Quantcast
Community Discussion: Blog by Sthalor | Sthalor's ProfileDestructoid
Sthalor's Profile - Destructoid




Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android




About
Badges
Following (1)  




I picked up Magician's Quest for the DS today.

It was twenty bucks can you really blame me.

Ever play Animal Crossing? This is Animal Crossing. Same kind of maps, same anthropomorphic animals, same goddamn tools, same collection system, everything. But you are a qizard. Adding an entirely diferent element to an already frustrating real time game.

You go to classes to learn spells. If you don't have the spell component, well, you had better write that shit down or pray the magic shop has is. Holy fuck. I wanna be invisible. WHY DO I NEED A CRYSTAL.

My life is effectively gone. I was addicted to Animal Crossing for about a year when me and my friends played it at school all the time. We'd visit each other's villages in class (it was Animal Crossing DS) and got all the golden tools. I was a golden tool for playing that game and now it has sucked me in again.

In all honesty, the only thing keeping me from picking up Animal Crossing for any system was the price. I didn't feel like doling out fouty-odd bucks when I could get two used games for that price. I should have guessed when the box said, "SImulation". THat has fucking Animal Crossing written all over it.

So I bid you adieu, to return again once the vapid hole of nothingness that is my horrible crippling addiction to Animal Crossing decides to spit me back out again, broken and abused.

I might review it for kicks.
Photo










In what could be the most awesome news of the day, the University of Calgary (thatís in Canada) has decided to open up a gaming collection in March 2011. The best part of this story is that theyíre not the first ones to do it. The University of Texas at Austin's Videogame Archive in the States National Media Museum and Nottingham Trust University's National Videogame Archive in the UK both host impressive videogame archives.

The collection will cost less than 1% of the universityís gargantuan budget, so the money grubbers canít complain. Itíll pretty much work like any other resource at the university. Students or teachers can take out games from this archive, essentially like a videogame library. There are even private rooms set up with gaming consoles for anyone to use.

On a completely unrelated note, Iíve decided to go to the University of Calgary for my post-secondary studies.

P.S. : Sorry about the double post. I forgot to title the first one.
Photo







Sthalor
10:59 PM on 09.22.2010



In what could be the most awesome news of the day, the University of Calgary (thatís in Canada) has decided to open up a gaming collection in March 2011. The best part of this story is that theyíre not the first ones to do it. The University of Texas at Austin's Videogame Archive in the States National Media Museum and Nottingham Trust University's National Videogame Archive in the UK both host impressive videogame archives.

The collection will cost less than 1% of the universityís gargantuan budget, so the money grubbers canít complain. Itíll pretty much work like any other resource at the university. Students or teachers can take out games from this archive, essentially like a videogame library. There are even private rooms set up with gaming consoles for anyone to use.

On a completely unrelated note, Iíve decided to go to the University of Calgary for my post-secondary studies.
Photo










Chrono Trigger is the first game I really remember playing. Itís weird. I can ever remember the first time I saw it being played. My mom came into the basement and was worried that it was too violent for me. So my brother lied through his teeth that it wasnít violent at all. Looking back, it was pretty ridiculous. I mean, of all the games to be worried about, Chrono Trigger was the one my mom asked about? And thus began my life of having my views repressed through my parents. More on that later.

Since it was such a huge part of my childhood, I picked up Chrono Trigger for the DS as soon as I could. For those of you who arenít aware, itís essentially the same game. They messed with the translation a little and added a new dungeon that opens up towards the end of the game, but itís still the same plot and progression. They even used the same music from the original, which is why Iím here today.

I enjoy music. Iím not one of those people claiming music is my life, but it plays a big role. Iím distracted fairly easily, and music helps keep me focused. It entertains me when I have nothing to do, provides background music, and is hella fun to sing along with wherever I am. The music of Chrono Trigger, however, does something more. I usually donít feel anything substantial when I listen to music, unless that specific song has any certain meaning to me (and I can count those on one hand). But every song in Chrono Trigger triggers (only time Iíll use that joke, I promise) emotions in me so easily, itís surprising.



