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5:27 PM on 05.22.2011

Anime Central Chicago, AWESOME GAMING COSPLAY PICS & Tons of 3DS streetpasses!

This weekend I had the opportunity to check out Anime Central here in Chicago. The Cosplay was AMAZING! I also had my Nintendo 3DS ("3DeStrucoid" 3DS, as Hamza calls it) on hand and I could not keep up with all of the street passes I was getting!! Every time I opened my system, there was ten more Miis waiting to greet me. I finished every puzzle and another play through of "Find Mii" (my third) in the Mii Plaza on my 3DS, in my four hours at the convention.

I also had a few video game finds that I'll share later. For now, check out some of the Cosplay!

Billy Mays...LOL!


11:41 AM on 05.17.2011

My latest Gaming Collection Haul (with pics)

New stuff is coming and going from my apt. all the time. Since I usually sell things I have multiples of on ebay and Amazon, it's kinda turning into a UPS hub here ;) I typically only sell stuff I have two or more of so I can afford to buy (and have the display space in the man-cave for) the oddities and rare peices I love so much.

My latest Haul has probably two or three of my favorite all-time pieces. The first being a Limited Edition Mario Game Boy Advance from the UK. I found this online. I've never seen one before. It's a red and gray Mario vs Donkey Kong ltd. edt. GBA. The box is pretty beat up, but the system is pretty nice, but not too nice where I won't want to even play with it, like my other Ltd. Edt. GBAs.

Next up is another one of my favorites. This thing is really fucking cool. It's a Ltd. Edt. Game Boy Advance classic from Japan. Much like the packaging from my UK GBA classic from before, except it's like a little Famicom! The Box is much smaller than my other systems, which makes it all the much cooler!

Next up is some random games I picked up recently. I managed to find two really nice copies of Metroid Prime Trilogy (one is sealed and looks like it just came out of the case). I also got a few GBA games C.I.B. in a bundle I purchased from some guy, the copy of Zelda is Sealed, but kinda beat-up... oh well, it's Zelda.

I've got three of these Game & Watch U.S. systems now, if anyones interested, I'd be willing to sell one or two of them. PM me and let me know. I also picked up this game Monster Tale yesterday at Target for 19.99... it's amazing! It's a new take on a Metroidvania Game style, look up the reviews, they're Golden.... This one is definitely going to be one of the sleeper hits of this Gen.... Go get it now, it's on Sale for the next week at Target! BTW, it's such an homage to Metroid, that if you look closely on the cover, you can see the sidekick looks like a Metroid!!

Finally, I'll leave you with last nights haul. My local Gamestop here in Chicago had the Midnight launch of L.A. Noire. Rockstar stopped by and dropped off a bunch of Swag. I actually won the T-Shirt in a raffle at the end of the night, supposedly it's a limited edition.

I'll leave it at that for now. I've come a long way with the "man-cave" as well, so I'll be showing some more pics of that and more hauls as they come in.

Thanks for looking and commenting, everyone. It really is my pleasure to be able to share this stuff with you guys. If you're ever in the Chicago area and want to hang or game, hit me up on the PM!!   read

1:17 AM on 05.14.2011

Building my "Man-Cave" & more of my collection (with pics) Part I

I just recently moved all my stuff into one of the bigger bedrooms here in our 3 bedroom apartment here on the North Side of Chicago (about 6 blocks from Wrigley Field). I figured I'd give you guys a look at where I'm hanging when I'm not with the wife. It's all still "under construction", so I wanted to hear from you guys what you think of it so far. It's pretty basic and some would say plain for the most part. My family has lived here in this building for over a hundred years, I love the fact that I was able to rent this place from my Dad after I got out of the service and got married (got hitched in March!) This apartment is actually the same one my mom and dad lived in when I was born back in '78, so it's fitting that my wife and I are starting our family here.

Here's where I've got the laptop set up with some nice "manly" pics I hung up (I love asian art and Dragons):

Here's some of my games that I've recently put out. It's nice to look at them, rather than having them sit in a box somewhere. I've posted most of them before, but I've also got my complete GBA classic collection with my Famicom, UK & USA version classic NES Game Boy Advances.

