Posts Tagged ‘26th’

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SimCity Retrospective: SimCity

July 26, 2012

Occasionally, a gamer will come across a series that really grabs hold of them. For a lot of people, it’s the Final Fantasy series; others have Ultima or The Elder Scrolls series. As for me…well, since about 4th or 5th grade, my drug of choice has been SimCity. I used to have, and this is completely true, a copy of the DOS version’s manual. I did not own a copy of the game for DOS. No idea where I got it, and I probably lost it sometime in the last fifteen years or so.

Still, I really do love the SimCity series, and the original in particular because there’s a certain simple grandeur to it that makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts. The series has primarily been about building yourself a city any way you want, but that isn’t to say that there are no objectives; in fact, the original came with seven scenarios: Traffic congestion in 1965 Bern, RoboCop-levels of crime in 1972 Detroit, dealing with the aftermath of the 1906 Earthquake in San Francisco, flooding (or high crime rates on low-power machines) in Rio de Janeiro in 2046, Tokyo being attacked by Godzilla in 1961, and a nuclear meltdown in 2010 Boston.

But I think my favorite thing about the original game was the music in the Super Nintendo version. Just listen to this music from the starting screen:

Video by supersdf185, go check out their LPs on YouTube.

Just listen to that music. It may be the most calming music I’ve ever heard. I’m serious, if you’re having  a bad or stressful day, just listen to this song. It’s worked for me.

SimCity is a little outdated, sure. But it’s a classic, and it’s the game that introduced me to the SimCity series, and by extension, The Sims. The original is a game I still love to play, even some two decades later.

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Review: What’s Your Number?

March 26, 2012

Well, this has been a productive fucking month, hasn’t it? I had intended for this to be the first of my video reviews, but things always kept coming up, not to mention the sudden wanderlust of my parents and their wanting to bring me along for the ride, and the corner I’d intended to reviews from was cluttered as hell, and I never got around to cleaning up, and I was kind of hoping for someone to throw out a halfway decent chair, and I turned into a lazy bastard in March, and I have little to no enthusiasm for the movies I picked, and it would just be unfeasible to get five reviews plus two impact recaps (three if you count the one that’s been sitting unedited on my hard drive for the past week or so) done while my father’s off for spring break, and the DVR isn’t working in either bedroom despite being a whole-house DVR, and the repair guy never showed today, and I want some iced tea, and I know you know I want it now.

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Review: Carny

January 26, 2012

I really hope that all of you appreciate me doing this review in the condition I’m in. I’ve been sick since Sunday, coughing my brains out and blowing my nose across the room, but I made a promise to you, and I intend to keep it. Although that could be the off-and-on fever talking. Well, regardless, let’s take a look at Carny.

The film doesn’t waste any time getting started, with a Latino man meeting the owner of a carnival to deliver…some guy in a foam rubber latex. It’s supposed to be some kind of monster, but it’s just so obviously some guy in a suit. The carnival owner says he wasn’t expecting the delivery until the next day, and the delivery man says that he drove non-stop and that he’s glad to be rid of it. The carnival owner asks him to get it off the truck, and the driver says it’s not coming off the truck until he gets paid-wait, wait. Hold on just a second.

So, the guy who’s anxious to get this supposed monster off his truck, is now refusing to take the monster off the truck until he gets his money. You know what, I just have a feeling about this movie, so I’m going to start a counter.

Idiot Count: 1

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Review: Call of Duty Black Ops

December 26, 2011

Alex Mason. Elite special forces Marine. Involved in black operations in Cuba and Vietnam.
Jason Hudson. Special Agent for the CIA and Mason’s handler during black operations.
They fight communists.

In the seventh Call of Duty installment, you primarily control Alex Mason, a Marine chosen for the CIA’s Special Activities Division, and when you’re not controlling Mason, you take over his handler, CIA Special Agent Jason Hudson. The game starts at the height of the Cold War, 1968. Mason is strapped into a chair, being interrogated about his activities during Operation 40, and specifically during the Bay of Pigs Invasion. This serves as the first mission in the game.

Mason, Marine Sergeant Frank Woods, and Chief Petty Officer Joseph Bowman are inserted into Havana just before the landing of invasion forces in April 17th, with the intention of assassinating Fidel Castro. Things start going downward almost immediately when the bar is raided by Cuban police, and the three have to shoot their way out. They make their way to Castro’s plantation/villa where, after a firefight…

…Mason apparently shoots Castro in the head. The exfiltration goes wrong, and Mason stays behind to make sure that the plane gets away safely. And then things get even worse, as Mason is captured by Cubans and brought before the real Fidel Castro. As it turns out, Mason killed a double, and Fidel is not exactly thrilled. He turns Mason over to Soviet General Nikita Dragovitch, who imprisons him in the gulag at Vorkuta.

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Review: Split/Second

December 26, 2011

Who’s up for super-destructive racing? Developed by Black Rock Studios and published by Disney Interactive, Split/Second (Split/Second: Velocity in Europe) was released in May of 2010. You play as a racer (who coincidentally races under whatever your Xbox Live user name is) in the titular reality show, competing for fame, glory, and credits used to advance in the season.

Each season is broken up into twelve episodes, each with six individual events that differ based on episode. At the end of each episode, there is an elite race, where the qualifying contestants race against the seven most talented racers ever to compete: Raptor, Vixen, Live Wire, Torpedo, The Hammer, Brawn, and Rigg.

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