Saturday, December 22, 2007

Sick Ass Motherfucker...



12:30 am, up sick as crap :(

This is the worst sore throat I've had since I was in Vegas for the very first Sony Santa Monica Xmas party and I was up all night in the bathroom drinking tea from room service, sitting on the bathroom floor reading magazines so I would not wake up my wife.

This so sucks!

And you know it sucks cause I took Nyquil and this soar throat is so bad, the pain woke me up, even tho I'm drugged up on that shit...which I LOVE by the way!


Tea and Tylonol...what else can you do? My codine perscription- I forget why I have codine...some sickness in the past- is no longer valid. Mmmmm, codine would rock rite now....!

Oh, check this out:


Doing final Xmas shopping tonite and I popped into Radio Shack. Didn't know they sold PS games! And check it- The God of War games are for sale in there! Not that I have the skills as a writer, but if I had any energy right now, I'd attempt to write about how full circle-y it is that a game I worked on is for sale in Radio Shack. Radio Shack? What's so special about Radio Shack? Well, the Radio Shack in the Brookwood Village mall back in Alabama was the very place I used to 'program' fantasy adventure games on the TRS-80/CoCo in the back of the store while my parents were shopping at the mall....(if you can call my BASIC programming slop 'programming')...ya know...something like this:

5 CLS
10 PRINT "You are standing in front of an ancient Mayan temple."
20 PRINT "Vines cover the stone steps that lead up to the pyramid summit, some 200 feet above..."
30 INPUT "What do you do?!?"; A$
40 IF A$ ="Take steps" GOTO 70
50 IF A$="Look at Vines" GOTO 60
60 PRINT "The vines are slippery, wet. Is that blood on them?!?"
65 GOTO 80
70 PRINT "Are you actually still reading this shitty BASIC PROGRAMMING example that probably would not even run cause I think I've forgotten the proper syntax for how to do Input strings?!?!"

Ok, gonna try to sleep again...or maybe I'll play some Uncharted. Finished Ratchet finally yesterday...LOVED IT! Started uncharted and I LOVE the theme and the look of it...controls suffer in comparison to the buttery smooth Ratchet but the ambiance and spirit of the game keep pulling me back. I worry tho about how much shooting there is. I LIKE the shooting; it's fun and really well done. But I'm at this part- right after the UBOAT- where it's like damn: ENOUGH FUCKING SPAWNING THE DRONES! EVERY 10 STEPS IS MORE FUCKING GUNPLAY!

Man I dig this game alot but I hope it's not paced this way the whole way thru...with just one shoot out after another....is it?!?

Take care ya'll!

David

ps. God I hope I don't stay sick for long...my brother and parents are in town for Xmas and they tend to love movies as much as me. So many good flicks to see...I hope I'm well enough for us to all go out...I love doing that! And there's some good stuff to see right now...the Tom Hanks thing, Atonement, National Treasure, The Great Debaters...ok, gonna go to bed and try to get well...

26 comments:

hart704 said...

I just got over a sort throat myself. I took one Vitamin C caplet of 500mg a day. It worked for me. :)

Get better soon!

PlayStation Museum said...

You've been working yourself too hard lately and haven't been doing meditation huh? I bet you anything that's why you have a sore throat. Anyways, it'll pass. Someday I'll pick up a PS3 and try Uncharted. I'm always into those Indiana Jones-type games. But hate the spawning thing. Spawning's only good for overhead shooters.

HayaoM said...

I read that for Uncharted the main pacing is continuous shooting and the gunplay continues to increase in the last part of the game. I downloaded the demo for it and loved it... hopeful for xmas

Sidzed2 (Michael K) said...

Hey Dave,

Feel better soon - unfortunately, Uncharted is VERY heavy on the shooting, and you ain't seen nothing yet. You had better accept that it's going to be a shooter a la Gears of War first and foremost, or it will completely drive you up the wall. Try and persevere though, it actually is a wonderful game.

Anonymous said...

Shit, those GOTO statements brought back some memories.:)

grasshopper said...

Yea Uncharted is very shooter heavy, I absolutely loved it though. There are a lot of parts where those pirate bastards just seem like they wont stop spawning. And there does seem to be a bit of sloppiness to Drake's movements, jumping feels especially weird to me...but I would still say it has been my favorite game of the year so far.
Bummer on the sickness timing though, its never good but with the family in town that totally sucks. Hope it passes quick

Jack_Vykios said...

Yeah, Uncharted is ultra heavy on the shooting. Sometimes it's pretty wearing, but it's fun on the whole.

Gasp! Atonement! Keira Knightley FTW! Not that I plan on seeing it or anything. Doesn't look quite to my taste.

Yeah...sore throats are as fun as the RRoD. I currently have a headache...probably because I've been drinking too much coffee, working too late and too often, and going running every night.
Hurray for me. And, even better, I'll be working from Six (1800) until THREE tonight! Hurray for me.

