TunedRegular

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from Toronto, Canada

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    • Can Halo Reach The Cookie Jar?

      8 years ago

      TunedRegular

      I bought Halo Reach, knowing I would buy it later anyway. It has had a lot of positive feedback. That did not make me want to play it anymore than I already did, so those are moot. I decided not to watch or read anything about Reach for the past month, and in this the game surprised me.
      The Campaign is very well done. In comparison with the Halo Trilogy, it is more dynamic and provoking: both in dialogue and events. The narrative is relatively straight forward and has the same structure as the other games (excluding ODST). You have your token sniping at night level, your vehicle level, and your flying level. This is the basis for the Halo level design, which is cool, except they add on new additions to the structure that were enjoyable. The level in the higher atmosphere of Reach is fantastic. Flying the saber, boarding the Covenant cruiser, the escape, and the final heart wrenching drop to Reach accompanied by a beautiful soundtrack and an overall lack of sound. There were some issues though. I wanted to be able to roll, spin, and stop on a dime. I am in space: why can I not have banshee maneuvers? I am in space: I do not need to move if I do not want to. Other than that, it was great.
      The big point in the campaign for me is the tragedy. Instead of the epic scientific romance that the Halo Trilogy is and the mystery military science fiction that Halo ODST is, Reach gave a wonderful sense of tragedy, dramatic irony, and down right cold blood. Jorge's death is full of dramatic irony. Once the armada came I could not believe that he died in vain. The death of Kat was by far the most wonderful in the game. Where Carter, Jorge, and Emile are sacrificial, Kat is just unlucky. I gaped when the spike ran through her head and said, "What the fuck?" I did not truly expect such a devastating death of a Spartan. She just happened to die. No final hurrah, no destroying a cruiser or stabbing an elite, or ramming a scarab. Kat is my favorite character, for her contribution during her life in the campaign, and her humble end that accents the tragedy in the narrative.

      Firefight rocks. I was worried when it was not announced for the longest time. I would have not bought Reach if there was no firefight. Matchmaking firefight is wonderful, and the infinite lives is a good choice. I would have hated to lose because an ally kept dying. Overall, best part of the game for me.

      Matchmaking is still the solid Halo experience. With sprint as a basic AA for classic variants, I am loving it. The maps Asylum and Paradiso are my favorites out of Forge world, but I have not played enough on the other maps to have a firm opinion of them. Driving the warthog is better than before, and it is definitely worth doing now because of commendations (not that it was not before, but the game did not put value on you doing it). I do have two issues. I do not want to play Team SWAT or BTB Snipers when I join Team Slayer and BTB respectively. Those variations of the game reduce Reach to a lesser game that takes less <i>skill</i> - as the kids call it - than a normal game of Reach. It should have its own play list.

      Challenges and the Armoury are what will keep me playing. The are addictive and I keep pushing to grab the stuff I want. I have planned out my wants and desires, allowing me to continue engaging with the game until the next one comes out.

    • Starcraft and Dinosaurs 2012

      8 years ago

      TunedRegular

      I have finally achieved 10 wins, the last three were in a row. I am very surprised at my growing power in the craft of stars.

      I also finished the campaign last night. I played the last three missions in a couple of hours. It was fun. I did see all the cliches. The entire game is a cliche. It was built up off of Warhammer 40k. Terrans are Space Marines, Protoss are Eldar (Dark Templars are Dark Eldar), and Zerg are the lovable Tyranids. Starship Troopers, both the movie and the book and present in SC. Aliens is seen as well, the Zerg remind me a bit of them in their spawning techniques.
      SC2 and SC grew up while the world of science fiction grew up around it. How can it not be a cliche? It is a cliche of RTSs, its story is cliche, the characters are cliche, and its look is cliche. It is the ultimate cliche. The funny thing is, is that it works. I was amazed at how well it was put together. SC is always inviting and likable. I want to play it and I wanted to play and even finish the campaign. There are very few games like this and I'm glad there will be the expansions and hopefully another SC in six years, because twelve is just ridiculous.

      The second part of this journal is about the extinction of the dinosaurs. This is a continuation of my 2012 journal series. Now, this has widely believed to be caused by an asteroid impact 65 million years ago. By this time on the planet there were six species of dinosaurs alive. Six. There is an issue with misinformation here.
      So, Pangæa was the giant super continent that formed 250 odd million years ago. All dinosaurs dicked around together for a while before it split up. This meant the dinosaurs and everything with them slowly separated into two continents. Still with me? Good.
      Next, the two continents broke up into smaller continents. This is about 170 million years after Pangæa split. What happened next was truly devastating.
      In what is now India, a super volcano chain had been erupting and pumping poisonous fumes into the atmosphere causing toxic rain. This happens over a couple million years.
      Land bridges now connect the long separated continents. This caused migration and dinosaur species to mingle. It also caused bugs, diseases and viruses to spread that the species that migrated to the new continents had any defense against. For example, North and South American joined. This caused the North and the South dinosaurs to migrate to the new lands. The terrible terrible bugs and diseases followed.
      This was a mass pandemic that no dinosaur could counter. Influenza spread throughout the dino world as well as a vast array of parasites.

