Quick note that I originally wrote this for another site, but thought I might as well share it here too.
It's been a while since I blogged here and I'm not sure anybody would even notice the fact I'm posting a blog here again, but what the hell. Somebody told me to do it and I did it. Peer pressure, yay.
If by chance you want to see this complete with pictures and blah blah, I'll toss a link in at the end of the writeup.
Sorry for such a bland blog. I'm just really tired and don't have the patience to upload all the pictures and insert them again. I'm not much of a formatter, so again, apologies.
We all have massive amounts of games we haven't played yet. You might have a brand new game sitting on your shelf right NOW that hasn't been touched. Might still be sealed too! Even worse, you might've paid FULL PRICE on launch day to play this game, and you still haven't done anything more than open it to check out the manual on the crapper.
I'm that guy too.
I've bought tons of games over the years and while I've played my fair share of awesome stuff, I've missed out on some real classics, many presently sitting on my shelves right now. This is my list of games that I own that I should REALLY play sometime soon. Like before I buy another game. Of course, we all know that won't happen. I will instead type up a list about those games and why I should play them. Then I'll go right back to ignoring those games.
CHRONO TRIGGER (NDS)
We're starting off with me cheating a bit. Yes, I own Chrono Trigger on the DS and yes it's still sealed, but TECHNICALLY I played it. I owned and beat it a number of times back on the SNES when it first came out. Then I did it again on the PSX despite the absolutely horrid load times. Bought this again when it came out on the DS and it just sat. Even more, this is actually my second copy of the game. I bought it on release day and opened it, hung the poster up even, and then never played it. Goozex'd the game and said my goodbye. Then newegg had it on sale around Christmas and I bought it again. Another first run with the poster, too! Still sealed... We'll play again someday, Crono. Don't worry... At least you know why I have this at Number 10. If YOU haven't played this game yet, it should be at the top of your list!
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon (PS2)
Another sealed game! Still havent' even opened the box to check out the plushie either. Instead I promptly put it on display, fully expecting to eventually buy another copy of the game to actually open up and play. Still haven't. I gotta be honest too, I haven't played the first game either, despite owning it at one time. Ended up selling it off a few months back when I sold off most of my PS2 games to help pay bills. Other casualties I never got to play? Pretty much every other Shin Megami Tensei game that was available on the PS2. That's right, I never played them. Neither Digital Devil Saga game, Persona 3, 3 FES, 4... None of them. Let's just consolidate and let Number 9 represent every SMT game to come out on the PS2 while we're here.
Valkyrie Profile 2: Slimeria (PS2)
Let's lump the next two together since we're still talking about PS2 games. Still got these hanging out though, so there's still a chance! Ended up grabbing MAGNACARTA off of Goozex a while back, complete box set, and I never touched it. I've played a good amount of MAGNACARTA 2 on the 360, sure, but never touched the original. Then we have Valkyrie Profile 2, still sealed. I'll admit I originally bought this and kept it sealed for the sole purpose of hoping it would be worth something. Played the original Valkyrie Profile and enjoyed it, but sold it when the money was good. Was REALLY hoping that VP2 would be worth the same eventually, but I don't think it's gonna happen. Considering I'll probably never get to any of these PS2 games, I'll probably just leave it sealed and hope that one day I can sell it on eBay for $20,000 or something. Stadium Events! Woo!
Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil (PS2) and Klonoa 2: Empire of Dreams (GBA)
A tale of two Klonoa sequels. The original Klonoa on the PSX is one of my all time favorite platformers. The visuals, the gameplay, the story. Near perfection on a piece of plastic media. So Klonoa 2 comes out and I never bought it. It went unbought for years on end until I finally got it at a pawn shop a few years back and I never touched it. Always wanted to, but it kept getting pushed further and further back for me. Then it came out for the GBA and I enjoyed it quite a bit. A sequel comes and what happens? I ignore it. Once again I just never got around to buying it, up until I finally picked up a brand new copy off of eBay. Came in the mail and I put it on my shelf. Never even opened it. It's still sealed. Finally, Klonoa came out for the Wii. Bought it and played it a lot. I'm sure when Klonoa 2 comes out for the Wii, it will once again be a Klonoa sequel ignored.
