22 December 2008

T-Rex Eats Fruit?!

Saw this on a box of Albertson's brand Dinosaurs Fruit Snacks. The image was so awesome I had to rip it!

22 October 2008

Gary Busey is on You Tube

He's doing You Tube cameos now. I wonder if I could get him in one of our videos? He might not kill me and my entire family, so it can't be that bad of an idea!

10 October 2008

MGS4: Final boss and foreplay.

First time I saw this, I was finishing off the game in Boss Extreme (still stupid that time too). I strongly considered mailing Hideo Kojima a used condom.

28 July 2008

Angel Called "Satan"

I wish I knew where this clip came from. It's whole-heartedly unsettling but I can't take my eyes away!

The clip is actually an adaptation of a story Mark Twain didn't quite finish called "The Mysterious Stranger." Have a look here.

-Thanks Potatofriend!

26 July 2008

Metal Gear Solid 4 is Shit

Metal Gear Solid 4 is one of the biggest pieces of shit I've ever played. I've played many pieces of shit, but MGS4 represents a new industry standard for shit. You could call it stealth shit since nobody seems to have caught on as to just how utterly shitty this shit is. Straight up shit.

Anyway, I started getting furious at this game after the first mandatory (and irrelevant) cutscene at the beginning that emulated a television--complete with live actors. This would have been fun and all, but you couldn't skip it after it got boring. I'm still furious at this game even now as I write this review while the credits are rolling. As I'm considering the problems the makers faced in producing a game they had to have known made no sense and was dull to play, I have to consider the problems of reviewing a blockbuster title like MGS4. One of the problems with an MGS4 review is critics are afraid to reveal plot elements others would consider spoilers (Konami seemed to be paranoid about this as well with their NDA). I ask: "Is it possible to spoil shit?" I suppose spoiled shit is something everyone wants to avoid, but I'm willing to risk it and spoil as much of the plot as necessary to dissuade you from this crap-shoot.

The original Metal Gear Solid is one of the best games ever made and should be the example title of the series which all other Metal Gears are compared with. By combining stealth, fast-paced action, and a plot that carries the game instead of tripping it, MGS landed a spot as one of my all-time personal favorites. Every one of those things is missing in this game, making it difficult to forgive and even more difficult to play.

The real problem with MGS4 starts right from the very beginning with that non-skippable tee-vee cutscene I mentioned earlier. Cutscenes strangle this game with pointless explanations to fill in the plot holes of earlier games. I'll use my shit metaphor again since all the plot holes are filled with the same substance--"nanomachines"--which could also just as easily be called "shit". As in, "you can't kill me as long as I have this shit running through my veins," or, "Liquid is going to take over the world using third generation shit," or even, "use this syringe to suppress the shit causing your seizures." Quite literally, the micro-robots central to this plot could be replaced with poop. Let's also not forget the confusing acronyms this game loves so dearly and frequently abuse in a love-hate relationship, or LHR for short.

I really want to do an in-depth plot analysis to pick apart the shittiness, but the game is frankly undeserving of it. So, I'll just gloss over the points that feel like pungee sticks jammed into my ear-holes. First, there is the little issue of Raiden being like the third or fourth cyborg ninja in this game series. Hideo Kojima has made a habit of taking the same game he made in 1998 and repackaging it over and over again. The same is certainly true for the plot, so I should not be surprised, but it makes me wonder if in the Metal Gear universe nobody buries any bodies since they tend to come back as cyborgs, clones, or simply for the hell of it like in the case of Big Boss making an appearance at the end just so he can drop dead again after hugging the same son who earlier burned him to death with hairspray and before that blew him up with a rocket launcher.

Some who read my opinions on this game might see me as a numskull for "not getting" why Kojima has made the same game over and over again and consider it brilliance to have so many traced parallels between the games, but I think the problem is those individuals are the ones who don't get it and should go play Megaman to appreciate the ultimate brilliance of making the same game over and over again about 20 times. At least they will have more fun playing Megaman than sitting and watching Snake and Otacon's little girl they re-kidnapped make eggs that Snake won't eat. All the Metal Gear games tend to have conflicting explanations about things like Big Boss's age, how many times he has died, etc. so it baffles me each time Kojima presents a long explanation about shit nobody cares about and wrests control of the game away from you so he can sleep comfortably at night knowing, "they finally know why I'm the Voice of God in my game." (Check the credits on that one if you don't believe me.)

