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Laynix Returns

Posted in General on August 13, 2011 by Laynix

It has been about a year and a half since I’ve posted anything here, but I figured it was time to return. Matt is likely going to be very surprised.

For the past month or so I’ve been back playing PS3 games very regularly again. I’m enjoying Uncharted 2 and Battlefield 1943 online, Fallout 3 and New Vegas (I recently got Fallout 3 back after lending it out, so I’ll likely finish up the trophy list before continuing with New Vegas), Pac-Man C.E. DX (which I finished/100% of the trophies), Mercenaries 2 (trying to plat before/if the server comes down), Dirt 3, and Gran Turismo 5 to name a few. I had been playing a lot of Lord of the Rings Online before that, but now I’m mainly focusing on playing a lot of PS3 games.

It’s been well over a year since I got a platinum trophy, but I’m back on the quest to get more. I’m trying to climb up the yourgamercards ladder but currently I’m only a little below 18,000th. I borrowed a few games from my cousin which should help me get 5 or 6 platinums quickly.

I’ve also discovered a site called backloggery which allows you to enter in all of your games and whether or not you’ve completed them so you can have a record of what you still need to play and share it with others. It’s pretty cool, and so far I’ve added pretty much all of my PS3 games.

The game I’m most looking forward to at the moment is Skyrim, but I’m sure most gamers are as well. It looks like it will be pretty amazing.

Anyway, that’s all for now.

My PSN I.D.

Posted in General on December 17, 2010 by Matt

If you noticed, I have my PSN I.D. at the side of the page here. Another thing you may have noticed, if you look at it on a regular basis, is that it never seems to update at all. It’s slightly annoying. If you click on it, it does show the proper results, but otherwise it doesn’t.

Also, it bothers me that when you do click on it, it doesn’t show you every game that I have trophies in on the list of games provided. I wonder what is up with that?

I would put up my Steam I.D. and/or my XBLA I.D. too, but I am not sure if I can and I am too lazy to really look into it.

Just a random thing I thought I’d mention.

Not Gaming Related, But Still Fucking Awesome.

Posted in General on October 6, 2010 by Matt

I found this link on a forum, and thought I would share it here as well. Check out this awesome music video.

Quite A Bit Has Happened.

Posted in General on June 15, 2010 by Matt

Alright, so I am now living in my own place. I have high speed internet. I am ready. Just need a bit more time to commit to gaming again.

I purchased and completed Heavy Rain sometime in late April or early May. I forget. It was good. More on that another time.

Hopefully there’ll be regular posting again at some point soon. Don’t worry, I am still around. Just not enough time to post.

PAX EAST 2010 Report

Posted in General on March 30, 2010 by Matt

Alright, so a few friends and I attended PAX East last Friday (just a one day pass, since the full weekend passes were sold out). We drove from Wingham, Ontario down to Boston, Massachusetts. I’d have to say that it was worth it. I’m going to skip the other trip related stuff and stick to talking about PAX.

That Friday morning, we got to the Boston Hynes Convention Center at around 10:30 a.m. and it was pretty busy. The actual convention didn’t start until 2:00 p.m., but we wanted to get in ahead of people. We were under the impression that if we showed up early, we’d be eligible for tickets to the concert that evening. More on that later.

We got there, checked things out, got some food and then stood in line. While waiting there were a few big screens with random videos playing, and some text message voting polls going on, as well as text message shout outs. None of us partook in them, but some of the text messages that got displayed were funny.

Before getting in line, there were grab bags full of fliers and information booklets, as well as a small deck of Magic cards. I decided that it was time to open up a bit, and thought it would be fun to try a game of Magic out. We attempted this three times in line, but the first two times the damn line moved on us. Third time was a charm though, and it is not too bad. I enjoyed it, and may take up playing it once in a while. Laynix has a lot of extra cards, so I’ll likely end up using those.

Anyway, enough of that. The line began to move at a little before 2:00 p.m. and we decided to go into the main theater area to watch the keynote speech and the Q&A panel with Jerry and Mike (Tycho and Gabe).

We got in, and decided to go for balcony seating. Will Wheaton was the keynote speaker again this time, and he didn’t disappoint. He talked primarily about how Dungeons and Dragons changed his life, and how it unlocked his creativity. Without it, he wouldn’t be where he is today. He also touched on video games a bit, and how gamers keep proving people wrong. These people are the political figures and activists who think that video games rot our minds and turn us into anti-social loners. PAX definitely proves that wrong.

