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Just a few minutes ago, the second Konami countdown timer ended to reveal yet another countdown timer, starting at 117 hours. The fact that it leads to another timer isn’t the most unsurprising thing that’s come out of this. The most unsurprising fact is that it now appears pretty certain that their next title will be Metal Gear Solid 5. It was speculated to be MGS5 back on the 2nd timer when the number 5 would flash up occassionally on lightning strikes. However, this countdown timer will occassionally flash the image below up. Judge for yourself.

MGS5

I didn’t play MGS4 (although I know the plot) and personally wasn’t a big fan of MGS3. I remember seeing Hideo Kojima at the Playstation Experience years back saying pretty defiantly that MGS3 would be the last in the series. I don’t know where they’re going to take the series now but it’s hard to not think that this is just for the money now.

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Updatingz

Basically this is just a bit of an update on stuff. Not entirely sure what qualifies as “stuff” to be put into this post but I’ll have a go at it. Alsoz, addingz z’sz toz thez endz ofz wordsz isz awesomez.

Firstly I want to say congratulations to Rob. His only goal in life for the past year and a half has been solely on trying to get Recon, something he finally achieved yesterday. I played a couple games with him earlier today and the harrassment and attention he now receives is silly. More or less, every game there’ll be a kid on the other team yelling “REEEEEEEEEEEEEECON!!!” down the mic repeatedly. It gets annoying I guess but that’s the price you have to pay.

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I also want to say thank you to people who are actually coming to my blog. I started up nearly a year ago now on wordpress and didn’t receive very much traffic at all. There would be days of getting plenty of “0 views”. I know that the traffic doesn’t affect what I write about but it gets annoying when you get days and days of no one. It can be a little soul destroying when your posts brimming with witicisms and informative information don’t get read. Luckily for me, my posts are rather dull and just rewrites of other bloggers’ stuff. Anyway, I basically just want to say that I’m happy to have a new record of no no views in a row. I’ve had consistent(ish) numbers recently and just hit the 2,100 mark. Considering I was struggling to hit 1,000 back in December (which I failed at) this is good news for me.

My exams are also going reasonably well and I don’t think I’m going to struggle too much for the 40% I need. I only have 3 more exams left and only 1 of them is an issue for me. I also have the best bunch of mates at the moment and last night was sick. The evening had a lot of surprises and a fair amount of sick from 2 of our mates. Anyway, I’ve got to end this post as I’m meant to be building some sort of TV stand thing…

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Learning

This is going to be one of those “talk about myself” posts, rather than a review supplied with witicisms about some shitty game, like, I don’t know, Stalin Vs Martians. This post is going to be about me and what I’ve learnt over the last year about myself and those around me.

To start with, I’ve learnt  to be by myself. I have a twin brother and before uni we would spend up to 80% of every day together. So to go from that to only seeing him with months in between is a big step. I’ve had to learn how to enjoy my own company. Being able to spend time on your own is an important thing, you aren’t always going to be able to spend time around those you want to. Considering I’m not the most socially aware of people (I’m doing Computer Science for God’s sake heh), I’m not one of these people that has made a huge amount of new friends at uni. I’ve learnt that I’m not the kind of guy that has hundreds of friends but doesn’t know any of them. I realise that I’m not this guy or that I’m ever going to be. Fortunately, the friends I do have are all good friends.

I’ve also learnt that loving yourself is important. My body might not be perfect, but it’s mine. My mind might not be perfect, but it’s mine. No one’s perfect and no one is expecting you to be. You are the biggest critic of yourself. If you have a problem with how you are, do something about it rather than moan about it and let it effect you. Having doubts about yourself will only place doubts in other people’s minds. I spent quite a lot of time not liking how I am for most of my life, but what’s the point in doing that. It’s only been recently that I’ve realised I am who I am and it’s only had possitive effects on me.

Recently I’ve learnt that there’s no point persuing that one person you wish to be with. If  you’ve tried and the feeling isn’t mutual, don’t dwell on it or keep persuing them. It’s going to be a pointless exercise and you’ll only get let down again and again. Let them move onto chasing people who don’t really care about them. And anyway, you can’t make someone love you. Also, opening up to friends is extremely beneficial to your well being and also to your relationship with that friend. And I’ve also learnt to not care about what other people think about someone you like. It’s not you that has a problem, it’s your so called friend that has the problem.

I want to thank the friends that have been there, whether they read this or not or whether they know it or not. I was let down today by a girl I care about but I’m not going to let it bother me. I’m not going to let myself feel pained by it as it’s a waste of my resources, especially considering I should be thinking about my exams and the future.

Sorry for this being a tad reflective or whatever, but I just needed to get some of my thoughts down. Time to get on with life 😀

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Well, according to the BBC, it appears as if Swine Flu has mutated and is now showing an additional sympton… undeath. The news piece states that people are rising from the dead after dying and are staying in an “undead” state for up to 2 hours. Here’s the link:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8032582.stm

I think it’s essential for us to not panic. That will be hard, I know as there are fucking ZOMBIES!

(Yes I know it’s fake, but someone will believe it).

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I never thought I’d ever write a post with that title but I guess life is full of surprises. In the new Wolverine game to go alongside the disapointing film, there’s a little nod to the guys at Blizzard. And when I say little, I mean it’s as subtle as a brick. In one of the caves surrounding the Weapon X Facility, there’s a rather familiar looking runeblade, sheathed in a block of ice.

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Not only is this an awesome nod to WoW players and Blizzard, it also unlocks the achievement “WoW!”, with the description as “You feel cold as you examine the skeleton and read the name “Arthas” etched into the nearby sword.” At first it seems surprising to have such a non subtle reference in the game, but seeing as it’s published by Activision Blizzard, it’s far less surprising.

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