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7:23 PM on 01.28.2008

Odd World

My post alas is not about Oddworld mwahahaha, but rather, about the oddities involved in my day and how gaming made it better. Although I did see Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee for sale today...
Anyways, my day started out really good, I got some sleep for the first time all week, I was generally feeling good, then dipped really crappy, then I went to go game shopping to feel better and had no luck, not to mention a total lack of funds to buy some DVD's I saw that I've been looking for.

So lamenting my day I come home and get a phone call from my mom. And this is where my day gets better, and stranger. I mean before this the day was typically blah, but now it was abnormally awesome! My Mom, bless her heart isn't really a spring chicken. And hasn't really shown a lot of interest in my love and my Dad's love of gaming... But today out of the blue she asks:

"Have you heard of a dancing game for the Wii coming out?"
In my head I think nooooo she can't mean DDR!? I tentatively ask:
"Dance Dance Revolution?
And she exultantly replies:
"Yeah, doesn't it look like it would be so much fun!?"
"Umm Hells yea! I would love to finally have DDR!"

So I don't know if anyone has had their mom approach them about a game, let a lone DDR, but wow, what a crazy experience that was, and I'm totally psyched and totally confused because I was pretty sure they thought I was crazy for my love of gaming. And I can guarantee I've mentioned it before and they couldn't imagine ever playing the game.
It turns out that one of her work friends told her about it. Which is even stranger, but really has convinced me that everyone even your Grandma is playing the Wii.

That was turning point number one. Number two was a happy nostalgic moment with my bf over "All You Base Are Belong To Us" Which is just fantastic, and just for the fun of it, shits and giggles if you will, I'm going to attach that video :) with a little remix on the end.

And lastly I was super excited to see the RetroforceGo! Podcast was ready and I've been really looking forward to it because it was on the TurboGrafx-16 and the post was awesome, and they mentioned the awesomosity of Devil's Crush one of my all time favorite games. And the terribly horrible game J.J. and Jeff, thank you guys for making my day better and complete!

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11:34 AM on 01.27.2008

The PSP Does For Me What The DS Won't

A new phenomenon has happened to me that has never happened before. I've bought a game and am going to continue to buy games for a system I don't own, let alone have access to. I can get away with buying PS2 games because I have access to one any where I go... But the PSP has sold me. Sold me so much that I can't afford the system yet, so I'm collecting a library for when I do get one.

It's funny this doesn't really happen very often, once it has happened to me with a movie. When the first Spiderman came out I'm positive there was some sort of subliminal messaging. I really should have had no interest in that movie, just because I wasn't familiar with the Spiderman story previously. Obviously I knew who he was but I had never read the comics and so forth. But for some reason when I saw those trailers, not to mention I saw them 100 times a day on every station, I was frothing to see that movie. I HAD to see that movie, I went opening night.

The point I'm making is that this is how the PSP is making me feel right now. I keep hearing about more games, first it was Me and My Katamari and I am a huge fan of the Katamari series, but one game at the time wasn't enough to sell me on a system because I had We Love Katamari. Since that time however Little Big Planet has me frothing for a PS3 hehe I'm pretty sure with that game I'll be content forever, but I guess that remains to be seen. But the PSP, so it all really started when I bought Wipeout Pure for my partner in crime, who also doesn't have one. I guess it sort of justified the craze.

Now that we own games, it is set in stone that a PSP will enter into our lives. And of course now that the initial shock of owning a game for a system we don't have I'm looking for Me and My Katamari, I've been pondering PaRappa the Rapper, and most excitedly Patapon! AND! Loco Roco! I haven't in a long time seen a trailer for a game and get as excited as I have been lately, and especially for the titles appearing on the PSP.

And I mean getting excited for games is all well and good, and I'm psyched for getting a PSP, but my problem is that these were the types of games I was hoping to see on my DS. And I understand with the touchscreen game changes, but aside from Nintendogs, the only game I got remotely excited for was Cooking Mama, which I heard about because it was coming for the Wii. Which also made me want more exclusive titles to just my DS. Not to mention all the Brainage and similar titles make me shake my head, they are flooding the shelves when the whole idea of the DS should be leading people to do what these games are "strengthening". The other DS games play on a sort of hand-eye coordination that those silly Brainage games are testing you on.
To top it all off the possibility of an affair with another company led me to visit with my Nintendogs last night. Poor neglected bastards made me feel worse about it all...

I guess what I'm trying to say... in the words of taumpytears "The PSP does what Nintendon't" (for the time being anyways)

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11:01 PM on 01.20.2008


I would just like to announce that I might have to take a blogging hiatus outside of my weekends only blogging since it appears the motherboard in my laptop is going to die at any point in time...

