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7:47 PM on 11.01.2009  

Homemade Akuma Costume

I'm the type of person that enjoys creating my own halloween costumes, however, I'm also a cheap bastard, so I try to use items I either already have or simple designs that I think will be the most cost effective. Last year I went as Rorschach from Watchmen.

On my honeymoon spent in Hawaii I received an authentic kukui nut necklace at a luau and instantly thought to myself, I need to dress up as Akuma. The time finally came this Halloween.



So here it is. Very simple, aside from the necklace which I already owned I bought a cheap hoodie from Modells cut off the sleeves and hood and used the extra material from the sleeves to make my belt and wristbands. Then I bought some acrylic paint for the symbol on the back and some red hair spray from the Halloween store. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the t-shirt I was wearing under my hoodie but its cold where I live so it was kinda necessary for me. I did at least choose a bright red because I thought it matched well. So there it is. My cheap ass homemade Akuma costume. Here's another picture from the front.



Also happening this year my lovely wife decided to go as Kate Gosselin from the TV series "Jon & Kate Plus 8" as we were shopping through the halloween store we saw a wig titled "8 is too much" and she thought it was too funny to pass up, so she bought the wig and later went to the dollar store to buy a boa and eight baby dolls and some corny stickers and slapped them all on the boa and proudly wore them the whole night. Take a look.



So that was my halloween this year, I think it turned out pretty well.   read


8:11 AM on 07.17.2009  

Stupid WiiWare - 3 Mini Reviews

So I played three equally disappointing WiiWare titles last night, all games I was looking forward to too... what a great service... sorry, I just feel the need to rant, I'll only be a minute.

I played Eduardo the Samurai Toaster, beautiful style, graphics, music, all stunning... gameplay however is completely absent, its really really frustrating how gorgeous the game is and how much it completely failed. Its a simple run and gun game, its not a particularly difficult genre to pull off, but they managed to poop all over it.

Then I played Bit Boy!! with its unique charm and brilliant concept of progressing through the different ages of videogames... they even take a nod to Nintendo's silly naming conventions as they named each age Bit Boy... Super Bit Boy... Bit Boy 64... Bit Boy Wii... its really cool and they give you a little lesson before each age... problem here... the game is no fun. It's Pacman minus the strategy and any and all enjoyment. The levels are crudely designed with loads of dead ends that constantly trap the player which only make the game frustrating and just plain boring.

Lastly, I played Bit.Trip Core... which in it of itself wasn't bad, but after playing Bit.Trip Beat for so long (which I loved) the charm had worn off the style and presentation was no longer unique and Bit.Trip Core merely felt like it should have been Level 2 of Bit.Trip Beat... problem with this is I felt it was much less compelling and I hear they are making more Bit.Trip games and unfortunately I don't think I'll give a crap about any of those either. I feel like they should have waited and released them all as one package with a little more umpf and then you would have another awesome and stylish Rhythm Tengoku on your hands. Needless to say they did not do this and as it stands I felt Bit.Trip Core was a let down.

So thats my story... oh and addition to all these crappy titles, I was also happy to learn that the arcade version of Space Harrier came to the VC some time ago... played that last night too and that was fantastic, as I expected. Haha.   read


4:37 PM on 05.22.2009  

Animal Crossing Pictures!

This blog was inspired by princessdaisy...

My beautiful home



With a beautiful view



My den



My music room



Every man's dream... Samus in bed anyone?



Samus rummaging through my messy basement




Samus picking a fight with a Pig in the city



This is my wife's home



My wife celebrating new years! (please note the awesomeness that is my towns flag)



and last but not least, my charming letter to one of my dear friends



That is all. I hope you enjoyed your stay in Camden.   read


7:57 AM on 10.31.2008  

My Halloween Costume - Rorschach (NVGR)



I enjoy making my own costumes for Halloween, as crude as they may be, they're always more creative and often cheaper. This Rorschach costume I made was quite simple and cost less than $20 bucks! The colors are off, I was too cheap to buy a real trench coat and the ink started to smear off the mask, haha. All things considered, I still think I did a fine job.

I made the costume from one trip to Kohls, bought a cheap scarf (the whitest I could find) white female stockings and a cheap fedora. I took the stockings and put a piece of cardboard inside to stretch it out and then drew the pattern on with a sharpie. The jacket is my regular coat, which didn't look too bad, so I went with it.



What does everybody think?   read


3:26 PM on 03.24.2008  

R-Type = Failure

I don't understand R-Type's appeal.

