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Obligatory Christmas Post

Christmas for us this year was a lot more laid back than in prior years. Yesterday, I had both of my family meetings (due to concerns about the weather for today), so I had to rush from dinner at my house with my mother and aunt to the annual Christmas Eve party at Dad's diner, which he closed down for the only time this year. The Christmas Party is always fun, mainly because I just hang out with the kids; my rule is, if you're speaking Greek around me, I can't waste my time around you, even if you're my father. Thankfully, the kids are fun to hang out with, mostly because at 18-19, they're not "kids" anymore, and even better Stephen's 12 now, so I don't have to hold back - at least on language - as much as I used to. I still censor what I say - he can't see my Facebook updates via Twitter, for example - but I'm going to be able to cut that out soon, for the most part.

I did get a "haul" that reminded me of one thing: I'm not ten years old anymore.

* 4GB of RAM that I can't install until I'm done with my latest review that I had to take because no one nutted up for a month and a half and took it because OMG it's a fucking PC game. I literally had to take the game almost the day I finished with my month-long football feature. So yeah, I'm annoyed at that.
* A 1TB hard drive. I'll install that next week when the RAM goes in. Oh, the anime will flow~
* A very nice piece of art from Mom.
* $200

I also got a package from Aileen that had a bitchin' Space Invaders T-shirt, some teas, some dried mango strips that didn't last long, and a nice note. <3

Tomorrow is when I get most of my really good Christmas haul, most of it self-purchased: some hockey cheques are going to the Superbus Boxing Day Spectacular. I'm going to go to Northampton and indulge myself in goodness. I love that area; there's not as many stupid chains, and not as many stupid people. I can go have a hot chocolate at a small coffee shop (not Starbucks for $6), can get something really nice to eat be it Chinese, Japanese, Italian or if I'm feeling lucky, Indian or even a top-flight burger place (instead of the Valley's choices of McDonalds (3 in Derby alone), Burger King (2 in Derby/Ansonia), Subway (4 in Seymour) or if you're feeling exotic, KFC or a diner), and check out some cool indie shops, including a great comic/manga store, a few great bookstores, etc. It's awesome. I love Northampton.

There's good/bad news with that, though. The good news is that I will have to deal with a mall on Boxing Day, something that should be atrocious. Not only is the mall going to be loaded, it's going to be loaded with the worst kinds of faggots possible: people returning their gifts that they didn't like for whatever reason. These are - generally speaking - selfish, greedy, shallow people that I just like to elbow in the chops. I'd even like to get some of their teeth stuck in my elbow, the way Carl Landry's teeth got stuck in Dirk Nowitsky's (for those that don't know what I'm talking about, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaVAL3DBauU).

But there's a reason I'm dealing with a mall (be it in Milford, or Northampton):

I'm getting a PS3.

It's finally time. I have been wanting a PS3 since they started releasing games that don't suck, and tomorrow (or Sunday, if this rain turns to ice) will be the day. I don't know if I'm going to get it in Milford (where I actually like the people that work there, but it's out of my way... in fact, it's in the complete opposite direction) or Holyoke (where I hated their staff from '06-08 and I'm quite sure that '09 will be no different), but whereever I get it, I'm getting it.

I wish I could get a 60GB system and be able to sell my PS2 permanently, but Sony decided to suck dick and just keep adding hard drive space to their systems while killing things - like USB connections, Linux support, and backwards compatibility - that actually mattered, despite the fact that it's a two minute procedure to replace a hard drive. However, my options are plentiful. Do I get a new $350, 250GB PS3 Slim, despite the poor record PS2 slims had? Or do I get a $230, 40GB, refurbished PS3 and get my own 2.5" hard drive for about $55 at Newegg, with 320GB to boot? These are the decisions I have to make overnight, and this is probably why I'll go to Milford tomorrow and talk to whichever of my friends is working there (hopefully Mike, he's a bit more knowledgeable about the hardware).

There's also the issue of games. I DO have a finite money supply, so to start, the following games will have to leave my collection, effective tomorrow:

* Academy of Champions Soccer (Wii) - I gave the game a positive review at DHGF, but ultimately, it's a game I'll likely never, ever play again. I might get a good price for it, to boot (well, good by Gamestop standards).
* The Price is Right (Wii) - It's just not a very good game. TPIR isn't really the best game in terms of transferring over to a videogame, and this game doesn't help things. Furthermore, since it's casual fare, I MIGHT get a good price.
* Mario Strikers Charged (Wii) - This just isn't that good of a football game. It's cheap (which is normal, being a Mario game), and the Gamecube version was actively better. The problem is that there are a few scratches around the exterior; if I can't get full price, I won't bother.
* Children of Mana (DS) - I tried, but I couldn't get into this game; I bought it despite mediocre press, but ultimately, I think this is more for fans of the series like bardiche. If I can get a good price, I'll trade it in.
* Pokemon Pearl Version - I can see really pissing off Aileen with this one, but I just don't like it. I still have the older Game Boy games, and if anything, I'll buy the Johto remake when it comes out, but I don't see myself coming back to this; hell, when I was playing it, I was using an Action Replay because I didn't want to waste time training Pokemon and didn't give a shit about things like EV training.