I have to start with Frogís theme. He was my favourite character in the game, and I love his theme song. Itís been redone by the band The Red Wings into a kickass rock tune, which makes it that much more amazing. It just makes me feel epic when I listen to it. Sort of like, if I could have one song to go out to while fighting off a giant zombie horde, this would be it. You canít deny that this song is the epitome of heroics. While recently playing through Chrono Trigger, I misted up a little when Frog accepts the Masamune and joins your team. That has always, and will always, be my favourite moment in video gaming.



Robo is most definitely my second favourite character. Every good JRPG needs someone who doesnít understand social norms and, in general, is just awkward. Robo is that character. Iím not sure why I enjoy him so much. Maybe itís because, on some weird level, I connect with the big tin giant. On the other hand, thatís a load of crap. Robo is hilarious, and nothing beats his touching conversations with Lucca. When I was a kid, I always thought that Lucca and Robo would fall in love and live happily ever after. In a way, I still kinda think they should.

But the music is what Iím here to talk about. I have a soft spot for electronic music, and this is a great example. Itís upbeat and uplifting, and brings to mind happy visions of puppies and rainbows. Of course, the puppies are badass robo-puppies with chain guns and the rainbow is the reflection off their metallic hides as they slaughter millions of innocents. But hey, thatís just what I see.



Great bass lines are my one true weakness. And this has one. Iíve had this song memorized since before I played Final Fantasy VII and memorized THAT battle music. I enjoy having good music while I fight whatever demented creature the Japanese have thrown at me this time, and this is just, well, groovy. The Final Fantasy end battle song may go down is history as the most popular fight song ever in video gaming, but I believe that title belongs to Chrono Triggerís song. Itís 2-3 minutes long before it loops over, and by then most random encounters are done, meaning you wonít get bored with the same three bars on constant repeat.



This music scared me when I was younger. Donít ask me why. It just did. Maybe it was because one of the first bosses is Yakra, who terrified me. I could never beat Yakra Ė I always got my brother to do it. I suppose the music just became associated with that terror. Now, I just feel panicky. Iím even typing this paragraph faster while I listen to the song in the background. I love that about this song. It helps me think faster in boss fights, something always handy, and just creates the right kind of atmosphere for an important battle.



Because you canít talk about Chrono Trigger without talking about Gato. This guy is hilarious. I love singing along whenever I fight him. The translationís lyrics are a bit more difficult to get into, but still awesome. Thatís all. I just felt like this needed to be said.

Honestly, I could talk about Chrono Trigger forever. The music, the gameplay, the graphics, the monsters, the character, the blah blah blah why are you still reading this. It is will forever be my favourite game for all those reasons and more. This article barely even scratches the surface of the amazing music this game brought to life. I decided to stop here because I want to hear some other opinions about the music. Obviously, I left a lot of stuff out. So whatís your favourite Chrono Trigger song? And if you havenít played it, well, damn, youíre a few years behind. Go pick up the DS version or get an emulator. Itís really not that difficult.
Your ears will thank you.
Photo










Video games have always been a huge part of my life.

I am perfectly aware how clichť and stupid that sounds. But ever since the Christmas of 1996, Iíve played video games. My brother, Brilliam, got an SNES that year. It was the first system I had ever played. The only big title we had that wasnít starring Mario was Crono Trigger, so Iíve always had a weakness for JRPGís. I never actually beat it (until the DS rerelease last year), which is an unfortunate habit I have with video games. We also had the original gargantuan Gameboy, what with the yellow screen and requirement of 4AA batteries. Itís still lying around my house somewhere, and Iíd still be playing it if it werenít broken.

Before moving to Ottawa when I was six, Broski bought a Playstation. He quickly obtained, through completely legal and truthful means, a multitude of games. Looking back, I should have played more Metal Gear: Solid. I really like that game now, but I have no means of playing it. It was the first system I played a lot of, because my brother let me game my ass off whenever he wasnít around. Again, I still never beat a game on the system, but my copy of Pokťmon Blue and my Gameboy Pocket kept me pretty busy. A few years later, I got a GBA for Christmas, and Iíve kept playing games on that. Iíve just recently picked up MegaMan: Battle Network 2 again. Good game.



