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Thursday, October 27, 2005
07:48 AM - October 27, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
After going to three different shops last night, we finally found a costume Natalie wanted. We dressed her up in a cat outfit and a few others, but she really didn't like any of them. The Dora one looked like she'd freeze herself in. The last store we went to had a costume of Stephanie, from the show Lazytown. For those that don't know about the show or what Stephanie looks like, I'll post an image at the end of this post. She looks really cute in it and wanted to keep it on all night. She's excited about her Halloween party at daycare on Friday, she knows she'll be able to wear it and have a ton of sweets.

While we were out last night, I picked up some mouse traps. A few of the regular ones and a few that have some sort of glue on them, which supposedly makes the mouse stick to the pad. I don't know if it's wrong of me to laugh about, but I hope I catch one of them on the glue pad, just to see the face on the mouse when I find him. LOL. I actually thought I had one, because this morning, I didn't see one of the mousetraps I laid out. I was like WTF? Anyways, I guess I didn't rig it up very well, because it snapped itself and shot across the floor underneath the table. When I didn't see the trap, I thought to myself...Now this isn't a mouse, it must be a huge rat! Ugh. Well, hopefully I'll get one sooner or later. I think I'll put some other traps in some other areas tonight.

I'm having some other issues with that Samsung monitor/TV I picked up the other day. For some strange reason the resolution changes after I play a game on it. For example, I'm playing Battlefield 2. I'll play the game, then when I'm done I quit and exit to the desktop. Well, in doing so, the monitor loses track of its resolution or something, because while the computer is running, the monitor gives off an error that says something to the effect of not knowing the resolution, so it doesn't detect a connection. I have to reboot in safe mode and then reboot again. Sometimes I have to reinstall the ATI drivers, it's such a PITA. If anyone has any tips, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Enough about me, what's up with you? Congrats to the Chicago White Sox, what a great run they had.

Here is a picture of the costume.


07:47 AM - October 27, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
RewiredMind has posted their review of Football Manager 2006, giving it a perfect 10.
"Football Manager 2006 is a game that needs lots of processing power, and a good amount of RAM for the best experience. The fact that many gamers will have already upgraded their PC to account for this is testament to the game itself. My life is ebbing away, my time is all but accounted for – and I still can’t get Exeter City out of the Conference. Doesn’t mean I’ll stop trying though…absolutely essential on every level."

07:47 AM - October 27, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Xboxyde has posted the following:

07:46 AM - October 27, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
PGNx has posted their review of Greg Hastings’ Tournament Paintball MAX’D, giving it an 8.7 out of 10.
"Greg Hastings’ Tournament Paintball MAX’D will definitely please fans of the first game. Gamers who are interested in the recent paintball fad should also play the game since it’s a pretty good primer."

07:46 AM - October 27, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
GamePro has posted Tony Hawk's American Sk8land screenshots for the following handheld devices:

07:46 AM - October 27, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Boomtown has posted their review of Midnight Club 3 Dub Edition, giving it a 9 out of 10.
"Playing through the game, I was thinking about my review of it for a long time. Part of me wanted to focus on how much fun it is (and it really does reek quality gameplay), but the rest of me realised that it was the fact that it was the portable version of an already established game that was the main feature. MC3 works surprisingly well on a PSP, despite the grand setting and detail put into the original. Rockstar Games has again proved itself, and now all that I can hope for is that Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is as much of a success in my eyes as Midnight Club 3."

Wednesday, October 26, 2005
11:55 PM - October 26, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
TeamXbox has posted the following:
  • NBA Live 06 Hands On (X360)
    "The presentation in-game has that definitely-next-gen feel to it; from the player introductions on the scoreboard, to the first time you lay eyes on the arena. Marv Albert and Steve Kerr are the commentary duo, as they are for the current-gen version of NBA Live 06."
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted Art Interview (X360)
  • College Hoops 2K6 Cover Athletes Announced (Xbox)
    "2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, announced today that Marvin Williams, the #2 pick in the 2005 NBA Draft and star forward for the 2005 NCAA Champions, University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels, along with Roy Williams, the current head coach at UNC, will grace the cover of and act as the official spokespeople for College Hoops 2K6."

