Game of the Year 2012

Guys, I did a Game of the Year list! So original, right? You can find it over on my Giant Bomb list page here. They have great formatting for lists and I think it looks pretty good right where it is and saves you from the horrors of me making it look decent here. Check it out! I’m a little controversial in it. I’ve been playing video games for a long time, so I pick ’em like I play ’em

Anyway, that’s all for now. Leave a comment here or over there if you’re a member on what you think. What was your favorite game of 2012? There were a lot to choose from!

Still Alive

I’ve been away for a while, but ideas are brewing. Keep and eye out here and on my twitter page for more details soon! In the meantime, check out a podcast I did with a friend of mine, Walter Lopez over at http://www.snakpakk.com/! We talked about Top Gear’s new series and look for another episode soon. My friends Ryan DeLaRosa and Jeff Derrickson were also there to talk about the future of gaming.

I have some blog ideas, story ideas and possible podcast ideas, so maybe I can tear myself away from gaming long enough to do some of it, but guys, gaming is pretty great.

Ryan

Bridging the Generation Gap

The Console Generations. Every one has been drastically different. From controls to hardware to visuals, each console has offered something big and different enough to catch our attention, but there has been several constants among change. Each console has given us pretty standard controls, though some have tried to convert us to Motionology, where as others are just trying to get some of those wayward souls back by offering a non-standard accessory to ease the transition. They also come with games. A broad statement, but it’s true. Games will always be the constant with a gaming console. No matter how much they change, they will always be games. More onto my point, however, was this generation offered us a little something more in the form of Gamertags. More importantly, Achievements.

Achievements, Trophies, Accomplishments…Whatever you want to refer to them as; love ’em or hate ’em, Achievements one of the biggest changes to the gaming community in years and have influenced an whole new generation of gamers and have reinvigorated the rest. In the past, beating a game or a frustrating boss meant bragging rights among your school yard chums and a sense of self accomplishment. To prove yourself, you had to either recreate your glory by beating that said game/boss in front of your friends or show them a completed save file. An example from my childhood would be the day I beat Donkey Kong Country. To celebrate, I went to urinate since it’d been hours of holding it so I wouldn’t fall out of “The Zone”. I still remember finishing up my business and planting my hands on the door before leaving and just grinning at a job well done. Still one of the hardest games to this day, and I had konquered it. (See what I did there?) After a moment of self glory, I opened the door to find my big brother and my little cousin wrestling on the bed in his room across from the bathroom, where my glory was achieved. (Again, see what I did? I believe this is how being a on a roll starts) As I enter the room, I see the controller still on the bed. As I looked to the screen, my save file was gone. It a state of shock I backed out to the title screen and went back to the save files. At that moment, I put the controller down, rested my face into my hands and the world went away. I wasn’t angry, not at first. I was something I had never felt before. I was, for the first time, Heartbroken. It’s been decades and I’ve gotten over it, but writing this brings back memories of that day…and it still kind of hurts. In the back of my head, I still have the feeling my brother and cousin did it on purpose because they saw how happy it made me. They used to be dicks, they still can be, so it’s not a thought I’m willing to brush off with ease. I digress.

The point is games have always been a proving ground for hand/eye coordination, endurance, strategy, competitiveness and determination among other things and we really didn’t have a system of proof until this current generation. That may sound stupid to some people, but I like the idea of having my gaming accomplishments recorded and displayed online as part of my “gamer” profile. This is the first step to what could become recording a gamer’s history over future generations, if it’s done properly. Again that may sound stupid, but Basketball players have trophies for a lifetime of their accomplishments, Directors have award for their body of work…I’m not asking for a physical trophy, a digital one would do just fine. Sure the difference is they get payed to do it, but they also love doing it. I love gaming and even thought I don’t get paid for it, I’m not going to stop. Getting a single achievement is great, but seeing what I’ve done over the past two years is pretty amazing. It’s great seeing how much I’ve done with something I love do over the course the time I’ve had my Xbox. (Just shy of 3 years) As we as gamers get older, we become less petty when it comes to having to prove what games we’ve played/beaten etc but it’s still awesome to have my history readily available online to prove something if need be. Now onto the proper point to this article.

