September 9th, 2013 by SJ

Just want to make my point of view clear as far as all the BS circulating over the possibility of US military involvement in Syria.  First, the civil war in Syria isn’t a threat to the US.  If they attack Israel?  Sure.  Right now it’s just a dictatorship vs a terrorist insurgency.  If we attack government forces in Syria, we’re aiding “Al Qaeda” and other terrorist groups.  The president himself absolutely set a red line on what would qualify the recalculation of his equation as far as how to deal with Syria.  The president, through the war powers act, is allowed to wage war for a period of 90 days without congressional approval.  That he’s going through the motions of gaining congressional approval is nothing more than politics meant to deflect his responsibility for the outcome of any action or in-action.

I supported the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan while the media and anti-war crowd read us all the riot act on a daily basis.  After 8 years (now 13 years) of continued war it’s safe to say that my eyes have been open for quite some time as to what should justify our involvement.  Everyone’s eyes should be open, and everyone should be shouting from the rooftops, calling their representatives, and demanding that Obama go back to sitting on his green thumb.  Many polls indicate a dearth of support for military involvement in Syria.  The American people don’t want this any more than they wanted Obamacare.  Russia and Iran are both ready to deal with the fight we are trying to pick, and it’s about time we all say ENOUGH.  To the silent media and acquiescent anti-war crowd that have apparently been drowned in a flood of hope and change, I say SHAME ON YOU ALL.

You are nothing more than hypocrites being lead from behind by a hypocrite, and I thank you for your vote… morons.

How I lose weight, in 2 easy steps…without exercise…or sacrifice.

August 2nd, 2013 by SJ
  1. Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day.
  2. When you are hungry, drink.  If the hunger persists, eat something.

The last time I did this, I dropped from 260lbs to 220lbs over the course of a few months.  In the time since I stopped drinking as much water, my weight rose back to the 240lb area and I’ve been there for quite some time.  There are several other things you can do to accomplish weight loss, but the two basic things I do when starting out is simply drink more and as a result of drinking more – I eat less.

There’s actually science to back this up – your liver isn’t just there to keep you from being perpetually drunk, it actually does an amazing job at breaking down excess body fat.  The problem is that most people simply don’t drink enough, or they drink too much of the wrong things.  Avoid excess sugar and more importantly excess SODIUM.  You don’t want to hold on to water, you want that stuff getting in and out on a regular schedule so your body can do what it does best and flush itself of all the crap that’s keeping you fat.  Sure coffee might taste better sweet, but try it without for a few days and it’ll be rare that you go back.  Soft drinks like soda?  Go ahead, just don’t drink 64 ounces of soda per day and complain that you’re gaining weight.  That stuff, whether its regular or diet, has an obscene amount of sodium in it.  Your body needs sodium, sodium is a good thing, but don’t push it.

A side effect of this method – is that you can pretty much eat whatever you want.  With the diminished hunger resulting from proper hydration, you’ll eat less.  Factor in a calorie deficit to this, and you won’t feel bad for eating that burger, or having some real fried chicken if that’s your thing.

Something to keep in mind when deciding what to eat… saturated fats are your friends.  Whenever I do this, I make a point to eat things with a saturated fat content that’d make most ‘healthy’ people faint from the horror.  The fact here is that when you eat things with saturated fat, your appetite is satisfied quicker.  In effect your brain says “HOLY SHIT, REAL FOOD!” and instead of gorging yourself, you eat and shortly after your brains says “Damn… that was good…” and flips the switch OFF for your hunger.  So go ahead and eat that healthy, low-fat, low-calorie meal and convince yourself that you’re doing a good thing… or have a bacon cheeseburger with a side of fries and ACTUALLY FEEL GOOD.

Something else to consider, take a multi-vitamin.  Sure you’ll probably piss out most of whats in that pill, but if your body needs something – it’ll take what it needs on its way through.

Last but not least – if you really want to kick it into overdrive, get off your ass and go for a walk once and a while.  I’m guilty as charged when it comes to not exercising, but hey – baby steps.

I’ve been back on this for a week now, and have gone from 239.6lbs to 234.6lbs in a week.  Don’t forget – weigh yourself first thing in the morning, right after you pee… that’s the best way to find out your actual weight.  I’ve lost 5lbs and eaten nothing but burritos, pizza, buffalo wings, beer, and of course – plenty of good old dihydrogen monoxide AKA *water*.  It all starts with proper hydration folks, that’s the key.

A day in my life… illustrated by classic cartoons.

