The Blog of Majadamus And His Pointless Ramblings
My blog is about trying to balance hardcore gaming and real life. It's hard, it's a struggle, but I'll find some way to fit gaming into my busy life. Check out the blog. Maybe you can relate. Maybe we can chat. Twitter: https://twitter.com/Majadamus
As the name, Majadamus kind of implies, I am sort of a seer. Nah, but maybe I am when it comes to video games. After watching hours upon hours of E3 footage here at the site, it seems as though it is plain to see (at least in my eyes) what the future holds for one of my favorite pastimes, and then there is one prediction that a lot of us gamers seem to be jumping the gun on.
The eighth generation will be shorter than the seventh generation
I'm hoping so. The graphical leap from the current generation into the next generation doesn't seem much of a big step. Each generation to the next usually has a very noticeable leap in graphics. However, it might be too soon to judge since we've only seen the games at the beginning of next generation. But, the price of the PlayStation 4 and X Box One systems (which I thought would've been in the $600-$800 range), are a lot cheaper than I thought it would be. As the years go by will Sony and Microsoft be able to make much of a profit as their systems depreciate? I'm not absolutely sure. I don't know exactly how the business works. But, I still have a good feeling the ninth generation will be here in four to five years from now unlike the seventh which took eight years. The prices are sort of an indicator of the length of the eighth generation. I'm not impressed with the graphics, and I don't want to wait close to a decade for the ninth generation to start!
Playstation 4 games will be valuable long after the ninth generation is over
Sony and Microsoft don't care too much about those video game collectors out there. There isn't any money to be made once those games are sold by the consumers. There are collector editions, and limited editions out there, but there money is made once the games are sold, and then usually the companies are done cashing in.
PlayStation 4 games focused solely on single player will hold the most value. The games that require online multiplayer probably won't retain much value because eventually the PlayStation Network for PS4 will shutdown. X Box One games won't allow used games to be played on their consoles, so, us, collectors are sh*t out of luck when it comes to owning an X Box One. Plus once the X Box Live service is shut down for the X Box One there probably won't be any way for the owners to have their games "checked" via the service.
X Box One will still do well
Microsoft pretty much said, "F*ck the consumer, you're going to buy our sh*t regardless." this E3, and ya know what? They're right. Hardcore gamers aren't the target audience anymore. They sort of said this at the end of the 360's life by saying, "F*ck exclusives we got Kinect!" Microsoft saw the success with the Wii, and they wanted a piece of the pie. Sony did too with the Move, but they still kept releasing exclusives(The Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls) near the end of this generation. Kinect is bundled with the X Box One, and that alone is worth $500 to the casuals. I've sobered from the nerd rage after hearing about the X Box One's 24 hour game check, no used games allowed policy, and the mandatory Kinect. As much as I am still pissed off at Microsoft for doing this, I'm not going to sit here and lie to myself the X Box One won't sell well.
Yes, I have obtained my 400th video game. Years upon years of collecting, came from last generation during my college years when I had less expenses and more free time. I think I bought about 200 games during that time. Now that I'm no longer playing Final Fantasy XI (An highly addictive MMORPG), I am trying my best to keep up with the mounds of video games slowly starting clutter up my room. Although I bought more video games last generation, and had more free time I didn't get a chance to play a lot of other video games besides Final Fantasy XI. I've noticed I've become more patient when it comes to price drops (3DS games take forever to go down in price, though!). And it is well worth the wait. I've saved hundreds thanks to amazon.com and Steam.
When I first got into video games I was only two years of age. My parents would only buy me one to three video games a year. One for my birthday, one for Christmas, and one for doing good in school. They'd buy the latest console as long as I was doing good in school. Sure, it kept me focused on my grades, and probably made me into a better person not being spoiled by my parents buying me lots of video games a year. I remember back in my grammar school days I use to go over my friend's house, and he'd have draws full of games. What this did to me was make me very jealous. He was more into playing basketball than playing video games, and he wouldn't allow me to borrow one single game. What this also did to me was repress my desires of having a collection comparable or better than his.
So, to this day, do I think I'm trying to make up for not having the childhood I desired? Maybe. But, people desire many things growing up. And that's how we set goals, and go for them. Maybe having hundreds of video games was one of mine. I didn't realize it until I was getting close to that 400th video game. I'm wondering how "attached" I've become to these video games that I don't have as much time for anymore. If I were to get rid of them I'd probably pass it down to a relative, or sell them. As of right now, though, especially with the next generation of consoles about to hit the market soon, I doubt I'll be departing from gaming collection anytime soon.
