It's been a while

Honestly, I decided to do this because of the quest thingy :P  Anyways, it's been almost 2 years now, and I'm now a 1LT in the U.S. Army.  I'm currently deployed in Afghanistan, and I'm spend my free time either playing games, talking to family at home, or surfing the net (like Giant Bomb).
 
I may write more, but who knows :P

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Just some YouTube videos

I don't usually post blogs, but I recently started watching a lot of Youtube videos (way more than usual), and I have come across many funny videos that I really enjoyed.  Why am I watching a lot of Youtube videos all of the sudden?  It's basically because I HAVE A 20 PAGE PAPER TO WRITE, AND CAN'T GET MY HEAD AROUND IT.  This is basically procrastination at its finest.  Anyways, this post will basically list a few videos that I like, as well as some Youtube Channels that I have decided to subscribe to.

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Gah....Procrastination!

It's 10:13PM on a Tuesday night, and I still have not started writing my paper for my Capstone course that is due tomorrow.  What is keeping me from doing my paper?  I'll tell you:  1) I am still a bit worn out from the gym  2) I am addicted to both Facebook and Giant Bomb  3) I keep playing Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo: HD Remix and 4) I keep contemplating going to Wal-Mart to get Guitar Hero: Metallica (even though I only have enough money for rent).  I was busy watching TV (still procrastinating), and I came across the two Guitar Hero: Metallica commercials.  I must say this....Brilliant!   I am a huge college fan, so it's cool to see Bob Knight, Coach K, Rick Pitino, and Roy Williams trying to play Guitar Hero.  To make the commercial even more genius, they have Bob Knight throwing a set of Guitar Hero Drums at Metallica; just like when he threw the chair onto the court during a 1985 Indiana Hoosiers/ Purdue Boilermakers game.  Classic moments made even better.  I also loved how, in the other commercial, Metallica ties up the athletes from the GH: World Tour commercials, with James Hetfield (lead vocals of Metallica) saying, "You really thought we would let them prance around in our commercial?  I think NOT! [accompanied by the house exploding]"


  
  
  

On top of my procrastination.......okay, there's nothing else.  Oh well, at least I know that I am so good at procrastination that I know that I will get my paper done in time to turn it in....and still get an "A".  I have those kinds of ninja skills.

I'm still playing the same old games......that's how life goes when you spend all your money on booze.  It's a good thing I'm pretty content with my collection right now.
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FTX ---- PSP

This weekend, I will be participating in a Field Training Exercise (FTX) for my Army ROTC program.  Since I am now a fourth year cadet, and about to graduate from college, I will be busy with coordinating logistics and ensuring that each training exercise this weekend has its proper equipment, as opposed to actually doing the training.  In summary, I will have to bring my PSP in order to get my gaming fix, if I even have time to do it.  Unfortunately, I havn't gotten a new game for the PSP since God of War: Chains of Olympus and Monster Hunter Freedom 2.

Anyways, this intro leads to the games I am looking forward to getting to help make my PSP more playable as a gaming system, since I mostly use it for listening to the Giant Bombcast through RSS and playing Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max.

Games That I Have, But Havn't Finished

Before I get new games, I should probably finish some of the great games I already have.....

Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
-  I got this when it first came out, but I just havn't been able to stay interested in the game.  By the time I have the motivation to play the game again, I have forgotten what the game is about.  I think I have played through the first two hours of the game like....3 times.  It's a great game, and I love the gameplay and graphics.  I'll get around to beating it, it will just take some patience (Even though I enjoy Metal Gear Solid games, I seem to always quit in the middle of them...)

God of War: Chains of Olympus- I got this game with the Red Kratos PSP.  I replaced my old PSP because 1) I love the color Red, and 2) I wanted a Slim PSP.  I played through half of the game, but I ended up loaning my PSP to my ex-girlfriend, and therefore never finished the game.  Great graphics and gameplay, but the storyline was not very captivating.  Still, I would like to finish the game someday....

Games I Want, But Can't Afford (Due To My College Budget)

I love the PSP, and I know that Sony is finally convincing 3rd Parties to invest into the system, such as companies like EA and Square Enix.  But, since I am a starving college student who should (keyword: should) be studying and writing papers, I don't have the money to buy these great games.  However, I can still wish to play them until I actually buy them :D

Resistance: Retribution
- I love shooters, especially games like Gears of War and Call of Duty.  However, the PSP has been relatively disappointing in that department.  With the exception of MGS:PO, I have not really liked the gameplay mechanics of most shooters.  However, based on Brad's quicklook on the game, it got me stoked about the possibility of a good shooter that isn't too restricting.  I liked Goldeneye for the N64, and I remember I didn't have a problem with the auto-aim, so I think I will enjoy this game.  Plus, I think I like the apocolyptic theme.

Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero?- The concept of this platformer is just...hilarious.  Exploding penguins that end almost every sentence with dood?  That's like...awesome and cute at the same time.  I love good platformers, and especially ones that are difficult.  Although the gameplay looks different, the difficulty of Prinny looks to be like Alien Hominid.  I can't wait to get my hands on this game and take it for a test spin.  The only thing I have to get past is the seemingly annoying voice acting, but that's what the mute button is for :P

LocoRoco 2:  I loved the first one......I know I will love the second one.

MLB 09: The Show - I love baseball games, but it seems like the 2K series of baseball games are just dull....  I have an Xbox 360, not a PS3, but the best MLB game is only on Sony systems.  So, what better way to get my baseball fix than to get it for the PSP?  Plus, it's portable and I will be able to play the game an inning at a time if I choose to, instead of having to beat the other team in one sitting.

Games I Want, But Isn't Out Yet


I'm looking forward to later this year, mostly because 1) I will have lots and lots of money since I will be working, and 2) Great PSP games are coming out.

Dissidia: Final Fantasy-  This game is amazing!  I tried this game out on my friend's PSP, and it is absolutely astonishing that the PSP can produce such beautiful graphics.  I love how each protagonist from each Final Fantasy is in the game, as well as each antagonist.  It's also cool to see there will actually be a storyline, instead of just being a plain old fighting game.

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona- I never played any of the Persona games, and I don't have my PS2 anymore to play Persona 4.  But after watching the endurance run, I want to take the series for a spin.  I like the different path Persona takes on RPGs, since I'm getting pretty tired of Fantasy RPGs (except for FF, of course :P).

Rock Band: Unplugged- I love Rock Band!

Well, that post was a lot longer than I anticipated.  I would also like to see some more PSN games on the PSP, such as Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo: HD Remix.  I also wish games like Castle Crashers was on the PSP, but I'm happy with what's coming out this year.  I love the PSP, and I hope it continues to grow (or the PSP 2 comes out and has everything the iPhone has.....and I mean EVERYTHING! + Games).
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Japan defeats Korea in the World Baseball Classic, 5-3

Wow, that was quite possibly the most exciting baseball game I have ever watched.  Japan has just defeated Korea to win the '09 World Baseball Classic Championship, which made its way into extra innings and ended with Ichiro pulling the Japanese team ahead of the Koreans with a single that brought in two runs.  I am of Japanese decent, and therefore was rooting for Japan to win the World Baseball Classic.  Of course, I am also a huge fan of Japanese players, such as Ichiro Suzuki and Daisuke Matsuzaka.  I was hoping that Japan would meet the US in the WBC Finals, but I think that the scenario that occured was way more exciting than what I had initially hoped. 

Japan entered the World Baseball Classic as the defending champions of the '06 World Baseball Classic, as well as the dominating threat going into this years tournament.  Korea entered the tournament as the Gold Medalists of the 2008 Summer Olympics.  With the exception of the slight publicity of Japan being defending WBC champs, both Asian teams were overlooked by the US media due to its interest in the US National Team and the other Latin American teams, such as the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.  In the games leading up to the WBC Final, Japan and Korea played each other a total of four times, and both won two games against each other.  These match-ups helped reinforce the rivalry of the two teams.  However, both teams were undefeated against every other team they faced.  Japan successfully defeated China, Taipai, and Cuba twice.  Korea defeated China, Taipei, and Mexico. In the semi-final match-ups, Korea destroyed Venezuela 10-2 and Japan defeated USA 9-4.  Once again, Japan and Korea were going to face-off, this time for the Championship.

The World Baseball Classic Final was one of the more exciting baseball games I have ever seen.  The fans were wild, more wild than most college football stadiums.  Every fan was on their feet, waived their flags with pride, slapped thunder clappers together, and cheered their respective teams on.  There were even fans dressed up for the game, cosplay style.  The atmosphere was so hectic that the camera was shaking.  The closest atmosphere that I could possibly imagine to be close to as crazy as this one would be a post-season game between the Yankees and Red Sox.

However, the game matched the atmosphere.  Japan had many chances to run away with the game, having base hit after base hit.  Of all the opportunities to score, Japan only cashed in 3 runs heading into the 9th inning.  Korea, which was only down 2-3, shocked the Japanese defense when Japan gave up a single to the left, lifting the Koreans to a 3-3 tie and driving the game into extra innings.  In the top of the 10th of extra innings, Japan dominated the inning when Ichiro Suzuki drove in a 2- run single to bring the score to 5-3.  Korea was unable to match the momentum in the bottom of the 10th, thus bringing the Japanese their second consecutive World Baseball Classic title.

