BenALeonard yeh

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    • Another successful outing

      8 years ago

      BenALeonard

      We just finished up this week's AHTV, was a fucking blast. Thanks again everyone for coming! You guys seriously rock. Let's do it again soon, shall we?

    • I saw movies!

      8 years ago

      BenALeonard

      So, this is gonna be a bit of a quick journal, talking a little bit about the movies I went and saw over the past week or so. I'll probably talk about them a bit more in-depth during AHTV, if you guys would be into that. So let's just get right into it.

      Last week, I had the pleasure of being treated to Fast Five on opening night by my friends. It was a bit of a late birthday present, but they say good things come to those who wait. Fast Five is a very good action movie, and a surprisingly good heist film. The cast has great chemistry, with what I think is a stand-out performance by Dwayne Johnson. He's really firing on all cylinders in this one. I'd definitely go check it out if you haven't already. The cars aren't really the focal point of this film, but they're there, and used VERY well.

      Last night, I went out to see Thor, which I've already tweeted quite a bit about. I chose to see it in 2D, which was the right choice. The film is beautifully shot, and I think the superfluous 3D would have tarnished that. Thor is a very good film, and my new second favorite Marvel Studios film. The story is well thought out, the performances from the leads are tremendous, and there's some good action in there to boot. The supporting cast is also very good, and everyone is given something to do. There's laughs, but they're not overbearing. Also, MAKE SURE TO STAY AFTER THE CREDITS. This should be a given with a Marvel Studios production.

      So, yeah, these thoughts may be kind of jumbled, but I'm sort of writing this on the fly. Like I said, I can discuss these films a bit more in-depth on Tuesday's AHTV if you guys would like. Speaking of AHTV, I will be there, of course, starting around 2:30-ish. Remember, if we hit 275 viewers, we'll play Halo: Reach with you all again. I may also be running a Mortal Kombat lobby during the show, if you guys want to play. So make sure to tune in! And remember, the show actually starts around noon EST!

      Edits are awesome! I also got a Gears 3 Beta code from the super cool BioHRay, so there's a chance that I may host some games in that as well during AHTV, we'll see what happens.

    • Yeup, seventeen

      8 years ago

      BenALeonard

      So, my birthday was the other day, Tuesday to be precise. As this journal title would suggest, I happened to turn 17 this year, which is a bit of a milestone age for me. Finally being able to buy my own M rated games, and see R rated movies and whatnot, it's nice. I got a fair bit of cash for my birthday, and I've decided to treat myself to a GameStop Power Up rewards card (with my copy of the Mass Effect 3 Game Informer), a copy of Mortal Kombat, and the Tron: Legacy 4 Disc Blu-ray so far. Not a bad haul, I'd say.

      Also, while we're talking about Mortal Kombat, that was a real came-out-of-left-field game for me. I wasn't anticipating it, nor did I plan on playing it at all, but I ended up buying that over every other game I was considering. I think the main reason was the content, because the game's got a shit ton that I'm sure you've already heard about. And while I could never play on the harder difficulties, I'm still having massive amounts of fun with the game so far. If you're interested at all, I highly suggest giving it a go.

      This week's AHTV happened to coincide perfectly with my birthday. I hopped in and out of the Skype call around my birthday celebration stuff, and as usual had an extremely fun time. As always, I gotta thank Fragger for having me, and putting up with my bullshit. Also some shout-outs to my other call mates BrownMan, Tudor VII, and Michael from Rage Quit. Make sure to join the AHTV group here on the site to find out when the next stream is.

      So, yeah, that about does it for now. Actually, let's try something different. Seeing how I've been showing up on AHTV with frequency as of late, I think some of you might want to get to know me a bit better. So, if you have a question, leave it on this journal, or tweet it my way @CmdrBenBen. I'll answer them within the next week.

    • Choosing the right games

      8 years ago

      BenALeonard

      So, for the past few months, I've been having a bit of trouble trying to figure out what games I want. Seeing how I still have no form of income, I've had to wait for my birthday to come around to actually start deciding what to buy. The original list was something like this: Brink, Crysis 2, Dragon Age II, and Portal 2. I've decided what games I'm going to get, but here was a list of pros and cons I thought up for each.

      Brink
      Pros: It appears that EVERYONE is getting this game, so it should be an absolute blast online. The design aesthetic and gameplay elements also feel really fresh and exciting. So far, this looks to be the best multiplayer experience of the year, until the new COD or Gears 3 come out.
      Con: This is a brand new IP, and the first game in a new IP can be really hit or miss. Case in point, Assassin's Creed. The sequels have been awesome, but that first game was pretty mediocre. So the main con for this one is that we have no clue what to expect out of it as of right now, and it's pretty much a waiting game at this point.

