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Here's some of my favorite video games and video game series.

Street Fighter
Advance Wars (definitely)
Marvel VS Capcom
Sonic the Hedgehog (only Advance series, Rush series, and Adventure series)
Guilty Gear
Disgaea (only played 3 and 4 so far)
Ghost and Goblins
Rock Band
Guitar Hero
Rayman (excluding Raving Rabbits. Never played those)
Castlevania (Handhelds)
Patapon (definitely)
LocoRoco (definitely)
The King of Fighters
Samurai Shodown
Last Blade
Capcom VS SNK
Soul Calibur
Virtua Fighter (only played 2 and 3 so far)
Shikigami No Shiro
Shin Megami Tensei (I actually love these more then the Persona series)
Vocaloid (definitely)
Ratchet and Clank
Fire Emblem
Project DIVA (definitely)
Pop 'n Music (definitely)
DJMax (definitely)
Jak and Daxter
Mortal Kombat
Killer Instinct
Dynasty Warriors
Warriors Orochi

The games I completed:

NES (3)
Super Mario Bros.
The Legend of Zelda

SNES (8)
Super Mario World
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels
Acro Bat
Super Metroid
Final Fantasy V (NEW)

Neo Geo (26)
The King of Fighters 94
The King of Fighters 95
The King of Fighters 96
The King of Fighters 97
The King of Fighters 98
The King of Fighters 99
The King of Fighters 2000
The King of Fighters 2001
The King of Fighters 2002
The King of Fighters 2003
Samurai Shodown
Samurai Shodown 2
Samurai Shodown 3
Samurai Shodown 4
Samurai Shodown 5
Samurai Shodown 5 Special
Metal Slug
Metal Slug 2
Metal Slug 3
Metal Slug 4
Metal Slug 5
Last Blade
Last Blade 2
World Heroes
World Heroes 2
Magician Lord

Genesis (14)
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Sonic and Knuckles
Golden Axe
Golden Axe 2
Golden Axe 3
Altered Beast
Street of Rage
Street of Rage 2
Street of Rage 3
Vectorman 2
Phamtasy Star 4 (NEW)

N64 (4)
Pokemon Stadium
Pokemon Stadium 2
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Super Mario 64

GC (8)
Zelda: The Wind Waker
Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut
Sonic Adventure 2 Battle
Super Mario Sunshine
Pokemon Colosseum
Dragon Ball Z Budokai
Dragon Ball Z Budokai 2
Megaman Battle Network Transmission

PS1 (10)
Spyro the Dragon
Spyro 2 Ripto's Rage!
Spyro: Year of the Dragon
Crash Bandicoot
Crash 2 Cortex Strikes Back
Crash Bandicoot Warped
Crash Team Racing
Crash Bash
Cacom VS SNK
Final Fantasy Origins

PS2 (12)
Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3
Dragon Ball Z Tenkaichi
Capcom VS SNK 2
Marvel VS Capcom 2
Disgaea Hour of Darkness
Disgaea 2 Cursed Memories
Tekken Tag Tournament
Tekken 3
Tekken 4
Capcom VS SNK 2
Persona 3
Shadow the Hedgehog

PS3 (36)
Final Fantasy 7
Arcana Heart 3
Persona 4 Arena
Blazblue Calamity Trigger
Blazblue Continuum Shift
Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend
Street Fighter 3 Third Strike
Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition
Tekken 5 HD
Tekken 6
Disgaea 4
Persona 3 FES
Final Fantasy 13
Final Fantasy 13-2
Virtua Fighter 5
The Fancy Pants Adventure
Modnation Racers
Infamous 2
Mortal Kombat 9
DC Universe Online
The King of Fighters XIII
Playstation All-Stars Battle Royal
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
SoulCalibur 4 (NEW)
SoulCalibur 5 (NEW)
Dynasty Warriors 7 (NEW)
Dynasty Warriors 8 (NEW)
Warriors Orochi 3 (NEW)
AquaPazza (NEW)
Chaos Code (NEW)
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds (NEW)
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (NEW)

PC (25)
Touhou 6 Embodiment of Scarlet Devil
Touhou 7 Perfect Cherry Blossom
Touhou 7.5 Immaterial and Missing Power
Touhou 8 Imperishable Night
Touhou 9 Phantasmagoria of Flower View
Touhou 9.5 Shoot the Bullet
Touhou 10 Mountain of Faith
Touhou 10.5 Scarlet Weather Rhapsody
Touhou 11 Subterrainean Animism
Touhou 12 Unidentified Fantastic Object
Touhou 12.3 Hisoutensoku
Touhou 12.5 Double Spoiler
Touhou 12.8 Great Fairy Wars
Touhou 13 Ten Desires
Touhou 13.5 Hopeless Masquerade (NEW)
Touhou 14 Double Dealing Character (NEW)
Melty Blood
Melty Blood React
Melty Blood Act Cadenza
Melty Blood Actress Again
Guilty Gear Isuka
Sonic CD
Sonic R
Sonic Heroes

