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Playing currently: Legend of the Mystical Ninja
Tales of Vesperia
Left 4 Dead 2
Name: Chris
Age: 25
Location: Missouri

Favorite Game Genre: RPGs
Favorite System: SNES
Favorite Game: Earthbound

Past Systems Owned: NES, SNES, Genesis, Saturn, PS1, Gameboy, GBA, Gamecube, PS2, DS
Current Systems Owned: 360, Wii

Favorite Children's Movie: Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland
Favorite Children's Cartoon: Ducktales
Favorite TV Show Theme Song: Full House Theme

I like games, a lot.

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11:00 AM on 03.11.2010

After listening to the Sega Addicts podcast, I was did a lot of thinking about Sega consoles. It seems like a lot of people have fond memories of the Dreamcast, I happen not be one of them. The Sega console that I have very fond memories happens to be the Sega Saturn.

Back around 1996 I decided that I wanted the Saturn solely based on the fact that at the time the system was bundled with 3 different games, Virtua Fighter 2, Virtua Cop, and Daytona USA. I enjoyed playing all of these games, each had their own things to bring to the table.

The next year I ended up getting Nights into Dreams for Christmas. The funny thing is that I ended up getting the Sega Saturn Nights bundle, apparently my aunt paid for just the game at Toy R Us back when you had to grab those paper slips and you had to give it to the guy who would go into the back of the store and picked up the game. What happened was my mother went back and returned the console bundle for just the actual copy of the game Nights. I didnít think until years later that I could of probably just could have just sold that console bundle to someone for extra money for a Nintendo 64 that I eventually got instead of just returning it.

I rented many games for the Saturn while I had it, Panzer Dragoon Zwei, Fighting Vipers, etcÖ. But it wasnít until around the time that the Saturn was discontinued that I was able to get a bunch of used games from the local Blockbusters from anywhere from 3-10 dollars. So I was able to grab a whole bunch of games. Everything from Virtual On, Fighters Megamix, Virtua Cop 2, and several other games that I canít remember off of the top of my head.

Getting rid of my Saturn still is one of the biggest things I regret giving up. This would be because the system is so god damn hard to emulate. I tried out a subscription to GameTap just because they had Saturn games to play, man did they look like crap though. I never got to play games like Guardian Heroes or Radiant Silvergun which also seems to be a crime to like the Saturn so much and never get to play those games. The funny thing is that I wouldnít have played most of the games that I did for the Saturn if the system didnít crash and burn like it did. The only thing I can really hope for is that since there are Turbographix 16 cd games available to download on Virtual Console that somewhere in the far future, if they are able to crack the emulation code that there will be Saturn games to download.

I don't know why , but I have completely lost patience playing games with other people. It probably doesn't help that the only other online game I play aside from WoW is Rage Quit 4 Dead 2. I knew I really a had problems though when I got a hold of my friend's starcraft 2 beta account and stopped playing only after 3 matches.

Is it the people you play with Drel?

Definitely yes, most people who say that don't like online gaming is mostly because of the people they play with or against. I played WoW for a hell of a lot longer than I would of because of the friends I made in game. After some of my online friends stopped playing the game it a took a lot more for me to keep playing WoW, here's a screenshot of my desktop of everything that I have open to make playing an MMO bareable.

You must suck at playing multiplayer games.

This is also very true. I've always been very terrible at FPS games. I can't get constant headshots like other people due to make shaking like michael j fox sitting in a vibrating chair. I think that is the reason why I didn't get hooked on the starcraft 2 beta right out the door when I got it. All of the matches involved either me rushing 4 units to attack the enemy base first or have them do the exact same thing to me and not be prepared. At least people can't say it doesn't feel like the original Starcraft I guess.....

You're just a jaded old man who wishes that they never stopped making SNES games.

That's only about 25% true. I'm only a little bit jaded but even though some of my all time favorite games are SNES games I'm happy with where gaming is going. If it wasn't for my 360 I wouldn't have known how awesome Rez is.

I dunno maybe I should just spent a couple years playing single player only games to even out the several years of MMO play.

Edit: That screenshot got cut off and I don't know how to fix it >_<. You can stick right click on click on view image to see the whole thing though.

I haven't felt like I needed to do a c-blog in a long time, but I felt that today would be the best time to go back. I doubt anyone knows who I am from the few c-blogs I did in the past so I'm going to reintroduce myself.

The name's Chris, I used to be a college student, but not right now. Last year early in the summer, my mom was diagnosed with cancer. I basically dropped everything that I was doing to help my mom while she was getting treatment. The next 6 months were pretty damn scary, but they're over now, she had her surgery and now she's getting done with her radiation treating getting generally a lot better.

Dealing with Scary Times

Obviously, anyone seeing someone in their family get seriously ill is absolutely terrifying. When my mother would be in pain during a week of one of her treatments, my DS and I became very good friends. Most of my time was playing games like FF6 advance or Chrono Trigger DS. I always found that playing games that I've always felt nostalgic for would calm me down quite a bit, because I would always worry about the well being of my mom.

Looking To the Future

Even though my mother is getting better, things don't seem to be getting better for me. I've been looking for work for several months since I quit school. I've had to sell my ps2 and my ds to keep up with bills. I have enough money for myself to last a couple more months but I can't help but worry an insane amount about not finding work. Oh well, I guess things could be worse.

Iíve been really busy, but I figured that right now would be a good time to tell everyone what I have been doing. Two weeks ago my mom started chemotherapy for breast cancer. I was assuming the worst that week but it turned out to be not as bad as I originally thought it would be. My mom was only unable to do anything for like two days, but after that first week she was able to go back to work. Last Friday my mom had her most recent checkup and the doctor said that the cancer is shrinking which is great news.

I didnít really take the first week well though, at the end of each day I would just be really depressed in my room being unable to sleep because I was so worried about my mom. I know that I really donít have a reason to worry because they caught the cancer early enough, but it doesnít seem to help. But donít worry Iíve gone to the doctor and they gave me some anti-depressants for that. I know they donít completely solve my problems but they do just enough for me to get through the day without losing my mind.

But enough about that, let me talk about games now. The usual first person shooter hasnít been doing it for me. So Iíve been going through my game collection and Iíve been going through phases where I will play only my virtual console games on my wii, or I will play a couple of the RPGs that I have for my ps2. I havenít been able to just go play one game and stick with it. But just recently Iíve been really hooked on a game that I bought a couple of days ago.

I donít know why I like this game, but I just dig it a lot. I thought I would take a chance on it after seeing the main page post on Destructoid on the price drop. I figured that since I got both Persona 3 and 4 based solely on the fact that I kept reading about them on Destructoid that this game has to be just as good, and god damnit I was on the money about that. I got the last copy at Gamestop too with the plushie. So I would like to thank the people of D-toid for talking about Devil Summoner 2 so much that it ended with me buying it.

I also downloaded Turtles in Time:Reshelled on XBLA. I feel really dumb getting it because I didnít really enjoy playing it after the one time I completed it. It just doesnít feel the same compared to the SNES version that I know and love. Oh well, thereís always Splosion Man to keep me busy if I wanna play some XBLA.

Again I would like to thank everyone in the D-toid community for their kind words and recommendations for different games or movies that I should check out. The next game I got coming in the mail this week is a new copy of The Red Star for ps2 so Iím hoping that will be good.

For people who didn't read my last post, my mom is going through a cancer scare. Today at around noon we're gonna get ready to go to the doctor to find out the specifics since we don't know really anything yet. I've been getting even more nervous, scared and sad with each passing hour. I hope that this will stay just a scare but I have to try to be realistic about it. Anyways, playing any sort of game isn't really helping me at all. I'd like to thank all of the people who have sent me their kind words. I even got a PM from Colette which really made my day. I guess all I can really do now is ask you the D-Toid community is to send all of their Esunas and Remedies (That's the item that can cure all ailments right?) to my mom.

Later in the day when we get back I'll edit this post to tell everyone what happened

Update: I thought I might as well just edit this post I'll tell you what I know so far.

*She has a cancer that is about 3cm in size
*It hasn't been been spread to her bones or anything like that
*It possibly went to her lymph nodes
*We don't know what kind of stage it is.

I don't wanna get to much into detail with it. Basically the low down is that what she is cancerous, but we didn't necessarily catch it early or late from what I understand.We have to wait til Friday to find out if the cancer is treatable with Chemo so it can shrink down before surgery or if it can't be. I think that it is the way I understand it right now. I think I might make a post or something specifically for people wanna send their Esuna Wishes or whatever to us. /sigh Jeez it has been a really rough day.

Well, a lot of things have changed for me since the last time I made a c-blog post on here. My mother has been going through a cancer scare for the past couple of weeks. It hasnít been officially diagnosed yet but the doctor has said that her chances are 90% that she has it and as I understand it we will know the specifics later this week. I was planning on transferring to a different college and was trying to look for a job but Iíve put all of that to a halt. I have enough money saved up that finding a job isnít that big of a deal right now so at least I got one good thing going for me right now. My mother seems to be doing ok with it right now, but Iíve become really depressed about it. I feel so helpless, I donít know what to do. The only thing I do know if I keep to myself Iím gonna lose my mind, so thatís why I am making this c-blog post right now.

Many of the games Iíve played regularly donít really do it for me because I constantly worry about my mom. I have though discovered a couple of games that I really enjoy that I probably wouldnít have played due to my special circumstances.

1 vs 100 Live

Ever since the beta came out in the US, I have actually played this game with my mom. Iím so happy I got my mom into a game because the last game that she ever played that she got into was Tetris on the original Gameboy.

Tales of Monkey Island

I never was a big into the adventure game genre. But after hearing from a lot people especially on Destructoid about awesome and funny the Monkey Island series is, I decided to give it a shot and got my hands on Episode 1. So far I really enjoy it and find it to be quite funny. I feel like playing something like this would be really beneficial for me due to the situation Iím in and I will probably go and get the Monkey Island Special Edition on XBLA.

Other than playing these games I havenít been really doing much of anything. I hope I can get some good news later this week because going through this stuff is really painful. I constantly worry because my father died in the 80s and I donít have any brothers and sisters. I hope that no one else has to deal with this kind of stuff. All I know right now is that playing the games that are highly recommended by the D-toid or listening to the D-toid podcasts (especially RetroforceGO!) that I can at least forget my problems, even if it is for just a little bit.