There is also the issue of Drebin, a wholeheartedly unnecessary character if it weren't for the fact he had an armored car that popped up every time Kojima wrote himself into a corner that nanomachines couldn't get him out of. Drebin could have just as easily been replaced with the nameless merchant from Resident Evil 4 and not had to deliver lengthy codec conversations explaining why a bitch in a robot suit was crazy. All the characters are afflicted with giving lengthy explanations for questions nobody in the game even bothered to ask. By the time they are done speaking, I may have gotten a sandwich, shopped for some music off of Amazon, or skipped the cutscene entirely because I ran out of sandwich meat and/or money.

Let's not forget Meryl and Johnny, either. Remember the dude in MGS1 who Meryl beat up, stole his clothes, and then for the rest of his life he had crippling diarrhea? Well they got married right after Johnny confessed his love to her while they were shooting girl-ninjas armed with machineguns. There was a flashback of Johnny's censored asshole and him doing CPR on her. I watched the cutscene and couldn't believe anybody was taking this shit seriously. The whole scene felt awkward because I didn't know if it was supposed to be funny or if Kojima actually thought this was the best way for Meryl to get hitched. Either way the cutscene took easily 20 minutes and was glad it was over so I could get back to Snake being fisted in the ass by an army of three-armed robots (quite possibly the stupidest enemy in any Konami game ever).

I'm starting to rant a bit about characters, so I suppose it is time I drop the show stopper for this game nobody else seems to have picked up on. Snake is fantastically old and was told he had only a few months left to live, a theme which should be core to the game. His health and status deteriorate rapidly through the game and, for the first time, you can see just how badly Snake suffers during a mission. I felt highly sympathetic towards him through most of the game and my heart sank during a dumb little codec conversation where Otacon asked Snake for a number you were supposed to remember. Since I inhaled paint fumes out of boredom while playing this game I forgot it within a second of Otacon telling me the number and I had to watch Snake come to grips with not even being able to remember a simple 5-digit number for a few seconds. Another scene that felt very heavy was when Snake told a joke that fell flat during a mission briefing and having Meryl belittle him in a way that sounded like, "hush now grandpa, we need to figure out which rest home you're going to die in." There is also the scene where you have to button mash Snake's crusty old ass through a microwave oven so he can complete his mission to destroy a computer in a submarine.

I really felt for Snake and by the end had accepted that this was going to be his 'last mission' (at least in the front of my mind since in the back of my mind I had already watched the ending on YouTube the day after it came out). Snake was preparing to end his life since he was an old man with no legacy and now only a burden on the world. I worked hard for this moment so Snake could finally be at peace with himself. Then, in a move of surprise-cock-in-your-ass magnitude, Big Boss shows up and tells Snake not to kill himself and to instead live for a few more months and then die. It was especially disappointing since Big Boss usually only came back from the grave for a final boss fight, which the 80 or 90 year-old cock-block wouldn't even afford us. Perhaps that is the brighter side of things, but one long, dull cutscene at the end made all the rest of the heart-felt suffering in Snake's character irrelevant just the same way as when Rose went back to Raiden to raise their retard in a Donald Duck uniform because her marriage with Colonel was a lie.

It's like Kojima wrote the first 80% of the game and then a fan-fiction author finished the last 20% so all his dollies could live happily ever after. Perhaps you might think I'm too harsh as there are many other games with far worse plots. For a convenient, comparable example you could take your pick of the Resident Evil series and it will be written far worse than even this shit-fest, but I don't recall ever having to sit through a cutscene longer than a few minutes in any of the Resident Evils and the plot never took itself anymore seriously than it needed too thanks to cheesy dialog. I suppose dumb plot-devices and lengthy cutscenes could be forgiven if MGS4 actually had some fun gameplay, but Hideo Kojima was more interested in making a crappy movie than a game.

