Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My thoughts on WoW

Warning: Senseless ramble.

I started playing WoW in fall of 2007. Being a noob was quite simply the most magical experience in video gaming. Traveling through the elven areas, Darkshore and Ashenvale specifically, felt adventurous. Traveling to Stormwind was an achievement of it's own.

But then, I began raiding. It felt really good to group up with a bunch of people and kill bosses, but that novelty died down hard.

I leveled up a new character, and it felt like a chore. Everything in the game felt like a chore. Battlegrounds got boring quickly, and PvP was unbalanced. It's impossible to balance a multi-class MMO because gear is changing constantly, and all tiers must be balanced. I chose to avoid that altogether and play other video games.

I took a couple breaks which lasted months at a time.

I came back, and nothing changed. You still kill monsters to get gear to kill bigger monsters. I just don't see the appeal to it. Sometimes you have to press different buttons, or stand in different places, but there are some people who have been doing it for 6 years. Are they crazy?

Maybe our tastes just differ.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Alright, MC is starting to spook me once again.

Picture 1: I had caught a glimpse of a light illuminating in the distance. When I went to take a screenshot, it had disappeared.

Picture 2: When I went away, and back to it, I caught a glimpse of the light source again and managed to take a picture.

Picture 3: Oh shit.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Trying to stream MC

The following is a recording i made today.

As you can see, it's at like 2 frames per second.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Minecraft Day 2

This will be kind of short. I am still finding a texture pack I like.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Minecraft World!

I am a very old Minecraft player, from when the game was limited in a box, but also had much deeper worlds to explore. The game has improved a lot since then, perhaps a bit too much. I haven't played in a couple of patches, so I thought it would be refreshing to create a whole new world.

This is a screenshot of my spawn position. I am using the Painterly Pack.

I began by marking my spawn tile spot. I play MC on Hard, and play it like an exploration and creation game. Coal is my first prerogative. After surveying the spawn area, I found that mining behind my spawn was the best course of action. I hit Iron shortly after.

After traveling for a minute, I found coal.

Night began to set, and I made a little hut. The first night house, as I call it.

This is how I open my Minecraft games: Finding coal and getting a hut down. After night set I changed my textures back to default, but it's not because Painterly is bad, it just didn't fit my taste. I used the customizer.

I won't update this every day but to show off awesome creations.

I now leave you with this, from a game a long time ago.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Genders in eSports

With the recent ESL Female Starcraft 2 cup, a conversation was sparked in my head regarding the gender segregation in e-sports. Old Counter-Strike competitions even had female-only tournaments, and main tournaments rarely had any girls enter. Why is that? From what I have seen, girls perform on par with their male counterparts (no sex jokes) and there should be no reason that girls are locked out.

Gaming competitions should be color blind. I am not saying that competitions should be forced to be half female and half male, I am saying that competitions should not be labeled as gender-specific, and that more girls ought to play for a spot in mainstream competitions. I can speculate on why girls don't do mainstream game events.

The community regarding e-sports can be particularly immature and insulting at times. This holds most true for console games like Halo and Super Smash Bros. The mentality of male gamers in large packs forcibly drive out girls with the tangible barrier of testosterone and misogyny. This creates a demand for girl-only competitions.

Hopefully, the e-sport world grows up and the new generation doesn't fall in the trap of being disrespectful. Gamers are gamers, we click and tap and think alike. Some have fancy fingernails and some have bitten them down to stubs. I hope that more mixed gender competitinos arise, and I invite more girls to do what they can to give us a show.

Art Review 1

At the school I go to, there is a water fountain that seems arbitrarily placed near the science building. It recently was fitted with a brand new piece of art: a wire sculpture that I suppose was made by students here.


Here is my review: WHAT THE FUCK

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A really good comic.

I found a comic on the internet called His Face All Red

It's a very deep comic and it's very much subject to interpretation, and I wanted to share it with you all.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Restaurant Review - Joe's Crab Shack

Location: Downtown Nashville
Items Ordered: Chicken Tenders

Yes, I ordered chicken at a seafood restaurant. One would expect any good restaurant to be flexible and adapt to a variety of meals, but Joe's only meets me halfway there. The fries I got tasted liek they were cooked along with the lobster, and the size of the plate itself was a little lacking. Overall, I really did enjoy the taste of the chicken. It was fully cooked and generously breaded, but the barbecue sauce cup was not nearly enough for someone who loves to smother their tenders.

The employees were all in costume. I was served by a man dressed up as a character from the movie The Hangover who was brave enough to carry around dishes without killing the baby doll on his belly. He was pretty prompt for the most part and since the restaurant was slow he kept us company without compromising speed.

The place was immaculately clean.

