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7:24 PM on 06.02.2008

Summer is coming, what to play?

So yeah, I have one more ISU presentation to do, then 3 in class exams and one formal then I'm done. Its really not a lot. Anyhow I've mostly been thinking of what to get for my summer treat. As a PS3 owner it is my responsibility to buy Metal Gear Solid 4, but I need something to last the summer or until mid summer.

I deeply resent Nintendo now, the Wii is very regretful for me. The Zelda and Mario Galaxy title were alright, in hind sight though I enjoyed Mario Sunshine and Wind Waker much more, they had more exploration and lasting experiences then the newest titles. Then of course Nintendo's casual game focus actually pisses me off. I have no idea what they've got coming for this years holiday rush, and they certainly have nothing now. I would sell my Wii but I love Zelda too much and probably wouldn't get good cash for it.

Then there is World of Warcraft. Albeit I suck at it, I planned out a quick intense game play session to just boost to level 60 then get Burning Crusade and do questing to level 70, and of course just plain and simple run around Azeroth gallivanting.

Theres a small, very, very, very, very, very times infinity small chance of turning Wii over for a 360, however in the ending value it would be a rip off, although I really want Fable 2.

Of course with World of Warcraft, its difficult for me to pay monthly, if I were to request a parents credit card to save money online with a recurring deal it could be a no, so for PC sake I could get Mass Effect, I think my PC could handle it.

Then theres Battlefield Bad Company, but I would rather get for 360 to play with my friend since we loved 2142 so much.

By the way, all this has been going through my head and thought over much more than school work, in fact an accounting test today has probably been done very poorly. Then again, my summer gaming needs to be perfect, it could be my last to loaf.

Just stuff to think about.   read

2:35 PM on 03.15.2008

Whats your biggest "OOPS" moment playing a game...

I have made a few mistakes in games, where I've died but not like "oh I just died", like it was a surprise and I was like "oh snap".

One of such instances was recently during a run through Resident Evil 4 (again). I was near the beginning, I had just bust open a door, shot gun in hand and there was a guy coming right at me. I've such skill as an instant head shot and his brains burst all over. Now, I was not aware that this can happen, but it did. His headless corpse kept moving forward, I've seen this before. But I was close to it, and it grabbed me and threw me to the ground. I was quite shocked and dismayed, as he had died by the time I got up, so no revenge. He got the last laugh...

Also more recently, in Brawl. I was unlocking toon link and so was facing him on the pirate ship, first time. I wasn't aware of that nice catapult at the tip, and thus when it was coming out, went to investigate. I stood right in front of it and WHAM! I got shot right off the edge. Almost died.

Countless moments I've had with oops. I'm sure you guys have had some too, no need to name them all, just your fondest or most recent.   read

10:46 PM on 03.12.2008

How about some more Resident Evil: Online?

I'm a bit of late bloomer when it comes to M rated games, I'll admit. But I gladly admit that my first M rated game(s) was the Resident Evil Essentials package, including: Code Veronica, Outbreak and 4. All of which are fantastic games, it saddens me that I never got to experience Outbreak online.

With my own interest recently peaked in 4 and Outbreak again (haven't played em in months since COD4). I thought "wait a second... PS3 has better online capabilities than 2, they should make an outbreak (or something new) for the PS3 with some slick online".

I am quite aware this post can only appeal to RE fans, but I must express my feelings. We need a new Resident Evil with some online co-op! I can just imagine screaming into the microphone "shoot him in the head, SHOOT HIM IN THE HEAD! GRAB THE SHOT GUN! ZOMBIE!"

Oh the online zombie slaughtering would be gorgeous on this gen, and user friendly with the online (as long as it isn't Wiis online service, or lack there of...).

How bout you? DO YOU crave some online zombie fun? Or am I just alone here...   read

3:12 PM on 03.11.2008

Mario VS. Sonic (Brawl)

So I've played through Subspace Emissary and classic, done hit the targets and played a few rounds of Brawl. I decided to make this video, I set Mario and Sonic both as level 9 CPUs and then plopped them in final destination.


