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8:50 PM on 09.30.2009

The Forgotten: Gitaroo-Man



Gitaroo-Man is one of the strangest rhythm games I have played next to Samba de Amigo. Maybe you have heard of it if you are really into rhythm games, but I doubt you have played this fantastic 2002 Playstation 2 game, unless you found out about it through a friend or are Jim Sterling. Developed by iNiS, makers of Ouendan, Lips and Elite Beat Agents, Gitaroo-Man is just so damn crazy and is unlike any rhythm game I have played. I really canít stress this enough. This is mainly due to the gameplay and general aesthetic of the game. I have never really seen anything like it.

For those of you unfamiliar with Gitaroo-Man, the best way I can describe is a Rhythm Combat game. There are two main modes: Charge and Attack. Charge mode gives you health; Attack mode, well, causes you to attack your enemy. If you miss notes you lose health. The gameplay goes back in-between two different types, one where you have to press a button and move the stick along a path and a crosshair with scrolling notes in the form of buttons needing to be pressed in time with the songs.

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Every song in Gitaroo-Man is essentially a boss fight. You are trying to pass a song and at the same time drain the bossí health. The Bosses themselves are quite insane. Ranging from a man in a bee suit to being attacked by a hammerhead shark in space (No I am not making this up), there is no real way to predict what you are going to fight unless you have seen it before or told by someone in advance.

Like with any rhythm game, the music either makes or breaks it. In the case of Gitaroo-Man the music is really memorable and has a great variety. The songs range from jazz to rock and upbeat rhythms and are all great, my personal favorite being Born to be Bone. Itís the one song besides the Legendary Theme that really sticks with me even years after playing it.



While not entirely forgotten after getting a re-release on the Playstation Portable as Gitaroo-Man Lives! in 2006, I feel like Gitaroo-Man is one rhytmn game a lot of people missed out on. Whether you enjoy current rhythm games or not, you really owe yourself to at least try out Gitaroo-Man. Especially if you enjoyed other character rhytmn games like Parappa The Rapper or UmJammer Lammy. Itís a hard find, but its very much worth it if you can get your hands on it. It is one of the strangest, most memorable rhythm game experiences I have ever had, and I urge you to experience it for yourself.   read


1:07 PM on 03.19.2009

A recap of my SFIV match vs. 1up plus video of the match [Now with better video]



First of, thanks to anyone/everyone that watched the match. I do appreciate it. For serious.
The following is a basic recap of each match that I had with Tina Sanchez (Community Manager) and RIchard Li (Executive Producer at GameVideos), some descriptions being more detailed than others. If you want more details I encourage you to watch the video.



If you want to watch the entire match, you can view right here:

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First match was against Tina



I played as Gouken, Tina played as Rose

She won round 1, I came back and won rounds 2 and 3, managing to pull of Ultras in each round.

Second match I played as Dan, Tina Played Ryu



Tina almost had a comeback here in the first round, but I managed to beat her by being fairly aggressive with Dan.

Round 2

This was pretty close, but I managed to pull through. Pulling off/Seeing Danís Ultra always makes me laugh.

After this Richard took over and gave me quite the beating.

To Richardís defense though, he was giving me some tips when I was playing him and basically told me what he was going to do with each character as we were playing so I could attempt to stand somewhat of a chance against him. He was fairly encouraging throughout the matches we played, which is better than random people yelling in my ear, but then again, what isn't?

Match 1 Gouken v. Ken



This match is where Richard basically flow charted Ken the whole time, but I did manage to pull of Goukenís super and counter an ex shoryuken with another attack.

Match 2 Ryu v. Ken



Round 1 of this match is the only time I recall beating Richard. At all.

Richard didnít flow chart Ken this match (or at least I donít remember him doing so)

Match 3 El Fuerte vs. Rufus



This match went alright, but I didnít do the best job of defending. I am much more of an offensive player as of right now.

I tried to defend myself here but Richard kept spamming Rufuís dive kick after a while which was annoying. He continued do to spam the dive kick in round 2, but Richard did tell me that the kick can be high blocked but I failed greatly to do this as you will see in the video.

Match 4 Zangeif vs. Gouken



Round 1

Richard was basically showing me here that Zangeif throws are high priority, but I already knew that. I did manage to damage Zangeif quite a bit here but eventually Richard just pile drove me into oblivion.

Round 2

Richard pile drove and bear grabbed me to my doom. Again, I did do some damage but nothing can stop the double bear grab.

He also told me if I worked on playing Gouken some more I could defeat those damn flowcharters easier. I still would have rather actually played Richard instead of getting the same general experience I could get playing random people online. Regardless, I still had a fun time playing both of them.

Final Match vs. Tina

I played Dan again and Tina played as Ryu.



Round 1
This was pretty close, but Tina liked to use shoryukens a lot. I would have beat her in the first round if I had pulled off Danís ultra after the focus attack I did. I that I was going to lose but I managed to win this round.

Round 2
Not a great round for me. I pulled off my Ultra when I didnít mean to, but as always I tried. I really need to work on my defense more though. Tina won this round.

