Saturday, February 10, 2007

R.I.P. T.o.a.W.A (i.p.)

This shall be my final post for the blog, Tales of a Working Actor (in progress). In the next day or two, check out my new (and improved?) blog - JEFBOT.COM!!! Keep checking - should be up before Monday.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Game' Over

Well, it finally happened this past weekend: I retired my Gamecube to the gaming closet and now the Wii has officially taken its place full-time.

Although contrary to popular opinion, I loved my 'cube. I bought more games for it than I did my XBOX (though not quite as many as my PS2). Super Mario Sunshine, Resident Evil IV, Pikmin, Eternal Darkness, Pokemon Colosseum, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Metroid Prime, Tales of Symphonia and Viewtiful Joe are just a few of the great games I enjoyed on the system. In fact, I wouldn't even be retiring it if the Wii weren't backwards compatible with Gamecube titles, including all the hardware and accessories. Because of this, I fully intend to finish some of the GC titles I never got around to, like Metroid Prime 2 : Echoes and Paper Mario 2, via the Wii. And those little discs it used might not have been practical from a memory standpoint, but they sure were cute (and back to being practical if they ever make a handheld Gamecube, although impractical again after seeing how optical media has hampered the PSP).

Goodbye, faithful Gamecube. You served me well, and will live on in the Wii.

Now it's time to start thinking about retiring that huge, space-consuming, original XBOX...

XLInt Adventures

Hope everybody had a great SuperBowl weekend. As has happened every year for the past 9 years or so, I went over to my sister and brother-in-law's house in Valencia, CA for their annual SuperBowl party.

Now, I don't follow football at all so I don't really care who scores the most touchdowns or anything. I'm there for all the people, food, fun and games to be had. My sister Laura usually has around seven courses of food that come out almost every hour, so by the time I roll out of there, I'm about ready to burst. This year was no exception, and there were many hot dogs, pastrami sandwiches, rice, nachos, and desserts to be consumed. My brother-in-law Mike sets up games to be run before, during half time, and after the game. Games like nerf H-O-R-S-E (in this case, "T-D"), nerf football toss (which I won this year, but got totally shut out of in the first round this year), and Speed Blackjack, among others. Money can be won during these games, the most of which can be had by getting the most answers right on a Questions Pool Mike comes up with. Questions like, "Will the total points scored in the first half by both teams be over or under 24½?" and "Will the total number of interceptions thrown in the game by both teams be over or under 2½?" Team Figueroa won this last year for Big Money, but Ric's judgment and common sense was clouded this year by his love for the Bears. Luckily, Courtney, his wife, knew better and claimed the runner up prize, so got a bit of loot out of it.

New this year to the festivities were the "Feats of Strength." It's a bit late for Festivus, but that didn't stop my sister Linda from wrestling Mabelette to the ground at random intervals throughout the day. It's difficult to say whether Mabelette enjoyed these spontaneous attacks, but if I had to venture a guess, the answer would be "Hell no." I'm just glad Linda stayed away from me, as she became very angry after a trouncing she got from Courtney and me during a 3-player Tetris session on our connected Nintendo DS'.