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honestgamer It's not all an elaborate ruse, some misguided attempt to establish for myself an online persona of dubious quality. I really am dull. If you don't find that unbearable, though, this is my blog that examines just how truly boring I can be.

Title: Stealing Genj's idea
Posted: December 26, 2005 (09:39 PM)
In the spirit of Genj's awesome entry, here's a list of the current-gen games (both present and announced) that I'd like to get before officially leaving this generation behind for the next generation that the Xbox 360 began...

Game Boy Advance

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Lufia 3
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Mega Man Zero 4

GameCube

Chibi-Robo
Cubivore
Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles
Fire Emblem
Killer 7
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Mario Party 7
Mario Strikers
Mega Man X: Command Mission
Pikmin 2

Nintendo DS

Advance Wars: Dual Strike
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Mario & Luigi 2
Yoshi's Touch & Go

Playstation 2

Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana
Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana 2
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness
Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening
Disgaea 2
Drakengard II
Final Fantasy XII
God of War
Grandia III
Indigo Prophecy
Kingdom Hearts II
Mega Man X7
Mega Man X Collection
Metal Gear Solid 3
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Radiata Stories
Samurai Western
Shadow Hearts From the New World
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2
Sly 3
Suikoden V
Taito Legends
Tales of Legendia
Xenosaga II

I'll strike through each title once I purchase it. Hopefully, the list will someday be completely stricken through!
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Title: A realization
Posted: December 21, 2005 (08:30 PM)
So I did some counting, and it turns out that I haven't really played more than 30 of the current and next-generation games on my game collection list. I anticipate having a lot of fun with them in the months to come, because they're all great games (from what I hear) that I just haven't found the time for.

Sometimes, I think I'll never play all of them. Then, at some random moment, I plow through two or three of them. I would imagine there are somewhere around 50 games I own and paid good money for that I've simply not experienced at all, while another 50 or so I've only played extremely briefly.

The good news for me is that I do seem to spend a lot more time now actually playing games, rather than just sitting around on AIM and talking. Sure, I still code a lot and I write a fair bit, but I'm playing games more now than I have in years. It feels good.
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Title: Work on the site continues...
Posted: December 21, 2005 (01:40 AM)
I decided that since most people on the Internet now use 1024 or wider resolution, it only made sense to change that to the site's default. After all, it's the best of the settings and looks the most balanced.

I told bluberry I was doing so and he suggested that instead of simply repeating the same content on the side that appears on the top, I should add some new features.

To an extent, I listened to him.

While I kept the same 'repeat' content that was there before (it'll help the site to get more hits from search engines and it's convenient to users who don't want to scroll all the way to the top of the page, even if it's a minor difference), I've also added some of those new features he mentioned.

I won't bore you all with the details (check out the Site Announcements section of the forums for all the juicy stuff), but let me say this: the site now keeps track of the information you crave much more efficiently. It's going to be a lot easier now to decide what content you can submit to the site that will most reward you with the traffic you like. Everyone who contributes works hard, and hopefully these changes make everything more worthwhile.
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Title: Dragon Warrior II
Posted: December 13, 2005 (10:22 PM)
Tonight, I finally did it. I mean, of course, that I finally beat Dragon Warrior II. Years and years ago, I made it all the way to the final boss when renting the game, then had to return it before I could beat it. I've started to play again a few times since, but I never got terribly far. This time, I did. I pushed through the whole game and I wrote a FAQ while I was doing so! It's now posted here and soon on GameFAQs.

It feels great to finally beat the game. I won't say my past failure to do so was a cloud hanging over my head, but it irritated me whenever I thought about it. I don't like getting up to a final boss and then never beating the game. So yeah, it feels great to finally be able to say I've finished one of my favorite RPGs of all time. Yes!
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Title: The PSP is the Playstation 2's dream realized
Posted: December 12, 2005 (11:11 PM)
Tonight, my wife was watching television and there was an ad on for The Brother's Grimm. I'm referring to the Matt Damon and Heath Ledger movie that Terry Gillam directed. It was a pretty big flop in theatres, I guess. Anyway, the add said "Coming soon to DVD and PSP," like it was the most natural thing in the world.

