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March 17, 2009 by iTZKooPA
In an effort to once again catch up my reviewing to my gameplay, I need to push out a collectiong of these quick reviews.  Most of these titles are being glossed over - rather than my normal, more in-depth reviews - for any number of reasons.  Be it time constraints, the title's age, their quality and mostly, because I want to do a 2008 Year In Review piece before the end of the first quarter!  First up on my list comes a trio of titles not even released in 2008, but ones I finish...
March 3, 2009 by iTZKooPA
In an effort to once again catch up my reviewing to my gameplay I need to push out a trio of these quick reviews.  Most of these titles are being glossed over - rather than my normal, more in-depth reviews - for any number of reasons.  Be it time constraints, the title's age, their quality and mostly, because I want to do a 2008 Year In Review piece before the end of the first quarter!  First up on my list comes a trio of titles not even released in 2008, but ones I finished somet...
February 13, 2009 by iTZKooPA
When the Wii's unusual specifications were originally announced back at the 2005 Tokyo Game Show there were two Sega properties that I could not wait for.  The first was the Super Monkey Ball series, which I have been in love with since its inception on GameCube (partially due to my infatuation with a little NES gem called Marble Madness).  The second product from Sega I was anticipating isn't so much a franchise, it is a whole genre, the Light-gun genre. 

You see the Wii Rem...
January 13, 2009 by iTZKooPA
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
Writer's Note: This review was originally started in June 2008, hence the timing inconsistencies.  See below for more.

Wow, should I have played this one sooner.  I have been playing RTSs since I got a computer back at the end of 8th grade, spent my own hard-earned money on it too.  Back then the new hotness was the Command & Conquer series, which I REALLY got into with the release of Command & Conquer Red Alert.  Westwood was shutdow...
May 1, 2008 by iTZKooPA
HD-DVD stuff...againSo remember the other week when I was ranting about HD-DVD and how I am still buying the dead technology? Well, I just bought more of it actually.  And not some rock bottomHD-DVD either, but another drive.  I figured at $30+shipping, a PC/Xbox360 HD-DVD drive is a STEAL.  It will likely sit in its box for manyyears to come, but if needed I can use it for a backup player, if myToshiba ever dies, or to backup the movies to my computer, assuming Iever get enough h...
March 14, 2008 by iTZKooPA
As many of you have heard the HD-format war is in fact dead.  Toshiba announced in late February that they would cease development of HDDVD drives and players after every single movie studio went exclusive to BluRay aside from Universal.  To be honest I did not think that HDDVD had much chance against BluRay.  Although I believe, as a consumer, that HDDVD is the better option, due to its low cost and backwards compatibility, I knew that Toshiba beating Sony was unlikely.  In ...
March 7, 2008 by iTZKooPA
See, I told you guys I would still bring you the love, butunfortunately, my latest review will not be coming here.  As I told youguys in December, I got a new writing gig at GamingTarget.com and they are running my review of Intelligent Systems' solid turn-based strategy title, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. Seeing as this community is a big lover of the TBS genre, I just had topoint out this gem of a Gamecube game.  If a single person reads thisand gives FE a second chance t...
February 20, 2008 by iTZKooPA
Sorry for not updating recently, I plan to get to drop some more exciting news within a week's time but till then I have an OpenOffice.org question.

I am using 2.3 and the latest 2.4 and I have not been able to get this working in either.

I am trying to make a chart showing the progression of Intel's stock over the course of 2007 and have not been able to get the X-axis to scale correctly.  I only want the month to be shown once, not for every data point which is what it is currently ...
December 31, 2007 by iTZKooPA
Dead Rising




Ah, Dead Rising my second great Xbox 360 game after Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. So from the start you should realize that I liked this game, its just simply a guilty pleasure. Oblivion is a fantastic game but I just never got REALLY into it, I never even came close to finishing the main story. On the other hand I got so sucked into Dead Rising shortly after its release that it was all I let people play at my house for some time. I even forced almost all my friends to pla...
December 12, 2007 by iTZKooPA
For the past few months I have been pretty good about updating this blog weekly but things will probably change due to a new position I recently accepted. In early December I was contacted with an opportunity to work with GamingTarget.com as an all around writer including feature articles, reviews and news. I accepted the job after looking at the site more in-depth and realizing that it is the kind of place I would want my work. Unfortunatley I won't be posting PC-based news for them since t...
November 30, 2007 by iTZKooPA
Halo 3




So today I tackle one of the best selling games of the year, Halo 3. First off I should come clean on my expectations and experiences with the series in the past in case anyone missed my previous statements on the series. As stated in the linked article I was never blown away by the original Halo aside from the fact that it managed to save the original Xbox from failure in a lot of people's minds. The game was an incredibly polished console FPS but it wasn't all that innovativ...
November 19, 2007 by iTZKooPA
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock




Let me start off this review with the following: I am the last person you will ever want on your team in any contest that involves music knowledge of any kind. You see, I fail at hearing in my left ear, so I have a hard time catching words in songs or even distinguishing between instruments. The latter is also due to the fact that I never tried to join any musical groups of any kind, so my ear (singular) is very untrained. Therefore I just kind of shi...
November 11, 2007 by iTZKooPA
Lets see, so Fallout from Black Isle Studio and publisher Interplay was released way back in 1997. I think that it now holds the new record of “Oldest Game I Just Finished." That's right folks, a person who plays games as much as me has just recently finished what is considered one of the greatest RPGs of all time. Now its not without reason that I missed Fallout upon its release. You see I was still completely consumed by RTSs at that time, specifically another title that is set in an alte...
October 23, 2007 by iTZKooPA
Okay so this maybe a bit odd for many people to see on my blog. Anyone who is here to checkup on my gaming habits and thoughts on the gaming or PC industry should probably bypass this one unless you don't mind going into a bit of risque and taboo ground. I am speaking about the thing industry that made the Internet such an instant success, the pornography industry.

Well first let me give some background on the problem at hand. I recently bought a house, a really old house in Philadelphia t...
October 13, 2007 by iTZKooPA
This is the continuation of The Orange Box review that I started the other day. You can check out my review of Team Fortress 2 here.

Portal



Overview


Now Portal is obviously different than almost any FPS game that anyone has ever played. Unless of course you played the team's original design which caused Valve to hire them, Narbacular Drop which I didn't. As soon as hearing about Portal I quickly began researching it and found out about its origins but was already playing so...