The Q&A was decent. There were some silly questions asked, as well as some interesting ones. Jerry and Mike are good entertainment in person, as I had seen from some of the older PAX dvds. Very good humoured. I got most of the Q&A session recorded with my camera, and will post it sometime soon. There’s 35 minutes of HD footage. Not sure when I’ll have it posted, but it’ll definitely be sometime!

After sitting through both the keynote and the Q&A panel, we went roaming around the convention. There was quite a bit to see, and there were more panels scheduled for later that we wanted to see. The lines for gaming were long, so we decided not to go into the open console gaming area, and the same for the PC gaming areas. There were a lot of bean bag chairs, and even some people sleeping (which I took advantage of).

We went into the exhibition hall to look at some of the developer booths, and it really wasn’t all that impressive. There was some Star Craft 2 being played, a Modern Warfare 2 tournament, some racing games, a game called APB that looked interesting, and then there were some indie games. I cannot remember that one game I played. I think it was called Charlie Slaughter, but it reminded me a lot of Castle Crashers. It was fun, and I will likely look into buying it when it’s released. I’ll correct this when I finally recall the name of the game. Otherwise, there were a ton of Magic card booths and play areas. More than I expected anyway.

I also took the opportunity to pick up some used games. There was a booth selling old ones (NES, N64 and GameBoy games), so I picked up 3 N64 titles for $10. The games I got were Armorines: Project S.W.A.R.M., Wave Race 64, and Wrestlemania 2000. More on these in my next post.

We were going to attend the Indie gaming panel, but it filled up before we could get in. Luckily there was another panel going in just above us and we hopped in line for that. We really didn’t know what to expect, but we were definitely glad we attended this panel. The panel I am talking of was the Beyond Dungeons and Dragons panel, and it was spectacular. There were to gentlemen who have had quite a bit of experience with pen and paper role playing games, and they were talking about how limited Dungeons and Dragons was, and wanted to spread the word on some other great games as well as share some ideas on how to make your pen and paper gaming more fun. My friend Kyle wrote down a few of the games they referenced, and it happened that we were able to get down to the booth that was selling them in time to pick up some of the games. I picked up two of the games and an expansion.

The first of the two role playing games I picked up was Dread. This is an interesting was of developing a horror story. You get a group together, consisting of players and a host. The host organizes a story that each person’s character can go through. It’s up to each player to create a character and outline their strengths and weaknesses and background history. During the game, the host will introduce the group with situations, and if your character may have inexperience or a lack of a vital skill to make it through the situation, then you make a pull. Yes, a pull. Not a roll, a pull…from a Jenga block tower. If the tower falls over, the character dies. That’s the just of it. There is more to it than that, but I am obviously not outlining it all here.

The other game I picked up was called Burning Wheel. I have yet to read the books yet, but please refer to the link for more on the game. It’s a game that encourages people to both succeed and fail to gain experience throughout their role playing experience. Pretty much all of us bought this, so expect a bit more on it at some point down the road.

After we had finished buying up these role playing books, we decided to try and get into the main theater to see the concert. We were happy to find that the doors were open and that no tickets were required. We ended up seeing Protomen, Anamanaguchi, Metroid Metal and MC Frontalot. Personally, I enjoyed all of them, but Metroid Metal and MC Frontalot really took the show. I was very surprised with Metroid Metal the most. I had never heard them before, and they blew me away. I wish I had had enough money to get some albums. I will definitely be looking into them for future concerts.

That is about it for our day. Over the course of the day I did get quite a few pictures. I will be posting some of them here, as well as some videos when I get the chance. It was a good experience, and I look forward to attending PAX again sometime in the future. Next time it will be for the full weekend.

PAX 2010!

Posted in General on March 24, 2010 by Matt

Alright, so I’ll be attending the PAX convention in Boston on Friday. Three friends and myself will be in attendance and I do plan to make some posts while I am in Boston. It should be a sweet time.

If you don’t know what PAX is, check out the Penny-Arcade link to the side here.

Just An Interesting Flash Game.

Posted in General on February 15, 2010 by Matt

If you like Aliens, then check out this Aliens flash game. It seems pretty cool. That is all.

Yay! Today Marks Our Blog’s One Year Anniversary!

Posted in Game Count, General on February 2, 2010 by Matt

Well, it’s been one year since Laynix and I started this blog. Things began to slow down during the late summer and early fall, but I’ve been trying my best to keep posting on a semi-consistent basis. I figured it’d be cool to look back a bit and recap the first year. Let’s get started.

