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HELLO there!

The name's James and I'm 20. I reside in the beautiful Bay Area in California. I've been gaming for as long as I can remember. Being a 90's kid, I of course grew up playing the Sega Genesis and NES being accompanied by Sonic The Hedgehog and the old school Mario Bros. I had so many games for my NES up until my NES broke and my dad decided to give the games away since I was busy occupying my new SNES. From there I pretty much owned any system that Nintendo made and enjoyed my childhood as a natural born gamer.

I now own all three consoles and try to be open-minded when playing various video games. Expect to see me write about my experiences with video games on this here blog!

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"Always, I wanna be with you, and make believe with you, and live in harmony harmony oh love"

This quote from Erasure's "Always" is how completely how I feel towards Occams after what was mailed to me yesterday.

Before I explain, or rather, show you guys the magical entities of awesome Occams has decided to bestow upon me, I should explain why Occams has decided to send me anything in the mail at all. I mean, he could have just sent me anthrax, but no, he sent me the combination to his heart.



The combination is 514 if anyone's wondering.

So there we were, in the most intense game of Castle Crashers. I was down to a pint of health and Occams wasn't looking shabby himself. The Cyclops boss had his eyes set for Occams. I could see it's thirst for blood and vengeance in the Cyclops' eye. It took off dashing towards Occams . Occams stood there in frozen in fear as the Cyclops hulking body came ever so closer to hitting him. Being the stealthy ninja I was, I quickly took off toward the hulking beast and with all of my might, I shoved the Cyclops into the neatly dug, square pool of lava and the Cyclops was no more.

As a token of his appreciation, Occams offered to mail me gifts. The end.



Ok, ok. Maybe I stretched the truth a bit there.

Occams and I were just chatting over a friendly game of Castle Crashers, when he asked my what kind of music I liked. My music tastes are generally open. However, I frequently listen to bands like Silversun Pickups, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, The Killers, and the old Linkin Park for my Alternative fix and Gangstarr, A Tribe Called Quest, Blu & Exile, and generally anything from the late 80s-early 90s for my Hip-Hop fix.

Being the very kind man he is, Occams offered to send me a DVD full of his music recommendations. I was thrilled he would do such a thing for me. So I sent him my address and awaited the arrival of the DVD.

Now all I was expecting was to receive that DVD full of music. However, Occams had snuck in a few other surprises that I was like to share with you guys.



Whoa what's all this? A hand-written letter, a drawing,some loose Marvel vs. Capcom papers, a little Cthulu and.. wait.. is that.. the.. white ranger?



A sniper holding an axe calling him self an "axe murderer"? I don't get.. OHH! I see what you did there. Hehe.. :) (It's an inside joke from the FNF crew)



This was on the back side of that drawing up there. Is.. that a nipple? What the fuck?



OMIGAWD! IT'S A CUTE LI'L CTHULU!! Is it weird that this slept with me last night?



Now Occams knows I'm a fan of the fighting genre, so he decided to send me this Marvel vs. Capcom strategy guide ripped straight from a GamePro magazine. I love it <3



I don't even know what to say about these. They're Dinosaur and Garbage Pail Kids cards, a sticker warning me to not pour dangerous chemicals on my hand and a paper grenade from the Punisher movie. I totally gotta find a place to put these things.



As much as I love everything Occams sent me, the CDs were the real treat. But look! There's a treat on the treat!



*shriek* It's the White Ranger! Even though I agree with you Occams: Green Ranger>White Ranger, I'll take the White Ranger over no ranger anyday!



The name of this first CD is "Sniper are a thing God hates". I wonder why he decided to name.. OH! I get it again. Golly gee Occams, you're on a roll!



This one is entitled "Music for Steezy, A DVD's worth!, Great Stuff!". From what I've listened to so far, the title is sure is accurate.

There's a whole bunch of shit on both CDs that I've never heard of before, but there is also a good deal of songs I have heard of before. Regardless, I'm going to take things track by track and enjoy the sweet tunes.

Occams, you are one awesome character, and I'm happy to be able to call you a friend and I hope we meet up one day. Just not at your house because I'd be freaked out by all the dead shit you have in your house, and it'd probably have to be in public somewhere so you wouldn't try anything on me. And I'd have to bring a pocketknife. But other than that, I'd love to meet you.

Thanks for the awesome stuff and the music (which I'm currently listening to as I write this blog). I'll cherish it forever, or at least until I get alzheimers and forget everything. Which ever happens first I guess.

Also, Erasure's song was the first song that played on the "Sniper" CD, which is why I used that quote at the beginning of this blog. I laughed my ass off when I heard it play! It was such an amazing way to start off a CD.

