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Title: Free stuff!
Posted: November 30, 2007 (08:27 PM)
So, sometimes I actually do get around to registering my games with their respective companies. In this case, I was trying to get 3 months free of Nintendo Power by registering 3+ products on My Nintendo. (Hey, I used to subscribe to it almost 15 years ago, and I'm curious to see if it'd be worth it now.) I stumbled upon an interesting promotion...A free feather pen shaped stylus, just for registering & giving my opinions on Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.

I got the notification that the stylus shipped earlier this week, and I came home to a small package in my mailbox.

Yup, it's here! And it's a lot nicer than I expected - one of the other news reports said "It's just a piece of plastic shaped like a feather".. and sure, it is.. but it's surprisingly cool-looking. :)

Also in the realm of cool stuff: After Sashanan's visit in September 2005, when he, my husband and I found ourselves repeatedly singing "The Beer Song" from The Bard's Tale (PS2/Xbox/PC) in unison, we were trying to locate the soundtrack.

On a whim, I typed it into Google a couple of days ago, and discovered that inXile has released the soundtrack for free download. So not only did I get my beloved Beer Song (Bard's Tale Version), I got seven different versions of "The Chosen One".. aka, "It's Bad Luck to Be You.."

So, if you're a fan of the game, its humor and music, here is a perfectly legal download link. And may it fill you up with cheer as well!
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Title: Another one down.. sort of.
Posted: November 28, 2007 (09:54 PM)
Luminous Arc, first playthrough completed as of 2:30 yesterday morning. I discovered that I missed a bunch of stuff the first time around so I'm playing around on the New Game +. However, I'm on level 7 of the Mysteria Ruins, and I've got the game suspended. Hopefully I can manage to clear it. :)
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Title: And so the saga ends.. for now.
Posted: November 25, 2007 (10:40 PM)
I finished Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations about a half hour ago. The ending.. made me giggle, made me cry, made me think about writing really bad fanfiction.. all in all, I'm mostly satisfied. I'm amazed at how Capcom wove all three games together, sometimes in the most .. interesting ways.

I have a bit more work to do with it - namely, finishing the guide I started *pokes Sash* - then I'll shelve it for now. Maybe when the hubby gets done with PW1 I'll run through the trilogy again to keep me busy until the February release of Apollo Justice.

In the meantime, it's back to Luminous Arc, the game which stalled my progress on PW for so long. Stupid thing. By all rights I should hate it, partially due to the issues in EmP's review, partially due to some things I don't recall him mentioning (graphical glitches and such).. but yet.. I can't put the damn thing down. I just started Chapter 22, and from what my hubby says I'm about halfway through, maybe a little more. I dunno, but I suspect this'll be the next one on my "finish" list. :)

ETA: So I looked on GameFAQs to see how close I am to the end of Luminous Arc. There's only 25 chapters. So I've got 3 to go, not counting the new game plus stuff. So hell, maybe I'll get it finished this week sometime!

That gives me a random thought.. I wonder how many games I've actually finished this year?

I don't think more than 4 or 5 console games, but I know I've finished a crapload of handheld stuff. I'll have to look into it.
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Title: Hee. Hee. Hee.
Posted: November 24, 2007 (04:25 PM)
My husband has been CORRUPTED!

He kept insisting he'd NEVER play Phoenix Wright.

*listens for the Objection! theme from the living room* *smirks*

He says watching me play it made HIM want to play it now... as did those Phoenix Wrong flashes. This is AFTER he insisted he'd never play PW after seeing a certain flamboyantly gay pink chef in PW3.. ;)
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Title: Memories..
Posted: November 24, 2007 (11:26 AM)
Last night was my 10-year high school reunion. I'm still not all that much into jumping into the thick of things, so I only got to talk to a few people, though I got to take a ton of pictures. However, a friend of mine had brought her autograph book and showed me my signature from HS. I signed it with my name and then "Zelda" in quotes.

That got me thinking. Back when video games were just becoming popular, I selected "Zelda" as my screen name because, well, to me it sounded better than "Samus" and those were the only two female characters I could think of right then.

It stuck for YEARS, to the point that one of my co-workers called me that when I worked in radio, and some people still give me grief about it to this day.