Oh, and New Super Mario Bros. 2 is my 400th video game, but I haven't even taken it out of the plastic yet!
I've always been a huge JRPG fan, but the thing is I sometimes play them till I get to final boss, and then I just quit. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's because I feel that I've completed the games already by getting to the final boss so why finish them? I can beat these final bosses anytime. I started doing this with Final Fantasy X. I got to the final boss, I tried to beat it for the first time, but then it was taking to long to beat the boss so I ended up quitting. I said I to myself I would get back to it later. Ten years later it's not done, and I have a few more JRPGs that I've done the same exact thing with.
Here are the JRPGs I've come close to finishing, but never did:
I don't know when I'm going to set the time aside and finally beat these games. I usually don't quit a JRPG till it's done. These are good games, and they need to be finished!
So, last Saturday in Stratford, CT I went to New Challenger's gaming tournament at Gaming Etc. I had a blast. I also got bodied (ass kicked) by several of the players there. I was getting a tad frustrtated, but I really enjoyed the community more than actually trying to win anything. I really need to practice. I use to be pretty decent back when vanilla Street Fighter IV came out, now I'm just horrible. I play on the Playstation 3, and just about every game at this tournament was played on the X Box 360. That might've had something to do with it, but I shouldn't make excuses. I have to get better, and I must set time aside for practice. I don't know how, but I at least will try.
I aslo met a few e-celebs there like Dieminion, and Chris G. Both are top players in the states. I'm big fans of them, and watch them on twitch.tv for dozens of hours a week sometimes. I need to cut back on that and actually play some games instead of just watching other players get good.
If you watch fighting game tournaments like I do, and are looking to get into it, I suggest going to one of your local tournaments if you can find one. I know how the stream monsters can be total a-holes, but it's completely different at a game tournament. Everyone was so welcoming. Even to scrubs like me.
I can't remember the last time I played Final Fantasy VIII, but do remember it being my least favorite Final Fantasy. I wrote a review for the game several years ago that didn't go with popular opinions, and it shows in the responses to the review. Now I know many would say, "Who cares what others think? It's your opinion on the game so that's all that matters."Actually, that's what at least I think. But, there was this response from a gamespotter responding to what said about the battle system relying too much on guardian forces. He said I should have focused more on the draw system. The draw system is what you do to gain powers from your enemies. I'll be honest, and say that I hardly used the draw system because was so enamored with the guardian forces. They were beautiful spectacles that ended battles quickly, and made the game too easy.
In order for me to go back to Final Fantasy VIII I need to rebuy it. I don't know if I have time to squeeze a JRPG into gaming time again at the moment. It would be wise to get adjusted to going back to school, and working full time. I want to finish other JRPGs like Final Fantasy XII, and XIII.
I've played countless games, and spent countless hours glued to a tv screen/monitor. And I'll admit I've had some regrets as gaming has taking somewhat a toll on my life. I could have had more friends, and gotten better grades in school. Now after looking back at school years I realized I put a lot more time into gaming than my studying. Now, I'm going back to school next year, and (hardcore) gaming is slowly starting to make its back into my life. It's strange. It seems like going to school makes me want to play video games more. Maybe school really stresses me out a lot so I try to escape. I'm sure work stresses me out, but there's just something about school that probably stresses me out even more.
Now that I'm playing video games since I've become more acclimated to working 40-56 hours a week, I've found some way to put more time into video games. It's starting to worry me that I'm becoming my old self again. But, I don't think that'll be possible this time. Playing 15-30 hours a week with a full time job and school just isn't going to work out. Man, playing 15-30 hours a week sounds great! But, I can't do it. I must remain focused on work and school.
It's been a little over a month since I last did a gaming update, and I can say I have mixed feelings about stopping it. Every Sunday that comes along I have an urge to write about what I did in gaming over the last week. I catch myself, and stop myself every Sunday now saying, "I don't have to write anything this Sunday. Just keep playing your games like you normally do."