August 1st, 2013 by SJ

It doesn’t matter what I do…

Or how hard I try…

The safest bet… is to just stand and take it.

Money doesn’t matter… possessions don’t matter…

Beating myself up doesn’t help…

I can’t run…

I can’t hide…

I can only endure…

Long for the days when things were better…

While not falling victim to the fear and anxiety…

As I am torn apart by forces that seem larger than life…

Forsaking all I held dear for so long…

Just so one day… I can try again…

And maybe… just maybe… live the life I’ve earned.

The lottery

June 23rd, 2013 by SJ

Don’t buy that lotto ticket, sure – you might win a few dollars, but lets be serious, you’re going to sell yourself on the delusion that the next ticket may yield even more quick found money but in reality your windfall is going to turn into an empty pocket which is nothing more than a reflection of your empty life that sadly cannot be fixed with free cash.

Device – You Think You Know

June 13th, 2013 by SJ

Come on!

Don’t hang me, on another problem
I really don’t give a fuck if you believe me
I can see that you were not the one to confide in
I cannot abide by you anymore
Can you shut, down the funky vibe and (get)
The fuck up, yeah, better believe me.
You aren’t heard anymore
You weren’t able to silence
Resorted to violence
I’ve seen it before
Now get your ass out the door
Won’t take shit anymore

You think you know, but you’re horribly blind
You think you know how this story’s defined
You think you know that your heart has gone cold inside

Get off me. You don’t know where I’ve been
I’m all fucked up. Better believe me
I didn’t care anymore, I opened up the device and
I gave into vice with you, little whore
God damn this, no one could believe that
I am this monster you believe in
There’s nothing left anymore
You were the one who decided
Our souls were divided
I’ve heard it before
Won’t take shit anymore

You think you know, but you’re horribly blind
You think you know how this story’s defined
You think you know that your heart has gone cold inside
You think you know, but it’s all in your mind
You think you know just whose fate has been signed
You think you know just whose heart has gone cold this time

Well you can blame yourself
And you just might be right
For there is nothing left
Do you think its time to say goodbye?

You think you know, but you’re horribly blind
You think you know how this story’s defined
You think you know that your heart has gone cold inside
You think you know, but it’s all in your mind
You think you know just whose fate has been signed
You think you know just whose heart has gone cold this time

My biggest gripe about the Forza games…

May 30th, 2013 by SJ

I know that DLC’s are the big thing now, and a big money-maker post release for just about every game developer.  That being said, while Forza 4 and Forza Horizon are both fantastic games, the real world cost of adding additional cars via DLC is absurd.  Here I am thinking I got a great deal, $40 per game, and then as I’m choosing a new car I see certain vehicles tagged with “DLC” which can be purchased for anywhere from $2 or more.  They don’t even have a DLC package where you can just buy all of them at once, even the so called “Season Pass” is limited in what it can provide… to this I say, wtf?

The entire purpose of games these days should be to keep the players playing them.  Forcing us to commit even more real world dollars into a title just for the privilege of driving a twin turbo AMC Gremlin is ridiculous.  I’m all for dropping a few dollars for a steaming pile of pungent new content, but all of this piecemeal BS is infuriating…  Wow, great, the game has hundreds of cars… of which maybe 10% I have any real interest in driving.  I’d like to run a few races in a Dodge Omni GLH for instance, but I can’t unless I drop real money to do so.  That’s a load of crap.

I supported the developer by purchasing the game, I further support them by continuing to play it. There’s got to be a business model out there that can get me the content I want for FREE and still make money for the developers.  Years ago they started doing really obvious product placement via billboards and whatnot – some folks complained, personally I think it made the experience more real.  Maybe they could make the DLC cars available via in-game points.  Instead, I need to spend more real money.  BULL$#@!.

It’s the little things in life that put a smile on my face…

May 20th, 2013 by SJ

Over the weekend I got to see one of my oldest friends tie the knot, was a great (albeit rainy) time.  Still, my mind works in mysterious ways and the thing that stood out was related to one of my ex’s being there.  Now I rarely talk to them, but we’re on good terms.  They’re married, have a few kids, and I made a point to at least do a happy ‘hi, how are ya’ and leave it at that.

Still, one thing I noticed ages ago, is that the ‘other half of the equation’ couldn’t really take their eyes off me.  I initially noticed it at ‘group events’ mainly any time I actually spoke with my ex but then noticed that just about every time I’d scan the room, or be in the middle of a conversation with other folks… this guy’s just watching me.

