huntyr blogged
Nov 27, 08 9:17pm

On December 6, rock bands will be converging on the Rio Theater in Vancouver for Cthulhupalooza for a rock band festival. There are prizes to be had and, more importantly, fun times to be had!

Why am I mentioning this? Because I will be there to witness sacrifices to the great Cthulhu.

So, if you like rock band, or seeing a bunch of Cthulhu worshippers make fools of themselves, come on out for what should be a good time!

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Tainted blogged
Nov 27, 08 8:48pm

Note: The Thanksgiving break has given me a lot of free time. And giving free time will lead to me thinking about random crap, which leads to me writing about that random crap here. So if you are wondering why I am writing so frequently, and why they are about really random topics, it's because I am reaaaaly bored right now. XD

I was watching TV with my dad a few hours ago, and a commercial for Guitar Hero: World Tour came on. It was the one where Derek Jeter, Tony Hawk, Michael Phelps, and Kobe Bryant are jamming out to "Old Time Rock and Roll" like in that one Tom Cruise movie. So anyway, as they each came on screen my dad was naming them off, trying to figure out who they were (he recognized all of them right off-the-bat, except for Tony Hawk). I thought it was a cool commercial, and I thought he did too.

But then he turned to me and said, "You know, I've never understood the concept of that kind of game." I was pretty shocked. Having owned all Guitar Hero games previously, I thought my Dad understood the entertainment in playing rhythm games like that. So I asked him, "What do you mean? Games like Guitar Hero?"

Turns out he was talking about band games, such as Rock Band and Guitar Hero: World Tour. "No, like those complete band games," he said. "I just think it seems kind of sad. Like, you get a bunch of friends together to play in a fake band."

Well, to be honest, I didn't really have much to say back to him. The way he perceives those games, I guess it does seem kind of sad. It's almost like you can't get a real band together, so instead you just pick up the faux Les Paul and jam with your friends. Instead of practicing in your garage until the cops are called on you, you simply turn the volume down and continue your 6th playthrough of Enter Sandman.

So are band games really that pitiful? I think it depends on how you look at them. If you go in wanting to have fun and play a game, then I don't think it's sad at all. After all, these are still video games we are talking about, and because they are entertaining they should still be regarded as such. So it is not sad to pop in a copy of Rock Band 2 and play along with three of your friends.

But, at the same time, I think that my Dad made a nice point: band games shouldn't really be used for living out your dream of starting a band. Beating Guitar Hero on Expert will not help you learn face melting solos on the real guitar. And just because you can pass the vocals part of Dani California in Rock Band doesn't mean that you are a good singer.

I guess the main purpose of this post is to bring up a new perspective on these virtual band games. I'm sure that my dad isn't alone in his beliefs that these games are made for depressing teenagers who are living out their dream of starting a band in this virtual realm. But personally, I don't think that this genre is pitiful in any way. At the end of the day it's just a different way to approach gaming, and there's nothing wrong with that.

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Blackfalcon blogged
Nov 27, 08 11:43pm

So, I have managed to start a team for the Neolympic Games, and I'm very proud of it. Hopefully we'll all have great fun, and I'm looking forward to meeting new people.

Our Team has been named Team Caption, in honour of the Ratchet & Clank Caption Thread that most of us have participated in at one time or another (Linkin Park Fan and Kamikaze haven't). Some of us still post there (I run it!) and it's a great laugh.

Our team so far consists of Myself, Whitefalcon, Sapphire Dragon, ButchSmudge31, SpaceWalker, GLaDOS portal, Linkin Park Fan and Kamikaze.

I'm glad the Blogs have been released, as it's perfect to document our team's progress in the Neolympic Games. I will be sending our application tomorrow, and then the fun will really begin! Wish us luck!

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Ripulse blogged
Nov 28, 08 4:43am

Before I start, I'd like to make a shoutout.

To 2008.

2008, you have been and always will be awesome. You've given us many great things, like the Olympic Games, the Neolympic Games, great shows, movies, games and music, funny news, the 2008 U.S. presidential election, and more. Yes, you have given us some bad things, like the terror attacks in Mumbai, kidnappings, murders, and continuing The Secret Show. But remember, all years have their share of bad events.

Yes, I am looking forward to 2009. Even though you were awesome, 2008, you are still an old man compared to 2009, a fetus. It's not that I hate old men, but fetuses are much more gentle. I admit that I cannot wait for what this fetus has to offer -- the good things, that is.

Mostly, however, I thank you for giving me this: two days of happiness in a row. Thank you for placing Thanksgiving right before my birthday. I am so very happy now. Yes, it is two days of happiness. And it starts right now.

To 2008. Cheers.