And those who are curious about the contents of the CD. There's a bunch a Bad Brains, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Eels, Pixies, Sound Garden, Aretha Franklin, Smashing Pumpkins, The Smiths, and just a whole bunch of other shit.
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Ok, ok. I'm only half black and I'm technically an adult now, but still, how could you deny the cuteness of little leprechaun-looking me!

WARNING!: The last picture at the bottom of this blog is a little NSFW. Just a little heads-up.



So, I originally was supposed to go to PAX, but like everything I try to plan, things fell through and I found myself in the corner of a darkened room, crying my eyes out. Well, not really, but I can pretend I was if that'll make you adopt me out of sympathy. Seriously, I'll record it all on video. Just say the word.

Alright, so apparently the only way to sell yourself is to come up with a nice list of reasons to why you should sell yourself. So I'm gonna stick with the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" method. Which means, YAY ANOTHER LIST!

Reason numero uno:

Steezy (my avatar) looks like a fucking leprechaun!

It's a scientific fact that leprechauns make everything better. I mean, come on, have you heard of a little thing called GOOD LUCK? Yeah, leprechauns invented that. If you take Steezy to PAX, I can GUARANTEE you will have some good luck. There's nothing like carrying a black leprechaun around a convention filled with video games and swag everywhere you turn. Steezy can help you take home some of those video games and swag, and not just because he's black either (I know what you're getting at).

Reason numero dos:

A canadian made Steezy look like a leprechaun.

Yes, garethxxgod MS Paint'd my avatar. Yes, he is canadian. Yes, this makes Steezy 10 times more awesome. Canadians + drawing + black person = Leprechaun. Do I even need to continue?



Reason numero tres:

Steezy looks innocent and cute.

Look at Steezy. He looks so cute and cuddly and you could just eat him up. Look at his dimply nose and that fluffy beard. How could you not cry tears of rainbows by looking at him. I mean, come on. Look at that smile! It has just enough curve to it to make you believe that he's hiding a secret. The secret ingredients used to make the Power Puff Girls of course!



Reason numero cuatro:

Just because Steezy looks innocent and cute, doesn't mean he can't hold his own.

You may not know this, but Steezy can handle his alcohol very well. He isn't the type to get shit-faced. Only to the point of a nice cool buzz is as far as he'll go. Getting shit-faced does NOT end well for Steezy or for who ever decided to tell him dirty secrets about hooking up with their best friend's mom. He keeps it calm and conservative for the most part, enjoying the time spent with buddies. Although, he'll have a killer time watching his buddies get shit-faced and making asses of themselves. Just sayin.

Reason numero cinco:

Steezy looks fucking intimadating.

I mean look at those glasses. He looks so mysterious. And those arms and hands. They look like fucking rakes. Now from what I recall, rakes can scratch the fuck out of you. Don't get too close, those rake hands will scratch your eyes out. Also, wtf, no legs!? He could totally be hiding a gat or a shank in either one of those pant legs.

With Steezy around, you won't have to worry about getting a pen jammed in your eye. One quick look at Steezy, and people will know not to mess with you.

Reason numero seis:

Steezy's father (me) just got a job at GameStop.

Yes, it is true. I am now an official employee of that store you love to hate. While I'm only a noob there, I still get to take advantage of all of the wonderful video games that lay within the store. Now what does this mean for the person who decides to take Steezy under their wing? Well, if he happens to become adopted, I may feel obligated to send a little gift of some sort from this magical store. Maybe a piece of the wrapper from a freshly bought game? Or how about that gum that little kid just stuck behind that 2 month-old copy of GameInformer? Yes, YOU can be the proud owner of that.

Reason numero siete:

When Steezy is equipped, your coolness raises by +20.

For example, when the base of your coolness is 30:

Steezy equipped ==> 30 + 20 = 50



Well there you go. That's seven reasons why Steezy deserves to be adopted. I could've stopped at 5, but I felt that wouldn't have captured enough reasons and I could've went up to 10, but that would have been dragged on. Seven felt just right. Also isn't seven is supposed to be a lucky number or something?

Look, I'm a horrible enough parent already for not being able to take him. Please someone, fulfill Steezy's dream of traveling the PAX grounds with his fellow Dtoiders. If it's sex your looking for, Steezy is good with the ladies and can also attract the men if that's what you prefer. If it's money you want, Steezy's a fucking leprechaun. Go find a rainbow, or better yet, a DOUBLE RAINBOW, and I'm sure Steezy can hook you up with a pot of gold at the end of it. If not, um, well, I don't know what the hell to tell you buddy.

So adopt Steezy and make everyone's PAX that much better. Thank you!

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[For my monthly musing, I decided to write a little story based on the Mass Effect franchise. It's something I cooked up over the past couple of days. In my alternate reality, I see myself as a Commander Shepard fighting to make the right decisions. Hopefully you guys like it.]

