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I have been a gamer for as about as long as I can remember. Started on an Intelevision my father picked up for me and my sister at a garage sale. I played countless hours of Baseball(when I was playing with my sister) and Astromash by myself. I moved onto a Nes a little later than everyone else had to get by on a Atari 2600 but had started to collect a respectable amount of retro systems Atari 5600 and 7800, Magnavox Odyssey 2, and countless generic Pongs and countless games for all of them from a really cool swap meet. But Nes definitely holds a special place for me cause I wanted one for so long. As soon as I was able to buy my own stuff by mowing yards etc I have went overboard and really haven't slowed down yet.

I am an owner of all the consoles I like them all though I may occationally hate on particular console makers time to time when I feel they have lost there way or just did something stupid. I particularly do not like the hardcore fan-boys those that the truth means nothing to or are blind to it. People shouldn't dis great games just because of their platform.

I play just about every type of game out there with the exception of sports titles though I have been known to dabble with them from time to time more on the fantasy variety like Hotshots Golf or the Mario "insert sport here"(can't wait for Mario Marco Polo). My favorite Genre has to be rhythm games followed by action adventures and platformers but I also enjoy racing games(Interstate 76 is probably my all time favorite car game which is saying something I'm an indecisive person(Interstate 82 would probably be the biggest let down for a car game))and RPG's, Puzzlers etc.

I am also an anime fan really both have fueled each other. I really like comedy the best though serious titles do have there moments. I have weirded friends out with Sexy Commando Gokkudokun and corrupted people with Ebichu.
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I skipped Final Fantasy XIV the 1st time around and before I had a chance to get interested it had pretty much been declared a rushed game that like so many MMO's before it, and it suffered for it. And Sadly it seems they are getting off to a rough start again.

My 1st sign I saw there were going to be problems was in the registration of my pre reserves bonus. I had to register the code on one page that gave me another code. Then In the game launcher window it asked for logon and password and though the webpage I registered the code will take you email address it would not take it here it truncates it. Though this site I registered my code shows my games and activated code it makes not mention of users name. I had to click the forgot user name or password and afterwards it had no obvious info to point be to the user name as it felt entirely aimed and changing the password. But I was able to follow a link here to find another portal page that gave me my user name. I finally  got to a page I though was an error at 1st but had a hyperlink to take me to another page to enter the second code. This whole process was way to complicated and felt wonky and drawn out  why couldn't I just use my email address to logon why did I have to jump through so many hoops to get my user name why did I have to jump through loops to activate the code. But in the end I got though this was able to preload the game and was excited to start playing the head start.

Flash forward to Head Start weekend I played 1st thing in the morning worked great but didn't want to get to deep because I was  waiting to get friends servers and had to work so logged off for an hour came back 3 hours of maintenance mean I didn't get to log back in till bed time so barely got to play.Flash forward to Sunday got on fine and  stayed on till a quest seemed to bug on my on big deal i logged off and back...to be greeted with the server is full please try again later. Which I proceed to try for the rest of the day to get back in. Some servers will give you a wait queue but not all. I under stand servers can be full and I really don't mind the wait just let me I have to wait my f-ing turn in line just put a count on the screen. Additionally I have not seen an easy way to see the population of servers and this should be a staple of MMO's at this point, perhaps its there but I dont see it. 

Hopefully this is a temporary issue that they are able to remedy quickly. And annoyances aside if they can get past this BS and get the servers in order for launch I wont hold it against them but they are skating on thin ice here and I can't believe they would take these chances with their game with the original XIV's failures. I mean come on this  is a re release and this is a head start not a beta those were supposedly done already.

Now for something completely off subject  but why the hell is any MMO restricting characters to a server. I don't have to be on a specific Facebook servers to communicate with my friends and family. You have a 1st name last name system those are some pretty unique names. Create a database for the characters that is separate from the game servers. You could have better load balancing and you could simply jump to a different shards to play with friends if the shard you are on is full, this could even be automatically done. This would greatly reduce the frustration of not being able to play the character you want cause your server is down.

Thought I would point out it appears RevAnthony is #1 on the Braid Leaderboards.

Sorry for the poor image quality.

3:30 PM on 07.26.2008

I just logged onto steam this morning for a treat. It appears there is a 50% off sell on Bioshock going till monday the 28th. So load up and get Bioshock for $14.99.

Like many other with the Sony Summer sales I jumped on to download a couple of titles I had missed. One being High Stakes on the Vegas Strip: Poker Edition the other being Pixeljunk monsters. The download for monsters was a tiny 60 MB for what seems to be a great game. And High stakes especially being a 3d game was not a terrible download at 309 MB.

But it my opinion it was 309 MB too much or 10 MB too little. Allow me to expand on this as many people have seen titles like this on the other consoles when you launch a game it instantly needs patched, unfortionatly though on this game its 319 MB that needs patch and furthermore this is a patch you cannot background download. But even that I do not totally take issue with. But take a look at the below image and you will see what I do have an issue with.

Sorry if the quality is sub par only have a cell phone camera.

After installing the game it now takes up 319 MB of space not the 319 + the 309 of the original. So this leads me to believe this is not a patch persay but a full download of a patched version. I am pretty sure games like Super Stardust HD have done this too. But the problem here is this I just bought the game why isn't the patched version the one offered for download.

Now this isnt the end of the world but it does irk me at the inability to make decent size patch for this game and some others. I have never had downloads like this on my 360 or PC games as those patches are generally small patches(at least smaller than the original download). I can only suspect that either they did not build a path for upgrade into their architecture of the game or the encrytion they use just does not allow for it. I hope this is addressed in future games.

Sorry end of rant.
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2:21 AM on 07.05.2008

Thought I would share these images I took of some interesting rockets I found. I have seen them before years ago and they still make them but I'm pretty sure Sonic's likeness is not licensed.

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Thought I would take a moment to share a stroll down memory lane with the classic machinima Blahbalicious. I was just recently linked and reminded myself of Blahbalicious it is probably the 1st Machinima I ever saw and I didn't even know what that was at the time. I really need to pull out my quake addon disk out again anyways Blahh Blah Blaaaaahhhh!!!!!!