I've been getying a few emails recently asking a few questions along the lines of, "Duy, who are you?Why do you have a blog? And why am I reading it? Are you an important person? How can I acquire your curly red hair?"
Well the answer to these questions lie within my blog itself. So read them to find out... But seriously to clear a few things up, my name is Duey and I am currently a student at VCU located in the capital of Virginia. My SSN is 153-41-2633. I have a blog because I am an important person. Why are you reading this? I don't know.
You should be checking out much more interesting blogs, such as my only two friends in the whole blogging community. Markwho maintains a blog about bikes and art. AndJameswho blogs about... well I'm not quite sure yet. But he likes caps lock, embedding, and also naked people. Ahh, don't we all feel finally connected now? The circle is complete.
First off I just want to say that I am just writing this because I just want to tell someone about how I feel about this game. Now you probably shouldn't be reading this if you don't want the story to get ruined and you probably also shouldn't be reading this if you don't care for this sort of thing. (This means you Nathan.) That being said, there is not a real audience for this blog but again, this is just a chance for me to express the greatness that is.
This is my now my new favorite game, for a number of reasons, and will be hard to be surpassed. Mainly because of it's story. I'm a big fan of "political thrillers" and conspiracies and what not, so that naturally drew me to the MGS series. The characters and plot over the 70 years of the series have been apart of my favorite stories. Now not really knowing the background of the MGS series will probably throw you off when you get barraged with all of the information and names in the game, but please take the time to at least read somewhat of the history just to do the plot justice. Some would say the MGS4 is convoluted and it probably is, but for the fans, it serves well answering all the questions.
Before the game came out, I would question how much I would like the game based on little things I knew about it, i.e. removal of explanation points above heads, having to play as an Old Snake, having a complete 360 control aside from the classic camera modes, and other stupid insignificant things. But once I started playing I immediately forgot about all of that and just kept thinking, "This game is amazing. And I only just entered my name...THRILLHO." I constantly find myself being in awe of how great this game is.
Don't get fooled by all of the trailers. The game is not based only in the Middle East. You also get to experience slightly different types of gameplay in South America, Eastern Europe, and revisit Shadow Moses. You even get Young Snake camo if you're tired as playing as a grey haired man. And even better, play as MGS1 Snake, pixelated and all. Who needs eyes right?
I read that this is Snake's last game as a playable character, but the series will go on. Hopefully with Raiden, who has now been transformed into a character people will actually like. Even though he should have died like 5 times in this game.
I mentioned earlier that I would compare this to GTA4 and well, it's a lot better in my opinion. Truly a masterpiece. Well, my excitement for writing has run out and this is turning into quite a lengthy and boring read. So...
So I've been listening to Justice, which of course led to Wale, which of course led to The Roots and ended up remembering going to a Girl Talk show and seeing an instrumental hip hop open up. They were a little group from DC called Restoring Poetry in Music and I'm really feeling them right now.
I found their album, Pyramids in Moscow,here and have been listening to the album on repeat.
Another group that reminds me of these guys are Richmond born, Score One For The Little Guy.I'm sure you've heard of them if you live in Richmond and have friends. Anyways, check them all out.
A "friend of mine" recently decided to finish up his Múm collection and downloaded their discography. I gave an ear and it is just 3.2 hours of pure glitchy Icelandic rapture. Their almost creepy sound makes for perfect for your everyday life. (If your everyday life was a slow motion black and white Icelandic film about the murder of your best friend who turned out to be a homosexual and actually killed himself after the rejection from your closet homosexual brother.)
Oh yeah, Viva La Vida has been leaked by "a friend of mine" for all you Coldplay lovin' Samuel Bellamys out there.
So yesterday I went extemporaneously went to the matinee showing of Don't Mess With the Zohan with a few friends and then onto the next theatre to see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. My advice to you: Don't watch two two hour movies back to back on an empty stomach. My friends advice to you: Don't wear contacts but choose your glasses while watching two two hour movies back to back on an empty stomach.
Don't Mess With the Zohan is about an Israeli anti-terrorist with dreams of becoming a hairstylist in New York. Zohan surprisingly not different from the other Adam Sandler movies; typical, reused, and good for a few laughs. It also contains stereotypes of Israeli, Palestinian, old chicks and gay dudes. But the biggest distinction from his other movies is his accent. No longer do we have his signature weird kiddy singing thing or his shout/scream abilities, but his feminine "I can barely understand half of this movie" speech. With it's obvious plotline and overdone jokes, two hours was way too much to sit in a theatre to watch Adam Sandler and an Asian guy hump an old ladies shoulder. Unless you're into that kind of thing. But at least I didn't go see the Love Guru aka Austin Powers.
The second movie we saw was the new Indiana Jones. It was about an archeologist, professor (not to be confused with the dude in National Treasure) who is running away from the KGB while on a quest to return the Crystal Skull and kill themselves... Kind of. Anyways, for fans of the series, you've just got to see it. I know there have been some negative reviews for the film, but it does certain things movies should do. Entertain and... Well that's the main thing a movie should do. If you are some fake hypebeast rapper still stuck on myspace who thinks this movie is pure trash and a disgrace to cinema and film and left in the beginning of the movie, you my friend, are an idiot. Given the beginning was very slow and how I was basically drooling over the mini DiGiorno pizza in the seat in front of me, the new Indy did enough to revive nostalgia and keep me entertained.
On another note, I've realized living outside of Richmond that Chiplote is crap compared to Q'Doba. If you think Chipotle burritos are big, you haven't been to Q'Doba where you receive a huge maggot-like orb of deliciousness. Mmm, corporate Mexican cuisine.