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Chiggins blogged
Nov 27, 08 8:11pm

Well today is the American Thanksgiving, or what I like to call Obese Day. I'm looking forward to getting so fat my friends at school wont be able to recognize me. I LOVE turkey and rolls, although I'm not a fan of other Thanksgiving foods. Whats really interesting this year for me are the experiences for two of my closest friends. They are foreign exchange students, one from Germany, another from Norway. Today is their first Thanksgiving, and they are really excited for it. I've been telling them both that when I see them next they better be 9483 pounds heavier than I last saw them.

For me, I'm just going over to some of my family's house. Nothing special really, same thing happens every year. But for my foreign friends, this is their first, and very possibly, their last Thanksgiving.

Well, there is my Thanksgiving thoughts. So, happy Obese Day!

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dynamic blogged
Nov 27, 08 7:42pm

... Right, the intentions of this blog have changed! I cannot be bothered to 'enthrall' the many readers I'm sure I was going to attract with mundane stories that really are "you had to be there" moments and shall instead transform this into a page for any musings that happen to strike me during log-on time on Neo! Wonderful, spur of the moment, nonsensical rubbish. Stuff only the English can do properly.

So, I hope to give anybody that reads this a small insight into the cluttered slum that is my head and I sincerely hope that you enjoy it. :)


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Tainted blogged
Nov 28, 08 1:12am

If there's one thing I've never understood, it's why the day after Thanksgiving has become the most prominent shopping day of the year. After a day of gluttony, it would seem that the next day would be filled with laziness and recovery from the gigantic meal that took place a day previous. But Black Friday has become the craziest, most cutthroat shopping holiday of the season, and even in the midst of an economic drought it should still be just as hectic as ever.

Before I delve any further into this discussion, I should probably explain Black Friday to all you non-Americans. Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, when the Christmas shopping season officially starts. Businesses offer huge sales on hot items, and open much earlier than normal. People rush to these stores as early as 4 AM, because the wanted items would be sold out otherwise.

Taking a quick look at the Wikipedia Article, it seems that Black Friday began as a result of the Christmas parades that happened on Thanksgiving. Department stores like Macy's endorsed these parades, but other than that, it was understood that no advertising would take place until the next day, which would be the day after Thanksgiving. This evolved into offering good deals on that day, which evolved further into those horrific 4 AM sales that you see today.

If you have ever watched a video of some of these Black Friday shoppers, you will see the complete chaos within stores. Before the brink of dawn, hundreds of people are piling into local Best Buys and K-Marts searching for the best deals. People run wildly throughout the stores in search of that one gift that will make the entire shopping escapade worthwhile. People will shove, kick, and punch their way through the crowd in order to see that loving look on their child's face when they open up the Nintendo Wii that mom punched some lady out to obtain.

My mom once told me a story about one of her experiences on Black Friday. She literally ran to the video game department to find the game that I wanted, and when she saw that no employees were there she realized that she was about to get overrun by hundreds of angry mom's wishing to purchase video games as well. So, in order to protect her position in line, she threw her arms around the game case and held on with an iron grip until an associate tended to her.

Does all this seem a bit ridiculous to you? Because it definitely does to me. I mean, sure, the deals can be pretty awesome, but is it really worth the risk of getting trampled by hundreds of soccer moms? And besides, why would anyone in their right mind want to wake up at 3:30 in the morning just to get 50% off on a GPS system?

I think my biggest qualm with Black Friday is the fact that Thanksgiving is holiday of laziness. It's a proven fact that there is a protein in turkey that caused tiredness (it's called tryptophan. For more information, check out this site.) After eating your weight in turkey, stuffing, potatoes, pumpkin pie, and whatever else your family might enjoy, you want nothing more than to sit back in your recliner and doze off to the monotone voice of John Madden. But apparently, people are still motivated enough to get out of bed the next morning and hit the nearest Kohl's in search of the best Star Clearance Sale.

In conclusion, I should first apologize for turning this entry into a Black Friday advertisement (Buy two games get one free at Toys R Us!) But seriously, it never ceases to amaze me just how dedicated some people are in their quest to fulfill their child's Christmas wishes. I guess I shouldn't complain though, since I reap all the spoils of this day thanks to my mom's dedication and strong grip. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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RabidChinaGirl blogged
Nov 27, 08 2:57pm

I will be taking Thanksgiving off so it's highly unlikely you'll be reading any news posts tomorrow authored by "Lydia Sung."

Knowing that I don't need to wake up at a reasonable hour has allowed me to stay up until now, fussing over my blog and an editorial I spent an entire afternoon procrastinating. I hope you're not sick of Mirror's Edge yet, because there's enough drama surrounding that game to last us ten lifetimes.

