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Title: I feel like I'm getting stupider.
Posted: June 13, 2009 (06:15 AM)
I can remember being quite smart at one point. Sharp, even. I had a good general knowledge, knew what was going on in the world, and was pretty quick with puzzles and problems.
Now? I feel dull-witted and apathetic. I don't pay much attention to current events, politics, or any of it. People 5 years younger than me could probably beat me in arguments about things I used to know quite well.
This is probably due to my mind becoming lazy because I'm no longer studying. 2006-2008 all I was studying was my Library course, so I still know lots about libraries. Just not much about anything else.
I'm not your typical stupid person. I'm still good with common sense and stuff like that. Just not as bright as I once was. Usually all I have to contribute to conversations is some sort of joke, rather than anything meaningful.
Is this a natural part of getting older, or is my laziness getting out of hand?
Title: Out with the old.
Posted: June 09, 2009 (01:08 AM)
I got rid of all my SNES games, plus my SNES console, most of my N64 games, and a couple of rubbishy PS1 games. I got 500 trade in value, thereabouts. I picked up a red 360 elite, to replace my aging 20 gig 360, Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts, and some Microsoft Points.
The guy at the shop was quite impressed with the games I traded in, and he offered me way more than I ever expected to get. I'm quite happy with how that day went. All those SNES games... I actually made a profit on them from when I bought them in 2001. They were just sitting in a box not being played, and most of them are on the Virtual Console now anyway, not that I'm likely to bother with most of them.
Still, gotta move onto the future! :P
Title: 7 reviews...
Posted: May 26, 2009 (05:21 AM)
Do I have 7 reviews that could work in a contest? While I'm reasonably happy with the 3 I've posted so far this year, I'm not sure how they'd hold up against other people's best works. Animal Crossing Wii is just a rant, as is Wii Fit. Lego Star Wars was my attempt at writing a proper review, and is probably the only one I'd use in the tournament, and only if I didn't have anything better. I'm not even going to consider my older reviews. You won't see me throwing GTA 3 into a tournament again. It's had its day, earned me enough wins. Everyone's sick of it. I know I am.
Ideally, I need to write 7 new kickass reviews. This might not be a difficulty to many of you prolific reviewers out there, but I'm not sure I can do it. I suppose first I'll draft a list of games I could possibly write an excellent review on... and different enough games so I'm not just writing similar stuff all the time.
So far those are all 360, and all fairly recent games for me. I could review a Guitar Hero game, but I've judged enough contests to know that isn't always a good idea.
Looking back to my PS2, I've wanted to review Final Fantasy XII and Dragon Quest VIII. I have started reviews on these before, but never finished them.
Also, I've been trying to write a sequel to my Animal Crossing review, covering the DS version. I've got a few paragraphs of that, I just need to make it all work nicely. I could probably attempt to use my old Animal Crossing review, now it's got a nice update. But only if Venter isn't judging.
I've got some thinking to do. Maybe I need to star blogging about the games I'm playing, to get some words down.
Title: The Bookshop
Posted: May 20, 2009 (12:17 AM)
There is a bookshop I can only find when Iím dreaming. I know its physical, real world location from my dreams, but in the waking world, I know the bookshop is not there. But I have visited this bookshop many times before, when I sleep. I never can buy anything from it, though, as I donít ever seem to have any money in my dreams.
But I browse. The bookshop is of a decent size. The floors are made of polished wood, and there are large windows that let a lot of sunlight and warmth in. The lights have never been on when Iíve been in there, but they donít seem to be needed. There is always enough sunlight - a clever construction to mask the fact that artificial lights rarely function in dreams. There is a counter close to one wall of the shop, near the door. There are high shelves of books all around the walls, and lower shelves forming aisles in the middle of the room.
Sometimes I see other people on this bookshop, but I can never seem to talk to them. They seem real, but I can never remember what they look like after I wake up. The shop keeper is always there, but is vague and non-descript. I can never seem to focus on him or her; I couldnít even tell you which it is. The shop keeper sits behind the counter, never saying a word. And thatís what I like about this bookshop. I can browse without being disturbed. I can spend hours in this bookshop while I sleep.
