Prelude to the vlog

um so sort of got an hour of me talking about split/second playing it and talking about comics and tv shows and stuff. also talked about what I did this weekend. I was at LordKat’s meetup on saturday. the beginning of the vlog mentions that I was there the dude in the blue shirt with the beard and longish hair in the pics. unfortunately, the video kinda messes up there. wow this video is really messed up here and there. i go slow motion a lot. I am going to be putting it up for the fuck of it. um let me know which parts are too messed up to understand I will re say parts.

Djaggerton Report Pilot

This is one of the videos I was talking about.  A lot of the pricing information on the Radio Shack stuff is totally exaggerated and if you were to pick apart every little thing I said you will find some inaccuracies.  Basically take it as a preview more than anything else.  Also whatever was posted here after 4/20/2010 is my current opinions and outlook.

Djaggerton Report Pilot

Split Second @ 46%: How to really play the demo and decide to buy

If you have only played the demo once then I can almost guarantee you think this game is not worth buying. Due to the Blur beta spontaneously ending, I decided to give S/S another shot. Holy William H. Macy am I glad I did. Ask yourself the following questions:

Did I see the parking garage?
Did I see the air traffic tower collapse?
Did I see the military carrier plane crash?
Did I see the boarding planes at the terminal?

If you answered no to any of these questions, then you owe it to yourself to go through the demo again.

Here’s what S/S has that no other racer has (yes even Blur):

Havok based real world physics.

What this means is that when an explosion goes off near you, your car reacts realistically. You may either get flipped over or lose control of your car to varying degrees, from a full on slide to a skid to just flipping over. It is all 100% based on your speed, the force of the boom, and your distance. It is not based on random zeroes and ones.

The physics also mean grinding and pushing cars behaves more like in the real world. Instead of how, in Burnout, a little tap instantly wrecks a car, you now have to work hard and hope you’re lucky, Ever see a police chase? It takes a few hits to wreck the bad guy. The same thing happens here.

Crazy course changing catastrophes

What is normally cool things to drive over and around, become screaming metal deathtraps. You drive through the bottom of a docked ferry, someone pushed the red button, and all of a sudden the decks explode and you fade to black. Upon respawn you see that the decks now form a giant ramp that launches you onto a sinking aircraft carrier and now you have to dodge sliding fighter jets just to get back to terra firma. There are way too many of these to detail but every track has a handful of events triggered by the racers that change the track layout to varying degrees.

Game modes that feel different

Every racer has eliminations and time trials. This one has you dodging falling aircraft and wrecking balls at the same time. The time trials have every explosion and course changer triggering automatically to mess up your clean line. Or an apache fires missles that you have to dodge or mammoth trucks out of speed racer launch exploding death barrels.

A singleplayer that affects multiplayer

You have to play the story to unlock tracks and cars for multiplayer. On the couch multi is the same as online. Yes burnout had that too but it’s been a long freaking time since the last closed track burnout.

If Blur is Call of Duty on wheels then Split Second is Street Fighter on wheels. You have to think strategically and not waste meter. You have to play mind games and screw with people.

This post was originally going to be wriiten at 10% I just couldn’t stop playing FOR HOURS. To say any more is to be in danger of spoiling this game. So try and see everything that the demo has to throw at you and know that it is tame and yawn worthy when compared to what get’s launched in the full game.

Do not be so quick to give this game the pass.

Staten Island Mall Revisited: a quick guide to saving money on what you’re gonna be or should have been buying anyway

UPDATE 8/10/2011 pretty much everything in this article is not true anymore. What corporate as done to these stores is shameful.  Your Mileage May Vary

 

 

So I ended up spending some serious time in the SI mall today. Instead of just going to the more indie stores I am used to (saturday matinee) I walked into hot topic and gamestop.
This is going to sound very strange coming from me but I highly recommend giving these places another shot. They’ve leveled up their customer service and selection.

First up Hot Topic:

Let’s just say they are no longer like kmart. They have every cartoon from the eighties and nineties represented in t-shirt format. Ducktales chip n dale rescue rangers angry beavers rocco’s modern life doug dexter’s lab (the original) etc.. anything you loved as a kid is on a t-shirt. For game and movie merch Fye group is still the way to go but for everything else subculture hot topic has it. Most of it is clothes but they do have an amazing cd store. They also have a reward club now. 150 spent gets you 15% off next purchase along with the random coupon emails typical of these programs. If you’re tired of buying from the gap and marts and old navy they’ve got what you need. One caveat however, preteens and high schoolers love all of that stuff too so be prepared for lots of squealing etc.. Also the prices are extremely reasonable as long as you stay non gamer. Twenty bucks still gets you any shirt. Haven’t been to one of these since early last decade so maybe you all know this already but for the old dudes like me who remember when these stores first opened up it’s good to know they are doing it old school.

Next up gamestop:

They currently have a lot of bargain bin last gen and early current gen stuff. Right now all used games are buy two get one free. Unless a game is a couple of months old, the prices are amazing. Most games from the last year or so (Prince of Persia Fallout 3 GOTY etc..) are anywhere from ten to thirty five bucks. Couple that with the free third game and the ten percent off used game card and you can get a lot of games for a lot cheaper. All those games you missed out on by playing modern warfare can be had for at least sixty percent off. They also have long boxes filled with old ps2 games for less than ten dollars. I picked up the original manhunt for two washingtons. They are all used and come in cd envelopes but they count for the free third game deal. All used games are guaranteed so there are no negatives in any of this. I bought roughly 500 dollars worth of games for less than ninety. The store will also call other stores and help you track down any game you want. If you can’t find newer games used they also have select titles for 20-60% off. Games from only a few months ago like darksiders are going for roughly half off new. I also overheard something about a points system but after an hour spent contemplating which games to get I was too drained to ask. Their loyalty card is 14.99 and you get a year of game informer.

The big companies may have killed the little guys over the last twenty years but now the little guys are finally pushing back. Brick and mortars no matter how big or small are bringing back those age old pillars of superior customer service, expertise, and the glory of the bargain bin. The independently owned and operated franchise mentality is back in full effect. SO UNPLUG THEM INTERNETZ AND GET OUTTA THE HOUSE PEOPLE YOU GET WHAT YOU WANT CHEAP, INSTANT, AND YOU GIVE SALES TAX DOLLARS SO THE STATE DOESN’T CUT THE CRAP OUT OF HEALTH CARE.

By the way if you are truly agoraphobic most of these deals are on their websites as well.

Look for more lists like this as deals are found and for a more regular sampling checkout cheap ass gamer and Kotaku’s weekend deals.

If you have a tip on how to save money on anything from the mainstream to the not so much feel free to comment or email.