I actually reserved Brawl last week, and a funny thing (well more sad) happened when I went to pick up Brawl. There was a dude there asking for any Wiis as I walk in, and the clerk says were all out due to Brawl, and the guy was like yea thats the game I wanted. Then I walk up in his face and take my copy. I'm surprised actually that there are still Wii shortages.

Seeing as I made this video it must be apparent that I love the game a lot. Albeit, I found SSE to be very bloated in content, unnecessarily long rather. But damn is it old school, a fantastic break from the "revolutionary" "casual" "games" the Wii seems to whore out.

Hope you like the video, the ending will shock you as there is a 50/50 chance either will win. Just don't read comments before watching.

Thanks for you interest.   read

3:18 PM on 03.07.2008

Not my Turning Point gaming rig

Well, I could use a new PC rig, mine is over four years old, thus it becoming obsolete. My speakers are broken, the one with the dent is the only one with sound coming out, but it has ruined all sound for my PC games. I have to play all my PC games with the sound off, otherwise it becomes annoying with random spikes in sound effects.

The specs are:

Dell XPS
Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.20 GHz
1.00 GB of RAM
288 GB memory
20' LCD Monitor

So thats the setup.

This is the broken speaker, with the dent so this one emits some sound. The other one doesn't.

When I first got it, it was gorgeous, fastest internet I ever experienced, smoothest game play (Sims 2 was all I had for it back then) and she booted up and sounded like a dream. But alas as time has passed, she dwindles. Heck, World of Warcraft doesn't even work that well on her now. At times, when shutting down a game, it will read an internal video error and just freeze now, making me scared to play games altogether on my PC.

Thanks for checking it out!   read

3:35 PM on 03.05.2008

Reserved Brawl. Bursting with anticipation.

It was probably unnecessary for me to reserve Brawl, but the thought of not attaining it this Saturday makes me sick, so I've insured my health. Funny how far the Wii has come already, and when looking back on other Nintendo consoles. Every time a new Mario or Zelda game comes out, it reminds me of my childhood and of gamings past. Perhaps this is unhealthy, but one of my fondest memories is of the times me and my friends rented the first Super Smash Bros. We played non-stop and it was just fantastic. To this day I still play Melee, and we played that forever too. Its wonderful to see the favourite characters triumphant return, as well as the new faces (to the Smash series at least).

I know I've griped about the Wii, but in all honesty Nintendo themselves have managed to keep things good (3rd party developers need to be spanked). With the Wii I've had more control of the games I get and have managed to secure a copy of all of Nintendo's big titles upon release (Metroid Prime 3, Super Paper Mario, Zelda Twilight, although got Mario Galaxy at Christmas...) and it just goes to show to me, how Nintendo never will get old.

All that being said, the slogan in the commercials for Brawl worry me, "the brawl to end all", does this mean this is the last Brawl, or is it just a slogan for the sake of rhyming? I just ponder is all.

Of course all this positive talk must be mirrored by the fact that for the past three months I've been playing my PS3 non-stop. Good news is, all my PS3 games are beaten, and I've played COD4 online a lot, so I'm ready for a new game, and luckily (thankfully) Brawl is finally being released.

Finally is an under statement however, its delays have broken many of my internal organs numerous times.

What rocks even more, is I've completed all my assignments for school, finished all tests (with As, to bribe my parents) and March Break is coming right up with the release of Brawl. Its almost as if, Nintendo planned its release to my schedule. Either way, its kind of odd how I give thanks for a video game, but really they're that good, and I'm more than happy to fork over fifty-six bucks for it.

Thanks for reading, I know its just some mushy thoughts of mine and Super Smash Bros, but thats what blogs are for. When your bored and have nothing better to do, plus as gamers we don't read much. Later.   read

9:22 PM on 02.15.2008

Looking forward to Spore!

