Sunday, December 5, 2010

*Yaaaawn* There Have Been Better Video Game Holidays

I'm kinda irritated about the limited amount of quality triple A video games this holiday season. I realize that a lot of games got pushed to early next year for good reason, but I'm still irritated. I played and finished Fallout: New Vegas. It was good. It wasn't nearly as good as Fallout 3 though. I wouldn't call it a triple A title. I had a bunch of issues with it actually. I'm not going to get into those issues though. On a 1-10 scale I'd rate it an 8.

I just recently started playing Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit. Supposedly a triple A title. Don't get me is good, but not great. That's just my opinion though. It's getting good/great reviews. I honestly think I had a better time with Split Second and Blur earlier this year though. The first few hours were really fun. Then all of a sudden the difficulty ramps up out of nowhere and I just find myself getting frustrated. On a 1-10 scale I'd rate it a 7.5.

Today I just started playing Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. After playing Assassin's Creed 2 I was kinda burned out on the Assassin's Creed gameplay formula, but I had to get this because I played and finished the first two. On top of that I'm hearing nothing but really good things about Brotherhood. I don't have an opinion yet. I'm only about 40 minutes in. I'm just hoping that this game feels like a worthy triple A title.

On the back burner I have Fable 3 still in shrink wrap. I thought about playing that, but I'm hearing a lot of negative things about it. One thing that I keep hearing is that it's a step down from Fable 2. Not a good sign, but I'll play it after I finish Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood...maybe. I have been getting some great deals online for other games. Just ordered Splinter Cell: Conviction for 10 bucks as well as Just Cause 2 for 15 bucks.

I really hope that the games I'm looking forward to early next year deliver because so far the only games that I've been impressed with are Call Of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer and Halo: Reach multiplayer. There is still hope though. Maybe Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood will get it's hooks into me.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Yet More Fallout New Vegas Thoughts...Also Games On Standby

At this point I am about 55 hours into Fallout: New Vegas. In the beginning I really wasn't entirely into it. Certain gameplay aspects as well as bugs/glitches were pissing me off. Now that I'm a level 26 things are going well, and I'm having fun with side quests. Below is a list of my pros and cons.


Glitches galore. I've had at least 12 hard freezes. I've also gotten stuck on certain objects in the environment several times. I definitely didn't have these issues with Fallout 3.

Enemies all over the map that kick your ass early on. In this world there are just places that you cannot go when you are a low level character. There are MANY places you can't go early on. It's really frustrating!

Lack of stimpacks. In Fallout 3 stimpacks were everywhere. Now you have to rely heavily on food that heals you over a period of time.

Many locations are pointless. I've come across many locations that serve no real purpose. I've even picked locks to get into certain places to find absolutely nothing but empty shelves with no loot to speak of.


It's a lot like Fallout 3. It's the same engine. It's basically a huge expansion pack for Fallout 3 in a new location with a few tweaks that were added.

New enemies along with old enemies. Some of the new enemies did piss me off early on, but at least they added some new ones.

Weapon mods. Adding scopes and silencers to guns is definitely cool.

With all of the problems this game has it's still a really good game. Hopefully future patches fix all of the problems.

While my addiction for Fallout New Vegas continues FABLE 3, Rock Band 3, and Call Of Duty: Black Ops sit on my shelf. On top of that I just pre-ordered Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, and I'm also ordering Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. I did play Rock Band 3 for a few hours, and the tracklist is the best yet for any Rock Band game. After that I think I'm done for the year. Of course it all starts again early next year with a few more games I'm looking forward to...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Proof That Video Games Don't Need To Cost 60 Bucks

I'd like to send praise and thanks to for all of their video game deals. There simply isn't a better place to buy new games. In this shitty economy I need to save as much money as I can. Yes, I realize that buying video games isn't saving me money, but hey a guy has to live a little. Amazon helps me do that. Their discounts are kind of insane. It's unheard of to buy a game and get a twenty dollar discount on your next game purchase. It's unheard of unless we're talking about The past two years I've saved a lot of money by taking advantage of all of the 10, 15 and 20 dollar discounts on games. Thanks to "tough times" gamers win if they are smart enough to know where to shop. These days every retailer needs to fight hard to get you to spend your money with them. Some retailers are fighting harder than others. Best Buy also has some really good deals from time to time. In my opinion Amazon is still the smartest about it. The consumer gets a great deal on their next game purchase and Amazon gets you to come back and spend more money. If you are really smart about it you can continue to buy every game for 40 bucks plus same day shipping for just a buck now. For example I bought Halo:Reach for 61 bucks total and got a 20 dollar credit for my next game. I used that credit for Fallout New Vegas at a total cost of 41 dollars. With Fallout New Vegas came another 20 dollar credit. I then picked up Fable 3 for 41 dollars with that credit. Of course Fable 3 also has a 20 dollar credit, so I put that on Call Of Duty Black Ops. Of course COD Black Ops has a 20 dollar credit as well. I'll probably put that credit towards the new Assassins Creed. Bottom Line = Amazon rules.

