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Portal is a Hell of a game, short, a tease at a concept, but a hell of a game that has the best end song ever (you also HAVE to see VG cats treatment of the song as well) and a wicked commentary running throughout. What is also amazing is this lego portal mockup that was created (using REAL lego pieces) that shows how wicked portal is (found on Kotaku):
Ya, so Sony updated the PS3 and PSP yesterday, big updates are divx support for the PS3 (so I can leave my TV Show AVI's on my server and stream them to my TV via the PS3...very cool for someone like me...) and the PSP now has Internet radio functionality...one other feature they failed to mention in ANY of their official update notes is this:



That's right...Final Fantasy on my PSP...in fact any PSOne game that is in your PS3 drive can now be played on the PSP via the remote play function...glee...I looked through my collection and I still have Xenosaga, FF7, 8 and 9, colony wars and brave fencer musashi!!

Tres cool!
So I am a Canuck and went across the border to the U.S. of A to pick up snow tires (because I am a Canuck) and wandered into the local Ogdensburg WalMart. neat thing about Walmart Canada, they have normalized all or most of their prices to match the US (games, electronics, movies, books, magazines, etc...) so it was a wasted stop, until I saw this:


Yes, a three ring of death X360 demo unit that Walmart kept on, this was truly hilarious as it really represents the hardware woes Microsoft has with it's console this generation. Don't confuse me for a Hater, I am getting a 360 (finally) so I can play Mass Effect and Bioshock. But seeing this made me smile...grainy video feed below as well.

I want this Steampunk Monitor more then I can describe...seriously it is cooler the school. Click here to see it in all it's glory and how to make it.
So Marvel had a Costume Contest recently, I have been a huge comic book fan since I was 8 or so, my alltime favorite comicbook crush over the years has been Jean Grey/Phoenix, so when I saw the winner...I have to say I thought...YUM!
I purchased Eye of Judgment, I have to say I love and dislike this game. Rather then write a review (as I tend to not write reviews) I figured I would list points and say why I feel the way I do about the game.

Why I like the game:
-Gameplay is innovative compared to other CCG's, normally you are trying to defeat the player by draining points, or defeat creatures, in this game you simply (hah simply) need to control 5 of the 9 squares. This defense is as important as offense.
-Multi Element playing field encourages diverse decks. You can easily buy boosters and look for a mix of elements in your deck as playing a wood creature on wood incurs bonuses. Also some creatures impart bonuses if they are played on non-aligned elements, some creatures cause discards, add mana, give draws, it very much adds to the strategic element.
-The geek factor is HUGE!! This is a geekfest of greatness, watching creatures come to life beautifully on your screen is something that has to be played to be…
Hmm, update time. So I went ahead and got my PSP slim and I have to say I love it. It is very lite(tm) and very slim(tm) and the color is great! I mentioned that I was getting the Star Wars one, I saw it and meh, instead I picked up the silver Daxter Bundle:


I chose this one because I wanted to sell my old scuffed up PSP for a decent price, so I took the Daxter game (I already had it), the Family Guy UMD (don't want it) and the 1GB memory stick (already have one) and bundled them together at 200 bucks on Kajiji. This way I basically paid for my new unscuffed, lighter, longer lasting PSP in a swag shiny and not as easily dirty color.

So one of the major new features of the PSP Slim and Lite is the TV out functionality. I tried it after buying the official Sony Cable (amazingly enough Best Buy, Future Shop and EB games did not have the cable, I found it at Zellers of all places) and while I am impressed I am puzzled as well. I have a 37" Sharp Aquos mini God 1080p television…
So I am in the book store and I see a new William Gibson book called Spook Country, intrigued by his books as always I flip through it...at the back is his picture...I have always pictured William Gibson like this:


Instead I see this picture

When did he get so old? I don't know why but the image shocked the hell out of me...makes me realize how long I have been reading his books and the fact that I am actually 33....yeesh, mortality sucks...
How OLED is changing the face of portable technology.

