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    • Eulogizing the Wii

      7 years ago

      kidshaline

      The Wii gets a lot of flak for being the home to so many “baby games” and shovel ware, but that little white box holds a special place in my heart.

      In fact, I would go so far as to say that the Wii made me the gamer that I am today.

      Almost six years into the console’s life cycle, the Wii is known for it’s many peripherals, less-than-stellar graphics, and motion controls that never quite lived up to the hype. It’s easy to forget how exciting and unique the Wii was at the time, but I’m not here to defend Nintendo of America. Instead, I want to talk about how the Wii affected my life.

      Like so many others, I’ve been playing video games for as long as I can remember. My brothers and I had a hand-me-down Atari 2600 that we used for hours of Combat, Pitfall and Frogger.

      I moved on to NES, Game Boy, and eventually a Nintendo 64. I spent countless afternoons playing platformers like Mario and Donkey Kong Country, puzzle games like Tetris, and fighting games like Mortal Kombat.

      I burned through three Game Boys and my jungle green Nintendo 64 was my most prized possession.

      During high school, I quit playing games altogether. I put away what I considered to be “childish things,” and focused on scholarship, public speaking and goals for college.

      I’ve always been an introvert, and I struggled to make friends during my first year of college. It’s a painful truth that I’m just awkward in social situations. Standing on stage and giving a speech in front of a thousand of my peers was a breeze for me, but I found the prospect of meeting with a small group of the same people terrifying.

      I grew up on a ranch outside of a very small town. I graduated with a class of four. Living in a 12x12 dorm in the middle of a city was indescribably jarring for me.

      On my first trip home, I dug out my battered GBA and took it back to campus. I methodically worked my way through my meager game library, and when I was done, I played through Half-Life on the laptop I was supposed to be using for homework. I played a few more games on PC and I started watching G4 (which used to show video game footage instead of Cops re-runs), and found excuses to hang out in the dorm lobby when other students were playing Halo on the big TV.

      I never considered buying a console. I never talked about playing Half-Life until morning, and I hid my GBA if anyone visited my dorm. Playing games helped keep me from going crazy in a way that books and TV couldn’t, but I was ashamed of my hobby.

      The Wii craze hit shortly before I graduated college, and soon after I got a job, I bought one. I played through Mario Galaxy, Metroid Prime 3, some of the Lego Games, then, on recommendation from G4’s X-Play, I picked up Bully and No More Heroes. Those games taught me that video games didn’t always have to be naïve, trite, or family friendly, and that could be a great thing.

      I picked up Twilight Princess, and after a day spent marathoning through the last ten hours, I felt like I was a different person. Playing games didn’t make me immature, it just meant that I liked to have some control over the stories I consumed. That game was beautiful, and it inspired more grown-up feelings than any art gallery ever had.

      After I finished Twilight Princess, I bought an Xbox 360 and became an unabashed card-carrying, Jinx t-shirt wearing member of the gamer community. Today, I can quote every line from Red vs. Blue, critique an IGN game review, and my greatest joy is sinking a day off into a Bethesda RPG. More importantly, I can feel good about that part of my persona. I owe that all to the Wii. Even though my Wii has been mostly gathering dust for a couple of years now, that little white box is probably the most important console that I’ve ever owned. So thanks, Nintendo.

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    • I'm a freelancer!

      8 years ago

      kidshaline

      Freelance florist, that is. I've spent the last two days assembling corsages, bouquets, wreaths and the like. My thumbs hurt and it has nothing to do with getting gamerscore. Not cool. The flowers turned out pretty well, though, and the bride seems happy, so that's what really matters.

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    • Robert Frost: You just got pwned!

      8 years ago

      kidshaline

      I'm playing the Gears of War series, and everytime I get the option to pull left trigger or right trigger and choose my path, I can't get that "The Road Not Taken" poem out of my head. Don't make me choose, Gears of War, I want to take both the paths!!!

      Anyway, since I can't get that old Robert Frost poem out of my head, I thought I'd Gears-ify it a little bit. Here's the result:

      Two roads diverged in a post apocalyptic future
      And sorry I could not travel both
      On the same save file, long I stood
      And [Please reconnect controller]
      To where some trashed cars were piled;

      Then took the other, as just as bare,
      And having perhaps the better claim,
      Because I saw a COG tag there;
      Though to get 100% Gamerscore
      I’d have to play it again just the same,

      And both that evening equally lay
      Full of Locust that Delta squad was eager to whack.
      Oh, I kept the first for another day!
      Yet knowing how game leads on to game,
      I doubted if I should ever come back.

      I shall be telling this over a pizza pie
      Somewhere ages and ages hence;
      Two roads diverged on Sera, and I--
      I took the one less traveled by, smiley23.gif
      And that has made all the difference.

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    • Video game end credits

      in Forums > Video game end credits | Follow this topic

      kidshaline

      I was just wondering how many people actually watch video game end credits. I do, but most of my friends skip them.

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    • Tomorrow I will finally get a day off!

