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My name is arbsnotdead, arbee for short. I'm a second class citizen who loves american and japanese video games, movies, and their porn. What kind of second class citizen ma , you might ask? I am Filipino, and I am proud of being one. I am not racist, nor am I a Patriot, I just love my race for being as we are culturally diverse as the japanese. I am a gamer. I do not settle for that fanboy crap. I used to be a PS3 fanboy, but that part of me has passed on and faded away.So just read on my blog. I post long and short blogs, so please bear with me. :)
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Since PSN doesn't post trophies of unreleased games yet, I'll just leave this here. Add me up on PSN too!

PSN:arbsnotdead
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I got Portal 2 yesterday afternoon, played the single player, and finished it earlier this morning. This game is one of the best games I have played so far this year. I was expecting it to be like its predecessor, but it exceeded my expectations. The puzzles were psychologically intensifying than the first one that it made me take 10 to 15 minutes break after 3 to 5 puzzles. The story and the dialogue were so emotionally enjoyable that there were times that I felt terrified, happy, and sad. This game is literally full of "surprises", and Valve wasn't kidding about why those 13 games were called "the potato sack" ( just play the game to find out why.) As for the voice acting, Ellen Maclain and Stephen Merchant performances as GLaDOS and Wheatley respectively, were undeniably excellent. The emotions, humor ,and sarcasm were a perfect match to the games atmosphere that it felt like I was playing a kid's version of the first Bioshock. Overall, personally, this is the best platformer I have ever played this year, and I don't think any other game can top it. Personally for now, this is my game of the year.
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So I decided to write again just for the fuck of it. And I decided to write random stuff about gaming and llamas. Hopefully I can keep this up in a daily or weekly basis.

SO ANYWAY.

I've been playing a lot of borderlands lately. Been strengthening up a Siren and I'm already up to level 43, and I cannot wait to reach level 69. I already beaten the house of dr. ned, and the secret armory of general knoxx, but I haven't finished some of the missions YET, especially Braaaaaaaaaaaains, which I was too lazy to complete, and a couple of missions from the T-Bone junction bounty board. The game's humor is the most interesting aspect in that game. Especially this part:



ITS ROCKY ROAD BITCH

I'll probably get moxxi's underdome after I get the upcoming claptrap's robot revolution DLC which I am sooooo psyched about.

After completing all the bounty board quests for T Bone Junction, I'm planning to play Mass Effect 2 again to finish up my renegade vanguard to prepare for Mass Effect 3 and make my Sheperd look like this.



with scars! :D

BACK TO PLAYING!

(i know my blog picture is ugly, and yes, I am so insecure about it, I just dont know how to make it more pretty.....and im too lazy to 'shop right now.)








Hi. I'm arbee. arbsnotdead for short. I live in sunny southern California, and I love video games. Why do I love video games? Because i have a deep understanding and connection to video games. They speak right through me, and make me finish them over and over again. Video games make my own world go round. Without Video games, my world is flat, and i would just be going left and right. Video games give me a cycle within me. I don't know exactly what it is, but it's a cycle that keeps me going through life. They somehow broadened my mind to different worlds and perspectives. I prefer video games than movies, but I still love movies.

