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3:37 PM on 07.29.2013

Wicked Cool Ultimate Badass 3DS XL Accessories for you, go!

There is no shortage of accessories available for the 3DS and XL.  From spare stylus pens to cases of all shapes.  Some of us love our accessories while some only use the bare minimum, if any at all.  What you'll find here are five accessories for the XL that I, personally, recommend.  Two of them are necessities while the other three are optional.

A 32GB SD Card

This should be obvious.  If you're planning on getting a 3DS or XL, go ahead and get yourself a good 32GB card.  It's going to be holding a lot of cool stuff and the card the systems come with just won't cut it for long.  You're free to shop around but here's a link to newegg with cards sorted by rating for you.

Hori brand screen protectors

There are tons of screen protectors on the market but none of them are as good as Hori ones.  They install very easily, I did mine in about ten minutes (because I take my time and like to get it right) with not a single air bubble.  You can't even tell they're on. Some quick tips for installation.  1) Clean your screens with a good LCD cleaner.  I use wipes. 2) Use compressed air to make sure you've blown any tiny debris off the screens.  3) Take your time and read the directions.  They're the best on the market and they're cheap too!  You'll have to replace them some time so order more than one pack.

The Circle Pad Pro

For any game that supports it, this thing is a wonderful piece of equipment.  It also makes your 3DS/XL more comfortable to hold.  I've previously stated how important this little attachment is for MH3U and it'll be just as vital for the forthcoming MH4.  I haven't had to change the battery yet and I've clocked in a very good amount of time with it. $20, straight from Nintendo.  Get it.

MugenPower 3DS/XL Battery

I had one of these on my original 3DS and I plan to get one for my XL.  The amount of extra power these things put out is astonishing.  Their claims aren't just bullshit, these things might be expensive but they do what Mugen says they do.  Totally worth it if you're constantly on the go with your 3DS/XL but don't or can't use a charger.  Here's a link, for you lazies.

Turtle Beach NLa Headset

I do not own one of these but I know those who do and they love them.  For any game that supports them (forgive me, I could not find a list), they sound fantastic.  Especially for their reasonably low price point.  There is a more expensive model but these do the job quite nicely and they're a good $20 cheaper.  I plan on buying myself some when there's a game I want to play with others that supports them.  Shop around but here's Turtle Beach product page for them.

So, there you have it.  I didn't cover cases because they're largely personal preference and while it's certainly true that you can enjoy your 3DS/XL just fine without any of these, having them makes you four inches taller and cures horrible diseases in small puppies*.  So, do your part and pick them up.  You can thank me later.

*Buying any of these won't cure terminally ill puppies of anything.   read

7:47 PM on 07.27.2013

The hunt of the day, more Animal Crossing, and my sad friend's list.

I have a tiny 3DS friend list.  How tiny, you ask me?  No one.  Not a single friend do I have registered.  Why?  Well, while it's true that I'm pretty damn unsocial, I just don't get out much to meet other gamers.  One, because I don't like crowds and two because I don't make friends easily.  That and it looks odd for a 35 year old neck-beard to be chatting up the teenagers and early 20's people that hang out a most game stores.  So, point being, I have no problem adding people from this website because it's full of like-minded folks that I would enjoy interacting with.  I know this because I've been lurking around for a very long time.  Add me, let me know it, and I'll gladly add you in return. Friend code 2552-1290-5652.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Look at it!  Just look!

My AC town has a dirt problem.  It's spreading.  I don't really know why because I NEVER touch the B button to run in my town.  But, there it is, dirt.  The bane of everyone's Animal Crossing town.  After the shit storm that Nintendo faced due to the horrible grass issue in City Folk, it boggles the mind that they'd keep the "feature" at all.  It adds not a damn thing to the game.  It makes towns an ugly place and it hinders players.  In short, it sucks and I don't like it.

Thanks for the ever so helpful "feature", Nintendo.

To combat the problem, I battle dirt with flowers.  All kinds of them.  I water them daily and try not to walk over the sections of dirt that I'm trying to get grass to grow on.  This tends to be a bit of an issue though as most of the places I'm trying to fix are in high traffic, must walk through, areas.  Like in front of bridges or right in front of my damn house.  Supposedly, Nintendo reduced the amount of time it takes grass to regrow.  Great, but it would have been better to not make it wear away at all.

Dear Capcom, patch in a screenshot feature, please.  Thanks. 

