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9 years agoTravieYak
GRAND THEFT AUTO: VICE CITY
Let me get one thing out of the way right off the bat: I. FUCKING. LOVE. THE. 80's. Bad fashion? Yes. Even worse hair? Of course! An equal mix of the worst and best that pop culture has ever brought to the table in terms of television, music and movies? You bet your ass! Of course, I was born in 1986. I mostly grew up in the 1990's. My memories of the 1980s is rather non-existent, but I identify with the era more so than with the one that I grew up with in some sort of weird "wish you were here" nostalgia.
When Grand Theft Auto III was released in 2001 it revolutionized the video game world as we know it and I played that game to death; although, I never did complete it 100%. When word soon came after that a sequel would be coming out I followed all the news, rumors and information that I could get my hands on about it; and my excitement grew tenfold when I found out the premise of the game: It would take place in the 1980s, in a Miami-esque setting and, really, that's all I needed to know about the game to know that I needed to buy it; and buy it, I did!
Did the game live up to the hype, as well as my own? Well, yes, and no. You see, I learned that this is just another one of those things wherein you can't let your mind wander. You can't go looking at videos, and screen shots and read up on every little bit of information and not want your mind to fill in the blanks. One thing that will always stick with me and this game is that I remember reading beforehand that the map would be larger than GTAIII with various different terrains from marshlands, swamps, beaches, suburbs and cities. Instead, in the game, we got a basic city scape that was, in the end, much smaller than GTAIII.
Need less to say, in that respect, I was disappointed. However, that was really my only gripe with the game. What did I love? First off, I loved the music. Ever since GTAIII you've been able to listen to different radio stations while driving around in various vehicles with each station having different music, and such. GTAIII didn't really have any memorable music stations, really, except for Chatterbox FM which was a talk-radio show, hosted by Lazlow, that was hilarious. I would often just drive a car to a remote spot and listen to that station loop a few times it was so damn funny.
GTA: Vice City? It totally upped the ante by having LICENSED music from the 1980s with legit musical acts. For me, that was the cherry on top of the ice cream right there. There was nothing better than doing various missions or just cruising around listening to music from the 1980s; case in point: I remember doing a mission wherein you were being chased and had to take out the people chasing you, and such, and (just my luck) "I Ran" by Flock of Seagulls happened to hit as I hopped on my motorcycle (and it wasn't programmed to do so either!) and it was epic.
Which was another awesome thing about GTA: Vice City over it's predecessor. In GTA: III there wasn't any motorcycles, helicopters or airplanes. Well, there was the Dodo but that wasn't technically even supposed to be usable. It wasn't until Vice City wherein they upped the ante by giving you more of a variety in terms of how you would get around; be it car, motorcycle or helicopter. Planes, unfortunately, would not be available for use until Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas; a game I enjoyed, but it pissed me off to no end.
GTA: SA was the biggest map that any GTA game, of the PS2 era at least, had and it angered me to no end that this was so while GTA: VC was so tiny in comparison. Where was my promised large map for Vice City? Where was my various locals? I hate to admit it, but that fact still irks me to this day and I can only hope, I can only dream and I can only wish that since they went back to Liberty City in Grand Theft Auto IV, the least they could go is go back to Vice City in Grand Theft Auto V.
EDIT: Took me awhile but I found the very first teaser trailer video they ever released for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. I can't tell you how many times I watched and watched and rewatched this when it first came out; brings back some damn good memories.
9 years agoTravieYak
My sister participated in the Boston Marathon yesterday and completed with a time of 5 hours and 15 minutes. It may not have shattered any record, and she may not have placed at anything that would give her media coverage, but I give her all the credit in the world for doing something that I never could; running 26 miles, 385 yards (42.195 Kilometers).
I've always said to myself that as long as at least one person appreciates what I do, and has interest in it, I would continue to do it to at least provide someone with entertainment. This is a philosophy that I think I have slowly lost over the course of a year, or so. I recently had someone tell me that they wish I had concluded my "Top Ten Favorite Video Games EVAR" list, which I admit I stopped doing rather abruptly, while other people are just as interested in my other writings; especially finishing said writings that I recently shared in recent journals. I've taken both into consideration and would like to work on both, ASAP.
Although, I've got a rather important Pre-Calculus test that I've got to study for that's tomorrow night and, in a nutshell, it's going to make or break me, really. After tonight's viewing of RT Movie Nights I'll be in full blown study mode and will, most likely, try and pull an all-nighter. I'm gonna make this test my bitch!
This reason, aka the recent school work, is the reason why my side project of "8(bit)Minutes" has stalled but, believe me, if you're a fan of that I promise that things will start rolling on that as soon as I can dig myself out of the grave that is Pre-Calculus. On that note, I hate math. I really do. Damn it all to hell!
And, to end it, here is this random piece of whatever!
9 years agoTravieYak
As far as I know I've got a place to stay for RvBTO already, giving that I provide a little compensation, but I'm still debating on just how I'm going to get there. Last year I joined up with a bunch of good people and boarded the Jengabus from Philadelphia to Toronto. I than came home in the Zakmobile. So, needless to say, I didn't have much of a hand in getting myself to and from RvBTO; which I kind of feel bad about.