In light of Sony’s recent announcement that they will ship the first commercial OLED television this December, now is a good time to look at the impact of this technology on Consumer electronics, particularly portable electronics. The big announcement may be about the new 11 inch viewable, 3mm thick television, but in reality the big news is that mass market OLED is coming soon and it will change the face of portable technology in immense ways.

Before we look at that, let’s look at OLED technology itself. OLED stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode, it is not a brand new technology having been developed by Eastman Kodak in the early 1980’s. OLED displays are basically a series of organic compounds that are between two conductors, when current is applied through the conductors a bright light is emitted. Eastman Kodak has developed films of the main primary colors, some are more efficient then others, the resulting matrix of color…
Kay - Heavenly Sword thoughts and reactions...not a review, but sort of a review.

There has been a huge amount of hype, which seems to be justified by the blink and you miss it demo that appeared on the PSN a few months ago. I rented the game, hearing that the length of it was very short and I have to say, it blew me away. The graphics were sick and the combat mechanics were incredibly deep, the problem is you never get a chance to explore all of the mechanics.

Ninja Theory should have looked at the game that many people compared it to - God of War - for a progression lesson. Heavenly Sword continually gives you new combos as you progress through the many, very short, stages. This would be great if there were new enemies that are vulnerable to air combos, or heavy combos, or had any other restrictions, but this game just shoots waves of enemies with really no need to do anything but intelligently button mash. Yes intelligently button mash, because the blocking system requires you t…
This Geek moment brought to you by Tampax, Time to upgrade!

In orgasmic Geek news Sony is launching the worlds first OLED Display in December...OLED is:
An organic light-emitting diode (OLED) is any light-emitting diode (LED) whose emissive electroluminescent layer comprises a film of organic compounds. The layer usually contains a polymer substance that allows suitable organic compounds to be deposited. They are deposited in rows and columns onto a flat carrier by a simple "printing" process. The resulting matrix of pixels can emit light of different colors.

What is REALLY cool about OLED is the fact that it generates it's own luminescence so battery life is greatly increased as most of the power needed in LED displays is to light them. Think of a PSP that would last 20 days on a single charge, cell phones that last 30 days, TVs or monitors that use 70% less power....exciting stuff

This = Sexy:
This is a title I have been worried about, but it looks like Final Fantasy Tactics is Bigger, and Better on the PSP! Even tho' it looks awesome, I am not sure if even this can get me to eject the freaking phenomenal Jeanne D'arc from my PSP as I only have about a month to play it before Disgaea comes out...sheesh, traffic lights need to be longer so I can get more PSP playtime, or I need more of those long useless conference calls to play during....

On another PSP note, stoopid Walmart had this add:

Keen observers will notice that the picture shows the PSP Slim and Lite core pack, so I went to a Walmart very early (8AM) on the opening day of the sale and lo and behold a disclaimer saying they posted the wrong image in the flyer...they meant to post this image:

Since I already have the PSP 1001 model the sale was usless, they were also out of the discounted Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters game...sigh...Walmart sucks...

Guess I still have 7 days to wait for my Star Wars silk screen…
Arrgh, first I get excited about the newly announced DualShock 3/Sixaxis controller and the fact that it will support most of the existing games via software update and all new games. Then I see that it is launching in Japan this November and North America Spring 2008???? WTF? This is a controller, there is no localization, no region codes, no nothing...is this just a supply decision??? Arrggh!

Oh and Playstation Home is delayed till Spring 2008 as well? Crap on a stick, Home was one of the reasons I bought a PS3...cripeys, at least I still have Eye of Judgment on pre-order at EB games and a StarWars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron PSP bundle reserved for launch day...

