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GameSpot's Ornament Scavenger Hunt

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CLUE 1: Van Nguyenhttp://uk.gamespot.com/users/Van/show_blog_entry.php?topic_id=m-100-25893598

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CLUE 37: Brendan Sinclairhttp://uk.gamespot.com/users/Polybren/show_blog_entry.php?topic_id=m-100-25893544

CLUE 38: Laura Parkerhttp://uk.gamespot.com/users/Lozzica/show_blog_entry.php?topic_id=m-100-25893571

A blog to Final Fantasy

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Final Fantasy

Since we are gaming, many franchises changed, we played many platforms, the way we play changed and even whole genres changed. Some new kids came who surpassed the old group of gamers with there reflexes and concentration. The market got bigger for so-called "Casual" gamers and even for non-gamers. But non matter which group of gamer you are, everyone agrees that Final Fantasy is one of the rare great constants in the gaming industry, providing a unique feeling which no one else can. In the mid 1980's, Square (now Square Enix) was facing bankruptcy. In those times Hironobu Sakaguchi decided to create one more fantasy based Role-playing game since he said that he isn't good at making action games and decided to tell people a story, inspired by Enix's Dragon Quest, Nintendo's The legend of Zelda and the Ultima series. Since he was planing to retire after that game, he decided to name the game Final Fantasy. The development team was counting 7 people, while the other team at Square had about 20. It was originally planed that the first shipment will consist of 200000 units but Hironobu pleaded the company ship 400000 and they agreed. Aside of Hironobu as designer, other noteable people working on that game werecharacters and title logo designer Yoshitaka Amano, Akitoshi Kawazu and Kenji Terada were the writers, programmer of that game was a Iranian-American freelancer programmer Nasir Gebelli and the music was composed by Nobuo Uematsu.

Hironobu Sakaguchi
This man though Final Fantasy is going to be his last game.

The game was critically very well accepted, especially in Japan selling the whole shipment. Nintendo made the localization of the game for the North American market, after the success of Dragon Quest. Unlike how it was in Japan the game was mild received in NA. The gameplay is like from any RPG from that time. It consisted from an overworld map on which you move across the world, the battles were turn-based and only possible through random encounters and the level-up system was based on experience points you get after every battle to level-up and to raise your stats which was done automatically. There was a story, but because of the limitations the consoles had in those times, it was very basic. The first installment of the series is regarded as one of the most influential early console RPG. And all that was enough to spawn a sequel, but since Hironobu planned the game to be a stand-alone tittle, they decided to create an all-new story, but keep some elements from the first one. The sequel came just a year after, and it had a more complex story, a little of character development and a lot different level-up system which was based on the using of weapons and not experience points, and it introduced Chocobo's. The main people behind the game were the same as behind the first one, but it wasn't localized to NA until 2003. The last Final Fantasy game that came out for Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was Final Fantasy III, which also wasn't localized to the rest of the world until the DS remake that came out in 2006, 2007 in Europa. The original Final Fantasy III came out in 1990 in Japan. It returned the level-up system from Final Fantasy I, it introduced the job system which allows players to change c l a s s whenever they want, and have the players an even more complex story and more depth character development.

FF III characters
Final Fantasy III was probably the first FF that had memorable characters

The NES retired, the Super Nintendo (SNES) came, and with it a new Final Fantasy. Final Fantasy IV, released in 1991 was localized to NA as Final Fantasy II. It was very story-based and many fans still regard it as the best story a Final Fantasy game had. The character development was very deep, but Final Fantasy IV is remembered also for the introducing the Active-Time battle (ATM). What not very well known is that the original script was reduced to one fourth because of the catridge storage limit. Once more, just a year after and without a NA localization, Final Fantasy V saw the light of the day. The ATB returned, and even thought experience points returned, there were not the only factor because the job system played a major role for getting stronger in this game. It is regarded as a great Final Fantasy but with less character development and story. People waited 2 years to get Final Fantasy VI, known as Final Fantasy III in NA. It didn't introduced nothing innovating, and although it had less character development then Final Fantasy IV, the story is regarded also as one of the best in the series and overall as one of the best Final Fantasy's.

Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII was the first Final Fantasy in 3D

Final Fantasy VII abandoned Nintendo, and went to Sony's new console, the PlayStation. It was the first Final Fantasy in 3D, it had prerendered background, CGI animations and a lot more and to write everything that it introduced would take a whole blog. It is the best selling Final Fantasy till date, selling about 10 millions units, and it is also one of the best accepted by critics. The story is the most important part of the game, but for many it is a very hard story since it has about 200 A4 paper script without any voice acting. Final Fantasy VIII came 2 years after, and it didn't introduced anythingrevolutionary but a great story which became a synonymous for Final Fantasy games. Final Fantasy IX returned to the roots and was based on crystals, like the first games but all in 3D, and it is one of the best rated Final Fantasy games. Playstation 2 came, and once more a new Final Fantasy came. It was Final Fantasy X (which was also the first Final Fantasy that spawned a real sequel, Final Fantasy X-2), which was the first Final Fantasy to introduce voice acting to the series and boosted the sales of Sony's console. It also introduced a new battle system called Conditional Turn-Based Battle (CTB), but it also was the last game from Square, which after this game, became Square Enix. That act changed a lot, since Hironobu and some other staff left and created there own studios. The composer, Nobue Uematsu did the same but he still makes music for Final Fantasy.

Square Enix
Square Enix is formed from two RPG gaints, Square and Enix

Final Fantasy XI is an MMORPG based game and by many not regarded as a true Final Fantasy and it came out in 2002. 5 years after the original release of Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy XII came with the biggest development time for a Final Fantasy game. It featured amazing sound and CGI animations, but it also took out random encounters and it was the first Final Fantasy were you could see enemy's walking on the map. It was very good received by critics and was sold in impressive numbers. And 4 years later we are standing here, playing Final Fantasy XIII, as the latest installment in this long running franchise and enjoying it. If we can believe to Square Enix, it is the most expensive Final Fantasy to date, but it is also one of the worst received Final Fantasy's by critics. But never less, Final Fantasy will stay an impressive franchise with a lot of hater but even more fans.

My most anticipated games of 2010

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It's almost a year since the year started but just like the last year and about in the same time, I posted my most anticipated games of 2010. If you checked out that link you would have seen that 5 out of those 15 games didn't came out the last year, and 3 of those game still aren't out (and again 2 of them are in my list). Games like Mass Effect 2 and Dark Void have been considered in this because there weren't out when the list was made (Bayonneta not but if I would have made the list earlier it would be in top 10), but unfortunetly there were not able to come in the final 15. When I was collecting the games to make the list, I had 85 candidates. After the first rating (the score was based on the sum of 3 different categories which were anticipation, technical side and attraction and every categorie could give a max of 10 points so the max amount was 30 points) the number of games fell down on 36 games that got 25 or more points, and the second rating (just those 36 games) brought down that number on 21 games with a score of 25 or more, but 15 with a score of 26 or more and that's exactly what I wanted. I finally took those 15 games and rated them one more time to order them from 15 to 1. If some games has the same number of points, I took the rang from the last round and considered it.

The 6 games that were just a point from getting in this list are:
Mass Effect 2, Fable III, ModNation Racers, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction, Final Fantasy XIV and Starcraft II (and the last game was number 1 on my list of most anticipate games last year).

Now let us look a bit on charts which will show us on which platform the game will come out:
Platform %Platform %

Now that we saw which console have most exclusives and how many of those game will come on a praticular console I can show you the number of games per genres and age rating:
GenresAge rating

After all this statistics, I'm ready to show you my top 15 most anticipated games (the legend is Rang/Name of the game/image/comment/platform/release date/my anticipation rating from round 3 (anticipation, attraction, technical side)/possibility of moving to next year (if it's 0% then this doesn't exists) and here there are:

15)
Dante's Inferno
Dante's Inferno
So, the game which is the last on the list is an M rated Action/Adventure game from EA Visceral studio (the studio behind the great Dead Space from 2008 ). Like most of you know, the game is based on Dante's Book of the Hell, which is a part of one of the greatest cultural heritage of literature, and part of the Divine comedy. I'm really excited to see how EA is gonna make such a great book in a game, although we already know that it won't follow the book complitly, already the fact that the main character is Dante who is searching for his belowed girlfriend is showing us that, and will they bring us the charm of Virgilie (in the book he is the guide who shows around Hell) right? It's up to us too test when the game comes out!
Platform: Playstation 3, X-box 360 and Playstation Portable
Release date: February 9
My rating: 24/30 (7,8,9)

14)
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 5
The best racing simulation game is coming, and that's for the fifth time! We all now what Kazunori Yamauchi wants from this game so no wonder it is been expected to come out since 2008. And you ask what he wants? Only one word: Perfection, and that in all segments. As we already know, Polyphone studio has already spend more then 60 million $ for this game so we can expect just a hell of a racing and frustration because of the great physic which the game will provide.
Platform: Playstation 3 exclusive
Release date: TBA 2010 (last half)
My rating: 25/30 (7,10,8 )
Moving rate: 25%

13)
Nier
Nier
An upcoming Action/Adventure game with a M rating from Square Enix! Now what can we expect from it? Well, hopefully a lot of fun and killing, but since Bayonetta came out all games on this theme will have to struggle to become great. So let us see how SE will perform!
Platform: Playstation 3 and X-box 360
Release date: Summer
My rating: 25/30 (8,8,9)
Moving rate: about 25%

