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Now Loading: How Final Fantasy Ruined My Gaming Life


Nethack (iPhone) - If there is one thing I can thank FFXIII for, is the fact that it has pushed me to play it's polar opposite. Nethack is the antithesis of this generation's Final Fantasy. It is unabashedly cryptic, intensely difficult, and thoroughly unscripted. It is not an easy game to get into: you have to be prepared to die often and do a bit of reading just to figure out how to do even the most trivial things, like renaming your pet.

The iPhone's menu-driven interface lowers the Nethack's bar of entry dramatically. There is no need to memorize dozens of keyboard commands which frees you up to focus on the meat of the game.

Needless to say I have become a bona fide Nethack junkie: I am having a blast learning the ins and outs of dungeon crawling, potion quaffing (Nethackese for drinking) and monster bashing. I have to admit I am still a rookie, making tons of mistakes and dying constantly. But I am also improving a bit each game, and every time I make it a bit farther into the dungeon or discover some new technique that makes things easier for my characters. I get a huge rush. This old little ASCII game provides thrills that rivals many AAA console games. So far my biggest accomplishment is making it to level 10.

Mega Man 9 - As usual I'm late to the party. Everyone has probably beaten Mega Man 10 by now and I have just recently started playing it's predecessor. I usually throw it on for a quick play session when I have some time to kill. I'm loving the nostalgia factor provided by the 8-bit graphics and the awesome chiptune music. I have it made through one level so far. Like I said I been only playing Mega Man 9 in short sessions. It is serving as a perfect palette cleanser in between games.

Afterburner Climax- I absolutely love this game. I have been a big fan of Afterburner series since way back in the arcade days I remember it was one the few Sega Genesis games I payed full price for back in the day and likewise I grabbed the PSN version the moment I saw it was released. There are some graphical updates and a few new features, like the bullet-time inducing climax mode. But underneath all that the game remains practically unchanged, and like Mega Man 9 - I prefer it that way. Another one I play in small doses when ever I have a few minutes to kill.

That's all for this week, I hope you liked the first installment of Now Loading. If you have any comments, questions or advice on how to improve my c-blog, please feel free to leave them below.

Lazaro Cruz is a wannabe revolutionary who is funding his battles against the tyranny of Postmodernism by writing inconsequential manifestos. H=In his free time he enjoys overdosing on trashy B-movies, siccing his dog on Mormon proselytizers that visit him at home and founding a new religon based on the tenets espoused within Kung Fu movies. You can email him at Lazaro.cruz00 (at) gmail.com or check out his twitter feed at http://twitter.com/LazaroCruz.
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About Lazaro Cruzone of us since 4:32 PM on 11.19.2008

Email: Lazaro.Cruz00(at)gmail(dot)Com
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A Fistful of Lists:

Now Playing:

Recently Demolished:

Short List of Shame:(Some of the games I really need to play ASAP)
Half Life 2
System Shock 2
The Ultima Series
Shadow of the Colossus
Deus Ex

Stuff I have recently spent my $$$ on but haven't played:

JRPG's I've Known and Loved:
Phantasy Star (not the shitty multiplayer games)
Suikoden I-III
Dragon Warrior
Final Fantasy

Western RPG's that enthralled me:
Baldur's Gate Series
Planescape Torment
Pools of Radiance
Might and Magic Series
The Elder Scrolls Series

PSN ID:Melquidas


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