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RIP Ronnie James Dio

Posted in Music by jbnet211 on May 24, 2010
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A couple of weeks ago, Ronnie James Dio past away. He has one of the major influence to me in my discovery of Metal back in my sophomore year of High School. Till this day, I always turn up the volume when one of Dio’s songs comes on the radio. The only reason T got Guitar Hero: rocking the 80’s was for Holy Diver. His black Sabbath stuff was good too. When Heaven and Hell popped up on GTA IV, I stopped the car and listened. It was the only song that I downloaded from amazon using the ZIT feature. I will miss Dio along with the rest of his fans. Heavens band just got better.

Here are some videos of his music, at least watch Holy Diver just for the Fantasy theme.


Now writing for a web site.

Posted in Uncategorized by jbnet211 on May 21, 2010

I’m now writing for the site http://www.rockthelan.com . actually, I’ve been writing for a week, just now posting to the blog. I will try to keep posting here. Make sure to visit the rock the LAN site.

Games revisited: Saints Row(xbox 360)

Posted in games revisted,gaming by jbnet211 on May 13, 2010
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Before  GTA IV, there was saints row. Yes, it might have been a GTA clone, but it’s a damn good clone. Saints Row takes place in the city of Stillwater, you are a random street punk dragged into a gang war with 3 other gangs to control the city. It is a good game, but when GTA IV came out, it turned the game into crap. But, if you have never played saints row or have played saints row 2, then you should check it out.

The controls to saints row are the “classic” race game type, use A for gas and X to stop. GTA IV was a big improvement on this, the trigger driving style is much easier. Plus firing a weapon is much harder from a car in Row is much harder that GTA IV. oh, and using weapons in general is not as good ether. No auto targeting is so much a pain in the ass, & talking about pains in the ass, switching weapons is best done under some cover. One thing different from GTA is health, you can regain heath. Ether by just waiting till it fills back up, or with fast food. Accessing your food supply(yea you gotta buy it) is done by the weapon select menu, & it is a pain in the ass to do use in a middle of a fire fight.

The missions are like GTA, but to have to unlock them with smaller missions called activities. the include gather hos for whore houses, driving an escort around, stealing and hijacking cars, and others. I really don’t mind the activities, you get achievements for completing all of them. The character customization is what separates saints row from GTA. You get to decide what your character looks like, from skin tone, the away the face looks, even the amount of muscle/fat you have. And the clothes section is not that bad(pimp cane, looks good AND “functional”)
The multiplayer………well let’s just say it’s a good thing you can’t do anymore.
I would call Saints Row the black GTA(I’m half black I can say that) This was the game to steal cars, raise random hell, and have free roaming fun in on the xbox 360 before GTA IV came out. It is still a great game to check out some time.
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Consoles are going to die? I don’t think so Hideo Kojima

Posted in consoles,gaming by jbnet211 on April 13, 2010
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Hideo Kojima has recently stated that all game systems will be portable and we would have no need for consoles. Why that may be true, there will still be consoles. consoles in the very near future(or may be now) will have tivo capabilities, they will record shows and pause live TV. Imagine, you have an appointment with you buds to kill some newbies on the latest game, but you don’t want to miss you fav show. You can play some online gaming with you buds WHILE the TV show is being recorded on your console. Of course hard drives in console would be bigger. Around 500Gb at the lowest and maybe over 1Tb. There are many other innovations that will determine the future of consoles, if you have an idea, post them in the comments.
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We dream of Wii. Sony and Microsoft attempt to take Nintendo on Motion Control

Ever since the old days of N64 Vs PS1, The video game companies have always tries to take on their competitors on by making their controllers better. Microsoft and Sony are planning to start the war, their weapon, Motion controllers. Microsoft’s weapon, Natal. Sony’s weapon, Playstation Move. Each hoping to topple Nintendo’s Wiimote. Let’s look at the contenders:

Playstation Move:

Playstation Move is very to the Wii, except that it is in HD(so that’s why the Wii is not in full HD.) It uses a camera to track a pastel(I hope Sony changes the colors) ball to trace your movements. Sony has said that all movements will be true to life, if that is possible. The controller will even feature a sub-controller, much like the Wii has. It seems the PS3 is gaining steam lately, and with Playstation Move to cost under $100, it may do well, depending on the games.

