I have a list of things I wanted to talk about in my little update here. I have some games on there and some Penny Arcade related stuff. I'll get to all that stuff in a minute though. Right now I have something more important to discuss.
"The worst part about multiplayer games is that you have to play them with other people."
The PA crew plays Medal of Honor every night. It's safe to say that we are all quite in love with it. However lately I have been getting more and more frustrated during our extended MOHAA evenings. Not because of anything in the game but because of the absolute dick heads that seem to occupy most servers. I am referring to those players who bitch about the Rocket Launcher and the Shotgun. Things like "ROCKET PUSSY!" and "SHOTGUN WHORE!" are totally common. Not a night goes by without some mouth breathing monkey fucker complaining about our choice of weapon. The fact of the matter is that people who take the rocket launcher are not only sitting ducks much of the time, but tend to blow them selves up along with their targets. It is not an easy weapon to use. The person on your team who takes it needs plenty of support from other players with close range rapid fire weapons. As for the shotgun it too has it's weaknesses. It's worthless at a distance and leaves it's owner wide open during the reload sequence. However people would rather bitch about getting killed than take the time to actually learn how these weapons operate and then attack accordingly. We will of course be playing again tonight and I would like to ask a special favor of some of you. If you are one of these people I spoke of, who bitch and moan about the RL or the shotgun please do us all a favor and throw your computer in the garbage. Buy yourself a light bright and pretend your playing online games with it. You will probably have more fun since you won't get your ass handed to you all the time, and the rest of us won't have to put up with your inane jibber jabber.
Okay, now on to the good stuff.
Andrew Park has a great new gamespotting article up about the Neo Geo. I know exactly where he is coming from. My first really expensive home cart purchase was Last Blade 2. Just try explaining to your wife why the video game you want costs $300. It was at that point that I decided to focus my collection on the arcade software. Games for the Neo Geo arcade machine were produced in much larger quantities and are therefore quite a bit cheaper. Your sill gonna have to drop big money on games Like Mark of the Wolves and Metal Slug but over all it's a much cheaper way to get into the Neo. Of course you do need an arcade cabinet to play them in but chances are you can get one for almost the same price you would pay for a mint home system.
Virtua Fighter 4 continues to amaze me. I have been playing Kumite with my character Pai and am now a 1st Dan. The competition at this level is insane though and I have already lost my rank and gained it back a few times. I have earned some fancy new jade bracelets as well as a necklace to wear into battle. I have also come to the conclusion that Dural is the reincarnation of Christ and cannot be killed.
Safety Monkey and I beat Jedi Starfighter yesterday. We played the entire game cooperatively and had a blast doing it. I know I try and present myself as a hardcore Star Wars fan and in reality I like to think I am. However I do have one question about this game. Now I love using force lighting to destroy a group of ships, if fact I giggle each and every time I do it. But isn't force lighting a dark side power? And if so why is it being used by Adi Gallia? Speaking of Star Wars the latest book in the New Jedi Order series comes out this week and I couldn't be happier.
While looking for pictures of a grizzly bear to draw today's comic I found this site. I have to admit I find their work a bit unsettling. I have no idea where you would put a life size grizzly bear chasing a wolf in your house. Does that sort of thing go in the living room or the den? Also I made this funny picture.
We have added a new gift to Club PA this month. Current members for the month of March should already have received it. Part one of our new special behind the scenes look at how the comic strip is made is now available to members. If you have ever wondered how we make our special magic here at the arcade, now is your chance to find out.
Think I am exaggerating how stupid some of the people in MOHAA are? Take a gander at these winners.