There is also a backlog of games I still want to play that I haven't bought yet. For those games that I want, but didn't feel like I had to have right away I wait a few months and pick them up on for 20 bucks or less. I also keep an eye on

As long as people keep paying 60 bucks for games we will keep getting charged 60 bucks for games.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Fallout New Vegas Thoughts & A Channel Called Hub

It took a while, but I'm finally digging Fallout New Vegas. I was getting my ass handed to me by just about every enemy you can imagine. I was obviously in over my head and going in the most deadly places on the map. I figured I explore and look for some side missions. After getting my ass kicked by just about every enemy you can imagine I ran into a Deathclaw and finally said fuck this. I decided to try and just follow the main quest until I level up a bit. I'm glad I wised up and decided to do that because I'm having a good time with the game now. Some of the new creatures are no joke. The Cazadors were really pissing me off. It's pretty clear that some of the creatures in New Vegas just weren't meant to be messed with until you've reached a higher level. I don't remember it being this way in Fallout 3, but of course this isn't Fallout 3 no matter how much it feels like it is. My other issue with New Vegas is the lack of stimpacks. It seems like it's all about other health items that raise your health over an amount of time depending on what you ingest. I've mostly been using Sunset Sarsaparilla. That seems to be the most effective way to replenish health.

There have also been some bugs here and there. The game only froze on me once. That was 37 minutes in. Probably the most annoying thing for me is how sluggish things can get while you are walking through the wasteland. It stutters here and there while the game is loading new environments. I've also witnessed creatures clipping through walls. Once when I was fighting two Fire Gecko's I shot one and it flew straight up in the air about 100 feet and just hovered there. Honestly though I expect glitches and bugs in a video game world that is this vast. Things have gotten better with the latest patch though. I'm having fun in New Vegas. That's all that really matters.

Now a heads up to anyone who likes old tv shows from the 70's and 80's. I just discovered a channel on Directv that I didn't know existed called HUB. At the moment I'm watching a GI JOE cartoon from 1984. Before that I caught the end of an episode of Transformers. Other notable shows are Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Doogie Howser M.D, The Wonder Years, Batman, and Fraggle Rock. Hopefully they continue to add different shows from the 70's and 80's.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Vicodin Induced Ramblings

I've had an awful headache all day, so I popped two vicodin. This blog entry could be scary. I'm feeling a bit fuzzy. I feel so fuzzy that I've decided against playing FALLOUT NEW VEGAS tonight. Instead I'll blog about some random bullshit.

Speaking of FALLOUT NEW VEGAS...I'm about five hours in and enjoying it. I hate those damned monster praying mantis nymphs though. Creepy bastards. I feel like I haven't played enough to really comment on a whole lot, but I will say that the FALLOUT game have some hot video game chicks. In the last game it was the Nuka Cola chick. She had a nice little ass. Now it's Sunny Smiles that I'd nail to the sheets. There really needs to be some hot bedroom action going on in the FALLOUT universe.

Still deciding if I'll buy ROCK BAND 3, FABLE 3, CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS, and ASSASSIN'S CREED BROTHERHOOD this year. The plan was to buy all four, but I may just buy a couple instead. I plan on milking NEW VEGAS for all it's worth anyway.

I had planned on seeing Cannibal Corpse, Vital Remains, Dying Fetus, and Devourment in November, but I'm thinking maybe not. I'm not sure I can deal with that much Death Metal in one concert. If this was the early 90's I'd be all for it. I'm also probably not going to see BLS, Clutch, and Children Of Bodom.

I can't believe it's almost time to throw the snow tires back on the Mustang. I love this time of year, but the snow is annoying.