I'm actually really upset, but there's nothing I can do about it but curse and swear... And that is what I intend to do.
I just hope it's still under warranty....   read

8:55 PM on 01.20.2008

A Week In Review

On the agenda: what I played, what I set aside and what I shook my fist at!

First on the list what I've just picked up. I only have a bootleg of Chu Chu Rocket(DC) and since a legit copy is entering the collection soon I figured I should give it a fair chance. Wow did this game ever kick my ass at first. It's one of those games I guess that practice makes perfect and my mind just wasn't in the right place to keep up with those damn mouse-mongering cats! But if anything it has just made me more determined to tackle this game, it was a bit frustrating at first because I really enjoy these types of addicting games, like Bust-A-Move, Puyo-Puyo Fever (yes it's the Japanese import, actually really hilarious to play because I have no idea what's going on in between gameplay and the instructions are constantly getting yelled at me, good times). Mr. Driller which is in my favorites, Lumines and all kinds of online games. These little addicting puzzle games are my crack, what I use to unwind. So I will tackle this game before it becomes the bane of my existence!

Next Phantasy Star Online: Episodes I&II(GC), the usual dealie with this game, playing on my own to keep up with my far more addicted gaming partners and playing with them when we all have time, adding up to some good teamwork and the occasional, well let's be honest often, slaughtering of me, since I'm about 10 levels behind.

The Legend Of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass(DS) put aside much to my dismay. The thing with this is that I love my DS because I can pick it up play for 20 minutes and find myself right where I left off. I'm finding that with this game I can't do that as easily, it requires a much more focused time commitment than what I have to offer it right now and if I turn it off I'm back at point a. So the 20 minutes continually takes me to the same spot. It's a really awesome game so I know I'll be coming back to it, maybe over my spring break or in the summer, but for now it has taken up its spot sitting on my shelf.

Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked(PS2) is also on the shelf, but again not forever. I bought this game because I was a fan of the show and heard that the game does some neat things. Which it does and I was having a lot of fun with it, but there's only one PS2 in the house and only one main TV, me being the considerate person I am, tries to avoid playing single player games that are going to require my other three roommates watch me play when they really aren't interested and probably just want to watch TV. Although not only bad has come of this since I'm now looking into finally getting myself a PS2 I can hook up to my own TV with the Dreamcast.

Lastly my addiction to Guitar Hero was temporarily restored when my friend's BF brought it with him when he came to visit. I spent a couple hours getting it all out of my system again and kind of shaking to say goodbye to it again... I'm thinking it is best that I don't have it or I would get nothing else done. Although the more I play Guitar Hero III(PS2) the more I want to get my hands on Rock Band...

In conclusion:
Chu Chu Rocket: I will dominate *shakes fist*
Phantasy Star Online: addicting
Phantom Hourglass: Time commitment central
Samurai Champloo: is 'Sidetracked' (bad pun)
Guitar Hero III: addicting but leaves me dissatisfied
Rock Band: *drools*

Happy Gaming Everyone!   read

7:01 PM on 01.19.2008

The Funk Will Set You Free

I understand that most of my posts have been predominantly about Sega games, mainly in things relating to the Dreamcast. The conclusion I’ve come to is that the Dreamcast and my DS are the only systems that I have here at my apartment all to myself so I therefore spend the greatest amount of time on. That isn’t actually what this post is about, but it was just my disclaimer for the fact that this post is going to be about another Sega creation.

The music of the Jet Set Radio series makes my life complete. Between the two games there are over 60 tracks, that’s right folks! 60+ pumping original and remixed energy packed tracks to get you into the state of mind to want to go out and vandalize a city. When you listen to the music when you’re playing the game, or even just on its own, you start to feel your heart quicken with the excitement that it instills in you. Or you sometimes feel yourself begin to swagger and you just feel… ‘cool’ when listening to a song like Humming the Baseline. I can’t explain what it is, it must be that they have exacted the formula for a mix of bass, beat and what should be a horrifyingly annoying vocal track but isn’t, that just works in any sense of the word. They are the kinds of songs that I want to hear to get ready in the morning, keep me going through my day, and I would love to hear them if I head out to the club at night (hasn’t happened yet, but I’m still waiting for the day).

