Tuesday, January 20, 2009

This Day in History: The Inauguration of Obama

Today is the day history was made in the Beacon to the World. Barack Obama, the first black man ever elected to what is sometimes called "the most important job in the world," was sworn in as president. And Joseph Biden was sworn in as vice president, the first Catholic to have ever been sworn into that position.

After being sworn in on the Bible, as is customary, a speech was made by the now President Obama. The one thing a person would notice aside from the eloquence of the oration is the many ambitions the speech conveyed to the public. He said that it is time to utilize the clean power of nature to provide ourselves with electricity. He said that it is time for the United States to return to its place as the Beacon to the World by lending a hand to undeveloped nations and telling first world countries that they should not stand by while other human beings are living in hellholes. Aside from the points with which many can sympathize, there is also a strand of utopianism in the most recent inaugural oration. He claims that as tribal distinctions continue to crumble and the world becomes smaller, a new age of peace and prosperity will be ushered. Finally, he said that, after the hell that the Civil War and Segregation put together are, a black man was sworn in as president.

When the speech was completed, the president went into the White House to partake in what appears to be a nomination spree. Since I can only guess if he is continuing this or if he has moved on to other presidential matters.

What will this new administration bring? Will it keep its promises? Will it fail miserably and be derided in the history books? Only time will reveal the answers to these questions.

By the way, George Bush was shown clapping after the speech was completed. He must be thinking, "man, I wish I could make a speech like that."

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Review

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed was released in Semptember of '08. It was undoubtedly an ambitious project, meant to give every gamer the experience of being a Sith. Unfortunately, it fell short of what it could have been.

The story of the game takes you through the life and times of the adult known as "Starkiller," a man taken under the wing of Darth Vader as a boy after his jedi father was killed by the Dark Lord. Starkiller is trained in secret by Vader to become a full-fledged jedi in order to help Vader take down Emperor Palpatine. But there's more to this mission than meets the eye at first, but I'll stop now to prevent spoilage of the story.

Gameplay is not exactly great. The levels are flatout repetitive. Most take the form of slashing, choking, zapping, or tossing soldiers of various stripes for about twenty minutes, fighting a boss, killing more soldiers, and facing the final boss (usually a jedi). The only variation in this basic scheme is in the form of more or less bosses.

Aside from this is the overly easy gameplay. An average to experienced gamer would only die about seven times thanks in part to the abundant health packs throughout the game's areas, and most of those deaths will probably be met facing the early bosses, when the player is new to the game. But even these battles are made fairly easy by regenerating health packs in the area of the fight.

There is a basic customozation feature in the game in the form of changing outfits, upgrading your lightsaber with crystals, changing your hilt, and changing the color of your lightsaber blade.

As far as graphics go, they seem to be the average of the video game system whose version you buy. To see what I am talking about, look at some screenshots for the 360 (http://media.xbox360.ign.com/media/823/823667/imgs_1.html), the PS3 (http://ps3.ign.com/dor/objects/823668/star-wars-the-force-unleashed/images/star-wars-the-force-unleashed-20080815041745836.html), the PS2 (http://ps2.ign.com/dor/objects/885370/star-wars-the-force-unleashed/images/pre-e3-2008-star-wars-the-force-unleashed-hands-on-20080703021742715.html , the PSP (http://psp.ign.com/dor/objects/885369/star-wars-the-force-unleashed/images/star-wars-the-force-unleashed-20080630022432817.html), or the Wii (http://wii.ign.com/dor/objects/885367/star-wars-the-force-unleashed/images/star-wars-the-force-unleashed-20080702024824160.html).

In summary, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is something that could have been more, but fell short. On a scale of 1-10, a 5.

By the way, since this is my first review of anything, I welcome any constructive criticism that may help me write better reviews in the future.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Then and Now: An Intro to this Blog

In the beginning, there was nothingness (i.e. a nigh infinite collection of blogs that then and now satisfy the tastes of the web surfing masses). Then there was Nuts, Bolts, and More.

Nuts, Bolts, and More is a blog about everything and anything under the sun; from science to history to video games to the proper pronunciation of "Cthulhu;" the real "nuts, bolts, and more" of the universe and what makes living so grand.

I hope my very brief introduction to this blog makes the reader want to look at it in the future.