Gen Warbuff's World.
Ahhhh, nothing like a nice 4 day weekend to recharge the batteries, stick the feet in the sand, and contemplate the theory of time travel under an endless view of stars while on the beach at 1am.
We had a great, weekend. Spent four days in this house on North Indian Beach in DE.
There were only six of us there, so you can see, there was plenty of room for us to escape from one another when needed.
The view off the deck, where I spent about 90% of my time reading, was AWESOME. Here is what the beach looked like first thing in the morning.
And here is what it looked like just a few hours later!
And, I must say, we had the BEST seats in the house for the fireworks! Keep in mind, all the fireworks you see in the following pictures were set off by regular people, these were not city fireworks.
Then, after a nice few days of chillaxin, what better way to end it than with a nice sunrise today.
(that is a dolphin fin, not a shark!) We also spotted a whale one moring.
So that is all folks. I hope you all (that live in the states) had a GREAT 4th of July weekend!
So I am sure most of you know, or have heard about OnLive by now. If you have not, to sum up what it is, OnLive is a new video game service in which the games are streamed directly to your PC, or game adaptor on your TV. For a monthly fee of $14.99, you can stream games either on a rental basis, or a full purchase. Yes, you must pay another fee on top of the monthy service.
The issues that most gamers have are common.
- If the internet goes down, you have no access to the game
- You don't get a physical copy of the game you buy, or rent.
- System Requirements
With all this said, I would like to describe my first week on OnLive as I was selected for a free 1yr of service, and 1 free game.
Here I go, what I experienced after this first week is..... nothing short of.......
Trust me, I had my doubts about this service. How could a game stream with no lag? How could my 6yr old PC run a game with massive video card requirments? I will tell you rigiht now, I don't know the answer to these questions, but I do know that what I played, and tested was FLAWLESS. I played some Borderlands, some Just Cause 2, and some RTS game that I forget the name of right now. FLAWLESS.
With all the cool features that OnLine has, spectator lobbies, posting player highlights, friend tracking.. blah blah blah. The entire Onlive experience blew my mind.
I hope they can address some of the players concerns, because this REALLY just might be the future of gaming. I will report more on this service as I dig deeper and deeper into it.
So...... many of you have probably hear me talk about cooking, and about how much I LOVE me some Beer Can Chicken. I know cooking is not something everybody enjoys, or is good at, so I figured I would walk you through this VERY easy meal. With about 15-20 minutes of prep time, and about 2 hrs of cooking time, you will have one tastey meal for everybody to enjoy!
Here we go, get your aprons on!
Stuff you will need:
- 1 Chicken
- chicken rub
- veggies (red potatoes, carrots, tomatoes.. anything really)
- Beer can (beer) or any liquid Wine, sprite or just water will work.
1) At your local grocery store, pick up a ready to cook Chicken ( unless you are really adventurous and want to pick up a live chicken at a local farm) Look for something about 5lbs.
2) Once home, remove the bag of goodies from inside the chicken and toss that junk in the garbage! Rinse entire chicken with cold water.
3) So now that you have the chicken, rub it down with what ever Chicken Rub you have, or what ever spices you want. Make sure you coat it well, and rub the inside of the bird too. When you are done, it will look something like this.....
4) Now the important part. If you are in fact using a beer can, pop open a fresh can, and drink... errr, I mean pour 1/2 of it out. Now, with the 1/2 full can of beer, put some of your left over chicken rub in the can and mix it up.
5) Very carefully, now stand the chicken up by inserting the can in the brids cavity...... Yes, stick the can inside the chicken so it is standing up on the can.
You will see in the following picture, I havea special pan that has a tube that I fill with what ever liquid I want. This time around I used a nice red wine. Any liquid will work, as the goal is to have it boil while inside the chicken, getting the chicken moist as the liquid boils.
You can also see that I took my red potatoes, tomatoes andcarrots, mixed them together with some herbs/spices in the bottom of the pan. The moisture from the chicken will mix with the veggies, giving you the second part of the meal.
