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11:40 AM on 12.10.2008

And in a COMPLETE about-face....

I took down my Wii listing, after not receiving a bid on it over the auction's first two days and 17 hours.

I have one complete Wii-mote, Super Mario Galaxy, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Wii Sports and sealed copies of Nights: Journey of Dreams and Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure.

I figure I was going to get A BID on it, starting out the auction for $129.99, with $13.50 for shipping, but not a one. Not a friggin' one!

So, I'm saying "Screw it, I'll keep the thing" and I'll just save some money up for a Playstation 3.

This a way I can get 120 stars with Luigi, go back through Corruption again and give Zack and Wiki a try. I'll definitely have to check out Mario Kart Wii as well, and it was GREAT to hear about Dragon Quest X getting a Wii release. Maybe things are looking up for the system, with some games for "gamers who are not casual" in 2009.

Note the conspicuous absence of a reference to Nights.....I might hold off on checking that one out. Might just put it on Goozex. I dunno.

But yeah, Dragon Quest X would be good, but EVEN THOUGH Mad World looks pretty darn rad, No More Heroes looked pretty rad too.....and that one didn't work out so hot.

I might have to give Castlevania Judgment a rental just so I can know definitively whether it licks the Big C or if it's got a little somethin' somethin' in it that'll be worth my time.

....and, in the meantime, I'll be playing Order of Ecclesia, and I might just snap back into Super Mario Galaxy and round up the other 57 stars I gotta get with Luigi.

OH, and I might have to play some Super Smash Bros. Brawl sometime too. I wasn't a huge fan of Melee on the Cube, but I'll have to explain that in another blog.....   read

4:32 PM on 12.07.2008

Swing low....sweet chariot.....

A year later and NO comments! Give yourselves a hand!

But seriously, if you read either of my previous posts and got something out of them, kudos to you. (thumbs up) And sign up as a member of or if you haven't already, and are looking for some second-hand games without getting shafted out of your games' values at GameStop.

Anyhoo, I'm gonna sell my Wii on eBay soon. No More Heroes turned out to be just a *little* too tedious for my taste, with the combat being nothing that compelled me to complete it, even though I did spend one day playing it for six hours straight. Maybe *that's* why I decided to be rid of it... And frickin' Castlevania Judgment just feels, to me, like a kick in the face. I'm a pretty big Castlevania fan, so of course I wouldn't mind having the chance to play a good one on the Wii while I've got it. NO says Konami, NO SIR, NOT FOR YOU, YOU PITIFUL OWNER OF THE WII who happens to be a Castlevania fan. You WILL take our pseudo-fighter while you lie on your back, and LIKE IT.

My response:

Sell my Wii and not think twice about it.

In unrelated Castlevania news, this past week, I got Casltevania: Order of Ecclesia, for Nintendo DS for those not in the know, and it's an entertaining game so far. Got it used from another N.C. guy on Gametz for $22 shipped. See, see? Didn't have to take 1/4th trade-in value on a good game to get it either.

And, I finally did get my job that I was looking for in newspapers.....and I'm kinda wanting out of it right now. When the best newspaper in the state offers 200 "voluntary" buyouts to its editorial staff (as the Raleigh News & Observer did over this summer), THAT's when ya gotta question the viability of the business. I didn't even know there WERE 200 people in that newspaper's editorial department. That's INSANE.

Anyway, gotta work tonight. Gotta write a story about huntin'. Catch ya'll in another year.

Ha ha HA, just kidding......   read

10:31 PM on 12.04.2007

And later has come now....

This one's gonna be short and sweet.

Bought a couple of used games today, Karaoke Revolution sans microphone (PS2) and Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II (Xbox). I was wanting to get God of War II, since I saw it at the pawn shop yesterday, but the sucker was gone today. I guess Karaoke's a good consolation prize though.

Played Dark Alliance II for about an hour and a half this evening, and I've come to the conclusion's just like Dark Alliance. DA ruled, but top down hack 'n slash can get just a weeee bit old when when a sequel doesn't add a little more flavor to the combat. I tried dual-wielding a hatchet and a short sword with the dark elf monk (or whatever she was), and then I realized, DOH, this isn't Knights of the Old Republic. So, I stuck with a shortbow with her. And.....that game'll get tedious just shooting things from long range the whole time.

I might go back to the pawn shop and get the long-box version of Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors for PSOne and see how well that game's held up, especially with what I'm sure are the ever present load-times. Darkstalkers 3 handled them well enough, but that game came out four years after the first PS Darkstalkers. But we'll see.

