Entries for September, 2009

I went to Men's Warehouse today to get measured for a tux for my brother's wedding.  I have to say, it really made me want to get some nice dress clothes, because I really only have one suit.  And it makes me look like a crime lord. 

Posted by Narzack on September 14, 2009 at 03:38 PM | 2 Dropkicked



(Fair warning, this is pretty R-rated.)

Currently feeling: nervous
Posted by Narzack on September 14, 2009 at 07:37 PM | 2 Dropkicked

It’s quiet, now, Harlan Lincoln.  You’ve won. 




Walk.  Run.  Move faster!  You carry this weapon in your hand.  Its weight is unfamiliar, its shape barely remembered. 




Tighten your grip.  Check the safety- off.  Move quickly!  Move silently!  There is at least one more.  Surprise is your only hope.  You’re too tired and too weak and you don’t know if you have any skin left on your back.    The nightmare that walked in your skin won’t help you now.  It’s just you. 




There, resting on the counter in the medbay.  The Captain’s shotgun.  Your Captain.  You heard her scream.  Follow it. 


You have the shotgun.  You haven’t fired a weapon in six years.  Remember its kick.  Remember the spread, you want to be close. 


A pistol and a shotgun.  It’ll have to be good enough.


Check your corners, marine.




There.  The leader.  Move quietly.  You can do this. 


A flurry of movement.  It’s the doctor.  Hold your fire.  Get closer.  You can hear the other captain speaking.  It doesn’t matter. 


“Hey,” you say.  He sees you.  He sees the gun.  He surrenders.  Others swarm out.  Somebody takes the pistol.  They bind the man, Vetrone.  You don’t see them move past you.  They are alive.


You see the Captain.  Your Captain.  She’s hurt.


She needs you.  She doesn’t belong her, laying in a pool of blood.  Her blood, his blood, their blood. 


The Captain belongs in the bridge.  At her proper place.  The command chair. 


Take her where she belongs.


You see her.  She barely acknowledges you.  Doesn’t matter.  This is important.  You pick her up, she’s not heavy.  Left arm under her leg, right across her back.  She loops her left arm around your neck.  She looks at you.  Her eyes see into yours.  She understands.


“Come on, Captain.”


She nods.  The shotgun lays across her stomach.  You carry her out.  Past Gully, the doctor, past Sadie.  Down the corridor.  Past medbay.  Into the bridge.  You carry her.  Her strength flows into you.  You will not falter.  You will not fall.  You will be strong, because she is your Captain.  And she needs you.  You are strong.  Your arms are tireless. 


You set her gently, tenderly in her command chair.  You put the shotgun across her lap.  Weary, wounded eyes search out yours.  She’s grateful.  You understand.


“This is where you belong, Captain.”  Again, she nods.  You’ve done the right thing.  It’ll all be okay, now.  The Captain is where she belongs. 


Your Captain.


Everything will be okay.


You remember the lieutenant.  Shame and misery clench your soul.  Guilt digs its claws into your heart.  Black, vile loathing creeps over your mind.


Your Captain straightens. 


Everything will be okay.

Currently feeling: creative
Posted by Narzack on September 14, 2009 at 09:39 PM | 2 Dropkicked
Posted by Narzack on September 16, 2009 at 12:14 PM | Get some!

When Ryan Reynolds was announced as the Green Lantern, I thought he was totally the wrong actor for the role.  Then, I saw that Martin Campbell was directing.  Therefore, I'll give a shot. 


Even though I really don't care for GL.

Posted by Narzack on September 18, 2009 at 12:09 PM | Get some!

I realized that CD Projekt Red is a company that I can really respect.  They released one of the best RPGs I've ever played, The Witcher.  And it's a fairly mature offering, even the hamstrung US release.  Then, free of charge to all owners of the game, they release an Enhanced Edition patch.  Improving load times, textures, voice-work, and models, as well as including bonus content such as adventure modules, making of videos, a map, and a short story by the author.  Even still, they release a Director's Cut that restores all cut content from the original US release, plus more adventure modules.   Again, free of charge. 


And, today, I saw this comment on the website:


Of course, we can’t and won’t try to deny the facts. The movie that appeared on the various sites yesterday presents our newest project, The Witcher 2, which we’ve been working on for some time. We made something about half year ago, to present the first playable version of the game.” said Adam Kicinski, CEO of CD Projekt RED. “Currently we are looking for a potential publisher (or publishers) for this title, and this leak is an uncontrolled side effect of that process. For today, we are not commenting on anything that concerns the game itself.”

More information about The Witcher 2 will be unveiled alongside the official announcement



To me, that just seems like the classy thing to do.  

And to top it all off, they've given us Good Old Games


Currently watching: Waiting for Guffman
Currently feeling: impressed
Posted by Narzack on September 22, 2009 at 06:52 PM | Get some!

From the Witcher homepage:



There’s been a huge interest over our promotional Witcher 2 video that leaked last week. I think it’s best if we straighten few things out.

1. Does the leaked video show final or close to final product quality?
As Adam (CD Projekt RED CEO) noted in our response to the leak, the video was created using a very early alpha version of The Witcher 2 and therefore does not represent the final quality of the game in any way. Basically, the video was created six months ago to show the game to the potential publishers, and a lot has changed since that time. Moreover, the movie does not even touch the main aspect of the game, which is it’s story. We put all our efforts into making the story even more exciting and captivating, giving our fans exactly what they expect.

2. I don’t like Geralt’s voice. Are those final voiceovers for the game?
After seeing the video many of you worried about the quality of voiceovers and the different voices used by lead characters. We’re proud that our team members can imitate native English actors so well that some people would even consider these VOs being part of the final product . However, we are not planning to change RED into the world’s first non-native recording studio for English movies and games by using non-native non-actors. Don’t worry, we’ll stay in our day jobs. The voices in the video are not in any way final, and were only created for the purposes of the video. By the way - personally, I don’t like Geralt’s voice in this movie either .

3. Will the developers of The Witcher be involved in The Witcher 2?
The Witcher 2 is being developed by the same team which was responsible for the first one with some minor changes (50+ people remain from The Witcher’s development). It is true that there were some cuts in the development department at CD Projekt, but those were mostly connected with freezing development of The Witcher: Rise of The White Wolf.

4. What is the release date?
We haven’t established a release date yet. It will be announced together with our future publisher. However, please do not expect the game too soon. The Witcher 2 is still deeply in the development stage and as it is huge and complex, there is still many, many hours of work in front of us.

5. When we will see more materials from the game?
Except for this FAQ we do not plan any materials to be released soon. An official trailer and other stuff will be done with our publisher, and it won’t be very soon. Sorry.

6. What engine will be used in The Witcher 2?
The game does not use the Aurora Engine anymore. We developed a brand new engine dedicated to creating games with the design and features we love. The new engine is fully scalable and, well… kicks ass. We believe it will let us avoid all bottlenecks we came across during development of the first Witcher. Exact engine specifications, features and name will be revealed after the official announcement.

7. What platform will the game be released on?Although PC is certain choice we made regarding platforms for The Witcher 2, we also want to release the console version. More information will come after official announcement of the game.

Final Word. Despite the fact that we did not want to publish this video, we’re happy with the huge interest it gained. As always, please let us do everything we can not to disappoint you. Thanks a lot.

Stay tuned!
Tom Gop
Senior Producer
CD Projekt RED


Like I said, I'm really impressed by this company.

Currently listening to: Dead Eyes See No Future- Arch Enemy
Currently reading: Orphan's Destiny- Robert Buettner
Currently feeling: happy
Posted by Narzack on September 23, 2009 at 10:08 PM | Get some!
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