I Guess It Simply Wasn’t In The Cards.

Last week, as most of you have heard, Amazon.com was having a vote on which of four items would be up for grabs for a ridiculously low price and in limited quantities. Once I heard about an Xbox 360 being one of those items, I was determined to get myself one for a measly $100. About an hour before the Xbox 360 was to go on sale today, I was ready to snag it right as the clock struck 11am pacific time. Everything seemed to be loading fine at Amazon until about five minutes ’til the hour. At that point, the site started loading noticeably slower. In fact, every minute that passed after that point it just kept getting slower and slower. Once 11am hit, I hit F5 to refresh the page and snag my 360, but instead I was greeted with over five minutes of loading before it finally showed me the new page with the deal on it. Except, it didn’t show me the deal, instead I was faced with “This deal has sold out.” At that point I was extremely pissed off that I didn’t even get a chance to get the deal. It would be one thing to refresh the page, see the deal, click on it, and try to get it and be too slow, but this was a lose-lose situation from the start!

Soon after having Thanksgiving dinner with my family and relatives, I decided I would simply go out and get:

The moral of this story is: Trying to get a ridiculous deal on a current console may not be worth the hassle, but it sure as hell makes you want one that much more when you fail. ๐Ÿ˜›

Pick 5 – Games that make me cool (Part 2)


Hello! I’m back once again with another five games from my collection that make me cool. This is a continuation of the first Pick 5 from June.

1. Bujingai (PS2)
Not only is this a pretty good action game, but it also stars famed J-Rock star Gackt as the main character, Lau Wong!

2. Asuka 120% Burning Fest. Limited (SAT)
Females are often underrepresented in the world of fighting games, but with the Asuka 120% series, not so much, which is to say the whole game is nothing but women fighting other women with crazy action!

3. Capcom vs. SNK Pro (PS)
Not the greatest fighting game ever, but a decent one that is pretty rare and was obtained by me for a really good price!

4. Gunstar Super Heroes (GBA)
A fantastic continuation of the original Gunstar Heroes for the Genesis. You know you are cool if you own a Treasure developed shooter!

5. Sneak King (X360)
Of course, you can’t be cool unless you own the most creepy, stupid, and ridiculous game of the year! Sneak King is that game and for only $4, how can you not want to check it out?!

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The Shot To Zelda Fanboys Heard Around The World

The follow is my comment made on Dinghy_Dog’s recent Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess blog post regarding Jeff Gerstmann’s review of said game.

usagi704 from this blog post

I knew the second I saw that 8.8 score, fanboys the world over would be fuming! That’s too bad since they could be enjoying the game and not whining about someone’s O-P-I-N-I-O-N. Not only is an 8.8 a really good score for any game, but people need to keep in mind that is also isn’t a bad score either. I agreed with Jeff on some of the presentation issues it has, especially for a game series as legendary as this one is. Also, why are you so resistant to the series evolving? That is part of how it has stayed so fresh and high quality up to this point. The Zelda series didn’t become the mega series it is by not innovating and evolving.

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My Top 30 Gaming Revelations

These are my top 30 games I have played that made a huge impact on me for one reason or another.

(in no particular order)

30. Garou: Mark of the Wolves (NEO)
Best Fatal Fury game by far and one of the most balanced fighting games ever.

29. WWF War Zone (PS1)
The first truly great pro wrestling game that started a long line of great wrestling games.

28. Splatterhouse (TG16)
First game that truly scared me. The next one wasn’t until Resident Evil.

27. Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution (PS2)
The first Virtua Fighter that I really liked a lot.

26. You Don’t Know Jack (PC)
Awesome trivia game with a great sense of humor.

25. X-Men vs. Street Fighter (SAT)
The first game that I felt was truly arcade perfect for the home.

24. Super Mario Kart (SNES)
The best racing game to ever be released at that point.

23. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)
Truly proved once and for all that Castlevania is best in 2D.

22. Final Fantasy VII (PS1)
First Final Fantasy that really got me into playing RPGs again since the NES days.

21. God Hand (PS2)
First truly great 3D beat-em-up.

20. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 (PS2)
My first time playing a Tony Hawk game and realizing that these ‘extreme sports’ games can actually be good.

19. Samurai Shodown (NEO)
First amazing weapons based fighter.

18. DoDonPachi (ARC)
The shoot-em-up that made me realize how much I love these frantic, top-down shooters.

17. Katamari Damacy (PS2)
The first quirky Japanese game that I played and it opened my eyes to experiment with other like-minded crazy games.

16. WarioWare Inc.: Mega Microgame$ (GBA)
The first wacky minigames game that showed simplicity can still be a lot of fun.

15. Tekken (PS1)
My first and still most liked 3D fighting game series.

14. Dragon Warrior (NES)
The first RPG I ever played.

13. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS1)
First truly epic Castlevania game that successfully implemented RPG elements that made the game even better.

12. Die Hard Trilogy (PS1)
Proved that movie licensed games can work and work extremely well. Not to mention it incorporated three totally different genres as separate games very impressively.

11. Mega Man 2 (NES)
First great Mega Man game.

10. Super Mario Bros. (NES)
Singlehandedly created and defined the entire platforming genre.

9. Resident Evil (PS1)
Singlehandedly defined the survival horror genre.

8. Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (ARC)
Singlehandedly defined and put the fighting game genre on the map.

7. PaRappa the Rapper (PS1)
Singlehandedly created the music/rhythm game genre.

6. Guitar Hero (PS2)
The greatest music/rhythm game ever created to this point.

5. Tetris (GB)
One of the best puzzle games ever created.

4. Contra (NES)
One of the best side scrolling shooters ever. Too bad the series has yet to be good since the 2D games.

3. Mortal Kombat (ARC)
Over the top blood and gore made you pay attention and created a lot of controversy.

2. Doom (PC)
Put the FPS genre on the map and was a visceral thrill to play.

1. Half-Life (PC)
First FPS that really changed how first-person shooters were defined.

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Rock out all over again!

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Guitar Hero II

Published by RedOctane
Developed by Harmonix Music

Gameplay – 9
Graphics – 8
Sound – 10
Value – 10
Tilt – 10

9.4 Superb
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Yes, the sequel is that good! In fact, it is so much better than the first one, you might wonder how you got along without the extra modes and features this game has! Get it now!

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Ready for PS3

I am now officially ready for the next-gen onslaught, specifically the system I have made the decision to get, the Playstation 3. I purchased the Samsung LN-S2641D. It is a widescreen HDTV with all of the connections I could want at a pretty good price from Amazon.com. All I need now is my PS3, but that won’t be until next year when I can actually get one without any problems.

I can’t think of any other time when there has been such a large difference between what each console offers. This next-gen is going to be an exciting time to be a gamer…and I say…bring it on!


The Samsung LN-S2641D.


LN-S2641D displaying the Soukyugurentai title screen.

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