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The Urge to Write ~ Metal Gear series retrospection
January 01, 2014

So I'm coming now to bring my thoughts together on what I felt about the original Metal Gear games on the MSX. I'll touch up a bit on my history with the series, then get into what stuck out to me in these games. The things that are interesting! 'Dese are Kojima joints, after all! So enough with the sentimental bullshit and let's get to killing dudes.


"Ice skating?" "WE ARE ULTRA BOX." "I am Runner Man." "UH OH! THE TRUCK HAVE STARTED TO MOVE!" "Don't get greedy, Snake!" "Nyaaaa!!"

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Aqy's SNES Journeys - Part 5 (Super Castlevania IV)
May 12, 2011

Super Castlevania IV has always been a favorite SNES game of mine. I never owned it but I rented it as a kid. Even back then, I was instantly enchanted by the uniquely dark atmosphere of the game. I primarily attribute this to the soundtrack which is unlike any other SNES soundtrack. The various instrumentation: wind instruments, piano, orchestral strings, electric organ, horns, realistic and earthy bass sounds and percussion, all come together to make the side scrolling legend Castlevania come to be more imaginative than it is on screen and in game play. The soundtrack is what I always liked most about the game, though the presentation and game play are nothing short of classic, tried and true Castlevania. Rondo of Blood is also lauded for it's soundtrack and both are wonderful, but Super

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Final Fantasy Distant Worlds, I went!
April 12, 2009

Tonight I had the pleasure of going to the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis to see Final Fantasy Distant Worlds, a fully orchestrated, full choir, all exclusive Final Fantasy concert. I think it was some Philharmonic Orchestra, possibly? It was an amazing experience, I must say. One I don't want to forget, so while the concert is fresh in my memory I'm going to talk about each song that was performed in the concert, and some other moments related to the show.

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Winter nostalgia for HG, Star Ocean thoughts
December 05, 2008

It hit me tonight as I was out having a cigarette (I'm quitting for a new years resolution, honest!) while I was thinking about Star Ocean: First Departure as I've been playing that game lately. That I should submit some of my thoughts here because I felt more involved in the site last winter. Does that make sense? It's probably the cold.

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Mother 3 Translation patch is out
October 22, 2008

Hey! The translation of Mother 3 is out! Has been for almost a week. I advice you go to


and get the patch, and begin playing Mother 3! It's a great game, especially if you're a fan of the series, or not. I'm gonna try to get a review up eventually. But you guys shouldn't pass this up.

Glowing review of EarthBound, soon up!
July 26, 2008

Well, you asked for it, you got it!

Hope this convinces some people to play it.


EarthBound thoughts
July 07, 2008

I have a long history with the cute, quirky gem that is... EarthBound.

Playing it when I was 10 years old, in the throat of childhood, was a magical experience. All the characters in the game had their own life that they were leading, and it gave me a sense of adventure as a little runt kid.

First a meteorite falling into the hill above my house. Then a bee from the sky telling me that I was the chosen one, a robotic man (known as the starmen) coming from 10 years in the future to stop Buzz-Buzz. The early death to the hero Buzz-Buzz of another timeline, when he is smashed by Ness' next door neighbor's wife. Showing that his bee form was not as strong as he had expected.

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