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7:30 AM on 02.21.2011

MvC3: My fightstick (and my failure)

Been a long minute fellas. Due to pressing matters, I have to keep this short and sweet. No pictures or my usual colorful blog skills (or lack there of, depending if you can see or not).

As to not fall behind like I did when buying SSF4 6 months after it came out, I've purchased MvC3 this weekend online (should be here in a week or so, depending). Now, the first problem I had was that I have both a 360 and a PS3. All my brothers play it on the 360, and that is (one of) the reasons I got the 360 (I live in Washington, rest of my family in SoCal). But, I've had my PS3 years longer so I have many more friends on there and play that more often. When I threw the question up of which one I should get, adding what online play was better into the factor, to my Chill Bros I got a few great words of wisdom,

"Get it for the 360 and make more friends through there."

Seemed like an obvious answer. After a few echos, I got it for the 360. A few hours later, I happen to look over while playing Mass Effect and see my fancy Chun Li TE fightstick. I get a little worried when I am reminded of all the signature PS3 buttons on it.

"Meh, they both use USB and have the same amount of buttons right? I should be able to just plug it in and everything will be fine. It's Microsoft... plug N' play right?"

*plugs it in... waits a minute... cries*

This leads me to now. I guess my options are

1 - Buy the PS3 one and sell the 360 one when it gets to me
2 - Buy the PS3 one and keep the 360 one when I get it
3 - (Continue) to look for a way to have my PS3 fightstick work on the 360
4 - Get another (much cheaper, cuz like hell I'm throwing down another $175) fightstick

I'm not a big fan of buying a game twice, even if on different systems. Also, I did some research so far on the 3rd option above, and I'm finding real easy answers to have a 360 play on a PS3, but a lot more problems finding it the other way.

So, I ask you fellow DToiders, what the hell should I do?

(*I might throw this on the forum as well since I know some people don't bother looking at C-blogs)   read


11:20 PM on 07.26.2009

the king of fighters xii ps3 + hori fighting stick 3 ps3... for $116. Should I get it? (Very short blog)



Hey peeps. Been a while.

Anyway, I was hit with slightly sad news today. I lent my best friend some money and he was planning on paying me back with interest. I told him to use the interest to buy me KoF XII when it came out. On the day it comes out, he had a little emergency and had to spend the "interest". No big deal on my part... he's my best friend after all.

That "pointless to be told to you" story past, I decided to look around on eBay for a deal of some sort. Then I came across this. I know Hori sticks are the craze, or so I heard, so before I jumped on this I wanted to get input from other stick users for I never used one for consoles before... just in the arcades (I miss those times... *snif snif*). Is this a good deal? Should I jump on this? I've had good luck on eBay, so I'm not really worried about the source of where I'm getting it, just if the price for what is being offered is a deal or not.

Thanks,

-Rick

(The hell I end it like that for...?)   read


7:26 AM on 03.30.2009

What I've learned from Video Games 2 1/8: The Rufus Bent Me Over Edition (see: SF4)

<walks up to the mic on stage to see the same small amount of people waiting. A slightly audible sigh sneaks out as he looks down at his clip board. "At least it's only a small talk today." he says to himself while tossing the clipboard to the side and off the stage. A cat's cry is heard as Rick clears his throat>

Peeps and peepettes, welcome to another edition of WILFVG. I'm still working on the acronym. This is going to be very very short, so I'm sure that will make you all happy. Though I have my own little (not that popular) series going, if I make this too long it'll be like I'm biting off a certain other update.

This notice is for all the Haxan's, Y0j1mb0's, and especially nilcam's out there. You guys are officially put on notice by me. This is not to say that I am throwing the challenge myself, but there is someone out there you must find and challenge.

On Friday I fought a decent Fei Long user for a bit. Just like most people I fight for a while, after a few games I got the hang of him and it was hard pressed for him to win from there. Not trying to brag at all... just the way I function I guess. Anyway, I complamented his skill as I do everyone else, and he gave me a list of friends, also non-shoto fighters, that I could get some rounds in with as well. I took the list, added all to my friends list, and continued my quest to learn more.

Person after person on that list was the same thing... I'd probably lose the first match, but then never again. Then I ran into HIM. Another Fei user I was anticipating, but he said he was in a Rufus mood so I said it was fine... how often do we get Rufus anyway?