12)
Alan Wake
Alan Wake
Will Remedy, the Finish studio behind some of the greatest games, be able to provide us some big excitment with this game which we are waiting for about 3-4 years? They better do, and Microsoft also hopes big from this probably M rated Adventure game with some little Action, maybe this will be a little answer to Sony's Heavy Rain.
Platform: X-box 360 exclusive (PC version planned)
Release date: April 13
My rating: 25/30 (8,9,8 )

11)
The legend of Zelda (Wii)
Untittled The legend of Zelda (Wii)

The yet to be tittled TloZ game for Wii. We all hope Shigeru Miyamoto and his team will be able to complete the game till end of the year and provide us some great Action/Adventure sequence which all TloZ games had.
Platform: Wii exlusive
Release date: Late 2010
My rating: 25/30 (8,9,8 )
Moving rate: up to 50%

10)
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
MGS: Peace Walker
Hideo Kojima never failed us to provide us some great cartoon box fun and action and the same will probably be this time also. The multiplayer looks promising and the excitment that this is a main story game just brings this game this high on this list!
Platform: Playstation Portable exclusive
Release date: May 25
My rating: 26/30 (9,9,8 )

9)
Professor Layton and the last Time travel
Professor Layton and the last Time travel
A game which came out in late 2008 in Japan is hopefully coming to us this year. The great puzzle game from Level 5 is already expecting it's 5th tittle in Japan and a movie will soon be out! This is the third game in the story and progress the story of the first 3 games, but the 4th tittle will take place before the first game followed by the movie.
Platform: Nintendo DS exclusive
Release date: Second half 2010
My rating: 26/30 (9,9,8 )

8 )
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Shigeru Miyamoto said last year that the game could have been released in the holiday session of 2009 but he didn't wanted to spoil the fun for New Super Mario Bros. Wii, so the will released this year. I hope many things from the best platformer game and world famous plumber!
Platform: Wii exclusive
Release date: TBA 2010
My rating: 26/30 (10,8,8 )

7)
Fallout: New Vegas
Fallout: New Vegas
A new game from Obsidian games (part of them are creators from the original Fallout) and Bethesda. Like we know it will not be a sequal to Fallout 3, it will be a new entry in the RPG series. Like the name say, it will be in Nevada, Las Vegas after the nuclear apocalypse. Now we just have to hope that it comes out this year!
Platform: Playstation 3, X-box 360 and PC
Release date: TBA 2010
My ratting: 27/30 (9,9,9)
Moving rate: about 40%

6)
The last Guardian
The last Guardian
Fumito Ueda and the rest of his team which are behind two of the greatest games ever, Shadow of the Collosus and ICO, are hard at work for there upcoming Action/Adventure game, feautering a young boy and a big griffin-like creature. Like we know from previous games, one of them will die, but will it be?
Platform: Playstation 3 exclusive
Release date: TBA 2010
My rating: 27/30 (9,9,9)
Moving rate: 40-50%

5)
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
The next entry in the praised RPG Kingdom Hearts series, a hybrid of Final Fantasy, Disney and some original thoughs from Tetsuya Noumura and the rest of his staff from Square Enix. The game is already out in Japan and getting praised so we just have to wait to get!
Platform: Playstation Portable
Release date: Tba 2010
My rating: 27/30 (10,9,8 )
Moving rate: 10%

4)
Crysis 2
Crysis 2
We all know for the original Far Cry, for Crysis. There are the most praised games when it comes to the technical stuff in the year when they came out and even in the following. All that was done by the German studio Crytek which has opened by Turkey imigrants. Crysis 2 will be the sequal to the critical very good acclaimed shooter from 2007. This M rate shooter should better not fail us!
Platform: PC, Playstation 3 and X-box 360
Release date: TBA 2010
My rating: 28/30 (9,10,9)
Moving rate: about 30%

3)
God of War III
God of War III
Everybody who played and finished God of War II wants this tittle. We want to see how this M rated Action/Adventure game will truly end. Will the spartan who became the god of war, but then betrayed by Zeus, get his revenge or will the god of gods show to powerfull to do so. We will find out soon and hope that Sony's Santa Monica crew did great job!
Platform: Playstation 3 exclusive
Release date: March 16
My rating: 29/30 (10,10,9)

2)
Heavy Rain
Heavy Rain
Sony's biggest exclusive, along side with God of War III, is coming out soon! This M rated Adventure game, made by French Quantic Dream with David Cage on the top, will feature probably the most realistic facial and body emotions and movings in any game. The game will be about 4 characters chasing a serial killer and all of them have some other reason for that, but they also have private problems (astma etc) which will be activated while we play and just bring more tension.
Platform: Playstation 3 exclusive
Release date: February 23
My ratting: 30/30 (10,10,10)

