5 months ago
I am uploading some video to Upload Studio and my upload speed is a measly 0.6Mbits/sec, so here is an excuse to post something.
so, cool shit from 2014:
Game of the year: Sunset Overdrive. honestly the most fun i've ever had playing a video game, with an awesome soundtrack. your millage may vary on the humour, but i was amused. Insomniac Games is officially forgiven for Fuse.
Best soundtrack: Sunset Overdrive. the songs are mostly written for the game, with a few licensed songs (probably best use of a Melvins song in a video game... though it also may be the only use of a Melvins song in a video game at that). mostly smaller known bands were brought in, The Bronx being the only band i knew before (i saw them open for Bad Religion in 2013), but BOATS!, Bass Drum of Death and Brenna Red's bands (Fiction Reform and The Last Gang) are definitely worth checking out.
Best Multiplayer: Sunset Overdrive's Chaos Squad. Dragon Age's is fun, but the severs are fucking shit, and i do enjoy Advanced Warfare, and Destiny's was alright, but this is the one that's kept me coming back.
Biggest Surprise: Wolfenstein: The New Order. the story was pretty solid, had some good replayability and gameplay as tight as fuck. glad they ditched multiplayer and focused on a great single-player experience.
Best DLC: Not a whole lot sprang out at me but InFamous: First Light was really good. Mooil Rig for Sunset Overdrive was alright.
Game With Too Much Damn Content: Dragon Age: Inquisition. okay, i never complain about games being too long, but this installment was just too damn much it was overwhelming. my first playthrough clocked in at 120 hours due to the amount of side quest content. you have to gain Power to unlock more missions, even plot missions, so much of it isn't optional, and i like to do a full playthrough on the first few goes. it's still a great game and a must-play for fantasy RPG fans. oh, and there's boobs this time. i wonder when Fox News is going to do another hit piece on Bioware!
Game Where I Died A Fuckton: Dark Souls 2. good game, but the timed sections near the end made me throw in the towel.
Biggest Letdown: Destiny. i don't think i need to explain this one at all. although i don't get how people can complain about it and STILL FUCKING PLAY IT (mine went back to EB after a month). i guess those people are also Leafs fans? that would explain a lot.
Best Concert: The Offspring performing Smash in its entirety. not only that, but Bad Religion, Pennywise and the Vandals opening. i am going to die happy.
Favourite Records: We Are The In Crowd - Weird Kids, Sunset Overdrive Soundtrack, Masked Intruder - M.I. i don't think i heard a lot from this year.
Movie: last movie i watched in the theatre was The Edge of Tomorrow, so let's go with that. thought it was great until the end, could have ended a few minutes earlier than it did and would have been perfect.
Most Anticipated: Bloodborne, Salt & Sanctuary, the rest of Life is Strange and Tales From The Borderlands, maybe Elder Scrolls Online (since they axed the mandatory subscription) and the rest of Sunset Overdrive's DLC. maybe news on Silent Hills and Fallout 4?
alrighty that looks good, let's end there.
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7 months ago
Just found out I got 84% on my security license exam, meaning i'm set to work Pan Am and/or Parapan Am in the summer. this means potentially missing days of or the entire UnCon next year. figured i'd have to break the streak some time. also keep in mind for organizers that that Pan Am runs from July 10 to 26 and Parapan Am from August 7 to 15, so prepare accordingly for activity in the city (we survived that one time RvBTO was held during Gay Pride, so i'll presume that you'll manage)
anywho, just a heads up, in case for some reason you might have to miss my horrible attempts at music-making and/or my general presence. which is a pity, because i wrote a song especially for Charlie (BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA).
journal titled-related tunage, not related to shitty independent movies made in Hamilton
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8 months ago
Dragon Age: Inquisition is super great. i am 70 hours into the game and i am pretty sure i haven't even hit the halfway mark due to the sheer amount of stuff to do. although at one point, my character's voice pack changed permanently, from deep, booming American to classy British after recreating the face for Hawke . oh and the Jar of Bees grenade is every bit as glorious as i was expecting.
did security guard training at CSC and (provided i pass my license exam which is on Thursday) will be working the PanAm Games. what random job will i take next?
my episode of Covert Affairs aired last Thursday on USA Network, and will air on Showcase in Canada tomorrow (that's the 2nd) at 10PM EST. i walk by Nic Bishop in one shot! (he plays Ryan somethingorother. i don't actually watch the show and vaguely remember looking up the name of the actor at some point)
and there's my obligatory "I'm alive" post.
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journal title-related tunage
10 months ago
so since signing with Toronto Film Extras in June, I've done 3 TV gigs (would have been 4, but i had an interview for the election. 10 minutes cost me a day of work, but in the end it's a guaranteed $205 so that's good. and no, i can't rig the results, i'm disappointed too.).
"So when can we see your super sex-erific face on TV?" you probably aren't wondering?
Degrassi: according to Wikipedia, the next season is expected to air October 7, and i have no idea if it is weekly or daily. probably weekly. in that case, the day i went, they were shooting the last 3 episodes (21 - 24), so some time next year. helpful, i know.
Covert Affairs: November 6 is when new episodes start airing starting with episode 11, and mine is episode 13. so November 20, according to my super powers of deduction.
