I've been a massive game fan ever since I could remember, Pokémon Blue being my introduction to video games by an old friend of mine, followed by Crash Bandicoot being my first game ever at the age of seven, bundled with a brand spanking new Playstation. Now 14 years later, I am still a huge fan of it all.
Some of my favourite games of all time include:
The Last of Us
Persona 4 Golden
Ni no Kuni
Zone of the Enders
Shin Megami Tensei III
Jak and Daxter
Streets of Rage
Micro Machines 2
Astro Boy: Omega Force
Sonic Advance 2
Final Fantasy IX, X and XII
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, A2
and loads more.
Every so often, I do game reviews and talk about gaming experiences, as well as talk about the underrated gems that are overshadowed by the FPS genre. I also rant occasionally about games, mainly the games of this generation, games that were lazily done, unfinished or just plain garbage (I'm looking at you, Eutechnyx!
I decided to play a few video games last night with my little brother, and record the footage of said video games. It turns out he is just as big of a gamer as I am. He plays Minecraft, finished Pokemon, he even beat me at PlayStation All Stars and he's 10 years younger than me, but then again, X is to jump, while all the others equal HIT. So, there's some game mechanics for you! (THANKS GAME DEVELOPERS) He's not much of a console gamer, mainly because he was hooked on the portable consoles, especially Pokémon, so this will be the perfect introduction for him!
Anyway, we played The Fancypants Adventures, Castle Crashers and Playstation All Stars, and had a blast. It's been a while since I played two player games with two players, rather than online strangers. You can't beat the old local multi-player games, two controllers, and some really fun games. Priceless.
And thus, LET'S PLAY VIDEO GAMES was born, which isn't going to be the title for the next videos as it sounds dumb, neither will Super Video Game Brothers, because of silliness, and someone probably has that channel name. I'm hoping to turn this into a thing, as I have TONS of games I can play with him, ranging in different genres, while staying in the age group. And that's another thing. I'm keeping things PG rated, so no footage of me swearing or games rated above the classification 12 will be recorded, seeing as he's just a kid. As a mutual swearer that curses the heavens from time to time, it'll be a challenge.
As for recording quality, this will be considered the pilot episode, due to limitations in recording ability. I'm using a CISCO Flip Mino HD camera, which actually does a good job with sound, but I hope to invest in some form of Hauppage DVR in the future.
So, here's the first episode!
Feel free to give some suggestions for show names, game suggestions, or whatever else!
I'm thinking of recording other games in the future, such as Cloudberry Kingdom, Crash of the Titans, Tony Hawk, Tekken 2, Mashed Fully Loaded, Modnation Racers, Little Big Planet, Sonic All Star Racing, Move Mind Benders, and maybe a bit of Marvel VS Capcom. We'll also be doing some single player games, every so often too. Full "Let's Plays" will probably not be possible due to time constraints, but there's always the chance of one popping up.
Speaking as a huge fan of Japanese game franchises, such as Breath of Fire, Final Fantasy etc, it's really saddening to see what has been done to game series such as these, with the introduction of the newest genres known as:
THE ONLINE-SOCIAL-CARD BASED-SMARTPHONE-RPG THING
Let me start off with a prime example of the second variation:
FINAL FANTASY: ALL THE BRAVEST, or..
I was gullible enough to fall for this game. All you do in it is tap the right hand of the screen over and over again, until the enemy is dead. There is no strategy to it, it's not fun, and it certainly isn't like any Final Fantasy game I've played. On top of paying for the actual game, you pay for EVERYTHING IN-GAME using sneaky micro-transactions. Music, characters, levels, even extra lives. It's a scam, a huge diseased cash-cow that wants nothing but your money. Whats more, it sends you notifications to keep you playing, until you uninstall it from your device. ATB is nothing more than a middle finger to every Final Fantasy veteran, fan and Square Enix should feel bad.
But no, their decimation of their beloved franchises doesn't stop there.
Enter Star Ocean, a fast paced action RPG series with some impressive game mechanics, storytelling and likable characters. Till the End of Time still remains my favorite in the series.