** If you are using a pan for veggies, add 1/4 -- 1/2 cup of water to the pan.
Here is a pic of the chicken on the pan, ready to go in the oven. You will notice I stuffed the neck of the chicken with tomatoes, this helps keep the moisture from escaping from inside the chicken. I also stuff a few bulbs of garlic in there for more flavor.
You are now ready to cook it! Set your oven, or get the grill to 350, put the entire pan, or Chicken standing on the can in. Cook for approx 2hrs, checking and basting every 30 minutes or so. Use the juice in the pan to baste. When you feel the bird is close to done, check the internal temp, make sure it's 165 or above. Remove from oven when done, cover with tin foil for 15 minutes.....
When ready to eat, carefully remove the can (this can be tricky and may require two people) or just slide the bird off the tube on the pan. Slice it up, and EAT!
Seriouly people, if you even like chicken just a little, you MUST try this. It's easy, and is probably the best way to eat chicken... EVER. I promise, it will be the most moist chicken you ever had. This also works with Turkey.
That is all, I hope you guys give this a shot.
Hello, my name is Gen Warbuff and I like video games.
It seems like it's been a long time since I bloged about anytying, so I figued today would be a good day to start again! First off, I want to start with something many of you have pointed out. Yes, I am a MOD now..... In reality, I am a intern mod, just kinda going through the motions, testing the water to see if it's something I really want to do. And I will be the first to take my hat off to all current and future mods, it's MUCH harder than expected. Only time will tell if I stick with it, or if I make the cut.
Now, how about some games.
As you know, I really, I mean REALLY got into Red Dead Redemption. A few of you (cough Jbul cough) were a little shocked when they saw me playing this, as I really had no intention of picking it up, I am not a fan of GTA style games. The more video I saw of it, the more interest I had. Well, some 32 hrs into the game I am 65% complete and I F R E A K I N G LOVE IT! I will not do a review on this yet...... some people get all sorts of upset if you do a review before completeing 100% of the game so I will wait until I am finished with it. Then, I just might do a video review of it.
If you guys remember, I was having a real major issue with trying to decide what baseball game I was going to stick with.I had bought both MLB2K10 for the 360, and MLB 10 The Show for the PS3. They are both very good games, and first I decided to stick with 2K10. I think I made that decision just because the game had come such a long way from what it was.... well, I actually ended up spending way more time with The Show, I just realized it's just a better game even though it is basically the same game as last year.
Picked up the new Tiger Woods 11 last week. I know, major shocker right? Well, they did a GREAT job of tweaking the game to make it even more real, and more difficult. So far I am loving it.
Alan Wake. Wow.... no clue what to say here. I picked it up the same day I picked up RDR and have only played like 30 minutes of it. For what ever reason, I just have no desire to play it. It did not suck me in like I was expecting, and it just felt like 100 other survival horror games I played in the past. Maybe I will give it another try when I finish RDR.
Hmmmm, If I hear one more thing about motion control games, I just might get sick.
That is all, take care and have a GREAT week!
You know you are playing too much Red Dead Redemption when:
- While looking up into the sky, you wonder if you could shoot that bird
- When you just can't resist the urge to hog tie a girl walking down the street
- When seeing someone pulled over on the side of the road, you want to help, but are afraid to approach
- you build a camp fire in your game room
- Shoot your dog
- Shoot your neighbor
- skin your neighbors cat
- stand in the middle of the street looking for a showdown
- you leave work early because it's going to be a long, hot ride.
- you pick wild flowers on the side of the road
- you vist the post office to pay a bounty that is on your head
- trade your car in for a horse
Don't shoot goats:
That's what I learned on day four out in this god forsaken land. Or, at least don't shoot them with a town of Mexicans looking on..... they really love their goats it seems. At least that's the idea I got after I had to defend myself against about 30 of them, just for shooting ONE DAMN GOAT!
I have crossed the river, and if things seemed bad before, they are even worse now. Bonnie has gone missin, her father seems to be some sort of anti-goverment lunatic... I have a bounty on my head on BOTH sides of the river, and now I don't know who to trust.
