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Hitman: Absolution

The return of Agent 47. The Hitman series of games is a unique genre unto itself. A mix between stealth, third-person action, puzzles, and mini-sandbox game. Unlike other third person games it focuses on strategy and patience but doesn't restrict you to either. If you lack patience then going in ...

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Warrior and MMA

The DVD for Warrior just came out today and I must admit I have been waiting to see this movie for a while. Skeptical (as usual) but excited. After all it's a movie with MMA as the background. All the great movies about a person excelling in their profession are ...

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Love is Blind: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review

The Elder Scrolls is a long running RPG series. The recurring formula of the series is simple game play mechanics backed up by extremely deep worlds. Skyrim is the latest incarnation of a 17 year saga. Let's get down to it. The Good: The world of Skyrim is unlike any other. ...

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Comic of the Month: Chew

Different from the usual heroics, Chew is a comedy. It has an engaging plot, excellent characters, and the art fits perfectly with the theme. There are already four graphic novels out and once you finish reading the first you will immediately buy the rest. Yes its that good. Tony Chu is ...

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Best Gaming Moments: Leeroy Jenkins!

LOL. I can't say that name with a straight face. Don't know why i remembered this but i am glad i did. A lot of people think that MMORPGs require no strategy. This is not true, specially in higher level instances. For those who are uninitiated Leeroy Jenkins became famous ...

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3May/120

Hitman: Absolution



The return of Agent 47. The Hitman series of games is a unique genre unto itself. A mix between stealth, third-person action, puzzles, and mini-sandbox game. Unlike other third person games it focuses on strategy and patience but doesn't restrict you to either. If you lack patience then going in guns-blazing can work... sometimes.  47, the "protagonist" with a bar code tattoo on the back of his head, is not as resilient as other game heroes. The best approach to any mission requires planning just like real professional assassinations. You gather intelligence by walking around and surveying guards, routes, hiding spots, and possible disguises. This is where strategy comes in. The game hints at possible assassination scenarios but the sandbox aspect of the levels allows for creativity. Did the game hint at disguising yourself as the target's doctor then changing medications to something more lethal? Maybe you can find something more creative like sabotaging an oxygen tank on the route the target usually takes for an explosive surprise. Looking forward to Hitman Absolution coming 4Q 2012. After all who didn't want to be a hitman when they grew up? ...just me? :)

 





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24Feb/121

Stories in Video Games: Food For Thought

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17Jan/120

Comic of the Month: Chew



Different from the usual heroics, Chew is a comedy. It has an engaging plot, excellent characters, and the art fits perfectly with the theme. There are already four graphic novels out and once you finish reading the first you will immediately buy the rest. Yes its that good.
Tony Chu is an FDA agent with the power to extract "memory" from what he eats... oh and chicken is illegal. Now get it!
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1Jan/120

Love is Blind: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review



The Elder Scrolls is a long running RPG series. The recurring formula of the series is simple game play mechanics backed up by extremely deep worlds. Skyrim is the latest incarnation of a 17 year saga. Let's get down to it. (more…)
20Dec/111

Warrior and MMA

The DVD for Warrior just came out today and I must admit I have been waiting to see this movie for a while. Skeptical (as usual) but excited. After all it's a movie with MMA as the background. All the great movies about a person excelling in their profession are never focused on the profession but the characters. Rocky was not about boxing. Top Gun was not about dog fighting. Unlike, for example, action movies where the characters and story take a backseat to the fight/s. So I am happy to report this movie is about two estranged brothers whom embark on a journey to bring meaning into their lives with a fate-filled twist that brings their paths into a dramatic collision. MMA comes second and, believe it or not, that is  a good thing. Two thumbs up. (The actors deserve a mention as Nick Nolte, Joel Edgerton, and Tom Hardy were fantastic)

What does this mean for MMA? Well if you put in context all the crappy B-movies that have been based on MMA over the years (Never Surrender comes to mind)... this is great for the sport. A movie that takes the sport seriously, that focuses on the fighters and not the fight scenes. It shows that MMA has moved from being a bloodsport considered only for animals to a legitimate athletic endeavor. Warrior even draws some real life parallels, one of the brothers (Brendan) is a high school physics teacher. Which I assume is based on Rich Franklin, a former UFC champion who worked as a high school math teacher during his fight career. There are only two moments in the entire movie that I cringed at a lack of realism. First where Brendan's wife is frightened that he might be paralyzed or even die during a fight, which is completely misleading to the mainstream. Let me fix it here on my blog: Brendan has a higher chance of seriously or fatally injuring himself during the drive to a fight than in his entire fight career. Nuff' said. Second a character named Koba, based on the legendary Fedor Emanlianko and played by professional wrestler Kurt Angle, did a powerbomb. I know many MMA enthusiasts would say "But rampage did it to Arona in Pride!". Yes, but not the fake wrestling way Koba did it in the movie. Minor scratches on an otherwise well-polished and emotionally charged film.

 

For your viewing pleasure, Rampage's powerbomb. If you watch the movie (and why wouldn't you?) spot the difference!
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5Dec/110

Comic of the Month: Batman Noel

Lee Bermejo combines Charles Dickens with DC comics. Batman Noel's art is simply eye candy. What do you expect when the writer is himself a fantastic artist? The art, dialogue, pacing, and creative twists combine to create a comic fan's perfect Christmas story. I can really praise this graphic novel all day. A must read.

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24Nov/110

Help save the internet

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I have to admit I was one of those that did not know about this bill. Mozilla,AOL, eBay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, Yahoo!, and Zynga are all opposing the bill but EA, Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, and Apple support it. The intentions of the Bill seem noble but some of the specifics are down right scary.

Here is some more info:

Article by GameSpot and the Bill itself. Or if you are lazy then...


Spread the word.
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20Nov/110

True Grit: UFC 139



Last night Mauricio SHOGUN Rua displayed true grit. His fight with Dan Henderson was epic and will be etched forever in the annals of MMA. It was not a fight highlighted by beautiful striking, flawless BJJ, or picture-perfect wrestling. It was messy, long, and bloody. Punctuated by will and determination.  A display of why we love heart. A Rocky Balboa story. (spoilers ahead!) (more…)
14Nov/110

Best Gaming Moments: Leeroy Jenkins!



LOL. I can't say that name with a straight face. Don't know why i remembered this but i am glad i did. A lot of people think that MMORPGs require no strategy. This is not true, specially in higher level instances. For those who are uninitiated Leeroy Jenkins became famous from a World Of Warcraft video in which... well let's just say he was AFK or... just watch! To set up the scene I have to explain that the battle is not easy and a lot of hard work goes into winning. Without further ado...



To top it all the line "at least I have chicken"! LOL. Guess he was AFK getting food or something.

Found this amazing definition of Leeroy Jenkins:

n.
1: One who does not grasp the concept of caution.
2: One whose success is based purely off relentless aggression and pure luck.
3: One who likes chicken.
4: One whose battle cry consists of their own name.

v.
1: To destroy all hopes of success.
2: To rush headlong into danger without regard to consequences.
3: To satisfy one's own desires at the expense of all around oneself.

This will be a new monthly series. Give your ideas of YOUR best gaming moments!
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10Nov/110

An Interesting Question.

How mainstream is MMA?

Found this on some sherdog forums.Ariel Helwani is one of the best MMA reporters today. Check it out.
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