Last month, it was announced that a new Star Ocean game was going to be released, and I got so hyped for it. Little did I know this was going to be another "f**k you" to fans. The end result was Star Ocean: Material Trader. An ONLINE-SOCIAL-CARD BASED-SMARTPHONE-RPG. Little is known about it, except that its a Social card based game, but I'm going to assume that there will be micro-transactions, judging by Square Enix's fondness for them.
Other games in this horrible genre include the upcoming Ominusha Soul, a free to play card based micro-transaction fueled strategy thing, that includes crossovers with other Capcom series, which on paper, doesn't sound too terrible if it wasn't for the micro-transactions and free-to-play model.
Most shocking of all, I heard that a new Breath of Fire game was to be released; BREATH OF FIRE 6!!
Again, I was completely hyped for it, until I learnt about what it was. IT WAS GOING TO BE ANOTHER ONLINE SOCIAL ABOMINATION FOR SMARTPHONES and PC.
Way to kill off the series, Capcom. The series was better off ending at Dragon Quarter (highly recommended), but nope, you just had to stick that middle finger into that sour online only pie that tastes like mediocrity and the shattered remains of the fanbases you once owned.
What's next, game developers? A Wild ARMs dating sim?
This is my first blog post here. It's a TL;DR kinda deal. I have been an owner of a Playstation 3 Slim 320GB for three years now, my first game being Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, which was a great introduction to the "next-generation" gaming era. It was a perfect example of showcasing the power of the PS3's graphical capabilities and game quality.
However, in January 2012, the stock hard drive in the console decided to give up on me when doing updates for LittleBigPlanet 2. It was a moment of fear and stress, as during the update, the console cut to a black screen, and gave the three beeps. It then powered off. I tried powering it on as normal, and this is when things got a little frightening. There was no picture, no sound, and the controller would not sync with the console. The console was powered on, but the HDMI signal was non-existent. So I tried turning it off, holding down the Power button, and tried running safe mode. Oddly enough, it worked. I tried the option: Restore File System, and let it do its thing. This was my first mistake. I ended up putting the console into a continuous boot-loop, where it would restart, and say "the hard drive was corrupted and needs to check the file system." I was stressed out. This console was only new for a year, and the hard drive was already choking up on me. It was one of those Toshiba one, infamous for its quality and lifespan. I took the hard drive to a friends house to get it wiped, which was incredibly annoying as all my games and game saves were gone, but there was some functionality.
Then it happened again a month later.
I decided to purchase a new hard drive, which ended up being a Samsung Spinpoint 1TB drive as it was on offer for €100. Re-installing everything took about 6 months, as the Irish internet system is unkind and unforgiving. Here is where things got ugly.
That hard drive went nuts 6 months later in June. Games slowed down, it was literally impossible to play games, as it froze every time it auto-saved, the XMB froze up occasionally, and it took AGES to install a single game. During one fateful day, it decided to freeze completely. I rebooted it and was told if I wanted to check the file system. I chose Yes.
This was the next screen.
From this screen, I got two things:
A: The File System of a 1TB hard drive can't be checked, and if attempted to do so, the console will ask you nicely to format the system. Lovely.
B: A sore throat, after yelling a lot.
So after 2 minutes of all my data (about 300GB in games and game saves accumulated over a year) was gone. AGAIN. I thought it was now time to reach out to Sony about this problem. I even tried doing a full format, which took three days, and still, nothing. I posted the e-mails sent to and from Sony Customer Service here on my own blog: http://steescribbles.blogspot.ie/2012/06/emails-to-and-from-sony-customer.html Of course, they were of no help in this matter, so the only thing I could do was to get a replacement using the warranty for that hard drive to get a new one. In the time-space between waiting for it to arrive, I forked out for a Seagate 1TB drive which thankfully, to this day, has been working perfectly. I even managed to avoid the dodgy firmware update Sony posted earlier on this year, which destroyed data on thousands of high capacity hard drives (<500GB) The reason why that happened is yet to be revealed.
To this day, I still don't know why this happened in the first place, although I have some theories.
The orientation of the system - does it matter if your PS3 Slim is upright vertical or not?
Data capacity - does too much on the stock hard drive equal a slow system?
Bad luck - is this just a case of unfortunate events occurring?