1)
Final Fantasy XIII
Final Fantasy XIII
Square Enix most praised game and franchise started more then 20 years ago and it's still running. It was suppoused to be Hironobu's last game, but we see what happend, we got 12 more titles. It evolved to one of the greatest RPG games and series. We already await this game for 3-4 years and we finally will play it this year in March. Just a little more time and we will finally fell that Final Fantasy felling again!
Platform: Playstation 3 and X-box 360
Release date: March 9
My ratting: 30/30 (10,10,10)

My "Best of 2009"

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The last year had some great games and just like last year I'll make a GotY awards, so without further explanation let us start this thing that I want to become annual for me :). No more words since I will go beyond the 20K limit and not all games will have comments (runner-up's were suppoused to be linked but since the limit I broke the links):

Special archivments

Most suprisingly good game:

Cryostasis: The Sleep of Reason
Cryostasis
Well it isn't a game for anyone, but if you are able you should try this game. It has slow pace but an excellent story.

Best story:

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 days
The game that caught me with it's friendship story, probably the most emotional story on a handheld console alongside with FF VII Crisis core
Runner-up: Dragon Age: Origins

Best graphic, technical:

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
C'mon, who else could it be?
Runner-up: Assassin's Creed II

Best graphic, artistic:

Borderlands
Borderlands
What a hell of a beautifull game.
Runner-up's: Flower, Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box and Trine

Best original downable console game:

Shadow Complex
Shadow Complex
Can't say I was amazed by this game when I first saw it on E3 2009, but then I was even more amazed to see it when it came out and in full motion.
Runner-up: Flower

Best DLC:

GTAIV Ballad of Gay Tony
GTA Ballad of gay Tony
This superb DLC was just desgned to be better then most full games (although you can say that for this DLC)
Runner up: Fallout 3: Broken Steel

Best atmosphere:

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
Me as a fan of this series (not the latest tittles) was really moved by this game
Runner-up's: Killzone 2 and Batman: Arkham Asylum

Best lincensed music:

Brutal Legend
Brütal Legend
A suprise? Well, if you would know me better, then it woudn't be.

Best sound design:

Killzone 2
Killzone 2
Last year winner of this award was way better but Killzone 2 does a great job.
Runner-up's: Left 4 Dead 2 and Dead Space Extraction

Best voice acting:

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Let be honest, who had a chance against it?

Best use of a creative license:

Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Well, it got an award from me.

Best competitive multiplayer:

Killzone 2
Killzone 2
Hell of a multiplayer, hope that MAG will overcome it.
Runner-up's: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II and Street Fighter IV

Best cooperative multiplayer:

Left 4 Dead 2
Left 4 Dead 2
What a blast to play it with a friend.
Runner-up's: Borderlands and Resident Evil 5

Best original game mechanic:

Half-Minute Hero
Half-minute Hero
Have something against it? First play it!
Runner-up's: Scribblenauts and Demon's Souls

Most improved sequal:

Assassin's Creed II
Assassins Creed II
What an improvment from the first game. Just try both and see yourself!
Runner-up's: Killzone 2 and LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias

Best use of a control sheme:

Big Bang Mini
Big Bang Mini
Have you ever thought about shooting fireworks? And that it would be fun? Well, you got that in this game + you can't get burn (only if your DS explodes in your hand).
Runner-up: Dead Space Extraction

Best original IP:

inFamous
inFamous
Why not Dragon Age? It is about the most ORIGINAL IP, so you get the point.
Runner-up: Dragon Age: Origins

Best Boss Fights:

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
Mario & Luigi: Bowsers Inside Story
Even the most popular bros. got an award.
Runner-up: Demon's Souls

Most Memorable moment:

Dead Space Extraction
Dead Space: Extraction
One of the best game of last year prequal got this award for a moment that won't vanish from my head for some time.
Runner-up: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Best writing/dialogue:

Dragon Age: Origins
Dragon Age: Origins
Are you sure you have read all those writing this game has? Though so.
Runner-up: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Dubious awards


Most dissapointing game:

Scribblenauts
Scribblenauts
No mather how much innovative this game, it just gets pretty boring soon.

Best game no one played:

Dead Space Extraction
Dead Space: Extraction
Please people go and buy this game! It's just plain awesome.

Genre awards

Best Action-Adventure game:

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown wars
Yeah, it isn't the praised Uncharted 2 nor any other then maybe the best GTA yet.
Runner-up's: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, inFamous and Prototype

Best driving game:

Forza Motorsport 3
Forza Motorsport 3
Forza, Forza, Forza!!!
Runner-up: Need for Speed: Shift

Best fighting game:

Street Fighter IV
Street Fighter IV
Only Capcom can make a fighting game this good!
Runner-up's: BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger and Punch-Out!!

Best Adventure game:

Tales of Monkey Island
Tales of Monkey Island
Who else would be the best Adventure game of the year?
Runner-up's: Monkey Island: Special and Machinarium

Best platformer game:

Trine
Trine
In a very poor concurence.
Runner up's: LittleBigPlanet, New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time

Best puzzle game:

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
Professor Layton and the diabolicol box
As a big fan of riddles, I was fascinated by this sequal of a great game.

Best Role-Playing game:

Dragon Age: Origins
Dragon Age: Origins
Any suprise to see this here, as I call it "Final Fantasy" in a western setting, or the successor of Baldur's Gate.
Runner-up's: Demon's Souls and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

Best shooter game:

Killzone 2
Killzone 2
There were no better game to get this award.
Runner-up's: Left 4 Dead 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Best sports game:

FIFA Soccer 10
Fifa 10
Football forever for me, especially when it's this good and inovative for a sport game.
Runner-up's: NBA 2K10 and Skate 2

Best strategy game:

Empire: Total War
Empire: Total War
As detailed as a strategy game can get.
Runner-up's: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II and Dawn of Discovery

Platform awards

Best PC game:

Dragon Age: Origins
Dragon Age: Origins
No need to comment.
Runner-up: Left 4 Dead 2

Best X-box 360 game:

Forza Motorsport 3
Forza Motorsport 3
As an exclusive it got a jump before multiplatform releases.
Runner-up's: Left 4 Dead 2 and Assassin's Creed II

Best PlayStation 3 game:

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
No wonder it got this award, although Killzone 2 got more independent awards.
Runner-up's: Demon's Souls, Killzone 2, inFamous and Assassin's Creed II

Best Wii game:

Dead Space Extraction
Dead Space: Extraction
Just like GameSpot finds it, I also regard this game as the best Wii game of 2009 with all aspects in mind.
Runner-up: New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Best PlayStation Portable game:

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown wars
Looking at the other games for this console this the one who deserves this award.
Runner-up's: Dissidia: Final Fantasy and LittleBigPlanet

Best Nintendo DS game:

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 days
An obvious choice for a RPG lover as me.
Runner-up's: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks and Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

Game of the Year

Dragon Age: Origins
Dragon Age: Origins
As much as those other games are great, Dragon Age: Origins surpass them with excellent story, graphics, character development, and tons of brilliant side quest which blends excellent with the main story which has it own twist and turns in the quest to rid of the darkspawns but also other threats. In the time you do that you learn a great deal about the world and it inhabitans, not just friendly. A game which should be played by most gamers and those RPG lovers between us can't call themself that if they miss this game.

See ya ;).


2 years already!

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Well, first of all, it's been some time since I posted a blog or done something, I think it's been around 3 months. There was no reason for that, I was everyday on Internet, I was even visitng GS every second day, but I just didn't visited my profile. I think I will return to my former rutine of posting a blog at least once in two weeks, read your blogs, comment them (to be honest, that's what I missed at most, I just like to read blogs and then to leave long comments :lol: ). I glad to come back :). In the last three months nothing much happend, I played most time the DS, mostly because of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 days which I have beated in 80 hours, from October to November, and I really liked the game, especially the friendship stroy between the main characters. Aside of that game I just got few new games like Scribelnauts, TloZ: Spirit tracks, tec., but from the big games it was only Dragon Age: Origins, and I love it!

I still don't have a console, I remember a blog from a year and half when I said that I will get a PS3 :P, but at least my friend has a X360 so I can play some of the games. I also play Final Fantasy VII now, and I can't wait the game which got 39/40 from Famitsu and already has sold 1,698,256 units and is comming out on March 9th. I think you already know which game is it :). It looks great, and I never was dissapointed from SE. I celebrated new year with my friends and it rocked, and btw. a happy new year! This last year was fantastic when it comes to games, and I was suprised to see which game got GOTY from GS, Demon's Soul is a great game but is it really better then Dragon Age or Uncharted 2? Well, I can live with the result. I would like to make my GotY award blog but curently I don't have time.

My game of the year would be Dragon Age: Origins

I was also suprised to see a PM on December 10th which said I was nominated for GameSpoter of the year! Well I knew that I don't have a chance to get the most votes but at least I wasn't the last one :) link.

