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Getting the Girl into Gaming, Getting Chrono Rolled, Getting RRODed: A Week in Gaming


This has been the strangest week in gaming that I may have ever experienced. You may remember (and by that I mean: you do not remember) some months ago that I got my girlfriend to agree to play Chrono Trigger with me. It has taken more than a little bit of time to get this started. The poor girl got afflicted with Lyme Disease going on three years ago. It has seriously affected her day to day life. Many days she'll get out of bed and can barely walk. It's been so rough. Since they didn't diagnose it for close to two years, she ended up losing her job, and with it her medical insurance. And ultimately, she had to move back in with her parents, some 50 miles away. So I only get to see her on weekends, usually. And gaming pretty much takes a back seat.
But we finally got it started. She took to it so quickly and literally did not put that controller down for hours. We got a good five hours in this weekend. And during that time, she did not let go of that controller. We played well into the morning, and I started dozing off before she did. She is now obsessed with this game. And after almost four years of dating her, I finally see the faint glimer of a potential gaming girlfriend! When I dropped her off at her folks' house on Sunday, she kept talking about how she didn't know if she could get through the week without being able to play more!
(Just a side note, she IS going to beat this disease. I know this for a fact. You may never meet a person as driven as this girl is. You know those days where you've got the flu or something and you just can't bring yourself to get out of bed? She's got days that are that bad [and multiple times worse] really often. And on those days, she forces herself to get up and go to the gym so that she can keep her body strong to fight this thing. She redefines "hardcore on a daily basis.)

So, we got to the point in Chrono Trigger where Robo joins our party. And it went something like this:

I was like, HOLY SMOKES! We just got Rick Rolled by Chrono Trigger! Is it just me, or does that music sound too similar to "Never Gonna Give You Up" to be comfortable?! I can't believe that I haven't heard of that before now, what with that MEME from hell and all. (and, yeah. We did name the party after character's from Spaced. Yes, it was her idea. Yes, she is that awesome. And no, you can't have her!)

Finally, there was some bad news. Yesterday, just exactly when I was going on XBox Live to download Ikaruga on my roommate's 360, it froze. And upon restarting it we got the dreaded 270 degrees of evil known the world over as the Red Ring of Death.
To just add insult to injury, my roomie calls it in to get the coffin sent over. And, he's told that since he wasn't the original owner of his 360 (he got it on an auction site), the warranty doesn't apply to him. He has to shell out $100 to get their faulty machine repaired.
At some point I was going to buy one of my own. But, this just ticked me off to no end. So pissed off. I think it's time to start thinking about a PS3. Microsoft is just shameful. "We stand behind our equipment", they say. But they'll find any loophole they can to mkae you pay for their mistakes. OK, I lied. I'll give them another go someday. I mean, HD Soul Caliber! (And we wonder how they get away with it.)
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About Haxanone of us since 11:13 AM on 10.23.2007

Occasional contributer to Tomopop.com.

Random gaming facts about Haxan

Legitimately beat Mike Tyson and went through Another World Circuit undefeated.

Beat the original Contra without dying. Twice.

Can land the damn plane in Top Gun and can also refuel in midair.

Can't beat Ghost & Goblins without the level select code and has never lied about it.

Thinks Friday the 13th is a great game even if the physics, controls and weapons are garbage.

Mario Paint caused him to buy a Super Nintendo and largely leave his Sega Genesis behind. He has played it more than most video games and wore down the mouse pad so that the grid only shows around the corners.

Has beaten Street Fighter II: The World Warrior and Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers on the SNES on the hardest difficulty without losing a single round. Multiple times.

Is still friends with the girl who worked at a local game store and sold him Street Fighter II nearly 17 years ago.

Beat Final Fantasy 2 in a weekend when he was a kid, yet can't get through a role-playing game these days if his life depended on it.

Has never beaten Final Fantasy VII.

Prefers pads to sticks.

Likes the N64 controller.

Prefers the Duke to the S-controller.