It really struck me that the system is about movies, not games. If you go to IGN's PSP section, you'll find there are a ton of reviews for the UMD movie discs, but not so many for the games themselves. It's like the PSP is trying to be the iPod of movies. Is this a way to broaden the fanbase, then start luring developers into making games that may never sell? Or is Sony just really trying to corner the movie market before Apple can truly get a hold (Apple has downloadable movies available for its newest iPod, after all)? I don't know, but I do know one thing: the Nintendo DS is the best handheld going right now if you just want to play great games.
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Title: I have an Xbox 360 now
Posted: November 22, 2005 (11:34 AM)
It took a lot of standing around this morning in 20-degree weather (more than two hours, actually), but I have an Xbox 360 now. It's not the one with the hard drive. However, it's a system, and I have some games for it. Rather than write a long entry here detailing the trials and tribulations I went through in further detail, I'm going to go play some games!

Title: The Xbox 360 Launch: Sour Grapes
Posted: November 21, 2005 (10:54 PM)
My crusade for the Xbox 360 began a few months ago, when I went to local merchants and tried to pre-order the system. I was too late; they weren’t accepting money anymore because they couldn’t guarantee that systems would arrive. Weeks later, I heard that they started refusing gamers’ cash too late. Many who pre-ordered are screwed, just like me.

And when I say I’m screwed, what I mean is that I can’t get my hands on an Xbox 360. I’ll be waiting weeks, just like the rest of you, because Microsoft made the hugest blunder in its history by deciding on a worldwide launch. The result? Instead of irritating a few gamers in America on launch day, they’ll spread out the system so that everyone can gripe together throughout the world!

Make no mistake: people will be griping. To put it mildly, this allocation system sucks. You want a system? You’d better have a warm sleeping bag, some mittens and a heavy coat. It probably wouldn’t hurt to have a gun or knife, or some other means with which to defend yourself.

Today, I came home from work for lunch and gave the local Wal-Mart a call. They’re open 24 hours to serve me better. I got in touch with the electronics department, where a young-sounding clerk answered the phone.

“Hey,” I said, “are you putting Xbox 360 units out on the shelves at midnight?”

“Yeah,” he said, sounding tired. I’m sure he’d already had the question a few hundred times today.

I waited for the “but,” which soon followed. “There’s already a huge line,” he added.

“And how many did you get in?” I asked.

“Not as many as there are people standing in line.”

Keep in mind that this was at the point of my lunch break, which to be fair was 2:30. So, people were ready to stand around nine and a half hours for a system. I decided to get it somewhere else.

When I got off work tonight at 7:00, I came home and picked up my wife. We then began to make the rounds at stores, though she was much, much, much more anxious to get herself some yarn. You know, because if there’s a massive demand for the Xbox 360, there’s almost certainly a throng of people that would kill to get their hands on yarn.

The first store I checked was the local ShopKo. It’s a chain of stores that’s pretty small, and usually you can get games that are sold out elsewhere in town. No such luck this time. As I headed to the front door, I saw a sign posted that advised that they are getting only 12 units in. They’ll be handed out to the first 12 people in line. I looked off to the left and there was already a good group gathered, bundled for the cold.

I got back in the car and told my wife, who wasn’t particularly impressed. At that point, she was still worried about getting her yarn. She complained all about wanting yarn while I drove to the next store, Best Buy.

There was a group camping outside that store already, so I didn’t even bother checking. They all looked pretty cold, since it was at this point 20 degrees outside. It was also sleeting, and the temperature was plummeting. Those people are in for a long night.

So I went next to the store so my wife would get her yarn and stop complaining. With that accomplished, we headed over to Target. She was now happy because the important thing was accomplished: she had her damn yarn.