We added another pet to our family. We decided our ferret Delilah needed a friend, so thanks to Craigslist we got another ferret that looks just like the one we have as well as a huge cage that they both share now. The lady was charging a "rehoming" fee, but ended up giving us the ferret and cage for free. Once again this ferret was owned by someone who didn't want the ferret after they bought it. We renamed our new ferret Daisy. She's quite a bit smaller than Delilah. Delilah beats up on her. She also beats up on our cat. She has a bit of a mean streak. She's likes to bite sometimes.

Just found out the other day that my boss was offered an early retirement from my place of employment. He's been a damn good boss for the past 16 years. Who knows who the hell I'll have to deal with now. I hate change. He'll be gone in three weeks.

Anyone else looking forward to PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2? I know I am. I thought the first one was really good. Here's hoping they don't fuck it up.

My DALLAS STARS are now 5-1 to start the season.

My daughter just turned 16. Holy shit where does the time go? I'll be dead before you know it.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Jagermeister Music Tour - Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax Review

It's been a while since I've been to a concert. I used to go to concerts regularly. Once upon a time there were a lot of great shows here in Kalamazoo. Now you have to drive an hour north of where I live to Grand Rapids or three hours to Detroit to see a decent metal concert. Last night me and a good friend drove the one hour drive to Grand Rapids to see three of the "big four" thrash metal bands. This isn't going to be your typical concert review. I have quite a few thoughts and some funny details to share though, so here goes...

We arrive at the show and immediately have to go back to the car because my friend Steve had a laser pointer. If we had read the sign on the way in we would have known that, but really who reads those signs? Not us. No big deal. I was thirsty anyway and had a bottle of water in the car. We head back in to get frisked. We are good to go. We were both told to go get over 21 years of age bands at the next table. Not that I was drinking, but whatever. To one side they were selling beer. To the other side they were selling liquor and lots of Jagermeister. Go figure. To the front they were selling t-shirts...lots of t-shirts. They were selling more t-shirts and other merchandise than I've ever seen at a concert. It was literally a huge wall of stuff. I brought enough cash to buy quite a few shirts, but decided to show some restraint and only bought two. Shirts were 35 bucks a piece. Remember the good old days when shirts were only 25 bucks? I could have easily bought 6 or 7 shirts, but didn't. BTW holding on to shirts for an entire show sucks, but you do what you gotta do. Next up I had to piss which took forever because I had to stand in a long ass line because the bathrooms were rather small...just as I got done I could hear Anthrax starting to play CAUGHT IN A MOSH...

Anthrax played a very short set consisting of just seven songs. This was my second time seeing Anthrax. The last time I saw them they opened for Judas Priest for Priest's ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION album. I've only ever seen Anthrax as an opening band which kinda sucks because I'm a a pretty big fan of Anthrax. Though their set was short they played some classics. It's too bad more people weren't there early because I'm sure the pit would have been more intense for INDIANS...WAAAAAAR DAAAAAAANCE!!! Anthrax kicked ass and got a really good response from the crowd. Scott Ian is intense on stage. He looks like he's in his own world when he's playing. He was just totally into it as were the rest of the band. Joey really is a great front man with a ton of stage presence. Man, Joey is looking old! I guess that's because he is. Though he may have looked old he was still running around like he was in his 20's. At the end of their set Scott Ian thanked us all and told us there would be a new Anthrax album next year.

Next up was Megadeth, but I had to piss again. Yes, I have the bladder of a little girl. I also had to get a water. While getting a water a guy said "you are from Kalamazoo aren't you". I was like yeah. He said "I recognize your face". I said "Is that a good thing or a bad thing"? he laughed and then pointed at my Overkill shirt and said he recognized me from the in store meet and greet they did here at that store. He couldn't think of the store, so I immediately told him it was called Sounds Unlimited and that autograph signing they did in Kalamazoo was back in 1989. They played later that night in Grand Rapids with Wolfsbane, and Dark Angel opening. I told the guy I was surprised he remembered me because I am now 21 years older and had a lot of hair then. We both laughed and I took off. I get this all of the time at shows. I must have a really recognizable face or something. Now here is where I let you all know that we weren't supposed to be on the floor seeing the show. Those tickets are more expensive than the tickets I purchased. Nobody was checking wristbands when we first got there to see Anthrax. When I came back from the bathroom there were people checking wristbands. We decided to go into the stands where we were supposed to be. The plan was to wait until the lights went off before Megadeth hit the stage and slip through the guard rails in the stands. We did. Rules be damned! I wasn't about to pay 10 bucks more a ticket to be on the floor.