And for my kicks right now, I'm wanting Criterion DVDs. I just won Frederico Fellini's "8 1/2" earlier today, and just about 15 minutes ago, I won a documentary from 1974 about Vietnam called "Hearts and Minds." Yeah, win the country's hearts and minds by blowing 'em all to shit. Gosh, you'd think a country's future leaders would learn something and not repeat a huge mistake all over again. Oh wait, I live in the real world. (Mumbles to self in the corner)

NO, I will NOT tell you what I have just mumbled to myself! ....even if it was nothing at all!....and even if I didn't even go into the corner and do anything.......


Hope you all like my pixelated-as-hell banner of my Castlevania: Dracula X cart. I'll never part with that cart. Got it for $5 at an EB Games in Winston-Salem, and it was like that when I bought it. Someone ripped the label off, and another genius wrote "Dracula" back in with a red marker. Maybe I'll get a clearer shot up there for you guys sometime. In the *meantime*, just trust me. It's awesome.

Hope you all signed up for your and accounts! DOOOO EEEEET. And then trade with me. =D

Later all   read

9:12 PM on 12.02.2007

Woo hoo!


No, not really, but I'm enamored with those two clips of No More Heroes. Holy smack that game looks like a must-own. If you have a sense of humor about over-the-top violence......(if there's any to be found in it, my humanist side taking over).

So yeah, a little about me. Wow, where to begin. Well, I guess it's good to start with the fact that I'm looking for work, preferably in the newspaper business. I want some experience, dag on it!

Ok, enough. I've been playing Metroid Prime 3: Corruption on the Wii, been lovin' it for the most part. There was one point though when I was confused about whether I could get across this biiiiig ravine with the screw attack or not. So, it kinda turned into a fruitless maze and candy hunt for two and a half hours, until I looked up a tip on that implied that it was possible to get across it. After doing so, and other than the unsuccessful fetch quest, I believe Corruption to be a little slice of gaming heaven, bestowed onto my good person courtesy of Woo hoo! Second-hand game trading rules.

So, if any wisdom is to be imparted onto anyone so unfortunate to read this, please take this with you. If you've got used games....please........for the love of your dearly departed pet Smoochy......please.....

Don't trade your games in to Gamestop. Under no circumstances. Period.

At the very least, get a little unlazy and sell your dang game on Ebay, or sign up for a couple of wonderful websites, one I've frequented for over 5 years now. The one I've been on over half a decade is, and the one I've used for almost a year is the aforementioned They're both solid. Gametz's free, Goozex is essentially a dollar per trade. Gametz, you gotta try to barter with people "directly", Goozex, you "trade-in" your games for points, make yourself a wanted list and wait to see if you're paired up to receive a game or not. They both work well for me, as I've accumulated a sizable library of Dreamcast, Playstation, Playstation 2, Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, NES, SNES and Nintendo 64 games for almost 15 years, online and in person.

And yeah, how about Jeff Gerstmann gettin' fired for doing what he's (supposedly) supposed to do? I liked Gamespot more when Greg Kasavin was still there, but hey, times change and so do people and businesses. But if the single person who replaced Kasavin in the editorial department, the Larsen fella, was responsible for Gerstmann's ouster, for not drinkin' that advertising dollar Kool-Aid (TRADEMARK!), then piss on 'im. I know when I was still workin' for a newspaper, I took a tip from one of the layout ladies about a woman's death that I reported. After that, I tried to get a story in the paper about Richard Petty advertising for a local company, but the dang thing didn't get in until like, almost a week after I wrote it.

Ok, fine, the first tip was very pertinent, because the lady who died was well-known in the community. But I guess my "canoodling" over the Richard Petty advertising spot (the company he did the ad for was advertising heavily with the newspaper) was seen as ENCROACHMENT. ENCROACHMENT. UNHOLY, GOD-FORBIDDEN, SACRILIGEOUS, RAT-MATING ENCROACHMENT ON THE HOLY SANCTITY OF THE SEPARATION OF ADVERTISING AND EDITORIAL!! Piss on it.

So yeah, how do these two stories relate? Frankly, perhaps due to my reservoir of naivete, I did not see my ENCROACHMENT as anything but trying to break an interesting community story about about a well, well known commodity doing a spot for a local company. Gerstmann's case reeks, reeks, reeks of management malfeasance. I know money's money, but if I was threatened with losing my job over a review, not being able to do what my responsibility is (reviewing content transparently and with appropriate scathing humor at its ramshackle "quality), then I'd like to think I'd have the balls to go ahead and quit. There are other jobs, and if I was with a company for X number of years, doing my job well, someone somewhere else who is less of a douchebag is surely going to take notice and hire me up.

Best of luck to Jeff. Take heed friends, though, because shit is just a part of life. But when someone takes the bastard initiative to take their own stinky douche in their now-stinky hand and throw it in someone else's face, then by God, it's the community responsibility to hose that sucker down with a fire hydrant and clean him up with some pig-lye soap. Personally, I'm all for bringing back the great American tradition of tarring and feathering this country's time.........

Till later. *Poof*   read

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