Video Games


Who knew that blogging and Twittering is nearly impossible from within the Pokewalker?  Since the release of Pokemon Gold and Silver, Psyduck has been spending a lot of time in the confines of a Pokewalker. His goal was to update the world on his marvelous Pokewalker adventures, like the time he spent wandering through Noisy Forest looking for ninjas with Wobbuffet, or his week-long surfing adventure at Beautiful Beach.  Sadly, though,  modern technology won’t let him send out crap from the Pokewalker, so he spent his free time playing Animal Crossing on the DS.

For the record, Tom Nook is an ass.

Here is a video to hold you over until the next post. It’s from Benny Goodman. OMG!! Mad Skillz, they has it.

Where are you, Psyduck? What are you doing? Why aren’t you blogging more? Why should I even bother visiting this blog?

Ouch.

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:

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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.

Hello patient Psyduck fans! Our happy little duck has been away from his keyboard these past few months listening to the one and only Edith Piaf and playing some wicked games on his Xbox 360. He’s gone through Halo 3, Call of Duty 4 and the challenging, but fun Surf’s Up! Also in the mix were Project Gotham 4 and Skate. Not one to just indulge in single-player fare, Psyduck pwned the competition online in Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4. So which does Psyduck like more? Well, while both are great games and bring a unique and different story to the masses, Psyduck’s heart belongs to Call of Duty 4. While there might not be a forge or a theater mode in COD4, the maps and presentation are more fun for our little Psyduck.

Also, during the holidays, Psyduck splurged on a smexy Bumblebee faceplate for his system — peep the awesome yellow color that matches his awesome yellow coat.

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Next on Psyduck’s gaming horizon is Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 and GTA4.

Stay tuned for more Psyduck goodness when he shares his thoughts on the Moleskine City Notebooks, more games, and, well, other stuff. Psyduck is full of psyduck stuff to share with his faithful readers.

Oh, in case you didn’t change your clocks this past weekend, do it now.

Psyduck is excited! Can you tell?

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Why is Psyduck excited?

Psyduck is excited because his Moleskine blog from last week was featured on Moleskinerie, a very popular and informative Moleskine fansite/blog. Psyduck has been a fan of Moleskinerie for a long time and to be mentioned on that site makes Psyduck feel very happy. Just look at the joy in his eyes.

In other news, Psyduck finally got his Xbox 360 back and has been busy playing Call of Duty 4: Modern Combat. Psyduck was going to start with Halo 3, but after Psyduck played the Call of Duty beta last month, and after learning that COD4 has a much shorter single player campaign than Halo 3, he knew that he’d play that game first and then move on to Master Chief. However, Psyduck will probably not spend too much time online in Halo 3 because there are just too many smart-ass punks like Ash and Misty ruining playing that game. Instead, Psyduck will be calling in air strikes in COD4.

Today, Psyduck wants to spend a few minutes on one of his favorite hobbies: video games. That’s right, when Psyduck is not writing in his Moleskine or eating generous helpings of Collon, he’s focusing his beady Psyduck eyes on the TV and playing teh games.

Of course, when people learn that Psyduck is an avid gamer, the first question is always, “do you play Pokemon?” Yes. Psyduck plays Pokemon, but because he grew up on the set, he doesn’t play it as much anymore. Instead, Psyduck spends most of his time with the new crop of systems like the Xbox 360 and the PS3. Psyduck also enjoys portable games like Harvest Moon for the DS and GTA for the PSP.

Psyduck occasionally fires up the PS2, though as of late it’s been hibernating. Still, Psyduck is considering the PS2 again to try out Odin Sphere. The game has received overwhelming reviews and it would be interesting to step back into the 2d gaming world after spending the past few years in 3d . Psyduck loves awesome graphics, and even though some of the sweetest visuals can found on the current crop of consoles, one can’t discount the beauty that is Odin Sphere. Perhaps Santa Psyduck (no relation) will leave the game in Psyduck’s stockings.

Another game Psyduck is itching to try is Mass Effect. The reviews have been pretty positive on this title, too, so Santa Psyduck might have to pick that up with Odin Sphere. Psyduck doesn’t normally play RPGs, but Mass Effect seems to really push the envelope of what an RPG can do, so curiosity is really getting the best of Psyduck.

Other than that, Psyduck is really looking forward to playing games he already owns but can’t play because his Xbox 360 is following the footsteps of the writers’ strike and is picketing with the Red Ring of Death. Sadly, Psyduck has gone through multiple consoles in recent months, and has been unable to play some of the choice titles of the fall like Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4. Needless to say, Psyduck has very special feelings for Microsoft and the Xbox, but blogging about those feelings will have to wait until Psyduck is finished with his therapy and can write more than five words without swearing. After all, this is a family blog and Psyduck tries to refrain from colorful sailor language.

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Xbox Red Ring of Death Return # 452: A game comes in and an Xbox goes out.