Now the wedding marked the first time in… more than a few years since I actually ran into the happy couple in person, said my hello’s, etc… and moved on to the other two dozen people I hadn’t seen in ages.  Made a point for the rest of the night to steer clear for the most part, but seriously… everyone’s on the floor dancing, and where’s he looking (while dancing)?  Me.

My ex?  Still a knockout.  Given the option of looking at me, or looking at her, I’d have to say I can’t blame him – I’m one handsome SOB, but just the same dude… Past is the past, you’ve got a family, I’ve got… something, lol… As Lilly from How I Met Your Mother would say… where’s the poop?

Jealous?  Intimidated?  Over protective?  Am I yet again this mysterious bogeyman?  Honestly, I got a kick out of it. 🙂

Already bored with Defiance… here’s how to get me un-bored.

May 14th, 2013 by SJ

A bit of background here – I must have played World of Warcraft for a good 3+ years before I finally hung up my gear and decided to venture out into the daylight again.  I’m sure that if I was so inclined, I could install it, load up my old character, and pick up where I left off without a hitch.  I’d probably even get sucked right back into the addiction.

There’s problem #1 with Defiance.  It’s not addicting.  There’s really nothing to make me want to log in and play, as at its core it is a very basic shooter in the post-apocalyptic style of the Fallout or Borderlands series but without any of the real meat that can get me to reinstall any Fallout or Borderlands title and play it through to the end again.  I’ve compiled a short list of what I think can and should be done to improve Defiance for me.

1. Upgrades, upgrades, upgrades!  In WOW, Fallout or Borderlands, half the fun of playing is upgrading your weapons and armor every 5 minutes.  Sure, it might sound frustrating – but not nearly as frustrating as completing a handful of missions in Defiance only to collect a bunch of crap that’s no better than what I have been using for the past 300 levels.  Sure, there’s the mod system which allows the player to customize the weapons on hand when there are available slots for upgrade – but even then, the mods are rarely earth shattering.  Woohoo, new scope, .10% increase in accuracy.  There’s no armor in defiance, you can customize your look but beyond that all you have are a fairly limited selection of shields that vary in capacity, recharge rate, recharge delay, etc…  Want to customize your look?  Break out the greenbacks.

2. Skill tree?  Who needs a skill tree?  Sure, reaching higher EGO levels allow you to unlock various perks but they only take effect if you equip the perk.  Better yet, you can only equip a limited number of perks.  What a load of crap.  Sure, it puts a higher emphasis on making the most of your loadouts, but who wants to back out to a menu and swap loadouts in the middle of a firefight?

3. Speaking of loadouts – get rid of them.  The menu system in the game is at best cumbersome, at worst completely daft.  Sure, I bet a bunch of development meetings were held but from the way it works I’d guess the leaning tower of hot pockets got more attention.  You’re locked in to using two weapons  in any loadout.  In any game of this nature, I like to have a good shotgun, a machine gun, and a sniper rifle on hand at the same time which allows me to quickly adapt to any situation.  There’s no quick adapting in this game.  You go in with the wrong loadout, or the right loadout and run out of ammo, forget about it.  If you’re lucky you can find a semi-safe place to hide and swap loadouts, but in the mean time you’re still getting hammered from all sides.  How about 3-4 weapons on hand – no need to swap loadouts and you can keep firing instead of hoping a PDA can protect you from a bullet.

4. Loot.  Maybe I’ve been spoiled by other post-apocolyptic shooters, but one of the things that encourages anyone to explore these unique and highly detailed open worlds is scavenging.  You don’t scavenge in defiance.  You kill, get stuff, and if you’re really lucky through some miracle get a weapon that’s worth using.  The numerous ammo crates scattered across the landscape are nice, but why bother checking out a random site if all I’m gonna get are the same plug and play NPC’s with the same crap drops?  Woah, 10 scrip.  Woah, a white weapon.  Big deal.  Give a player more reasons to explore beyond the ridiculously repetitive side missions.

5. Vehicles.  The vehicles in this game are a nice touch, but regardless of how they look, they’re all crap.  How about the ability to modify them?  Rims? Armor? Paint?  Mounted weapons?  Sure its fun to drive in to a crowd of baddies and try to take a few out before jumping out and hoping that you’ve got the right loadout to keep you from getting fragged 2 seconds later… but how about a fender mounted weapon to have some more fun thinning the herd?  Why can’t we sell them?  Now that I’ve got my orange Challenger, whats the point of having a half dozen quads in my inventory?  Let me sell the things.