I woke up sore today. That battle on Hawking Eta really took a toll on my body. At least I got the mission done and my comrades out of there alive. I promised myself that I wouldn't lose anymore of my comrades after that battle on Akuzer. I won't. I refuse go through what I went through on that planet again. The guilt and the loneliness almost consumed me. I thought I had made the right call that day. If I did, I wouldn't have been the only survivor rescued off of that planet.

I finally have a chance to make things right. I've been promoted to Commander of this ship and was granted Spectre status by the council. I've got a well-trained crew at my side, ready to fight the good fight. But most importantly, she's on my ship. I've had my eyes on her the second I saw her handle herself against the Krogans on Therum. Marissa was a beauty to watch. Her exceptional adept powers make her all the more attractive. Now that she's on my ship, I want her even more than I could ever imagine.



"Commander, we've got an incoming transmission from Hades Gamma." said Ace from the intercom. I instantly told him to patch it through without giving it much thought.

"Hello? Is anyone there?" said a distressed voice from the transmission. I told the voice my name and asked what had been the matter. "The Geth has begun to invade our colony, but our soldiers aren't enough to hold them back. Their tearing through our defenses and it won't be long until they've wiped us out. We need some help." said the voice, sounding even more distressed. Before responding back, I took a second to weigh my options. I could have easily told the distressed voice that I had bigger problems to worry about than some space colony I had no interest in. I could have also decided to send another, smaller fleet to go check on the colony. However, I remembered my time back on Akuzer, how I was a Sole Survivor. I couldn't let anyone else go through what I went through. I had to help this colony. I requested that the coordinates to their colony be sent and I told the distressed voice not worry, we'd be there as soon as possible.

Ace came over the intercom again and recommended I checked up on the rest of the team to make sure they've gotten themselves prepared before we arrived at the colony.



I decided to go check on Ethan first. Ethan's a natural-born Infiltrator. I've heard stories of how he picked up his first sniper rifle at the age of three and obtained his first kill when he was only 9 years old. His father was known as the Piercing Bullet, due to his uncanny ability to line up a sniper shot on the weakest part of someone's helmet and have it pierce straight through until you were able to see right through the victims skull. However, Ethan's known as The Flash because of his quick, yet accurate shots on groups of enemies. Trust me, I've seen him take out a group of 8 Geth within a blink of the eye. His nickname's well deserved.

The scent of tobacco grasped my lungs as I approached his room. Laying on his bed staring at the ceiling, Ethan took a breath in, then as he exhaled, he watched the smoke flow out from his mouth and into the air. As I walked into his room, he let out a very smooth, "Hey boss." I checked in on him and then quickly briefed him on our mission. After getting caught up, he then proceeded to ask me something. "Do you ever think I'll have a home to go to one day?" With his colony having been overrun by the Krogan days before he was born, and due the high bounty on his father's head from his days as a bounty hunter, Ethan was always moving from place to place and never really had a home.

Having known Ethan for a few years now, I knew in the back of my mind what I should say. But I had to make sure I said the right thing or else he'd be in a bad mood, and I couldn't have him in a bad mood, especially not before a mission. It would ruin his performance and could cause harm to the mission. To be on the safe side, I studied my options. I could tell him that I'll always have a place he could call home right here on the ship, but I don't think he'd take too well to that idea. He also could have just been joking around and as a joke back, I could tell him to grow a shell and call that place your home. But if he wasn't joking, he'd probably be offended. So I decided to stick with what he told me when I first met him, "Your home is wherever your sniper rifle is, Ethan. When you have that sniper in your hand, that's when you feel the safest and that's when you feel closest to your dad." "Heh, I'm surprised you still remember I told you that Boss. I was sure you'd forgotten." said Ethan. I told him, "I never forget things that are important to my comrades, let alone my friends. Now get yourself ready for battle, we'll be at the colony soon." A smirk ran across his face as I headed toward the door.



I had decided that Jinx was going to be my next stop. However, heading toward his room, I noticed Marissa in the Observatory, staring out in to space. The reflection of her beautiful face on the glass had caste a spell on me, causing me to forget about Jinx. As I made my way toward her, I could smell the sweet aroma from her perfume. Her lips began to move and she said, "Hello Commander. You're looking a lot better today. That battle on Hawking Eta yesterday was tough, but at least we got through it in one piece." The melody of her voice almost put me in a state of trance. I had to say something, but I couldn't just say anything. I'm in love with this woman and I couldn't say anything that might jeopardize my chances with her. I could tell her how beautiful she looked even after that big battle on Hawking Eta, but that might be going too fast. I didn't want to rush this. I wanted to build a foundation for what our relationship could stand upon in the future. I could always have told her how exceptional she was in battle and that she was a valuable asset to our survival, but that's what any commander would say to a member of their team. I needed to say something that would nudge the idea of me being interested in her, but not go too far. I decided to go with, "You look good yourself. It's always nice to see you smile even after a battle like that takes place. It gives me something to look forward to after every mission." She responded with, "That's sweet of you Commander. It also helps that every time I see your face I know that everything will be alright. That's what keeps me smiling." It sounded like she was flirting with me. I almost confessed my love to her right then and there, but I couldn't. I'd be rushing into it, which is what I didn't want to do.

