kariyanine's forum posts

#1 Posted by kariyanine (217 posts) -

I don’t normally do this (that being charity work) as it is more my wife’s thing (you know to help people and stuff) but I was asked to participate in an event next Saturday (October 16th) and it is right up my alley so I couldn’t pass it up. The event is called Extra Life and it is for the benefit of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and in my case specifically for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). As some of you know CHOP is where my youngest daughter Lea was sent when at a month old (and a hefty six pounds), her body decided she should go on a diet and blocked off her stomach almost killing her. The doctors and nurses at CHOP did a great job in not only making Lea better but making sure my wife was taken care of as well. Besides curing babies of strange diseases like on an episode of House, they also do a lot of long term care for kids with terminal illnesses and they have a helicopter too (not that that has anything to do with anything but it is cool, right?).

Anyway you are probably sitting there going, hey Chris that’s great about CHOP but what actually is the Extra Life event and what are you doing for them? Well as you know I’m not the most outdoorsy person around, I hate the sun, the heat and all things that would require for an event outside. I also hate people. Mind you, not all people, I like you (I say that now as I ask you to donate money) but in general though I don’t like people. So, as I said before this event is right up my alley. Not only is it inside but it is also at my house. Now I see you scratching your heads thinking, wow Chris has reached a new all time low and he expects us to believe that this “charity” event takes place in his house… Well it does, really. Not only that but it gets more absurd. So not only does this event take place in my house, without other people around, but it also tasks me with the awesome “responsibility” to play video games for 24 hours straight starting at 8AM on October 16th. I’m looking to find a way to live stream the event and I’ll probably have people over to “help” me out (mostly by bringing me beer, chicken wings and maybe a pot of coffee at 3AM but also by playing games with me).

In any case, if you would be interested in donating $1 or more please check out http://bit.ly/dpCDYr and sponsor me. My current goal is $250 but that is just a conservative goal that I put in because I knew I could personally cover it (well my wife could as I am not allowed to have money) if I failed to entice anybody to help out. So help out if you can, don’t feel bad if you can’t and look out for news on the live stream or how to bring me chicken wings



#2 Posted by kariyanine (217 posts) -
@XII_Sniper: actually with Amazon's deals I rarely ever pay full price for a game (for example I paid $32 for Warriors of Rock).  I paid $45 for Castlevania this week and Medal of Honor is going to cost me $50.  The shipping fee is a mere dollar for release date delivery (although it was more a couple months ago) and I believe Amazon does not charge a sales tax thus I do end up saving quite a bit by being lazy.
#3 Posted by kariyanine (217 posts) -

No need to ask, they automatically refunded the shipping fee, its just that it put me in a bad spot with writing my review.

#4 Posted by kariyanine (217 posts) -
@schizogony: not all sites get review copies and writers that work for smaller independent sites (of which there are many) generally have to buy their own copies.
#5 Posted by kariyanine (217 posts) -
@intoblivion said:
" I think a dirty move is buying the exclusivity rights to the NFL and then releasing sub par games...... "
Ea buying the rights to he NFL wasn't a dirty move, it was the only move they had if they wanted to continue the Madden franchise.  The NFL wanted an exclusive deal with one company and EA won that bidding war.
#6 Posted by kariyanine (217 posts) -
@shadyspace: no worries there.  I have no intention of letting her play any non-games, at least not if I am buying it for her.
#7 Posted by kariyanine (217 posts) -

 My daughter turns seven this Wednesday and for the lat year has been asking me for a DS.  Buying her a DS is no problem whatsoever, I can probably even get her a nice little pink one.  Where the problem arises is in which game to get her for it.  As a DS owner myself I have a nice little collection of JRPGs and Mario titles and while I know she will enjoy New Super Mario Bros., I also know I'm not willing to drop another $35 on a title I already own and that she can play.

I'm currently leaning towards Pokemon Soul Silver because I already have Heart Gold and while I don't love (or particularly like) the game, it is something that I feel is simple enough for her to grasp as a video game n00b but also complex enough that I won't be insulting her intelligence by getting it for her.  It would also be a title that the two of us could play together and maybe I will find some reason to actually play it.  However there are a ton of DS titles I probably don't even know about (I'm not the biggest handheld gamer on the planet after all) and that is where you all come in.

If you were a seven year old girl, receiving her very first serious gaming device what game would you want?  Let me know and I'll maybe take your suggestions into account when I take her to buy the DS on Wednesday.

#8 Posted by kariyanine (217 posts) -

  Three fourths of of the year is nearly behind us. September marks the start of holiday season in the games industry so I did a lot of that this month. In anycase lets look back on what I've "accomplished" in the past 30 days.

Back on New Year's Day I put down a list of goals for the year, let's see how I'm doing.

1. Read 12 books this year. - I finished Mass Effect: Ascension by Drew Karpyshyn which put me at 14 books completed for the year. I'm currently working on The Age of Ra by James Lovegrove. Prognosis: COMPLETED.

