The City

October 20, 2007

chicago011.jpgThis past week I went on a 2-day business trip to Chicago. The trip was training for newly hired Sales-Reps, I’m not a sales-rep, but the IS-Dept was invited to go, so we tagged along. We got in Tuesday night, at around 9PM CST, so it was dark at that point outside, and I couldn’t see any of Chicago on our descent. After finally managing to get a taxi to our hotel (16 miles away from the airport), Chicago started to appear in the distance. Now, I’ve never been to Chicago before, but heard a lot about it. I’ve been to New York, Paris, London and LA, so I’m familiar with those cities, so I couldn’t wait to experience Chicago. Finally the freeway opened up, and there she was. It was if, from within my taxi, I was looking at Gotham City. I’m not sure what Gotham City was modeled after, but I’d have to say it was New York meets Chicago. The buildings were tall and very close together. Not like any other city though, these buildings were smack dead next to each other. What I really liked about the freeways entering Chicago, was that they didn’t just end before the city, and break up into smaller cross roads. No, Chicago’s freeways went directly into the city, at 80mph we were passing the 10th floor of someone’s condo, it was awesome! Getting off the freeway, the hotel was literally 3 blocks away. We stayed at the Downtown Marriot.

My room was on the 29th floor, everyone else’s floor was below the 20th, suckers. My view was incredible. Given that Lake Michigan was on the other side of the hotel, I still had a bird’s eye view of Downtown Chicago. Getting settled into the room, I changed (put on my Arsenal Jersey, need to represent anywhere I can), and headed down to the lobby to meet up with everyone else. We all decided we needed to check out Chicago’s deep dish pizzas. Where did we go, none other than Chicago’s finest, Uno Pizzeria. If you’ve been to New York City, then chances are you’ve been blessed enough to have a New York style Pizza. I’m talking about those 25” plus inches of pizza goodness. Well, take that, and stuff it into a pan about 15 inches wide, 2 inches deep. It’s literally a cardiac patient’s nightmare. Words can not describe how amazingly awesome that pizza was. That, and a draft beer, made my night. Now, the walk to Uno, although pretty good, didn’t show much of Chicago, mainly because it was 12AM, and desolate.

The next day, after our training seminars, we decided to head out again. This time it was prime time Chicago. We headed out at 5PM, into the lovely chaos that is the city; Chicago baby. Being a city-boy at heart, I immediately fell in-love. I don’t know how to describe why I love the City life so much. Explaining it to others, who don’t know what I’m talking about; turn their head like a confused dog at a weird sound. Could it be the 10,000 plus people also walking around? Could it be that everything is within walking distance, and conveniently available at any time? Could it be that the city represents a Mecca of cultural wealth, and diverse richness? Is it the unique architecture abundantly flourishing? No, it’s all of the above. It takes a certain type of person to appreciate city-life, one who loves organized chaos, one who can take the deafening ring of a million car horns. You get lost in the mass amount of things going on at once, its brilliant, your lost in becoming a singularity in an organism that never stops. Its not that you lose your individuality in the city, your uniqueness actually comes out full force in a place that appreciates it.Chicago 2

It isn’t for everyone, city life. Clearly, my girlfriend is from California. “Laid back” is most people’s jobs out there. Although I mentioned L.A. earlier, its not really close to the more eastern cities, you still need to own a car to live in L.A. The life of the city is one of immense pace, if you’re too slow, it passes you by and you’ve missed out. Lucky for you, you can try again the next day. Walking around, to any location was a blast. A million different types of people, all with different styles, cultural backgrounds and lives all passed me by. It’s no NYC in terms of population, but damn near close. The Jazz artists playing their clarinets on the sidewalks added a beautiful soundtrack to my time in Chicago.


MGS4 Fan-box art, New Gamespot blog/profile theme.

October 14, 2007

Firstly. I got bored last night, and since I’m having MGS4 fever, I figured I’d make a box art in Photoshop. Below is my result.

Secondly, I also can’t wait for Assassin’s Creed. Even though some of the most recent gameplay videos were slightly dissapointing, I’m still hyped for this game. Hope my high hopes aren’t in vain!

For this I redid my Gamespot profile/blog theme. Check it out! 