Call of Duty 4 is at the top of his list of games to play when the console returns. Master Chief and the world of Halo 3 is a must, too, but there aren’t any knives or dogs in Halo 3. COD4 has both! Don’t ask. Some things are better left unanswered.

With all these great games out, Psyduck wonders why other companies still try to compete during the holiday rush. A game like Blacksite: Area 51 will probably get overlooked by most gamers, but if it was an early fall or early spring release, it would’ve fared better. What are these companies thinking? Psyduck not know.

By the way, what do you guys think about Halo: The Flood? Psyduck has mixed feelings about all this.

It’s time for everyone’s favorite feature: Psyduck’s Mail Bag. Today’s question for Psyduck comes from Samantha in Los Angeles, CA. Samantha writes:

“Hi Psyduck. I want to know how you manage your ideas for your blog. Do you write ideas in a notebook, or do you just start typing and see where that takes you?”

Thanks for your question, Samantha. Psyduck is a duck with many things on his mind, so keeping a notebook is essential for Psyduck and this blog. When he was younger, Psyduck would write his notes on random scraps of paper that would eventually get lost or clutter his desk. After losing one too many important notes about the Pokemon filming schedule, Psyduck got his act together and started keeping a notebook. He started with a typical spiral notebook, but that gave him flashbacks of school, so he quickly moved on to the more stylish and sophisticated Moleskine.

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The Moleskine family of notebooks is quite extensive, Samantha, so definitely do some research before you go shopping to be sure you pick the right notebook for you. As a starting point, Psyduck’s favorites at the moment are the the Pocket Storyboard Notebook and the Plain Large Notebook.

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The Pocket Storyboard Notebook is a winner for Psyduck because it’s a smaller notebook that he can carry with him on his daily travels. The pages in the Storyboard are thicker than the normal notebooks so he can freely write and sketch with his favorite pens without worrying about the ink bleeding through the pages.

Here is Psyduck starting a new Storyboard notebook by writing in his contact information in the front page. The reward for finding his notebook is Collon.

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When Psyduck is at home, he likes to use the Plain Large Notebook for all his writing, sketching and blog preparing.

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He especially likes the large notebook because he can stand on it and really get a feel for the project at hand. It’s kinda like Tom Hanks playing the floor piano in Big.

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So as you can see, Samantha, between these two notebooks, Psyduck is a well-organized blogging fool.

That wraps it up for this edition of Psyduck’s Mail Bag. Thanks again for your e-mail, Samantha. An as always, a big thanks to all of you who’ve been e-mailing Psyduck with your questions. Keep on hitting that send button and maybe you can be featured in the next edition of Psyduck’s Mail Bag.

Psyduck doesn’t want to spoil you with two blogs in one day, but he did want to let you know about a funny site he ran across the other day.

It’s called Halol and it’s all about the lighter side of Halo 3. Even if you’re not into Halo, or video games, or laughter, do yourself a favor and peep the site to see something new and have a few good laughs. You can find it at halol.wordpress.com

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Well, Psyduck sure as hell took his sweet-ass time on this auto show blog, didn’t he? I kept telling him to get working on those photos; that people are waiting for his report. But did he listen? Nope. Got all diva until he was good and ready to blog. So finally, here we are. The auto show was months ago, but you can relive all the vehicular excitement right here, right now through the (blank) eyes of everyone’s favorite little duck.

So Psyduck really likes going to the auto show because there are lots of shiny cars of the luxury variety for him to pose next to without the hassle of dealers trying to sell him a ride. Before he checked out the cars, though, Psyduck went in search of a modern and trendy “welcome sign” that would accurately capture the vibe of this ginormous auto show. Instead, all he got was this ghetto poster that looks like it was borrowed from the K-mart auto shop. It was really sad.


More thought went into designing me than the sign.

No worries. A crappy little sign wasn’t going to hamper all the vehicular fun awaiting our yellow little friend. No way. Especially not after he ran into this beauty around the corner.


I have my own website? I had no idea!

And behind that sign was this:


Someone needs to can the chick and bring in the real yellow model.

During these photo shoots for the yellow.com people, some of Psyduck’s fans couldn’t contain themselves behind the barricades. This young man rushed towards poor Psyduck and had to be brought back by his sensible girlfriend. Psyduck later autographed his hat.


No, Jimmy. Psyduck can’t talk to you now.

In keeping with the yellow theme, Psyduck navigated through the packed crowd towards several yellow showpieces.


A Psy and his horse.


The Psy Charger.

Along the way, Psyduck saw a car that would be more comfortable at a Star Wars convention.


Lovingly painted by Darth Maul.

So yeah, the show was packed with cars and people. At times, it was like navigating through a can of sardines. People would stand around and point at fancy things like doors and hoods. Others would stand in line so they could touch those fancy doors and hoods. Some even went as far as sitting at the back of the car and daydreaming about tailgating. It was very inspirational.