I took a glance outside of the Observatory and noticed that we were almost at the Colony and I still haven't checked in on Jinx. As much as I didn't want to, I had to end our chat and go check on Jinx. I had to make sure I ended our chat on the right foot, so that we could easily pick up where we left off when I got back. If I were to reply with a simple yet straight-forward "I should go", that would probably give her the impression that I had better things to do and that I had no problem brushing her aside. I decided to tell her, "I'm sorry to have to cut this short, but I've got to go make sure everyone's ready for the mission. I'd love to see another smile from you when I get back, then we can pick this up where we left off." She replied with, "I'll always have a smile for you Commander. I'll be waiting for your return." Damn I love this woman.



Jinx is one of the best engineers I know. He can fix any machine and build any defense drone to help aid us in battle. He works with what ever he has at his disposal and makes the best of it. That's a true engineer. He's a very resourceful type of engineer. You don't see too many of those type of engineers around. I guess when you come from a poor upbringing, you have to learn to rely on what you have.

He's a hero back on his home planet. He helped stave off numerous attacks from a rivaling colony by using of old military weapons and modifying them into turrets in which he built around his camp. He also repaired old security drones to keep watch over his camp while he's out helping me. He worries about the people of his camp day in and day out. I want to get him back home as soon as possible, but we all, even himself, know that he's needed on this ship.

I walked by Jinx's room and noticed that he wasn't in there. I figured he was in the Lab cooking up some new inventions, so I made my way over there.

I was greeted with, "Ah, Commander Savage. How are you doing today?" from Jinx when I entered the lab. "I'm good Jinx. What's that you're working on?" I replied. With his usual jittery movements, Jinx stopped his work to tell me, "This here is a mini robot that can shoot darts that will stun enemies just long enough to get the drop on them. I've been testing him out on my little test subjects and so far he's been a success, but he still needs a lot of work. Would you like me to demonstrate what he can do so far? It will leave you in awe." As much as I would have wanted to see Jinx's new project, I knew that I couldn't waste anymore time. We had to prepare ourselves. I couldn't flat out just tell him no because he might take offense. So I responded with, "I'll have to check it out later Jinx. Right now we have a mission that needs to be carried out." "Absolutely Commander. Missions take top priority. So what exactly is this mission Commander?" asked Jinx. "I received a transmission from a colony on Hades Gamma saying that they were under attack by the Geth and needed back up. We're going in to help them." I replied. "Hades Gamma? Last I heard, the last remaining colony there was wiped out years ago." Said Jinx suspiciously. He continued, "Are you sure you received a transmission from there? Because it's not very likely to ever receive transmissions from colonies in Hades Gamma anymore." I told him that I was positive and that we still needed to go check out what was going on. "Alright Commander. We just need to take caution while we're down there. You never know what could happen." said Jinx. Part of me wanted to snap at Jinx for second judging me on what I heard in the transmission and for telling me how I should proceed with the mission. I know what I heard, and I know how to take care of my team. But, Jinx had every right to be concerned. This was all very suspicious. I told him, "I appreciate your concern Jinx, I'll make sure we proceed to Hades Gamma with caution. Now go prepare yourself for battle, we'll be landing soon."

"Commander we are now approaching Hades Gamma. I hope you're just about ready sir." said Ace over the intercom. I told him that we were going to be ready by the time we arrived and to make sure to approach the colony with caution. Right before Ace ended the intercom, he let out an "Aye aye Commander."

I made my way back to my quarters to go suit up. As I was preparing myself, all I could think of was what if this mission goes bad. From what Jinx was telling me, it sounded like it could be a trap. But I know what I heard. It was a distressed voice in need of my help. I had to go figure out what was going on. If there was truly a colony down there, I just couldn't leave it to be wiped out. But if it was a trap, I also couldn't leave who ever was there to wait and spring a trap on another unsuspecting ship. The only way I could figure out anything was by going down there to see for myself.

As long as I took the time to make the right decisions, everything would be okay. Nothing should go wrong. Right?









Thereís a reason why itís always good to come out to your family and tell them that youíre a gamer. That reason usually comes in the form of GameStop gift cards. Generally for my birthday and Christmas, my non-immediate family knows that GameStop gift cards are great gifts for me, because 1.) they know Iím very picky, and 2.) they know I love my video games. So every birthday and Christmas, I am blessed with multiple gift cards from GameStop and Iím able to go cash them in for some sweet games.

I recently was given a bunch of gift cards from GameStop. Now you may ask, ďHey Steezy, itís not Christmas yet!Ē or ďHey Steezy, Iíve been stalking you and found out your birthday has already passed!Ē And to this I say, yes, you are right. However, as I mentioned before, I just recently graduated high school, meaning money for me!

Now the majority of my family gave me straight up money for my graduation, but there were a select few who remembered the gamer inside of me. Those family members were the ones who gave me such gift cards. By the end of the gift giving, I found that I had over $100 in gift cards from GameStop and I was cursed with a tough decision to make. What the hell was I going to buy? Well you are going to see what I bought right now!

Also, I had received a couple hundred dollars from other family members, and being a natural-born gamer you know I had to go the gamer route and spend it all on something video game related right? Yeah, youíll see that below too along with some impressions.


First up! SSB:Brawl and Muramasa, two must-have games for almost any Wii owner.


Game: Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Developer: Game Arts

Price: $49.99

Reason: Well first of all, I knew I could have gotten the game for a few dollars cheaper on Amazon, but that would have forced me to wait a couple more days for me to have this game. I said to hell with it and got it anyway. The Super Smash Bros. series are one of my favorite video game series of all time. My cousins and I literally spent days upon days across all three games. This game simply cannot be put down, even to this day. I used to own this game, but sold it when I got rid of my Wii the first time around. Now that I have (and am keeping) my Wii again, it was a no brainer that I definitely needed to get this game again. I will own any and all who are willing to face me in this game. Beware.


Game: Muramasa: The Demon Blade

Developer: Vanillaware

Price: $29.99

Reason: Muramasa was a game I missed out on having sold my Wii and I wasnít a happy camper when I first saw it. I love, love, LOVE the art style in this game. I absolutely love hand drawn sprites and backgrounds. They are my absolute favorite type of graphics for a video game. I was already sold on the game thanks to the art style, but the game play was icing on the cake. It looked phenomenal and downright fun. I love my hack n slash games and I love them even better if they incorporate some type of RPG elements into them, which Muramasa does. I immediately had to pick this up, no questions asked.


Item: Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Kit

Price: $19.99

Reason: Oh I wonder why I possibly need this for. Hmm, I donít know, but letís keep reading to find out.

Well that about wraps up my time at GameStop. I still had some money left over in the gift cards, but I couldnít find anything else that interested me at that moment, so I decided to just leave with these three purchases.

Now the initial reason I went to GameStop was to get that Transfer Kit because I was expecting a certain ďsomethingĒ to be arriving in the mail soon, and to my surprise there it was waiting for me as I got home.


This box sure is bigger than the others. I wonder what could possibly be in it.

As I cut off the tape and open the box, I saw there, laying in this dark box, the thing I had ordered from Amazon.


BAGS OF AIR!!

With Global Warming happening and people killing of our trees, itís about time we stock up on bags of air to survive on.

As I was holding the bag of air, all of a sudden, it came to life and tried to suffocate me!


HELP! Ironically, I canít breathe because Iím being choked by air!

I was flailing around for about 3 minutes straight as I began to turn blue in the head. I looked around for something to help me but didnít find a thing. Then, I look upon my bed and found the scissors. I grabbed them and stabbed the son of a bitch until it was no more!


Me-1/Air-0

I peak into the box to see if thereís any more of these motherfuckers inside and to my surprise I find a second box with pictures of families enjoying themselves.


I wondered to myself what the hell could these bags of air be planning!? World domination?

I picked up the box and flipped it around and immediately remembered that this wasnít the workings of the bags of air, but the workings of Microsoft! It was the new Xbox 360 Slim I ordered a few days back. Silly me!


Item: Xbox 360 Slim

Price:

Reason: Now Iím sure everyone saw the end of Microsoftís press conference and was a little upset that everyone who attended the show received one of these bad boys for free. I know I was. Since my 60 GB Xbox was starting to become shitty and always running out of space, I had to have one of these. I remember first seeing the slim on the leaked advertisement online and thinking, I hope this thing is legit and if it is, it better be sold at an affordable price. After finally being announced, Dan Patrick said this thing was only $299 and was being shipped to stores that day. Seeing as how Iíd been pondering over an upgrade to my current 360, this couldnít have come at a better time. So I jumped for it.