(By the way, if any of you ladies who worked there are reading this... I would love to compliment you and perhaps we could have intense, sweaty sex while you're in costume.)

I give this place a 8/10 and I would definitely go again if parking wasn't such a bitch.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Restaurant Review - Shane's Rib Shack

Location: Hendersonville, TN
Items Ordered: 1 shack Sampler, 20 hot wings.

There are many things in the world that seem impossible -- Good, affordable, quantitative food, and excellent service at the same time. Shane's Rib shack pulls out all the stops in completing the exact opposite. Shane's goes out of their way to make food inedible, and they do that very well.

If you have ever drank water in your lifetime, then you have experienced the broad range of flavors that Shane's provides. From the bone-dry chicken wings, to the microwaved ribs, I feel that biting into the table could have given me more of a kick. There is a bar where one can fill their foam cups with various soda-flavored and tea-flavored water.

One may notice that upon entering, the sadistic fat fuck hired young teenage girls as the wait staff. Granted, they're really good at their job. Too bad they can't hire any plumbers; since the day this mystery meat mess hall was open, the men's restroom had problems with the sinks. Mainly, the sink could double as a toddler's back massager.

I don't want to write about this anymore.


Positive: I like the sauce.
Negative: I was shitting green.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Vidya Review 1 - Amnesia: The Dark Descent

On September 8, a group of Swedish developers known to thrill pumped out their newest work: Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Over the past month and a half, tens of thousands of people have shit their pants in the dark, with many people doing it online with an audience.

Frictional Games were known for their work with Penumbra, which at the time revolutionized horror games (and caused me to pussy out very early in Overture). Their streak continued in Amnesia and the reception was good.

Like in Penumbra, the main character does not get to use weapons to fight enemies. Rather, he must avoid confrontation and hide in the dark. This game introduces a sanity meter, similar to ones in games like Eternal Darkness, which causes hallucinations. However, in Amnesia, sanity plays a part of the game, where for instance one can be revealed when he goes into a panic attack.

The immersion in this game would be wonderful were it not for the loud music. Some parts were hard to be immersed in, due to confusion with aforementioned music. The parts that do suck you in, however, do it very well. (graviteh.blogspot.com) A player will experience real world anxiety and fright, and be tense throughout the game. The atmosphere and pacing were well timed by the creators, and every nuance is masterfully placed.

The difficulty in this game is non-existent, but this is not a bad thing, as the goal is to be the character. A player may die once or twice but it's easy to start over. The point of the game is the storyline. As you progress the game, you learn macabre stuff and this will pass over into real life in a graceful way.

There is plenty of innovation in this game, where new techniques and new puzzle types were implemented to cause you to want to look over your back. Furthermore, the atmosphere must be mentioned again; this is not a run of the mill "It's only a game" type of feeling, the developers did enough to make you want to run away.

It's unfortunate that it worked very well for some.

Graphics: 8/10
Story: 8/10
Sound: 6/10
Innovation: 8/10

Overall Rating: 8/10

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Guy bales himself.

This is exactly as the title says.

This seems like a new Spongebob theme spin-off would be appropriate.

Oooohhhhh who lives in the hills of Tennessee?
Balebob Nopants!
Prickly and pokey and on LSD?
Balebob Nopants!
If farm accidents are something you wish.
Balebob Nopants!
Then do something that would make you go itch!
Balebob Nopants!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Imagine not being able to come in contact with water.

Now, imagine this:

When Ashleigh gets wet her body explodes in sore, itchy red lumps that take about two hours to ease.

She has to wash. But showering is a painful experience and she can only do it for a minute at a time.


I remember a while back there was a fuss with the movie "Signs" in which it was revealed that the aliens were weak to water. The outrage came from the fact that the atmosphere consists mainly of water. Well, the aliens didn't melt in the atmosphere. This girl isn't breaking out into a husk of a human. I think that movie should be revisited.

Did I just connect a skin condition to a billion year old movie?

Monday, October 11, 2010

One year ago.

Today, I am 21 and 2 months old. By many standards I am what you would call "one slick motherfucker", but I wasn't always like this. I have been one very insecure, indecisive, bleak guy and I am sure many people have gone through a phase like this. I was what you would call "a few years behind".

However, this phase went into effect exactly 353 days ago. The day started out like normal -- I had gone to drive my father to the hospital where he got himself cut in the stomach by knife weilding madmen we call "surgeons" under suspicion of having a hernia. He didn't have one, and he was hurting like hell in the hospital (not from the surgery, but from the fact that Taylor Swift was on TV... for 5 hours). Fun fact, I got one step closer to manliness when I decided to talk to an actual girl. I hit on one of the nurses with no intent except to shake my nerves and build charisma in social situations. But she was married with kids so bleh.