This being the first generation to do achievements/trophies, the industry has a great chance to bridge the gap between the console generations and make this more of just a gimmick; make it something worth our while. Microsoft seems to be in the best position to do this. They’ve been linking the gamer card since the original Xbox and what will they do when they link it to the next generation Xbox. Will they just carry over some aspects? I hope now. Will they carry everything over and let you continue what you, as a gamer, have started with your score? I bloody well hope so. I’m pretty proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish in the past 3 years of owning my 360 and if I could continue that into the next generation, from where I left off on the 360, that would truly be awesome. People always say: “It’s not fair, I can’t catch up to you”, which is stupid. I’ve been gaming and game day-after-day upping that score. It’s a history of gaming. It’s not about someone new trying to catch up to some who’s been playing for 3 years, it’s about veterancy. I’ve been at this a long time, 50k GamerScore is like a rank. I’ve been at this a long time and when I’m 50, I want to be able to show off how much of a gamer nerd I am by having a crazy high score or rank or whatever. It shows the new gamers that I’ve been around the block. The reason I want to be able to continue on where I left off with the new generation is that if I ever have kids and they want to play games like their old man, I want them to start their own history while at the same time I can show them mine. Which gives them the opportunity to ask questions about old games they see in my history and so on.

Building a history would be relatively easy. I mean, when we do make the jump to the next generation, they can categorize the achievements pages by console, so you can flip past the generations and not have older ones mixing with new ones, but keeping your score the same and just keep adding onto it. It wouldn’t be difficult with the 360, though I’m not sure how the PSN would do it. I know they record it online, but switching to a new console might bring up some issues, unless they allow you to download you past trophy history on the PS4. They might even have it set up completely different and more user friendly next time around, who knows. In any case, I like this idea. I wouldn’t have written about it if I didn’t. I’m definitely sure some people will hate it, but discussion is what ideas are all about.

So this is my plea to the industry. Don’t let this become a gimmick! Let’s make it one of those constants that stays throughout future generations. It was a good idea. Let me keep my gamer card throughout future generations! Steam has already got this down. It never has to change, so your history just keeps building. The PSN and XBL need to make recording your progress a constant in this ever changing industry. The only other thing I could hope for, in a perfect world, would be a single unification of the tags. Places like Giant Bomb and Raptr are a good start, but they only allow us to add our multiple tags to one place to keep a record of it all. What I want is a way to log into one gamer tag across multiple consoles. I know it won’t happen, but I did say this would have to be a perfect world.

I now have an online identity and making me start over from scratch each generation is cruel. Let this be a beginning for us and future generations. I wish I had this as a kid! I could look back without needing to keep it all in my brain. Remember games I forgot I played, see what I achieved. This generation started something great, it’s now up to the industry to decided if it lives or dies in the next generation.

– Your friendly neighborhood SharpShotApollo

The Hero’s Return – A Mass Effect (3) Blog

Full disclosure. I wrote this over on my Giant Bomb account first. Link here.

I’m a Mass Effect superfan. Before I even owned an Xbox 360, I had been following this game. I dreamed of the day my poor college-attending ass would be able to play it. I thought about buying the game to play on my buddy’s 360. Yes, I wanted my hands on it this bad. The only other game I thought about doing this for was Metal Gear Solid 3, alas I still have yet to play that one. Mass Effect, on the other hand, was one of the first games I purchased when I came into a large sum of money after finishing college. Putting over 7 playthroughs and 200+ hours into Mass Effect, you could say I was somewhat excited for the sequel. You could also say I was squealing like a schoolgirl weeks before its release in January of 2010. I digress.

