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9:08 PM on 05.31.2008

The Genre I Forgot: The PC RPG

Over the past couple of weeks I've been furiously trading my games through Goozex and picking up gems from the past that I have either missed out on, or want to play again for nostalgia's sake. As I have been browsing through the website's enormous library, however, I've noticed something. Throughout my gaming career, I have pretty much ignored an entire genre, the PC RPG. This is not because the category doesn't appeal to me, its just something that never came to mind when buying new games. Of course, this isn't to say I've never played a PC RPG; I've been playing Diablo 2 for almost 5 years now and had a horrible, horrible affair with WoW for a while too, I just don't feel that these 2 games alone represent an entire genre that has undergone years of innovation and evolution. That is why I've decided to take time to visit what I've missed out on for all these years and play many of the gems of the genre that I've heard so much about. I am going to start a semi-regular series in which I detail my experiences with various games, and how, if at all, they effect me as a gamer. I hope to explore the intricacies of a game type I know little about, and find what each new game breings to the table.

For my first step into the PC RPG world, I will be playing Freedom Force Vs. The Third Reich, as it comes highly reccomended from a friend, but, being new to the genre, I would appreciate any suggestions for games I should play after that. It doesn't matter if they're old or new, I just want to know of any PC RPGs that you have enjoyed and think I should experience for myself. I only ask one thing:


No MMORPGs please. I want to focus on games that have a definate ending and don't require a huge time commitment to play. Plus I finally managed to kick my WoW addiction and would prefer not to get re-introduced.

I look forward to any suggestions, as well as playing all the PC RPGs I can. Freedom Force just finished installing so hopefully I'll be able to start my musings in not too long!   read


3:18 PM on 04.29.2008

Best day ever! (Not GTA Related)

Today has turned out to be the greatest day I have ever experienced, despite my lack of Grand Theft Auto. Why, do you ask?For starters, while rummaging around in an old suitcase that I was about to throw out, I found my DS which had been lost for about two months along with Final Fantasy 6 Advance, still waiting to be beaten.



Second, after dropping my stylus under the couch while playing Pokemon (I can play Pokemon again!), I found my cell phone charger, also missing for close to a month!



Next, I ran into a frriend who gave me a free gram of ...err herbal supplements.



Finally, to make this day the winningest in history, I LEARNED HOW TO PHOTOSHOP BEARDS!!!!




I challenge anyone, all of the screenwriters in hollywood, all of the musicians in anywhere, all of the poets in coffeeshops, any creative mind at all, to think up a day that is better than this one. You can't do it, YOU CAN'T.

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Also, this blog does not fail due to the sheer amount of win.   read


3:07 PM on 04.20.2008

3d returns! (the glasses kind)

Recently, having loved the original Trackmania Nations, I downloaded the new and amazingly improved Trackmania Nations Forever. When I started up the game for the first time, I went through my regular routine of configuring my graphics settings when I came across this:



YOU CAN USE 3D FUCKING GLASSES!!!

This is probably the most awesome idea ever, and is perfects for a game like trackmania due to the high speeds and crazy shenanigans (shennanigans?). Then I realized something, I don't have any 3d glasses. Having a need to quench my thirst for trackmania in full 3d, I did some research and found that I can get a pair online for about 50 cents American (unless anyone wants to send me some for free?). But the real fruit of my research was coming across this:



Theres a Hannah Montana 3d movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now I definetly need these glasses.

Also, I've decided to include a picture of Hannah in all my future posts, enjoy!   read


1:15 PM on 04.20.2008

Good News Everybody!

After 9 years of trying on and off to beat the first race (Australia) in F1 Race for the gameboy, picking the game up for a few days then getting frustrated and putting it away for a year or two before trying again, I FINALLY DID IT!!!!!



Next up is Canada. With any luck, this may only take 5 more years or less!


I can take this guy.   read


7:34 PM on 04.03.2008

Meepjeep's identity revealed!

And apparently its a 24 year old woman. And it looks like she gives out cat advice!
Also, sorry for the fail blog.

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=1836490   read


7:12 PM on 04.03.2008

Hannah Montana: Great Game or Greatest Game?

About 2 weeks ago, a friend of mine bought Hannah Montana: Spotlight World Tour for his nieceĎs birthday, only to find out that she already had the game. Having lost the receipt, and not being able to sell the game due to the fact that it was Hannah Montana, he gave it to me. Now, I am not a Hannah Montana fan, nor have I ever seen the show, but when I get a game I have to play it. After a few minutes of playtime, I realized that I had to review it.

The Premise: You are Hannah Montana, superstar teen pop sensation. You have to put on shows so that you can get famous and go shopping. Throughout the game youíll move to bigger and bigger venues and get to enjoy animated CGI cut scenes between Hannah and her friends. I have to admit, just the idea of this premise alone made me want to play this game. I mean, shopping? Thatís just genius. Iím sure whoever wrote this plot is well on his way to winning a Pulitzer.

The Gameplay: In order to get Hannah to progress through the ranks of superstar status you have to make her dance. Thatís right, its a rhythm game! As arrows scroll across the bottom of the screen, you must move the wiimote left, right, up, down or even forward as they cross the star at the end of the line. Sometimes youíll even have to strum your wiimote air guitar style or wave to your fans! While most games would have you performing these actions in tunes with the songs that are playing, Hannah Montana, being the work of creative genius it is, has the music play in the background with absolutely no correlation to what youíre doing! When the controls respond (sometimes they donít just to shake things up a bit!), the game feels like a mix of Samba De Amigo, Dance Dance Revolution and Superman 64. After you put on your shows, you get to travel with Hannah to shops around the world and shop for all the latest fashions, which all seem to look exactly the same, but thatís the real essence of fashion isnít it?