It's odd, though, to look back and see how few the female leads were, and now to see how many there are. I suppose if I hadn't picked up "Siara" about 10 years ago I'd probably be using a different video game-related name - and not necessarily a "female lead character" either.

But it just goes to prove that some habits die hard. I've been gaming since I was ..6 or 7.. when the NES came out. And I fully expect to be gaming as long as I can.

Long live "grownup gamers"!
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Title: Freedom!
Posted: November 22, 2007 (11:09 AM)
I hope everyone's having a good Turkey Day. Hubby and I are getting ready to go over to my parents, bearing the results of my hard work last night.

I do love to cook, so I made Sweet Potato Rum Pie with Gingerbread-Walnut crust, and Sashanan's recipe for tzatziki, a Greek sauce with garlic and onions.

I'm also, of course, packing my DS and my game case. My parents want to watch movies - specifically, Live Free or Die Hard, Ratatouille, and Shrek the Third, all of which we've now watched multiple times. So.. a little progress on my games won't hurt. I'm in the mood to work on Luminous Arc for a bit today so I can easily split my attention between the movies and the game.

And if you're stateside.. enjoy the freedom of a day off of work/school/whatever - I know I am!
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Title: Broken DS photos.
Posted: November 20, 2007 (01:36 PM)
First off, I have pictures of my busted DS. To the guys on here - please don't give me too much grief about the fake "stones" on it; I told you, I was sick of polar white and local stores don't offer much in the way of DS skins.

DS, looking somewhat intact.

Opened.. and the cracked piece fell off.

Yeah, I don't think I'm using this anymore. Despite the fact that it STILL POWERS ON.

The offending piece that broke originally.

And finally, just for fun:

What's in my game case!

Obviously, PW is still in my DS.. for now.
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Title: Update to previous post.
Posted: November 15, 2007 (06:59 PM)
My new DS is safely on its way and should be here before 3pm tomorrow.

I opened my old DS show my husband the cracked edge and the whole top half came loose. Guess it's a good thing I didn't try to use it tonight.

My boss has informed me that "I'm staying home tomorrow" since they've finally grasped that me being sick at work = NOT being productive and spending all my time on gaming sites or something, so at least I'll be here when my new toy arrives.

However, that also means that damage pics of the original one will have to wait until Monday. I won't forget though!

So now I'm going to go get some rest and play some PW on the hubby's DS. G'night!
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Title: When it rains, it pours.
Posted: November 15, 2007 (10:56 AM)
I bought my DS Lite right after launch (one of the first shipments to our area). I'd heard of the problems they had with the hinges right out of the gate, but I've had mine for almost a year and a half now with no issues.

Yeah, right.

Last night, I flipped open my DS to play some Phoenix Wright before I went to sleep, and I heard a "crack".

The whole area where the power light is cracked and separated from the DS - breaking the hinge, rendering it barely able to open, and leaving circuits exposed. I was PISSED.

I mean, I've been horribly sick for over a week, and all I wanted to do was lay down and play my game in bed. And of COURSE it had to be the system I'm using the most right now! So I tried to figure out how to fix it.

I know Nintendo was fixing them for free under warranty, but A) mine was way past warranty and B) right now I really need the thing to keep my sanity. (I mean, one can only take so much consecutive Dragon Ball Z before going insane..) And who knows how long it'd take them to fix it/refurbish it/whatever.

Then I had a brainstorm.

I'm sick of my white DS. So why not get a new one? The dilemma is that I don't get paid until next week.. but an extremely generous friend of mine is loaning me the cash for a bit. I'm ordering off Amazon so I get the one I want, and with $3.99 overnight shipping, I'll have it tomorrow.

So yeah. I'm going to pony up for one of those shiny new Crimson & Black ones. I can survive for one night without, although I need to pick up more screen protectors while I'm out tonight.

So now I'm excited, and my basically crap day has gotten substantially better.

Tomorrow I'll bring my broken baby into work and get a picture so you guys can see what happened. And unlike Sash's speculation, NO, I didn't break it because of Godot (annoying prosecutor in PW3). I don't abuse it at all, unless you count riding around in my purse as "abuse".
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Title: Of DS and dementia...and first impressions.
Posted: October 31, 2007 (07:38 PM)
Or should I say Dementium? I really didn't need to increase my DS backlog any further right now as I'm still working on:

A) Phoenix Wright: Trials & Tribulations
B) Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
C) New York Times Crosswords (so sue me, I'm a word puzzle geek too)
D) Castlevania: Dracula X (PSP)
E) Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia, Misha's path (PS2)

Not to mention a whole host of other PS2, GC and Xbox games I picked up while Sashanan & another friend of mine were visiting this past August.