A post over on the Giant Bomb Mass Effect 3 forum  gave me the idea for this blog. The premise was which characters I wanted to see return in Mass Effect 3. I gave a response, but I wanted to go a little more in depth with my answers. One, because I love talking Mass Effect with anyone and everyone, and two, I like to ramble on about stuff I love. Drinking makes this evident. If you listen to my Podcast, you will soon find out we drink and ramble about games. Most of the time when we listen back to it, we find ourselves yelling at our iPhones, PCs or iPods to “shut the fuck up, you drunk!”. True story. Anywho, as I sip my glass of Canadian Club Reserve, I present to you The Hero’s Return – A Mass Effect (3) blog. (Yes, that’s a Pink Floyd reference. I like to reference awesome when I blog. 😀 )

**NOTICE:** The following will contain spoilers for PS3 owners. If you have yet to play it, you might want to steer clear.

With the release of Mass Effect 3 technically under a year away, if you believe that it will make it out by December which I’m pretty confident it won’t, we have to imagine what will be the main plot. Ok, maybe we don’t have the imagine. The Reapers are coming and Shepard is the only person who can stop them. I saw another post in the forums about what Giant Bomb user DriveupLife had a theory on. His theory is about uniting the factions, which you can find here. I’ll be getting into why I like this theory and how I see it going down in a bit.

One thing I want from Mass Effect 3 is the possibility of space combat. A little something more advanced from the Kotor mini game Bioware did. Maybe a little more Halo: Reach-ish. Full control of the Normandy in a combat situation OR taking control of a one-maned fighter from a Capital Ship or from a Space Station or Installation.

The Normandy is docked at a station on the edge of The Terminus and it comes under Reaper attack, maybe Rogue Geth, maybe pirate attack. Shepard learns of the station’s fighter compliment. He orders the Normandy to battlestations and detach from dock. He and his two current companions along with the station’s fighter pilots launch their craft to defend the station. To cover if his companions can pilot the fighters or not, let’s say they either stay behind to help with the relief effort on board the station or he orders them back to the Normandy before she detaches. Why is there one extra fighter for Shepard? One of the pilots dies in an explosion before they launch for drama or the station has extra fighters in case of technical issues for practicality. Either way, both are probable instances for the story to move from there. Maybe Shepard gets hit near the end of combat and he gets captured before the Normandy can rescue him? Then we get a little action with Shepard on his own, stuck on an unknown ship trying to send an SOS to his companions informing them of his location.

See, I told you I like to ramble. With that part of a potential Mass Effect fantasy out of the way, I’ll move on to the support cast. Who I want to return as Shepard’s team. This doesn’t include the ship’s crew, for example, Kelly Chambers or Joker. Also this is where I’ll add my two cents about the factions being united. Keep in mind as I write this, my first Shepard was male soldier who chose Ashley then Miranda as his bed companions. So if I go on about things you didn’t experience, note this was my first experience.

Garrus Vakarian aka Archangel

The Turian. The Legend.

Garrus has become as big a part of Mass Effect as Shepard has. He will be in Mass Effect 3, he has to be. He is my favorite character in the franchise and I’ve always treated him as my Second-in-Command. Miranda may have the title, but he is the actual. He is my Shepard’s tactician and confident. He is my Turian Liaison and he probably has contacts within the Turian military. The Turians might be the hardest to convince of the Reapers existence, so he may be key to getting the ball rolling with his people, when he provides them with solid evidence of the true Reaper threat.

Ashley Williams/ Kaidan Alenko

Former lover makes a return.

For this part, I will be writing with Ashley in mind. For the most part, the same can be said for Kaidan.

Ashely was my Soldier Shepard’s love interest in Mass Effect and through my choices in Mass Effect 2, I believe I may have jeopardized my relationship with her. I chose to peruse relations with Miranda with my Soldier Shep and I had no idea that if you choose not to pursue a new relationship, Shepard would look at Ashley’s picture and smile on the journey through the Omega Relay. This blew my mind. It made me realize that there was a huge possibility of having Ashley make a return.

Be that as it may, having her return makes her a liaison to the Alliance. With a friend on the counsel with Anderson and Ashley on board, she will be able to keep tabs on Shepard and makes sure he’s telling the truth and truly no longer working with Cerberus. Having her back also opens up the romantic aspect of Shepard’s life. Does having her back make Shepard thing twice about his new relationship? Did he choose to stay faithful and now she’s back by his side? Maybe she has a new lover and you have to reprove yourself to her by saving this new man in her life. I want to see aspects of the original Mass Effect come full circle into the final chapter. I believe this is a good way to include some of that original story.

Tali’Zorah vas Normandy

The adorable engineer.

Tali is another one of those characters who have become a huge part of the Mass Effect franchise. Being a huge fan of the franchise, I love all aspects of the universe and don’t associate it with any one or two characters. When it comes to gamers less Mass Effect crazy who’ve played it, I can’t help but imagine the names Shepard, Garrus, Liara and Tali come to mind. She one of the faces of the franchise. Not only an expert in the field of Engineering, her demeanor is like none other among Shepard and Co. She’s kind-hearted, brave, brilliant, loyal and innocent . Innocent to the point when a romantic dialog opens up with her, she becomes fluttered and he responses are adorable.

Aside from being just an amazing character, she is Shepard’s only link to the Quarian. A race who excels in technology. They created the Geth. An self-aware AI capable of learning vast amounts of information and absorbing technology with ease. With help from Tali, Shepard could very well recruit the Quarians in Galaxy’s final hour. Of course, she was a possible love interest, so seeing her story arch with Shepard unfold would be a delight.

Liara T’Soni

 "Back off man, I&squot;m a scientist."

"Back off man, I'm a scientist."

SHADOW BROKER SPOILERS AHEAD!

You can stick whoever you want on the poster for Mass Effect, but Liara is one of the “poster child” characters of the franchise. Going from the sweet and innocent scientist from Mass Effect to the ruthless information broker we met in Mass Effect 2. Liara is close to Shepard, love interest or not. She would do anything for him. In her new position as Shadow Broker, she can help getting any and all information on anything he may need. Having her by his side will make the link to the Shadow Network even more valuable. Getting real time information on enemies, installations, etc. Feron could stay behind at HQ while she’s away. Plus, having access to Shadow Network agents would be resourceful in the coming events as well as unfolding any romance options Shepard may have pursued with her.

SHADOW BROKER SPOILERS END!

Urdnot Wrex

 Last of the Battlemasters. Leader of the Krogan Clans.

Last of the Battlemasters. Leader of the Krogan Clans.

Wrex has never been one to stand idly by while Shepard was in need. Yes, in Mass Effect 2, he couldn’t join you as his people needed him there, but with the coming threat of the Reapers, I think Wrex will join Shepard once more. He is the leader of his people and they will follow him into battle. With the Korgan behind Shepard, the Reapers will have their war. Grunt was fine and could be liaison to the Krogans, but Wrex is the original badass and won’t sit this one out. He can’t. His warrior blood wouldn’t allow it. That is, if he survived his time during Mass Effect, which in my experience, he most certainly did.

Legion

 "Organics fear us. We wish to understand, not to incite."

"Organics fear us. We wish to understand, not to incite."

Legion is the enemy. Correction, he was the enemy. Legion just wants what’s best for his people. The Geth are in civil war. The “Heretics” are under control of the Reapers, where as the rest of the Geth are apathetic toward organics. He was designed to interact with organics, specifically Shepard himself. Legion is the only liaison to the Geth Shepard has. In my experience, I helped with with a virus that would convert the Heretics into rejoining the other, good Geth. This, I believe, will be a huge impact in the third outing for Shepard. With the Geth fighting for organics, the armed force will be increased ten fold. Legion will become an important part of Mass Effect 3. It just seems like his storyline was the perfect setup for it.

Miranda Lawson

 Cerberus Officer. Genetically enhanced.

Cerberus Officer. Genetically enhanced.

Miranda is, or should I say was, a loyal Cerberus Officer before the final moments of Mass Effect 2 in my experience. She is my Shepard’s current love interest and although an efficient soldier and biotic user, she most likely still has contacts within the Cerberus organization, maker her an asset in brining Cerberus resources to Shepard’s side in aid against the Reapers. Cerberus technology would be infinitely useful in combating the Reapers. She has given her full loyalty to Shepard and in turn makes her a powerful ally.

