Hey. How's it goin'?
Can I get to the bad news now? K, sounds good.
Sorry to say, but updates are taking a hiatus until further notice. It's going to be super difficult keeping up with them once school gets going again, and I won't have much spare time, even during the weekends.
Sad news for me. Maybe for you, too. But I feel like it's for the better. I love doing these updates, but I've come to the conclusion that I should be creating more news and articles when I get the chance. Plus, I haven't really been doing anything I said I would be doing once I got the site started. Quite a shame, really. I'm still looking for a capture card, I also need some decent editing software to work with. So without that stuff, I'm shit outta luck.
And that stuff requires money. That's something I have very little of at the moment. And with school starting up again, I'll have less time to work, and... things suck.
And I just lost my ipod today, so I'm not in the most peachy mode~ Just means I'm going to have to spend more money to buy that~<3
Anyway. What I PLAN on doing from now on is publishing any news I find relevant to my interests to the site when I have free time, instead of just doing updates every Saturday. I hope you understand.
Soooo.. yeah. Things aren't super, but I'm sure they'll get better.
Also, I REEAAAAALLLY need a nice microphone. I've got a neat idea for a series I want to do, but the only game I have currently planed to do is Bastion. It's a fairly simplistic series, but it looks like a ton of fun to do. But in order to NOT get shit-quality, I need a good mic first. And a capture card. And editing software... Money!
But I want it to be high quality stuff with some nice editing. Nothing shoddy or poorly done. I believe in quality over quantity, after all. And heck, if my stuff is good, I might get a partnership. That means MONEY and SELLING OUT!!! YAAAAAY! (I would never accept a partnership that affected the content on the channel, but the way. That's just scummy.)
So I'm sorry about this being the last update for a while. I plan on doing them again, later in the future, time permitting. But for now, school and work take priority. Gotta get 'dem good grades, sun.
As a farewell gift, I give you this almighty compilation of dance scenes from movies mixed with the Safety Dance. Enjoy the video, and I'll see you later.
Let's get this shit on the road.
Ya know, not many things been happening this week.
Well, I should say not many things have been happening this week for me.
I've been dipping into Shin Megami Tensei IV and Etrian Odyssey IV every now and again. But lately, I've been sinking a lot of time into Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. After the first few hours, the game gets really addicting. But why is it addicting? I still don't know. I'll probably figure out later, but for now, I'm satisfied with fighting giant monsters who want to tear me limb from limb.
Speaking of giant monsters, the fights with them are so intense. Since I'm playing on 3DS with no online play, I have to fight everything on my own. The intense moments when you run away from a charging beast to sharpen your weapon makes the game for me. It's those little moments of intensity that go a long way.
Wait, I'm babbling about 3DS games again, aren't I? Silly me.
Perhaps I should talk about my future plans for this site. Yah, that sounds like a fine idea.
So, once I get a nice chunk of money ready for spending, I plan on putting it towards a microphone for voice recording so that I can do video updates. As for my video style, I plan on doing drawings with some minor animation much like Extra Credits and Zero Punctuation.
I'll put an example down below:
Much like that. Lots of pictures along with lots of talking. I'll have to give the style a try first, but if I like it, I plan on sticking to it.
Maybe I'll invest in a capture card and just put some talking along with me playing a game or something. I dunno. My ideas are still in the early phases.
And much like the site, I'm still trying to figure a lot of things I'm trying to do here. My time is going to be awfully restricted once August starts up, and I probably won't be posting as much as I am currently. I may as well just bump back to updating once every two weeks. Sigh, so much to do, so little time...
But hey, the days are still young, and I still have so much time to improve what I'm doing currently. As long as I stick to it, I'm sure I'll do just fine.
For now, I have to get my priorities straitened out. Schools comes first. And once I'm done with that, I'll focus on content for the site. But if I start making videos on Youtube, that'll get more people interested in my content...
I'M SO CONFLICTED RIGHT NAOW.
Uggghh... Mayhaps I should just end this update early. I don't have much to talk about. And my brain is hurting from thinking this hard about shit that absolutely doesn't matter.
I guess I'll see you all next week.
I think you know what that means.
You guessed it. It's time to sleep in and not do anything productive whatsoever while you browse the internet in nothing but your underwear.
