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pickhut Welcome to my blog. My latest blog entry is right below, I have Dr. Pepper in the fridge, and you're not allowed to use the toilet down the hall. Go to bluberry's blog and use his instead.

Title: What's with all the under the radar disc releases of Live Arcade titles?
Posted: December 01, 2009 (02:58 AM)
Symphony of the Night is getting a disc release on the 360, along with Frogger and Super Contra.

There's also a Vol. 2 being released the same day, according to Amazon, and oddly, the first Contra is on that disc (link).
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Title: Latest Review
Posted: November 30, 2009 (07:02 PM)
Bust-A-Move Live!

Fun Fact: I searched the web for 45 minutes before finding a decent image of the game's cover.
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Title: No More Heroes coming to the 360/PS3
Posted: November 19, 2009 (05:34 PM)

Link 2

High five? I dunno... I know the game is weird, but I've never played it, so I don't know if this is a good or bad thing.
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Title: I was expecting to be in it for the long haul
Posted: November 05, 2009 (08:33 PM)
Five months, six months, a year, we were expecting to take care of my Dad's recent condition for quite some time. However, we were all shocked, even the nurse and doctor, that he passed away early this afternoon. Not even two full weeks passed since his sudden switch. I don't think it has completely sunk in yet, especially since the entire situation was so sudden. I mean, just about 2 weeks ago, he was just completely normal, and now he's just gone thanks to cancer. On the upside, the doctor said he didn't suffer at all during his final moments, and the nurse said the last thing he did before he went was smile. On a selfish downside, I'm possibly going to lose $3000, because at the moment, I'm the only one that can afford my Dad's cremation (they didn't have a monthly payment plan or anything, they wanted the money up-front). I feel awful for feeling this way, but at the same time... that's a lot of money lost that I tried so hard to keep for years. That was quite possibly one of the most uncomfortable situations I was in, because my Mom and brother was staring at me just thinking about it at the funeral place, as if I'm the one who killed my Dad. Don't get me wrong, I would have done it even without all the death stares and uneasiness, since it's my Dad, but that wouldn't have made it better for my financial situation. This isn't how I was expecting the paragraph to end, and I can't think of anything better, because I'm tired as hell.

R.I.P. Dad.
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Title: Yup, you probably won't see any new reviews from me for quite some time...
Posted: October 29, 2009 (04:13 AM)
It's 5:45am as I begin to type this, silently, but it feels like 10am. I'm currently keeping an eye on my Dad, who has gone through a sudden change in the way he acts thanks to his cancer spreading. A cancer we can do nothing about. He's still aware of his family, but he has completely lost track of time, mumbling about events that have happened a week, months, and a year ago as if it happened mere hours ago. He also now has trouble doing simple tasks like using the remote or computer. When he isn't being like this, he has drifted in and out of sleep every 2 minutes for the past 4 days, sometimes attempting to get up after "waking up", which is an impossible task in itself, since it normally requires two people to help him up and walk due to his weak legs. It's hard seeing him like this, because he's basically gone at this point. Lost. And it has taken a toll on my Mom, who has had a hard time sleeping since. This is why I'm here, silently typing at 6:10am, watching my Dad, so my Mom can sleep. He was acting so fine a week ago. What a difference.

I'll probably regret typing all of this up later, but for now, I just need a silent release...

The current picture is from Tetris Plus for the Game Boy, a game he has been playing probably every day for the last 7/8 years. He is the man that got me into playing video games at an such an early age.
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Title: My most viewed review on HG is now...
Posted: October 17, 2009 (06:44 PM)
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers?

.... really?
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Title: Latest Review
Posted: October 12, 2009 (05:03 PM)
Alex Kidd: High-Tech World

I didn't even plan on playing or writing for this game. I just remembered two days ago how terrible High-Tech World was and how fun SMB2 was, then decided to write about them.
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Title: RezHD, E4, and Lumines Live together isn't worth $20
Posted: October 11, 2009 (02:39 AM)
According to the lone customer review on this Amazon page.

"It's the same price as downloading the three games induvidually, so you're not getting a bundle discount,"

"It's great that publishers are putting together these collections, but I'd like to see them budget-priced."

Each game is 800 MS Points, which is about $10. Plus, it states on the Amazon page that the downloadable content for Lumines is also included, which some had Points of 600, 400, and 300 each. So the disc version cost less, even when you attach normal S&H. Seems like a very good deal to me. Just hope the achievements weren't taken out like in Namco Museum: Virtual Arcade.

Also, the people who commented on these two video pages seem to hate it mostly on visuals alone. Noob game? What?

I bet this sold really well with these types of attitudes...
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Title: Things I've learned since I started uploading game videos two years ago
Posted: October 07, 2009 (04:37 PM)
-You can never die. Doesn't matter how good you are everywhere else in the video, if you die once, your entire video will be considered horrible.

-In certain games, you can never mess up. If you do, people will tell you how much you suck at video games.

-The above two are more strict if you upload videos of you playing in online matches. You're 90% more likely to get a bunch of "You suck"-type posts with these.

-If you actually play very well in a video, people will either just assume you played on the easiest difficulty setting, or tell you to play on the toughest difficulty setting.

-Even if the video you submitted is now over a year old, people will still give you tips on how to "play properly".

-People aren't amused. If you do something funny in a video, they'll hate you for it.

-If you don't play the way people expect you to play a game, you suck.

-If you don't play with a specific character or weapon, you suck.

-You just suck, deal with it.

If you can handle all of this on a daily basis, then you too can upload game videos!
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Title: Latest Review
Posted: October 05, 2009 (02:38 PM)
Halo 3: ODST

Also, when I went to check if my review was up on GameFAQs, I decided to read the other ODST review that was put up, and came to the conclusion that this was the best ending to any review I've ever read:

"Note for weird people, I have found this game slightly racist as first, Romeo, the only black person on the ODST squad has a hand skin tone (in-game) as Dutch, a white male. And Sgt. Johnson, an unlockable Firefight character, has white hands in-games and smokes a never ending cigar. That is all, thank you."
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Title: Latest Review
Posted: October 02, 2009 (02:32 PM)
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Title: Halo 3: ODST Campaign Impressions
Posted: September 27, 2009 (10:37 PM)
-I didn't like the stage flow they created for the game. I'd say more, but I might write a review if I'm in the mood.
-I want to kill AI-controlled Buck so badly for doing stupid shit.
-I want to kill AI-controlled Dare so badly for constantly running away from me and past groups of enemies, despite saying we should stick together.
-The hammer solves all problems. I've never seen so many enemies die at once by my hands.
-Collectible audio logs? COLLECTIBLE AUDIO LOGS? *sobs*
-Romeo can't be his real name...
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Title: Am I being too critical?
Posted: September 25, 2009 (04:31 PM)
Last night, I watched the AVGN's latest video about Wayne's World, and wrote my opinion of it on another forum:

"The Wayne's World review was pretty terrible, especially since it comes off like he was phoning this one in. Showing clips from the movie would have been fine if it was done about two or three times, but showing something every five seconds just reeked of laziness, like he didn't really feel like showing himself on camera that much. He wasn't even in character that much, either, instead just talking about the game in a very bored manner. Shoot, when he would actually get "angry", it just sounded like he was out of gas. I'm not expecting him to go nuts, but yeesh, put some effort into it. It's almost like he really didn't want to do this review, but he had nothing else at the time. And considering how subdued he was throughout the review, I found the ending of him puking just completely out of place."

Quite a couple of people disagreed with me, saying that the review was completely fine. Some said the clips weren't a distraction, instead, served a purpose. Others said that it was the games' fault for not having much to poke fun at, and not the AVGN himself. I'm just wondering: Am I being too critical? Because I've noticed, that in the past few weeks, that I've been critical about specific things, and the normal response I would get from people was that I'm overreacting or not fully understanding.

Sometimes I feel that being a reviewer gives me a disadvantage when it comes to talking with other people...
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Title: After playing through 6 different versions of Space Invaders this week...
Posted: September 13, 2009 (08:10 PM)
I've come to the conclusion that I'm terrible at this series. I can not, for the life of me, hit the final enemies as they come charging down the screen. The only times I do manage to get them is when I get really lucky.

The only games I had a chance to play beyond the second or third stages was Majestic Twelve (SI IV) and 95, because they actually let you continue from where you died, instead of throwing you back at the title screen.
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Title: Latest Review
Posted: September 09, 2009 (02:48 PM)
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Title: Latest Review
Posted: August 30, 2009 (12:43 PM)
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Title: Happy Saturday, Everyone
Posted: August 29, 2009 (05:43 AM)
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Title: So, I haven't touched SotN on my 360 for almost two years...
Posted: August 18, 2009 (01:22 AM)
Then just a few minutes ago, I decided to goof around with an old saved game I still had... and the game hands me an achievement just for loading the damn file. I'd call it a glitch, but I know better: the game knew I was awesome, so it gave me the achievement out of love.
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Title: Latest Review
Posted: August 15, 2009 (10:09 PM)
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Title: The new user rating system on Xbox Live gave me a good chuckle
Posted: August 12, 2009 (03:19 AM)
Games that haven't been released yet, like Dead Rising 2, Halo 3: ODST, and BioShock 2, are already receiving an overall 5 star rating from users. It's hilarious to know players have already made up their minds to love a game before even playing it.
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Title: This is what happens when you let everyone add annotations to your vid.
Posted: August 05, 2009 (11:28 PM)

You get one of the best videos ever.
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Title: Latest Review
Posted: August 04, 2009 (04:11 AM)
Red Faction: Guerrilla

I figured a game about blowing crap up would be a lot of fun.
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Title: Latest Review
Posted: July 18, 2009 (02:27 PM)
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Title: Latest Review
Posted: July 13, 2009 (03:14 PM)
Jet Set Radio Future

Finally. It's something I've been meaning to review for ages.
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Title: I always seem to find the oddest YT videos early in the morning...
Posted: July 04, 2009 (03:41 AM)
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Title: James, I was on YouTube, saw an ad, and automatically thought of you...
Posted: July 01, 2009 (03:13 AM)

I have no idea why, though.
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Title: Latest Review
Posted: June 22, 2009 (11:25 PM)
Heir of Zendor: The Legend and The Land

No, seriously, there's really not that much to say about the game...
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Posted: June 21, 2009 (12:35 PM)
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Title: Latest Review +
Posted: June 15, 2009 (02:02 PM)
God Hand


BONUS - The original, unfinished review I was moaning about:

On first impact, God Hand will destroy you; whether you're a skilled player or someone who just wants to have a good time, it will rip you a new one. God Hand does not discriminate. And don't even assume you'll get past the first stage with only one or two loses: you'll be lucky to have made it past the very first segment without dying more than three times. Now this first area, called (look up later), seems to start off quite simple, with you, the main character, named Gene, stumbles into a western town. You're greeted by two punks, with mohawks and tight, leather clothing, who want to do nothing but kick the crap out of you. Beating up on these two troublemakers shouldn't be that hard, even with the puny health bar the developers glady bestowed upon you.

A little bit over a minute into the fight and you're on the ground, life completely drained... defeated.

You probably thought that, since this was a beat 'em up title, that mashing buttons would be enough to survive the fight. You were horribly, horribly wrong then. Granted, Gene lacks the ability to block, most likely because he's too manly to do so, but he can dodge like crazy, and you shouldn't take this ability for granted; it'll save your life more times than you can imagine. Though, I can understand your reluctence to use it at first, considering its odd placement on the controller. Basically, you move Gene with the left analog stick, but you dodge, either by strifing left and right, flip backwards, or duck, with the right analog stick. With practice, however, you'll get the hang of dodging in a fight, and it'll become second nature.

You'll still get your ass kicked, though.

Dodging, while very useful, is only one handy tool in Gene's arsenal of abilities. You're going to need to constantly use his entire set of tools to even survive battles. As you continue to fight thugs, who, as you progress through the game, end up being dominatrixes, clowns, robots, and so much more, have this tendency to block only after you throw a couple of hits. If you continue to attack while they block, they'll break your combo, and if you're not careful, counter with a deadly move that will likely end your life. Thankfully, you possess a move, a guard breaker, which, literally, breaks through their guard, granting you the opportunity to pound them even more, possibly putting them into a stun, that, in turn, with the press of the O button, allows you to lay an additional smack down by violently mashing the O button again with all your might *breathes* It can be a bit hard to pull off, since you have a small window to perform before the punk unblocks, but when you actually succeed, it'll have a damaging effect.

You will still get your ass kicked.

Don't worry your pants off, because you also have a set of special attacks, called Roulett Moves, that you can use at the press of the R1 button. Though, you'll need to find and collect Roulette Orbs first to perform them. Once you have some and hit the button, everything on screen will suddenly move in slow-motion, and you'll only have seconds to choose your desired move. Next thing you know, Gene is performing some crazy attack, which usually involves kicking someone's sack or running on a thug's face, sending them flying across town.

Then... there's the Godhand, your biggest asset. It's not exactly something you can call up whenever you feel like it, however. The Godhand is something you have to build up in the tension gauge, through constant fighting. Once it's built up to the point that the gauge is glowing orange, feel free to let it rip any time you need it, then watch as you turn into this unstoppable, untouchable fighter that unleashes his normal attack at a frighteningly fast pace. For a limited time, of course.

With the help of all of these techniques, and when used properly, you'll become quite the badass, manly fighter in God Hand.

But you'll still get your ass kicked.

So is there actually anything you can do to not get your ass kicked in this game?


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Title: This review I'm writing sucks...
Posted: June 12, 2009 (03:15 PM)
I'm five paragraphs into it (and only halfway finished), and I'm just realizing how I should have written it. I'm gonna have to restart... That sucks.
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