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!
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)
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...
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
PS2: I WANT!
Rock Band: *drools*
I understand that most of my posts have been predominantly about Sega games, mainly in things relating to the Dreamcast. The conclusion Iíve 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 isnít 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, thatís 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 youíre 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 feelÖ Ďcoolí when listening to a song like Humming the Baseline. I canít 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 isnít, 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 (hasnít happened yet, but Iím still waiting for the day).
Now Iím not saying that I donít 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 windís trajectory, it isnít 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, Iím sure that they create other music outside of the Jet Set realm. There is the exception to that. Rob Zombie lent his musical stylingís 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 wouldnít 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 Iím walking home late at night from my night class, so that if by chance someone should jump me I could kick some assÖ 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 youíre interested to check out some of the music Iím 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 Iíll 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.
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.