Now, again I'm not trying to brag, but I feel I kick some ass at this point. I'm getting better with my E. Honda and Rose, and I'm touching Bison and Sakura now, and my Chun-Li? Well, you can ask some people here about my Chun-Li. I play with the 3 aforementioned names above as often as I can, and we have a grand time. Our skills are pretty matched.

But this Rufus user... oh my shit... my poor poor shit. He handed my ass to me... well... handedly. I was Chun Li the whole time, and out of the 15 matched we played I won 1 of them, and a few rounds here and there. And I have a feeling he was just trying other shit to see if they worked on the rounds and 1 match I won. It's like almost everything Rufus dide was safe... I know so many combos with Chun Li and I couldn't pull off one. By the 14th match or so, there were a couple of openings that I could of done things, but I was so burnt out and used to NOT having a chance that the opportunity was wasted.

You know how when you're trying to get better and you get those challangers that suck so much that it was basically just a bonus round for you? I felt I was his bonus round. I sucked so much against his Rufus that I couldn't learn anything because I couldn't DO anything.

So Haxan... Y0j1mb0... and especially nilcam. Look for this guy on PSN... this QisTopTier guy. Anybody else can look for him too if they want a challange. Tell him I sent ya. If you want a non-shoto challenge... this is your guy. I still haven't fought his Fei Long or E. Honda yet, but I'm still having bad dreams about his Rufus.

What did I learn from this? Just when you say "I think I pretty much own this character... I can beat almost anyone if given the chance", Karma laughs at you, bends you over, and makes you its bitch.

Thank you. Good night!

P.S. Hope you got my lil message on PSN nilcam. :)   read


7:11 AM on 03.17.2009

I'm reposting this because I was foolish to post it on DToid's B-Day... Edition? (What I learned from Videogames 2)

So, I learned that trying to place a semi-serious blog on the greatest birthday of them all was quite foolish on my part. I gave it a shot, and even though I didn't fall into CblogRecap's FailToid section (3-0 on not falling into that category... THANKS! one day I'll reach TopsauceToid) I still failed in getting more than one comment. Pretty sad really. So I'm giving this another shot now that all the birthday wishes are out the way. Also, to make sure I'm clear, I'm blaming only myself. I'm not going into "Useless Post lowering my post below 25" bitch fit... it was all me fellas (and ladies). LET THE REPOSTING BEGIN!!!

What I Learned from Video Games 2: The Hurry Up and Wait Edition

<walks up to the mic to looks at the room before him, seeing a few more people than last time. Checks a clipboard he brought with him on stage, seeing the attendance of the last blog he made.

”Damn, didn’t even make double digits. Well, I’ll give it another shot just in case Sunday was bad…”

Throws clipboard to the side and off the stage. Hits cat. Apologizes to the clipboard. Clears throat to get attention…>

Hello peeps and peepettes, and welcome to another addition of “What I Learned From Video Games”, where I talk about what’s on my mind to hopefully spark a conversation, along with trying to be a little funny on the side.

First I wanna give shout-outs to Nil “Good Luck In Your Tourney” cam (Nilcam for short) for showing me what feet of flame can do and for giving me a new fear of cross-ups. Took me quite a few rounds to figure a way out of it. Also to my friend Y0j1mb0 for giving me some beatdowns with his Gouken and forcing me to start liking throws on SF4. It’s been a help and I can’t wait to fight you again. As for others, if you see me send me an invite and I’ll surely take more beatdowns/lessons from ya. I hear Nilcam give me word of a Balrog and Ryu player he sparred with that are outstanding fighters, so I want them on my list (forget their names at the moment).

Also, I wanna apologize ahead of time if there has been a cblog or front page article about this exact subject already. I know of at least one front page blog that talked about the why of the process… I’m talking about the why people may hate this process… I think.

TO THE POINT!!!!

So I’ve been around for a while. I have fond memories of switching from an N kid to a Sony whore with the PS1 because I saw Tifa jumping up and down on a cut scene on Final Fantasy 7. I remember getting the very first Gameboy and thinking I was the shit. Hell, I still remember playing the Smurfs on the Atari 2600 and playing Super Mario Bros with my friends when I was a kid… in the grass… in Compton, CA of all places. Yes, I’ve been around a while.

