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Title: Note to self:
Posted: February 04, 2008 (10:03 PM)
Do NOT attempt to play WordJong while on pain medication.

Mom bought it for me tonight since I FINALLY found a copy but was totally broke. Ended up playing it for almost 3 hours straight. During that time, my Vicodin kicked in. So I found myself putting in random words.

Interesting to know that "piss" and variations thereof were acceptable, as was "bints" and "arse"...

I must say I'm addicted though, and if I wasn't ready to drop I'd still be playing. More on that later, now I'm getting a bit silly..
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Posted: January 30, 2008 (12:29 PM)

Officially confirmed: Fatal Frame 4 for the Wii!

*fangirl squeeing*

The rumor cemented my desire for a Wii but knowing it's been confirmed, AND that Nintendo's helping publish it.. well.. I'm beside myself. *dance*
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Title: Progress update.
Posted: January 27, 2008 (07:28 PM)
Completed Flipside's Pit of 100 Trials fairly easily this time - I had a couple of attack up items and used them on Bowser, effectively kicking his attack through the stratosphere. My reward was a shitload of rare Pixl cards (each one in a chest, every tenth room) and a new Pixl companion, Dashell, who allows me to run a little faster. Woo. But for completion's sake I'm happy about it.

My treasures are up to 20 or 22 out of 48, and I'm just trying to figure out where to make a buttload of money fast so I can go buy more maps and finish that sidequest off. The recipes, I'm up to 22/96, but that shouldn't be hard to finish off.

Card collection is at 76/256, but probably 16 or so more rare cards await me in the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials (I've gone through 20 rooms, netting me 2 cards, so I'm going to guess 7-8 more cards then for beating the bosses in the final room you get 8 more - all your character cards, essentially). Then it's just saving the money to buy a ton of catch cards and going hunting. :P

This is fun though because although there's a lot yet to do, it can be done in whatever order, whenever I feel like it. I'm determined to 100% it though simply because I know I can, with a little effort.

Purchased the original Paper Mario today for the VC, since that's the only one in the series I'd never played. I avoided it during the N64 era because I heard the title and figured it was stupid, not knowing it was the "spiritual successor" to Super Mario RPG. I think I'm going to have to rethink my strategy though as the first really big boss battle caused me issues. Still though, I see the influences from SMRPG & the impact on Thousand Year Door and SPM.

Backlogs ahoy! :D

(And I'd taken my own advice - now the games I have for the VC are listed under my collection here under their respective systems. So I may or may not have the carts for anything listed under those..)
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Title: Brief update.
Posted: January 25, 2008 (09:29 PM)
First off, there's been a site passed around, Backloggery.com. It's basically an instrument for keeping track of a backlog, and it's kinda neat. I'm on there as siara79, as always, if anyone decides to friend me. If you do, please let me know. It doesn't tell you when someone adds you.

Second, I beat Super Paper Mario two nights ago. The ending wasn't bad for what the game offered. I spent my 999 coins and got the Tiptron from Francis, and then I promptly got my ass kicked in room 100 of the Flipside Pit of 100 Trials. I didn't even really plan on trying it, so I didn't have healing items. That'll teach me, eh? :P

So tonight, I watch Highlander.. tomorrow.. I attempt it again! Or tonight if I'm still awake after the movie. :)
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Title: The transition of Nightwish.
Posted: January 17, 2008 (08:34 AM)
I first heard of Nightwish when the hubby and I rented the (awful, but better than House of the Dead) Alone in the Dark movie. There was a music video for the song "Wish I Had an Angel" in the special features section.. and the hubby and I were instantly smitten. Powerful female vocals paired with strong male vocals from a guy that resembled a Viking warrior, heavy but not distorted guitar, etc. Then I found their version of Phantom of the Opera, which cemented it. So for the last few years we've been collecting their CDs.

