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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Top 10 worst Top 10 lists.

  1. Top 10 books to read before your school shooting.

  2. Top 10 ways to tell a judge to Fuck Off during your sentencing.

  3. Top 10 abortions of 2012.

  4. Top 10 performances of the song "Take on me" sung by members of Al Qaeda.

  5. Top 10 naked passenger photos from the TSA.

  6. Top 10 vacation spots in North Korea.

  7. Top 10 dirtiest wigs confiscated from crack dens.

  8. Top 10 audio recordings of hamsters farting.

  9. Top 10 paper machete dictators.

  10. Top 10 video games about knitting.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Quick game review: Sleeping Dogs.

I just finished playing Sleeping Dogs (PC version) and I thought I would post a small review.

  • Graphics

  • The graphics in the game are good. I can only speak for the PC version, but the graphics should be roughly the same for console versions, except for one thing.... There's a free piece of DLC for the PC version that adds high resolution textures. This requires you have a graphics card with 1GB of video memory, but gives the graphics a nice sharp look to them. It's no Crysis, but it seems, to me at least, about on-par with GTA4, with higher res textures. Click below screenshot for a bigger version.

  • Gameplay

  • Think Grand Theft Auto with less gun play and more Kung Fu and you'll have a pretty good idea. The melee combat is good, with more moves being unlocked as you complete tasks within the game. There's the standard fare of GTA-like gameplay such as races, vehicle snatching, shootouts, collectables, and so on. The shooting, which comes into play later in the game, is good. The vehicle controls don't feel *quite* as tight as in GTA, but I never felt the need to complain about it, I doubt you would either. It's a pretty small difference.

  • Conrols

  • While the PC version has perfectly fine controls, I opted to use the Xbox 360 controller. Fortunately, that gave me a good feel for what it would play like on a console, and I can safely say that it should play just fine either way. Aiming a gun would be a little better with a mouse, but I found everything else a lot more fun with the controller. The only oddity I ran into is that the game seemed to really want to use the mouse/kb combo. I would have to start the game and move my character with the controller WITHOUT touching the keyboard or mouse for the game to accept the controller, regardless of what options I used. After that, however, it played just fine.

  • Sound

  • I found the sound to be the weakest part, but not because of the voice acting. The voice acting was spot on. Anyone who's played Grand Theft Auto or Saints Row knows that the radio is a pretty big part of the sound experience, and I found that part lacking. Music selection ranges from a few Asian tunes to classical music. Not much noteworthy to speak of there, nothing memorable. But like I said, the voice acting is great, as are sound effects.

  • Story

  • You play as "Wei Shin" a cop that goes undercover to take down the Hong Kong based organized crime group known as the Sun On Yee. The game focuses on the struggle that Wei Shin goes through balancing his duty as a cop with his growing loyalties to his fellow gangsters. I thought it was interesting and well done. I never got bored of the story and was always interested to see what would happen next. No complaints.

  • Fun

  • If you have fun with the game play of games like Grand Theft Auto, you'll surely enjoy this game. I liked the various mechanics and game play aspects. Little things like being able to ram other vehicles during races or police chases are pretty cool. Things like hacking cameras or picking locks proved to be interesting enough without becoming annoying. I had plenty of fun with it.

  • Final Thoughts

  • The only thing I had heard of Sleeping Dogs was that it was merely "okay" or "average" before I played it myself, which is sad because I think it's a lot better than that. I found the story interesting, the gameplay enjoyable and the voice acting very good. The only thing I really disliked was the lack of anything memorable or interesting in the vehicle radio, which isn't that big of a deal. If you enjoy the Grand Theft Auto games, I think you'll enjoy this, especially if you like the Asian twist on the formula.

  • Score

  • 4/5

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

    Ha Ha... inappropriate.

    I spotted this on Twitter, thought I would share.

    You think they're feeling pretty good about name that these days? I don't.

    Sunday, December 16, 2012

    Westboro Baptist Church site hacked live.

    So recently, while browsing around the web I saw a headline titled "Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptist Church and posts personal information." My first thought? "PLEASE let there be footage or audio of this" and sure enough, there is. Fantastic. I thought I would share.

    Another fine example of religious insanity, and the ingenuity of the Internet. Good stuff.

    Friday, December 14, 2012

    10 things I'm looking forward to.

    Everyone needs things to look forward to, especially if you're depressed. Here's a list of 10 things that I'm personally looking forward to. Will everything come to pass? Only time will tell.

    1. The future of Wii U

    2. I'll be getting my Wii U very soon and am very much looking forward to seeing what Nintendo does with it. We've already got confirmation for a 3D Mario and Super Smash Bros (as if we needed confirmation, right?) but what else? Star Fox? Zelda? Metroid? What about new IPs and third party games? It should be fun to watch.

    3. Watching the Ouya fail

    4. Speaking of video games, this is a new console with the specs of a smart phone that runs Android. Every news post or announcement regarding the system has baffled me. Frankly, I think it's a piece of shit. With those smart phone specs, it's incredibly underpowered, even by console standards. Even the Wii is more powerful.

