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August 3, 2011 2 comments
In my youth I used to play a lot of video games. Well actually I still play a lot but that’s a whole different story. Well anyway as I was saying, in my youth I played a lot of video games and typically I’d play with a select few friends. Now by select few I would actually mean only three friends. Of these three friends, I only keep in touch with one. The other two have long since fallen by the wayside and I have not talked to them for many a year. Now Stephon I still keep in touch with even though we actually live quite literally a thousand miles apart. I would go so far as to say he is my best friend.
Recently he came to visit me and my family and it was a time that I was excited for yet dreading. Now I was excited because it had been over a year since we had last been in each other’s presence. We talk on the phone often but really it’s not the same as enjoying the weather with beer in hand or visiting a local restaurant for lunch. What I was dreading was the hand off of all of his gaming hardware and software to me. Now this may sound like a good thing to most of you but here’s the problem with it. It signals to me that he has officially moved on from the gaming scene. We have discussed it before but through this physical exchange, it has become official and ultimately set in stone. My one greatest gaming ally has moved on and it saddens me to no end. It’s like ToeJam without Earl, Marcus without Dom or even Ratchet without Clank.
Anyway enough of the sob story. I’m sure you’re only reading this to find out what was handed over so here’s what was in the official exchange. I’ll even post some pics for you to enjoy.

Game Collection Handoff

 

Atari Jaguar and games

Atari Jaguar Console CIB
Alien vs. Predator CIB
Raiden CIB
Tempest 2000 CIB

 

NES Compact and games

NES Compact Console (NES ver2) CIB
Castlevania CIB
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse CIB
Contra
Donkey Kong Classics
Gradius
Life Force  CIB
Mario Bros.
Rad Racer CIB
Rad Racer II CIB
Rush ‘N Attack
Super Contra
Super Mario Bros. CIB
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3 CIB

 

Playstation 2 and games

PS2 Slim Console CIB
Castlevania: Lament of Innocence  CIB
Devil May Cry GH CIB
R-Type Final CIB
Resident Evil: Code Veronica GH CIB

 

PSOne and games

PSOne Console
Castlevania: SotN GH CIB
Metal Gear Solid GH CIB
Resident Evil 2 CIB

 

SNES Compact and games

SNES Compact Console (SNES ver2) w/Kirby Super Star CIB
Axelay CIB
Castlevania: Dracula X CIB
Contra III: The Alien Wars    CIB
Final Fight
Final Fight 2 CIB
Firepower 2000 CIB
Gradius III CIB
Ninja Gaiden Trilogy CIB
R-Type III CIB
Street Fighter II Turbo
Super Castlevania IV CIB
Super Mario All Stars CIB
Super Mario Kart CIB
Super Mario World
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island CIB
Super R-Type CIB
Top Gear CIB

It pleases me that he thought of me to hand these off to. Unfortunately it still was a sad day for me. The end of an era so to speak.

Xbox Live Update – Halo: Reach

April 11, 2011 6 comments

Halo Reach Preview Disc

How convenient! Look what I just got in the mail. I’m so friggin excited I can’t contain myself! I just got the Halo: Reach preview disc that allows me to update my Xbox Live! Whoop dee doo! I absolutely cannot wait to dig into… oh wait. My console is currently out of commission. Please see previous post. Nice Microsoft, nice.

Oh I forgot to post an update for the last post. To put it simply, they told me it’s out of warranty. I need to pay em 120 bones if I wanted them to fix it or I could go through the online hoops to get it repaired for 100 bones. This is of course sans shipping costs. I don’t think so. It can sit on the shelf and rot for all I care. Glad I hadn’t invested that much into the system but it still pisses me off cause my lady bought it for me as an out of the blue gift 😦

E 74 Error

April 2, 2011 2 comments

E 74 Error

Great. I rarely if ever use my 360 Elite (If I’m lucky I average 3-4 hrs a week on it). I tend to play my PS3 more for the simple fact that I’ve had it longer and it has free online play. Now while watching a DVD on my 360 I noticed some vertical bands across the screen and the video seeming very low res. This is even considering it’s always looked fine with the HDMI connections to the HDTV. I decided to check the video settings to see if something was amiss. Everything looked proper. I decided I’d just restart the system. Typically that would fix any issues but what ended up happening was that I got a flashy quarter red ring and a screen that said I had an E 74 Error. I am not pleased at all. If anything I’m pissed! I’ve probably not even logged in a tenth of the hours into this system as my PS3 and it has failed me. I don’t have it enclosed in an entertainment stand and I dust it often. There would be absolutely no reason for it to fail considering the way I baby my systems. Totally unacceptable no matter how you look at it.