Well, that, and you get to read my updates. I'm not sure which I prefer.
Silly, ego-boosting comment aside, let's move on to the meat of this post.
1. The Steam Summer Sale
I'm pretty sure I covered this earlier, but it's worth talking about again.
The summer sale is nearing it's end, with only two days left to go of super awesome price drops. $50 later, I've managed to buy up to 20 games, and I don't regret a single purchase.
Some of the stand-out purchases include Scribblenauts: Unlimited, Cave Story+, System Shock 2, and Torchlight 2. I won't have time to play all of them immediately, what with my 3DS begging me to finish Shin Megami Tensei IV, but I'm sure I'll get to them some day. I hope.
I was also able to nab that summer sale badge by collecting all of the cards. Pretty lackluster rewards for getting all of those cards, I'll tell you that.
But they fetched a good price over on the market, along with the extra cards I managed to scavenge.
2. Twitch.TV is Streaming Video Game Music Live
If you're a big game music advocate like I am, you'll like this next bit.
Twitch.TV, the leading website for streaming live video game playing, will be hosting a streamed version of Video Game Music Live from Comic Con for all to enjoy.
VGM Live is exactly what it sounds like. A live orchestra plays famous video game tunes for massive audiences. They play music from a wide variety of games. They include tunes from Sonic The Hedgehog
, to Portal
, and even Bioshock
. They play it all.
The stream will be available TODAY. Yes, TODAY. The pre-show starts at 6:00 p.m. and will have various musical composers as guests to talk about game music and junk. The real show starts at 8:00 p.m. and will continue until 9:00. Then there will be a short break, and the show will start up again at 9:20.
No need to buy a ticket. Just be sure to grab some popcorn and a sodie pap and enjoy the show. But be sure to hop in earlier than 6:00 depending on your time zone. The time differences will be jarring and I don't want you to miss out. Perhaps you could just keep a tab of the Twitch channel open while you do other things and then wait. That's what I plan on doing.
More details on the service are available -> HERE <-
The Twitch channel for the performance can be found -> HERE <-
3. Shin Megami Tensei IV and How it Will Kick Your Balls
So, if you've been playing Shin Megami Tensei IV like I have, you'll know that it's a fantastic game. It has excellent music, an authentic feudal Japan feel, awesome voice acting, and most of all, perfect battle feel.
It's god-damn astounding how Atlus managed to fit this huge game onto such a tiny cartridge. It's jarring, to say the least. It's really worth the $50 I payed for it. Even though it's the most expensive game on the system currently, it's a time sinking experience that I would recommend to anyone that has a 3DS.
But, if I have ONE problem with the game, just ONE itsy-bitsy problem, it would have to be the difficulty. Because holy hell, this game is unforgiving.
Unlike in other SMT titles, the enemies in this game hit hard and will not go easy on you. The same could be said for Nocturne, but I don't think that game was nearly as hard as SMT4. Enemies in this game could easily wipe out your entire team with two attacks. It's that unforgiving. But thankfully, there is a way to buy your way back into the land of the living, even if you don't have enough money. The game will allow to revive yourself with a set cost, but if you manage to die twice without paying your revival debt, it's game over.
But hey, when you die two times, the game gives you an option to switch over to easy mode, so that's nice. BUT THAT MODE'S FOR PUSSIES~~~
And speaking of the enemies, the bosses are some of the most difficult things I've ever fought in a video game. Ever. If you want to win, you'll have to exploit their weaknesses as much as possible to get extra turns if you want to even stand a chance. And that's not even including buffs and de-buffs. Oh man...
Shin Megami Tensei IV is hard as fuck, but it feels sooooo satisfying whenever you make some progress or defeat a boss that's been hassling you for a while. You have to earn your victories by fighting intelligently, unlike in other modern games.
Hope you guys like this update. Check out some other stuff on my site if you'd like. And remember, I update every Saturday.
Thanks for reading, and I'll see you later!
I'm back! And I have a working 3DS! An XL, if I might add.
Sorry 'bout the wait. The 3DS I got before this one didn't work properly, so I couldn't do an update until I had a functioning one. But now that I do have a working one, I can finally do an update!
