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#1 Posted by Fleppie (200 posts) -

Got this day one and have thoroughly enjoyed it. The damn cymbal expansions can't be found anywhere here in Europe though. I want to get my pro-drumming on!

#2 Posted by Fleppie (200 posts) -

Looks like ye ol' bookcase couldn't hold ye new receiver anymore. Time for a visit to IKEA.

 My onkyo holding on for dear life
#3 Posted by Fleppie (200 posts) -

So 2 weeks ago I was kind of doing nothing at 1 in the morning when I decided to check out the virtual console offerings. I hadn't checked the releases for the last 6 months and then I found out the Final Fantasy 6 had been released! Happiness all around since this one was the last one of the big titles I was missing! I immediately bought it and checked if it was as I remembered. Now that I own Final Fantasy 6 as well, I now own all major releases of Final Fantasy. 
So now that we have established that I am a big fan and proud owner of all the titles, let's look at the problem here. The problem is that  when I look back at how many of the games I have actually played all the way through I get stuck on just 4 of em. Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy 6,  Final Fantasy 7 & Final Fantasy Tactics. (that last one I imported) All the other games I have started at some point (sometimes multiple times) and then stopped playing halfway through or even earlier. It's not that I don't enjoy these games, I am a sucker for RPG's and games with good stories. It's just that I am now in a different phase in my life.  
Final Fantasy was my very first encounter with Fantasy themes in general. I grew up in Suriname, South America so that interest came pretty late to me. Where most people got introduced to Fantasy themes by Tolkien or Dungeons & Dragons, to me it was Final Fantasy. I remember being totally engrossed by it and all my friends were into the ninja gaidens (me as well) and the horizontal/vertical shooters at the time and they just didn't my fascination with people walking forward & hitting air. But I loved it! The battles played out in my head as many movies nowadays depict and I loved the story however flimsy it was at the time.  
Then the Super nes hit and we heard about this new Final Fantasy with an insane story and the prettiest graphics ever seen. I heard that somebody got it when he visited the States and he was willing to lend me his copy for some game of mine. I cycled for 45 minutes to his house to go borrow it and played through it in a couple of days. I was 14 or so at the time. 
Fast forward a bit and it's the PS1 era. I had just moved to the Netherlands (for University) and saw all these commercials for Final Fantasy 7 and got unbelievably hyped! I pre-ordered the game without even owning a PS1. I had the thing for 1 or 2 months without even having a Playstation! When visiting my folks for holidays my dad gave me 500 guilders to buy  a PC for my studies. Guess what I blew it on...  I was still in my first year so I explored every nook & cranny of that game. Got the Knights of the Round summon and got all my characters up to level 99. (I still have that save-file somewhere) I remember coming back from dancing and having my (then) girlfriend sleep in my lap as I ground out a couple of levels.
Final Fantasy Tactics came to me in a time where I had just switched studies. Since I had passed most of the courses of the new study already I had a lot of free time on my hands and played that thing to death. I loved the strategic challenge and the story had some great twists in it, although it was a bit hard to follow the thread at times. I replayed the remake Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions when I was back home (in Suriname) for an extended period of time in 2007. I played all the way to the ending, to the part where they tell you: You won't be able to go back after this, do you want to save? And I saved OVER my original save. And then I didn't stand a chance against the last boss. 50 hours down the drain. That's how we learn right? 
What do all of these playthroughs have in common? I had loads of free time! Free time is now a big luxury since me & my girlfriend run our own business. So I just don't have the time to play through those Final Fantasies. But they remind me of a time where  a world of wonder had just opened up and I could lose myself to a different world. A reason why I still game and collect games to this day. Nowadays I find myself going to games I can quickly play for 15 minutes or half an hour max, Like Starcraft 2 or daily quests in WoW. But I'll play through these one day, even if I am already 60 and have more time on my hands!  

Final Fantasy games I own

All the Final Fantasy games I have collected over the years

1. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

Got the Platinum version of this.

2. Final Fantasy

Got the remake on the PSP. (which I really like)

3. Final Fantasy II

Got the remake on the PSP. (which I really like)

4. Final Fantasy III
5. Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls
6. Final Fantasy IV
7. Final Fantasy IX

Own this one twice. A US import version and the Playstation store one

8. Final Fantasy Tactics
9. Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift
10. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
11. Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
12. Final Fantasy V
13. Final Fantasy VII
14. Final Fantasy VIII

Own this one twice. A US import version and the Playstation store one

15. Final Fantasy X
16. Final Fantasy X-2
17. Final Fantasy XII
18. Final Fantasy XIII

For the Xbox 360 (You can see the compression in the renedered video, but I am still a sucker for those achievements)

19. Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings
20. Final Fantasy XI Online

Own this one on the PC as well as the Xbox360

21. Final Fantasy XI Online: Chains of Promathia

Own this one on the PC as well as the Xbox360

22. Final Fantasy XI Online: Rise of Zilart

Own this one on the PC as well as the Xbox360

23. Final Fantasy XI Online: Treasures of Aht Urhgan

Own this one on the PC as well as the Xbox360

24. Final Fantasy XI Online: Wings of the Goddess

Own this one on the PC as well as the Xbox360

#4 Posted by Fleppie (200 posts) -
@kalmis: Same thing here. There is something  "stiff" about the game-play. God of War is  a prime example of doing the combat nice & fluid.
#5 Posted by Fleppie (200 posts) -

One of the blurays of the life-series by BBC. Very good nature documentary. Before that the God of War collection was in there as I am playing through God of War 2.

#6 Posted by Fleppie (200 posts) -

Good to hear that I am normal. I usually can't get more than an hour a day. 5-7 hours a week and much less if it's a busy time at work. 

#7 Posted by Fleppie (200 posts) -

It's a bluray! i say they put both the original MGS as well as the Twin Snakes version on it!

#8 Posted by Fleppie (200 posts) -

I think we as human beings need both social and alone time. And since I have a very social job (which I like) I tend to be alone when I have a day off.

#9 Posted by Fleppie (200 posts) -

Music & God of War games. :)

#10 Posted by Fleppie (200 posts) -

Why would you want to stop? Don't you enjoy it anymore? Gaming has grown up since ye old days of Super Mario Bros. There are plenty games that handle mature themes and concepts, much like animation. Do you need to stop for any reason? If you use games to escape something to a point where it interferes with your life, then and only then should you stop until you get it back under control.