Mordin Solus

 Back off man, I'm a...Oh...I used that one all ready. :

Back off man, I'm a...Oh...I used that one all ready. : \

Mordin is again, one of those team members that would be a good liaison to his people. The Salarians. In fact, he used to be a member of the Special Tasks Group. With contacts he, most likely, still has within the military and Shepard’s name among the STG from his deeds in Mass Effect in good form, they would be able to work their way at not only having the STG join the fight, but the Salarian military as well. On the plus, Mordin is an expert in scientific tech and some of his work would be a great help in fighting the Reapers.

Thane Krios

 On Death's door.

On Death's door.

I like Thane, I really do. I’m not sure how much of a Military the Drell have, unless he has some friends who are also assassins, but I wasn’t sure what he could bring to the table. The main reason Thane is on this list, is because he’s kinda awesome. Besides that, I want to see where is story leads. Can we find a cure for his illness? Will he die before Earth’s final hour? Either way, I want Thane back for Mass Effect 3. If he’s to die, I want it to be an honorable one.

Zaeed Massani

 Rebel with a cause.

Rebel with a cause.

I surprised myself with this one. I don’t really like Zaeed. Never did. The fact he was the former leader of the Blue Suns mercenaries makes me think he might be a big asset in the fight to come. If he could regain command of the Blue Suns, he might be able to unite the merc groups under one flag. This would be a huge help for Shepard and with Zaeed’s loyalty, it might stay like that. I fear that if he were to gain that much power, he might not know how to handle it for the good of the galaxy. When the fight is over, it might have not been the best idea to give him that much power.

HONORABLE MENTION:

Samara

Justice Bringer.

Justice Bringer.

Look, we already have an Asari, sorry doll face. The reason she gets an honorable mention is because Samara probably has a lot more pull with the Asari government than Liara has, but other than that, I’m not sure she would be a huge help other than on a personal level, fighting by Shepard’s side. Unless she can recruit the Justicars, but I think that would just fall under the Asari Military. They can definitely bring her back to be the Asari liaison, since Liara kind of has her hands full with previously mention tasks. I think Samara is a super badass, so I’d love to have her for another round in the third outing.

There you have it! The character I want to return and my thoughts on the Uniting the Factions theory. Let me know what you think! Post you’re own theories or tell me I’m crazy! Come one, come all!

-Your friendly neighborhood SharpShotApollo

Good? Evil? A Little Something In-Between?

In recent months, I’ve been playing a lot of games. Games that let you choose a path. A path of heroism and honor, one of corruption and evil or a little something in between. A neutral state of mind and body. Allow me to explain:

   I can be you're hero, baby!

I can be you're hero, baby!

Path of a Hero: A character path of good deeds and self-sacrifice. Usually involving the protection of ones who cannot protect themselves and the destruction of those who compromise that protection. The character is a symbol of justice and a beacon of hope; no matter what the cost to themselves.

   I'mma fuck you up. By all means, try and stop me.

I'mma fuck you up. By all means, try and stop me.

Path of the Villain: A character basking in darkness. Everything they do has something in it for them. A symbol of selfishness, they prey on the needs of others and let nothing stand in their way for their own self-preservation.

   Wabbits. I hunt them. (Elmer Fudd reference: check)

Wabbits. I hunt them. (Elmer Fudd reference: check)

Path of the Neutral: A character riding a fine line between good and evil. The kind of person is does what they think is the proper thing to do whatever the situation calls for. One minute, they could give a starving family money to eat for a week, then turn around and stab a dude in the neck for looking at him in that funny “strange” way not ten minutes later. They’re hard to read in where they stand. Usually referred to as an Anti-Hero or Anti-Villain.

When it comes to gaming, difficulty determines how you play the game tactically. In an FPS, difficulty allows you to play like a super soldier when at the extremest of low, using no cover, reloading on the run and getting in close for the stabby knife kill, all while having very little fear of death. At the other end of the spectrum, an FPS can turn into a nightmare for some, and a challenge to test your skill. Using cover, reloading often and holding your ground until you know it’s safe to make your way to the next piece of cover, only inches away..

