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4:07 AM on 12.20.2011  

Giving: An Illegal PS1 from my Dad

I remember it well, sitting in the lounge room with my family, gathered around the Christmas tree, excitedly opening presents. I had gotten good loot that Christmas, and was pretty happy with this years haul. I was yet to go to Nan and Popís, which would get me more presents. Then I saw it, hidden on the other side of the tree was a huge box. Dad pulled it over and dragged it in front of me and my sister. This probably isnít true, but I remember it being bigger than me.

It was addressed to me and my sister, so I was a bit disappointed this huge box wasnít just for me, but in a few seconds that wouldnít matter at all. We opened it as quickly as we could, ripping the tape off the lid and pulling the lid open. What we saw was the closest thing to treasure I could dream of at the time. When I think back to it, I imagine our faces becoming illuminated with the brightness of the gold inside.



Neatly sitting in the box in front of us was a Playstation 1 and about 100 games to play on it. Until this, we had been a Nintendo family, only owning a SNES and a Nintendo 64. My mind was blow, I couldnít believe what was in front of me. I just stared. My sister had a similar reaction, but after that we took slightly different paths. She would continue to casually play games until this day, falling in love with the Zelda franchise (she even has a tattoo). But for me, it was when I fell in love with videogames. It was when I became a gamer.

I had played a few games on PC, and loved Podracer, Banjo Kazooie, Mario and Turok 2 (dinosaurs!) on the N64, and barely touched the SNES. Games had only been a hobby, something I occasionally did when there was nothing else to do. But from this day on, videogames were a passion, only to become an obsession latter on in life when I finished Resident Evil 4 on PS2.

Me and my sister started looking through the games, I remember being really excited when I saw Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2, Iím pretty sure it was the first game I played on my new system. We plugged the PS1 into the tv and began trying as many games as we could before we had to go to Nan and Popís. Going there didnít seem like such a great plan anymore. But we still had to to. Can you imagine? Being a young kid and just getting a PS1 with over a hundred games, only to be told you have to leave it for the day. Iím pretty sure I could of sued my parents for child abuse.

What my Dad had done was buy a PS1, have a chip out in it that would allow burnt games to be played on it, then go to the videostore and rent games. He would then go home, burn them, print out a front and back cover, then a sticker to put on the CD and give it to us. Then Repeat. You could imagine how long this would of taken.

At the time the only Pirates I knew were the ones who sailed around on ships killing and robbing people, and they were awesome. Call me bias, but Iím going to defend my Dad. The games he was burning had been bought by the videostore. The published got itís money, the videostore got itís money, and I got my game. Everyone is happy. And plus, he was only a father trying to make his kids happy.

Donít think burning so many games didnít has it repercussions. It was extremely hard to become attached to a game when you had so many. I think you could count the amount of games I actually beat on one hand. I also cheated A LOT. We had a big book of cheats I would use constantly to get to the last level, with unlimited lives and ammo. Looking back now, it wasnít a very rewarding experience

.There were a few games I did become obsessed with though. I loved the Army Men games. Plastic men, just like the ones I have, coming alive and shooting the shit out of each other. It was great.



Then there as the Tony Hawk games. I put countless hours into these, playing with my sister or by myself. I would even role play that I was the skater going around my school or the park.



I loved The Lost World game for one reason: Dinosaurs. I would put in the cheat that let you pick a level and jump straight to the T-Rex or Velocoraptor levels. To a young Ben, any game that let you actually play as a dinosaur was the best game ever, and this is probably still true.



Last there was GTA2, which I wasnít allowed to play at first, and for good reason. When I finally got to play, I had no idea what to do. When I figured it out, Iíd play for hours. And no, I havenít shot a single school.



There were others, which I wonít go into, like MK4, X Files (which you needed a mouse for), Crash Bandicoot and Spyro.

We ended up having almost 250 games, and I was the envy of all my friends. It was great. For one of my birthday I had a bunch of friends over and we played Quake and Medal of Honor all night. Without this present, I wouldnít of stayed on Destructoid, and I wouldnít of become the person I am today...a geek who hates leaving his house.