The reason why I made this blog was that today is my 2 year anniversary since I created an account on this site (yeah, I know it says it was yesterday, but I know better when I joined and I have the last year anniversary blog as a proof). It was one more great year on GS, many friends left GS, many others joined. Last year I wrote something about my best friends which I gained on this site, this time I'm not doing it but I think you people know that most of you would be in there :). I really hope we stay friends. Like last year I plan to make my list of most anticipated games of 2010 (my 2009 most anticipated games) and out of 15 games I listed last year, 5 are comming this year. And again like last year, I think to make some stats about my profile (not the one we have in the "about me" section). But let's s my stats from the "About Me" section and how much I improved since my last year anniversary:

Personal

  • Profile views: 5078 (went up by 3637)
  • Friends: 138 (went up by 34)
  • People Tracking Me: 177 (went up by 73)
  • Games in Collection: 321 (went down by 27)

Community

  • Forum Posts: 4721 (went uo by 1987)
  • Comments: 810 (went up by 502)
  • My Blog Posts: 54 (went up by 24)
  • Union Blog Posts: 84 (went up by 19)
  • Emblems: 23 (went up by 9)
  • Level: 25 at 14% (went up by 5 levels)

Contributions

  • Written Reviews: 7 (went up by 5)
  • Rated Games: 195 (went up by 19)
  • Videos Uploaded: 1 (N/A)
  • Images Uploaded: 0 (N/A)
  • Digg Referrals: 0 (N/A)
  • Tags: 635 (went up by 151)

Well, this is it, see ya on your blogs (I missed a lot :|).

#8 Monthly Blog - August Edition

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As always I'm late with my monthly blogs :P. Well it was quite an intresting month, school started, had a lot of fun and all that comes with that. The summer is going away but I still can enjoy temperature above 20*C. The were some intresting news also, and yesterday was the 10th anniversary of Dreamcast, that console was way underrated by public. Also GameSpot's new feature "All-time greatest Video Game Hero" was also unpredictable. Master Chief lost in round 1, Pac Man head on head against Kirby, and now Sonic lossing against the same characters which won against Matser Chief aka Bub & Bob and Cloud has a hard time against Little Mac. Now let the MB starts :):

New Adquisitions

Civilization IV BoxshotVirtua Tennis 2009 BoxshotBully: Scholarship Edition Boxshot

Progress

member card
overall MB- Yay, I got the "Overall Monthly Blog of Month" :D

Stats Progress

level
tots
What? OTS is evolving!

vote
Rock the Vote!!

stats

Blogs written since last Monthly Blog:
#7 Monthly Blog, Part 1(August 12) - 28 comments
#50 blog: Genre Countdown with #10(August 17) - 16 comments
#9 of genre countdown(August 21) - 18 comments
#8 of genre countdown(August 26) - 19 comments
#7 of genre countdown(August 29) - 23 comments

Gaming Progress

Games I played since last monthly blog:

Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead Boxshot
Played about 2 hours by my friend on X360 and unlocked only about 100G :P

Digimon World DS
Digimon World DS Boxshot
A game which gets pretty low scores from critics but high from fans :D I played almost 30 hours and still have to play

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Boxshot
I just loved this game and it hasn't changed this time also, no wonder it got a 9.2 from GS :)

Super Mario RPG
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Boxshot
I really like this game :D

Final Fantasy III(aka VI)
Final Fantasy III Boxshot
Wow, what a game :D

Games I finished since my last Monthly Blog:

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Boxshot
Have beat the game
Time played: 19:50
My score: 9.0

Super Mario RPG
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Boxshot
Have beat the game
Time played: about 17-20 hours
My score: 9.0

Final Fantasy III(aka VI)
Final Fantasy III Boxshot
Have beat this masterpiece
Time played: 55:08
My score: 10

AnelZukic's August Awards

game
Final Fantasy III Boxshot
What a game, I think I can only say that and that I recommend this game
for every RPG lover (althoigh I think every RPG gamer has played it :P)

virtual&heroin
celes
Celes from Final Fantasy VI

hero
locke
Locke from Final Fantasy VI

villian
kefka
Probably the most insane character ever

item
Can't find a pic but it's the magacites from Final Fantasy VI

anime
naruto
The last time Digimon, this time Naruto Shippuden

image

If it should never fail, then why prepare an error message and put it in the operating system? :P

surprise
Since I can't get something better: Master Chief lossing to Bub & Bob in GS ATG

dissapointment
C'mon Microsoft, Only announcing Fable III on GamesCom and again it wants a strong market in Europa, no wonder PlayStation is dominant over here.

news
Marvel been bough by Dinsey?
A $4 billion takeover, never saw this coming

overall
GC
GamesCom held in Germany, Cologne (or Köln)

question
Which do you like more, the old or the new design of PlayStation 3?

Guess that's all for this Monthly Blog so till next time have fun and here is the link to the other Monthly Blogs ;).