I was born in the year 1990, i was raised in the 90s, loving pop punk, grunge, then punk itself, and ska music. Oh, and reggae too. I was born in the Philippines. Lived there for 17 years of my entire life. I am super fluent in ENGRISH, and I am proud to type this post as the Pacquiao versus Clottey fight is on. (GOOOOO MANNY!!!) Back in the Philippines, my first console I ever owned was the Super Nes, and boy that was a good console. I used to play the shit out of Donkey Kong Country 2 and 3, Super Mario World (japanese version), a LOT of Power Ranger games, Earthworm Jim, Super Mario Kart, and yes, how could i forget CHRONO TRIGGER. After that gen I owned a PSone. I never had the chance to own a genesis since i lived and the Philippines, and budget was always tight down there. I was really jealous to my friends who own a genesis and play the fuck out of Sonic 3. I was so green with envy back then. I was lucky enough to even own video game consoles in the first place back then. So back to the PSone. My family used to own a Video Game rental business back in 99. And boy was business booming. Our business back then was like an internet cafe. We would place 5 television sets on separate tables, and place two chairs for each table. Then we put on some cubicles for "privacy". We charged 20 pesos an hour(that would be 50 cents here), but at our opening day, we let customers play for free. Awesome huh? After 2 years of operation, we had to close it down for financial reasons. Business was fine, we had people playing everyday, most of them were street kids ditching school, which only had to wash cars for dough, so that they could play at our store or buy cigarettes. But like I said, we had to close it down because our employees were stealing some of the day's money, and we just couldn't trust someone else to look after the store(and law enforcement were getting strict about piracy. All our games were pirated PSone discs and the consoles themselves. LOL). So Game Drive Computers just had to close down. That was a neat store name too. Lucky for me though, I got to keep one PSone console, while the others were being sold to some friends of mine. We had the phat PSones. A year after we closed down the store, and I was having the time of my life playing games for my PSone, I remember i was playing MGS1and it was my 5th playthrough. Anyway, my dad told me sony just announced the PS2. I was "thrilled". But unfortunately, i never got to own a PS2 until i got here in the US, and that was back in 2007. But anyway, I knew i wasn;t going to get a PS2, so i just kept playing my PSone games. But as time flew by, I was getting tired of the PSone. And the PSone was likely my last gaming console ever until 2005. Then something else came out from the dark.

When I was in 4th grade, my elementary school classmates introduced me to these games called "Counter-Strike" and "Starcraft". I was hooked. Played them everyday at the internet cafe right across the school. The first hour would be a session of Counter Strike, we would always choose de_dust, or de_dust2. Then the other hour starcraft. I SUCKED back then. Not just in Starcraft, but in Counter Strike too. But i played those games anyway. Those were my games back in my elementary years.

When I was in High School(the Philippines don't have any middle schools. After 6th grade, we would start our freshman year at some Catholic School), a new gaming fad surfaced, and i do not think it will die in the old country. That game is known to all as DotA. I used to rip at DotA. I loved playing strength and Agi characters, but I despised Int characters. After a few years of DotA, I wanted something special on my Birthday. So i asked my mom and dad to get me this new thing Microsoft made called the "Xbox". Amidst from my mediocre grades and F's, they somehow agreed. So i was happy. They bought me the Halo 2 limited edition Xbox(which is still in the Philippines right now, so is my Snes. As for my PSone, I have no idea where that went). It was awesome. I has certainly been a while since i was gaming inside my room. It felt refreshing and convenient. I did not have any access to LIVE back then because $50 back in the Philippines is expensive. So it was all Coop in my big ass 30 inch SDTV.

In December of 2007, I had to come here to good ol' US of A. Land of the free(yeah right). And as of right now, I am still an immigrant. Honestly, I cannot wait to be a citizen, I want to enlist in the USN to boost up my days of citizenship, but unfortunately there's a long ass waiting list. SO, anyway, I arrived here in america. I was lucky enough to not have an accent, but sometimes i still do slip up some words, but now, I speak like some white dude getting high in the beach waiting for that perfect wave. I have a surfer accent. I finally bought my dream console the "PS2". Well, it was from my cousin. I bought a LOT of games, because I know i have a lot of catching up to do. I bought God of Wars 1 and 2, FFX, Guitar Hero, and all the kingdom hearts.Out of the ps2 games I played, the Kingdom Hearts series was my personal favorite. Some friends of mine recommended to play the team Ico games, i really want to get both, but I'll just wait for the remastered editions. I'm pretty sure Sony's coming up with something.

