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Damn it all!!

I get back from my Business trip to find out that Sony destroyed my NEW PlayStation 3.

The new 3.0 Firmware update was released before I left, and we got to play with it. Looked alright, but some of our games didn’t run. Promise’s of a new firmware update to fix this came out, version 3.01. So last night my boyfriend thought he’d update for us. It looked like it was working. The PS3 downloaded the update PERFECTLY, then the system restarted to install the new firmware. But it seemed to have encountered a hiccup at 17-18% of the install. So it said it needed to be restarted to fix and continue.

6 Restarts later, and we’re still getting the same problem. Constantly freezing and dropping an error message at us every time at 17-18% of the install.
“8002F14E – Cannot complete installation. Contact Technical Support”

ARGH. Of course, now the damn thing is toast so I can’t backup my save games! I never realized that you had to back this console up so goddamn often (Read: Every day) because it could corrupt itself WITH IT’S OWN STUPID UPDATE! This thing is more volatile than a Windows operating system on a HD with bad sectors!! AND THAT’s A FRIGGEN LOT.

How was I supposed to know the stupid thing would choke on it’s own vomit?? Worst thing is, is the System Recovery is not available! You can’t do that when the system is stuck in a Updating Loop! No matter how many times you try it, it still resorts to the Firmware update, and still hangs itself! RGGHGH!!! *BANGS HEAD AGAINST WALL*

Of course Sony customer support is no help, they don’t know anything! They don’t care, either, sending you canned messages that REALLY make you feel like you’re patronage is NOT WELCOME. It’s like they go out of their way just to piss you off, because they know you were a sucker enough to buy the expensive thing, and now they have your money, and there’s nothing you can do about it but bend over and take it up the ass!

I’ve tried and attempted so many different “fixes” that people have tried and got theirs working, but mine doesn’t respond to any of them. I even went as far as buying a new HD to see if I could re-install the old 3.0 firmware instead, but after it finishes formatting the HD it goes to install the firmware, AND EVEN THE OLD FIRMWARE FREEZES AT THE SAME SPOT. I definitely know it’s not a Hard drive problem, not in the least! It appears to be related to either the NAND, or the initial 3.01 that fried my system first.

Theories of people talking about why their consoles bit the biscuit talk about the updates causing power spikes in the system, frying their chipsets. Other people say that the older chipsets weren’t meant to handle the new firmwares.. Bullcrap. Another person talked about how his was fixed by sliding his HD in and out while the console was on, just before the magical percentage, then sliding it back in after it. It doesn’t work! This is so infuriating, that I haven’t even had this console for less than a year, and even my brother had terrible luck with his PS3 before I bought mine. What a sign! But I wanted a couple PS3 games, >_<

So now I’ve lost save files for Batman: Arkham Asylum, Dynasty Warriors 6, Eternal Sonata, Fallout 3 (got really far in this!), Folklore, Little Big Planet, and Metal Gear Solid 4 (80+ hours!!). *ready to throw console at wall* So now I gotta mail this thing to Sony directly, because there’s no bloody PS3 service depot in CANADA, so it’s going to the ‘States, which means it’s going to take 2+ weeks to get there and back. And chances are SUPREMELY high that I won’t get the same one I sent to them, because it’s just more convenient to replace a borked system with a new ‘refurbished’ one, than to actually fix the damn thing that an owner BECAME ATTACHED TO, AND HAS SAVED FILES/DOWNLOADS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONSOLE ITSELF.

Big screw you, Sony… Just… ARGH.

Wow! I’m actually at an official Game Developers Conference place! ^_^

I’m currently sitting in the Austin Convention center, on the 3rd day so far. They have two days of panels, then the convention really starts. I’ve been sitting in on Sessions and Panel’s for the last couple of days, so I’m learning lots!

The main theme seems to be mostly about MMO RPG’s and iPhone. I also got to sit in on some story panels about how to write good stories and things! Lots of programming talks as well, and a neat Expo downstairs!

The Expo has companies such as CRI Ware (ADX Dreamcast/Saturn Audio format creator), Bioware (Showing off Dragonair I think), Microsoft, Sony’s Online department, Valve / Steem, Intel, DeVry, DigiPen and a whole bunch of other cool places.

Last On Tuesday and Wednesday there were iPhone Mixers, where people with shared interests in iPhone and iPod touch’s could talk about stuff and meet other people. And free booze. :P It was all beer so I just drank coke. Then last night (wednessday), we managed to score tickets to the Valve/Steem Party at a local club called “Moltov”. It was fun! We didn’t actually get there when it started at 8p, we got there at about 10:30p, but it was still fun! After that, people started dispersing, and we were invited to a bar called Chugging Monkey. The Valve guys let us ride in their limo there, it was so cool!

This trip has also been full of food, which was pretty good. TGIFriday’s is beneath our hotel, and lots of neat food options. I ate at La Cafe Crepe, and had a Swiss cheese, Egg and Bacon breakfast crepe. While I was eating it, there was this small black bird that walked into the cafe and started grabbing scraps. O.o it was funny actually. XD He was just walking around, then finally the staff realized, and one of them went to chase the bird out. The bird got cornered behind the door, and attempted to fly through the window. But it was just glass, XD Just like that windex commercial.

