Tatsumaki-Senpū kyaku

So recently there has been a pretty big slump in videogame releases. Maybe it's because we've had roughly eight months straight of quality games coming out consistently from September to May of this year. Maybe we just need to get used to normal summers again. Typical summers consist of a game or two (but mostly XBLA games) that are really great, and then the rest of your time is spent either playing old games, or enjoying the summer.  
Personally, I'm not doing much this summer at all. I'm going on a couple camping trips and catching up on games I missed (since there has been a brutal onslaught of games that had not stopped until June). What I really have been playing though, is a butt-ton of Street Fighter IV. My reasoning? EVO 2010. It has basically made me remember why I love fighting games... THEY'RE JUST SOO DAMN FUN! I literally spent all night last time fighting people on Xbox Live with my unstoppable Rufus.  
I LOVE Rufus. He is easily my favourite of the six totally brand new fighters (well.. I guess there's technically eight, if you count Seth, and Gouken). There's just something so likable about him, despite his rather.. awkward appearance. However, that's definitely not a reason to dismiss him.  
Although Rufus is probably my single best character in SSFIV, but my long-time favourite has always been Fei Long. He kicks soo much ass. So, usually the only characters that I'll fight with are Rufus, Fei Long, Ryu, Sagat, and SOMTIMES Crimson Viper, just because she's sassy and I like her playing style. I also REALLY like Akuma but I understand he's sort of overpowered and I refrain from playing with him.  
Anyway though, my thoughts on EVO.  
I'd say the most entertaining to watch was obviously Street Fighter. That should come as no surprise. What should though, is that Justin Wong (who had previously dominated SF) didn't make the Top 8. It was surely surprising, but I think it is a good thing. Think about this: This year has been so far the largest year Evo has ever had. People from all over the world are making it to the U.S. to compete. It's only natural that Justin got his ass kicked, because American's always go for top tier characters.  
I mean, he lost to Adon, and then Zangief. Proof that any character can prove to stand a fighting chance.  
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 was DEFINITELY exciting, as this year was it's 'Swan Song' and next year we'll have MvC3 to play. It consisted of Justin beating the ther guy (can't remember his name) and an exhibition for MvC3. I have to say, Dante looks like an excellent character for this next game and I can't wait until more characters get confirmed. Also, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom was played. I have to say I really enjoy it. I love all the unknown Tatsunoko characters, I had a fun time being all of them, and learning about them.   
Oh, and there was also some Tekken 6..... I am not particularily fond of Tekken anymore. I gave up on it AFTER Tekken Tag Tournament (Mind you, I still enjoy the games preceeding it ^-^)
So that's about it for EVO. In a future blog I might go more in depth about my fighting game history and why I love them so goddamn much.  

Genesis & Catharsis

Hai and Hello.
I'm Erik, better known as EatBoxSocks/ErikkuKyouki

I joined GiantBomb as a result of my boredem at GameSpot, and plus GiantBomb is way more appealing to me. So now I guess I'll be using mostly IGN and GiantBomb for Social/Community uses.
Either way, I'm here now and I guess I should talk about myself?
Well I'm fifteen and I'm in my 10th grade in High School. Pretty young eh?

Anyway, if this should be about games then, I will start off by saying that I started to play games at the age of 2. Sonic the Hedgehog on my classic Sega Genesis ;D
However, my interest in gaming grew large, and I ended up puchasing consoles from all over the spectrum. So naturally, I grew up being a Sega fanboy but I have definitely grown out of that. My favourite all-time consoles include: PlayStation 1, SNES, Dreamcast, Genesis, Saturn, PlayStation 2, NES, and N64.  
My preferred console of choice currently is PS3.
Just recently I fished out all my old consoles and have them all sitting comfortably on the floor. All except my very old Genesis, and my busted PS1 that I still have.  

I can safely say that I have indeed played at least a thousand games in my life, and that number WILL continue to grow, as I am finding old games every day.
So as of now (and probably ever) my favourite game of all-time is.. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Now I'm not just saying that, the Zelda series is actually a long-time favourite of mine. I have played and beaten every single game in the series and I have tons of merchandise and memorabilia. Link is easily my favourite fictional character.

Well, I guess thats enough about me. I plan to make MANY top 10/25/100 lists and things like that in the coming days. I love GiantBomb's features.

Until next time,