A failed setup

Well, that was fun

Monday, April 4, 2005 | 04:19 PM | by
Sorry about the late newspost. There was a bug we had to work out.

Thank you all for all of the emails I received wishing me a happy birthday. It was very thoughtful. I had a wonderful time this weekend. I'll be posting all about it in detail in my journal sometime soon.

A few things I want to touch on today. First of all, Sin City. I'm almost reluctant to talk about Sin City. See, I have this thing where if something becomes really mainstream, and the general public jumps onto a bandwagon without any appreciation for the roots or the background of the thing, no matter how much I may like the thing, I have a strong desire to hate it, to shun it.

A perfect example is Sin City. Until a couple of days before the film opened, I had no idea what a buzz had surrounded the movie. I mean, I knew I was anticipating the film for a long time. As a kid I had hid Frank Miller's graphic novels in with the bags and boards of other comic books such as The X-Men, or Superman, because I had a sneaking suspicion that my parents wouldn't approve of the nudity, violence, and gritty dark storyline that accompanied a Sin City book.

But to the general public, the Sin City name isn't nearly as recognizeable as, say, Spider-Man, for instance. Even before the Spider-Man movies, you could bring up Spider-Man in a conversation and most people would know who you were talking about. Not the case with Sin City. And most of these people who were getting so hyped about the film didn't even know they came from graphic novels. They had no idea what the stories were about, or why they should be excited about a true-to-comic-book movie version. This doesn't apply to everyone, I just want to clarify that, but what irritates me is the people who say "Oh, this is the cool thing to be into right now, so I'm into it too!". I know, I know... everyone has to be introduced somewhere. I suppose I'm just being a bit of an elitist. I think you'll find most comic book fans are, especially when it comes to the movies being made out of them.

Bottom line, Sin City has always been one of the unique, interesting and fun graphic novels I have ever read. The movie did the novels perfect justice. I couldn't have asked for truer representation.

In other news, I picked up a PSP last week. I couldn't help it. As soon as I held one personally, there was no turning back. This little piece of machinery is fucking incredible.

I see now that basing my opinions concerning my needs for a portable game system based solely off of that piece of shit Nintendo DS was a huge mistake. "I have made a huge mistake."

Let me put it to you like this. The PSP is a full seven course dinner at the fanciest ballroom overlooking New York City, and the Nintendo DS is a lint-covered potato chip that you found in a gutter after you rolled a homeless person over. That may sound harsh to you, but that's the way I see it. With the ability to play movies, music, store photos, and play games, (at least 6 of them at launch that I wanted to own) versus the Nintendo DS and its two games at launch worth even going near (one of which is a bad port of a 10+ year old game, and the other which doesn't even use the graphical power of the DS) the choice is pretty obvious.

My only gripe is that they made the front of the PSP all shiny black, which looks sexy, but also displays every, single, goddamned fingerprint.

I've been playing Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory every night on Xbox Live. This is the first time I bought a SC on a console. I usually buy them on the PC. I bought this one on the console because of the co-op mode (which is a blast, by the way). I'm not very good at versus, but it's still pretty fun.

Just an addendum

Monday, April 4, 2005 | 11:43 PM | by
I own both the Nintendo DS and the PSP. You can't call someone a fanboy when they own every console on the market, have played them all and then form an opinion on what is better and why.

I love Nintendo. They've been entertaining me for almost two decades now. However, "Well, the DS will be a great system, with great games, in the future" just doesn't fucking cut it for me. When the DS starts coming out with some decent titles, I'll reevaluate my opinion on the system. But until then, it's just no match for the PSP.

Huge journal update

Tuesday, April 5, 2005 | 02:17 PM | by
I made a huge update to my journal with pictures from the party and stuff.