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7:43 PM on 01.24.2012

My Brony Tale (Off Topic)



2011 was a tough year for me. I lost many friends (At least I thought they were friends, that is), I fell behind on my school work, and people began to see me as a creep with mental issues (For the most trivial things, like being a teenager who likes Pokemon). There was one thing which still made 2011 the best year of my life, and that was when I discovered friendship, through a TV Show. If you're not aware of what show I'm talking about (You should be, considering you're reading a blog with "Brony" in its name), it's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.



Now as I said, 2011 was a bit hard on me. Nothing really excited me anymore, and I was being picked on and pressured for every little thing I did wrong. I found myself praying that it would all end (Even though I only half believe in God). I couldn't have predicted that the Ponyville equestrians would be the answer to my prayers. This tale starts in June of last year, when I came across this image:



It didn't quite spark my enthusiasm, but it piqued my interest. I was intrigued, and I was wondering "Why My Little Pony?". Eventually, I came to hear of Bronies: Adult/Adolescent males of the new MLP Fandom. One day, I went to the Brony section of Memebase, just for the sake of curiosity. All these bright, colourful Pony Memes were everywhere, and I found myself having a bit of a laugh at all the memes talking about how manly the show was, and how awesome it was. I get picked on all the time for watching Pokemon, and being "Childish", so I never made fun of Bronies, neither did I go through phases of denial. I just sat down and watched the show after learning a bit about Bronies.

It was amazing! The tasty animation hooked me, and the humour and plot kept me coming back for more! At first, yes there was a bit of irony, but the same sense of irony in me being a teenager playing and watching Pokemon! Eventually, though, I realised that I had grown close to the ponies. Their diversity, their interactions, the way they work out their problems! On the outside, you see a well-oiled machine, a show which ticks all the boxes for a quality cartoon. It's modern and relevant, it's funny, it's deep and very simple and accessible at the same time, it has a hint of adult humour, and most of all, it can be a bit dark at times, but remains sweet, childlike, adorable and innocent despite! Although, it's what to be expected from Lauren Faust, known for her work on The Powerpuff Girls and Foster Home for Imaginary Friends.



One of my favourite things about the show is the song composition. They range from simple fun 30 second Pinkie Pie songs like "Cupcakes", to orchestrated masterpieces that sound like they belong in a (good) Disney movie, such as "Find A Pet", to elegant songs like "Art of the Dress", to full-length songs, with solos giving each mane character a singing role and time to shine like "At The Gala" and "Winter Wrap". I love music, just give me some Queen, KISS and Foo Fighters and we'll be best friends FOREEEEEVER!!!!!! My Little Pony has amazing composition, all thanks to Daniel Ingram!



At first it was just a show I enjoyed watching. I was a bit lonely, being that I knew no other Bronies (Out of my school of over 1000 people, I'm actually the only Brony), so I took to Facebook on a mission to find Bronies. I joined all the Brony groups and made friends, which was easy considering most of them pride themselves on Love & Tolerance. I made many Brony friends, and I found them all to be really nice.



And then, just like everything else I like, there's this minority of haters. You can't expect others to like everything, but these haters are much worse than most hate groups. They're calling us pedophiles, they're telling us there's something wrong going on in our heads, that we have no lives, simpy for enjoying a TV Show. Every time they see a pony, just one, they take to personal insults! I posted a pony picture on my Facebook, and then one of my "friends" came along and complained about it, and told me I was a loser. Usually when someone picks on me, I'm left to defend myself on my own, but this time, my Brony friends came to the rescue. This kid complaining also brought his friends in to pick on, but they taught them a lesson: Don't mess with the Brony community.



This showed me that there were still good people out there, people willing to defend a stranger from bullying. It showed me the #1 thing about My Little Pony: The Bronies. That was when it clicked, when I found that happiness hidden inside of me! As I got to know them, they turned out to be really cool people, and they thought the same of me. Read that again, people from my school: THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO DON'T THINK I'M A CREEP. I'm really a one of a kind at my school, no one is even remotely similar to me, no one has much in common with me at all, but that doesn't mean I'll have no friends or social life in my future. It means that myschoolisfullofidiotswhodon'ttakeanythinginlifeseriouslyandbettermaturesoonorthey'regonna'endupbeingeatenaliveintherealworld. In all seriousness, it shows that I'm alone. These people are just like me. These are the people who do nothing wrong, and still end up being the outcast with no friends, these are the bullying victims, those who work hard and want a future, those with a sense of modesty and acceptance that gets shoved back in their face, day in and day out, those who have faced misfortune, and the candy coloured ponies of Equestria have changed their lives.



Perhaps you're wondering who I think best pony is? That Would be Pinkie Pie! Her cheerfulness, spontaniety, humour, different view of the world and overall optimism. She can do it all; break the fourth wall, defy physics, make up words and expressions, bake cakes, host parties and babysit. Pinkie is what makes the show a cartoon, she's always over the top, hilarious and crazy!



So, if you're a Brony, I love you (No homo)! If you're a hater, continue to hate it if you really want to, but you shouldn't even be here. If you're in the middle, get out of there! Thank you, Bronies! I hope you found it to be a good read!   read


3:22 AM on 08.10.2011

Why so harsh, IGN?



IGN have been very negative towards Nintendo recently. I've given up on IGN and moved here permanently, because IGN have stopped reoprting facts and resorted to being nitpicking fanboys. Every week, I go on IGN to read another story about the "Operation Rainfall" games not coming, and God knows how many "3DS is a failure, Nintendo are crap" articles from so called "Professional Gaming Journalists".

The 3DS is an excellent piece of hardware, which unfortunately didn't get the big push it needed, being that the launch games were a bit dissapointing, and the price was a bit too much. IGN jumped right on to it, basically saying it's a failure, and that it has no chance of beating the "wonderful" PS Vita. They've been trying to give them advice, acting as if they understand this more than Nintendo. The console's been out for four months, and already, it's just complaints from them. This is almost as bad as the crap from the UK Sun.

They can't say a nice thing! Nintendo has a price cut, they say "DERP! It didn't work in the past! It's a bad thing. They're going to fail! DERP!" Yesy, Nintendo have been known for cutting the prices of consoles and still not getting them sold IN THE PAST! Nintendo have become a smarter company since then, and this is not the past! If they're gong to talk about the past, how about the more recent past, which had Nintendo selling well over 200 Million Game Consoles in 5 years! They've also been saying that they should've realeased Pokemon Black and White on the 3DS for more sales. The problem with that is that Japan had it in September, the game was already in development on the DS (And a port would be stupid) and because it would sell more on the DS, because people already own it, and it's cheaper.

Then, here's their stupidest Anti-Nintendo article: "Is Nintendo Stealing From Apple?"

http://au.gear.ign.com/articles/118/1186168p1.html

............................................................................................................ What?! This is the stupidest article I've ever read put out on a game website by these so called "Journalists". They're basically saying Nintendo has been stealing from Apple long before they had anything to do with each other, for things which kinda', sorta' have their similarities. Funny how they've never once question whether Sony was copying Nintendo.

I've got some of my own advice. For YOU, IGN Editors! If a game console has a few early problems, don't say it's doomed already. It's like preparing a funeral for a young boy with a cold. Maybe wait a little longer than 4 Months before calling it a failure. Also, we get that Nintendo aren't selling the 3DS by the bucketload. You don't have to repeat it over, and over, and over again. Most of all, don't troll and rant, while pretending you're giving constructive criticism.

What do you think?   read


6:37 AM on 07.17.2011

Wrestling Game Review Roundup Part 1



In anticipation of WWE '12, I've decided to review all the Wrestling games I've played in order of their release. This is my opinion, and feel free to argue with it.