I do agree, however, that the world Naughty Dog created is just incredibly brilliant. I have yet to play a ND game that I haven't enjoyed to the very end.
I love Drake's animations, though, although sometimes the environment causes them to seem somewhat odd.
However, the moment that you start thinking "I'M SO GODDAMN SICK OF THESE MOTHERFUCKING PIRATES!!!" you'll be in for a sweet surprise.

Kittonwy said...

Uncharted is awesome. Awesome is Uncharted. :3

DKSE said...

Get well soon

Kamil said...

Yup, Uncharted is a kick ass, but imagine how sweet God of War 3 will be. Get better and Merry Christmas! :)

Anonymous said...

tup Uncharted have TONS of gunplay after u-boat but its great game afterall btw drink juice from 2 squished lemons it will help on 100% but the question is :are you stron enough??(it's hardcore)

Sadeq (aka EViD) said...

there will be more shooting than you can imagine in Uncharted but try to accept it, it's an awesome game from start to end

get well and happy holiday

Mario said...

Damn!, I'm also a little sick, and Tomorrow is Xmas party... Ahh Basic, It reminds me that my first programs... and also of Futurama Jokes, I was waiting for instruction 80 tough :-/.
Gonna try uncharted when I get a PS3 this Xmas... I hope.

Get Well Soon, Dave.

Mike Heer said...

Funny, you think that Uncharted is repetitive considering it uses the same formula found in God of War! Fight enemies in droves, then solve a puzzle. The last and only good title you ever designed was God of War, other than that I cannot recall any other game you were involved with that kept my interest for long.

derrickgott007 said...

Ughhh!!! I Hate being sick. Seems like someone in my family is sick every year at christmas, this year its my poor wife!! I have a sore throat at the moment so I am going with the mind over matter approach and the "If I don't think I have one, then I don't" fantasy angle while eating cough drops.

Wow, your Tandy story really brought me back to my childhood. We had a commodore64 and I remember spending hours tryping out code just to play hangman...lol I loved that thing...we even had the cassette tape "Disk Drive" and I had some game where you had to kill the devil in a forest. I swear the band TOOL made a song that used the same music as that game!

ThatGuy said...

Hope you get better Dave.

Have you seen I Am Legend yet? I saw that in IMAX and it was friggen sweet!

Merry Christmas y'all!

gary Z said...

hey Jaffe hope u get well soon... hav a pepper tea n gargle with sum hot water n salt..u will be feelin better in no tym...anyway...hav a great Xmas with ur family !

Zodiak said...

fudge missed the esp card, took me by surprise =( oh well, maybe another giveaway in the spring? Anywho...

yeah it sucks being sick especially during the holidays. I almost felt I had a sore throat on Saturday, maybe it was all the yelling I did at work but that's not a possibility.

Keep on the tea it does wonders and get some halls cough drops

iddqd said...

Haha. Nice BASIC! I remember learning how to do draw functionality in GW-BASIC, and getting busted for making boobs in programming class when I was like in fifth grade. Why they were teaching us BASIC that early on is beyond me, but I guess I can't complain...I'm a programmer by living now :)

And btw, I think you were right on the input syntax. If I recall, the comma suppresses that dumb question mark that would come up if you instead put a semicolon before your variable. Plus, the user would actually go to a newline when they hit enter (maybe?!). Nice memory skillz! Funny how of that stuff gets lost to time. Who knows...maybe one of these days we'll be trying to recall how to draw a triangle in OpenGL :P



PS -- Get better soon. Don't lose faith in Nyquil. It's like time...it heals all wounds :)

Milkman said...

Yea Uncharted is a lot of shooting, and it does get a little old towards the end. They try and change it up a little towards the end, and it works sorta...Also a decent movie flick to see...I Am Legend, pretty decent. Get Well!

Danny said...

I hope you do get better soon, getting sick does suck. I remember when you/we programmed on the TRS-80, man that was a long time ago.

I hope you had a good Chanukah and a Merry Christmas. As long as I am here, have a good New Year also.

Danny
aume94 @ gmail . com

Joel said...

hope you feel better ASAP.


uncharted seems awesome (i haven't played it)... but i'm not really a fan of shooters, so that worries me, to be honest.

maybe i'll skip it.


i do like GTA games though, and those have shooting.

i guess i just don't really find the ultra-precise aiming that entertaining.

ortholomeux. said...

yikes, dude. you look...uhhmm...

get well and have a good holiday with the family.

Torgo said...

Get better David. I work in a hospital, so I get hit with nasty shit all the time.

Ibanez said...

Uncharted likes the shooting, and around 80% you're just running and gunning, but there are parts where it's relaxed on the R1 buttion.

God, Naughty Dog did so well w/ the storyline- if you aren't even halfway through the game, you're in for a treat...

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