Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

Recurrence – A “Groundhog Day” type game I made is now available!

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Recurrence is a game I made over the last ~30 days for the 2014 Indie Game Maker Contest! I worked incredibly hard on it, and I’m really proud that it’s finished and available to download! I will have smaller versions available soon, as well as a trailer, but for now it’s up on the IGMC contest page!

Please “like” it / tweet it here:

You can find all the information about it on a new page I created, here:

On the day of your brother’s kidnapping, a malfunctioning wrist teleporter sends you into a time loop, forcing you to repeat the same day over and over again (in the vein of “Groundhog Day” or “Source Code”). Master skills, gather information, and socially engineer your way to his location. Can you break the cycle and save your brother’s life?

Title Screen

Title Screen

Frogger: The Later Years (image)

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

I made this image for a random online game, but since it’s very game related I figured I’d post it here. I made it in response to this caption:

It might be entertaining for the video game fans, but all those hours spent trying to cross the road to get home have left frogger extremely sleep deprived, and exhausted when he gets up for work in the morning.


Well I feel like an idiot. Comments approved!

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

This site gets so much spam (don’t they all?), that I really don’t bother checking the “marked as spam” comments (I have yet to see a false-positive in there). I have the site configured to email me whenever a real comment gets held for moderation, but for some reason, it stopped emailing me months ago! I haven’t been posting a whole lot recently, and when I post videos I figure most people simply comment on youtube, or on the various sites (NeoGAF, rock band forums, etc.) where I link to the video. Well I finally was going through some settings and found there were tons of comments held for moderation that I didn’t know about! So I went through them all and approved them, and will make sure that doesn’t happen again. Very sincere apologies to anyone who took the time to comment! They were not lost, just delayed!

Of some note are all the great comments on Half-Life 2: Episode 2 – “Little Rocket Man” Gnome Achievement Tips. Nine months later, and people are still leaving comments, which can now be seen! Thanks for all the extra tips!

Another good comment is the review by Eugenio, posted under my Getting Up Review.

So aside from that stuff, I’d just like to say that I will definitely be putting up some Rock Band videos! I wanted to wait until I had better drums, but I don’t know if that’s going to happen anytime soon. I’ll be sure to get some full band videos — we may be having a “Rock Band 2 BBQ” in the next week or so.

I’d also like to get more content up, maybe some more podcasts (I wanted to do a GTAIV podcast, but my roommates took forever to finish the game! I beat it in three days). Now that I promise your comments will be seen — what do you want to see more of on this site? Guides? Gameplay videos? Rabbit Runs? Podcasts? More papercraft videos? :)

Rock Band: 5-starred Blackened! (expert drums)

Friday, June 27th, 2008


I really didn’t expect to do that; I guess it’s all thanks to my new pedal. I still need work on Kool Thing, Hammerhead, The Perfect Drug, and a few others. I added some of my high scores to ScoreHero, and will add more later.

I’ve also been trying to raise my career score, and have almost broken the top 500 on the 360 leaderboards. I’ve been reading about the best overdrive paths to use, so I just thought I’d let everyone know:

Public Service Announcement

The Best Rock Band pedal, 5-starred Disturbed Expert Drums

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

I haven’t been able to play Rock Band for the last week and a half because our 360 Red Ringed. Luckily, a friend came over today and brought his Xbox, so we swapped HDDs, bought some new songs, and played for a while. I’ve been really wanting to play the MTV pack, and now the new Offspring/Avenged Sevenfold.

I finally decided to just mod the pedal that came with my Yamaha DTXplorer, since I play Rock Band more than Drummania nowadays (and it doesn’t disable the pedal or anything). This is the best Rock Band pedal there is now (click for large):


This picture speaks for itself.

Friday, May 16th, 2008


No, I don’t care about Gold Starring it!

Now that my drums are working almost perfectly, I’m trying to raise some of my scores. I just re-calibrated Rock Band, because it still felt off. I tried harder this time and tested it, and it really felt like it made a difference. I basically have to just guess the settings though, because the “calibration tool” never works.

I five-starred a whole bunch of songs: Dead on Arrival (as you can see. I don’t think I’ve played it since the first month we got RB), Next to You (Yes!), March of the Pigs (although I think I’ve only played that one once before, not a huge NIN fan), and some others. I still haven’t gotten 5 on Run to the Hills, but I’m closer (4 and 3/4?).

I even passed Blinded by Fear for the first time (3 stars), but I played cheaply and purposely missed half of the hi-hat notes. If you just alternate hands (hi-hat, snare) and still hit the bass pedal, it’s not too hard, and you’ll still maintain your health. I don’t think I can physically play that song correctly all the way through, it’s just too fast.

So now I only have a small bunch of 4-stars left (including DLC), and just that one 3-star!

New Server!

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

You may have noticed CRG has been down for a few weeks, and was a little spotty before that. Well we are now on a completely different, much better host! The old server went down unexpectedly, so some comments were lost, but that’s about it (my backup was about a week old). I also got rid of all the ads!