Mexico is a mess, even found some NUTCASE with what he calls a "flying machine" that he needs all sorts of materials for. Bad thing for him is, I can't even find the territory where some of them are said to be! But I want to help him, cause I want to see that thing fall straight off the damn cliff when he launches it.
Had a few more heated battles with some gangs, had to kill a few dozen of them with that idiot law mans help. Had some good fun with a BIG guns that shoots many bullets really fast, kinda like spitin out a wall of lead.
Oh, and found me some more GOLD!!!! The treasure hunts continue and I am now well over $3k in my pocket.
I also learned to not get too attached to my horse. Seems I have a problem of shooting it in the neck during the heat of battle. Oh well, there are many out here that I can break for myself.
That's all, time for some well needed shut-eye. Carry on partners.
Diary form the Wild West: Day 3
Wow, I'm not really sure what happened to Day 2? I think I ate some wild berries or something, because the only thing I remember is walking through the open expanse of land while chatting with Barney, the dinosaur.
My search for lost treasure continues, I have now located 3 maps, and have found three bars of gold! Maybe when I get back to town I will buy a new gun, and maybe buy some company for the evening.
My hunting and survival skills continue to grow. And who ever that was that warned me about the Bobcats... they were very correct in saying they are TOUGH little critters. IF you are lucky enough to spot them FIRST, you are even more lucky to get two shots off before they are on you. But I learned, I learned to use bait to draw them out into the open as I hide in the hills or in a bush.
Bonnie, she is doing well. She gives me work. It does not pay much, but being able to see her is worth more than any amount she could pay. God I can't wait to ...... ... Awww, come on, I'm married, I think.
Still no luck in finding my target, even though I do have some help. Not that a dirty stealing liitle man like that snake oils sales person can really help. Or that SICK SICK little bugger that likes to spend time with dead folks. But it's help non-the less and I will take what ever I can get.
I have started to gain the trust of the local law man. He is a little weak when it comes to keeping the area under control, but with a little help I am sure he will survive. I have rounded up some local wanted men, got some more gold for my efforts. Look like it will be a fun night in the saloon playing me some poker.
Oh, found me some purrty flowers too.
As I explore this new, wild frontier, I figgured I would keep you posted on my journeys.
Day 1 : It's wide, wide open.
This is not a friendly place, many things, and people, can and will kill you. I found that if I am not 100% alert, I can become victim to attacks from many kinds of animals. Wolves, coyotes and even rumors of large brown bears up in the mountains. The good news to this is that there are plenty of animals to shoot and eat. And, I can trade their hides in for gold in some of the local towns.
It's a large open area, easy to get lost. Having the ability to roam where ever I want, it's much different than back east. One day I might be in the flat plains, the next maybe up in the snow covered mountains or down by the massive river.
Some people are not so nice:
I found out the hard way that not everybody out in the country is very friendly. As I was out hunting me up some deer for dinner, I heard a cry for help. Being the kind, gentle person that I am, I went in found the source of the cry. It was a lady, asking for help. As I was ready to dismount my ride, 3 or 4 men with guns jumped out from behind her wagon. Needless to say, they are no more, as my gun handling skills proved to be far superior.
Lots of people need help:
I have noticed it's pretty easy to earna clean living out on the range. The area is filled with many people that need help of one sort or another. My lady friend Bonnie for example, she owns a ranch with her father that is always in need of work. THey pay me well for my services. Can't wait to lasso up me fine girl like her.
There is gold up in dem hills:
As I helped out a poor excuse of a man that was being attacked by some local trash, I found a small treasure map. I was not very hopeful about finding anything good, but low and behold, the map lead me to some GOLD! And underneath that gold was another map, I will soon look for that location.
That is all for now, time for some shut eye. I hope the wolves stay away tonight.
So I am pretty sure most ofyou (if you read my blogs) are probably pretty sick and tired of reading about baseball, so today I will blog about......... video games! Ya ya, I know... wow.