WCW/nWo Revenge (N64)


WCW/nWo Revenge was the first wrestling game I ever played, before I even really started to like wrestling. I really liked the game! It had a HUGE roster, simple controls, deep customization, and was overall just fun. I'm filled with regret about giving it away on my last day of Primary School, to the after school care people as a christmas gift. Although, it was a bit slow, the music was annoying and the graphics weren't that good in my opinion. I've never played WWF No Mercy, but this is the closest I ever got.
72%

WWF Attitude (N64)



I really want to like this game! It has all these great modes and features, but I really don't like using button combos! I suck at it, and it really doesn't have much action or pacing. It had a good roster, pretty good graphics, great commentary and good music, but the gameplay just sucks!

49%

WWF Smackdown 2: Know Your Role (PSX)



This was my second wrestling game! It was a real blast to play! Good create modes, fun matches, simple controls and a fairly good roster. My only problems are the iffy problems that plague the Smackdown series to this day, the lack of a real Season mode and that it's presentation was kind of flat.
75%

WWF Smackdown: Just Bring It! (PS2)



The first wrestling game of the generation. I didn't really like this. The commentary was god awful, the graphics could've been better, the season mode was better, but still kinda crap, it took up half your memory card, it didn't really improve on anything and it had FRED DURST as an unlockable character! Yes, you read that right! FRED DURST! All in all, it was still a fun game!
60%

WWE Raw (Xbox)



When I saw this game, it looked pretty cool! Looks can be deceiving, though. My brother bought this, and I played it. It was just horrible. It had some neat ideas and an alright roster, but it was slower than a dead snail, ugly, way too hard, boring, outdated, and overall just a pain to play! I don't want to play it again!
30%

WWE Wrestlemania X-8 (GCN)



I remember being really excited about buying this! Did it live up to my hype? Kinda. It had an alright roster, a passable create-a-wrestler and the match types were all fun, especially the HIAC match which is still better than the Smackdown vs Raw 2011's by a longshot! But really, there was no real story mode. You were done with it in a couple hours.
67%

WWE Smackdown: Shut Your Mouth (PS2)



Oh, this game! THIS GAME! It was just awesome! HUGE Season Mode, commentators who know when to shut up, good sound and graphics, good roster, and amazing depth. It did have little frustrationg problems, but Shut Your Mouth was just pure fun! It proved that the Smackdown! series still going today was there to stay
90%

Look for part two next week, where I'll review Raw 2, Smackdown! Here Comes The Pain, WWE Day of Reckoning and the entire Smackdown vs Raw series!   read


9:07 PM on 07.04.2011

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Review

Ocarina of Time 3D proves once again just how impactful and timeless the original game was



Zelda holds a very special place in my heart. It's a series that shows the magic Nintendo create. It does everything right. Back when I used to live in Geelong, a Suburb in Victoria, Australia, I went to school with some very close, good friends. We were all Nintendo fanboys, who would spend our lunch times battling and trading Pokemon. Unfortunately, when I was 10, I had to move to Newcastle, New South Wales, and I got a DS for my 10th Birthday. I started at a new school. That was where I learnt sadness. I was picked on by a group of people for not having the PSP, with all the gory games with amazing graphics. I felt alone. Despite what they said, I never gave in. A gut feeling of mine told me that it was right, that Nintendo were the way to go.

I got my Wii in 2008, for my 12th birthday, and I was told I was a retard for getting it because it didn't have HD, but I didn't let that get me down. Over the Christmas holidays, I had nothing to do, and was hearing about this awesome N64 game, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Zelda was a cool series to me at the time, but I never wanted to play. I heard about Ocarina of Time being "The greatest game of all time". I had a 64, but I couldn't find the original game for a good price, so I got it off Wii Virtual Console.



My jaw dropped right from the start, seeing Link riding his trusty steed, Epona, in the background while hearing the calming MIDI music in the background. The opening cutscene just felt so lively and epic. I got my fairy and explored around Kokiri Forest, already getting a feel of the vast scope of the game. I went inside the Deku Tree. I was hopeless at the time, but it was an absolute blast going through this hollowed tree.



