Britt5091 Origins: Night Vision Goggles, Mario Swag and a Link Bookmark.

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.

Night Vision Goggles, Mario Swag and a Link Bookmark.

November 17th, 2009

First things first. Maybe it’s the new phone, or maybe it’s a sudden crack in ability to stand up to peer pressure. But I now haz tweets.

Want to follow my life filled with spilled rendering trucks, apartment mishaps, losing underwear and video games? Suuure you do. Or maybe you don’t.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009 came to me on Saturday, November 14, 2009. The good folks at Amazon were a, er, few days late in shipping out my prestige edition of Modern Warfare 2, but it’s all Moogles and Chocobos as I’ve been preoccupied with a few other games.

Most of us agree that Modern Warfare 2 is a hell of a ride. I would say most of us MINUS the Russians, because as of yesterday MW2 had supposedly been banned in the motherland, but it turns out that was horseshit. So I’m sure they’re enjoying it as much as we are.

The real star of the show here, however, are the night vision goggles that came with the prestige edition.

Okay maybe I wouldn’t go that far, but they do provide many hours of entertainment. Saturday night while most of you were playing your own copies of Modern Warfare 2, Dragon Age, Brutal Legend or what have you, I was ambling about in the bushes.

The simple rundown: The top of the goggles have three switches. First is for turning the power on/off (I believe it takes 5 AA batteries) the second is for toggling between high/low illumination (think of it like high/low beams for a car) and the third is to switch the type of imagery you want to view through. If you want to feel like you’re in the middle of a sex tape, the green grainy view is perfect; or if that’s not your thing, you can view in black and white.

I have to say, these things work well. Granted, they don’t put out the sharpest image compared to other goggles I’ve peered through, but they are clear enough to identify objects around 50 feet in front of you with relative ease.

Anyone else get the prestige edition?

On Sunday I went to my local EB Games and picked up New Super Mario Bros Wii (anyone else think that is a half-assed name? On the flip side, its brilliant marketing). Apparently, and I don’t know how I missed this, Nintendo was offering 500 Wii points as a preorder bonus? Well I get to the counter and the clerk apologized by saying that that whole deal fell through, but instead he had other Nintendo swag to offer me.

I told him I thought the preorder bonus was going to be a Mario hat, but he said he hadn’t heard of that. At any rate, I left with a Link bookmark, a Mario pin and a Mario notepad — better than nothing I suppose!

I’ve only played with others on the main story mode of NSMB Wii (excluding time played at PAX). Undeniably it’s a blast to play cooperatively with your buddies; however it can become frustrating if you’re playing with a few hotheads. Example: If all of you are trying to jump to a platform and don’t plan it out accordingly, chances are at least one of you will bump/bounce into another person mid jump, knocking them (or you) off course and sending them to certain death. Or, if someone isn?t paying attention and is standing on the edge of a platform you’re attempting to jump to, you will simply deflect off of them and fall.

I’ve never played New Super Mario Bros for the DS, so this experience has been long awaited for me. LONG awaited. Now if only Rare would do the same with the Donkey Kong Country franchise, I’d be one happy camper.

Speaking of being a happy camper, I bet a lot of you are excited for the releases this week (I know I am). What are you picking up?


Update: 5/6/2013


Dude, I remember being SO stoked for Twitter! I think that was honestly one of the main reasons I wanted to buy a smart phone. I think my first tweet was something along the lines of how the person who I bought Left For Dead from smelled really bad. Yeah. But anyway, it’s so funny to think back on that — as cheesy as it sounds, Twitter really has changed my life! (Not the app itself, but they people I’ve met on there!)

I know those night vision goggles are still around my woman cave somewhere…when I made my Pokemon shrine I had to boot ’em off of the shelf. :(

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