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Signed copy of Blamimation Season 1

I just got my signed copy of Blamimation Season 1, to go along with my signed copy of PATV Season 1. Not only did it come signed, but it also came with a map of Rivenshyre, home of Flindell and Kadath. It’s too late to get a signed copy now, but you should still order it…the Blams are totally worth your money.

eBay time again

We’ve got some items up for auction on eBay again, ranging from Manga, to books, to video games for three different systems. Check out what we have up! We have a rating of 147 at 100%, so you can buy from us with confidence :)

Dungeons and Dragons Campaign, night 11

This is the session log from the eleventh night in a custom Dungeons and Dragons campaign I’m a part of.

Be sure to read our previous campaign sessions.

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Netflix price increase: why so serious?

I don’t understand why everyone is so up in arms over Netflix’s minor price increases…we pay far less than we would for cable, and we have MUCH more control over what we watch. Think about it: for about the same cost as purchasing a single DVD, you can get an unlimited number of DVDs mailed to your house, AND you can stream tens of thousands of movies, tv shows, and documentaries to the majority of the modern electronics you own. When you step back and look at what you’re getting, it’s a great deal.

Besides, I like supporting Netflix; they provide access to a lot of really hard-to-find stuff…sometimes, they’re the only legal way to obtain certain titles. Specifically, their collections of silent films, anime, foreign classics, and documentaries are second-to-none.

For you folks who weren’t members when Netflix first started to offer streaming services, compare the service now to how it used to be: you were limited to a certain number of “streaming hours”, they didn’t offer HD streaming, had only a couple thousand titles available, and offered no subtitles.

Now, their streaming options have exploded in number, they offer HD, they are working on adding subtitles to streaming content (which they are making slow but steady progress on), and are adding new titles every week. Their infrastructure costs must have skyrocketed in the past year or two…we own about 600 DVDs, and the cost of ripping them all to a RAID large enough to hold them is prohibitively expensive. I can’t even begin to fathom how much it costs to run the constantly expanding streaming service Netflix is offering, especially when you take licensing costs into consideration.

So yeah. Given the improvements they’ve made (and continue to make), I say a minor price increase is a valid thing for Netflix to do. Frankly, I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner.

EDIT: I know this won’t affect everyone, but Netflix certainly isn’t resting on its laurels. It looks like Netflix will be coming to the 3DS as early as tomorrow.

Zombies and 17th century Mars

A good buddy and I started going through Dead Rising 2 together over Steam recently. It plays out much as you’d expect: a near mirror-image of Dead Rising, with some of the rougher edges finely honed to a smooth curve. The implementation of co-op has been well done, allowing the seamless inclusion of an additional person in the campaign mode without disrupting the base gameplay or story. Surviving the hordes of zombies (which have been greatly increased over the first entry) is much easier with a friend, and the experience of tearing through a huge crowd together is borderline therapeutic. If you know someone else that’s even remotely interested in killing zombies, I highly recommend you spend some time together with this one…the requirements on the PC are quite low, and my average mid-range gaming PC is able to smoothly play it with everything on maximum.

I also recently started to go through Jamestown, a bullet-hell shmup unlike any other you’ve ever played. Shmups are no strangers to oddball concepts, but Jamestown is on an entirely different level, taking place in an alternate timeline where Mars is a British colony being overrun by the Spanish and indigenous Martians. Did I mention that it takes place during the 17th century? Suffice it to say, Jamestown is insane. Between unlockables (obtained by money you collect in-game), different ships, a gauntlet mode, and up to four-player co-op on the same PC, it’s well worth your money.

Insane rally in Rockstar’s Table Tennis

Rockstar’s Table Tennis remains one of the best local co-op experiences of this generation, something we proved last night with an insane rally. I’m sure there’s been much higher rallies recorded in the years this game has been available, but 365 was the highest I’ve seen in person. I wish I could claim it was mine, but it wasn’t…the back-and-forth was won by a buddy of mine.