Even though my dad had his gut cut open, we went to a nice, greasy pizza place that evening. I may even do a review on it if we go again. It's a fairly expensive place but I saw a teen couple there. Spoiled-ass rich kids ;_;. The boy and girl could not have been any older than 15. But I only felt a little ronerier from seeing it. I had to do something. I wanted to be un-ronery.

Gaming was the only solution. That evening, when we got home, I was playing some Counter-Strike just like usual (and I even have that evening on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdcofGYcilc). Everything was fine except I was talking to a particular female I (until now) had no interest with except to play the vidya (because Tennessee is boring as shit) but she told me she had a date... Um. Shit. Fuck. It's not a psychological reaction to girls who have guys. I grew an immense crush, but being a loser like I was kind of made me overreact. I'm so foolish.

Anyway, after that was done, and after I cried that evening, I met another girl I played Aion with. Let's not go there, I made a fool of myself too. But I had filled my 5-year-old livejournal blog with rants and emotional writings. Let me quote myself:
I never felt this way before. But she wouldn't believe me if I told her.

But she obviously disregards me.

Stop hurting me, please. Please.
Pretty dorky right?

My life is normal now despite my phase. I am happy with what I have now and I am working on improving my future. I'm acquiring currency, as it were so eloquently put. And one year ago being a NERDLOL was a phase where I felt hopeless about myself. I am dragging this on too long.

Even though everything I said in this article is true and comes from the heart, I'd like to let you know there is a hidden message if you read the first letter of each paragraph. Thanks for reading.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Real world trolling

I was reading a somewhat popular website today. The topic of discussion was this:

From the page:
During my sex ed class we had a question box, and a classmate of mine put "when you have a boner and it goes away, where does the bone go?"

I actually giggled out loud at this, but I remember when I was in middle school, lots of students had the audacity to do this.

I saw a video on youtube, also.

Yes! I got it on TRRRRRR

So, what are some examples of trolling you guys have seen?

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Insane Christ Posse


From the Article (If you can call it that):
The carnival is GOD

And may all juggalos find him

We're not sorry if we tricked you.

Apparently this whole time, they were rapping about our Judeo-Christian overlord. You know... guy in the sky. This may explain a lot of what I hunched about in "Miracles". They were indeed talking about the fantastic features of this planet. Unfortunately, if it was performed by someone else, it would have been an ace song.

Just read this fucking article, shit.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Can you dodge a bullet?


From the article:
Lockheed developed a down-range system that measured average crosswind; range to target; spotter scope position; air temperature, pressure, and humidity; and more, according to Military Aerospace. Using all those variables, it calculated the ballistics for a .308 bullet at ranges as far as 3,600 feet.

If my familiarity with guns are correct, don't most scopes have lines to allow one to adjust the aim? Granted, lines can't account for wind speed.

Anyway, aimbots will exist in real life soon. And after that, it will just be robot vs robot.

A fine for singing Philippines national anthem too slow or fast?

Being half filipino, this doesn't concern me as I don't even sing the US anthem. But when someone chooses to pay respect to their country, shouldn't they be free from fear that they'd get fined if they make mistakes.

Bad news for pinoys...


From The Article:
If the Senate passes the bill into law, performers who deviate from the official version could face a fine of more than $2,000 (£1,264).

This basically means when someone does a public performance, they will be fined if they fuck up. Well, I think it's a disgrace to the country to make something like this.

Then again, I am only half pinoy. My mindset may not be in the right place. Good thing this only has to do with the tempo of the song, and (so far) not with the words.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Red robin review

Tonight, I ate dinner at the Red Robin restaurant in Hendersonville, TN. Red Robin is known for hamburgers and spirits. I don't drink alcohol, and I am not a ghost person, so I cannot really evaluate their spirits part. I am familiar with their hamburgers, but I don't really fancy it up.

The items I ordered were Buzzard Wings (As an appetizer) and a Natural Burger (And with my options, I got Whole Grain buns and I ordered a slice of cheddar cheese).

Buzzard Wings
First off, not much to say except they were expensive as shit. But, I must counter with the fact that they were all drumstick pieces. This gets major points in my book. The wings came out rather dry, and tasted a little too salty. Let's see what the... OH GOD

1750 grams of sodium. What the shit? No wonder they tasted a little salty.

I give the wings 7/10 overall. I will not be ordering them again, however.

Natural Burger
It tasted really good. I have no complaints at all.

This nutrition browser on the website is a huge pain in the ass, though.

I give the burger 8/10

To wash it all down, I had many glasses of sweet tea. My waitress (and I don't know if it would be appropriate to name her) did a very very good job overall with the service, but she needs to slow down on those ice cubes.