Then, a few months ago I discovered that the female vocalist who had so entranced us, Tarja, had been fired and replaced. I downloaded a couple of snippets from the new album, Dark Passion Play, and inwardly groaned. The snippets didn't sound like Nightwish. They sounded more like something you'd hear on regular rock radio - that weird rock/pop hybrid. Hubby and I were really disappointed.

Then out of curiousity I looked up the video for their new single, Amaranth. The first time it still annoyed me. I found the second playthrough slightly more intriguing. By the 10th time, I was hooked.

So yesterday, Andrew went to Wal-Mart and picked up the new CD after months of it being on our wishlist. I'm currently listening to it, and I have to say, it's not bad.

Yes, I miss the original vocalist. She has a hell of a voice. However, this new Nightwish isn't bad. Not bad at all. The style actually seems a bit heavier in places, which is good, and besides the singles I'd already heard I've found a few other songs to really love on here.

So. If you're a fan, I do suggest giving the new vocalist a chance. She's no Tarja, but she doesn't suck either.

/end random music post
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Title: Hello, my name is siara79, and I have a problem.
Posted: January 14, 2008 (10:48 PM)
The stereotype is that most women, when they go shopping to cheer themselves up, tend to go shopping for clothes/shoes/shiny things. Now.. while I like shiny things as much as the next female-type person, when I get depressed I shop for something else entirely. Video games!

If you can't guess, I'm having a rough week due to a nasty combination of work related stress and family (parental) related stress. So when I went to the mall tonight to get a classic controller for my new VC games, I ended up coming home with two other games.

Super Paper Mario and Link's Crossbow Training. Both solid investments, I think. I enjoyed the target shooting sections on Wii Play and I'm a fan of Zelda, so yeah, I'm enjoying it. I didn't expect anything brainiac out of it and I'm getting exactly what I expected. I haven't actually messed with the Zapper yet, but the standard nunchuck/remote combo works. Managed to score two bronzes and a silver before my pain meds kicked in and my reflexes went, so I think it's going to be fun to try to top that.

Super Paper Mario is making me squee with delight and be all girly. I loved the SMRPG-ish style of Paper Mario: Thousand Year Door but sadly I missed out on the N64 original (although it will be remedied when I have a bit more money.. *points at the VC*) so I had originally thought this was more of the same. Upon further research I found out that it's some sort of weird platformer/RPG hybrid, but hey, it's gotten pretty good reviews and I want to flesh out my Wii collection...

And I'm hooked. Dammit. :P Seriously, I'm utterly charmed by its hybrid gameplay and some of its dialogue, even in the first two chapters, made me giggle. Especially when the game broke the fourth wall, sort of. "You don't know what this A is of which I speak? Well, if we're being observed from another dimension, those folks will understand. You don't have enough mustache to understand it!" (or something)

So yeah. I actually went in looking for WarioWare but they had ONE used copy and I have the discount card.. so it was essentially $10 off and the disc is in perfect condition, so I wasn't passing it up.

Now I've got to be good for a little bit, except for a charger station (that's all I need yet to have most of the peripherals I wanted for my Wii, except for a memory card, perhaps).

Oh, and I've not lost my touch on Legend of Kage. I made it nearly to the end of the game in 14 minutes. :D Got killed two floors down from "freeing" the princess on the last level, then I would've had the final boss, but meh. People said that it sucks and it's not worth the $5 but you know what? Even if I beat it in 15 minutes it's still worth it to me because I'll keep playing and trying to rack up a decent score, because I love that game. :)

Title: Oh wow.
Posted: January 13, 2008 (10:46 PM)
It's been almost three weeks since I've posted here. Time really does fly, I guess. Haven't had much time between work being hell, my mom being gone for a business trip (leaving me to nursemaid my father, who recently had surgery) and a host of other things. Blargh. So, the long and short of it - despite my arm being screwed up (therapist thinks it's repetitive stress syndrome) I've managed to get in quite a bit of time on the Wii. Mario Galaxy is a blast but it's been frustrating me quite regularly - but today I seemed to be on a roll and claimed quite a few Power Stars and a Grand Star before finishing up a bit ago. Bought a few Virtual Console games (is there any way to show those on the game collection, guys?) so I was messing around with Super Metroid earlier.