I went out into Hyrule Field, which was where the game really came alive. This was where it occured to me "This really is as good as people say it is. This is a pure example of a truly GOOD game. Nintendo really are the best there are in gaming". After many months (Lay off, I was only 12, and I'd never played Zelda before), I finished it. I was sad seeing this timeless experience come to an end. This motivated me to go out and pick up every Zelda game I could and play them to my hearts content.



This brings us to 2011. Now I'm 15 years old, and I've grown to see just how impactful Nintendo have been on gaming, and that there are millions upon millions of people who are on my side. If I get told by some douchebag "HURR DURR DERP!! DERP!!! MARIO AND ZELDA ARE GAY!!! COD!!!!! COD!!!!!! UR A FUCKING FAG!!!!! DERP!!!!!", I remember that Nintendo are the biggest name in gaming, and that there are millions who would back me up. E3 2010 left me acting like a 10 year old girl at a Justin Bieber concert, only it truly was good. Why? Two Zelda games were announced! A brand new one(Skyward Sword), and a remake of THE most critically acclaimed game ever released, Ocarina of Time.

I got it as soon as I heard of it being sold early at EB, getting my Ocarina Edition that I pre-ordered. I've had it for a week now, and I have to say, it brings out that 12 year old boy in me again. The one who didn't know the stresses of Adolescence, who never had a worry in the world. I feel kinda' like I've been taken to this present day by pulling out that beatiful Master Sword, seeing how different the world has become since I last saw it.



The world of Hyrule is just so much more beautiful. It's been brought back so elegantly. It's brighter, more colourful, and you really get a feeling of the vast scope with the 3D. The game runs much smoother. All the pre-render stuff is gone. Some sounds are redone to improve the quality, like the Ocarina sounds, but it's unfortunately MIDI, but don't forget the old saying: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". Speaking of which, a broken part of the game has been fixed. Remember how annoying it was going in and out of the pause menu in the Water Temple, taking your Iron Boots on and off? Now you can assign them to a button, like on Twilight Princess! The Water Temple is actually a really good dungeon with that out of the way!

After a week with the game, I've gotten to the Shadow Temple, and it really shows just how much I've improved since I played the original. It feels like it's all coming full circle. Everything I've come to believe about gaming since I picked up Ocarina of Time is just showing how amazing this game is. This game makes me realise EVEN MORE just how timeless and perfect this game is. Once I'm done with that, I can play a mirrored version of the Master Quest!

One of my favourite new additions is the Sheikah Stones, which give you hints when you're stuck on a part. They can also tell you where secrets are hidden, which was really helpful for me. Navi even sometimes urges you to take a break (Like I'd do that, even for a second).

THE VERDICT
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is an absolute essential for the 3DS. You cannot buy a 3DS and never play Ocarina of Time 3D. It brings a gargantuous classic back to life and fixed anything which might seem a little iffy. The perfect game just got even better! If you missed the original, you have to get this!

SCORE
+ It's Ocarina of Time, of course!!!!!
+ Improves upon dated graphics
+ The new hint system
+ Fixes up the Water Temple
100%   read


6:04 AM on 06.09.2011

Wii U: For Uus and Mii


I've been sitting on the edge of my seat, waiting for Project Cafe to reveal itself, then it came: Wii U. My jaw dropped off and I haven't been able to recover it since. It's got everything that I've ever wanted in a Nintendo console. Big, HD Games? Check! A more straight forward controller? Check! Wii Remote and Nunchuk not forgotten? Check! New innovative ways to play? Check! Suitable for long play sessions? Check! Suitable for family fun and parties? Check! Mario and Zelda games on the way? Check!

There were many games talked about and demonstrated for Wii U. 3rd Party wise, it's getting all the games that the Wii would never get. Nintendo showed off Super Mario Bros Mii, which looked pretty neat! It's seems like it'll be the simple pleasure of all the big games coming to it. It didn't really show off the HD, but it showed off the controller screen. In the demo video, it showed the example of someone playing the game, when someone comes in, wanting to watch the baseball, so at the press of a button, the game was streamed to the controller so that the person could continue while the TV was in use. This could be really convenient.


