Dude, I’m getting a Dell

Coming to my own personal Azeroth soon.

Coming to my own personal Azeroth soon.

So I finally plunked down the cash after over a year of putting it off on buying a new Dell computer.

This will be my third Dell, as I purchased one for my father about 3 years ago, and my personal PC is now approaching six years old, if not actually older.  Overall, I’ve had good luck with Dell PC’s and I always stick with the minimum 1 yr warranty (I don’t undertsand paying so much for the 2 – 3 year extended warranties, since I’m not a PC novice anyway).

I’ve built my own computers before.  I’m even A+ certified, but really…I have no desire right now to buy things piece-meal anymore and configure and build and cross my fingers.  Sure for a few extra bucks, I’d like something to work right out the box anymore.

My current PC is a Dell 4550 Pentium 4, 1.9 GHz with 712MB Ram, and a 6GB (yes, six) hard drive.  I’ts been slowing down the last few years, despite how clean I try and make all my installs and what not.  I’m sure the registry has a lot of abandoned keys, and there are some start up programs I haven’t used in years.  I basically play WoW on it now and gave up play CoH strictly because of slow load times and disk caching.

I have some family pics, some business docs, personal papers, and mostly MP3’s.  So after 6 years, I’m not up to a full 6GB.  You can’t even buy a computer today with anything less than 250-300 GB hard drives today.

So my new rig is far from being top of the line.  I am on a somewhat of a budget, but at this stage of the game, anything today will blow my current system out of the water.  Since I plan on only playing games on it and never watching movies or hooking my TV up to it, I don’t want….or need…the ultimate entertainment machine.  Besides, I still have my 360 and Wii for gaming.

Here’s my new rig:  a red bezzeled XPS630, 750 watts, 320GB HD, Core 2 Q6600 (8MB L2 cache) , 2GB DDR2 SDRAM @800MHz, 2.4 GHz, 1066FSB and a nVidia 512 MB GeForce 8800, 7.1 surround sound.  And that is probably a minimum spec’d mid-range 630.

I’ll probably upgrade my monitor as well, but at a different time.  My current LG 15″ LCD is okay for now…but I’d like to get a 19-20″ in a few months.

The biggest task will be re-installing CoH & CoV, WoW and getting all the updates along with them.  Plus changing to my gaming keyboard and installing all my extras like my printer, but now that I plunked down the money, I’m totally psyched to get it in about two weeks.  There may be a day of hooky coming up soon as all this will take quite a bit off time to do.

Games I’m looking forward to: WoW Wrath of the Lich King, Spore, Diablo III for starters.

Comics: Rogue’s Revenge #1

Cold as Ice

Cold as Ice

I finally got my hands on a copy of Rogue’s Revenge #1.  I had an idea it was going to be pretty popular if it was anything like arc of Rogue’s War, especially since it would be a tie into both Final Crisis, and return of Barry Allen (The Flash who sacrificed himself during the original Crisis on Infinite Earths).

I was more excited to actually get the alternative Captain Cold cover (pictured) as opposed to the Barry Allen crisis like cover.  Isn’t it a beauty?  Very powerful image and it simplicity in color and art style makes this cover just iconic in my opinion.

I can very happily report that Rogue’s Revenge #1 by writer Geoff Johns and artist Scott Kolins was everything I was hoping for and perhaps a tad bit more.  Again, in my opinion, this one book so far (two more to go) does more for the excitement of Final Crisis arc than Final Crisis itself.

I felt it revealed much more about Libra, his mindset and his attitude, than the core series is right now and felt that Libra came across as a much more potent villian here than elsewhere.  (On a side note, I still feel that Libra is someone we know in the DC Universe who just hasn’t revealed his true identity yet.  Wouldn’t it be something is it was Ralph Dibney himself, or some other hero who turned traitor?  I’m expecting a surprise on his origins soon enough.).

Captain Cold, Mirror Master, Weather Wizard, Heat Wave and the new Trickster (Trickster II, Alex Walker) are on the run from their part in the death of Bart Allen (Kid Flash).  The reformed Pied Piper is after them, as well as the hero’s and even the newly formed Secret Society of Villains (headed by Libra).

It just seems these four rogues have great chemsitry together, and Captain Cold’s authoritative roll as default leader of this band of cons on the run is great.  His moral compass is both strict, unforgiving yet compassionate at times makes Snart a very complex character and is way beyond one dimensional.  That is the strength of writer Johns here.  He takes these B and C list characters and reveals so much they truly take on their own unique humanistic identities and the reader can really begin to get in their heads and begin to understand their motivations.

Cold’s message to Libra, and Libra’s reaction just sets the stage for yet another Final Crisis subplot I’m actually very eager to get my hands on moreso than than what’s happening to Green Lantern, Batman, and Wonder Woman right now.

