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5:46 PM on 04.01.2010

In Memoriam: PAX East


April Fools! (As if you hadn't guessed already...)

It was pretty damned fantastic, if I do say so myself. I led a heroic party of 3, and set out to forever make my mark on Boston.

The Nvidia conference, in pictures:

BLOW SHIT UP!!!11!11!!eleven

The result:

My new favorite couple photo:

Nature's greatest predators collide:

I like this group shot the best:

MUCH better Avatar photo:

Meeting of the minds...(Sorry Elsa!)

There we go...damn it, Anonymouse!

Sampling the local cuisine

Awesomeness? Yeah, we've got that.

The swag ninja goes forth...

To feed a carnivore...

You need more meat, apparently.

The best Conviction partner I had. Seriously.

After a brief interrogation at Area 51, we moved along quickly...

We ain't 'fraid of no ghost. (And yes, bustin' makes us feel good.)

We give Reckless Disregard for Gravity a shot...

And show a true disregard for gravity.

Living proof the bass is the most badass.





I'm totally on board for PAX Prime. See you crazy bastards there!   read

7:59 AM on 03.26.2010

My 31000 feet Pre-PAX Preparations

I am currently 31,000 feet in the air and on my merry way to PAX. The internets have been carried aboard our Boeing 717, but the flight harpies won't let me into the secret internet lair. Bastards. I'll find a way. CelicaCrazed, me, and the woman are all eagerly awaiting our descent into the land of Dunkin' Donuts.

Two thirds of our merry party. Thank god he forgot his ID, I don't know what kind of belligerence I'd have to deal with concerning a vodka fueled humping raptor.

What? I don't believe it! I found the internet! All I have to do is push this button and...*click*


3:44 PM on 01.21.2010

Weapons HERE!

Ok. Alright. I've seen some mildly impressive defenses float around the c-blogs here recently. They're passable, I'll give you that. But this is going to BLOW EVERYTHING YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW ABOUT PERSONAL DEFENSE AWAY> (Yes, It's so hardcore I capitalized the period)

Are you scared? YOU WILL BE.

That's right, bitches. The official Sega Master System Light Phaser. None of that hippie zapper horseshit. It's even better than the Star Trek Phaser, because this one only has one setting: FUCKING AWESOME.

Oh no. It doesn't stop there. As if being face to face with a phaser wasn't colon-cleansingly scary enough, it pairs with the Master System's 3D Glasses OF DEATH* for the most EXTREME experience possible!

This lethal combination will make the staunchest Nintendo fanboy run for the bushes/clouds at first glance. Because it does what Nintendon't.

*DEATH sold separately. Blast Processing not included.   read

9:59 AM on 01.06.2010

Collection Corner Pt. 1: The SD/Retro Roundup!

After seeing some of the totally pimp and AMAZING setups from you guys, I thought I'd start showing off a bit of my stuff. Since it's a pretty sizeable chunk, I'll put out a few more easily digestible blogs over the next few weeks.

First up, the SD setup!

The biggest girl I've ever loved. A big ol' 36" 300 pound behemoth of a tube TV that is just perfect for playing anything in standard definition. Coupled with a Dell 2.1 speaker set, she does just fine for the Dreamcast, Saturn, CDX, PS2, GameCube, Wii, N64, and SNES that sit beneath her considerable confines.

And, of course, the systems do no good without a healthy supply of software to go with it!

This encompasses my (and admittedly just a few of my roommate's) PSP, PS1, PS2, DS, Saturn, GameCube, and Wii collection. My Sega CD/32X collection is here as well, with a few N64, NES, Genesis, and GBA games tossed in for good measure. I've got a few close up shots so you can actually see what's on the shelves too.

Here's most of the PSP stuff. At one time, I had one Metal Gear game for each other game on the PSP. It's mostly neglected now that the I have the PSPgo, but I still carry my 3000 with me most of the time.

The remainder of the PSP games/movies and my massive Saturn collection. Nights isn't pictured because I don't have a case for it. Knuckles Chaotix! This game was like a fable to me for a long time, as I'd never heard of a 32X, and it's never been included in any Sonic compilation, as far as I'm aware.

Most of these are my roommate's, so I don't have a lot of insight here. Yes, I know Bubsy and Knuckles is a travesty, but they're both way too big to fit otherwise, so there you are.

Here we make it a bit more modern with the PS1/2 collection. It absolutely kills me to have so many Greatest Hits games, so I'm trying my best to whittle these down. And the stickers! The GameStop stickers from Hell!
Games of note: Marvel Vs. Capcom, Mega Man Legends 2, X 4-6, Escape from Monkey Island, and Fatal Frame.
When I picked up Fatal Frame, the GameStop at Cinncinnati U. had 2 and 3 as well in terrific condition. Too bad I was way too broke to buy them all. :'(

Some more PS goodness. Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil 2, ICO, All the Jak games, and Klonoa 2 are my picks here.
Fun fact: The boxes for Gran Turismo 1 and 2, and Resident Evil DX are all empty! I intended to buy these from a yard sale, when we opened the cases, we discovered the seller's kid had taken all the games and left his penny-pinching parents holding the box, as it were. I picked them all up for a dollar, as complete PS1 games are tough to obtain.