Now I’m not saying that I don’t enjoy the music of the other games I play, although some are better than others. While the music of Zelda makes for a complete gaming experience and I find myself whistling along with the songs of the Ocarina to call Epona or on the Wind Waker to change the wind’s trajectory, it isn’t something that I would put onto my Ipod to listen to on my walk to the bus everyday. Jet Set Radio, and Jet Set Radio Future however take up much of the space of my Ipod. Although it would be hilarious to see the looks on the faces of passers by if I was to go skipping up and down the sidewalk listening to the music from Zelda and then do a little twirl to the happy trill of finding an item.

The songs are really good, even though I hadn't heard of the artists before, I’m sure that they create other music outside of the Jet Set realm. There is the exception to that. Rob Zombie lent his musical styling’s for two of the tracks on Jet Set Radio (What Lurks on Channel X, and Dragula), which I found myself really getting into in the context of the game even though these were tracks I wouldn’t have personally sought out to listen to before. On the other hand Dragula has proven to be the perfect song to get my adrenaline pumping when I’m walking home late at night from my night class, so that if by chance someone should jump me I could kick some ass… Or at least have my blood boiling in the right place to put up a good enough fight.

My favorite tracks are (in no particular order):
I love love you, Jet Set Medley, Jet Set Medley Future, Statement of Intent, Magical Girl, Like it Like This Like That, Let Mom Sleep and Baby-T among others. (If you’re interested to check out some of the music I’m pretty sure YouTube still has the tracks on there) So that is my recommendation for this evening, check it out!

Closing on an unrelated note: I really enjoy writing these up and seeing what you guys think, but my hobby has been pushed to weekends only *cries* I have my commitment to school which I have to be sure that I keep on top of or else I’ll find myself in a lick of trouble hehe. So my own blogging has its new time slot of weekends only, but I always stop by to see what everyone else is up to.   read

6:27 PM on 01.14.2008

Don't Call me Rover

I've been a little caught up with school work lately and haven't really been finding the time needed to produce my award winning blogs... *cough* Although I have been thinking a lot about the music and artwork in games, I'll save that for a night when I'm thinking a little more clearly.

But the other night I came to the realization that I have a lot of pets with video game names. So here goes!
Although I must admit that most of these were named by my partner in crime, it still applies.

First up, Sonic and Tails, but in opposite order...

Unfortunately now we're down to just Tails so here he is snoozing

And don't forget Knuckles (he's my rescue, he showed up at my house starving to death and was accidentally let into my house by my Grandmother. Now he's fattened up and a smug bastard...) He's also kind of a spikey cat so the name fits.

Next, Jet Set Radio Future!!!!
He needs his own theme song still, perhaps the Jet Set Medley

And finally my Sweetheart Jaguar, who got his name from Space Channel 5, so that when people ask his name I can give him the same introduction Jaguar is given in the game... It would have been Gum for a little girl rat, or Jaguar for a boy...I got a boy and the rest is history
Just be thankful it wasn't Space Michael

I also have an abundance of other pets who have typical names... Two others I will mention, are my fish Fuji and Skeletor.   read

1:23 PM on 01.11.2008

A Gamer's Moment With 'Insert Name Here'

I’m sure everyone has had a similar experience to the one I had this morning. This morning during my shower, I was listening to the shower radio when the song Lay Down by Priestess came on. So I think ‘oh man I love this song’ it starts playing and I find this weird sensation in my hand. I look down and my fingers are moving… odd I think. Then it hits me. Lay Down is one of the tracks on Guitar Hero III, which I was obsessively playing over Xmas at my parents place on my Dad’s Wii. Even worse, my fingers were following the right color pattern: green green red yellow red yellow red blue etc. etc… And I yell YOU ROCK after the song... well ok I didn't do that... *shifty eyes* This, my friends is what I like to call a Gamer’s moment. When the games we love find their way into our lives deliberately and quite subconsciously.

There’s another aspect of the gamer’s moment. The other that I’ve encountered more than once is when you’re in a room with people foreign to the industry and someone mentions a game and you go into a speech about something or several things about that game.
For example, as I’ve already mentioned I was playing Guitar Hero III on my Dad’s Wii. My Mom picked this up for him and told everyone else in the room how she had heard about all the hype and thought that she would get one, my Dad is currently playing as she’s talking and I’m sitting watching. So I’m listening and start mentioning how yeah it’s sweet and the track listings are awesome, but in comparison to the other two Guitar Hero’s the songs don’t match up with the notes as well. I've come this far, I keep going. And the wireless guitars have a lot of connectivity issues because of the fact that they come apart (side note: for the Wii, we’ve had problems with the whammy bar quitting mid song and you have to plug the Wiimote back in), and how Harmonix used to own it but sold it to Activision and they’re not utilizing the game as well as Harmonix did, but Harmonix is working on rock band which is… and I trail off. I’m not necessarily done, but as I’ve been talking I’ve been watching my dad playing and at that moment I glance around seeing everyone else in the room staring at me blankly. Then someone coughs… Then the song ends…