Impressions: Now Iím going to break these impressions into three parts: hardware, performance, and side-by-side comparisons. Then at the end I will tell you if I believe you should make a purchase if you are considering getting one.

-Hardware-: Compared to the hulking fatty that is the original 360, this thing looks beautiful. Itís a little bit smaller, but not as big of a size difference like the PS2 compared to the PS2 slim. Itís still a noticeable size difference though and it is lighter, which is a plus. I love the glossy look to it, and even though everyone (including myself) was worried about it attracting fingerprints and dust, Iíve got to say after having set it up, I just wiped it down and it still looks brand spanking new. If you happen to get one, just wipe it down and everything should be fine.

The power and eject buttons are now touch sensitive which is pretty cool. They also make a neat little sound when pushed which is also a nice little addition. There are also 2 extra USB slots in the back of the console to satisfy your USB needs however you like. There are now 3 vents for heat to escape the console now, making it less likely to overheat. Also, those who purchase this console are treated with a hefty 250 GB hard drive, which is more than I will ever need but am glad to have.

Overall, the hardware looks very slick and is an improvement to the original. Also, it looks very nice sitting next to my black Wii.



-Performance-: Now I remember seeing somewhere online the speeds of both the Slim and the original Elite consoles were being compared. From what I saw, the Slim wasnít all that much faster than the Elite counterpart, but there was still a slight difference in some cases. Seeing as how I own an original 60GB console, I will be comparing the Slim performance with that console. So if you own an Elite console and want to know how big the difference in performance is between the two consoles, I say do some research.

The one thing I started to hate about my original 360 was that it started to slow down. Starting up and loading into different screens or games took noticeably longer than it used to and sometimes it would freeze up. It really frustrated me. Now the performance on the Slim is very noticeably faster. I noticed I loaded up the start screen after turning on the console much quicker. Quick jumping from game to game was also much smoother and faster, and even installing games were a little bit faster than before. Before, my original would take around 10-12 minutes to install a game to the hard drive. Now, the Slim takes about 8-10 minutes, depending on the size of the game of course.

The built in wireless has yet to disappoint me. Itís worked great online so far in games like Super Street Fighter IV, Red Dead Redemption, and Gears of War 2. I havenít experienced any type of lag that could have been caused by me, so thatís a big plus.

Overall, the performance is noticeably faster on the Slim than on my 60 GB console.

-Side-By-Side Comparisons-:







As you can see, the Slim isnít all that smaller than the original, but you can tell it is smaller.

Here are some other comparisons that you might not care about but Iím putting here anyway:


The slim comes with the standard A/V component cables. No HDMI :(


The power cords for both systems are identical in length and type and can be used in either brick.


The controllers are pretty much the same except for the guide button. No new D-Pad :(. The Slimís guide button is now chrome which is sexy!


The power brick for the slim is definitely smaller and lighter than the original.


The Slimís cord for the power brick is also different than the original.

And that's it for the comparisons!

-Should I Buy The Slim?-: I believe if you still own any iterations of the original Xbox 360s (Arcade, 20 GB, 60GB) and are considering getting this, DO IT! It is well worth the price. Youíll no longer have to worry about running out of space, itís a faster console performance-wise, and it just looks sexy. However, if you own an Xbox 360 Elite (120GB, 250GB), itís really up to you. If I personally had an Elite system before the Slim, I donít think I would have made the purchase. It all depends on if youíre able to afford the new console and if you really think everything I explained above appeals to you. If so, then go for it. If not, then you still have a great console.

Well that pretty much wraps up this post. Iíve got my new games and Iíve got my new console. I hope you all enjoyed this post and I hope my impressions didnít bore you. Thanks for reading!











I apologize for scaring you with my big ugly mug.

You guys see this face? This is the face of a young black man being woken up by loud bangs to my front door at 9 in the morning. I WAS NOT HAPPY. However, my mood quickly changed after finding out whom, or rather, what exactly was at my door. I opened the door, and after being blinded by the sunlight (damn you 9am sun!) and hearing the screeching tires of the UPS truck, I looked down and saw a pretty little brown box labeled Amazon. I proceeded to invite the little brown box into my home, offering it treats and candy. The box gladly accepted the offers and leapt into my hands and we closed the door and proceeded into the kitchen.

Now the little brown box was expecting to receive its treats as we were walking into the kitchen; however, having been cranky from being woken up, I decided to cut to the chase and I grabbed the scissors. This is when the box started to realize that I had tricked it into coming into my house so that I could steal its gifts that were being held inside of it. It tried to escape the wrath of my hands but it knew that it was too weak to escape the force of my kung-fu grip. It finally decided to give up and we began to walk toward my room, where it would take its last, bated breath.


