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12:54 AM on 08.29.2009  

Hi, this is for you. <3

Hope all your vaginas feel better now that you've had so much fun. I'm glad I could start such a trend.

This blog is for you. Enjoy it, because I am.

Now don't all cry in my comments all at once, take turns.

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11:14 AM on 08.27.2009  

Soon to be PS3 owner.. games?...help! (s-blog)

Hey guys, I'm getting my 120GB PS3 "Slim" today in an hour or so and I just wanted some help picking out some games for the system.

I plan on buying Batman: Arkham Asylum, Killzone 2, and inFamous right away. However, I'm stumped as to what other games I should get.

I'm looking for some games with some good multiplayer action, but really I'll look into just about any suggestion I'm given. Please help me out and let me know so I can get some good ideas. Thanks! :)   read


9:59 PM on 08.20.2009  

Community Challenge: Beat My Score.

Hey guys, I'm not sure if any of you have seen this game yet, but I saw it today and now I'm addicted.

It's an XBL Indie Game called "I MAED A GAM3 W1TH ZOMBIES 1N IT!!!1" and it's an absolute blast.

It's a top down, dual analog stick shooter, meaning you move and shoot with both analog sticks. AND YOU KILL ZOMBIES, among other things. It gets pretty hard and the best score I could achieve so far is 857,200.

Picture for proof:


Picture was taken with my computer webcam and I mirrored it because it was the least painful way to flip the image the correct way, for me anyway.

It costs roughly 1 dollar (80 Microsoft Points) to purchase the game, and there's even a demo if you wanna try it before you buy it. I highly suggest picking it up and trying it out.

Last but not least... TRY TO BEAT MY SCORE! :)

There's no prize, just want to see how high you all can go, post your score with a screen shot in the comments and enjoy! :)   read


12:19 PM on 08.20.2009  

UPDATE: FFXIV Screens/Interview with Tanaka

!!!!!!!!

Here we go!

This post from FFXIVCore identifies the English translations for the monsters pictures we had, and the new class photos I posted yesterday.

Also confirms a few other things, but I'll let you read for yourself.

http://www.ffxivcore.com/index.php?/topic/495-even-more-exciting-new-info-from-gamescom/

ALSO:

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH HIROMICHI TANAKA

I am so very excited, going to read the interview now, but I wanted to post it first. Enjoy!   read


12:06 PM on 08.20.2009  

BRAND NEW FFXIV SCREENS!

So today I found some brand spankin' new FFXIV pictures/screen shots over at Dengeki!

Some of the shots are just basic pictures of a Gladiator fighting, others are landscape, others are... NEW MONSTERS! WOOO!

Check them out, amazing quality shots.

http://news.dengeki.com/elem/000/000/187/187560/   read


9:46 AM on 08.19.2009  

Today in Eorzea: [UPDATED: 2:40pm EST]

So, now that Gamescom is officially underway and Square Enix has brought FFXIV along as promised... everyone was wondering what would be revealed. Well, you bitched and you moaned, some of you were excited, some of you bitched some more, but finally it is here... and Square is running a playable alpha version of FFXIV on the floor at Gamescom.

I personally am not there, so all I will do is link to some sites where you can stay up to date. I haven't seen much actual new info being revealed, however there are plenty of pictures and videos to go around for the time being.

Check out these sites:

http://www.eorzeapedia.com/

http://www.ffxivcore.com/index.php?/topic/424-ffxiv-at-gamescom-updated-all-the-time (Coverage by a FFXIVCore member directly from Gamescom floor)

I will update this blog, or make a new one if I hear anything new, so stay tuned.

P.S. There have been no updates to the NA FFXIV site, not sure about the EU site.

Edit:

In case no one has ventured beyond his page to look for some info on their own, here's a couple screen shots I was excited by.

CACTUAR AND MALBORO!



Look at that draw distance, and it all looks explorable!



Shows the Gladiator class and some skills it can use. (Provoke, Red Lotus, Shield Bash, among others. I can't translate, but there are translations around on some of the sites.)



Shows some areas of Eorzea that will be explorable.



And last but not least, some other classes? Gatherer/Ranger/Monk/Warrior(maybe a Berserker variant, as opposed to the Gladiator?)



Also, check these two forum posts for some updates/general discussion by other fans.

http://www.bluegartrls.com/forum/80319-ff-xiv-news-summary-gamescom-8-15am-est.html

http://www.bluegartrls.com/forum/79109-final-fantasy-xiv-gamescom-2009-updated.html

Stay tuned!   read


12:01 AM on 08.08.2009  

In defense of FFXIV.

i decided to re-post my response to Jim Sterling's opinion article earlier on not talking about FFXIV.

Jim's story can be found: here.

I must mention that my response was in no way meant to bash Jim for his opinion, I was merely responding with my own opinion + some facts. Keep in mind that while I was writing this, even though Jim's post sparked my comment, I was thinking about the general mass of people that have been complaining about the game. Parts of my comment also refer to the comments of others on his story.

