Name:Unknown (Alias: MissHinasaki)
Fighting Style:Fetal Position
-Lost Kingdoms II (GC)
-StarCraft II (PC)
-Viva Pinata (360)
...is waiting on you! (Said in a voice that is somehow both irritated and sexy.)
...is Gordon Freeman.
...is making peace with the FPSes.
...doesn't care what you say, she fucking likes it!
-Arcade (Can that be a genre from now on?)
-Fighters (especially 2D)
-Hack and Slash (it's totally a genre)
-RPGs (although rarely these days)
-Shooters (Run and Gun, Top Down, Horizontal Scrollers, Shoot 'em Ups, not so much FPSes... )
-Survival/Horror (Favorite Genre)
Systems I Own
-GameBoy Color (Special Pokemon Edition >_>)
-Nintendo DS (Receives more NOT love now that I have a NOT R4.)
-Nintendo 64 (Least favorite system)
-PSX (I have one in the trunk of my car and I don't know why.)
-PS2 (Demoted to second favorite system)
-PS3 (Don't really know why.)
-Sega Dreamcast (Favorite System)
-PowerJoy (You don't even wanna know...)
-XBox 360 (lives in limbo of system favoritism.)
-SNES (Doesn't play in color)
Favorite Games (Alphabetical Order)
-Brutal Legend (360)
-Dragon Age: Origins (360)
-Everyday Shooter (PC)(PSP)
-Fatal Frame series (PS2)
-Galaga (anything you can put it on)
-Geometry Wars: Galaxies (DS)
-Gex series (PSX)
-Gitaroo Man (PS2)
-Guilty Gear series (DC, PS2)
-The first half of Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit (The second half can rot in hell.)
-Jet Grind Radio (DC) (Favoritest game EVAR!)
-Left 4 Dead (360)
-Loco Roco (PSP)
-Lost Kingdoms II (GC)
-Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete (PSX)
-Mass Effect (360)
-Mass Effect 2 (360)
-Mega Man: Powered Up (PSP)
-Metal Slug series (PSP)
-No More Heroes (Wii)
-Persona 3 (PS2)
-Pokemon Pinball (GB)
-Pokemon: Silver Version (GBC)
-Pokemon Snap (N64)
-Warning Forever (PC)
-Zero Wing (Genesis)
Other Things That I Do
-Psychoanalyze absolutely everyone
-Pee in showers
-Watch women from afar
-Paint little metal men
-Cry myself to sleep
-Drink orange soda
Things That I Hate
I had been seeing these blogs pop up lately but just finally decided to check and see what they were all about. I'm sorry, SilverDragon, that this was so late. It's been a very trying week as my 6-year-old sister was just diagnosed with cancer. TsunamiKitsune decided to come up and join me this weekend to help me through it and will also probably be a late poster. This community means a lot to us and may have possibly brought us closer together. And so I begin:
1. Destructoid means a lot to me. This community here is absolutely amazing and is the reason why I check this god damn page at least 5 times a day. The IRC has helped me through many a hard nights, including Christmas Eve and Valentine's Day. It may not get any gayer in there but there's usually at least one person there to listen to my pathetic rants of loneliness. Or to stroke my penis. But yea, IRC, I just wanted to tell you, you're my buddy. I also feel like I should give a shout out to TsunamiKitsune, just because I love that boy.
2. I don't like cake. Or mashed potatoes. Or Mexican food. I just thought that some people should know that. I also may be lactose intolerant and have an ulcer caused by stress and too much caffeine.
3. All I want to do is write. I've changed my major so many times by now, but the one thing that I want to do hasn't really changed. I started out as an electrical and computer engineer, then went into computer sciences. For awhile I was and English and psychology major and now I'm just a psych major. I've been writing since before I can remember but none of it really seems noteworthy beyond my classes. Or at least that's my opinion. I've always hated it when people give you some of their work to read for some reason so I tend not to do that myself. No one has ever written anything that I've wrote outside of my teachers and instructors throughout the years and perhaps no one ever will.