I have a complaint about the bathroom. It was like a water park.

Overall Experience: 8/10

Thursday, September 30, 2010


You may iron your clothes for school, work, or for social functions. But there are some people who iron IN EXTREME WAYS just for the fun of it.

people take an ironing board to a remote location and iron items of clothing.

But let's be a little bit honest -- Ironing really is a good way to exercise yourself to balance the muscle mass of another activity that may be done on leisure time. Right?

Extreme sports usually have a point to them -- to test the level-headedness and flexibility of people under very stressful situations. Flipping a bike in midair, skating up a vertical wall at 20 MPH. That's extreme. The only thing extreme here is making sure your clothes don't get wrinkled on the descent.

Time for FOX to pick this up as a TV show.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Why Japan is the greatest.

It's illegal to be fat in Japan

From the article:
If you're male and your waist is over 33.5 inches, you're considered fat. If you're female, the limit is 35.4 inches.

I used to live in Japan -- there were many, many "American" fast food places that were always frequented with Japanese people. Even though I was young, I rememver everything tasting good. McDonalds, KFC, and Shakey's pizza were located off base, while Burger King was always on base.

Side note -- I remember when BK transitioned to their current french fry cooking style. Dis-fucking-gusting.

The fast food places I went to had everything looking exactly like the menu. Perfectly proportioned buns.. oh man, I want to go back. Nostalgia time. ;_;

I learned in biology that your body shape was mostly affected by how you were when you were young. Bad youth diet? Fat later on. I imagine people like Jared from Subway had one hell of a time havign his body adapt to changes in diet.

The parks that were located in Japan were intense. There were huge wooden pirate ships, lots of rope ladders you can climb on, a child's damn dream. And I got to play on MANY of them.

Look at this! I ran around on this. When I was 9. Yarrrr.

There are no parks nearly as great as this in the US, which I blame solely on safety laws or some shit. But I am digressing. Japan will not have a serious weight problem like the US does.


I saw a page today with some very unique pieces of art.

Every work featured on this page, as you may have guessed, is created out of one single sheet of paper. Silhouettes are created by the negative space, and the pieces that were cut out were folded together to look like objects, like houses.

I am most impressed by the vine-style cutouts.

disclaimer: the second to last piece is make by TWO sheets! Those liars.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Food Review 2

This morning, I am preparing myself one of these:

(As usual you can click for a bigger picture)

The Jimmy Dean logo has a J shaped like a boot, which is fitting seeing as how he's branded as a cowboy or something. If I talk about this some more it would just be a rant I don't want to get to, since this is a food review!

How I prepared it:
I kept the croissants in the plastic (Removed the cover) and microwaved for two minutes.

And what the hell is THIS? It's like a cheese tumor.

The croissants themselves kind of came out stiff when bit into.

The best part was the sausage. As you know, Jimmy Dean sausage is pretty reputable and it certainly wasn't a disappointment, but it felt weird in the low quality of the rest of the croissant. However, the entire dish works as a quickly prepared breakfast dish if you need to get to work quickly. And if they have clean restrooms.

I rate it 6 cheese tumors out of 10.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


If you don't know what Minecraft is, it's a little game that is classified as a "sandbox" game. Basically, it's a blocky world where you gather and mine for resources, and if you have a difficulty then you need to survive. I won't say much about it but you can check out the game through this link.

Let me tell you about my design philosophy in Minecraft. I have my interiors 3 blocks high with a floor/ceiling on the 4th tile. I start this pattern at sea level. This means that sea level is my first floor, and I hop up 4 blocks to get to another floor. Etc, etc.

A little bit OCD, right?

This is from the "lobby" of my current stronghold in my latest map. This view goes out to a mountain, and on my next post I will post more screenshots if there is some interest.
Mentally, I am currently on exploration/survival mode, not so much creativity mode.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Food Review

I feel I should review things I eat. It's something I wanted to do for a while and I consume a lot of fast food. My first review will be about Zaxby's.

Zaxby's is a chain fast food restaurant with some locations where I live. Yesterday, I ordered the following for lunch:

- Boneless Wing (Meal Dealz)

First off I will say, I really love the toasted bread and the fries, and obviously the chicken from Zaxby's. I found the size of the wings on this plate to be a little too small, but the flavor from the sauce (I got tongue torch) was really, really good. The plate didn't come with toast either, but it's fine.

Overall I give it a 7/10. And my first review is pretty bare. :/

Friday, September 24, 2010

My first blog

I decided I am just going to blog about video games.

Today I did an awesome Flav CTF where I was the hero of the day.

Also, I suck at SC2.