My name is Red. My humble gaming beginning consisted of watching my cousins play games on the nintendo famicom from 9 in the morning til 3. Then I had to go away to the land of sand where I was trained to be a ninja of the sand to fight terrorism. My training consisted of the Sega Mega Drive 2 which came prepackaged with AlienStorm, which was once dubbed as "Showgirls of video games" by the Concelmo. Later on I moved on to the Playstation. Due to my limited funding and due to game publishers in the US not caring about Ninjas training in the sand like me, I resorted to black market alternatives. My great gaming memories consisted of pirated games which I had plentiful of due to the lack of giving a damn by the local authorities. All those games kept me sane in the desert wasteland. I was a prisoner in my own ninja fortress. Then all my training was for naught when the US military beat me to my ultimate mission: CAPTURE SADDAM HUSSEIN. But then they discovered that he was an impostor. Intelligence reports point out that he is where I am stationed now: TEXAS. My mission continues on.
You have read this, you shall be exterminated.
So yeah, today's September 28. Anybody still remember that date? It was from a time when Japanese game development reigned king over all. So that day when everything turned to shit in Raccoon city is exactly 12 years ago.
I'm trying to get over some food poisoning so I apologize for the quality of this post. So let us celebrate in the laziest way I can: By throwing together some terrible videos from the internet that are related to that date. Enjoy.
Seriously, who didn't fap to this back in the day?
Some random video with Resident Evil 3 opening with some german song edited on top of it.
Resident Evil 2 with Linkin Park's song "In The End".
Even though Albert Wesker wasn't in those games HE MUST NOT BE FORGOTTEN SINCE HE IS THE BEST CHARACTER IN THE GAME. So here's a tribute video of Wesker with some Wesker insanity.
This coming week, one of the most anticipated Japanese Role-Playing Games will be released in the west, and that game is Final Fantasy XIII. I'm sure many of you out there are going to get this latest installment of a beloved franchise but did you also know that another JRPG is also coming out this week? That game is Yakuza 3, from the wildly popular Yakuza series in Japan.
I've only recently discovered the Yakuza series and the games amazingly blend traditional JRPG elements with an action brawler set in a modern day Japan. The Yakuza games put you in the role of Kazuma Kiriyu, a badass Yakuza who is nowhere near like the usual brooding, effeminate trap that have become the staple in many JRPGs.
The Yakuza games haven't enjoyed the same success in the west than it did in Japan. Many would say that Yakuza 3 is being sent to die to be released alongside one of the most anticipated games in the last decade. So I'm here to prove to you how Yakuza 3 blatantly better than Final Fantasy XIII.
Hit the jump to find out why Yakuza 3 is the new JRPG hotness!
1.) Yakuza 3 has characters that look more realistic than Final Fantasy XIII
If you've seen the characters of Final Fantasy XIII, you're probably impressed (or horrified) by the really pretty character designs. In fact, they're TOO pretty--- pretty unreal if you ask me. This is one major flaw of Final Fantasy XIII, I mean how can real people like us real relate to such well-designed, pretty characters? People in real life are ugly, while beautiful people only exist in magazines and in the movies. Do you know the psychological damage that Final Fantasy XIII can bring upon impressionable children?
Square Enix is bombarding us with more images of attractive and slim characters that can never exist. Yakuza 3 dares to give us characters that look like real people, who are ugly just like you and me. Sega wants us to see real beauty in Yakuza 3, beauty that is inside. Yakuza 3 is beautiful. No matter what they say. Words can't bring it down.
2.) Yakuza 3 has dragons on the box art, Final Fantasy XIII has an exposed inner thigh
Yakuza 3 surpasses Final Fantasy XIII by having TWO DRAGONS ON THE COVER with the game's main character, Kazuma Kiriyu, who is known as the "Dragon of Dojima" and and along with the cool dragon art.
While Final Fantasy XIII has NO DRAGONS ON THE BOX ART but has a very suggestive cover that features the female character Lightning showing off her inner thigh. I find this blatant attempt on selling sexually suggestive imagery to be very demeaning to women and Square Enix should be ashamed.
