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Title: How the judges judged!
Posted: August 11, 2009 (12:11 AM)
It took a little while to put this together. Probably would have been easier to update it as I went, but whatever. Here it is.

Team Leaderboard

This way we can see which judges favoured particular reviewers. Overdrive's record from Lewis and Sportsman was pretty bad, but I voted for him nearly every round. On the other end, Dagoss never scored a single vote from me, the only one (other than Turducken whom I don't count since he was only in for 2 weeks) to get no votes from any particular judge.

Janus managed to get 4-3 from each judge and Suskie got 6-1 from each of us.

And as I was judging, and then reading the other two judge's verdicts, I did notice we have different tastes. I tended to look for reviews that kept me interested, stuff that didn't take much time or effort to read. Lewis seemed to favour style and flair, often rewarding people for trying something different. Sportsman seemed to like just about everything, even in those matches where Lewis and I disliked both reviews.
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Title: Fable II
Posted: August 09, 2009 (11:42 PM)
Very fun game. I actually bought this late last year, but then I got Fallout 3 a week later and got completely sidetracked. It's taken me this long to get back to it - I decided to start over. Very fun game. Been playing it all weekend, so it's partially responsible for my apathy towards judging this week.

Title: Anti-ad base.
Posted: August 05, 2009 (07:42 PM)
This is my base, but feel free to make use of it.

Title: Unfinished reviews
Posted: August 01, 2009 (09:30 PM)
You know those years and years where I didn't write any reviews? Well, I did. I just never finished them. I went through My Documents and found all the unfinished reviews. Here is a list.

* Animal Crossing: Wild World - The middle game of the series is the only one I haven't reviewed. I have two different reviews started for this, one tries to be like my first Animal Crossing review, a continuation of the story, while the other is more of a standard approach. I still keep trying to write this review, even though I sold the game over 7 months ago.

* Final Fantasy IX - Even when I was reviewing all the time, this game confounded me as far as reviewing it went. I never did get to review this game. I never could organise my thoughts. This is my white whale of unfinished reviews. So many different attempts and angles and I never could get anywhere with it. I love the game, too.

* Final Fantasy X-2 - Pretty mundane review in the making. It goes on for a few paragraphs. Not bad, not anything special either, then it just turns into a dot point list of things I need to expand on. Never finished.

* Final Fantasy XII - This was another one I had some good ideas for. It was going to look at how the game focused on world building and not characters, and how the characters were simply vehicles used to explore. It was going to go into how Ashe and Basch pretty much drove the central conflict of the story, Balthier being the exposition guy cause he knows things about the world, Fran being the one to discuss magic, Penelo being the moral compass, and Vaan being the eyes of the player. I'm disappointed I could never make this one work.

* Futurama (PS2) - Got a lame intro done, the rest of the review has humourous subheadings but nothing filled in.

* Knights of the Old Republic 2 - I wrote a paragraph!

* Legend of Zelda 3 GBA - A condescending bash review, which uses the word "snerd" way too often. This was back when it was the cool thing to do. The tagline was "For the Snerd on the go!" which I just chuckled at right now.

* Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - a praise review that tries way too hard. Dies in the ass after a few paragraphs. Some original dot point planning there, too.

* Lost Odyssey - I have an outline, but not much more.

* Oblivion - one of my more recent abandoned projects. It's supposed to be a 6 episode retelling of my adventures in Oblivion, each one touching on and giving critical analysis of important elements of the game. This one could still work. Might need to give it a go.

* Project Gotham Racing 2 - The intro was talking about a near miss in my real life driving, how I narrowly avoided disaster by pulling off a technique I'd learned in this game. That stuff was interesting, but the transition into the actual review kinda killed it for me.

* Secret of Monkey Island SE - My most recent one. I have all these ideas in my head but I can't seem to do anything with them. I'm not sure how I want to approach this game, a comparison between that and the old one, or for newcomers to the game, or both. Argh.

