When I mention Brutal Legend, a lot of people put their fingers on their heads, and go, "Oh wait, that game with Jack Black?", and when I respond that they are in fact correct, most go, "Yeah, that looks hot." Which is more than what I can say for Psychonauts, in which I just got a lot of blank stares as I explained the premise of that game. Overall, I like the response I'm getting, and maybe, for our school newspaper, if we can get out a review for Brutal Legend, maybe we can convince some other people to give the game a try. Which, would be good. Really good.
I get a lot more split-second responses when I mention Borderlands though, which means either of 2 things:
Changing the art style has brought a whole shitload of customers for Gearbox
People knew about this shit before.
Either way, it's nice to see some excitement from the next to months for games. Maybe with that PS3 price drop, I can actually have people I know in real life on my PS3 instead of just Dtoiders. No offense guys, but I have friends in real life too.
On Shadow Complex: KindaSortaNotReally Rant
First Off, I don't have a 360. I really want one though, but until then, I'm going to have to mooch off friends and Gamestop before I take another plunge and buy my second 360. Because Shadow Complex looks hot.
But there has been a lot of controversy surrounding Shadow Complex, all stemming from it's Kinda-Co-Writer, Orson Scott Card. Now, I know, Card is a dick when it comes to certain subjects, including homosexuality, and yeah, what kind of last name is Card anyways, but really, the subject matter of Shadow Complex is based off of one of his books. And that's pretty much it.
The story of Shadow Complex is written by Peter David, who apparently wrote some of the Hulk comics. I didn't know that last part, but I have read one of the Hulk comics he wrote, and it was good stuff. He's going to get some good cash off of this game's earnings.
This game uses the Unreal Engine 3, by Epic. Epic, and Cliffy, are going to make absurd amounts of money from this title. That's how Epic Games rolls, guys. I wish I could work for them. I hear Cliffy is a pretty cool bro.
Shadow Complex is an Xbox Live exclusive. Microsoft is going to take some of the absurd amounts of money Epic will make, and make Absurd amounts of money with it. It's also how MS rolls. The greedy bastards.
And then there is Orson Scott Card, who, knowing Microsoft and Epic Games, will make less than chump change on his games. He probably won't complain, money is money, and he's follow up books, as well as the Ender's Game movie will probably make up for whatever losses he might make with how Shadow Complex's earnings are handled.
When I get a 360, I'm going to buy Shadow Complex. Orson Scott Card is a writer and a public speaker who writes books for a specific audience and speaks for one just as specific. No amount of money (whether you, me, or the unsuspecting public who probably could really care less) we give him is going to make him any more threat than he is now. Which is pretty minuscule, since this is the first time we are actually talking about him since forever. All he's getting that could potentially melt some ice is free publicity.
And I don't even think he knows about it yet.
What sick bastard decided to tell all the video game companies that Modern Warfare 2 is going to be THAT much of a blowout and they should sell their games in the Spring? Why would you do something like that? WHY?
Ok, Ok, I know, MW2 is some big stuff, but to tell you the truth, I was perfectly ready to drop whatever is left in my leftover account on games this Christmas. MW2, Brutal Legend, Borderlands, Bayonetta, hell, even fucking A Boy and His Blob, and I don't even have a Wii. And a whole lot else I can't seem to remember at the moment right now, because the list was honestly, really big.
Now I gotta wait for some of the titles to drop in 2010. Well, least I'm getting Scribblenauts soon. That should hold me.
Last And Not Least
I'm going to stop selling my games.
It's something I've wanted to do ever since I started buying games, until I found out you could trade them in for money, or sell them to inspecting suckers on the corner. Ever since I got my Gamecube, I've been able to buy a respectable amount of games at least every 2 months (1 or 2, to be politically correct). By that math (I got my Gamecube in '02), I should have a collection of, 42 to 84 games, comprised of various PS2, Gamecube, and DS titles, including Freekstyle, SSX Tricky, Mario Kart Double Dash, Star Wars Battlefront 2, and Luminous Ark.
I have 10 games, 6 PS3 titles, 2 PS2 titles, and 2 DS titles. This does not count games bought on PSN or through Steam.
What happened to my Gamecube? It resides at my Uncles house, where it gathers dust next to the Phat PS2 that is used exclusively for Guitar Hero. Most of my Gamecube titles were sold to create money for my Launch 360 and Kameo: Elements Of Power, which went away when I wanted to get money for the Warranty for my PS3. I still have the box for The Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker, though the disk is, well kept at another cousins house. They framed it. How nice.
The list on my profile bar is horribly outdated and needs to be updated as well. It makes me sad to look at all that stuff I used to have.
So yeah, I'm going to start trying to keep the games I buy, starting with Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2. I don't get that game, I can't get into it for the love of me, but still, it'll make me look more like a collector and not like a guy who sells everything for quick cash.
Except for LittleBigPlanet. I fear that game might not stick with me for long, and if I need a new one, there's that Game Of The Year Edition with all that nifty DLC in it. And Water.