Let’s not forget Inertia who masterminded the death of Bart Allen, and the jarring way he is brought back into this book as well.  I won’t spoil the surprise right now, but the means behind bringing Inertia back and what he is thrust into the very last two pages just amps this alrady solid book up to an eleven!  There’s plenty of cameo’s from the Flash-verse as well, but they aren’t thrown in for cameo’s sake,…clearly each has a purpose and al the groundwork was laid out masterfully in this opening issue.

Get this book!.

News from Leipzig Gaming Conference

So, it may be a week late in reporting but there are some interesting stories that are developing over at Leipzig and firming up back stateside.  Only time will tell, but there are a few interesting things to report:

Sony: They promise (unlike all the other promises before it) that the PS3 often delayed ‘Home’ will finally be ready and deployed before the end of the year.  Too bad no official word from Microsoft yet when there new front end will deploy.  Last we really heard was back at E3 and they said ‘later this year’.

Konami’s Rock Revolution: Sources indicate that the initial song set will include 41 songs.  Hmmm….seems a little sparse when compared to Guitar Hero and Rock Band initial offerings.  Could this be too little, too late to compete with Rock Band 2 and GH: World Tour?

Nintendo: Sadly, yet again, there doesn’t appear to have been any big news again from Japan.  There was some mention of third party developers ramping up titles, but nothing major was seen from the house of Mario.

Microsoft: There is a very heavily rumored XBox 360 price drop coming again, possibly as early as Labor Day weekend.

Gearbox Software: Gearbox supposedly debuted some very impressive ingame footage of their upcoming title Borderlands.  Think Mad Max meets Diablo.  What seems to be a very impressive feat is teh fact that an in-game random weapon generator will allow players access of upwards of over 500,000 (!!) variations of guns, promising to be different each time.  Players will have some classic RPG elements that will allow them to level up skills amongst the three available classes of characters.  Also Borderlands seems to have an open sand-box element to it.

Alison Carrollwas on hand as the newest Lara Croft model for the continuing Tomb Raider series.  You know, she’s a Brit to begin with and has been a professional gymnast for 12 years, not to mention a stellar looking model.  Bonus points earned, Achievement unlocked!

Hasselhoff and original KITT back?

Back in Black

Back in Black

David Hasselhoff–who starred in the original Knight Rider TV series–is making final arrangements for an appearance on the new show–maybe with a surprising car, executive producer Gary Scott Thompson told SCI FI Wire during an exclusive set visit on Aug. 20. That’s the first time the show’s producers have confirmed that they are considering inviting Hasselhoff onto the new series.

“He may make an appearance later this season,” Thompson said.  “He is talking to NBC next week, and we are working out everyone’s schedule … I don’t want to put him in just for the sake of having him drop by; I want there to be a good reason for him being there and have it be part of the story. I talked to David about a way of doing that, and so far he likes it. It’s a cool idea.”

Thompson added that he has a dream scenario: Teaming Hasselhoff’s Michael Knight with Justin Bruening’s Mike Tracer, with both K.I.T.T.s: The original Pontiac Trans Am, originally voiced by William Daniels, and the Ford Mustang GT500KR, voiced by Val Kilmer. “I don’t know if it will happen,” Thompson said. “It’s all about timing.”

As recently as early summer, Hasselhoff was quoted as saying that he didn’t think the recent NBC reboot and update of the series would work without him or his input. (Hasselhoff had a cameo in the two-hour pilot telefilm that aired earlier this year, reprising his original role.)

“Those were old quotes,” Thompson said. “He doesn’t feel that way anymore. … I just talked with David the other day over breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel and explained to him in great detail what we had planned for the show, and he said he liked it and gave his approval.”

Knight Rider picks up the story from the pilot movie and centers on a high-tech crime-fighting team that operates the intelligent car, called K.I.T.T.

Justin Bruening is reprising his role as Knight’s son, Mike Tracer. Thompson, who wasn’t involved in the TV movie, said he is planning to make the weekly show even more action-packed and fast-paced.

It is currently filming the seventh of 13 episodes that are already written, Thompson said.

Hasselhoff is “still a big fan of the show obviously,” Thompson said. “He has known Bruce [Davison] for a long time, and when I met with him, he basically gave me his blessing, and I told him everything I wanted to do. And he said ‘That’s awesome.’ I do not want to get the fans’ hopes up or anything, but I’m talking to NBC, and he’s talking to NBC and it’s all a matter of timing.” Knight Rider premieres Sept. 24 and will air Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

 

 

Superman: To be re-booted again?

Superman 3.0?
Superman 3.0?

 

Warner Bros. Pictures Group President Jeff Robinov has revealed to The Wall Street Journal that the studio has made up its mind about the future of not just the Superman franchise but much of the DC superhero line-up which it owns the rights to develop.

Rather than doing a sequel to 2006’s disappointing “Superman Returns”, the studio plans to reboot the feature much like Universal rebooted the “Hulk” franchise this year.