The Graphics: Simply stunning. CGI cut scenes take place on an empty stage, which everyone knows is the hardest object to render. After these beautiful cinematics the concert gameplay graphics stun you with their beauty. The life like standing animations almost make it seem like the mouths of the characters are moving when they talk. These are only topped by the shopping visuals, which are at least 25% better than those of that celebrity dress up flash game.

The Audio: 15 tracks of Hannahís greatest hits! Or maybe itís one. Who knows, who cares, its fucking HANNAH MONTANA for godís sake. She could recite Longfellow over 2 repeating guitar chords and it would FUCKING ROCK.

The Verdict: If you are a pedophile, a ten year old, or blind and mute, this game is a 10/10. Fuck it, this game is a 10/10 no matter what, GO BUY IT.


She rocks SO hard.
On my cock.   read


1:07 PM on 03.28.2008

Prey 5 dollars on Steam this weekend

Alright, this is going to be really short but I just wanted to inform everyone that one of my favorite FPS's, Prey, is going for $4.95 on Steam this weekend. That's 75% off. If you like aliens, Indians (or Native Americans), crazy gravity changes, portals or killing, you will love this game.   read


1:37 PM on 03.21.2008

God, why do I suck so much?

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I suck at video games. Now, maybe to a more casual gamer, I wouldn't suck as bad, and probably pretty decent. But, for the amount of games and time spent gaming that I have done, I am horrible.

2 weeks ago, as pretty much every person within the nearest 7 universes did, I bought brawl. I sucked at melee (what a surprise), but I actually started to get pretty good with this new game. I practiced alot and started to do pretty well online with Ike. I actually got good enough that I thought I could qualify the game as one of the few I did not suck at. That was until yesterday.

I have a friend who, while not really a casual gamer per-say, is definetly not hardcore. He'll play the latest FPS's or sports games, but he does not venture very far out of his gameiverse (this is now officially a word). So when he came over to hang out, I thought I'd show him Brawl and impress him with my dazzling skills. I did everything I could to make him as bad as possible: I gave him the wiimote without nunchuck for controls, I had him play as Kirby, he hadn't even ever played the fucking game before. Yet, through sheer button mashery, he beat me 16 OUT OF 20 TIMES!!! After throwing him out of my house in a fit of rage I decided that there were only three things that I could do. One, obviously was to commit suicide. This however, was not a convenient option as I had to study for a history exam. The next option was to give up video games and spend my life as a nomad wondering the country looking for food, but I'm not a big fan of walking long distances. So, I went with my third option which was to whine about it in a C-blog.


What an asshole   read


12:59 PM on 03.19.2008

Fuck Blizzard: Musical Extraviganza Edition

I am (or was) an avid Diablo 2 player. Since its launch I have constantly done Baal runs and Trist runs, hoping to gain some new loot or level one of my 4 characters. Going to school, my schedule has become very busy and I no longer have the time to devote to the game as I used too. This however, never prevented me from logging onto my account at least every three months so as to meet Blizzards retardedly archaic requirement and not have my characters expire. Now, as you may or may not know, I have been in the hospital and just recently have gotten out. This morning, finally being off pain medicine and coordinated enough to play, I logged onto my account. This is when I realized that, while in the hospital unable to play, all of my characters expired. Yes. ALL OF THEM. I was fucking furious that all the time and dedication that I had put into these characters over the years went down the drain. I was so mad, in fact, that I wrote a song:

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(Yes after all that time my main was only an 88)

Now excuse me while I go cry like a little emo bitch.   read


7:31 PM on 03.18.2008

Super Street Fighter 2 Beatbox, or Why all game soundtracks should be replaced by voice

So I was browsing Kotaku when I came across this:

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Now, I don't know about you, but I think this is the most awesome thing that I have ever seen/heard in my life. I can just imagine kicking ass (or failing in my case) to the sweet sounds of lip smacks and tongue clicks as I trash talk my friends whilst drinking monster and eating Fritos. In fact, I think that we demand that all games come with a beatbox setting, so we can enjoy the engaging effects of faux urbanism as we delve into our gaming world.   read


3:24 PM on 03.16.2008

Happy birthday Niero and Destructoid

I haven't been a member for long, but I've lurked long enough to gain a strong appretiation for the site and everything Niero's done. I hope its a good one.


Happy Birthday!!!   read


7:11 AM on 03.14.2008

Not my turning point gaming rig

I have until April 7th right? I really don't need the Turning Point rig, but It's still fun to show o-... share. Well anyway here it is:



The Specs:
-GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L Motherboard
-2.66 GHz Core 2
-2 Gigs WINTEC AMPX DDR2 1066
-EVGA GeForce 8600GT (not as bad as you might think)
-250gb Western Digital @7200rpm
-BenQ CD+-rww/DVD DL+-rw
-Floppy Drive (I still use it sometimes, is that normal?)
-19' Viewsonic 1440x900
-?' Dell from 1994 1280x1024- Awesome dual monitor action

This thing really is my pride and joy (however sad that may seem) and I uprgrade it whenever I can scrounge up the cash.

Just for fun, here are my consoles:

Notice the shitstorm of wires to the left. It occasionally gets untangled but I've learned not to even bother as it just gets messy in a week or so.

And heres my 360 on my *FREE* 42' Panasonic plasma. I won it. That was cool.

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