Today, I've found myself hunting the Gigginox for Uncanny Hides so that I could make the Black Coffin Hunting Horn.  It took way less time than I expected considering the low drop rate.  Gigginox is such an annoying little twat.  It helped a lot that I was using the Qurupeco horn which provides me with Earplugs (L) and I am wearing a full set of Wroggi (gemmed with Maestro jewels) which gives me Negate Poison.  But, even though those things made it easier, I still can't stand fighting it.  I do appreciate the design though, very cool little monster.  Hooray for Low Rank triumphs!  Also, the Black Coffin is pretty damn sweet.  Now I just need to find a talisman with at least +5 status to trigger the skill since the Wroggi armor leaves you at 5 and 10 is the threshold.   read

6:00 PM on 07.25.2013

Wouldn't you like to be a Hunter too?

The Black Diablos.  100% more asshole than regular old Diablos.

Thirty hours.  That's how much time I had put into MH3U before I, somehow, ended up with a corrupt game save.  That's not a lot.  While most modern games clock in at less than that by a good ten hours, thirty for MH is nothing.  I'm a newbie.  I'm not quite green but I am by no stretch a pro hunter.  I'm not even ranked.  That time spent was all in single player.

I stayed away from the series for years.  I heard stories, whispered in hushed tones at the far corners of gaming stores everywhere, about the challenge of the series.  It's brutal, non hand holding ways, how it will make a man of you.  Even women, you'll sprout chest hair and your voice will drop an octave.  In short, I let the stories scare me off.  Then, I found my sack and decided to give the game a go.  I played Dark Souls, it's hard too.  It doesn't hold your hand either and I did just fine.  Why not?  What I found is that Monster Hunter 3U is, pretty much, Dark Souls.  They play nothing alike, true, but the amount of difficulty is nearly the same.  In short, if you haven't played MH3U because you're timid about it, stop.  Allow me to help you out, as best I can, one newbie to another and you'll be able to step face to face with any monster without soiling yourself.  Well, maybe a little bit.

And my axe! Sword!  This thing!

[left]A: Pick your weapon.  When you first arrive at Moga Village, home of the single player story campaign, you have your own little home.  Inside, you'll find a chest and by managing your equipment you will find one of every weapon type.  You start with the Sword and Shield (SnS) equipped by default.  It's a fine weapon so don't feel you need to even switch yet since you're going to be trying them all out anyway.  Soon you'll be sent out into Moga Woods on various small tasks.  Take this time to try every weapon.  Learn their combos, see which one feels the best to you.  Don't worry about what anyone else "recommends".  Every hunter has a preferred weapon.  While they may be quite able to use any weapon, I promise you that they have one they love more than the others.  So, find that weapon for you.  They're all incredibly well balanced with their own strengths and weaknesses.  If you like more than one, use more than one.  There's nothing wrong with enjoying the feel of bashing skulls with a hammer then using a Long Sword when you need to chop off a tail or two.

B: Sell what you know you don't want.  All that starting equipment can be sold.  Once you've found your weapon(s) of choice and you know you don't want to use any of the rest of them, feel free to sell them off.  It'll net you a nice little nest egg of starter money for upgrades and crafting new gear.

C: Leather Armor, some of the best in the game.  The armor you start with, a full set of Leather, sucks as far as protecting you.  Even upgraded, it's quite sorry.  But, at the same time, it's some of the best armor you'll ever have because of skill set it provides.  Leather is your gathering set.  With it you'll be able to gather more, gather faster, and do it without your gathering equipment breaking as often.  With the right upgrades, like decorations and a talisman, you'll be able to go on a gathering run and bring back loads of stuff quickly.  In short, never get rid of this armor set.  Register it in your equipment manager and keep it.  Anytime there's gathering to be done, and there will be A LOT of gathering to be done, use it.

D: Wait before forging a new set of armor.  This is where the game starts to throw you with not offering any guidance.  You'll be able to craft a few sets of armor right from the start but I'm telling you to wait.  Do your homework.  There are places to look for armor sets which provide you with the skills you want.  Some early armor you can get while wearing Leather would be Jaggi (attack boost and reduction to stun), Qurupeco (wind resistance, maestro for my Hunting Horn brothers and sisters out there), Bone (for you Hammer users), and Barroth (great for Lance and SnS users).

Snarf, snarf.

E. Don't be afraid to research a new hunt.  Never fought a Royal Ludroth before and want to know what you're getting into before you get rolled all over?  Don't be shy about giving a new monster a little research.  I'm not saying you should read or watch a guide on how to kill it.  For me, that'd spoil the fun.  But, that doesn't mean you can't find out what element it's weak against.  The game doesn't really tell you.  You can make a pretty good educated guess, usually, just by the area in which you'll be fighting.  If you're hunting in the Tundra, chances are that the monsters there aren't going to care for Fire all that much.  But some monsters, you really don't know.  So, go find out.

