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Hello there. I'm Tim. I am a white 20 something that grew up in the suburbs and I'm currently perusing a language arts for elementary education degree at a little liberal arts university with a somewhat successful division II football team in the middle of nowher- WAIT DON'T LEAVE YET! I feel like saying that I like video games is a bit redundant so I'll get into the nitty gritty right away. I was a die hard Nintendo fanboy from a young age but very rarely got to play any games. I got my GameBoy Color with Pokemon Pinball when I was about 7 and my N64 when I was 9, which was about one year before the GameCube came out. I have basically built a career out of "catching up" (so please don't spoil the ending of Mass Effect 2). Currently I love my Xbox 360 and my Wii totally gets played on occasion sometimes. I think military shooters are the most boring thing to happen to video games since the loading screen. However! I think video games are the greatest thing ever and that it's cool if you like Battlefield or whatever, but personally I would much rather watch "The Prestige" than get one in Call of Duty.
One thing I learned from trying to be a musician (I had a brief affair with a music ed degree) is constant peer input will do wonders to your progress, so if you have ANYTHING to say, please comment.
Phoenix Wright: Justice for All
Binding of Isaac
Demos (Now that the holiday madness is over there is some interesting new thing almost every week)
Pokemon (Gold and Silver especially)
Super Mario Galaxy
and some others, this list changes so frequently I'm afraid it will be outdated fast, so those are my definite top 4.
I know females in video games has been discussed a lot but I wanted to bring forward one particular situation I have found and how baffling it is.
I'm sure you have all heard about Xenoblade Chronicles for the Wii and how Nintendo of America was basically told by the community it was a good idea to bring it to North America.
Anyway, the Character, Sharla, is the typical "healer" from what I have seen so far. The thing I found odd though was the options she has for armor. There are plenty of options like "Light Leggings" and "Iron Armour" etc. But for some reason I can't find anything overall better for her other than the "Diver Top", "Diver Bottoms" and the "Diver Shoes". Translated: a skimpy two piece bikini and a pair of sandals. It's odd that this is even an option in the first place when she is supposed to be fighting monsters and healing her teammates in the field with a giant rifle, what is even more bizarre/upsetting is that the game actively encourages you to use these items because they have the best overall stats compared to what else is available. The male characters don't get more benefits for wearing less from what I've seen. What made the developers think this was ok? This game is beautiful and engaging, it's the first JRPG to really keep my attention for more than a couple hours, but it somehow has the maturity of a 13 year old, and it's a bit off putting.
That said I am still going to play the game, maybe it's just a quick passing joke that didn't localize very well. I don't want to judge such a beautiful game on one little blemish, but it was just so out of place and frankly wrong I wanted to make some mention of it.