Here is my response:

@Jim Sterling - I love reading your articles, at first I was skeptical of you, but I got used to full pages of your sarcasm and now can\'t wait to laugh at your reviews. Even this post made me laugh, however, I would like to respectfully disagree with your opinion, sort of.

While I soundly agree that Square takes a ridiculously long time to develop games, and that the entire FFXIII saga is ridiculous in every way; FFXIII and FFXIV are developed by two completely different groups of people.

Final Fantasy XIV has, too, been a 5 year long project, which is pretty normal for an MMORPG. I think one of the reasons that FFXIV was announced before FFXIII has been released is because the audience for an MMO is a lot broader than that of a standard RPG. Not to mention, as I believe someone else already stated, with the current MMOs out there (WoW, Aion, etc.) Square has to generate a decent amount of hype if they want FFXIV to catch up to the forefront. That being said, it would have definitely been possible for them to announce it at a later time and still create lots of hype... the game is set to be released in 2010, quarter unknown, and that doesn\'t leave much time left.

FFXIV will be appearing at Gamescom next week, and after that the only other thing I can think of before the end of the year is TGS; which doesn\'t leave much time for them to hype up the game. They also plan to have a 4-6 (I believe those are the right numbers) month beta. So given the time frame, it makes perfect sense for them to have announced XIV before XIII has been released.

Now I understand that it is SquareEnix\'s decision, as a company, when to announce their games, but seeing as how XIII and XIV have different development teams, the games are going to be created a different paces. Created at the same time, yes, but by different people. In fact, the development team for FFXIV is mostly the same team that developed XI.

To address the comments/complaints about \"wah wah wah, why are the MMOs part of the numbered series;\" it\'s because they\'re a STILL Final Fantasy games, they STILL have a story, and they use characters/lore from previous Final Fantasy games. I\'ve yet to see a valid argument as to why they SHOULDN\'T be part of the main series, if someone could supply me with one, please do.

To conclude, is it strange that Square announces later numbered installments to the FF series before previously numbered games are released?... yeah, kind of. But is it completely out of line/non-sensical? No not really. XIV needs to be talked about to really get people interested, a lot of time is invested into the development of an MMO, and there is still a beta to be held.

I still await the day when people stop complaining about silly little things like this, but I know it will never come.

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I would just like to see some other peoples' opinion on the matter. I don't understand why people have been bashing FFXIV... most of them don't even have reasons besides "it's stupid." For those that just don't enjoy MMORPGs I understand, there's nothing wrong with that, but some people just seem to be saying that the game is stupid, without even giving reasons.

I know that Jim was only stating that he doesn't understand why Square talks about FFXIV before XIII was out, but I think he is wrong and that FFXIV needs to be talked about, as I stated.

Most of what I have to say right now has already been stated above in my response to Jim's post, so for now I would just like to see the opinions of the community.   read


9:21 PM on 08.06.2009  

Short-blog: Full page FFXIV Famitsu mag scans.

Well it's about time that the French did something useful.

I saw these last night but didn't feel like making a blog about it. I found it burried in the Blue Gartr forum thread that I posted yesterday and it's a nice little hidden gem.

FULL PAGE SCANS from Weekly Famitsu of their FFXIV coverage. So far everyone has posted bits and pieces of the article, but somehow these French site managed to acquire full page scans. Enjoy.

http://www.ffring.com/news/Final-Fantasy-XIV-dans-la-presse-asiatique-beaa30357c4.html   read


4:20 PM on 08.05.2009  

Final Fantasy XIV Info (Crunshii follow-up blog)

After reading Crunshii's blog, which you can find HERE

I did a little searching myself on my favorite FFXIV websites and I came up with these links:

How Final Fantasy XIV Works (Credit to Video Cognito for posting link in Crunshii's blog)

Races Named, Classes Revealed (Eorzeapedia)

FFXIV Races, Jobs & Quests (FFXIV ZAM)

And finally, a large compiled post of screen shots (FEATURING IN GAME SCREENS) and some more translations from Order of the Blue Gartr

Blur Gartr forum post

Enjoy all the juicy stuff. I'm super excited for FFXIV and this info makes me squeal. I can't wait for Friday when the entire Famitsu article is officially out !   read


11:16 PM on 08.03.2009  

Some more Final Fantasy XIV info.

I saw the video** on Kotaku - In case anyone wants to flame me for posting it here when it's on Kotaku, I don't care, I'm merely relaying information because I'm very excited for the game - it's not really new information because it's footage from an interview from E3, but it has some things that I haven't seen before, and just nice to see another video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rmip7Iv5bfM

Apparently there is a hidden message or something in the trailer, but I certainly can't see anything too hidden, and I've watched it plenty of times.

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As for some other news, I posted another blog not too long ago relating to FFXIV but it seems like quite a few people missed it because I posted it around 4 in the morning I think; or maybe no one cared.