While meeting lots of people, it was kind of sad that when we described the games we made, we had to keep mentioning, “Diner Dash” or “Bejeweled” as comparison. o.O;

Well, I suppose I should get back to my sessions, my next one is at 1:30p/ ^^ See ya!

a_med_psp.jpgFor the last couple of months now, I’ve been on the hunt for a new game to play. I thought I had found one on the PSP. Titled “Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon”. I caught interest in this, as I’m a huge fan of the Harvest Moon game series. Straight from the first game on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). I remember buying that game, too. :P Walked right into the Game store and demanded it. It was fun! I love it so much.

Regardless, A couple months ago I had saw a game on the PSP (Playstation Portable) and I wanted to try it. Forcing myself not to buy it outright, and find a copy to rent and try, I held off. I’m actually glad I did, but at the time I was kicking myself because when I went back for it, it was gone.

Flash foward to two weeks ago, I spotted the same game at a local Used game store, Electronics Boutique (EB games), and jumped happily! Best part, it was only $10!!!

As I went up to the cashier, she pulled out the UMD disk for it, and I began to notice that the back of the casing looked rough. Worse off, the lady tried to smudge off what she thought was a smudge, but it wasn’t. My boyfriend pointed out that it looked pretty worse for the wear, so I looked at it more carefully. Huge scratches everywhere, like it had been in someone’s pocket with rocks and dirt. I had to decline that copy… So she called another store nearby. They didn’t have the PSP one in stock, so I left the store dejected.

I had just got outside the store about 5 minutes away, when the lady chased me down and told me the other store didn’t have the PSP version, BUT! A brand new copy of the PS2 version was there, for $30. I never knew a PS2 version had been out, so I was curious. I went home and rented it from the store, and I was sold! I played an hour or so into the game, and was hooked. I really wanted this game now.

So I took back some old Nintendo DS games I didn’t play anymore, and got credit to get the game. Huzzah! I’ve been happily pleased ever since!

Harvest Moon games have been a great way to waste time, and their slow pace really lets me unwind after a busy day at work. And this game’s story caught me as well! I can honestly say there is no spoilers when I say that you play the main character, a robot in the form of a young child. Your codename, “Innocent Life”. Your creator Dr. Grain had built you for a great purpose. The island home where a great deal of people live has a legend that states that the Fire/Volcano god is upset at everyone for relying too much on technology for even the most mundane of tasks (Shopping, for instance. You have a techno kart that follows you around the store).

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Dr. Grain felt that humans wouldn’t be able to help ease the god, so he built you. To farm by hand, just like in the good old days! The Ironic part is, is that later on you get technology to help you out, so it’s rather funny. A robot using techology to farm!

The music for the game is beautiful. Simply gorgeous! I’m not a fan of the Rune Factory games so much, as they’re really too much RPG like. But this game, Innocent Life, is more like a regular Harvest Moon game, but with a technological twist instead!

Some people may not like this game for it’s slow pace, or modest story (to them), but I definitely recommend this game to check out at the very least. Off to go play some more!! <3

New layout is now in place! I’m quite happy with it actually. I am really in love with the advert logo up there.

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On a random note, as you can tell, I’m working out some kinks, etc, etc. ^^ Hopefully this new site layout works for everyone. Expect to see some new art, some reviews, and other funky things soon. (Almost done a huge project at work, so I’ll have some free time! …maybe. ^^; )

Uh. nothing too exciting here at the moment… Oh yeah.

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NERDS!!! Oh my GOSH. When I was a kid I used to chow down on these tiny little candies called ‘Nerds’, by ‘Wonka Candies‘. My favorite flavor was actually the rainbow flavored packs you’d usually get around Halloween, but since I grew up, they VANISHED. Or nearly… apparently it’s a common sight in the US to see the big blue boxes of Rainbow colored Nerds, but here in Calgary, it’s not very common at all! Heck, I was shocked when I saw them magically appear in the Seasonal section of the local Shopper’s Drug Mart. Then when they ran out I got sad…

But! My brother came to the rescue! He found out that 7-Eleven’s are selling them, too! So my rainbowy nerds addiction continues! these things kick so much arse. Especially when you open a brand new pack only to find some mutated freakishly huge nerd sitting on top. XD

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It’s that time of year again for Calgarians and tourists alike! It’s time for the Calgary Stampede.

Always touted as the greatest Outdoor Show on earth, it has been a staple to millions of patrons each year–and it just keeps getting bigger.

A simple way to notice, is the increased ridership on public transit (most notibly the C-Train, our town’s Light Rail Transit system), and the huge sudden affiliction for leather boots, jeans and cowboy hats that you nosmally wouldn’t be caught dead wearing at any other time of the year.

Pancake breakfast’s start early in the mornings, and usually have huge lineups, but who doesn’t want some good old fashioned pancakes with syrup and breakfast sausages, then down that concotion with orange juice?

Sneak-a-Peak is a night before the official start of the Stampede, where a select lucky few thousand have the chance, and freedom, of being able to walk without being ushered through busy walkways like herded cattle, and get first dibs on rides and attractions.

Parades also start the official beginning. Everyone goes for different reasons, be it the Rodeo, Chuck Wagon racing, carnival rides, gambling, exhibitions, or the food. I mostly go for the food of course!

Mini donuts, corn dogs, barbecue roast beef, pulled pork sandwiches. Mmm! I honestly don’t like missing the incredible Super Dogs show whenever I go. Maybe you’ll go too? Whether you make it or not, just be sure to check out the finale Grand Stand show. After the two hour show, you’re invited to a big fireworks spectacular!

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