Saturday, October 20, 2007

Pushing Daisies

So I'm home for the weekend and kinda bored. Sure, it's good to see my family; the reason I came home, but my parents pass out around 10, and my sister has quite the active social life. So I have been reduced to watching TV, more specifically, shows my parents DVRed. My dad sad I might like "Pushing Daisies", a show about a guy with the ability to bring people back to life for a minute. Not only is the concept interesting, but the way the show is done is very unique. The only thing I can equate the style to is the Grinch with Jim Carey. It's honestly narrated in that same Dr. Suess sing-songy way, but not at all in a childish way. The dialog is well written, with humorous bits, slipped in that are missed if you don't pay attention - smart humor, the kind I like. Everything about the show is so unique, from the way it's filmed to the bizarre, indistinguishable time period. The characters are so quirky and bizarre, not to mention the acting is excellent, almost to a corny extent - without going over the top. I love the editing as well; the scenes are shot in such a saturated way, with such a vivid color palette, it's almost like a fantasy show. Pushing Daisies is just very endearing in every aspect - I suppose it appeals to my artistic nature. It's going to be added to my "must watch every week list", which says a lot, considering there are only 2 other shows that make that cut. I guess it's no surprise, though, as it was created by Bryan Fuller, who is also responsible for the big hit Heroes.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Because I can

lol @ surveys

1. A random guy yells to you "aybaybay."
Flip him off and keep walking.

2. What was the last thing you put in your mouth?
Almond Joy. Halloween candy ftw.

3. 10th message in your phone's inbox?
Don't have one, I just deleted all my texts.

4. The last song you listened to?
Wicked Soundtrack - while cooking dinner.

5. What's irritating you at this moment?
My marketing class. I'm studying. It's hella lame. And I hate doing surveys. But I'd rather do a survey than study, that's how lame marketing is.

6. What did you do today?
Got up at 1. Showered. Watched Buffy. Drank juice. Studied for marketing. Decorated the porch for Halloween. Went grocery shopping. Made dinner for my friends. Watched Moulin Rouge. Studied more.

7. What did you do yesterday?
Stayed in bed until 4. Showered. Went thrift store shopping. Carved pumpkins. It was awesome.

8. Pick a scar on your body, how'd you get it?
I actually don't have any? Is that weird? I didn't do enough dangerous shit as a kid, I guess.

9. What are you doing today?
Studying. Because college > me.

10. What do you want to do when you get out of high school/college?
Move to the coast. Make video games. Be successful. Possibly famous. Move back to the midwest and have a family.

11. Are you single?

12. Are you signed onto AIM?

13. What's your screenname?

14. Who's your most religious friend?
erm, dunno.

16. Do you prefer chocolates or roses?
That's fucking dumb. Can you eat roses? Nope. Chocolate ftw. Roses are lame anyways.

7. What's the best compliment someone could give you?
Erm, no idea. Tell me that I'm unique and unlike anyone they've ever met?

18. What do you hate most about your school?
Studying. So fucking dumb.

19. Do you curse?

20. Last time you took a plane, where was it to?
Washington, DC

21. How many times a day do you log into myspace.
A shit-ton

22. Last profile you went into?

23. What's the first thing you would do with five million bucks?
Go on a major shopping spree.

24. What did your last outgoing text message say?

27. Next thing you'll spend money on?
Bills. Bleck.

28. What's one toy you remember having in the 90's?

29. If you had a son what would you name him?

31. What's your mousepad look like?
Laptop trackpad ftw.

32. Who is someone you have drifted from?
Shannon. = ( I miss you, MJ.

33. Which of your friends do you argue with most?
None. I don't argue much. I'm pretty laid back.

34. Who/What are you thinking about right now?
How much I'm avoiding studying for marketing. Teeeheee.

36. Who's the last person that you felt stalked by?
This creepy Wal-mart employee who stalked me online after I talked to him for like, 30 seconds about video games. WTF. seriously.