I wasn't old enough to get my name on the registration in order to help drive the Jengabus and, unfortunately, I don't know how to drive stick-shift; which is what the Zakmobile runs on so Zak ended up driving the whole way while I felt kind of useless. Still, it was a fun experience and one that I'll never forget. As I think about this year I say to myself, "How will I get there?" There are plenty of options, sure, from planes to trains, buses and automobiles.
I could fly, sure, and it'd probably be the most convenient option but, truth be told, I hate flying. It's not because I'm afraid to fly, because I'm not, it's just that I've always hated airports. Having to get there early, check in, go through so many security check points, wait for your plane, board it, wait to take off, fly, land, get your bags, etc. etc. etc. and I'm rather worried about how I'm going to get from the airport at TO to where I'm staying. I'd much rather have my own vehicle to help me in such a situation.
As it stands, I don't trust my car to drive me the ten hours from Boston to Toronto. It's a piece of shit. Currently I am waiting for my tax returns because once I get it and deposit it I'm going to start looking for a new car. Not just because it'll be better for driving long distances but because, well, my car is a piece of shit. I'm the fourth owner of it and it's a 1993 Oldsmobile. I originally bought it off a friend of the family for $800. Since then I've put thousands of dollars into it in order to keep it on the road. It's time has come.
Just so you know, I wasn't bullshitting you on the "Writing a novel before I'm 30" business. I know I shouldn't set goals/deadlines for myself, because like Douglas Adams I "enjoy deadlines, because I love the sound they make as they go rushing by"; which is true. I'm a procrastinator. I'm lazy. The other thing is that, unfortunately, I can get very frustrated at times due to a creative writer's block. To tell you the truth, the story that I have in mind which I want to tell is something that I've had on the block for years.
A few years ago I started writing it, typed out about three chapters on my computer, and lost it all after my last hard drive fried. Need less to say, a blow like that hit me very hard. It depressed me to no end and I just walked away from it. Couple days ago, while searching from my notebooks and such, I actually found half of the first chapter that I wrote and I re-read it and it all came back to me. It still sucks, however, because that two and a half chapters are still lost, but at least I've got a small sample of what I once had; and I love it.
I should type up that small sample of the first chapter that's been lost for a few years now, if anyone is interested in reading it, and luckily, I'll be getting to know it a lot better in the years to come... and, I'm thinking, I may actually hand write the entire first draft of my novel... because I can't take losing all that date once more.
My birthday isn't for another three months and normally I don't make a big deal out of my birthday, but I'm thinking that I might do something special this year. I always take my actual birthday off from work because, well, who the fuck wants to work on their birthday? Not me! I don't know what I'm gonna do, yet, but it'll probably be the usual boring stuff I do with my friends around here; get dinner and go bowling, or something.
However, the day before? I also plan to take the day off from work and I'm thinking that I want to spend the entire day with the internet to celebrate my birthday! Doing what? I dunno, I'm thinking maybe playing video games all day, hopping in and out of XBL parties and various multi-player games than end the night by watching a really bad movie together with some RT Movie Nights; sound good? Hmm, we'll see what happens...
Speaking of RT Movie Nights, we're BACK, baby! I'm just tired of the runaround, really, as are we all; so I just want to take this time to personally thank each and everyone of you who have stuck by me and the concept of RT Movie Nights as a whole through everything that it's been through since it's inception. It's been a very crazy and bumpy ride, I'll admit, but (hopefully) we'll get ourselves back to a sense of normalcy soon enough...
One MORE Thing: RvBTO + RT Movie Nights = ?
9 years agoTravieYak
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, a new challenger approaches where another has fallen and other such imagery that conjures up something old coming to an end and something new happening in it's wake; this is my new project that has replaced Beards and Jackets!
What is 8(bit)Minutes? Simply put, it started off as a bit of a joke. During some spring cleaning that I was doing on my computer, by deleting files, pictures, videos and the like that I no longer needed, I came across a torrent I had previously downloaded which contained just about every NES game ever made; most of which I've never even played in my life.
That's when it hit me, "I should play some of these," I thought to myself. As I booted one up, and started to play it, I found myself commenting out loud to myself about certain aspects of the game as I played. In a way, my frustrated and sometimes hilarious mumblings to myself made me think about one of my favorite television shows of all time, "Mystery Science Theater 3000"; I was, in a sense, riffing on these games as I played them which is what gave me an idea.
What if I recorded myself playing these games, complete with commentary? I did so, creating three episodes over the course of two days that would act as a sort of "pilot" to test the waters and see if this was something that people would be interested in me doing. I planned, if there were enough interest, to keep doing it until I had played every NES game. Well, need less to say the response I got was quite a positive one so I thought to myself, "Hell, why not?"
Why 8(bit)Minutes? Well, Nintendo games are 8-bit games and I (try to) play each game for (roughly) eight minutes; see, the name is clever because it works both ways! If you're interesting in following along with the fun, as I try to release a new video every few days (or so), you can check out the Official Facebook Fan Page that I've created. I plan to create a Youtube channel soon as well, although I already fear the Youtube comments, plus I'm working on creating my own (free) website/blog to go along with it.
Things are about to get interesting.