In a choose your path style of game, not only does the enemy AI increase the challenge, the decision you make can either get you through in a breeze or make the game much more of a challenge. Usually the path of good is what’s going to cause you the most heartache. Making the decision to keep a thug alive because he surrendered is the right, heroic thing to do. It just sucks balls when I meet that thug, thirty minutes later, rearmed and fighting against me with ten of his friends. The evil option is to kill him where he stands, he doesn’t warn is friends and I get off with full ammo, unharmed. Obviously with a Neutral stance on the world, you can make the decision on the fly, whatever works best for the player.

Sure, a person who is playing a full-blow hero could make the decision that may be evil, but helps you in the long run, but then you’re not playing it right. I mean, if you’re just playing, based on the decisions you yourself would make, that’s fine, but if I make the decision to be a hero, I stick with it, whatever the consequences.

A point to all of this is coming, I swear…Here it is.

I have issues with the world. We all do. Either bad drives, bum luck, people in general piss you off and so on. Gaming is a great way to take out some of that frustration. Hell it’s a way to run into that frustration while playing. (ie Running into racist fuckheads while playing MW2 or Halo online) Games like MW2, Halo, Bad Company, etc are great way to just shoot at other people without being considered a murder by taking it to the mean streets of real life.

With outlets like shooters available for frustration purposes when needed, I find myself playing the uber white knight hero when it comes to choosing my path in games that allow it, like Mass Effect and it’s sequel, The Fallout series, Red Dead Redemption, etc. Some might call it a hero complex. I call it years of being brainwashed by Television and Movies; Cartoons and Comic. It’s not too often a villain gets a TV show or a Movie and when it comes to most media, it always turns out with a happy ending. It was a trend over the years. Mario was just trying to save the princess, Spiderman just wants to help people after he was wronged, Snake has to save the world from Liquid, Superman was a symbol of hope and justice when people needed him the most. Due to so many of these factors, I can’t help but be the hero.

I’ve tried on many occasions to be a bad dude. I’ve made evil characters in the past for Mass Effect and Fallout, but I just never go back to them. It didn’t do it for me. Especially in Fallout because it just makes the game so easy. Along with the fact I hated some of the scum NPCs in that game, that I would just end up blowing their head off. I’m still the hero for ridding the wasteland of that garbage. Another chance was my DCUO beta villain character. I’m have a hard time going back to her because A) I’m a little tired of that game right now and B) I can’t bring myself to strike down the heroes I grew up reading about or watching. My friend and co-host of TeaBagRadio, Sean told me that he had to strike down Supergirl. He’s a monster for it and I could never do that to such a sweet, innocent girl. She’s just trying to do the right thing, dammit!

I think I got my point across. I think I was rambling toward the end there. In short, the world is being brainwashed every day to be heroic. At the very least they want you to be an anti-hero. I pose a question: How do you play a “choose your path” game? Good? Evil? A little something in-between? I’d love to know how you play!

Until next time,

-Your friendly neighborhood SharpShotApollo

P.S. Merry Christmas everyone!

Tales of the Unemployed

Being a recently unemployed gamer, I’ve had to learn how to manage my money while still being able to drink, game and eat. I’ve been able to do so quite well over the past six months. During this time, I find myself actually buying more junk (I mean that in the best way) than I ever had. Although I’m a little more picky when it comes to buying games, based on a formula of quality x length / replay. I don’t actually use the formula. It’s usually all based on interest. Since I talk enough about game on Sean, Dub and I’s podcast, TeaBagRadio, I’ll use this time to show off some of the other junk I’ve acquired.

Number 1: I know I JUST said I wouldn’t talk games, but…

Teh Haloz

I didn't eat that week...

The Halo Reach: Legendary Edition. Yeah, I just couldn’t help myself. I blame Gamestop having it all set up, looking warm and inviting. Sorry checking account.

Number 2: The opposite of poo. Which is awesome…

Mass Effect!!!!!!

I am the Vanguard of your destruction!