When I went into the Target store, there were no campers outside. I figured there had to be a catch. Maybe they were lined up inside and the store was staying open through midnight for the rush? No. I checked with the employees and they said that although they are getting the Xbox 360, Microsoft isn’t allotting enough units to anyone. They said they’re not recommending camping, but that they won’t do anything to people who go that route (wink, wink) so long as it’s after 11:00 (otherwise, it’s loitering).

“Screw that,” I said to myself. “I’m not waiting outside while the wind chill and temperature drop like crazy.”

Now, my wife realized that yarn wasn’t really so important. We needed to go by work to say hello to her coworker friends. So, since it was on the way to the next store I wanted to try, we did just that. She said hello to her friends. One of them mentioned that she’s going to have an Xbox 360 at midnight, because her boyfriend was dropped off at Wal-Mart a few hours ago and will get her one. She looked like she felt pretty clever, and she wasn’t happy to learn that the poor guy was left behind a few hours too late to accomplish anything of the sort.

My wife and I left a short time thereafter, and this time we went to Fred Meyer’s, a store that I only go to for electronics as a last resort. I didn’t even have to go in. People were camped outside, near a sign with instructions about how you’re allowed to anticipate the 360: one line only, out in the cold. The sign also advised that it had the same stock that ShopKo did. There were at least that many people seated around the benches and such, freezing their butts off and waiting for morning.

At this point, there was only one place left to go: Costco. I got there as they were closing, and they said they won’t be getting any Xbox 360 units, but that I could find them online. So, I went home and began searching online. Costco’s site didn’t have any listed, Wal-Mart’s site was sold out, Best Buy’s site took forever to load and never even offered one. Amazon.com only had bundles through its ToysRUs affiliation. K-Mart had no systems listed online. And so it went, one merchant after another.

This brings me to the obvious conclusion: Microsoft is a company filled with complete idiots. I thought for a long while that this was the system Microsoft would use to change its approach to games, to really jump into the game running and dominate over Sony. However, this is the worst shortage I’ve ever seen. It’s not a shortage because of overly high demand, either. It’s only the diehard that are waiting around outside, freezing their butts of for a system. That wouldn’t even be necessary but for one thing: there just aren’t enough units out there.

Maybe Microsoft is trying to generate artificial hype. Maybe the company just released the system too early. Maybe the global launch really is the cause here. Whatever the case, this is enough to severely piss me off. A company of Microsoft’s side shouldn’t be able to make such a monumental blunder. They should have the resources to get enough units out the door, and they should use those resources. Graaaagggghhhh!
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Title: Mmmm... this is what my room was like last night!
Posted: November 20, 2005 (07:20 PM)


(Not.)
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Title: Sometimes it sucks to be Bush
Posted: November 20, 2005 (12:54 PM)
I don't have much to say, just that you should read the following Reuters article with much haste:

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Yes, it's quite funny. It's even work-appropriate, just in case you wondered (as if I would link to hentai!).
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Title: I got my second kit
Posted: November 20, 2005 (01:39 AM)
Well, tonight I was playing some more Battlefield 2 and I got my second unlockable kit. The way the game works, your kills and support actions are awarded points that contribute to your 'global score,' which at certain points unlocks upgraded weapon kits as a reward for your hours of playing.

The first kit I got was an upgrade to my medic gun, so that I have a better aim. The second kit I chose was a sniper kit, which should in theory allow me to shoot through glass. However, that hasn't happened. The one game I played after unlocking the kit found me being owned by the other team. I couldn't seem to hit the broad side of a barn and I hardly got off a shot because it takes forever to fire another shot after a first one. I'll need to practice, I think, but I can see the gun working well once I... stop missing. That may take awhile.

Anyway, I'm doing good as a medic. I get more kills now, revive more people, capture more flags... I'm starting to almost be decent. When I play with my coworkers, we usually dominate and I am good at providing support. I played with just the one guy tonight and managed to down a helicopter with a gun turret. It was fun. I like this game a lot.
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