Friday, November 30, 2012

Nancy Drew Troubles

I've got Nancy Drew troubles, everyone.  My video walkthrough for Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device keeps hitting up against walls.

1. Youtube hated Video #9.  I uploaded five different versions of it, all of which were rejected.  I re-recorded the video; all the versions of the re-record were rejected.  Fortunately, one of the re-re-recorded versions of Video #9 got through.

2. I accidentally deleted my save file, after video #17.  That's two-thirds of the way through the game.  I have to restart from the beginning and replay those four hours.

3. Video #11 has completely disappeared!  Gone!  No one knows where it is!  So I have to re-record that video now, too!

In conclusion, GRAAAAWR!  This makes about six to seven hours of work, down the drain!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Christmas Story 2

I just watched the 2012 movie A Christmas Story 2.  It's pretty bad.  Here are my live tweets about the movie, with some extra commentary, just for you guys.
  • Dear gosh, Ralphie is hideous. No, seriously, his hair was dyed this horrible blonde color, to match the kid from the original movie. It wasn't pretty.
  • Ralphie's fatal flaw is revealed: he does not know how to exit from a car, without getting trapped. His pant leg accidentally got caught on the stick-shift, and so he had to remove his pants before he could leave. Dude, using a car door is NOT that difficult.
  • Ralphie ends up breaking the car, so he and his friends have to get jobs to pay for it.  During the montage of them horrendeously failing at their jobs, Ralphie gets his perv on with a lingerie mannequin. His hand somehow gets stuck on the inside of the manneqin's bra, and no matter how hard he pulls, he can't escape. Of course, a large crowd gathers to watch.
  • The next day, Ralphie's friend attempts to French kiss a messenger tube. His mouth and tongue get stuck inside. Whoever wrote this movie must be a pervert.
  • Ralphie got in a bell-ringing competition with the Salvation Army Guy. That was an amusing showdown.  There was also a fight between Ralphie and his friends (dressed as Santa's elves), complete with commentary from grumpy Santa.  That was less amusing.
  • I liked the part of the movie which should have been the ending.  The movie went on for about ten minutes after that, and I got increasingly grumpier as it kept going on.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Operation Titanic

I jsut started reading the Nancy Drew Hardy Boys Super Mystery Operation Titanic.  The book was written shortly after the movie Titanic; I picked up the book on a whim.  I just read Chapter One today, and I can tell this book is going to be hilarious.

The book starts off with Nancy and the FBI crew, ready to bust a dangerous criminal named Trey Carter.  They are deadly serious about the operation, and everything was incredibly intense.

As it turns out, though, the criminal operation is kind of...stupid.  Carter is scamming a radio program, by taping pay phones to cell phones.  This way, nobody else but him can call the radio station.  That means he's guaranteed to be be Caller #104, and win tickets to the Titanic expedition.  A sneaky plan, to be sure, but it's kind of weird that it involves taping sixteen phones together.

Our heroes break into the hotel laundromat that Carter is using. A gunfight soon breaks out, because Carter really wants those tickets.  Carter is about to escape, when he gets shot by a mysterious person wearing an alien mask. Mr. Alien escapes into the darkness.  End chapter.

I don't know about you, but I am excited to see what happens next.  My favorite part of the chapter was this line: "Suddenly, the thought occurred to Nancy that there was no way she could explain getting shot to her father".  Imagine that conversation:

Dad: Nancy, what happened?
Nancy: Dad...I got shot by a criminal mastermind.
Dad: A criminal mastermind? What was his plan?
Nancy: He...taped phones together.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Room Cleaning

Remember in June, how I talked about my project to clean up my room?  The project has finally continued, with me cleaning up about seven shelves full of things.  The things I found include...
  • A half-page of notes on how to solve the puzzles in Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull
  • Eleven pens and five pencils
  • An academic decathalon medal from 2000
  • A coupon for two free Jack-in-the-Box tacos
  • A patch for Trees of Mystery
  • An Easter egg
I need to clean up more often.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sleepy Time Gal

I inherited my grandmother's music collection when she died a while back.  One of the songs I liked was Sleepy Time Gal.  The version of the song on Youtube is rather slow; Grandma had a dance version of the song which is faster and more interesting.

So I've had this song memorized for a while. Imagine my shock when I learned that the song has lyrics.  Now I feel compelled to memorize the lyrics, simply because I know the tune.

