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Archive for February, 2010

The Big Bang Theory

As a self-professed gamer/geek/nerd this was a sitcom that really struck home. The show is about two Caltech geniuses/gamers/geeks/nerds  who befriends an attractive blonde who lives across the hall.

Sheldon, played by Jim Parsons is a theoretical physicist who is extremely socially awkward and lacks any understanding in irony, humility, sarcasm and humor. That being said, his character is what really makes the show awesome.

Leonard, played by Johnny Galecki is Sheldon’s roomate. Leonard is an experimental physicist who is the ‘normal’ one in the series. Of course normal compared to Sheldon.

Penny, played by Kaley Cuoco is the attractive blonde who lives next door. The sexual tension between Penny and Leonard is a driving force in the comedy as both of them struggle with their feeling and the rather mismatched personalities.

Pardon the rather rushed post as I only have 2 hours out of camp. Yes. Balls.

But regardless, The Big Bang Theory is definely a show to watch, even for all ye ‘normal’ people. It is worth watching just for the outrageous things Sheldon does, and for all my geeky compatriots the [Insert Sci-fi/Pop Culture] references is a nice touch.


To PS3 or not to PS3

That is the question. I have always been a PC gamer, partly because I’ve never had a console in my life and PC allows you to do plenty of other stuff. Ranging from work all the way down to less savory and much less mention activities. So yes, back to the real question. To PS3 or not to PS3? I find myself severely tempted by this two upcoming titles.

First up, Heavy Rain.

Secondly, Batman: Arkham Asylum 2

With games like this even a hardcore PC gamer like myself find my own will wanting. So yes I will probably get a PS3, eventually.

Viva New Vegas!

How are all ya folks handling post apocolyptia today?

Well here is something to brighten up that dark and irradiated day of yours. We are going on a trip to Las Vegas!! New Vegas to be precise.

If you have not already heard, New Vegas is being developed by Obsidian Entertainment. For those of you who have no idea who Obsidian is, shame on you. Obsidian were the guys from the now defunct Interplay‘s Black Isle division, they were the guys who gave you Fallout 1 & 2. Obsidian were also the guys that gave you Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Neverwinter Nights 2. I can already hear the fanboys squeal in delight.

Is that a question I hear? When will it hit the stores you ask? Why it will be making its explosive entrance this fall 2010.


Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 3rd Edition

Having recently bought the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 3rd Edition, I am still in the process of going through the rules. But from what I have read so far, the new system is quite a overhaul from the traditional percentile system adopted by the first and second edition as well as its 40k compatriot Dark Heresy.

Below is an actual picture of the complete box set.

As you can see, Warhammer FRP is reminiscent of other FFG games like Arkham Horror and its ilks. The new system requires the usage of tokens, Ability Cards, Character cards, Carree Cards and all that Jazz. (It is possible to do without it, but it will be too much of a bother) And then there are your custom dice, Warhammer FRP is wholly based off the color coded and custom symbol dice.

So let us say you have a Strength of 4, this gives you 4 blue dice (Blue dice are used for Characteristic rolls) to roll when testing for a Characteristic. In this case strength, in addition, depending on the action as well as Stances you are taking. You get to roll additional dice of different color, different symbols and frequency of symbols. This will determine if your action was a success or a failure depending on what symbols rolls up and how many times you get it. All this values are usually compared to an ability card.

Ability cards are usually class specific cards. They will list out the success condition of the roll as well as the drawbacks for failure. They can range from a Bright Wizards fireball to a simple twack with a mace. The thing to take note here is that there are 2 types of Ability cards, the Abilities are of the same name but they are colored differently. Red Abilities are abilities used when a character is in a stance of Recklessness while green represents the slow and calculated approach of the Conservative stance

Earlier I mentioned that Stances will affect your dice poll/rolls. There are 2 main Stances to take note of, namely Conservative and Reckless. As the name implies, the Conservative grants the player low risk low rewards while Reckless allows the players to pull off a Do or Die action. High risk, high rewards.