37. If you could have any car what would it be?
Jeep Wrangler, forest green, tan removable top. And a mini cooper sport, custom built, 6 speed.

38. What's your favorite breakfast food?
Dunkin' Donuts. yummmm.

39. How do you like your eggs?
depends. I like egg salad. So hard boiled?

40. If you could get any piercing what would it be?
I want my lower lip done. The parentals would kill me.

41. Who was the last person you spoke to?
Aras. Online.

42. What mood are you in?
A yucky one. Periods suck.

43. What's a movie you want to see in the theaters?
Across the Universe.

44. Where else would you want to live?
Seattle. or LA.

45. What are the last four digits of your home phone number?

46. What song is playing right now?
Dunno, some background music to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

48. If you could live in any TV show what would it be?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. or the Xfiles.

49. What video game do you play most often?
Hahahahaha, Halo, Call of Duty on my 360, Luminous Arc on my ds in class. Paper Mario and Metriod Prime on my wii.

50. Do you like someone at the moment?
Yeah. He's a hottie. And makes me laugh. = )

Friday, October 5, 2007

Bungie Splits from Microsoft?


How crazy is that? MS will still retain the rights to Halo, but Bungie is becoming independent? Craziness. I wonder how that's going to work for continual game support and so on. And also, what does Bungie have up their sleeve that would prompt this move? Hmmmm, *ponders*.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Why is this place so amazing? Sometimes I wonder how I never had come to know of it's greatness until this summer. I miss working Thursday nights over the summer at Best Buy, because around 6 PM, Bethany's and my stomaches would start rumbling, which could be satisfied by only one thing - Buffalo Wild Wing's 50 cent boneless wings. Yummy yummy. It's the perfect place to go for group events, like how we went the other night with the Drake Theater People. I'm always torn, though, I love the Mango Habanero Flavor, but they burn my tummy! So then I'll go with the Asian Zing, which is also quite tasty. Aside from the good food, I love the environment. Such a great place to relax and socialize and hang out with friends. I need to start being more social and getting out more, I think. It's way fun. Yay fun. B-dubs ftw.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

H3. Get destroyed. Seriously.

I'm competitive by nature. It's in my personality to be fierce, passionate, hot tempered, fast paced, and hard core. Maybe that's why first person shooters appeal to me. I love the non-stop action, bullets flying past my head, grenades exploding at my feet; I can almost feel the blasts coming from the screen. There's nothing quite like the sickening crunch as you smash your assault rifle into the back of your opponents head, or the little medal that pops up when you rip someone's face off with a sniper rifle. Halo 3 has taken it to a whole new level with new weapons, new ways to kill, but the same adrenaline rush that's been there since the original Halo. I about lost it the other day when I stuck a spike nade to my opponent's head in double team, which my teammate informed me has been dubbed "the unicorn". Seriously. Can you say OWNED?!?!?! Then I played team slayer today, and destroyed again. It's really not fair, cause I'm low ranked because I still haven't played many games, but come oooooon. I've decided to really make more time for playing, because I enjoy this game immensly, and Call of Duty 4 comes out in November, so I've gotta keep my skill up until then! Halo 3 is really fun for owning people and kicking the shit out of randoms who think they're good, but we'll have to see if it will make it to the competitive level. Unfortunately, a lot of the strategy for the new maps seems to be camping, which is hella dumb. I don't need a sleeping bag and s'mores to own kids! Boom! Headshot! Rawr! Actually more like "Smack! Owned!" I have 134 beatdown medals, teeheee. Boxer FTW.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Rant Time

