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“Star Wars: The Force Unleashed”

Breaking my long-standing rule about getting up early, I was second in line at Target on Tuesday morning to purchase the rocking new video game from LucasArts, “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed”.

Now, I know what you’re probably thinking: “Yikes..he’s blogging about “Star Wars” video games now? This dude gets nerdier by the minute…” And yes, I totally do. But that’s beside the point.

I’ve been looking forward to this game since my brother and I first saw, and were blown away by, some of the concept art at the Stars Wars Celebration IV last year. Yes, we went to that too and it rocked! The thing that we loved most about the concept of this game is that it acts as a bridge between the plotlines of the actual movies. Cool, huh?

Set during the time period between “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope”, the game’s central playable character is Darth Vader’s Secret Apprentice who is recruited to the dark side to hunt down and kill any and all remaining Jedi Knights in the galaxy. Wow! It’s like Lucas and company have finally come up with a game that is just as dark and twisted as the movie’s coolest character, Lord Vader himself. Awesome!

And though I was, as I said above, second in line to purchase the game on Tuesday, I am probably the last in line to figure out how to play the damn thing. For though it looks and plays as cool, if not cooler than, some of the movies, this game is f-ing hard, man!

Chapter One begins with you playing Darth Vader — which, if you ask me, is not a bad way to start — and has you charging around Chewbacca’s crazy-cool homeworld of Kashyyyk in search of a rogue Jedi Knight. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, not really.

See, killing the wookies is easy and the force unleashed powers are pretty spectacularly rendered, but once you meet up with that crafty rogue Jedi — who I’m assuming is also the Secret Apprentice you will play as for the rest of the game — things get real hard real fast!

I should say here that I am not a pro gamer by anyone’s standard, and since Christine was off baking cookies while I played, it was just me and my Wii remote flailing and cussing up a storm in the living room. I was getting better by the end, but man, getting that damn Jedi to surrender to the dark side was way harder than it looks on the box, amigos.

So, for now, I’m gonna bone up a bit on the game — who knows, I might actually read the instructions this time! — and try playing again this weekend with a group. Between the four of us eggheads — Ryan, Laura, Christine and myself — we should be able to at least advance to the next level…I hope.

In the meantime, check out the rocking trailer for the game here and if you pick up a copy of “The Force Unleashed” for yourself, please call me and tell me how to play the damn thing! Seriously, I’m dying here…

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Wii Fit Weekend in Burbank!

Hooray, the agonizing wait is over! After pre-ordering our Wii Fit more than a month ago on Amazon, Christine and I were overjoyed today to finally receive it in the mail. I swear to God, I was so excited to get it that I practically jumped the UPS guy in the driveway when he pulled up.

Man, I thought we loved our Wii console before…but now, with the addition of a Wii Fit balance board (pictured above) and dozens of fun workout options in four key categories — yoga, aerobics, strength training, and balance games — we are never gonna leave the house again!

Included in every Wii Fit box is the shiny, super cool white balance board and the game. Simply plug it in and play. And while the exercise options utilizing the board all sound very fun, the one I’m most looking forward to using to lose weight is the jogging “game”.

Using only the Wii remote, the jogging program takes your Mii avatars — cool little Wii people you create from scads of templates at Wii Central — on a jog through a candy-hued Wii park, city, or other background of your chosing. All you do is tuck the Wii remote into your pocket and set off!

Another rocking feature of the Wii Fit is the fact that it tracks your daily progress. Using easy to read and understand charts and graphs, the Wii Fit allows you to keep tabs on your body mass index (BMI) and weight loss over time and even allows you to compare charts with other members of your household. Whoo-hoo! Game on, Farmer’s Daughter Bean!

Speaking of, Christine is much more excited about the yoga program, which uses the Wii Fit balance board to make sure you are posing correctly and staying perfectly balanced while you work out. This looks pretty cool too, but from what I’ve seen the graphics here aren’t nearly as eye-catching as the jogging program.

And since I think the idea of “playing” a jogging game will make the fact that I’m exercising much more bearable, I’m gonna need all the digital bells and whistles I can get! Know what I’m saying?

Anyway, will report further once we’ve had a chance to use this thing some more, but in the meantime, here’s to Nintendo for making exercise fun for the video game geeks of the world! Rock on, Wii Fit!

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