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7:59 PM on 03.23.2008

I'm screwed.

Sadly no pictures of that happening. No. Sorry.

Something is wrong with me. I can finish a FPS and/or action game, but anything else dies screaming. I'm sitting on the bed typing this with my PSP beside me, and under it is GTA Liberty and FFT. Two good games, most would agree, from my pile (A BIG PILE) of PSP games i own.

And i don't feel like playing them. Cream of the crop maybe, but i don't want to play them. I bought this freaking hunk of plastic (the gigapack version) and i've never yet finished a PSP game. I just keep buying cheap PSP games second hand, hoping i can find some reason to justify it's purchase. Same with the PS2, same with the Dreamcast, same with... let's just say the Xbox and the 360 has the only games i've finished.

From memory, i've finished:

King Kong, Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, Farcry Instincts Predator, Kameo, Perfect Dark Zero, Call of Duty 2, Crimson Skies (Xbox), Second Sight, FEAR, Doom (360), Cloning Clyde. That's about it. I think there might be more, but... i don't know.

That's every game i've finished since I started gaming with a NES and Sega MasterSystem.

I like games. I must love them, i own enough of them... but all i do is buy more games, play them a bit, and then toss them aside. Bought DW5 Empires (360) recently, along with Phantasy Star Universe (360). Got 1/4 through the single player campaign of PSU, brushed on DW5... and not gone back. Bought Izuna, played it to the final dungeon, but took it out and not got back to it.

Also deciding what to play is evil. I can spend an hour (no lie) trying to work out what to play, and the ONLY reason i play a game, is because i feel so bad about wasting all that time deciding, i grab something and play it for ten minutes, before wandering off to do something else.

MMO games do kinda grab me, but if i stop playing them for more than a day, i forget about them and don't go back.

So. Am i screwed (non literally), or is there anything you can suggest to help? Seems a shame i own most consoles barring the Ataris and Neo-Geos (and PC engines... DAMN YOU PC ENGINE!)... oh and the PS3... and i can't enjoy the games.   read

5:28 PM on 03.18.2008

America... What's in it?

(Sorry for the 'double post' near enough)

So yeah. This time next month (i hope), i'll be in Philly or something like that, and the first thing that hit me about this realisation is... I don't know where to go for games and stuff!

Here, if someone said "where do i go for games mate" (they add 'mate' to the end of words here), then i'd say "Why salutations..." and get my teeth kicked in. Well no, but i can recommend Game, Gamestation, CEX... maybe even Cash Generators and Cash Converters. But i have NO freaking idea for the US. My friend who i'm staying with is like "games, ur... aren't they like kids things", and doesn't really visit electronics places... so i throw myself on the US population of Destructoid... Share your knowledge! Where do i go for games and geekery?

I think my friend mentioned a big 'mall' (maul? Like a big hammer? Whaaa!) in King of Prussia (WHAAA?!), so what kind of places should i look for, that isn't going to spit on my CDs, smear them over sandpaper, snap them in half, and then drool on my shoes?

Also, anything interesting in Philly, from a Destructoid-er's point of view?   read

3:20 PM on 03.18.2008

Importing for PS2?

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. La Pucelle Tactics. Phantom Brave. Final Fantasy Tactics. Dark Forces.

Why am i listing games? They are the NTSC games i own for the PS2 (and PS1 with the last two), and i've never played them. NEVER.

Couple that with the fact i want to get Persona 3 special edition, and FES, it's made me realise i want (need) a US PS2.

The problem is, in the UK, modchipping and the like has been hushed up. Now it's done out the back of moving vans by people sporting eyepatches and a soldering iron in replace of a hand. Scary bunch. So yeah i'm at loss. However there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Next month i'm heading to the US of A's. This means the land of US pricing (which is beautiful compared to the crap they slap on us in the UK), and NTSC consoles i can play NTSC games on. Yay me! But what about the future? This is what i've thought about recently... do the US PS3's still have hardware backwards compatibility? Should i drag a US PS3 back with me instead of a PS2?


Is there any other (easy to use, i'm not a solder king, i'm more likely to solder my fingers to the board than anything else) way of getting import games to play on the PS3? I don't seem to see swapmagic anymore for sale.   read

7:24 PM on 03.01.2008

PC Help Needed!