2. Hit the 300 films viewed threshold this year. - I watched 27 films in September which brings me to a total of 188 on the year. I made some headway and still think this is a doable goal. Early prognosis: POSSIBLE

3. Finish Final Fantasy XII before playing Final Fantasy XIII. - I didn't play either this month again, so... Early prognosis: FAIL

4. Give Shadow of the Colossus and Rogue Galaxy a shot. - Played and finished Shadow of the Colossus this past month, Rogue Galaxy is in the on deck circle. Early prognosis: POSSIBLE

5. Hit 75,000 Gamerscore and hit 500 PS3 Trophies. - GS: 68260 Trophies: 467 Early prognosis: POSSIBLE

6. Finish Dragon Age: Origins on the PC. - Working on it. I'm about halfway through now. Early prognosis: POSSIBLE

7. Prestige twice in Modern Warfare 2. - Yeah... Um.... Stupid Goal anyway. Early prognosis: FAIL

8. Write 52 reviews (games, films, albums, books, what-have-you) . - I am currently at 44 of 52. I think I will hit this mark. Early prognosis: POSSIBLE

9. Complete more games than last year (52). - I finished four games in September and that brings me to a total of 48 on the year. I think it is going to happen. Early prognosis: VERY POSSIBLE

So far so good. We'll see how it all rolls out.

In anycase I love stats and lists so here are my statistics for September 2010.

Games Completed:

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (X360)
Forza Motorsport III (X360_
House M.D. (PC)
Halo: Reach (X360)

Games Ranked By Play Time:

Halo: Reach (X360) - 61 hours
NHL 11 (X360) - 20 hours
Guitar Hero 5 (X360) - 13.25 hours
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (X360) - 9.5 hours
Metroid: Other M (Wii) - 8 hours
Forza Motorsport 3 (360) - 6.5 hours
House M.D. (PC) - 4.5 hours
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock (X360) - 3.5 hours
Scene It? Bright Lights Big Screen (X360) - 3.5 hours
Mafia (PC) - 1.75 hours
FIFA 11 (X360) - 1.25 hours
Modern Warfare 2 (X360) - 1 hour
Rock Band 2 (X360) - 1 hour
New Super Mario Bros. (NDS) - .75 hours
DJ Hero 2 (X360) - .5 hours
Beat Hazard (X360) - .25 hours
Guitar Hero (iPhone) - .25 hours
LEGO Harry Potter (X360) - .25 hours
Pokemon: HeartGold (NDS) - .25 hours
Star Wars: Battle for Hoth (iPhone) - .25 hours
Vanquish (X360) - .25 hours

Movies Watched in September (seen in theaters in bold):

I Stand Alone
The Karate Dog
The Last Exorcism
The Andromeda Strain
Wrong Side of Town
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
Jaws 2
Jaws 3
Jaws: The Revenge
The Net
Strip Nude for Your Killer
Registered Sex Offender
Road of No Return
Decade of Disturbed
Resident Evil: Afterlife
The Wizard of Gore
Mountain of the Cannibal God
April Fool's Day
The Insatiable
Wizard of Gore (2007)
I Spit on Your Grave

And that was my September 2010. How did your month go?

#9 Posted by kariyanine (217 posts) -


So Nintendo announced the release date and pricing for the 3DS in Japan. February seems a good spot for it but the $300 price tag conversely seems mighty steep. Now a lot of people are defending the pricing stating that the tech is more than worth the price. That is debatable being as many people (including me) do not have the ability to see 3D very well and for us the 3DS is really just an upgraded version of the DS. Yes the games look fantastic but $300 fantastic? I’m not so sure about that. The other argument that people are making is that Nintendo will release at the $300 price point and allow their rabid fans to flock to the hardware like flies on fecal matter and then drop the price to what the general masses will support. Now I am by no means a Nintendo fanboy but I know some and priced at $300 this is not an early lifetime purchase for them, this is a major problem for the 3DS regardless of if people want to admit it or not.

$300 is not a mass market price tag for this device, just like $600 was not a mass market price tag for the PS3. There are going to be some that point to the iPhone or iPad and state that those devices are priced outside the mass market price point yet they sell like hotcakes. However there are two things to remember here. 1) Apple products are notoriously high priced and 2) the core base of Apple products understands point 1. The core base of Nintendo is used to having Nintendo price their products at a reasonable price. Pricing your new handheld over what your home system costs is a risky move no matter how one wants to look at it.

Another thing that many defenders of the price point seem to forget is that the core user base of the DS (at least in the US) is children. I have three kids, three kids that want a DS (my oldest daughter is going to get her first DS next week in fact). I can justify getting my kids DS Lights at $130 and splurging for a DSi for me. All four of those systems would cost me half of what it will cost for me to outfit my kids with 3DSes. How many parents are going to be in the same position? For the 3DS to be successful it needs to be able to get its core base (my kids) to get one in their hand. At $300 they won’t, at least not from me.

#10 Posted by kariyanine (217 posts) -

I like to use Amazon to buy my games.  It saves me a trip to Gamestop and I generally pay less money for my games than I would if I walked into a store and bought them on release day.   The only thing that has been holding me back exclusively is the fact that despite offering Release Day Delivery they are highly inconsistent in regards to actually fulfilling that promise.   When Metroid: Other M released it was supposed to be here on release day because I had paid the extra money to have it delivered then yet instead in showed up two days later.  Whilee Metroid: Other M could be chalked up to a one off, today they lost a lot of my confidence in their service.  
I have committed to doing the Hooked Gamers review of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and so I ordered it from Amazon selected release day delivery and today I have no game.  In fact the game has not even shipped yet.  What I have gotten from Amazon is a sorry, we're going to refund your shipping money and send it out to you soon.  Soon?  When is soon?  Will I get it tomorrow?  How about the next day? 
This puts me in a bind because I am now going to have to rush my playthrough of the game to write up the review.  Amazon, you have failed me.  I have no trust in you anymore you dirty traitorous bitch.  OK, maybe that is a little harsh but still I have little to no confidence that they are going to have Medal of Honor to me on release day and I need it that day to run a community night.  Has anyone else had issues with Amazon's supposed release date delivery?