I'm really enjoying this game system - I didn't think I would enjoy it THIS much, but damn, it's too much fun. And I saw a recent trailer for Dragon Quest Swords - it may not be TRADITIONAL DQ but it looks like a blast anyway. And hey, we DO like swords here... ;)

So..If I'm quiet for the next couple of weeks, it's being busy, not lack of wanting to contribute. This "real life" stuff sucks. :P

As for movie stuff - We picked up Resident Evil: Extinction (oh shut up, it's not really all that RE but it beats the hell out of the second one).. and we went to see National Treasure: Book of Secrets. I loved it - yes, it was unrealistic and over the top but so much fun! If you liked the first one you have to see this one too. :)

We're also watching more of Seint Seiya (the retranslated version of Knights of the Zodiac, with improved voice acting and less censorship :P). I never saw Knights of the Zodiac when it first came out because I thought it was something to do with astrology, which I think is stupid - but it's more Greek mythology, which I have a passion for. :) So despite being fairly typical, I'm still enjoying it.

I think that's all for now. G'night!
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Title: Wii - first impressions.
Posted: December 24, 2007 (08:33 PM)
It's still a little hard to get used to holding the controller and pointing at the screen (Mario bitched at me quite a bit for dropping the remote so it wasn't pointing at the screen anymore) but I can safely conclude this was a sound investment.

The hubby spent over 2 hours on Metroid Prime 3, refusing to even stop for dinner (until he got lost on the way back to the control room and the station blew up :P). I spent over 2 hours on Mario Galaxy and would've kept going, only I'm tired, and I'm cooking at Mom's tomorrow so I need to go to bed. (Time for some Tales of Eternia before bed, I think.) We made Miis for both of us and I made an extra for Mom, since she said she wants to come try the bowling out. :D

Anyway, hope everyone is having a nice time doing whatever they are doing. :) G'night!
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Title: Wii Spree!
Posted: December 23, 2007 (09:39 PM)
With less than 24 hours remaining until my Wii arrives (I've been tracking it, and our delivery guy usually dumps our stuff off around 2pm), I'm getting more and more excited. We bought some stuff for it this weekend, and I convinced my boss to let me go home whenever it shows up. :D

So, Saturday we ended up with:

Wii Play (simply for the extra remote)
Metroid Prime 3
Super Mario Galaxy
Transformers: The Game (that one's purely the hubby's choice)
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Extra nunchuck
Strategy guides for SMG & MP3
Pre-order for Brawl

So then, over this weekend, the hubby and I saw a video review for Rampage: Total Destruction. (Put up on Youtube by WiiTv.com.) The guy seemed to be complaining, not that the game had bad control, or that the graphics were awful, but that the gameplay and environs were repetitive. Hubby and I looked at each other and went, "No shit? Rampage has never been rocket science, we loved it, and this looks like more of what we enjoyed."

Then, I discovered it was on sale on Amazon for $20. So he bought it for us - we want games we can play together. And some old-school building trashing fun sounds like the ticket.

Given that today we moved our entire living room around (my mother donated a new loveseat and chair so we had more seats) we now have plenty of room for our new toy.

And as for some game progress I'm proud of. I had put Tales of Eternia (PSP) down for a bit because I was a couple of rooms before the big Volt battle. I was reasonably sure I had a glitch-free copy, but I was annoyed with one of the puzzles about two rooms beforehand, and I just never got back to it. Recently, I'd been in the mood to play again, since I really do love that game, made it to Volt.. who promptly and repeatedly handed me my ass on an electrified silver platter.

So again, I walked away for a little bit (this time was only about 1 week, and mostly because I just simply didn't have the energy to play much).

So tonight, while waiting for my pain medicine to kick in, I thought that I'd tweak the AI settings and try again. And FINALLY, after probably the 10th time, I did it!