In June of 2008, I was in line at a local gamestop to get the MGS4 limited edition 80gb PS3 bundle pack.The PS3 is my first console ever bought in american soil. I could even say its more american than me. It's also my first console for this generation. I didn't have an HDtv back then, so i had to be patient with my 12 inch wee TV. It sucked, but playing metal gear solid 4 on it was worth it. After a few months and a lot more games coming in, I bought an Xbox 360 and a 24 inch LCD computer monitor that runs on 1080p. As of right now, my PS3 library exceeds my 360 library since the PS3 came first. I love both consoles. But i was a huge PS3 fanboy back then, but i keep my cool.

So that was it. I'm a second class citizen who plays a lot of games, and thinks that video games are a huge part of life. Some people may disagree with me and all, but fuck them. I love video games and as long as developers are still making great games, I'm still sticking to my consoles and handhelds(psp, dsi) and play the shit out of every AA to b rated game out there.








*some spoilers ahead, and some dumb grammar mistakes. It's my first post! Give me a break!*

What do people think of video game characters? What do people want in their video game heroes and villains? Their characteristics, their traits, their actions, their motivations? Does a main character have to be as bad ass as Kratos? Or as cool as master chief? Or as hot as Lara Croft? Perhaps the gaming majority would really look for those traits and characteristics for their video game characters. Most gamers would want a video game hero or heroin to be bad ass, hot, and dark right?

Putting those questions aside, I would like to share a personal love I have for video game characters I grew up playing with. I have been gaming and playing since i was 4 years old. From the Super Nintendo Entertainment system, to the PSone. From the original Xbox, to the PS2 (I owned a ps2 at 2007.). Then presently, a PS3 and an Xbox 360. Of all the games i have played; of all the systems i owned, I have never met that "perfect" video game character. Where could that one perfect dude be? Who can develop such an awesome and diverse video game character that would just leave the gamer love it?

Video Game Developers and Directors should make a character so diverse and so engaging, that the gamers playing are as if they knew that video game character his or her's entire life. That character should be so unique that a gamer would end up crying if he or she dies in the game's story. The character has to be engaging enough to the gamer emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. I am looking for that video game character. I may have a few favorites but I do not call them perfect.

Some persons say that Master Chief is the God of Video Game Characters; that he represents all that is gaming. That's just a big WTF form me if someone would say that in front of my face. What about Mario? Sonic? Tetris? If he is the one who represents all of gaming? How? Just because he blew up a huge space station doesn't mean he's that perfect video game character. He may have a cool battle armor and a deep sexy voice, but Master Chief, you are not the perfect guy I am looking for, and you certainly are not the mascot for all of gaming, Nintendo had that covered two decades ago. Master chief I respect you for what you did to the covenant and all of the human race, but dude, your just not the guy I'm looking for

Personally, I love the metal gear solid series. Solid Snake is one of those fuckers you don't want to fuck with. He can cripple someone in less than 5 seconds, shoot a sniper with a 9mm pistol, and break a huge ass tank robot using a stinger missile system. But even though the story of the MGS games do engage gamers to the characters, I still don't think Snake is that one perfect character that I would make an altar for. There's still something missing that doesn't want me to say that Solid Snake is the "perfect" video game character.

If there's one video game character that is close to perfect, it would be that bad ass mofo from Mass Effect, Commander Sheperd. Why you might ask? Because you can make him perfect, or almost perfect. Either way, he is close to being the perfect Video Game Character. I am pretty sure most of you played the Mass Effect games, and don't you guys agree? You get to make Sheperd emotionally involved to you and the other characters that you just don't want him and his crew to die during the suicide mission? I would burst out crying if he did. And I'm a dude to begin with!

After that paragraph, i just realized. I guess it is our job as gamers to develop that perfect video game character. While we play our games and progress through the story, we make our characters stronger. These characters we are playing with are making us think that we are making a perfect killing machine. We develop our character's strengths to overcome their weaknesses, thus, making them one step closer of being that perfect video game character. So, i guess there isn't any perfect video game character at all because generally, we get to make those characters perfect in our own way. It has always been the gamer's choice on how they make their character's perfect.