      Continental temperature also had an effect. Now that the submerged areas resurfaced when the smaller continents began to connect and form what our modern world looked like they began to have larger temperature variations like climates now. Scorching hot summers and deathly cold winters. The large dinosaurs could not stop this or adapt quick enough, even though dinosaurs were very quick to evolve, this was something that could not be easily stopped by the cold blooded reptiles.

      There are also traces of radioactive material in the sediment from the age of the dinosaurs. This is a cosmic effect. A star must have gone supernova close to Earth. This would have been a living hell. From Earth's surface it would have looked like we had two suns. Radiation bombards the planet as forests burst into flame. How could a dinosaur survive that? This would have only been a sporadic occurrence, lasting no more than a couple of years, but the effects would have been devastating.

      Through acid rain, continental temperature change, radiation, and a global parasite, disease, and virus exchange killed off thousands of species of dinosaurs before the final six died 65 million years ago. This was the final kick to the balls after twenty million years of a vicious beat down. Dinosaurs could not have survived.

    • Holy Crap

      8 years ago

      TunedRegular

      I just played my first match of starcraft online, and holy motherfucking crap I won.

      It is an incredible rush. I also did an amazing protoss rush, but he has built static photon cannons at his choke. I figured I would warp my guys in behind him using a transport that the protoss have that make a pylon field. I dropped ten guys in there before he noticed and I had a lol when he could not stop me as I destroyed his economy while dancing away from his cannons, which really wasted his money, cause they only killed one or two of my zealots.

      Whew, I needed to get rid of the adrenalin, so I ran around the block about seven times. I have been totally absorbed by my win. I got a strategy down when playing against the normal AI, and wow. That was awesome. This is what I play games for.

    • 2012... Seriously?

      8 years ago

      TunedRegular

      But I have been a great lurker during that time. The reason I have not been able to post is because I have been glued to the television watching more and more people succumb to the insanity of the 2012 phenomenon, constantly flipping the channels between the Christian Right and Mayan Specialists. This of course is a psychotic belief that the world will end on the winter solstice of 2012. This belief is being pushed by religious fanatics and scientists who need grant money.

      There is an entertaining show named the Nostradamus Effect. This show has on various specialists and scholars tell you the world will end. It hangs between subjects like Issac Newton thinking the world will end in 2060 and as far fetched as Satan's Army. There are predictions such as the Sun hitting Earth with a solar flare, cosmic radiation bombarding Earth, a Megaquake hitting California, plague killing billions, or an asteroid pummeling us to bits. It is nice to know the minds of America and across the world are dedicated to vaguely prophesying the doom of humanity. It hurts my feelings.

      Now, there will not be extreme solar activity or cosmic radiation coming from other planets. I know this because of the Sun. Sol, is a small star, but it has a magnetic field that is between 10 and 20 billion miles out. Most of the cosmic rays (radiation) that would come close to our solar system are deflected by this magnetic field. Since we are in a solar maximum, the magnetic field is at its largest and most powerful. Neat eh?
      This solar maximum is scaring people. It is scary, because this is when the Sun is angriest. During this time God will tell the Sun in a stern voice (like the prick he is) to reach out with a jet of plasma and touch Earth, much like in the movie The Knowing. Spoiler Alert? O, and since I ruined it anyways, Aliens. This is a hilarious disproportionate look at both the power of a solar flare and the age of our Sun. At this point in our Sun's life, it will not be able to shoot out a solar flare that large. Once the Sun ages a bit more, it will work, but not in time for 2012. Sorry.

      I now realize that my... whatever the fuck this is, will continue in a later journal. Look forward to asteroid impacts, megaquakes, and plagues in the next journal.

    • 9 years ago

      TunedRegular
    • Games in the Very Near Future.

      9 years ago

      TunedRegular

      I figured it out. I just bought Red Dead Redemption, cause Gun and Red Dead Revolver were good. Redemption is fantastic. Here is my current games list:
      LA Noire
      Deus Ex

      I am a Noir junkie and anything with transhumanism is enough to make me horny. Cyberpunk transhumanism is something that almost made me... well anyway, excited for games this year. Once I play around with RDR for a while and finish the game I'll be playing LP2 multiplayer. I do not really feel Halo is that big of a deal right now with sooo many good games coming out. I may get it next summer, but i have no real want to play Reach.