As its final request, the little brown box asked me if I could take pictures in the midst of me opening it and its little precious gifts and post them on the internet for the whole world to see. I think the box thought that it would help start a ďviolence against boxesĒ campaign, but I thought it would make a pretty cool blog here on Dtoid, so I went along with its request.


The box screamed in agony as I ran the scissors through the top of it and I began to cut away until I finally reached the innards of it containing its gifts.


As I opened the now dead box, the first thing I saw in it was this white paper with words and numbers on it. I quickly grabbed the paper and scanned the items listed on it. I then tossed it aside and found the real gems I had been waiting for.


Chrono Trigger, TWEWY, Okami, and Madworld. I had anticipated their arrival for 6 long days and now theyíre finally in my hands.


As I scanned the box covers of each game to make sure everything looked in mint condition, I noticed this sticker on Chrono Trigger. It taunted the words ďPoster InsideĒ and I eagerly opened up the game to see this ďposterĒ.


I quickly tore off the plastic and opened the game case. Sitting directly under the game manual and some other shit from Nintendo, laid a folded poster. I immediately grabbed the poster and opened it up to see the poster in its glory.


What a beauty isnít it? I was not expecting this poster inside of the game box, so this just made my day.


Game: Chrono Trigger

Platform: Nintendo DS

Developer: Square Enix

Price: $19.99

Reason: The only time Iíve ever had a crack at playing Chrono Trigger was on an emulator on my school computer a few years back. I was only able to get a few short hours into it, but I was immediately compelled by everything about it. Its story was a big factor in drawing me into the game, as were the characters and seamless transition into combat. I wanted to play more, I had to. I had to get this game. I may not have gotten it at launch, but I do have it now!


Game: The World Ends With You

Platform: Nintendo DS

Developer: Square Enix

Price: $15.82

Reason: Do I even need to give an explanation on why I decided to get TWEWY? Better yet, I should explain why it is I donít already have it in my collection. As I had stated in my previous post, I got caught in the method of trading in my used games after completing them, and TWEWY was one of those games I traded in (I totally regretted it).

TWEWY is hands down, to this day, the best game on the DS. I donít care what anyone says, this is my Game of the Platform. TWEWY had one of the best storytelling experiences Iíve ever found in a video game. The art style is very beautiful and unique. The music is fucking amazing. And the game play is that of its own with a learning-curve to it, but once you figured it out, it became VERY rewarding. Any DS owner NEEDS to have this game in their collection (NOT JOKING).


Game: Okami

Platform: Nintendo Wii

Developer: Capcom

Price: $14.27

Reason: By the time this game came out for the PS2, I did not own the system, so I was unable to experience the ďamazingnessĒ of Okami that people had been praising about. Then when it was ported to the Wii, I had lost interest in the game, and I wasnít too interested in dropping hard earned (lunch) money on the game. However, I now feel left out not having experienced the game for myself, and I just hate being the odd one out. So I decided it was time for me to check out why everyone loves this game so much.


Game: Mad World

Platform: Nintendo Wii

Developer: Platinum Games

Price: $6.90

Reason: I remember first seeing Mad World and thinking how much the main character looked like Hell Boy (I love Hell Boy) and how much the art style looked like Sin City (I love Sin City), but the game play looked a bit repetitive to me. It looked as if all you did in the game was try and find over-the-top ways to kill your enemies. I mean, sure that could be fun for about an hour or so, but I could easily see myself getting bored quickly. However, around the time when Jonathanís review of the game came out, I told myself not to write the game off and decided that Iíd wait for a price drop. Well, over a year later, that price dropped from $50 to almost $7, well at least on Amazon (Game Stop is selling the game new for $20). It was an insta-buy.


Four new games added to the collection! Now I need some more sleep!

Now before I end this blog post I wanted to share with you all the beginning stages of my collection and I want to continue to share with you all my collection as it grows more and more. I have a little over 30 games spread across three platforms so far.


The group (money?) shot!

I currently donít have a proper setup due to the fact Iím currently living with two nephews who will destroy everything. I think I might hold out on making one once my sisters move out and I wonít have to worry about my things getting ruined.

Here are individual shots of each systemís games so you can see what I have so far:


My SexBox 360! Despite being a loud motherfucker and only 60 gigs, I love my little (GIANT) box of fun!


Donít worry my little DSi, I wonít get rid of you once the 3DS rolls around. I just wonít be playing you as much(ever).


I forgot to include my 3 GameCube games in the group (money?) shot, so I decided to add them here.

Thanks for reading guys! Hope you enjoyed this post. Iíve got more coming real soon. So stay tuned!

Also, Iím definitely taking suggestions on what games I absolutely need to have. Besides the games you see here, what are some games that you would recommend? Iím currently only collecting games that are worth playing for the systems I own right now, so Xbox 360, Wii, GameCube, DSi (not some damn Imagine game).

