BenALeonard yeh

from New Hampshire

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    • The Ho-Ho-Holiday Movie Marathon, Pt. 1

      8 years ago


      In case you didn't know, Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year. I just love everything about it. The food, the music, the merriment, and, especially, the Christmas specials and movies. I mean, what better way to get in the holiday spirit than to actually watch shows and movies solely about Christmas? If the over-saturation of Christmas has given us one good thing, it's the hours upon hours of television and film that you just can't help but enjoy.

      In case you haven't connected the dots yet, this year I plan on doing a marathon of Christmas films, TV specials, and other such things. I actually tried to do this last year, but the idea sank when I was completely unprepared when December started. Thankfully, this means I already have a list prepared of things to watch...sort of. While the list is decent, I feel like it could use some improvements. Here's my list of 25 films and specials from last year:

      1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Original Version)
      2. Nothing, whatever was on this day got removed
      3. Scrooged
      4. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
      5. Bad Santa
      6. The Little Drummer Boy
      7. White Christmas
      8. Frosty the Snowman
      9. Christmas in Connecticut
      10. Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
      11. Miracle on 34th Street (Original Version)
      12. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
      13. South Park: A Woodland Critter Christmas
      14. The Polar Express
      15. A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott Version)
      16. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey Version)
      17. 8 Crazy Nights
      18. Home Alone
      19. The Santa Clause
      20. Die Hard
      21. A Charlie Brown Christmas
      22. Elf
      23. It's A Wonderful Life
      24. The Nightmare Before Christmas
      25. A Christmas Story

      Yeah, by the end things start getting pretty epic. I think it's also pretty clear where the list needs improvement. I really wanna replace Little Drummer Boy, Frosty, Christmas in Connecticut, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, Miracle on 34th Street, and A Christmas Carol. This is where you, the reader, comes in. Please, give me suggestions of things that should be on the list in the comments, and I'll post the revised list in a week. You can also throw me suggestions via Twitter (@CmdrBenBen). That list will also let you know what's streamable on Netflix Instant, in case I decide to host a few Netflix Parties. Until then, get to the suggesting!

    • Extra Life = Massive Win

      8 years ago


      So, yeah, Extra Life was this past weekend, and the charity as a whole raised a ton of money. So, first and foremost, I'd like to congratulate everyone else who played on Saturday and Sunday on a job well done. We did a great thing for a lot of kids. I know I'm personally very proud of my contribution.

      Speaking of my contribution, I reached a personal Extra Life donation best this year. While I was gunning for finally meeting my yearly goal of $96, I walked away with a total of $150 raised. I am very proud of this number, and a big thanks goes out to friends and family for making it happen. I'm sure Children's Hospital Boston will use the money well.

      Now, on to my actual 24 hours of gaming. While I wanted to keep a video journal of sorts originally, that idea fell through and I just decided to keep a log of what I did every hour with Twitter. For the sake of accessibility, I'm going to transcribe that log here:

      Hour 1: Comic Jumper
      Hour 2: More Comic Jumper
      Hour 3: End of Comic Jumper (finished the last level of the game), Halo: Reach Matchmaking
      Hour 4: More Reach Matchmaking, Rock Band 2 on Expert drums
      Hour 5: More Rock Band 2 on Expert drums
      Hour 6: Fable II free download test, a little Monday Night Combat, and Trials HD
      Hour 7: More Trials HD, a little Comic Jumper to get unlockables, and Splosion Man DLC
      Hour 8: Guitar Hero: Metallica on Expert drums
      Hour 9: Forza Motorsport 3
      Hour 10: More Forza 3, some Uno online, Yaris (out of SHEER STUPIDITY), and more Reach Matchmaking
      Hour 11: Even more Reach Matchmaking
      Hour 12: Comic Jumper grinding
      Hour 13: 5 Hour Energy chug (me and my two friends chugged a 5 Hour Energy each), Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer
      Hour 14: Some Reach Matchmaking and the continuation of my Reach Campaign on Normal
      Hour 15: More Reach Campaign
      Hour 16: Even more Reach Campaign
      Hour 17: Yet even more Reach Campaign
      Hour 18: Nearing the end of the Reach Campaign
      Hour 19: End of Reach's Campaign and Hexic HD
      Hour 20: Messing around in Red Dead Redemption and more Forza 3
      Hour 21: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Hoth DLC
      Hour 22: Lego Batman
      Hour 23: More Lego Batman, 26000 Gamerscore reached
      Hour 24: More Reach Matchmaking, and the Grand Finale: A performance of Stan Bush's "The Touch" on expert drums in Rock Band 2!

      Yeah, it was pretty eventful 24 hours. I tried to play as many different games as possible, and I think I succeeded in my goal. Also, I continued my tradition of completing the campaign of a Halo game during every Extra Life. I wish I could do this more often, but, alas, Extra Life comes but once a year. So, until then, thanks Sarcastic Gamer and Extra Life for a great time, and I can't wait until next year.