FINAL ROUND- FIGHT



Tina kept saying during the match that she preferred the right side of the screen, so I tried to make it so she would be on the left and have trouble. Unfortunately for me, she ex-shoryukened (flowcharted) me to my defeat. Not the best way to go out, but you canít win them all.

I did play a random match online later though and successfully beat someone as Dan which made me feel better. Thanks again to everyone that watched the match. It was a lot of fun regardless of how I did.   read


5:04 PM on 03.18.2009

Reminder: Tonight is 1UP vs. Myself in SFIV.

So a while ago, 1UP had a contest for a chance to play Tina Sanchez (Community Manager) and Richard Li (Executive Producer at GameVideos). I entered (which only required filling out a form) for the hell of it and never expected to win the contest.



I was surprised to find out later that I did in fact win the contest.



Tonight at 5PM PST/ 7PM CST/ 8PM EST I will be playing Tina and Richard in Street Fighter IV LIVE on UStream/1UP.com

So if you have nothing better to do tonight, please come and cheer me on. It should be noted though that 1UP's UStream page has chat disabled due to Spamming/Difficulty in moderating the amount of people that were watching their now annual GameNight.

If you miss the event, 1UP will be posting the event up on GameVideos later this week (Thursday/Friday?) so you really have no excuse.

I am still fairly new to Street Fighter but I am sure that this will be a lot of fun no matter how I do. I am really looking forward to this.



You can watch the matches here or here.

Also, thanks to power-glove for playing some practice matches with me today. I appreciate it.

Until then,
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11:56 AM on 03.12.2009

Shortblog: 75% off Peggle for Month of March

So Peggle.



Perhaps you have head of this peg tossing, pinball-like game.
Some people seem to be addicted to it. Others not so much.



For the Month of March PopCap is selling Peggle for a mere $5 on PC and Mac.

This deal is good until 3/31 so if you were too cheap to buy it for $20 now you really have no excuse not to at least try it.

The demo lets you play for 1 hour so you can get a pretty good idea what it is all about.

http://www.popcap.com/games/peggle   read


4:25 PM on 02.01.2009

10 Things You Didn't Know About Guagloves


Picture unrelated.

10. 10 Stitches

When I was 5, I had to get 10 stitches in my head because I cracked my head open on a stepping stone which hurt. I did get a root beer popsicle after words though :)

9. Didn't all Gameboys come with Tetris?

My original Gameboy didn't come with Tetris. For serious. But I had Kirby's Dreamland so it was all good.

8. I am generally fairly quiet.

I am usually kind of quiet but if you can get me to come out of my shell so to speak, I can be fairly talkative. It really depends on the subject.

7. I have never been to a gaming convention

I really want to go to PAX someday, but as long as it is in August this conflicts with the beginning of my college semester which makes me a sad panda.

6. I tend to buy a lot of games but only complete a few of them.

I tend to start games, get fairly far and not finish them. I am trying to change this by not buying as many games.

5. As much as I enjoy the Zelda series, I have never competed a Zelda game.

The farthest I have gotten in a Zelda game is probably Link's Awakening. I got to the Eagle's tower but the teleportation in that temple started to annoy me so I stopped playing it.

4. I have never been drunk in my life
I have gone out drinking before, but never been drunk. Not really sure why, but I guess I just like to remember shit.

3. I went to Germany a few years ago. It was rad

I went to Germany with my high school German class. We went to Berlin, Rottenberg and Munich to name a few places. I wish I could import some Spezi from there. Its a orange cola and its delicious.

2. The first console I owned was the Nintendo 64.

My first handheld was the Gameboy, but I never got a console until the Christmas that the N64 came out. I think the first games I had for it were Mario Kart 64 and Super Mario 64. I played used to play SNES games at my neighbors house, but I never had one of my own.

1. I am a sucker for deals.

If a game is $10 or under and I am semi-interested in it I will usually buy it. Examples include Stranglehold, Elebits and Metroid Prime Pinball.   read


10:55 AM on 11.07.2008

Shortblog: PuppyCam '08

I really don't know what to say about this other than it may be the cutest thing I have seen in quite some time.

Behold! The puppy cam. The new best thing ever:

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If the embedded video does not work for you, go here:

http://cdn1.ustream.tv/swf/4/viewer.45.swf?cid=317016

This is quite possibly the best thing to ever be on ustream. Maybe ever.

Note: The puppies are currently sleeping if you can't tell, but they are still really cute anyways.   read


11:03 AM on 09.15.2008

Get Rock Band 2 Drums on the cheap @ DeepDiscount Today

Well, Rock Band 2 is finally upon us and is rocking faces clean off.

I'm sure some of you are waiting for a month for the bundle, but what if you are like me and really only want the new drums since you only have an SDTV?

Well if this sounds like you, then I have found a deal for you (wow that sound campy but w/e)



Deep Discount has the Rock Band 2 Drums for $68.99 and they should hit stores tommorow (or so amazon tells me)

The drums normally sell for $90, so I might even pick these up at this price even though my current drums still work pretty well.