4. I'm gay but I date men. I don't know why. Maybe just because it's simpler. Maybe it's because I don't know how others would react to it. Men make good enough companions but they will always lack something to me. Maybe a lot of it has to do with the fact that I've had some really bad experiences with males that have left me pretty gun shy. But then again, I think I've always been a little off and I think that my family has kind of noticed. And possibly my really homophobic roommate. So yea... Kit is just so drop dead sexy that he got me a lil straight. :P
5. I love to eat. Entirely too much. I guess some refer to it as being a "foodie", which is a funny word. It's amazing that I'm not terribly obese. Since I cannot run or do a lot of other kinds of physical activity due to knee problems, I always worry that I will some day become fat. I love food so much though that I would probably never consider going on a diet. My dad is an amazing cook and I've always wanted to take some courses in the culinary arts. It was actually recommended as a career for me but I don't think that anywhere in my area offers classes for that. It's been really hard developing the proper skills since I only have a microwave but someday I will have an oven. And a stove. And I will cook. And I will cook well. (Looks off into the distance)
6. I love 90s music. I don't know why. Not like Nirvana or whatever else you're probably thinking, but 90s pop rock. I listen to a lot of other kinds of music but I will always in the end come back to the days where everything on the radio was good. I'm just so god damn stuck on the Goo Goo Dolls and Vertical Horizon to really give a shit about anything else. Emo is alright. Indie is pretty cool. Rock Band got me listening to Classic Rock a bit and I love the soundtracks to Jet Set Radio and JSRF. But god dammit I still listen to Matchbox 20 and don't give a shit about what you think about that. (I'm also a really big Weezer and Brand New fan.)
Me as Eureka from Eureka Seven at an anime convention. I really should be shot for posting this.
7. I do a lot of really geeky things. I read comics, I watch anime (and occasionally cosplay), and I play Magic: The Gathering. About the one thing I don't do is LARP. But I was almost convinced to once. I have a fatal attraction to geek culture and I am somewhat proud of my heritage. This may also explain why I tend to date a lot of males, since it seems that females who share my loves are few and far between.
Yes, I was in the bathroom when I took that picture.
8. I like to dye my hair funny colors. And I'm really running out of things to say.
9. I'm a hopeless romantic and a dreamer and I fear that there's really no place in this world for people like me anymore. I fear humanity as a whole but love individuals. I'm more into the arts but lack any real talent as far as I can tell.
10. I have a big ass crush on Reverend Anthony. It's probably the bitterness or the sexy heartless facade he puts up. I guess I'm just kinda in to that. I just know that in the very depths of his Indie Fag heart, things aren't as black as they seem. But on a more serious note, I just love Podtoid. They need a shirt.
Oh yea, and Linde is pretty god damn hot, too!
Apparently Aaron Linde also takes pictures in the bathroom.
Hey. It's been awhile. Summer has stopped me from blogging and playing video games due to a full time job, actually having friends in this town, and tendinitis and carpal tunnel. What makes me truly the saddest though, is that I haven't had time to listen to RetroforceGO! since i no longer have to walk all over town to get to where I want to go. I hope that once I go back to the old hell hole I'll actually have time for my beloved Destructoid and my weekly feature that I attempted to start. But anyways, on to more serious business.
(Serious business face... GO!)
Last Monday was TsunamiKitsune and my one year anniversary. He gave me possibly the AWESOMEST gift you could possibly give a girl on her anniversary: an SNES. Growing up, I was a Sega girl and kind of missed out on Nintendo until the crash of the Dreamcast and I had really wanted to play Final Fantasy III (VI) but couldn't find a good NOT emulator to run it on my NOT R4 or NOT PSP.
Here I come to the problem. It was a very heartfelt gift, especially since I have a newfound fondness for retro gaming and it was the original SNES that he had when he was younger, but in its age (or something else for all I know) it has lost its ability to produce color so it only plays in black and white. I was wondering if there was anyone in the community that knew how to fix my problem. I remember hearing Topher say on RFGO! that he knew a bit about fixing consoles or at least has taken them apart a bit, but if anyone could help or tell me what I should do, that would be great. Thank you! ^_^
Well, the time has finally come. I have stepped up to next gen (or current gen for Stirling). I went and got myself a 360 after saving up for about a year. Yea. Now if I could only afford games...
Anyways, my gamertag is MikuHaru. Feel free to friend me (you might want to make sure that I know who you are though if your gamertag is different than your destructoid name). I probably won't be on too much since I just started a 40-hour a week job, but hopefully that will mean more money for more games. ^_^
Also, some recommendations for games to get would be good (avoid FPS). As of right now I have Bioshock and Viva Pinata (but I tend to play Galaga everyday for at least half an hour). Yea, sorry for a short pointless post, but I just thought that I should get this out after having the thing for a week already.
It has been brought to my attention after many hours of listening to RetroforceGo! and reminiscing of the past that my gaming history, my childhood, does not in fact coincide with that of what we call "retro". My deepest and fondest video game memories as a child were not of Megaman but of Pokemon. I can't remember the Atari 2600 but I remember when my dad brought home a Sega Genesis. I don't find the label of retro unfair; it's just simply that the 90s really weren't that long ago, or so it seems.