As you can see, the whole game has been streamed to the controller to play without the controller, only sacrificing the HD Resolution

Of all the amazing games talked about (I'm getting antsy just thinking of Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS), one stood above them all: Zelda HD! No, not that stupid Skyward Sword HD bullshit going around, a new HD Zelda, showing a brain-exploding, nerdgasmic epic boss battle, in explosive HD. Words can not describe how mind-blowing it was!!!!!!! It's was just
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


:O:O:O:O:O:O:O:O:O:O:O:O:O:O:O:O:O:O:O:O:O:O:O:O:O:O



As well as all that magic, there was the multitude of uses displayed. Some of my favourites were things like how golf games were implemented (Hard to explain, but cool) placing , streaming Youtube videos and video chat, Using it like a magnifying lens, and, my favourite, putting the controller onto a Wii Zapper and using the controller screen as a sniper.



The Wii had its fair share of games to go out on, and the 3DS had a few strong games shown, but The Wii U was what really took everyone by storm. I wish 2012 would just come sooner!   read


9:18 PM on 04.08.2011

My First Day With The 3DS



This is my 11th Day with The 3DS, and every day I've had it has been a blast. I'll tell you about my experience with this device of the Gods! I was going to do my first week, but that would take me a week to write.


Me with my 3DS
After School, I went over to the shopping centre. I was exhausted after finishing off the day with cross country, but I kept walking, because I wanted that 3DS so bad. I met my Mum at EB (Becuase I can't trade in without an adult) and went to the front to get my 3DS, where I could see my English teacher getting her son one too. I said goodbye to my DSi, Spirit Tracks, NSMB Wi, SVR 2010 and GTA:Chinatown Wars, as I handed them over to the douchebag employee, who was less douchy than usual. He went out to the backroom and came back with my Cosmos Black 3DS. I looked in awe at it. It was love at first sight. Then, the bad news came: 'Make sure to charge it for 4 hours before playing" said the douchebag.

I got Super Street Fighter IV 3D and Nintendogs+Cats Golden Retriever with it. After charging it, I went through all the setup processes and made my Mii:

He's the most awesome thing on this planet! I did get a couple small-eyed, retarded Miis at first, but after a couple more attempts, I got it.



I started off with Nintendogs+Cats, picking up a precious little Beagle I named Matt, who's pictured above. One of the first things I realised, other that the bedazzled 3D and greatly improved visuals, was how much easier it was to give commands with the microphone. On the original Nintendogs I had some real difficulty teaching my puppy tricks because the microphone wasn't picking up my commands right, but I was able to easily teach my little Matt some great tricks and win some prize money.


My little puppy! so tasty, SO JUICY!!!!!

Afterwards, I had a little go at Super Street Fighter IV. I'm not that big a Streeet Fighter fan, but I have great fun whenever I play it. I struggled a bit trying to find the fighter for me. Eventually, I found myself comfortable with Blanca.

I began to miss Matt, so I went back to Nintendogs. I did The Lure Coursing competition, which my dog stuffed up, leaving me with $10 prize money. I used that money to buy him some cute glasses:

Oh! Did I mention that I bought a little Kittie? My useless feline is called Lucky! He can't do anyting, except for fight with Matt.

I tried out all the other features on the 3DS menu. The AR was my favourite part. It was great fun playing those games. I took some pics with the 3D Camera (Which look so much better on my 3DS than on your computer screen, by the way) and played Face Raiders for a few minutes. The 3DS was so jam-packed with features, I didn't need games to have the time of my life.

That was it for my first day! One of my favourite things about it is the new Slide Pad Analog Stick, which is actually really comfortable, easy to use, and not awkward like the PSP or, by the looks of it, The NGP. I'm also intrigued as to how the 3D and motion controls will be implemented. Other than the short battery life (Which didn't bother me, being that I'm so close to home) It was perfect. Another dose of magic from kings of Gaming known as Nintendo!   read


9:38 PM on 03.17.2011

Best New Pokemon


Pokemon Black & White are selling like hotcakes, and already earning a place in the heart of many fanboys. Some of them have a love-hate relationship with the new Pokemon, because some are awesome, and some are dreadful.


