Monday, February 16, 2009

Big, steaming pile of relief

So, as you can see, I started the day off in a somewhat rocky fashion. Things got a little better once I stepped out for a breath of fresh air and a little bit o' shopping. I had some gift certificates and a coupon for Best Buy, so I picked up House of the Dead: Overkill for the Wii. First of all, I love the old House of the Dead games. Sometimes, nothing beats some brainless shooting action and HotD, was always great for that. Secondly, I needed to let off some steam and shooting virtual people (or zombies or whatever) is somewhat less frowned upon than cutting loose in real life.

Let's get this out of the way right now. House of the Dead: Overkill is completely brainless. It's also a lot of fun. Just hearing SO MUCH swearing coming from my cute little Nintendo Wii does me some good. Also, the swearing and gore and everything else is so over-the-top that it's hilarious. The best thing (other than the continuous 70's voice over) is your partner who follows you throughout the game, commenting on staples of the series like bad names, stiff animation and buckets of blood spraying everywhere. Prepare for lines like, "How the f--k did he say that without moving his lips?" and "Shoot to maim, mutha f--ka!!"

Sure, there are some technical problems but I love this game. It's not the deepest. It's not the most original. It has some weird control issues, but it makes the Wii crank out songs about crack hos and you gotta admire that. Just shoot some shit and relax, mo' fo! I'll definitely need some of that tomorrow after I get back from having my face peeled off....I mean getting my taxes done. Ugh.

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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, 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.