In addition to the Japanese winning back-to-back titles, Daisuke Matsuzaka earned the honor of WBC MVP for the second consecutive tournament.  Daisuke was undefeated (3-0) in the tournament with a 1.69 ERA, defeating Korea, Cuba, and USA.

Current MLB Players in the tournament:
Japan
Ichiro Suzuki - #51 OF - Seattle Mariners
Daisuke Matsuzaka - #18 P - Boston Red Sox
Kenji Jojima - #2 C - Seattle Mariners
Kosuke Fukudome - #1 OF - Chicago Cubs
Akinori Iwamura - #1 2B - Tampa Bay Rays (Used #8 during the WBC)

Korea
Shin-Soo Choo - #17 OF - Cleveland Indians (Used #5 during WBC)

~~I'm so proud to be Japanese~~

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march MADNESS!

Gah!!! My main bracket is garbage.  I decided that it would be worth while to expect so much out of this tournament, but all that has happened is the obvious teams winning.....as well as my favorite team, the WVU Mountaineers, getting beaten by the Dayton Flyers.  It's madness!!! And not in the good way.  Of course, I will continue to watch the tournament because I love tourney time.  I guess I will be rooting for Marquette and Florida State for the rest of the tournament.  I have UCLA making it, but that was just based on my goofy bracket that attempts to not favor the Big East or UNC.

Oh well.....LET'S GO MOUNTAINEERS!!! (we care more about Football anyways :P)

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The First Post....

This is what some would call my first entry.  I know Giant Bomb is a place to talk about video games, but I have more to say than which system is best and what my favorite energy drink is.  Quite frankly, I just want a place that I can speak my mind without anyone REALLY knowing who I am.  Sure, I could post on Facebook, Myspace, Livejournal, or wherever else, but do I really want a bunch of  people I know reading my stuff?  I think NOT.  And if anyone has a problem with that, they can shove it.  I'm sure someone would be able to read my posts and figure out who I am...but they would have to know me well.  If anyone likes what I have to say...great, friend me or something.

Anyways, here's what's on my mind:

-NCAA Tournament is kicking off on Thursday.  It seems like it is being hyped up more than usual, although I suppose it's because I care more about it this time around.  They even had Barack Obama make his picks, and called it "Barack-etology."  I like to think that my choice for Final Four is relatively interesting....it consists of Louisville, UCLA, Syracuse, and UConn.  Yeah, any other year it would be a no brainer, but this year Syracuse is a #3 seed, and UCLA is a historically surprising low #6 seed.  To add to intrigue, Oklahoma will lose to Morgan State, Cornell will upset Cal, and WVU will blow past Kansas and BC to make it to the Elite Eight.  Ivy League teams havn't won in the tournament for a whopping 8 years, so I figure this is the year to do it.  Oklahoma will lose to Morgan State because.......well, I just figured at lease one #2 will lose in the first round, and I just don't see Memphis, Michigan State, or Duke losing.  As for West Virginia University, they have the kind of team that can just surprise you.  With players like DeSean Butler and freshman Devin Ebanks, WVU will be the team to watch out for.  I downloaded NCAA Baskeball 09: March Madness Edition, and I have done nothing but enjoy watching my favorite teams make it to the Final Four.  It's also nice to blow out my rivals by 30 points.  But once the tournament actually begins, I will honestly be putting my gaming on hold.

-Demetri Martin......must I say more?  I will anyways.  I love this guy (no homo).  It's not just observational comedy...it's obvious observational comedy that only someone with a case of ADD would think of.  One of my favorite jokes is:  I was on the street. This guy waved to me, and he came up to me and said, “I’m sorry, I thought you were someone else.” And I said, “I am.”  I am going through pretty rough times right now, but for some reason, Demetri Martin's comedy, especially the If I show, has helped me realize that shit happens.....everything can be funny.

-As for gaming, I already said that I've been playing NCAA Basketball.  I also have a bunch of games that I have, but I havn't had time to finish them.  I have a tendency to play a game for like 6 hours, then not play it for weeks at a time.  Games that I havn't finished are:  GTA: IV, Naruto: Broken Bond, Sonic Unleashed, Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, and Rock Band 2 (I havn't unlocked all the songs).  The only games that I've finished in the last 6 months are Gears of War 2 and Castle Crashers (great games, by the way).  If I game during the week, I usually play for about 30 minutes at a time.  I like to play Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo HD Remix, NCAA Basketball, and whatever is on my PSP, such as Monster Hunter Freedom 2 or Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max.  I would like to play more games, such as Resident Evil 5 and Street Fighter IV, but I am out of money until at least the summer.  Bummer....at least I can still enjoy the games I havn't finished....

There are more things that are on my mind...but I can't quite conjure them up at the moment (which is good, considering the more text there is, the less likely it will be read). 

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