My list of complaints for the gameplay is short since there is relatively so little gameplay compared to the time spent sitting through cutscenes. The gameplay felt like Splinter Cell with more guns, far fewer shadows, and much stupider guards. The laughable AI in MGS2 is every bit as competent as the AI in MGS4, which is cruelly ironic since the ultimate villain in this game is actually an AI. There were no entertaining boss fights, sneaking just flat out doesn't work, and they also did away with the in-depth first-aid and camo system that made MGS3 so innovative. I just stopped sneaking at one point and had more fun walking around killing both sides of the PMC/rebel conflicts. Those conflicts were easily the most dull parts of the game since the rebels tended to ignore you and the PMCs would stop fighting their dumb little war to chase after you if they saw you. The first time a PMC saw me, stopped shooting at the rebels and then called for radio backup because, "the enemy is here," I though it had been a glitch. No, it seems to be just the way the ass-backwards AI works in this game, so I made it my mission to kill everything the AI controls in this game and really stopped giving a shit about Metal Gears and nano-machines.

There were a few exceptions to this rule of shit gameplay, but not many. The Metal Gear Ray vs. Metal Gear Rex battle was almost fun but so isolated from the rest of the game it felt like something out of Wario Ware, which is dreadfully disappointing since the game is called "Metal Gear Solid 4," and I anticipated an epic Metal Gear battle at the end like I had been treated to in all but the original Metal Gear for the NES, but instead quickly killed off Ray and then went right on not giving a shit about the patriots or my dead brother's arm who had possessed a Russian cowboy. The final showdown with Liquid had a similar vibe except I realized I had done that same boss fight ten years ago in the original MGS. And then there was the flash-back to Shadow Moses where snake was young and the graphics were polygonal, I was actually having fun until I realized I could have turned off MGS4, went to a game store, bought MGS1 and played that instead and had a lot more fun. The free camera and array of practically indistinguishable weapons made MGS4 feel painfully dull compared with the snappy and simple gameplay of the original MGS. In MGS4, after you get a shotgun you've pretty much won the game as I killed practically all the bosses using one. In fact, the biggest challenge I faced in the game was making Snake do what I wanted him to. The controls were confusing and felt like standard FPS controls pulled through the eye of a needle--if that makes sense. There were so many occasions where I saw an easy kill but it was already too late to make the kill when I finally got Snake pointed in the right direction with the sights up. Other than that inconvenience I had absolutely no fear of the game winning. You can get hit a bazillion times and stay standing so long as you had your rations equipped and not one of the enemies posed that great of a threat. The Gekko were simple to take down and the Frogs more annoying than anything else. In fact, on my first run through I only had to continue 7 times and at least two of those were because I fell off one ledge or another during a crappy camera angle.

Considering the way games like Resident Evil 4 forever changed third-person shooters, MGS4 made only vague attempts to learn from that game since none of the enemies were terribly interesting in MGS4, which is also the best way to describe MGS4: "Not terribly interesting." This could be called a game for fans, but I consider myself a big fan of Metal Gear and I think this game is precisely shit. I know there are a lot of fans who adore this game and consider it the best out of the series, so good for them, but if you're the kind of person who buys a game to play it, enjoy it, and not to use as reference material for your compendium of Metal Gear trivia, then stay the fuck away from this shit.

09 July 2008


Do I really need to explain this video?

02 July 2008



27 June 2008


Sooooo I started playing the original Resident Evil on the DS and really like it. Same cheesy cut-scenes from the Play Station and awful voice-acting make it fucking hilarious to play. Cacpcom also integrated a bunch of DS-specific mini-games that make the puzzles a bit more interactive than feeling like zombie-themed Microsoft solitaire.

Also, the game is worth playing just so you can hear Barrie mention the JILL SANDWICH! I drew this picture to properly illustrate what happens during a JILL SANDWICH! so you can avoid/pursue JILL SANDWICH!



18 June 2008

A blob makes a very bad UNIX life decision.