When I first bought my Xbox, I was a hardcore Xbox hater. Yes, when the Xbox was announced I was 100% anti-Xbox. Why was Microsoft getting into the game console business? They can't get their shit together with PCs without tons of bugs and problems and they want to make a game system? Can't wait to get a virus on THAT! I was a Nintendo boy all the way. I grew up a Nintendo fanboy and I loved my GameCube sooooo much. I owned my PS2 as well (about 8 of them with how frequently they broke. RRoD? How about PS2's DRE's??). I eventually broke down and picked up an Xbox when the place I was working at, Rentway, had a pretty decent deal and since I worked there, I could buy it at cost, in installments. Sold. Got it with the Tetris/Star Wars bundle, but I wanted some more, so I picked up ToeJam & Earl III, Panzer Dragoon Orta and Enclave. Enclave was the one game I never got around to playing, despite the fact I thought it looked the coolest. I want to toss an honorable mention to Arx Fatalis here as well. I'd have properly included it, but I don't own it anymore.
Assassin's Creed Series (Xbox 360)
That's right, as you can tell by the figurines, I own BOTH Assassin's Creed Collector's Editions. Why didn't I play them yet? That's simple, because I thought the first game looked freakin stupid. Let me explain. In the months leading up to the release of Ass. Creed (as I like to call it), I thought it looked awesome. Being an assassin, stealth killing mofos, running rooftops, open world environment. Looked like a really cool game and I bought the Collector's Edition. Despite being 1000% disappointed with how friggin small that figure is, it was at the top of my list of games to play next. A buddy came over and saw it and wanted to play it, so I told him to fire it up. Then the game started and you were in a laboratory. My interest in the game ended right there. I'm not Altair? I'm some dick in a lab being experimented on or something?? Screw that. Then I watched him play and it seemed like some of the most complicated and convoluted controls I've ever seen in a game and I never cared from that point on. So why in the hell would I buy the second game? I'll be honest, at first I didn't. I figured I could skip it because the figurine would suck again and it would still be easy to find in a year when the price drops like crazy. Then it sold out and was impossible to find and had an awesome figure with it and all of a sudden I wanted it. Made a trade on Cheap Ass Gamer and it now sits on my shelf. Maybe I'll eventually try this one.
Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World (Wii)
I feel guilty that I haven't played this yet. I LOVED Tales of Symphonia on the GameCube and played it for hours. A true sequel to the game was like a dream come true. Add in the fact that I just finished marathoning Tales of Vesperia on the 360 and was in need of even more "Tales of" goodness, this was a no brainer to buy. But I didn't buy it. Just didn't have the money at the time so I waited and played other stuff. Christmas came and Amazon had Dawn of the New World on sale so I finally ordered it, got it in the mail, opened it and then never played it. Just too many different games to play around the holidays and the Wii suffered for it. I'll get to you someday, Symphonia, I promise. Just not any time soon because Final Fantasy XIII is coming soon and I have too many other games to finish first...
Gears of War 2 (Xbox 360)
Yes, another game where I own the Collector's Edition and never played. Why not? Most of the blame here lies on my previous blog where I talked about my once hatred for shooters. This is actually a more recent acquisition as it's only a few months old, but I still REALLY want to play this. The problem is I much prefer to play games like this co-op and I don't have anybody to play with! I went through Gears 1 with a guy who was helping me in a contest (I'll talk about that next) and while we planned to eventually get to Gears 2, it never happened and we eventually drifted apart and he deleted me. I no longer mattered. This is a game I plan on playing soon, as long as I can find somebody to play with me. I have a group of friends who occasionally rock Horde Mode too, and I'd love to be a part of that someday...
So here we are. Number 1. The biggest game that I own and still haven't played.
What game is it? What game was so important that I NEEDED to own it, but still haven't even put the disc in a system?
What game could possibly deserve to be played more than anything else on this list?
What game was so unjustly ignored for MONTHS now, while worse games have entered my game consoles??
How much longer can I delay getting to the top spot and padding my already massive word count (1,778 prior to the parenthesis)??
Batman: Arkham Asylum (Xbox 360)
That's right. Once again I own a Collector's Edition of a game that I haven't played and this is the big daddy of them all. Well, I guess Bioshock would be, but you know what I mean... And check out C. Viper totally cockpunching Chris Redfield. EL OH EL and shit...
SO, why haven't I played this one yet? It's all because of a gamerscore contest on Goozex...