I have been spending a lot of time with this.
I hope I did not go into too much detial for you.
EDIT: Ok, I will give you a little more.
Got two new emblems the past week.
Part of the flock
The lions lay down with the lambs. Those who attended a game night with a full pride of skilled staff receive this emblem for playing against the GameSpot lions. Watch out for this user. Either their fragile ego has been crushed by the staff or they are a wolf in sheep's clothing.
And I'll Form the Head
No, I will! If it takes five lions to form a sweet giant robot, it stands to reason that more lions can form an even sweeter one, 'cause that's how things work, right? These GameSpot Fuse members have more than ten other Fuse friends and can materialize a blazing sword whenever they want.
If you missed out on last nights Community Game Night, where we had a BLAST playing Red Dead Redemption, you can view the almost hour of fun right HERE . A good time was had by all as we roamed around the wild wild west!
Also, if you are not familiar with GameSpots Community Game Night, you can keep up with all the action by going HERE . Game nights are usually held once a week, or every other week, on multiple platforms. It's a great time, please join!
GameSpotsfirst live stream of game night will be happening TONIGHT (May 19) starting at 4pm PT. If you dont have Red Dead Redemption you can still watch other GameSpotters and GameSpot staff play the game until you can purchase or rent your own copy!
If you think that you'll forget about this special occasion, drop by www.gamespot.com and scroll to the "GameSpot originals" area on the right side. Click on the "Set Reminder" link and you'll get reminded about 5-15 minutes prior to the live stream.
Participants: Drop by the Game Night page for details about how to join up with staff by dropping by visiting the chatroom. We would like to add your gamertag and PSN id to staff accounts prior to the live stream. Please post your in-game names in the Game Night Union sticky thread at your earliest convenience.
Here I sit, in my home office with pretty much nothing to do, or write about. Things are just a little slow....... but I do have a few things I can share with evybody.
1) This video. I was one of the O's vs Boston games, one of my friends who is a HUGE Red Sox fan was there with me (we have a partial season ticket package together) and there were many balls being hit out of the park, I decided to try and get on on film/camera phone. This is what I got.
In other news, we FINALLY will be moving into a new place! After what seemed like for freaking EVER (7 mths) we will be closing on the new place on May 20th. We won't actually be moving until probably the end of July, but at least we have a new place!
On the gaming front, ...................... wow, I really have not been playing a whole lot of anything new. Completed God Of War III (LOVED IT) and went right back to Baseball and Golf, and a little BFBC2 mixed in for fun. Next on my list is Alan Wake, looks interesting.
So, that is all! Hope everybody is doing well, and that you are all able to start enjoying the summer type weather!!!
EDIT: Oh, and I somehow managed to make it up to level 43!
So as many of you know, as April rolls around, my travel/baseball schedule gets a little busy as I dive back into the MLB season. Well, this year has been no different. Come, follow me as I attended a few games over the past few weeks........
It all started here.... Pickles Pub in Baltimore MD, just across from Camden Yards. Kinda hard to tell in this pic, but there are about 5000 people across the street at two bars, where we were supposed to meet up with our fellow season ticket holders.
Here I am, being a total homer as I pose in front of the Cal Ripken # 8. Damn I am hawt!
Ahhhh home sweet home. Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE this place, and the game of Baseball? Seeing a game at Camden is FAN FREAKING TASTIC! This was taken from our seats.
Here we are after the game and one of our favorite hangouts. This is our season ticket crew... man do we have some good times!
Now, off to CHICAGO!
One of the things we wanted to do while in Chicago was visit the SkyDeck at the Sears Tower. So there it is, see the small glass boxes sticking out of the 103rd floor? No? Here, have a closer look
Yup, all the way up there!
Let me just say, that FIRST step out there is a little...... difficult and odd. But after you realize that you won't fall almost 1200 feet, it's all good!
Now, off to the game!
Home SWEET HOME! Wait, did I say that already?
And here is our Chicago opening day Core Team! The three of us have been attending opening day for a long long time. Russ (my buddy) and I have been to 19 straight! Stacey, this is her 8th! How cool is it to have a GF that likes to do stuff like this!
