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12:00 AM on 01.01.2013  

Short Blog: Failed At Saying A Wonderful "Happy New Year" Message to You All :(

Edit: Not to mention I spelled year wrong on the title. Fixed now.

I don't know how to make this blog any more... better. How about I start with a picture I found this year that will possibly be engraved in my memory for the rest of my miserable life?



So this apparently is a picture of a women.... with the longest fingernails in existence. Many say that this is incredible.... It's incredible alright... and frightening....and disgusting.

.... Anyway, about the Wii U, I did want it before, so much to the point that I included myself into the Wii U waiting list at Gamestop before, but I decided to not get it after all and instead get the PSP, since there are many games that still interest me on there and that I never got to play, like Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth or Star Ocean: First Departure. I know there are many games on the Wii U that are very interesting and should not be ignored, but that isn't my opinion. They are interesting, but not interesting enough for me to get another whole new, pretty expensive system just to play those games. If I wanted to play those games so much, I could just get the Wii and play them there, because all in all, I'm focusing on the Wii U exclusives so far, and they just don't capture me enough to get the system this year. Most likely next year, but if my cousin, Atone, gets the system before me, then I won't get it.

Hmm... I suppose I'll list recent accomplishments I made. I got Toro and Fat Princess in Playstation All Stars close to rank 999, the maximum rank reachable so far. Uh... I did notice that my brother joined this site earlier this afternoon. I don't really care about him joining. Actually, I was a bit worried when he first joined, but after reading his intro, I thought it was very nice to do what he is about to do....although he didn't have to put me up as an example. I preferred that he didn't in the first place, but whatever.

Oh! I recently remembered an album that my friend (before he died) bought before. It was called Born to Die by Lana Del Rey.



It's an album mostly by love, but it was still very good in my opinion. The song had a calm or moody feeling with unique settings and lyrics. Here's a couple from the album:

Born to Die:



Summertime Sadness:



Once again, I'm sorry if my blog isn't towards anyone's liking. It isn't towards my liking, but it's all I can come up with. Still, without any more time to waste:


HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!   read


4:35 PM on 12.30.2012  

Remind Yourself the Old and Nostalgic Video Gaming Days With the NeoGeo X

What is a NeoGeo X you ask? It is a new handheld by SNK and Tommo. It emulates previous NeoGeo titles. While twenty games are included inside the NeoGeo X, the rest are announced to be released in the near future as game cards.... that looks a lot like SD cards with pictures on them. Anyway, I wanted one so much because the NeoGeo is one of my most favorite systems, and I did NOT play it at all back then. I don't think I could even do so. So I really wanted this not only because of that, but because I really want to support SNK, who I think is in a bit of a pickle after releasing the wonderful game, The King of Fighters XIII. That game is really beautiful and fun, and SNK deserves recognition for all of their hard work and time put in that game, and it's a great apology for sending us the shallow King of Fighters XII.



So I couldn't get it at all because all the stores sold out of them. This must of been popular! A few days after the beginning of December, I found out that my mother secretly ordered one for me. As soon as it got to my house and my mother presented it to me, I was as happy as the boy that got the Wii U for Christmas from that video Destructoid kindly shared. Seriously, I was THAT happy. So I opened it up, played on the handheld, and it plays very well! The games are emulated to near perfection. Yes, NEAR perfection. Only graphics wise does the game not emulate perfectly. Close, but the colors are still more bland and it isn't as pixel showing as I thought it would be, compared to the collection rereleases I played on the PSP. Still, I'm extremely happy with the handheld and what it does. It's a lovely little machine that feels light and tight at the palm of my hands, and the analog stick is one of the best ones I ever used. Arguably even better than the Vita's! I loved the handheld a lot, but how does it look on the TV? Let's find out.

I picked up the console and immediately noticed on how light it is. I expected it to be heavier? Guess not. Also, I noticed that the slot, which I thought initially, that inserts old AES games or your very own handheld in order to recharge it was completely sealed, so both are out of the question.... well, not recharging it. To recharge it, you have to open the whole console, like so:



There's a switch on the front, narrow side of the console that opens it like in the picture. Connect your handheld inside the necessary components and you're good to go. That's a very unusual way to recharge it, but okay. After placing it inside, you use the HDMI or A/V Out cords that came WITH the box (and it's a HUGE box. I got the Limited Edition) and simply connect it to the TV. After playing it on the TV for a while, I noticed some things. One, the joystick has button lag. Some had it with the joystick only, some had it with the buttons on the joystick only, and some are so unfortunate that they had lag on both, all from what I have heard. For me, I had the lag on the buttons of the joystick. It's not TERRIBLE lag, but it is annoying when playing games like Fatal Fury. Second, on the TV, the visuals look more colorful, so it looks much better on here than on the handheld. Finally, like many others have said, the A/V Out version looks far better, but that's my opinion when this is played on an SDTV, not an HD one. The HD version has some tearing when you play some games, most notably, from what heard, in the game, Alpha Mission II.

Overall, I'm very happy with the handheld.... not as much when it comes to console. The console is inferior to not only the handheld, but the original AES console that this console is representing. And there's yet another thing I noticed about this system. There appears to be different versions, and I don't think it can be updated.... or at least not yet. I have version 337, which appears to be the oldest version. Others have version 357 or 370, and maybe so on. Why did I bring this up? Because the system has recently been hacked.


This image is from the website ObscureHandhelds. The source link is shown shortly.

I just found this out. Initially, I was looking for some Neo Geo game reviews, so I stumbled upon Neo-Geo.com. After looking at some of the reviews, I was just curious to see if the website was still alive. Well it was, or at least the forums. Just found out after eavesdropping into some of the conversation that some of the forum members themselves were doing the hacking! What the f*ck? After a few days of this thing being released, I find out it's already been hacked? And literally, it only took a few days. I flat out laughed. Basically, all you have to do is open your NeoGeo X by unscrewing some screws (of course you have to be careful), and you should see some stuff like it shows on the picture. There, you should see a microSD card. THAT was hardware's internal memory! Nothing else more complicated? That's it! Yep! That's where those twenty included NeoGeo games stored in this bad boy is at. Here's a close up:



Pull that card out, replace some ROM files (which is what it was using in there!) with ROM files to your liking, and rename those ROM files that you just placed in there with the original ROM name that you replaced. In other words, you can trick the system by just swapping out some files and renaming them. This all also depends on the version of the handheld you have, though. If you have version 337 apparently, then all of this can be done on that system. If have other versions, then it's either hacked differently or it's harder to hack. They are still alive and working on the system. You can check them out here:

http://www.neo-geo.com/forums/showthread.php?239578-NeoGeoX-Hacking-and-Mods

I think they are now either figuring out how to fully hack the other versions (if they have not already), or that they are figuring out if there are some other capabilities the system has. That might be the case, since the community found out that the system has been using an emulator ALL ALONG. Wow. Don't question SNK on this. Question Tommo. Tommo built the system, not SNK. Finally, I'm sure that I'm NOT the only one that found out about this. This seems to be interesting enough that it caught Kotaku's , ObscureHandheld's, engadget's, and SubstanceTV's attention (and I bet even more than that), and I guess so much of their attention that they made they're own separate news about it, which is all right here:

http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/24/neo-geo-x-hacked-to-run-unibios-unofficial-game-roms/

http://obscurehandhelds.wordpress.com/2012/12/24/neo-geo-x-exposes-its-hardware-gets-hacked/ (this is also the source link for the pictures about the insides of the NeoGeo X)

http://kotaku.com/5970850/well-that-was-quick-the-new-neo-geo-has-been-hacked

http://www.substance-tv.com/neo-geo-x-officially-hacked/

If you did look into these, then you must have found out that this isn't recent, RECENT news, but it's pretty recent to me. I don't like to hack, and I especially don't like to take apart such a nicely designed system in order to hack (and I don't trust myself in doing so. I'm not much of a tech person), but this just really caught my interest. Besides, if I ever did hack this, I still would buy the future game releases for the system, since that supports SNK as well.

Anyway, I still think it was worth every penny. The Gold Limited Edition cost $199, while the handheld only, which will be released early February 2013, will cost $129. Again, the limited Gold edition will include the handheld itself, the AES console-looking docking system, an HDMI cable, an A/V cable, a Ninja Masters' game card, the AES arcade joystick specifically made to only function on this console, and a manual. The handheld-only one, so far from what I heard, will only include the handheld, but I don't know if this is all there is since the handheld-only edition hasn't even been released yet. Either way, if you're interested in getting this, then please get the limited edition. Tommo said, in the manual at least, that the system can only be recharged through the docking system that is included in the limited edition, and you cannot recharge with a USB cable (which is another gripe I have with this). I don't know if that is absolutely true, and I don't know what would happen if you did connect the system with a USB cable, but so far, I'll listen to what they said. Like I said before, I don't want to ruin this wonderful looking system.   read


4:15 PM on 12.29.2012  

Knytt Underground: Explore Another of Nifflas' Atmospheric World

Edit: I forgot to put that this blog has a few spoilers to the game.

I love Nifflas' games. I remember playing the hell out of Knytt Stories when it first came out. They are atmospheric, artistic, and fun. It showed in NightSky, and it definitely shows here. When I seen this on PSN, I knew I had to have it. This.... game... is.... wonderful.


Comparing to LittleBigPlanet and Rayman Origins Vita, this is one of the most beautiful and best Vita platform games I've ever played.

Yes. One of the very first things one of the very first things you will notice, whether you are playing the PS3 or Vita version, is how beautiful this game is. This art kind of reminds me of Nifflas' other game, Saira, and another game for the PS3, Journey. It's so unique, stunning, and artistic that it really made me believe that he actually drew every detail by hand, and it all looks like it can be drawn with some paint.



Anyway, as you can tell from my screenshot, there are three chapters in this game. I will explain what the three chapters will consist of in terms of gameplay, but I won't explain about what you will find, the story, etc. The More Stuff is just the credits and trophies, but the cloud saving is the place where you can upload your previous savedata from the game onto PSN, and download it again on either your PS3 or PSVita.... did I mention that this game is compatible to Sony's Cross Buy? That means if you have a PS3 and PSVita, and bought one for one system, then you get the other system version free of charge (in other words, buy PS3 version, get PSVita version free, and vice-versa). Anyway, let us begin with Chapter 1.


Wonder what's down here?


Yip!




Just as I thought. More gorgeous scenery.

There's not really much to say about Chapter 1. You play as the girl shown in the screenshots so far, you jump, and you climb. There are various power ups that you can pick up and use by pressing the L button (using Vita), but there's a short time limit on how long you can keep that power before you use it, and after you use it, you lose it until you pick it up again at the exact same spot you picked it up before. There is also a map in this game and a list of quests you could do in this game.



If you looked at both the map and quest list at the beginning of this chapter, then you'd probably think that this chapter would be extremely long. Well, it's not. Do not be fooled. You can call this Chapter a plot-based minigame. Many areas are entirely inaccessible, so this chapter is pretty linear. Now for Chapter 2.



Yes. In Chapter 2, you are a ball this entire section of the chapter. For those of you who played one of Nifflas' previous game, Within the Deep Forest, then the gameplay is mostly alike. Mostly. This chapter's gameplay is just as fun or frustrating as Within the Deep Forest, but you cannot find other ball forms and change to other balls. You're stuck with what you are. Also, like Chapter 1, this one is pretty linear. Remember, you're a ball for this entire chapter, so you cannot climb, making many other areas that you accessed before become inaccessible now, but at least there's a bunch of new areas to explore. This chapter is just another plot-based minigame overall, but Chapter 3 is where the fun really begins.

(There's a little extra goodie between Chapter 2 and 3, and it will be your job to figure that out)

In Chapter 3, this is where you will really feel free. You play as the main heroine again, but she has an extra ability here.


Before...




After.

Yes. You can transform from your usual climbing self to a bouncing ball whenever you please. This makes every area in the game accessible. You can also transform in the air, which you will definitely need to do in many areas for now on in order to progress full in the game.



Overall, Nifflas has outdone himself once again with this entry in the Knytt series, and I couldn't be any happier with this game. Since this game is mostly about atmosphere, and puzzles, there's not that many enemies and items, and it will probably make you feel empty at times, but there is so much to explore and see.... it's like you're in another whole world. I do have a minor complaint. Why the hell did ESRB rate this M? Other than a few curse words, I see nothing yet that makes this a rated M game. I think ESRB's gone weird, because they also rated the recent Guilty Gear Accent Core Plus the letter M as well, yet the PSP version was rated T, and there was nothing else that could make the game rated M now. I don't understand about that. Moving on from that, this is a must have and I'm glad I bought this as a Christmas present for myself.   read


8:26 PM on 12.28.2012  

Make Your Fingers Dance With DJMax: Technika Tune!

First Thing's First

First let me just say that I apologize for not being here for a very long time, especially after my absurd whining of wanting more attention around here. Well, there is a reason for that. I've been playing my PS3, PSP, and PS Vita more. I've forgotten how much fun these devices were, especially since I've gotten a ton of rare games for my DS and 3DS that I've been ignoring these devices more. Now that I have the holiday off until January 7th, I have far more time and been enjoying Sony's devices a lot more. Also I will be posting more since, again, I have more time off.