Megadeth hits the stage and the crowd freaks out. This was my third time seeing Megadeth. I saw them on the Rust In Peace tour back in 1991 opening for Judas Priest. I also saw them headlining on the Countdown To Extinction tour with Korn opening. Of course I didn't watch Korn though. Megadeth were top notch. They ripped through every song on RUST IN PEACE from beginning to end. If ever there was an album for Megadeth to play straight through this is the one. I am so glad I got to see them play this one. I think my only complaint is that they weren't loud enough. They were using the house system with no Marhall stacks like Slayer. I'm not saying I wanted to be deafened, but louder would have been better. The crowd was drowning out Dave's vocals. I don't think I've ever heard a crowd sing every song the way we did or as loud as we did. Shit, we sang that album straight through from beginning to end. When they had finished playing RIP they broke into TRUST. Really? Trust? The posers seemed to like it though. LOL I'm probably being a bit too harsh here, but that was a radio friendly song. It really felt out of place after playing all of RIP, but whatever. It was mostly the young kids and chicks who went ape shit over it. They really need to take that song out of the set and play IN MY DARKEST HOUR or WAKE UP DEAD instead. The also played HEAD CRUSHER which I also thought was weak as hell. The finished with PEACE SELLS. Megadeth owned it for sure. They got the best crowd response of the night. In my opinion they should have played last. They were better than SLAYER. Judging by crowd response Megadeth stole the show.

Once again another piss break and once again I snuck back onto the floor. This time while the lights were still on. I must admit that knowing what to expect as far as a setlist goes kinda ruins it. I knew what Slayer's setlist was going to be. I like SEASONS IN THE ABYSS. It's a great album, but it's no REIGN IN BLOOD or SOUTH OF HEAVEN. SEASONS IN THE ABYSS is really not a good album to here straight through live. It just isn't, and it showed just by how the crowd was reacting. The pit was even sluggish and slowing down during certain songs. That's unheard of at a Slayer show. I really thought that even the band knew that SEASONS doesn't really work all that well live. It just lacks the energy that RIB and SOH have. Just as an example as soon as the crowd heard the opening for SOUTH OF HEAVEN it was like a wake up call. Everyone erupted and it was crazy again like it was when they started the show with WORLD PAINTED BLOOD. Hands down the best response they got all night was for RAINING BLOOD. Slayer was good. I just think playing all of SEASONS was a bad idea.

Various thoughts and happenings at the show.

Some chubby metal chick needed to get by me at the show, so I moved and smiled at here. She then smiled at me and rubbed my bald head as she walked by.

This is something I'll never forget. A guy needed to get through all of us. He was leaving the pit. To get people to move he covered his mouth with both hands with a sick look on his face like he was going to barf. The crowd parted like Moses parted the red sea. Then when he was through the crowd I saw him smiling and laughing about it. Hey, it was effective. I'll use this in the future if I need to.

Jim Florentine from THAT METAL SHOW was there as the MC I guess. He told some lame jokes and also asked us all if there was another band added to the big four to make it the big five who would we want added. He threw out Testament, Exodus, and Overkill as bands. I shit you not Overkill got the loudest reponse. I was kinda shocked by this, but thrilled of course.

Saw a chick I hadn't seen since probably 1998. Seeing her made me feel old.

Got quite a few Overkill comments because I was wearing an Overkill shirt, of course. One skanky metal chick even decided to touch my back saying fuck you over and over again because my shirt has fuck you written on the back a bunch of times. Yeah, that's right I get the fat chicks rubbing my head and the skanky ones touching my back flirting with me. Of course the hot chicks that were there paid me no mind. lol

I took a ton of pics. Too bad my phone fucked up on me for some reason and none of my Megadeth and Anthrax pics were saved. I do have some Slayer pics though. They aren't very good shots though. Oh well.

It was a great show. There were only a handful of idiots that I encountered. Most people were really nice though. One guy even passed a joint my way. I don't high though, so I declined. Remember my last blog post about metalheads being the worst music fans? I've changed my mind. There are a lot of good people in the scene. I think it may have helped that a lot were my age and not snotty little kids.

