Update, and video games for Christmas Hoo Ray!

I haven’t posted anything to the blog for like ten days now.  I came down with some sort of Bubonic Death-Plauge this week.  That worked out okay though, since for Christmas I got a bunch of XBox 360 games.   Since getting off the couch was too much work, I just had my kids keep popping in various games between bouts of vomiting. 

 Mass Effect:  Holy crap, that’s a fun game.  Probably the single most engrossing role playing game I’ve played since Knights Of The Old Republic.  (and it is from the same company, so no surprise).  A lot of the mechanics are kind of weird, it is part RPG, part FPS, but the highlights are actually the conversations and the plot.   It isn’t black and white, good and evil, and you’ve got to make some tough choices, and there are some grown-up situations.  Overall, I loved it, and will be playing through it again.

Call Of Duty 4:  Modern Warfare:  The best COD game, by far.  An awesome shooter, with some really neat scripted moments.  The level where you are in a Spectre gunship, blasting the living hell out of the countryside is probably my favorite.  The piggyback level is great too.

Guitar Hero III:  The Correias have been Guitar Heroless since my boy decided to spin the CD for number II like a record, and scratched it to death.  Guitar Hero is just plain fun, I don’t care who you are.  Ironically, I can beat Satan in a rock off, but I can’t beat Tom Morello on medium.  Damn him.  But come on, he’s the guy from Rage Against the Machine (angry, about something… or other… hell if I know) and Audio Slave (which rocks the awesome). 

Monster Hunter International UPDATE: Preordered books on the way to me!

Number of Packages

7
UPS Service: GROUND
Weight: 304.5 LBS

That is the notice I just got from  UPS.  Those are the very first copies of MHI.  300 pounds of preordered goodness.   I just deposited the checks, and will be charging the cards today.  I’ll get these bagged up and shipped out as fast as I can, and will try to get everything out to you guys by New Years.

So we almost made Christmas. 

Movie Review: Werewolf, Devil's Hound

Okay, now you guys know I watch a lot of B-Movies, and many of them are really bad, but that’s okay, because even when a movie sucks, that is still part of the B-Movie experience.  Once in awhile you get one that has potential, but it just falls apart, however you still have to admit that you enjoyed it, despite the suckitude.

 

Welcome to Werewolf:  Devil’s Hound, or I believe it was supposed to have been originally called Lycan, since that is what it is called in the credits.  I give you enjoyable suckitude. 

 

The basic plot?  Well, first off disregard the art on the DVD box, and don’t pay any attention to the blurb on the back.  Both of which were intended for a cooler movie, but apparently got stuck onto this DVD on accident.   Warning, here are spoilers, except spoilers connote some form of plotting, so never mind. 

 

A werewolf is captured by her family.  (Germans, and they weren’t even carrying HK, which is probably why a couple of them got eaten right off the back, because they didn’t ask themselves ‘what is my life worth?’).   So what do you do when you capture a werewolf?  Why, you send her to America for treatment, inside a small, plywood box, with air holes punched in the top.  And apparently you don’t even bother to get insurance or delivery confirmation.  Personally, I use USPS for all of my werewolf shipping needs, and here’s a good example as to why.

 

So the crate is mistakenly delivered to a fireworks/special-effects studio, which I’m assuming is an actual company, because we have to see their logo every few minutes.  There we meet our cast of annoying people, so we can begin to wish for their deaths. 

 

The main character is a doofus, married to a hot chick, and after you see him act like Ferris Bueller (only not entertaining) for a really long scene, (I’m bored!), you have to ask yourself, how in the hell did this guy marry her?  But then again, people say that about me all the time, so what do I know?  Then he gets bitten by a werewolf.

 

So then, after being cheesy as hell, the movie tries to get serious, and does the American Werewolf in London (there’s something wrong with me, but I feel sexy) bit, and tries to eek out a small bit of drama.  Then there is some plot, and we meet more annoying characters. 

 

And then this is when it gets bad.  So far we’ve had a cheesy B-Movie, an attempt at being a scary movie, and then the movie shifts gears again and turns into a full blown spoof.  Well, I don’t even know if that is what it is, or if the director just said, “**** this, I’m bored.  Let’s throw in some space aliens and kung fu.”

 

So overall?  It was dumb, but my brain was mildly entertained for an hour and a half.  Or it might just have been because I had just gotten done proofreading 200,000 words in less than 24 hours, and my brain wasn’t getting enough oxygen, but I still liked it.