Just making a short little blog post here. Not going to attach this to the forums because this is mainly self advertising. Lately I have been doing a lot of streaming and it's been a blast. I have played around with it before, but just a few weeks ago I have started doing it more often. Of course I just started so the presentation and many other things are professional.
Right now all I really can do is stream from my PC so I will mainly be playing whatever my PC can run. PC games, emulators, etc. Right now I'm playing through Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix (Emulator or course) with the English Patch and it's been great fun.
If you feel like watching me fail at video games and hear me say the F word a lot (and I mean a lot) then why not stop by!
The stream can be found over at Twitch TV (http://www.twitch.tv/jjor64). I usually stream late nights. Usually around 11:00 PM CST due to work and all that shizz. I try to post stream updates on my Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/jjor64) as well if I decide to not stream or if the stream is having problems like internet going out, etc.
Well, I guess that's it. Sorry for the shameless advertising, but hey, you gotta spread the word some how.
Thought I would make this little blog about this game my buddy and I found last night and spread the word about it.
The game is called Avatar Adventurers Online for XBL Indie Games. AAO is an "MMORPG" developed by Squarebananas. And I put MMO in quotes because it's not a true MMORPG. You can kinda think of it like Phantasy Star. While the game does have online, you can only connect to 15 other people at once.
Like the title insists, you use your Avatar while you play the game in this MMO like setting. Just like other MMOs, you go around getting quests, gain levels, etc. Your typical MMO stuff. Here is a video showing off the very beginning of the game.
It's really neat to see Squarebananas make a game like this for the Indie Game service. I would love to see them support this game and give it life by spreading the word. For a measly 240 MS Points ($3), you can't go wrong with it. It's easily the most impressive Indie Game I have seen to date.
So I made quite the accomplishment with this game today.
Holy crap, that's a lot of game time put into a fighter. This is the most time I have ever put into a video game before and it's quite amazing. Playing for over 1000 hours (counting the original SF4 as well) makes quite the difference in skill.
I've had my 3DS for over 24 hours now so I thought I would through together a quick impressions list of the things I like and don't like about the games I have and the hardware itself.
Actually surprised how good the 3D is. I was one of those guys who thought I would never use the 3D that much at well. Then I tried it out and seen how cool it is. The depth it adds is more significant then I thought it would be. Ridge Racer 3D at max 3D is the most mine blowing thing I have seen yet on the console.
The system had a very hefty weight to it that I like. It's not super heavy, but it's heavy enough to feel good in my hands.
The Circle Pad feels really good. I feel like I'm in control when I use it unlike the PSP nub.
Taking 3D pictures is cool and they actually look really cool when taken right.
While the AR Games and Face Raiders may get old fast, at least they are built into the system for free and that's a nice addition.
I'm surprised how the friends list works. Once you get your friends set up right, it's like a mini version of Xbox Live. You can see what your friends are playing and send them messages. It's mind blowing for a handheld.
Really like the Home Menu. It's nice and simple. Just what you want from a handheld system made by Nintendo. It's also nice that you can access it in-game.
Not a fan of the location of the stylus. It's like the old phat DS where you put the stylus in the back. It really grinds my gears is that it's on the left hand side and not the right hand. I'm right handed and it would have been nice on the right. What they should have done is did it the same way the DSi did it, have it on the right side of the system where it's easy to take out and put back in.
Really wish the Start and Select buttons weren't in the middle of the system. I wish it was in the lower right hand side or left hand side of the system. At least the games I have lets you pause the game with the select button.
The cameras are the same quality as the DSi, which isn't a good thing. Both cameras on the back and the one on the from are a measly 0.3 megapixels. My old crappy cell phone I used to use had a better camera.
Wish the depth slider worked for the 3D pictures that you have taken. It's either 3D on or 3D off. No level of 3D to choose from.
There are still friend codes.
Wish the battery life was better. Think god I'm always near a wall socket when I play this thing since I don't travel at all anymore.
Bummed the eShop and the internet browser aren't at launch.
Ridge Racer 3D
Yo dog, it's Ridge Racer. RIIIIIIIIIIIIDGE RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACER!! Plays like the other games which is good if you are a fan of the series.
The soundtrack is good. It has some old tunes and some new tunes (I think) which go with the game great.
The environments look really good, especially in 3D.
The main mode seems like it might have a solid length to it. It's fun to go through it and get further and further. Definitely the longest 3DS game I own at the moment.
Yo dog, it's Ridge Racer. The main gameplay hasn't changed one bit since the last major game, Ridge Racer 7. It would have been nice to see something new to the gameplay besides the one button drift, which I wont use. If you are a first time Ridge Racer player, then it wont bother you at all because it's your first Ridge Racer experience.
Wish there were more new tracks.
While the environments look good, the car models don't look good.
No online play. This is the year 2011 and a racing game with no online play is unacceptable.
The game is really color full and the world looks great, especially in 3D.
While the missions can be a little straight forward, they are fun to play.
The aircraft are fun to use.
There are only two modes of gameplay, both of which seem like there wont be much replay value once completed.
This game would have been great with online. Just flying around with friends or competing in missions would have been fun.