When I was posting a blog entry every week on Sundays I would count up all of the hours I played that week. That's the main thing I didn't like about doing the gaming updates. I would have to keep track of the hours I was putting into the games I was playing. As I was playing a video game I would check the clock constantly. Now I hardly look at the clock ever when playing. It's a huge relief. I remember forcing myself to quit playing so I wouldn't go over a certain amount of time, or force myself to play longer so I can get another hour added onto my other hours.
I thought the gaming updates would've made me more productive, and give me more of an incentive to get through the games I wanted to get through. In a way it was productive, but also counter-productive. Instead of just trying to complete a game I would try to get a certain amount of time in so I could show it to people on the internet how hardcore or not so hardcore of a gamer I really was.I wasn't entirely focusing on enjoying or completing a game.
Now that the gaming updates are done and over with, I still would like to write more in this blog, but the thing is I have so many ideas, and I don't know where to start. I don't play games nearly as much as I use to, but I still have love for the gaming community. I'm always scouring the net for more information on the latest games, and looking for tips and advice on how to improve. I will continue to update my blog, but I must get my imagination under control, and some of these ideas of mine onto the screen.
Well, I put a lot of thought into this final gaming update. I was thinking about writing a lengthy, and long blog entry detailing what I accomplished while playing video games last week or the three weeks I missed blogging about. But, I decided to just go ahead and make this the last update gaming update I'll ever do. The purpose of the gaming updates were to keep me motivated and keep me playing video games so I didn't slack off, and the other reason was so I wouldn't play too much. I liked going over my experiences of what type of games I played, but I also didn't want to play too much obligating me to write loads of information on the games I played. I thought it was clever, but then after only playing 2-5 hours a week I've come to the realization there isn't much to talk about, and I don't think I'll be going past that five hour mark regularly anymore.
When I first started the gaming updates I was playing 12-20 hours a week so I had much to talk about. Now I find myself forcing the words onto the screen of what I have played, and I feel there isn't much I can really dwell on anymore. It's kind of bittersweet I don't have much time for video games anymore, but I do have a full time job. I remember reading posts on the forums about how gamers weren't finding enough time to play video games because of work, family, or whatever, and I said to myself I will always find time to play everyday. But, it's been a year now since I got this full time job, and now I find myself in the same predicament as those I've read on the forums here.
My other reason for not continuing the gaming updates anymore is I stopped writing reviews about the games that I played. Sometimes if I really felt I needed to get my word out there about a game that I played through I would write a review, but I would lose motivation to write reviews when I was writing about my gaming experiences in the gaming updates. I would like to get back to writing reviews again. It's interesting to see the responses to them.
And the last reason I'm stopping the gaming updates is I started compiling all of my thoughts and ideas into one blog entry per week. Every week I would try to write up a gaming for Sunday or Monday depending how tired I was between those two days. That really didn't allow me to be spontaneous with blog entries. Blogs really are for those spontaneous moments when a blogger comes up with an idea. They can still be for a prepared well written editiorial or essay, but I'm growing tired of having just blog entries set for just a specific day of the week. Sometimes I would come up with ideas to write about, but would forget about them by Sunday.
This will not be my last blog entry. I will continue to blog, and expect there to be more and more blog entries detailing my musings over my favorite pastime, but not just on Sundays.
A Section of This Blog Entry Is Dedicated To Next Blog Entry
Yup, my 200th gaming update is coming up next week, and I don't have too many ideas about what I'm going to do. It's special. I didn't treat my 100th gaming update so special last time, but I plan on putting more effort into this 200th one. I've been taking this blogging hobby of mine a bit more seriously. I kind of wish I had more time to dedicate to it. I want to update this blog more than once a week, but if I were to do that I would have to put more thought into the blog entries that I do. My 200th gaming update, however, I'm hoping to maybe devulge some information on me. I was planning on doing a little bit of Photoshop work, but with no anti-virus software on my new laptop just yet I won't be pirating any Photoshop software off the internet, and I really don't want to shell out 600 bucks for the latest photoshop either. I do have an ancient copy of Photoshop 7 someone gave to me from college, but it doesn't feel right to use such an outdated piece of software on such a godlike laptop like mine. I stress that I have posession of a beastly laptop because I feel the need to brag about it. So, maybe next gaming update you'll learn sometihng more about my gaming obsession. I'll make gaming update # 200 more personal.
