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I'm mostly a retro gamer. I don't hate everything after the 90's, but I tend to prefer retro game design. I enjoy alot of indie and portable games, not to mention a blockbuster title every now and then. However, like I said, the majority of my gaming takes place on older consoles.

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What I'm Playing:
Bravely Default
Kirby Triple Deluxe
Final Fantasy X-2 HD
Child of Light
Jeanne D'arc

My (supposedly) Weekly Posts:

Sound Test- Video game music. I love it, you love it, what more do I need to say?
Super Mario 64: Dire Dire Docks
Zelda: Link's Awakening: Tal Tal Mountains
Suikoden 2: Opening Theme
Dragon Quest V: Ocean Voyage
Katamari Damacy: Lonely Rolling Star
Castlevania:OoE: An Empty Tome
Castlevania: Heart of Fire
StarFox: Corneria
Mother 3:Hard Rain
Chrono Cross:Time's Scar(Opening)

Game Run!- Check out the exciting life of a poor retro gamer!
11/19/08- Batman(NES) and Power Blade
10/11/08- Mystical Ninja and Clash at Demonhead
10/10/08- MASSIVE update! NES and loads of games.
8/12/2008- Killer Instinct, TMNT:TF, Super Tennis
7/20/2008- Inindo, Wonderboy, Crusader of Centy
7/9/2008- NBA Jam, Out of This World

My Favorites:

Keep in mind that these change SO much... I'm terrible at lists...

...5 Consoles
1. SNES
2. DS
3. Playstation
4. NES
5. Wii

...Genre
RPG

...3 Games
1. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
2. Final Fantasy IX
3. Dragon Quest V

...RPG
Final Fantasy IX

...Platformer
Super Mario Galaxy 2

...Fighter
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom

...FPS
Unreal Tournament series




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Music is relative. It effects us in such a personal way that we can't possibly hope to describe the extent of that effect to anyone. It's why we are so protective (and sometimes even snobby) about it. Your personal taste in music will always be better to you than anyone else. So it's best to probably just accept that.

Here I will weekly (heh...) choose a piece of game music that I love and share it! Then talk about it. Not too complex, but I hope it's something you'll enjoy!


Sound Test: Genso Suikoden 2- Opening Theme



Man! I've been posting a lot of these lately. I may have to come up with another weekly original feature just to make sure that I'm not posting too many of these. Lately I haven't really been playing anything that's featured a particular stirring theme, mostly because I've been playing Phantasy Star IV a lot and I can't stand most of the music on Genesis games. It sounds like an orchestra of people clanging metallic objects... Stomp? I do like the music in Phantasy Star IV, it's just nothing that I'd listen to outside of the game (so far).

Anyway, Suikoden 2! My experiences with this game are very limited unfortunately... I'm betting that yours are as well. Why is that? Because it's one of the rarest and yet most sought after games for the Playstation. I heard about the Suikoden series when I was in Jr. High and Game Informer had it's 100th issue. In it, they had a 100 Greatest Games of All Time list that was voted upon by their readers. That was the first time I had heard of Suikoden and Suikoden 2. I wanted to play every game on the list, so I went about renting and buying the ones that looked or sounded interesting. I rented the first Suikoden and got stuck within an hour or two into the game... I'm not sure why or how. Either way, I decided that I didn't like the Suikoden so I probably wasn't going to like the second one.

Fast forward to a few months ago. The Suikoden games have strayed rather far from their source material and I was never really interested in RPGs on the PS2 anyway. So the Suikoden series hasn't been on my mind for a while. However, a friend on youtube told me that Suikoden 2 could have rivaled any other RPG on the console. Which is QUITE a statement when you think about the Playstation's RPG lineup. After getting some more opinions, I was so pumped to play it. However, not wanting to go buy a used copy for $70.00-$120.00 I downloaded it.

It was late at night and my roommate was asleep. I sat alone, in the dark with my head phones on and loaded up the game on an emulator... Then the intro video started and I just about shat myself. I got chills all up and down my spine just watching a preview of the intricate story that this game had prepared for me. However, the intro is pretty much just pieces of artwork gliding across the screen, which barely affected me at all. It was the music that pulled me in. The song ranges from happy and peaceful to intense and foreboding. Also, I'm a sucker for anything with an epic choir.

With my general love for Playstation-era RPGs, I obviously am now in love with this game, even if I can't play it at the moment (left it at my parent's house). It's just as good as everyone told me it was and it has exceeded all my expectations, making me an instant fan of the Suikoden series. The story is also one of the best, exploring some very mature and heavy themes. Why did I not play this when I was younger!? If liked Star Ocean, I would have flipped out over this game. Also, playing it has gotten me really pumped for the upcoming Suikoden: Tierkreis for the DS. I only hope the story is as good as this one. If you haven't played Suikoden 2, I would encourage you do go download it asap. You will NOT be disappointed. Please enjoy the music.
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