11:55 PM - October 26, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
PALGN has posted the following reviews:
  • Moto GP 3: Ultimate Racing Technology (Xbox - 8.0/10)
    "While it’s hard not to be disappointed with the so very few improvements/additions to the main game outside of the Extreme mode, you won’t find a better bike racing game anywhere else. With wonderfully silky controls, over 30 tracks and a fabulous online mode all running at a super smooth 60fps, Moto GP 3 is a delight for racing game fans."
  • FIFA 06 Review (PSP - 6.5/10)
    "FIFA 06 isn't the stellar soccer game we were hoping for. Anyone who is an arcade soccer fan would be best advised to pickup World Tour Soccer, and if you're a simulation fan then it is highly advisable that you wait for Pro Evolution Soccer 5 to come to the PSP. Soccer fans are being treated on the PSP, with some great games coming out, but unfortunately FIFA 06 isn't one of them."
  • Top Spin Review (PS2 - 6.5/10)
    "Top Spin isn't a bad tennis game, it's been released at a budget price point and the fact it even made it over to the PlayStation 2 is a positive. However, this feels as though it was just ported to be out in time before the sequel comes out for the Xbox 360, a suspicion that's further aroused by some distinctly shoddy loading times and average graphics."

11:54 PM - October 26, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
Next Level Gaming has posted the following:
  • WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006 Preview (PS2)
    "Once you step into the ring, you are going to find a couple of new features as well, and a much better graphic and audio engine. For the first time, I think I actually enjoy the commentators! They are split up just like in the WWE; J.R. Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler on one side, Tazz and Michael Cole on the other."
  • TOCA Race Driver 3 Trailer (PS2, Xbox, PC)

11:54 PM - October 26, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
GameDaily has posted their review of NBA '06, giving it a rating of 2 1/2 stars.
"Kudos to Sony for trying something new, but there's no way I would ever purchase this game. It's not that I hate it, but it just lacks the presentation and quality gameplay that I expect out of today's basketball titles. I want announcers, instant replays, half time shows, lots of cut scenes, and the surprise element that goes with waiting to see if a shot will go in or not, but all of these things are missing from this title."

11:53 PM - October 26, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
Ferrago has posted their review of FIFA Manager 06, giving it a score of 80%.
"While it is certainly true that football management simulations aren't for everyone, it is hard not to recommend this game to the many that do, or those who are keen to join the legions of soccer fans who are already suffering from Vitamin D deficiencies due to copious sunlight dodging."

12:28 PM - October 26, 2005. Posted by Splinters From The Pine.
This morning, WNBA star - and one of the finest women's basketball players in history - Sheryl Swoopes, revealed that she is gay.

By her own account, this was not done to get attention or to appear heroic to others; rather it was borne out of exhaustion - an understandable desire to stop hiding who she was from a nation still coming to grips with the obvious.

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07:45 AM - October 26, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
I didn't have the chance to get Natalie her Halloween costume last night. I'm definitely going tonight, I don't want to pick from the leftovers. Last year was her first Halloween, so this year she knows what to expect and she asks me every single day, "Daddy, is it Halloween yet?". She's such a cutie pie!

Late last night, right before I went to bed, I saw a freaking mouse running around on my kitchen floor. Are you kidding me? How did this chump get into my house? No worries, I'm getting some traps later today and I'll keep you guys up to date, lol. I just turned on the light and I saw him trying to scamper and find a place to hide. He ran into the stove and right before I grabbed that chumps tail, he slid right under it. He's MINE BABY! He's gonna wish he never messed with me.

What exactly are the Eagles thinking when they signed Jose Cortez? Does anyone have any idea why they released France? I for one would love the Boys to pick him up, I have no idea what to expect from this practice squad kid they just brought onto the 53 man roster. With so many people in this world, you'd think field goal kickers would be a dime a dozen. Well, they are out there, but there sure aren't very many good ones. Maybe I should start working out my legs and tryout myself.

Enough about me, what's up with you? Are the Astros going to win a game in this series?

GameInfoWire has the scoop.
"2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., announced today that Marvin Williams, the #2 pick in the 2005 NBA Draft and star forward for the 2005 NCAA Champions, University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels, along with Roy Williams, the current head coach at UNC, will grace the cover of and act as the official spokespeople for College Hoops 2K6."