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zippdementia I'm best known for my extensive work in the fields of this and that. I tend to be better at that, though I have more fun with this.

I'm an odd jobber with an even personality who isn't afraid to roll with the punches but prefers to dodge them when able.

Title: I'll be bare back (nudity in film)
Posted: March 12, 2009 (12:52 PM)
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Title: The best of Nudity in Film
Posted: March 10, 2009 (08:42 PM)
My next set of articles, starting with Big blue penis

Read and stay tuned for the next piece.
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Title: Watchmen (should we be careful what we wish for?)
Posted: March 10, 2009 (04:28 PM)
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Title: Old Sega Ad
Posted: March 10, 2009 (02:15 AM)
Are you ready for this?

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Title: Crisis Core
Posted: March 07, 2009 (12:58 PM)
I like everything I see so far.

Playing on hard might not have been the greatest idea, as I can't beat the first mission :P

You know, it wouldn't be a problem except for one little thing...


Jesus f-ing Christ, each cutscene vislike five minutes long! That does it. Any game that has unskippable cutscenes gets an automatic 2 point reduction.

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Title: Man on Wire
Posted: March 06, 2009 (04:19 PM)
My full review here:

Man on Wire

Anyone else seen it?
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Title: Killzone 2 pre(re)view
Posted: March 05, 2009 (03:25 AM)
So far, so good. Killzone 2 will definitely find favour with FPS fans, as it has with me. It mixes the best of halo and gears of war with smooth graphics and decent level design.

It could've stood to have thrown in a bit more of Half-Life's immersion, though. I'm extremely excited to try out the multi-player, where such things as immersion won't matter.

Right now we're looking at a solid 9/10 here. The game slips up a bit on the single player campaign thus far, just failing to achieve that "I can't stop playing" line that Half Life hits, and falling more somewhere in the Resistance 1 line of "It's hard to stop playing."
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Title: Zipp's gonna get paid to write reviews and articles, and it's all because of HG
Posted: March 02, 2009 (04:28 PM)
I just got hired by Examiner.com to write reviews.

Thanks to Honest Gamers for this, because it was my portfolio here that caused them to hire me.
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Title: Flower
Posted: March 01, 2009 (05:41 PM)
My latest review is for Flower:

Fantasia references for teh win

I've not much to add to this one. This is one review I'm really satisfied with. I captured everything I wanted to say and I did so with not even 800 words.

I have this nagging feeling that I could've used the extra space to go into more details on the environments, but I'll let feedback tell me.

I WILL get feedback, won't I?
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Title: "No" is only one syllable away from "okay"
Posted: February 28, 2009 (12:27 PM)
I encounter this fact every time I walk into a game store. I pull out my wallet, decide I can't make rent, go to put back whatever game I'm holding and say "nooooookay' and end up buying it.

Actually, that's what I wish I did. Usually I do actually end up putting it back and going home empty-handed to stare into a corner and feel bad.

Which is silly, because I've got plenty of games to keep me occupied. I'm still playing Alundra and Persona 4, and I'm in love with The Lion Wars. I also am trying FFXII for the second time and I have Eternal Poison waiting for me.

But there's a lot of games I want to try out there! Among them, Prince of Persia 4 and Street Fighter 4. And Bioshock. That's a big one. I've also been meaning to get into the Tomb Raider series for years, I just can't decide which one to begin with.

Probably my biggest desire on the horizon, though, is Batman: Arkham Aslyum. Much bigger than RE5.
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Title: Eternal Poison
Posted: February 19, 2009 (12:40 AM)
Managed to pick up a copy for 25.00 or 30.00 dollars... can't recall now. Anyway, I checked it out a very little bit and I like what I see, mostly. I'm waiting till I beat Tactics to really jump in, though.
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Title: Syberia DS
Posted: February 17, 2009 (01:34 AM)
Alright, the big bash has arrived. Come one, come all:

Almost too lazy to add in code
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Title: Odin Sphere done!
Posted: February 16, 2009 (05:39 PM)
Approximately one and a half years after purchasing it, I finally finished Odin's Sphere. That was an epic experience for me, and finally closes the cover on an entire chapter of my life.

Now it is my solemn duty to write a review of the game.

As for the ending, it wasn't entirely unexpected or really all that surprising... but the game as a whole was such a wonderful experience.

... except for the PS3 declaring my saves to be corrupted every other time I tried to save. They aren't corrupted, I swear! It wasn't really a problem until Armagedeon, where you can only save in between battles.
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Title: The most beautiful game I've ever played...
Posted: February 16, 2009 (01:37 AM)
... is Flower. Just downloaded it off PSN tonight and my god, it is beautiful and soothing beyond belief. I don't know what genre it is, exactly. Kind've like a three dimensional Snake where you can't die, set to new age ambience.

Review will be coming.
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Title: Alundra
Posted: February 13, 2009 (10:13 PM)
Already I like it. It's old school, but in all the right ways.

Except... did anyone else who played the game notice the graphics are somewhat... not crisp? Do you know what I mean? It all seems a little blurry. Not badly, just... the colors blur a bit and when you walk around, sometimes subtle lines cross the screen.
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Title: I may have put a bit too much on my plate...
Posted: February 13, 2009 (06:55 PM)
I've got a big ol' heap of Persona 4 to finish. I think I'm about a quarter of the way in. I've also got a few bites left of Odin's Sphere, but it's those "level grinding" bites that are hard to take. And it's my second time attempting this particular dish.

The helping of Syberia I had has made me a bit sick, so that will probably get fed to the dogs in the next couple of days here.

