|Random Box of Opinions.
||[Dec. 1st, 2008|09:00 pm]
Hello. It's been about a month since I've written anything. I am alive.
So, I like the Xbox 360. It is a nice toy. I liked GTA 4 a lot, 100-percent-completion-a-lot. I also obtained Madden and Head Coach 09, Bioshock, and Halo 3. I'm still mostly playing against the CPU in campaign non-online modes, but I plan on more Xbox Live gaming. Online gaming is slightly fun. I prefer playing on teams with people I know, but a free-for-all is also fun every now and then. I can be a good teammate. I try not to die/lose a lot. I try to kill/score a lot. I kill and score. Score kill score.
360 is even better as of November 19th. Netflix partnered with Microsoft, and we have a Netflix account and an Xbox Live Gold membership to watch movies on the 360. So much for losing the next-gen DVD battle with Sony. I've been making great use of this new application. I prefer the Netflix software on my 360 as opposed to my PC systems, as there is no pre-existing software with which the Netflix software would clash. I also notice there's an increasing number of titles available on-demand. When the Netflix instant-watch first became available, it was relegated to mostly below-average titles. Netflix has since corrected that malady. In the first weekend, I was able to watch The Illusionist, re-watch L.A. Confidential, and catch some US "The Office" episodes I missed. All of the titles available come through on a regular broadband connection speed without buffering issues, and the broadcasts are at least DVD-quality. Win win win win. 360 is now the new PS 2.
Speaking of new, bonus points to the first people to update this vintage Labatt Blue commercial for 2008.
On a Canada tip, now comes the random shout-out to Canadian music. Sloan's Money City Maniacs is a fun tune. Sloan is a fun band. Fun fun.
I am watching a TV show that was just approved for 4 more episodes again in January. "Life on Mars" is a American-versioned show based on a BBC original. The story involves a NYC cop named Sam Tyler (Jason O'Mara), who has a serious accident and finds himself stuck in 1973 NYC. This show bears a coincidental resemblance to "Quantum Leap" both in main character names (Sam) and theme of time travel. Like "Leap," "Mars" is interesting enough of a show to likely carry for 3-4 seasons. Michael Imperioli, aka Christopher from "The Sopranos," plays a rival detective to Sam, and Harvey Keitel plays a police lieutenant. The show plays a lot with the subject of culture clash, as 1973's social and procedural dynamics are far different from 2008's. Such a difference makes for a large amount of Sam's conflict resolution during the episodes. It's not as easy as getting a DNA sample from a victim and putting it into a computer to match with known offenders. Consider it "CSI: Stone Age" in this regard.
RANDOM! I'm watching "Chuck" right now on NBC, and during the show's climax, the dojo-fight-scene features a snippet of Probot's "Shake Your Blood." !!!! I love that track. Probot is Dave Grohl's side-project band. "Shake Your Blood" features Lemmy from Motörhead. It's a great tune with a crazy video: