So, it's summer, and I haven't written a half-decent blog since winter, because spring is a failure and nobody loves it. But we're in luck, because I'm sickeningly bored right now, so it's time to write a blog.Like I said, it's summer, so I'm on break, which means I get to sit around all day and pretend I'm doing something productive when I'm really not. Nothing GM related to talk about the moment, but I'm certainly playing with some ideas (I'm sure a few of you have an idea as to what some of them are), so you can expect something new really soon. Those of you who keep in contact with me might be testing some stuff in the next few days, if you're lucky.In the games-that-aren't-mine front, I've been playing Battlefield: Bad Company a fair bit. It's a pretty fun shooter, and it does a good job capturing the PC Battlefield feel on a console. Now we just need to wait for them to add Conquest mode.One other fun little recent event: E3. Generally speaking, we get some pretty interesting news at said event, but apparantly, since they're not blowing absurd amounts of money to create their booths this year, publishers have decided that they don't need to show us anything we care about. To summarize the 'big three' conferences:Microsoft: The demonstrations of the games were nice and I'm optimistic about the dashboard, but the biggest announcements were some party games and some stuff for XBLA. Oh, and that FFXIII thing. So much for Sony's big console exclusives.Nintendo: Probably the most laughably bad conference since Sony's infamous '06 showing. Nintendo just decided to spend the entire thing proving that the Wii is the console equivalent of PopCap Games. Protip, Nintendo: Casual gamers don't follow E3. Casual gamers haven't even heard of E3.Sony: Fairly average. There was a nice emphasis on games, as well as an emphasis on new PS3 features the 360 has had for 3 years. The little statistics presentation that was done via Little Big Planet was absolutely brilliant, though, and it makes me sad that all similar presentations I'll ever see from now on will seem bland in comparison. The new games would have been cool, but franky, Sony still hasn't learned that nobody gives a shit about your prerendered trailers.Anyway, moving on from my subtley biased account of the conferences, there are some upcoming games that I'm interested in, it's jut bizzare that they're third party. Prince of Persia looks like it's gone from a platformer-hack'n'slash mishmash with way too much emo, to something that's almost artsy. (Although it's obviously not an art game, because I can still figure out what the hell is going on.) And Mirror's Edge is - well, if you've seen it, you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, fix that.This blog is getting bizzarely long for a blog by me, so to sum it up, I've been doing more playing games then making games, casual gamers are going to be the death of good games, and I'm still really damn bored. Time to start working on one of those ideas I mentioned earlier. I'll blog again when I've got something to show.Also, if you haven't played Bryan and OL's Adrenaline, do it. It's got issues, but it can be pretty fun, and at the very least, it's really damn good looking.Oh, and from now on I'll be ending my 'actual content' blogs with videos instead of music. So here's something for you folks to watch. Enjoy.