#7 of genre countdown

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September 1, so2 days to go and school starts for me. I will have 10 classes/courses, but the teaching system is different then in U.S. so don't just go :shock: :P. I will have 3 languages (Bosnian, German and English), Math, Economic Mathematic, Psihical Education (glad to have it, I can release my stress from school on it :P), marketing, Economy-Bussines, Information Technology (releated to Economy-Bussines) and the next name is only one subject and it's called Civic Education, democracy and civil rights. Now to let school behind. Like I said I made my brackets, but I would loved if GameSpot allowed us to show our brackets to our friends. My fav heroes from the list is are Cloud Strife and Kratos but my final four are Mario, Master Chief, Mario and Link, with Mario and Snake in finals and Snake winning (even though I'm not a big of Snake but I don't want Mario to win :P). And I added one more emblem to my collection for voting in the qualification of ATG :) Now let start with #7 of genre countdown:

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#7: Shooters

Shooter games are a subgenre of action game, which often test the player's speed and reaction time. Because "shooters make up the majority of action games", it is a fairly it's own genre. It includes many subgenres that have the commonality of focusing "on the actions of the avatar using some sort of weapon. Usually this weapon is a gun, or some other long-range weapon". A common resource found in many shooter games is ammunition.


Killing people is fun, but killing zombies is more fun.

For many shooters are by far there favorite genre and until the wide spreading of the 5th generation of conoles, only people who played shooters and RPG were called gamers. I myself started to play shooter when I was 12 years :lol:. Even then I played CoD, Counter-Strike, Battlefield and those games at the begin. I never was big fan of shooters but the amount of shooter games that are coming out is imense and if you don't play them you are probably missing most of the best games of a pariculary year. Without further ado let's see which are my favorite franchises out there from this genre (the one I still need to play is Unreal Tournament) :

1) Crysis
2) Bioshock
3) Half-Life
4) Medal of Honor
5) Doom
6) Far Cry
7) Quake
8 ) Battlefield
9) Call of Duty

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That was number 7. The next blog will probably be my monthly blog, and after that I'm planning to make a blog of my most anticipated games of this fall ;). Ramadan, a month of fasting and for Muslims the most holy month of the year, started 9 days ago, and since I'm a Muslim, we are fasting since the true dawn to dusk, so that means no water or food in that time. And to be honest it really can be hard to fast for 15-16 hours on a day :P.

Also, these are the genres which are still in race:

Platformers, Action-Adventure (stealth, survival-horror, open world games), Adventure, Role-Playing games (Action RPG, MMORPG, Tactical RPG), Startegy (Real-Time Strategy, Tower defense, 4X, Real-Time tactics, Turn-based strategy, Turn-based tactics) and Puzzle.

See ya and have fun ;)

#8 of genre countdown

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I think it's time to show number 8 of this countdown. Also, GameSpot's feature All Time Greatest Game Herohas came to the stage where we are allowed to make our brackets, so if you haven't made yours do it now, the voting starts at September 1, and the finals are on October 15. I will only say that there are some matches already at the begin and some characters which many doesn't know (I didn't knew for 20 of those characters :P). Also, I've been playing Final Fantasy VI for SNES mostly because I heard great things about it, but the real thing that motivated me to play itwas a user, dark_massenger, who wrote just great things about it in his blogs :). And the new emblem which I got is cute :P, here it is:

What? OTS is evolving!

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#8: Vechicle based games

Why vechicle based games? I didn't wanted just driving or racing, that's why. This genre is divided in two groupes, simulations, which wants to bring the reallity as close as possible, and arcade which wants to bring as much fun as possible. Because the market want's fun and not frustration because of failing, the simulation subgenre of this genre is decreasing in numbers of released games.


Arcade...


...or simulation

I'm someone who preffers challenge and that's why I preffer simulation. I'm playing this genre since I'm gaming so that's means some 12-13 years. I played many games from this genre but my favorites are:

1) Gran Turismo series
2) Need for Speed series
3) Burnout series
4) Mario Kart series
5) Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.

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That was my number 8 :). I think my next blog will be number 7 of this countdown, but after that comes the monthly blog and I thinking to make a blog of my most anticipated games of this fall (I throw the idea away to make a blog about GamesCom :P).

Oh, and these are the genres which are still in the race:

Platformers, Shooters, Action-Adventure (stealth, survival-horror, open world games), Adventure, Role-Playing games (Action RPG, MMORPG, Tactical RPG), Startegy (Real-Time Strategy, Tower defense, 4X, Real-Time tactics, Turn-based strategy, Turn-based tactics) and Puzzle.

