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10:47 PM on 11.09.2007

So I finally got a PS3...

..and I still don't think I'm happy about it.

A little history: I'm not a fan of the PS3 and I'm not a huge fan of the games. There are a few that seem like they would be interesting but nothing that would really make me want the system. I generally like to have a nice selection of games, especially if I'm going to blow $450+ on a console and the PS3 just doesn't have that.

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, onto the article!

So I just recently moved to a new condo (that is fantastic by the way) and I also happened to move in with the girlfriend. She has this thing where she doesn't like seeing my many many movies which is a problem. I do have a DVD cabinet that can hold all my movies but I fail at putting things together and it's a piece of shit. It survived my last move in a sense that it can still hold DVD's but the middle cabinets often fall, the doors don't really close, the top isn't level, and the left side shelves often fall and will fall when I open the left side door. So it's a piece of crap and needs to go.

So the girlfriend and I have been looking around for a decent cabinet but none of them really look nice or hold enough DVD's to hold my massive collection. We find a few we both like but any of them are just too small. Well, tonight I decided to be nice and I decided to sell 100+ of my DVD's, my Family Guy volumes 1-4, 24 seasons 1-5, Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, and a few other series. So I head down to the local Movie Trading Company with a huge box overflowing with DVD's. I think the lady working there almost cried because it was about 8:45 and the store closed at 10 and she was probably in for a long night.

So I wander around the store for the good hour it takes her to go through all the DVD's and I get to looking at the place. I come to the realization that I'm either going to get screwed if they give me cash or have a lot of store credit and will have to buy a lot of movies to use. I look around some more at their selection of games and accessories and I see a used 80GB PS3 with two controllers and Motorstorm. Like I said, I really don't want a PS3 so I was just kind of kidding myself thinking yeah, if I get $450 in trade (which I didn't think I would get) I'll get the stupid thing. So I continue to browse and find the awesome random CD they were playing and a NES AC adapter (AWESOME-- I've been looking for one of these for years).

Anyways, the lady finally calls me up and tells me she can't take a few DVD's because they're scratched and some don't have art (old Blockbuster movies I forgot to turn on-- whoops). She tells me I can either get like $230 cash or like $450 trade in. Shit. I really hate getting screwed on the cash part so I reluctantly take the trade in and tell her to get the used PS3. I ask her if it included everything and she said yes and then also tells me she thinks it had barely been used except for when she tested it. Woohoo, whatever.

While checking out she asks me if I was excited about my PS3 and I of course tell her not really. In fact, I can see it being an awesome dust magnet and I was much more excited about the NES AC adapter. She gave me a funny look and I went on my merry way.

So on the way home I remember a terrible thing about the PS3: it comes with standard cables. Fuck. I rush over to Gamestop to pick up some cables and the doucebag closed early. I then go to Target and it's closed by the time I get there. I finally go to Walmart and they of course don't have the damn cables. Motherfucker.

I get home quite unhappy and frown as I lug my shiny new PS3 up the stairs and hook it up. I was already pissed that I have to deal with the crap cables for a night-- actually, lets stop for a minute. Why the FUCK do you advertise your crappy console everywhere as this beautiful HD machine that plays better than awesome BluRay discs that would make God cry and the games look so real you might just have to duck behind your couch and not include the damn component cables. Why? If all this shit matters with your damn trojan horse BluRay bullshit matters give me something so I can actually take advantage of it. Oh, that's right. Sony has to cut every corner because they just had to put in BluRay so they took out the one thing that would make you be able to take advantage. I fucking hate Sony sometimes.

Anyways, back to the story. I'm unpacking my console and pissed that I have to deal with the standard cables and I notice something: I only have one damn controller. Fuck you Movie Trading Company. I asked if that shit was all there and I got out of there in a hurry because you were closing and wanted me out of there. I thought about going back there tomorrow and bitching to them but they would more than likely just tell me the controller was in there when I got the box. Fuck you guys, it's not worth it. I'm going to buy another controller when the rumble one comes out anyways (fuck you again Sony for not including that in the first place) so whatever.

So I finally power up my PS3 and go through their horrible menu system and looked at what my previous owner did. It looked as though he did do a little more that the clerk at Movie Trading Company told me (I guessed that from the condition of the box) but I really don't care. One thing I did notice was that the fucktard who had the console before me didn't erase all his information from the drive including all his PS store stuff. He's lucky I'm nice and didn't go on a shopping spree. Anyways, I wander through their fucking terrible menus and long ass user agreement and finally get everything setup.

