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I'm 30-something. I play games and sometimes type things. I summon deities and demons, shoot raiders and wish to settle down with another girl for turn-based battles on the beach, chocobo rides and torchlit dinners in ancient Nordic tombs or mysterious castles that appear at night.

When I'm not slaying dragons or saving the galaxy, I'm probably roaming the open world, rolling into a ball to access secret passages and seeing if my Paragon rating is high enough for discounts at the mall.

For other things and stuff about me you can read here, here and here. You will learn of my origins, my trials and tribulations, how I became a superpixie and what games I really, really like!

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So from the title I suppose you can guess what I've been playing for the last two weeks.

Thomas Was Alone
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers
Jet Set Radio (downloading now, used my PSN $10 voucher from all that Persona stuff I got last month)

Soul Hackers is kind of a monster by itself so I didn't need much else on 3DS, but its been rather nice to offset my RPG focus on the 3DS with different games on the PS Vita. And given the PS Vita does most my main smartphone functions well enough (or better, as Youtube and email goes), i also moved on from an iPhone with Verizon and switched to Virgin mobile's much cheaper plans and a boring old phone

Better games and money saved, though. I'll upgrade to a shiny Android phone sometime.

Guacamelee was good fun, I don't think it was the best Metroidvania I've played, but its one of the better ones and I enjoyed its music along with its boundless love for a number of classic and contemporary retro games - though some platforming sections and trap door bugs made me want to hurl my Vita at times. I may return to this one for speed runs later on.

Well, after my thumb heals, i burnt it bad over the weekend and it was already a great day because this little punk! Iwas watching is my sister's dog this weekend and Boots here loves sneaking away to all the dusty places I can't easily clean, becoming a living dust bunny and then begging to sit in my lap which sets my allergies ablaze.

She thinks she's so damn cute, too. I'm glad she went back home... bitch.

After finishing up Guacamelee, I downloaded Thomas Was Alone off PSN and it was a neat little game. Short, sweet, entertaining and easily possessing one of the best atmospheric soundtracks I've ever heard. David Housden is someone I'm going to have to look out for on the music front.

I also thought it had a neat little and largely unspoken message behind it - that we all come in different shapes, colors and sizes; we can run the risk of getting trapped inside our own problems - but when we get past that and come together we can accomplish great things. No big, fancy budget for graphics or expensive cast of voice actors needed to communicate that idea, either. Just blocks, jumping and a narrator.

It was finished in just a few hours tops, but one of the more memorable experiences I've had in games this year, I'd say.

"Freedom" was probably my favorite track from the game. Here, have a listen:

Soul Hackers is a neat treat. I'm really only starting to hit my groove with the game, learn the quirks of the demons and fiddle with all the apps you can install into your COMP. For a game made back in the late 90s it holds up extremely well even compared to Persona and the Persona 2 games. Its actually rare to see a game like this age so well and get updated just enough to fit into the modern age of RPGs (yes, I did install the new Save Anywhere app, sue me).

I do have to say the "world of tomorrow" facet of the game is so corny I can't help but enjoy it. That and I think Nemissa is starting to be one of my favorite female heroines in the SMT multiverse.

And now Jet Set Radio finished downloading. Its time to get my paint and skate on with the Rudies in Tokyo-to. Kinda bummed knowing not all the music could be relicensed, but its still an old favorite from the Dreamcast. If Sega would port Panzer Dragoon Orta to Vita that would also be awesome.

Anyway, that's where I'm at right now with my games. 3DS is really starting to shine and Vita's getting up from that crawl and starting to walk now. A few more months and I think Vita will come into its own - especially when those other indie gams and some of the summer retail games hit.

Though really, Sony, I'd love it if you'd dropped some memory card prices. Juggling what I have on a 4GB card stinks :P
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