See ya and have fun :)

#9 of genre countdown

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It passed more then 2 days when I posted number 10 so it's time to show you number 9. After the GamesCom finish I will write a blog about it, about the most important and interesting things which happend so I will probably stop this countdown for a few day then ;). Since the new PS3 slim is revealed and the price cut happend, I will buy a PS3 even sooner (at least I hope), but I'm in a dilema. I don't know which to buy, should it be the c1assic 80GB PS3 or the 120GB Slim version (HDD isn't a problem I will probably change it anyway). The price is the same but I kinda like more the c1assic look with the chrome finish and it looks more badass. Help would come good at this moment :P Please comment in the comment. The slim is fine and I could live with it and the way it looks but the "fat" one just looks better and I don't know if the slim will have some errors and technical mistakes at the begin of manufacturing. Now let me show you #9 of my countdown:

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#9: Sport Genre

A sports game is a computer or video game that simulates the playing of traditional sports. Most sports have been recreated with a game, including team sports, athletics and extreme sports. Some games emphasize actually playing the sport (such as the Madden NFL series), whilst others emphasize strategy and organization (such as Championship Manager). Some, such as Arch Rivals, satirize the sport for comic effect. This genre has been popular throughout the history of video games and is competitive, just like real-world sports. A number of games series feature the names and characteristics of real teams and players, and are updated annually to reflect real-world changes.

The genre is not to be confused with electronic sports, which is used to describe computer and video games which are played as competitive sports.

File:Tennis for Two.jpg
Tennis for Two, the first game of its genre

It looks like Sport is in front of fighting. Well it's hard to talk about sport 'cause it differs between countries but I will name my favortie sports and that way you can guess which are my favorite games from this genres. My favorite sports are football (soccer), basketball, voleyball and tennis (well from this list it's sure that I'm from Europa :P), but I also like to watch extreme sports.

My favorite sport games and franchises:

1)Tony Hawk games (skateborading)
2) Evolution Soccer (well obviously football-soccer)
3)NBA 2K (basketball)
4)Top Spin (tennis)
5) Fifa (soccer-football)
6) Virtua Tennis (tennis)

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I'm planning to make a blog about GamesCom, Cologne (or Köln how it is written in German), after it's finished so the next genre will be showed in about 5 days :). This was for the place 9, so that means8 to go. The genres which still are in are:

Platformers, Shooters, Action-Adventure (stealth, survival-horror, open world games), Adventure, Role-Playing games (Action RPG, MMORPG, Tactical RPG), Startegy (Real-Time Strategy, Tower defense, 4X, Real-Time tactics, Turn-based strategy, Turn-based tactics), Vehicle based games (arcade and simulations, it doesn't matter which vehicle, it can be cars, planes, boats, etc.) and Puzzle.

If you want you can make your predictions in the comments ;)

See ya and have fun :).

#50 blog: Genre Countdown with #10

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This is my #50 blog and it took a lot of time to reach it, 19 months :shock:. I will not make this blog into a big blog like it will probably be when I reach my #100 blog. I decided to make my first countdown, and it's gonna be a genre countdown. The music & rhythim genre isn't in, and casual genres also. In this blog I will reveale #10 of the countdown and here it is:

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#10: Fighting genre

Fighting games emphasize one-on-one combat between two characters, one of which may be computer controlled. These games are usually played by linking together long chains of button presses on the controller to use physical attacks to fight. Many of the movements employed by the characters are usually dramatic and occasionally physically impossible. Combat is almost always one-on-one, though there are some exceptions such as the Super Smash Bros. series and Guilty Gear Isuka, pitting up to four combatants in the fight at one time. This genre first appeared in 1976 with the release of Sega's Heavyweight Boxing and later became a phenomenon, particularly in the arcades, with the release of Street Fighter II. The genre is still popular today, although it has failed to see the extreme popularity it once did.

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Although Street Fighter II was not the first fighting game, it popularized and established the gameplay conventions of the genre.

I played my first fighting game with my PS1 which I got in 1999 and it was Tekken 3 which is one of my all-time favorite game ever, but since fighting games aren't as popular as before, I almost forgot this genre until I got Street Fighter 4 for PC in this month. I hope that Tekken 6 is gonna be a great game so that more fighting games starst to come out. I really like all genres and that's mostly the reason why I even love the genre which is on the last spot but the others are just better.

My favorite Fighting games and franchises:

1) The Tekken series
2) The Street Fighter series
3) The Naruto Ultimate Ninja series
4) The Soulcallibur series

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This was for the place 10, so that means 9 to go. The genres which still are in are:

Platformers, Shooters, Action-Adventure (stealth, survival-horror, open world games), Adventure, Role-Playing games (Action RPG, MMORPG, Tactical RPG), Startegy (Real-Time Strategy, Tower defense, 4X, Real-Time tactics, Turn-based strategy, Turn-based tactics), Vehicle based games (arcade and simulations, it doesn't matter which vehicle, it can be cars, planes, boats, etc.), Puzzle and Sport.

If you want you can make your predictions in the comments ;)

See ya and have fun :).