See, when the game was first coming out, Goozex was having a competition based on how much gamerscore you could amass in a month. The winner would get a brand spankin new copy of Batman: Arkham Asylum and everybody else would waste a month of their life playing really crappy games. The problem? I already had a preorder for the Collector's Edition of the game, but since the game didn't launch until after the competition began, I had some time to kill, so I got into it a bit. Then I saw I was in the Top 10. Then I was in the Top 5. Then I wanted to win. I would stop at nothing to win, so I played some of the worst games I've ever played just so I could try to win a game I already had waiting for me. Then the game released and I picked it up. Since I was playing in a competition for THAT GAME, I decided I wasn't going to be a douche and play that game for achievements in a contest to win that same game, so it sat. And sat. And kept sitting. Near the end of the competition I was within reach of the lead, less than 100 points to grab the lead and the guy in first claimed he was all out of easy gamerscore games. I felt victory nearing. Then he busted out a few more super easy games and increased his lead to over 1,000. I was crushed. He still had a reservoir of easy games and was just trying to lure me into a false sense of security. I was so put off from that move that I gave up trying for the rest of the competition. My runner up prize was 5 trade tokens on Goozex. Yay. I never had the desire to play the game after that crushing defeat and it still sits unplayed.
So there you have it. Ten games on my shelves that I should REALLY get around to playing sometime soon. Right after I finish playing Bioshock 2, Divinity II, Borderlands with it's new DLC, Dragon Age with it's new DLC, Mass Effect 2 needs another playthough, I should probably go back and finish Mass Effect 1, New Super Mario Bros is waiting for me to finish that, still gotta go out and pick up No More Heroes 2 and Aliens vs. Predator, might as well finish Mario Galaxy too, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story has been waiting for me for a while, how about that Dark Void Zero for DSi? Then we still have Final Fantasy XIII and Splinter Cell coming out soon, Risen looked pretty cool, Sonic & SEGA Racing...
How many of those do you think will be on the next list?
I'm an Alice in Chains fan, have been since the 90s, when I was too young to understand what the hell Layne Staley was talking about in "Rooster" but I still loved the band. Even now with the black afro man replacing a deceased white man, I still love the band and can't wait for the new album.
Looks like I'll have more than just a new album to get excited for.
Got this in my email inbox today:
AIC Rock Band Cluster
To coincide with the release of Black Gives Way to Blue, AIC has partnered with Rock Band to release two very special download packs. The first download pack, available on Tuesday, will feature "A Looking In View", "Check My Brain", "No Excuses", "Rooster", and "Would?". Keep a close eye on AliceInChains.com for more news about the release of the second download pack coming soon.
Looks to me like we're gettin us some Alice in Chains for Rock Band! And a second batch at a later time!
Guess we'll find out for sure tomorrow when HMX releases their official updates, but I'm guessing it's pretty legit coming direct from Alice in Chains.
Now if only we'd get some Breaking Benjamin or COLD.
So, the avid readers of my blog (both of you) will know that in my last blog entry I talked about how I entered the contest on this site to win a sweet ass Pepsi themed Rock Band guitar!
Let's show that sumbitch again to make this blog look bigger than it really is:
Isn't it pretty?
The strum bar is fucked.
How's that for bad luck? Hahaha... Fifty of the things exist and mine is pseudo-busted. I fired up Rock Band to play the Green Day 3 pack. Had some issues with Know Your Enemy, but nothing major. Some overstrums, some missed strums. Then came East Jesus Nowhere which went well for MOST of the song up until that really fast part after the solo. It was missing EVERYTHING in that part and it wasn't my timing because I played the song later on again with my old Guitar Hero guitar and I did just fine. Finally, 21 Guns started and I was getting nothing.
So my problem switched between strumming waaay too much and then not at all. Seemed like the problem cut in and out, but it's not worth risking it to play.
So that's my luck, I finally get my first real win in a Destructoid contest and the strum bar is messed up. But hey, I'm not upset at all. I actually kind of laugh at the situation. In the end, it's not even the prize that matters to me, it felt good to finally feel like a winner on this site and that means a whole lot more to me than whether or not the prize works like it's supposed to. Hell, I think I'm more bummed I didn't get a Dtoid sticker to put on my van than the fact that the guitar didn't work right. And on the bright side, it still looks frickin AWESOME.
In other news, if you've followed my blogs at ALL (or you decide to read back on my previous entries) you'll see that I love the site Goozex a lot. I've posted in the past about some of the amazing games that I've gotten from the site and I wanted to add a quick note in here to mention that Goozex is enjoying it's 3rd birthday. THREE YEARS the site has been active and they've saved a shitload of gamers a shitload of money, not to mention all the rare games that have been traded on there.
I mean really, I've gotten some amazing gems from that site... Black label Symphony of the Night, Nintendo Puzzle Collection, a still sealed Lunar 2 Complete, Tales of Destiny... Hell, I just recently got an import copy of Altered Beast for the PS2!