I unfortunately neglected to show the two-tone memory card here, that is in fact, an official Barbie branded memory card. My roommate insists it was cheaper than a regular memory card. Suuuuuuure. Behind Tai'Fu is a copy of Rayman 2. I bought these to test my PSOne w/LCD I bought last year at FYE. They were selling them NIB for 40 bucks!
I would recommend Shenmue, and of course MGS3.

Due to shelving constraints, I have to put my DS games here and continue the PS2 games on a later shelf. It does bother me a bit, but I'll survive. For the Moonspeak challenged, that's Burn! Hot Blooded Rhythm Soul! Ouendan 2 in the middle. I recommend almost everything here, ESPECIALLY Donkey Kong Country 2. It's not pictured because it's currently in the SNES!

Here's the centerpiece of the collection.
Earthbound: 5 bucks. Yard Sale.
Mario RPG (With instruction manual and Player's Guide): 5 bucks. Some dude on MySpace.
That's Ikari Warriors on the left. Really need more shelf space...
The Japanese game up top is Mag Kid: Slide Adventures. It uses an attachment on the DS/Lite that turns the DS into an optical mouse to play the game. It's pretty interesting, and definitely my most unique game.

The finale of the DS Section. Dragon Warrior 1 and 2 for the Game Boy and Metroid Zero Mission are in there somewhere. Found that Phantom Hourglass set at Five Below. It is probably my single favorite stop for PC games. Last trip I got that lunch box, Turok, Devil May Cry 4, R6 Lockdown, and Splinter Cell 1 and 2 (1 game) for 5 bucks apiece.

Finished off the PS2 games, and some GameCube stuff here. I can proudly boast that every one of my GameCube games are free of Player's Choice branding. So any of them that have such are not mine.

The GameCube was my mainstay from 2001 up to about 2004. I don't remember when I got my PS2 exactly, but the GameCube always got preferential treatment until I got my Xbox in mid 2004.
Oh! There's my copy of Cursed Mountain LE I got from Destructoid! I love you guys!

That's the tail end of the Wii and GameCube stuff. Exciting!

And finally, the Sega CD/32X CD collection. Secret of Monkey Island gets a shelf all to itself, and I absolutely love that Steve Purcell artwork.'d that get in here? Oh well. Courtesy of the Towne Mall of Frederick MD. Stop by and play Confidential Mission or Pump it Up with no sound!

Thanks for reading, or at least skimming the pictures. I'll have part 2 up eventually.   read

9:42 AM on 12.29.2009


Words cannot express just how excited I am right now. But hell, I'll give it a try anyway.



That about covers it. Apparently, things like this happen there.


Holy shit. I don't know how I could haul my flimsy-ass case and monitor through two airports and still have enough unbroken parts to play in a LAN, so that makes me a bit sad.

Still, I will be in Boston devouring all the seafood I can and (hopefully) in the company of all the crazy bastards and bastardettes that call this place home. Who else will join me?   read

9:10 AM on 08.04.2009

FatherChesz has joined the party!

After a year or so of following the crowd here, I think it's high time I get the formalities out of the way and introduce myself to the community! And what better way to do that than divulge random tidbits of knowledge to the internet? I certainly don't know any. And away we go...

That's me! And Satan, in karate-kicking feline form.

I'm Chesz, I'm 20 years old and have been a somewhat rabid game fan for as long as I can remember. It's always been difficult finding people that sympathize and share my passion, so I'm right glad I found this place!

You probably noticed the somewhat garish header image by now. I'm sorry. I promise once I come across a copy of Photoshop I'll whip something up a little more proper. That used to be my sig when I played Call of Duty 2 competitively for The Retro Gamers. I was one of the clan founders and leader of our Call of Duty 2 division for about 2 years, I think. Drama and bullshit finally caught up with us and led to our disbandment, but I still hear from the guys once in a while. It was a good run, for sure.

I am all about adventure games. Monkey Island is the game I credit with starting my love affair with PC gaming. I was in tears when they announced Tales and Secret Special Edition. True to my word, I bought every edition of the game available, and made my very first collectible purchase, in the Guybrush vs. LeChuck statue. If you haven't seen it, you should definitely check it out. Even if it is slightly unfaithful to the story.

With the death of all the local arcades here, I lost one of my guiltiest of gaming pleasures. Public DDR. It's not so hard to explain, but might be to understand if you've never had the experience. The lights, entrancing in their patterns, the music just loud enough to overcome the ambient noises of the fighting streets and dead houses, the crowd of awed onlookers, and the gentle hum of the box fan blowing the sweat from your brow. Those were the good old days. Now, it's pretty much a few rounds at home on StepMania with the old AfterBurner pad.

Well, I should probably wrap up before I start to ramble...further...have a gander at my collections to the right, and if anyone wants to throw down in some BF1943 or just about any PC game, hit me up sometime! Gamertag, PSN ID, Steam ID, all the same thing: FatherChesz. Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for my next exciting blog: My Ghetto DDR setup!   read

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