Also, this update will be entirely about the 3DS and what I've experienced with it so far. If you don't like it, well you can... think of a clever insult to give me so that I can shout it right back to you! Hmph!
First off, I gotta say, I LOVE the look of the console. It has a nice finish that doesn't attract fingerprints like the normal 3DS and, overall, it just looks much sleeker. The tone of blue they chose also looks super sexy. All of the edges are curved, making the console much easier on your hands during those long sessions, and since the size is much larger, it feels hella more comfortable in my huge man-hands.
As for the button layout, everything remains largely the same. The d-pad and stick are still here, in great condition, and the buttons feel nice and sturdy. The Home, Select, and Start buttons have received the biggest overall change. Now, they're actually BUTTONS! And they feel as responsive as ever.
The wi-fi and volume switches are exactly the same, but they work great. The 3D slider works the same as well, but whenever you go to turn it off, you have to click it back into place. This makes sure it stays 2D and isn't effected by any slips of the hand you may have.
One of my biggest concerns with the normal 3DS is the placement of the stylus. It felt so unnatural to reach over to the left side of the console after so many years of having it on the right side. And even when you did get the stylus, it was parascoped, meaning that you could extend it to any length you choose. I never used it, and it felt pretty impractical. On the XL, the stylus is on the right side of the console and resumed it's grip-friendly surface of DS stylus past. And while a bit chunky-er, it still fits in the hands like a worn-in pencil. As is tradition with a good DS stylus.
And let's not forget about the screens. Holy hell, they look awesome! When compared to the normal 3DS, the size-comparison is uncanny. What it says on the box is true; the screens were increased in size by 90%. The comparison isn't really apparent unless you compare both consoles in person, but it's a big difference. After playing Luigi's Mansion on here, you'll never want to go back to those tiny-ass screens.
Alright, I'm done gushing about the design.
Now, let's talk about the software.
This stuff included with the XL are what you would usually find in a smart phone nowadays; you get a camera, web-browser, and a music player. Aside from that, you get some 3DS exclusive stuff, like Mii makers, download play, stat tracking, a pedometer (yeah, a pedometer), a note swapper, and some apps to demonstrate the functions of the 3DS like Face Raiders and the AR Card Games
Basically, stuff I would never use. Thankfully, it doesn't force you to use any of it.
The thing I like about the 3DS is that it's basically an upscaled DS. It has more graphical power as well as better internet functionality. And it encourages social interaction by use of the streetpass program, which trades Miis and in-game things like characters in Fire Emblem with other people you pass on the street. I think it's a cool feature, and I think plenty of convention goers love it.
The hardware in the 3DS is incredibly solid, and I love how it's all set up. It looks nice and it works nice. What more could I ask for?
Can I talk about the games naow? Oh goodie goodie!
So, I purchased three games with my Xl; them being Etrain Odyssey IV, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor - Overclocked. All JRPGs.
Out of all of them, I've played Etrain Odyssey the most. It's a JRPG that plays like a classic, western RPG. It has you exploring different mazes and caves to kill monsters, retrieve loot, complete quests, and the like. It also focuses heavily on cartography, or map making. Every time you explore a new dungeon or floor, you have to explore all of it's nooks and crannies to fully complete your map. This is best part of the game for me, actually. I don't know why, but I find it so enjoyable.
It also involves a lot of micromanaging, much like the Disgaea games. And I love me some micromanaging.
There's something else I love about the game that's very minor, and it's the character designs. The girls look super adorable and the guys look incredibly rugged and adventurer-ish. Again, minor, but I just love them.
Fire Emblem: Awakening is a sight to behold. The anime cutscenes for the game look stellar, and the strategy gameplay stays true to Fire Emblem formula. And they even kept the pixel versions of every character on the field map, and they all look crisp as hell. Also, the relationship system where you pair up fighters on the field to improve how they fight is a neat feature that allows for a lot of experimentation when building characters. I really like the game. After all, it is what made me buy the 3DS. Well, that and Smash Bros. 4, but don't tell anyone I said that. >->
And lastly, we have Devil Survivor - Overclocked.
To be completely honest here, I've only played an hour of the game. I've been sinking in all my time into Fire Emblem and Etrain Odyssey.
But what I've played so far, Overclocked has the same demon summoning goodness I get from all of the other SMT games, and the story is really drawing me in. The strategy gameplay works really well, too. And having every event voiced is awesome. For an updated DS game, this game still holds it weight among other 3DS titles. I can't wait for Devil Survivor 2 - Break Record to hit the 3DS later on.
And those are just the three games I bought with the system. I plan on getting a bunch more once they go down a bit in price a bit. Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Mario Kart 7 look extremely fun, and Kingdom Hearts 3D is calling me with it's great combat and story that makes no sense whatsoever. And then there's Monster Hunter 3, which I'm sure I would put hundreds of hours into. And that's not even the entire list of games I plan on buying. And then I'm picking up Shin Megami Tensei IV tomorrow...
There are soooo maaany goood gaaaaames....
Yeah, 3DS has a lot of games. Unlike the PS Vita, where I bought it to play Uncharted, Gravity Rush, and Persona 4: Golden and then never touched it again.
...I think I'm out of things to say about the 3DS. Quite a shame. This thing really is something to talk about.
Bottom line is, I love this thing. It has tons of great games to play and I can see myself playing this for years to come.
Banana out of 4 expo markers. Buy one.
So yeah, get a 3DS because it's awesome and stuff. Okay.
I ALSO HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT TO MAKE.
From here on out, I will be making updates every weekend from now on, instead of every weekend.
I hope you're happy, you sick fuc-
THANKS FOR READING! SEE YOU NEXT WEEKEND!
Holy balls, sorry for the three-day-late update, gais. I totally lost track of time.
I feel like I should have more of an excuse, but even I don't look at my site as much I should.
(Oh yeah, just as a heads-up, I'm trying something new to divide sections of the updates. I wanna try it out and see how well it works.)
Part 1: New Anime
So, I've been watching Bakemonogatari lately, and I'm really enjoying it. If you don't know what Bakemonogatari is, it's an anime about a guy who helps cute girls with their paranormal and other-worldly problems. It's based on the light-novel series written by Nisio Isin, who is one of Japan's most celebrated writers. Now, I've never read any of his stuff, but if the quality of Bakemonogatari's script is any indication of his writing prowess, then he must write some pretty great shit.
The show is broken up into multiple short stories, each story focusing on a new girl with a new problem that must be resolved. From what I've seen so far, the stories are extremely well-written and have an excellent mix of drama, mystery, and paranormal themes in every episode.
The animation style is a bit jarring at first because it uses a lot of jump-cuts, but once you get past that, it's beautiful. Shaft really outdid themselves with this one. The characters have a red outline that really helps them stand out from the backgrounds. Speaking of the backgrounds, they're also beautiful. Everything has a really nice, clean look to it and the environments themselves emphasize a warm color scheme. And some times, the imagery is eerily reminiscent of Mirror's Edge, with it's use of strong primary colors and Utopian feel.
I'm sorry, but it's just beautiful.
If you have some free time and don't mind some mature themes, go give it a watch. I highly recommend it.
Part 2: It's Summer Time - Get Ready For The PSN Summer Sale
Oh yeah. Here's something I'm looking forward to. This week, PSN is having a huge sale on some of it's best titles. And if you have PS+, then you get even more of a discount!
Some of the titles of interest are:
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: the Game- Regular Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $3.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $2.00
Shadow of the "Motherfucking" Colossus - Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00
Ratchet & Clank Collection - Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $14.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $7.50
Mortal Kombat - Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00
Prince of Persia Forgotten Sands - Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $7.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.00
Holy discounts, Batman! Look at dem PS+ prices! Seriously, look at them!
If you're not buying Shadow of the Colossus for $5, then you need to have your brain checked. It's one of the best PS2 titles available in HD and is an unforgettable experience.
And then you have Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game. It's a great game that stays true to the source material of the graphic novels, but the difficulty can be a bit out there. I'd suggest running though it with some buddies on couch co-op, or you can try the newly added online multiplayer. And don't let me forget to mention the kick-ass soundtrack by Anamanaguchi.
Welp, looks like that's all I have to talk about for now. I'll be sure to update on a Saturday next time. Promise. ~<3
See you guys next time!
