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OK! Now, let's talk about something I REALLY care about! Hell, I might even do this for DHG-- wait, no, I have like eight other thins to do for them because no one else is pulling their fucking weight.

Day 1 - Very first video game.

This is the one that did it, way back when I was like 3 years old.

Day 2 - Your favorite character. - I'm not sure I can pick one. There have been so many over the years. The first one that really comes to mind is Lyon from Suikoden V, though I also liked Cyan Garamonde (FFVI) and... this is a 180 for me, but the more I see of her, the more I enjoy of Naoto Shirogane (Persona 4).

Day 3 - A game that is underrated. - I'm probably the wrong person to do this meme, because I can think of at least ten games. So I'll just go with one I just bought: A Boy And His Blob, for the Wii.

Day 4 - Your guilty pleasure game. - Just about any hentai game I own. I guess the most guilty one of those that I actually enjoy would be Princess Waltz.

Day 5 - Game character you feel you are most like (or wish you were). - I don't do self-insertion. :P

Day 6 - Most annoying character.

Yeah, I went there.

Day 7 - Favorite game couple.

Day 8 - Best soundtrack. - I have to say Chrono Cross, still. But games like Lunar: Silver Star Story, Trauma Centre: New Blood and about four of the Ys games are right up there.

Day 9 - Saddest game scene. - Fuck you and your Aerith. Losing Nei sucked. :(

Day 10 - Best gameplay. - ... Which genre?

Seriously. Which genre? Do you want sports gameplay? Becuase if you do, it's MLB: The Show. RPG gameplay? No system, to me, is more intuitive than that of Chrono Trigger. Best action gameplay? Super Mario Bros. I mean, it depends on what you want. For example, I love Shadow of the Colossus, but the gameplay is something you fight with more often than not.

Day 11 - Gaming system of choice. - Lately, the PS3 is the system that gets the most gameplay out of me, though - surprisingly - the PSP is close. I don't think the layperson understands just how much fucking ass the PSP has kicked lately, especially if you're into Japanese games.

Day 12 - A game everyone should play. - My kick lately has been a $5 game called VVVVVV, which can play on any system and supports Mac play, but it's really short. So I'll combine that by saying that everyone should try the PS3/PC shooter Everyday Shooter. It's what would happen if Questionable Content's Jeph Jacques got together with Mogwai to make a video game. Both games run you a combined $15, which is 1/4 the cost of any other console game, many of which aren't as good.

Day 13 - A game you’ve played more than five times. - Uh... thousands of them?

Day 14 - Current (or most recent) gaming wallpaper. - I don't use "gaming" wallpapers. Then again, I DO have Aileen as my wallpaper, and I DO kinda play her like I would a controller, so *SHOT* *SHOT* *SHOT*

... What? TMI?


Day 15 - Post a screenshot from the game you’re playing right now.

Yes, I literally installed XP on my legacy desktop so that I could play this again, because it doesn't work in Win7.

Day 16 - Game with the best cut scenes. - Strangely enough? I don't care enough about cutscenes. I'd rather have that happen in real time. But since you asked? I've always had a soft spot for the cutscenes in Dark Cloud 2. Not because they're technically marvelous - they're not - but because they managed to convey the story of the game in the best way possible, especially considering the year the game was released.

Day 17 - Favorite antagonist. - The whole purpose of an "antagonist" is to be someone that you hate so much that you want to kill them. Therefore, there really should be no "favourite". I guess the closest I can find is Gizel Godwin from Suikoden V.

Day 18 - Favorite protagonist. - I tend to gravitate more towards sidekicks than protagonists. Ironically, all of my favourite RPGs have silent protagonists; the Suikoden games, Chrono Trigger, even Super Mario RPG. Just for shits and giggles, I'll say it's a tie between two Dreamcast RPGs: Ryudo (Grandia II) and Vyse (Skies of Arcadia). But I could probably think of more.

Day 19 - Picture of a game setting you wish you lived in. - I like my small towns. So I guess the closest I can think of is Inaba (Persona 4)

Day 20 - Favorite genre. - I defy labels: equal parts JRPG and sports. Beat that!