Here's a little bit of my Cub's memorabilia I collected. Living so close to Wrigley Field, I've been able to get alot of autographs and stuff over the years. I've also got some of my Military service medals and recognitions, along with Mr. Dtoid:

Here's some other random pics. Like I said, I really like Dragons. I've also got some pics of my gaming set-up. I keep the current gen systems in here, and the NES stays out in the living room (That's all my wife really plays outside of an occaisonal Guitar Hero or Rock Band game). I've got a 40 inch LCD TV and a Samsung surround sound system (It kicks major ass, especially for games like the new Mortal Kombat, Killzone 3 and the latest Medal of Honor) I highly recommend that anyone with a potential Man (or woman) cave get one, although it tends to almost shake the fucking foundation of this old-ass building.

LOL... I'll leave you with this till next time, here's a pic of my first "man-cave" my Army Barracks in Fairbanks, Alaska back in '02 (you just gotta love the purple walls!)

I'll just leave it at that, for now. Let me know what you guys think, I usually respond to everyone as soon as I get a chance. Thanks for looking, everyone!   read

9:57 PM on 05.12.2011

First L.A. Noire Review is in.... DERRR, What's an Embargo?!!

So I was at my local Gamestop today when I saw a copy of LA Noire behind the counter. The clerk told me that it was for the store manager. He let me see it and it looks really cool, as far as cover art is. It's basically what we've seen, except it's done in a metallic finish, making it look really sweet.

When I got home, I decided to look up a review since LA Noire has probably been out a few days already and anxious websites who want publicity might "accidentally" publish one. I found one and here it is:

If you want to read it, you might want to do so soon, before it gets taken down. Let me know what you guys think.   read

7:39 AM on 05.08.2011

Striking Nintendo Gold in the basement & more of my gaming collection (Part 3)

Just yesterday, While helping a friend of mine organize his basement, we came across this:

Hoping that we would find something inside, we opened it up; and struck Nintendo GOLD!

....and yes, this stuff was in MINT condition!! My friend stated that this was his "second" Game Boy he got as a kid, as he beat the shit out of his first one and got a second one as a result, played it a few times and stored it away for 20 years!!

As a token of his gratitude for helping him clean, he sold me Everything and even threw in a few more games we found:

Wow, so much fun. Yesterday really brought back fond memories for the both of us. Unfortunately, my buddy's not as much of a Gamer as I am any more (or fortunately, since he sold me the stuff :)

I put some double A batteries in that Game Boy and watched the Nintendo insignia drop from the "Sky"..... (the top of the game boy screen) wow, I have'nt seen that in a long time.

Oh yeah, and here's a Chiberatsu with a Sackboy Plush "Jockey", (Fuck Issun, we don't need him... BTW, would'nt that make an interesting game?!) I've never been into "stuffed animals" & these are the first I've bought, but they're cool IMHO.

Thanks again for looking guys!!

Leave comments and questions!!

As always, what fun is it if everyone can't enjoy this stuff?!!   read

12:52 PM on 05.01.2011

Part II - More of my Video Game Collection (with Pics)

Here's some pics of my Game Boy Advance SP NES from the UK, I really love this thing, the box alone is my favorite:

More of my PSP Collection:

Here's some of my DS (Ninja Gaiden: DS FTW!) Favorites:

The start of my 3DS collection:

I got this Spider Man game recently, it's complete and I love it!

I'll leave it at that for now. It's really great to be able to share this stuff with everyone, instead of hoarding it to myself, I really appreciated all the great comments everyone left in the last post!

I'm also in the process of "building" a new man-cave (I say building, because men don't decorate.... ;)
...and I'll have pics up soon....

Please comment and FAP away!!

Thanks for looking Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!   read

2:38 PM on 04.27.2011

My Gaming Collection (With Pics)

This is my collection of Gaming Stuff, I'll start off with My PS2 collection, I've got most of the best games, Ico, SOTC, Okami, etc.

I've also got an ipod touch 32GB - LOADED with all of the best games

So, where's all the cool stuff, you ask?

Firstly, here's my 3DS. I "modded" it with a nice skin; putting that skin on was a pain, but it actually turned out better than I expected, almost as if it came that way from Nintendo.....