Yes, this man is dressed as Ivy.......
And what would opening day be without the Beer Girls! Mmmmmmmm beer.
At the game! Not sure if Stacey noticed that the Cubs just hit a HR!
More fun was had after the game at Murphys Bleachers! With some new friends that were made during the game
OH! And yes, they did bring home the W!!!
Now WAIT! The trip is NOT OVER!
Last week, a buddy of mine, a gamer buddy that I have known for 10yrs and have NEVER met, called me and asked if Stacey and I would like to come up to NYC to see the Cubs vs Mets game. The answer was..... Ummmm YES! So OFF WE GO!
Always up for a new adventure, Stacey and I booked a trop on the MEGA BUS to bring us up to NYC
We booked a room at the Affinia Hotel, right across the street from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden.
Then it was off on the "LIRR" Long Island Rail Road, up to Citi Field!
And here he is with Stacey, after 10 yrs, hundreds if not thousands of ours spent gaming together we finally get to meet Ziggy!
It was an absolute BLAST meeting him, almost like we knew each other for EVER! Oh, and here were the seats he got us for the game!
Yes, it's good to know people with "connections"!
So that is all, three games, three cities in two weeks! BRING ON SUMMER!!!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
I am heading out for the Orioles home opener soon, then tomorrow heading to Chicago for 4 days. One of the things we are doing well be this....
That is the Skydeck at the Sears Tower... errrr, wait, I mean.. The "WILLIS" Tower. 1300 feet up, it is a all glass ledge that sticks out 4.5ft. CAN'T WAIT!
That is all, talk to all you cool peeps next week!
Ya ya, I am going to bore you all to death with talk about BASEBALL! The MLB season started this past Sunday night, and is now in full swing (pun intended).
What this really means is that MY season has started. Friday afternoon I will be attending the Orioles home opener, then on Saturday we fly to Chicago for the Cubs opener on Monday! THEN... I will be using my O's 13 game tcket plan during the year. Also, we have already bought tickets for the Cubs vs Rockies in Denver at the end of July! GOD I LOVE THIS GAME!
In other news, guess what? I still can't make up my mind on what baseball game I like more. MLB2K10 or The Show 10.. IT's KILLING ME!
Oh, did I mention that both the Cubs and the O's started the season with BURTAL LOSSES? One was a blow out, Braves 16, Cubs 5 (Colmillios, I don't need to hear from you) And the other was the O's 4-3 loss last night in the last inning, last at bat. Is it going to be this kind of year? GOD I HOPE NOT!
What the heck else is going on out there? What are your big summer plans, if any?
That's it for now, more next week when we return from Chicago!
on a subnote, this will be my 19th year in a row attending the Cubs home opener!
I am very sorry for getting this out SOOOOO LATE, but if you are interested, have some time, and want to join many members of GameSpots community, then stop in tonight for some BFBC2 action! You can learn more about it HERE
Hope to see you on the battle field!
No, I am not talking about the 1970's song, but MLB2K10 and MLB The Show 10. I know I just blogged about these games, and gave them both pretty high praises and in the end mentioned that I would probably play 2K10 more. But, The Show..... is really good too, I have no idea on how to make up my mind with this?
I obviously have to walk away from one of them, no sense in playing two baseball games. But how to choose? They BOTH have great things in them. While The Show did not make any major advancements for the series, I always end a game feeling I had a AWESOME experience. On the other hand, 2K10 make such HUGE jumps from what it was, I almost can not, not play it.
So with the mountains of snow FINALLY showing a sign of retreat, and with spring nearly upon us, it's time to talk about my favorite event/time of the year….. the release of the annual baseball games by Sony (The Show) and 2k (MLB2k10)!
Ahhhh what a beautiful thing, to have TWO games based on my all-time favorite sport. Now, if you have been following me the past few years, you already know that I SWORE off buying anymore 2k games, and became a dedicated fan of The Show series. Well…….. I am weak. Back on March 2nd I bought BOTH games, The Show for the PS3, and 2k10 for the 360, this blog will be my attempt to compare, and review both.