I also feel compelled to go through all her other songs, and see if they have lyrics, too.  What about the polka for I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, or the trumpet rendition Make the World Go Away?  Those titles sound like they would be for songs with lyrics.

Does that ever happen to you, readers?  Do you memorize a tune, without knowing that it has official lyrics?  Or do they tend not to make instrumental versions of songs anymore?  I don't think I ever hear instrumentals on the radio, certainly not instrumental versions of Sleepy Time Gal.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

One Bad Apple

This week's new episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was entitled One Bad Apple.  It was a Cutie Mark Crusaders episode (the main characters' little sisters).  In general, I usually skip over CMC episodes.  I don't really like them that much; I much prefer episodes that star the main characters.

The episode focused on the semi-relevant topic of bullying prevention, which has been all over children's media for a while.  Apple Bloom's cousin, Babs Seed, comes to stay in town for a week.  Babs becomes a bully and torments the CMC for a while.

The CMC decide to strike back, with an overly-complicated prank involving a parade float.  Eventually, they learn that Babs is a good person.  She's just misguided, thanks to some bully problems of her own.  They all become best friends and live happily ever after.

It was a simplistic episode, with a straightforward moral and a simple ending. I didn't see much to like or dislike about it, and I probably won't bother to watch it again.  I think the only thing I have to say is a lament that Applejack gets more lines in her sister's episodes than in her own episodes.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device Walkthrough

My official video walkthrough for Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device is live on Youtube! I'm going to release two videos a day, until the walkthrough is over.





I've only done ten videos so far, and I'm around the halfway point of the game. Hopefully, I can finish the video walkthrough, before the videos catch up to me.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Obamacare

Today's Friday news happened two weeks ago.  You might have noticed that, over the past few months, not much has been said about Obamacare and the immoral HHS mandate that requires public funding for abortions.  I think everyone was waiting to see what the results of the Presidential Election would be, before making official statements on Obamacare.

Now that President Obama (and consequently, Obamacare) is here to stay, people are starting to speak up about it.  And by "people", I mean "corporations", which are not people.  Big corporations are strongly opposed to Obamacare, because they don't want to pay for their employees' health care.

Quiz time! What are corporations, like Papa John's, Walmart and Denny's, doing as a response to Obamacare?

a) Increase prices, to offset the money of paying for health care.
b) Demote as many employees as possible to part time workers.
c) Both 1 and 2.

The answer is "c".  Note that these corporations currently make more than enough money to give healthcare to all their employees.  They just don't want to, because that would cut into profits.

In what I like to call "ridiculously cruel", restaurants that implementing an imaginary 5% Obamacare tax recommend that customers make up for it, by only giving waiters a 10% tip.  That's taking a 5% tip away from minimum-wage workers, and giving it to the millionaires instead.  Ugh.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Three Things Thursday

Today on Three Things Thursday, I've got three fun moments from my video walkthrough for Nancy Drew: Secret at Shadow Ranch.

1. The start of this video, where Nancy wraps up the mystery of Chapter 5. I think it took me over an hour to do that relatively short shot.



2. The voice I used for crazy Prospect Polly.



3. In what some people call the highlight of the entire game, Nancy gets flirty with Dave. 6:42, of this video:


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cards

I keep a collection of every card I've ever received.  Just the other day, I went through the letters I got this year (2012), so I could add them to the archive.

I need to do a better job of checking my cards when I receive them.  I found a $50 birthday check and $10 cash from May.

Granny is going to believe me when I say I didn't write her a thank you card, because I just now got her present, right?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Latin. Duh.

Since I know some Latin (less that 1,000 words), I sometimes have major "duh" moments, when I figure out what a word means.

For example, I was at a gas station that asked me if I wanted to use credit or debit.  I always forget the difference between the two, and I was trying to remember which one is which.  Then I remembered that "debit" literally means "owe" in Latin, as in "Marcus owes me a pizza"--Marcus debit me pizza.

I still don't know the difference between a credit card and a debit card, but I felt really stupid for not realizing the two words mean "loan" and "owe".

The other day, I was thinking about Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights.  I spent about a minute trying to translate Aurora Borealis into English, when I suddenly realized that it literally means "northern lights".  That was another big "duh" moment for me.  Also, I felt dumb for trying to translate something which is already translated.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Too Many Pinkie Pies

Following last week's post, I've decided that I'm going to review all the new episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.  That'll be a nice little ten-week series for me to write.