Yeah, I know that's kind of Sean's territory, but hey, I reviewed the *bleep*ing thing, I deserve to love it too.

My latest personal beef is actually an old one that I chose to ignore the first time around. Remember when some tool decided Faith looked too Westernized and gave her plastic surgery? Sean posted a piece of news yesterday that brought it up... again. The game's producer, Tim Farren, is apparently displeased with the edited image. "Displeased" doesn't begin to describe how I feel about it, though.

So before I collapse for some well deserved rest, I give you my holiday special...

EDITORIAL: Falling for Faith

Happy Thanksgiving, you crazy bastards.

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Chad blogged
Nov 27, 08 10:26am

Why am I doing an overview of a week from a Thursday to a Wednesday instead of Sunday to Saturday? Because I can. :)

Anyway, throughout this week I've logged in a fair amount of hours gaming. The list goes about like this:

Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town (GBA) - 2 hours
Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility (Wii) - 3 hours
Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii) - 3 hours
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3) - 11 hours
Call of Duty: World at War (XBOX360) - 2 hours
Various PS3 Demos - 1 hour

I found it odd that I didn't play any more than five games during the past week, but the fact that I had logged in 20+ hours of gaming didn't really come as a shock to me. I really wasn't doing much in Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town except for continually trying to complete a few objectives that I should have done a long time ago. Namely, collect all of the Goddess Jewels and Kappa Jewels. This basically means I spent all of those two hours in the mines, descending and hoping to reach level 255 of it before I go crazy. Haha, I still don't think I'll ever collect all of the Jewel's of Truth. In the other Harvest Moon game I played this week, Tree of Tranquility, I had things moving along great. Spring of my second year is coming to a close, and I've made the most of it. I purchased a nice little plot of land that I now have the Town Villa built on, as well as a large patch of strawberries growing in very good soil. I've made at least 80,000G in this season alone thanks to all of those Perfect and Shiny quality strawberries I ship every four days or so.

Animal Crossing: City Folk really hasn't been as I had hoped. I really enjoyed the GC version of it, as well as the few minutes of the DS version I played at a friends once, but I seem to have lost interest I guess. Paying off my house is pretty tedious, as well as trying to trigger certain things, such as getting an invite to Redd's shop in the city. A few new villagers had moved in, but the two villagers that moved in I already have in my town in the GC version, so it was a nostalgic moment, but a little bit of a disappointment because I wanted someone I had never seen before. I really just try to play every day so I don't get the villagers mad. There may be a lot of new features and things involved, but I think upping the difficulty really has turned me off this game. I will still play it though, and hopefully I can find something that will keep me a bit more entertained than my current schedule of talking to the villagers, shaking all of the trees, and then quitting.

I'll start off with Call of Duty: World at War for the 360. No, I don't have a 360 unfortunately, but my friend does and he recently picked up this game and invited me over. Fortunately for me, the controls were basically the same as CoD4 on the PS3, except the trigger/ironsights and the grenades buttons were inverted. We played two spit-screen vs. matches. I ended up winning the first fairly easily, and he won the second. He got a few lucky kills on me and got a five kill streak. With that kill streak he called in dogs, which I thought was a pretty cool feature. I was used to dogs from CoD4's campaign mode though, so I was ready. I found that the dogs were a lot easier to knife in this game than Modern Warfare. However, there were a lot more dogs coming at me and if even one wounded you a little bit, it only took a few more bullets for you to die, so my friend ended up coming out on top by five points in the second match. Then we played the co-op campaign mode, which was amazing. Every level was enjoyable because there were many unexpected things that would happen, such as you walking along through tall grass, and then a Japanese soldier would pop-up and try to bayonet you all of sudden. Still, I found that the AI was horrible, perhaps some of the worst I had ever seen. I had ally soldiers standing next to enemy soldiers, firing at enemy soldiers in the distance instead of the ones right next to them firing at me. Also, I went over to a few enemy soldiers who were shooting at the rest of my squad. I just knifed them one by one, waiting for the next to react, but instead, he just kept on shooting, ignoring the blood-thursty mongrel that just knifed his two friends. I regret not having time to play online though.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.....still amazing. Out of the eleven hours I played it this week, I played it for five hours in one sitting. Haha, I'm still not very high in rank, only one prestige and 51 levels under my belt. Still, one week ago I was level 46, so I made a good improvement. I also got a sweet kill streak of 18, and finished my first game with over 100 kills (Headquarters on Shipment ftw). It was quite fun to say the least. For the various demos, it mainly consisted of doing the Metal Gear Solid 4 and Mirror's Edge demo over and over again. I did play about ten minutes of the Warhawk Demo though, which I still hate for the inverted sight controls. Mirror's Edge is definitely on my "Games to Get" list now, or at the very least, rent. I was afraid that because of the runner vision it would be extremely difficult and hard, but it actually wasn't. The controls seem pretty simple, yet complex with the flexibility of them and use of combos. Metal Gear Solid 4 demo....'nuff said. It was pretty awesome, though I still haven't been able to complete the demo without being spotted.