So yeah, I have a PS3 now and I'm really not upset I'm not playing it. I might get Uncharted if the demo turns out to be good and I'll give Motorstorm a whirl but I have the funny feeling it will mainly be me BluRay player-- go go Netflix.   read

11:52 AM on 06.10.2007

Ebay deals with only idiots who can't tpye to thank.

Todays current awesome Ebay deals (and some laughs) thinks to complete idiots and Fat Fingers. Enjoy.

Wii Console
Idiot misspelled Wii. Looks like you get skins for your remote and nunchuck but it isn't listed in the action so don't know. In any case, you get a Wii for $249 plus $35 shipping. You could consider the shipping as trouble for finding one.

Nintendo Wii for $420!! What a deal when the MSRP in the US is $599 according to the auction!
This one isn't so much a deal but it's funny because they saw the MSRP is $599. Yay for blatent lies!.

PS3, some games, 2 controllers, and some movies for $500 plsu $35 shipping.
If you're looking for a PS3, this is definitely a decent deal.

60gb PS3 and 2 controllers for $300.
Sounds like a great deal but the user states he is only selling local and reserves the right to end the auction at any time. I don't really know if he can do that but could be worth a look if you live in the Newport, NC area.

60GB PS3, 2 controlers, 17 games, HDMI cord, 3 movies, and a 52" DPL TV - $102.50
This really sounds too good to be true but can't go wrong for $100. The guy has no feedback (negative in fact) so it might be a little scary but you get a lot for a little bit of money if you win. Sadly, there are already 6 bidders at time of posting so people may have already found this gem.   read

2:45 PM on 06.04.2007

Wii June Release Schedule - You mean I didn't buy a $250 NES?

Saw this list over at VG Charts and it looks like my Wii is going to get some attention from actual new games again! I suppose the random game of Excite Truck could count as new, but mainly it's been a $250 combo NES and SNES emulator lately.

June 11, 2007 Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree
June 12, 2007 Chicken Shoot
June 12, 2007 Scarface: The World is Yours
June 12, 2007 Sims 2: Pets, The
June 15, 2007 Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer
June 19, 2007 Escape from Bug Island S
June 19, 2007 Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition
June 25, 2007 Bigs, The
June 25, 2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
June 25, 2007 Pokemon Battle Revolution
June 26, 2007 Cosmic Family
June 26, 2007 Driver: Parallel Lines
June 26, 2007 Mercury Meltdown Revolution
June 26, 2007 Ratatouille
June 26, 2007 Transformers: The Game

Not all of the games on there are huge, but Big Brain Academy, RE4, Pokemon Revolution, Harry Potter (looks interesting), Scarface, and The Bigs makes this look like it may actually be an interesting month.   read

2:48 AM on 06.03.2007

What effect does difficulty have on games?

Recently I started playing Odin Sphere and Iíve commented several times on the games beauty and difficulty but it wasnít until someone mentioned Super Paper Mario did I start thinking about their similarities and the effect the games respective difficulty have had on the overall outcome.

Super Paper Mario (Wii) and Odin Sphere (PS2) are very different games but there are a few key things that tie them together and make them fairly interesting to compare. The first thing is obviously the very interesting art style. While both are different, they are both very simple compared to many of the more complex games such as the ultra realist Gears of War or the stylalized Crackdown. The next interesting thing to compare is the story of the games. Odin Sphere may not have the best writing, but it does have a fairly interesting story and is told in a very clever manner. Super Paper Marion on the other hand may not have the most compelling story but it does have absolutely brilliant writing. The last thing to compare, and the point of this article, is the difficulty. On the easy end of the difficulty spectrum you have Super Paper Mario and on the hard end you have Odin Sphere.

Now to the point: how does difficulty affect a game?

Iíve played through Super Paper Mario and played a good deal of Odin Sphere and I have talked to several friends who have done the same and we all feel as a group that story is an important aspect and we all feel that a good art style is more important than realistic looking. We all say that story and style are important and that we can be entertained by these things alone, but what effect does difficulty have on this idea?