    • The Hat Trick

      9 years ago


      It appears the momentum of Extra Life 2010 really picked up over the past couple days, and for good reason. For those of you who live under a rock (the fact that those who live under rocks can still get an internet connection astounds me), Extra Life is a charity event started by Sarcastic Gamer back in 2008. The idea is simple: play games for 24 hours straight and have friends, family, co-workers, etc., sponsor your gaming. Naturally, the charity has been a huge success thus far, with Extra Life raising a total of over $350,000 for the Texas Children's Hospital since its inception.

      Things are changing quite a bit this year, though. Instead of all funds being donated to the Texas Children's Hospital, the entire Children's Miracle Network of hospitals is accepting the money raised this year. In fact, those who sign up and take part in Extra Life 2010 get to choose the hospital they want to donate their money to. So, not only would you be helping children in need, you'd also be helping your community.

      I was originally introduced to Extra Life via AH's own Knuckles Dawson, who streamed his 24 hours for us all to watch on AHTV. This inspired me to take part in the charity by participating on the rain date with a friend of mine, and we were able to raise a little over $200 in under a week. And while last year's Extra Life AHTV was a wee bit of a bust, I can safely say my participation in Extra Life 2009 was a complete success, with 3 friends of mine playing with me for support.

      But, here's the kicker: I have never been able to reach my goal for Extra Life. The majority of the money raised in 2008 was raised by my friend, and last year I only raised about $70. I love this charity, and I love how I can now raise money for a hospital in my area, but I absolutely hate that I've never been able to raise the minimum amount of $96. So, if you're donating money to other members of the AH Team, I'd greatly appreciate it if you could send a little my way, regardless of amount. It all goes toward the team's goal, which currently sits at over $15,000.

      Here's my donation page. If you can, drop by and send a little love my way. It's all for one, great cause, and I really want to give more to it than I have before.

    • I Can Haz Mail?

      9 years ago


      Once again, I am trying out the video format of doing things when it comes to journals. There's plenty more going on this time visually, and there's actually a purpose to the video. What's going on in the video really wouldn't have worked well in a journal format, so I think that will be the new justification for making videos to go with my journals. Without further ado, here it is.

      FOR THOSE WHO WATCHED THE VIDEO: Yes, I know the editing is very jumpy, I did that on purpose. I thought a jumpier, shorter video would be much better than a somewhat longer one. I pretty much cut the shot footage in half and somewhat rearranged it. I think the final product is as good as it could be, but if you have any criticisms, please share them. I'd like to know how I could improve.

    • Wow

      9 years ago


      It's been a really, really, really long time since I've written a journal.

      Like, a REALLY long time.

      I blame having a social life, driver's ed, and overall laziness. But, possibly the best part of being on such a journal hiatus is that I now have a bunch of things to write about, which is always nice. But, seeing how most people probably find extremely long journals boring, I'll just have to write several, shorter journals throughout the week. Yay blogging?

      When it comes to games/DLC I've bought over the past couple weeks, there's quite a bit to talk about, considering just how much I got (Left 4 Dead: GOTY Edition, Crash Course, Kasumi's Stolen Memory, The Equalizer Pack, Forza 3, The Dishwasher). So, that'll get its own journal. I haven't seen too many movies, but there are some I want to talk about (Wrath of Khan, Search For Spock, The Asylum's Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man 2, There Will Be Blood), so those too will get their own journal. I also managed to pick up some music as well (Iron Man 2 Soundtrack by AC/DC, All In Good Time by Barenaked Ladies), so, once again, this subject will get it's own journal.

      Finally, I'll probably write up a summary of some other random stuff that happened since I've been gone (Birthday, Reach beta, driver's ed, my stint on AHTV, among other things). That means I'll be writing a journal every weekday this week, so be prepared

      This has been really awkward and list-y. I'm gonna go now, music recap will be up tomorrow.

    • You didn't miss much

      9 years ago


      Yeah, so I went M.I.A. when it came to writing journals for a while there. But, have no fear, as I am now back to tell you people about things I'm sure you don't care about. Huzzah!

      Honestly, there isn't really much to tell. I've done a whole lot of nothing for the past week or so when it comes to gaming and movie watching. I've mostly been playing Uno, and I've only got 3 more achievements until I 100% it, which is nice. Other than that, I haven't really had the time to play much else. More on that later.

      I haven't gone out of my way to see any new movies either. We watched Princess Mononoke in film studies, which I was very indifferent towards. I also saw the Asylum version of Sherlock Holmes over Netflix with the likes of Knuckles Dawson, Fragger, APKJester, evilcrash, and Cupcake...but I'd rather save that for another journal. I'm watching more TV shows than anything at the moment. I'm knee-deep in 24 Season Two and I also started watching Firefly. Both are fantastic.

      The reason I haven't had the time to do anything is because I started driver's ed last week. So, from Monday to Wednesday, my days are pretty busy, plus any possible driving/observing hours I have outside of those days. Luckily we have vacation this week and I'll have a lot more free time before class. I'm hoping to get started on either The Orange Box or BioShock this week, as well as finished 24 Season Two and watching several GOOD films.

      Oh, and my question also made it on to the new episode of Gamers Rapport. Check it out, or a leprechaun's gonna fuck you up tonight. Goodbye!

