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Archive for August, 2009

Level-Update Episode #31

  • The U.S. opens reStart: the first treatment center for computer addicts
  • DJ Hero to arrive in stores October 27th
  • PSP to offer cheap digital download games/digital comic book service
  • Joe Biden tries to find the perfect birthday gift for Obama
  • Pecover vs. EA suit claiming EA’s license with the NFL is an illegal monopoly

 Level-Update Episode #31 [4:07m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

My Introduction to PlayStation Home

Because of “Little Big Planet” awesomeness and my insatiable desire to improve my gamer card I started exploring the PS3 menu and – for the first time – actually launched PlayStation Home. Remember how PlayStation Home was supposed to be the big thing that was going to revolutionize the way everyone felt about Sony? And remember how launch kept getting delayed over and over again until we were all so sick of hearing about it we just kind of decided it didn’t exist? Maybe that was just me.

Regardless, I’d honestly forgotten about it until I was digging around on the menus trying to figure out if I was logged in or not and came across the icon. Fifteen thousand million hundred downloads later, my system was updated and I had created an avatar. Read the rest of this entry »

PlayStation Network Now Offers Gamer Cards

So I got an email the other day telling me to go and get my PlayStation Portable ID card to show off my trophies. It took forever because Sony is merging the PlayStation Underground with the new PlayStation Network preference center and trying to merge two pref centers is always a mess. Three password requests and a couple of error messages later, I finally got the code:

Man, that’s hot. Look at all those points! I can’t wait to show all my friends!!!


I do think that having the PSN Portable ID is a step in the right direction for getting people interested in picking up more PS3 titles. I suppose it’s better late than never. I will say that I’m a little disappointed to realize that all the trophies I’ve unlocked playing Little Big Planet with my roommate are only showing up on his profile and not mine. But I guess that’s no different from the way most games work when you’re playing together on the same console. Regardless, I’m not adding the card to my home page until I get some more points. As it is now, it’s just a little too depressing to look at on a daily basis.

Get your PSN Portable ID»

UPDATE 08/27/09:
So it turns out that my ID DID save the trophies I won from gaming on my roommate’s profile. It just takes awhile to update:

1upCakes and other Nerdbake Awesomeness

1upcakesCheck out the 1upCake Recipe

I don’t exactly recall how I stumbled across I probably had the munchies and, in a hazy state of mind, Googled cupcakes instead of grabbing one out of my fridge. Regardless of how it went down, I believe I discovered my new favorite baking site.

It is not your average “just a pinch of this” cut and dry site. The writing is hilarious with posts like the “We Didn’t Think of It, But We Wish We Did” of the Week and baking direction anecdotes like:

In retrospect, I recommend following the directions on the back of the box. We sure didn’t!


In all seriousness, unless you want eggy, chalky lumps of horror in your batter, I strongly recommend considering an electric mixer. We found out the hard way.

The only thing that I don’t really like about this site is the fact that, right now, there are only a handful of posts which is why you should visit now, get their hit count up and give them a reason to post more.

I’ve seen a lot of cool baking sites in my day, but this one takes the cake.


Level-Update Episode #30

  • Michael Vick gets added back to Madden 10
  • Manveer Heir will pay for your copy of Wolfenstein
  • Utah Best Buy and GameStop fight for customers
  • Redbox kiosks in Reno offering games now
  • Yoko Ono tries to break up Rock Band: Beatles
  • EA officially announces who will appear in their MMA game

 Level-Update Episode #30 [5:25m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

Hello, my name is Kate and I’m Addicted to Fallout 3.

Some radical chick named Peggy made her own Nuka-Cola Machine.
She also posted the AI files and reveals the secret to making
Nuka-Cola Quantum here
because she’s cool like that.

As a gaming journalist, I try to stay on top of all the games out there but it ain’t easy. Some series just pass me by and I don’t discover them until their third or fourth iterations. I didn’t get into The Elder Scrolls the Oblivion series until I hit Oblivion IV [EDITORS NOTE: Check out the comments] and I didn’t get into Fallout until my friend Matt let me borrow his copy of Fallout 3 – a copy which, nearly four months later, I’m sure he’d really like to have back. (Sorry, dude.)

Games like Fallout 3 remind me why I can never, ever log in to any MMORPG game. With single player RPGs, you can eventually finish. Even when new expansions are available for download, those only offer a certain number of hours of game play. But when other people are involved, things get complicated. You form relationships and even when you level up completely, there’s an opportunity to keep going and lead others. That’s not a healthy thing for me. If there’s no end in sight, I’ll keep going. And I kind of want to continue receiving a steady income and avoid becoming the subject of a story about game addicts who die at their computers. Read the rest of this entry »

Pepsi Rock Band Video Contest – Vote Now

So the videos for the Pepsi Rock Band contest are posted and the polls are open to pick the final winner. They’ve narrowed it down to the top 5 (the one I included here isn’t one of them, but I thought it deserved some love.) The winner will get their very own MTV Video Music Award Moonman. You can vote for your favorite video now. Make sure to check out the other submissions though, there’s some gold in them thar uploads.

Check out the video gallery»

Pick your fave from the top 5»

Level-Update Episode #29

Hot or not avatars? Really?! • Guitar Hero: Van Halen news • Play Half-Life with REAL guns • 50 Cent to appear in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 • Download full-length games on the Xbox 360.

 Level-Update Episode #29 [3:34m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download


In the Media

Game Heroes
Video podcast appearance
—June 2008

Sweet Flag
—May 2008

Attack of the Show
“The Loop” panelist
—November 2007
—June 2007
—April 2007