Thursday, December 28, 2006
Monday, December 25, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
If it wasn't for my phone, I probably wouldn't be able to rant here right now.
Friday, December 22, 2006
This is the 2nd one of similar magnitude in less than 2 days part. Both with its epicenter around the Emeryville area. I don't know about you, but this can potentially be a sign for a big one soon! I think it's time to stock up on stuff. That Hayward fault doesn't seem that stable right about now!
http://quake.wr.usgs.gov/research/seismology/wg99/index.html - The next big one.
The evolution of gaming. lmao
Woot Sells PS3? Wii, Wii!
So, hey, check it out: there’s this awesome new gaming system that we just can’t stop playing. Too bad it’s so hard to find in stores – we guess they just didn’t make enough of them. It’s called the Nintendo Wii, and holy mother of Zelda, is it ever a blast. If the Wii is cool with polygamy, we might ask it to marry us.
The controller – so easy! No more intricate push-this-twice, pull-that-three-times trickery, just easy waves of the hand. The console – so cute! It actually makes our gaming room look better, unlike the bulky, ugly consoles we could mention. How does Nintendo keep the price so low on that thing, anyway? And the games, good Lord, the games! Not to mention those adorable avatars. We’ve already created virtual versions of the entire staff, so we can beat each other virtually-bloody instead of actually-bloody, like we usually do. The only problem is that none of the nose options are as big as Jason’s actual nose. But that’s a minor quibble.
In fact, we love the Wii so much, we want to give a Wii to everybody on our payroll. To fund this Wii-for-the-People program, we're selling this Sony PlayStation 3. The SIXAXIS wireless controller is basically the same complicated gazillion-button-style controller you know from past PS models, but at least you won’t be fighting Grandma for gaming time. Along with the usual roster of ho-hum games, the PS3 can play CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray discs, and the 20GB hard drive can store music, videos, and music videos. It’s certainly, er, rather full-figured, for those of you who want a lot of heft for your money. And its HDMI capabilities give you polygons and frames-per-second out the wazoo, if you prefer that stuff to having fun.
Best of all, for every PS3 you buy, we can buy Wiis for two of our employees. So when you get frustrated by those intricate combo-button moves, or bored by the underwhelming game offerings for the PS3, keep the spirit of the season in mind. Remember all those happy Woot staffers whose lives have been changed by their super-fun Nintendo Wiis, paid for by you. Heartwarming, isn’t it?
* shipped today via FedEx Next Day with Saturday delivery. Rural and snowbound areas may cause delivery delay out of Woot or FedEx control.
Warranty: One year
Plays video games and stuff
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
And, damn, lunch adds up significantly over time!
I have yet to receive the bill for the credit card I signed up for to get my Xbox 360, so that's another chunk of cash. Basically, the next paycheck will disappear with a blink of the eye. So sad!
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
As far as the main Wii menus go, I would say that it's one of the neater features of the system. Each player can make avatars called Mii's to represent themselves in some games like the pack in game, Wii Sports, but also a way to infect other Wii systems in a viral type of way to populate other peoples' systems to create a community. The whole Mii avatar system could actually be a game in itself!
The games we played were Wii Sports, Madden, and Super Monkey Balls.
Between those games, the controls seemed the most responsive with Wii Sports. And well, it uses the Mii avatars to represent your character in the game, and the graphics are pretty simple and plain for the most part.
I watched the Madden game, and it looked fairly complicated for new people to jump into, but the control scheme definitely makes that game different. I can imagine that the game would be more interesting if everyone knew all the controls. However, the graphics in Madden are quite hideous, and a large HDTV probably made it look worse since you can see how poor the graphics are up close. It's probably one of my biggest gripes about the system. Madden's graphics looked worse than Xbox 1 graphics. I'm not sure if it's because of EA being the lame company they are or because of the limited hardware in the system. It's probably a little of both. I'm just suprised that Nintendo was unable to beef up their system a tad more without bumping up the pricepoint. Especially with graphics technology 1-2 years ago that looked better than what I saw. Those 1-2 year old PC graphics cards today are probably only 50 bux now.
Super Monkey Ball took up the rest of our night, which went from around 9:30PM till 3:30AM. Yes, time went by pretty quick. With SMB, we played a good number of the 50 party games. This game's many games really brought out the many quirks of the Wii control system. The Wii sensor bar was situated on top of the TV at the beginning of the night, but it was eventually moved to just below the HDTV screen. We were having many problems with at least 1-2 of us being out of range or just plain screwed up. Moving the sensor bar down to the level we were sitting helped a ton. Despite the sensor bar move helping, sometimes I felt like it was still unresponsive to some things. Again there's not much to say about the graphics since it looks exactly like SMB games of old.
Overall, the control scheme was new and fun, but after a six hour marathon, I think I'm all Wii'ed out for a while. Personally, I can't imagine the system being any fun solo. However, it makes for an excellent system to play with friends and all the laughter it can bring.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Here's another good example of ridiculous lawsuits. The moron here is filing a class-action suit asking for 5 million in damages just because his (I'll assume it's a he) damn Xbox 360 broke due to an update. The 360 he had was also likely to be the version that Microsoft is repairing free of charge anyway. In fact he won't even be getting the full 5 mill even if they won the lawsuit. From what it seems, it'd be split between everyone that may be affected, which would be millions of people, so he'd end up with a few bucks at most. I don't know, I probably don't know what I'm talking about, but I just know that some people are just idiotic and try to start stupid shit just because the targeted company is a large corporation.
If there's any reason not to vote for Hilary if she was the D candidate, I think this would be one of the reasons why I wouldn't vote for her. Anything that involves Lieberman and games annoys me like no other. He tries too damn hard to put strict regulations on games. I really don't understand how a game rated M is so much different from a movie rated R. It's really ridiculous how a rated R film can have a bunch of naked sex scenes with real people as well as gory action, yet if a game has any type of boobs shown in pixelated form, it'll be all over the news likes the world is coming to an end because of it. It's sad that games, a form of enterntainment, like movies, still gives off a sense of it being something for kids, while in reality, the 20-30 year old gamers today are, in fact, the generation that was first introduced to gaming by the likes of Atari and Nintendo. Seriously, grow up. We don't need stupid gaming politics. Movies = story telling. Games = interactive story telling.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
As for now, I'm happy to just have a job and doing something I know I'm very capable of doing.
If somewhere down the line that the opportunity presents itself, then so be it. I'll deal with it later. But for now, I just want to get through my work day, go home, eat dinner, play some Xbox 360, then go to sleep in peace without the nagging every other day. I know they mean well for my future, but damn, give me break!