      Crysis 2
      Pros: The single player is supposed to be absolutely fantastic, and on the long side for an FPS. I have heard nothing but good things about the SP from people who have played it, which is a really good sign. The game's graphics are also amazing, but that's a given when Crytek is involved.
      Con: The multiplayer BLOWS, apparently. The buzz it's gotten is the exact opposite of the single player, which sucks. While I would enjoy the 10 hour campaign the game has, I don't feel like it would have too much replayability. The mulitplayer being no fun whatsoever is a major downside.

      Dragon Age II
      Pros: It's a BioWare game, that alone is usually worth the purchase price nowadays. I had zero interest in the Origins, but seeing how the apparently streamlined a lot of the elements from the original game, as well as put a lot of space between the two games' stories, I kept an eye on this sequel. They were giving it a sort-of Mass Effect 2 treatment, and if this game were able to match that one's quality, it would be a sure-fire GOTY contender.
      Cons: I just don't have time for this game. I already have to do multiple Mass Effect 1/2 playthroughs, as well as play through Fallout 3, among other random games. And even though playing Origins is not required to play DAII, I think in the end I would rather do that. The game also did not meet many people's expectations. The game's still good, but that killed a bit of buzz for me.

      Portal 2
      Pros: I just beat the original Portal the other day, and that definitely vamped up my excitement for this game. Once I got to that last test chamber, I was hooked, and I hope all of Portal 2 is just like that. The game looks beautiful as well, which is a nice bonus. Also, the co-op looks to add even more replayability to the game, with some even harder puzzles. Oh, and one last thing: you can get the game from Best Buy for 45 bucks. Hopefully that price sticks around for a while.
      Con: The only thing that is currently dampening my excitement for this one is the length. Now, I don't need a 20 hour Portal campaign, but the original could be beaten in around 2 hours. In fact, I was hypothesizing a little the other day that the lowered Best Buy price might be fueled a bit by the content, which I hope is not the case. Either way, the game will be fun, but I just want my money's worth.

      So, if you couldn't tell already, I'm definitely getting Portal 2. The price really settled that choice, but the game will be awesome. I'm also gonna put down a pre-order for Brink, as long as I have all the money. If the game turns out great, then I'll be happy to have it. But if the reviews sucks, I'll make sure to cancel my pre-order and buy something else. So, what are you guys picking up in the coming weeks?

    • Keeping up AHTV appearances, and stuff

      8 years ago

      BenALeonard

      So, I spent pretty much the entirety of my day yesterday on AHTV with Fragger and BrownMan. What was to be a five hour stream quickly sprawled into thirteen hours, and a good time was had by all. Fragger's been inviting me on to AHTV frequently for the past couple months, and I'm more than glad to be on there, even if there are lumps to be taken. That just comes with the lifestyle of being deep and awesome.

      Everyone seems to be enjoying our incarnations of AHTV as well, which is always nice to see. Fragger seems to have some cool things in the works for the coming weeks, so make sure to hop into the official AHTV group so you know what's going down when. I know we're definitely going to be doing some Turok co-op (rhyming's fun!) and multiplayer at some point in the future, and that should be horrendously awesome.

      Being on AHTV has also sparked a creative fire under my imagination's ass, if that's even physically possible (which it isn't). Fragger and BrownMan always have content to talk about, due to their AH work. I don't do jack shit, so I don't have much to talk about in that regard. So, over the next couple of weeks, I'll be trying to pull something together to put out, whether it's some sort of article, or something else. So, be on the lookout for that.

    • Leave a comment on this webzone

      8 years ago

      BenALeonard

      If you don't get the reference in the title of this journal, shame on you.

      Anyway, I'm gonna go ahead and jump right onto the "Ask me questions!" bandwagon, because I'm bored and wanna see what people may ask me. You can leave you question here as a comment, tweet it to me, or message me here on RT. I really don't care how you do it, just throw me a damn question.

      I'll probably answer them on Sunday or Monday, so watch out for that. Now to crawl back in my hole and watch more That '70s Show.

    • Hey you guys...

      8 years ago

      BenALeonard

      ...PAX East starts tomorrow.

      I won't be able to attend Friday, but I will be there all day Saturday and Sunday. If you're going, and you wanna meet up, I tweeted my phone number. But if you can't be bothered to go back and look for it, just let me know and I'll send it your way.

      I have absolutely zero things planned to do, besides go to the RT panel. So, from 10 to 3:30 on Saturday, and all day Sunday, I'll be free to do whatever anybody wants to do. No preferences, really, just wanna hang out with everybody.