The bookshop is a quiet place. It is comfortable for me, a familiar place. Dreams are often intangible, and make little sense, and the settings can change and warp so much. But this bookshop is a fixed place. It is always the same every time I go in. I can walk around, listening to my footsteps on the polished wood floor, looking at the books on the shelves, never knowing what I might find. I know I have found books that Iíve tried to find in the waking world, and they simply do not exist. And then again, some books are familiar to me - they do exist.
And that is another strange thing about this dream. I can read the titles of the books, and I have even managed to read words from them before. I can sometimes read in my dreams, though Iíve heard that is often thought to be impossible. Perhaps my ability to read in my dreams is what allows me to find and enter this bookshop. Itís often a busy place outside - I can see people walking along the street outside. That much is the same as it is in the waking world, and it is a place I recognise locally. That is how I determined where the bookshop was supposed to be in the real world, but it does not exist.
Sometimes I leave the bookshop and go to other dreams, not knowing when Iíll find my way back. Sometimes I wake up while Iím still there, holding a book. I am usually quite shocked to find myself in my own bed. This bookshop feels so real, so un-dreamlike, that I often forget Iím dreaming.
Itís hard to make myself dream of the bookshop. In fact, doing that seems to make finding it impossible. It is simply a place I find without really thinking about it. Iíve only made a few visits to the bookshop so far, and Iím quite intent to go there again.
The next time I go to the bookshop in my dreams, I am going to try communicating with the people. Perhaps they will not wish to be interrupted while they browse the bookshop. I do not yet know if these people are simply constructs of my dream, or if they are real people who are also dreaming themselves into the bookshop. If this is some sort of central hub where dreamers can meet, then the possibilities are extraordinary. Are there any other dream hubs? I will have to explore my lucid dreams to find them.
Title: The Rise and Fall of Jerktown
Posted: May 15, 2009 (11:03 PM)
The review posted on the site today is not new. It's about five years old, actually, except for the small edits I did on it to make it a bit better (I hope). It was a fairly well received review, in its day, despite not being conventional. So many people were reviewing Animal Crossing and just listing the stuff you could do, which I did not find helpful. I went with describing what the game was like on a personal level, and it was quite an experience. The story in that review is true, though perhaps my imagination embellished things just a tiny bit.
I remember being surprised the review was accepted at GameFAQs, despite their policy against gimmicky reviews. It's actually my only review on GameFAQs to get one of those stars, and it has the most hits. I've seen the review talked about around that site from time to time.
The review was originally rejected when I tried to submit it here. By one of the former staff members, before the new wave of Zig, EmP and such. I was told to submit it as fan fiction instead, and I left the 8/10 score at the end of it as an act of defiance. I did eventually remove that...
I'd always meant to try resubmitting it as a review here, but it had gotten a fair few hits as fiction so I didn't want to lose them. Turns out I lost 'em anyway, when fiction hits were no longer displayed - ages back, and now with fiction disappearing off the site completely, it was time for the review to take its rightful place - as a review!
I updated my new edit of the review over at GameFAQs. I hope that doesn't alert Mr. Bacon that my review is a bit gimmicky and force him to pull it down - which is why I'd left it alone for five years, I think it was CJayC that accepted it back then, shortly before Bacon took over. It'd be quite amusing, in a frustrating way, if my review was rejected at GameFAQs now that it's finally been accepted on HonestGamers.
Still, this doesn't count on my tally for reviews this year. I would like to see if Review of the Week comments on it, though.
Title: Didn't there used to be a review site somewhere here?
Posted: April 14, 2009 (05:48 PM)
why are all the reviewers now at war with each other?
Title: Third review of the year
Posted: March 23, 2009 (04:16 AM)
Only a week on from my Wii Fit review, comes Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, for that Magical Mystery Tournament. It's been a while since I actually participated in a tournament on the reviewing end. Though I never would've made it if not for the gracious extensions. My 360 sure picked a fine time to die. Got it back just in time to finish up the game, explore some more of the game modes, and put my review together.
2009 is looking like my comeback year. I'm going to aim to have 12 reviews written by the end of the year. 3 down!
Title: Second review this year!
Posted: March 15, 2009 (06:39 PM)
Or, rather, second Wii game bashing written straight into the submission box. Today's victim : Wii Fit. I still need to write that Lego Star Wars review, but I'm kinda stuck until I get my 360 back. =/
Title: Final Fantasy IX
Posted: February 24, 2009 (05:26 PM)
I've never been able to review this game, even when I actually wrote reviews on a regular basis. Yes, I did write reviews on a regular basis. But Final Fantasy IX eluded me. I couldn't find words for it.
