Random, unrelated stuff for fun today:

  • I’m really drawn to Live Your Life by T.I. and Rihanna. Not sure why.
  • Arrested Development on Hulu.com is a brilliant show if you missed it forever ago.
  • Obama’s team really ran an amazing web/viral/social networking/iPhone campaign. Love/hate aside, that was impressive.
  • Fringe is interesting, but I still really miss Lost.
  • I’m really, really missing my Xbox 360 this week. 3 words and a number: Gears of War 2.
  • Our family mini van crossed 100,000 miles this week. With this economy, I’m praying it can go another.
  • I practically haven’t bought a song since I discovered Pandora a couple of weeks ago.
  • Don’t ever mess with Nancy Reagan.
  • Someone told me they still play hockey?
  • I met the cast from Fanboys a year ago … the film is finally coming out this Spring. SO excited!

JG

No Xbox360 For a Year

 —  October 14, 2008 — 29 Comments

Is there life after video games? Don’t hold me to this … but my wife and I just entered negotiations to give up video games for a year. Developing …

JG



Played non-stop Lego Batman with the kids this weekend, clearing all 15 of the Batman/Robin stages and headed into the 15 villian levels as well. The game is totally fun – while not as compelling as Lego Star Wars (A-, review here) and better than the still solid Lego Indiana Jones (B). It relies more on puzzles and suits rather than the diverse cast of the Lego Star Wars games, but once you get the hang on them they add some fun new twists to the established formula. Lego Batman has learned from the previous games and brings all of the good from the previous titles to the forray. My only disconnect was to the source material – because I know Star Wars and Indy far better than The Dark Knight.

If you’ve liked the Lego games up to this point, you’ll dig Lego Batman on Xbox 360. B+

JG

Today is a landmark day. Not only is it a much-needed day off, but it is the day that my Xbox 360′s Gamerscore crossed 25,000 points. Thanks to a boost from my kids playing Castle Crashers (solid arcade game) and me racking up a few points in the about-to-be-traded NFL Tour.

JG



I tackled this Xbox 360 game this weekend – from start to finish in about 7 hours. The Force Unleashed is LucasArts’ latest Star Wars game, promising to deliver new heights to the Jedi’s powers. The game is an immersive experience with solid controls and sharp graphics.

I’ve wanted to play this game for a long time – but multiple delays and over-the-top hype have raised the bar of expectation to unrealistic heights. Load times are unacceptable and there’s screen tear in some levels. Several of the cinemas feel almost repeated, and James Earl Jones really should have done the voice of Vader. Still though, it is a GREAT game, lots of fun to play and for a Star Wars fan, a no-brainer. Because you can literally run through many of the levels from start to finish (if you get stuck just run to a checkpoint ahead) this might be a renter for many that want the experience and not the limited replayability. It was a blast, while it lasted. A-

JG

You know I’ve been a fan of Gears of War on the Xbox 360, so it wouldn’t surprise you to know that I entered this superfan contest today. Man, that would be fun … your own special on Spike TV? Ha!

JG



Xbox 360 for $199

 —  September 4, 2008 — 5 Comments

As of today (Friday) the Xbox 360 is now only $199. What a deal!

JG

Gamerscore = 23,000+

 —  July 24, 2008 — 1 Comment

My Xbox360 blog tells tales of gaming good times. My Xbox360 gamerscore crossed 23,000 last night! Like I always say, “A healthy gamerscore is a healthy youth worker.”*

JG

*This isn’t really true at all.