I'm a cautious PC gamer, because if you open the package you can't return it if in reality your PC can not indeed handle a game. That being said my recent investigation into Spore has me excited! Will Wright is a fantastic game designer, most of my PC collection consists of The Sims and The Sims 2 and their respected expansions. I also took joy in Black and White 2, which to me Spore looks like The Sims meets Sim Societies meets Black and White with the whole God aspect to it.

Spore Images, this page got me really excited, the graphics look splendid, but not to scary to my PC specs and it also looks like it will be for previous versions and not Vista only.

I'm pretty sure a lot of gamers are not into the whole hours of designing stuff then watching it move type of game play, but to me this is the stuff that only the PC can process fluently. I am aware of this title having a port on the Wii, but honestly, it will be best played on the PC. In fact I challenge anyone to try and talk me into believing this title would be just as good on the Wii as on the PC. That being said, a Mario game would suck on the PC. Using the WASD keys to move Mario and Space to jump would be a grueling experience to say the least.

I'm a console specific gamer I suppose, I purchase a console (or computer) knowing before hand the kind of games and game play I am expecting (the Wii sure surprised me...). In fact as I like to close my petite blog postings with questions to give you the viewer a little time for expression as well, do you believe in console specific gaming? Are you a console specific gamer?

This may include the franchises, because Final Fantasy 13 honestly made me get the PS3 over the Xbox 360 and I bought my Wii for Mario and Zelda and I play RTS, Simulations and MMOs on PC. All totally different and equally awesome I might add. So how bout it?

-Sorry for the belated wishes, but happy day after Valentine's Day!   read

4:41 PM on 02.05.2008

Renting games. Is it better than buying?

I bring this up as it is relevant to my current gaming situation. I've rented Burnout: Paradise, and though with confusing thoughts at first it is a neat game, I wonder if it is better renting. See, I'm confused, 2008 has severe promise for being a fantastic year in titles. Already we have No More Heroes, Turok, Devil May Cry 4 and well Burnout: Paradise. With the advent of downloading the demos straight to your console (not applicable to Wii... sadly) for free, why rent?

Renting a game at Rogers is around 7 bucks in the end (with our wonderful Canadian taxes). A brand new game is around 65 dollars in the end, and you get it longer than five days. The demos give you a nice savory taste of a piece of the delicious game play of a game, making you crave the full features and if so the story.

All that being said, the Devil May Cry 4 demo left me slightly confused, probably due to the lack of substance. The Turok demo has also left me confused, thinking the game is stupid yet fun. I'm glad I've rented Burnout, as I wouldn't buy it. For one reason that just makes my decision is that if your playing a racing game, its nice to have real cars. I mean obviously you like cars, so actually virtually driving a Ferrari 559 would be sweet. Really sweet... Burnout has fake cars, and it makes it hard to really enjoy the models. Good game play aside from a confusing map.

Anyways, I suppose there is the fact that with a console game you can always return it once bought. Although once renting, that 7 dollars is down the drain, and after renting Tony Hawk's Proving Ground when it came out, I really felt as though I had wasted 7 dollars. Its not much but boy when a game sucks, you really feel bad.

Do you guys now prefer demos and buying, or renting then buying, or just demos or renting?   read

7:24 PM on 02.04.2008

My Current Top 5 Games (Because I Can)

So since I'm new here, and my previous posts have had a 3/4 success rate, I thought I'd share with you all my top favourite games of all time (as of Feb 4th 2008). I haven't yet so pretend like this post is uber original.

5- Super Mario Galaxy
When the Wii came out, two games had filled my dreams with creamy goodness; Twilight Princess and Mario Galaxy. The thing that Galaxy does right is return to more contemporary platforming roots. With amazing visuals that taint your eyes with splendiferous goodness and wacky animation of Mario flip flopping and flying all over space I felt a certain "high".