GBC (14)
Pokemon Yellow
Pokemon Blue
Pokemon Red
Pokemon Gold
Pokemon Silver
Pokemon Crystal
Tom & Jerry
Hamtaro Ham Hams Unite
The Powerpuff Girls: Bad Mojo Jojo
The Powerpuff Girls: Paint the Townsville Green
The Powerpuff Girls: Battle HIM
Dragon Tales
Kirby Tilt N' Tumble

GBA (27)
Pokemon Ruby
Pokemon Sapphire
Pokemon Emerald
Pokemon Fire Red
Pokemon Pinball
Fire Emblem
Fire Emblem Sacred Stones
Advance Wars
Advance Wars 2 Black Hole Rising
Yoshi Island
Dragon Ball Z Super Sonic Warriors
Tekken Advance
Street Fighter Alpha 3 Upper
Golden Sun
Megaman Zero
Megaman Zero 4
Megaman Battle Network 2
Megaman Battle Network 3
Megaman Battle Network 4
Megaman Battle Network 5
Megaman Battle Network 6
Sonic Advance
Sonic Advance 2
Sonic Advance 3
Sonic Battle
Kirby Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby Amazing Mirror

DS (57)
Pokemon Diamond
Pokemon Pearl
Pokemon Emerald
Pokemon White
Pokemon Black 2
Dragon Quest 4 Chapters of the Chosen
Dragon Quest 5 Hands of the Heavenly Bride
Dragon Quest 6 Realms of Revelation
Dragon Quest Monsters Joker
Dragon Quest 9 Sentinels of the Starry Skies
Bleach Blade of Fate
Bleach Dark Souls
Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded
Pokemon Trozei
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Blue
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Time
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of the Sky
Pokemon Ranger
Pokemon Ranger Shadows of Almia
Luminous Arc
Luminous Arc 2
Final Fantasy A2 Tactics
Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey
Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2
Megaman Zero (Megaman Zero Collection)
Megaman Zero 2 (Megaman Zero Collection)
Megaman Zero 3 (Megaman Zero Collection)
Megaman Zero 4 (Megaman Zero Collection)
Megaman ZX
Megaman ZX Advent
Megaman Starforce
Megaman Starforce 2
Megaman Starforce 3 Black Joker
Lunar Knights
Metal Slug 7
Zelda Phantom Hourglass
Zelda Spirit Tracks
Knights in the Nightmare
Yoshi Touch and Go
Yoshi Island 2
Super Mario 64 DS
New Super Mario Bros.
Cave Story
Sonic Rush
Sonic Rush Adventure
Sonic Chronicles The Dark Brotherhood
Star Fox DS
Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon
Advance Wars Dual Strike
Advance Wars Days of Ruin
Kirby Canvas Curse
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
Radiant Historia
The World Ends With You
Luminous Arc 3

PSP (58)
Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles
Castlevania Rondo of Blood
Castlevania Symphony of the Night
Persona 2 Innocnet Sin
Persona 3 Portable
Final Fantasy Dissidia
Disgaea Afternoon of Darkness
Disgaea 2 Dark Hero Days
Prinny Can I really Be the Hero?
Prinny Dawn of Oeration Panties Dood!
Phantom Brave
Tactics Ogre Let Us Cling Together
Final Fantasy Tactics War of the Lions
Yggdra Union
Knights in the Nightmare
What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord?
What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord? 2
No Heroes Allowed!
Cladun: This is An RPG
Cladun: This is An RPG X2
Fate/ Unlimited Codes
Fate/ Extra
Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max
Street Fighter 2
Street Fighter 2 Champion
Street Fighter 2 Hyper Fighting
Ghost And Goblins
Super Ghosts and Goblins
Goblins and Ghouls
Final Fight
Street Fighter
Samurai Shodown 6
Metal Slug 6
Metal Slug XX
LittleBigPlanet PSP
Lumines 2
Every Extend Extra
Tekken 6
Blazblue Calamity Trigger
Blazblue Continuum Shift 2
Guilty Gear XX Access Core +
LocoRoco 2
Patapon 2
Patapon 3
Wipeout Pulse
Wipeout Pure
Project Diva
Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep
Final Fantasy Anniversery Edition
Final Fantasy II Anniversary Edition
Final Fantasy III
Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy IV Intrelude
Final Fantasy IV The After Years
Dissidia Final Fantasy Duodecim

3DS (13)
Kid Icarus Uprising
Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor Overclocked
Super Mario 3D Land
Zelda Ocarina of Time
Mutant Mudds
Dead or Alive Dimensions
Super Street Fighter 4
Pokemon Rumble Blast
Code of Princess
Samurai Warriors: Chronicles (NEW)
Tetris Axis (NEW)
Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance (NEW)

PSVita (14)
Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3
Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend
Rayman Origins
Disgaea 3 Absence of Detention
Persona 4 Golden
Lumines Electric Symphony
Street Fighter X Tekken
Aqua Kitty
DJMAX: Technika Tune (NEW)
Cytus Lambda (NEW)
Chaos Rings (NEW)
Ragnarok Odyssey (NEW)
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (NEW)
Spelunky (NEW)

Total So Far: 292 Games Completed (22 NEW GAMES COMPLETED!)
Updated: 12/2/2013
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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:

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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 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:

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: (this is also the source link for the pictures about the insides of the NeoGeo X)

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.

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?


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.



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.
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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.


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.

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.*
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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. :)
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