Second, this blog has a few spoilers. Not a lot, never few.

Anyway, back to the main point. At the middle of December, I noticed a ton of new fun games on Playstation Network. The very first thing that I was really happy to see and could never ignore was DJMax: Technika Tunes.

DJMAX: Technika Tunes



As you might have noticed from my banner, I LOVE music, therefore I love music games. The DJMax series has always been music rhythm video games where you must press the corresponding buttons the notes that fall down on the buttons at the right time for you to be able to beat the game. That's basically all you have to do in the series, but not in Technika Tunes. Oh no. Technika Tunes is an adaption of the arcade versions of Technika 1, 2, and 3, WITH crossover songs from DJMax games that we didn't get at all, such as Portable 3, which I find very nice. In Technika Tunes, you must touch the notes that appear on screen at the right time in order for you to continue. No buttons, just touching.


Here's a screenshot of the gameplay

Oh no, TOUCHING! From what I heard, people fear many PSVita games that only involves touching because most have inaccurate timing or it simply isn't fun. Well, there no demo for this game, so I'll just tell you from my experience of the game, and it is your decision on whether to believe it or not. This is damn fun, and the touching mechanics on this game is very accurate. Maybe not completely, but from my opinion, yeah it is, as I have yet to have a problem with touching the notes on the screen. Oh yeah, and did I mention that this game utilizes the back touchscreen? Well it does, and it is just as accurate, so if you miss notes or don't touch them in the right time and way, that is YOUR fault. By the way, see that blue bar from the picture I just uploaded? That just tells you when to touch your notes, as that blue bar goes by notes as the song goes by. Once the blue bar touches that note, YOU TOUCH THAT NOTE. It helps when it's you're first time listening to the song, but I still suggest you listen to the song a few times, before or after you play it in this game. I'm not going to explain how to touch each note, since not only does that take way too long, but there's a tutorial right in the game. Just play the tutorial a few times and you should know what you're doing. Forgot? Play it again. It is always there. Oh, and if you miss a note wrong, you'll notice. Playing the note at the right timing plays part of the sound effect in the song you are playing, so that means when you miss notes, it will sound weird. You don't want that, now do you? Even if you did, miss too many and it's game over. See that rainbow bar at thee top center? That's basically you're health bar. Finally, the Fever button at the top right. Fill that bar completely red by not missing many notes in a row, touch it afterwards, and you get extra points when you touch notes correctly.



Let's see.... only four modes. That's it? Uh, no. This is just a distraction. There's a BUNCH of stuff in here, I assure you. Let's take a look into the arcade.



The very first thing you will see is this. This is the easiest mode, utilizing the front touchscreen only and having the fewest notes. If you scroll to your right you have:


Pop Mixing....

and then Club Mixing

Both of these are much harder than Star Mixing, as they utilize the back touchscreen as well. However, as you may have already noticed, Club Mixing utilizes 4 stages, which I will quickly explain about in a moment. Now, there is one more thing that is here if you scroll one last time to your right....



And it should be this. This is just the mode where you can play any song you previously played in any of the Mixings you played them in. Now let us go into one of these Mixings and take a quick glance of what to expect.



A list of songs appears. So many choices. Just pick a song, play the notes in tune, and you're all set. Stare at the screen for a bit and you get a quick preview of the song, so you'll know what to expect and will help you choose towards your liking. By the way, see those three "Offs" at the top right of the screen? Those are mostly gimmicks, and in my opinion, they can make the game harder. Either way, it's a nice addition to how you play. Touch the first "Off"...



And it should show you that. If you hated the direction of where the blue bar goes, you can touch that first "Off" until you find one towards your liking. Touch the second "Off"....



And that's what you'll see. Fade ins and fade outs. If you select fade ins, the notes will only appear as soon as the blue bar appears, otherwise you'll never see them. Fade outs are the complete opposite. Touch the last "Off"....



And that should be what you see. Blinks, when selected, make the blue bar blink. There's also blind, where you don't see the blue bar AT ALL. See what I mean about gimmicks? Well anyway, you noticed my avatar and online rankings from my recent pictures, have you not? Online rankings are exactly what they are, but the avatars are pretty special. Not just to see how cute or cool they look, but they have abilities as well. Let's go into that real quick. Touch the avatar place, and....



This is what you see. Mine has recover 5%. I don't know what that means yet, (since I'm not that far in the game yet), but these really do help with difficult songs. You have to unlock avatars first though. I don't know what those note signs mean yet. Maybe you can change the appearance of notes? Don't know yet.

I finally explained about all the gimmicks. Now then, after you complete a song...



You will taken here, scoring on how well you did.



Sometimes you'll level up....



And sometimes you'll get extra goodies!

So you continue to do that three times in a row (except for Club Mixing, which is four times in a row), which means you have to complete three songs in a row before you are shown this....



The overall ratings of the songs you have chosen and completed in the mixings. After that....



That's it! That's basically all you have to do in the arcades and the whole game itself. By the way, every song is in every mixings except Club, where those have exclusives. Now then, let me do a short explanation about the other modes and then I'm done with this.



This is the collections. In the Image Gallery, you view screenshots of the music you played, you look at some other exclusive pictures, and some other pictures. Play Data is just your best records you made in each Mixings. Internet Rankings is just what it says: all the rankings you can have a peek at. Finally, bonus movies.... which is just what it says. You have to unlock more movies as you play.



Now for Album mode. Album is where you listen to EVERY SONG IN THE GAME, and there are over, I don't know... fifty? Touch the star by it to put it as your favorites, and then touch the star tab, which only show your the songs you favorited, so it's a bit of a shortcut.


See?

By the way, about the songs, see that video camera sign under the CD image? Touch that and you will see the whole music video along with the song you're listening to.



This is the last mode, the Options. As you can see from the screenshot, that is the Control tab, where you can put the game in Touchscreen only if you want, just like in the original arcade version of the game. The Difficulty changes the difficulty of all mixings, so you can make Club Mixing not look impossible to you. The Sound is where you can select the audio output in Earphone mode and Speaker Mode. Data is just whether you can Auto Save or not, and whether you want to delete the whole data by selecting Reset Data. Be careful about that, since when I touched Reset Data, it asked me if I wanted to "Initialize Save Data". You better know what the hell that means, because apparently my brother didn't and he accidentally deleted EVERYTHING I unlocked when he chose yes. Initializing stuff is setting them back at the stuff it started from, which means FORMATTING! Ugh....

Anyway, that's it. Why did I explain literally everything about this game? Because it's that good. The game is bright, beautiful, colorful, and full of delicious Korean music with fun gameplay. I don't have to know what they're saying (because I don't), the music is catchy, wonderful, and is all I'm focused on. My favorite songs from the game would have to be these three:

Lupin (By Kara):


Step (By Kara):


and my most favorite....