But I couldn't resist. As part of "Operation Pimp MartinG's DS", in which I find DS games to increase Mart's backlog, I went down to the mall tonight to pick up two surprises. I also ended up with Dementium: The Ward for myself and SimCity DS for my husband, who's currently on a SimCity kick.

I wasn't sure what to expect from Dementium, and I must admit I was dreading it a bit because I royally suck at FPS games. (There, I said it.) The only one I even care about trying to get good at is Metroid Prime, and I really suck at that too. However, I also LOVE survival horror games, and I figured this one might become rare quick.

I saw two reviews - one here on HG, giving it a 6, and one somewhere else giving it an 8.2. After reading through the one on here and seeing that the main complaint was repetitive monsters, I decided it was worth a shot anyway. I mean, a lot of people hated Kuon and I loved it for atmosphere alone.

I'm not very far; I went through an extremely short chapter 1 and just started chapter 2. So here are a few first impressions:

1) Graphics are fantastic. Given the limitations of the DS hardware I'm surprised at how crisp and detailed the graphics are. They are smooth, too, with none of the jerkiness I'd expect. And the flickering flashlight is damn creepy.

2) Sound is.. well, everything you can and should expect from a survival horror game. The background noises during the opening sequence made my skin crawl, and I was sitting in a well-lit room and I did NOT, as many have suggested, have headphones on.

3) Combat is smoother than I expected though it does suffer from the typical SH/FPS genre annoyances in at least one respect - stuff attacks you from behind and it's hard sometimes to turn around fast enough to figure out where it's hitting you from. Using a nightstick to bash something that looks like it's a cross between traditional "demon" art and one of the stranger creatures out of the Shadow Hearts series is much more satisfying than I expected. But dammit, bring on the guns!

All in all, I think I'm going to enjoy this. I am going to shelve it for the time being so I can get back to PW, but I have a warm glow, knowing that those beasts will be there whenever I wish to smack them around again.

But I'll tell you one thing.

I won't be playing this after my husband goes to work tonight. I need to SLEEP, dammit, not scare the crap out of myself when the cats knock something over..

Edited to add: You know, that last line makes me sound like a wuss. But honestly? Very little scares me, but ****ed up noises? Yeah. That's my undoing. And being home alone at midnight, with two inquisitive kitties, after a round of a game that has a high creepy-noise factor? Not conductive to sleep. And sleep is necessary for work. Unless you're one of my 50 ex-co-workers, then carry on. :)

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Preliminary score, based on first impressions only: 8/10. We'll see if that sticks.
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Title: Phoenix Wright and the Complicated Playthrough
Posted: October 28, 2007 (08:35 AM)
I've discovered that as much as I love to write FAQs, for some games it lowers the fun quotient when I try to write on the first playthrough. The problem is, however, for those of us who work full-time it's often hard to get a guide written before most sites are overloaded - for anything other than games destined for obscurity, that is.

And then of course, there's the tremendous pressure you are under to get the partial finished as soon as possible.

So this time around, I'm not sweating it. I'm going to try a different technique - it's been accepted here, and rejected at GameFAQs (I'm guessing because there are five FAQs based on the Japanese import up already). So I'll play through each case, then go back through and re-do it so I can write it up properly, doing updates each time. That way I can get the maximum enjoyment out of two of my favorite hobbies.

I did get a little further on the second case last night, and of course, the puns are already flying fast and furious. This is one of my favorite series and while I will be sorry to see Phoenix go I'll still be anxious to see what playing as Apollo Justice is like.
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Title: FIrst post here.
Posted: October 27, 2007 (11:47 AM)
You know, I'd given permission for my guides to be put up here several months back, but I'd never really had the time to come LOOK at the place. I just went on .. well, I think it was Sash's... recommendation that this was a good site.

So I decided to submit my new work in progress the other day - a FAQ for Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations. And then I decided to actually LOOK at the site.

I must say I'm EXTREMELY impressed and I will be frequenting this site probably more than any of the others I visit at this time.
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