We are of the generation after the great golden years of gaming. We accepted polygons into our lives more readily than the ones before us because it was all that we knew and we were young. We remember when Soul Caliber was called Soul Blade and handhelds had two buttons, a d-pad, and no backlight. Wireless was new to controllers and we went through a shit load of batteries (chargers were a thing of the future!). We saved our allowances for strategy guides because the internet took forever on dial-up.
RIP Pokemon Silver Version. You were the one I spent the most time with (other than Blue).
Today I turned on a GameBoy Color game and saw that the year on it was nearly a decade ago. I turned it on, and my save was gone. Over a hundred hours of my childhood was gone without me knowing of it. I merely turned it on so that I could remember it, something that my memory had failed to do, but it was in vain, as the hardware was as faulty as my mind. Time passes, memories fade, batteries die.
So, if you will allow me, I would like to reminisce of a time that is precious to me and my generation.
Adjust your green and gray screens and make sure you stand in good lighting. Analog sticks are not required!
I hope to keep this going on a weekly basis. Hope being the keyword. As my memory is quite poor and I was quite young at the time (retro goggles made me think that Gex was the funniest thing ever), I will be hopefully backtracking on older games but not to review them by today's standards, but more to just examine a time that was mine, as well as many others that are just hitting the age of 20 or so. The times have changed and it's pointless to dock the first Tomb Raider because of the atrocious graphics. There will be no scores or ratings. Just a shrine to the times were it was cool to wear chunky jewelry and neon colors and you could turn the radio on and hear the Goo Goo Dolls.
Me? I'm not a big RPG person. I used to be, but I find that they are far too time consuming and tend not to hold my interest. (I'm also not really a big blogger, so me coming out of hibernation for this contest means a lot.) This game though, sparked quite an interest in me, mostly for one reason that is really fucking hard for me to admit on a public blog that I will probably get flamed for, but I am pretty emo.
I don't look like this anymore and I no longer like to take pictures of myself in the dark.
Srsly. Look at that shit. I am turned on by boys who can be mistaken as girls and have done terrible things to my hair, one of them being dying it three different colors (at the same time) and cutting only the back off. I enjoy music that consist of incoherent screaming and any reference to putting guns to your head. I've slightly grown out of this phase, but I still fap to the phrase "pull the trigger" and I like to dye my hair silly colors when I can afford it.
The second I heard about a game that involved high schoolers shooting themselves in the head, I immediately cocked my head in interest (ha, I used the word cock). Now I like to play things very nonchalantly for absolutely not reason, so one day I was talking to my boyfriend and said something along the lines of, "So... What's up with that Persona 3 game? You like shoot yourself in the head to attack or something?"
Being a very straight forward person he responded, "You'd like it."
I immediately developed an obsession. After watching video after video of game play, I decided that I needed to play this myself. Something that is actually a lot more difficult than it should be for one reason:
Reason Number 2:
I am a dirt poor college student. When I want a game, I sell half my library. I am down to about five games. Two of them were gifts that I figured that I should play before I sell at least and the other three are my favorite games ever that I refuse to sell (the Fatal Frame series). I even sold my friend's copy of Smash Brothers Melee without telling him (it's okay, he only plays his PS3 now). I've never owned a new game in my life. I simply can't afford it and my family does not support my gaming habits. (That's why I can't tell them that I'm actually going to school to be a developer.) Screw the idea of next gen. I've been saving up for a 360 for over a year and still probably won't have enough after this Christmas and when I do, I'll probably live off of downloadable content. When I want to play a game badly enough, I find a person with that system and I rent the game and befriend them. So I rented it.
A little while back, I decided that I wanted to get into modding. Now I love my PS2. And I love free stuff. So it only seemed logical to mod it and put a 8 GB hard drive into it, and my PS2, which I had affectionately referred to as "my baby" was now known as the Abomination. It became bulky and made angry wurring noises and there was a mysterious flashing orange light inside that reminded me of the fires of hell coming forth to forever remind me of this sin against God that I had created.
The first thing I did was put Persona 3 in. I ripped it and thought nothing more of it.
I turned the game on. And I saw this:
I was in awe. In fact, I watched it about 50 more times. I just sat there and watched the intro and the trailer over and over again, for about 2 hours before I finally started the game up. Every time I watched the part where the clock ticked down and he shot himself and fell apart into what looked like butterflies, I just died a little inside (in a good way). I was in love with the song. I downloaded the soundtrack. It was amazing.