I know it hasn't exactly been two weeks yet, but my last update was on a Tuesday and that really throws me off. I think I'll stick specifically to Saturdays for updates from now on. I hope that's cool with you.
Now that that's out of the way, let's talk about what's been going on.
E3 is finally done and there were many incredible games shown off in that three day period.
Firstly, we got Project Spark
. A sort of... advanced version of Little Big Planet
, that gives the creator tons of options and unique styles to create their own games. It looks like a really neat title, but I doubt I'll be picking it up. Maybe I'll get it once I have a decent enough PC. I'm sure tons of great little titles will come from that.Transistor
, the new title by Bastion
developer, Supergiant Games looks incredible. They're keeping the top-down perspective of Bastion
and putting you into a futuristic world full of robots. And the main character is a singer gone rouge who fights with a big sword. What's not to like?
And then we have the best game ever made in existence ever: Octodad: Dadliest "MOTHERFUCKING" Catch.
Seriously, Octodad is gonna be the fucking bomb.
Basically, the premise of Octodad is that you play as an Octopus who has somehow worked his way into a human family and you have to maintain your disguise as a human by doing every tasks such as mowing the lawn and putting China dishes on a table. But here's the catch: You have to do all of these things using your octopus legs. Think QWOP, but with an octopus. That means a simple task like walking or taking out the trash can become incredibly difficult. This is certainly the funniest game I saw at E3, and I can't wait to play it on PS4.
Alright, I think I'm done talking about E3 for now.
Who wants to talk about The Last of Us
I know I do.The Last of Us
is good. Really good. Naughty Dog has truly outdone themselves yet again. The game is gorgeous, Troy Backer and Ellen Page have work perfectly as Joel and Ellie, and the combat is some of the most intense I've ever experienced in a game.
I won't be digging into story details because I'm not all that far, but I kinda want to talk about the gameplay.
Like I said, the combat is very tense and nerve-wracking. Being thrown into squad of military soldiers with nothing but a few bullets for your revolver, a brick, and a molotov cocktail makes for some great moments and really helps sell the vibe of hopelessness that the game gives off. These moments are some of the best the game has to offer, and there is no shortage of them.
Another thing I like about The Last of Us
is how much it draws for inspiration from the Resident Evi
l games, mainly Resi4
. I love how you can upgrade your weapons from the scarp you've collected and the zombies actually feel like they are a threat, making the game feel more like a survivor horror title than a third person shooter. The survival horror aspect is only supported by the zombie type known as Clickers. Clickers are blind zombies that use echolocation
-like Bats- to find their prey with their enhanced hearing abilities. They make a clicking noise that is sent out through the environment, and if the noise bounces off of something like a moving human, that gives them the location of the prey and lets them chow down on nice, tasty flesh.
The moments where you're stuck with what seems like 6+ Clickers in a room really make for extreme life or death moments, because if a Clicker knows your location, it's either die from their one-hit kill or shoot them quickly. Sweet jesus, these guys scare the shit outta me. The encounters can be a bit tedious when you aren't being patient enough, but they're great nonetheless.
Although, I still have some problems with the game. The AI for your partners can be kinda silly during stealth portions of the game. While in cover, sometimes your partners can be right in the enemies line of sight and it still won't break the alarm. And when your partners are talking during Clicker encounters, that really breaks my immersion. Clickers can hear that, ya know.
Those are just nitpicks, but I've also had one or two graphics issues with the game as well as the game not allowing me to progress forward due to an unfinished conversation between Ellie and Joel.
But even after all those things, I would still recommend this game to anyone looking for a great post-apocalyptic story with some excellent story telling and atmosphere. Great game. 6/5. I'll most likely have a review up once I finish it.---
Anyway, I think it's time for me to hit the hay. Thanks for reading, and I'll be sure to put out another update in two weeks.
See ya next time!
Sup, guys. It's been two weeks now, hasn't it? Guess that means it's time for an update.
Not much has been happening here on the site. I posted two news deals in the gaming section. One news piece for Double Fine's Massive Chalice kickstarter, and another for EA ditching online passes. I'd say it's been a good two weeks.
