"We constantly have to revisit 'Why would Donkey Kong do this?' or 'Why would this environment be like this?' And then we start thinking: 'We're making a game about a gorilla wearing a tie.'"
-Michael Kelbaugh of Retro Studios on Donkey Kong Country Returns
"I have to say it's kinda scary how much you know about this game."
-Nicolau Chaud creator of Marvel Brothel
For a lot of you, summer has been long gone for awhile. In Houston, we've just really started to have the weather turn in to some actual Fall type weather. I've been in a bit of a rut with all the seasonal change stuff and it's personally affected a lot of my writing. A few of my ideas which in my head seem brilliant, aren't transcribing well.
I'm sure this is why I've held on to the Extra Life event so much. I know how to romanticize fundraising as it's been a part of my life since I was a kid. I'm not saying that helping children's hospitals calls for the dramatic, but it's simple for me to write about. So I've scapegoated some decent writing for charity.
What's pushed this further is the fact that I don't think I've been challenged in any of the comments of the posts I've written. My most recent non-Extra Life related blogs have challenged a reviewer's presentation method on an 8 out of 10 score, informed people that they don't have to pay for games strapped down by codes to optional content, and triumphed Superman Returns as a classic.
By god man, put me in my place. This is insanity typed out.
My argument must be either very good (not likely) or my presentation of said argument must be unreliably dull. I'm an argumentative person at heart and I guess I just haven't been in a good back and forth in a while. I guess I'm itchin' for some debatoid round these here parts. Where you at Sean?
Meh, this has most definitely been the rut talking.
I guess this being a games blog and all, I should talk about video games. I went through a demo fit earlier this week and was stuck in a very real debate over whether I should buy SoulCaster I or SoulCaster II. When it reached a stalemate, I bought Wizorb.
While it is still way too early to throw words like "Game of the Year" out, the game is delicious. I enjoy breaking bricks probably a bit more than others, but this game hits a soft spot that has been left alone for a very long time. It feels like Zelda and Arkanoid in some of the best ways possible. Unfortunately, I hate the original Zelda's dungeon music and there is some major homage going on in a lot of the tunes.
When you play the same world for an hour, it really breaks you in half. Other than that, it's a solid Brick Breaker clone with amazing graphics and personal touches. I bought it without a demo, that's how sold I was on the game's concept. Try it.
Speaking of music, HardcoreGaming101.net just concluded their top 1000 Video Game Music list and it's a very fun one to go through. I personally refused to vote as I'm not going to come up with a list of songs that may or may not be better than the other. I'm not that focused on music. However, I will read through a list from gamers with an audience like HG101's. It's also interesting to note that the list is numerical and then alphabetical. So games 676-1000 all received the same number of votes. Knowing this should help ease some of the debates.
Super glad that Chrono Cross and Nier made a big appearance as those two games have some of the greatest music ever made.
Overall, It's a solid list of entries and I have only a few real issues with it. Metroid's title theme on the NES should be highest of the Metroid series as it's absolutely haunting and fantastic to listen to (here is a cool classical guitar version). Tactics only having one song in the top 250 (that's below the godawful Blue Dragon Boss Theme) is a bit annoying though my bias really is showing on that.
As you can see, I'm having a lot of fun judging the list and I'll get back to that after this post is over. I just wanted to highlight a fun article. I relived a lot of my time spent on this hobby going through the list and found some really awesome songs from games I've never played.
Now that we're in the thick of it, I don't know if I'm particularly enamored with any games coming out for the holiday onslaught. That's not to say there isn't a feast to be had with this offering, I'm just not hungry. Batman would be the only one I really would jump on, but I'm wasn't a really huge Arkham Asylum fan. I know the game is like comic fanboy candy or something, but a lot of the design choices Rocksteady makes, I can't appreciate. What they did however was make a solid game, so I can't fault them on that part.
Other than that, I've got nothing. Skyrim would be a distant second, but I'm not one of those types that enjoys a good "do whatever the fuck you want" sim. Minecraft made that abundantly clear.
Nothing else really is hitting me on the nose. I need to go back and fill in some backlog necessities and I'm having a serious debate with my wife on which version of Mass Effect 3 I'm forced to buy for the household, but that's about it. No shooters or RPGs that really appeal to me as a gamer. Just Batman 2: Back in the Habit.
Current Games for Xmas presents list:
Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster
Anything I'm just missing out on?
I have a copy of King of Fighters XIII preordered to me by GameTrailers whenever it releases. I'll finally be able to put my copy of '99 away and get current gen fighting. As you all saw with my shameful Extra Life performance, I'm not great at fighters, but I'm actually excited for this. The sexy HD sprites alone are worth it. Though I'm a bit concerned about Mai's back problems as her standing sprite is drastically different.
What this means is that I actually have a PS3 game I can play online with people who might want to play with me. So I've been researching ways in which to talk to said persons on the line. My bluetooth doesn't work and I really don't want to buy a new headset. I was thinking of getting one of these usb adapters for my pc headset, but I'm not even sure if it'll be able to convert the signal. Bah.
Recently, I've seen a lot of pornography from the games industry in random screenshots. I have nothing more to really add to that.
Usually around now I talk about something Anime or UFC related. I ran out of some decent anime, so I decided to play by ear again and tried one of those shows that people talk about. Dance in the Vampire Bund was the winner and it is a solid show if you don't mind the fact that the lead love interest looks like a child. Stay classy Japan.
It has that vampire vs werewolf thing that seems to be all the rage amongst young girls. It's not like I'm in to that kind of stuff.
Sooooooo...how about some manly stuff.
Something else I've been watching is the Ultimate Fighter. It is a much better season than last year and we still haven't gotten to the mariachi band or the donkeys. Mayhem and Bisping just seem to have the coaching aspect down enough to be able to goof around without looking too bad. Still the best reality show on TV, though that isn't saying much.
Other than that, I'm constantly waiting to watch TV shows with my wife as she's been working the closing shift recently and our schedules aren't meshing. So I basically sit around for a few hours trying to kill time before she gets home and we watch 2 Broke Girls or whatever.
Yes, I'm watching 2 Broke Girls. I know it's predictable garbage. I don't really have a whole lot of other options that aren't crime dramas between Monday and Thursday.
The Truth section of this past Comments of the Week revealed something to me. We really haven't had a lot of quality truth in the past few weeks. That's not an offense to the birth of a community member's child or the hilarity of Bjork sounding like Jerk, it's just I miss a call to attention of a well thought out post.
Poopface Morty made me realize that I do like to have a bit of truthiness dropped on me from time to time. Maybe his comment was just that damn good. Also, the LOL section has gotten insane with the addition of the forum kids. There is no excuse to forget about you people anymore. Forums, we definitely have them.
This was something my kid and I built. It was supposed to be a mask, but the thing was way to unsteady to be held. It was then smashed in a fit of spite. Daddy apparently used too many blocks to build this. It needed to be deconstructed immediately after completion so something better could apparently get made.
Ah well. At least I was able to get this picture off and now it will be added to my block figure photo collection comprised mostly of famous Disney cartoon characters.