The classes are limited to what is provided in the main game set, but you can buy the Adventurer’s Toolkit to improve your repository of classes. Which is one of the gripes I have with Warhammer FRP 3ED. Of course, from a buisness POV, this was a smart move by FFG as it helps increase their sales overall.

So speaking of gripes, the main issue I have now is the fact that you are rather limited in options and to get more is to buy all those little toolkits that will trickle down slowly over time. Kinda like paying for DLCs for video games nowadays.  The other are the dice, since they are custom dice it can be a bitch to not have a set of your own, since the game requires you to have a dice pool.

Gameplay wise, I have yet to play it so no real comments there. But it does look like a hassle with all the components and cards you have to lug around.

Artwork: 8

Quality: 8

Gameplay: 7

Packaging: 8

Total: 8

The horribleness of Doctor Horrible

For those who are unaware, Dr. Horrible is an internet distributed mini-series. It was produced in 2008 in the midst of the Writer’s strike in the U.S and A. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is a wonderful musical tragicomedy about Dr.Horrible an aspiring supervillain, his nemesis Captain Hammer and their mutual love interest Penny.

Dr. Horrible is played by none other then the amazing Neil Patrick Harris. For the clueless, Harris played Carl Jenkins in Starship Troopers (The psychic best friend) as well as the lesser known role of the Music Meister in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. I have to say Harris has a beautiful voice.

Penny is played by Felicia Day, aka Codex from the webisode The Guild. I must say, she has a pretty good voice herself. So without further ado, let us enjoy this wonderful piece of online entertainment.

The effect of Mass Effect 2

What do you mean a star is dying?

OH YEA. I got me grubby hands on me own Mass Effect 2 Collector’s Edition. That is also the reason why there have been a lack of post.

For those who played Mass Effect 1, you will notice a huge difference in Mass Effect 2. Starting a new character/importing old saves. You will go through around 10-15 mins of beautifully rendered cinematics as well as equally impressive in-game cinematics. Which would kinda get old after say the 4th replay? But yes, that is how you start your journey as the first human SPECTER. A secret agent sorta figure in a multi-specie galactic order.

Well after that little scrap filling in the blanks between Mass Effect 1 to 2, you get to choose a class/look no matter what your choices and class were back in the original Mass Effect.

The Classes are streamlined and now only contains around 5 skills with 4 ranks in each. Each class is given its own class ability. For example, the Infiltrator. A combat/tech class gives you a class skill known as the Tactical Cloak. It effectively renders you invisible to the enemies and allows the player to get behind the enemies and do maximum carnage. Hence the name Infiltrator.

The next major change from ME 1 to 2 is the fact that there is no longer an inventory. (no moar lootz!!=( ) What you do get is research, instead of getting better and bigger guns, you tech into bigger and better guns while improving you meager outfit of pistols, shotguns, assault rifles, sniper rifles and submachine guns. So be prepared to spend at least half your time roaming star systems and scanning planets for resources to tech up your squad.

Another thing to note is the combat itself, you no longer auto get into cover but instead you have to press SPACE when near a viable cover. You can also leap across cover by pressing the SPACEBAR and W (forward movement). This makes for some intresting tactical decisions, combined with the fact that the random spread of ME 1 is no longer in effect. ME 2 is effectively a 3rd-person shooter with Jedi powers.

Of course the final and most important change about ME 2 is the conversation options. Depending on you Paragon/Renegade levels, you can interrupt a conversation by punching a guy in the face or mercy kill a species. Of course this adds a whole new dimension to the role-playing possibilities and it is definitely fun to watch get a merc get zapped when you stick a electro rod into his back.

Oh did I mention the star-studded voice acting crew which includes the likes of Martin SheenMichael DornCarrie-Anne MossYvonne StrahovskiTricia HelferShohreh AghdashlooAdam BaldwinSimon Templeman,  Michael Hogan,  Keith David and Seth Green. What is there not to like?

So overall how do I rate ME 2?

Audio: 8

Graphics: 9

Gameplay: 9

Storyline: 9

Total: 9