My Mom: ‘Can you play La Grange again?’
Me: Face Palm

That is another version of a gamer’s moment, when you know more about something than any regular person playing the game could ever care to know. Ah well, one day I’ll get through to someone.   read

6:43 PM on 01.10.2008

Brita Champion

So every once in a while I find a picture that makes me scratch my head, or laugh hysterically, kind of like the cats wearing wigs (seriously what's with that). This particular selection first made me laugh hysterically, then scratch my head, then laugh while scratching my head...

This photo is one that I'm sure a lot of you have seen and some of you haven't but in any case, I thought I would share. (Its now used for some poster company)

So what gets me about this picture is:
A) what the hell is going on?
B) Whose idea was this?
C) I hope there were witnesses because that would be hilarious to see.
D) Darth Vader doesn't drink tap water?

I guess I was just really confused and thinking this must have been someone's art project. So I look into it... and it is! His name Daniel Bozhkov, and it's apparently Darth Vader (well obviously) trying to clean the black sea through a Brita filter?... still even with explanation... random.   read

7:40 AM on 01.10.2008

You Complete Me

I don’t know if I’d say I’m a collector. My joint collection consists of what we like to consider the best of the best of our tastes, almost hitting game number 400, I think that day will need a celebration. It is on its way to be complete by what we consider complete… Meaning we're not looking to own every game of a series or system, and we’ll pick up a Nintendo 64 game if it doesn’t have the box. But we do have standards, the games must be in minty condition (although this wonderful place known as Déjà vu Discs has a really great resurfacing machine you can use for cheap) and a case is preferable, but finding a replacement is easily enough done. And now that there are sites online where you can download the slip covers, if that is damaged or missing (damn EB games!) it can be replaced.

Before I get into the meat of my tale, I would like to digress on my EB games conspiracy theory. So when you order a used game online, they have a disclaimer ‘may not include a box or instruction manual.’ Ok fine, so that means to me, may not include box or instruction manual, not will not include them! Ico came with no booklet, no slip cover, and a plain DVD case, lame! I have vowed to never buy another used game from them online again! But my bf got one for Xmas from someone else, same deal! My theory: There are other people that share my frustrations about missing the book so when people trade in their games and EB is going to sell them online they strip the game clean sell it at the listed price and sell the books and slip covers separately to companies who sell them to the frustrated customers for a double profit. So that’s my theory be it right or wrong, it’s the only explanation I have!

Being a bargain game hunter there is always the risk of the game not including the instruction manual booklet when you crack open the case. This is a risk I’m now learning that you must take in order to find that elusive title. What always gets me about the whole thing is where the hell did that book go!? Really though, if someone traded the game… did they just keep it, lose it, dump their pop on it? I guess it’s all possible, but I guess because I take care of my stuff that wouldn’t happen to me. So those are some possibilities for trade in games. But I’ve also found games in rental stores like Blockbuster when you can buy their previously enjoyed games. Again where did that book end up? I don’t rent games, but as far as I can tell, the actual case stays on the shelf, and the game you take home, doesn’t come with the book. I could be wrong… But that’s my understanding. And even if you do take the book home, you don’t own that game, so why keep it?

I guess my angst comes because on my last hunt when Grim Grimoire made the trek home, and much to my dismay the book was absent. *tear* So of course my wheels start turning I make up fantastical possibilities of where the book could be. Maybe when a person rented it they just forgot to put the book back in the case. Or maybe the person was mugged and the book was taken hostage, and when the price couldn’t be met the criminal returned the game late and without the book… Or not… Or the worst possibility, the artwork in the book is sooo beautiful that they felt the need to keep it. But it still doesn’t change the fact that I have the game and no book.

I get so obsessive over something a lot of people probably don’t ever open. It isn’t that I need the instructions to play the game, but I love the extra time and effort put into these inserts and I want to be able to appreciate them. So many of them contain such beautiful artwork that is separate from the look of the animation in the game, and I just love that not only can I enjoy a game but the artists find even more ways to make the game complete for me. That is the completeness I’m looking for, my own personal desires not so much to say it is complete by a collectors standards.

10:36 PM on 01.09.2008

Cosplay On A Whole New Level!