Jumping (By Kara):


You can get it at a pretty expensive price in online stores, or you can get it from PSN, although they sacrificed price with a heap of memory (over 3 GB!). It'll both be well worth it, especially if you're a music fan. Although I'm not affiliated with the game or series in any way, I do hope that the series gets the attention it deserves.   read


10:55 PM on 10.20.2012  

I Became a Better and Stronger Loner

Everyday at my school, I look around and find many students and teachers socializing amongst each other. Whether it is at the very first day of school, the very beginning of the day, while a teacher is teaching a lesson, when we are suppose to do work, when a teacher is annoyed and wants the students to be quiet for at least a minute, etc, etc, etc.....No matter what time or where they're at, they can never cease talking to each other. When they take one glance at a person they have the slightest interest in, they will just talk about the most random things to that person (such as, for example, what they do while on the toilet. I hear that a lot in my school, and I'm always like "What the f**k?"), and the person that was interesting to the talker will just mosey along the road and continue the conversation. I am consistently annoyed at those situations and always found myself a bit of an unsociable person...yet I still get jealous of the people that can practically talk to anyone. I'm basically the quiet kid that sits at the back of the class everyday.



Why do I feel jealous of the people around me almost everyday at school? Probably because that, once again, I rarely talk to people, and when I do, it is either very short or I find them disappointed with the conversation we were having. Sometimes when I am still talking to someone, he/she will immediately ignore me and head straight to someone else, talking about something utterly random. All of this makes me feel like an inferior and forgettable person at school, but it's not just the talking. I never hung out with another person from my school in my life. Literally. NEVER! I've always stayed home the time I come back from school. Why is that? Probably because none of my friends at school live near me, so I can never visit them and hang out or do other things that I wished I could've done with the friends I have at school. Not only that, but practically no one knows where I live. Why? Because the house I'm stuck in (literally stuck in) is extremely old, dirty, riddled with rodents and bugs, have many holes, absolutely has no air conditioning, have two people that I find extremely loud and annoying (not to mention that one of them is extremely rude to certain other types), and many other things that you would never expect in a house that is at least a little bit decent. All of this, and the fact that we are an extremely poor family, made me afraid of telling others at my school where I mostly stay at.



These make me feel like a total failure almost every time. A failure as a teenager who hasn't made the most out of himself and never took full advantage of these young years, and ironically, a failure as a human being sometimes. I never had a best friend (or I had one, but lost her when we moved to where I'm living at right now), I don't watch a lot of TV, I don't know about many celebrities, I NEVER HAD A CELL PHONE (lol), and many other things that I guess teens are suppose to care about. Even people you call "absolute geeks" in high school know a lot about many popular TV shows, keep in touch with the people they care about, aren't afraid to take the risks and fully express themselves, or have friends that do stuff outside of school. I have none of that. I do have only a few things, and that's being a lonely, unsociable, quiet individual. But that's when I ask myself this very important question: Is that always a bad thing?



Why am I like this? Why am I the quiet, unsociable person who doesn't hang out with others? Maybe the reason why I don't do all of these things is because I probably DON'T want to, and it's not because I'm totally afraid either. I imagine my conscience consistently trying to message me all these years that I don't want to go down that road, or at least not yet. I then asked myself "What if I did have a social life?". Although having a social life is a good thing, first I must think to myself if I can actually handle that. If I had people who can never shut up in class and kept bothering me by telling me whatever they have up in their mind, I'd probably go insane. I might be quiet, but I am a hard worker. I do not like to talk while I work or be talked to while I work. Also, if I had people that consistently wanted to hang out with me, then I have to continue to keep schedules of where and when I'll expect them to come or where I should go. Honestly, I'm pretty forgetful about that stuff. I'd also probably have to recommend some places to go and such. Uh, I'm never good at such stuff. Last time I went to the movies with my brother, I recommended Bruno when I never seen any trailers or pictures. Lord knows what else I'll recommend just by name.

Second, as a video game and music lover, I love spending myself alone doing such hobbies. I don't want my mom yelling "WILLIAM, YOUR FRIEND IS HERE TO PICK YOU UP AND WATCH FOOTBALL WITH HIM!" when, not only do I not like football (I love watching wrestling), I don't like being bothered at all when playing games or listening to music. When playing video games (especially RPGs with silent protagonists), I am drawn to that world. I represent myself as that character doing whatever I am suppose to do. Why the hell would you come to my house out of the blue and interrupt the process of me, as a deer, kicking the crap out of a polar bear who thought it was cool to try to slice my face off while I drink some water from a pond (Tokyo Jungle)? I am in a freaking city infested with a bunch of insane animals and I must think about my own survival and species, and you want to bother me, pursuing such a goal, just to watch a sport that can probably be watched again on Youtube?! I. Don't. Think. So. All of this applies to me listening to music as well, except I imagine myself in a setting similar to the music I'm listening to. Point being, I just don't like to be bothered that much.



After imagining myself having a social life, I felt a lot better with who I am right now. That is being a loner (or introvert. Either one). It is completely normal. Now for the second and final step: Taking full advantage of that. In order to do that, I, first and foremost, definitely need to stop feeling depressed all the time. I'm alone most of the time, yes, but that doesn't mean it's an absolute bad thing. I need to make it a good thing. A ton of people on this planet is alone, and a ton of people want to stop doing that. I want to stop doing that, but probably not right now. No, definitely not right now. It's who I am and I accept that. There's also many people who never want to stop being loners and take full advantage of that by using the extra time they have treating themselves the best of their abilities. I want to join those type of people. It sounds selfish, but it's the best I can do for now. I'm not strong enough to take the risks of fully expressing myself to others, but I at least know that I WILL be. Just not right now. I'm gonna make the best of being alone most of the time for now. Besides, this also counts as taking full advantage of my life. Now, without further delay:



*This blog is mainly dedicated to an Internet friend of mine who committed suicide a month before this blog was published. I won't mention his name, but I will say that he went through a lot of unusual, yet awful crap that made him lose a ton of people dear to him and caused him to be a lonely person. I just wish that I showed him this blog before his decision to do what made his friends and family, especially his two sisters, become deeply saddened (myself included). Loneliness, if you didn't know already, is actually one of the main reasons why many, mainly young, people commit suicide today. I hope, despite my wording, that this blog will help others who are experiencing loneliness to not think of ever doing such a drastic thing. I also hope that this blog won't bother or offend anyone, as it wasn't intentional. I was afraid to publish, but I took the risk and published this anyway. Thank you.*   read


8:06 PM on 10.10.2012  

A Short Blog: Noticed New Destructoid Look

So I come back from school, drink my usual three gallons of water, and thought to myself "I haven't been on Destructiod's website in a while". I popped open my laptop, went on Destructoid, and the very first thing I notice is this new look.