Robinov says “‘Superman’ didn’t quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to, it didn’t position the character the way he needed to be positioned. Had ‘Superman’ worked in 2006, we would have had a movie for Christmas of this year or 2009. But now the plan is just to reintroduce Superman without regard to a [previous] Batman and Superman movie at all.”

The studio has also nixed the “Batman vs. Superman” and “Justice League” projects for now as they plan to adopt the same model Marvel Studios is doing right now – releasing a single film for each character, and then using those movies and their sequels to build up to a multicharacter film a few years down the line.

Also like Marvel, the aim is for the DC Comics label to supply two of the 6-8 tentpoles per year that Warners releases by 2011. The studio is aiming to release four comic-book films in the next three years, including a third Batman film, a new film reintroducing Superman, and two movies focusing on other DC Comics characters. They presently have Green Lantern, Flash, Green Arrow, and Wonder Woman projects in development.

Unlike Marvel though with its lighter and more fantasy based approaches (ala “Iron Man,” “Spider-Man”), the aim here is the dark realistic tone of “The Dark Knight” for all their heroes – “We’re going to try to go dark to the extent that the characters allow it” says Robinov.

Official plans and hopefully dates of these projects will be announced in the next month.

Won’t you join my Mii parade?

Herro?  Any brody out there?

Herro? Any brody out there?

Well, it took a little doing last night, but I finally connected my Wii Fit.  The first complaint I have is the raiser pads for thick carpet.  They DO NOT clip on easily, or stay in place once on.  That is a huge and silly design flaw.  The second issue I have is where the synch button is located (it’s uncer the battery cover underneath the unit).  I think it should have been located at least on one of the sides for easier access.

I’ll comment on the BMI, initial testing, and Wii age later.  It’s not pretty.

But this process gave me a chance to copy down my Wii console number to share with friends.  I’d like YOU to join my Mii parade.  Please register my number: 7295-9370-9434-0255 as a friend, if you feel so inclined, in your Wii Message Board and let’s get our Mii Parade’s going.

I’m also adding my number to the left column here under my XBOX 360 gamer tag.

Wrestling: Diva Gail Kim to the WWE?

Gail Kim - WWE bound?

Gail Kim - WWE bound?

So I never mentioned I also enjoy professional wrestling?  Shame on me.  I loved wrestling as a child and tweener.  I was totally into the WWF, WCCW, NWA, UWF, AWA, and so many other quirky promotions.

Then as a late teenager and college student, I drifted away from pro-wrestling.  It wasn’t until the later half of 1996 did I get back into wrestling and boy did the landscape ever change.  There seemed to only be the WWF and and WCW now on what was then dubbed the ‘Monday Night Wars’.  Some of the classics like Hulk and Sting were still there, but I was introduced to a whole new roster of characters such as The Rock, and Steve Austin and even came across a hardcore promotion called ECW (a far cry from the current brand that carries the ECW name…a bloody shame at that too).

The only women I knew were still Miss Elizabeth, Fabulous Moolah and a few others.  by the early part of this decade the landscape changed yet again.  Now there was Victoria, Molly Holly, Daphne, Sable, and Sunny just to name a few.  They took on much more active rolls and started developing and showcasing their skills.  Among that batch was Gail Kim.  In a fluke accident on the night she debuted in 2002, Gail Kim captured the WWF Women’s title when then champion Jazz was injured (legit).  She stayed with WWF/WWE until 2004 when she was let go and ended up in TNA.

In TNA she was paired with Jeff jarret as a heel valet for quite some time, and then went up to be a valet for the tag team America’s Most Wanted.  Unfortunately while she played a great heel, her in-rings talents were limited to interference and run-ins.

Thankfully in 2007 she more or less began a turn to ‘baby-face’ as TNA was beginning to really launch it’s women division, headlined by Gail Kim and Awesome Kong.  Whereas many scoff at the WWE womens division where the most talented, like Victoria, didn’t get a puch, they would elevate the lamest girls who couldn’t wrestle, and were even worse actresses.  In TNA however, the women’s division actually seemed to mean something.  Gail’d fued with Kong was epic, and the women’s matches overall were much more exciting that what ever WWE was doing at the time.

However, as of yesterday, August 20th, it appears Gail Kim and TNA have parted ways.  TNA has removed Gail Kim from their website in a matter of hours.  I can only assume that WWE made her a really good offer, one she couldn’t refuse.  It probably didn’t help that lead TNA writer/booker Vince Russo has recently watered down the TNA women’s division in recent weeks.  There’s been a lot more gimmick matches and silliness going on that detracts from the strong debut of the TNA Women’s division this past year.  With the likes of Moose, ODB, Roxie, and the Beautiful People, perhaps Gail saw a disaster coming and decied to jump ship.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the next few weeks, if Gail does indeed re-debut with the WWE and gets a push and hopefully not lost in the ever changing WWE roster debacles, or how the TNA division holds up in credibility with the loss of one of it’s best female performers.