Wii Update Problems

For the past day or so I've been trying to update my niece's Wii because I got her Kirby's Epic Yarn for Christmas. And yes, it's not even Christmas but hey, I really want to play it, too. The problem is is that the Wii requires an update before we can even play it. I've tried: 

  • Unplugging the router¬†
  • Setting the wireless router to channels 1, then 11, then 1 again (from default channel 6)¬†
  • Tried updating through the Wii settings, through the game disc (which comes up with a prompt that says it'll use the Internet, blah, blah), and even through the Wii Shop Channel (which comes up with the same prompt essentially making it impossible for my niece to buy anything else with her Wii points) ¬†
  • Turning off and unplugging the Wii after completing each of the above ¬†
The last time I tried to see if it'll complete over time it was set on channel 11, it's within 10 feet of the wireless router it's trying to download stuff from, no disc inside, and 12 hours (left on overnight) of waiting time.

Any suggestions? I'd rather not format the Wii's memory since I don't have an SD card handy and I don't trust how the Wii handles that kind of stuff since there are a few downloadable games on it.

My Old Blog Posts From GameSpot...

are hilarious. Just reading through them now absolutely shames my writing prowess, not that I'm that great of a writer, but I enjoy reveling in the idea that I am from time to time. Being a kid was pretty damn fun back in the day. And finishing over 10 games within two months? Jesus Christ, I'm lucky if I could regularly finish 10 games in a year now.

26 Jun 06

The List of Games I've Sexually Molested During My Summer Vacation 

From June 1, 2006 - August 8, 2006:

1. Half-Life (PC)
2. Half-Life 2 (PC)
3. Half-Life 2: Episode One (PC)
4. Half-Life: Blue Shift (PC)
5. Half-Life: Opposing Force (PC)
6. Indigo Prophecy (XBOX)
7. Jade Empire (XBOX)
8. Paper Mario (N64)
9. Spider-Man 2 (XBOX)
10. Tomb Raider: Legend (XBOX)
11. True Crime: New York City (XBOX)
12. Ultimate Spiderman (XBOX)
13. X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (XBOX)

10 Jul 06

I'm Lagging

Lately, I've been down in the dumps due to my ever-present laziness that plagues me. I've just gotten a new wireless Logitech XBOX controller that I actually like and got at an extremely low price whereas it sells for about $40 in the stores while I got it online for a mere $20. Other wireless controllers I've used, with the exception of the XBOX 360's, sucked major ass.

For no apparent reason, my extremely manly capabilities of conquering weak games have been put on hold, hopefully it's just temporary. As of this moment, I have Hitman: Blood Money and Spider-Man 2 on my shelf waiting to get passed. But, at the moment I'm stuck on a certain part in both games. Especially, in Spider-Man 2 where I'm supposed to destroy these damn orb things. Bastards. And with Hitman, it's a different story, I just don't like it.

26 Dec 06

Winter Vacation

From December 15, 2006 - January 7, 2007:

Now that I have enough time to play my games, especially these MMORPGs that I have, I have set up a few goals for them and are listed below:

Guild Wars - Reach level 20 (level 15), pass more than half of the Prophecies missions (6/25); Bonus: Purchase Factions and Nightfall expansions.
Silkroad Online - Somehow reach level 45 (level 42), if possible. Along the way I will attempt to get around 7000 sp (3700 sp)
World of Warcraft - Reach level 40 (level 34) and get mount.

I will not complete these in the order listed above, but will when I have interest in doing so.

Update 12/30/06: Well, it seems I will put these goals on hold as I had received an Xbox 360 for Christmas. Currently, I am playing Saints Row and Call of Duty 3.

Update 01/15/07 (really should've been 01/07/07, but it doesn't really matter as I hadn't really done much):

Guild Wars - Reach level 20 (level 15), pass more than half of the Prophecies missions (7/25); Bonus: Purchase Factions and Nightfall expansions. 
Silkroad Online - Somehow reach level 45 (level 42), if possible. Along the way I will attempt to get around 7000 sp (3700 sp). 
World of Warcraft - Reach level 40 (level 35) and get mount. 

