Scott Pilgrim could kick your ass any day. I watch to many movies that any person with a sane mind should. I have a massive attraction to Nathan Fillion And Stephen Fry. I eat pancakes when ever I get a chance to and my best friend is a girl and I also have a Twitter. Enjoy!!!
So today I was told that I was not a ďReal GamerĒ I then asked the customer why and then he said ďBecause you donít play Call of DutyĒ I mean he is right I donít play Call of Duty but that is due to the fact that Call of Duty does nothing for me I donít see the appeal of it but then it does beg the question of what makes you a ďReal GamerĒ?
I have always come to the assumption that if you have a true love for Video Games and care about the game industry you yourself are a ďReal GamerĒ, and it kind of bugs me that we have these PC elitists who think that their ďReal GamersĒ because they do all their gaming on a PC, and itís the same for the people who play Call of Duty and they think that they are ďReal GamersĒ, but in fact we are all ďReal GamersĒ it just that those people who play all their games on a PC and those who play Call of Duty donít realize one thing and thatís that we all have our own opinions and likes.
But the PC elitists donít see that all they see is people who play games like Metal Slug and start thinking ďwhat is that piece of shit heís not a Real GamerĒ and that sickens me to think that those people actually exists and then I read somewhere someone saying that Jim Sterling was not a ďReal GamerĒ because he liked MW3, it boggles my mind that everyone has this opinion of what a gamer is but never really looked up the definition.
It just makes you think that if we want to be called a ďReal GamerĒ we are going to have to sell our consoles spend thousands of dollars to build a PC and then only use it for Call of Duty and nothing else and that just does not sit well with me, I mean I like having a mass variety of games to pick from, if I had to sell my consoles and buy a PC just so people would say that I am a ďReal GamerĒ I wouldnít want it because I would miss playing Super Mario to much.
So to the guy who said that I was not a ďReal GamerĒ because I was playing Metal Slug 2 and not Call of Duty, you sir are wrong because I am still playing video games and I am having fun with it and that is what makes you a ďReal GamerĒ as long as you have a huge passion for Video Games you are at least in my mind considered a ďReal GamerĒ.
So I was amazed to hear today that PETA are attacking video games once again, this time itís Super Mario 3D Land for the Nintendo 3DS. The reason that they are attacking Mario is because of his Tanooki suit, they are saying that Mario must have had to skin a Tanooki to be able to get that suit.
Okay PETA I get what youíre about you know, I mean I am all for the Ethical Treatment of animals but you guys need to remember that your thinking about this is fucking insane and not to mention that you forget that it is a video game, itís not real I mean for god sake the man throws fireballs from his hands and grows when he eats mushrooms, itís not real.
So they did what they always do when they attack a video game, they make a crap flash game and slap it up on their website and then try and tell you to go vegan. So in the game you play as a skinned Tanooki trying to get you fur back from Mario and thatís all you do, I mean it would have been nice to have some facts about the matter but sadly no, itís just another attempt for PETA to be PETA.
So I am thinking why now? I mean the Tanooki suit as been around since Super Mario Bros. 3, why is PETA only being outraged by this now and not when it first came up? And also if there going to complain Mario skinning something they also need to complain about John Marsden as well for skinning horses in Red Dead Redemption they canít complain about one thing and not the other.
But this has not been the first time PETA as done this sort of thing, remember Super Tofu Boy and how they tried to make us all go vegan by trying to make Tofu Boy the hero that saves the day and making Meat Boy out to be a complete schmuck? And how they tried to make Cooking Mama a sadistic animal killer who has no feelings.
They way I see PETA is that they are terrorists, which after some quick searching I found out that they are classed as a terrorist group by the USDA. Which then got me thinking that since they will most certainly know that the USDA has classed them as this, wouldnít that make them want to change their strategy for what they do so they arenít put in that box? It seems to me that PETA just like to hate on things and that they donít think before they act.
So in assumption PETA really need to get the act straight and remember what than stand for and to get away from what people think they are, they also need to stop taking aspects of video games and turning them in to animal rights protests and making a whole bunch of us just scream at the top of our lungs in anger and also on a final note, PETA need to leave my childhood hero the hell alone.
Music sets the tone in video games and movies, thatís the idea anyway music is supposed to hint at what is coming next, it draws on your emotions and keeps you thinking, itís a vital part of any form of media and itís what is necessary to make that movie or video game a lot more enjoyable.
But what if the music was not there? What if all we heard whenever we played a game were just the sound effects? Or when we watched a movie and all we heard was the sound of gunfire or even the sound silence? It would make for a pretty boring experience and it would not be enjoyable.
Music is one of those key elements that make a game great; some games thrive on music alone like Bit. Trip Runner all those little bleeps and bloops help you and tell you when to jump, duck or kick, the music is there to aid you on your way and then there is games like AudioSurf or Beat Hazard, those two games there change your whole gaming experience depending on what music you choose.
Music is very distinctive especially when itís well known franchises, take Super Mario for instance everyone I know knows where those songs came from whither they play video games or not, once either the theme song or any other track, they know that itís from Super Mario and once that song is played it brings back a nostalgic feeling of when you first played Super Mario or Mega Man it brings back those feelings of how good that game was.
So in my mind music is one of those key elements to making a game it draws a player in and keeps them playing for a long time and it also may make things more memorable and may make them want to play that game one more time.
