Wednesday, May 13, 2009

This morning.

Hi! I've been up since 5:30 a.m., and have been meaning to blog this whole time, but instead did three things:

1) Finished this week's reading of The Brothers Karamazov for the Deathmarch I've been on the past few months. Only two more weeks, and then I can go back to easier books that don't require deathmarches to complete! Yay! Let it be said, however, that Brothers K has turned out to be awesome: A great murder mystery with existential angst/religious torment thrown in. So, really, even though it makes you look and feel good for reading it, it's just more pulp fiction in disguise! Okay, not really. Don't go and get all snooty with me now.

2) Decided to give up on Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga. I'm near the end now, but I'm just getting too frustrated. There's a bit more twitch/action stuff than I was expecting in this game, and I'm afraid my timing is just not that great at this point in my life. BAH. It's been great until now though. Very charming and funny. Now I can't decide what to try next on my NEW NINTENDO DSi: Rhythm Heaven or Chrono Trigger? Or maybe both?

The reason I have the DSi, by the way, is that the EA Store did actually get a batch in. And one of the perks of working at EA is that within your first year (and only your first year, after which the offer expires), you get a $100 discount on a new console system. I have a 360 already, have no desire for a PS3, and use my PSP as a toilet brick. So the new DSi was the clear choice here, especially since I never upgraded to the DS Lite. I used $70 of the $250 gift card I had to pay the difference, so, basically, new DSi for free, and still $180 on the card to blow. Woot. Early verdict: It's ossum! I like the black matte finish on the thing, and the design in general is so much sleeker and less embarrassing then the old purple one, which I'm keeping for GBA games anyhoo.

3) Downloaded and started iMob on the iPhone. An MMO on the iPhone? Sounds fishy. And gimmicky. But, hmmmm, I'm a level 3 Hustler already, I've successfully performed a bunch of purse snatches and home invasions (ATTN FEDERAL AUTHORITIES AND CONCERNED FAMILY MEMBERS: I MEAN IN THE GAME. IT'S A GAME), bought myself a nice land fill, upgraded my weapons, and even retaliated and won a fight against some clown in my (real life) neighborhood who made the mistake of trying to take me out. In short: I think I'm in! At least for now. Will keep you posted on my progress as a burgeoning Mafia don.

Anyway, that's what I did this morning instead of blogging. Now it's time to go to work.

Oh yeah! A few more quick things:
1)I am appearing on the next episode of CO-OP with my old 1UP pals, talking about the awesomeness that is Plants Vs. Zombies, a game that you all should download now if you haven't already. The show will be available I don't know when at their site here.

2) Sometime soon I will be able to talk more about it, but you can at least officially know that the game I've been working on is MySims Agents. There's a few previews up now from your various gaming media sites, which adequately regurgitate the propaganda we threw at them and provide a few screenshots. My contribution, let it be said, has been minimal. I'm busy writing incidental dialog and text for the game, and hopefully it's funny. But I'm coming in at the late end of the project and get no credit for however good (or not!) it ultimately turns out. But I think it's gonna surprise people.

3) Finally, if you want to join my iMob, the handle is "doofaeus." Join me, or be my enemy, punks.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think you should try Rhythm Heaven next! It's quickly becoming one of my favorite games for the Nintendo DS. :)

Mattato of Eld said...

That, or go pick up Bangai-O Spirits for $15. It has definitely been the best 15 dollars I've spent on a game ever.
Also Plants vs Zombies is sucking away all of my life. That game is amazing.

Zidan said...

Is it sad that I'dbe willing to give MySims Agents a shot just to read a few golden Jeff phrases?
I believe I answered my own question.

Raf said...

OK fine, I'll get Plants vs Zombies, seems like the flavor of the month, and I don't want to be seen as uncool or anything... thanks Jeff.

JFK said...

Heya Mr. Green. Loved your contributions at 1UP, love your blog, and your participation in the Out of the Game podcast... I'm usually the lurker type, but I had to speak up here... 'Cause I'm also working on a MySims game! ;) Still unannounced, but I've also worked on MySims Racing, which should be a fun and endearing kart racing game in it's own right... Anyway, keep up the good work (meaning, being yourself)!

Stephen said...

I always figured you for a Hustler*! Grats!


*Better an MMO Hustler rather than a Flint's Hustler, if you know what I mean.

meinard said...

PvZ is amazing. It's been cutting into my TF2 time, and TF2 is more or less the only game I play. You should get that girl who sang the song (laura shigihara) to lay a track down for your game!

Kevin said...

Jeff, I would skip Rhythm Heaven if I were you. The game is like Warioware on acid, so if the timing at the end of Superstar Saga has you frustrated, this game will have you throwing your DSi at the wall within minutes. It's tough!

Jeff Kramer said...

Dostoevsky--good choice. Pick up Crime & Punishment if you haven't read it (lololo)

Anonymous said...

Guess what, Green!

I just snagged a brand new, still-in-the-shrink-wrap copy of Mirror's Edge (for the PC) for ten dollars! I played the demo on the 360 and hated it, but no way am I passing up on a recently released title for just ten dollars. That's the cost of a cup of coffee and a cheap magazine. Even if I only get a couple of nights out of it, it'll still be worth it.

At least now I get to test out a game that supports PhysX, since I just bought an Nvidia based GTX 275. I hear that the PhysX support in Mirror's Edge is actually pretty cool.

Man, did Mirror's Edge ever take a short amount of time to end up in the bargain bin. Stuff like that must be a real downer for the developers.

Now I'm waiting on Prince Of Persia to do likewise. It's still selling for $30 where I am. When it hits $20 then I'm going to bite.

See ya later suckers!

The Goose.

SUPERGHOST said...

I like my DSi as well...just I haven't had as much time to play as I like. Jeff, my recommendation for you for the DS is Broken Sword, if you like the old school LucasArts point and clicks, I think you will dig this.

Mr. Gamer said...

LTTP again with iMob, Jeff.

Finally retired my iMob, Mafia Live, and iMafia accounts. They're fun, but, save for iMafia, require little strategy.

Patrick O'Brien said...

I SO wanted to make that Death march, got through the first two readings, and stupid real life interceded. So good on you, Jeff!

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