I want to to hear which new Pokemon in Unova you think is best. I'll tally up the votes, and the 8 which get the highest votes will go in.


As for me, my vote goes to Serperior, the final form of the already awesome Snivy. I just can't say a bad thing about this epic snake. It could tear up Chuck Norris, Jack Bauer and Mr T. all at once.

Now it's time for you to tell me what your favourite is. All you have to do is put the name of your favourite Unova Pokemon in the comments and say why you like it. Best of luck to your Unova buddy!   read


10:59 PM on 03.15.2011

Pokemon Black Review


Pokemon Black and White prove to be the most impressive and unique Pokemon games since Gold and Silver

I love Pokemon! I have Pokemon blood in my veins, and I'm always winning! I picked up Pokemon Black from EB Games after a hard day at school, and what a way to spend A Hard Day's Night.


Pokemon Black and White take place in The Unova Region, which is entirely isolated from all the other regions. I picked up a smug little Snivy, as I'm a Grass type lover, and off I went. The first thing you realise is the improvement on the 3D models. Now, everything but character sprites pop out, giving it a fresh, but somewhat retro feel. The next thing I saw was the new look for battles. The sprites now move while your choosing your move, so it's not like to puppets fighting. Also, there's a 3D battlefield, and a moving camera, which all makes battling that much more climactic. Everything in the game looks smoother and better detailed, from the sprites to the bulidings.

My favourite part about the game is that you won't see Pikachu and Zubat in the game. Every Pokemon you see will be completely new to you, giving you the challenge of figuring out for yourself how to combat them and which Pokemon are best to catch and train. There's 156 new kids on the block, bringing the Pokedex to a grand total of 649 Pokemon!

All the new environments and Pokemon are great, other than a couple crap Pokemon, which you get every Generation. The new areas are very diverse, from big cities with Skyscrapers in the clouds, to barren, dry deserts.

Also, there's a fabulous Pokemon Musical. The Pokemon Musical is for those who have a soft spot for cute Pokemon. Your done with it in 10 minutes, but it's a nice little thing for those who like to dress up Pokemon, and those people will probably get more out of it.

The story is the deepest and the most mature of any Pokemon game. With a slightly older trainer, it's a whole lot different. I won't go into great detail, but Team Plasma are the first of the evil teams who have a real goal which isn't truly evil. You've got 3 Rivals in this: 2 who are kinda' like the past rivals (You know, close friends, they go off on their journey at the same time as you with a starter and constantly have random battles with you), and a guy named N who proves to be the first rival to play a big part in the story, but I won't spoil how. But, while I said it was more mature, don't expect it to be an epic, story heavy game.

The most midblowing moment was running across the birdge to Castelia City, while the camera moves around, giving you amazing views of the bridge. Castelia City itself is huge, bigger than any other city in Pokemon.

The difference between Black and White are a little more than other Pokemon versions. Some cities in White have an ancient look, while in Black, some cities have a futuristic look. They both have their own exclusive area. White has a forest, and Black has a city.

The Wi-Fi has been improved, so if you have DSi, or,when it's out, a 3DS, you don't need to put down the security to go online, and you get some other exclusive stuff if played on The DSi, like Video Chat.

One of the best touches to the game is the seasons. It's Autumn now, so I've been seeing trees of Red, Orange and Brown, while during winter, It's snowy or rainy in some areas, etc. I fiddled with the calendar to check out. each season, and each one was unique and cool.

Most importantly, this game is pure fun! The battling is excting as usual, and it's great to see how your new Pokemon go up against the trainers of Unova.

Final Comments
Pokemon Black is the best original Pokemon experince I've had since Silver. Everything's been freshened up and redone. Anyone can get something out of this.