Final note: Well, looks like the Xbox 360 is an adequate piece of machinery specially manufactured to waste my time. Thank you. 

29 Aug 07


From June 1, 2007 - September 10, 2007:

Currently, the MMORPG genre is no more as I've taken an obsessive liking to Microsoft's XBOX 360. It has become almost a part of my life ever since I've received it as a present from my parents as I've always powered it up either to check out some flicks off the Marketplace or to play a quick game (of anything really, I never stick toany game very well). Now almost a year later, my 360 has been joined by the likes of Gears of War early in the year, then, eventually, the game I've been longing for even before I had my 360, Dead Rising. These two combined have taken numerous amounts of hours of my life, especially Dead Rising, and I couldn't be any happier.

Now my 360 is joined by the awesomeness of Bioshock (there were other games purchased between Dead Rising and Bioshock, but Bioshock is a game worth bragging about). As I am someone who enjoys the great art direction of games and especially games whose origins come from deep within the depths of man's mind Bioshock has easily become a game of which I play casuallyjust togander upon as I play and progress through the game with gaping awe in response to it's immersive world that begs me to keep asking questions of dystopian world.

On a more personal note, I've graduated high school and am waiting for my first few days of college to begin. Sure hope I can still game on this quality machine of mine.    

Marshmallow Fluff

I don't know why buying this stuff got into my mind today, maybe it's because I couldn't get it here on the west coast, but I did the deed. 

Apparently, I managed to snag the last jar. So, yay for me.

Revisiting Evil: My Old GameSpot Ratings (Unfinished)

Note: additional commentary and adjusted score in bolded parentheses
Note: ratings represent me of 2006-2007

User Ratings

Dead Rising (I know I loved this game, and still do, but I know it has its flaws (saving system, time-based missions, etc.))10(8)
Gears of War (I'll admit I was very impressed with the graphics at the time, but 3/4 years later(?), I'd never think of playing through it again due its lack of story, memorable characters, etc., but the game obviously shines in its shoot-and-cover system)10(9)
Starcraft (At the time, I never realized how popular it was outside my circle of friends, hell, they never even mentioned it to me, but when I first laid my hands on this game, it was far from mindless clicking and dragging)10(10)
Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles (That's about right)10(10)
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 (I have fond memories of this game from my middle school trip to Six Flags. I think I got the last world and stopped)10(10)
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (My first GTA game and I know for certain I clocked at least 150 hours into this thing)10(10)
Starcraft: Brood War 10
BioShock (If anything, I'd criticize this game for its less than exquisite gunplay)10(9)
The Orange Box10
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords10
Super Mario 649.6
Paper Mario9.6
Half-Life: Counter-Strike9.5
Half-Life 29.5
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 29.5
NBA Live 20019.1
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory9.1
New Super Mario Bros.9.1
The Sims 2 (Probably The Sims series of games that I have spent the most time with, including The Sims 3. It felt like such a huge leap from the last series of games)9.0(9)
Half-Life 2: Episode One9.0
Elite Beat Agents9.0
Counter-Strike: Source9.0
Counter-Strike: Condition Zero9.0
The Sims 2 Nightlife9.0
Jade Empire9.0
Halo 39.0
Final Fantasy VII9.0
Silkroad Online (My cousin got me into playing this game one summer making it my very first MMO.  Eventually, I got tired of grinding then went on to World of Warcraft.  The massive amount of grinding you had to do in this game only helped my patience in other MMOs.  So, I guess I owe it that.)8.6(6)
Resident Evil 28.6
Ken Griffey Jr.'s Slugfest8.6
Wario Land 48.6
Half-Life: Opposing Force8.6
Viva Pinata8.5
Final Fantasy VIII (This is my favorite Final Fantasy game now that I've played through most of the 3D ones.  I'm a sucker for love stories.)8.5(9)
The Sims 2: Open for Business8.5
WWF No Mercy8.4
Cruis'n USA8.3
Indigo Prophecy8.1
Pokemon Sapphire Version8.1
Pokemon Ruby Version8.1
Tomb Raider: Legend8.1
Halo 28.0
Half-Life: Blue Shift8.0
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved8.0
WWF Wrestlemania 20008.0
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones8.0
The Sims8.0
The Sims 2 University7.9
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse7.4
The Sims 2 Seasons7.4
The Sims 2: Pets7.2
True Crime: Streets of LA7.1
Pocketbike Racer7.0
Ultimate Spider-Man (I'd probably say this is my favorite Spider-Man game, I remember replaying through it again last year and had a blast. Simplicity of the moveset compared to other Spider-Man games might have left an impact.)7.0(8)
The Sims 2: Glamour Life Stuff6.1
True Crime: New York City6.0
Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku (I blame my childhood spent on watching Dragon Ball Z)6.0(6)
The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff (I can't even remember what was in this "Stuff" pack, but if I had to guess then there was probably some objects I didn't care about since they didn't increase my Sims' "Environment" stat enough.)5.1(-)
Superman (I do have the game and couldn't get past breathing ice(?) into these tornadoes(?). Can't remember, but I know I wasn't having any fun. Funky controls, don't like Superman, etc.)1.0(1)