My desktop at the moment is getting old, and i want to try some of these new fangled games like Doom, Quake, Crysis and Stalker. Oh and Supreme Commander (Got a demo of it sitting on my desk now for the past few months) too.

My friend has a good handle on these things, and as such went through, making me a list of all the bits i need.

However, he's building to a budget i've given him, and now i've just realised... will the damn thing play modern games?

So... i thought... If i give the specs, the PC gamers can say "yeah you should be able to run x, y and z easily enough" (or not), giving me hope that i'm not going to be left in the yester-year, with a machine that dies with Wolfenstein 3d.

Specs (to be)
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ AM2 2.5GHz
Motherboard: Gigabyte AM2 AMD 690G ATX DDR2 A L
Ram: OCZ Technology 2x1GB 240DIMM PC2-6400 DDR2 Platinum
Graphics: ATI RADEON HD 3870 512MB PCIE DDR4
Storage: Western Digital Caviar 160GB 7200RPM S300 16MB
PSU: Corsair Memory 550W VX PSU

A liteon DVD burner, Asustek case and Zalman cooler for the CPU finish it off.

Pretty names. Means nothing to me :/

It's going to be a 'downstairs' machine, so i'll be using headphones and onboard sound, and a 22" 5ms monitor. Haven't worked out which keyboard and mouse to get (to be honest, i'm starting to faint at the cost of this lot, it's 100 over my 500 budget so far), so i'm thinking the Microsoft wireless set for now, with an eye on the logitech one later, as their mice are pretty damn comfortable (I use the MX510 now).

So. Will that play modern games? I don't HAVE any really modern games, i mostly play Dawn of War, Guildwars and City of Villains/Heroes, but i'd really like to try some of the more modern things like Stalker, Supreme, Crysis, Tabula Rasa, Hellgate London and The Witcher.

I suppose the worst question to ask (most important too), is... is it worth upgrading for PC gaming? What is there on the PC barring MMOs, that's it's worth slapping down 2+ Xbox 360's worth of money for? My computer now (and the two laptops although one of them struggles on the net a little) browse the web, watch videos and do basic games ok... so i'm really planning this spending just for a 'gaming machine'.

Hmm.   read

6:53 PM on 02.27.2008

Time to be Hardcore

I own over 760-something games. Recently I've had a spate of "i don't want to buy any more games", and the games i've bought leave an ash-like taste in my mouth (I'm looking at you Batallion Wars 2!)

Out of those mass of games, I doubt I've completed more than i have digits on my feet and hands, and this has to change. Something has to give, i WILL enjoy the games i have, or i WILL get rid of the damn things.

They take up my money, my room (and in the case of MMO's, my life) and it's time that they do something for me. It's time to...

Play games.

Oh i play games. I normally get stuck, then after a few tries, give up and never go back. Xbox and their achievements helped a little (especially doing CoD2 on Veteran mode... oh lordy the hours i wasted on that bastard for those stupid achievement points!), but there isn't achievements on all games is there?

So where to start. Do i go back to basics, pick up the NES or SMS and start loading the games up, or top down and pop one of the 360 or Wii games in? Either way, I'm going to keep track of the games i play semi-daily, my thoughts on the game, and then when i complete it, I'll add it to the (hopefully soon to be) growing list on my blog.

I want, by this time next year, to have finished.... what's a reasonable amount of games? 30? 50? 100? I want to finish a set amount of games by this time next year.   read

9:13 PM on 01.30.2008

Resident Weevil 4, Urine Edition

Yes i can take the piss out of game names too! Anyway, that aside, Resident Evil 4 Wii (hey! Resident Evil For Wii! Neat.) is one of those games that grows on you.

Seriously. it does. Like the bloody plague. I started off thinking "what the hell, i paid 30 for this crap!". Vowed to take it back... but kept playing. And playing. it's frustrating. The limited ammo and carry space makes me go GRAWWWWWL, but it all adds up to one hell of a gaming experience.

The Wii controls though make what would be (i imagine, never played the GC or PS2 versions) a pretty damn good game, into something much much better. Pin point accuracy with shooting, fast reactions compared to an analogue stick, even the "SHAKE TEH CONTROLLER" in-cutscene sequences are amusing.