Nitpicking The Witcher 2

Steady your nerd rage, because I’m about to nitpick The Witcher 2 after only a few hours of gameplay.

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At the theater: South Park

I was in 8th grade when South Park premiered on TV in 1997, and like many other kids my age, I was immediately hooked.

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25 random music tracks

Due to a complete lack of creativity, I decided to do the popular “use shuffle on your MP3 player and take note of the first 25 tracks that appear” thing. While I wrote up a short paragraph for each track when I did this before, I decided to just post the list this time, along with the appropriate genre listed at the end of each line. Here’s to hoping you discover some new tunes out of this little experiment:

1. “Healing”, from the album “Eat People 3″, by Alex Mauer. #Chiptunes
2. “Singularity”, from the Half-Life 2 soundtrack #Random Electronica
3. “The Isness”, from the album “The Isness”, by Amorphous Androgynous #Chill/Experimental
4. “Somewhat Damaged”, from the album “The Fragile (left)”, by Nine Inch Nails #Industrial Electronica
5. “Monkey”, from the album “Sixteen Stone”, by Bush #90′s Alternative
6. “Ancient Chozo Ruins”, from the Metroid Prime soundtrack #Ambient/Electronica
7. “Plum Island”, from the album “Cydonia”, by The Orb #Electronica
8. “Decency Defied”, from the album “The Wretched Spawn”, by Cannibal Corpse #Death Metal
9. “Wedding Nails”, from the album “In Absentia”, by Porcupine Tree #No Idea
10. “The Wards”, from the Mass Effect soundtrack #Electronica
11. “Beast of the Beast”, from the album “Portable Immortal”, by Immortal Technique #Rap
12. “Refractor [Version 3.2.1]“, from the album “Disengage”, by Circle of Dust #Industrial
13. “Forty Six & 2″, from the album “Aenima”, by Tool #Tool…they don’t really have a genre
14. “Der Uberlebende”, from the album “34.788%…Complete”, by My Dying Bride #Experimental Metal
15. “Creatures that Kissed in Cold Mirrors”, from the album “Midian”, by Cradle of Filth #Black Metal
16. “The Hills Have Eyes”, from the album “Dopethrone”, by Electric Wizard #Stoner/Doom Metal
17. “Intimate Slavery”, from the album “Prowler in the Yard”, by Pig Destroyer #Grindcore
18. “I.O.U.”, from the album “Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?”, by Metric #Metric…they don’t really have a genre
19. “Sunrag”, from the album “Croqel”, by Phlogiston #Chiptunes
20. “Gods of My World”, from the album “Empiricism”, by Borknagar #Power/Black Metal
21. “humanOid”, from the album “pSy-fI”, by zerO One #Electronica
22. “Ground Zero”, from the Quake 2 soundtrack #Riff-driven
23. “Crimson Wave”, from the album “Am Universum”, by Amorphis #Experimental Metal
24. “Ride”, from the album “In Silico”, by Deepsky #Electronica
25. “Date With Destiny”, from the album “Mind Elevation”, by Nightmares on Wax #Chill

No Classic Monday entry today

Rather than the usual “Classic Monday” article, we’ll be posting up thoughts on today’s Brown v. EMA Supreme Court decision. Look for that article to replace this notice sometime later this evening, once we’ve had a chance to read through the Slip Opinion. If you’re interested in reading the 92-page PDF, you can find it right here.

EDIT: Well, nevermind.  Folks around the Internet have done a far better job than I could possibly hope to do in regards to covering this case.

  • Giant Bomb offers up some of the tastier excerpts from the opinion put out by the SCOTUS.
  • Ars Technica covers the decision, and provides a reaction on the two dissenting opinions.
  • SCOTUSblog continues their long-running tradition of quality analysis for those who are better-versed in legalese.
  • Kotaku throws their hat in the ring with their own thoughts.

Props to the Judges that admitted in their written opinions that, even though they do not support (and at times abhor) violent video games, the California law was far too broad as it was written.