Still Alive

It's been quite a while since my last real blog, so I think it's about time for another one. You know, just to prove that I am still alive and playing games. :)

I'll start by listing the games I've bought since my last update. I'm only listing games I bought at retail. I also purchased a bunch of games from Steam, but those are not listed here.

  • Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica (PS2 / new)
  • Dinotopia: The Sunstone Odyssey (GameCube / used)
  • Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard (DS / new)
  • Eternal Poison (PS2 / new)
  • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (DS / new)
  • Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja Returns (DS / new)
  • Lost Kingdoms (GameCube / used)
  • Master of the Monster Lair (DS / new)
  • The Orange Box (PC / new)
  • Princess Debut (DS / new)
  • Retro Game Challenge (DS / new)
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (PS2 / new / includes Amazon-exclusive goodies)

I think that covers all my retail purchases. I hope I'm not missing any.

Since I had bought the Rockstar Collection off Steam, I played through and beat both of the Max Payne games. This means my PS2 copy of Max Payne will probably never be played. I've also found myself playing Grand Theft Auto III quite a bit, but I've only beaten a few missions.

At some point I also opened up The Orange Box and installed Portal. It was fun, it was funny, and yeah, it was short. But that just gives me more motivation to replay it, and that's fine with me.

I'm currently at the Secret Lab in Persona 4, with three Social Links maxed. It's really fun so far and has been taking up most of my gaming time.

But another game that's been taking up time recently was Retro Game Challenge, which I recently beat. It's quite enjoyable, but the challenge structure can be a bit annoying at times. Still a really good game though. The Haggle Man games are more fun than they ought to be, and I plan on playing through Guadia Quest soon.

Now there's another game that I've played that I think is worth a mention. Yes, you all know what I'm talking about. The greatest game ever made:

Princess Debut!

This all started on the Giant Bomb forums. Axersia made a page for this game I had never heard of, but the concept sounded incredible. So I created a topic pointing out the awesomeness of this game that none of us actually knew anything about. The game soon became popular, even appearing on the front page as the most popular game of the month. Someone created a topic suggesting we send a copy to the Giant Bomb guys to review. So Axersia actually called up Natsume's Vice President of Operations, and Natsume sent off a copy to the Giant Bomb offices.

Although they didn't end up Princess Debut Luchadeer soon took a liking to the game, and it can now be seen in most videos where Luchadeer makes an appearence. It even appeared in Giant Bomb's Game of the Year awards, where it garnered 16 votes. Truly that is a testament to the GB community's influence on the site and our ability to ruin awards shows.

But seriously, it's actually a pretty good game. It's like Ouendan/EBA, but with princes and an anthropomorphic rabbit.


New feature: Recommendation spam

A new feature was rolled out to today. Now whenever you vote a post up in the forums, an entry appears in your feed indicating that you've done so and the other user will receive a PM as well. Unfortunately, it's not very useful. You can't even tell which post was recommended.

If you go into your privacy settings, you can prevent it from appearing in your feed. And from the looks of it, that will also prevent the system from PMing the other user when you do it. There does not seem to be a way to prevent these PMs from being received though, so I might have to stop posting on the forums until such an option becomes available.


Make me a banner

So we've had the new site design for almost a day now, and I still don't have a banner. I think that could be a fun little activity for you guys. Make me a banner. :)
You can find a Photoshop template here, so grab the template and go nuts.


Dear Junes management

Dear Junes management:
Please install security cameras in your stores, particularly in the electronics section. I don't like the looks of those teenagers.



A new challenger approaches

The numbers don't lie. Probably.

yeah. I'm in the top 5. I'm not sure how I managed that.
Artist's rendition. Not shown: blueberries

But how 'bout those top four data contributors. They're really something. Not like that jerk Andrew.

Bet you thought you'd get a real blog entry from me. Not yet! Hopefully soon, when I feel like writing one.
Also coming "soon": I reveal my secrets to success. Enroll now! Space is limited!

Exploding penguins and a stretchy blue slime

The other day I bought:

Disgaea: Hour of Darkness (Greatest Hits) (PS2) (new, $19.99)
Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime (used, $10.79)

And by "the other day" I mean, like, two weeks ago. I would have like to get the original release of Disgaea, but at this point I'm more interested in playing the game than seeking out an original copy.

Of course, it would be way disappointing if that was all I bought in the million years since my last blog entry. And luckily, it's not. :) Here's the other stuff that I remember buying:

Alter Echo (PS2) (used)
Geist (GCN) (new)
Katamari Damacy (PS2) (used)
Max Payne (PS2) (used)
Rogue Galaxy (PS2) (new)
The Simpsons Game (PS2) (used)
SiN Episodes: Emergence (PC) (new)
Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation 2 (GBA) (new)

Oh, and a used PSOne (that's the redesigned PlayStation) with a memory card, two controllers, and three games — The Emperor's New Groove, Monsters Inc. Scream Team, and Jampack Fall 2001. Yeah, a demo disc. I didn't realize it was even in there until I first turned on the system. It's actually notable in that it's the last Jampack disc for the PS1. If that counts as being notable.

Games I beat:

Katamari Damacy
The Simpsons Game

And, uh, I guess that's it. They're all good and they're all funny in their own special way. But some are better than others. By which I mean Katamari Damacy is awesome.