Wow. I can’t believe we’re in the same room with these cars.

Not everything was touchable, though. The show had plenty of cars that most people can’t afford, even if they sell their left kidney.


Got Luxury?


This car was so popular, even the Grand Canyon stopped by to look.

In addition to the luxury rides, there were other cool cars on hand. Anyone remember the Ghostbusters? Yup, their station wagon was there. Also, bet you didn’t know that Paul McCartney teamed up with Lexus to create a special SUV sporting his signature guitar. Hope real leather wasn’t used in that model.


Who you gonna call?

For those not content with just looking and touching cars, there was the option to get behind the wheel and drive. A section of the auto show was set aside for an obstacle course for people to really get the feel of the car by driving 2 m.p.h in a climate controlled environment. Unfortunately, Psyduck couldn’t join the fun because of height restrictions. This is why Psyduck doesn’t go to Great America.


This is the biggest hill around. Enjoy it while you can!

There was one more modeling obligation Psyduck had to fulfill during the show. In this picture Psyduck was asked to use the restaurant fight scene from Kill Bill as inspiration for the shot. Do you feel it?


The dance floor quickly cleared after Psyduck demonstrated his five-point-palm exploding heart technique.

Yes, it’s definitely a fantastic shot, but here’s some Pop-Up Video info you didn’t know. During the shoot, a young fan kept walking onto the set and asking stupid questions. Eventually, security was called.


I want to be famous, too!

In today’s modern age, no convention would be complete without video games, and the Chicago Auto Show was no exception. Granted, most of the games were car-related, but it was still great to know that impressionable young children got their game on away from home. Plus, it’s always heartwarming to see kids picking their nose and then touching the controller. It’s good to be one with technology. With that in mind, Psyduck didn’t try any games himself, but instead opted to stand back and take pictures for his friends–risking his life, mind you, as parents weren’t too thrilled with some crazy duck taking pictures of their kids.

Anyway, some of the games Psyduck saw at the show were: Need for Speed: Most Wanted, stationed by Ford, Grand Turismo, stationed by Subaru, and Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland, stationed by Jeep. What? Tony Hawk? Yup. Fans of the series no doubt know that Jeep has been letting virtual skaters grind on their product for years, so running the game at the show was almost expected. Psyduck was hoping that demos of the game would be available, but sadly, all that was offered was some shitty Jeep CD featuring music from super-hot Hootie and the Blowfish, and a few crappy PC games that will probably install Jeep spyware to find out if you’re a Jeep loyalist, or if you’re really just a turncoat who’s driving the Paul McCartney Lexus SUV.


Who needs E3 when you’ve got an auto show?

As if that wasn’t enough, Psyduck happened upon another gaming hotspot behind this great behemoth.


Oh yeah? You and what army?

That’s right, tucked away behind the tank was a whole corner devoted to everyone’s favorite game: America’s Army. On one side, a tent was set up that housed at least 15 PCs running the game, while a plasma TV stationed outside the tent let people see games in progress. On the other side of the corner, a Hummer made sure visitors knew that people in the Special Forces have big, scary guns.


America’s Army: Coming to a convention near you!

Not one to miss a photo op with anything yellow, Psyduck quickly scrambled onto the Hummer for these Kodak moments:


Menacing, yes?


Why you up in my grille, yo?

Oh yeah, Psyduck saw this, too.


Pages upon pages of game reviews are in this car.

Well, that’s it. Psyduck hopes you had a great time reading and viewing his auto show blog! Our happy little photo-blogger is anxiously looking forward to his next project, so for now he’ll say goodbye by blatantly ripping off the 20/20 closing: He’ll stay in touch, so you stay in touch!


Puny cars, I crush you.

So today Psyduck wanted to share photos of his time at the airport. In case you didn’t know, Psyduck loves airports and taking pictures of random strangers. Sitting back and watching the world go by is very relaxing for the little duck.


Nothing like some chicken before a flight.


Musical chairs, anyone?

And when people-watching gets boring, you can turn your attention outside to the planes and the mechanic peeps. A Psyduck with a camera never gets bored.


Man, lost a contact again.

Psyduck really wanted to go outside and help drive the luggage carts around the tarmac–he even brought his own orange vest–but he couldn’t talk his way past security. So instead of driving luggage around, Psyduck decided to “borrow” the courtesy tram to escort passengers to their gates.


Where do they keep that booster seat?

He met some very nice people.


Hi. We are practicing to become waiters.

And one stupid bitch.


What did you say about my Erika Badu ‘do?

After dropping off everyone safely at their gates, it was time to board the plane and watch the cattle procession from his seat.


Sit yo’ ass down, fool.


Good thing Psyducks can read


Damn fine thing they can read.

Time to put away the camera and hunker down for a relaxing game of Lumines. What did you think? Psyduck would be playing Pokemon?

On the next Psyduck photo blog: The Punisher Car

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