Project Natal

Project Natal(I call it natal for now)is Microsoft’s motion controller solution, which is not having any controllers at all. Natal tracks your body’s movements and translates them into a game. Recently I saw that the sensors will work in small rooms. Having no controllers has an advantage, for example, you’re playing guitar hero, with natal, you can do a move(like smashing the guitar in the ground) and the game will emulate the character doing it. I one concern is that if you alone and some one enters the room, won’t it throw the sensors off? Project Natal sounds like a good idea, I just wonder what official name Microsoft will give it? I don’t know how much it will cost, but it may be over or around $100.

Sony and Microsoft has entered the motion controller game. I aspect that the first games to come with the motion support will be casual in nature. The only way ether company will win is with great games, games that their grown up base will want to play.
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Pre-order Halo Reach from amazon.com today
Pre-order Super Mario Galaxy 2 from amazon.com today

USB stoarage for XBOX 360, why you may need it.

Posted in gaming,USB storage,XBOX 360 by jbnet211 on March 22, 2010
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The XBox 360 is a great system, great games and media content. But the problem that has plaque the system is memory. The memory cards are a joke, They kinda fix the problem with the Hard drives being too small by releasing the 60Gb & the 120Gb, but have seen the price for them? With the spring update comes a chance to give Xbox owners some more room. There are rumors about allowing USB storage devices to work on the 360. Those of us who have a 20Gb hard drive (me) will surly love having this. The size of the device starts must at 1Gb, but the max size aloud is only 16Gb. The reason why, I assume so Microsoft can make some money. 16Gb is good enough for the 20Gb hard drive owners. What can you do with an extra 1 to 16Gb of memory? well…

Xbox live Arcade game storage,

use the drive to put all you arcade games on to make more room on your hard drive.

Save file storage,

got too many save games, put them on the drive.

Music DLC storage,

Put all that music DLC for rock band and Guitar Hero on the drive.

DLC storage,

Got DLC that you don’t use anymore but still want it for achievement? put it on the drive.

The only problem, other than the max size of storage, is that you can put a game on the drive, but you still need the disc to play. Over all this is a great idea, I hope Microsoft goes though with it. If you have any more ideas about what to use USB external storage on the 360 for, post it in the comments.
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How far I’m from places

Posted in Uncategorized by jbnet211 on March 16, 2010

10mi- library, McDonald’s, KFC & Taco bell, Subway. food market.
30mi- Movie theater,wal-mart, arbys, burger king, long john sliver, liquor store.
50mi- mall, staples, Lowes, a comic book store, a good movie theater, gamestop.Walden books
60mi, Home depot, target, best buy, books-a-million.

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Wal-Mart, you lost your place in my gaming needs.

Posted in amazon,gaming,wal-mart by jbnet211 on March 11, 2010
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After a recent visit to my local Wal-Mart last week, I’ve decided to no longer to buy my games(unless they are $20 or under)there. Amazon will now get my gaming business. They have much lower prices and a better selection than Wal-Mart. Don’t have to pay shipping on my orders that are $25 dollars and above, and if they are below, the price for shipping is low enough that I don’t care that it will not add to the price. I’ve gotten use wanting for my games to come in the mail, so that won’t be a problem.  I never like that the games at Wal-Mart are behind glass, I like to read the back of the case, on Amazon, not only is there descriptions, but videos and customer reviews as well. And you can’t even take a controller of a rack without asking a clerk to unlock it, more point to amazon. Don’t worry Wal-Mart, so still sell cheap food, electronics, DVDs, and many others, you just lost the right to serve my gaming needs.

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Peter Parker: whats going on in the real world man!

Posted in Comic Books,Marvel,Spider-man by jbnet211 on March 4, 2010
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Since Stan Lee (great appearance on The Big Bang Theory) creator Peter Parker/Spider-Man, he has the most connection with regular folks. Now a days he being used to make social cometary on what going on in real life, something that is not new in the comic book world(Captain America slugging a Tea Party member). With the DB getting bought, remade in to a gossip paper, then destroyed, symbolizing the closing of many papers across the county and a dying media, Marvel has used Parker’s world as  social commentary. Now with peter’s firing coming(honestly I would never let that info be released until the day the comic came out) Marvel is putting peter right in the recession, putting him though what many americans are going though now. I can wait for this issue and how peter deals with this and being spider-man. I hope he goes back to teaching, I liked when he was teaching. As the county recovers, I’m sure Peter Parker will too.

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