Saturday, July 19, 2014

404 Error - Page Not Found, Probably

We at Chronic's Crunchy Blog deeply apologize, but the page you have requested has probably been forgotten about, left in a ziplock in the freezer, or possibly inserted into a smoking device and incinerated. Fortunately, a large gentleman by the name of Abobo decided it would be awesome if he got together with all his buddies from the 8bit era and had a giant party here instead. A gamepad or an arcade stick is an absolute must, so grab Xpadder now: (password: unfedzombie).

Monday, May 26, 2014

USFIV



Here's the most recent feature trailer. Most interesting to me, besides the introduction of some favorite and unique SF3 characters, is the online training mode. The retail game will cost $30/$40 (PC/Consoles) or you can just upgrade to Ultra for $15 if you already own any of the 16 versions of Super Street Fighter lol. Upgrade comes to consoles on June 3rd, while retail versions and all PC versions come August 8th.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Destiny Beta & USFIV



Since it's sometimes hard for me to catch you guys online, I'd like to use this blog (with Chronic's blessing) to ask if any of you are purchasing Destiny and, if so, for which platforms. If any of you are participating in the summer beta I would like to be able to join you. I do have an Xbox one (for now) and a 360, so those are my options.

Same goes for Ultra Street Fighter IV out in August. If you guys get it, I PROMISE to get on and play. Seriously. I play quite a bit offline - I could easily log on and play instead. I think you can buy it as a downloadable update to Arcade Edition, but I'm not sure. My vote would be for the PC version, but I will buy whichever version you guys get.

Let me know!

I hope you guys are all doing well. I just had child  #3 (WHAAA?!) and, even though it was no accident, I think I might cut off my unmentionables to make sure 3 doesn't turn into 4 :)

Oh, and Chronic, I just bought a new 23" IPS monitor with pivot just so I could run 'tate set-ups for shmups and thought you might appreciate it :) It makes them so much more fun. I will snap a real-time pic as I'm writing this just for the hell of it:



Sorry for the completely random blog post. Hope to hear from you guys! Ok, MD out!





Monday, January 6, 2014

A 5-Year-Old, Her Father, and a 45-Hour RPG

 My daughter and I are huge fans of the studio Ghibli movies (Ponyo, Howl's Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, etc), so when I discovered Ni-No Kuni, a PS3 game created by Level-5 and Studio Ghibli, I thought it might interest her. It's a beautifully-animated RPG that flows effortlessly between their movie-quality, 2-D animation and the 3-D, in-game engine. The story is nothing short of what you would expect out of a studio Ghibli movie. It's a rich adventure about a young boy, Oliver, who loses his mother, but discovers a parallel universe through which he may be able to bring her back to life with the help of some magical friends. Of course his journey quickly becomes much more than a quest to save his mother, ultimately finding himself to be the only one with the power to save the parallel world and its people from the evils within it. And like any Studio Ghibli story, it is packed with layers of life messages and meanings.
 We started the very long journey through this story many months ago, always playing together so that neither of us would miss a second of the story. An hour here, 2 hours there... slowly progressing and soaking up every bit of the storyline possible, including every single line of text and unspoken dialogue which I read aloud to her without fail. We have faced hundreds (thousands?) of enemies, made countless friends and allies, and fought close to 30 monstrous bosses, whose dramatic fights can take anywhere from 15 minutes to a full hour depending on your level. This game has made my daughter gasp, scream, and jump for joy many times over. If you ask her how we became allies with Kublai, captain of the Sky Pirates, or ask her when we first faced the evil and powerful Shadar, or where we can find the lost city of Nazcaa... she'll tell you. She was wholeheartedly passionate about this game, its story, and its characters, as if she were Oliver himself. It has been quite the adventure for both of us.
 Well today, 45 hours into the game, having learned the ancient magic named "Astra" and with a stockpile of  health-replenishing items in-hand, my daughter cast the last spell, "Arrow of Light," defeating the White Witch and the Zodiarch, saving Princess Cassiopeia and the world, and filling my daughter's heart with so much joy and accomplishment that she was literally in tears, unable to explain why.

When the credits came to a stop, she turned to me still wiping the tears from her face and asked, "Dad, can we start all over?"... "Absolutely."

Saturday, December 21, 2013

GTA V vs GTA IV ICEnhancer vs the NSA



OK, so I finally got my gaming PC setup, and while its not a state-of-the-art system (Im using DDR2 for christsake), the final upgrades got me to the point where I was brave enough to try out the infamous ICEnhancer mod for GTA IV. This mod has been around for quite sometime, and the reason its not more popular is that you need a supercomputer from the future to play it at any reasonable FPS. The ICEnhancer mod is poorly optimized, buggy, and will sometimes crash or freeze for no reason, in addition to being an absolute system hog. I have a Q9550 clocked @ 3.6ghz, 8GB DDR2, and an ATI 7970 with a healthy overclock, and even with what is a fairly powerful system, Im still only managing 20-30 FPS in most outdoor areas - and thats with some config tweaks to the mod and optimizations to GTA IV like reducing the traffic and draw distance.

Why you might ask, would anyone go thru such trouble? Take a look at the video above if you havent already. This mod, and Metro Last Light, which Im currently playing through, are what the real next generation of gaming are like. You all can have your PSONE and XBOX5 callofdutycallofdutycallofduty motion control consoles. Im sure that they are great products to sell and watching The Today Show *Now With Achievements is a truly scintillating experience. Yeah, while Im pretty sure that eventually the NSA will be scanning the contents of my apartment via Kinect sometime in the future, right now, if those people "watching the watchers" want to watch my cat lick the area where they cut off his balls (those spooks are creeps man), if they want to case the place to see if Im harboring "terrorists" (lol) to attempt a possible drone strike (yes we kill people now without due process, The Constitution is like soooooo 18th century man), they are going to have to do so in person (I have a futon).

Or... via my cellphone. Or laptop. Telescope. Periscope. Nanodrones. Whatever. Cause my gaming rig doesnt have camera, only a mic for me to scream obscenities laced tirades into about my opponents playing wrong and winning, and a new mechanical keyboard for insta-ragequitting Starcraft 2. Listen, just because Im paranoid, doesnt mean they arent watching, right?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Burning Lap



This is the video that a few people have been talking about of a "lap record" for Manhattan. If you havent seen the video, you arent missing much, because this isnt even close to the real record. For starters, the driver is not what you would call a racing class driver and takes bizarre, amateurish lines. Probably more importantly, it looks like it was done around 10-11pm at night, not 4:30am which is the only suitable, safe time for such a stunt. There were way too many cars on the road to do anything approaching a burning lap. The guy got arrested after the video made the news, and now cops want to try to confiscate his car to try to discourage anyone from trying to "beat his time" (lol).

Street racing is pretty much dead here in NYC, and although I do appreciate the effort and tribute to those who made previous videos, lets just say the real Manhattan lap record probably wont ever be published in a video or talked about on the evening news. The real record is well under 20 minutes, and I think if you had a true supercar with a pro level driver, and it could easily be done in under 15 minutes. I cant even imagine what sort of time a lunatic on a superbike like GhostRider could do.

353kmh is well over 200mph. Hey, you only live once :-)

Monday, November 11, 2013

GTAV Invisibilty Glitch



Bond, I dont know how you did it. But what... the... fuck! LOL Rockstar QA Testing!