      -Will

    • Star Light, Star Bright

      9 years ago

      TunedRegular

      Stars. They create energy. Scientists have decided to build one to power Earth. It will be a very small star, but capturing its energy would be wonderful for humans. Think about this: most people believe that we are in a ‘global warming’ crisis. Sol, our sun, produces a significant amount of heat. If we were to capture the heat of a small star and were able to make more stars we would not need a sun. And since these stars are very small and not very dense, when it died, it would just shrink on itself. No super nova, no black hole. The next logical step would be to find some way to move Earth once we had the power to make our own stars. We would not need a solar system and could move to a safer place in the galaxy farther away from the galactic core. I guess we could take Venus and Mars with us, because we would be able to easily terraform them when we had the proper solar energy at our finger tips. The only issue is that the scientists think that they will be ready in 2012. Way to drop a bomb on the easily panicked masses of Earth. 2012 is not the end of the world. Neither is 2060 and I don’t care what Newton said. However, people think that it will be, which is terrible in ways that I do not care to imagine.

    • Halo Reach Info

      9 years ago

      TunedRegular

      Apparently the limited edition Halo Reach is $79.99. It looks like I'll be spending 140 bucks on games between that and Lost Planet 2 this year.

      Great.

  • Comments (375)

    • PhantomMaul

      9 years ago

      yeah, you have a point. I think if you took all of the religions ever, it would equal maybe HALF of the End of time or the world theories

    • PhantomMaul

      9 years ago

      wow. did not know this. thank you for showing that neither author had originality

    • PhantomMaul

      9 years ago

      going to get Nier next week. Also looking forward to LP 2. Preordered new transformers game and The force unleashed 2

    • PhantomMaul

      9 years ago

      earlier versions of the armour = less bulky (or so I'm assuming smiley0.gif )

    • PhantomMaul

      9 years ago

      yeah pretty much that. just giant fucking robots with a super small cockpit for the little human

    • sparta704

      9 years ago

      I hope that's a joke.

    • sparta704

      9 years ago

      That really doesn't answer the question: why did gamespot completely obliterate the score of 10?

    • C_GO

      9 years ago

      howdy

    • C_GO

      9 years ago

      Happy Birthday you old coot :D

      +1 Year

    • FUZZY_LLAMA

      9 years ago

      Well if you wanna do those too then go for it.

    • C_GO

      10 years ago

      Aren't we all twelve years old? :D

      Oh, and all the stuff about the clues leading to the tomb of the Primes or whatever sounded like a National Treasure movie.

    • C_GO

      10 years ago

      I finally saw Bayformers 2: Electric Boogaloo and it was pretty good...

      but I swear the camera went out of focus every time there was a robot vs. robot fight!

    • sparta704

      10 years ago

      In reply to TunedRegular:

      I have a lot of things from Wes that's pretty cool. smiley0.gif

    • sparta704

      10 years ago

      In reply to TunedRegular:

      Nah, it's a pretty cool thing that Queerso got, I can reply to your comments on my page and it'll comment on your comments. smiley0.gif

    • sparta704

      10 years ago

      In reply to TunedRegular:

      Then I didn't catch it. smiley4.gif

    • Tina

      10 years ago

      And you aren't?

    • Tina

      10 years ago

      Fuck you.
      I refuse to.

    • Tina

      10 years ago

      Yes I used a translator, you don't expect me to know Russian do you?

    • Tina

      10 years ago

      Actually it's the translator I used that sucks.

      And yeah, that manuscript is definitely an age old D&D guide.

    • FUZZY_LLAMA

      10 years ago

      Oh shit.....We did.

    • Copy001

      10 years ago

      Excellent!

      Oh, very well.

      Last week, some angst-riddled individual climbed into a Gundam and destroyed a Zaku. I can't wait for the Fourth of July. Ha ha.

      On a more serious note, I started to work at my brother's restaurant.

    • Tina

      10 years ago

      I only recently started, most of my shit is from Grixis & Alara though.

      I love my black/x hybrid decks. But I am going to work on getting myself all white and white/red decks. Dragon/Angel deck for the MOFO win biznitches.

    • Tina

      10 years ago

      I know, I have both the game and I play the card game. smiley0.gif
      I will install when my mother finally gives me the site so I can download office 2007 freeeeee.

    • Tina

      10 years ago

      Actually it's because I'm pussyfooting around it and I haven't re-installed Microsoft Office.
      smiley1.gif

    • messenjah

      10 years ago

      i did the painting with 4 nile albums on permanent cycle in a single night before i left for california to go see her
      the hourglass was there to represent the temporary nature of beauty, even when its as unbelievable as hers

    • messenjah

      10 years ago

      acrylics on canvas
      the real title of that one was actually "dusk falls upon the temple of the serpent on the mount of sunrise" in reference and hommage to the nile instrumental of the same name and also in absolute worship of the goddess-like beauty of one of my friends who is from syria
      its one of my best paintings (if not my absolute all time best) and i gave it her as a christmas present

    • Tina

      10 years ago

      I've been fleshing it out and I need to edit up the first chapters then I will work on it again.

