36 Chambers – The Legendary Journeys: Execution to the max!

November 30, 2010

What’s this? A new page?

Filed under: Video Games — Tony Demchak @ 3:00 pm

I’m adding a new page to our website. This page will have what games we’re playing and what games are on our wish lists. If there’s demand and/or interest, a book list could also be a possibility. Take a look!

November 29, 2010

WWE Universe Mode — The greatest strength and weakness of Smackdown vs RAW 2011

Filed under: Video Games — Tony Demchak @ 3:39 pm

Normally, I don’t like doing more than one post on a single game, unless it’s really complex or that awesome. However, for perhaps the first time on this blog, I am going to knowingly contradict something I said in a review. In the original Review You Can Use [tm] for this game, I said:

Pros– WWE Universe is an engaging way to play and gives you a feel of real progress.”

While it still gives a feeling of progress, initially, I can’t say it’s engaging any longer.

The problems are as follows:

1) It’s too hard to get into contention for a first tier title (WWE or World Heavyweight as opposed to IC or US). You can win the Royal Rumble or Money in the Bank, but other than that, you have to hope you’re included in a multi-man match. You can’t just beat the wrestler ahead of you.

2) If you do win one of those titles, you will end up wrestling the same three wrestlers four or five times a piece, because computer wrestlers have the same problem you do.

3) The secondary belts have more flow, and it’s relatively easy to get to those, but if you have one, it will take extraordinary measures to get a top belt, since you’ll be scheduled in that division.

4) If you do get both belts, plan on only having matches at pay-per-views. You can hold multiple titles, but it confuses the scheduling formulas.

5) The tag team system, while interesting, results in too many teams being formed and dissolved in two weeks. The down shot of this is you will have a glut of tag teams, and then no tag teams. My tag team champs went for three months with no matches because there were no other teams.

The astute observer may exclaim, “Why, that sounds just like the real WWE!” This is the problem — I want something more interesting than the real WWE can offer. I want upsets, I want title changes. I want to see random nonsense, like “Zack Ryder, WWE Champion.” I want fewer Iron Man matches (much, MUCH fewer). I want feuds that make sense. WWE has always claimed anything can happen — I want that to be true.

I still recommend the game for WWE fans, but more as a Gamefly type rental — you can’t unlock everything in a week, but you can in a month. There’s just too much rigidity in WWE Universe to be long lasting, particularly after you’ve won all the belts.

November 28, 2010

Puritanical Progressivism

Filed under: Curmudgeonliness — Kevin Feasel @ 7:08 pm

George Will has a good column on a slice of history regarding puritanical progressivism.  Folks on the left (and libertarians who try to split the middle) like to forget that a great deal of Comstockism comes not from the right, but from the nanny-state left.  It’s not Chris Christie telling you that you can’t eat at McDonalds or Clarence Thomas weighing in that the federal government needs to ban video games, and it wasn’t Barry Goldwater laying invective at the rank harlotry going on in Archie comics (seriously).

November 27, 2010

Time To Go Home, Environmentalists

Filed under: Curmudgeonliness — Kevin Feasel @ 9:51 pm

Congratulations to environmentalists:  all the important tasks that you guys had to accomplish are done.  Given that the modern environmentalist movement is all about economic redistribution and not about environmental issues, you guys can go home, crack open a refreshing beverage, and club a baby seal like the rest of us.  Good job, guys!

November 26, 2010

Enough Is Enough

Filed under: Curmudgeonliness, Economics — Kevin Feasel @ 6:05 pm

This is a really good Ron Paul speech.  I’m not in agreement with him everywhere (hint:  foreign policy is a big difference), but I’m with him on most of the substance.

His bill is something I would change slightly.  I don’t like the formulation of removing immunity for government officials entirely—there are certain cases where there should be some leeway, like FBI investigations.  But when it comes to getting groped at an airport, I don’t see why Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Janet Napolitano, and John Boehner shouldn’t deal with the same “love pats” that we have to deal with.  When it comes to highways, don’t forget that Presidents were given speeding tickets back in the day.  When it comes to corruption, Charlie Rangel should be in the slammer, and as for paying taxes, I doubt that most anyone else would get the Tim Geithner treatment.

November 25, 2010

The Beginning Of The End?

Filed under: Curmudgeonliness — Kevin Feasel @ 9:33 pm

Richard Fernandez, following on a Nigel Farange comment, wonders if this could be the beginning of the end for the European Union.  I do hope so.  The entire concept of a single Europe seems nigh upon unworkable, and in practice, the EU has been the worst of what anti-democratic Europe was all about.

November 24, 2010

Protecting Us From 10-Year-Old Terrorists

Filed under: Curmudgeonliness, Enemies — Kevin Feasel @ 8:34 pm

Paco gives us a rather disturbing story of a TSA officer who was arrested for child molestation.  Now, of course, he could get his rocks off on the job and be called a hero…

Supremely awesome moment

Filed under: Wrestling — Tony Demchak @ 2:05 am

For those who don’t watch wrestling, John Cena was recently “fired” in a storyline. Now, there are only a few immutable laws in wrestling:

1) If there’s food on camera, it will end up on somebody.

2) No contract signing has ever ended without fisticuffs breaking out.

3) Any trophy too large to fit in the palm of your hand will inevitably be destroyed.

4) Any talk show type segment (Piper’s Pit, Peep Show, Cutting Edge, etc.) will breakdown into chaos.

And, perhaps the most important rule (yet arbitrarily not no. 1)

5) Nobody is ever actually fired or retires on TV. They’re either hurt or you’ll get a zany new character that is exactly the same as the old one but with a clever new nickname or disguise. Retirements never stick unless the wrestler is crippled or dead.

The funniest example of the “nobody ever gets fired for real” is definitely Mr. America.

It’s worth watching, even for non-wrestling fans. The general crux of the situation is that Mr. America is not Hulk Hogan, since Hulk Hogan was fired by Vince McMahon. All sorts of shenanigans result, including a lie detector test and the stupidest fan’s poll in history: Who is Mr. America? Perhaps Doink the Clown?

WWE went and one upped itself. From 411 Mania, we discovered the brilliant new persona of John Cena.

Answer below the fold for those who don’t like spoilers. (more…)

November 23, 2010

The Comments Are Better Than The Post

Filed under: Curmudgeonliness — Kevin Feasel @ 8:19 pm

Tyler Cowen has a post on the nudie scans, and it’s not a very good one.  The first dozen or so comments excoriate his position, and I believe rightfully so.  My absolute favorite comment comes from Josh:  “Is a government that fondles your balls a good government?”

Unless, of course, this is all a Straussian plot on Cowen’s part to show just how silly the entire notion is and how indefensible the government’s position is.

Rail, Then And Now

Filed under: Curmudgeonliness, Economics — Kevin Feasel @ 5:41 pm

Three years ago today, Megan McArdle had a blog post asking why the Acela rail system sucked so much (in more polite terms).  I took this as an opportunity to spend a lot of time talking about freight versus passenger rail.

Now, McArdle has a good post describing how freight rail is so useful in the US.  She and I concur in most of the points, though she has recently made stronger points regarding the legal problems in getting the land to build sufficient rail lines.

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