Well, that's a pretty basic overview of my gaming for this past week. See you next week for another one. Hopefully I'll have played a few more games that just six. :P

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Redemption blogged
Nov 27, 08 10:59am

Its great to see the reception the new neoblogs are receiving. This is an idea that started off a few years ago and finally came to fruition with much of the work done by Tekmosis. I think of it as an experiment in our search to give members more ways to express themselves and share that expression with others.

The neoforums are amazing for many things, but there's just something about a platform where all your own deep thoughts, spontaneous blurbage and other musings can be grouped together at your own pleasure and pacing.

Hope to read many more interesting blog posts over the coming months, especially those that come from inquisitive minds. You ever have that insatiable feeling, perhaps late at night or simply on a beautiful afternoon, where your mind is afire with thoughts or questions, or where some emotion has you in its grip and you just cannot rest easy without exploring it? Has some elusive mystery kept you awake, or were you just too excited by the anticipation of "tomorrow" to sleep? Now those stories would make for some good reading!

Well that's my introductory blog post. Now to leave you with a fun quote that's also surprisingly insightful, especially if you worry as much as I do about what the future brings:

Master Oogway from Kung-Fu Panda: "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why they call it the present."

(Incidentally Oogway means turtle in Chinese. doh!).

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RabidChinaGirl blogged
Nov 27, 08 8:42am


Blogs? I haven't blogged since my second year of high school. My God, this feels bizarre.

The blogs are a rather great idea. Writers can post about things that are game related but may not qualify as news. Or rather, if there are pieces of news I consider notable enough to be included here as well.

Most of you reading these blogs won't recognize my handle, probably because I do little more than lurk the forums. You'll find my activity is restricted mostly to posting news, game reviews, videos, and running rampant across (moderating) GameGrep.

By the way, thanks a buttload, Howard.

Oh, and I hate you people with your massive monitors. Adjusting the background image of my blog is killing me, so some of you are just going to have to see white! I give up.

Peace.

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Chad blogged
Nov 27, 08 8:14am

Hey-o, it's Chad. Wow, not sure how to start this off, so I guess I'll just introduce myself. My name is Chad, I live in Arkansas, USA. Gaming is among my many hobbies (others include various sports, movies, anime, hanging out with friends, etc.). I'm still unsure of what I want for a profession in the future, but I would prefer it to be something that has to do with gaming, maybe either writing reviews and/or news for games and game-related entities.

I recently wrecked my car, so I thought I might go ahead and upload a pic of it sitting in a yard just to see how everything looks with an image on a blog entry. So if any of you wanna send me some cash to help me pay for a new car, feel free to do so. :P

Anyway, I've been coming to Neoseeker for almost four years now and I still enjoy it. Some accomplishments/notable events for me were becoming portal staff (now wiki staff), a member of NeoCRS (seriously, go contribute now and you might be lucky enough to have my name grace your daily contribution report after your submission is reviewed :thick: ), a moderator, a member of the news team, having multiple reviews good enough to be published (expect more hopefully), and much, much more. I've also made many great friends on this site and hope to make a whole lot more.

Well, I guess that is enough for a first entry. Hopefully I'll see you around Neo and if you have a question, are confused about something, or if you just wanna chat, feel free to PM me and I'll see what I can do. Thanks for reading!

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ProudLoz blogged
Nov 27, 08 7:53am

Sorry for cussing and when I mean bitchin', I mean it in a good way. It's nice that Blogging on Neo has finally been implemented. This opens new doors for people, specially the ones that feel like writing, either productively or not.

Unfortunately I have to keep this one short but I'd just like for you guys to know that there will be more coming from me once I figure all this out. Be on the lookout for something new tomorrow. :)

Cheers.

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Klope62 blogged
Nov 27, 08 6:35am

So, I'll try it out with the new this launching.

In general, 08' has been a pretty big year for the Klopez. I really have to blame the beginning of it on the Neoseeker Election. No one saw it coming (muwahahaha). It was seriously a great, but also dreadful start to an exciting year. ;o

I almost can't believe it's almost over. In fact, that's what I should do...A summary of the year, yay.

:>

...Also, Big Brother Neoseeker, double yay.



And Kat (Nightmare) says; "KLOPEY IS AWESUM. <('.' <)"

Hi bye.

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