      8 years ago

      kidshaline

      I think I will spend it playing video games and eating junk food. If anybody feels like some co-op, add my gamertag: Kid Shaline

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    • Does anybody want a code...

      8 years ago

      kidshaline

      ...for a Halo: Reach banshee avatar prop? I happen to have an extra one. Leave a comment if you want it.

    • Post-Apocalyptia

      8 years ago

      kidshaline

      Last night I dreamed that I was looting an abandoned 50s-era casino, Fallout: New Vegas style. I found some mini-nukes, bottle caps, an awesome revolver with “No Glory” written on the handgrip (Part of a pair, someone else had gotten away with “No Guts“), and some 200 year-old cans of spam. I broke my last bobby pin trying to get into the administrative offices but found keys in the receptionist’s desk drawer. Win!

      It was the coolest dream ever…until the raiders attacked. It turns out that my Sneak stat is really low and, well, suffice it to say that I wouldn’t last long if Fallout was reality.

      This wasn’t my first Fallout-inspired dream, which isn’t really a surprise considering that I’ve sunk somewhere between 500-600 hours of my life into Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas.

      Post-Apocalyptia is one of my favorite genres, and with the popularity of games like Fallout, Borderlands and Gears of War; movies like Book of Eli and Mad Max, shows like Jericho and Survivors, books like Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and Stephen King‘s The Stand, and other examples too numerous to count, I am not alone.

      What is it that fascinates us so much about a world where civilization as we know it has crumbled? Is the system so broken that we secretly wish it would dissolve? I think the answer is simpler. Life is hard. It makes us feel better to think about people who have a harder life than we do. If the human spirit is so indomitable that people can survive nuclear fallout, war, the daily scramble to scavenge food and supplies, encounters with people who would do them harm, then I can probably finish my shift at work and make it through to the weekend.

      Anyway, I think I’m going to go crack open an ice-cold nuka-cola. (+24HP +3RAD)

      See you in the wastes.

      smiley12.gif Shaline



    • So I finished L.A. Noire

      8 years ago

      kidshaline

      and it was pretty good. It really wasn't what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it quite a lot. There aren't that many action sequences, and that's for the best because they aren't that good. The game shines when you're searching for clues and interrogating suspects. (Both of which I was terrible at).

      I've never done any kind of policework, but this game made me feel like I had a better idea of what it must be like.

      It's not a very difficult game, in fact you can skip all of the hard parts with a mechanic similar to "the way of the coward" from Splosion Man. It doesn't even affect achievements to skip. Also, you can skip all driving and just let your partner drive you. At the same time, the game can be VERY hard, because it requires that you be able to read people.

      The coolest part of the game, in my opinion, was the time on homicide desk. I liked the way those cases worked, and the resolution is pretty cool. I almost wished the game ended there, because I didn't enjoy the rest quite as much.

      And the spoiler commentary (big spoiler, don't read unless you've finished):
      And what's the deal with Rockstar killing off their protagonists?! I was seriously irritated when not only did I not get to punch Roy Earle in the face, he spoke at my freaking funeral. What the heck?! It took me by surprise to play as Jack Kelso. That was cool. I hope he hooks up with Elsa, they'd be a nice couple.

      I've played a lot of Rockstar games in my time, and I was surprised at how clunky the controls can be, considering they're pretty much the same as the controls for GTA, Bully, and Red Dead. I'm glad that they included a free roam mode, because I wasn't looking forward to hunting around for collectibles while being badgered by my partner to get back to the case. This game is going to take me forever to 100%, I think.

      It's a very excellent game, but definitely not perfect. It was hard to connect with Cole Phelps, because he was kind of a jerk. Realistic, but hard to identify with. For a game that's so story-driven, there were a lot of loose ends. (Disappearing narrator, anyone?)

      I found it funny that two seconds of male nudity in Lost and Damned was such a controversy, and half a dozen mangled naked lady corpses don't even make a blip on Fox News.

      Anybody else played it? What did you think?

      smiley12.gif Shaline

    • Dear Video Game Industry

      8 years ago

      kidshaline

      Could you please stop making video games for a little while? Just a couple of months, maybe?

      I just discovered Mass Effect 2 (which is AMAZING), and I like it so much that I may have to give Dragon Age a try. It'll be a while before I can finish Mass Effect, though, because L.A. Noire and Fallout New Vegas DLC drop tomorrow. I still haven't 100%-ed Portal 2, and I'd really like to get that done before DLC drops this summer. I need to play through Gears of War 1 and 2 before 3 comes out. I still haven't finished Dead Space (the first one), haven't had any time for Reach multiplayer in over a month, and haven't even started the Mafia 2 DLC. Also, there are a lot of achievements I have yet to get, but it seems like I never have time to try for them. So, video game makers, if you could just stop making games for a while, that would be great. Take a break. Go to a nice beach somewhere, and give me some time to catch up. Then you can start again. Thx!

      smiley12.gif Shaline

      P.S. Anybody else wonder if the PSN hacker just wanted time to catch up on his backlog?