I have to admit, I'm still having trouble. And I need to review this thing in the next few days for the little contest I'm involved in.
I wrote a few notes, and now I need to try and expand it into a review. I'm using this blog as a template, since it's much like the review submission box. I can't write this stuff in Microsoft Word or Notepad, because for some reason my brain shuts down.
I have the first line of my review.
"Final Fantasy IX was never going to please everyone."
I find this so true. I can remember way back when this game came out, a friend of mine had loved Final Fantasy 7 and 8, but he refused to play 9, simply because the characters had big heads and looked cartoonish. Final Fantasy has one of the most fickle fanbases out there. They'll turn on a game and hate it for the smallest of reasons. I never understood, and still don't, how you can discount a game based on one small cosmetic detail. It's like hating Zelda 3 because Link looks a bit chubby. It's like throwing away a book because you don't like the font.
Probably none of this will end up in the review. I'm just trying to write for the hell of it, to get my fingers loosened up, to get ideas out there. Who knows, maybe some of what I write will actually be worth something. Like this, perhaps?
I was thinking about FF9's music. Music that can evoke all kinds of emotions. Sadness (much of the music that plays when Princess Garnet is standing on balconies, looking out at the sky, showing her perfect butt to the camera). Happiness (the fast paced, optimistic rythym of Zidane's Theme). Tension (Many of the game's battle themes).
Depression (You're Not Alone! starts off depressing, but soon lifts up and up and becomes quite a heartwarming song, one of my favourite pieces of video game music ever, and the track that got me interested in video game music to start with).
Fear (the thumping beat of Kuja's theme). And there are songs with so much raw energy, like Gulug's Volcano, which made that particular dungeon an absolute joy to explore. And they are songs I still subconciously hum to this day.
Back to the story, for a moment.
I found the story to be quite episodic. You had your introduction, where the characters all cross paths, and are forced into their adventure. None of the characters know each other at first, many dislike each other, and they are forced to work together to escape their first few trials. The interactions between the characters are great, especially the antagonistic banter between Zidane and Steiner, and it truly is a great moment later in the game when the two put aside their differences and find a great respect for each other.
Then there's the Dali episode. A small village, peaceful, but with something going on under the surface. The characters split up to explore the town, and the audience gets to see the Active Time Events, which help flesh out the individual characters when they're on their own.
There's so much depth to the world of Final Fantasy IX, it feels like a living, breathing world with a real history. This is something that was only improved upon in FFX and FFXII (though FFXII took it too far and it brought the down the rest of the game).
Unlike the previous two games, where the girls were trying to get the unresponsive guys (Cloud and Squall) the whole game, it's refreshing to see a more realistic love story, where Zidane is the one pursuing a reluctant Garnet. Maybe the thief with a heart of gold pursuing the princess with a forgotten past has been done before, but who the hell cares? When it's done this well, it doesn't matter how unoriginal it is.
Final Fantasy IX is probably the game I'd point people to if they wanted to know what Final Fantasy as a series was. It's a game that takes elements of all games, creates something so familiar and comfortable, and does it so well that it easily stands alone as its own entry into the series.
And it also seems, to me, like a huge salute at the past before the series moved into the next generation.
I probably have more to say, but for now, that's enough.
Title: Got my game for the upcoming review thingy.
Posted: February 08, 2009 (02:17 AM)
A licenced game. You know, I'd been meaning to buy Lego Star Wars for quite some time. Today, I found it in the bargain bin for $30 new (from $89.95 AUD). So, 30% of the original price. Not bad, huh? I was almost going to pay $45 for a second hand copy. Glad I didn't. This is Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, on the 360.
I'm enjoying this game so far. Reminds me of when I was a kid, how I'd play with Lego. I'm sure I will be able to play enough of this game over the month to be able to review it in time. Especially if I talk about the game to people, then save what I say.
Also, I think I should get double bonus points for a game that uses TWO licences. Wait, make that 4 times! Because it's two games, Lego Star Wars and Lego Star Wars II. >_>
Damn, I'm good.