SCORE
+Lots and Lots of new stuff
+All New Pokemon
+Has some neat little touches
+Just Plain Fun
+Great new Pokemon.......
-.......And a couple crap Pokemon
99%   read


12:17 AM on 02.24.2011

The PS2 must die!


It was 2004, when the PS2 had cemented itself as the king of the gaming market, and nobody could come anywhere near it. I was never a fan of Sony game consoles, but the PS2 was just cool! You couldn't argue with it's games. Dragon Quest 8, Final Fantasy X and XII, GTA III, Vice City and San Andreas were among the best. It was a great console.

Now it's 2011, and I hate the console to death! It's been saturated to the point it's fallen apart, and still they saturate it. The Gamecube and XBOX were dead, but The PS2 just kept going. The next generation is on the horizon, and still, Sony are so stupid as to keep the generation of consoles before continue. Now, it's just an underpowered toy, with 3 year olds being the only people still drooling over it. It's holding Sony down, as well as all consoles. They can't let it go.

I'll give you an example: WWE Games! The PS2 is still getting all the WWE games, because THQ and Yuke's wont give it up. They do half-assed ports, which gives them less time to work on The 360 and PS3 versions, as well as not giving them any time to anything more that a port for the Wii and The PSP.

The PS2 just wont be given up, It's just a corpse on the battlefield. Sony just can't discontinue it. The DS has already taken its spot as the highest selling console of all time. There isn't any reason to keep it going. It's older than it's target audience.   read


2:03 AM on 02.23.2011

"DS is Gay"


I've got a story about how poor the values of most High School students are.

It was Saturday, and I was on Facebook. I was talking about how awesome the 3DS was, when some kid comes and says "gay". I logically reply, saying "What's so gay about this?". His response is "your in yr 9 nd ur talking about a ds. thats sooooo gay."

I just ignore him, then he sends another comment: "your so gay XD next u say u liek wresling lol" That moment I wanted to snap his neck or at least knock some sense into his head. The saddest part is that he's not a troll.

My lord...................... They're just so illogical. They're basically saying "No, you can't like this, 'cause I don't, and I saw a 10 year old with it, so that must mean it's homo-erotic". They think that just because a game doesn't have blood, sex, booze and guns, it's 10 and under. These are the kinds of people who want the R18+ rating so they can play more violent games, while people like me want it for a better classification system. I get a lot of it from those homophopic, thick headed "Cool Kids"

Why can't people play games because they're fun, and not because they're so-called "Mature"? Some gamers are just pitiful these days.   read


10:37 PM on 02.18.2011

Pokemon: An Influential Series


Go ahead! Say that Pokemon is a fad, that it's for little kiddies, that I'm too old for it, that it was never good, but I'm 14 and I love it! It's been the biggest influence on me as a gamer. I wouldn't be a gamer if Pokemon didn't exist. There's not a word to describe it.

My tale starts in 2003, when I was 7. Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire were out. I had one look at the game and it looked so awesome. I saw my older brother play it on his GBA. I looked in awe at the colourful creatures and the simplicity. One day, he gave me his GBC and Pokemon Silver. My 7 year journey through the Pokemon world which still has no end in sight began. I picked up the cute, little Chikorita from Prof. Elm and off I went. I was hooked on the game. 6 months later, I beat the Elite 4, and I screamed "OH MY GOD! I BEAT LANCE!!!!!! I DID IT!". Thankfully, we had no neighbours back then. About a month later, I went through Kanto and I still wanted more! I battled every trainer, collected every item and used my Master Ball on A F**ING EKANS!!!!!!!!!! It was so hard catching Ho-oh because of that, but I felt great once I did. I put well over 100 Hours into it. I still see it up there with games like Mario Galaxy and Zelda: Ocarina of Time

After doing everything I could do, I was bored. I had nothing to do on it. For my 8th Birthday, I got LeafGreen and a brand new GBA. I was so excited when I opened my presents to find that. It was great for me to experience the original Pokemon adventure, only brought into full colour, 16-BIT graphics, and revamped music. I put almost 200 hours into it, and built up a team of Lvl 100 Pokemon, even getting a Shiny Fearow. Everyone at school was playing it, and me and my best friend would spend Lunch trading and battling. It was just truly amazing.