I'm effing tired. I feel like all I do is work and school. Fuck, I've hardly been playing Halo 3, one of the greatest videos games to date(for my generation, anyways). I'm always tired, sick a lot, and it doesn't even seem like I have that much on my plate to stress my body like this. I honestly have nothing to complain about, plenty of people do what I do and more, without whining. It's so frustrating. Maybe just working retail is exhausting, because dealing with stupidity is exhausting. For instance, a customer came in with his PS3, which was broken, and he was convinced he bought the replacement plan for it, though he didn't have the receipt. It's kind of a pain to look up receipts when customers lose them, but we were very slow, so I started searching his purchases through his phone number. Not only do I not find a replacement plan, but I don't even see a PS3 on his record. Whatever, he's convinced he bought it here within the last three months. I look closer at his purchases, and he bought PS3 games back in March, which is quite a bit more than 3 months ago. But again, he's positive he bought it here, and gives me 3 credit cards to view the history. After I've been scrolling and searching through tiny print for his freaking PS3, he calls his friend, who tells him he bought it at GameStop. WTF?!?!?!?!?! way to be retarded, seriously. Personally, when I buy something expensive, I make damn well sure I keep the receipt and even the original packaging with me, in case something happens. Gah, talk about a waste of time. Not to mention PS3s suck balls anyways.

Also, our internet sucks. I get off work at 6, figuring I'll finally have a leisurely evening to mysel to spend some quality time with my xbox, and I'm fucking red-baring every game. FUCK YOU MEDIACOM. seriously. hug plz?

Sunday, September 23, 2007

I suck at getting sick

Seriously. Sick all this week, even though I had the exact same thing a month ago. Sore throat, fever, headache, painful chills. I guess it wouldn't bother me so much if it was any other weekend than this one. This was my weekend to get crazy caught up on all my schoolwork[which didn't happen because i had to spend most of it in bed attempting to recover], because tomorrow night at 12:00 am, it shall be time to FINISH THE FIGHT! eeeeeek! i'm really fucking excited, no joke. I actually got interviewed at work about the release of the game by a reporter from the Des Moines Register or something. So um, yeah, don't expect to see me for a while, as my 360 shall be running my life until I wipe out all the Covenant scum, on legendary, of course. I'm glad I'm not as sick anymore[key word being"as"], and there's a perfect song to describe how I feel right now.

Feel Like Pwning Noobs

It's something that I have to do
I feel like pwning noobs
The time of my defeat is through
I'm totally going to pwn you

Instead of my fingers i'll use my toes
I'll still play way better than you
Thats what i'll do
(guitar solo)
I feel like pwning noobs
Feel like pwning feel like pwning, feel like pwning
Pwning noobs

- PurePwnage Season 1

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Tired but Content: Weekend Recap.

I've seriously been going nonstop since school started. When I'm not in class/at work, I'm hanging out with friends and gaming. And I love it. This weekend was awesome, though tiring. It started Thursday night when Amy and I decided it would be much more entertaining to make jello shots than attend a 3 hour studio class. And we were quite right. We called our posse and a few other friends, then started serving drinks while we waited for the jello to set. Kyle and I had a very epic battle in the kitchen, armed with pot shields and spatulas. I hear they're making 300 pt. 2, after our battle. It was that amazing. We also watched Buffy the Musical episode multiple times, singing along at the top of our lungs, and dancing when necessary. While waiting for jello, Amy made some fabulous Margaritas and a peachy drink which name escapes me at the moment. There was also much guitar hero playing, and watching of crazy internet videos. (ROFLMAO ftw. teehee) Friday night we took it easy, because I for one had to work early, and the rest had sufficient alcohol from the night before. We just chilled on the couches and watched more Buffy (go figure. lawl) and Saturday meant work again, but afterwards I took Amy and Cindy shopping and worked my magic. They looked hella hott for the TKE party with makeup and hot outfits to boot. See, I'm not lying! We had a blast, but didn't stay very long, because Amy's friends were having another party in Ankeny. By time we got there, it was pretty dead, but we had a good time playing beer pong and singing and dancing to some favorite songs. My favorite of the evening: Elephant Love Medley from Moulin Rouge.