Yesterday's new episode was Too Many Pinkie Pies.  In this episode, Pinkie Pie (the crazy pony) clones herself with a magic mirror.  Disaster ensues as the clones make their own clones, and soon there are 40 Pinkie Pies running around and wreaking havoc.
  • You were able to tell the difference between Pinkie and her clones, because the clones all had mental problems (such as the inability to remember names).  That unintentionally reminded me of Clone #4 from the movie Multiplicity.
  • It's an okay episode overall, but I didn't like the ending sequence, where they got rid of the clones by killing them with exploding magic.  It seemed unnecessarily violent to me, despite the assurance that no clones were harmed in the making of this episode.
  • Also, Twilight had a hair trigger during the entire "get rid of the clones" scene.  Some clones got killed, when all they did was turn their heads to the side.  You think Twilight would be more careful when it comes to not accidentally killing one of her friends.
  • There was a weird scene, where somone finds a hidden compartment inside the library, containing a magical book.  Nobody comments on this at all, as if it's perfectly normal to find unknown hidden compartments.
  • They did an interesting job, showing how Pinkie reacts to her clones. It's nice to see her show emotions besides "hyper" or "completely insane".

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Deadly Device Speedrun

Earlier this week, I was stuck on Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device.  I figured out what the problem was.  It turns out that you have to ask Mason about Ryan's possible motive for murder. Otherwise, you'll get stuck in the lab later on.

What a weird trigger.  I mean, you can't use the photolithography lab or go into the Tesla coil control booth, without first asking Mason about something unrelated to those two things.

I guess it's the game's way of making sure that you talk to all the characters.

I'm trying to plan a speedrun for Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device, but I'm running into a lot of triggers like this.  They did a really good job, making sure you have to do things in a certain order.  You can't do the 3D model puzzle early; you can't do the book puzzle early; in fact, the only thing you can do early is get a high score on Aggregation.

So right now, it looks like my speedrun is just going to be "Michael plays the game normally", because I can't think of any time-saving techniques. Any suggestions?

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Gaston Boast Generator

Time for a pointless little game!  You know Gaston, from Beauty and the Beast?  The one who always boasts about his accomplishments?  He's always saying things like, "No one hunts beasts like Gaston!  No one eats eggs like Gaston!  No one gets left out of Kingdom Hearts like Gaston!"

Let's randomly generate a Gaston boast, shall we?

No one [verb] [noun] like Gaston!

Step 1: Get a verb from the Random Verb Generator. That's your verb.
Step 2: Hit the "random article" button on Wikipedia.  That's your noun.

Samples:

No one familiarizes Traou Mad like Gaston!
No one glues Leland Hawes like Gaston!
No one releases the Roman dam of Bellas like Gaston!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gray Cortright

Hey everyone. I wasn't able to play any Nancy Drew at all yesterday, but I did set up a fake Facebook account for Gray Cortright, the security guy in Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device. Feel free to add him as a friend!

Basically, I created him for a Facebook game, and I didn't want to be the jerk who sends Facebook Game Requests to friends. So I made a fake account. Now Gray and I can send stuff back and forth in the game, and I can get all those precious, precious achievement points.  And unlockable characters and stuff, too.

I mean, instead of adding ten friends in the game, I'll just add Gray ten times. The game developers aren't smart enough to see through that ruse, right?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Deadly Device Walkthrough

I made some progress on my walkthrough for Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device.  I made it all the way through the first third of game or so.  It was sort of tricky to figure out what happens in this portion of the game, because it has a lot of one-time things that introduce you to characters and such.  Things like...

1. The first time Nancy enters the lounge, the power goes out.
2. The first time Nancy talks to Ellie, she gets a tour of the lab.
3. The first time Nancy uses her alarm clock, there is a power emergency.
4. The second time Nancy uses her alarm clock, Deirdre calls.
5. The third time Nancy uses her alarm clock, Deirdre calls and agrees to help with the case.

Unfortunately for my walkthrough, I got stuck at the lab, and I'm not sure how to progress.  I need to do something to trigger the loud humming noise (which lets me get rid of Ellie, so I can snoop in her area and take some items needed for puzzles).  However, I have no idea what to do.  I tried checking the support forums, but no luck.

I guess tomorrow, I'll spend another hour trying to figure out what it is I have to do next.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device Tasklist

I'm working on my text walkthrough for Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device.  I thought it might help if I had a separate section for each item on the tasklist, so I typed out the entire thing.