Wish the characters from Pilotwings 64 were in the game. Those guys were great.
Super Monkey Ball 3D
The graphics look great and colorful.
The main game mode is still fun to play.
It's fun using the motion controls for the main game.
From the looks of it, the game seems a bit short. At least there are some collectables which may help lengthen the game.
From what I've played, the main game seems like it will be a cake walk.
The other game modes aren't that great. One is a bad Mario Kart clone and the other one is a bad Super Smash Bros. clone. They could be fun with other players, but they get old fast by yourself.
I am enjoying the system. The hardware itself is great with a few set backs and the games are fun. Now I just hope Nintendo and 3rd Parties put out great games for this thing often and not in long stretches.
Well, there you have it. Hope you enjoyed reading up my 24 hour impressions. BYE BYE!!
For some odd reason, Ridge Racer 3D was released today. For shits and giggles, I thought I would compare the game cases of the 3DS and DS. I'll compare it with the Pokemon White case. Pictures taken with my DSi.
Now I get the stare at the case till Sunday. HURRY UP SUNDAY AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH! Also, I wish my GameStop was doing a midnight release for it. I guess opening early is better then nothing I guess.
EDIT: Just noticed this:
Ok, I will type out what this says. Shitty DSi camera...
...THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS TECHNICAL PROTECTION MEASURES. USE OF AN UNAUTHORIZED DEVICE OR ANY UNAUTHORIZED TECHNICAL MODIFICATION TO YOUR NINTENDO 3DS SYSTEM, WILL RENDER THIS GAME AND/OR YOUR SYSTEM UNPLAYABLE.
So I finally got around to playing Kinect. Like most people, Kinect Adventures was my first Kinect experience. So what did I think about it? It was OK. The Kinect sensor worked better then I thought it would and I was impressed. Not a fan of the Kinect menu navigation. Would rather have the option of using a controller to navigate in game menus. At least you can use the guide with a controller.
So why does Kinect Adventures hate me? Well, take a look at these.
Oh god... KINECT, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME!?
Also, this happened...
So it's official. Kinect Adventures made me a dumbass. I HATE YOU KINECT ADVENTURES!!
Once upon a time there was this guy named Scott Pilgrim. He is some lazy dude from Toronto. One day he meets this chick Ramona Flowers, but to keep dating this he he must defeat her 7 evil ex-boyfriends.
THAT'S IT! THE END /blog
OK, the blog isn't over yet. If you don't know what Scott Pilgrim is about, that's the basic jist of if.
Last night (well, technically really early this morning) I finished reading the series. This will be a short little blog talking about what I liked and didn't like about it.
Things I Enjoyed
Holy crap, there are lots of characters. Surprisingly, they are all excellent.
The comedy is spot on. Constant laughs through out. Sex jokes to video game jokes, they will make you giggle.
Loved the cartoony/manga art style. Totally fits with it.
All the video game stuff was totally rad. You just get a big grin on your face when you know the references or when it randomly feels like a game.
Was surprised the romance stuff in it was actually good and interesting. Lots of crazy relationship stuff.
Things I Didn't Enjoy
Every once in a while the pacing felt kinda weird. When you think something should happen or there should be a little more, it just moves on. For the most part it wasn't a problem.
If you are looking for a new comedy/action/romance comic to read and don't mind some video game stuff thrown in there, you should totally check this out. It's a series that is just plain fun and a blast.
BUY IT NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I guess I could talk about Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game while I'm at it since I finished it a few days ago.
I enjoyed the levels in the game. There were really fun and unique. The 16-bit art style in the game was fantastic. Since the game plays like an old school game, might as well make it look old school. I'm really surprised at how close the game was with the comics. While I was reading it there were moments were I was like "Holy shit, that's totally in the game in some form" and I got a grin on my face. Some minor things here and there and also you get the picture of why the levels in the game were there. Of course there were some things in the game that weren't in the comics, but hey, that's common with licensed games.
The worst thing about the game is that there is no online play. Are you kidding me? A game like this in this day in age and there is no online play? That was Ubisoft's biggest screw up with the game. The best thing about the game was the soundtrack. Easily one of the best original soundtracks of the year. Here are a couple songs from the game:
In a nutshell, the game can be fun with others, but it can get a little stale by yourself. Still, I had fun with the game and will get the DLC when it comes out on Xbox 360.
Well, that's the end of this blog. Go buy the comics and at least try the demo of the game before you buy it. See you on the flip side!
P.S. I have not seen the movie yet.
UPDATED ON NOVEMBER 27, 2010
I finally seen the movie last night. My thoughts? It was alright. Nothing mind blowing.
Thought the movie was a little too fast paced. If you don't know anything about Scott Pilgrim, you might go "What the fuck?" a lot while watching it. The fight scenes were OK. The actors in the movie were decent. Michael Cear (spelling?) was an alright Scott. The other actors did what they had to do with their parts. The comedy wasn't anything mind blowing for since all the jokes were from the comics, for the most part so I knew they were coming.
Overall, it's an OK movie that should be at least seen once. If you like Scott Pilgrim, it's worth seeing to see how it adapts too the big screen. If you want to get into Scott Pilgrim, skip the movie and read the comics.