Saturday, September 27, 2008

NHL 2k9 Part Two

I have an update on the NHL 2k9 situation. On a lark, I ordered the Wii Component cables to see if they would make a difference. I also got an HDMI cable for my camera but that is neither here nor anywhere. Once I connected the Wii cable, the game showed a marked improvement in graphics. I'm talking exponential. It used to look like old high school football tapes on cable access and now it actually looks up to snuff from overhead. The faces still aren't great but that's programming and not something a cable will fix. I'm much happier with the game now. Of course, now I've found a bug where sometimes my control stick will get messed up and I have to unplug it or only skate in one direction. Usually happens on a scoring drive. It's worth about 30 bucks now, so if you see it for that much and want hockey on the Wii, it's not terrible, but they can improve it greatly.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

NHL 2k9 - The Freezening

I love me some hockey. I'll make no bones about it. It's fun to watch and it's fun to play, both in real life and on the video game system of choice. Since 2003, I've been a fan of 2kSports and their line of NHL games. They have quite a bit of realism plus a difficulty level that you actually have to work to beat, instead of blowing out the other team like crazy. When they stopped making games for the Gamecube, I followed them onto the Playstation 2, where people complained about them but they still put out a fine game. Now I've followed them onto the Wii, and it's a whole new ballgame.

To be blunt, 2k9 feels like it was rushed. A lot. The graphics are worse that its predecessors on both the Cube and the PS2, which takes some doing. They're muddy, blurry and don't look finished at all. I've got an HD cable in the mail which might help with that, but all my other games look golden without it so I've got a feeling it won't do much. The menus are pretty bland and bad and you lack the options that were available even a year ago on the PS2. So no challenges for you or actually determining how long a franchise you want to play. Fantastic.

The controls are quite good, though could use some improvement, but work well for the first year being implemented. The music selection is A+ too. All in all, it's an alright budget title but there's a freezing problem that might even prevent you from that. It just happened to me after stomping the Thrashers. I was annoyed. Also, there's some cool fucking replays you can do on the 3 stars but it's showed up once for me. I'd like to know how to rock that out more, because it actually shines in a pretty troubled game. Rent it if you want, buy it only if you need to.

Productivity Alert

True to my word, I've been busy. I'm almost done editing the Charnel Engine, I finished off painting the Power Girl figure I've been working on, I've uploaded videos of Cassie and I've cleaned out the shed. Not bad for a weekend's work. Tonight I'm working on a freelance job though I'm just about done with the work for tonight. Then it's wake Cassie up and bathe her and put her to bed and rock out time. I'm pretty tired but I'll cook myself some dinner and then go from there.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Thinking thinking thinking thinking

I was watching Entourage tonight while drinking the finest Jim Beam my liquor cabinet has to offer and when it came to the part about selling the script, I wondered, why the fuck haven't I finished a sellable script yet. I mean, I've finished a few and I like them, but I don't know if they have the appeal to others that aren't living in my head. Sons of an Evil Man is pretty much my tribute to vigilante violence and Jump is a fairly funny 21 Jump Street nod and then there are the zombie movies, which I would love to film myself, but I don't think I have a script I could produce to an agent and have them go crazy and sell it. Not yet, anyway.

You see, I have a long commute, and most dangerously of all, it gives me time to think. It may be the bourbon talking, but I think I have an academy award nominated script in me. At the very least it'll make you cry because it's doing funny things to your heart strings. Just give me some time. I have the outline and it could even be a hell of a marketing tool too. We'll see how it goes.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Sunshine Lies

It's been a few years, but the wait was worth it for the new Matthew Sweet album. Less if you count the duets album with Susanna Hoffs. But it's here and I have it, a little late, but that's because I ordered it later on from Amazon. I'm loving it. It's no surprise, since he's my favorite artist, but I'm particularly happy with this release, which seems a much stronger effort than Living Things.

The sound is pure Matthew Sweet all over the place, hearkening back to Altered Beast with some songs and then jumping ahead to In Reverse with others and then dropping back further to some good old fashioned Girlfriend with a few other albums mixed in for good measure. And it's a good sound that also begs comparison to artists such as Dylan and Young. The rock songs make you rock out and the ballads are moving with a lyrical intensity lost on a lot of artists today. If you're looking for an album with a radio hit and some filler, you've come to the wrong place. The album is chock full of good songs. I don't have a favorite yet but I'd be lying if I said Sunshine Lies wasn't a frontrunner, having me bust out into a full smile when I heard Hoffs singing along towards the middle. I'm looking forward to the commute tomorrow so I can sit in my time capsule and listen until I'm sick of myself.