What is my initial response? Just damn. Second response? I love it a lot.

Destructoid looks a lot more professional and organized than before. Not only that, but I found less slow down with this design than I did with the previous one. I wanted to know if the forums had a change too, but found out it's still then same. Oh well. Moving on, there's also some extras that did appear on this here site. The one thing I noticed the most, other than the design, is the changes in my account.



Look at all these new options! (If it was all there before, then they look much more noticeable now. I haven't been around much, so I really don't know)! I especially love the new "Mature Content". :P

Anyway, I don't know if this will be a permanent change, but either way, I just wanted to say to everyone (or anyone) that took the time to work very hard on Destructoid's changes:



I bet it doesn't mean much, but I think many of us appreciate the hard work you all did, so I dedicate this short blog to the ones who made it possible. That's all and good day. :)   read


8:52 PM on 09.14.2012  

I feel so much better

Allow me to give my thanks to everyone that commented here. You all really made me feel better there.

Anyway, I've been visiting the forums and coming to Destructoid more often. I still haven't earned a single friend here (not made, EARNED. I made some because of my other blog of me whining about me not fitting in the community, but I haven't actually earned any in my opinion), but I'm not upset at all. I am having a good time here regardless. For one thing (and I don't know exactly why), I found myself a part of the community here. Maybe it's just because I'm coming here more often. Either way, I feel great. :)

Another thing is that I also bought a couple of games from this website. I have never, in my wildest dreams, found such a great deal of a certain game that I was looking for a very long time: Advance Wars: Days of Ruin. My stores have this game, but they're either sold at a very expensive price or treated very badly. Other sites such as Amazon sold them at decent prices, but it apparently takes over two weeks for the game to even get shipped, so I was tired of waiting and cancelled. Now I tried Destructiod, and it didn't take long for the game to get to where I'm at. Plus, it's in a very good condition!

Finally, I had a good time in the forums. I wanted to trade someone for their Mega Man ZX or Mega Man ZX Advent. Only a few weeks passed and I already made a trade. TWO trades, in fact! I won't mention names, but one person's Mega Man ZX for my Pokemon Black and another person's Mega Man ZX Advent for my brother's Disgaea 4 (which he won't miss).

Destructiod is just....weird! lol I never seen such a site that can do ALL of this for me in only few weeks, and that includes those pep talks at my last blog. Already, this place made me very happy! So happy that I'll put a little bit of information about myself that I should've done since the day I first logged in.

My name is William Lawrence Jasper, and I am a triplet. My brothers are Travis Zachery Jasper and Josh William Jasper. Travis lives very far away from me now, while Josh lives at the same city I live doing really stupid things on the Internet (I won't get into detail about the history of crap he did to me, Travis, my friends, and my other Internet friends). My favorite video games and series are under my "About Me", and I am mostly an RPG, music (which is what I play the most), and fighting gamer, with my least favorite genre being Racing games. I won't reveal my age, but I'll say that I'm a veeery young adult.....okay, I'm a teen. I trust you all already anyway. Also, I'm hoping to stream myself playing some games on Twitch.tv in the near future, being a long time user there and all. It's a really great place, other than here.

SRPGs such as FF: Tactics and SMT: Devil Survivor are the ones I love the most. Other than that, I play tons of RPGs. Same goes for fighting games and music games. In fighting games, I ALWAYS main certain types of characters. First and foremost, I mostly main women. They usually have the most unique fighting style. Anyway, here are the types I usually main:


Rich people (such as Slayer from GG, Rachel from BB, Princess Peach from SSB, Petra from Arcana Heart, Lili from Tekken, Karen from SF, Yukiko from P4A, Akiha from MB): These are the ones I usually main the most and get interested in the first day I look at them. They often have the coolest, most unique, or most graceful fighting styles imo. Plus I love their personalities (such as Slayer's or Rachel's) or laughs (such as Yukiko's or Karen's).


Kickers (such as Chun-Li from SF, Jam from GG, King from KoF, Chie from P4A, Xiaoyu and Hwoarang from Tekken, Litchi from BB): The other ones I usually use the most. I love utilizing my own feet in sports, so I use characters that do the same, except it's for fighting. Plus, the kickers often have the coolest styles too imo.


Hard-hitting boxers (such as Balrog from SF and Makoto from BB): They have some of the most brutal hits, so I always love these kind of characters. Note that I didn't say characters like Akihiko from P4A or Dudley from SF because, while they have some hard hitting punches, they mostly have only fast ones that don't have that much "oomph" in them imo.


Lolies (such as White Len and Len from MB, Vatista from UNiB): They also usually have some of the most unique and graceful fighting styles. Note that this does not include in games filled with them such as Arcana Heart and Touhou, because I only like a specific type of loli then (such as, once again, Petra from Arcana Heart).


Samurais (such as Baiken from GG, almost everyone in Samurai Shodown and Last Blade, Mitsurugi from SC, and Yuzuriha from UNiB): Simple badasses. Love them so much for their swift and crazy looking slices. I always liked them more than ninjas anyway.


Mysterious boss characters (such as Eliza-wtf?)


Fixed. (Such as Elizabeth from P4A, I-no from GG, Hilda from UNiB, and Aozaki Aoko from MB): I just simply like how they look and fight. Besides, they're usually some of the hardest characters to master, which are usually the types I like using a lot. And finally, they have the BEST personalities imo.

Finally, I love rhythm and music games, especially Vocaloid and Patapon. I love Vocaloid so much that I have the limited bundle of Project Diva for the PSP. Really fun and awesome.

That's all I can say for introduction. Finally, I still won't be able to comment a lot in the forums and blogs, nor will I be visiting here that much. One, I have school of course, and two, I took up a job at Target (which is going swell). Oh well. I'm still happy and trying.

Thanks for reading, have a wonderful year, and thank you all so much. :)   read


9:10 PM on 08.20.2012  

I just don't understand

I'll apologize in advance for the following:

*Yes. It's another one of those "I need a friend" blogs. I'm sorry for that.
*I'm complaining a lot. I can see that, and I apologize for that.
*If I sound like a crybaby or a ranter, I apologize for that.
*I apologize if this, to anyone, is an awful blog. I don't even care if this goes onto Failtoid. I'm being brave for once and still posting.
*I know people go through much worse than me, but if this blog makes it sound like that I'm the most lonely person on this site, then I apologize for that too.
*If I did ANYTHING wrong to anyone in the past, then I'm sorry for that too (I just put this here just in case)

If anyone has something rude to say to me after reading what I apologized for, then please just save your breathe, time, and energy, and just don't read anything further down.