    • Fallout: New Vegas DLC is finally coming

      8 years ago

      kidshaline

      I don't know about you guys, but I am a HUGE fallout fan. I played the heck out of the bugfest that is Fallout: New Vegas, and I've been anxiously awaiting new content for quite a while now. Well, the wait is over. The patch was released. The patch to fix the broken first patch was released. Honest Hearts comes out on May 17. That's the same day as L.A. Noire's release date, so I may have to take some vacation time.

      Honest Hearts is going to involve the Burned Man that the Caesar's Legion people always talk about, and players will get to see New Canaan. I just hope we can travel back and forth. I don't like it when I can't revisit a place in a video game.

      Anyway, here's a link to the first screenshot and some more info on this and the next two DLC packs.

      bethblog.com/index.php/2011/05/03/details-on-honest-hearts-old-world-blues-and-lonesome-road/

      Level cap will be raised to 50, but you can choose a perk to cap yourself at 30.

      See you in the wastes,
      smiley12.gif Shaline


  • Comments (13)

    • Dame

      6 years ago

      Mass Effect 3 playdate going on Wednesday!

      read more in the group news HERE

      posted in Ladies Night group but the main event is for anyone int he RT community. team up with a couple of the gals and go have some fun!

    • Justine SponsorChat doll

      7 years ago

      Hey Lady!

      Ladies Night is tonight! We'll be getting started at 7c, check out the Official Ladies Night Clock to figure out what time we'll be starting in your time zone. Send a message to CherryCherry 8 on XBL to get an invite.

      Hope to see you there!


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    • Dame

      7 years ago

      Good times last night! Glad you got to join in the games smiley1.gif

    • Dame

      7 years ago

      * ~ * ~ * LADIES!! GRAB YOUR XBOX CONTROLLERS * ~ * ~ *

      *reminder*: in case you dont have the Ladies Night group on watch, we just announced that we will be hosting a LN Halo REACH Playdate this FRIDAY, May 25th, starting at 5pm CENTRAL USA time and continuing until we all pass out as usual!

      This playdate will be hosted by Warpek (I will also be there for at least part of the night). Just hop on XBL and send a message to GT: "Warpek" to request a game invite! (also, please leave a comment in the LN group news post if you plan on attending)

      You do NOT have to be there right at 5pm, we usually game for 4 to 6 hours, so show up whenever is good for you! We will switch back and forth between REACH (private) matchmaking and custom maps / games.

      Please dont forget to check the Clock posted in the Ladies Night forum if you are not sure what the time difference is between your location and Texas. The clock will always show the current time in Texas (which is CENTRAL time in the US)

      Hope to see you there! smiley7.gif
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    • Dame

      7 years ago

      Hope you had a great Birthday!! smiley13.gifsmiley9.gifsmiley13.gifsmiley9.gif

    • Dame

      7 years ago

      Are you still planning on attending? smiley7.gif Send an xbl message to DameDestruction for an invite.

      Reminder: the Ladies Night group is hosting a Halo 3 (and possibly other games too) achievement hunting playdate TONIGHT (Sunday, April29th). I should be on from about 4pm Pacific Time (that’s 6pm Central. 7pm Eastern) and will hang out for probably a good 5 hours or so.
      – I know I mentioned starting at 3pm Pacific in the News Post, I will still try to log in at that time, however my research paper is taking longer to complete than I anticipated and so I am hoping to hold off the gaming until a bit later.

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    • khakiace87

      7 years ago

      hallo im the leader of the brotherhood of outcast clan we would love it if you support us

    • Dame

      7 years ago

      I know you mentioned you have to work, but hopefully you'll still be able to catch us. Some of us stay on pretty late!

      * * * * * * * E V E N T _ R E M I N D E R * * * * * * *

      Ready for some HALO REACH LADIES NIGHT with other Ladies from the community?! smiley13.gif

      TOMORROW: Wednesday, JAN 18th from 7:30pm CST till we all pass out!


      For more information check the group news located HERE
      remember to put the group on WATCH if you havent already! smiley0.gif


      (Ladies Night) Group members are also hosting Black-Ops and Left4Dead2 mini-playdates this Friday night as well!

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    • Bram1805 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      It doesn't matter when you do the dragon age 2 dlc, it fits everywhere. But I found the dlc to be a bit more difficult. than the main game. smiley8.gif

    • tnsjw

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the add

    • AllisonDay

      8 years ago

      You should join us in TeamSpeak. There are a ton of great people in here and we have entirely too much fun. It's just a group of people chilling together electronically.

      If you want to check it out you can go here: roosterteeth.com/groups/profile.php?id=5515

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      Post edited 4/28/11 10:35PM

    • AllisonDay

      8 years ago

      I love Top Gear (BBC) and SoA... I applaud your tastes!!! smiley0.gif

    • Impulse101

      8 years ago

      -hugs- every new friend gets one XD

      Hi btw

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