2,051 wiki points later...

...I've finally come to the end of my first major wiki edit for Monster Hunter Portable 3rd.  I've been obsessed with the series since Freedom 2 (with over 1000 hours logged) but felt kind of burned out on Tri with the oversimplified farm, lackluster and disorienting underwater combat, way too hard to kill Jhen Mohran for passage into high rank, and removal of my favorite weapons the Gunlance, Bow and Hunting Horn.  The Switch Axe was pretty bomb though.  I kept telling my friends that I probably wasn't going to pick up Freedom 3 until last week, for no real reason, I started reading about all the changes they're making.
Now I can't wait to get my greedy little hands on that game.  I have no idea if I'll be able to wait the arduously long time it's going to take them to localize it, if they bring it over here at all.  On the other hand I really don't know if I'm comfortable picking up the Japanese version since I won't be able to read anything.  I know there are plenty of FAQs and resources out there translating every item and menu option, but I'm worried that having to constantly cross-reference a web site every time I want to make a Max Potion will burn me out on the game before I can really get in to it.
I guess for now I'll play the waiting game.  With Catackalysm and GT5 it's not like I have the time to dedicate to any real MH play anyways.  If you have a moment though, why not pop on over to the wiki and tell me how I did?  What did I leave out or, having not even played the game, get completely wrong?  Could I be clearer?  Could I be neater?  Do I say too little or too much?
Thanks for listening to me ramble on about Monster Hunter but I think it's time to get back to work.  Those monster pages going all the way back to MH2 aren't going to create themselves!


Pro SCII has ruined my ability to appreciate Pro SSFIV

I used to be an avid watcher of Pro SSFIV footage, primarily through SRK but really anywhere I could get my hungry eyes on it.  I couldn't get enough of crazy clutch Daigo wins, irrationally hating Justin Wong in every match, and the amazing technical skills of Arturo Sanchez.  I'm still not sure whether my girlfriend was bemused with or embarrassed by me screaming at the screen as Justin was put into losers by Vangief then sent home by Gamerbee during Evo2k10.

Then SCII: WoL came out.
Now I find myself with a wealth of riches, from the endless antics of Tastetosis, the witty banter of JP and company, and the onslaught of quality content from Day[9], one of the few entertainers that actually make me laugh out loud.  It's great, it's amazing, except for the fact that I seem to have suddenly lost all interest in SSFIV.  I'll still get a rise out of an amazing Makoto video or ANY video of Rose winning (that's my girl!), but everything else seems flat and lifeless.
I know some of this might be new car smell, but I'm pretty sure that most of it comes down to quality of content.  Now don't get me wrong, people like Gootecks, Keits, Mr. Wizard, Dogface, Skisonic etc are all great, hardworking guys.  It's that the quantity, and unfortunately caliber, of content they're putting out isn't nearly enough for a greedy consumer whore like myself.  Even with MvC3 and hopefully SSFIVAE out in time for Evo2k11, I'm worried that I'm not going to care enough to watch it.
I know this all my come off sounding somewhat strange.  So what if I'm bored with SSFIV if I've found something bigger and better to sink my time into.  It's just that the entire Street Fighter series has been such a huge part of my life since I first got my hands on a stick and 6 buttons at the local Pizza Hut, part of my heart breaks at the thought of moving on.
So who knows, maybe with Evo Japan happening next year the scene will be revitalized.  Maybe we'll start getting HQ live streams of SBO with English commentary.  Maybe some player out there will realize they love the game so much that they need to create 3+ hours of amazing content each and every week breaking the game down.  Or maybe I'll be so into MvC3 by then that fighting games will make my eyes twinkle again.
Or maybe I just need to work on getting better at SSFIV.  Meh, I'll watch some more VoDs of the GSL instead.