What I Played
(2 hours gamed)
I got this game for six bucks last week from the Steam Summer sale, and after I finish with this blog entry I plan to browse Steam for more ridiculously low price deals. The game doesn't look too great. I thought it would have looked nicer despite how old it may be. What I really want to play is The Witcher II Enchanced Edition, but I thought I should play the original first. I only play for 45 minutes. The fight animations are weird looking, and the voice acting is quite cheesy, but for some strange reason it's sucking me in, and it won't let go of me. I plan on playing more. Just don't know when I'm going to find the time.
The game is getting more interesting, and challenging. I had to fight off dozens of guards in one of the missions, and that had to be one of the best parts of this game. The best part of this game is being able to call on your assassins to help to you fight in battle. I've been keeping them leveled up by having them go on missions. It's a pain in the ass sometimes since I have to go back to these little comartments located in certain sections on the streets. I want to get into multiplayer soon, but I'm only halfway through the game.
Having Problems With Steam
I downloaded this movie called Indie Game The Movie, and I have been dying to watch it. I'll watch anything that has to do with video games even sh*tty shows like X Play will capture my attention. Anyways, I've been trying to watch this movie for weeks now, and all that comes up is this white screen. I asked Steam support for help, and that didn't help. Mufujifi suggested that I go the Steam website, and browse the forums for advice, but I'm lazy, and don't want to even sign up for the site. Can anyone help me here on Gamespot? I'm sure somone on this site has downloaded Indie Game The Movie.
Fighting Game Tournaments Bring on Nostalgia
The weekend for Evo 2012 has finally arrived, and I'm more hyped for it than any other figthting game tournament this year. Last year I was only waiting around for Evo 2011 all year being ignorant of the fact that there were several other fighting game tournmanets around the country being held. There aren't that many on the east coast. If there were I'd probably venture out to some of them if I got the time. The fighting game scene here in Connecticut is dead. The only time I could remember when the fighting game community was alive and well here was back in 1998 when I was thirteen, and I use to hang out in the mall and play games like Marvel vs. Capcom and Mortal Kombat. I remember getting my ass handed to me by some Asian kid. He'd land several combos on me without dropping any while I couldn't even land a single hit. It was fun, it was exciting, and it got me out of the house. Nowadays I can't find an arcade anywhere that keeps their cabinets up to date. Now I just sit and watch these fighting game streams with nostalgia of my youth. It's bittersweet watching these fighting game tournmaents. I'm watching the show, but I'm not at the show. Commentators always constantly saying, "There's nothing like actually being here at these tournaments." If I ever find the time, and cash for it. I will go to one of these events one day.
What I Played
(2 hours gamed)
I've been so engrossed watching Evo all weekend that I haven't had much time to put in the time much of anything. All I did in this game was renovate some stores, killed some templars, and did a mission or two. My assassins are growing more powerful as I have sent them on various missions. Revelations is a cakewalk of a game. I'm never short on medicine, and killing the templars, most of the time, is pretty easy. I was growing tired of the janky assasination animations, but good thing the swords seem to have their own type of unique assassinations. I haven't tried out a lot of other weapons. I probably will once I grow tired of this "Vlad The Impaler" weapon that I just recently acquired.
Some Stuff I Bought
I've played neither of those games I bought. I have been watching some of High School of The Dead, and I'm very tempted to play Pikmin. Pikmin 3 was one of the few games at E3 that caught my attention, and it looks like it may be a determining factor when it comes to buying the Wii U for me. I can't live without Nintendo! I don't know when I'm going to find time to play all these games. I just need to finish Assassin's Creed Revelations, and Persona 4 fast!
I'm Giving Up Being A Hardcore Gamer
I had a very relaxing weekend, and now I'm fully charged and ready for another week. Another week of gaming? Like always of course, but not so much as before. I remember back in my school years I would play video games at least 20 hours a week. But, nowadays I don't want to even play half of those hours every week. I read more as a hobby now more than anything these days. Isn't it ironic how I read more than I do than when I was back in school? I wish I would have been more focused on books instead of gaming back then. Anyways, so, yeah I'm not going to try and be a hardcore gamer anymore. Maybe I'll just BE a hardcore gamer in future again instead of trying so hard. I shouldn't force myself to play games as much as I use to if I'm not up to it. I'm sure there will be a game that comes around that'll bring to that 20 hour mark in a week again.