My older brother got FireRed a bit before I got LeafGreen, and was always a few steps ahead of me (Kinda like the rival), so once he traded over his Pokemon from Ruby, he gave it to me. It was so awesome. I got to see all the Pokemon I didn't get to see in Silver and LeafGreen. My Twin Brother got Sapphire for Christmas that year and I finally got to be the one a step ahead. I always beat him in battles with my Lvl 100 Venusaur.He once almost beat me, but my Rapidash taught him a lesson. My Best Friend also got Sapphire and we got to combine our Kanto and Hoenn teams for an epic battle!

There was a real awesome store in my area called "Gametraders", who had all these awesome retro games. I found Pokemon Yellow there for $19.95, so I bought it and played through that. It was great seeing Kanto through a different set of eyes.

For my 9th Birthday, I got Emerald and played through that, but there was more: The Battle Frontier. It was so awesome!! I got to test all my Pokemon. One day, I let my twin brother play Emerald. Guees What? He lost it in a Hire Car, so I never saw it again. He had to give me $50, and I couldn't find any store which had a copy. To make matters worse, I lost LeafGreen, too, and the internal battery of my Pokemon Silver dried up. I almost cried when that happened. My Pokemon dreams almost died.

I dug up my older brother's N64, Pokemon stadium and Pokemon Blue. I used Blue for MISSINGNO. glitches, which my older brother told me about. I used the glitch to build up an invincible, Lvl 100 Party. Eventualy the data was corrupted, and I gave it to my twin brother. I finished Stadium with the glitch party and then rarely played it again. I got Stadium 2 as well, and used my older brother's Crystal on it, and made an awesome team!

2006 came, and for my 10th Birthday, I got a DS. I was so happy. I got bored after a while, becuase Diamond and Pearl had still yet to come. When they did come, It wowed the hell out of me. The new graphics, the great Pokemon, the touch screen stuff and much more made it my favourite DS game. That was until Pokemon Platinum came out and did more than any other 3rd version. Everything I loved about Pokemon was in one glorious package.

Whe HeartGold and SoulSilver were anounced, I lit up like a christmas tree and almost cried again, but this time it was joy. The game which started my proverbial "Pokemon Journey" was Back In Black. Like Emerald, Diamond and Platinum, I was first in line to get it after school. I went to the food court afterwards to see many kids playing it and having the same fun as I did 6 Years Before. It reminded of how amazing Pokemon was and how much it meant to my life, seeing Primary School kids picking up their first Pokemon game and experiencing what I did. It was mindblowing. It proved to me that Pokemon was no fad! The Game itself was a tidal wave of nostalgia. My first video game revived without a dodgy internal battery.

What's next for me? Pokemon Black and White and The 3DS of course! Pokemon Black will be my farewell to The DS, then I've got the succesor portable console to go on with. I love all the other game series dearly, like Zelda, Mario and Metroid, but while Pokemon may not be as illustrious as Nintendo's big three, none of them have impacted me quite the same as Pokemon.   read


3:42 AM on 02.12.2011

$349AUD for the 3DS?!


When I heard that the 3DS would be $349 here in the land of Oz, my jaw dropped. That's just a huge amount of money to pay!

Our dollar's stronger than the US, so it makes it even more blindingly obvious that we're playing much more than them. What makes it worse is that there are no game bundles and games will cost around $78AUD. Than means I have to pay $427AUD to get the system and JUST ONE GAME!

I'll still be getting it at launch. Thankfully, GAME has a good offer: I can trade my DSi and any 2 DS Games to get the system for $189AUD. That'll mean $267AUD for the system and a game. I've saved up $200 so far, and have the system Pre-Ordered. I'm going to try to get a part-time job to get the rest of the money.

I would get the system even if it cost $3500. That's how deep my love for Nintendo is!   read


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