Love is a many splendored thing,
Love lifts us up where we belong,
All you need is love!
Please, don't start that again
All you need is love!
A girl has got to eat!
All you need is love!
She'll end up on the street! (sigh)
All you need is looooove!
Love is just a game.
I was made for loving you baby,
You were made for loving me.
The only way of loving me baby,
Is to pay a lovely fee.
Just one night,
Give me just one night.
There's no way,
Cause you can't pay.
In the name of love!
One night in the name of love!
You crazy fool,
I won't give in to you.
Don't, leave me this way.
I can't survive, without your sweet love,
Oh baby, don't leave me this way.
You'd think that people would've had enough of silly love songs...
I look around me and I see it isn't so, oh no.
Some people wanna fill the world with silly love songs
Well what's wrong with that?
I like to know.
Cause here I go... again...
Love lifts us up where we belong!
Where eagles fly,
On a mountain high!
Love makes us act like we are fools.
Throw our lives away,
For one happy day.
We could be heroes...
Just for one day.
You, you will be mean.
No, I won't.
(sigh) And I, I'll drink all the time.
We should be lovers...
We can't do that.
We should be lovers!
And that's a fact.
Though nothing, would keep us together.
We could steal time...
Just for one day.
We could be heroes,
Forever and ever,
We could be heroes,
Forever and ever,
We can be heroes...
Just because I... will always love you...
...Can't help loving...
How wonderful life is,
Now you're in, the world...

Monday, September 10, 2007

A Great Start to a Great Year!

So Saturday night was our first official kegger in our house. It was amazing. We had a great turn out, just a huge variety of people, lots of new faces, and old ones as well! I also met some more gamers, which is always a plus! The party went pretty strong from 10:30-12:30ish, dancing to music, talking, and having a good time. I did my first keg stand too! I'm excited that we made enough money to cover both kegs; that was one of my worries, and that only one thing got broken, though I have no idea how. Alas, our poor wicker bench. ROFL. Everyone kept complimenting us on how nice our house is, which is always a nice feeling. I felt kind of bad, because we were unable to secure a beer pong table for that night, but we'll definately have one for the next one. I did Amy, Caitlin, Cindy, and Benes' makeup for the party, and was quite pleased with the results. I'm not gonna lie, they looked hella hot, and I've decided to solicit myself as a freelance makeup artist. I'm really excited to set up a studio in our basement, and do makeovers for girls before going out, formals, dates, and so on. I absolutely love makeup and experimenting with color. It's nice to do makeup on other people because the face shapes are so different and unique. I love MAC makeup the most, the colors are so bold and fun, and perfect for my funky and unique style. I also believe makeup should never hide, but only enhance features. I think all women are beautiful, all shapes and sizes, and it's all about the confidence you have in yourself! That's why I'm calling my service . .

"Nothing shines brighter than inner beauty, but makeup always helps!" I'm really excited, I love sharing my passion with others, and helping to inspire confidence and individuality among other women. Maybe that's why I fit so well in with the PMS clan as well; I love being around other formidable women who help others to find their own inner beauty and strength. Um, girls ftw? My only regret about this weekend was not being able to play cod4 much. They raised the ranking on Friday, and I haven't gotten much of a chance to play around and unlock many new features. QQ. Ah, well, back to watch The Empire Strikes Back!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

iTouch = iDrool

Since the release of the iPhone, I've really been considering getting one. They're so sleek and functional, and absolutely beautiful. The only thin holding me back is the fact that the service is AT&T - I wouldn't be able to talk to my family for free on our sprint plan. Then came the discovery of hacking the iPhone for whatever service you wanted. That was exciting, but I still held off. Now they have released the iTouch, an exact replica of the iPhone, minus the cellular nature, and starting at $299. How ungodly hot is that? I don't know if I can say no to that, seriously! <3 <3 <3

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

37 and 5. Destroyed

So my friend Scott just beat my kill streak of 15 on CoD4, so I set out to reclaim it by getting a 17+ kill streak. We join a match on Overgrown, notorious for sniping, and I'm runnign around with my m16 and pretty red tiger camo like a true baller. I'm absolutely destroying the other team, and watching my kill count go up . . . 3 kills - UAV . . . 5 kills - airstrike . . . 7 kills - chopper . . . 10 kills . . . then at 15 kills, two away from beating Scott, the game ends! We just hit 75 kills to end the match! Arrrrrrggggggg! I went 37 and 5. Fucking ridiculous. Seriously.