So let's get to the point. I'm trying to be a part of the community here, but this is too much for someone like me. I'm only 16 after all. Seriously, what exactly do I need to do? Keep trying? Ugh....I guess I'll just keep trying to have SOME kind of notice....I'm just gonna take a stupid guess here, but maybe I'm just too young and I should just come back in my twenties or thirties? Maybe this is a community "mostly for adults" or something. After all, people like my friends and myself, who are all teens, can't seem to get any new friends so far. I seriously don't know.

I mean, no matter what we do, we can't win in these kinds of situations. I tried doing everything many others have kept telling me:

*Don't be afraid to blog.
*Comment in many blogs.
*Try the chat.

and many other things similar above, to no avail however. Tried the chats, met many trolls and jerks that put me down even further (to the point that I find it a reason for me to make this blog here). Tried commenting, which didn't really do anything. Tried the forums, same thing. Tried blogging, not much of an effect either. Tried PMing people. Never had ONE reply. Not even a simple "alright" or something (and I sent a lot of PMs).

After a few weeks, my friends who also tried to become a part of the community for months all emailed me, saying stuff like "This is the worst community ever" or "Every single person here is wrong as fuck" and finally "They don't care about the newbies, only the popular folks". After that, they gave up on this place and started going to other communities in hopes of better treatment. I'm sick of hearing those complaints, and I'm damn sick of giving up (which is explained further below). Besides, I really want to prove my friends wrong that deep down, this is a great place filled with very nice and caring (although unique) people who would love to be your friend if you give them the chance. I want to prove to them that this truly is the best video game community that many people keep bragging to me about. I been on here since....May of 2012, I think. I know it's pretty early to complain about the lack of friends, but what else can I do? Sit here and expect someone to magically appear right on in the PMs asking me "Wanna be buds?" Of course that will never happen (and if it will, then that'll take many years), so I rather make a stand here and now, say enough is enough, stop being scared, make this blog, post it, pray for nice comments, and see what happens.

I read this blog some time ago. Does this mean that I need to go to conventions? Once again, I'm only 16, and I live too far away. In Gulfport, Mississippi to be exact, which is called by many people "poor city with nothing special ever happening there", and I agree somewhat because it's so boring here! There aren't many gamers who like a variety of games here such as myself. The only people here are a couple of my cousins, my brother Josh William Jasper (who loves to freaking steal, so I can't play with him), and a few people that was in my school and neighborhood before (they moved now. They hated Gulfport).

I, of course, went to other unique video game community websites and tried those places out before coming here in the first place. I tried 1up: there was a bug that kept deleting my profile information, so no one knew about me! Also, I seen many forum posts that 1up was pretty much "dead". I tried IGN: a ton of people there are so immature! I lurked Siliconera for a while because a friend of mine wanted me to join him: I seen behaviors from them that made them look very unforgiving and uncaring towards others when they do one mistake that makes them angry, so I was afraid to actually join. After seeing one last huge argument, I never went back there again. I went to Gamespot; same thing as IGN, except not as many. I went to a bunch of places, and seen a ton of crap going around in those communities that made me not want to go there ever again. I'm sorry if it seemed like I trashed talked a bunch of sites, but I wasted over 3 years just to find an acceptable video game community. I know there are occasional trolls here and there, and no video game website is perfect, but I still have limits on how much I can tolerate. That's when I found this place and joined. I find the people caring, wonderful, nice, and unique, and I still do,but after everything I did to try to make at least one friend in here, I'm still like a ghost around here. I just....don't understand. I'm not giving up though. Once again, I'm sick of doing that, but I just don't know what to do anymore.

I know this is the Internet and you shouldn't take crap so seriously, but that's who I am. I act serious on the Internet, and I take things seriously on the Internet. I'm a serious guy and I take things personally. It's who I am. Anyway, what am I doing wrong, or what should I be doing now in order to fully be part of the community Internet-wise? Please help me, someone.

Thanks for reading, and good night.   read


3:34 PM on 07.03.2012  

Why I Want The 3DS XL Now

Everyone heard of the 3DS XL. At first I wasn't excited for the system because of what it is described as: Just a bigger version of the 3DS with longer battery life. Either way, I never was excited for the system...until I did a little bit of research....

The 3DS XL has better viewing angles

This is a must for me. What this means is that the colors won't shift as much as the normal 3DS would when viewed at a different angle in 3D. That is very good because it's annoying for me to find the right position that I can get the best looking 3D visuals without any problems.

People watching you play won't have any problems

I'll try to explain with an example. I have a 3DS. I have friends. I have friends that love to watch me fail and crap when I play 3D games and get a quick chuckle out of it. I have friends that get seriously annoyed when I turn the 3D on in my 3DS and the picture looks really ugly to them, since they can never view it at the right position. Even if they did, it'll look weird. Now on to the 3DS XL. The same thing will NOT happen! People watching you will see a 2D image of the game without ANY problems, while you (the center viewer and player) will see 3D! Note that this happens WHILE your 3D effect is on, so they can still get a quick laugh out of me failing in games.

Backwards compatibility with older games is perfect

This is what really made me excited for the 3DS XL. I'm a huge retro game fan. I have many GBA games from Ambassador's Mode and DSiWare games that I bought before. I still have tons of DS games that I seriously do not want to toss away. There are still good DS games (such as Pokemon Black 2 and White 2) that is coming. Unfortunately, the 3DS has pretty bad backwards compatibility. Many games look worse on the 3DS than on the DSi and other DS models. The games look either really blurry from the normal setting, or really tiny after holding START and SELECT on the 3DS, much smaller than what they look like on the older DS models. This is a big deal because many DS games uses the touchscreen many times (such as Zelda Phantom Hourglass), and with the smaller viewing setting, it becomes a pain to use the touch screen when you really need it, and I'm pretty sure that you don't want to play your DS or DSiWare games all blurry and crap either. By the way, from what I heard from one of my friends, if you look closely while playing your DS games on the 3DS, the colors looks less vivid and more stale or brown. That might not matter much, but I just noticed that as well and thought I'd just let you all know. Anyways, now on with the 3DS XL. It is confirmed that the backwards compatibility is perfect. The games will be back in it's native resolution (I think when holding START and SELECT on the 3DS XL though), and they will look much better on the 3DS XL. This even includes Virtual Console games! That makes everything back the way it should be. This makes it a must buy for me.


"So many good things!" I seem to have caught her interest.

There's still no second analog stick, but I couldn't care less about that honestly. I heard that there's slight ghosting when playing in 3D on the 3DS XL, but I'd say that that's a small sacrifice. Many 3D televisions have ghosting so I'm used to that. It's less portable, but that's another small sacrifice. You probably can't stick it in your pocket, but you can still take it out anywhere you want. I don't know if this is completely true, but I also heard from many places that 3DS games will NOT be stretched when played on the 3DS XL. If this is true then there is absolutely no reason that I should even keep my current 3DS.