<feels old now>

So I figure that with all the 30 years I have lived so far and all the experiences I’ve had, including fighting Zangief on hardest in SF4, that patience was second nature to me. Most of my friends would say I have more patiences than most. If something had to take twice as long to get it done right, then I’d be one of the people that just says “Alright.” and waits the said amount of time. I’d also figure that people that was in a similar boat than me would be able to do the same.

But I’ve noticed something during this generation’s consoles… namely with the PS3. Seems that a lot of people think waiting should have been last generation and that everything should be instantaneous or it’s not worth it. The installation of games like Metal Gear Solid 4 and Devil May Cry 4 has been painful to some. This kinda boggles my mind a little.


Samit Sarkar/Destructoid… please don’t kill me for using this pic again

Alright, let me explain me a little to maybe clear things up. I’m a busy guy, like I’m sure more of you guys/gals are. During weekdays, with work and everything I gatta do I get like an hour max to give my PS3 attention. Now, when Devil May Cry 4 came out, I was one of the peeps that got it on launch (give or take a day… been a while). I brought it home, popped it in my PS3, and noticed it started to install. Know what I did? Something else other than sit in front of it and stare. I got a little productive… made a little food and cleared out an episode of The Daily Shot with Jon Stewart on my DVR. Granted, the time I spent doing something else was a little overkill and I’m sure the install was done halfway during my episode, but time flew quickly, I got a little productive, and the install wasn’t painful at all. I do things like this with any and all games I had to install and there was no time that I was shaking my fist at the ceiling cursing the Goddess of Long Installs.

<Starts to imagine how the Goddess would look like… smiles… someone from the audience throws a can at him to get his attention again>

Where was I? Oh yeah…

So there is me and my mentality of all this. I’m thinking that other people have other situations way different than mine, and by no means am I saying that my way is the cure-all for this debate or is better than anyone else’s. I’m thinking that people like the reviewers on this fine website and other gaming sites HAVE to sit and wait in front of it to let others know if it has to install and how long, and I get that. I also take it that some people ain’t as old as me… and we know how kids want to just pop the game in and play… and I get that too. But if the reviewers didn’t have to stare and/or note the time it takes to install, and if the kids were able to clean their room or watch a cartoon episode while it installed, would it still be as painful? Would the install time and the fact of it’s existence still be that big of a negative if the time passed faster doing other things?



I understand that there’s more to it like the fact that the install is forced instead of having a choice of installing if you want to or not and running out of space. The way I figure it is that if you run out of room, that means you brought a decent amount of games that need it when you can also use the money to get a bigger drive, which I think if a system is not minding it’s own mod that it makes the system that much cooler. Also, with things like TVersity and WMP 11, you can leave all your videos, music, and pictures on your computer and still access them through the PS3 without taking space on your PS3 hard drive. As for the choice thing, I hate it as much as the next person when I’m not given a choice, but I take it as “If it makes the gaming experience better…” and brush it off my shoulders. I would do that with just about any patch Windows sent me for my OS, so why would I think differently for my games?

So, am I making this too simple? Am I dumbing this down too much? Is there someone out there with a similar life schedule than mine looking at this differently? Am I a little too submissive on this subject and how I think about the lack of choice with some game installs? I know there have been plenty of talks about the choice part and the hard drive installing and such, but I’m just zeroing in on the fact of the install in the first place. Well, I guess the previous stuff could still be thrown in there anyway… but all this just started wondering around in my head this weekend so I wanted to throw it out there.

As for what I learned from all this and the PS3? Ummmm… grilled cheese sandwiches made from the heat of the PS3 brings out flavor? No… wait…

<looks up while thinking… making thinking sounds>

What I learned from this is that different lifestyles is a bigger contributor to video game enjoyment than I first thought. On the one hand, with my patience and other factors the installs and other similar problems don’t effect me nearly as much cuz I’m waiting on things often anyway, but at the same time since I’m constantly waiting on thing it takes me a long time to beat games and such. Other people beat RPGs in record times cuz they have time while it’s impossible for me to find the time to play through RPGs that quick.

Yeah… that sounds like a good lesson. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!

Thank you… GOODNIGHT (or morning, considering when I’m posting this…)![b][i]   read


7:13 AM on 03.16.2009

What I've learned from Video Games 2: The Hurry Up & Wait Edition (see: PS3)... Also HAPPY B-Day DToid!!!