      I might do some BlogBlog updates while I'm there via the Blogger app for my phone, and I'm definitely gonna try and do a Ustream broadcast on one of the days. So, watch my Twitter account or bookmark this show page for when that time arises.

      I think that covers just about everything. Oh, by the way, I'M EXTREMELY STOKED FOR PAX EAST.

    • Oscar Predictions

      8 years ago

      BenALeonard

      Alright, I just finished watching The King's Speech, and I now feel confident enough to post my final predictions for the Academy Awards tonight. As of this journal, I've seen 9 out of the 10 Best Picture nominees, and I'll be watching the final film (The Kids Are All Right) shortly. But, seeing how I think The Kids Are All Right is going to get shit for awards tonight anyway, I'm ready to post my picks. Here we go:

      Best Picture: The Social Network
      Best Lead Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
      Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
      Best Lead Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
      Best Supporting Actress: Hailee Steinfield, True Grit
      Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3
      Best Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland
      Best Cinematography: True Grit
      Best Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland
      Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network
      Best Documentary Feature: Exit Through the Gift Shop
      Best Short Subject Documentary: Sun Come Up
      Best Film Editing: 127 Hours
      Best Foreign Language Film: Biutiful
      Best Makeup: The Wolfman
      Best Original Score: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network
      Best Original Song: If I Rise, 127 Hours
      Best Animated Short Film: Day & Night
      Best Short Film: God of Love
      Best Sound Editing: Inception
      Best Sound Mixing: Inception
      Best Visual Effects: Inception
      Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
      Best Original Screenplay: Christopher Nolan, Inception

      I feel really good about my picks, and I'm glad I only really had to guess for 4 of them. Now to send these off to Count3D to hopefully win myself some prizes. Remember: Oscar AHTV Tonight!

    • The lulls of inactivity

      8 years ago

      BenALeonard

      So, I've been feeling very "out of it" the past few days. I haven't been tweeting much, or reading much news about anything, film or gaming related. I haven't really played much Xbox since last Friday, seeing how I don't count playing Rock Band as "gaming" anymore personally. The BlogBlog hasn't gotten an update since last month either. Here's what I think are the contributing factors:

      -I got a "new" computer this past Saturday (really my dad's old Acer, but its still ten times better than my old computer), and I've been spending a lot of time reinstalling stuff, managing data, and experimenting.

      -There really hasn't been that much exciting movie or gaming news lately, in fact there's been next to none. Yeah, a final build of Crysis 2 got leaked, and yeah, the Spider-Man reboot is officially The Amazing Spider-Man now, but that stuff's not that interesting to write about.

      -I haven't watched ANY movies lately. Literally nothing. The last new movie I saw was probably Black Swan, and that was nearly a month ago. I just haven't found time to sit myself down and watch something.

      -School's kinda kicking into gear again pretty heavily for myself. I'm starting to get back into the routine of being so tired and unmotivated to do anything once I get home. My current school schedule is just wearing me down, and it's not something I'm digging.

      I'm just kinda disappointed that I'm falling off the wagon a bit. The BlogBlog was going at a steady pace, but I've really abandoned it lately. I have also yet to write ANYTHING gaming-related, which I'm personally upset about. I guess it's just a matter of me scheduling out my days better, which I'm gonna try to do. I have school off all of next week, so I'll use that time to recharge my batteries a bit, and hopefully come back strong the week after. Once again, it seems that "hope" is a big part of all of my plans.

      Also, about PAX East: I have yet to book a hotel, and was wondering where everyone is looking at staying. At this point, I'm no longer sweating price, because a hotel will be essential to that whole weekend regardless, and I'm sure my parents are expecting to pay a bit of cash for it. Let me know what you've found/where you're booked in a comment or an @ reply via Twitter, if you'd be so kind. It would be very helpful.

    • State of the BenBen Address

      8 years ago

      BenALeonard

      Oh hey, people. I don't have much to talk about right now, but I did wanna give a quick update on things. So, here's the bullet points:

      -I can finally say that I am, positively, 100%, officially going to PAX East 2011. I pre-registered last night, so it's finally a done deal. I can't wait to see everybody there. Now I have to start hunting for a hotel...

      -In case you didn't know, my blog is up and running. You can check it out here. I've got a few things up there that you might wanna read, such as a my top 5 films of 2010, and a quick review of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. Be sure to leave a comment!

      -I was on the call for a good portion of Friday's AHTV, where Knuckles Dawson finished up his Impossible playthrough of Dead Space. Sadly, my browser decided to crash when we got the gun show, but oh well. I had quite the good time, and I hope I get invited to the Skype call during future AHTV's more often.

      So, yeah, I think I've touched base on everything. Hopefully the next journal you see from me is an actual writing piece about gaming. I've got a couple ideas floating around that may make for some fun reads.

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