Rawr @ Gas and Parking!

Ok, seriously. I'm about to go apeshit. Like the diligent student I pretend to be, I left 30 minutes before class this morning, only to spend 20 minutes circling trying to find a parking spot, after having no luck, I decide to go into the parking lot you have to pay for so I can get to class on time. WTF. seriously. as;odifha;lskdfj. makes me want to punch a baby. I do so much driving, and I love my car, a 5 speed honda CRV. It's the size of a mini-SUV, but not a terrible gas guzzler, and perfect for hauling all my shit as a college student with two homes. However, I do a lot of driving between work and school, and sometimes it just doesn't make sense. I think I'm going to start saving up for a new vehicle, and I think I have one picked out.

It's the Honda CBR600F46, a light-weight sports bike. It's only 370 lbs, which is not bad for my size; the dual-purpose dirt bike my dad and I have at home is hella heavy, but I can still manage it. I've wanted a bike for years, so I've decided now that I'm legally able to drive one, I should damn well get one. I'd love a Kawasaki Ninja, but erm, yeah, I think my parents would kill me. Not that they won't already for wanting to get a bike. rofl.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Dating in the Gaming World. WTF

It's a philosophy of mine that gamers should date other gamers, or at least some one involved in the industry. Not only for having commonalities, but for a level of understanding, too. I can't see a non-gamer understanding when I blow him off by not picking up the phone because I'm in a clan match, or not responding on MSN because I'm in the middle of an intense firefight. That being said, it should be pretty easy for a girl to find a gamer, right? Considering a large portion of the male population games. Wrong. Even though there's a much better ratio of guys for girls, it's hard to find a good one out of the bunch. All the different games have their stereotypes that go along with them, often rendering them undate-able. Lets take a look at these groups. [keep in mind this is from the perspective of one female, who is a hardcore console FPS competitor]

Casual Players - sure, he'll play Halo or Super Smash Bros with friends if they're bored and just sitting around, but he's not a hardcore gamer. He's gonna get jealous of your console/pc no matter what, and generally detract from your owning n00bs. Also, you'll most likely beat him when you're playing together, and that definitely won't help the situation.

RPGers - they're romantics, they love games like Final Fantasy and other popular Playstation titles, but they don't understand what drives you to want to annihilate others in the FPS world. He'll try to get you to play his type of game, take up all your time, and try and convince you that FPS games are just "point and shoot" and take no skill. WTF. He's smooth with words, says all the right things, but is very good at guilt tripping, too.

Sports Gamers - they go crazy when the new Madden comes out every year, and think the only games in the world are those you can also play IRL. Sports games. Bleck. They're partiers, drinkers, and will pay attention to you, but don't expect to have an in-depth conversation about video games with them - if it doesn't involve a ball of some sort, they don't care.

MMORPGers - mostly wow players, and they prefer the relationship to be "in-game". He'll e-mote his way into your heart, but it won't go much further than that. Whether he's into PvP, PvE, or raiding with his guild, you're gonna have a hard time getting him to pay attention to you IRL. Even those of us who prefer to sit in our rooms gaming most the time require a little quality time IRL. Also, beware, these guys are easily infatuated, and know how to say the right things, but they're all talk.

PC FPSers(1 v. 1) - They practice religiously, and a girl will never come first in their quest to conquer all. They tend to be a bit introverted, like many PC players, but can sometimes be coaxed to come out and have a good time. They're shy, and it takes a bit of effort to get them warmed up, and quite often they don't even realize when you're flirting with them. If you like a challenge, they're fun to take on.