Dragons are awesome.
3.) Final Fantasy XIII will only lead to terrible cosplay at anime conventions
If you’ve ever been to an anime convention, you’ve probably seen people dressing up as their favorite fictional characters. I wouldn't be lying if I said that a lot of them look terrible. Final Fantasy XIII will only bring a massive tidal wave of even more desperate attempts at cosplay.
Square Enix also brought us the Kingdom Hearts series, which has spawned countless Sora cosplays done by fat women who populate anime conventions. Final Fantasy XIII will only make that problem worse with girls who should not be wearing midriffs and who think they're cute by acting like annoying Japanese girls.
By the way, I am fat and I also like Jim Sterling and he is fat too so I can say the F-word just like how black people can say that N-word so its all good, son.
4.) Yakuza 3 is a PS3 exclusive and the PS3 is a superior console to the X-Box 360 because the PS3 can fix itself
5.) Buying Yakuza 3 will allow you to afford a Subway footlong sandwich Times are tough now as it is, and Sega knows that. That's why Sega's lowered the price of Yakuza 3 to $54.99, thereby saving you $5 and ensuring that you are able to be able to take advantage of Subway's Five dollar foot longs. I applaud Sega for their concern for the health and well-being of their customers.
Square Enix, a multi-bajillion yen company with very profitable video game franchises, is not following the amazing example that Sega has set and is still selling their game for $59.99. How will the people who buy Final Fantasy XIII survive long enough to see the ending without the sustenance of a Subway sandwich? HOW, SQUARE ENIX? HOW?!
6.) Final Fantasy XIII characters are wearing clothing with too many zippers and belts
Zippers are dangerous and pose a health hazard to the general public. I used to know a guy (who is totally not me), who once got his member caught in his pants zipper and he cried like a baby. Maybe that's why most Tetsuya Nomura-designed characters are cranky, brooding jerkwads all because they get their things caught in those zipper-infested clothes all the time.
7.) Yakuza 3 has a demo available to everyone, Final Fantasy XIII DOES NOT
Sixty dollars is a huge investment in these tough economic times but so is your time. It would only make sense to be able to try something that's worth twelve subway foot-long sandwiches that can feed you for weeks. So where is the demo for Final Fantasy XIII? It has been almost five years since we first laid eyes on the Final Fantasy XIII trailer and you ask us to wait a few weeks to be able to play your game?What is up with that? I'm not spending $80 on a pretty looking CG movie just so I can try out your awesome new game.
What do you want me to do to? You want me to go to San Francisco and find a bus with heavily tinted windows that drives around promising video games to children?Why can't I just sit back and relax at home and play a thin slice of your game, Square Enix?
What are you trying to hide, Square Enix? Is it the fact that...
8.) Final Fantasy XIII rips off Michael Bay's Transformers
Final Fantasy XIII continues to be awful by copying something else that is awful. In a desperate attempt to be hip and trendy with the kids, Square Enix looked for inspiration in one of the most profitable and horrible movie franchises in the last few years--- Michael Bay's Transformers.
Final Fantasy XIII's Summons, mystical beings that aid your characters in battle, are now able to "transform" into vehicles that fight enemies and cause massive explosions as shown in the video above. Final Fantasy XIII further rips off Michael Bay's Transformers by having an annoying teenage boy and massive explosions happening every 2.5 seconds in every battle.
9.) Square Enix made Dirge of Cerberus
The same people responsible for the giving you the game that was Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII are also responsible for Final Fantasy XIII. Using logic, one could come to the realization that Final Fantasy XIII shares about half of its name with the atrocious Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII which means that Final Fantasy XIII will be HALF AS BAD as Dirge of Cerberus.
How can we ever trust Square Enix again with their flashy new game Final Fantasy XIII? Unlike Sega who is... wait, what? What's this about the Sonic games? Oh wait.
So yeah, there's a Halo anime shorts to be made. It might seem just another attempt to milk a franchise but this could also be seen as way to introduce Halo to Japanese audiences or those annoying weeaboo fucks.