      I know power isn't everything, especially for consoles, but this might be an exception. It's a "console" designed to be cheap, and that's about it. Maybe it will be a success, but I don't think so.

    5. The decline of Fox News

    6. You might be thinking "no way, it's got huge ratings, this is a crazy religious country and there are plenty of right-wing nutjobs that will continue to watch it" and I would agree, but that can only last so long. As the country slowly gets more liberal, Fox News will eventually suffer decline. If it's half as hilarious as I think it's going to be, buckle up.

      Will they mellow out a bit as their ratings decline, or get more crazy? Either way, this is definitely something to look forward to.

    7. Mars missions, along with missions to other planets

    8. I'm really interested in the NASA Mars missions. Whether they find life or not, I find it fascinating. Of course, if they DID find life, on Mars or anywhere else that isn't Earth, the reaction should be something to see. My guess is that half the religious population goes nuts while the other half attempts to explain it in the context of their religion. The mental gymnastics required to make that work should be something to see.

    9. Self driving cars

    10. There's been a lot of progress lately on cars with systems built in that allow them to drive themselves, largely thanks to Google. I look forward to a society where actual people driving themselves around is rare. People are terrible drivers, accident after accident shows this. People drink and drive, text and drive, eat and drive and do pretty much whatever they can do impair their ability to drive properly. I'm also looking forward to the right-wing response. "OMG TEH GUVMENTS IS TAKIN AR DRIVINZ GRRRRR JESUS 9/11 9/11 JESUS." Fun times ahead.

    11. Global Warming denier collapse

    12. That will definitely be fun to watch. As the years get warmer in the U.S. and in the rest of the world, sea levels slowly rise and arctic ice continues to get more and more scarce the global warming deniers club should get smaller and smaller. Likely with the remaining deniers getting crazier and crazier. Who will be the last one, and what kind of stuff will come out of that persons mouth? Aren't you curious? I sure am.

    13. Gigabit Internet connections

    14. Yep, I'm a huge Internet/tech geek, but this is one of the biggest things I'm looking forward to. With Google rolling out their own fiber network slowly offering 1Gbps up and 1Gbps down at a reasonable price, it's only a matter of time before other ISPs are forced to compete. The U.S. has had pretty piss-poor Internet speeds for a long while and it's about damn time someone did something about it. Hats off to you, Google.

    15. The death of Bill O'reilly

    16. This is one turd that is in serious need of being flushed. I hope when he has a heart attack or whatever it is that kills him, they bury him in a giant toilet. The sooner this guy croaks the sooner we can start to have a more honest, reasonable discussion in this country about real issues, not some kind of "war on Christmas" bullshit.

    17. The slow decline of religion

    18. The elimination of Religion is not likely to happen in our lifetimes, even in modern countries, but it should decline by a pretty good margin. It's my opinion that as we learn more and more about ourselves and the universe, the decline of religion will really take off. As people realize that there are far more amazing things out there than some silly stories about zombie carpenters and fake deities, people will turn to religion at an ever-decreasing rate. At least, that's my hope. Only time will tell.

    19. Fewer car insurance commercials

    20. It's got to happen eventually... right? They just can't keep running 500 of these a day forever, can they?

      Seriously, holy shit guys, tone it down.

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

    New stuff.

    I like to mess around with Zazzle every now and then and no, that's not an illegal substance. I make stuff and sometimes people buy the stuff that I make, good times are then had by all.

    I just made something new. It's a play on the "Keep Calm and Carry On" old British propaganda poster. You've probably seen a lot of variations on the Internet and this is my take on it. Check it out Here. For the rest of my stuff, visit my Zazzle Store.

    Friday, December 7, 2012

    Happy HOLIDAYS morons.

    Is anyone else sick of all the religious morons bitching about people saying "Happy Holidays?" It happens every year, without fail. I see stupid shit on TV, commercials like "It's OK to say Merry Christmas! Come down and get a button that says so!" You see Fox News going nuts, with their made up "War on Christmas," that is, if you actually watch Fox News. I stopped doing that a long time ago. It's funny to watch idiots be idiots, but after a while, it's just painful. After that, it's really sad, and I feel shitty enough as it is on a day to day basis without adding to it.

    It's the most pathetic, wannabe-victim bullshit ever. Members of the largest religion on the planet, and most certainly in the country, just love to act like they're being oppressed whenever possible. Even in the face of something that isn't offensive in any way, like people saying "Happy Holidays" to them.

    Do you idiots even realize where the term came from? Here's a quote from Wikipedia:
    "The word holiday derived from the notion of "Holy Day", and gradually evolved to its current form."
    And another source via Webster.

    So calling this time of the year "Holy Days" is really that offensive, Christians? Is it? Would you rather people go around saying "Happy Hanukkah?" No, of course you wouldn't. Why? That isn't your Holiday, and it's all about you, right? Your bullshit is so much better and more important than everyone elses bullshit. You simply can't handle a term meant to describe EVERYONE, including you. It's got to be about you specifically and only you.

    I just wish the "War on Christmas" was an actual war, so I could nail your stupid ass with an RPG.

    Sunday, December 2, 2012

    America, the Rage Comic.

    Click for full size version. Freely repostable as long as the watermark is left intact.