joseph_valencia

About Me:

Gamer since 1984, and unashamed. Fuck all that self-loathing noise.


What I'm Playing (With a Vengeance!)
January 24, 2015

(Gaming was kind of sporadic last week, so these updates will be short and sweet.)

Mario Kart 8 - At about 3500 VR in online multiplayer. This is the point where competition gets really intense and I'm just grateful to finish in the Top 6 with 10 coins.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit - I find it really hard to play any Mario Kart game that predates "Double Dash". So, right now I've got gold trophies in every Grand Prix except the Special Cup. This is my second time playing through this game, but I've never unlocked all the SNES Cups in 150cc, so I'm making that my long term goal with this playthrough. No idea if I'll actually see it through, though. (You need to finish each of the five Grand Prixs with 100+ coins. Not a lot of fun, I'm afraid.)

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What I'm Playing 2: Play Harder
January 17, 2015

Azure Striker Gunvolt - This isn't quite the Mega Man Zero successor I was expecting, but it turns out that's not a bad thing. This game's awesome. The premise is you shoot enemies to "tag" them, and then you hold down "R" or "A" to perform this electromagnetic attack that fries everything you've tagged. It's an interesting spin on the old "run and gun" game mechanics from Mega Man. The structure is non-linear, there are mild RPG elements, and the plot is goofy. In terms of challenge, this is an "easy to win, hard to master" kind of deal. Score attacking is the key to this game's longevity, and getting a high score is all about getting through the stage without getting touched. I've already beaten the first level a dozen times, just to get a better grasp on the score mechanics and e

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What I'm playing
January 10, 2015

Pokemon Omega Ruby - I haven't come down with Pokemania this badly since 1998. I'm even keeping up with the new XY season of the anime, which is about as bland as ever, but at least they have a better animation budget. Anyway, I'm on the verge of getting my fourth gym badge, which means I will be able to face my father to get the fifth gym badge. Hoenn is one sweet region. I've set up my secret base in this one area that has volcanic ash and some sweet BGM. My team is: Grovyle, Pelipper, Minun, Hariyama, and Torkoal. I'm planning to make Mon #6 Carvanha, who I'm going to name Bruce, because he evoles into SHARPEDO. Sharpedo is part shark and part torpedo, and now you know why he deserves a spot on my team.

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10 Playstation Games I Wish They Had on PSN
April 07, 2011

In no particular order:

Breath of Fire III
Breath of Fire IV
Torneko: The Last Hope
Tales of Destiny
Tales of Destiny 2
Strider 2
Mega Man 8
Mega Man X4
Mega Man X5
C: The Contra Adventure...just kidding!
Actually, Mega Man Legends.

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Top Ten for the decade, and more!
January 10, 2011

In alphabetical order:

- Crackdown
- Dragon Quest VIII
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- Gears of War
- Mega Man Zero Collection
- Pikmin 2
- Shinobi 2K2
- Sonic Adventure 2
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
- Wild Arms 3

And because ten is never enough, here's runners-up:

- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
- Mass Effect
- Metal Gear: Ghost Babel
- Metroid: Zero Mission
- Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
- Tales of Vesperia
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas
- Torneko: The Last Hope
- Ys: The Oath in Felghana

(NOTE: I'm ruling out remakes of games from prior decades, except for "Zero Mission" and "Felghana," which are pretty much fundamentally different from the originals anyway.)

What's your top ten for the decade?

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The Great Gawker Compromise of 2010
December 13, 2010

Someone got into my Twitter and Facebook, although they weren't able to do much of anything. If you have a commenting account on Kotaku or any other Gawker site, even if you don't use it much or got banned or something, you might want to doublecheck your shit to make sure it's okay. Hopefully you're not dumb like me and use the same password just about everywhere.

Someone posted a little guide here that helps:

http://www.reddit.com/r/programming/comments/ekpr3/gawkergizmodo_does_not_salt_th.../

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From Twitter.
December 12, 2010

"Mindfuck of the decade: Prototype and Bebe's Kids were developed by the same company."

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