Form feet and legs. Form arms and body.

And I’ll form the head.

T-Mobile Sidekick LX 09: Preview/Rant

Posted by rapaleeman on May 13, 2009

Ok so I bit the bullet and upgraded my account to the new T-Mobile Sidekick LX 09.  I got it in last night and have been using it since.  Here’s some quick impressions.

The screen is stellar.  Amazingly crisp and vibrant.  Too good for the rest of the device really. 

The kick portion is really sturdy.  It is nice to know the screen won’t go flying off, but it is a pain to actually open it.  Definate 2-hand operation there.

The actual phone feels really sturdy, though the screen when open is a little loose.  The back has the soft touch paint and it is good.  Still pictures look surprisingly great.  Video, not so much. 

Keyboard is nice and large, almost too large in fact.  The keys are kinda far apart really.  Not uncomfortable, just different.  Really nice otherwise though.  Satisfying clicks on the keyboard to type.

The Twitter application is amazing.  I love the integration into the rest of the device.  This needs to be in every device.  Really.

So what about the phone?  The few calls I’ve made have been terrible.  Low volume, buzzing, hissing, pulsing sounds, and just generally not very good overall.  Essentially just the Sidekick 08 in this aspect.  I expected more.

3G has been good but the network seems down so it is constantly moving in and out of signal.  Really disappointed here too.

Let’s see, oh the GPS stinks.  It couldn’t find me in my house.  Got kinda close outside, but the real bummer is Live Search.  It isn’t integrated at all.  It is just an app, well so is the rest of the “communities folder” but the Twitter app is integrated.  The Search is definately not turn-by-turn google maps style.  It is better than nothing I guess, but really it is a giant let down.  I’ve had more success with google maps apporximation on the iPhone.

Also, this thing is slow.  It really does kinda jump around at a lower clip than the previous versions.  Things I could fly around on the 08, LX 07, or even the SKiD are a chore here.

Enough bashing.  I like the slim profile and all but it just doesn’t seem worth it to me to upgrade.  $200 plus a 2-year commitment seem really high in terms of price to keep this thing.  I’m going to try to return it.

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Review: X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Xbox 360)

Posted by rapaleeman on May 5, 2009

Quick preface.  The movie wasn’t the biggest disaster in the world but it pretty much sucked so I was expecting complete garbage for this game.  Damn was I wrong.  This game is fucking awesome!!!  Period.  The little glitches and such that plague the game are disappointing but really the game itself is just great. 

I usually start with the good, but I’ll get the bad out of the way real quick since well, there isn’t much.  The biggest flaws in the game are in presentation.  Some of the textures and graphics look really low-res (epsecially in the indoor environments). 

Also there are several little glitches that cause you to restore a checkpoint.  During a few fights there is a cutscene that plays or what have you, and the game will not move Wolverine to the right mark causing you get stuck in the environment.  I mention this since it happened to me several times (stupid Sabretooth fight).  Also I got stuck behind a few walls and fell through the earth a couple of times forcing a reload.

And the story, while told better than the movie, is weirdly paced.  The beginning is slow as hell and convoluted using flashbacks to Africa to tell the background of Wolvie getting pissed off at Col. Striker and such.  Once you meet the Sentinals it picks up significantly.  Oh yeah there are Sentinals and a couple of really stupid boss fights.

And that’s it for the bad stuff.  Really.  The rest of the game is pure awesome.  First Wolverine is a badass.  Other than a really short stealth section (which isn’t bad actually) you will be clawing the living shit out of everthing.  Yes the game is rated M for Mature and holy crap does it deserve the rating. 

Dismembering,  massive amounts of blood, decapitations,  and slo-mo stabs through the chest are the norm and are plentiful throughout this 10+ hour adventure.  Yes over 10 hours my first playthrough.  Some of the attacks are just brutal and you feel really powerful as the Wolvie.  Just as the character should be portrayed.

Once you learn the lunge (which is really early) you will be jumping straight into combat all the time.  Wolvie is damn near indestructible and it is really hard to die.  This isn’t a complaint since the game is so fun.  The combat is successful and lunging and attacking NEVER gets old.  EVER.  It is fun as crap just beating the living piss out of everything.

There is a tad too much platforming but then again it is a mild distraction from the killing spree of justice that Wolvie dispenses.  There is an on rails shooting section that is cool and a neat shooting gallery section with a Sentinal hand that was interesting.

Now the boss fights, those are another story.  Most are pretty good.  The Sabretooth fight is good, same with all of the other mutants/baddies.  I liked them.  The only ones that kinda stunk are the weird monsters that pop up in africa.  I know, WTF is what you’ll be saying when you see the fire monster.

The voice acting is good with Hugh Jackman being on point most of the time.  The others aren’t bad, though I can’t tell if they are the actors from the movie.  I don’t think so but I could be wrong.  I think Liev is the Tooth but reall hard to tell overall since this is a Wolvie game.

Finnally we get to the graphics.  The CG cutscenes look really good except for Wolvie who does not look like Jackman in those.  Weird.  The realtime cutscenes and ingame Wolverine look really good though.  The realtime regeneration of Wolvie as he gets shot, beaten, and stabbed is amazing and really cool.  It is awesome to see a hole in the middle of his stomach and then watch it close up in real time. 

Also the blood, while comical (no pun intended) at times is well done overall and the same with the dismembering badguys.  They scream and flail around as they die.  Sometimes with no arms or legs.  Funny as hell.

So should you buy this game?  If you like God of War, X-Men, Wolverine, or kicking the living shit out of people then yes.  The little bugs/glitches don’t mar the experience as much as other reviews would lead you to believe and while the game is contrived and generally rather simple in terms of depth, it is fun as hell and true to the character.  There are a ton of combos and I was never bored.  This is the ultimate Wolverine simulator.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Where was I on the whole Twitter blitzkrieg?

Posted by rapaleeman on April 20, 2009

I got a few e-mails asking about the update on the right hand column where the blog description used to be.  Yes it is a twitter account.  I started it last week while I was out of town and missing my blog.  I didn’t want to type out a post on my iPhone.  That thing’s keyboard sucks.  So I researched this word I kept hearing the last couple of weeks and found something quite extraordinary.

I found a world that was compeltely new to me and surprisingly interesting.  Twitter is this revolutionary thing called mini-blogging.  You basically answer the question “What are you doing?” in 140 characters or less.  Essentially a text message. 

I know it sounds completely stupid, yet it is surprisingly awesome.  I am hooked.  My post will be more and more as time passes and I have no idea why.  It is essentially a mentally handicapped verison of the amazing text that you are reading now, but it is just so cool and helps me relieve a lot of stress.

So hopefully you will follow along with me as I do this Twitter experiment.  I won’t be abandoning the blog.  Not by a longshot, but to get my most up-to-date commentary, check out the Twitter.

Everyone should be on this.  It is so awesome.

Later.

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My new direction

Posted by rapaleeman on April 20, 2009

So it has been a while (the Sidekick update doesn’t count).   I have been away for a while and just out of touch with this thing called reality.  I have been travelling and moving around yet somehow standing still.  Weird.

So what is this new direction?  Is it a new direction for the blog?  Not really.  It is more of a new direction for me, by me.  I want to make myself happier in life and this is what I feel like doing.

So, back to the basics.  Sex, drugs, and Rock n’ Roll.  In no particular order mind you.

I’m finishing up my first few songs for a small EP I have been working on.  Since I am the band, it is a slow process.

More to follow.

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Sidekick LX

Posted by rapaleeman on April 17, 2009

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