* Star Fox Adventures - basically a few paragraphs ranting about how a would be classic is mutilated. A lament on the original Dinosaur Planet that never was...

* Star Ocean: The Last Hope - a pretty clever intro, and a look at why the battle system works, but I never got any further than that.

* Super Smash Bros. Brawl - it's actually about 5 paragraphs of me playing a match at a shopping centre before I had the game, and reaching the semi-finals. I'm not sure if this would have worked.

* Tales of Monkey Island Part 1 - Just some stumbling intro paragraphs, but in the end I decided it's too difficult to review a game based on 1 of 5 chapters. I'd rather review the finished product.

* Tales of Symphonia - Now this is a review I really wished I could have finished. It's a review that discusses how the game feels like a pastiche of so many RPGs, but does a great job with it. And also how the momentum just keeps building and building and building until the end is just so freaking epic. But it also covered my initial dislike of the game, how I eventually started liking it more and more. Like how it took me weeks to get through the first 6-7 hours of the game, then the last 30 hours I played through in maybe less than a week. This really could have worked, but I never could get the words right.

And there's plenty more reviews that I've given plenty of thought to over the years, but never even got as far as making a document about. Like Dragon Quest VIII.
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Posted: July 29, 2009 (07:02 AM)
We're writing reviews. It's more important to talk about feeling and personality than mundane things like control and gameplay.
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Title: Reality is crumbling.
Posted: July 20, 2009 (07:10 AM)
I don't even know what is real anymore. Seems like life has just been one endless joke for the last few years. Sometimes I suspect that I've been dreaming for the last 5, 6, years. I dunno.

Maybe I just want to be someone else, somewhere else. Blah. And when I'm in a state of mind like this, watching stuff like Life on Mars, reading House of Leaves, hell, playing most video games in general, doesn't help.

This is one hell of an identity crisis.
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Title: Monkey Island for me!
Posted: July 10, 2009 (07:16 AM)
Got a better graphics card. Second hand from a friend - cheap. Said I could buy it from him if Monkey Island worked, and it did. Also boosted my 512 MB of RAM up to 1 GB. Monkey Island works! A little slow at times, but playable. I'm happy now!
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Title: No Monkey Island for me.
Posted: July 08, 2009 (01:35 AM)
How sad. The textures don't show up, the game runs at about one frame every few seconds... so it's pretty much unplayable. Granted, my computer is under the minimum requirements, but Wallace and Grommit had the same requirements, and that game ran fine.

Looks like I need a new processor, something over 2.0 GHz, preferably 3.0... probably a GB of ram or more, and a modern graphics card.

How is Jerec going to pay for all this? Hoo boy.
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Title: Getting psyched for Monkey Island!
Posted: July 05, 2009 (07:14 AM)
Found a graphics card I could use, so while it's not the greatest, my computer should be able to run Tales of Monkey Island. Wallace and Grommit has the same system requirements, and I was able to run the demo of that with no issues, so here's hoping!

Hopefully these new Monkey Island episodes inspire some new reviews from me. Got the whole season ordered. Hell, I might even write a FAQ if I finish the game quick enough and don't need much help with the puzzles myself. I'm a fairly old hand at these games now, but I still get stumped from time to time.

And the remake of Secret of Monkey Island! Looking forward to that, too. Always wanted to play the first two games with better graphics and voice acting. I hope it's not too expensive!

All this Monkey Island madness has inspired me to go back and replay The Curse of Monkey Island, one of my all time favourites. My DVD drive doesn't like playing the disc for some reason - a lot of the cutscenes and voices were playing at a higher speed than normal. Ended up dumping the game on my hard drive and playing it there. Actually worked, and it does so without any load times. Hopefully I don't have any problems with the disc-swap.
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Title: Strong Bad Episode 1
Posted: July 01, 2009 (07:03 AM)
Today I decided to pre-order Tales of Monkey Island for PC, so I get whatever bonus stuff I can get. I love Monkey Island, and after playing TellTale's Sam & Max Season 1, I felt confident that it would be good. When I finished my transaction, I was given a code to download one free episode of my choice.

