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LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (PC)

LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy is the sequel to the 2005 hit. Developed by Traveller's Tales, it was released late in 2006, this time around the game was based on Episodes IV to VI, the Original Trilogy.

The plot basically follows along the lines of the movies, but where they take their liberties are with those things that happen in between scenes that we don't get to see in the movies. Also, when re-enacting any of the movie scenes, they add their own comedic LEGO twist to them, so it's really fun to watch. The characters themselves never really talk, they mime what they're trying to say, and mumble a noise or two. It basically assumes you know the Star Wars stories so you can tell what's going on.

One of the great things about the game is the plethora of characters available. There must be 50 of them at least. About half of them you'll acquire as you continue along with the story, but many of them will have to be bought and unlocked through the g…

Survivor: Gabon - Week 1

The 17th season of Survivor started this past Thursday. I'm quite a bit of a Survivor fanatic which I think stems from my love of prowrestling. Like wrestling, in Survivor there are always great babyfaces, devious heels, comedy, swerves, heel turns, basically all the good stuff that keeps you on the edge of your seat (Note: I wonder if it's any coincidence that two seasons ago, one of the Survivors was a former WWE diva). This season seems to be no different after only one episode in... well technically one, but it was a 2-hour special with two tribal councils, so its almost like 2 episodes.

This season takes place in some part of Africa called Gabon. Much like the past few seasons, Exile Island is back... although as they were showing footage of it, it did not seem like an island at all... more like a remote part of the area that they are staying at, but I could be wrong. The two tribes this time around are Kota and Fang. Host Jeff Probst had the two eldest players draw …

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (DS)

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (for the DS) is the sequel to the epic saga Final Fantasy XII found on the PS2. It follows Vaan and his band of sky pirates as they embark on new adventures. The game takes place almost immediately after the events of XII, but it can be treated as a stand alone title, though there are nods to the parent game.

The gameplay is not your typical RPG affair, rather Square-Enix chose to use an action/real-time strategy system. In doing so, they were able to preserve some of the game mechanics used in FF XII in that you'd assign your characters a command, and they would follow it until you ordered them to do something else (ie. the gambit system). However, at the same time this was not like your traditional RTS where you'd have to harvest resources and create buildings. Instead, your main characters are chosen as leaders (5 maximum per mission) and often you'd take control of portals where you'd be able to summon monsters (called espers) …

Fables: The Good Prince

Fables has been my absolute favourite comic book series since I had started reading it three years ago. Penned by Bill Willingham and penciled by Mark Buckingham, this series has been quite the hit accumulating various accolades during its run. What makes this a well-rounded series is that the stories are always intriguing, dialogue always witty, and the characters are deep and compelling. The characters themselves are based off of established fairy tales and folklore (they call themselves Fables), except that they are in the real world. I've recommended this series to many friends, and so far none have been disappointed.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the series, I'll give a brief overview of the story. Many years ago, the Fables who lived peacefully in their own universe called The Homelands were driven out by a mysterious and destructive force called The Adversary. The Adversary took over all the lands that the Fables had owned. The Fables fled the Homelands…

The Foot Fist Way!!!

The Foot Fist Way will probably be one of my favourite movies this year when all is said and done. It may not appeal to everyone, it certainly didn't pan well with critics (it had an RT rating of 57%), but if you're the type of person that enjoys quirky or crude humour, then The Foot Fist Way is for you. By crude, I don't mean toilet humour, but rather if you find it funny seeing a young muscular man giving an uppercut to a middle-aged woman during a tae kwon do sparring session, then you'll certainly find this funny.

I had first heard of the movie when Danny McBride (the main actor and writer) made an appearance on Late Night With Conan O'Brien to promote the movie. The hilarity of it was because McBride made his appearance in character, as the tae kwon do instructor, Fred Simmons (check it out here). He was "The King of the Demo". Adding to the ingeniousness of it all was that they never once mentioned or claimed that they were promoting a movie... …

Plug: Fable 2 Pub Games Contest... Attack This!

Free plugs! My blog-friends over at Attack This! have thrown a contest together where you can win the Fable 2 Pub Games for the XBox 360. Just go over to their post (found here) and reply to it. Check out their blog while you're at it, it's like a drug for a geek-junkie!