4- Paper Mario (N64)
Never has a Mario game taken the time to let the player explore the actual Mushroom kingdom in all its glory. I was in euphoria wondering the streets filled with Toadstools and then the cool wilderness and Koopa Village, the tropical Yoshi island... its a game that gave me hours (maybe days...) of fun that remains a fond childhood memory.

3- Dragon Quest 8
I wouldn't say I'm an RPG fan per-say, however I do enjoy the odd one now and again. Dragon Quest 8 had such a predictable plot, yet it was pulled off nicely with actually cool characters, that made you care. The ingenious methods of immersing game play such as saving through confession really drew me into the thick molasses of the game.

2- Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
One of the most pleasant surprises in gaming I've ever experienced. I simply love a good story and great characters, but for some reason high action games failed to incorporate said aspect. Uncharted literally combines all my favourite bits of gaming; good story, cool characters, slick action and jumping around!

1- The Legend of Zelda: OCARINA OF TIME MUTHA F**KAS!
The first game I owned was Ocarina, got my N64 and Goldeneye, along with my first Zelda game. I had been a fan before though, as since a very young age I had played the NES and SNES at my cousins house. I'd play for hours, and when Link grew into 3D and Hyrule was open for mouth watering exploration, I just... cry in joy...

There are other fantastic games that I love, Assassins Creed, Final Fantasy 12, Skies of Arcadia, Super Smash... but these games I hold dear to my heart for the amazing experience they provide(d).

Comment away, do you share the same feelings towards these titles even though they may not grace your own top 5?   read

3:17 PM on 02.03.2008

Mario Galaxy: Wii's Best bet ever, or so far?

I've moaned and groaned about the Wii and how I may or may not like motion controls, but in all honesty Zelda and Mario still remain awesome games. Its also no surprise that many gamers with their Wiis (not all gamers, as some would argue) are worried about future titles (excluding BRAWL, which should have been out months ago). Mario Galaxy has a quality that just screams Nintendo all over it, from all aspects. In fact it fought with Ocarina of Time for highest rated game of all time, but fell to second. Such a fantastic game does show the Wii has housing for amazing things, but this also poses a problem.

After playing Mario Galaxy I found myself wondering, when will I get an experience like this on the Wii again? Super Smash Bros Brawl will definitely bring the same amount of joy, but I'm talking about a future title that hasn't been revealed yet. Everyone is aware that Nintendo pretty much releases one big title from each franchise of Mario and Zelda and Super Smash to each of their consoles, so there won't be much hope for another Zelda adventure let alone a Mario one.

With the recent advent of realization that 3rd party games are rather crappy, who will produce a game for the Wii that could remotely match Mario Galaxy's quality? Rumours have spread that a Call of Duty 5 may grace the Wii, however that would require Infinity Ward to... take a step back from Call of Duty 4. Resident Evil 5 looks awfully bleak when considering it also on the Wii.

What do you guys think? I'm just curious as I ponder the future of the Wii.   read

3:17 PM on 01.27.2008

Does Nintendo appreciate their fans?

To start I think we (Nintendo fans) should be honest. None of us wanted motion controls or a tiny little machine with a sensor bar. After the Game Cube seemed to be a technical flop we wanted something to combat Sony and Microsoft. We wanted real jean texture in Mario's overalls, a Zelda title with voice acting, full orchestra and CGI cut scenes!

Nintendo's first console proved that video games were more than Pong and Pac-Man, Mario and Zelda were technical breakthroughs. Nintendo fans have always appreciated more in depth games. The first and second Nintendo console also were able to house a Final Fantasy game, Nintendo fans are not casual gamers, for over twenty years (of course I haven't lived that long) we've been loyal to great gaming. All patterns from the NES to the Nintendo 64 show that we were quite content with simple (yet huge) technical improvements. Nintendo will never achieve the same impact as Ocarina of Time and Mario 64 because those two were the first 3D outings of Link and Mario.