What I Played
(5 hours gamed)
Playing this game for only 15 minutes I'm starting to realize I still got it. I came close to beating a B ranked player with playing a character I do not use regularly. After my self-realization of not trying to be a hardcore gamer anymore, I don't know if I'll ever put in the effort to get really good at this game or any other fighter for that matter. It sure is a lot of fun playing against others in fierce matches that usually end with my heart pounding on chest rapidly. I don't think it'll ever be more than just fun. I watch these fighting game tournaments and I say, to myself, "Damn. I wish I was good as some of these players. It looks even more fun being that good." Anyone who knows about the fighting game community can tell it's not about the money. It's about the love of the game because the monetary rewards are not that great. To me, the rewards would have to become a bit more worthwhile money-wise before I ever take fighting game competitions seriously that I would start practiing to compete.
Went up a couple floors in the last dungeon, and I'm getting nervous. JRPG final bosses are some of the most epic fights a gamer can get themselves into. The final bosses are usually huge, and the music often times highly energizing. Most of the time I end these battles filling a bit stressed out. They're long, and requires a lot of tough decisions. Should I use this mp restore item on this character? Should I attack before this monster does his special move or should I guard? Should I bother wasting a turn to revive one of my party members? I just need to man up and face the final boss. It's been half a year, and I still haven't beaten this game. It's about time to move on.
This game is as easy as the last two Assasssin's Creeds, but I'm stuck. I hate when a game doesn't give you any direction where to go when need be. This game holds your hand at the most unnecessary times, until it's time to be clarifiied as to what to do next in a mission when helping cues are needed. It's only happened once in this game, but it has happened to me a lot in other Assassin's Creed. I remember being confused as what to do next in the first Assassin's Creed. It took me nearly two days to figure out what to do. Now, I'll probably go back to playing Revelations tonight trying to find out what to do next.
Oops! Did Someone Say What We All Were Thinking About Felicia Day?
Ryan Perez is a, now, former employee of desctructoid.com.Perez typed out a tweet about Felciia Day calling her a "glorfied booth babe." And that's what got hime fired from destrtuctoid.com. That was a bit harsh, but I do agree with her being pretty much the Kim Kardashian (minus the wealth) of the geek realm. She's talentless, and pretty much doesn't contribute much to the geek culture except for maybe being an avid gamer. I agree with his detracted statement on the girl. He's denying that he meant what he said, but I'm sure that a lot of us feel the same exact way about Felicia Day.
See I can write about stuff like this, and not get fired from my job because I don't work a gaming media company, but Perez does so it wasn't the brightest idea to say such a thing. He should have at least moved up the ladder a bit, and then criticized Day when he would have been too valuable and well respected by the gaming community to have a career suicide. It's too bad he got fired over saying what a lot of people are thinking, but that's just the way the world works.
Here's Perez's twitter account: @PissedOffRyno He got into some pretty heated arguments.
This is one of those gaming updates I don't have much to update since I haven't played any games last week. Instead of stressing out over the fact I haven't played any of my hundreds of games and dwelling over it with first world complaints, I'll just end this blog with a brief entry. I had to work 50 hours last week so that might have something to do with not playing any games last week. This week I'm supposedly working 40 hours so I'll have more to talk about next week.
Another fighting game tournament has taken over my weekend. I can't stop watching them. They're so much fun to watch, and the FGC is great despite all the criticism it gets by the press. As I'm typing this I?m listening to the end of the TeamSpooky stream on Twitch. If this keeps I'll never get any gaming done or anything else for that matter. I did manage to clean my room yesterday. Found lots of dusty sh*t. But, enough of that let me get back to the more important things in life besides responsibilties like gaming.
What I Played
(6 hours gamed)
At first starting out I was a little bit jaded by the types of ways to play Revelations. It's very simliar to Brotherhood, but I'm finding that I'm liking this. I spent a good chunk of my gaming time destroying Templar Dens. It's fun chasing down the captains. It's a lot harder getting the captains when they run, but it's also a lot more fun fighting off captains that fight back along with their other guards. I've barely touched the main story. I just keep going around trying to keep my notoriety down, and renovating tailor shops, blacksmith shops, etc. Now I'm looking forward to finding those Maysaf keys. I'm sure there's some nice armor I can get after finishing all of the dungeons.
I haven't accomplished much by just only winning a few auctions on some not so rare items. I've got my monk suited, and ready to venture into another dungeon. I hope to reach at least level 15 by the end of this week. I need to hurry up and beat this game!