PC FPSers(teambased) - They're the CS players, the COD players, etc. They're hardcore, talk shit, full of themselves, and general bad asses in that cocky-yet-alluring way. They'll pay attention to you, actually go out and party, though they will have to take the occasional night off to practice with their team. Beware, their teammates are pretty much their own flesh and blood, so and intimate details probably won't stay that way for long. Just beware, if they have a bad night practicing where they get destroyed, you're going to have to put up with a lot of bitching and cursing. Plan on spending the night soothing their ego.

Console FPSers - Being number 1 and all the fame and fortune that goes with it is their driving factor. If they're good, you're going to have to fight off tons of other chicks for them, but once you've hooked them, they're yours. These guys will keep you on your toes, and more importantly on your game. They're a lot like PC teambased FPSers, think they're the shit, but fun to be around and inexplicably alluring. They'll practice nonstop before a competition, but always make time for a few short, sweet texts to you, and won't annoy you when they know you're practicing, too. The only drawback is they often lay the blame on others, thinking the whole world is against them.

Game Designers - they make the games, and are surprised when you worship the ground they walk on for it. they're mature, sophisticated, though not often very experienced in the dating world. they don't exactly understand the concept of hard-core gaming, especially in competition, but are amused by the notion. They are quiet and observant, and will often surprise you with their thoughtfulness and quest to make you happy.

Media Gamers - these guys have taken their passion in gaming on the media route, whether they're shout casters, bloggers, community heads, or gamers turned celebrities. They're horridly flirtatious, fun to be around, but not often dating material. They're players and proud of it, and love having hordes of gaming chicks pursing them. They know how to smooth talk and make a girl swoon, but again have more than one girl at a time. They're also not always the best gamers, but still know what they're talking about, and fun to hang out with.

Gamers/Forum Mods/Etc - these are the sweetest guys you will ever meet, they will go to any length to make you happy, and are always there to help you with your tech problems. They're the shy guys who run forums, fix bugs, and are very supportive of women gaming. They often have trouble with girls because they're not assertive enough, or get burned by going after the wrong one. They will treat you like a princess, but are often walked all over, too, which can be a drawback.

If I've left out any crucial groups, I'm quite sorry, though these are the groups I run across most often! As for my preference - Console FPSers ftw! The only problem is long distance. = ( damn teh interwebs, huh?

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Apple Love [among other thoughts]

I have a 15" powerbook G4. I'm in love with it. In fact, I'm in love with all apple products. I love talking about them, using them, pretty much anything. So I finally did something smart and applied to the Apple store here in Des Moines, and I'm pretty psyched. I have an interview tomorrow, and I really hope it goes well. I've been getting quite burnt out on working retail, though I do enjoy working with people. I figure working at Apple will be a great part time job for a college student, and let me hang out with other nerds who share my mac love. It's been a while since I've interviewed for a job, so I suppose I'm a tad nervous as well. I have a really good friend who works at the Apple store in Kansas and loves it, so I'm hoping all goes well for me.
In the meantime, my first classes of the semester were today. I'm only taking 15 credit hours, so this semester shouldn't be too bad. I'm taking management 110, statistics 72, management 120, design for the web, and marketing 101. I dropped about $600 today at the University bookstore - it's highway robbery, seriously. But I found some of my books on, so that'll save some money. Yay! I'm still thoroughly enjoying the Call of Duty 4 beta, and playing Luminous Arc while I wait for class to start.
WSVG Toronto and PAX were this past weekend, both of which I missed. I'm quite sad. The pure pwnage crew attended WSVG, and I would have given anything to meet them!!! QQ. Ah, well, I'll meet them some day, I'm sure. PAX looks like fun from the pictures I've seen, I just wish I could have gotten to see all my friends, and visit my favorite place, Seattle, again.
On another note, I downloaded a learners edition of Maya, and have been following some basic tutorials to teach myself how to use the program. It's really difficult, but quite interesting. I'm hoping to have a bigger portfolio built by GDC time this year, as I plan on attending game design school when I finish at Drake. So many things to do, plus n00bs to pwn online! <3

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Call of Duty 4 [detailed]

Now that I've been playing the beta for almost a week, I've decided this game has taken the number one spot on my list, beating out Halo 3. That's a lot, coming from a long-time halo fangirl. The rank cap is set at 11, so there are limits as to what one can obtain in the beta, but here's a full description of those features for those who aren't able to get in.