<walks up to the mic to looks at the room before him, seeing a few more people than last time. Checks a clipboard he brought with him on stage, seeing the attendance of the last blog he made.

”Damn, didn’t even make double digits. Well, I’ll give it another shot just in case Sunday was bad…”

Throws clipboard to the side and off the stage. Hits cat. Apologizes to the clipboard. Clears throat to get attention…>

Hello peeps and peepettes, and welcome to another addition of “What I Learned From Video Games”, where I talk about what’s on my mind to hopefully spark a conversation, along with trying to be a little funny on the side.

First I wanna give shout-outs to Nil “Good Luck In Your Tourney” cam (Nilcam for short) for showing me what feet of flame can do and for giving me a new fear of cross-ups. Took me quite a few rounds to figure a way out of it. Also to my friend Y0j1mb0 for giving me some beatdowns with his Gouken and forcing me to start liking throws on SF4. It’s been a help and I can’t wait to fight you again. As for others, if you see me send me an invite and I’ll surely take more beatdowns/lessons from ya. I hear Nilcam give me word of a Balrog and Ryu player he sparred with that are outstanding fighters, so I want them on my list (forget their names at the moment).

Also, I wanna apologize ahead of time if there has been a cblog or front page article about this exact subject already. I know of at least one front page blog that talked about the why of the process… I’m talking about the why people may hate this process… I think.

TO THE POINT!!!!

So I’ve been around for a while. I have fond memories of switching from an N kid to a Sony whore with the PS1 because I saw Tifa jumping up and down on a cut scene on Final Fantasy 7. I remember getting the very first Gameboy and thinking I was the shit. Hell, I still remember playing the Smurfs on the Atari 2600 and playing Super Mario Bros with my friends when I was a kid… in the grass… in Compton, CA of all places. Yes, I’ve been around a while.

<feels old now>

So I figure that with all the 30 years I have lived so far and all the experiences I’ve had, including fighting Zangief on hardest in SF4, that patience was second nature to me. Most of my friends would say I have more patiences than most. If something had to take twice as long to get it done right, then I’d be one of the people that just says “Alright.” and waits the said amount of time. I’d also figure that people that was in a similar boat than me would be able to do the same.

But I’ve noticed something during this generation’s consoles… namely with the PS3. Seems that a lot of people think waiting should have been last generation and that everything should be instantaneous or it’s not worth it. The installation of games like Metal Gear Solid 4 and Devil May Cry 4 has been painful to some. This kinda boggles my mind a little.


Samit Sarkar/Destructoid… please don’t kill me for using this pic again

Alright, let me explain me a little to maybe clear things up. I’m a busy guy, like I’m sure more of you guys/gals are. During weekdays, with work and everything I gatta do I get like an hour max to give my PS3 attention. Now, when Devil May Cry 4 came out, I was one of the peeps that got it on launch (give or take a day… been a while). I brought it home, popped it in my PS3, and noticed it started to install. Know what I did? Something else other than sit in front of it and stare. I got a little productive… made a little food and cleared out an episode of The Daily Shot with Jon Stewart on my DVR. Granted, the time I spent doing something else was a little overkill and I’m sure the install was done halfway during my episode, but time flew quickly, I got a little productive, and the install wasn’t painful at all. I do things like this with any and all games I had to install and there was no time that I was shaking my fist at the ceiling cursing the Goddess of Long Installs.

<Starts to imagine how the Goddess would look like… smiles… someone from the audience throws a can at him to get his attention again>

Where was I? Oh yeah…

So there is me and my mentality of all this. I’m thinking that other people have other situations way different than mine, and by no means am I saying that my way is the cure-all for this debate or is better than anyone else’s. I’m thinking that people like the reviewers on this fine website and other gaming sites HAVE to sit and wait in front of it to let others know if it has to install and how long, and I get that. I also take it that some people ain’t as old as me… and we know how kids want to just pop the game in and play… and I get that too. But if the reviewers didn’t have to stare and/or note the time it takes to install, and if the kids were able to clean their room or watch a cartoon episode while it installed, would it still be as painful? Would the install time and the fact of it’s existence still be that big of a negative if the time passed faster doing other things?



