Where are you, Psyduck? What are you doing? Why aren’t you blogging more? Why should I even bother visiting this blog?
But, yes, those are all valid concerns, and Psyduck appreciates all the e-mails he’s received, both positive and, well, some that’s not so positive. With that, Psyduck’s New May Resolution is to blog more often for the audience that has been faithfully visiting these pages over the past year.
So on with the blog…
Over the past few months, Psyduck was fortunate enough to find several Moleskine City Notebooks on sale at a few local art stores. For those of you unfamiliar with the City Notebooks, they are Moleskine’s version of the D-I-Y travel guide: You get the same fantastic and durable Moleskine notebook, but with the added benefit of a map and street index for whatever city you’ve picked. The blank pages within the City Notebook are broken down into various categories for you to record your adventures in shopping, food, hotels, etc. The only downside to these books is the map; for many cities, the publishers only included a relevant map for a city center, or nearby area. If you are someone who is interested in really exploring a city, you’re best bet is to pick up a real map of the city and keep that with your book. Considering how small the City Notebook is, though, it’s understandable that they had to limit the size of the map.
Anyway, Psyduck had been staring at these books for a while, but with a price tag of almost $20, Psyduck knew that he could spend his hard-earned Pokemon cash on just a few select cities. But one day when his art supplies were low, Psyduck stopped at a few art stores and saw that a slew of City Books were discounted to prices so low, he thought he time-warped back to the 1950s. Psyduck knows the ’50s had super-low prices because Psyduck’s grandpa always told him lots of “back-in-the-day” stories…though Psyduck had a hard time believing that his grandpa went to school uphill both ways. Huh? Back to the books, so instead of paying $20 per book, Psyduck saw that his 1950s price was less than $3 for each book! W00t! Savings FTW!
So, yes, Psyduck bought himself many City Books. Peep the photos:
Psyduck, of course, is a world traveler, so he’ll no doubt make good use of these books soon.
In other news, Psyduck has been spending quality time with his 360 playing Rainbow Six Vegas 2 and GTA4.
A few quick thoughts on both games…
Rainbow Six Vegas 2: The developers pretty much ruined the fun of online multiplayer by allowing random spawn points. To be fair, there have always been issues with spawn campers in the Rainbow games, but any decent team could always free themselves from campers and change the flow of the game. By allowing random spawns, the developers essentially created a slower version of COD4. Nothing against COD4, mind you, as it is an awesome, awesome game, but why does Psyduck need COD4 in his Rainbow Six? If Psyduck wanted to play COD4, then he’d go and play COD4; he wouldn’t fire up Rainbow Six for the COD experience.
GTA4: This is a very, very good game, but it’s not anywhere near a 10. Psyduck has been visiting with the GTA hooligans since Claude ran the show in Liberty City, and Psyduck was expecting some of the fundamental mechanics of the game to be fixed. Walking, running, aiming, shooting — all of those, as well as a few other things, needed to be perfect in this version, and they weren’t. No matter how big the city is, or how pretty the city is, or how alive it feels, all of that is for naught because you are essentially using ancient PS2 mechanics and controls to move Niko through this modern city. Psyduck is impressed with the scale of GTA4, but Psyduck cannot overlook the reality of poor controls. Psyduck is a bit of a hardass about these things.
General Blog News for May
Attention all fashionistas reading this blog: With summer almost upon us, there’s always a need for that special T-shirt to wear to a concert, BBQ or a casual stroll to your local game store. Since your tastes aren’t always available in department stores, be sure to check out the cool shirts made by Reese Ward at this site.
Psyduck wants to introduce you to a new feature in his blogs called Psyduck’s Music Minute. Everyone loves music, and Psyduck is no exception. His tastes span continents and generations, so with the Music Minute, Psyduck’s goal is to bring you clips of tunes he’s diggin’ at any given moment. If you have any Music Minute suggestions for Psyduck, drop him a note and he’ll do his best to post your choices in his next blog.
Today’s Music Minute takes you back to the ’90s with L.A. Style and their hit song, James Brown is Dead.