I'm waffling on the following:

* Guitar Hero I + II + Guitar (PS2) = I never play Guitar Hero, and I don't really do party gaming; the one time I tried it with Aileen, it didn't go well because we both suck. I will never buy another Guitar Hero game again, and am actively boycotting Activision, so I might decide just to bite the bullet. I haven't touched my guitar literally since I moved a year ago, and I think it was a year before that, too.
* Press Your Luck 2010 (Wii) - I like this much better than I liked TPIR, partly because Press Your Luck rules and partially it transfers better to a video game, but I very rarely play my Wii, and I do have a freeware version of the game. It's a gameshow game that already goes for $40, so there's a chance this will go for a decent price.
* Half Minute Hero (PSP) - I picked this up on the hope that the hype for it was justified, but all I can really see is that it's a three shitty games in one package. Still, I might give it another go.
* Dynasty Warriors 6 (360) - I waffle because it's still an addictive game, and the best character in the game is also my favourite (Sun Shang Xiang). On the other side, I prefer DW5, as well as the fact that I also have Gundam Musou 2. I'll likely hang onto this one.
* Ultimate Shooting Collection (Wii) - Whenever I mention that I don't like this game, people look at me like I have horns. I... just don't like it much. Most of what I've played seems like the games are functionally the same, and the graphics are to the point where I'm having problems seeing what's going on. Still, I don't think I'll get a good price for it, so I might not bother.
* Luminous Arc - It's no secret that I don't care for Luminous Arc; it's got a stupid story, mostly insufferable characters, and the gameplay is a sloppy homage to Final Fantasy Tactics. Still, I'm so far along that I might just decide to use an Action Replay so I can finish the damn thing.
* Dissidia Final Fantasy - This is going to be the hardest choice of all of the games on my list, and very likely a game that I'm not going keep. I just don't like the gameplay; it's spam-tastic and a little bit cheap, but the fan-service can't be debated. People like Dale and Samuraiter, who I usually trust with games, like it, so I'll probably give it another go.

Once that's done, I have to decide what to buy. This depends on a few things - what system I purchase, how much money I make off of trade-ins, etc. - but this is my priority list, from top to bottom:

* Valkyrie Chronicles - This is the easiest decision I'll make; this is one of the reasons I'm buying a PS3, and now that it's $20, the decision is easy.
* Cross Edge - This will basically be on Alex's very positive review.
* Disgaea 3 - I was seriously thinking of just giving my brother cash and keeping this; it was my gift (along with some cash, because I got my little brother two games) to him this year. On the other hand, I decided to give it to him because the extra $50 I'd have given were more than the $35 I'd pay for this used. Yes, I'm that practical, but considering he's 18 and didn't get me shit, that's quite OK. :P
* Demon's Souls - On the one hand, I like hard RPGs, and really like Atlus. On the other hand, I really don't like stupidly hard RPGs much, and though it's a JRPG, the western influences might kill it for me.
* Tekken 6 - It dropped to $40, so this one might be picked up. I'll play some Tekken 5 in a bit and determine if it's worth it.
* MLB '09 The Show - Decisions, decisions... the new version of this game ships in March, and this IS a $30 game. On the other hand, it's the best baseball game of all time. My patience will determine if I pick this up or not.

Not only this, but the future games that are coming out are going to be AMAZING. Heavy Rain? Last Guardian? White Knight Chronicles? Final Fantasy XIII in a non-compressed form? Thank you sir, may I have another? :D

Ultimately, I look forward to the PS3 era. I also look forward to the other things I'll be doing in Northampton on the one day in forever that I've been able to truly let loose.

EDIT: Also thinking of trading in Tales of Vesperia (360). Basically, I'm sure that there's a lot of gameplay to have in this game. On the other hand, it has Tales in the name, and therefore automatically sucks.


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Dec. 26th, 2009 07:00 am (UTC)
I am a bit amazed that Little Big Planet is not on that list
Dec. 26th, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)
I don't like paying for DLC.
Dec. 26th, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
Dec. 26th, 2009 08:03 am (UTC)
You missed a big one coming out: Valkyria Chronicles 2
Dec. 26th, 2009 08:04 am (UTC)
You mean the PSP game?
Dec. 26th, 2009 08:07 am (UTC)
SON OF A... I'm going to kill Matt. :[ He got me excited, thinking it was going to be for the PS3. God damnit.
Dec. 26th, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
On the other hand, it has Tales in the name, and therefore automatically sucks.

Dec. 26th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
Dec. 26th, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
... I think you might have been thinking of someone else when you said that Children of Mana was for fans of the series like me; the unpopular Square-Enix series I like is SaGa. The only Mana game I really liked was Seiken Densetsu 3, and after the travesty that was Heroes of Mana, I've given up on that series. :P

Also, Luminous Arc, for all of its mediocrity, wasn't exactly what I'd call a hard game and can probably be completed without Action Replay. The problem is, of course, wanting to. It's one of the few games I keep meaning to trade in, but I never have gotten around to it and I can't even give the damned thing away...