I understand that there’s more to it like the fact that the install is forced instead of having a choice of installing if you want to or not and running out of space. The way I figure it is that if you run out of room, that means you brought a decent amount of games that need it when you can also use the money to get a bigger drive, which I think if a system is not minding it’s own mod that it makes the system that much cooler. Also, with things like TVersity and WMP 11, you can leave all your videos, music, and pictures on your computer and still access them through the PS3 without taking space on your PS3 hard drive. As for the choice thing, I hate it as much as the next person when I’m not given a choice, but I take it as “If it makes the gaming experience better…” and brush it off my shoulders. I would do that with just about any patch Windows sent me for my OS, so why would I think differently for my games?

So, am I making this too simple? Am I dumbing this down too much? Is there someone out there with a similar life schedule than mine looking at this differently? Am I a little too submissive on this subject and how I think about the lack of choice with some game installs? I know there have been plenty of talks about the choice part and the hard drive installing and such, but I’m just zeroing in on the fact of the install in the first place. Well, I guess the previous stuff could still be thrown in there anyway… but all this just started wondering around in my head this weekend so I wanted to throw it out there.

As for what I learned from all this and the PS3? Ummmm… grilled cheese sandwiches made from the heat of the PS3 brings out flavor? No… wait…

<looks up while thinking… making thinking sounds>

What I learned from this is that different lifestyles is a bigger contributor to video game enjoyment than I first thought. On the one hand, with my patience and other factors the installs and other similar problems don’t effect me nearly as much cuz I’m waiting on things often anyway, but at the same time since I’m constantly waiting on thing it takes me a long time to beat games and such. Other people beat RPGs in record times cuz they have time while it’s impossible for me to find the time to play through RPGs that quick.

Yeah… that sounds like a good lesson. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!

Thank you… GOODNIGHT (or morning, considering when I’m posting this…)!   read


3:01 PM on 03.08.2009

What I've learned from Video Games 1: The Sexy, Blonde, and Hairy edition (see: SF4)

Sup fellow DToiders! Rick here, trying to keep my comeback promise of posting something more often than not. So I’m trying something out, and if I get a lot of comments and whatnot, I’m thinking I might start something here. I know a lot of people try to start series on here, most failing with a few diamonds in the rough, but I figured why not. If it sucks or if we got too many as it is, then go ahead and tell me. Be straight up like I know you could too… I want blunt answers. If it sucks ass, use the exact words. I can take it!

<pounds chest to show his manliness. Hurts self. Rubs new pain in chest. Clears through in front of mic>

Anyway, as some may have figured from my last post, I’m really getting into Street Fighter 4. I know it’s not a surprise to a majority of you guys since the same has happened to you, but I figured… why not share! That’s the main purpose of blogging, right?

So yesterday I decided to sit in front of my tv and play said Street Fighter until I either had to piss, eat, or the sky turned dark… whichever came last. Since I started at about 11am, I got a good chunk of practice out the way. Got a few trophies, had a lot of battles, and gained some good skill using my new main Chun Li. I will give props to you guys… in my last post I asked for PSN names of people that would kick my ass and teach me a few thing (for instance, I stopped jumping after a sweep kick… won lots of matches because of this change!) and I’m sure some of you guys came through. Win or lose, I’ve gained lessons and experience. All I have to say about that is keep it coming. Granted, I’m winning a lot more matches, but I’ll say it’s still the matches I get my ass handed to me that I remember the most.

Anyway… TO THE POINT! I’ve learned quite a few things about online fighter habits and about Street Fighter 4 these past few days. I figured I’d throw what I’ve learned so far, get a few comments along the lines of “you too!?” and “FUCK Ken!”, we’d all laugh and move on with life.

Patience is a Russian

So during my Saturday at one point my PS3 was acting like a little punk. Didn’t wanna connect to my network when everything else that connected to it was just fine. So at that point, I decided to test my growing Chun Li skills against Zangief… on the hardest level. HOLY SHIT! I knew he was badass on hard… but oh my Jesus his throw, any throw, became the new dragon punch. It goes through anything! I though Seth was a little bitch with his version, but nothing was compared to the original.



So, during the first half of the hour fighting him, I was cursing up a storm. 15 minutes later, I was planning what food to cut back on to have the money to pay for a new Dual Shock 3 controller cuz I was sure at that point I was going to throw mine. But, during the last 15 minutes of the hour I fought him, I just laughed. All anger was gone, and I accepted the fact I wasn't going to get a round on him… not… one… round. On the bright side, the new found patience paid off in online battles. Has anyone else had this much trouble with Zangief on hardest, or do I still suck that bad?