Beauty And The Beast: shot the season premiere last week, from what i hear it will air in March. Kristin Kreuk walks by me in one shot! i'm also covered in fake blood and gauze in another, so that was one career aspiration fulfilled.
got to see my friends in Plan 37 get paid $20 a few weeks ago. they opened for the Vibrators, and the turn out wasn't great. still, it was a $7.50 door markup (advanced tix were $12.50), no guestlist for bands, and no drink tickets for the bands. i get it, band life and whatnot. oh, and they had to rent a van for $80 to get to Etobicoke. so there's that.
to end on a positive note: The Bombpops are on Spotify. ALL IS RIGHT WITH THE WORLD.
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11 months ago
Thanks to everyone who came to TO: UnCon and to all of the staff and minions for their hard work.
Thanks to Spam for the floor space, Abbi/Abbey/Abby/Yarn Enthusiast for the blanket and Tony for watching me while i slept. okay, maybe not that last one.
Thanks for the claps (applause, not THE Clap) and kind words after open mic. it's always fun forgetting the words to my own songs. :P
i've been going to these things since the very beginning, and it's been interesting to see how it grew from a marathon screening with people who created Red vs Blue to a bunch of misfits, outcasts and geeks just getting together in a strange new place for the sake of getting together regardless of whether or not anyone from the show was going to be there.
come back soon, internet. <3
journal title courtesy of We Are The In Crowd
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1 year ago
1. saw Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine on Tuesday. they played 5 Dead Kennedys songs (California Uber Alles, Nazi Punks Fuck Off, Chemical Warfare, Holiday In Cambodia and Too Drunk To Fuck), so i was pretty happy. I even got to help Jello crowd surf while he sang Chemical Warfare. yes, i have touched Jello Biafra, be jealous.
2. i have joined the Toronto Film Extras agency. makeout scenes with Felicia Day, Anna Kendrick and/or Ashley Johnson are now .00000001% more likely to happen.
3. Charlie Murder is free until the end of the month on X-Box 360 Games With Gold, go grab it because it's like, the best game ever, made by awesome people. i got the vinyl EP and you can request a signature and doodle, and i got Michelle to draw Rex hugging a koala.
4. koalas are fucking adorable. i want to hug one.
5. reading a thread about Riot Fest Chicago has reminded me of a few things:
- the pricing they used this year was idiotic as hell. in December, you could buy a 2 day pass for the Toronto show for $100, but you didn't know a damn thing other than it was Riot Fest and it was 2 days. this is like buying a mystery box for $100. it could have $1000 cash, or it could be full of angry hornets. and then every few months, they jacked up the price as more info is revealed. they still have not revealed what bands are playing what day for Toronto. all the bands i'd want to see are probably playing both days anyway, but the moment i find out, passes will be like $200.
- 2012 was great because it was one fucking day, and the most you paid was $50 (there were $30 groupon deals, advanced was $40+ charges and gate price was $50. i paid a scalper $40). and all the main bands were bands i liked! bonus!
- Chicago always gets the best show. fuck you, Chicago.
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1 year ago
So, someone tell me again why the hell i think i can make a sci-fi horror game in RPG Maker that's Jacob's Ladder meets System Shock meets Heart of Darkness? and why did i think listening to lots of Alkaline Trio think it would help me write out the basic narrative, and not just chillax listening to Alkaline Trio?
ALKALINE TRIO, GODDAMMIT.
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1 year ago
1 year ago
hello earthlings. hope Santa-Tron was good to you all.
Plan 37's On The Run Video is up! see me in all my chicken masked glory!
and now, my Year In Review:
Best Game(s): Aliens Colonia-- HAAAAA! no. The Last Of Us (PS3), Charlie Murder (X-Box 360), Bioshock Infinite (multi)
Best Multiplayer: besides its horribly broken launch, Battlefield 4. also, The Last Of Us had a surprisingly good MP component.
Best Game Soundtrack: Charlie Murder (available here for pay-what-you-want)
Most Ridiculous Fun: Dead Rising 3
Best DLC: Mass Effect 3: Citadel, Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep
Best Downloadable Game: Charlie Murder, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Best Excuse To Mention Deadly Premonition: Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut
Most Inclusive: Saint's Row 4, Call Of Duty: Ghosts (multiplayer customization)
Worst Game: Aliens: Colonial Marines. seriously. what. the. fuck.
Missed Potential: GTA Online. is it just me, or do people on PSN just want to run around shooting each other in Openworld play and not do activities?
Most Useless Campaign: Aliens: Colonial
RetconsMarines, Battlefield 4
Most Anticipated: Titanfall, Dead Dreams Don't Die, the rest of The Walking Dead Season 2, Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Evil Within
Best Concerts: Green Day, Danzig + Doyle, Rancid, Paramore, Mixtapes + Masked Intruder, Face-To-Face, Social Distortion, and of course, Dropkick Murphys. seriously way too many more to mention, though.
Albums: AFI - Burials, Fairmounts - s/t, Paramore - s/t, Bad Religion - Christmas Songs (20% goes to SNAP, so that's why it makes the cut)
Movie: whatever Charlie says. i don't think i saw as many movies this year as i would have liked to.
Worst Home Video Release: Silent Hill: Revelation. the movie itself, i liked, despite its numerous shortcomings (more like Silent Hill: Recton-alation, amirite?), but the damn home release came with dick-fucking all. basically you got a DVD, a Blu-Ray and a 5 minute video that could have just been uploaded to YouTube. apparently France got a pretty decent Blu-Ray release, with lots o' cool shit.
Movie That Charlie Nagged Me Into Watching:
Vampire DentistThe Godfather
may or may not return to this. gotta go.... now!