A World Without Consoles?
Good. Maybe I'll get more serious about the pinnacle of gaming by sticking it out with PC once consoles are no longer released. I've been meaning to get into PC gaming for a while now. I game on a laptop, but I'm still not satisfied. I want the most powerful rig I can afford and build. I won't need consoles anymore except for exclusives. And I'm sick of having to clear space away for the new consoles that come along every generation. Well, okay, maybe not. I kind of like the collecting aspect of it. But, why get rid of consoles now? They're doing so well. They've become mainstream, and they're doing better than they've ever done in any of the other previous generations. David Jaffe incited this debate as to whether console gaming exist after this generation. And I want some answers by letting time flow and prove to me that there will or not be console gaming. We'll just have to wait and see.
E3, I Am Disappointed
Spent three days in my room watching the E3 streams, watching the tv, getting sores all over my ass from sitting too long, and I finished the last day of E3 with utter disappointment. I did say in one of my previous blogs that many gamers would be disappointment, and by judging by some of the reactions I've seen I can say my prediction was accurate. Not the hardest prediction to make since there will always be someone who isn't satisfied, but I knew, in general there were going to be many gamers let down. I probably will take time off from work next year for E3, I love reading the reactions to E3 conferences. I just won't expect much at all next year. I?m expecting new consoles, however. So, 2013 will definitely be bigger than this year. I'll be spending countless hours glued to my laptop screen as well, but I probably won't be spending nearly as much time as I did this year.
What I Played
(6 hours gamed)
I'm progressing very slowly. I've reached level 10, and decided to join a public game. It was fun. I beat the Skeleton King in Act 1, and now I want to hurry up and finish closing out this act. I've been soloing most of Act 1. I thought the Skeleton King would've been pretty easy, and would fought him on my own, but I somehow found myself fighting against the Black King with two other players in a short amount of time. I was trying to get into the story by playing solo, but it looks like I'm going to need some help. The Skeleton King was tougher than I expected.
Assassin's Creed III is coming out by the near end of this year, and I want to have Revelations completed by the middle of the summer. I would like to get involved with the multiplayer as well. I had a blast with Revelations's predecessor, Brotherhood, multiplayer.
As far as the storyline goes it isn?t too interesting. I want to find out how Ezio's tale ends, but if the storyline doesn't grasp my attention it's going to make harder for me to get through this game. The gameplay is very similar to Brotherhood with not many changes except for tower defense, and bomb making. I shouldn't expect a huge change from a series that has games being released yearly. The game doesn?t feel fresh or new, so hopefully the game introduces something new.
What Else Have I Learned From This Year's E3
Console gaming is becoming more and more casualized, and PC gaming is also. PC gamers are the elitist of the gaming sub culture, and they often think that their favorite pastime of hardcore gaming cannot be tampered with. That is not true. Developers are starting to see the trend of how casual and non-gaming is catching on. Maybe I'm paranoid, and maybe I don't know enough about PC gaming make a claim that hardcore gaming is starting to die in the PC world, and I'm hoping that I'm wrong. But, E3 2012 has been the scariest E3 I've ever seen. Most of the focus was on non gaming, dancing games, casual games, and free to play games. Games I do not give two flying f*cks about! I'm sure there are other gamers who share my fears. This could be the beginning of the end of my favorite pastime. What will I do when there are hardly any core games out there to play anymore? I don't want to play games like angry birds for three hours straight. I need to get my gaming fix. I'll play those crappy Barbie games if I have to!
I've been playing around with Steam for the past couple of days , and I haven't found too many great deals. I hear Battlefield 3 Premium is coming out, so maybe I can get a good deal on that when it's released. I've been trying to download Team Fortress 2, but it's been taking a while.
You see the thing about DLC is getting it is a slow process. If there isn't anything faster than our current internet connections in the next couple of years I don't see DLC becoming the primary source of gaming. I like having physical copies so maybe I can pass on to someone or sell. Downloading games are slow.
I remember downloading Dragonball Z videos via Kazaa when back in my high school years. It would take days, and sometimes even weeks. A lot of times the connection would drop, and I'd have to start all over again. I don't want to go back to those days again. Sure Steam is a more sophisticated method of downloading, but when I buy a game, I want to have it right away. Please DLC don't catch on too quickly at least until there becomes a much faster way to download.
What I Played
(3.25 hours gamed)
Looking at streams on twitch.tv, and trying to figure what the hell is going on in some of these Starcracft II tournaments is very intimidating. I don't think I'll ever become as good as some of the pros. I just want to see what all the fuss is about this game. The closest thing I ever came to playing a real time strategy game was "Brutal Legend". It was fun, and I thought I'd be able to enjoy a more focused real time strategy game. I've only completed one mission. The game isn't as complicated as I thought it was going to be, but I'm sure as I progress throughout the game it become more complex. I just want to play every video game genre there is. I'm late to the party since real time strategy games have been around for more than half my life. I don't want to die knowing that I may have missed out on a video game genre.
I have mixed feelings about this game. The style of gameplay seems a bit antiquated in this day and age. I'm just now starting out, but simple clicking of the mouse doesn't really make the game feel engaging. After only two hours of play my right hand was hurting a bit. I probably need to get my hand adjusted to constant clicking. Avid PC gamers must be used to this. I'm afraid I might get carpal tunnel syndrome from playing too long.
What's really drawing me to this game is the auction house. I can't wait till I'm able to sell my items for real money. I know I'd have to find some really rare items to make even a small profit, but just being able to sell virtual items for real money sounds cool.
The community is real nice. I asked a couple of questions, and people were glad to help out. I hope it continues to be this way. If anybody wants to play with me just let me via here one Gamespot or on Twitter.
I'm not going to bother writing up a separate lengthy blog entry on E3. I'm not as hyped for E3 2012 as I have been for other E3's. I may have taken time off for work to watch the E3 conferences (I'm not joking), but I already know a lot about what's going to happen. Gametrailers has spoiled a lot of things. I'm sure there is more to come, but the games I?m psyched about like Metal Gear Solid Revengenace (stupid), and Anarchy Reigns I've already seen the trailers for. M$ and Sony said they're not announcing any consoles any this year, but I think they might be lying. Developers are already talking about what games that are being developed for the next gen consoles. I'm more interested what's going to be for the PC anyhow. I'm growing a bit tired of consoles.
Well, let's see what happens. I'll be all over the internet looking for information about this year's E3. I'm expecting lots of new memes, lots of belligerent fanboys fabricating stories, and lots of time blown away sitting in front of computer screen. Let's have fun!
Still not done with this JRPG yet
It's been nearly half a year since I started up Persona 4. Half of this year I've been playing a PS2 game. I think it's time I hurried up and move up on. I'm so close to finishing this game. Nearly 90 hours put in, and I'm finally at the last dungeon. There's still a lot to uncover in this game once I beat it. I can play the harder difficulty settings, unlock other Personas, and max out my social links, but I don't think I'll be doing this. The game is, dare I say it, a bit too long..? Back in my school days I'd be able to get through JRPGs like this in a month or two. Now it's taking almost six months? When I start up another JRPG again I will make sure to play another game on the side instead of just focusing on one game. Thank you to those who have been sticking with this blog as I update with my progress in said game for the past six months. I know it isn't the most interesting thing to read.
What I Played
(3 hours gamed)
I guess I was bored with the 330+ games I already had, and decided to play this pre-installed game on my new Alienware laptop. Not much to say, but I did end up winning my first match on this game. I'm pretty good at checkers. I use to play online in Yahoo! games when I was in my early teens. I had a high rating too, and a pretty good winning record. I probably should try my luck in a much more respected game like chess, but I never tried to learn the rules. Maybe one day I will if video games ever become boring.
I have entered the last dungeon. The monsters aren't giving a whole lot of xp. I'm trying to grind my way up to the last boss. I'm pretty sure it's going to be hard with annoying status ailments, and showy moves that can wipe out my party in one hit. I came close to draining my inventory of all the SP restoring items I had against the 2nd to last boss. Hopefully the one I'm about to face only has one form to it, but any avid JRPG gamer would know that isn't the case with my JRPG final bosses.
Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament 8
I was going to play video games, and read books all day on my day off last week, but this tournament came about, and I had to watch it because of this absurd game called DiveKick was being introduced. There were 128 people turned up to play this game. It was obviously a parody of fighting games with the overused move "divekick", and silly catchphrases like, "Welcome to Miami" "Algebra!" "Arithmetic" I was laughing pretty hard throughout the matches. Stuff like this shows that the fighting game community is getting stronger, and there isn't just misogynistic a-holes and racists dominating the scene. There are gamers out there just looking to have a good time. I encourage any gamer to give the FGC a chance and watch one of these tournaments. If you're slightly interested check out EVO 2012; it's the World Series of fighting games tournaments.