According to the xBox site, the warranty for this type of error is 3 years from purchase date. Get this, I have the original receipt and guess what? It was purchased by my wife as a gift to me exactly 3 years and 21 days ago. Coincidence? I think not. I’ve contacted xBox support regarding this issue. I guess we’ll just have to see how they respond on Monday or Tuesday. I’m really not expecting much from them considering they pretty much still deny they had any wrong doing considering bad consoles. This kinda $#!t infuriates me! Today I hate Microsoft almost as much as I hate Gamestop.

Dead Space 2 Collector’s Edition

March 1, 2011 4 comments

I’ve not updated anything in a long while and I’d like to say that I’m lazy but that would mean I have time to waste. Totally not true. Family always comes first and the past few months have been family heavy. It’s been tough. Anyway we’re not here to discuss family, we’re here to discuss my opinion on Dead Space 2.

Dead Space 2 Collector's Edition

First I’ll fill you in on what’s in the Collector’s Edition. First and foremost it comes with the game (manual, case and all) but as a bonus it’s the Limited Edition version of the game. What makes it a limited edition is that the disc comes with a full copy of Dead Space Extraction on it. If you don’t know what this is, it’s essentially a HD version of the prequel to Dead Space that was originally released on the Wii. It’s a great bonus to an already awesome game. I had always wanted this for the Wii but never got around to purchasing it. Now I have it for the lowly sum of FREE and it has a full trophy set also. EA dun me proud.

Plasma Cutter

Secondly it comes with a little plastic replica of the plasma cutter in Dead Space 2. Now when I say little… that’s exactly what it is. It seems to be about 1/2 – 2/3 scale model of what you’re using in the game. Makes it look comical and actually feels rather comical when equipping it in real life 😀
Lastly there is a soundtrack CD and art cell in the box which aren’t a big deal on their own but a nice bonus overall.

I finished up my platinum in Dead Space 2 last week so I figured I’d comment on the game. Simply put, it’s great. If you loved the original, there isn’t a darn thing about this game that you wouldn’t like. It’s everything you loved in the first one but more of it… Oh and there isn’t an asteroid shooting gallery to slow you up this time round ;P
Story is pretty good though can get old on multiple play throughs. Wouldn’t be a problem but you can’t skip through scenes or anything. You just have to let everything play through on its own. Kinda sucks but but overall not bad considering that’s my only gripe. Make sure to stay through the entire credits. There’s a little bit at the end of it that I’d say is an important piece of the puzzle.
Gameplay and controls are essentially identical to the first one with very minor tweaks. I guess they felt that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. One nice fix is that you can now reload without having to hold the aim button at the same time. Simple change but helps tremendously when you are trying to skeedaddle away from some necromorphs.
Music and sound is just as good as the original. It’s excellent. Surround sound is the only way to go when playing this game. I feel sorry for any of you who only have your tv speakers. Just the thought of it makes me sad.
I won’t comment on multiplay. I never tried it and don’t really intend to.

I honestly can’t say there was much that was added that was new. Basically if you liked the original, you’ll love this sequel.

I’d give the Collector’s Edition a $75/80. The game with bonus Extraction is already worth that amount. Everything else is just icing on the cake.
I’d give the standard edition wo/Extraction a $55/60. Definitely a great game and worth your time.

Well I must be off. Dead Space Severed just got released today. Gonna go kill me some more necromorphs… or would I be RE-killing them? Who knows? It’s gonna be a great ride anyway!

PS3 HD Compilations

October 1, 2010 4 comments

Now that the God of War Collection has been out for a while and there is the announced ICO & Shadow of Colossus Collection, what HD compilations would you like to see?