Day 21 - Game with the best story. - Again. This is where playing so many games over the years hurts me. Is it Final Fantasy IV? Final Fantasy VI? How about the three relevant Phantasy Star games (III doesn't count)? Suikoden II or V? Hey, what about Shadow of the Colossus, a game with virtually no discernible text? Really, what do you want out of your stories? Some people think Kingdom Hearts has a great story, I think Kingdom Hearts is a yaoi manga as told by Winnie the Pooh. These same people think SotC is stupid. For me, it depends on the flavour of what I want. It's like my food. Some days, I want Japanese, others, I want Italian.

Day 22 - A game sequel which disappointed you. - Just wait until this NHL '11 review is done. :P

Day 23 - Game you think had the best graphics or art style. - As much as I want to say Dark Cloud 2, I have to go with Odin Sphere here. It is absolutely striking what they were able to accomplish with that PS2 game.

Day 24 - Favorite classic game. - Super Mario Bros. I will fight people over this.

Day 25 - A game you plan on playing. Let's look *just at my shelf* of games that haven't been opened or played yet due to time constraints:

* Record of Agarest War
* Tales of the Abyss
* Disgaea 3
* A Boy And His Blob (though good luck getting me to play the Wii)

This isn't even taking into account games that I've opened and played, but don't have time to really dig into, like Sakura Taisen V, Pokemon Whateverversionibought, Phantasy Star Portable 2, among others.

Sometimes, this business of playing games for a living sucks.

This is where the 9-5 guys beat me to death.

Day 26 - Best voice acting. - Going to have to go with Persona 4 here.

Day 27 - Most epic scene ever. - Just thinking of this shit makes me tired. How anyone who hasn't played 1/10th the games that I have can decide this willy-nilly is beyond me. This is information overload. Again, there are too many to name. The end of the first book to Seisen no Keifu, the last part of the true ending of Persona 4, Kefka blowing up the entire world in FFVI, I mean... really now.

Day 28 - Favorite game developer. - Since Working Designs is dead, I'm going to go with Level-5. They can do almost no wrong.

Day 29 - A game you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving. - There are a few in my review archives, but the first one that comes to mind is a cute little puzzle platformer named Toki Tori. It was originally a GBC game, but was released on the iPhone.

Day 30 - Your favorite game of all time. - It's still SMB, but let's go over different genres:

Platformer: Super Mario Bros.
Shooter (2D): Galaga
Shooter (FPS): Team Fortress 2
SRPG: Fire Emblem: Fuuin no Tsurugi
JRPG: It's close... but Suikoden II.
Sports: NHL '10, though this could change in a month if NBA 2K11 is *that* good. Special praise to NHL '94.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 29th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
"I'll say it's a tie between two Dreamcast RPGs: Ryudo (Grandia II) and Vyse (Skies of Arcadia)."

I vehemently approve of this comment. ;] (I maintain that Grandia II is probably the best game on the Dreamcast (or at the very least, the best in the series).)

"I have to go with Odin Sphere here. It is absolutely striking what they were able to accomplish with that PS2 game."

What about either of the other two Vanillaware titles (GrimGrimoire and Muramasa)? (Considering they share the same overarching art style...)
Sep. 29th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
Day 20 - Favorite genre. - I defy labels: equal parts JRPG and sports. Beat that!

JRPG sports? Blue-haired football players? Hockey players with Sailor Moon pigtails? MAGICAL TOUCHDOWN ATTACK!
Sep. 30th, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
Such a game exists:

Captain Tsubasa III for the SNES
Sep. 29th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
Oh man Persona 4's voice acting is hands down one of the best. They had such a good cast.
Sep. 30th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
the more I see of her, the more I enjoy of Naoto Shirogane (Persona 4)

Sep. 30th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
Why do you think I am doing this one a day at a time? LOL.
Sep. 30th, 2010 06:45 am (UTC)
I. Love. Dark Cloud 2.
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