@video_game_king: I said that I'm expecting her to fight my corner. I'm definitely not expecting her to fight it with any degree of competence. Also, that blog looks phenomenal sir. I'm looking forward to spending the rest of my evening deciphering it.
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@ravenlight: I do indeed own that version of MGS2. Now that I know the skateboarding is canon, I'll be sure to play it thoroughly!
@audiobusting: I always thought Portable Ops bridged the gap between Snake Eater and Peace Walker pretty nicely. Then again, its omission from all the collector's editions getting banded around at present hints that maybe Kojima isn't as pleased with it as I thought. Might have to look into this.
@winternet: Thanks. As far as the font goes, I haven't approached @Video_Game_King regarding the font because I'm well aware that Lunar copyright laws are a metaphorical minefield to navigate. I'm just hoping my minuscule community presence will ensure it passes under his radar. If it doesn't, I'll just default to expecting my law student sister to fight my corner.
@demoskinos: Dude, I have no idea how I missed that post of yours, but congrats on meeting your target and seeing the series through. I hope me doing this doesn't seem like I'm encroaching on your territory in any way. I guess with a franchise like Metal Gear, series-encompassing playthroughs aren't out of the ordinary, but it's still pretty weird to encounter someone on the same site who had the same idea, right down to the month-based alliteration. I'm sure my May will have nothing on your March, though - your posts are fantastic.
@mento: Thanks for the well-wishing, Mento. Also, I need to buck my ideas up and get fully caught up on yours and everyone else's blogs from the last month or so (it's not just my writing of blogs that's slipped in recent times). The new site layout doesn't make finding blogs particularly easy, and nor does it draw attention to new entries very well, but those factors aren't really an excuse.
@sparky_buzzsaw: It's well worth your time, I promise you. I'd perhaps advise finishing Anniversary first, assuming you want to see the end of that, because I'd imagine it'd be pretty difficult to go back after playing the reboot. Then you could safely skip Underworld (the weakest part of that trilogy) and move straight on to Tomb Raider.
@megalombax: I've just finished playing the first Uncharted, and I can kinda see where people are coming from with the direct comparisons at this point, although I suspect it won't be completely clear until I've played Uncharted 2. Also, thanks for jogging my memory about something I should have mentioned in the blog - the document collectibles. I love audio logs and the like in video games, so to have the extended story gradually pieced together by those served as a real incentive to explore the environments for me.
@liquidprince: Having read your comment, I think I'm going to have to come back to the game later in the year for a second run through, and to really try and avoid full-blown combat situations. It seemed like it would be a much more satisfying way of playing the game. Perhaps I just suck at staying hidden.
@tangoup: Thanks for your detailed reply. There are a few things we disagree on, but seeing as they're largely outlined in the blog itself I won't drive my opinions on those matters home a second time. I agree with you completely about some of the environments being too 'mutilated-body-parts'-heavy, and I'm glad they only constitute a small portion of the island. Skulls and bones bother me less so. I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe it's because I've played enough games of this type to think they're par for the course at this point. I also agree that the game's auxiliary characters aren't very well fleshed-out and adhere pretty strictly to action-trope archetypes, but I didn't find that bothering me too much if I'm honest - Lara's the central figure here, and I think she's handled brilliantly. I guess I would have appreciated a bit more depth to the character of Sam, though - making her a more interesting character might have made me as a player feel more eager to save her.
Not sure if the Top Men have made any tweaks since I last posted, but I've successfully deleted the list today. Don't know if this would have had any influence on the matter but I cleared all but one of the items from it, then deleted the single-item list and it's gone. Whether you site guys are behind this or not, thanks for all your efforts, for replying to me personally, and just generally being awesome.
@frobie: Still not able to delete the list, unfortunately. When I click the 'delete your list' text for this list in particular, it's still coming back with a 500 Internal Server Error. When I re-load my Lists page, it's still there. I can delete other created lists fine, but this one's still un-delete-able for some reason.
I played through the original Crash Bandicoot in one sitting last night. Primitive and simple as hell by today's standards, but there's a lot to enjoy about the purity of the platforming in that game. The bosses were pretty cool, and level design is good, albeit very unforgiving in places. Shame the gem-collecting and associated bonus stuff is so sado-masochistic for the average player, and when ignoring it the game is all too brief.
3 and a half stars.
First off, I want to thank the Top Men for getting the list editing tools back to functioning. Unfortunately I now have another list-related bug to report. Right now the site won't let me delete a list I created a few years ago, called 'Now Playing'. It's kept here. Every time I try to delete it, I end up with a 500 error. When I return to my Lists page, the list is still there. I've been able to successfully delete another list that I created more recently with no problems, but this one simply won't budge. I've tried in both Google Chrome and Internet Explorer, with no luck in either. Not sure if anybody else is experiencing similar problems with deleting older lists.
I'm not the first to say it, and I certainly won't be the last, but your homeland is a beautiful place, man. Really hope when I'm a bit more financially comfortable I can visit and save you from Invercargill. Seems like the kind of place I'd find really inspiring creatively as well. I've already pencilled in the somewhat-closer-to-home Oxford, England as my writer's retreat for this year, but maybe I can follow that up with Waiheke Island, New Zealand, 2014.
Also, apologies we haven't really spoken much recently. Hope all is cool with you and yours.
Just discovered a bug which makes it impossible to navigate a user's blog history by using the 'change page' buttons at the bottom of their blog page. Clicking any number just returns you to the first page of blogs, even though the URL's changed. To give an example, here's the default for my blog tab. If I try clicking on, for example, page 4, I get exactly the same blog posts showing up when the page loads. I'm using Google Chrome, but I've quickly checked and the bug persists on Internet Explorer as well.
I'm experiencing problems adding things to lists too, albeit not a 404 error. The site is allowing me to add items to the bottom of lists and then save, but if I try to change the position of an item within the list, when I click the Save List button, I get thrown to this page - a long-dead forum thread on the PlayStation Home page. The edits I've made to the list aren't saved, either. I'm using Google Chrome as my browser, Version 24.0.1312.57 m.