Ok so I just want to tell everyone this is for real... weird!   read

9:04 PM on 01.08.2008

Gaming Partner(s)

Everyone is their own type of gamer. Some people like to sit in a living room with friends and family, alone in a bed room or office… or really I guess the combinations are limitless. I’ve had many a gaming partner, but I wouldn’t consider myself a gaming whore. The partners I find are not always someone I’m involved with, but I just find it the best word to use.

I’m a situational kind of person. I enjoy gaming on my own, largely because I don’t get stressed out by expectations, and it’s also my time to unwind and forget about everything that came my way that day. I’m coming out of my shell again to play with others, but I had someone almost ruin gaming completely for me, I know right? Drop something so awesome over one stupid person. It was the shared interest which caught his attention, but then he found out I was kinda good at games, and now I was intruding on ‘his’ interests, so it became a competition to out do me. Not fun. But lucky for my better judgment I didn’t leave my beloved games, I left him.

But after that it took me a bit to find where I fit into this world again, I was a bit behind on the times and didn’t know if I was ready to dive right back in. But slowly but surely I started reading up a bit, and thanks to some help of ‘oh my god you have to see this game’ from friends here I am again, and much more devoted and knowledgeable for it! So just coming back into it I liked to play on my own. Games are kind of like riding a bike, you never really forget how it feels it’s just a matter of getting your fingers to be as quick as
they used to be.

I had a hard time playing with other people until I moved in with my roommates this year, before this I would pass on games, or when it was my turn I’d make a half-assed attempt and pass the controller back, still not comfortable in my gaming skin. So they finally just shoved a controller at me and said play. So I said fine! And really I had been watching them play and really wanting to join in. Now our gaming has created a whole other dynamic to living together, it was always me and the two boys playing but then my other roommate would always see us playing Phantasy Star: Online in Co-op, and watch and leave. She isn’t big on games, but when the three people you are living with spend long nights well into the morning pouring into this game, and then when they’re not playing, talking about tactics and what weapons they can trade… You want to play too!

And that was how my apartment turned into a regular gaming home. I never thought my roomies to be ‘gamers’ they still give me confused looks if I talk about a game coming out or even a game that has passed. But their solid love for the games they own (well except for the state in which their systems are kept, my stuff does not live in the living room), and the awesome company makes them a-ok in my books!

I think everyone should have someone to game with when they’re not zoning out on their own, so long as it stays fun and doesn’t turn into a hard core competition. Although I’ve been known to get pretty riled up over Devil’s Crush when someone beats my high score…   read

5:05 PM on 01.08.2008

Double Take?

I just want to say that I will go out of my way to play a game where I get to play as a hot chick. And I don’t mean Rumble Roses Hot Chick, or Dead or Alive Xtreme V-Ball girls. I mean classy, funky, sexy, cute girls. Well maybe not all of those things combined, more of a categorized selection.

Classy: The style that can steal the moment, she’s not falling out of her dress, she’s not jumping up and down and shaking it, she’s kicking some ass with wicked style and winks at you after demolishing a room. That is my classy girl. The Final Fantasy Girls pull this off for me.

They are looking Pretty Damn fine, and aren’t making me shake my head.

Funky: The only and only Ulala from ‘Spaaaaaaace Channel 5!’ She fits this category perfectly, she’s pretty, quirky, funny, foxy and she kicks some major alien ass with her mad skills in dancing. Wow… I just used ‘Mad Skills’ in a sentence…

And you know I’m drooling over those Cosplay GoGo boots!

Sexy: What makes you think of sexy? For Me? Lingerie. So wow did I fall in love with Odin Sphere. I distinctly remember when my bf sent me the link to the screen shots and I stopped and found myself awestruck. “Wait? I get to play as a cute girl in red and black (my favorite) and STOCKINGS!? Stockings, real pinstripe stockings!” Plus you have magical powers, and come on who doesn’t want magical powers? Oh yes beautiful, belly revealing, stocking wearing (complete with lace tops!), weapon toting Velvet wins this category for me!

Seriously, just check her out!

Cute: So I guess a lot of gaming girlies can fit into here. So I’ll pick a few of my favorites. They’re pretty, can hold their own, and they are the ones you find yourself getting really attached to. In a lot of ways they’re my favorites, they’re the Aerith’s of a game, the Zelda’s, you know who I mean. They’re not overly sexy or homely, but they look good in what they’re wearing and get your attention.

Elena from Grandia II

Fiona from Haunting Ground (her pooch, Hewie, is pretty cute too!)

Final thoughts, there’s also the fun twist when you get to design your own, my Phantasy Star: Online character is an elf with blue hair, purple eyes, black corset with matching skirt and red trim, and red fishnets, yummy!   read

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