The gaming world responded very well to the 3D graphics, now environments could be more complex along with game play. However the Game Cube's rather... minor increase in graphics showed a slight unease in Nintendo's plans. The Wii's... well Wii games can have more lighting effects but thats about it. There is no improvement. The problem is, motion control technology in hard core games depletes the game play. When the technicality of a console has not improved and the hard core games lack in game play due to technology... something is wrong.

From the advertising campaign to the news reports, the Wii is being sold as a "toy" and not a game console. Elder folks are getting more enjoyment out of the Wii than the Nintendo fans.

The Wii sports game may be fun, but along with Wii play and Wii fit it shows the title of the console along with games that are... rather sporty as apposed to real time consuming deep adventures. Nintendo is marketing everyone, except the gamers. The gamers whom have been deep fans of the great titles that Nintendo *used* to come out with.

Their absence of care for graphics has pushed other developers (Square Enix) to other consoles where their games can be properly show cased. Without improving the technology like everyone else, the Wii limits its library. Assassins Creed could have been on the Wii but the developers said they couldn't bring the processing requirements of the game down enough for the Wii.

This turn in Nintendo's goal has probably made it easier for Microsoft's Xbox to gain such power.

All I'm saying is that the hardware sales of the Wii show Nintendo prefers cold hard cash over a very loyal fan base. Of course their software sales are not nearly as commendable.

Thank you for reading this rather drab "article", I should point out that the proof is the game selection, news reports (from any local news source, and numerous posts from Destructoid and Joystiq, and in Nintendo's future titles (or lack thereof).   read

6:09 PM on 01.26.2008

I has a Wii & PS3...

So for my first post, I shall discuss the two consoles that I have, as it would not be fair to pass judgment on a console that I do not own. Albeit, from playing the Xbox 360 at the homes of my comrades I can safely say its not bad, excellent online as everyone continuously says, but no games that really grab my attention.

I have owned my Wii since day one, in anticipation of Twilight Princess. I waited from 9:00 at night until 9:00 in the morning on the coldest night in November. I sat next to a fellow Nintendo fan (whom was a total stranger, but had chops so I called him Chops Malloy) and my good friend and his father. My legs from the knees down were completely purple when I got home, and crashed on my bed after setting up the Wii. I couldn't hold on any longer, and thus waited another 8 hours before actual game play.

For the first month the Wii was exhilarating, those oh so fun dungeons in Twilight Princess were gorgeous, and Wii sports was some what addictive. Little did I know that secretly Nintendo was stabbing me in the back. As until Super Mario Galaxy I had no really good experience with any other games, only disappointment.

I am a Nintendo fan, honest, but the Wii is a gimmick. It is a step backwards in the video game industries goal to make video games a recognizable form of art in the eyes of the media. Nintendo has reverted back to video games being "toys", and their lack of response to what the fans want just goes to show that they do not care about their fans. No Nintendo fan asked to shake a remote around and a complete abandonment of graphical capabilities altogether.

A year later for Christmas... CHRISTmas (I hate the political term, Winter Holidays and so on, as it is Jesus' birthday, show some bloody respect). Ahem, a year later I got a PS3 with Call of Duty 4, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Assassins Creed and Oblivion. I will say this, I love my PS3 more than my Wii, probably because of a better game selection. In fact that is the reason. Plus Sony listens to fans, by increasing the technology at hand, rather then moving onto new and buggy technology that does not work quite as well as you hoped (motion controls suck).

Uncharted is by far the most satisfying game I have ever played, the combination of graphics, game play, amazing story, cool characters, and detailed environments made the whole experience rather... superb and euphoric even.

So that is where I stand currently, playing Oblivion as I've beat the other three games on my PS3 and wait patiently for Final Fantasy XIII.

I've also delved slightly into the "retro" era of the NES, but I'll touch up on that some other time.

Thank you ever so much for reading about my gaming, but you should get back to your own games. This is a waste of time.   read

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