Showing posts from April, 2011

Call of the Dead

Call of Duty's zombies have just met their match.  Using the dream team of Michael Rooker, Sarah Michelle Geller, Danny Trejo, and  Robert Englund.  For those of you not in the know, that's: Merle Dixon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Danny motherfucking Trejo, and Freddy Krueger!  Bonus:  They're fighting the king zombie: George Romero!  If you don't know who George Romero is, go die in a fire. What went from an expansion pack that I wasn't tempted to buy went to an instant buy.

App of the Week: IGN

This week, we take a look at IGN.  IGN has been around for quite some time, providing reviews and video on everything game related.  I was a huge fan, checking their site on a daily basis.  Then is became cluttered and a pain to navigate.  Everything seemed a little slanted, so I moved on.  I had toyed around with a few other sites, but over time they all fell into the same traps that IGN had. Then came the IGN app for Windows Phone.  It gives me what I loved about IGN and made it super easy to read on the go.  I can read all of their top stories, reviews, and watch the latest videos.  All without going to their mess of a site.  Oh, and it also tells my lazy self what games are coming out next.  Best of all?  It's free. So if you have a video game obsession like I do, do yourself a favor and get this app.  Odds are, you'll find yourself checking it 2-3 times a day like I do.

Stuck Xbox 360 Tray?

Found this fantastic video last night that cured my woes with my old 360 Elite.

Death and Rebirth

Yesterday morning, I woke up planning on thoroughly enjoying my day off.  I shuffled into the living room and smiled as I turned on the Xbox.  I was going to be stepping into the boots of Commander Shepard again and tackling "The Arrival".  My Xbox is the old 120GB Elite model.  It has served my family well for the past two years.  From the day I brought it home and the kids christened it with Kung Fu Panda to my nightly sessions of Call of Duty with friends and family, it has been there. I pushed the button to open the tray and it whirred, then nothing happened.  Kim joined me out in the living room and saw the panicked look on my face.  I tried to open the drive again with no success.  A cold surge of adrenaline rushed through my veins, much like the feeling one has in the seconds before a car accident.  You know the one, where time slows down and you realize you're screwed.  I removed the faceplate and turned the machine back on.  It whirred to life and I pushed the

WTF Wisconsin!?

I wake up this morning and see this: Seriously!?  It's going into the tail end of April and we get this and more due tomorrow.  This has to be some kind of cosmic joke.

Popeye's "The Ultimate Cheeseburger"

Place: Popeye's Location: Lake Geneva, WI Burger: The Ultimate Burger Ingredients: Two 6oz patties loaded with: country smoked bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, grilled onions and mushrooms on a fresh grilled roll. Served with seasoned fries. I just can't catch a break in this town. The burger itself was mammoth, drawing the attention of all who saw it. As it was set before me, I could only sigh in disappointment. The grease was already oozing onto my plate. I picked up the burger and grease rained down onto my plate. The first bite was everything I expected,  bland and tasteless. The bountiful helping of toppings did nothing to quell the lump of meat nestled between the grease-soaked buns. Halfway through, the entire mess fell apart. At this point, the bun was little more than a wet napkin and I had no desire to rebuild the abomination. On the side: seasoned fries Zero out of five stars


FortressCraft is the worst game ever made.  Worse than Superman 64.  Even worse than ET for the Atari 2600. I had purchased FortressCraft a little over a week ago.  I had no idea that something like this was coming to the Xbox.  Here it was, a simple game about building whatever you could imagine.  A game that integrated the often misplaced Avatar, using it as an actual avatar for the player (shock!).  Here was a game that focused solely on the creativity of the player.  A game that encouraged social play by giving players the ability to switch worlds and build with their friends. I paid the low price of 240MS Points ($3) and within minutes had the game downloaded and running smoothly.  Sprawled before me was a world without end rife with blocky beauty.  The controls were easy to pick up, and withing minutes I was marveling at the potential.  I think a large part of it had to do with my love of Lego as a child (and man-child).  I started small, building a staircase up to a modest o

App of the Week: Nooooooo!

Frustrated?  Ready to scream?  Maybe throw a puppy into a wall?  Don't want to go to those extremes?  Download Nooooooo! and let Darth Vader do the screaming for you. Start up the app and after clicking past the developer's advertisement, you'll be presented with a dashing picture of Lord Vader and a single blue button.  Press the button and Vader emits his pain-filled (and laugh inducing) cry from the end of Star Wars: Episode 3. After a few times hearing the short clip through, everything looks brighter.  All for free.  Seriously, download it now.

Xbox usage for March 2011

I received an interesting email in my inbox from the fine folks at Microsoft.  It is a summary of my Xbox activity for the month of March.  Some of it is terrifying.  All of it is interesting. My Gamerscore: 24,179 Xbox Live Rewards Points: 500 Time on Xbox Live last month: 101 hours 38 minutes My most frequent activity last month: Netflix: 42 hours 48 minutes Other activities I enjoyed last month: Marvel vs Capcom 3: 22 hours 18 minutes Call of Duty: Black Ops: 15 hours 54 minutes I had no idea they were rolling something like this out.  I have to wonder, has anyone else received something like this?