Mi hermanoís PS2 was the next system in the queue for our house. I didnít get to play it as much as its predecessor, but I still enjoyed it substantially more. I got to play N64 and Xbox games at my friendsí places. I got a GBA: SP, which is when I really got into the Golden Sun trilogy (even though it was only one game at the time). I scrimped and saved and obtained a bullshit paper route to purchase a DS Lite, which I still own and play today. When Wills-Brills moved out, I started playing PC games a lot, because thatís all that was left in the house. I played Half Life: 2 when my computer let me, and mooched off my friend for a World of Warcraft account for a while.

I bought a Nintendo Wii the January after it came out. My mom woke me up and drove me to the nearest Zellers at six or seven in the morning. It was frigid, but I didnít care. We were the fourth and fifth people in line, and spent two hours standing in the frozen Canadian winter until we were let in. Later that week, Twilight Princess became the first game I ever beat. I was pretty proud of myself.



More recently, Iíve been playing 360 and PS3 at my friendsí places. Iím hopefully obtaining a 360 soon, which will finally let me indulge in next-gen games. Iíll always be a fan of Nintendo, despite the lack of jaw-dropping games recently. The first two games I plan on tackling on the 360 are Mass Effect and Red Dead Redemption. Iíve played them briefly at my friendís house, and took a liking to them rather quickly. I'm also gonna pick up Halo: Reach as soon as humanly possible. I haven't like a Halo game this much since the first one. Iím pretty excited to finally have a good next-gen system in my house. Is it still next-gen? Maybe itís now-gen. Iíll post my World of Warcraft characters and 360 Gamertag once I have it.

Until then, Iíll just start looking for an old DS game to review.

P.S. : What's a good size to make images to put in a post?








I really wanna review a game. But every goddamn game I own is old.

Seriously, I havenít bought a game in ages. And all the games I have bought what can be considered recently are old. I always wait for months after a game comes out to get it because Iím a cheap bastard. Iíve only ever pre-ordered two games in my life, Scribblenauts and Golden Sun 3, and the latter has yet to come out. Iíd review Scribblenauts, but I was so disappointed in that game, I traded it away as soon as I could.

I even hate this article, if you can call it that. It feels forced. Iím just forcing myself to write here so that I can become a relatively active member of the community. Does DToid delete stuff? Because that might happen to this.

I guess I should write about something vaguely video game related. I have yet to get my 360 because the guy Iím buying it from is being a tool. Iím hoping Iíll have it by the end of the week, because then Iíll have some relatively new opinions on gaming. I did manage to play some Halo: Reach the other day.

This article is now about Halo: Reach.

GODDAMN DO I LOVE ME SOME HALO: REACH.

Before you dismiss this as another frat guy playing Halo drunk on a Friday night, even though thatís pretty much when and how I played it, know that I have legitimate reasons. I loved Halo when it first came out because it was my first FPS, and the storyline was intriguing enough to my young brain to keep me interested. I absolutely hated Halo 2. Looking back, Iím not sure why. I still donít like it, but it was such a disappointment when it first came out that I deplored it. Maybe it was the different weapons. I think the campaign length was also a factor. Halo 3 was the same story, and I barely played ODST.

But Reach is astounding. I love every aspect of it. The weapons are incredible, the graphics blew me away, the story, yadda yadda yadda, everything youíve heard from everything else. I used to be a huge nerd (just kidding, I still am) so Iíve read all the Halo books. I donít exactly remember what happens in The Fall of Reach, but I do remember it kicking total ass.

The only complaint I have is that I hear people comparing the space jet battles to Starfox when itís way more like Star Wars: Battlefront. Come on.

Of course, that didnít stop me from shouting, ďDO A BARREL ROLL.Ē