1. Read Case File
2. Investigate Ryan
3. Meet Everyone at the Lab
4. View the Security Video Mentioned in the Case File
5. Explore Niko's Office
6. Investigate the Log-In Irregularity from the Night of the Murder
7. Explore the Halls
8. Explore the Lounge
9. Power Off the Electrical Grid
10. Snoop in Ellie's Workspace
11. Get a High Score in the Aggregation Arcade Game
12. Snoop in Mason's Workplace
13. Snoop in the Security Booth
14. Find Something to Open the Locked Lab
15. Explore the Tech Workshop
16. Use the Key Card to Get Past a Locked Door
17. Find the Password for Mason's Computer
18. Figure Out What the Video File Referenced on Mason's Computer Shows
19. Power on Gray's Computer
20. Figure Out the Password for Gray's Computer
21. Figure Out the Password to Activate the Keycard Program
22. Inquire After the Loud Humming Near the Lab
23. Find a Way to listen to the Audio Card
24. Get Koko Mallos for Ryan
25. Investigate Ryan's Threats Against Niko
26. Explore the Lab
27. Repair the Small Tesla Coil in the Lab
28. Explore the Tesla Coil Lab
29. Explore the Photolithography Lab
30. Unlock the Supply Closet in the Photolithography Lab
31. Find the Missing Bottle of Hydrofluoric Acid
32. Repair the Tesla Coil
33. Replace the Capacitors in the Tesla Coil
34. Unlock the Control Booth Door
35. Unlock the Supply Cabinet
36. Make a New Circuit Board for the Small Tesla Coil
37. Manufacture the Missing Part for the Tesla Coil
38. Follow up with Victor about New Evidence on Ryan
39. Track Down Some New Leads
40. Escape from the Photo Lab
41. Find Out Why Mason Was in the Lab After Hours
42. Find Out What Gray Was Shredding
43. Figure Out the Meaning of the List of Book Titles from Ellie's Desk
44. See What's Inside Niko's Notebook
45. Find Out Who the Owner of the Key Card from Mason and Ellie's Office Is
46. Break into Ellie's Cellphone
47. From the Shredded Page, Find Out What's Been Placed in "Safe Keeping"
48. View the Video Referenced in Gray's Lock Box
49. Figure Out What the Extra Data Showing on the Video with Gray Means
50. Track Down the Source of the Alarm
51. Save Mason!
52. Find a Way Back into the Lab
53. Play Niko's Song on the Small Tesla Coil
54. Illuminate a Black Light Under the Glow
55. Find a Way Past the Biometric Fingerprint Scanner
56. Get Victor's Candy for Ryan
57. Stop the Elevator from Crashing!
58. Make a Fake Fingerprint
59. Explore Niko's Study
60. Listen to the Audio Diaries from Niko's Study
61. Discover the Pigeon's Secret
62. Figure Out the Importance of Frequency 37
63. Turn on Niko's Video System and See What's On It
64. Find the Password for Niko's Video System
65. Get the USB with the Video Showing Niko's Murderer Out of the Lab
66. Find a Way to Safely Get the Video Out of Niko's Study and to the Police
67. Avoid Electrocution!
...Maybe I'll use the checklist from Master Sleuth mode instead. You know, the task list that doesn't take note of every small detail?

Monday, November 12, 2012

Timon

You know what they should make a movie out of?  The story of Timon.  I know Shakespeare made a play about him, but hardly anyone ever reads it.  In fact, the play is so bad that scholars like to think someone else wrote it.

Timon lived in Ancient Greece.  He was basically a rich party boy, who spent most of his time throwing parties with all of his friends.  Eventually, he used up all of his money.  He thought his friends would help him out, but they all bailed on him.  He had to move out of Athens and become a farmworker.

One day, while he was working in the fields, he found a huge pot of gold that someone had buried.  Timon became rich again, and he moved back to Athens.  His old friends reappeared, expecting a huge party.  Timon went completely postal on them.

That's a true story, even though the pot of gold part sounds like it was made up. I dunno, I just think that they could make an entertaining comedy based on that premise.  Timon loses his money, becomes unexpectedly rich again, then swears revenge on all his former friends.  When's the last time you've seen a good revenge comedy?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Crystal Empire

I wanted to do a live Twitter-stream while watching the 2-part season premiere of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, but I decided not to, because it might annoy my followers who don't know about the show.