One last and very important thing. You CAN transfer data, such as the things you bought on the 3DS store, DSiWare, and the things you received from Ambassador Mode (like the free games you got) to the 3DS XL. HOWEVER! If you do so and STILL have the original 3DS, THE THINGS THAT YOU TRANSFERRED CANNOT BE USED ON THE 3DS! Very important. Just wanted to lay that out on you guys. I don't know about you all, but I would just get rid of the 3DS right then and there.

Well, that's it. Thanks for reading! Sayonara, 3DS. It was fun while it lasted....I guess. Here's the sources that I got the information from.

http://3dstribe.com/news/3ds-xl-screens-viewing-angles/
http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/nintendo-nintendo-3ds-games-including-ambassador-program-titles-will-transfer-to-3ds-xl-but/
http://3dstribe.com/news/3ds-xl-backwards-compatibility-ds-nintendo/
Many Forums


Even the cat wants one now. :)   read


8:14 AM on 06.11.2012  

Rayman: My Hero Makes an Epic Return

The Rayman series has been one of the the very first few platformer games that I knew and played back then (the others being Kirby and Megaman Zero). Here's a little history with the Rayman games I played and the experiences I had with the series.

When I was eight in Japan, I visited this person dressed up as Santa Claus. He was happily bringing smiles to other children, which obviously made me want to meet him myself. I don't really remember what I said, but after talking to him for a while, he was really happy and gave me a game he used to play himself. I was filled with joy as I wanted to play that game so badly. That game was Rayman for the Game Boy Color, and that was the very first Rayman game I owned and played.



This Rayman game was interesting. This game has the Rayman 2: The Great Escape worlds and levels, yet it still has the plot of Rayman 1. I didn't notice this back then, but I find this a unique way to sort of port the game. The game was very challenging for me, but it was still fun. I found out from one of my friends back then that this version is said to be the hardest Rayman in existence. I suppose I wouldn't be surprised if what my friends said was true because I never was able to clear the game, and I'm usually really good at platformers.


By the way the visuals were beautiful for a Game Boy Color game in my opinion, but the music did annoy me a bit.

Unfortunately I couldn't find the game anymore. I lost the game at the beach in summer. This was upsetting to me because back then I didn't have a console at all, so I couldn't play the console versions of the games. While the console versions of the games were fairly common, the handheld ones were extremely rare and expensive, which also meant that I couldn't play another Rayman game for a while. A couple of years actually. Fortunately after waiting such a long time, my brother (Travis) saw his friend have the Game Boy Advance version of Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc that he didn't want anymore. I wanted to trade my Sonic Advance 2 game with his friend's Rayman 3 Advance game, since I already completely cleared Sonic Advance 2 before. He gladly accepted my offer, and I quickly put the cartridge into my Game Boy Advance.



I was a bit iffy about this game at first because ever since I heard from some of my friends back then that Rayman 3 wasn't anything special, I wasn't expecting anything out of the handheld either. Fortunately, the game proved me wrong. This was one of the most beautiful Game Boy Advance games that I ever played, if not THE most beautiful. I was drawn into the game instantly just because of the visuals, and the game's animations wasn't bad either. I find one way to get someone's interest. The gameplay was as great as usual, and the music was good as well. Not as fantastic as the Sonic Advance series, but far from being bad or annoying. The game was actually much easier than the Rayman game I previously played, but the bosses were still a bit of a pain in the neck. Unfortunately months later, I lost this game as well. I had this cat named Arthur that apparently had a hunger for my video game. We got rid of the cat afterwards of course.


This screenshot obviously doesn't tell you how beautiful this game was. I seriously hope for a 3DS re-release so that I can have another go at it.

That was my last Rayman game for over five agonizing years. I was seriously about to lose my interest towards the series. I knew that the series was still alive though because of the Raving Rabbids series, but I honestly could care less about those. They caught my interest at first, but I soon lost interest after playing the demo of one of the games. I loved the insane rabbids though. Anyways after seven years, I found Rayman 1, 2, and 3 for the PC on eBay. Altogether as a bundle, the games cost an unbelievably cheap amount of $2.99. What a price! I quickly ordered them for my birthday. After installing all three and immediately tried to play them many times, the games just constantly kept deleting themselves for no exact reason. Soon after the attempts I gave up trying to play them. Hours later I found out that the games put viruses on my computer and they literally crashed the whole thing....I'd say that those games was such a wonderful way to tell me to get a new computer.


Death towards my computer......on my birthday. Lovely......

After that retarded event, I was a pinch away on saying "I give up" on the Rayman series. I did notice DS and 3DS versions of Rayman, but I heard that those games were terrible from a ton of people (and not just from critics either). Besides, the stores I visited had them for over forty-nine dollars, so I obviously didn't waste my time. I couldn't get the old versions of the games that they re-released digitally because I didn't have a PS3, and I also didn't have WIFI at the time so I couldn't get the DSi version either. I was literally stuck......until Rayman Origins came along.


I heard many fantastic things about this game, which made me want it so badly. Plus, I was really happy that it was a new Rayman and not another port or Raving Rabbids game.

Last year on Christmas, I finally got a PS3, WIFI, and earned enough money to get a PSVita. I was so happy because the very first PS3 game that I wanted was Rayman Origins, and now I can get it. I soon found out that the game was also coming to the PSVita. Being more of a handheld gamer than a console one, I decided to wait for a few more months and get the Vita version. The wait was worth it. Last week, I was able to get the Vita and the game.



The game is just breathtakingly beautiful. It animates so fluidly and it looked really colorful. I thought Skullgirls was the most fluid and best looking, but this game does just as well as Skullgirls. I know because I got Skullgirls too. Anyways, nothing much to say except that the gameplay is just as great as the other Rayman games I played, which is a fantastic thing. There are many things to do in almost every level, and it's not annoying at all. This game is challenging, but fair. Many things to collect, accomplish, and explore. I am filled with joy while playing this game. This game got my love for the Rayman series to return.


The faces and behaviors of the characters are so full of win.

I was also finally able to get the first Rayman game as a PSOne classic on my PS3, and it just helps me love the Rayman series even more. I am disappointed that I wasn't able to play this game when I was younger though. I could've been showing this great game off to so many of my friends. Oh well. Glad I was able to get it at least. Such a classic this game is.


So old.....yet still so fun and beautiful.....and hard.

I haven't gotten far on Rayman Origins, but I didn't need to in order for me to get the message that this is going to be one hell of a great experience. By the way I don't want Rayman 2 and 3 anymore (actually not exactly. I still want the GBA version of Rayman 3) because my cousins have those and I can just play it over at their house now. I'm also very excited for Rayman Legends. I saw the preview, and because of how fantastic Rayman Origins is, I plan on getting Rayman Legends as soon as it releases next year. All in all, I would like to thank Ubi Soft for finally making such a wonderful Rayman game, and I surely will never forget the experiences (good and bad) I had with the Rayman series.


Rayman fan for life, baby!   read


7:30 PM on 06.06.2012  

Touhou: A Unique Series of Shooters

Touhou is a series of mostly bullet hell shmup games. If you didn't know what a bullet hell shmup is, then allow me to give a quick summary of what it is.

Shmup means Shoot 'em up. Shmup games mostly consists of you dodging enemies without getting yourself hit once, or else you lose a life. Bullet hell shmups possesses an overwhelming amount of enemy projectiles for you to dodge as well. Gradius is a fine example of a shmup, but here's a screenshot of a Touhou game to help get the idea of what bullet hell shmups are and to present what Touhou pretty much looks like.


Yep. You have to dodge ALL the bullets, but it's not as hard as it looks. Each attack has a pattern that is noticeable with practice. Touhou really does support the saying "Practice makes perfect!" or something similar to that. So you better practice or you'll be in for a surprise.....


This is an official spin-off Touhou game by the way. Credits to deviantART user ~kevynleo for making the epic face.

You play as females dodging a huge amount of bullets from other trouble making and bullet hell loving girls. You have to keep shooting them until you whittle their health bar, which is above each enemy Touhou character, to the red bar. That's when they will use a spell card, which is basically a warning call for more bullets coming towards you in a unique fashion. Until you whittle their health bars down or the timer goes to 0, they will just keep shooting the same pattern of bullets at you.

Although there are only girls in the Touhou series to face and play as, the series is far from girly. Games like Arcana Heart are a bit girly because they have mostly generic female characters with bland fanservice and predictable personalities. They also have a ton of girls that are adolescents. If I'm not mistaken, the official series of Touhou has few to no fanservice and the designs of the female characters are all very innovative. You probably will notice from design alone, but you'll find them more enjoyable when reading the story. Most of the Touhou characters are not adolescents, despite their appearances. Most of them are either as old as adults or they are well over 100. Some are even older than 300.




The story in the Touhou series aren't really important, but are entertaining with characters brimming with personality.

There are also official fighting games with bullet hell, however you have to dash through the projectiles. Here's a screenshot of a Touhou fighter.



Finally, there are also official spin-offs of the Touhou series with you playing as a different character with a different gameplay. I already showed you one, but here's another screenshot of a spin-off.



Now you know what the Touhou series is, but what makes the Touhou series so lovable? For one thing, the games are just beautiful to look at. The backgrounds, the colorful and unique patterns of bullets, and the designs of the enemies really make the games look spectacular in my opinion. The character art isn't really anything special, but it's not bad at all either. Besides, I think it shows how much effort it took to draw all of these characters.

Another thing is the music. The music is probably the best thing about the Touhou series. I can't really describe how fantastic the music is, but I can say that the the music fits really well with who you're fighting and where you're fighting at. It also has a very unique style. I loved the music so much that I couldn't help but get some on my MP3.

Next is the huge amount of characters that appeared and the roles they take. Here's a few of the characters.


Emphasis on a few. There are many more characters in Touhou. I bet you can't name them all in one go.

The next thing is the ASTOUNDING amount of fanmade things Touhou is getting. Fans worldwide are making fanmade Touhou characters, music, remixes of the music, art, manga, anime, porn, and more. There is even tons of fanmade games representing Touhou. Many of the fanmade stuff is good and many is awful, but it's still very enlightening to see so much representing Touhou. There's a reason why Touhou is in the Guinness World Records as "the most prolific fan-made shooter series".



Finally, with the exception of some spin-offs and the fighters, the official Touhou games is made by only one person alone. That person goes by the name ZUN.


He made the music, characters, designs, art.....he made it all!

That's basically what Touhou is. While I'm not a huge fan of Touhou, I can't help but love it's music and games. The fanmade remixes of the music is what really got me into the series as well. Touhou is another series that will remain inside my memories, and I'm glad to be such a fan of the series.   read


5:56 PM on 06.05.2012  

M.U.G.E.N: What Really Got Me Into Fighting Games

Mugen is a fighting game engine made by Elecbyte. I was amazed that a program like this existed. You get to add any characters, music, and stages that is from many other fighting games or that is originally created by the fighting game fans. You can even add characters from TV shows or movies and make them battle it out. Who wouldn't want to watch Peter Griffin face Optimus Prime and come out victorious? Full of win. You get to add all of this, play all of this, and create all of this on your own without paying a dime.



I wanted it right away. It sounded too amazing for me to just completely ignore without trying it out. Adding the stages, music, and characters was surprisingly simple for me. I added May from Guilty Gear, Arcueid from Melty Blood, Ikumi from Eternal Fighter Zero, Evil Ryu and Violent Ken from Street Fighter, Iori and Twisted Leona from The King of Fighters, many fan made characters like Ella and Dragon Claw, and many more, all to battle it out in one game. It was just so awesome. I added characters that are from fighters that I never even seen before in the game because they looked so cool. Mugen alone helped me find and get interested in many other cool fighting games.



That's an actual screenshot of a user's Mugen character select and gameplay. I was really addicted to Mugen, until 2005. First of all, Mugen took up a ton of space on our mom's computer. Over 30GB worth of space! I never knew how much stuff I added there! I was never paying attention. Second, after adding so many characters and stages in Mugen, I found myself completely lost. Where was my Arcueid? That exact Arcueid that I loved so much is hidden somewhere in the pool of Mugen characters. It was torture to find and finally play as her again. Third, I added so many overpowered and cheap characters that the game isn't even fun anymore. Whether I played as them or not, I got bored of them quickly because they were absolutely impossible to defeat unless you use the instant kill cheat button. I initially added them because I wanted to see their cool moves and powers, but the flashiness and extremely long supers just bored the crap out of me. Finally, designs of the characters were getting either repetitive or very weird. I noticed after a few years with Mugen that 36 of the characters I added had the same exact move, super, or animation. Yawn. Also when I went to find more characters to add in 2005, most of the new designs featured characters either completely in the nude or that had extremely nasty moves. Pass. That was when I finally deleted Mugen off of the computer.



Despite the things that made me delete Mugen, I had a lot of fun with it overall. It gave me good laughs, great fun, and helped me get interested in many fighting games that I probably would have never found without Mugen. I'm glad that I had Mugen, and I'm sure that many people will have fun with it too.

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