I FELL ASLEEP WATCHING MLS

October 10, 2007

Ronoldinho Jar Jar

…I’m not kidding. Sad.

I love Football, so much I prefer the word Football over Soccer, and I live in the US. I live it; it’s in my heart and my soul. Yet I fell asleep watching the Columbus Crew play FC Dallas. Why? I’ve seen Women’s College Football games more intense and exciting than this mockery of the game. Granted, some MLS games are fun to watch, barely.

Our Football stars went overseas. Clint Dempsey went to Fulham in the English Premier League and Freddy Adu went to Benifica. MLS needs to be more competitive when it comes to fronting the cash to keep our stars. Don’t let Josey Altidore slip away, please!!! We no doubt have enough sponsors coming aboard, thanks to Beckham, which I won’t get started on that whole debacle. We don’t need Rooney, Henry or Ronoldinho (a.k.a. Jar Jar Binks) in our league. We need home grown talent! We need more youth camps, more urban football programs, and better established youth leagues. A.Y.S.O. is a joke; a fascist youth association ran by evil “soccer moms”, where teams are stacked beyond belief!

Another thing, the pitches in which MLS is played on, are the worst example of a field. Granted, their getting better, but slowly. The Red Bulls are getting their own stadium, and I hear it’s going to be beautiful! MLS can be so much better; someone needs to make it so. That someone needs to go to Europe & South America (or anywhere BUT the US), and do some research on why Football is the sport of the World. After a year or two abroad researching, they need to come back and implement what they learned into the MLS. Our league doesn’t need to be like any other league, keep it American, but start developing the drive and the passion for the sport.

I want to see Arsenal come play any MLS club, show how football should be played!

~Vaughn

 


‘Halo’ Movie Officially Dead

October 5, 2007

Saw this on Cinematical

I never got into the whole “Halo” franchise, but I have to say I’m a little sadened by this. Video Game to Movie adaptations usually suck, but you’d think that a franchise as big as Halo couldn’t possibly screw up. I mean, unless you hand the project to Uwe Boll who should be banned from making movies EVER again. They could have had a serious, epic movie here.

They had Neill Blomkamp, whos worked on projects such as 3000 Miles to Graceland, Smallville & Stargate SG-1 booked to direct it. He even had this to say about it.

“I wanted it to feel like the most brutal, real version of science fiction in a war environment that you’ve seen in a while.”

Come on! A director with that kind of brutal honesty, vision and scope certainly could of made a truely epic Halo movie.

I think now that Legendary Pictures is working with Blizzard to make the World of Warcraft epic, they should take over the Halo movie. You KNOW they could make such a badass Halo movie, it makes 300 look like the Little Rascals with toothpic spears and cardboard shields.

~Vaughn


Game Review: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007, PS2.

October 4, 2007

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Gameplay:
I really wanted this game to be the Soccer game I was looking for. With Fifa 08 right around the corner, I picked this up and played it for the first time. I was impressed with the gameplay, and the pace of the game. The one thing that stuck out to me the most when playing, is when I pass the ball, the receiver stops in their tracks — doesn’t attempt to move towards the ball if an interception is imminent. The training is hard, not because the controls suck or anything, but the descriptions on how to do things are completely, well… missing.

Graphics:
Good graphics, for a later generation PS2 game. A lot was left to be expected really. The weather effects could have been done a little better. The models and textures were spot on, and fields themselves (just the grass part) were superb.

Overall, its a fun game, its one of those you would play a few hours a week, just to get a fix.


I love

October 3, 2007

Maggie!


Platium – Gold – F**king Diamond Edition!

October 3, 2007

The new Jungle Book — 40th Anniversary Platinum Edition just came out, Whoop-de-freakin’ do! Holy crap, the original was awesome, I watched it last week with my future bro-in-law lol. Are studios becoming SO desperate they need to re-release the came material over and over again. I’m still waiting for my damn Digitally Remastered – Gold – F**king Diamond Edition of Tron to come out! So they re-colored the cells of the animation, awesome. So they reduced some of the noise in the original soundtrack, great. Re-release it once, and let it go! I can understand them re-releasing it on a different format, but thats different.