DTV Madness: Clash of the Crocs... Lake Placid 2 Vs. Rogue

Those of you that know my movie watching habits will know that I'm a sucker for DTV releases. DTV movies are often friendly to the genre-fan, churning out endless amounts of horror schlock every month. Unfortunately, nine times out of ten, the movie will be shit, and after 10 minutes in, you start to wonder what went wrong with your life. Whenever I hit that point I always think to myself, "fuck, I've already started it, might as well get through it"... and after 90 minutes, an eruption of profanity occurs.

That being said, there are those few times when the movie is worthwhile or at least fun to watch. It takes a lot of digging to find something good, but then again you've got to get through all the dirt before you strike oil. And man, when you find it, boy does it feel good.

Last month, I had the "privilege" to watch two horror flicks that contained killer crocodiles as the main baddies, the first being Lake Placid 2 and the second being Rogue. We…

R.I.P. Evan Tanner

The body of the professional fighter and former UFC champion, Evan Tanner, 37, was found in the Palo Verde mountain area of California on September 8th, 2008. He was found a few miles away from his campsite on foot, with no water, where the temperatures were around 110 degrees fahrenheit. The coroner's report listed the cause of death as from heat exposure.

Tanner left Oceanside, California on September 2nd. On September 4th, he sent a text message to a friend telling him that his motorcycle was out of gas, that he was out of water, and if his friend didn't hear from him the next day, to call the authorities. Unfortunately, Evan never returned home.

I'm not the hugest MMA fan, I consider myself a casual fan, and a n00b at best. I was listening to Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer Radio, and the story of Tanner's life sounded intriguing.

As fantastic as it sounds, Tanner ventured into the deserts in search of treasure and adventure. I kid you …

Grizzel and Jeezy's Wedding!

Friday, September 5th, 2008 saw the wedding of Grace Lee and Jeff Yee. It was held at The Manor on Carrying Place Golf Resort in Kettleby, Ontario. It was a nice outdoor wedding (a first for me), where the weather held up although patches of grey lurked in the skies.

One of the previous pastors (Mike Davis) at my home church conducted the ceremonies while our more recent previous pastor gave a short sermon about the roles of husbands and wives. It was spoken beautifully and with respect.

My friends Keith, Tracy, and Camille did superbly with the music. They played one worship song, How Great is Our God, as well as a song by Michael Bublé, I think it was called Everything.

The reception and dinner was held indoors at The Manor with an open bar to guarantee a rowdy crowd. After a few drinks, a few of us started playing a card game that Pastor Jeff brought to kill about 2 hours before the dinner started.

The dinner was quite exquisite with my favourite being the fillet mignon... wrapped…

Under What? Underoath!

I'm fully convinced that Underoath loves Toronto, here's why. Two years ago when Define the Great Line came out, they played one special show to celebrate its release, and it was in Toronto at the Mod Club. On Tuesday, they released their latest LP effort, Lost in the Sound of Separation, and played two shows for the CD release in America: one in New York and one in Toronto. Out of all the North American cities, they picked Toronto... twice. It's clear that the Toronto crowd loved these guys right back.

On Wednesday night, I saw Underoath live for the fourth time, and much to their credit, it was just as energetic this time around. With their heavy guitar riffs, pounding drum kicks , and relentless screams, Underoath continues to redefine themselves. These guys have been my favourite band for the past 3 years, but my love for them doesn't end because of their music, it also stems from their openness about their faith, in particular, their love for Jesus. I suppose…

"Love, it's a m****r f****r, huh?"

Yes, "love, it's a mother fucker, huh?" as quoted from one of the 21st Century's greatest films, Old School. I had an interesting conversation the other day with my friend who's currently residing in Seattle. He and I are in somewhat of the same boat... we are both the same age, single, recent engineering grads, we're both asian, God-fearing, and on and on. However, our views on relationships represent two different standpoints, neither, of course which are right or wrong... just a difference in preference.

His standpoint seemed a bit pessimistic from my perspective. Basically his idea is to find a woman as quick as you can, or else we'll get old, and all the nice young ones will be snatched up. That situation would leave us old, lonely, and settling for just anyone. I don't disagree with him, I can see that happening (although maybe not for me). The part that made me laugh out was how he said if we get that feeling of butterflies, it's gam…

Strange.

My layout decided to fuck up, trying to fix it at the moment.

Edit: mushblue was being bitchtarded. I checked other bloggers using the layout and they were having the same problem apparently. I'm trying this new layout, so things might seem funky for a bit.