Here's a link with a lot of great pics from an earlier show on this tour. I'd love to post my own, but my phone decide to be a whore!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Are Metal Fans The Worst Music Fans?

The reason I ask the question are metal fans the worst music fans is because I was recently deep in thought about the next concert I'll be attending. Ok maybe I wasn't deep in thought, but some things crossed my mind when it comes to the fans of the genre of music that I mostly love. Anyone who knows me knows that I don't really care for most people I meet. I'm not big into crowds. The only way crowds work for me is if I don't really have to interact with them on a personal level. This is why hockey games and concerts are doable for me. At the same time concerts aren't an entirely enjoyable experience for me.

As much as I love metal music I pretty much detest most "metalheads". I find them more annoying than your average music fan. I'm not saying that every metalhead is an annoying twit. I do find that concerts bring out the worst in a lot of people. Concerts are full of juvenile idiots who chain-smoke,drink too much, scream too much, and try way too hard to be tough guys. Years ago none of this really bothered me except for the smoking part. There's nothing like waking up the morning after a concert with your sinuses feeling totally destroyed by cigarette smoke. It's because of all of this that I don't go to many concerts anymore. I just feel like I'm way out of touch with these people. I feel like the only thing I share with these freaks is the love of the music. These days for me to go to a concert it has to be a band I love. Friday I'll be seeing Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. I'm driving 40 minutes, and dealing with all of the idiots for these three bands.

With all of this being said diehard metalheads are also the best music fans. All idiocy and juvenile behavior aside metalheads are the most passionate music fans you'll ever find. We'll defend the bands we love tooth and nail on message boards and face to face. We'll also point out bands that we think suck endlessly. This isn't always a good thing, but it's also done with passion. We're also ready to talk metal 24/7. One of the greatest things about being a metalhead is to talk about bands you love with like-minded people. We have spent and will continue to spend a ton of cash on cds, vinyl, t-shirts, and concert tickets. We wear our favorite band t-shirts with pride and honor. I can't go anywhere without someone telling me they like the band shirt I'm wearing.

While there are things that I hate about the genre's fans I have to respect them for certain things as well. I just don't enjoy being around them at a concert. This Friday I'll do my best to block out all of the morons and just focus on the music. HORNS UP!!! SLAAAAAAAAAAAAYER!!!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Why Don't I Enjoy Horror Movies Like I Used To?

In the 80's I couldn't get enough of of the horror movie genre. Of course it was all new to me back then. Many things were new to me in the 80's. Obviously there are a lot of firsts when you're growing up. The very first horror movie that I can remember seeing (sort of) was a movie called 'Tourist Trap'. The problem was that it was so scrambled on our satellite dish that you couldn't make out what was happening all of the time. I remember getting a bit creeped out by the craziness that was going on. I couldn't get the full effect of it thanks to the signal being scrambled. I knew I liked the feeling I was getting though. I was a bit scared. This was 1981. That makes me a 9 year old boy with an imagination. I found that when I went to bed that night my imagination was worse than anything that movie could have showed me. It definitely helped to kick start my imagination though. In the same year that I saw this scrambled mess of a movie my elementary friends were talking about a movie that premiered entitled "The Exorcist". I don't remember any of the details they talked about, but I remember the look of genuine fear on their faces. These are second graders we're talking about here...maybe third graders. Now that I think about it I think who in the hell would let a kid that young watch this movie? My mom didn't. I remember her making me go to bed when it came on. It would be another 3 years before she would let me watch it. I wasn't even ready then.

It wasn't until 1984 that I was in full on horror movie mode. My Dad had just passed away in February of that year. My Mom basically did all she could to get my mind off of his death. If I wanted to watch horror movies or teen sex romp movies like "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" that was fine with her. My Dad never would have allowed it. I hadn't even seen a rated R movie until after he died. Months later my Mom met a guy who is still my step-father. Around this time all kinds of mom and pop video rental stores were popping up all over town. I would always wander over to the horror section and stare at all of cool VHS covers. We'd rent a couple and bring them home. At first these movies seemed so cool. After a while you discovered that it was the same old slasher flick over and over. This was cool the first 10 times, but then it just got old. What I needed was something that would stand out above the rest. I needed ghosts and demonic possession! Yeah, that's what I needed! I needed THE EXORCIST! After pleading with my mom that I could handle it she let me rent it. She warned that it would scare the shit out of me. I told her over and over that it couldn't be that bad. Oh, how very wrong I was!