Gameplay: same control scheme as the previous Call of Duties, with a few tweaks. Up on the d-pad gives night vision, left on the d-pad gives access to RPGs/other nades, and right on the d-pad allows you to call in rewards for your kills. When you achieve 3 kills in a row without dying, you are able to get radar online for your team for thirty seconds. At 5 kills, you are able to summon an air strike on a particular location of the map you choose - if you're enemies don't take cover, they get blown the fuck up. At 7 kills, you are able to call in a chopper, which roves the map, gunning down enemies who aren't able to get out of the way fast enough. The chopper can only get taken down by an RPG, which is also a challenge you can unlock for xp. As in Call of Duty 2, there is the kill cam, and watching yourself get destroyed by the chopper is pretty cool, no lie. Spawns happen in opposite corners of the map, and it's the traditional race for cover. However, much like counterstrike, you can be shot through walls, how deep the bullets penetrate your enemies differs. It adds a new level of challenge to CoD, you not only have to get undercover, but make sure your enemies don't know where you are. In Call of Duty 3, a sprint feature was added, in which you could hold down the left joystick to sprint for a short distance. In Cod 4, this feature has been enhanced, as you not only are able to sprint longer distances, but you don't have to press down and hold, but only press once. Sprinting is dead useful for my favorite improved feature - the melee. You know are equip with a knife, which you can plunge into your enemy for a one hit kill, dead useful if you run around a corner into an enemy and don't have your steady aim perk.

Maps: There are only 3 maps available to play in the beta, but they are all well constructed and provide a diverse and intense battleground for each match. There is a variety of foliage to hide in, and buildings that sometimes seem to offer little more protection than tissue paper when facing an onslaught from the opposite faction.

Weapons(unlockable in the beta, anyways):
Assault - M16, Ak47, M4, G3
SMG - MP5, Skorpion
LMG - M249 Saw, RPD
Shotgun - W1200
Sniper - M40A3, M21

With each of these weapons you are able to unlock features by completing challenges, such as 150 kills or 75 head shots. some of the customizations/add ons for the guns are; silencer, red dot sight, grenade launcher, ACOG scope. In addition to these, you are able to unlock camo - digital, blue tiger, and red tiger.

Custom Classes: Cod4 gives you 5 custom slots to create your own class. You are able to choose your primary weapon, equip it with a scope/silencer/whatever you choose. You then can choose your pistol. You are then able to choose from special grenades - flash, stun, or smoke. A new feature in this CoD is the perks you can add to your class. You get 3 perks with different ways to deck out your soldier.
Perk 1 - C4 x 2, Special Grenade x 3, RPG-7 x 2
Perk 2 - Stopping Power(increased bullet damage), Juggernaut(increased health), UAV Jammer(undetecable on radar), and Sonic Boom(higher explosive weapon damage)
Perk 3 - Extreme Conditioning(sprint further), Steady Aim(but accuracy without zoom), Last Stand(pistol enemies before dying), and Deep impact(deeper bullet penetration)

My standard class consists of the M4 with the red dot sighting, 3 special grenades, Juggernaut, and Deeper Impact. I've toyed with using last stand, it can be useful on occasion for last second kills, but I find other perks to be more valuable to my game play style.