Zone of the Enders 1 & 2

Personally I’ve been rooting for a Zone of the Ender’s Collection. Z.O.E. 2 is one of the best games that the PS2 has to offer in my opinion. A compilation disc would at least chide me over until Kojima decides to stop milking the MGS teet and work on Z.O.E. 3

Maximo 1 & 2

Another series that I’d like to see get the HD treatment is Maximo. This game and its younger brother Army of Zin were based on the Ghosts n’ Goblins Universe. Basically if you wanted to play a 3D version of Ghosts n’ Goblins, you just needed to play one of these. I loved these games and I don’t think they got the credit they deserved.

First Overwhelming Gaming Memory

September 14, 2010 7 comments

In my youth I remember playing many many games. It all started with some generic home console that had 4 built in games. A Pong-ish game was one of them. I don’t remember what it was called. My memory fails me. hell I don’t even know if it had 4 games come to think of it. I was about 5, what can I say?

The next system I recall frequently using was the Atari 2600 which by the way I still have. Combat was always a fun one as well as Missile Command. There are many games which are still quite fun but I just can’t justify having 15 consoles attached to my TV. I barely have enough space for the 3 current gen systems. My limited space just doesn’t cut it.

The Atari 5200 followed this but it had a rather short life. Primarily because the controllers were almost literally pieces of crap. You look it up online. They were notorious for failing. It’s the one system that I don’t have in working order. Not because it won’t turn on but because there would be no way to control the game. I’ve not bothered to order replacements. I honestly don’t plan to ever play it again. Centipede and Pac-Man were awesome but I’m sure I could find an emulator.

Ok now all this leads up the the one gaming moment that probably set my path towards my gaming obsession. It’s probably the first moment in my life where my jaw dropped to the floor. I believe it was in the fall of 1986. I was nine and I came home from school. Dropped off my stuff in my room and I went to the “kids” room where my older brothers and their friends were sitting in front of our TV playing Super Mario Bros. I was floored! I thought to myself, “WTF! That’s a little man with a mustache in suspenders jumping onto mushrooms with eyes and turtles! I can actually make out details and not have to fill in the blanks with my imagination!!!”. Ok that WTF acronym never existed when I was a kid but you get the point. It was then that I realized I must use my powers for the good of gaming kind. My rapid fire thumbs served me well in the coming years. Appropriate that 25 years ago Super Mario Bros was born and only a year later, when he came stateside, he left such a lasting impression on me. It will stick with me for the rest of my life. Happy anniversary Mario.

So tell me, what are some gaming memories that you are fond of or would never be able to shake. If you were to become senile and have Alzheimer’s what gaming memory would you still have? Give it to me 😀

Mushroom Wars

September 1, 2010 1 comment

Simply put – I love this game. It’s so simple yet satisfying. I would liken it to a very very simplified RTS (real time strategy) game. I remember my first time playing Warcraft and Warcraft 2. I loved those games. You create units and send them off to harvest wood or gold. With these supplies you upgrade your buildings and units. You send your units to defeat the opposing forces. Pretty simple wouldn’t you say? Well Mushroom Wars is even simpler. You start with 1 or multiple mushroom “bases”. Each of these bases generates mushroom units at a steady pace. The speed at which the base generates units depends on the level of the base. In order to upgrade your base you sacrifice your units. So in essence your units are your defense/offense as well as your currency. You can send your units to other bases (either neutral or opponent controlled) and if you are lucky enough to defeat the forces, the base becomes yours. As you send the units to other bases, obviously the units in the base you sent them from dwindle. You can choose 100%, 75%, 50%, or 25% of your units to go from one base to the one of your choosing. You can of course divvy your units across all bases but that’s not always the best solution. With this basic tactic of moving units from base to base, you can play defense as well as offense. Learning where to send units and at what time is key to success. You can also convert your bases into towers or forges but I won’t get into these details. You’ll just have to find out on your own.

Does  this simplicity detract from the overall enjoyment of the game? Absolutely not, it actually makes it quite charming. The fast paced action, colorful and crisp graphics, and catchy beats makes this a must have game from the PSN.

Totally a $9.99/9.99