But anyway, I'll just restate here that FINAL FANTASY XIV will be at GAMESCOM (Leipzig) this year, August 19-23.

A link to the news story I found this from: http://www.eorzeapedia.com/2009/07/28/final-fantasy-xiv-at-gamescom/

Also, feel free to check my previous blog entry for a more detailed entry.

ENJOY! :)   read


4:44 AM on 07.29.2009  

Oh herro. FFXIV info! + good deals = great frustration.

Well hello there Destructiod, I haven't blogged in over a month now, but it's fine. I've been busy.

"I've been busy." doesn't mean that I've been too busy to obsessively check up on information about Final Fantasy XIV as I eagerly wait more information every waking moment of my life.

So now I present to you this:

Apparently, Square Enix will be showing off Final Fantasy XIV at the upcoming convention GamesCon, formerly Leipzig, August 19-23. *needsnewpants*

"World Premieres and Internationally Developed Titles Take Centre Stage

London (28th July 2009) – Square Enix Europe, the business unit integrating sales and marketing forces of Square Enix Ltd. (Square Enix) and Eidos Interactive (Eidos), announced today its exciting line-up of combined titles which will be on show at GamesCom 2009, Cologne, August 19th – 23rd.

GamesCom 2009 will mark the first time Square Enix and Eidos titles will be showcased together; highlighting the growing diversity of the expanding global entertainment company. This year’s stand features games developed from around the world offering highly-anticipated experiences across genres and platforms.


The playable world premiere of SUPREME COMMANDER® 2 will be joined by the eagerly-awaited BATMAN™: ARKHAM ASYLUM, DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY®, FINAL FANTASY XIII, FINAL FANTASY XIV, KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 DAYS, MINI NINJAS™ and ORDER OF WAR™."

"FINAL FANTASY XIV
Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
Brand: Square Enix
Platform: PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system / Windows PC
Genre: MMORPG
Release Date: 2010
http://www.finalfantasyxiv.com

The surprise announcement of E3 2009 is set to be one of the main attractions at GamesCom 2009. An all new massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), planned for a simultaneous global release with language support in German, French, English and Japanese.

Adventure begins anew in the vast realm of Eorzea!"

So that's that. Now I'm super excited, but I can rest easy knowing some closure may finally come my way, as I've been on edge ever since that horrid excuse for a Q&A session @ E3.
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Onto another topic, concerning the $19.99 price tag some games had today at GameStop; namely: Street Fighter IV.

The minute I heard that the game was on sale new for 20 bucks, I drove to the closest store and bought it.

I had owned a Sega Genesis so I played plenty of Street Fighter in my day, as well as in arcades, and I always remember it being an enjoyable experience. I assumed SFIV would being me the same joy.

..Holy fucking shit Street Figher IV is hard and frustrating. Now, I'm not master at fighting games, but I always was pretty good, I can lay down a decent hurting in most fighters.

Has Street Fighter always been so hard? Was I just too young before to realize that I sucked at Street Fighter and simply enjoyed dying? From what I recall, Street Fighter on Sega Genesis was not that hard, SFIV is a whole other world of difficulty. I found myself ready to throw the controller through my TV as I became more and more frustrated from losing on the easiest difficulty. The computer uses the cheapest combos sometimes, one character in particular, Abel, will literally grab you and throw you around the whole time, and then evade your moves, and then make all the hair on your head turn gray. Quite frustrating.

I gradually got better from doing the practice modes, but it's still quite difficult. Fun none the less to enjoy a new SF game, and for 20 bucks at that.

Out of curiosity, does anyone else find Street Fighter IV very difficult?   read


10:14 PM on 06.16.2009  

A Gamers Lament.

Today/night has been a really slow day/night, and I decided look at my stack of strategy guides (mostly guides of games I no longer have since GameStop never took guides for trade ins).

And I realize something. I really, really, really regret trading in so many games and systems. I'm genuinely upset at myself for being such a douche bag and thinking it was a good idea to trade in the old for the new. I mean... I can't be too mad at myself as I was a young kid. I'm only 19, so when I was trading in my original PlayStation and it's games... or my Nintendo 64 and the games... or my Gameboy Color and the games.... I didn't realize how much I would regret it later on. What classics I was giving away, I just figured, "this stuff is old, I want a shiny new PS2, or a shiny new Xbox."

Hell, I especially regret some of my trade ins from recent years of great GameCube and PS2 games that I traded in so I could get Xbox 360 games/accessories. Shit, I f***ing traded 93 dollars worth of games/accessories in order to get the 100 dollar Xbox 360 wireless piece of shit thing. What a fucking retard I am. Srsly.

On a night when I have more time/am more awake I'll prolly make a full heart felt post of everything I wish I still had and miss. :( I'll probably also chronicle my FFXI career, since I'm feeling reminiscent.

Sigh.

/endsadblog.

P.S. In case someone wants to flame me and tell me this blog sucks or isn't video game related enough. Please don't. I apologize if this offends you, I'm publishing it anyway; it makes me feel better.   read







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