I consider myself a pretty big shmup fan and I've never liked the R-Type series. I've played and beat the first two R-Types on the GBC cart R-Type DX, while this may not have been the best port, I liked shmups so I bought it way back when, I was amused, but ultimately disappointed with the gameplay. I recently decided to give R-Type III a shot. I was very hesitant to buy this game because of my disinterest in the series thus far, yet, with the advent of Super R-Type being released on the VC recently, internet talk about how great the series is began to surface once more. I thought to myself maybe the series deserves another look. So I bought R-Type III as I'm told itís the best of the three available on the VC.

So far, itís one of the most frustrating shmups I've ever played. I'm currently on the last level, so I'm not totally getting crushed, but its one of those games, I'm determined to beat because of its shear difficulty, but will probably never play it again because itís so damn infuriating.

Plus all you need to do is memorize every last detail of the level before you can complete it and I question how thatís fun exactly. The purpose of shmups, in my opinion, is to have quick reflexes and score big points. R-Type, is pure memorization. I just don't understandÖ

Aside from the whole memorization bit, I just think it's plain boring. There are few tense and pressing moments, but ultimately when I play R-Type, these are the thoughts that go through my head "la la la, this stage looks neat, hey, what's tha... shit I'm dead" whereas a game like Super Star Soldier for example, has much more action and the battles are so intense my thought process is more like "crap crap crap crap crap crap crap crap... fuck. That was cool! Let me try that again." The later thought process being far more fun in my opinion.

I don't know, maybe I'm just being too judgmental, but I'm sorry, this is one shmup series I'm gonna stay away from.

But my opinion aside, Iím curious to hear what other shmup fans think. Is R-Type a bust? or best shump ever? Also, Iím curious to know what everybodyís favorite shumps areÖ

Any and all comments are appreciated. Thanks.   read


6:35 PM on 03.07.2008  

Not my Turning Point gaming rig



Behold in all its glory... not my Turning Point gaming rig... =(

It's just another lame PC, nothing special at all. An Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.20GHz, 1GB of RAM, Leadtek WinFast PX7800 GT. The last PC game I was able to play without problems was DOOM 3. I'd very much like a new PC... but alas... I am cheap.

Anywho, check out some more pics of my brilliant rig... or just look at the pretty lights... its the only thing my computer still knows how to do properly anymore.



Light up keyboards own!



Stupid cases are stupid.



Except when light up all pretty and useless of course!

K, that's all you get. I hope you enjoyed your stay. Bye now.   read


8:48 PM on 02.15.2008  

Counter Force! The Power is You.



To all the nay-sayers that think there arenít any good games on the WiiÖ you obviously havenít played Counter Force!

What is Counter Force you ask? Counter Force is a 3D Shoot-em-up, along the same lines as Space Harrier, only you pilot a giant robot, whizzing through the air blasting countless baddies along the way. With graphics so good they rival all next generation consoles including the Sega Dreamcast!

Haha, okay seriously, this game does for video games what Dragon Wars did for movies. Itís so deliciously bad; you just have to play it to believe it. I split my sides laughing after witnessing the horrible presentation value of the game coupled with the voice over stating ďCounter Force! The power is you!Ē umÖ wut? If the power is me, what the hell I am doing playing this garbage?

To be fair however, the game does make a few noble accomplishments, such as fluid and innovative control. You see you can pilot your robot one of two ways, simple by pressing the analog stick on your nunchuk or by not pressing the analog at all you can pilot the robot simply by tilting the nunchuk in the direction you want to move. The motion control actually works extremely well; it honestly feels as if you were using a big flight stick in the arcades. Also, oddly enough, both control schemes are implemented at the same time, so you may be twisting your wrists and decide itís not working, just grab hold of the analog stick and youíre good to go. To have both schemes always available sounds stupid, but it worked for me. So thatís piloting the ship, the second part is firing, to do so, all you need to do is point where you want to shoot with the Wii Remote and start slamming on the buttons. The IR works very well too.

Sadly, the controls are the only good thing I can say about this game, as the rest of the game is just plain horrid. Thereís so much crap flying around the screen itís almost impossible to keep track of whatís coming and where, so youíll constantly be getting hit and wondering, ďWhat the hell just happened?Ē plus the graphics are comparable to a first generation Dreamcast title as noted earlier. The sound is generic, but suitable, the game only features five levels with no supplemental content. All in all, the game is just bad. Thatís not say I didnít enjoy my time with it however.

Also, I forgot to mention, my favorite part of the whole package was when I was reading the manual. One page said controls for single player and listed all the options about maneuvering and firing, as you would expect. Then I noticed on the next page all the controls were listed again, the same exact way, but this time it said controls for 2-player cooperative. I thought to myself, ďI didnít see any option in the game for 2-playersĒ when I realized the instruction manual actually stated and I quote ďTo play cooperative-mode, one player controls the Nunchuk and one player controls the Remote.Ē Haha, yea, I thought that was hilarious. How freaking lame is that?   read







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