The Femme Fatale Pack, best $4 spent since my last Ultimate Cheeseburger



Now that I’m playing with Chun Li a lot more, I obviously choose her alt costume. Funny enough, I got a lot of complements on it. More than a few people thanked me after I gave them a “GG” not only for a good game as well, but for giving their eyes a grand service by beating/losing to them with Chun Li’s new digs (also for not picking Ken). I think they did well with Sakura as well. Cammy… well, the camera is always on her ass anyway (what’s up with that!?!) so I hardly care. I haven’t seen Viper or Rose’s new ones yet.

The Kens come out at night… Saturday Night



So throughout the week, though I had little time to play, I got a lot of complaints of people running into online Kens. I think my favorite description was from someone on this site calling it “Ken Fighter 4: The Kenining” (I still crack up laughing when I say that). I scratched my head because I hardly ran into any Ken players. As a bonus, I got a lot of GG after fights, win or lose, from Blankas, Ryus, and even a Rose player… which was strange to some people. Then came yesterday… HOLY CRAP! I take it back… there is so much Ken that on part 5 the whole roster is just going to be different colored Kens.

Alright, so for me it’s more like all weekend was Ryu, Ken, and Akuma. Funny enough, I hated Akuma the most. About 90% of the Shoryuken players I fought jumped back and threw fireballs or tried the classic jump kick/sweep kick combo… which they paid for dealrly. But Akuma… and his fireball fever. Fuck I hate fireball loving Akumas. No combos… just air fireball, ground fireball, air fireball, ground fireball… AHHHHHHH!!!

<calms down a little>

Anyway, about once every 5 battles I actually lose to this pattern, so this is more of me kicking myself for failing against such a generic pattern. Still, I feel everyone’s pain now. Fuck you Ken… and Akuma!

Speaking of Akuma…

WTF Capcom!?

So, on my 198,657,809th fight with Akuma yesterday, I noticed something different about him. Maybe it was the color the opponent choose, or maybe it was me being a little tired of seeing Akuma at that moment and time… but his new outfit in a dark color had him looking… naked? I shit you not, I was tripping the first round cuz while moving around, being all shirtless, nearly pantsless, and still ugly, I had visions of being in a jail shower. So now you have an image of an angry, ugly, dark, naked, pissed off Akuma doing his ultra towards you.

You’re welcome…

But yeah, that outfit is a little “wow” for me. Akuma, go back to being a badass with your clothes on, thank you.

As I side note, I was reminded that when it’s night in Washington state, it’s daytime in Japan. Around 10pm when I was still playing, most of my online fighter became Japanese. Still had good times, but I was like wow. That’s when I started getting a lot of “What does GG mean?” replies after battles. Fun laughs for all.

So, all together, I learned that I think about Chun Li WAY too much now, but I think that’s alright. I’m learning that Akuma is more annoying than Ken, especially when he’s naked with a giant rope attached to his back. On a productive note, going though many hard challenges and fighting Zangief on hardest builds patience. If you can play Zangief on hardest and still have a functioning controller in the end, you’ve made progress. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

So, there you have it. I’m sure most of you guys went through the same thing. Just decided to share and stay apart of this lovely community and all that jazz. Next up, let’s see if I can get my monthly musing in on time. My life is too damn busy right now. Damn going to work and… and eating… and… paying electric bill. Wait… electric bill = gaming…

Riiiiiight, back to work for me!   read


10:45 AM on 03.01.2009

I need an ass-whoopin in SF4 for PS3... care to do the honors?

<Steps inside the DToid Blogs for the first time in many months and looks around. Starts to clear off some of the dust from his old entries and approaches the mic at the center of his stage. Looks to see only a few people around. Takes a deep breath and begins, clearing his through on the barely functioning mic to get attention...>

Hello fellow DToiders. I will get to the point of my Street Fighter request, but let me get my re-intro and a life update/story out the way first. I promise it will be quick.