Doesn't think that Super Mario 64 is all that great.

Got an Xbox mostly for Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. And thinks it's a damn good game. Really.

Swore he would never buy a Game Boy Advanced SP, but immediately broke down once the NES edition came out. (And regarding the NES Classics series, true in-store dialogue: "Dude, are you serious?! They seriously expect people to pay 20 dollars a piece for games they can just downlo...Ooh! Zelda!")

Really liked the first Halo. (Well, there goes my dtoid cred.)

Can rock out Dynamite Rave in Dance Dance Revolution like it's nobody's business.

Played the hell out of Animal Crossing: Wild World and hid that fact from nobody.

Stomped Brad Nicholson at Street Fighter IV, but had to resort to the cheapest of tactics in order to do so. ;)

Thinks you're really, really, really smart. And pretty.

Top ten favorite games (in no particular order):

The Legend of Zelda (NES)
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out (NES)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)
Phantom 2040 (SNES)
Street Fighter II (any version)
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (PS2)
Final Fantasy 3/6 (SNES)
Ico (PS2)
Sin and Punishment (N64)
Picross (DS)


I love drawing, though I realize that I'm not very good. I figured early on that drawing my own header art would help my blogs stand out. Thanks to Destructoid, and to the scanner that Carollelogram got me for my birthday last year, I feel like I've developed a unique style that's distinctly my own.

Outside of games I've got a DVD collection that is exploding out of a 5'x6' shelf (over 400 titles). So suffice it to say that I love movies. I'm a huge horror fan and I host an annual Dusk Till Dawn Horror Movie Marathon nearly every October. My top ten favorite films in order are as follows:

1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cativo, 1966)
2. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
3. Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai, 1954)
4. The City of Lost Children (La Cit� des enfants perdus, 1995)
5. The Apartment (1960)
6. Strings (2004)
7. Heavenly Creatures (1994)
8. The Big Lebowski (1998)
9. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
10. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

Music-wise, my top 3 bands are The Pixies, The Velvet Underground and Radiohead. I listen to damn near every genre of music (except modern country. I yearn for the days of Hank Williams, Sr. and Tammy Wynette). Hit random on my mp3 player and you'll get everything from darkwave to hip hop to 80's synthpop. I karaoke pretty regularly. I can't sing, but I surround myself with people who can. Still, you've not experienced all there is in life until you've seen me proper butcher True by Spandau Ballet.

Then, as for the literary interests, my love lies with pulp detective novels of the thirties and forties. Raymond Chandler is simply the greatest ever. And Dashiell Hammett is just fantastic. Lately, I've been reading through Frank Herbert's Dune Chronicles at Carollelogram's recommendation. Two books in and I have to say they're astonishing.

If you do the Twitter thing, Haxan1 is my handle should you want to follow me.

Feel free to friend me to your console of choice should you ever want to play a game of Street Fighter. Just be sure to let me know that you're from Destructoid and you'll get the royal treatment.

Blogs I writed:

Virtual Console Review- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
Review- Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop

Front Page
Other Worlds Than These: The citizens of the land of Termina
Community spotlight: Haxan goes above and beyond for the community

Monthly Musings
Instant Replay: Street Fighter II
The Start of the Affair: Solomon's Key

Editorials and assorted articles
Does the Wii have RROD-type issues of its own?
Okay, Nintendo. I guess that we can be friends again.
Niero, do you have any idea what in the lobster milkshake you have done?! (dtoid 3rd anniversary post)
10 things you might not have known about Haxan (but really only 8)
Why Destructoid is awesome: Nilcam is the greatest edition (I honestly can't give Nilcam enough props for this.)
Christmas shopping: Non-gaming, priest dad-style
Bad Dye Job: A Darius Pickman Story
"Congraturation" RetroforceGO!
Nintendon't what?! Now you tell me just what the %#@$ Nintendon't do!

Neat stuff I played a bit part in
The Destructoid children's alphabet book


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