I'm 24 years old and from MN.
I'm currently trying to finish up college at Winona State.
Currently playing: MvC3, SSFIV and deblob 2.
I own: 360, Dreamcast, Wii, DS, N64, Gameboy(broken) and a slew of virtual console games.
My first system was the Nintendo Gameboy with Super Mario Land and Kirby's Dream Land. I grew up playing Sonic 2, Aladdin, NBA Jam and Donkey Kong Country at my neighbor's house. My favorite genres include platforming, action and rhythm games.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.