You might recognize this guy:

Here's a few items from my collection of portables. I really like Nintendo. I'll post more later:

Here's my 3DS, My PSP 3000 (matte silver), Japanese Game Boy Micro - Famicom Ltd. Edition, DSi XL - Mario 25th Anniv., American Club Nintendo Game & Watch & my personal favorite, the Game Boy Advance NES Ltd. Edition, CIB.

Game & Watch from Club Nintendo. Damn, that thing cost a ton of Nintendo Coins!!

I love this GBA SP. I did not even know they existed until recently.

My original Game Boy Micro in Black.

Here's a few of my sealed and C.I.B. Games I've been hoding onto:

Some of my sealed game collection.

More Sealed stuff.

More cool stuff that I kept sealed.

A "mint" copy of Symphony (I wish it was sealed, since I've got this game on two or three other platforms).

MORE TO COME! Let me know what you guys think in the comments section!

Thanks for looking!   read

3:28 PM on 08.04.2009

Magazines in the Bathroom are a Thing of the Past: The Present and Future of Portable Gaming

I Just bought a DSi.....I thought I was a pretty loyal PSP gamer, but when My Umd drive went to crap, I had to send it in. What a better opportunity to pick up the "competition".

You see, I am a die-hard portable gamer. I work at a Fire Department and I love being able to grab my PSP in the morning and throw it in my bag I bring to work. It's great to be able to lay in my bunk during my downtime at work and play games, since I've bought my PSP and DSi my X-box 360 is collecting dust......sure, I busted it out when UFC and Fight Night round 4 came out and played the hell out of each of them for a couple of weeks, but portable gaming is where its at.

I've always thought that the Nintendo DS was a "kids toy".......But being without my PSP for a couple of weeks, I decided to pick one up. I bought what I feel are the "essential" games for the system: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown wars, Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (loved SOTN), Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword (is it me or does every DS game have a subtitle?). I also picked up The World Ends With You and Dragon Ball Z: Origins (I love using the stylus to kill stuff).

I have to say I'm hooked on my DSi.....Like i never imagined....who woulda thought something that seems gimmicky could work so i've tried the WII and I'm still not sold on it, but the DS is a great piece of hardware.

First off, Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword is a blast, albeit a short game. I actually bought this as a used game from Gamestop.....beat it....and returned it within the 7 day-full refund deal.......However, I actually missed this game so much, I went back and got it again because it's so much fun......slashing your sword (stylus) through the enemies never seems to get old for me......It's so well done on this game and I hope they make a sequel with more gameplay......I picked up Zelda beacause.....well.....its Zelda, a no-brainer. I read that the controls were like NG:DS somewhere, except when I started playing I was a tad bit dissapointed. Link is not as quick and agile as Ryu, but this is; after all, an RPG, so there's alot more gameplay, which brings me to one of the big downsides of the game: The Temple of The Ocean King. This part of the game is a legendary downer for gamers all over the place....if you don't know what I mean, do an internet search on it and you'll effortlessly find someone bitching about it. I almost returned it because of this, but it is really a superb game otherwise and I decided to get over it and keep it.

I have yet to really delve into the other games, I played a few hours of GTA: CTW, and from what I gather it's a pretty good title. We'll see with the others, once I get through with Zelda.......

I Just got my PSP back from Sony yesterday and they sent me a nice refurb with a foam padded carrying case and a took a little while to get everything back up and running......i.e.: set up my psn account again, update the unit to five-point-whatever it is at now. I played a little bit of FF Dissisdia and went back to my DSi.

The Facebook App for The DSi with the new update has an FB icon in your picture album that lets you send pictures straight to your acct.......

I've been a gamer for about 25 years. I'm 31 right now and I would have to say 20 of those years I've been what many would call a "hardcore" gamer.
I have been brainstorming alot of ideas lately for the future of portable gaming....since I believe it will continue to explode, given the astronomical success of the DS........In the next few days I plan on putting them on here, so stay tuned and let me know what you think. I just wanted to start this blog and let you all know what my present status is and provoke some disscussion.....thanks for reading.   read

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