    • messenjah

      10 years ago

      cowboys never even so much as crossed my mind to draw
      all these things i draw are related to my world that i live in (be it mentally or physically) and cowboys just isnt part of them
      but hey never say never

    • Copy001

      10 years ago

      Indeed, we do. Did you see the other image in my collection that was related to I Monster? The Green one?

      Any-who, my favourite is "Who is She?". I like Daydream in Blue, but the music video is a bit risque. Hey Mrs. is a lovely track.

      And to think, I was introduced to the group after I viewed this.

      Oddly enough, there are a few that I missed. "Lucifer", a hidden track on NeveroddoreveN, (palindromes For The Win!) escaped my ears many a time.

      And a good morn to you, sir! Pray tell that you're doing well.

    • yOuGLyMuTHa

      10 years ago

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      Join Now!
      For the most Epic Guitar Hero Expirience

    • Tina

      10 years ago

      Ditto to the self-esteem. And I have issues with the staying calm bit. I've got a temper. smiley6.gif

    • Tina

      10 years ago

      Indeed. But often that can make the people I have to deal with even more agitated for some reason.

    • Tina

      10 years ago

      I do to.
      It makes me more liable to ignore them when they do that.

    • Copy001

      10 years ago

      In reply to TunedRegular, #1:

      Someone else listens to this!


      You win.

      No, I mean it.

      You WIN.

      Good day, sir.

    • PhantomMaul

      10 years ago

      I like the objection poster best

    • Euronymous

      10 years ago

      no, the times are the same. it was copypasta.

    • prfectn0b0dy

      10 years ago

      Puppy!!!!!!!! smiley12.gifsmiley0.gif

    • Tina

      10 years ago

      Awesome. You'll fit right in.

    • Tina

      10 years ago

      I'm not saying you are, I'm just telling you what kinda newfags to look out for and attack with much hatred if you end up coming into the F3 thread.

      And I wouldn't be considered a fleshy deer. No meat whatsoever.

    • Tina

      10 years ago

      I'm slower then all my friends, but they say that I would either scare away the werewolves/bears or make them into my gang. Apparently I frighten them that much. And the Fallout thread usually deviates from Fallout a lot, unless a DLC has come out in the last 2 weeks, mainly due to the fact the people in it usually stay the same so we get to know each other. Also we like to attack stupid newfags to our thread who like to come in and then tell us what to do. I think we've run out about 5 people in the last couple months because they do that.

    • Tina

      10 years ago

      .....whaaaat?

    • prfectn0b0dy

      10 years ago

      Go! Bask in your good day ^_^

      I should take your example and work on writing too...I've been splitting my time between calls to read and write, and reading is currently winning the battle for highest percentage of my day.

      and I'll try to have a good one smiley8.gif

    • prfectn0b0dy

      10 years ago

      Backpack Backpack! >_< I've had times like that. Turn to the books! lol I had to to escape things like Elmo's World...because those were the only channels I had. Nothing against Sesame Street, although the new shows are horrific!

      And rain is quite inspiring. The only thing I like about working in this big barn of a building is that you can hear the rain pattering on the roof. A peaceful atmosphere for an otherwise stressful job!

    • PhantomMaul

      10 years ago

      I like killing everyone but one person, blaming it on them, and being the hero

    • Tina

      10 years ago

      Very nice. I've always thought about writing graphic novels or comic books, but I just don't think it's my cup o' tea, y'know? But that shit is definitely awesome. I just overall love coming up with ideas for shit like movies, tv, and anything else.

    • Tina

      10 years ago

      Well the thing is I think I'd like both so it's really whichever I can get a job in.

      And I hope it goes well for me to. smiley6.gif

      So what are your thoughts to your career?

    • Tina

      10 years ago

      Also sorry about the pahtah yesterday, I was in the middle of the Finale in L4D and we communicating with my team and unable to get with the partying.

    • Tina

      10 years ago

      Pretty much whatever I can get a job doing. smiley0.gif

      I like movies, tv, and games so those would all be fun to write for, but movies & tv would be a lot easier.

    • Copy001

      10 years ago

      In reply to TunedRegular, #5:

      That song is indeed excellent.


      Indeed.

      It sounds better when shared with friends.

    • prfectn0b0dy

      10 years ago

      I love to cook. That's the one good thing about being away for college. Not only do I have large spans of free time, but I get to cook for myself smiley0.gif

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