will be number one and I don't think it will be whatever
StarCraft 2 mod we end up seeing. I think DOTA 2 has the
potential to come out swinging at
I've been trying to
LiveStream our Wednesday Gaming Night and then posting the
videos on the autopilot afterwards. You can also pick a video on
demand to watch if you want to see something specific. I did
post the 3v3
StarCraft 2 we played. It was a good game that felt really
even most of the time. It seems silly to do, but it is fun to
play around with. Someday it would be nice to try and do a
podcast and I'm hoping that by playing around with this stuff
I'm able to get familiar with it and be able to know what I'm
doing later with a real podcast.
It is what some are calling "Bowling
Night" for the squad tonight. Basically some guys go bowling
with their pals, but we aren't those kinds of bros, we get
online and frag. We start up around 9pm (mountain) and just meet
up on Ventrilo. I recommend that you get on XFire and Steam to
see what game we are playing. We usually don't know what game we
are going to play till people show up and we decide based on who
has what games. This is a night for the squad to game, but you
are welcome to join us if you want to.
I've been playing around with
streaming my games. I'm still figuring it out, but if you want a
good laugh you can watch some of my adventures by
here. Not sure what I plan to do in the long run with this,
but for now it is fun to do.
Life is funny, not the "ha ha" kind
but rather the kind of funny that isn't really all that funny at
all when you look at it. But we still say, "Life is funny" when
we don't really mean it. I guess what I'm trying to say is my
last post talked about all the things the guild was doing in WoW
and how we had opened up a little to allow people in that I
didn't personally know. It talked about how our guild was
leveling up and progressing. And now two months later I'm
posting about how I'm taking a WoW break. I say "break" but I
don't know if that is really what I'm doing. Right now I don't
have any plan to come back, but I've said that before and it
didn't stick. So rather than become a liar later, I'm content to
call it a break for now. My problem with WoW is that in order to
get what I desire from it I need to put a lot of time into it. I
have put a lot of time into it and I have enjoyed it tons. Right
now I'm looking to put that time and focus in other things. I'm
still gaming, just not as much and not in WoW. For the time
being the mantle of WarChief has been passed to Bolg. If you
have any questions about the WoW branch of the Fighting 69th you
need to take it up with him.
However, I'm still here and still
want to game it up with the squad. We have been playing some TF2,
SC2, L4D2 and other games. We also have been trying to
our game time to get more people together using our Google
calendar. If you don't have access to the calendar let me know
and I'll send you an invite. You can post events on there and
hopefully get more people aware of what we are doing.
Welcome to the Fighting 69th. We are
an online gaming squad that has been questing, fragging and
pwning in general since 2000. We started out as a small,
tight-knit, group of friends in real life that enjoy gaming
together, whether it is in
Call of Duty,
World of WarCraft or any other game.
Currently WoW has been our game with the most play time. With
the release of
Cataclysm and the introduction of the Guild
Leveling System we have found that a larger guild has itís
perks. Previously I have had what I called my ďOne-Off RuleĒ,
which meant I had to know you in person, or you knew someone
that I know in person. This rule has served us well in the past,
keeping our guild 99% drama free. However, we have added a few
unknowns to our ranks and it has worked out to be awesome. Urlife, Neth, Gamy and Gunko have all come into the guild and
fit right in with us.
If you are interested in joining the Fighting SixtyNinth we play
on Smolderthorn. Most of us live in the Mountain Time Zone and
Pacific Time Zone (-2,-3 hours from server time). We mostly raid
on Saturday night at 9:30pm Server Time. Our raid days and times
have changed over the years to try and accommodate as many of us
as possible. A few of us enjoy PVP, but mostly the guild focuses
on PVE content. We are currently Guild Level 13 and enjoying
perks. We are not a hardcore raiding guild, but we are a
capable group of players that work well together.
If you would like to join the Fighting SixtyNinth guild in the
World of WarCraft you can submit a request in game using the
guild finder, shoot me an in-game mail to Blooklyn or just send
me a whisper.
Twenty-Eleven just doesn't have the
same ring that Twenty-Ten had, but regardless it's here and we
The chain of events that have lead
to this post are perhaps underwhelming, but I feel they deserve
the bits and pixels it will take to post about it. What keeps a
person from posting for over five months? Well, many things, but
most not worth mentioning. However, Owneress had some computer
problems which needed to be resolved in a timely fashion which
put me in a position to wipe mine and reload it for her. She
needed to be back up and running to do her work. This was early
December. A new PC for me was at hand, and conveniently (or not
conveniently) it was Christmas time. Upon requesting advice for
what I should buy from the squad Poop highly recommended that I
wait for CES when Intel would release their new chipset. It was
codenamed "Sandy Bridge" which a lot of us thought sounded like
a pr0nstar name. The month and a half of waiting was torturous
to say the least, but I am happy to be typing this post from my
new PC. It is a gaming monster with two 1TB drives in a RAID 0
configuration. I have almost all 76 of my Steam games installed,
WoW, SC2 and others. It is awesome! I have a new gamepad from
Logitech that is shaped like an Xbox 360 controller. I've been
using it to play Flatout. I picked up Flatout in a bundle on a
Steam deal which included Flatout 2 and Flatout Ultimate
Carnage. It has been nice to play a racing game. I'm not a huge
fan of racing games but it is fun to have something to change it
up from FPS, RTS and WoW.