6. Vendors.  Woohoo, I’ve got 20k script on hand and no place to spend it because all of the vendors sell crap.  Sure, there are the faction vendors I can access by completing races or completing other competitive tasks – but even then – crap.

7. Lockboxes are a joke as well.  The whole lockbox thing is that if you have enough resources or buy enough bits with real money – you can access the lockbox and get some random weapons, shields, etc…  Thing is, these lockboxes all issue crap.  You’re lucky if you get a purple, best you’ll get it blue.  I’ve heard rumors that you might even see a top-tier orange but as an experiment one night I dropped $20 on bits and bought several tier 4 lockboxes.  That entitled me to several random pieces of crap.

Now I’m sure that there are folks who absolutely love this game, and at the start, I was one of them.  Every time I login though, I spend less time in game before I logout and play something else that cost me less and provides more satisfaction and replay value.  The show the game is based on is actually pretty good IMHO but not enough to keep me playing.  I’m glad that they aren’t charging to play the game beyond the initial purchase price because unless some significant changes are made there’s no way in hell this game becomes another virtual ghost-town in the shadow of numerous other titles that aren’t even MMO but are easily worth the price of admission several times over.

There’s a world out there, and I really don’t give a crap.

May 10th, 2013 by SJ

Can’t say I’ve ever really been a positive or happy person, in general I think my emotional progress peaked at “content.”  I don’t go against the flow, or with the flow, I just bob on the surface…  I don’t lean left or right, I just play the averages, avoid extremes, avoid latching on to anything for too long.

I’ m bored.  I can’t really put into words just how bored I am, but it’s both excruciating and comforting at the same time.  There’s a lot of freedom to be had in not giving a crap about anyone or anything, but one huge side effect is of course boredom.

All the stuff I used to enjoy now bores the crap out of me.  I’ve never been able to focus on just one thing at a time, so now I find myself focusing on many things at once all of which bore the crap out of me.

Video games were always my hobby, any time life gave me lemons I fired up the ‘ol Xbox and buried myself in a world where I didn’t share a house with someone I’m trying to divorce but won’t fucking leave me alone, where I had little tasks and jobs that actually excited me and got my brain working…  I could never just play a game though, I always needed something else going on, either music or something on TV.

Right now, I’m actively playing Sim City, Defiance, Just Cause 2, Fallout New Vegas, and Mass Effect 3.  None of them can keep me interested for long.  Eventually I get bored, and my attention focuses on something shiny… It used to be an escape, now it’s just another pile of things to do… like pay bills, mow the lawn, do the laundry, clean my room… it’s relentless.

Most days and nights when I’m not taking care of necessary things I’m in my room, like a goddamned teenager.  Laying down, watching TV (while playing a game on my laptop, my ipad, or my android tablet), endlessly switching through games hoping something will light a fire in me and at least make the days not seem so long.

I’ll go out still… most days I’ll go to my favorite bar or the local coffee shop… Whichever one I’m at, whether I’m eating, drinking, or both – I’ve got some electronic device on me where I can read the news or play some pointless little game to pass the time.  I even talk to people – something I never really had a problem doing – but now when I talk to them I genuinely don’t care where the conversation goes, what it’s about… I just play the part and move on.

Hell, I used to love getting on my motorcycle and just ride it from dawn till dusk, and as was the case last summer – right through till dawn again (1200 miles on a bike with a 2.9 gallon fuel tank, who’s hardcore now?).  Music, politics, games, religion, the great outdoors… I don’t give a crap.  Last night I was watching “The Family Man” – a Nic Cage movie from 2000… I got about halfway through it, up to the part where he started to see how happy his ‘other self’ actually was with the life he didn’t want…  I’m sick of seeing that hollywood happiness, it’s a load of crap.  I could just sit in my room and watch the pull string on the ceiling fan swirl around all day and get as much satisfaction (read: none) from my day as if I actually did something that involved using my brain.

So yeah… there’s a world outside my window, and I honestly could care less.  The only thing I’m hoping for at this point, if anything – is for my ‘instant family’ to finally leave and take their goddamned psychosis with them.  I have enough trouble sorting out the crap in my head without having to guess when the next bipolar outburst is going to have me wishing I had a damned escape ladder in my room so I can find a nice quiet place to escape to.  Maybe a new job where I can make enough to move out, hire a lawyer instead of a mediator and put this shit to rest forever.  I can’t tell you how much I’m waiting to start making alimony payments.  I’d sell a nut today if I could start paying alimony tomorrow.