I love this thing.

F.  Get a Circle Pad Pro.  I don't want to hear "oh, but you can control the game fine just using the touch screen for the camera".  You, sir, all full of the worst kind of shit.  I had to wait a week for my Circle Pad Pro XL to arrive from Nintendo.  During that week, I played the game using the touch screen for the camera.  Does it work, yes.  Is it worth a damn?  No.  Just, no.  When I received it and began using it, my comfort level with the game went through the roof.  I felt a lot more at ease with the controls and, as a result, more confident in my hunts.  It can be used for other games as well, so don't even try to pull that "I'm not buying a $20 attachment to use for one game" shit with me.  If you've got a standard 3DS, you can get one just about anywhere.  If you've got a XL, you can import one (why would you do this now?) or get it straight from Nintendo.  Don't believe me?  Try it both ways and then try to me about how great the touch screen is for the camera.

G. Love that farm.  Moga village has a little farm.  A little farm, fully dedicated to growing things for you.  Use it.  All throughout your story mode career, you'll be offered ways to upgrade your farm.  Do them as soon as you can.  Since the tougher, ranked, mode of the game still uses your time spent in Moga Village, that farm will be your best way from growing mass quantities of the things you need to make life saving potions and other assorted hunt supporting items.

So, that's it my fellow new hunter.  I can think of no more advice to give you.  As I said from the start, I'm still new myself so there are others out there that can offer far more aid than I.  But, I've shared some of the best things I can think of with you in order to help you find your way when you're just starting out.  Monster Hunter will not hold your hand or offer much in the way of guidance.  It has a very steep learning curve, sometimes brutally so.  But when you dig your heels in, devote time to learning the game, what you'll find is one of the most deeply rewarding gaming experiences you can have.  It's no wonder the game is so hugely popular in Japan, with an ever growing audience the world over.  It's not perfect but damn if it isn't one of the best games you'll ever play.  Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to hunt.  Daddy needs a new Hunting Horn.
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12:33 PM on 07.24.2013

Clearcutting your way to rare beetle paradise in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

It's no secret that Bells are easier to come by this time around in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.  But, it's out of necessity that you may now load down your dirty little pockets with riches.  Between your home renovations, all the things to buy, and now a whole town to run (by yourself because don't think for one second that one of your lazy neighbors will ever fork over a single bell to help out).  It had to be easier to get rich or you'd never make any progress.  By this point, most people know that the island is the fastest way to make a lot of Bells thanks to your palm trees playing host to a whole mess of rare beetles.  But, there are "tricks" to make your beetle hunting playground all the more effective.  Allow me to show you.

1. Skip the boat ride.  Riding with Kapp'n in his boat is fun the first few times you do it.  He sings you a catchy tune and you're quite content to just ride along.  It gets old though so keep hitting B and it'll interrupt his song and take you straight to your destination.  Don't worry, it doesn't affect your relationship with him even if he does get a little put off.

2. Clearcut the center.  You know all those pretty flowers and trees in the middle of your island?  Get rid of them.  All of it.  Cut it all down.  Borrow a shovel and axe from your buddy by the door and make the entire center of the island bare.  Why would you do this?  Because, in order to catch rare beetles, the game must have "space" for them to spawn.  All those flowers and trees spawn less than wanted insects and they're taking up the space the game could use to spawn the good stuff.

3. Dig some holes, lots of them.  Going on the same rule as above.  You want as few non-rare bugs spawning as possible.  So, to help that along, dig holes.  Take your shovel and make the entire center of the island one big mess of holes.  Why?  So there's no room for grasshoppers and/or locusts to spawn.  Now, it's important to note that the holes will repair themselves if you save and quit.  You can come and go from the island as many times as you need to but the minute you save and quit, you'll have to re-dig all those holes again.

4. Take away a few palms too.  This is totally optional and personal preference but I removed the palm trees on the bottom half of my island.  This way, I can look up the beach and see if there are beetles on the palms.  Since these beetles tend to fly off at the slightest hint of quick movement, it lets me see them first.

5. After 5pm.  Most people should know this but those wonderful beetles don't come out until after 5pm.  Same goes for sharks.  So, prep your island a bit early then put your 3DS in sleep mode until it's time for some beetle hunting.  Also, if you're walking about and no beetles are coming to visit, go into the hut and come back out.  It resets what's out there.

These tips will maximize your beetle catching time but will make your island quite ugly.  So, it's up to you to decide how important a swift Bell run is compared to an attractive island.   read

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