Saints Row IV. Where do I even begin…?

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(Spoilers ahead? Perhaps, but minor. Nothing that should prevent one from getting down and dirty with this excellent game.)

In my mind, the story of Saints Row IV picks up somewhere in the future-space as predicted by the movie Idiocracy, where a pro-wrestler is president and America’s brainpower has devolved to the point where everyone thinks that water (i.e. from the toilet) is dangerous to drink.

In other words, a straight-up vision of the world today.

In other other words, Brawndo — it’s got electrolytes!

Oh, but I digress…

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UWG on YT: Fallout 4 (PS4) – Screenshot Theater

My final (for now) Fallout 4 video for United We Game’s YouTube channel isn’t really a video at all. Rather it’s a collection of screenshots that I collected over the course of my first 20 or so hours of play, stitched together with narration. Think of it like a tour through vacation photos, only those photos feature the Wasteland instead of Bermuda. So…better than vacation photos.

I don’t know when I’ll be back in the Commonwealth, as I have one too many gaming promises on my plate right now (not to mention being busy with real life). Something had to give, and being the beast of a game that it is, it had to be Fallout 4. But I will be back, no doubt about that, someday, sometime. And Grace will be waiting.

iTunes Diaries, entry #37: “Blister in the Sun” by the Violent Femmes

I was once a little…um, okay, terribly obsessed with iTunes.  I got my first iPod in 2004 and became immediately entranced by Apple’s seeming infinite lists of music for sale.  Over the years, I spent way too much time on iTunes and spent way too much money on music, some of which was great, and some of which was not.  In 2011, for the sake of my sanity and my bank account, I went cold turkey.  I suspended my iTunes activities and completely stopped visiting site.  With the iTunes Diaries, I take a look back, highlighting the good, the bad, and the ugly in music that I just had to have in the moment. 

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My iPod as been as much a ground for experiencing the unknown as it has for the known. When I was heavily into purchasing songs, with each playlist, I endeavored to buy at least one unfamiliar song. Or rather, a song with which I wanted to form some sort of relationship, from simply learning to appreciate the song itself, to perhaps building something with that song’s artist. In some cases, things worked out, and I found myself dabbling in new and exciting musical waters. Other times, things didn’t work out.

What is that they say about the road to hell being paved with good intentions? Well, that was the case with “Blister in the Sun” by the Violent Femmes.

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Play or Pass: Portal

Welcome to the next post in my year-long series “Play or Pass” that takes on the proverbial “must before death” theme with video games. Every other week I will be covering one or two games from “32 Video Games You Have To Play Before You Die,” a list compiled by BuzzFeed based on a reader poll. I will not be critiquing the list itself, but rather I’ll be discussing each game or games in whatever manner feels fitting and will attempt to answer a couple simple questions: Have I played [insert game name here]? If yes, do I consider it a “must” and why? If no, do I want to play the game before I die? I’ll be going through the games in the order in which they appear on the BuzzFeed list. Good? Good. Let’s get on with the games!


Week two: (3) Portal

In 2012, I wrote a post about Portal that turned out not to be about Portal at all. Not even remotely. In fact, the only reason that post occasionaly rears its ugly head in my stats is because it contains a picture of waffles.

Now we all know waffles are d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s, but they don’t have a damn thing to do with Portal. And everyone knows about Portal anyway, right?

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#Listmas2015: Most Anticipated Unscheduled Game Releases of 2016

This is going to be a damn fine year for games, we all know that. But for every scheduled (or “scheduled”) release of the year, there remain many games with no days and months attached to when they will see the light of day. Anticipation becomes that unscratchable itch as we wait…wait…and wait some more, hoping that those games that are supposed to come out in “2016” actually do. What are those games for me? My answers are in this Listmas post from late last year that I wrote for United We Game.

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It happens every year round this time. I look at the games scheduled to be released up to June of the next year. I pick a crop that I’d like to play and stick those dates in my calendar. Slowly but surely my anticipation heightens as those dates near. Once one comes along, the choice becomes buy or wait. And more often than not these days, the choice turns out to be wait. So I’m doing things a little differently this time.

This year, rather than set my heart on a few games of interest that have fairly solid release dates, I’m eyeing number of games that have been promised in 2016 but may not actually make it out to the public. (We all know how far promises go sometimes *ahem* Kingdom Hearts 3 *ahem.*) No commitment, no pain is…

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Watching/re-watching The X-Files

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I came into The X-Files late, in 1998. If it hadn’t been for my husband being a devoted fan already, the show would likely have remained only a blip on my pop culture radar. That’s not to say I wasn’t aware of the TV craze before then. It became a staple program in my house, and on my college campus, where you could have heard a pin drop Sunday nights when the show aired, indicating that everyone had nestled themselves in front of a TV somewhere, somehow.

I had friends who were ravenous fans of the show and could recount the stories encountered by Fox Mulder and Dana Scully at the drop of a hat. Stores hip and unhip all possessed various articles of clothing bearing the serious likenesses of David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, various aliens and space ships, and the show’s mantra: “The truth is out there.” Some of that shit glowed in the dark, I remember. Everyone knew about The X-Files.

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Play or Pass: Final Fantasy VII and The Last of Us

Welcome to the first post in my new year-long series “Play or Pass” that takes on the proverbial “must before death” theme with video games. Every other week I will be covering one or two games from “32 Video Games You Have To Play Before You Die,” a list compiled by BuzzFeed based on a reader poll. I will not be critiquing the list itself, but rather I’ll be discussing each game or games in whatever manner feels fitting and will attempt to answer a couple simple questions: Have I played [insert game name here]? If yes, do I consider it a “must” and why? If no, do I want to play the game before I die? I’ll be going through the games in the order in which they appear on the BuzzFeed list. Good? Good. Let’s get on with the games!


Week one: (1) Final Fantasy VII and (2) The Last of Us

Wow, we’re starting out this series with two heavy hitters, and two games that could not be more different from each other. Though actually, they’re both PlayStation games, so that’s something. I guess. And nope, I have no idea why I’m stalling.

First up, Final Fantasy VII.

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Which means we should stay right here. FOREVER.

When I first wrote about Final Fantasy VII, I don’t think I really knew just how to write about it. I even said in that post:

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