Hell, I think I’d feel better if I knew more divorced people.  Last one I knew was a coworker, and that crazy SOB moved to RUSSIA to get away from the bullshit.  My grandfather divorced my grandmother, my uncle divorced his wife, but they’re all dead.  My wife… I’m really sick of calling her that… she’s divorced, but hardly an expert as her problems became mine and generally speaking I’m going to blame her for my current state of being until I’m free of her and can’t use her crap as a bullshit justification for my crap.

Recently I ran into my ex (who is divorced) twice at the local coffee shop.  Thankfully I wasn’t spat on or hissed at either time, honestly I didn’t even recognize her either time until I was ready to leave.  I’d ask her how her divorce went, but the last time I said hello she emailed my parents and brother to accuse me of doing some pretty vile shit… None of which was true, as anyone who actually has to support a family and raise kids doesn’t generally have the time to do what she thought I was doing.  I always figured that, and her spitting / hissing at me was an attempt to evoke a reaction, start a conversation… but that leads me back to the whole ‘perks of not giving a crap’ thing.  I don’t care.  Spit on me, hiss at me, try to make people think I’m the bogeyman outside your window while I’m busy being a “dad” – shrug.  Have ya considered saying “Hi?” lol.

I want to be left alone and rescued at the same time.  Nothing interests me anymore, but at the same time if I actually get invited to do something… the effort required to actually do it is excruciatingly exhausting.  There’s no bright sides anymore, just a few things I’m waiting to happen so maybe my life will be a little less crappy and a whole lot less complex.

I need something new, I know I’m looking… I must still care at some level if part of me hopes that one day I’ll actually be able to see the sun again through this foggy haze of bullshit, boredom, and apathy that’s become my security blanket.  No clue what it is, where it is, but there’s got to be more to life than walking into the same old walls every day just to see how much less I can care once the swelling from the impact finally subsides.

I’ve still got some hope left… no fucking clue why… but until I discover the justification for that hope I guess I’m just perfectly content not giving a shit about anyone or anything.

Taking a brave leap back into MMO hell… and loving it.

April 22nd, 2013 by SJ

I’ve never been big on “fantasy” type games, nor have I ever really cared for online/multiplayer games – I prefer to be a lone gunman than have to deal with other players who for the most part are unrepentant twats yet to have their first real sexual experience that doesn’t involve a family member.  That being said, the fact I devoted nearly 3 years of my life and killed at least 1 relationship playing World of Warcraft was a shock to say the least.

In the time I devoted to WOW, I saw many other attempts to oust the 6 million lb elephant in the room fail…  Nothing could pull me away quicker than the simple realization that I was devoting many hours a day grinding to earn enough money so I could buy some new weapon, some new armor, etc… so I could grind killing bigger and badder things to repeat the process.

Now that SyFy (I still hate that name, it’s SciFi damnit) has taken the wraps off of Defiance – which from what I can tell is an entirely new take on a game based on a show – or a show based on a game (which is it???) I’ve been gloriously sucked back in to the MMO world.  FINALLY an open world MMO that isn’t confined to the world of elves, trolls, magic, etc…  I’ve got guns!  They make things die!  I even get a quad (or mount for those of you already initiated to MMO hell) to tool around on without having to grind for hours on end.

Defiance is a futuristic science fiction open world MMO (with no monthly fees, even) that places you on a changed Earth years after several alien races popped by for cocktails only to overstay their welcome, terraform the landscape, and generally mess our shit up.  There are two “friendly” races to pick from with several sub-classes to choose from as far as the type of character you’ll be developing.

The graphics are top notch PC quality (I still consider the PC as the standard for graphics, not a console), controls are very well done, and overall the gameplay is smooth and refined.  There is no real learning curve to the game, both MMO virgins and veterans who have played pretty much any open world shooter can hit the ground running.  If I could break out the broad brush of generalization – Defiance is a mix of Fallout, Borderlands, and (simply for the framework) World of Warcraft.

All of the standard weapon flavors are there, pistols, SMG, LMG, Assault Rifles, Shotguns, Rocket/Grenade launchers… and once the proper “EGO” level is achieved, you can modify them to your hearts content.  Other more sci-fi options are available such as the BMG which can either drain bad guys of life or restore life to allies.  If I had a single complaint about the weaponry so far it would be that you can only actively use 2 weapons at any given time.

