Saturday, November 24, 2007

Go Hokies!

Another year, another win over UVA. God, it's good to know that there's something right with the world on a consistent basis. Cheers to Mix, Jes and G for having a fun day drinking and mocking the Wahoos.

Also, I'm up to 43,000 words or so in Nanowrimo. That's quite a few more than last year around this time, though I haven't had to move or anything like that. I have been busy but my wife is keeping me on pace and making sure I meet my quota for the day. I've been doing 2k words a day since I started off poorly and on the weekends I've been up to 10k over two days. I'm hoping for another big showing tonight so I can finish off the week at 46k and then take Sunday and Monday to knock it out of the park. Here's hoping.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Wa-hooo! (No, not UVA)

I picked up Mario Galaxy this week. I was going to get it for my wife for Xmas but she pretty much demanded it now, so I bought it. If you're in the market, I suggest TRU, as you get a $25 gift card for buying it this week, which is awesome. Anyhow, we've played a few worlds of it and it is pretty damn awesome. I haven't played Mario Sunshine to compare, but the game definitely has a Mario 64 vibe to it in in the sheer originality and fun of it.

The story goes like this. Princess Peach is captured. You must save her. To do this, you must help out Rosalina (super hottie star princess) by going to different galaxies and getting the stars there. Much like Mario 64, when you get a certain number of stars, you can enter a new planet. Along the way, there are enemies new and old and powerups that kick booty and some of the weirdest damn scenerios I've seen in a long time, much less in a Mario game.

The gameplay is quite similar to M64, using the control stick to move and using the multiple jump aspect of play, as well as the famous butt slam. A second player can join in and use their controller to control a star which picks up star bits (useful items that can either be used as ammo or to feed hungry Lumas, which are star people) and shoot enemies or hold them down so you can hit them. They can also help you out by clicking on you, which makes you jump and super jump at times. This can be bad or good, since if the second player is just clicking around on screen, they may make you jump when you don't want to and die. This has happened several times to me. It's annoying but you get used to it and work out a system.

It's definitely worth a rental but I recommend buying it for replay value, which I have no idea about since I haven't beaten it but those games are always fun to go back to and try to get that one last star again or just to screw around while drinking. Check it out.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Nanowrimo 2007

Well, I'm subjecting myself to it again this November, and I'm doing alright so far, clocking in around 13,000 words, which isn't bad considering that I lost the first weekend because I went down to my brother's house to have a kicking party with him. That was a blast and I'm still recovering from it but I'm behind a little, probably like 5000 words that'll have to slowly make up. I'm not moving this year so I should be able to finish it and if I don't in November, well hell, there's always December but that should be reserved for editing.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Happy November

Hope you all had a nice Halloween. Now my countdown is for when I turn 30 in a few days. Drink up.