I have no problems annoying you blog readers, so here's my analysis of The Crystal Empire two-parter.
  • The plot is that the Crystal Ponies have become depressed amnesiacs. So our heroes have to save them all, by putting on a historical fair.  Makes sense to me!
  • Princess Luna is super-grumpy during the exposition scene.  Really?  Girl, you only get one scene per season; you need to make yours count.
  • Shining Armor is the worst unicorn ever.  At the start of the first episode, he gets black stains on his horn, and that stops him from doing anything else for the entire two-parter.  It never occurs to him that he can, you know, wash the stains off.
  • To put things in perspective: Shining Armor is a Mary Sue.  He's a Prince, Captain of the Royal Guard and the most powerful (male) unicorn in the entire world.  But a little dirt on his horn manages to stop him cold for two episodes.  Worst unicorn ever!
  • During the big climax, Shining Armor picks up his exhausted wife and throws her at the villain.  I kid you not.  WORST UNICORN EVER.
  • No, wait, throwing his wife at the villain actually kills the villain.  Woah!  Maybe that was Shining Armor's plan all along.  Best unicorn ever?
  • They end the episode with a pun, a song, and the Mysterious Book of Foreshadowing.  I approve.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Novel

November is National Novel Writing Month.  The challenge is to write a 50,000 word story/book/novel/whatever in a month.

Do you guys think I should enter?  What should I write about?  Is it too late for me to catch up to all the other people who have been writing for about two weeks?

I mean...I kind of want to do it, but it's getitng late in the month, and I don't want to ignore my other stories.  Like the Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Chill story, for instance.  That thing hasn't been touched since October 26th.  I'd like to finish that before starting something new.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Wreck-It Ralph

I saw Wreck-It Ralph yesterday.  I arrived about 25 minutes late, because I left the house late and walked all the way to the theater.  It ended up being perfect timing, because I showed up about half a minute after the movie started.

Man, that's a lot of previews I miseed out on.

The movie itself was pretty good.  It's all about characters who live in the videogame world.  There are three videogames that they show: a 1980's arcade game, a modern first person shooter, and a go-kart game with a candy theme.  Those are all vastly different games, and they did a good job of making each of those areas feel unique and true to its genre.  If you ever got bored with the movie, you could have fun simply looking at all the cool backgrounds and environments.

The two main characters of the movie are going through an...occupational crisis, where they want to change who they are and what they do.  Ralph wants to change from a villain to a hero.  Vanelope wants to change from an unused glitch character to a real character.  It actually took me a moment or two to understand Vanelope's backstory, because when she started saying things like "I was never supposed to exist.  I'm just an accident that no one wanted," my mind instantly thought she was talking about abortion.

I'm not sure what else I can say, without going into huge detail.  Some of the videogame jokes are clever, like the inclusion of the Koonami code, but there's never a situation where a non-gamer won't understand what's going on.  I didn't like the way they ended Vanelope's storyline, but it'd be spoilerrific if I said more about that.  Also, on the whole, I'm not a fan of Disney movies without characters singing, but the film is so good that I won't hold that against it.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Three Things Thursday: Voting Edition

1. I mentioned earlier that the death penalty was on the California ballot this year.  The people voted to keep using the death penalty, which is a complete tragedy because deliberate murder is wrong in all circumstances.  It passed with a majority of 5.6%, or a little over half a million votes.

2. My particular county in California still has 200,000 uncounted votes.  Most of them are mail-in ballots.  I'm not entirely sure what's up with my county and mail-in ballots, to be honest.  A few years ago, the government changed my mother's voting status "person who votes in her home town" to "permanent vote-by-mail in the next town over".  My dad lives in the same house as her, but votes in a different city.

The decision kind of reeks of gerrymandering, to be honest.  Or as we call it in California, "Jerrymandering".  Speaking of which, Governor Jerry Brown is probably pleased at the failure of Prop 40, which wanted to redo the current voting districts that favor his party.

3.  For the record, Wikipedia uses California's voting districts for four of their ten examples of gerrymandering in the United States.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Election Results

[Written 9:40 PM, PST, on Tuesday.]

Okay, so what happened this election day?

I'm not sure. Following elections news is hard, because every station jumps the gun in the rush to be first to figure out who the President is.  So, for example, the news reporters said Obama won California, when only 2% of the ballots in California had been counted.  That's highly inaccurate and offensive to the name of journalism.