So yeah. When i've finished the game i'll write a bit more about it, but as everyone, their pet dog, their dog's fleas and those flea's parasites own the game already in one form or another, i'm not sure if it's worth bothering :P   read

3:09 PM on 11.18.2007

It's a-me. Yes. Really.

I never understood Mario. Overweight Italian plumber who saves hot princesses and murders turtles. I don't think i ever will. Not baby Mario, not cute Mario in a bee suit, not 2d Mario.

This makes me one voice against a million, and in that Sonic vs Mario battle from yesteryear, i rooted whole-heartedly for Sonic.

(This of course had nothing to do with the fact that i was bought a Sega Master System, instead of SNES for christmas, i can assure you! )   read

6:23 PM on 11.14.2007


Wii or EeePC?

Games that interest me so far on the Wii are Res Evil 4 (not played any version of it yet, might as well make it the new-fangled one), Paper/Super Paper Mario, Metroid Prime Corruption. Maybe Battalion Wars, and very very faded Maybe Mario Galaxy (as i'm not a fan of the Italian.)

But EeePC means really cool posing in Starbucks. "look at me, i have a micro sized laptop, a beret, and an over-expensive mug of mud! I'm deep and meaningful like a rock!". NO. But it does mean i've got something that's less PDA and more Laptop, for holidays and the like. I bought the PDA (Axim 50v) so that i've got something to take on holiday, to transfer and save pictures throughout the day and then email them home for storage. However it's a little fiddly with that titchy-tiny screen and a twig-like stylus that just begs to be snapped in half while doing a Hulk impression. This is a titchy-tiny Laptop with miniature baby keys that i'll need a dialling stick for.

Wii or EeePC?

MAKE MY DECISION FOR ME! (many thanks)   read

4:40 PM on 11.14.2007

Ah Crap.

I got ANOTHER blog. I only come here for the news and podcast, and now i'm suckered into a profile then a blog.


Dear Blog...
Today, work sucked. I'm going to leave it soon, preferably at the end of the month so i get a nice (if anorexic) pay-cheque before i go. I'm also tempted to work the two weeks in December (we get paid early in December... two weeks early in fact), so that i get two months of pay for one month of work. It's just coping with the work place for four more weeks. Would it kill them to get new monitors in there? My eyes hurt.

I did come home to Guild Wars Factions CE. It's amusing that although it's a bigger box than the Night Fall CE, it's not as heavy. The reason i buy these things is for the art book and sound-track, but the other bits and bobs are nice. A mouse-mat i'll never use in fear of wearing it out. A cloth picture that will never come out of it's packet. A desk calender that's a year out of date. A map that i have better pictures of on GuildWiki.

You can tell i'm smarting a little. 37 for this? I mean don't get me wrong, it's uber limited edition and all that, but seeing the Night Fall one was 19...

Half Life 2
I'm spreading the Valve love, what with my own copy of Orange box on the 360, and now bought the PC version for my friend. It's a shame that Half Life 2 really does seem pretty bland. Yes, i'll admit, i'm not one of those people who already know how many nasal hairs Gordon has. I tried a demo of HL2 but never really bought the original game... each time i went for it, new editions came out and the prices sky-rocketed. Not to mention Alice (my PC, shush!) isn't really that powerful anymore, and i really prefer the idea of FPS games on the 360.

But yeah, bland. The driving/boating sections were pretty blank, the guns don't seem that exciting, the action again just seems very un-exciting too. Maybe Bioshock, Halo 3, Fear and the like spoiled me (less Fear, but even that had it's "holy crap!" moments), but in my eyes, Half Life 2 doesn't age well.

Now Portal, that's fun. It's a barrel of half-drunk monkeys wearing razorblade costumes, and you've just been blindfolded and told it's 'bobbing for apples'. The commentry is amusing, the weighted companion cube is my new best friend (the f*ckers better make a plush version!) and the whole gameplay is fiendishly mind-blowing. Yes it won't last long, but it will be fun along the way.

Sadly i've not tried the rest. No XBL connection, so no TF2, and i don't see a point in playing HL2:EP1/2 before finishing HL2. But hey, early days yet.   read

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