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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Saint's Row: The Third (finally!)

I know I am a few months late but I finally got my hands on a copy of Saint's Row 3 (a miracle that it was an English copy.. hard to find in Spain!) last weekend. I've been dying to play it ever since I heard of it a few months back but I gotta admit I was a little too busy with Skyrim, MW3, BF3, etc. It was a shame that I only got to play for a few hours but work got in the way, sadly :(

Anyways, first impressions on the campaign? I love it! I've never played a Saint's Row game before so I did not know what to expect (my friends did describe it as "a crazier version of GTA"). I was not disappointed! First off, I personally think it's hilariously written. Saint's Row makes a normal video game situation a hundred times more funny with clever dialogue and an amusingly large variety of props and weapons. Besides, I love the control you have; sure, there are missions to do but you can do them at your own pace and the rest of the time, you are left to explore a huge and free world (just my type of game!). You aren't forced to do anything and I did quite enjoy the little FPS-elements that were implemented into the game.

The only one downside would be the graphics; no, they are not horrible, in fact they are quite decent but they were not as good as i expected. But who cares? I'm not much of a graphics-person anyways (countless hours spent on Minecraft will prove my point) and... the game is awesome!


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Skins is ending??

Skins (UK) is one of my favorite TV shows of all time. I was dismayed to find out a few days back that season 6 would be the last new generation to show up. Hmph, it was quite a disappointment seeing as I got into this show only a few months back! What intrigued me was the way the producers planned on doing the final season (Season 7). Instead of introducing another generation of kids, Season 7 will have the "stars" from earlier generations reunite for one last time. I found this to be a refreshing change to the standard 2 year cycle, but it did bring up a few questions.

For example, Season 4 left quite a few of us hanging... what happened to Cook? Effie? Same goes for Season 2; does Sid find Cassie? What happens to everyone else? I'm hoping a lot of these questions will be answered. There's also another big question; Generation 3 has never really met any of the older generations, how are they supposed to all be in the same season if they are total strangers to each other? I am both sad (because it is almost ending) and excited to find what Season 7 will bring us.

Overall, Skins is an amazing show. So many twists and very addicting. Comment below if you are a fan or have some ideas as to what Season 7 will consist of!

Have a great day :)

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Walking Dead Season 2 Finale... wow!

I'd just like to point out that anyone who watches TWD should not read this because it may contain spoilers! Also, you should probably exit this blog and watch the episode already.

Glad to see that T-Dog finally gets a few lines in this episode, too.

All in all, I must say I was incredibly surprised at the quality of last night's episode. To be completely honest, Season 2 had been a bit of a letdown for me compared to the previous season. Sure, the producers might have intentionally put them in a more stable location to leave room for character development, but in my opinion they took it too far as to completely disregard the main point of the TV show (in my opinion): zombies. I think there were all too many episodes where the main focus was on the social problems going on on the farm and not enough zombie head-exploding. :)

Anyways, to start off, the finale started a bit more differently than others. It already became interesting when the first scene showed a hoard of zombies and the mysterious helicopter in the city. Soon, they started going over to Herschel's farm after they heard Dale's gun go off in the woods. The ranch is soon under attack by thousands of zombies and it is up to Rick's group and Herschel's family to ward them off. Too bad it wasn't just a handful, but literally thousands of zombies endlessly pouring into the farm.

To make things short, everyone is able to get away to safety... save for a few unfortunate people (not saying). Andrea gets separated from the group and finds herself cornered by zombies in the woods as she runs away, only to be saved by a mysterious hooded figure (not cliche.. at all :P) with a katana and what seems like two zombie slaves. Don't believe me? Watch the episode already! From what I've heard, the mysterious person is one of the later occurring characters in the comic book series (her name is Michonne), so I'll be looking forward to that. The rest of the gang meet and fortify at the highway where it all started in Season 2 and find some shelter as they plan their next move, Andrea already considered dead.