I had to set my AI for "Prevent Enemy Attack" so my team wouldn't let up the pressure. I miss the ToS Heal commands, but this worked out okay. When you get him down to 10,000 HP or less he really starts hitting you with some heavy attacks, so I just stayed out of range, my party (mostly) followed, and enough people survived to revive the others while I kept beating on him.

I'm now in Balir's Castle and I'm trying to level up some, but I'm already going to have to go back down and replenish my stock of items. Blah. At least if I level the next battle shouldn't be THAT bad. I hope. :P
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Title: Feh, I caved.
Posted: December 19, 2007 (09:42 PM)
Ebay is the devil.

One Wii, new in box with Wii Sports, sales receipt and all that jazz: $295 + $36 shipping, UPS ground. Seller has 100% feedback and is fairly close so I'll have it next week sometime, most likely.

More than retail, but better than I'd hoped for. Now, to pick up some games. I'm planning on getting Super Mario Galaxy & Metroid Prime Corruption this weekend. Any other suggestions?
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Title: Dammit, now I REALLY want a Wii.
Posted: December 18, 2007 (11:50 AM)
I went to Best Buy with Mom last night because she wanted a Zune case. Hubby was home in bed, and we were on our way up to see my dad, who had just had surgery Friday.

I ended up picking up Tekkaman Blade series 3 in Japanese, mostly for the "missing link" episode to connect TB & TB II. There was also an unoccupied Wii demo with Super Mario Galaxy.

Mom says, "Come on, you've got to try it out."


5 minutes of playing, totally clueless, and I want a Wii so bad I can taste it. That also, of course, tells me that SMG lives up to the hype, if after 5 minutes I'm in MUSTHAVEARGH mode.

So now begins the hunt. I doubt I'll find one until after January 1st, and I'm not willing to put my faith in Gamestop's IOU program. Maybe I'll do what everyone else does and just wait at Target/Wal-Mart on shipment day. I guess that's the best time to luck out and find one?

Dammit. I was just getting my wishlist whittled down, too. :P
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Title: Umm.. yeah.
Posted: December 17, 2007 (11:50 AM)
Just found out, via Comingsoon.net, that the Dragon Ball (although another site says it's DBZ, the synopsis seems to be the former) live-action movie is slated to release August 15, 2008.

I'm guessing it's going to be 90 minutes of waiting for something to happen while the leads exchange such witty banter of "You'll never get away with this!" and "Just try and stop me!" followed by a really big explosion.

I predict the fanboys will love it.

And that my husband will drag me to see it on opening weekend. *weeps*
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Title: Gaming progress halted.
Posted: December 17, 2007 (09:32 AM)
Kinda difficult to play anything when A) you're right-handed and B) you seem to have strained your arm muscle. Have no clue how I did it unless it's the combination of having to stretch my arm out to reach my mouse for a bit at work until they got me a new mouse tray and sleeping on it wrong, but it hurts.

However, I did get back into Tales of Eternia this past weekend, only to have Volt hand me my ass. I need to either level grind, reset my party AI or both.

He has a LOT of HP, dammit!
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Title: An open letter to MartinG.
Posted: December 10, 2007 (01:15 PM)
I just beat a certain underwater section in Kirby. Guess you have some catching up to do, eh?

That is all. :D

*runs away snickering*
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Title: Phantom Hourglass is really ticking me off.
Posted: December 06, 2007 (02:04 PM)
Okay, so I'll admit that I do like the game, for the MOST part. I'm going to c/p some of what I've said somewhere else, then I have some things to add, because I need to let off steam.

From a GameFAQs post I put up two days ago:

Surprisingly, I am STILL enjoying this. So far, my opinion is that it's a good game overall (maybe an 7.5, not the 9.5 all the game sites seem to be giving it) - it's got some glaring issues IMHO but in general, I'm playing more of THIS than I have TP so far.. *hides in shame* So far, I like being able to draw the path for the boomerang/arrows (I always did suck when it came to aiming those damn things), I like being able to use the stylus to make Link creep slowly across narrow places, and I like being able to draw the path to navigate on the seas. I love some of the gimmicks, such as closing the DS to make an impression on your map. The geeky fangirl in me is easily excited with that sort of thing.

