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Just a quick update before bed

Ok, real quick.

Finally got the platinum trophy in Burnout Paradise.  I was able to find an Eye Toy at Best Buy (apparently the only one left in the whole damn city) for only $10 so I was able to get the trophy for sending a mugshot.  So I am happily playing my original save file again.  Whooo!

I am very pleased to announce that I beat Mega Man 9.  I understand the initial reaction that it is insanely difficult, but after going back to play a little Mega Man Anniversary Collection for comparison I have come to the realization that it is really no harder than any of the original games.  In fact, the argument could be made that its actually easier.  The reason is because in the old days of Mega Man 1 & 2, there were no such things as Energy Tanks.  The simple addition of this life saver makes the game incredibly easier.  Other than that, the same basic strategy used in the original games is what is required to excel at MM9.  I believe this is the reason people think that it is so much more difficult.

In these days of finger-contorting control schemes and almost unlimited options to take out your enemies, playing an original Mega Man game feels very crippling.  You no longer have ten different ways to approach a given task, there is only a jump button and a fire button, the only relief being the weapons you earn from the bosses.  In order to win at these games, you must focus on memorizing the levels and enemies that occupy them, what it takes to eliminate them most effectively, and honing your platforming skills to a needle-fine point.  For those gamers that grew up post-SNES, they have never known limits and challenge like this.  I feel sorry for them.

Let's see, what else.  I finally figured out that I could use my bionic arm to repel the final boss's missles in Bionic Commando Rearmed.  I should've figured.  So now I will be able to finish it.  Nice.  Also, I am slowly getting the hang of Wipeout HD.  It's still pretty tricky, but I feel like I am getting better little by little.  Picked up Linger in Shadows the other day.  Pretty wierd but pretty cool at the same time.  I can definately appreciate what they are trying to do.  It was cool to watch and manipulate and find the hidden stuff in that "game."  And it was an easy batch of trophies too

Picked up Dead Space last week and am super excited to play it, but I just haven't been able to find the time to even start it.  I was at my in-laws house all weekend and I am back to working nights, so its been difficult to find the time.  Not to mention that I am car-pooling to work with my wife who starts work an hour earlier than me, so that just subtracts free time from my schedule.  I'm trying to move and get things situated at my new job so things are a bit crazy right now.  I have a feeling Dead Space will consume a considerable amount of time once I start it and I'm not sure when I'll be able to put aside big chunks of time.  And LittleBigPlanet and BioShock are coming very very soon so I will be back to being extremely behind again.  Oh well.  I would rather have to many games to play than not enough!

I guess that wasn't very quick at all was it?  Eh, whatever.  Who needs sleep right?