Though I made this drawing in Inkscape, colored, and added a few things I cannot take credit as the original author of this high-larry-us comic. My boss found it on StumbleUpon and could not track down the URL. Still, I wanted to trace and color this comic.

*If you're the original creator, email me!

15 June 2008

Can't say I have

I'd assume it would hurt. A lot.

12 June 2008

No video yet

I took my .44 out yesterday (it was mightily delicious! Loud, accurate, and the most fun I've ever had shooting any gun) but neglected to bring my video camera. I will have to shoot some video of this hand-cannon firing during my next adventure. Until then, John Locke will fucking kill you:

09 June 2008

Got a New Toy

I got this last week and plan to take it out in the next few days. It's a Lew Horton M29-5 .44 magnum. It's probably 20 years old, but looks brand new. I am slightly nervous to shoot it, but it's the same kind of nerve you get when driving a really, really nice car. However, what's the point of owning a Bentley if you can't drive it yourself? I not only own this gun, but I'll shoot it.

Video later this week.

30 May 2008

3 things I want to get out of the way...

Fuck wine.

Fuck Canadian Mist

Last of all... DOUBLE fuck Skyy...

25 May 2008

Honey Moon

Do you like summer ales? I know I do. A beer you can open up, drink directly from the bottle on a hot day is a good thing. That's what surprises me about Honey Moon, from the people who brought you Blue Moon. It's a citrusy summer ale that tastes close to Blue Moon, but doesn't require the orange and the glass to fully enjoy.

Enjoy some outdoors, enjoy some brew.

I made a pitcher...

...thanks to this blog!

20 May 2008

Google drank too much.

I don't think Image Labeler helps a whole hell of a lot in cases like gle>ooooooooooG.

16 May 2008

clint eastwood

He's a bit of a cunt, but we all love him.

Hopefully he won't die soon.

19 April 2008

Foucault is the one reason people hate France.

Look at him.
Don't you hate him?

(Shiznas will return in May.)

19 March 2008


It still is.


It is.

05 March 2008

PBR, king of (cheap) beers

I figured it was about time to honor one of my staple beers, I do enjoy a few cans of PBR when the mood hits. So, I drew up an advertisement for what I think of when I think of PBR. I know it isn't 1:1 of how PBR is s'posed to look, but this is what I see when I look in my fridge... ice cubes and condensation in the air. My fridge is also dark.

Okay, maybe I drew this thing up in class instead of listening to my prof, sue me.

28 February 2008

Cave Story

Do you enjoy classic video games? Do you enjoy crack cocaine? You may enjoy Cave Story.

I used to be a died-in-the-wool Megaman fan and considered it the ultimate platformer, but Cave Story has turned my world view on its head. The game was designed by a single Japanese designer over the course of five years and the level of perfection in gameplay is clearly visible.

The problem is this game is addictive as hell. Speed runs are actually fun and there is a single, controlled level that is tailored for doing speed runs (example provided in the video by a VERY talented player).

Check out Play This Thing for details about how you can install an English language version.

Now why the sudden expressed interest? We-e-e-ell... You'll see in the next few weeks. But here is a hint about why I am so interested in it:

20 February 2008


Click on the above image to read about it. Why? Well I own the Fat Tire bike, of course.

09 February 2008

Close second to the best thing ever.

Via boingboing.net.


King of Assholes is being delayed due to technical difficulties. Linux is so unforgiving when it comes to dubbing sound into a video clip. However, there appears to be hope in the OpenMovieEditor project.

26 January 2008

Best Thing Ever... (Again?)

For those that have played RE4... you will know that this is how the game should have really turned out.

24 January 2008


This is the only purpose I could find for a iSight camera. This overlay should be included in Photo Booth by default.

(Psst! King of Drunk Assholes is ripped to pieces on the cutting room floor. It may not be some day. It will always be shit, however.)

10 January 2008

Airsoft: Fo' Realz this time

It looks like Airsoft will happen at the PASS on the 12th of this month of January. Click on the SHOOP DA WOOP to fire ur lazer or to alternately discuss the game.