Bottom line is that Goozex is amazing and if you haven't checked out the site yet, now is the time to do it. They're good peoples.
So, a little bit ago, Destructoid had that contest where you had to show yourself rocking out. There were a bunch of entries and the winner would be the lucky recipient of a Pepsi themed Rock Band Guitar. Only 50 to ever be made! (and by made, I mean that only 50 normal Rock Band guitars had Pepsi themed skins put on them.)
So anyways, this was my entry here:
My explanation behind the picture is that I knew of the contest, but didn't really know what to do. I figured that everybody would be entering pictures of themselves holding a Rock Band/Guitar Hero instrument making a stupid face and rocking out. For the most part I was right. Some people even went a step further to play ALL instruments and shop it all together to look like they cloned themselves into one giant, abortion of nature band. Swear to god, if I ever saw a full rock band of twins, triples, quadruplets, whatever, I'd shit myself and run away. Fast.
I was up at a Game Store picking up a game for a friend of mine and my wife and I went to the grocery store next to us to pick up some drinks for the drive home. Walking out, I saw a display of lawn furniture and inspiration struck.
I guess the judges liked that I was literally rocking out with a rocking chair, so I won the big prize!
Fast forward a few weeks and BAM
New guitar to rock out with!
I must say, though, that I'm REALLY disappointed there was no actual Dtoid swag in the box with this. No stickers? Beanies? Condoms? My very own Destructoid Lear Jet?
Oh well, at least this baby has batteries! I am ret 2 go.
One final note for those reading. In a previous blog I mentioned some life changes I was going through and that I'm selling a good deal of my game collection. If you haven't seen that entry yet, I ask that you check it out, check out the sale thread and maybe buy some stuff.
And NO, Funktastic, I'm not selling this guitar.
I've been going through a somewhat bad period in my life.
I've always been a heavy guy. Husky, big boned, whatever you wish to call it. But for the past few years things have been getting bad. I've been packing on weight pretty steadily without really noticing.
There was a stretch with one job where I was losing weight, but an injury ended up stopping that position and the weight I lost came back with some more added on.
This has lead to a few problems. First off I have gout. It's a buildup of acid in your system. The body can't process all of the acid so it crystallizes and lodges in your joints, usually in the ankle or toes. It is INCREDIBLY painful... On top of that I've had back and knee issues for years on end. I've had knee problems for going on 10 years now, some of it related to an early job stocking groceries and the strain put on my knees.
Anyways, I'm rambling a bit with that.
I went to a doctor for some help with the gout problems and after some bloodwork and tests, I was told that my health is a pretty big issue right now and if I don't change my lifestyle, I could be dead in a year.
That kind of scares the shit out of you to hear news like that.
So you might be asking, "How the hell does this have anything to do with me?"
I've made a conscious decision to change my lifestyle for the better and part of that is to unload the gigantic collection of games I've amassed over the many years I've played. This doesn't mean I'm giving up gaming for good though, so no worries. All in all, I'm probably getting rid of a good 95% of my game collection and that's where YOU come in. I made a huge listing of all the games I am offering for sale on a messageboard I frequent. If you are reading this, I fully invite you to look at the list to see if there is anything you would like to buy. If there is, send me an email (joecam at joecamnet dot com) with a small list (don't go asking about 30 games unless you can afford all of them). When you send your list, you must make offers on the games. I'm not setting prices. It's up to you to find what you like, make an offer and we work out a deal.
PLEASE NOTE ONE MAJOR THING...
This is not a desperation sale. I don't expect to get full retail value for my games, but I also don't want to get lowballed. I know what my games are worth and I would like to get a worthwhile amount for my games. If my games don't all sell, then no big deal. If I want to get ripped off, I'll take cash from GameStop. It'll save me a bunch of post office trips.
So yes. A change in my lifestyle means that you could potentially score some pretty nice games for pretty decent prices. I've already unloaded a bunch of good stuff and I have plenty more to go around. The money made on this sale is going to be used to pay for a much needed vacation and to start buying healthier food and getting a gym membership so I can work out instead of just play games all the time.
Comments here are welcome, but if you want to make an offer on games, please email me. I'll get those long before I get to the comments here.
Also note that this list has been mentioned in a few places and the list on the board may not be 100% updated at all times. I will be treating offers on a first come, first serve basis so you may make an offer on a game after somebody else. There's a huge list and a lot of interest, so bear with me if you send an email. I also work third shift and sleep during the day, so keep that in mind as well when it comes to getting a reply from me.