Gears of War 3

Ascetic Merer Monday, July 26, 2010
I love when game designers get the audience involved. Maybe that's why I like 1 VS 100 so much. Anyways, if you haven't heard about Epic Games' new idea yet, here it is. As any true Gear Head out here knows, the first two games in the trilogy have your basic run of the mill recruit that gets killed off, each a brother of the Carmine twins. Carmine returns in Gears 3, but it's up to the gamers if he will share his brother's fate of a sloppy death, or if the third Carmine shall live! Check it out over at

The Sims 3 - Glitches Galore.

Ascetic Merer Friday, July 23, 2010 , ,
I was excited when the Sims 3 first was announced. Then I was sad because my PC wasn't adequate to play. Then about a year in, I received a new PC, and hail! - It could play the Sims 3. This began a frustrating quest for me. After obtaining my legal copies of the Sims 3, the World Adventures pack, and the Ambitions pack, with legal tender, I sat down to install. This went more or less smoothly other than some region issues which were vanquished via registry edits. This is one thing that many other Simmer's have ran into. Especially those who buy copies off of Amazon or similar sites. Say the bought the Sims 3 from Ebay, from an American store, blahblahblah. Region 1. However they bought the expansions from Amazon.UK because it was the cheapest price. Wham. No installation for you! Region errors! Like I said, a tech savvy person could easily fix this with a few registry value changes.

If you manage to make it past all of the above - You can play!

So I jumped right into a Legacy style family - something that true Simmers will know of - and my sims procreated like rabbits. Eventually my house became too small and I could no longer keep modifying it. Moving time right? Wrong. Getting stuck on Processing. Anyone else who plays large Sim lots and try to move will probably experience the same thing. I ended up having to start my family all over again, and with a family of three, I have no problems moving. Any more and it gets stuck on processing. And when I say stuck - I mean everything is responding, the game just refuses to load. Yup, I can click and scroll all I want. Game is NOT frozen.

Thanks Electronic Arts. Hopefully a patch will be released to fix this error soon because hundreds of players are experiencing this problem. Unfortunately we might not see this patch until the next expansion is released. Oh well. Happy Simming.

And stop by my favorite place for Sims 2 and Sims 3 mods -

Dear Xbox,

I am a true gamer, as all my close friends know. I'm also a Microsoft veteran. Recently my xbox red ringed, E-whatever error involving the videocard. Either way - it was sent off to Microsoft for repair, and I should be receiving it shortly, but only after mass amounts of time yelling at poor Indian customer service reps and near panic attacks. But that's not what this is about. This is about Microsoft's failed attempts at trying to please everyone. I remember when not too long ago when I could categorize gaming and their respective consols. Nintendo is generally for younger crowds/family gaming, Sony primarily for those who want to be able to play games without having to 'seriously' play, but also wanted to show off to their friends how much money they or mommy and daddy have, and Xbox was for the economic hardcore gamer. Oh and PC is for the hardcore gamer who likes to show off to their friends how much money they/their parents have. 'Nuf said there. Last year at E3 - yes I kept up with it - Project Natal was announced. Cool. Xbox is trying to keep up with Nintendo. I could see how this could be interesting. This year at E3 - You've got to be kidding me. Here are a few things I am displeased about.
1. Kinect - Why the sudden name change? Why not keep it Natal? I'm sure there is an explanation out there I'm not bothering to look for.
2. The price - Oh look what the new xbox's ha - ... wait... you have to buy it separately? My exact thoughts when I noticed this. With a price tag of around 150.00 USD ... on top of what I already pay for my Xbox itself, games, extra controllers, fancy recharging packs, microphones AND Xbox Live ... I do believe being addicted to methamphetamine would be cheaper than being addicted to gaming.
3. Has anyone genuinely watched the people playing it at E3. While sure, navigating the menu's by hand is pretty cool ... but I don't want to look like handicapped person having a seizure when I play my games.
4. Which leads me to the games. Only certain games will be able to use full Kinect features. This worries me - Microsoft is going to start lowering their game standards! For example the Wii Sports equivalent that sells for like 50 USD. I will pay 50 USD for a copy of Gears of War 3. Or Halo Reach. Not a 'sports' game with no real objective or thought put into it's creation.
5. Lastly; The glitches. Remember how many people had problems when the NXE came out? See below.

'Nuf said.
In closing.
Dear Xbox;
Please stop trying to keep up wit the times and focus on making your product work. You have enough problems to fix without adding all this new non sense that will make you lose even more money. You're starting to take after America a little too much. Leave the motion sensing to Wii, they came up with it first, and for God's sake, do not ever add a blue ray player. I don't think your support staff would be able to keep up with all the ensuing red rings and repairs.
Your Fan
Ascetic Merer
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