A glorious gift from my handsome friend and fellow co-host of TeaBagRadio, Mark aka Dub (@Dubinskies). He knew my love of Mass Effect so he sent me this gem from his gamer cavern. Score as a fan and a poor person. Free FTW!

Number 3: A gift that keeps on giving…

Prince of Persia: Blood on the Sands of Time

You did it Fiddy! You killed them pussies! Yeah!

Courtesy of friend and fellow TeaBagRadio co-host Sean (@Trucker_Sean), who is also devilishly handsome I don’t mind saying. Knowing the enjoyment I would get from the game, he opted to buy me a copy. It certainly was an amazing gift, because this game knew how to be fun when playing co-op. I can’t remember how many time Sean and I laughed playing this game. The quotes, the gameplay…magic. Fuck helicopters.

Number 4: My wallet is better than yours…

Pulp Fiction

Well we'd have to be talkin' about one charming motherfuckin' pig. I mean he'd have to be ten times more charmin' than that Arnold on Green Acres, you know what I'm sayin'?

I know what you’re gonna ask and the answer is yes! That is an exact, working replica of Jules’ wallet from Pulp Fiction! Fun fact: The wallet from the movie is, in reality, Quentin Tarantino’s and the inscription originally came from the 1971 Shaft theme song. I fuckin’ ❤ this wallet and Pulp Fiction. We were made for each other.

Number 5: My Mass Effect fanboyism/influence is so mobile…

Hoodie Armor!

So I don't have a pic _I_ took of it...Wanna fight about it?

Yes, I love Mass Effect. This is more proof. A hoodie version of Shepard’s armor from the popular video game, Mass Effect. It’s warm, it’s comfy and it screams nerd. I love it. Jealous? You’re jealous. XD

Number 6: Nerd clothes are the most comfortable clothes…

Nerd clothes!

Nerd Tees. I haz them.

There’s just something awesome about owning nerd clothes. Fellow nerds give you a high five, ask where you got that, laugh WITH you, or hate you for have such awesome clothes (Possibly all of the above). Non-nerds, Normies as we SHOULD be calling them…For example: “Ugh, check out that uninteresting Normie”, then we throw milk at them, look at you confusingly, leaving them scratching their heads until they’re bloody and raw. It’s satisfyingly satisfying. Wear nerd clothes proud, fellow gamers!

Number 7: A recurring purchase…

Drink up! Be merry!

The lifeblood.

Ah yes, my old and good friend alcohol. Whiskey to be exact. We’ve had good times together. I once tried to quit you, but a higher power stopped me. That power was common sense. He kicking me in the nads with truth and wisdom and now, I can’t quit you baby. I usually don’t let my bottles get that low before I buy a new one, but I fucked up. It won’t happen again. This stuff is like magic. It amplifies the beauty of women, helps you sleep, disinfects germs, starts parties and makes things 100% more awesome. The only reason this stuff hasn’t cured cancer is because of people trying to say it’s bad for you. Me and my Liver are Irish. I was born to consume copious amount of the stuff. Maybe these people who complain about getting sick from drinking just need to admit defeat. They are the weaker species and should quit. If not, quit bitching and drink, you pansy. Leave it to the real men. Irish: The super heroes of the drinking community.

There you have it, the first entry that might become a sporadic, feature of posts coming from yours truly. We’ll see. Anywho, TeaBagRadio is recording tonight. In 30 minutes actually, so get those questions in! Free games yo!

Fun Fact: I was listening to the first half of Heart’s Essential Collection and Pink Floyd’s Meddle while writing this. As I type this, Echoes is beginning, so now I can relax, kick back and listen as I prep for recording. We have @Juvi008ok guesting! I’m super excited! I hope he says my name. I would just die.

– Your friendly Neighborhood SharpShotApollo

Keeping Tabs…
Gaming: Fallout: New Vegas, Costume Quest.
Watching: More Full Metal Alchemist later. (Not a huge anime fan, but I’m digging this show a lot!)
Listening: Echoes – Pink Floyd
Anticipating: Star Wars: TFU2, Fable 3 (Sort of), CoD: Black Ops and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.
Gamerscore: 40, 190
Trophies: Level 6 (136)