Cary’s Gaming Update 5/23

Well since it’s been so long since I posted anything here, I thought I’d write a blog just to let you all know I’m still alive and fill you in on what I’ve been up to lately. I haven’t written a game review in a while. It’s just such a SLOW time right now as far as game releases go. I think it’s just because E3 is right around the corner, so game companies aren’t going to announce anything or release anything new for a while.

Speaking of E3, I am going this year, so you can expect a blog from me about it after that. I’ll have lots of pictures, game previews, and all that fun stuff. So make sure to read it when I post it a few days after the show is over. It’ll feel like you’re actually THERE at the show! Well, maybe not, but you can pretend.

Another reason why I haven’t posted anything lately is because my old computer died recently. Don’t worry; I had all my files backed up so I didn’t lose anything. But I needed to get a new computer so you know how that goes. Had a few problems with the new PC, so I kept having to take it back to Best Buy for them to fix it. It was a little annoying, but they were doing all they could. For the inconvenience, they did lower the price of the computer and give me a gift certificate so I could get a free game, so that’s cool. It’s just taken a while to get used to the new computer, so that’s another reason why I haven’t been posting anything lately.

So what free game did I get at Best Buy? Ridge Racer 3D on 3DS. Sure it’s more of the same, but it’s a heck of a lot better than the Ridge Racer title that launched with the original DS. ESRB says the game has “Mild Suggestive Themes.” Whatever could that be? Oh yeah, the Ridge Racer lady. I like her.

One bright side of having a slow period of game releases is that I have more time to really play and enjoy some of the games I already have, so that’s a plus. So what else have I been playing? Well, a lot of Portal 2 for starters. Brother Jeff and I had a good laugh playing through the co-op mode, and I’ve enjoyed the single player game as well. I think Wheatley is awesome. I liked him in the game so much that I decided to look up who voiced him. Turns out it was Stephen Merchant, and while I never heard of him before, I learned he co-created The Office in the UK and other stuff. Never got into The Office, as MY office at work is much more funnier. I should have my own TV show, don’t you think?

Anyway, I learned it also turns out Stephen Merchant was in a show called Extras. One of those HBO shows I never watch. I decided to give the show a try, though, through Netflix. Unfortunately, I think they make special DVDs for Netflix so I only got like, three episodes on a disc (to try and make you rent more I guess). And Stephen Merchant’s character was only in ONE tiny scene on one of the shows! Ugh! Oh well, he probably wasn’t as funny as he was in Portal 2 anyway. I do like British comedy, but I think Extras was too sophisticated for me anyway. I guess I’m only smart enough for low brow stuff like Mr. Bean, Benny Hill, and Wallace & Gromit.

On the portable side of things, I’ve been playing a lot of Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection on PSP. I love me some old school Final Fantasy. I wish they still made games like this. Anyway, you can read the review of it here.

And guess what? I also have two new pets! Yesterday I got two cute little turtles! I named them Tuck and Raphael. Can you guess why I named them that? I thought about taking pictures of them, but they just look like any other little aquatic turtles you’ve seen.

I guess the world didn’t end after all this past weekend, huh? This latest prophecy sure got more media attention, though, didn’t it? But you know, it says in the Bible that nobody can really predict the end of the world, and that’s a good thing, I think. Even though I’m a Christian, and I’m ready to go at any time, I hate to admit that I’m still a little scared about the end of the world. I think it’s just the unknown factor about what the end will be like. Plus, there are a lot of good things about this world, and I’d hate to see it end for everyone, not just me. One good thing about the people who predicted the end of the world this weekend was it helps reaffirm to me that every day is a gift and we should be thankful for that. Even if you’re not a Christian, I think we can all agree on that.

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for now. Hopefully things will pick up in June. I know I’ve got a few blogs planned. Like my E3 blog. And in honor of brother Jeff graduating high school, I’ll probably list some games that he and I have enjoyed playing together over the years. Then at the end of June will be my “Cary’s Best Video Games of the Year SO FAR Awards Show” blog. So that’s all for now! Later! –Cary

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