Another great present was from my ex, she got my The Saboteur on Xbox 360, thatís pretty rad, right?   read


10:11 PM on 03.27.2010  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LADY GAGA!



<3   read


10:10 PM on 03.12.2010  

Something something Sex...JYNX



...look at those lips.   read


4:19 AM on 09.06.2009  

Things to do while not at PAX...

1. Click "chat"

2. !pax--

3. Be sad :[

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2:41 AM on 08.25.2009  

Why I love the Toid

It's alright, I guess.   read


11:12 PM on 07.05.2009  

Nebones, what he has been playing. Also, Cosplay.

Right now, I'm watching the Dark Knight again, and it's that shit, boring part without the Joker, so I'm going to write a blog abut what I'm playing to pass the time. Oh wait, here he is. Hang on.

Ok, he's gone again. Here. We. Go.

I've also taken the liberty of choosing some music for you to listen to while you read my words.
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Xbox 360

Lets start with some back story. My 360 recently got the E-74. I really can't be fucked sending it off, so my girlfriend let me borrow hers. She left Crash of the Titans in it when she gave it to me. That's it.

Crash of the Titans - It's pretty fun. The camera is shit, the performing can be a bit hard and the combat is fucked. bit it's still fun.

Prototype - When I started playing this, it was so fun. but now, I just can't go back to it. I'm about 8 missions away from the end and I just really can't be fucked. I will some day.

Assassins Creed - I felt like finishing this for some reason, I didn't.

PS2

Rugby League 2 - Yup, still playing franchise mode in this.

Max Payne 2 - I really love this game , whydid they have to put those shitty plat forming parts in?!

Mega Drive

Remember that post I made a few weeks ago about getting a Mega Drive? Here it is!

R.B.I Baseball '93 - I like it, it's fun, and the music is awesome. but I'm yet to finish a game. They're so loooong.

Michael Jackson Moonwalker - I figured out how to moonwalk! Apart from that it's not very good.

Altered Beast - It's not very good, but I still like it.

Wonder Boy 3 - Probably my favourite Mega Drive game. It's fun!

Rugby World Cup 95 - I have no idea of any of the controls, and no idea what's going on. It's just a mess of male bodies.

Another World - This game is so bad. holy shit. Just walking around and a worm thing kills me by scratching me on the knee and I have to watch the same shitty death movie over and over and I finally get past the worm things and some wthe last level and I'm in a round thing and crash into a bath house and all these naked chicks swim away and big guys with lasers come kill me within 5 seconds!...holy shit.

Alex Kidd - Sucks.

Earthworm Jim - Awesome.

I've played them all, but they're the ones that have taken most of my time.

SNES

Super Mario World - Example of an awesome side scroller.

Bubsy - Example of a shitty side scroller.

DS

Chrono Trigger - Holy shit it's awesome.

Now, for the Cosplay! My sister and her friend went to some wacky anime convention as Silent Hill nurses. I think they look pretty bad ass.









More pictures but I can't be fucked.   read


9:29 PM on 06.14.2009  

Look what I got!

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Got this on the same day I got Prototype, so it was a great day. Now the only problem is where to put it, the power cord is to short to put it where I originally wanted to.



The games are:

Aladdin

Alex Kidd

Altered Beast

Another World

Boogerman

Chuck Rock

Clay Fighter

Columns

Earthworm Jim

FIFA International Soccer

FIFA Soccer 95

Jurassic Park

Little Mermaid

Mega Games 6 (World Cup Italia 90, Super Hang-On, Streets of Rage, The Revenge of Shinobi, Columns, Golden Axe)

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

Mortal Kombat 2

NBA Showdown 94

R.B.I Baseball 93

Road Rash 2

Rugby World Cup 95

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball

Toy Story

Wonder Boy 2

World of Illusion Starring Disney's Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck

BLOG OF JOY

I really like Wonder boy 2.   read


10:35 PM on 05.24.2009  

What Nebones has been playing.