In other news, my other roommate just bought a PS3, so at some point I might have some PS3 reviews up (though he keeps it in his room, unlike the 360 in our living room). There really aren’t too many PS3 exclusive games I’m interested in playing though — LittleBigPlanet is the main one that comes to mind, and of course a new Twisted Metal if they make one.

Now we just need to get our hands on a Wii, which we’ve been trying to do for a year. We’re all pretty broke at the moment though, so we haven’t been trying that hard.


Friday, December 28th, 2007

Rock BandI finally beat the last Expert drum song. I would have done it much sooner, but the final song, “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” has tons of bass notes towards the end (plus we’ve been playing TONS of BWT mode). If I had a real bass pedal, it wouldn’t have been a problem at all, but the crappy plastic pedal just wears your leg out so quickly. The song itself really isn’t very hard…which is true for most of the songs. Other songs I had some trouble on:

Dead on Arrival:
This was the first song I failed on. Maybe it’s because I really didn’t know this song at all, but it also has a weird pattern that’s pretty fast. I got it on my third or fourth try, scraping by with overdrive.

Foreplay/Long Time:
This song is fun, but the beginning is pretty tough, mostly because of the lack of rebound on the drum pads (haven’t modded yet). There’s a fast “L L R” pattern you need to do, but after that the song is easy.

Next to You:
I forget if I actually failed this song, but it’s definitely hard. Very fast, lots of bass.

Run to the Hills:
Very fast rolls, not very complicated though. The problem was that the pads weren’t registering all the hits, so I failed a few times. On my next try I played really lightly, which helped tremendously, and I passed it. It must have been pretty funny to watch.

In other news, we just got a whole bunch of DLC, including the Metallica pack. I’ll have to see if I can get through Blackened, as that has tons of notes close together. Hyperspeed, please!

Rock Band Drums: Score Duel TIE! Same 1 note miss! (screenshot)

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

Rock BandI have a free month of Xbox Live Gold because I just signed up, so I figured I might as well try to get the online achievements while I can. I’m not really an online gamer for the most part, but it was fun. I was trying to get the “five-in-a-row wins” achievement.

I kept running into the same few people online — because it was late, or not many people play on Hard*, or everyone’s playing Guitar.

* I would play Expert, but the songs are random, and I can’t stand playing “Don’t Fear the Reaper” with its ten billion bass notes in a row.

After playing Shoombabi I think two times, we played again and got “Should I Stay or Should I Go.” This was the final result:

TIE! We both missed the SAME SINGLE NOTE! It wasn’t even an off-beat note or anything! It was almost at the very end of the song (the 986th note, not sure how many there are total). I know I hit it, and he said he hit it too, so what’s up? Either both our drums happened to glitch on us at the same time, or the game glitched. Crazy. Who else has gotten a tie (not counting 100% ties)?

Oh, and I did eventually get the achievement. :)

Update: Regarding the probability of this happening (if it wasn’t just a glitch):

Assuming there are exactly 1000 notes total, for the sake of simplicity, there’s a 1/1000 chance of randomly selecting a “chosen” note. But we BOTH missed the same note, which would be:

1/1000 * 1/1000 = 1 in 1,000,000!

Correction by WildBillKickoff:

Actually, the chances of missing the same note in a scenario like that would be 1 in 1000, assuming you both intentionally missed one random note. You can’t count the first 1 in 1000. It’s one in a million that you would both miss that one exact note.

However, that probability is only if we CHOSE to only miss one note! But we didn’t, we *accidentally* each missed only one note, and it was the same note. We could have missed more notes. So there’s the probability that we each missed one note only, and the probability that it was the same note, and the probability that we were playing against each other when it happened, and…. [insert head spinning emoticon]

Anyway, the point is, it was very unlikely!

It’s time to ROCK! How we got Rock Band, and what’s to come.

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

Rock BandI’ve been crazy excited about Rock Band ever since it was announced. Even after hearing about how tons of people’s guitars/drums were breaking after a few hours, I just had to get it; largely because relatives were over for the holidays, and I wanted to play it with them.

I finally got a chance to get it (on Black Friday, ugh), even though I was about to go to sleep. We ran over to Target (close by, and I called first to make sure they had it), came back, and played for four or five hours straight. After everyone left, I played a bit of the solo tour for another hour, then went to sleep. Six hours later, I heard my roommates getting home, so I jumped out of bed, ran downstairs, and we played for another five hours. It was a strange couple of days. We don’t have any Guitar Hero guitars for the 360 yet, so we only played with three people (me on drums, and my roommates switching mic/guitar).

Now we’ve “completed” the Band World Tour (BWT) mode, and some questions I had are answered, so I’m going to be posting a lot about it soon. I have been writing a huge review, but decided to break it up into multiple posts instead.

There’s a new category specifically for Rock Band, so you can always go there to find the new updates.