For all those new and old, my actual name is Rick. Even though I live in the land of crappy drivers (ie. Washington state), I'm originally from Southern California (and I'll always be a Californian). My username, Altair78 (pronounced All-tear, not al-te-air like said game character {though he is cool as well, don't get me wrong}), has been a part of the DToid community for a while. I used to post often enough that I gathered a few friends, a DToid editor or two would remember me, and I think my blog was actually referenced once. I never made anything to be apart of the front page, but I still felt apart of the family and all that. I did, however, start to grow a little jealous... I guess envious is a better word.

My life consisted of work, pleasing the wife, and gaming when I can (which was very few hours a week). My wife wasn't a hog of time, I'm just that type of guy... when the female ask for something gaming or not I listen. Strange, I know. Anyway, my gaming became less and less, and in turn my attendance here died as well. I'd read, but never post. The envious part comes in something I've always seen... people saying "I beat this RPG in 50 hours!" when it'd take me a few months and 100 hours just to get halfway. Seeing rooms that look like this one (still an awesome room) and thinking "damn, if I only had the money and time...". Even looking at the Friday Night Fights and being mad I was too tired from work/doing something with the wife/studying for tests and couldn't join in the fun. There were plenty of times I shook my fists at the ceiling. My wife didn't play video games (couldn't get the hang of it no matter what game I sat in front of her... she was that bad), so I was always, all in all, playing by myself (too bad I'm a few days late for my own submission of February’s Monthly Musings).

Well, plenty of changes happened at the end of 2008... namely my wife become an "ex" wife. Before you all say "I'm sorry", it's not horrible. A few issued piled up, including an issue you wouldn't believe even if I told you, and we parted ways on mutual grounds. But, with the leaving my m ex... I noticed something... I've got more time on my hands and a place to myself. And I guess, for anyone that's saying "hey, that bouncing boob avatar is back!", I'm posting on here again... back with my family and my roots of video games.

So, about that Street Fighter 4 request... I was going through my friend's list on my PS3 and noticed a majority of them haven't been on in ages. I wanna clean them out, but I know I'll only have like 3 to 5 friends worth keeping. I've asked this before in the past on this blog, so I'm giving it another shot. I need friends for my PS3... namely Street Fighter 4 players. I'm alright in the game, but I wanna get better... and to get better I need to get my ass kicked repeatedly. I can't think of a better group of not-so-random people than the DToid community. I wanna be one of the peeps to watch out for. I want my skills to grow to a point where people on here will sometimes say "Watch out for Altair... give that dude a chance and he'll stomp on you with (Street Fighter character here)".

So, all in all fellow DToid members, I wanna come back and be bigger than "the guy that post here once every puke green moon". Initiate me back in here in a way I know you guys can...

PSN Name: AoBRA   read


11:44 PM on 01.04.2008

The MMO Report gives me a few lolz

Hey peeps. Just say the newest MMO Report on The Feed and even though the MMO news is a little slow lately, they try to survive with a collection of Machinima from WoW and, surprisingly, City of Heroes.

Since I fail at embeding anything (except your mom*), follow the link above for a few funny moments and a good contribution of a few minutes on the internets.


Oh, and by the way... this lady below...



Yeah... that's all my pants can say... yeah...




* - any mom jokes is strictly just for shits and giggles... please don't kill me   read


12:05 AM on 01.02.2008

Happy BDay Ms. Shiranui!!!

No, nothing too special about this post. Just stating the birthday of one of the most badass of busty video game vixens known to exist... and giving my usual SNK shoutouts. Happy Birthday Mai Shiranui... you don't look a day over breasts... er... I mean... oh whatever.





As a cool sidenote... IU share a birthday with Vincent Valentine of Final Fantasy 7 and... and another game... a shooter I think? Oh well, must have sucked if I can't (aka refuse) to remember.

Anybody else share a birthday with a famouse badass, be it male, female, video game or star? If not, let this small lil post die.

Thank you... GOODNIGHT!   read


4:43 PM on 11.23.2007

I finally got off my ass and updated my blog/banner! If ya don't care, don't bother clicking this link...

Yup... this is it... a blog banner, updated bio and info on the side, and some pics all splashed with a bit of my personality and likes. That's all folks... just like the title says. No gaming news, no deals I found... just trying to be like all the other cool cats in this wonderful community and be a little more than a default player. I'm sorry if you clicked the link expecting more.

Go ahead and give me your "kick ass" or "You're a failure to everything gaming" comments below.

P.S. My next goal in life is to have my blog officially Chuck Norris approved just like Mike Huckabee did.   read


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