Iíll also take suggestions on games for XBLA/Indie, WiiWare/VC, and DSiWare. Seeing as how I want to become a Video Game Designer, I want to play as many games as I can to get different ideas and whatnot.

Thanks again!







SteezyXL
1:57 PM on 06.26.2010



Iíve decided that I want to start building my video game collection. The most games Iíve ever owned at one time is somewhere around 10-15 games. Having been younger, I was hardly able to save any money to buy a new game. I either had to wait until my birthday or Christmas in order to get a new game. Other than that, it was always the frequent trip to my local Blockbuster. By the time Game Stop rolled around with their game trade-in system, I would always turn in games I completed to help pay for newer games and once those newer games were completed, the cycle would continue. This method kept me happy every time I got a new game, but I almost always regretted trading in my games because Iíd always miss them in the long run.

Fast forward to today. I admire Funktastic for his amazing hauls and wish to someday at least own a quarter of the games and swag he owns. He has inspired me to do this, and I couldnít think of a better time to start.

Amazon has some amazing deals on video games and I am starting to take advantage of them. Really, if you haven't checked out Amazon, I highly recommend it. The deals there make it seem like Game Stop is ripping off its customers with it's standard prices (seriously!).

Anyways, here are some of the things the mailman (Santa Claus) has brought me from Amazon:

[Side note: Everything shown was purchased new. These are not used game prices. The prices displayed below are about the same prices Game Stop uses for the same games but used.]


Two packages from Amazon!? Oh I wonder what could be in them!


As you can see Iím VERY eager to find out


Oh my Almighty Destructoid! What could I possibly be looking at!?


Game: Mega Man Zero Collection

Platform: Nintendo DS

Developer: Capcom

Price: $27.99

Reason: After reading a certain someoneís review on the game, I knew I had to get it. Iíve never gotten into any of the Mega Man Zero games and I felt that this was the perfect chance to get caught up on everything Zero had to offer. Thanks Jonathan!


Hmm.. This second box feels slightly heavier.. Wonder what could be in it!


OMFG! Iím 4 years late! But who gives a fuck! I got some games!


Game: Crackdown

Platform: Xbox 360

Developer: Realtime Worlds

Price: $13.48

Reason: Since Crackdown 2 is due to be out within the two weeks, I thought it was about time I played the first game. Iíve been interested in playing Crackdown for a while now, but never got the chance to. Now I do!


Game: The Orange Box

Platform: Xbox 360

Developer: Valve

Price: $19.82

Reason: The Orange Box was another opportunity Iíve missed out on for years now. Of the 3 (5) games, Iíve only played a little bit of Portal and the demo for Half-Life 2 and I enjoyed the little time I played with those two game. TF2 also looked pretty fun. So Iím glad that I was finally able to purchase this.


Game: Dead Rising

Platform: Xbox 360

Developer: Capcom

Price: $15.01

Reason: Iíve pretty much heard nothing but good things about this game since it was released, and again, I never got the chance to play it. Dead Rising 2 is coming out this year and Iím pretty excited for it. So I thought Iíd brush up on the zombie killing experience before that hit shelves.

Now these next two items didnít arrive in the same packages as the games above did. They came a few days earlier but I decided to include them in this post.


Game: Mirrorís Edge

Platform: Xbox 360

Developer: DICE

Price: $10.45

Reason: Unlike the games above, I actually did play this game, and I absolutely fell in love with it. I just loved the style, music, and innovative game play that I experienced with this game. It was an amazing experience for me from start to finish and I just had to have this game in my collection. Also, whenever DICE decides to announce the inevitable sequel to this game, Iíll always have this game to brush up on my parkour skills.


Item: Xbox Live 12 Month Gold Membership

Price: $34.44

Reason: Ok I know this isnít a game, and I know you PS3 owners are looking down in shame right about now, but itís ok. Even though Microsoft charges money for their online service, I still am willing to put my money down for it because what they offer me for my money has yet to disappoint me. Itís a great online service that I may not agree %100 with (wtf is Twitter and Facebook doing on my xbox?), but I have grown fond of it over the years. Anyways, I got this because it was on the CHEAP! Normally a 12 month Gold membership would run me $50 plus tax. Amazon gave me one for $34.44, no tax, no shipping. Iíd say thatís a steal!

So far my experience with Amazon has been pretty great. Iíve also got some more games that just came in and also something that rhymes with sexbox treesmixty schwim, but Iíll save that for another blog. Donít worry, I wonít make you wait too long.

Thanks for reading!

Now Iím off to play my new (OLD) games!



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Put a smile on! .. Yes, I know that was dumb.. I'll leave now..