I finished Bioshock and it was probably the best game I've played this year.
I'm down to less than thirty days in the states. The good news this time is that I'm the last one out and I'm not stopping in Kuwait. Kuwait is a hot and miserable place. I mean, Iraq is hot and miserable too but in Kuwait there's nothing to do because you're just there as a stopping point between the states and Iraq. At least in Iraq I've got a job to do.
We'll be in Springfield tomorrow night.
Seriously, it's out now, I got my copy at Wal-Mart at midnight. Take a circuit city flyer and make them price match you. Bioshock for $50, that's like stealing from sour old people and giving it to underage amputees for free. Even if Bioshock doesn't give you a boner buy it anyway, if this game doesn't sell a hojillion copies and they close down Irrational Games (or 2K Boston as their called now) then you might as well sign yourself up for a PS triple and a copy of Madden because you apparently want more of the same because you have NO FUCKING TASTE.
Believe it or not, something good did come from The Chronicles of Riddick; a game. The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay is actually considered one of the best first-person games on Xbox. When I found a pristine used copy at Gamestop for $5 I figured I'd give it a shot.
I'm pretty impressed so far. It does a great job of putting you in the prison environment. You find packs of smokes for unlockable content. You beat people to death. You can get brass knuckles or a shiv and shank some people. The fist fights and the shankings don't feel like button mashing either. You really feel like your beating someone to death!
I'm in the process of mirroring this site locally so I can do more playing with it. Way back when I had a lot more free time I liked to make my own movable type themes. I'd even do crappy graphics, thanks to a drawing pad and a handed down scanner. At this time in my life I probably need a more creative outlet than video games and I won't lack for free time in Iraq. This also has the side effect of making me expose myself to newer programming languages like PHP, AJAX, Ruby, etc. which will help out a lot, post-Army. I can't do deskside support forever. I won't. Plus if I can find some good references for those languages, a local WAMP setup can keep me plenty entertained even without an internet connection.
I'm enjoying a four day weekend. Kind of. Yesterday was pretty lame. I had a bad sandwich for lunch and that just about crapped on the entire rest of the day.