Spiked Tropic Storm: Not for me

Steel Reserve's 6th addition, Spiked Tropic Storm, to its Alloy series is a no-go for me.  In the past, I reviewed other flavored malt liquors in the Natty Rush series like Blue Razz and Watermelon Smash. In truth, I enjoy flavored malt liquors and for the most part, all of the Alloy series from Steel Reserve. Spiked Watermelon may be my favorite next to Hard Pineapple.

If you are not familiar with the Alloy Series, I suggest you start with my two favorites mentioned above. Inexpensive, good-tasting, and ABV of 8%. According to Nielsen convenience data in 2018, "this year has been the most productive brand in the higher-ABV FMB space, outperforming Mike's Harder, Lime-A-Ritas and Four Loko."

However, Spiked Tropic Storm was a huge disappointment when compared to the previous flavors released. Tropic Storm is marketed as some sort of tropical mix - that actually tastes like nothing but alcohol. I wasn't feeling this one. I doubt it was a bad batch. There was a hi…

Game of the Month: February 2019

This month has been a slow month for gaming. The only game I've touched is Jeanne d'Arc on PSP. February hasn't been cold here in Texas. Except for today, the last day of the month. It's freezing and raining and stupid outside. We Texans don't handle cold rain too well. Fortunately, I'm writing this from the warm, comfort of home. This month has been a challenge to set aside some time to game. I guess it's a good thing when work starts rolling in.

What sparked the memory of JDA is kind of odd. My girlfriend started Game of Thrones from the beginning as a recap to get prepared for the new season.

Here comes the hate, but I'm not into GoT. Never been. I'll watch when she is. Passively.

There's a character that caught my eye because there was something about her I couldn't put my finger on. Brienne of Tarth stuck out. A cross between a female knight from Final Fantasy Tactics and a character I forgot existed, Jeanne d'Arc.

PSP glory daysYe…

The Internet Killed Printed Strategy Guides

Remember Prima Games? Long before the Internet, especially YouTube, strategy guides were one way to get your walkthroughs, cheats, and charts.Last week I was going through a box of old stuff I had at my girlfriend's place. I had not seen those belongings in years. Completely forgot about what was in the box. As I went through, this heavy tome was at the bottom. It was the strategy guide for Pokemon Omega Ruby.
It got me thinking; what happened to strategy guides? Oh yeah - the Internet happened.  Prima Prima started as a one-man publisher based out of a home office in California 1990. Thank you, Ben Dominitz, for your dedication to the advancement of gamers. It was through his work and partnership with Rusel DeMaria, senior editor for PC games magazine, that Prima game strategy guides were brought to fruition.

The first book published was "The Secrets of the Games." After that, a contract for five more books was written up and from there it was history.

Unfortunately, Prima g…

The Super Bowl sucked: NFL 2K1 doesn't

Millions of Americans every year watch the Super Bowl. I ain't one of them anymore. I used to be big into football; I was a Broncos fan. Now, I passively watch. If my dad is watching, I might catch a glimpse on the TV from time to time.
I ain't sitting down for a full game. I've mentioned on the blog before about how I have a gig to record high school football down here in Texas. Football is a big deal down here. That's enough football for me. 
But there is one football game I had to mention since the Super Bowl was this past Sunday.
NFL2K1 on the Dreamcast.
The Dreamcast This is a spur of the moment post-just had some Steel Reserve and was feeling in the posting mood-but anyways, let me get this out the way, the Dreamcast was one loud ass machine. 
Or was it just mine?
I haven't owned one in years; but, I remember it sounding like a jet engine. Technically, I believe it was the most powerful console upon release at the time. True powerhouse with internet capabili…

Game of the month: January 2019 WWF Smackdown Here Comes The Pain PS2

At the end of each month, I will spotlight the one game I focused most of my time on. For January, I spent a good chunk of time on Here Comes The Pain. I recommended HCTP for a quick game to jump in and out of. Well, I found myself doing just that all January. This won't be a full review because I feel that game deserves a spot on the blog dedicated to itself. 
Instead, I just want to talk about how much I love this game.
Surprise! It's a whole lot.
But...but...what about RE2?
I'm aware RE2 just came out. Do I plan on buying it anytime soon? Not at all. Here's why. 
No money.
I would rather spend my money on the basic essential needs like beer and Mountain Dews. Speaking of Mountain Dew, have you tried the latest Game Fuel releases? Amazing.
Both Cherry and Tropical flavors have a sweet taste with half the sugar of a regular Mountain Dew. More caffeine also. These new drinks are being advertised to be the middle ground between soda and energy drink. I agree that they fit…

Classic Sibling Videogames Part 2: Fighting Force PS1

Fighting Force on PS1 received mix reviews and I understand why.
My brother still talks about the fun we had playing this game. Which is weird considering I remember it differently. This classic beat em up might be one of the few videogames we bonded over, but I don't remember liking it as much as he did.
This series is about videogames my brother and I played together growing up. As we grew older my brother became less of a gamer and more of a passive onlooker. It's rare for him to want to join in on anything I am playing. When he does, it's only for a brief moment.

PS1 had a few games we could both play together at a young age; fortunately, Fighting Force is one of them. At the time he must've been 6 and I was 10. Beat em ups in nature are easy to pick up at any age. Fighting Force is no exception to this.

The wheel was not reinvented Choose among 4 characters, 2 guys and 2 girls, to stop a mad scientist from destroying the world because the apocalypse is supposed t…

Margaritas: Out the can onto the rocks

I don't know a thing about good margaritas. What I do know is, I will drink anything margarita flavored. I must confess something. I don't know what's in a good margarita. Is there such a thing? Who determines what's good? Is that why there's a top shelf? I don't know. What I do know is I ain't paying $8+ for a drink. I would change my mind if the bartender mixing my margarita plans on holding the tequila bottle upside down for more than a count of 4. 
Going the cheaper route is how I am enjoying a margarita. Come on now, you know me. Cheap is my only route.
Cans  Here's another confession, I had an obsession with Bud Light Lime-A-Ritas. Before you turn your nose away and leave a comment about how I don't know a thing about good drinks, remember, I admitted my lack of knowledge. 
21 year old me would enjoy two cans of Lime-A-Ritas poured over ice. Bud Light suggests you enjoy your cocktail over ice; I suggest it as well. Don't knock it till you…