A guess it could be a worse time to be a gamer...
Kay, so I wrote a long and boring post on what I do last month. Well Backbone Magazine thinks I am cool! Sort of:

Article about my assistance with the Canadian Curling Association

Backbone is distributed six times a year within The Globe and Mail to business and metropolitan subscribers within select city centres. Backbone is also distributed through corporate alliances, sent to, among others, Bell Canada’s SMB customers, Industry Canada’s leaders in e-business development, KPMG, within Air Canada Lounges, Industry leading HR companies, numerous technology industry associations, universities, select retailers and subscribers.

Sometimes everyone needs to pat themselves on the back =P
A belated but heartfelt Rest in Peace goes to Robert Jordan, writer of a few (very good) Conan books (where I first discovered him) and more notably the Wheel of Time series. He passed away on September 16th 2007 and as I read the fan community writing about their thoughts of him and his books it made me look back at his works and how they affected me. I started reading the Wheel of Time series when I was in High School (15 years ago), I purposely waited until book three assuming it would be a trilogy, nope, it stretched to 12 books (and was rumored to be ending with the 13th book, which was a number of significance in the series). While the series had some major missteps around books 8 and 9 in my opinion (deceased characters returning from the dead even though there where too many foils/bad guys already, books focusing on annoying characters with no advancement and actions by the lead character that had me yelling at the pages) I still remember them very fondly and regard the series…
Gaming - Epilogue

Weesh, man I like to talk...err...write don't I? Ok, last article on Gaming (aside from spooging or reviews on games I get going forward). PC gaming, ah how I love thee...sort of. Back in, oh, 1995 I got a student loan, they gave me 6000 dollars, and since I went to college (in Canada) my tuition was only about 2500 (books included) so I used to remaining 3000 dollars or so to buy my own first computer. As a rambled on (and on and on) about, consoles were my big gaming platform, so at the age of 21 my only experience with PC gaming was playing the Wing Commander games (oh so awesome) at a friends house. My first PC was a powerhouse back then, it was a Pentium 90 with 32Mb of RAM and a 400Mb hard drive. I also got Windows 95 with it and boy was it a powerhouse. The first year or so I played a few games, mostly the AWESOME LucasArts adventure games (Sam and Max, Curse of Monkey Island, Full Throttle), Wing Commander 3: Heart of the Tiger and the X-Wing series …
Gaming Part 3

So the PS2 was a huge gaming venture for me, but gaming became difficult in 2001 when I had my first child. It's funny, at the time I was 27, a professional in my career, but loved video games as a release and still roleplayed with friends once a week (more on that in another post) yet felt completely unprepared to add this child to my life. The first year we had our son gaming didn't change much, I was still able to play quite a bit, in fact I remember that my best friend used to come over every Saturday and we would play through Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance in co-op until we finished it three times (hey we had to unlock Drizzt Do'Urden!). It wasn't until year 2 of his life, when he wasn't content to just sit in a chair (facing away from the TV!) and watch daddy as he plays games that my time available decreased. Hey, don't get it in your head that I sat in front of my TV (ignoring my son)and played games for 6 hours a day after work...I p…
Gaming Part 2

Around this time I was also HUGE into Mortal Kombat 2 in the arcardes, my friend and I were masters at this game, I had a 100% combo for Liu Kang
and Mileena. It was always funny, we would go to the arcade with 8 quarters (yes games cost only a quarter back then) and play for hours, the game was so popular that people were lining up to play. I would start and play 5-6 people (and win) the my buddy would play and beat me (sometimes not) then he would play 5-6 people, then I would play him and win (sometimes) and so on. We were hated in some ways, we were true Kombat masters.

