All of October & Some November

Wow… I haven’t blogged in a while. Where should I begin…

All of October, my ROP class and I were preparing for our school’s 4th annual “Haunted House” (creative name, I know).

The “Haunted House” was, apparently, a “maze”, but I fail to see how a tour guide + maze works out. It defeats the whole purpose of a “maze”. Anyway, I decided to work with sound backstage because I couldn’t stand working with the “actors.” And it was a cool experience. I got to work with a soundboard. It was like editing a video… but live.

Near the end of October I uploaded 2 YouTube videos (which were tremendously easy to edit and took only about a week to finish), Breegull Mail Introduction and Banjo-Kazooie: Culturual References. It’s November 16th now and I still haven’t uploaded a new video. Oh well. I’m too busy have fun with Gears of War 2.

Around the same time, a demo for Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts was released. My initial response after playing was “wow, this is amazing!!!”. BanjoLand, I admit, had me like a fat kid in a candy shop. I just wanted MORE… until I let it sink into me a bit more. BanjoLand is obviously a Banjo-Kazooie fanboy’s wet dream and it was smart of Rare to have the demo feature that level. However, the breakable Boggy’s Igloo, Jinjo statues, and pictures of old characters are only scenery… the actual Jiggy challenges, or the cream fillings of the level if you will, were dull and repetitive. One Jiggy, I raced. Another, I raced. Another, I transported something somewhere. Another, I transported 4 things somewhere. The enemies sucked. The text is small. Banjo runs like a weirdo. It just was not fun and I doubt I’ll see anything remotely different in later levels. I’ll give it a rent. If I like it (and I doubt I will), I won’t cancel my pre-order. I’m way better off with Banjo-Kazooie on Xbox Live Arcade.

But before all that, I had a Silver membership and needed Gold to download the demo. I was hyped for the Nuts & Bolts demo so right away I had to renew my Xbox Live subscription. Previously said in my Xbox 360 Hardware Blows blog… my Xbox Live account was temporary suspended due to Microsoft charging without me knowing. Well, I charged my card with the required money I owed and happily called Microsoft Tech Support to renew my subscription. That didn’t happened. The card I used was marked void because I failed to pay before. Great, so I needed to use a totally new card… I eventually got that out of the way and I have Gold now. yipee.

But it doesn’t end there. Not even a day after buying the amazing game, Gears of War 2, my Xbox 360 got the Red Lights of DEATH! …what a coincidence… right after buying Gears of War 2… I really didn’t want to call up tech support again so I did the towel trick. Amazingly, it worked and I haven’t experienced any Red Lights… yet…

Onto the software… Gears of War 2 is one of the best games I’ve played in years. Aside from online co-op being a glitchfest, the gameplay, game-modes, weapons, multiplayer, and even the humor, make up for it.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to play Execution online and headshot players with a longshot and own with planted grenades while screaming “I am in the ZONE!!!” at the top of my lungs.

Other games I played that are great: N+, Mirror’s Edge, Dead Space

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