On the side, I've got an order of Castlevania: Lament of Innocence, to get through. I've also reordered some Dead Space, as I liked it the first time.

Plus, my order of Arlunda just arrived, and I'm trying to make room.

Really, I think I've been focusing too much on my dessert: Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions.

If I don't hurry up and finish my meal, they'll bring out Final Fantasy Disidia and Resident Evil 5, and then I'll truly be screwed.

And all this while getting another job? Gah...

Okay, I've got to prioritize, here. FF Tactics makes for good bedtime playing, so that should get itself finished eventually as long as I keep plugging away.

Syberia can pretty much be set aside at this point, as I can't get to the next section because the area I have to click on is too small for me to find. Lament of Innocence can also be put aside for the time being, as it's easy to pick up during any video game lull.

Persona 4 is a tough one. I don't want to let it sit, it's too good for that, but it's a very time consuming game. Odin's Sphere is also tough, as I'm not really in a grinding mood. And if I start Arunda, that'll be four RPGs I'll have going at once, ai yi yi.
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Title: Playing through Syberia... not improving my thoughts on the DS
Posted: February 12, 2009 (05:27 PM)
The DS has become a port system. This is... well, I'm not sure what it means. Sometimes I'm grateful, because it brings me (and a new generation of gamers) classics like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy 4.

Other times it fucks things up royally. Like in Syberia.

Let me save the rant for the review. I'll just say that when a puzzle is nigh unsolvable because there's a pop up menu that pops up OVER THE BUTTON YOU'RE TRYING TO CLICK ON there's something wrong with your game.

I think Life just wants me to write another frothing rant. Because Life thinks they are funny.
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Title: Keanu Spiegal
Posted: February 10, 2009 (02:51 AM)
So Keanu's going to play Spike in the upcoming Cowboy Bebop film.

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Title: Coraline
Posted: February 06, 2009 (04:47 PM)
Went and saw it today.

I think it's a very deep movie that succeeds because it presents a child's nightmare from a child's point of view, so it never breaks its own flow.

At the same time, I doubt it will do very well at the box office, as Americans are too afraid of sex and violence to want to show it to their children.
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Title: RE5
Posted: February 04, 2009 (08:21 PM)
Wow, I played the American demo today. They've changed A LOT since the Japanese demo, and ALL for the better.

It's much more intense. I'm liking it. Most fun I've had with zombies all year.
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Title: May be time for another HOME review
Posted: February 04, 2009 (02:45 AM)
My initial review of Home, posted here on the blog, showed hope for a cool chat interface.

You know, though... I haven't used it since writing that review? Well, I did once, actually. And it was a good chat. So maybe it's because I just don't do chat rooms that often, but I have to say that I think if it were REALLY a fun place to be, I'd be there.

Cause I'm that kind of guy.
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Title: My reviewing ability just increased
Posted: February 02, 2009 (08:10 PM)
The PSP is on its way from Amazon.

It was a hard choice between the PSP 3000 and PSP 2000. In the end I decided I'd rather have duller colours then scan lines. Those things BUG THE FUCK out of me.

And a Zipp with no fuck is a lonely sad Zipp.
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Title: It's 1:08 AM and I'm not gaming
Posted: February 01, 2009 (01:49 AM)
Probably because I have to work the lunch shift tomorrow, serving crying babies and old grandparents their coffee and spaghetti *ugh

Anyways, I'm trying to finish up Odin's Sphere. I'm almost there (for the second time). I just have to go back and do some strategic leveling before the Armagedeon (sp?). I would've used my old save and just replayed the game with the higher stats (thus leveling in the process) but that was on the PS2 and I haven't plugged that in since getting my PS3.

Don't know why. I think I'm slowly trying to replay my entire collection of PS2 games and it gives me a reason to do so.

Of course, I've still got some NEW PS2 games to finish after Odin's Sphere.

For one, I'm playing through Persona 4. It's proving to be quite excellent.

For another, I picked up Castlevania: Lament of Innocence (or some such trite) and it's easily one of the best in the series. I'm a little disappointed in the level design, though. The whole "walk down corridors while defeating enemies" is only engaging for about an hour, and then I have to play something else. I think I had the same trouble with the Devil May Cry series, except there you could at least juggle enemies with bullets before pile driving them with some creative application of a sword blade.

I'd like to pick up that Eternal Poison game, and I'm STILL in the market for a PSP and FFTactics Remake... but 250 dollars is a lot to slap down when you make the majority of your money serving children and grandmas.

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Title: Fan Fiction going strong
Posted: January 29, 2009 (01:58 PM)
Part XI of my Chrono Trigger fan fiction (a dark version of events after the game concludes) is up:

Chrono Break: Part XI

We've officially entered the difficult "wasteland of Act II," as it is usually called in the industry. I'm trying my best to keep things interesting and moving through the unavoidable build up to the climax. I'm happy with the result so far.

How about you?
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Title: This is sure to raise some hell, but...
Posted: January 26, 2009 (03:43 PM)
... I don't understand why anyone would want to play video games on a computer.

Sure, there's some great games. Classics like Dungeon Keeper, Deus Ex, Baldur's Gate, Fallout... the list goes on and on AND ON.

But I can't play any of them. Why? Because computers ARE FUCKED.

Playing on a computer means I have to deal with near constant crashes. If I fix one game to work, then another doesn't work. If I download a patch, it fixes one thing and causes another problem elsewhere.

So I suppose I could understand the urge the play computer games... if they were actually playable. If my computer didn't need to be upgraded every couple of months.

I'll stick with console ANY DAY. Power on... game in... game on.
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