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Young Person Plays Old Games: ActRaiser

My first gaming system was a Game Boy, my first console was a Nintendo 64, and my first non-Nintendo console was an Xbox 360. Ouch. This means I missed a lot of awesome games; but, thankfully, I now have the means to revisit those classics and semi-classics, and after finishing a few, I asked myself, why not accompany my experiences with words, in what is not but can potentially become a recurring thing? I'll start with ActRaiser, which is a game about how God The Master rebuilds a world, banishes a mortal enemy, and lights trees on fire for fun and profit.

Shooting down various monsters is a great way to give you something to do while your city grows

I finished ActRaiser after a few hours (maybe 6? I didn't count), and left it feeling immensely satisfied. Despite being about twenty years old, it's a perfect example of how you take two disparate genres and merge them, combining the long-term progression mechanics inherent in city-builders with rock-solid action-platforming. Looking at it, there are only a couple of niggling flaws I can really jump on; the translation is a bit poor and the city UI can get a bit cumbersome to navigate, but ActRaiser honestly provided me with a more consistently varied and entertaining package than I've found in many modern games.

A success story, then; another classic game to notch into my nerd-belt, and a very enjoyable one at that. I hear there's a sequel which is trash, but I also hear there's a spiritual successor by the name of SoulBlazer, so I guess I'll give that a shot some time down the line. I hope it lets me name my character; I could act out the adventures of Sir ASSDICKS's marginally less profane protégé, Master BUTTPENIS! Or I could search for another old-school classic I've never gotten around to. Back to the things-I-like-or-can-at-least-find-a-common-theme-to-write-by lists, then.
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About Altum Videturone of us since 11:44 PM on 11.04.2011

My earilest memory is of playing a PC port of Pac-Man on my dad's computer. My next earliest memory is of playing a PC port of Tetris on my mom's computer. I've been happily and hopelessly into video games and everything to do with them since, and while I have my favorites - pretty much the entire Metroid series (except, you know, that one) - there are very few good games I haven't played and enjoyed.

Now that I've been here for a few months I guess something else should go here, so: I've set upon myself a personal goal to write and post a blog at least once per week. Sometimes, meeting this deadline means that those articles are not up to the standards I would like, and I'll simply shove them away unpublished and try again next week. More rarely, they turn out great, and up they go. Even more rarely, I'll actually feel very satisfied and accomplished, and will get all excited for the loads of attention I won't be receiving. The following blog entries are ones that I believe fit into the latter category, preserved here in order of appearance for my (but quite possibly also your!) amusement and enrichement:

Battlefield 3: On Scale, Freedom, and Wookies
Deus Ex: Human Revolution - David Sarif
Bigger, Longer, also Harder - A Counter-Case for Longer Games
Location: Darkest Africa
How About a Mass Effect 3 Article with No Ending Controversy (Spoiler-free!)
Quest for Blood: How Seeking Ultraviolence Showed Me the Best Side of Videogames

Also, I mantain the monthly Cblog Analytics series, which tallies up a bunch of statistics and presents them in a simple and organized format. The results are always interesting and often surprising - all the math is done on my end, so no matter how number-phobic you might be, it's worth checking out! This year's entries are listed here: