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The waiting is the hardest part [Loading Screens]

I had popped in Fallout 3, waiting for initial hard drive install to finish up when I started thinking. The entire process took about five minutes, but in that time, I realized the importance of loading screens/time and how they can make or...

 
 
 

I'm not a gamer, I just complain like one

Yesterday, I wrote a comment on one of the cblogs that I couldn't be a fanboy, because I don't even bother playing video games. Written in jest, I came to the realization how much truth there actually was in my statement for myself, and pot...

 
 
 

You be Russia, I'll be 'Merica [the gaming cold war]

There's an arms race going on. A new cold war on the technological front, and its taking place on the consoles. Except, its not the consoles themselves facing off, its the software companies. Skyrocketing development costs, increasing deve...

 
 
 

Take a minute and raise a glass

Woke up this morning ready to play video games. I wanted to shoot some rival factions in MAG. I wanted to get a couple more levels in Super Mario Galaxy 2. I wanted to suffer through the single player campaign of Section 8 before jumping in...

 
 
 

Scratching that Itch

My intentions were honest and pure of heart in the beginning. Having just been gifted an Xbox, and spending fifty bucks on a Ps2 from craigslist, I had completed the holy trinity of consoles [I already was a proud owner of a Gamecube], alb...

 
 
 

The Siren's Song- My Return to Animal Crossing

So I have this pile of games that are just yearning for me to continue. What to pick I ask myself. And then, it called out to me, like a neglected child that once stood tall as the son of a proud father before new and better children came i...

 
 
 

My First Affair

I didn’t know it then, but the following experience would be the first in many affairs that I would have in my life. I was naďve, and didn’t think there was anything wrong in what I was doing. In the present day, with so many people on both...

 
 
 

Cooperation in Co-op? What's that?

So there you are, breathing heavily, scanning the alley in front of you, looking out for any signs of zombies. You think to yourself, “My teammates are counting on me. Don’t screw this up.” And then, something clicks. You say, “The hell wit...

 
 
 

Difficulty in Games? That's Easy.

Like many of you growing up, I was only able to afford a new game every so often, and so each purchase was a special experience. The back of the box usually had a fantastic description of the game, tickling my still young and fertile imagin...

 
 
 

Work Bathrooms (NVGR)

Seeing as how the forums are broken, I would post this here instead. The bathroom at my work sucks. And stinks. And is located in the worst possible location. It is RIGHT NEXT to the office kitchen. Yeah, and the vent that sucks up all the...

 
 
 

Aversion to Sports Games

When I was about 6 years old, my dad took all of us to the local Target. This was right after Chinese News Year, and I had a pocket full of money just itching to be spent on the next NES game. Beyond Transformers and toy soldiers, I wasn’t ...

 
 
 

Other Worlds Than These: Hong Kong, 1987

My wristwatch alarm rings at the same time every morning at 7:45. It's so early, yet I know I have plenty to do and should probably get out of bed. I check my notebook and try to remember all the things I found out yesterday and hope that...

 
 
 

Killzone 2 complaints & The Wire [shortblog]

Input lag. Deadzone. Control delay. These are terms that have popped up over the past couple days in regards to Killzone 2. Now, I have never heard of these terms before, never heard them discussed by others, but all of a sudden, it seems ...

 
 
 

Riding the Wave

It begins with a peculiar feeling in the gut. It tingles a bit. Soon it becomes hard to ignore. It rushes forth within you, and cognitive function becomes impossible. You find yourself unable to hide it. It continues to build and build unti...

 
 
 

Pushing other cblogs down

Yep. I'm drunk. My apologies to those that have posted tonight and are getting pushed down by my clog. It's not in my nature to do such a thing, but I felt like killing some time before I did some debugging for a flash game that I'm worki...

 
 
 

Playing With Others: Competition & Co-op

From Pong to Super Street Fighter II HD, Mario Bros. to Gears of War 2, the role of the second player has been as competitor and teammate. Grounded in our primal ape instincts, competition is inherent in every aspect of our lives, whether i...

 
 
 

Buying the Same Games Over and Over

Looking through my collection of games, I noticed a startling trend. It was something that had crept into the back of my mind when I went out looking for games for purchase, and it was something that set off a light bulb when I would drop t...

 
 
 

Ninja Gaiden- 1, Me- 0

After many hours, many attempts, and many tears, I am finally putting down my Xbox controller and giving up on Ninja Gaiden. I have been repeatedly stumped in trying to beat a boss that has caused me high blood pressure, a possible ulcer, g...

 
 
 

A Box From Japan?!

I came home from work this afternoon and was pleasantly surprised by a brown package originating from Japan. I thought to myself, what the fuck is this?! My Dualshock 3 had arrived months ago, and most recently, my Sons of Liberty mini figu...

 
 
 

Games as stress relievers

For about six months a couple of years back, I worked at Los Angeles International Airport as a taxi starter. A taxi starter's job consists of opening cab doors, loading luggage, and making sure that the cab is an official one, thereby prev...

 
 
 

Whatever happened to borrowing games?

The year- 1985 (I think). I am in kindergarten and absolutely cannot wait to let my best friend that I have a Nintendo Entertainment System. I start spouting about the awesome light gun and shooting ducks. I tout ROB, my robot operating ...

 
 
 

Just bought Mario Kart Wii

After spending a couple of hours playing Social Slayer today in honor of the holiday, I decided to take a break from all the bloodletting and went to the store. I have been looking for Wii Fit, but alas, have been unsuccessful so far. Inste...

 
 
 

Packrats and the Stack

Here's a rambling entry about my love of videogames and packratting. It will probably degenerate and veer off into unknown and ambiguous directions. Editing is not one of my strong suits. I love videogames. There. I said it. I don’t say ...

 
 

About norm9one of us since 5:41 PM on 12.02.2007

Here's my quick list of favorites:

NES- Legend of Zelda, Gumshoe, Pro Wrestling, Tetris
SNES- Final Fantasy III, Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting, Gradius III
Nintendo 64- Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Harvest Moon 64
Gamecube- Ikaruga, Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing, Metroid Prime
Wii- Metal Slug Anthology, No More Heroes, Wii Sports

Genesis- Columns, Golden Axe
Dreamcast- Shenmue, NBA 2K1

XBox- Ninja Gaiden, Stubbs the Zombie, Fatal Frame
XBox360- Dead Rising, Earth Defense Force

PS2- GTA:San Andreas, Metal Gear Solid 2, Shadow of the Colossus, FirePro Wrestling
PS3- Uncharted, Warhawk, NBA 2k8

Here's a quick blurb about myself-

I am a children's librarian living in Los Angeles.

I like reading, writing, and watching tv.

I hate people who talk down to others. I like talking down to people who talk down to others to prove a point.

I spend way too much on video games, action figures, comics, and beer.

I plan on writing blog entries as soon as I am done with this whole lazy thing, which I enjoy.