That being said, I loathe: The Temple of the Ocean King - having to go back through EVERY LEVEL and unlock the doors again every time you enter seems like a way to artificially inflate the length of the game. I loathe the Salvage Arm mini-game; guiding the crane through exploding sea urchins and rocky walls gets on my nerves quick. The control isn't as precise as they advertise it as being - yes, it's tight, but it's not ALWAYS that good. I mean, tapping the wrong spot makes Link jump into a pit, even if you didn't mean to. The warp function SUCKS - you have to draw symbols to warp to different parts of the ocean, and if you don't get them exactly right it won't trigger. Those are a few of my issues, though I am having fun.. in small doses, at this time.

Actual PROGRESS - Just finished the Ghost Ship; had far, far less trouble with it than I expected to. I'm looking for my next Sea Chart in the Temple of the Ocean King (thus my whining about having to go through that YET AGAIN..)

So. I have some followup commentary.

Okay. Using some familiar patterns/elements to tie the games in a series together is fine. In fact, with old franchises like Zelda, repetition with a few new added things increases enjoyment for most fans. But Nintendo.. why did you take a beloved franchise formula and attempt to break it? Was it your intention to attempt to shatter it upon the sharp rocks of the lame, unexplored isles?

I mean, okay, so we're visiting a familiar triad of peoples, representing the familiar elements of Fire-Water-Wind. To collect the sacred stones artifacts pendants blobs of metal necessary to repair yet another sacred sword (what happened to the Evil-Banishing Power of the Master Sword, anyway?). Not that big a deal. And I am okay with drawing a path to sail, it's far less annoying than GUESSING which way I'm heading.

But what sort of illegal drugs were you smoking when you created that HELL that is the Temple of the Ocean King???????

I'm sorry, every review I'd seen complained about having to go back through every floor, every time. I figured I could just suck it up and deal, and then in my strat guide, I saw a notation - on floor 6, there is a MIDWAY WARP POINT. My jaded little gamer's heart leapt in joy, believing that this was the end to traipsing past traps I've disarmed 10x already.. until I discovered that the warp saves the amount of time you've used. Even if you exit the temple.

Hello? The "rules" are WHEN YOU EXIT THE TEMPLE, YOUR SAND REFILLS ITSELF. Screwing with that doesn't make the game more challenging, it just pisses me off.

And let's not even get into the "attempt to draw a symbol in one stroke." I got to the point where I was supposed to draw a Triforce on the sealed door with one stroke. I suck at art anyway, so after about 15 tries I literally started scribbling on the DS. My finished product looked NOTHING like the Triforce...

But it took it! What the HELL? And I'm wondering if it works on those screwed-up warp symbols those stupid frogs give me. One of them, I can't get to trigger and I can't figure out what the problem is.

I also find the item system cumbersome - switching back and forth between items is easy to screw up in the heat of battle, or as I found out - tapping across the room to fire your bow, when the bow is not equipped, is a surefire way to get Link to jump into a pit. Or run into a Phantom. Or something.

Now, let's talk about graphics.

Unlike most Zelda fans, I did fall into the camp that eventually loved Wind Waker, and the visual style grew on me. I mean, I AM impressed with Twilight Princess's visuals, but WW didn't deeply offend me like it seemed to a lot of people.

However, that visual style doesn't translate all that well to DS, at least not in the famed cutscenes. The dungeon sequences are pretty enough but the rest of it isn't all that wonderful. Blocky = bad. And I'm not even a graphics whore!

So yeah. I'm still not sure why I like this game even as much as I do - guess I'm just weird - but gah. I really CAN'T figure out why it got 9.whatever most places though, unless it's just because it IS a Zelda game. *shrugs*

Hey, I can be a fan and still admit when aspects of a game/series suck.
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