Four Things That I Am Looking Forward to in August by primusboy


									Four Things That I Am Looking Forward to in August
August is only a week and a half away, and now that the Dark Knight has
been released and destroyed every opening weekend record I, personally,
could think of, and Grand Theft Auto 4 the video game and overall
entertainment grossing records, one might think that the remaining 162
days of the year will be nothing but a letdown by comparison. In this
case, one would surely not be me, for there are still plenty of things
that I am looking forward to. This is my list of those things, and why:
Madden NFL 09 from EA Sports (For PS3, X-box 360, Wii, PS2, PSP, PC,
mobile phones, toothbrushes, and anything else they can stick it in) -
The 20th edition of one of the most recognizable game franchise based off
of the most watched sport in the United States. Madden games have an
almost cult-like following, including a multitude of tournaments, the
annual "Madden Challenge" being the biggest of them all, ESPN had its own
version of the Madden Challenge in a reality-style tv show called "Madden
Nation," there's even a huge launch party that takes place in Times
Square the night the game comes out, at midnight, in front of the largest
Toys 'R' Us store in the world. I've been a fan of video games all my
life, but I wasn't a big football fan until four years ago, when my older
brother convinced me to join his fantasy football league. Ever since,
I've been following that and a couple of other sports, and I consider
this a must have for me. Sure they don't change much from year to year
now that EA owns the exclusive rights to the NFL brand in gaming, but
that doesn't mean its not worth it for the tweaks that are in there, plus
if you want the most updated rosters available, this is the only way to
get it. That and the promise from EA to make more and better advances has
me intrigued enough to purchase. Available August 12th
Star Wars: The Clone Wars from Lucasflim (in Theaters) - Have to regain
my geek cred somehow, right? (Some may argue Madden-ites are geeky enough
themselves) I have a similar story to the previous entry for this one.
When I was younger, my best friend at the time tried everything to get me
to watch the original trilogy, but I wasn't interested. I fell asleep
about a half hour in to A New Hope. Then, fast forward a bit to 2000, and
I fell asleep a half hour into another Star Wars movie, this time Phantom
Menace. However, finally one day I sat down at a good hour and began
watching the saga from Episode IV on. Since then, I have considered
myself to be a Star Wars fan. Maybe not on the same level with cosplayers
and other super geeks, but I was definitely hooked. Clone Wars picks up
around the end of Attack of the Clones, and fills in some of the story in
between it and Revenge of the Sith. According to IMDb, Its based around
the investigation of the kidnapping of Jabba the Hutt's son by a "group
of renegades." Who better to investigate such matters than a Jedi and his
padawan? Of course police come to mind, but not in this universe! The
movie is also said to be the starting point for a new television series
featuring the saga, all of which in turn has something to do with the
mini-episodes broadcast on television already. I don't quite understand
it all yet, but it's got me intrigued. Opens August 15th
Family Guy's Season 7 Premiere from Fuzzy Door Productions (only on FOX)
- I have been a fan of Family Guy for quite a while now. I missed the
first run of the show when it originally aired on Fox, but have since
tracked down and purchased all seasons available on DVD and the movie.
Some people may not like the show, but for all its faults, it is still a
great source of entertainment for me. According to a commercial aired on
Fox, Labor Day weekend is when all of their Sunday shows will premiere
their new seasons, so that ought to be a great night of television.
Premieres August 31st
Penny Arcade Expo 2008 from Penny Arcade (in Seattle, WA) - I am a big
Penny Arcade fan. I even once attempted drawing my own comic after
finding the website (almost five years ago now) to disastrous results. I
am no artist, in fact I draw like a Kindergarten student, but I'm getting
away from my point. Since 2004, the guys at PA have hosted in their own
backyard one of the biggest gaming conventions of the year, and its grown
exponentially each year. This year will be the second year that PAX has
taken place in the Washington State Trade and Convention Center in
Downtown Seattle. Also, as with every year, the running of the Omegathon
shall take place, pitting 13 contestants (better known as Omeganauts)
against one another in several rounds of competitive gaming, using a new
game each round. I have, quite unfortunately, never had the opportunity
to attend PAX due to it being on the other side of the country. I am,
however, always excited to look up the videos and photos and news tidbits
related to PAX each year. Yes, I am a damn nerd. One weekend only, August
29th through August 31st
So, let us hope that none of these items/events aren't as big a letdown
as Spiderman 3. Then again, what can be?
-John Reyes

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