I have also been playing The
Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. I had read
reviews about it saying it was surprisingly good and not just
"good for a movie licensed game". I would have to agree. I'm not
really far into it yet, but so far I am enjoying it.
Since I have so many games in my
list to play I decided that I should start playing them from the
oldest to newest so that I am not trying to go back and play
Mass Effect 1 after playing Dragon Age. It is hard to go back
sometimes after seeing newer games with better graphics and then
play something a few years old that just doesn't hold up as
well. I may post more about what I like or don't like in the
games as I'm playing them.
In my absence we saw witness to the
END OF THE WORLD... of WarCraft. Well, maybe not the "End
of the World" but the Cataclysm did rip Azeroth a new butthole.
Some of the squad never left WoW, some have come back and some
have decided to leave it be for now. We still have a strong core
group in game and are almost ready to start raiding the new
content. With the introduction of Guild Acheesements and Guild
Leveling we have put a focus on working together to reach those
goals. To this end I have lifted the "One-Off Rule" for the
guild. We have welcomed Urlife, Auulmis, GamyShamy, Karene and a
few others. It has actually worked out well. We are still very
selective in who we let in and so far there have been no
That's all for now. Just wanted to
let people know I'm still here and I'm working on some things
for the site that should be ready soon. So even if 2011 isn't as
cool as 2010 it is still going to be a kick ass year for the
There's a lot to catch up on so
let's jump right in.
was great. I had a really good time hanging out with
Poop and Remy.
We all got to participate in the LAN and we also really enjoyed
the tournaments that were on the main stage. The
tourney was amazing to watch. There were some incredibly
talented people there. I also saw a bunch of people I haven't
seen in years. SUU
was there with their Guitar Hero playing robot. It beat me
pretty good, but there were some Guitar Hero freaks there that
beat down that bot. I felt a little bad for
SUU since the
professor that was there with the students is someone I've known
forever and one of my dad's best friends. I saw some other
people I knew from Cedar and some people I knew from PC Laptops.
Some of them are now working at
Geekbox was a major sponsor of the event and they really put
a lot of time and money into it. If I wasn't the type of person
that built their own computer I would want to buy a PC from
them. Overall the show was a lot of fun. I hope that each year
it is able to grow more and more.
LeGrande are still keeping up on the
Podcast throughout the year and plan to have mini events and get
together's so you should check it out and join the Game Good
Army. Oh, if you want to attend
next year I highly recommend buying a t-shirt from them. Your
shirt will be your ticket into the expo next year, saving you
about $20. That's a pro tip from me to you.
of expo's, PAX is all but upon us. In less than three weeks I'll
be at PAX "donning the black", which is to say; I'm going to be
an [ENFORCER] this year. I've been going to PAX since 2006. I
missed the first 2 but still attended when it was at the
Meydenbauer, I've snuck into early Q&A's with the press, I've
stolen a PA banner (I've been pardoned by Jerry and Mike), I've
been an Omeganaut and feel as though I've done just about all
there is to do PAX. So this year I volunteered to be an
[ENFORCER]. I'm excited to help out behind the scenes, but also
a little bummed that b0lg, Primux and Backslyder will be there
and I won't get to hang out with them as much. I'm sure we'll
all have a great time. This will be a first for Backslyder and
2 is officially out and it is amazing. The beta was a blast
to play but the single player campaign has surpassed my
expectations. The story telling is great. The rendered cinematic
are top notch, as to be expected but the in-engine cut scenes
are just incredible. I'm very impressed with what they've done
in that regard. I have played through the single player all the
way through once and plan to do it at least one more time to
catch the missions based on decisions you make that I didn't see
the first play through. I did pick up the
Collector's Ed. and as always
Blizzard did not disappoint.
I'm not sure Owneress thinks it was
worth the money but I'm very happy with it. If you want to add
me to your friend list I'm Blook.910.
Twas the night before
GEEX and all
through my house
I was packing my gear, not
forgetting my mouse.
My games were installed and all
fully patched up
Windows defragged also ran a disk
Entered in StarCraft and Team
I'll pwn some n00bs, make them beg
on their knees.
To bed I now go for my rest I will
Too excited to sleep, oh no, I just