Time Sink

Considering how much time I spend on this very site either watching (or only listening to the videos really) as I surf the web or lurk the forums from time to time, I might as well leave a few notes for myself of the future. There have been other sites I've frequented more than I should have on a daily basis but Giant Bomb has become a site that I've grown to love. Despite never growing as attached to Jeff Gerstmann & Co. during their On The Spot days as some " veterans" or "GameSpot refugees" of this site may have, I've always found Gerstmann to be an interesting, charismatic internet personality.
Relocating my interests and time into the Whiskey Media network (primarily, this site) wasn't exactly something I was hoping for when I first visited this site.  When I became a registered user of this site in November of 2008, I took a quick glance of their video section and never looked back until I subscribed to the Giant Bombcast on iTunes after receiving an iPod Touch (2G) for Christmas of '08(?) from my mother, which was weird because I jokingly asked for one months before but still got it anyway, but that's not the point. The hilarious tangents they would get into on the podcast would eventually lead me to the Persona 4 Endurance Run (ER), a game I've never heard of or ever dreamed of playing until I saw the 30th episode (my first) of the ER, the episode that introduced us all to Mysterious Fox. Since then, my lingering presence on this site has been history. 

Anyways, that should be all for now.  Until next time, me.


Note to self: iPod Nano (6th generation)

You got a new iPod Nano (8GB) today. You also got that 2 year warranty extension that if you fuck it up in any way possible, be it by water or gravity, you can have it replaced by Best Buy free of charge. Be happy about that. 
Today was also the day you finished Halo: Reach. You thought it was pretty awesome and it reminded you that you hate "Pope" Elites.


Question About Best Buy Warranties

UPDATE: Problem solved
I don't roam very many forums, actually the only forums I usually visit are of this site's or of screened's, thus why I'm asking this question here: 
For those of you who have purchased an extended warranty for a console or handheld device from a huge electronics retailer, Best Buy in my case, under what conditions will you be able to replace that system? 
I dropped my DS Lite a few months after purchasing it and since then the calibration function in the root menu no longer "ends," it just keeps asking me to touch the same three points over and over and over until I eventually give up trying and shut it off. I've gotten used to it by now, especially with the amount of time I spend playing Picross 3D on it, but when I'm typing in my name or some silly message, I have to touch the letter next to the one I want to type in (ex: having to touch the letter b to input a).
When I purchased it in March/April of this year, the salesman said I could replace it even if I've dropped it or anything just as stupid, like water damage (which happened to my last DS Lite, I've salvaged it for parts since then).  When I came back a few weeks after damaging it (my warranty is up to 1 to 2 years, I believe, plenty time to take advantage of it) to ask an associate of his, he said that if I was the one who caused the damage they couldn't do anything about it.
I don't want to go up to customer service and complain about their salesman basically lying to me to get the extra $50, but should anyone here have any answers or any "ins" of what can be done, please leave me a message.
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