If that is one of their nefarious goals, well they should take a gander about my proposal from 3 years ago. That's right, I called this shit back in 2006:
Happy Birthday to Destructoid and it's founder, Yanier Gonzalez! I've been planning something big in past two months to show my gratitude to Destructoid with something really awesome but I've been really sick lately and the link above is the best I can provide for now. Fuck Crippling Hay Fever.
If you don't know what I'm talking about, I've cosplayed as Mr Destructoid a lot of times before under the name "Desutoid", wanting to pimp out how an amazing gaming site Destructoid is, for the people who write here and those that follow it. I'm currently cooking up something and may be out for time for Anime Matsuri where Desutoid premiered about a year ago.
I sound like Im blathering on about something vague right now. It's the allergy/decongestant im on right now. I hope my grammar and spelling don't suck right now.
1.) I like anime and Japanese stuff. Like Dale North, where I grew up (Philippines) anime and Japanese shows are a normal staple on television. I grew up with it and consider it as just another medium to tell a story.
2.) I love games that have scantily-clad women. Just as long as it doesn't take itself very seriously, like Rumble Roses, the Dead or Alive series and the upcoming Oneechanbara are very over-the-top.
3.)I HATE THE CHARACTER DESIGN OF THE X-BLADES MAIN CHARACTER. I will rant about it later on Japanator.
5.)I grew up in Saudi Arabia where I had plenty of American and British friends which honed my english skillz. So when I came to America, I wasn't a FOB. I even dated HAPAs and they turned out to be crazy. Psycho crazy. I kinda like that.
6.) Im somewhat of a cheap person. Both my parents were from poor families in the Philippines and that was why I grew up mainly overseas where they worked earning more than they would back in the old country. I would often think twice about buying stuff. I would always get only ONE present each for Christmas and my birthday. Nerd and Cheap aren't really the best combination.
7.) I was arrested only a few weeks before leaving Saudi Arabia for the US. Because I jaywalked and a cop saw me and checked my backpack. They found a bunch of blank CDs in my backpack and assumed it was porn (which is illegal in that country) and detained me and my friends for over 6 hours. The reason I crossed the street was so I can join my girlfriend's family for a holiday party. When the Religious police couldnt arrest me for anything since they had no reason to, they thought I was going to do something immoral with my girlfriend and almost tried to marry us. The real kicker is that they thought that the eldest sister was my girlfriend at the time but it was really the youngest one.
8.) I was somewhat tech savvy for a young'un. Saudi Arabia was a weird country, it's ports was open to a variety of electronics from all over the world. When I was 7 years old, I knew the difference between the different voltage requirements for the US and Europe and I knew the difference between PAL and NTSC.
9.) I grew up with a Famicom and Mega Drive. I have never had a Genesis nor a NES.
10.) Piracy was how I played the same games that you got. Actually I got games from all over thanks to piracy. I remember getting halfway into Rockman Dash 2 before ever playing Megaman Legends 2. Since Saudi Arabia got shit from all over, prices were jacked up to 2 or 3 times where it originally cost. Like say an original $40 dollar game cost about almost $130 when imported into Saudi Arabia. Like I said, we were poor and I loved gaming. Now Im in the US and is buying nothing but NEW GAMES. Fuck used games.
11.) My PSP and my XBOX 360 were both won from High School After Prom parties. Where Im from we have an after prom party to keep kids from going out and drinking. This was when I was introduced to black jack and I scored so many raffle tickets and got a PSP. That was the first afterprom party I went to, I was a high school senior twice, since I came to the US so late in the school year I had to take a complete my whole senior year. I went to another after prom party later that year and scored a ton on black jack again. I won an XBOX 360. Fuck yeah.
12.) I thought Napoleon Dynamite sucked ass. Anyone who admitted to liking it in High School only said that so they coould look cool in front of other people.
13.) I like to cosplay as my hero. It was also my dream as a high school senior to start up a gaming blog just so that I could get into E3 when gaming blogs were taking off back in 2005. But things change and couldnt really do it anymore since E3 was teh suckage. Someone else did pursue that dream and pulled it off...