LETS GET READY TO RUM……. Wait, I think If I finish that statement I might end up owing someone a million dollars. So, here we go!
The Show = 8.5 , MLB2k10 = 8.5
While the stadiums in each game look a little different when it comes to colors, and overall richness, both games do a very nice job of making you feel like you are there. It's really hard to make a choice here, as one (The Show) is a little darker in general, and 2k10 just seems SHARPER, it has to be a tie. Players likeness are a little better in The Show, but 2k10 does a better job on uniforms.
The Show = 9, MLB2k10 = 8.5
Again, this is very tough. 2k10 came such a LONG way from previous years, it was very hard not to give it extra points here just for that fact. But at the same time, this is why it only gets a 8.5. Controls are easy, once you get through a little learning curve. But it seems they almost made it too easy and it's nearly impossible to have a user created error. 2k10 is a little more innovative with their control set up, but The Show does such a nice job of keeping it simple, and at the same time making it feel like you CAN screw up. Menus are easy to find and navigate on The Show, while in 2k10 you are forced to use a VERY confusing menu system. Both games allow you to throw old school ways by pressing buttons for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & home, but in 2k10 you can use the right stick to do the same if desired.
The Show = 8 , MLB 2k10 = 9.5
I KNOW I KNOW! You (if you have played these games) might be saying "WTF, Seriously?" But yes, 2k10 took it this year from The Show. Let me just say this, if you would have told me last year, that this year 2k10 would have a better presentation than The Show, I would have either laughed, or punched you in the face. The devs from The Show seem to have taken a break from adding ANYTHING new to their presentation style. Don't get me wrong, they still have better replay cameras and a better game play camera, but what kills The Show this year is the audio presentation. It is the EXACT same dull, boring makes me want to kick kittens audio team from last year. MY GOD HOW BORING CAN YOU GET! I am not talking about sounds, I am talkin about the game broadcast audio. MLB2k10 BLEW MY MIND and blows The Show out of the water this year. It is so life like, they talk about EVERYTHING from previous games, to the upcoming schedule and matchups. And, dare I say…. It's nearly FLAWLESS
In The Details :
The Show = 9, MLB2k10 = 8
Part of why I love baseball, and baseball games is the small details. Patterns cut into the grass, color of bricks or padding on walls… being able to see the seams on the baseball, a puff of dust coming off the catchers mitt after catching a fastball, you get the idea. The show still shines here. If you want to feel like "you are there" The Show is your game. Little things from K's hanging from outfield walls to count how many strikeouts a pitcher has, to end game audio of the PA announcer telling fans to use the RED LINE train while leaving Wrigley Field. Seeing things like fans and vendors walking around just adds to the whole experience.
The Show = 9, MLB2k10 = 8.5
Again, another close call here. While both games have MANY features, The Show just manages to pull them off a little better, and make them a little deeper. If you are looking for a DEEP franchise mode, The Show brings EVERY LITTLE DETAIL to the table. Contracts, ticket pricing, hiring vendors, facility upgrades, parking prices, marketing budgets… everything it would take to own/run a franchise in real life is here. MLB2k10 just dumbs it down to the point where you really just get to sign free agents, and set lineups and pitching rotations.
Both games have very good HR derbies, and create a player features. But again, MLB2k10 just seems to easy when it comes to both. **** WARNING **** should you decide to dive into either games Create A Player mode, you may find yourself OBSESSED with the mode and unable to play anything else, or speak with anybody else in your house.
Both have issues that can make it NOT FUN TO PLAY online. NO GRADE!
The Show = 8.5, MLB2k10 = 8.5
In the end, no matter what game you decide to go with, you will have a very enjoyable experience this year. MLB2k10 seems to have made the most advancement for the series, while The Show still delivered a VERY strong product……. I think I will be spending most of my time with…………………………
THE SHOW = 8.7
MLB2k10 = 8.6