Why I loved this episode? Because of how fast-paced it was. There were barely any 10 minute, emotional dialogues between anyone and had a satisfying amount of guns and dead zombies (apologies for sounding so barbaric). This was a great comeback; it reminded me a lot of Season 1 and I can safely say that I am looking forward to Season 3!

P.S. Sorry, I still can't stand Lori. As much as I've tried to get used to her, I just can't.

Friday, March 16, 2012

In celebration

Well. A good 90% of my friends are out tonight at the LMFAO concert so in honor of that, I will actually post some good music instead. (I'm kidding, I have nothing against LMFAO).

Next Monday is some Spanish holiday so I get the day off. I'm kind of glad actually, school has been driving me nuts lately!

Tell me what you think about the song, I'm pretty sure almost all of you guys have heard it before. :)

Also, did you notice that everyone has forgotten about Kony 2012 now?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Getting Ready

This is a simple breakdown of why girl's [stereotypically] take so long to get ready for dates, parties etc. Hopefully this helps out any guys out there who start doing their annual spring cleaning the moment their girlfriends say "just five more minutes!".

(note: this is just a satirical look at how women are stereotypically portrayed, please do not get offended by this if you are a female reader!)

1. The mental pre-planning
This happens subconsciously days or weeks before the actual event. We start thinking about what we will wear, whether our shoes will match, etc. It does more damage than it helps you, because it really just stresses you out more.

2. The night before
Never mind! We got our perfect outfit and game plan. It's cool, let's have a good night's sleep now. Tomorrow's going to be a beautiful day.

3. Just kidding
We wake up the next morning. The dress we picked out last night looks hideous now, what were we thinking? Freak out mode engaged, we try not to show it so we consult our friends on what different outfit we should wear.

4. Throughout the day
It's better now. We've settled on a few wearable things and everything is going to be fine. Let's start getting ready.

5. Shower time
 Step into the shower. Shampoo. Conditioner. Exfoliate. Soap, body scrub, body wash. Shave. Do a little soul-searching in the shower as well. Face cleanser, moisturizer, toner. Body lotion. Drying your hair the perfect way afterwards.

6. The inevitable accident
Whether it's a broken nail, a sudden breakout on the skin, or a rash on your arm, there will always be an unexpected "surprise" to get in the way. The last thing we want to do is let our dates know. So we go to Plan... B. Cover it up. In the most subtle way possible (which also means the longest way). All thoughts of how cute we looked with those shoes are gone. Will he notice that my ring finger has a chipped nail? He probably will. Time to do another coat of nail polish then.

7. "Almost Ready!"
Not really. But we have to assure our dates that we're almost ready, or what if they leave?

8. Wow.. that dress makes me look fat. (third time)
 Time to change it again. For reals. How come we didn't notice that before? Hmph.

9. Bag. Check. Perfume. Check. Keys...
Where are the keys? And the phone? Oh god, they're under the bed. But if we try getting it, it'll mess up my hair!

10. Ready!
Okay, we got the phone. and the keys. Show time! I hope he doesn't mind that I'm a little late.

11. One last look
I must say, my hair does look nice. Totally worth going to the hair salon for. My date looks nice too. A glance at the mirror. Oh god, is that a stray thread on my skirt? Oh no.

Obviously, this was just a joke post and I hope you guys don't take this seriously. :) Just felt like writing something like this today. Hopefully some of you realize that the "getting ready" part is a huge part that most girls look forward to, as weird as that might sound to you. Kind of like the buildup before the huge battle scene in a movie or video game. Kind of.

Have a great day!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Kony 2012. My take on it.

I'm pretty sure there's no need for an introduction for what Kony 2012 is. If this is the first time you hear about it (which is probably really rare, seeing as it has blown up all over Facebook), you can go here for the back story on what I'm talking about.

What I wanted to talk about was knowing both sides of the story. Now, I think fundamentally speaking, the Kony 2012 campaign just wants the best. Their goal, essentially, is to catch a man who has been kidnapping children and forcing them into child trafficking or becoming child soldiers. Raising awareness is definitely a good thing. I think in the span of less than a week, milllions and millions of people have realized who this man is and this ongoing problem in Uganda. Now, what's with all the critics? Are they simply pessimists who doubt these sorts of charities or campaigns?