Over the past year, Laynix and I have both acquired so many video games, we literally don’t play enough of them. We collected for a while, but now it’s time to get back to playing them. I think that over the next year, there will be less buying and more playing. Hopefully this means that there’ll be some more reviews and a bit more talking about the game’s we’re playing, and the games that we’re looking forward to playing.

Last year, I posted pictures of my gaming set up. I think it’s time for me to update this a little bit.
The Center of my gaming area
To the left
To the right
My computer in my bed room.
Games
As you can see, there are some differences. I now have another television off to the right, and a few more game consoles. Also, a lot more games. Yes, I know there’s some dust on some of the game consoles, but I’ve been meaning to clean them for a while. I have been doing a lot of rearranging in my room though, if you hadn’t noticed my PC being in a different spot. Please disregard the deer heads, and other dead animals. Those are not mine. They belong to one of my “room mates”.

You might also be wondering, since it has been a year, what game(s) are my favourites of the last year. Well, that’s a tough question to answer. Maybe I’ll break it down into categories. Please note that the games are limited to games I have played and own. This does not cover every game released.
Best Graphics: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Killzone 2 came close, but this won me in the end)
Favourite Story: Darksiders (I like apocalyptic tales, and this one is fresh in my mind. Uncharted 2 is practically tied with Darksiders)
Best Gameplay: Batman: Arkham Asylum (Easy to control and fun to play)
Most Replay: Borderlands (Played through the game twice, and multiplayer adds even more)
Easiest Game: Borderlands (Seriously, this game was a joke)
Hardest Game: Demon’s Souls (Seriously, I stopped playing because Man Eater was a shit bag and I gave up. I will return…someday)
Overall Best Game: I hate placing an overall best game. It’s tough to say. Uncharted 2 was excellent. I enjoyed Darksiders a lot. Borderlands was an obsession for a while. Demon’s Souls was a love hate thing. Batman made me feel like a predator. Bayonetta is just insane. These are the games that stick out in my mind, and it’s hard to decide. I may have to finish Bayonetta to finally answer this. Give me time. (To be continued…)

I will be filling these in as I think about them. It’s hard to just come up with all of these on the spot. Yes, that means that I really haven’t had a chance to really think about this post. I am winging it. Fuck off.

I am not too sure how many games I had last year when we started this blog, but here is the oldest game count that I have posted (and here is a more accurate count done closely thereafter). Now I will give an updated game count.

Atari 2600: 11
Atari Jaguar: 6

Sega Master System: 5
Sega Genesis: 11
Sega 32X: 4
Sega CD: 5
Sega Saturn: 4
Sega DreamCast: 5
Sega Game Gear: 5

Nintendo Entertainment System: 38
Super Nintendo Entertainment System: 33
Nintendo 64: 17
Nintendo Game Cube: 18
Nintendo Wii: 28
Nintendo WiiWare: 1
Nintendo Virtual Console: 18
Nintendo Game Boy: 8
Nintendo Game Boy Advance: 4
Nintendo DS: 33

Sony Playstation: 35
Sony Playstation 2: 60
Sony Playstation 3: 37
Sony Playstation Network Downloads: 26
Sony Playstation Portable: 23

XBox: 12
Xbox 360: 23
XBox Live: 5

Turbo Grafx 16: 8

Panasonic 3DO: 16

PC: 83* (includes Half-Life 2 mods and other steam apps, Half-Life 2 Episode 1 and 2 counted as one, Dawn of War expansions were counted and Supreme Commander Forged Alliance is counted as well)

Total: 581

Just An Interesting Article About GameStop

Posted in General on January 19, 2010 by Matt

I just read this recently, and thought that it’d be a good thing to share. Especially if you are looking for a job, or are already starting a new job, at GameStop.

I actually will be applying for a job, in the near future, at a GameStop. This somewhat discourages me, but it’s not like it’s on the top of my list of jobs to apply for. It’s more of a back up, in case the other 20 or 30 jobs I am applying for fall through.

There are a lot of things in the article that I have witnessed as a customer. It’s actually not all that far fetched. It’s somewhat funny and scary at the same time. I knew it wasn’t supposed to be everything that a gamer thought it might be to work there, and this is a first hand account of someone who worked there. If you’re thinking of applying, check it out.

It’s been a while.

Posted in General on January 17, 2010 by Laynix

I know it’s been a while (nearly four months) since my last post, but I don’t want to give up with this blog just yet.

I play PS3 a lot these days, and I’m still trying for trophies, so I will try to make a post when ever I platinum a game and give a bit of a review and a review of the difficulty of the platinum.