And The Laptop Arrives
The Alienware M14x laptop arrived on my doorstep a couple of days ago. (Check out the pic on my twitter account!) It's fast, and looks sexy. A lot people complain about the look of the laptop, but I think it looks just fine. A lot of uneccessary lights, though. Like there is a light on the AC adaptor when it's plugged into the laptop that helps brighten up my room at night along with my other electronics like the X Box 360 brick light. Totally unecessary.
I haven't played any games on my brand new laptop yet because I've been trying to focus on playing Persona 4 and nothing else. I bought Diablo III and Starcraft II. All this hype centered around MLG gaming I had to get into Starcraft II. And I had to get into Diablo III as well. I love collecting loot and searching for rare items while dungeon crawling. The newly added auction house feature allows players to sell their for real cash. This game is meant to destroy lives! Or maybe help support lives? I can't wait to get into Diablo III. So I need to hurry up and finish Persona 4!
What I Played
(5.5 hours gamed)
It's been almost five months since I started this game. I think I've been doing pretty good staying dedicated. Sure, I've slacked a week or two by not playing at all, but I didn't give up. I've reached the second to last boss... I think. I decided to wait till today, and finish him off. I'll go into detail on more about it next week.
E3 and EVO 2012 is Coming
E3 is next month, and EVO 2012 the following month. I have decided to take three days off for the press conference. I haven't had a vacation in a year and a half, but it's only three days so I'm not really counting it as a vacation. I don't know when I will take a vacation, but all I care about right now is having time off for E3 and EVO 2012.
Maybe in a couple of days I'll have my E3 predictions. Yes, my unadulaterated, and unprofessional expectations on what I think is going to happen at this year's press conferences. I'll have to do a little bit of a review as to what happened in the previous year, and these six months of 2012. I'll start off by saying that a lot of gamers are going to be disappointed. More detail as to why in my highly probable E3 prediction blog entry.
And The Wait Continues
I'm on my way to becoming a PC gamer once again. It's been nearly four years since I played ANY video game on a PC. Now I just have to wait until my laptop arrives in the mail. It's taking forever, and forever is going to take until the end of May. I was hoping to have the laptop by the time Diablo III comes out. I'm pretty stoked for this game. It's the type of game I don't know much about. Usually my most anticipated games are sequels of games I've already played before, but playing a game that isn't similar to anything I have ever played before really excites me. I also want to get Starcraft II. The closest thing to an RTS I played was Brutal Legend, and I enjoyed it, and was addicted to it for a bit of time. Usually the closest thing to strategy when I play video games is turn based JRPGs.
I want to be able to expand my horizons, and play different genres. Most of the genres I haven't played are mainly on PCs because I've been primarily a console gamer most of my life. One reason for being a console gamer is because I fear the PC. I remember playing PC games that would suck my time away so easily. I'm still afraid of that, but I cannot hold out any longer, and I must venture back in the PC world once again.
What I Played
(6.5 hours gamed)
I love JRPGs. A lot of times there is a surprise villain at the end of the game that I wouldn't expect, and then makes it so much more fun beating the final boss and finding out his or her motives behind their actions. I haven't beaten Persona 4 yet. I'm on the final dungeon. The shadows now have some very strong moves. Prior to this dungeon that I'm in, and I can't remember the last shadow that defeated me. I was beaten by a shadow for the first time in a while. I've obtained some really strong Personas through my battles, so I think I'll be more than prepared for the final battle. I plan on beating this game by the end of this month.
Once I Get A New Laptop...
I plan on doing other things besides gaming on it, of course like using Skype. I don't think the current laptop I have now can handle something like that. I can't even play HD videos on this damn thing. I might get back into MMORPGs as well. I vowed I'd never play one again, but I bought Final Fantasy XIV, and it's been collecting dust under my bed for quite some time now. I also get back into designing stuff with Photoshop. I use to be pretty good at it back in my college days. Now, I don't even open Photoshop 7 in fear of making my laptop crash. I also can't wait to use Steam. I've heard so many great things about it. I'll just need help from my gamespotting friends to tell me what's what about PC gaming, and what else I should get into.