Let The Music Play!

I was up until 1:30AM last night playing Guitar Hero III…which added another level of fun to work today, but I made it, and on only one cup of coffee, no less!

I really like music, and I really like games, therefore by logical extension I should really like music games. And I do! Starting from the top:

Dance Dance Revolution – Probably the first music game I played since “Simon” (yes, I’m dating myself here) and certainly one of the more popular ones, my initial experience was dulled somewhat by a crappy 3rd party pad and my big feet. I currently own Supernova for the PS2 and its quite fun, though currently living on the second floor limits my stomping around. I’d have to rate it my least favorite of the games on this list mainly because of the J-pop heavy soundtrack, but its fun.

Elite Beat Agents – Touch screen + highly stylized comic-book graphics + rhythm-based gameplay + wacky stories that could only come from Japan = FUN! The gameplay is solid, and the soundtrack is a nice mix of classic and current tunes from the US pop charts. If I have anything bad to say it, its that the audio quality of the music could be better. If a sequel ever comes down the pipe, it’ll be a “Day 1” game for me.

Karaoke Revolution – You don’t need Simon Cowell to find out that you can’t sing, though Virtual Simon is available in the American Idol edition of the game. While this is more of a jazzed-up karaoke machine than a game, its still loads of fun. Check your dignity at the door with this one, which of course makes it a great party game.

Guitar Hero – I have been a fan ever since I played the first game at Circuit City. Admittedly, the game would be quite the same without the awesome controller, which takes it all the way to 11. The soundtrack, for the most part, rocks and with online play now added, the game only gets better. The downside is that non-rockers need not apply…or is that a plus?

Whether its stepping, tapping, singing, or rocking, music games will always have a place in this gamer’s systems.

Netflix Rocks!

I read in the news today that Movie Gallery filed for bankruptcy. I’ve only been to a Movie Gallery once to drop off some movies for my brother, and I can’t say it was an unpleasant experience. I didn’t sign up for a membership though.

The Blockbuster in my neighborhood cheesed me off awhile back and I haven’t been back since. I recently reactivated my Netflix account and have been very happy, especially since they now have a distribution center here in San Antonio! I dropped the last movie I rented (Idoicracy, pretty funny) in the mail Monday morning, and there should be another movie waiting for me (Grave of the Fireflies) in the mail tomorrow.

Fark Blockbuster, their slow lines and crappy movie selection. Last time I was in a Blockbuster I was looking at all the crappy grade D movies on the shelves wondering “How the hell did these get MADE?” I guess they need product that badly. As for me, I’ll be getting my movies in the mail and online via NetFlix and Xbox Live.

Now where’s the popcorn?

Lights, Action, No Camera!!

I’m sure we’ve all had a ‘wish I had a camera’ moment, especially in these YouTube days we live in now. I had one today: I’m waiting at a stop sign by a neighborhood store, and I see a guy ride up to the store on his bike with his faithful dog trailing behind him. It was a Norman Rockwell kind of moment. As I get onto the road, the last thing I see is the guy securing his bike to a sign in front of the store.

The store across the street that I was going to stop at was closed. What I didn’t see while making that 180 in the parking lot was this: the guy was either tying his dog to the bike or the dog’s leash got entangled in the bike. Either way, what ended up happening was the dog took off with the bike in tow behind him and the guy soon following them both. After about 50 feet, the dog stopped, and the guy got everything sorted out. When I took off both dog and dude looked alright as far as I could tell.

It would have been YouTube gold, I tell you!

Strange Game, Strange Burger

I don’t have cable (mental note: write ‘TV sucks’ journal in the future) and as the Dallas Cowboys are playing tonight, and Monday Night Football is now on cable (boo hiss) I figured I’d go to a local sports bar/restaurant to catch the game and hoot and holler with other fans.

If I hadn’t stayed up until two in the morning last night finishing Daxter, (fun game, BTW) it would have been a good plan. Instead, I plop into bed dead tired after I get home from work and wake up at 7. The game starts at 730, so all of the usual places are packed. As I’m driving around I’m listening to the game on the radio and hear Tony Romo giving the Bills 14 free points and they’re losing. Damn, I just GOTTA watch the game now. As I’m driving around, I see a place called Gourmet Burger Grill, they have the game on, and its nearly empty! What luck!

The “nearly empty with the game on” should have gotten my Spidey-sense tingling, but I REALLY wanted to watch the game. Okay, 1/2 pound Angus burgers, nice. Lots of cheeses, good. Fries, good. Alfalfa sprouts? Mango Avocado Salsa, HUH?! Crab Cake Burger?!? Somehow, I don’t think we’re at Whataburger anymore. I guess ‘gourmet’ means ‘put odd stuff on it’ because I don’t get it.

I had a “plain old” cheeseburger that was too greasy but at least their fries were really good. I don’t think I’ll be coming back, though, and I don’t see them staying in business for long. If a hamburger joint can’t pack the house on a Monday night with the Cowboys on the tube it ain’t happening. Then again, given that I’m referring to it as a ‘joint’ I suppose I’m not the target market. Call me nutty, but the words ‘gourmet’ and ‘burger’ don’t quite go together in my book. I went home at halftime to listen to the game on the radio.

It still beats paying $50 a month for cable. 🙂

At The Ol’ Game

The San Antonio Rampage have their first game tonight, and I’m here watching the fun.

I do miss the Iguanas, though. Sure, the quality of play is better here in the AT&T Center, but the Iguanas had a fun bush-league Slap-Shot vibe to them. Hooting and hollering at everything that sucked (the players, goalies, referees, hot dog guy, mascot, cheerleaders, okay maybe not the cheerleaders) was a blast.

I think they’d throw you out for that here.

Oh well, considering what they charge for parking, food, ect, at least the WiFi is free!

A Journal about Journals!

This is my 3rd attempt at doing a journal, I’ve tried using other sites to that effect, but ultimately I would stop posting.  I’m hoping that things will be different here, because LiveJournal is simply about writing.  I’m sure there’s extra stuff here too, but for the most part, I just want to write and see what other people have on their minds.

Actually I should correct myself, this is my 3rd attempt at an online journal, I used to carry paper around with me to write on.  Later, my Palm Pilot (does anyone even call them that anymore?) became my virtual notebook.  I find there is a certain feeling of permanence in using paper; I’ve been a computer user, tech support guy and programmer long enough to know that hard drives crash, CD’s go bad, and I’ve even had one of those fancy-pants flash drives crap out on me, too.

Ah well, its getting way too late, even though tomorrow is Friday, I still have to go to work…I’ll try not to gripe too much about that here, then again there really isn’t much to gripe about for once.  Life is good.