Britt5091 Origins: Oh Hai!

Welcome to Britt5091: Origins, where I dig up old blog posts I used to write for IGN’s community under the username Britt5091. Some posts may make you giggle, some may make your eyes bleed, and some may make you stroke your beard in a pensive manner. All you need to know is that these posts, no matter how terrible some of them may be, ultimately lead to everything I do now.

Oh Hai!

October 20th 2009

Man oh man I feel like I’ve been away for months, which isn’t true, since its only been a little over a week since my last post. Needless to say, I’ve been busy, but thankfully I’ve had just enough time to read your posts and hopefully leave a comment or two.

Since completing Uncharted 2 a little over a week ago, I haven’t had much time to game. This is due to hunting, football games, and life in general. But since I had received Uncharted 2 at no cost, I figured I’d buy Brutal Legend with the money I had originally set aside for Uncharted.

There are a vast range of emotions regarding Double Fine’s latest. Some are thrilled with the game and others are disappointed, not so much at the story but at the RTS aspect.

I have to admit, I’m struggling a little too. I don’t think it’s the RTS gameplay that’s turning me off (I did my research; I knew RTS was going to be implemented, so I can’t whine about that) but I honestly think it’s because I was so impressed by Uncharted 2. That game really blew everything else out of the water, and I can’t help but have unreal expectations for everything else at the moment.

Not fair, I know. Preconceptions aside, Brutal Legend IS great and the story is fun. Uncharted 2 is, simply, a different game. So to compare the two is ridiculous. But a chick can’t help the way she feels.

Anyway, there have been enough bras and panties thrown at Naughty Dog to last them a lifetime, so I’ll move on. But I have one last question regarding all of this: What do you think about Brutal Legend releasing the same day as Uncharted 2? I’m not sure who claimed October 13th first, but if it came down to running against Among Thieves or waiting a few weeks only to become lost in the mass that is Modern Warfare 2? Well, it’s a no brainer.

Switching gears completely:

How many times has this happened in your life?

The spotlight is on you. You may be interviewing for a job, participating in a group discussion or attending a corporate meeting. A question is directed your way and people, strangers to you, turn their head to watch, anticipating your response. As you begin to speak, your mind completely draws a blank. Silence fills the room, and you feel yourself starting to break a light sweat. Your mind is going 90 miles per hour; however nothing logical is coming together. You know they’re watching you, waiting, and that distracts you from…shit, what was the original question?

Okay, so where did THAT come from? Long story short, last Thursday I was at an audition. I was in a room with three other people. Two of the people were ‘judges’ so to speak, and I would be debating with the other person. And the topic of debate was something near and dear to my heart — gaming.

At this point we’re just waiting for the judges to give us the go ahead. We hadn’t been given our topic yet. Oh yeah, the entire debate was going to be recorded.

I’m preparing for a political question about the industry, like my views on sex/drugs/violence in games, is Activision really a money whore, what do you think of all digital distribution, etc., so I’m getting in the zone to discuss some heavy game politics.

As the little red recording light turns on, they give us our question.

“Mario or Sonic. Who would win?”

I flat lined.

Honestly I can’t remember half of what I said. I was defending Mario, and the guy I was debating against was extremely quiet and monotone, therefore I had no fuel to get my fire going. I was completely thrown off guard and for whatever reason was not able to get my mind right.

Fail. I was surprised too, because I’m not camera shy at all. It was just one of ’em moments! And you know how it works — right after I left that room a million thoughts, ideas and arguments hit me. I’ll cringe over it for a few days, but I’ll get over it. Ugh. πŸ˜‰

Finally, Fozzy has asked me to interview him. That’s right; I get full control and say so over his Late Night stage for a day. One can only assume he was under the influence when he asked lil’ ol’ Β me because he has no id

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Update

June 19th, 2012

Ah, Brutal Legend – a game I was SO looking forward to but a game I could never must up the energy to finish. Such a shame. As far as that audition goes, I’m obviously way over it and a half but I had completely forgotten about that night! It seems like such a blip in the past now, but at the time I remember being borderline devestated. I was so bummed out that I blanked. I WANT to say it was for thatguywiththeglasses.com.

Too bad they didn’t ask me about Dragon Age: Origins (although the game hadn’t released yet…). I woulda blown their brains into chunks all over the wall behind them.

::flexes muscles::

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  • Tilly

    These articles are great- I’ve only recently come across the site so its pretty interesting to get a glimpse into your humble beginnings, lol. As for the update, I’ve never played Dragon Age but your lust over it inspired me to snag a used copy on the way in from work tonight.

    Here’s hoping your right!

  • Tilly

    These articles are great- I’ve only recently come across the site so its
    pretty interesting to get a glimpse into your humble beginnings, lol.
    As for the update, I’ve never played Dragon Age but your lust over it
    inspired me to snag a used copy on the way in from work tonight.

    Here’s hoping your right!

    • britt5091

      Aw, thank you! I’m glad you enjoy them. They’re really funny to look back and read — slightly embarrassing, but hey, we all gotta start somewhere! πŸ˜‰
      YOU WILL LOVE DRAGON AGE ZOMG AND IF YOU DON’T I’LL STILL LOVE YOU BUT YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST KEEP ME UPDATED

      • For sure! They’re a fun read… and it’s cool you have the balls to look back on ’em, haha.
        I got super overwhelmed/bored with Skyrim so I was admittedly hesitant but got about an hour into DAO last night ANNNND… I’m definitely digging it so far πŸ™‚

        • britt5091

          YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • Boots_33

    The first time I played Brutal Legend, I was disappointed due to my expectations of what is was, Like most, I believed it to be a hack-n-slash game – and the demo set it up as such – but when the focus went to RTS, I immediately fell a bit out-of-touch. Since I was super cheevo hunting then, I played it again on the hardest difficulty… and I actually had a lot of fun. Knowing what the game was, I was able to overlook my expectations and focus on the fun of the story and setting and the intricacies of the gameplay stuff.

    Lots of fun, that game is. I wanna play it again, now. πŸ™‚

    • britt5091

      Soooo what you’re saying is that I should give it another shot. FINE. Maybe in 12 years when I have time. πŸ˜‰