Back to consoles, so the SNES and Genesis days were great, my brother and I played the hell out of so many games:
Breath of Fire 2
Star Fox
Shining Force 1 & 2
Chrono Trigger
ShadowRun
FF3 (6)
Streets of Rage 2
And many more, but I was still a 'kid' and relied on presents or buying myself a game once a year...but that was about to change, around 1993/1994 I had a job, disposable income and I hear…
Gaming Part 1
So...I have a passion for videogames. I have been an avid gamer since the very early days, I remember moments up to about 26 years ago when I was playing frogger on our wood paneled Atari 2600, I remember loving going to my cousins place because he had the newfangled ColecoVision, I would play Zaxxon and Mr. Do! for hours on end. As I got a little older (10 or so), the Videogame Crash of 1983 was in full swing (the ET game had a lot to do with it, I had the game, it was AWFUL) and my attention turned to sports (baseball and track), reading like mad (discussed this in an earlier post) and watching TV. Games did not become a huge part of my life again until a few years later when my brother got a Super NES and I got a Sega Genesis, I was about 15 and man was I hooked. This was the first major console war and my brother and I would often switch consoles for weeks on end so we could play each others games. I have to say that overall I preferred the Super NES (who didn…
Fell behind a bit, made a pact with myself to blog every couple of days if not daily, wife was sick, one kid was sick, I became sick and before I knew it days and days passed...

Hobbies, well you know some, but one I can't practice enough is Chito-Ryu Karate, this is a very traditional form of karate that has this distinguished history:
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Karate, a Japanese martial art which translates as 'empty hand', is a devastating form of unarmed combat. Chito-Ryu karate is a traditional Okinawan karate style founded by Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose a medical doctor and Karate master. Characterized by blocks, punches, kicks and strikes, Chito-Ryu karate is an ergonomically correct form of karate. It is designed to instill confidence and self-discipline while preparing the mind and body to defend against aggressive behaviour or assault.

Chito-Ryu is one of the oldest styles of karate in Canada. Chito-Ryu karate offers participants excellent physical conditioning and strong mental discipline, as w…
Work - hmm, this is a tough one to talk about. I am what is called a Sales Engineer, while I make decent money I don't nearly meet the mid to high range figures on that website, but it is a great description of the job. I am also third level support for the company I work at and an Enterprise Project Manager. What does that mean? Well unlike what my wife says when people ask what I do, the answer is not 'he works with computers'. =-)

Say you are a North American gold mining company, a major Travel Agency or a National employment sourcing company as examples(no names on a public blog) and you need to have a company host your web, mail, shared data, product/people databases in a secure Data Centre as well as manage your IT security and access to these devices you would come to my company. The sales rep would introduce me and I would work with the company to discover their needs and come up with a solution. This generally takes into account:
-Firewall needs
-Remote access…
Should start actually blogging regularly since I am a techno Geek....Funny thing is I do blog, but it is on my groups blog The Geek Nighter Weblog read it if you dare, we have 7 years of archives and you will see everything from movie deets, game reviews, jokes, flames and everything under the sun.

On to other schtuff, my interests, this is my blog, so I will talk about me sometimes, other times other people or things.

-PS3, hmm, just bought one, LOVE it, but no games, thankfully I have a dozen PS2 games in the to be played or finished pile (FF12, RE4, Okami, Rogue Galaxy, Devil May Cry 3, Kingdom Hearts 2, etc...) and Oblivion is on it's way from a kindly ebay seller. What I love about my PS3? Blu-ray - ROCKS, Superman Returns is psycho on that thing, Super Stardust HD - Awesome, Upsampling of PS2, DVD's and audio is just icing on the cake. Aside from that pickins are slim on the PS3, this year I have Home, Heavenly Sword, UT3, Uncharted, Lair and Folklore to look forward to…
Bad Mood!

Isn't it funny when things build and build until you are just so frustrated with everything? Work, family, people, even inanimate objects are annoying to me right now. The funniest part is that none of the things I am pissed off about are major issues...just dozens and dozens of small things piled on on top of the other. Just enough to make me ready to blow my top.

What doesn't help is being fracking tired, all week people in my family have been keeping me awake in one form or another, whether it be kids getting up, wife staying up and being noisy or a combination of the two...heck one of the nights we were in bed and I just couldn't sleep. Wasn't stressed about anything...wasmn't worrying, thinking, planning or otherwise plotting...just couldn't sleep. arrrrggghhhhhhhhh

sigh...funny to post something like this after not posting for so long...