Now keep the rock going!

Link:http://www.deepdiscount.com/viewproduct.htm?productId=48645663#

Found via CAG

EDIT: I realize $70 is still expensive but it's at least nice to have some sort of initial discount.   read


12:45 PM on 08.03.2008

Obligatory Son of a ***** post



Well it finally happened. I'm not suprised since my console started freezing/locking up this week.

My first console had overheating problems, and this one has now red ringed.
Time for console #3. Damnit. All I wanted to do was play Geometry Wars 2 but now I can't. :(

Oh well. It's been a while since I've played my Wii anyways. I think i'll be ok.   read


8:56 AM on 04.18.2008

Rock Band DLC 4/22- Full Album Edition

The first full album for Rock Band is finally coming out, but it's not what you might think it is.

No it's not Who's Next, instead we are getting this:


That's right. Judas Priest's Screaming for Vengeance.

"We're proud to unleash our first full album upon the masses- Judas Priest's 1982 classic Screaming For Vengeance! All tracks will be available separately for $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points), or as a whole album for $14.99 (1200 Microsoft Points)."

"We're also happy to announce two more albums that are in the pipeline and coming in the near future- The Cars album The Cars and the Pixies Doolittle."

I'm suprised by this announcement but I will get at least Electric Eye and You Got Another Thing Comin'. Not sure about paying $15 for an album though.

Track list:
All the following tracks are by Judas Priest and are masters:

The Hellion/Electric Eye
Riding on the Wind
Bloodstone
(Take These) Chains
Pain and Pleasure
Screaming for Vengeance
Youíve Got Another Thing Cominí
Fever
Devilís Child

Videos (I couldn't find videos for all of the songs but I think you get the idea):
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What happened to The Who?

"We will have a specific announcement about that coming up soon regarding some work that we have coming down the pike with The Who in general that I think people are gonna be pretty happy about...and in general what you're gonna see sorta deep dives with particular artists, where with some artists...of the appropriate stature, you'll see us doing more than whole albums, potentially even entire catalogs."
All of the Who's Albums?...Wow   read


8:03 PM on 03.12.2008

The Rick Roll Turns 20.

20 Years ago (Today) Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up was #1 on Billboard.

Truly a wonderful milestone in music history.

Now go RickRoll yourself for the man.



Do it. You know you want to.

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via Digg   read


2:19 PM on 02.09.2008

So I got a Dreamcast.

I have to admit, it's been quite a while since I bought a new console which is understandable considering how much these consoles cost nowadays.

So what is this awesome decision I have made?
I have finally purchased a Dreamcast and I couldn't be happier.



I never bought a Dreamcast when it came out, but I guess it's better late than never.
Sega had so many good first party games (Jet Set Radio, Chu Chu Rocket) with this system. I'm sad that the system was abruptly crushed by it's competition, because after playing it this past week, I really feel like the system had a lot more potential, but to me it still lives on.





That aside, I have really been enjoying my purchase.
Lots of Chu Chu Rocket, some Jet Grind Radio here and there, and not lots of my not copy of Ikaruga. God damn Ikaruga is awesome.

Any other games you would suggest I seek out?   read


12:49 PM on 02.08.2008

Puzzle Quest Sequel This Year

I love Puzzle Quest. You love Puzzle Quest. It looks like a sequel is coming this year!

Via D3 Publisher's press release/Kotaku

The company will also be releasing video games based on Aardman's popular Shaun the Sheep character in 2008, alongside the eagerly-awaited follow-ups to the best-selling Ben 10 and Puzzle Quest.

Adam Roberts joins D3Publisher of Europe as Managing Director D3Publisher of Europe Ltd (D3PE), a publisher and developer of interactive entertainment software, has announced the appointment of Adam Roberts as Managing Director.

Adam joins D3PE having held roles as Vivendi's UK Managing Director and Vice President of Europe, and as Sales Director for Empire Interactive. As part of his new position, he will be responsible for the sales, marketing and operational functions across Europe and the PAL regions, and will be based in D3PE's Cambridge office.

"These are very exciting times for D3PE with Dark Sector shaping up to be one of the key action titles of 2008," said Roberts. "A wealth of exciting new titles on both current and next gen over the coming months and a talented team will cement D3PE's position as one of the fastest growing game publishers in Europe. D3PE will become a force to be reckoned, and I am delighted to be part of it."

Adam brings over 17 years of industry experience to D3PE, and joins as the company looks to build on the success of its Flushed Away, Ben 10, Puzzle Quest and Earth Defence Force 2017 titles with the launch of Dark Sector: a stunning action title for PLAYSTATIONģ3 and Xbox 360 due for release in April. The company will also be releasing video games based on Aardman's popular Shaun the Sheep character in 2008, alongside the eagerly-awaited follow-ups to the best-selling Ben 10 and Puzzle Quest.

I can't fucking wait. I'm always up for more Puzzle Quest. The first was so damn addicting.   read


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