I went with the first episode of the Strong Bad game with the convoluted title. I played it in an afternoon, and while it was short and not particularly brain taxing, it did make me laugh. A lot.

Making your own Teen Girl Squad episode is a hoot. Prank calling the other characters was also funny. I loved Strong Bad's wit and humourous observations about stuff. I loved his Homestar Runner impersonation.

Yeah, the puzzles were easy, but I was having too much fun to notice. If I had anything else to say about this game, I'd probably turn it into a review.

But that's it... there's not really enough game to review, and it's hard to talk more about it without spoiling stuff. And if you're a Strong Bad fan, you'll probably already know about this game and want to play it, if you haven't already. And if you're not a Strong Bad fan, you won't care.

I'll be looking at the other episodes at some point.
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Title: Reviews on the horizon.
Posted: June 24, 2009 (03:11 AM)

seriously though

I have about half a Star Ocean: The Last Hope review done. It's a game of two halves, which makes my review also seem like a review of two halves. Maybe it's okay to play it that way, or maybe I need to work on cohesion.

My other is a more gimmicky fiction type review of Oblivion. It might work. It might not. Won't know until I try.

If either of those two end up happening, I will be mighty pleased with myself and will probably look at writing more reviews.
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Posted: June 22, 2009 (11:10 PM)
I might also post lists of stuff from the following comps:

Beat Em Up (November 2004)
Contra (September 2004)
Fanfiction comp (June 2006)
SNK (October 2004)
The Great War (3 rounds in October 2006)

Anything else I may have judged has been lost to time and the Purge Monster. But I think that's it. I'm a pretty damn prolific judge.
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Title: The Jerec Archives Presents - Alphabet Comps!
Posted: June 22, 2009 (11:02 PM)
I judged a lot of these in my day!

Well, I don't know the overall rankings here, since I didn't save the other judges results. I'm not gonna list scores unless the people in question want them. But here's a list of people who submitted:

There's some confusion here. Did we have two of these comps in 2004?

Early 2004

Dark Vortex
Neon Tiger X
ragnarok757 (Denouement)
Sonic T Hedgehog
Space Megafighter X
Tachibana Ukyo
Zap Rowsdower!!

Late 2004?

Auto Rock
Golden Vortex
Sonic T Hedgehog
Space Megafighter X


Auto Rock
Golden Vortex


Johnny Cairo
Snow Dragon


Bluberry (scored a 0)
Mrs. Venter*

* Venter's horrible Sims 2 expansion review
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Title: The Jerec Archives Presents - Team Tournament 2005/2007
Posted: June 22, 2009 (10:42 PM)
Most of the review judging I've ever done has been saved. There is information to be had, here. So I'm not going to post it. Well, not in its entirety. Just posting team entrants and stuff, since there's an interest for it.

2005 Team Tournament

Here are the teams, not sure on who is captain or whatever. Btw the numbers aren't overall rankings. I don't have that info. Just me keeping count.

1) Emp - Dark Fact - Golden Vortex
2) Leroux - Midwinter - Sportsman
3) Overdrive - Janus - Jihad
4) Boo - Ukyo - GUTS
5) Masters - True - Genjuro Kibagami
6) Venter - King Broccoli - Johnny Cairo
7) Bbobb - Auto Rock - FFM
8) Fix - Zigfried - Gruel

2007 Team Tournament

I didn't judge or compete in 2006. I had way too much real life shit to deal with.

Anyway, 2007 teams

1) Felix - Venter - Crush
2) Lisanne - Disco - Tom Clark
3) Zigfried - Suskie - Espiga
4) Bluberry - Cairo - Arkrex
5) Overdrive - Pup - DoI
6) Sportsman - Jihad - DE
7) Draqq - True - Spaceworlder
8) EmP - Viridian Moon - Hobunn

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Title: lol review drama
Posted: June 15, 2009 (04:57 AM)
lets review drama like its 2002!
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