As far as PS3 (having gotten one after a situation which shoved money in my hand - for me, the deciding factor ended up being the XBox 360 failure rate and the lack of regional lockout on the PS3), I do highly reccommend Valkyria Chronicles at the current price - it's certainly one of the better new JRPG-type games I've played in some time. I can't really give opinions on the rest of those games as they either haven't been released in Australia yet or are way too expensive to justify buying.

(Fun fact: I might just have poor luck in finding a copy, but to buy Disgaea 3 in Australia right now, plus all of the DLC (not that I would, for me, DLC has to come at a price of $0 for me to download it) would set me back a total of around $175. And here I was, thinking that Final Fantasy IV: The After Years was a huge rort...)
Dec. 26th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
Oops; I put those series together for some reason. D:

Luminous Arc is very unbalanced. It's piss-easy for the majority of the game, and there's one battle that just kicks my dick (with the fire chick, after a disagreement of some sort). They just wax me with no remorse. That's what pisses me off; it's not a difficulty curve, it's a difficulty spike, and the game isn't good enough for me to want to plow through it.

I hear very good things about FFIV: The After Years; I would know more if I could get my fucking Wii online without having to kill a goat. Someone had pointed out that it was basically a long fanfiction story, but that's when I retort that Final Fantasies VII - XII are more or less fanfiction as written by teenage girls. And don't get me started on Kingdom Hearts.

I didn't even know Disgaea had DLC, though! What the hell?
Dec. 26th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
Disgaea has a crapton of DLC. It's got a whole bunch of characters from other N1 games (Mid-Boss comes to mind as the first example) and an entire new story, as well as a whole bunch of other useless crap like costumes.
Dec. 26th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
Or you could just send Vesperia to me! I would... uh stare at it longingly since I don't have a 360 or money for one... yeah okay trade it in.
Dec. 26th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
* 4GB of RAM that I can't install until I'm done with my latest review that I had to take because no one nutted up for a month and a half and took it because OMG it's a fucking PC game. I literally had to take the game almost the day I finished with my month-long football feature. So yeah, I'm annoyed at that.

Sorry about that. If I had my PC I could chip in with these PC reviews :(

* Valkyrie Chronicles - This is the easiest decision I'll make; this is one of the reasons I'm buying a PS3, and now that it's $20, the decision is easy.

Tell me when you get it if the story is actually good or it's just Alex's Seganess speaking. I've been watching the anime and its...very underwhelming. They say the anime is a bastardized version of the game so here's hoping it's good.

Also, I'll bet you anything Heavy Rain will suck.
Dec. 26th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
It's not you I'm angry at; after all, you were working on PES when that game was put forth initially. What pisses me off is that people have competent PCs to play this on - essentially, everyone outside Matt and Aileen - and still wouldn't touch the review. Chuck had PLAYED THE GAME, and still wouldn't take it, blaming his wrestling data but really just because he didn't like the game. Then again, Chuck sucks, so that might be for the best.

We have games that have been unclaimed for months because no one "wants" them. Meanwhile, I have to take a game I'm very much disinterested in while I want to play some shit of my own after spending three weeks on a feature - one that isn't hitting for shit, BTW, it just doesn't have the staying power of Just Dance - that have been gone for a month and a half, two months. Unfuckingbelievable; why bother at that point?

As for VC, this is one I wanted before it was out; Alex and I have similar tastes when it comes to our "Seganess", so I think it'll be good.
Dec. 26th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
my rule is, if you're speaking Greek around me, I can't waste my time around you, even if you're my father.

PS3 Win! :D
Dec. 26th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
What does that quote have to do with PS3? 0_o
Dec. 27th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
I added ":/"
Dec. 27th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
So I'm just going to sit back and think naughty thoughts about all of the possibilities of a ONE TB HARD DRIVE

/eyes spin~
Dec. 27th, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)
I thought you'd already played Vesperia.
Dec. 28th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
"Not only this, but the future games that are coming out are going to be AMAZING. Heavy Rain? Last Guardian? White Knight Chronicles? Final Fantasy XIII in a non-compressed form? Thank you sir, may I have another? :D"

Don't forget 3D Dot Game Heroes on that list. Instant nostalgia FTW, IMO. (Plus, Atlus is localizing it.)

Is Cross Edge really supposed to be good? I haven't heard many positive things about it. I guess I'll have to take a look at Alex's review then.
Dec. 29th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
Genuinely surprised that you ditched Pearl, but, then, my copy of Diamond is sitting on my shelf, unplayed, and, if I get the itch for the series, I keep revisiting Leaf Green and Sapphire. Perhaps what you say about not 'feeling' it for Pearl has a certain truth to it?

As for Dissidia, if you are not feeling that, either, then there is no shame in trading it, but spamming will only work up to a point, I have found. The computer, while not smart, is good at 'sploits. (Try spamming on Jecht. It hurts.) Keep playing, see how you feel about it after unlocking everything, etc.
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