Nothing could have prepared me for just how freaked out I would be after seeing THE EXORCIST. I remember not even wanting to walk down the dark hallway to the bathroom after it was over. My mom had to walk down the hall with me. Yeah, I was that scared. I slept with the light on that night. After that I plugged in a nightlight and slept under the covers for at least the next five nights. Talk about being scared. This movie still freaks me out today, and I'm 38 years old. You couldn't pay me enough to watch THE EXORCIST in my basement in the dark. I wouldn't do it. I told this to a friend of mine a while ago and he laughed at me. Call me a pussy, but at least I'm being honest. The only other movie that has scared me as much as THE EXORCIST was THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. That one also did a number on me. The thought of a family like that existing just fucked with my mind. These two movies for me are the most notable in terms of having a lasting effect. There have been moments here and there in other horror films, but nothing touches those.

Now all of these years later I generally dread bothering to watch a new horror movie. I feel like I'll just never be scared by a movie again. I'll admit that the very end of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT had an affect on me. I just found that last scene very disturbing and unsettling. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY had an affect on me as well. I thought what they did with that film was done well. To me it was creepy. I hyped myself up a bit before seeing it at midnight in the theater as well. Of course I'm also freaked out by paranormal things like ghosts and demonic possessions, so that may have helped. We're dealing with things in our apartment that can't be explained right now, but that's a story for another day.

I guess I'm just older and desensitized now. There are just so many "horror" movies being made that make me question why anyone would waste the time, effort, and money to make them. If anyone has any suggestions for movies that might actually freak me out I'm all ears. Until then I'll just have to watch THE EXORCIST alone in my basement on blu ray.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Top 5 Games You Need To Be Playing This Fall

It's that time of year again! It's time to kiss your cash goodbye if you're a gamer. Your wallet will be sad, but your fingers will be happy when you're hitting those buttons on your controller. Quite a few good games have been pushed back to later release dates. That's actually a good thing. Here is a list of the top 5 games you need to own/rent before the end of the year.

1) FALLOUT NEW VEGAS (If you're a FALLOUT 3 junkie like I am you've probably already pre-ordered this. If you haven't then what the hell are you waiting for? Get your ass over to right now!)

2) Fable 3 (Fable 2 was definitely a top notch game. I expect an even better sequel this time around. I'm sure Peter Molyneux and Lionhead Studios will deliver a triple a title worth owning.)

3) Call of Duty: Black Ops (Sure it's not Infinity Ward this time around, but I'm sure Treyarch will be releasing a great multiplayer experience. Besides that I've seen some gameplay videos and it looks like a hell of a lot of fun. It's going to have to be to get people like me to stop playing Halo Reach or even Modern Warfare 2.

4)Medal Of Honor (Yep another modern day shooter! I'm a sucker for shooters what can I say?)

5) Rock Band 3/ Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (I couldn't make up my mind here. It's the third Rock band game. It's the third Assassin's Creed game. I must admit that I did get a little tired of AC, but I'm curious to see what changes will be added as well as what the multiplayer mode will be like. Rock Band 3 will include keyboards this time around. While I'm not thrilled about that I do like the track list a lot. In my opinion it's better than the two games before it as far as songs go.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Music You Should Be Listening To In rOCTOBER

It's my favorite time of the year. Summer is gone. Thank You!!! Everyone who digs metal or hard rock should be cranking evil heavy metal or at least creepy tunes. Not that it all needs to be creepy. Some of it is just kinda fun Halloween stuff. Now let me suggest some appropriate rOctober music.

1) Alice Cooper! Just about anything Alice has released will do, but there are some choices that are better than others. Welcome To My Nightmare is a good place to start. I'd rather pinpoint specific songs though. You can't go wrong with songs like Dead Babies, I Love The Dead, Ballad Of Dwight Fry, Welcome To My Nightmare, This House Is Haunted, and many more.

2) King Diamond (All of it really. It's King's specialty. I prefer THEM to all of his albums though. Not much is creepier than old people. Just ask G-G-Grandmaaaaaaaa!)

3) Misfits (Lots of good stuff from the Danzig era. Songs like Die Die My Darling, Horror Business, London Dungeon, Ghouls Night Out, Skulls, Mommy, Can I Go Out And Kill Tonight?, and Death Comes Ripping should get anyone into the mood for Halloween.

