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Very Proud Father And Son Moment
Posted May 7, 2007, 12:09 pm by Steve
Categories: Video Games, Life

First of all, I'm an average gamer, not great but not horrible either. In multiplayer games I usually rest somewhere in the middle of the stats boards, but still have fun. In single player campaigns it usually takes me a bit longer to win the game then it does most of my friends.

I love Gears of War! It's simply one of my all-time favorite video games. It probably ranks only below the Halo franchise. The end boss, General Raam, is a real challenge to defeat. My first time through the game I played on the Hardcore difficultly level (there is Casual, Hardcore and Insane) and it took 30 plus tries for me to finally beat the boss. Second time my son and I played coop and it took us 3 times to defeat him, but this was on the easiest difficulty setting. I've spent weeks and weeks working my way through the campaign on Insane difficulty. It's brutal!

Fortunately, I've had some help with a friend, DaStuph (Chad), and my son, Gladiator Ninja (Justin). Some levels I was brave enough to take on my own, however. But, not the last fight in the game with General Raam. I assumed it would take 50 or more tries to beat him spanning a weeks time. Last night I fire up a game inviting my son to play. First try we gear up before the end boss battle with grenades for both, a sniper rifle for me and a torque bow for my son. I consistently snipe Raam to lower his shields and get a few headshots while my son launches the exploding arrows from his bow once the opponent protection is depleted. As Raam gets close I blindly toss a couple grenades in his direction. Next, I tell my son I'm running to the barriers on the other side assuming he'd follow. Instead my dash for safety distracts Raam away from my son to focus on my fleeing character. My son takes this opportunity to equip a grenade, get close enough to melee tag Raam with it and ninja roll away. Cut scene, achievement(s) unlocked, high fives! A very proud father/son moment! Defeating General Raam on Insane the first attempt is quite the accomplishment!

The Symbiote Has Found Another Human Host
Posted May 5, 2007, 5:20 am by Steve
Categories: Action Figures, Movies

Temptation got the best of me, and just getting out of the opening of Spiderman 3 didn't help matters. Venom was absolutely amazing - The Amazing Venom (ok, that was cheesy)! A symbiote has taken control of me causing massive damage - on my bank account. Medicom's Spiderman 3 Venom has been added to the collection!

Dell Inspiron E1705 Hands-on Impressions
Posted April 24, 2007, 12:17 pm by Steve
Categories: Review, Tech

I got home last night around 5:30 and didn't have time to open the new Dell box containing my Inspiron E1705 until after a conference call with work. After the call I figured I better eat dinner first because I knew I'd be on the new computer for awhile. Finally, around 7-ish I got to unpack the new system. It is bigger then my old Inspiron 8600 (15.4" screen vs. 17" screen). The case has a weird white paint along the edges. Looks kind of cool and, I think, adds extra protection since it is a bit rubber-like. It has the same keyboard as my other laptop which is fine. I'd prefer one with a number keypad, however. There is easy access to media playback controls even if the lid is closed which is a nice touch. About the only things I don't like about the design is the Intel Due Core 2 sticker is on a bit skewed, there is no middle mouse dial button on the touch pad (my old one didn't have one either) and the slots where the monitor lid snaps into when closed are pretty big and deep when operational. This is a "crumb magnate" as my wife called it. "No food by the new 'puter" was my immediate demand ;-)

Out With The Old (Laptop), In With The New (Laptop)
Posted April 17, 2007, 5:20 pm by Steve
Categories: Tech, Life

I finally gave up on our current laptop (or craptop as I like to call it). It was a great system while it last, but, as most computers do, itís getting old and unreliable. Simple tasks like burning a DVD was becoming an issue. Not to mention weak battery life and constant overheating. Even after multiple reformats consistent issues are still present which tells me they are hardware related.

After an afternoon of unsuccessfully backing up family photos to a DVD, my anger got the best of me resulting in my youngest son echoing my inappropriate comments directed towards the failing task. After a bit of cool-down time and the guilt of letting my emotional state of outrage get the best of me started sinking in, I decided the frustration was no longer worth it and started researching new laptops.

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Another Fett Will Be Mine!
Can you really put a price on snagging quality Action Figures? As always, I recommend hooking ASAP whenever a new dude is found. This course of action however can prove to be...a bit unsettling on the homefront from time to time :)
Posted July 9, 2007, 2:30 pm by Chad