Title: A is for Animal Crossing: City Folk
Posted: January 10, 2009 (02:44 PM)
I actually wrote a review. It's more of a whinge, though, written directly into the submission box, fuelled entirely by my own disappointment at the game. I need to trade it in before it loses any more value. God, that game leaves a bitter taste. I only paid half price for it, and I still felt ripped off. I want my money back.
I did get one thing out of it, though. A review. It's... quite an important moment for me.
Title: The Legend of Zelda
Posted: December 06, 2008 (07:15 PM)
This is just rambling stuff I've written about my experience playing the original Zelda. I had enough Wii Points to download this one after that XMAS REVIEWS topic.
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The familiar Zelda overworld theme plays. I am walking around on sand, destroying countless red circular enemies that shoot balls at me. I continually get hit, and I'm finding the whole experience rather frustrating.
My sister walks in, looks at the television, and asks "What console are you playing?" I explain that it's the Wii, and I've used it to download the original Zelda.
"When was this game made?" she asks.
"1987 I think"
"That's as old as me," she remarks, stating the obvious. Though the game appeared in Japan the previous year, this game is actually older than her. But I was too busy trying not to die to clarify this.
As the screen goes black with a game over for the third time, I say "This game sucks!"
"Why did you buy it?" she asks.
"It's one of those classic games that everyone likes," I tell her.
"Do you like these retro games?" she asks.
"No, not really," I admit.
She shakes her head and leaves the room. I continue playing. After some aimless wandering, I finally locate the first dungeon. I navigate my way through, picking up keys, dying, finding bombs and a boomerang, dying. I find a bow that I can't use. I die again. 6 hits and an enemy can take me down, it seems like a lot until you realise this incarnation of Link is a hopeless swordsman.
I have the map and the compass now, and all I need to do is make it to the boss with all 3 hearts intact. This proves to be impossible. I make it to the boss room with two hearts, and I'm greated by a dragon shooting three balls at me.
I've figured this guy out. I slap him once over the head with my sword, then I run back and avoid the balls, running between them. I smack him over the head with my sword again, again and again, dodging the three balls he shoots at me, and eventually he dies. I pick up my heart piece and in the next room I pick up a golden triangle. Hooray! Only 7 more dungeons, and that was the easy one!
Despite getting frustrated with the game, I do feel a real sense of accomplishment.
The next day I go back out into the overworld, in search of the next dungeon. After wandering aimlessly for a while, and getting killed a few times in the process, I decide to head to GameFAQs for some direction. I then find the dungeon. I only actually die once inside there, as I'm either getting the hang of things, or having four hearts is helping a great deal. I'm on one heart when I stumble into the boss room. The damn thing is beeping at me in typical annoying Zelda fashion.
This limp lizard type thing just saunters over towards me. I remember the sagely advice from some guy sitting in the dungeon: DODONGO DISLIKE SMOKE, so I drop a bomb in its path, run out of the way and after the explosion, I run up to it and smack it with my sword once... and it's dead. Wow. I pick up the heart container, and then go to the next room to pick up the second Triforce piece.
I was glad that I didn't die that time, but at the same time I was disappointed at how easy that was. I've had random monsters on the overworld give me more trouble.
Title: No money, no time.
Posted: October 31, 2008 (03:55 AM)
So all these interesting timesink games will have to wait. Particularly Fallout 3. The advantage of this is that I get to see what people think of it a month and a half from now. I wonder if the appeal of it has worn off, like it seemed to for GTA IV. Kinda wish I'd waited longer for that, and not pre-ordered it so I could get the special edition.
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Posted: October 05, 2008 (04:44 AM)
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Title: I like Virtual Console
Posted: September 12, 2008 (08:49 PM)
These are the games I have on it now
Donkey Kong Country 2 (I own this on SNES but it won't hold my save games for long anymore)
Phantasy Star II (I heard this was good)
Super Mario RPG (was never released here, so it's nice to finally be able to play it properly. I got further on this in a day than I ever did on the rom. Roms suck.)
Ys Book I & II (Now I finally know what you Turbo freaks are going on about. It is very fast paced fun and it has awesome music.)
Why do people complain so much about the Virtual Console? Sure there are a lot of uninteresting games there, but no one's forcing you to buy them. I've had the Wii for a month and a half and I've picked up four gems, and there's still a bunch more I'll buy when I can spare the cash.