4) Wednesday 13 (Transylvania 90210: Songs of Death, Dying, and the Dead was my first introduction to Wednesday 13. I'll sum up their sound like this: Take Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Misfits catchiness, and throw it all in a blender. Wednesday 13 is what you get, and this album rules.

5) Rob Zombie (Hellbilly Deluxe is a great album to play in rOctober. It's catchy as hell and the songs reek of every b horror movies Rob has ever seen.

6) Obituary ( Cause Of Death and Slowly We Rot are both great albums for this time of year. COD also happens to be my favorite Death Metal album ever.

7) Manimals (Horrorcore is a fine Halloween time album. Search out this album.

8) Bronx Casket Co. (This is DD Verni's side band when he's not tearing it up in Overkill on bass. I recommend the following songs: Little Dead Girl, Sherimoon, Bleed With Me, Mortician's Lullaby, Sewing the Dead, Dead For The Moment, Creeperia, Who Lives Forever, and their cover of Metallica's Jump In The Fire.

9) Helloween ( You gotta listen to Halloween. AAAAAHHHHHHHH IT'S HALLLLLLOOOOWEEEEEN!

10) Mike Oldfield (Tubular Bells anyone? You couldn't get me to listen to this one in my basement in the dark for any amount of money.

11) B.O.C. (Don't Fear The Reaper. It's a classic. It's still got this underlying creepy factor to it.

12) Dokken ( Dream Warriors. I always associate this one with this time of year. Well that and Freddy Kruger

13) E.L.O. ( Fire On High. That may seem like an odd choice, but give it a listen alone in the dark.

14) Black Sabbath (They have a few like Black Sabbath, Electric Funeral, and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Black Sabbath the song takes the prize though. It's creepy!

Part 2 coming soon....

Holy Crap It's Been A Year!

No updates to speak of for over a year. The sad part is not much has really happened in a year. It's groundhog day every day in my life. Wake up. Get on treadmill for 30 minutes. Take shower. Go to work. Come home. Play video games. Go to bed. Repeat for 5 days. On the weekends I do the same minus the work part.

Obviously a lot of video games have been played over a one year span, but I won't bore you with all of them. Halo Reach has been dominating my Xbox 360 for the past few weeks. Bungie has finally made a multiplayer mode that I am good at. Halo Reach goes out the window as soon as FALLOUT NEW VEGAS arrives. That is definite.

As far as my listening habits go...I still listen to most of the same old stuff. I've decided that there will never be any great new metal bands. There are some decent new bands, but nothing I'm going to waste my time on. I'm still cranking all of the old thrash metal and some death metal here and there. I really don't listen to death metal like I used to though. I'm also listening to lots of 80's tunes as usual. I still say one of the best bands outside of metal is The Hold Steady, but even they have let me down with their last two albums.

I just turned 38 last month. I'm having my mid life crisis now. That started when I decided to take another mirror and use it to look at the back of my head before shaving it which I've been doing every four days. I have a big bald spot shaped like the number 8 back there. Yeah, I don't deal well with physical changes that make me feel older, so I had a day of depression over that one. Still trying to deal with it all. Not trying to be overly dramatic here. It's just how I am when it comes to aging.

It's hard to believe that I've been online since the spring of 1999. It all started with good old Webtv. I used to get on various discussion groups and flame people constantly. If I could go back in time and smack myself...well I probably wouldn't. I still have a few issues online with people I don't like. Not nearly as many as I did 8-11 years ago, but still I do.

I may just start this whole blogging thing again if I can actually come up with interesting tidbits. So far I'm not off to a good start. I guess the reason I stopped was because I stopped having fun doing it. Facebook may have also had something to do with my stopping of the blog. Facebook is evil. I'm back now bitches! So the two people reading've been warned.
Games I'm Playing:

Halo 3: ODST (Xbox 360)

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Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
I'm 38. I'm addicted to Xbox 360 gaming and Dallas Stars hockey. I make a decent living at a boring job where I run two autoclaves and do various other tasks. My escape from this boring as hell life is video games, hockey, and music. I generally listen to Metal music, but I also love 80's tunes as well as 70's tunes. I have an unusual love for the band Overkill. They do it for me for some reason. Blitz is GOD!

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