Match Making: there are four matchmaking types available atm;
team deathmatch - 6-12 players score limit 750
free for all - 6-12 players score limit 300
team tactical - 2v2 or 3v3 score limit 500 [play team deathmatch and search and destroy]
team objective - 6-12 players score limit 150 [ play ctf, and different types of search and destroy]

Call of Duty 4 is an all around solid game, and I cannot wait for the release in November. If you're interested in the beta, you can check out, you may still be able to register to get a token to play in the public beta, starting the 27th!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

08.25.07 "Team Deathmatch: Let's Do This!"

So I was lucky enough to have a friend who got me into the friends and family beta testing of Call of Duty 4. After Call of Duty 3 being a bit of a disappointment, I was a bit apprehensive as I began the beta download. My fears were quickly assuaged, though, as I got into my first team deathmatch. It's nice to have finally gotten away from the World War 2 setting, and Activision's take on Modern Warfare is amazing. They've stuck with the different classes you can play as, like Call of Duty 3, but have added features you can unlock, such as 'create your own class' where you gain the ability to choose you primary weapon, then equip your pistol and other features from there. I do enjoy the fact that as you rank up, you unlock new abilities, guns, and all sorts of other goodies. There's a lot more about the game, but I kinda wanna go play it instead of write about it right now. I do have to talk about my favorite feature, though, the new and improve melee. KNIFING FTW! I giggle audibly as I run around the map sneaking up on people and stabbing them as they try to snipe my teammates. Or as I run around a corner and lunge, plunging my knife into them as they struggle to raise their RPG. Does that make me sadistic? Hmmmm. Anyways, that's my brief insight into Call of Duty 4. I'm gonna go knife some nubs, now. Kthnxbai.

Friday, August 24, 2007

08.24.07 Sooo clutch!

So I was in a Call of Duty 4 match today, and the kids on my team were fucking terrible, like, no joke. Anyways, we were getting our asses beat the whole intense match on Overgrown, until we finally started to make a comeback. (This is when I stopped chatting on AIM and started playing hardcore) We finally got neck and neck around 650, and would jump from leading to losing every kill. It was so freaking intense as we would spawn, racing around the map, trying to get better coverage to take out the other team. The score stood with us at 730 - them 740, when I spawned again and saw the opposite team at the gas station, laying down to snipe my oncoming and unsuspecting teammates. I steadied my M16 and boom! headshot! boom! headshot! Won the match. So freaking clutch. Gaaaah I love this game!

p.s. I just unlocked my m16 blue tiger camo. Fucking hawt.

08.24.07 Luminous Arc!

When I got my wii, I of course went to register it and check out other goodies on, where a pretty banner caught my eye. It was an advertisement for a new game, Luminous Arc, coming out for the DS. Immediately I was intrigued by the beautiful scenery and interesting characters, so I went to the website, and began to read up on it. The game is a tactical RPG with interesting battle sequences. It's been out a little over a week, and it took me a while to track it down, but I found it at a Gamestop in a nearby town. I've been playing for almost an hour, and I'm already in love. My trepidation of this game - an RPG(not my thing) - is long gone, as I've gotten into the story line, become entranced with the characters, and serenaded by the music. Everything about the game is pretty, but it's also interesting. I'm playing as one of the children of the Evergarden, who is training to fight witches, who are said to create monsters and wreak general havok in an otherwise-peaceful world. Aside from the plot development, the characters are very in depth, as well. I found myself laughing out loud at the antics of, Leon, a wanna-be player. I couldn't help but smile as little Theo chattered to his older brother about the upcoming battles in his cute little voice. The game is just purely entertaining. After pretty much beating Pokemon Diamond, I've been needing a new DS game to get into, and this was a great choice. (The other was Rune Factory: Harvest Moon) While the game isn't my type, and definately can't distract me from Cod4 and my other shooters, it's perfect for my DS needs: break at work, waiting to get my hair cut, going to the doctors, taking a dump(hahaha, jay kay), and anywhere else my 360 won't fit. ;)

Also, does it make me a dork if I want to buy the soundtrack to this game? Seriously, it's amazing. And I love the into. Yeah, I think that makes me a dork.