Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Contrary by nature

I've been resisting the urge to get GTA 4, mainly because everyone is INSISTING that anyone with a game console HAS TO buy it. I played GTA 3 and found it was ok, but there were 2 main things to pull me away from it. First of all, as cool as it was to shoot and bludgeon folks, it was easier to just stay in the car and run them over. Second, I got lost way too often. I'm talking genuinely lost, where the clock's ticking on some mission and I get turned around because I can't find my way to the upper portion of a bridge instead of some access road at the base of it. Granted, that does happen to me a lot in real life so that may speak volumes for the accuracy of GTA in general. I resisted Vice City and San Andreas because it looked like it was still built on the same engine that hassled me before.

Now along comes GTA 4. Like Halo 3, it's hyped every damn place I look and I get sick of hearing about it. And, like Halo 3, the more I hear about the actual game instead of the hype surrounding it, it sounds pretty freaking cool. Now I've been seeing game play footage complete with a brand new shooting mechanic and cover system that addresses my big gripe with GTA 3. There was a lot of other stuff that just looked too cool to pass up, so I picked it up. I've got work to do today, so I'm holding off on playing until I get some time to stretch out and really roll around Liberty City. I'll probably still get lost once I get there, though.

This is what happens without editors

I'm Marcus Pelegrimas, author of the SKINNERS series. Here you'll find various ramblings about movies, video games, TV, and...oh yeah...those books I write. If there's anything you'd like to discuss, just let me know. I try to update whenever the mood strikes me, so feel free to leave comments. There may be some occasional foul language, but anyone who's too easily offended probably doesn't read my stuff anyway.

Free Stuff

Here's how it goes. As usual, I've got my truckload of promo covers from EOS Books. I'll be going to some conventions, so I hope to see you there and I'll gladly sign your books. If you can't make it to a con, just email me your name, address and any inscription so I can send you a signed cover.

BONUS ---> If you would be so kind as to write up a review for any or all Skinners books and publish it on a site like Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Borders, or any other major review site, I can send you something extra. I made up some bookmarks (which I'll sign) and I've even put together some Shimmy's VIP passes (which I'll also sign). Can't guarantee the passes will get you into a real strip club, but I think they look pretty cool. Send me a link to your review along with your name, address and inscription, and I'll get these out to you as well.