Rescue somebody

Wednesday, June 6, 2007 | 02:47 PM | by
Call of Juarez totally flew in under my radar. I played the demo when it came out last fall, and I thought it was pretty entertaining, and then it sort of just disappeared. I hardly saw any advertisements for the game. Maybe that's just me, perhaps the marketing blitz was just in places I wasn't looking, but I consider my self pretty engrossed in the "gaming culture". I keep up on the news, and I receive more than a few press releases. But I completely forgot about the game until suddenly it shows up this week.

I'm a bit of a sucker for westerns. I think it has to do with when I was growing up, my Dad would watch westerns fairly often if they were on TV. And, like most things your parents like when you're young (music, movies, tv), I thought they were pretty boring. However as you get older, these things you once thought were boring old person stuff, suddenly you find sort of connection with them.

So I like the western genre. Old or new, I enjoy it. And there aren't really an over abundance of western-themed video games, so when a decent one comes along, I try to grab it. Call of Juarez doesn't set any new benchmarks, or revolutionize anything. But it is a pretty fun little title, if you like westerns. The atmosphere is just spot-on. Plus, when is the last time you could race around in deathmatch on horses?

I recently started watching Curb Your Enthusiasm. I know it's been around for a while, and I'd seen clips of it here and there while flipping channels, but I had never really gotten into it. I'm glad that I finally did. I think the show also has a whole new level of humor once you learn that it's "retroscripted", meaning they don't write out scripts, they pretty much improvise the dialogue during filming. You catch those moments where they make eachother start laughing, and you know it wasn't intentional, and it's that much more funny. Now I'm waiting on Amazon to bring me the fourth and fifth season.

Thankfully the third season of Rescue Me came out on DVD. I can't get enough of that show.

I almost forgot

Thursday, June 7, 2007 | 02:37 AM | by
The Ctrl+Alt+Del Animated Series pre-order DVDs started shipping earlier this week. I think the first few thousand have already gone out, so hopefully they'll start showing up in mailboxes within the next week. I haven't seen them yet, but I'm told they turned out great.

In other regular merch news, the first set of Ctrl+Alt+Del Magnetic Poetry was very well received. I'm going to be working on a second set, a bunch of new words and new characters. Probably Lilah and Scott/Ted for the second set would make sense. Chef Brian, eventually, would also probably please quite a few people.

Due to popular demand from our female readers, I'm told we'll be printing up some of the Lilah shirt in a baby-doll type ladies tee, which should be available shortly. I'm sure if there's enough want, other shirts will follow.

Finally, we've kicked down the price on what's left of the stock of Volume Two. If you haven't grabbed it yet, you can now pick it up "on the cheap, yo."

I still haven't gotten around to recreating the cover for Volume One, so I don't have any new information on when we'll be reprinting that, except to say that it will be this year.

Very impressive

Thursday, June 7, 2007 | 05:16 AM | by
So I didn't grab Forza 2. I know it looks gorgeous, but technical racers just aren't my thing. Slowing down to take turns? No thanks, I have to do that in real life.

Though I did recently start seeing some screenshots of a really cool feature the game has, which is a car painter mode. I've seen some pretty cool designs on cars, and it piqued my interest. You can't import graphics, but I guess the vector tools in the painter are pretty versatile.

I just saw this little gem, done by our very own forum member "Gen". I am both impressed and flattered.

And on such a nice car, too. '69 Toyota 2000GT. Great job, Gen!

Update: Someone just linked me to another CAD-themed paintjob as well, by someone named "Osty". I guess you can auction and trade custom paintjobs, and he's got some of these available for purchase in the game (however that works). That's really cool!