I haven't blogged in a while, and I know all of you have missed my high quality blogs, so I thought I'd tell you all what I've been slotting in my gaming consuls.

Xbox 360

Fable 2 - (Spoilers I guess) I just finished this yesterday after buying lots of houses,renting them out, then not playing for ages. I was a bad ass evil character with a Mohawk, Mutton Chops and that awesome long moustache. It was pretty good, I liked the ending. I chose love because I wanted my dog back, but then immediately wished I choose Wealth for some reason. I plan to play through again as a good character, but I probably won't.

Fifa 08 - I made myself and started a completion, I've been Man of the Match in every game and have the most goals in the comp. I'm great.

Crystal Defenders - This is the first Tower Defence game I've really played. It's fun. I like how you can start then look away and do something else. Also good for playing while you're on the phone with some one who wants you to pay attention to them.

Sea life Safari - this was an impulse buy, I had 800 spare points and said "why the hell not?" Well, it not very fun, that's why not. But it still gets 10/10.

Red Fractions Guerrilla Single Played Demo - I wanna buy this now, me and my friend spend an hour running around wrecking shit.

UFC Demo - I also want to buy this, it'd be a good fighting game without he UFC label, but that just makes it even better.

PS2

God of War - This game makes every other game seem shit because it's so great, I'm kinda stuck in Pandora Rings though. Sucks because I want to finish so I can play God of War 2.

Spartan: Total Warrior - Like Dynasty Warriors but in Greece, so it's better. I got annoyed when my dodgy PS2 power cable came undone and it didn't save, so I haven't really played it since.

The Warriors - I like this game heaps, I decided to stop playing until I've seen the movie, and I have the movie sitting on my desk waiting for me. Awesome.

Max Payne 2 - I love this game so much, probably my favourite game, so I'm not sure why I stopped playing it...

Fight Club - This game fucking sucks.

Persona 4 - I played for an hour, when does it stop being boring? It also came with a music CD, but the music is crap.

Rugby League 2 - This gmae is so awful but I still love it because it's Rugby League.

DS

Space Invaders Extreme (DS) - I'm stuck on the 3rd level and have been for a month, I supposed the entire level is my Soda Popinski (RETROFORCEGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!)

Final Fantasy 4- I play this before I go to sleep every night, helps me sleep.

Wii

Super Smash Brothers: Brawl - I beat my girlfriend up for a while, then we played some Brawl.

Who knows, maybe I'll make this a regular thing if the feedback is any good, so I stop ignoring the cblogs.   read


1:01 AM on 02.04.2009  

10 Thing you didn't know about The Bones!

Thought I'd jump on the bandwagon.

1. nebones is an anagram of my name in real life.

2. I have a tumor on the left side of my neck, it's not fatal or anything it just gets a bit blotted.

3. I play drums irl.

4. I'm a huge sports fan, and love nearly all sports, so I'm doing this hardcore gamer nerd thing all wrong.

5. I studied Arborictultre at TAFE and hope to become a full time climber. The highest I've climber is 32 meters, highest cut I've made is 35m, and I've got 20m and hung upside down.

6. I collect Orks in Warhammer 40. Kinda, I have a bunch but I can't be fucked painting them.

7.I've been with my girlfriend for 18 months, witch is apparently pretty amazing since I'm only 18.

8.I bungy jumped of a 400m cliff.

9.I had to repeat 3rd grade :[ !

10. I fucking love dtoid, it's true, I do.

This is the worst 10 list ever.   read


5:31 PM on 01.24.2009  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME



HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONES
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

18 today, and here in Australia, that's legal :]

Now excuse me, I'm going to have sex with prostitutes and drink some beer!   read


5:52 AM on 01.05.2009  

I hugged ParaParaKing...

...because his heart just broke!   read


7:02 AM on 12.31.2008  

Happy New Years!

Just went past 12 a few minutes ago here in the land down under, so let me be the first to say, Happy New Years everyone!

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