Occupational hazards

Viva la... new store!

Monday, August 28, 2006 | 04:44 AM | by
You know what? Fuck David Blaine.

I was playing Dead Rising survival mode, I was up to two and a half days. I had just stocked up on enough grub to last me twenty hours holed up in the bookstore. Maybe a whole day. I have my TV in split screen so I can watch TV while I wait out the zombie holocaust, and I'm watching David Blaine take a diamond out of a woman's ring, make it disappear, and then it comes out from under his eyelid. He pulls a diamond from behind his eyeball.

Before I know it, my attention is drawn to a flash on the other side of the screen, as Frank falls over dead. I was so engrossed in the stupid trick I forgot to feed him. Grrr.

So on Friday I mentioned I gave the Just Cause demo a quick whirl, and wasn't impressed. But I also owed the demo more than ten minutes to give it a fair shake. Well, I had a bunch of friends over for the weekend, and we put the demo through its paces. I have to say, there was much enjoyment from the game, though probably not in the way intended.

Just Cause (or "Just 'Cuz", as we came to call it- "Why are you driving off a cliff?" "Just 'cuz!") is so over-the-top it's laughable. I think the whole 'stunt mode' aspect is a really cool idea, but does Rico have to somersault a bazillion times with every move he makes? Who at Avalanche decided that for the helicopter stunt position, Rico should jump out of the airborne chopper, up through the spinning rotors (huh?!) and latch onto the tail?

We had a lot of fun with the demo, but most of it was at the game's expense.

I played some Texas Hold'Em on XBL yesterday. Didn't do so well. I think I'm about $600k in the hole. Ouch.

I'm anxious for Saint's Row's release this week. There's an article that outlines the 10 best things about the game, which I found interesting. Multiplayer is listed at #1, which is the biggest draw for me as well.

The biggest news for today is the launch of the new Ctrl+Alt+Del Store. I'm pleased to announce that we've partnered with SplitReason.com to distribute CAD merchandise. I feel that SplitReason can offer my readers quality stuff, with great customer service and affordable shipping.

Right now they've got the brand new line of character shirts, featuring all the major characters, including Scott and Zeke, who have never had a shirt before now. There's also a cast shirt, which is a first for us, for those who enjoy the characters, but don't necessarily want to wear the associated quotes. I'm really pleased with how these designs turned out, and I think they're my favorite shirts yet.

Expect to see more stuff in the store in the coming months, and more than just shirts, including something really awesome that should be around just in time for the holidays.

Want to join a gang?

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 | 05:32 PM | by
I'm having a blast with the Saint's Row multiplayer. Blinged Out Ride is the best mode.

I created a Ctrl+Alt+Del gang, if anyone wants to join. We can roll together, yo.

It seems like you have to be on my friends list for me to invite you, so I'm trying to keep spots free. Send me a friend request (Absath) with the subject CAD Gang if you want an invite. Please don't send me a friend request right now for any other reason. I'm freeing up space for this one purpose. I'm not going to play Halo 2 or Call of Duty.

So drop me a line if you're playing Saint's Row and want in the gang.

Xfire Chat

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 | 09:05 PM | by
I'll probably mention this a few more times over the next week or two, but I wanted to put this up here before I forget. Some of you may remember that we did a live chat with Xfire last November, and it was a lot of fun. They've invited us back again, and so we'll be doing another live chat on September 8th.

This time I'll be bringing Ryan Sohmer of Blind Ferret with me. Ryan is heavily involved with a lot of the large projects here at CAD including the animated series and Digital Overload.

Xfire will also be giving away some prizes during the chat. So far we've offered up five subscriptions to CAD Premium, and I'll be doing an original sketch of Ethan and Lucas to give away. I'm also going to see what else we can pull together to give away, like books and t-shirts and stuff.

Should be lots of fun.