If the news people are right in their guesses...Romney got more votes, but Obama won overall, because he got Ohio.  That's what the news people are saying; Ohio got to pick our next President.  But I'm looking at the map, and I have no idea how Obama won Ohio, because I'm seeing Romney outnumbering him at least three to one.

Hmmm...you know what? I'm going to sleep now. Maybe when I wake up tomorrow, the vote tallies will be more complete.  As of now, North Carolina is the only state that has counted all its ballots.  That makes it too early to know for sure, but I'm guessing the news folks are right about four more years for Obama.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day

It's Election Day! Hooray hooray hooray.

I hope that this year, the same candidate who wins the popular vote also wins the election.  People have been running numbers through the electoral college, and things are looking weird.  It's probable that one candidate will get more votes overall and win more states overall, yet still lose the election.

Of course, for a long time, it's been possible to become President, just by winning 11 states.  But that's a technicality, which hasn't ever really been a serious possibility.  This year, however...a discrepancy between how people vote and who gets elected seems entirely possible.  I just hope that doesn't happen.

Thought experiment: What would happen, if one candidate became President while losing the popular vote?  How would the country react?

Monday, November 5, 2012

Electoral College

You know, I'm one of the people who thinks that the electoral college is a flawed system which should be replaced.  My home state of California gets 55 votes in the electoral college, which is more than any other state.  Technically, if California wanted to be a jerk, it could pretty much override the decisions made by at ten other states.

Oddly enough, the flaw in the system isn't that California makes other states irrelevant.  It's that other states make California irrelevant.  Actually, only about six or so states matter in the upcoming election, the so-called "battleground states" where the candidates spend all their time and energy. The other 44 states are pretty much a foregone conclusion, thereby making voting in those states highly unnecessary.  I'd prefer a system where all the states are important, not just a few.

Wouldn't it be unexpected if, say, New Hampshire's three electoral college votes end up deciding the election?  It's possible.  New Hampshire is a swing state.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Election

I had a long blog post prepared about the upcoming election, but it was kind of mean, so I deleted it.

I think the problem I have is that both candidates seem to be typical politicians, whose behavior during campaigns has little to no correlation with their behavior in office.  He'll promise you the moon in order to get your vote, but once he has it, you're instantly forgotten, and he just follows his own agenda.

Sigh...in representative democracy, the politicians are supposed to represent the people, not themselves...

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thorton Hall

Want to see the teaser trailer for the 28th Nancy Drew game, Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thorton Hall?

It's right here.



I watched this with Phoenix, and she screamed loudly. I'm going to edit that into the video walkthrough I'm doing with her.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Resident Evil 4

To get into the Halloween spirit, I decided to play Resident Evil : Degeneration for the iPhone.  I've never played any Resident Evil games before.  All I know is that it's a horror series, where you go around, shooting zombies.  The demo for the game is free, and I know the series is popular, so I thought I'd give it a shot.

The plot of the game, as far as I can tell, is that terrorists have hijacked a plane.  These terrorists must be incredibly incompetent, because about a minute later, they accidentally drove the plane into the side of the airport, instantly killing themselves.

Here's the weird twist.  The terrorists had Zombie Disease, so everyone at the airport has now been infected.  Our hero, Leon Kennedy, has been sent to Zombie International Airport to save a US Senator, who is waiting in the VIP lounge.  The senator figures he's safe there, because none of the zombies have VIP privileges.

I don't know if it's the iPhone controls or what, but Leon moves very, very slowly.  Maybe he's trying to give the zombies a fighting chance, because if he moved at a normal speed, he'd easily outrun them.  The gameplay was mostly Leon wandering around through the airport, and occasionally shooting zombies, then stealing their money.

I only played for about ten minutes, but from what I can tell, it's an okay game.  It reminded me a bit of Tomb Raider, for some reason, despite the fact the two games are nothing alike.  I would have enjoyed it more if the controls worked better, but that's what I get for playing the iPhone version.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Mmmbop Dance

Hey blog readers! I have an exclusive for you!

For one of the upcoming videos I'm making with Phoenix, there will be a short thing of me doing a victory dance. I recorded myself dancing for about a minute, so I would have plenty of footage to pick from. I thought you might like to see it.

Here's the full dance video. I'll probably take it down next week. From what I understand, Hanson has some really good lawyers.