So today I watched Jonathan Holems latest episode of talking to women about video games, were he talked to a women about what game she would buy out off Skyrim, Spyro Skylanders and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
At the end of the video she picked Spyro and I was like okay fair play she had her own opinion I personally would have gone with Zelda but whatever. Then later today I listened the latest Podtoid were Holmes was saying that people thought the episode was fake because the women he talked to did not go for Skyrim and that she should go back to the kitchen.
The blood in my body immediately boiled as soon as I heard this and it made me sick to me freaking stomach that there are still people out there who cannot just take an opinion that is different to theirs, itís just so stupid and to then make a sexist commit on top of that just makes me extremely angry, I mean why are people like this?
I have always been told if I canít say anything nice donít say anything at all and I somewhat have lived buy that for that past 20 years of my life and I know itís the internet and people are going to say this sort of stuff but if this is what Skyrim is going to do to people I might just go pick up Sonic Generations instead and actually give my money to a company that does not breed sexist males.
So even though Halloween is not really a holiday that is celebrated here in New Zealand I thought that the 12 people that read my C-blog would be interested in the Halloween adventure that happened to Tessa and me. And I know it is past Halloween now but I have now only had a chance to write this up.
So every year the local Hamilton arcade holds a big Halloween event that Tessa always says we should go to, but then every year the same thing happens on the 31st of October, we drink, play old Nintendo games and think of horror movies that would work a lot better as comedies for example, imagine if you will that the movie Paranormal Activity was a movie about a ghost who instead of haunting the residents of the home instead made there lives really inconvenient by just doing small things like opening draws or putting object in their way so that they trip on them and just doing every day inconvenient stuff.
But anyway I am getting off topic, so this year Tessa and me decide to go so she went has a Nyan Cat and I went as Scott Pilgrim I donít why I choose that but I am starting to think it is because that I wanted to try and wear normal clothes but still try and make people think that I was in costume so all in all I think it worked out great.
So basically what this event is that they have tournaments for every big game that they have at the arcade like Street Fighter 4, Tekken 6, Dance Dance Revolution and a whole bunch of others, you sign up for what you want to play and the winner of each game gets a prize and there is also a costume contest as well.
We got there and then we signed up, Tessa signed up for Tekken 6 I also signed up for Tekken6 but I signed up for Point Blank as well. So the results were that Tess won the Tekken 6 tournament while I came in 3rd and 2nd in Point Blank so Tessa went a away with a new Xbox while I went away with a 3DS so I think that I came away with the better deal.
After we dropped off our winnings at Tessaís house we went to my sisterís place who was having a Halloween party which was really funny especially when you are Tessa and youíre trying to explain your costume to people who donít know what a Nyan Cat is that I found really funny.
So me and Tessa started drinking which then turned in to shots which then turned in to me and Tessa singing the theme song to Star Wars which then turned in to us staggering into Burger King and getting Bacon Cheese Burgers and water and then I canít really remember what happens after that I think I may have tried to hit on my best friend I donít know, what I do remember though is waking up at Tessaís house walking down the stairs and seeing that she looked just as bad as I did which kind of made me smile for some unknown reason.
Now for the record I never normally drink but when I do I never know what the word moderation means and that is why Tessa and I stay in every Halloween. So please donít take this post as a thing were I spout off about how I drunk I got and just take it as a story that I thought would be fun to share, also I would of added Pictures but they are on Tessaís very unorganized Mac and trying to find anything on that is like trying to find Dane Cookís comedy funny, itís just impossible.
I love New Zealand where I live is such a beautiful place and I encourage anybody reading this to came and visit, hey maybe I will even come and pick you up from the Airport.
But I got inspired to write this after reading a C-Blog post form a girl called Catlin Cooke, who talks about her love for Boston and it made me start to appreciate where I live and where I was born and really trying to find out what my home town of Te Aroha means to me.
My Mum and Dad own a farm and being as though I still live with my parents I get to wake up every morning and be surrounded by lush green paddocks and the soothing tones of nothing but my own two feet walking and itís really great, itís even better when the cows are in a paddock closer to the house and I can just sit out side with a glass of coke and just watch them eat grass it sort of becomes soothing.
Now Te Aroha is not a big town, I am not sure how many people actually live here but itís always pleasant and most people are extremely nice and considerate and that is always a great thing to see, I do though get kind of creeped out though when someone does say hello to me and I donít know them, I guess there just being friendly and most likely they know me threw my mum who is the Head Teacher at the Kindergarten.
Also the main thing about Te Aroha is that itís a great spot for tourist which makes it a more diverse town and it also makes me interested to met the different people and in fact I actually played golf a few weeks back with a really nice couple from Canada who told me that if I was ever in Toronto to come and stay with them. Which I think I may just do that, as Tessa and me are planning to take an overseas vacation after Christmas this year so my hopes are that Tessa says yes.
Te Aroha also has great views of the entire countryside, you will even get a better view if you take a two and a half hour hike up Te Aroha mountain, which personally I did do once and even though you do get to see an amazing beautiful view of what we call the Coromandel make sure you are fit Ďcause I now I am not but if you do decide to go have yourself a nice Spa at the Mineral Pools afterwards you will be glad you did and also fun fact the water for the Pools comes from the mountain itís self.
So in a nutshell, Te Aroha is a small town filled with nice people and awesome things to do and thatís really what I like about it, is that how simple this town actually but knowing there is always something to do is great. So I just want to thank Catlin Cooke once again for inspiring this blog post and making me think about just how much this town and my country means to me.
So all in all if you do come to New Zealand stop my hometown of Te Aroha, go in the video store called United Video and ask for Sam and I will show you what there really is to offer in my neck of the woods.