My general preference for most any game is a solid sniper rifle for ranged attack and a good SMG for close range assault.   I’ve never been big on shotguns in any game going as far back as Doom, but they’re just about a necessity in Defiance.  Thankfully even the low-end shotguns offer massive damage with a decent rate of fire and magazine size.  This is where my complaint really comes into play though.  I think that to do the best job at killing I should be able to swap between a long/medium/short range weapon on the fly…  Instead I need to take a guess as to what would be the best loadout for a given situation and keep my fingers crossed that I got it right.

If I discover too late that I’m better off with a shotgun, or I’ve burned through all of my ammunition, I need to jump to my inventory menu – double-click the weapon I want to use, select the weapon it will be replacing, and then dive back into the fray.  Defiance being an MMO though, the action doesn’t stop while I dig into my collection for the best weapon of pixelated destruction… 99% of the time I’m getting attacked and unless I get my timing just right I’ll hop out of the menu just in time to find myself on my ass in need of being revived.  I’ve read something about being able to set up alternate loadouts in the game that can allow me to swap weapons faster but its still not ideal.  This is something the dev’s should seriously address because IMHO – if I’m not killing or exploring, I’m not playing, and their goal should be to keep the action at the forefront instead of forcing players into the menu screens during an attack.

One of the most frustrating aspects of any MMO is that the open world maps are generally MASSIVE, and even while sprinting it can take forever to get where you need to go.  Defiance handles this brilliantly, as once you finish the “tutorial” missions, you get a simple quad with a boost function which vastly improves the task of traveling across the map.  Other perks?  GPS.  Set a waypoint on the map, and you’ll get a route on your minimap of how to get where you’re going.  Lastly, any area you visit that has a ‘fast travel’ allows you to get back to that area simply by double-clicking the fast-travel icon on the map.  Much of my travelling that wasn’t mission based so far has been getting to areas that have the fast-travel so that I don’t have to waste extra time later on getting around.  Now going by the cut-scenes and what I’ve actually seen in game, it looks like Dodge has thrown some money at the game as some of the quads  have a “Dodge” emblem and oh yeah – there are Mad-Max style Challengers roaming around as well.  I haven’t found the vendor which offers those yet, but it’s pretty cool to see some post-apocalyptic rides tooling around that are actually recognizable.  Personally, I’d prefer a RAM or even a Durango, but hey that’s just me.

There are a few different types of currency in the game, each allowing you to modify various aspects of your experience.  IAP’s are also enabled, so far the IAP “bits” I think they’re called allow you to get lock-boxes (grab bag of random weapons, etc…) inventory size increases, outfits, vehicles, etc…  I dropped $5 on some bits but haven’t used them just yet as I’ve been able to get what I need as the game plays out.

I  mentioned earlier that if you get killed, you have 3 options – one (which can only be used every once and a while) is to self-revive, another is to re-spawn at a nearby spawn point, and of course at any time you can be revived by another player.  Something I’m not sure exists yet (but should if it does not) are med packs.  A lot of times I’m just moments away from killing that last bad guy only to get dropped.  If I could click a button and use a medpack – that’d be sweet.

Another unavoidable weakness of Defiance (which holds true for every MMO I have ever played) is the grind.  Sure, there are races, rampages (kill as many bad guys in a specific time limit), and other ways to get XP, loot, and currency – but in the end there are a ton of “Go here, kill bad guys, get the item” missions.  Thankfully, picking off enemies with a rifle is more fun than killing 1000 boars to obtain the sword of infinite truth, plus you always have the option to run the bastards over.

The last feature I’m going to mention here that I like are your “EGO” abilities.  I forgot what EGO translates to, but essentially it’s a computer in your head that gives you powers.  My choice was the cloak which allows me to sneak up, Predator style, escape an attack with  my life by cloaking while out of sight, and generally wreak invisible havoc.  Other choices are overcharge (ramp up your weapon damage), blur (run really fast), and decoy (total recall style).  I’ll probably create some other characters to try those out, but as your character develops you’re able to increase your skill tree along side your increasing EGO level and unless I’m mistaken it looks like you can actually branch out into other powers… Not sure yet.

Overall, I’m loving the game.  It’s a fresh take on the MMO style, the fact it’s tied to a SciFi series (even horrible shows can go 10 seasons there) is a perk.  The show is pretty good as well, and provides a lot of the back story that is lacking beyond hints and whatnot during gameplay.  $59.95 will get you a standard copy while a whopping $100 gets you the ‘deluxe’ edition.  I have a feeling I’ll be upgrading to that version eventually as if history has proven anything… me + MMO = time sink of epic proportion 🙂