I played the game for about two more hours that night, and I was completely enamored. I was in love with the characters, especially Junpei, whose voice sounded oddly familiar, which brings me to my next reason:
Reason Number 3:
I like anime. Now I'm not going to admit that I *love* it, because honestly, I haven't seen as much as most people, although I do go to anime conventions and cosplay every chance for an excuse I get. (I might just cosplay as the main character, if that doesn't show love enough. That's fucking cross dressing and shit! The last time I did that at a con, I had crazy fan girls touching me all over, which is really awkward and scary, especially when it's your first convention and no one is around to protect you because they're at the imported video game table... >_>)
I'm not that into anime. I swear...
Now I knew Junpei was from some show that I didn't watch avidly, but I had seen it enough to recognize it. I did some serious matlocking (I looked it up on Wikipedia...) and found out that it was Edward Alrich from Fullmetal Alchemist. Good show. A little depressing. Quit watching it half way through but yea, Junpei had a recognizable voice actor. In fact, I looked up all the voice actors, and they had done some notable VAing before that. One thing that took me by surprise was this: ya know Akihiko? Illidan Stormrange, from World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade. What the hell. That's fucking awesome. (I no longer play WoW after an extensive rehab program called unemployment.)
Akihiko in his past life. (God, his name is fucking fun to say!)
So yea. I love anime cutscenes. The last RPG I played was Lunar: SSSC, and ya know what? That had fucking amazing anime cutscenes as well! I was so happy... There was actually a time while playing it during a rather epic cutscene (when you do your first summon and fight your first monster) where I just wanted it to keep going and watch what happened. It felt more like a really good anime than a game.
Reason Number 4:
Honor. This may sound strange but I will explain. Now before, I spoke of the creation of the Abomination and how I had ripped this game with no thought, but after playing it for awhile, I felt extremely guilty. This game was amazing! It was so beautiful and had actually inspired me to play an RPG again. I had to share it with the world (which to me, consist of about two other people) so I coerced my boyfriend to play it and I took it to my best friends house and let him play it. By the time I got it back, it was time to send it on its way. At least I had gotten those few amazing hours alone with it and had been able to share its amazingness with others. But what of the ripped copy?
...I couldn't do it. I booted it up once and it didn't feel right. When I download music, I feel pretty okay about it. Everyone does it. But when it's one of my favorite bands, I go out and buy the CD to support them. Now this was a game that I truly loved. I wanted to support the wonderful people who had made it. I refused to play it. I yearned for many times, but I refused to play my pirated copy. It was the greatest thing I had been exposed to for the longest time but I wanted to respect it. So I deleted it.
Oh yea. I totally orgasmed the first time I summoned Orpheus.
I thought about it for a long time and decided that I really wanted to buy this game, which is a really big commitment for a person like me, something similar to buying a new baby or having a car. I had heard of FES being in Japan. I read up on it and it sounded fucking epic. If I was going to put any money into this game, it was going to be on a special edition. This was all before it was confirmed that this was coming to the US, so I waited and hoped that one day, I would hear the glorious news of its arrival.
Time passed and I went away to college, where I became even poorer and lived off of rentals that I could barely afford and the whole friend system of borrowing. I even used a creepy stalker guy to play Bioshock, Portal, and No More Heroes. Finally I caught word of it. FES was coming to the US! I did a little happy dance and I squealed and I watched the video of the intro about 80 more times and then I realized that I had no money.
So here I am now. I've waited all this time to play this game that I love so much. I have no talents to offer you. Only sincere devotion to this game. So much devotion that I could not play a ripped copy, even on those cold lonely friendless college Saturday nights when I yearned for a good game. So please, I beg of you, consider my entry. And here is my last reason:
Reason Number 5:
Right now it is 1 am. I had to make this post now so that I wouldn't forget about it. I never enter contest because I am lazy and/or forget about them. I have to wake up in a few hours and write two papers and take a final. I am sacrificing much needed sleep just for a chance to play this game again. I'm going to want to shoot myself in the morning for not going to bed when I should have and for procrastinating so much on my work. But I took the time out of my insanely busy schedule just to enter this contest in hope that maybe, just maybe, for the first time in my life, I might just win something.
(I'd also like to add that I accidentally deleted about half of this then published it, reread it, and had to write it all over again so it's actually more like 2 am now... >_> This made me very sad because I wrote very witty things that the world will never see and I will never remember, because it is far too late. That just shows even more devotion.)