All of us enjoyed Super Paper Mario for its great writing and wonderful graphics. We all had gripes about the lack of difficulty but it wasnít something that stopped us from wanting to play or even had a real negative effect on the most part. For Odin Sphere, once again we all loved the story and how it was told, we all fell in love with the spectacular sprite work and detail, but insane difficulty of the game stopped just about all of us. Only one of my friends has decided to actually stick with the game but that is only because he is incredibly stubborn.

So it seems you can have a game that excels in several areas with almost no difficulty whatsoever, but if the same game was so hard that itís frustrating, those areas that the game excels in just donít matter. This may seem a bit obvious (and it should be in that frustrating = bad) but I think it is interesting that a game without any difficulty is actually fun when you would think it really shouldnít be.   read

2:42 PM on 06.01.2007

Odin Sphere: Fuck This Game

I had written yesterday about Odin Sphere and despite the really hard and below average gameplay I liked the game. Well, I played it more today and I'm hating this game more and more. I still love the sprites and all the artwork, but the difficulty is just really starting to piss me off. I really don't mind a hard game, in fact I generally welcome them, but Odin Sphere feels like it's hard just for the sake of being hard. I can generally get past the normal stages in one try, every now and then two, but the bosses and mini bosses are just hard and not fun. I don't know who designed the game, but a 30 minute mini boss fight where I still lose because of their cheap attacks isn't fun in any way at all. I get that I'm not great at this game, but when I put the game on the easiest setting, one the games says "just sit back and enjoy the story," I shouldn't have this much trouble. The difficulty on this game is just insane and it's a huge turn off. I was so excited about Odin Sphere and I want to see the rest of the art so bad but it's just not going to happen. I really wanted to enjoy this game because of the excellent art style, but it's just not fun anymore because of the difficulty. It might get picked up again in a few months but I imagine I'll play it for a few days, get mad again and leave it alone.   read

2:35 AM on 06.01.2007

Odin Sphere First Impressions

So earlier this month I saw an article for Odin Sphere and I just fell in love with the game instantly and preordered it on Amazon right away. Sadly, I have the attention span of a gnat and completely forgot about the game. Completely forgot about the game until today that is when it arrived in the mail.

As soon as I started playing the game I fell in love. The sprite graphics in this game are beautiful and just incredibly high quality. The sprites are just so detailed and the art style is just so great it's just hard to imagine. All the movement is very fluid, there is a very wide variety of animations, and they even go into so much detail to show the character crying.

That all being said, the art of this game is about all that's great. The story is definitely interesting and I love the way the game is laid out, but the gameplay just isn't that great. First off, I don't know if it's me but this game is just hard. I started the game on medium difficulty but just found myself having a very hard time and had to set the game on easy. Even with the game on easy it still is a pretty good challenge. The combat system just makes you want to button mash like crazy but you really need strategy in this game. You have to do a lot of running around the battlefield picking and choosing your attacks. Even picking and choosing your attacks it's still pretty difficult.

If the combat system wasn't hard enough they also have static effects that are just insanely easy to get and just hurt you so badly. There's the usual poison and flame that hurts you over time and lasts a very long time. To make things worse, you continue to get hurt while conversations and other forced events are happening. Sadly that's not the worst, they have a freeze and dizzy effect that pretty much means game over if it happens to you.

The game does have items, but you're so limited on item space that it's just very hard to keep any items. You can add additional storage but that costs money and money is extremely hard to come by. To make things worse, you also have alchemy that takes up a large amount of space. I just hate games that severely limit your storage space.

One last thing about the gameplay that bothered me is just one of the boss fights. I won't give any spoilers, but this boss was just insane. I don't mind a hard game and a hard boss fight but this one was just ridiculous. I was doing this fight about as efficient as possible and it took about 20-30 minutes a try and a good 5 or 6 tries to finally beat this guy. You do incredibly small amounts of damage to him, you run out of health items, there are random enemies that freeze the player, and the boss has one insane attack where he grabs the player and does an automatic 100-ish damage (when I had about 300HP), stuns you, and allows him to do another attack that usually does about 60 damage.


I know I have a lot of gripes about this game, but I'm more than likely going to finish it. The art style really is just amazing and that is more than enough to keep me interested. The story is also turning out to be fairly interesting and I really like the way the game tells the story. I'm actually pretty excited to play with the other characters and see how the stories intertwine.

In short, if you like a very pretty game or a good dungeon crawler (that really doesn't take place in dungeons) you should definitely give this game a try.   read

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