As for other stuff I need to get done for the site, I'm working on a few things in the anime section right now. One of the new things is almost ready, so it shouldn't be too long until it's out for your reading pleasure. I also need to start the Samurai Champloo review. There's no telling when that'll be out.
Oh, yeah! That's right! I might also write something about the new RWBY series premiering on Rooster Teeth. It's looking pretty good. If you don't know what RWBY is, I'll just post a trailer down below so that you can get a gist of what the show will be about. Be forewarned: It's extremely bad-ass. And don't take it seriously. It's over-the-top as all hell.
*WATCH THIS BITCH IN THE HIGHEST QUALITY POSSIBLE FOR THE BEST EXPERINCE*
The trailers for the rest of the cast have already been released, and the show is nearing it's premier. The stunning animation work is being done by Monty Oum, the guy that does all of the CG battle sequences in Red vs. Blue, so it should be one hell of a show. Get hype.
And now for a little personal news.
I've recently been getting back into digital art. And thanks to my newly made tumblr, I now have a place to post my doodles that isn't deviantart. That place fucking scares me.
I'm not really any good at arting, but if you would like to look at my doodles, just go ahead and head over to my tumblr.
Also, if you have any questions, I have an ask box always open on my tumblr as well, so feel free to ask any questions you have.
I think that's about it for now. Now, if you'll excuse me, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is waiting for me on my PS3.
I'll see you all in two more weeks with another update. Have a good time until then, and be sure to enjoy the video I put below.
Silly Picture: ✓
How long has it been since I posted my rough agenda? A month now? Eh, probably something close to that.
Anyway, how's it goin'? Good I assume? That's good. Yeah.
So, it just occurred to I have a blog. And blogs are meant to be written in. And stuff. So that's what I'm doing. I'm going to try and update my site every two weeks or so. That way, I'll be pushing out a decent amount of content every now and again. And I'll also be making reviews and news in between updates so that there will be more stuff to read.
Alright, so.. Update.
What have I been doing as of late?
I've been watching some anime. Mainly Samurai Champloo and Ouran High School Host Club, both of which can be found on Netflix. I find both to be quite enjoyable, but Ouran Host Club is probably the best of the two. When I went into Ouran Host Club, I originally thought it would just be a senseless man-service show with boys that were kinda gay but were not going full on yaoi.
I wasn't wrong about the man-service and partial yaoi, but Ouran is much more than that; It actually really tugged at my heart strings with the wonderful characters and obtuse amount of well-executed visual gags and jokes. The dub is all kinds of perfect and I would just recommend this show to anyone if they're looking for a good laugh. I plan on doing reviews for Samurai Champloo and Ouran Host Club later on.
Honey is the best Host Club member. I mean, just at look how friggin' adorable he is!
So... what have I been working on for the site?
Well, I've got a few games reviews in the works but they won't be out until I actually finish the games. I might even work on a few more for games that I've completed a long time ago, but that's still debatable.
I just wrote that Xbone reveal article and I feel like it turned out pretty well for my first real "news" article. I just want to get it out there that the Xbone isn't a gaming console by heart. It's a corporate greed machine that only wants to appeal to casual market. The casual market being people that want to watch TV on a game console and those who only play the new Call of Duty and Madden every year.
I don't want to talk about the Xbone anymore.. It makes me bummed out.
Anyway, I think that's enough for now. I plan on updating again later in about two weeks or sooner. Thanks for reading and I'll see you later.
Alright. So. This is a website now. Whoa. I haven't the slightest idea of where to begin. Do I write a review of a game that I've been playing recently? Do I talk about what anime I have been watching and if I think it's any good? Decisions, decisions...
Well, let's make it clear: I'm definitely in no rush to push out new stuff, that's for sure. I need to start out slow so that I don't overwhelm myself.
Since I'm just starting out, I thought it might be a good idea to come up with a rough agenda of what to do in the future. It's not a very robust list, but it's a start.
- Review of: Persona 4
- Review of: Eden of The East
- Various news reports
- What Anime I am watching
- One or Two game suggestions for the "Check This S**t Out!" section
Remember, this is just a rough agenda for the future. I won't be following this thing point by point. I just thought these suggestions would help me get an idea of what I should push out in the future.
This is going to be fun, I can tell. Wish me luck!