Don't get me wrong, I'm no expert of any kind. But I do know that the overall topic is very, very complicated. I find it hard to believe that anyone could provide an unbiased, unedited version of the situation in Uganda in a half-hour video. And another thing. At least a good few million people know about Kony. Now what? I agree that awareness is a huge factor in raising support for a cause but it still leaves questions unanswered. For example, in order for US troops to catch Kony, they would probably have to kill his bodyguards to get through him. His bodyguards being the child soldiers. Now, I understand that some people might consider this "collateral damage" but I find it a bit ironic to be honest. And (do not quote me) has military intervention in a foreign country ever gone well? Also, are we completely disregarding the fact that child soldiers have been an issue for decades in Africa? How Kony was not the first nor will he be the last to do this? Are we going to ignore all the other problems that are existent in Uganda (famine, disease, corruption)?

I am neither against or for Kony 2012 at the moment. Sure, I think spreading the message is good but we always need to refer to two sides of the story before we decide to blindly support a cause just because everyone else is. It is scary to think that a majority of the younger generation is supporting (while this unity is a good thing) a cause that many of them are ignorant to, but do so in order to "spread the word" and give themselves an ego boost (sure, that sounds harsh, but just today we were discussing this topic and only 3 people out of the 25 people who supported Kony 2012 could point out where Uganda was on the map).

It's just a warning to everyone. Charity and volunteer work is always good, but make sure to always consider both sides of the story before choosing which stance you will take, especially in such a controversial topic as this. Do some research. Don't just listen to propaganda thrown out and manipulated by the media. And most importantly, don't let the masses pressure you into making a decision.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

More on Assassin's Creed 3

I know I don't do sequential posts nor is this a gaming blog, but you guys have to understand that I am wayyy too excited over AC3! I simply cannot pass this up! :) Everyone who is an AC fan has probably already seen this, but it doesn't hurt to put up their brand new trailer!

I know I've already talked about the scaling, but this video looks so. Good. I wouldn't mind if the highest buildings were farmhouses and haystacks if we actually got to jump around trees like that. Anyone remember AC2? How Ezio could climb to the highest steeple of the highest church but couldn't even climb a stout little tree? Disappointing. Also, did anyone notice the tomahawk? Beautiful. Simply beautiful. I was never a tomahawk person myself (and by that, I mean rage-filled days on COD as I tried over and over to get the Scalper achievement) but this just makes me all tingly and happy.

Here is an amazing article I found on IGN with new details on the upcoming installment of Assassin's Creed!

For those of you who are lazy like me, here is a general summary of all the key features (that we know of so far) of AC3:
  • The assassin's name is Connor, son of a British father and a Native American mother. 
  • It is set between 1753 and 1783 and includes a lot of historical events
  • The map will be set between New York and Boston
  • You will be able to hunt animal and sell their pelts for money
  • Weather! Different weather effects depending on whether it is summer or winter
  • You can join specific clubs to do certain quests
  • You will be able to earn money and property like in the previous AC games
  • Desmond will stay, but will no longer be in a coma
For anyone who is not a big fan of AC, I am sorry for these irrelevant quotes. I just thought I really, really had to make this post.

Hope you guys enjoyed !

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Assassin's Creed 3!!!

The newest installment of Assassin's Creed will come out in late 2012. I knew there would be a new AC soon but I never thought it would be so cool! This new installment will be based during the American Revolution.

 I am eager to find out how the scaling will work out, as it's not like there are many tall structures to jump around on. I did hear that you can climb trees and there will be more focus on long-range weapons like a bow and arrow. Not too much has been released so far, so I am keeping an eye out for them. In the meantime, enjoy these screenshots I found!

Hope you guys are as excited as I am. Tell me what you think about the screenshots!