    • Trying Something New

      9 years ago


      So, out of curiosity, I decided to do a little bit of recording with my new 360 Vision camera, and this is the result. Should I use this medium for journals more often as I describe in the video? Or, should I just stick with text-based stuff. Let me know in the comments

    • Like 24, except not as exciting

      9 years ago


      I'm extremely excited, yet somewhat dreading, tomorrow. Heading to school first thing in the morning is never fun, but it's also the last day of the quarter, so it should be a relaxing day. Right after the always terrible bus ride home, I'll basically be going straight across town to the eye doctor's to pick up my new glasses and contacts. That's great, because my current prescription has started to suck ass and I'd enjoy being able to see clearly.

      But going there is gonna end up being a real kick in the crotch, because I start driver's ed tomorrow. So, I'll basically have zero time to do ANYTHING until 7. Again, this is a positive because this gets me one step closer to my driver's license, but a huge downer because I'm gonna be run ragged by then. Not to mention I'll barely have ANY time for gaming this week or the three weeks after next. Thank God for a week of no school starting next Monday, or I wouldn't be able to play much Xbox until May.

      I'm BenBen, and this is the longest day of my life...

    • A Blur-b and Other Misadventures

      9 years ago


      I downloaded the Blur beta earlier this week when it went live for all, and I have to say that I'm quite impressed with the game. It's really easy to just jump straight into a race, and trust me, that's EXACTLY what you'll want to do. The game controls like just about every other racing game out there, but with the added twist of Power-ups and Mods. Power-ups are in-race pickups that you can use against your fellow racers, or for your own safety. Think Mario Kart, and you've got the right idea. Actually, think Mario Kart on steroids.

      The game's Mods system works very similarly to the Perks system in Call of Duty. You can have 3 Mods equipped at a time, but you have four slots to work with for different Mod combos. Once you've unlocked them, the game will have some preset Mod load outs, but you can easily edit and rename each load out for your own benefit. The system works well and helps to further diversify the races past what Power-ups people will use.

      Finally, the game features a class system for its cars. Your Class D cars are usually things you might see on the street in real life, while Class A has all sorts of supercars and even some older, antique cars. When you vote for what track you want to race on in multiplayer, you also vote for which class of cars you'll be racing with, so make sure to consider both when voting. You'll unlock new cars in each class by leveling up, which can be easily achieved by just playing the game. The more you play, the nicer the cars are.

      Seeing how it's free, I would definitely download the Blur beta and give it a try. The races are fast-paced and filled with action and just a little bit of strategy. The beta doesn't have an extreme amount of depth, but it does have enough to get you hooked. And once you're hooked, you'll find yourself wanting to play the game every time you boot up your 360. The only negative I found is that the matchmaking can be a little shoddy, but that's just been my experience.

      Here's a quick rundown of everything else I've been doing this week:
      -It's been a car week at my house, with my dad buying a 2001 Lincoln Continental for the two of us to share (once I get my license), and my brother getting a 2005 Volkswagen GTI. Both are very nice cars.

      -I'm still watching Season Two of 24, and I'm still loving it. I'm hoping to finish the season in the next week.

      -I played some more Battlefield 2: Modern Combat with Knuckles, RealDeal, CommanderNitram, and evilcrash. This time around, we had our own, personal lobby going, and I ended up unlocking a sweet 14 achievements for 290 Gamerscore. I hope everyone's just as successful today during the Hunt.

      -I've decided to order Fallout 3 new from GameStop's website for a cool 23 bucks (including shipping). I won't have any of the DLC to mess around with, but I can manage. I think I'll be doing that Monday, hopefully I'll have it by the end of the week.

      Well, that's it for now. TTFN, everybody.

    • Hiding from Zombie Jesus and Jack Bauer

      9 years ago


      I would say today was pretty successful Easter for me. Not only did I get a metric crap-ton of candy, but I also got a sweet $20 from the parents. $6.25 of which I used to help pay for finally changing my gamertag. Now for those who don't know, my original gamertag was pretty lame, and wasn't even a word. I've been meaning to change it for a while, but I either A) haven't been able to afford it, or B) couldn't think of something worthy to change it to.

      That all changed about a month ago, though. Due to my new love for the Mass Effect, I thought that adding Commander to my usual online alias (BenBen) would be a fitting tribute to the series. And that it would make a kickass gamertag, too. But, because I usually have a balance of $0 at all times, I had to wait until I got some cash until the change could be made.

      I got that cash today and fhgbl officially became CommanderBenBen. Yeah, that story doesn't have that great of an ending.

      I finally finished watching season one of 24 last night, thanks to all 7 seasons of the show now being on Netflix Instant Queue in full. Today, I started watching season two and I'm still having a great time with the show. Too bad it got canceled, but I can see the concept getting a little old after 8 seasons. The Jack Bauer movie should be awesome, though, because it'll take the best parts of 24 (the action) and throw out the good to meh parts (the exposition). Can't wait.

      So Happy Easter, watch out for Zombie Jesus, and check out 24 DAMN IT!

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