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Persona 4 YAY

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I apologize for being around only sporadically - been getting ready for moar school and other good stuff. :3

But besides that - PERSONA 4 PERSONA 4 PERSONA 4 PERSONA 4.

I'm only six hours in, and I LOVE THIS GAME TO DEATH OH MAN. It's amazing, and not easy! :< I swear the random battles can be harder than the bosses! But the characters are so charming and well-rounded, fusing Personas is surprisingly enjoyable, and the whole 'Social Links' thing sounds pretty ridiculous, but it's actually quite interesting and addictive. Plus, the music is nothing short of fabulous - it's no wonder that they give you a bonus disk of the soundtrack! PERSONAAAAAA *3*

Shiver - Maroon 5

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Working vaguely on sorting out things I might want to blog about, although that's somewhat difficult when you've just had your wisdom teeth out. Until then, have a meme!

Tagged by StargamerX.

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Here are the rules:

1. Put Your iTunes (or other music player) on Shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. You must write down the name of the song no matter how silly it sounds!
4. Put any comments in brackets after the song name.
5. Tag at least 10 friends.
6. Anyone tagged has to do the same, because fun pointlessness spreads like a virus.

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1. If someone says, "Is this okay?" You say:

Can't Take It - The All-American Rejects

2. How would you describe yourself?

Ashes to Ashes - David Bowie

3. What do you like in a girl? (I assume that's 'guy' for me. :P)

The (Shipped) Gold Standard - Fall Out Boy

4. How do you feel today?

Emergency Exit - Beck

5. What is your life's purpose?

Tiffany Blews - Fall Out Boy (what the heck is that supposed to mean?)

6. What is your motto?

I Wanna - The All-American Rejects (that's not a very good motto, methinks :?)

7. What do your friends think of you?

Our Lawyer Made Us Change The Name Of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued - Fall Out Boy

8. What do you think of your parents?

But It's Better If You Do - Panic! At The Disco

9. What do you think about very often?

AEIOU - Charlotte Sometimes

10. What is 2+2?

G.I.N.A.S.F.S - Fall Out Boy (why so much Fall Out Boy today?! DX)

11. What do you think of your best friend?

Unwell - Matchbox Twenty

12. What do you think of the person you like?

I Don't Care - Fall Out Boy (appropriate :lol:)

13. What is your life story?

Qué Onda Guero - Beck

14. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Nine in the Afternoon - Panic! At The Disco

15. What do you think when you see the person you like?

She Had The World - Panic! At The Disco

16. What will you dance to at your wedding?

My Moves Are White [White Hot, That Is] - Cobra Starship

17. What will they play at your funeral?

Fame - David Bowie (yeah, right)

18. What is your hobby/interest?

Little Of Your Time - Maroon 5

19. What is your biggest fear?

This Is The Sound - The Last Goodnight

20. What is your biggest secret?

Angie - Cobra Starship

21. What do you think of your friends?

Dance Inside - The All-American Rejects

22. What will you put as the title?

Shiver - Maroon 5

E3 Was Pretty Win

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I've never actually watched any E3 press conferences before, so I made my best effort this year. I didn't get to see the entirety of Microsoft and EA's press conferences, but I got to see all of Ubisoft's, Nintendo's and Sony's. :D However, from what I have seen, I am extremely excited for the upcoming year in gaming!

Microsoft:

I missed some parts of Microsoft's show, but ultimately, it sounds like it was pretty good! I was a bit underwhelmed by Kinect - I felt its games were a little too similar to what the Wii has been doing. However, I did like Ubisoft's fitness game somewhat, and the game selection could rapidly improve (besides, we really only got a glimpse). I'm also really liking how you can use voice commands to play movies and music on your Xbox. Also, that Metal Gear game with Raiden slicing things up looks wicked awesome, as well as Fable 3, Codename Kingdoms, and Dance Central (Harmonix + music = awesome, naturally). Plus, of course, there's the Xbox 360 Slim. I'm still waffling over the redesign, but hey, it's alright.

EA:

I didn't see much, but their Star Wars trailer was mighty fine!

Ubisoft:

The Soup is one of my favorite television shows, and I totally crush on its host, Joel McHale, so having him host Ubisoft's conference just makes everything a little better. Their Ghost Recon game was pretty amazing looking, and I am highly intrigued by ManiaPlanet (anything that lets you customize your own RPG is right up my alley!). They also revealed Rabbids Travel Through Time, and Rayman Origins! This new Rayman game is 2D and has a gorgeous art style! I love it!

Nintendo:

I shamelessly admit that I screamed with joy at least once during Nintendo's show. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Mario Sports Mix, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, GoldenEye 007, Epic Mickey, Kirby's Epic Yarn (so cute!), Dragon Quest IX, Metroid: Other M, Donkey Kong Country Returns, the 3DS, Kid Icarus: Uprising (OH MY GOD YES!!!!), Kingdom Hearts 3D, Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle, Shin Megami Tensei, Paper Mario and Star Fox (both for the 3DS!) - like WOW! Just the sheer number of games is fantastic!

Sony:

Sony had some pretty awesome stuff as well! Killzone 3 was pretty cool, and they're going to rerelease the Sly Cooper trilogy in HD! :3 They explained how Playstation Move works, and showed it with a game called Sorcery, both of which looked very good! They also showed a game called Heroes on the Move, some kind of Ratchet & Clank/Jak and Daxter/Sly Cooper Move-based crossover. I definitely want to know more about this crazy game. They also showed God of War: Ghost of Sparta and Patapon 3, both for the PSP. They then showed Little Big Planet 2 - I really like the emphasis on how you can create levels in any genre. They've also introduced the ability to add NPCs and create your own cinematics. There was also Playstation Plus, and Portal 2 for the PS3! And Infamous 2!

So, all in all, I'd say the E3 conferences turned out pretty well! What'cha think? :D

Derp :D

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I'm finally starting to get back in the swing of this whole 'Summer' thing. My schedule the past week has mostly been: Eat, Sleep, Play Shadow of the Colossus, and Stare At Wall/TV. XP Now I'm actually doing things!

But enough about me!

So, I finished Shadow of the Colossus (while my little sister beat it for the fourth time - I'm so behind -_-). Still rolling the ending around in my head, trying to see if I just liked it, or if it was great, but as a whole, the game was FANTASTIC. The final boss was all like, "WHOA SO HUGE". :D

So, Super Mario Galaxy 2 came out yesterday! Now, I really love Metacritic, especially since it helped me convice my mom to buy The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (which my mother and brother both ADORE - I'm going to play it soon). I noticed that SMG 2 is currently at a score of 98/100! I was looking at other scores, and this means that currently, there are only five games on Metacritic that are equal to or higher rated than SMG2. With that and the marvelous gameplay and soundtrack, I REALLY want it now. :3

Does anyone here watch Adventure Time? My siblings, several of my friends, and I all love it! It's quite silly and fun, with a nice smattering of jokes for older watchers. It's awesome (or Mathmatical)!

Ah, my brain is all fuzzy. I'm gonna go draw, and I'll get back to proper blogging soon. TTFN! :3

EDIT: Oh, I just remembered! My parents bought Plants vs. Zombies while I was at college! I'll blather on about the joys of zombie killing or something tomorrow or something - right now I'm sleepy. XP

Final Finished At a Good Time, I'd Say

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I studied for my finals for about two crazy weeks, and punched my English final in the throat. :D I am pleased, tired, and back home for summer. NOW, ONTO BUSINESS.

POKEMON BLACK AND WHITE:

OMG.

The fans have nicknamed the starters, from left to right, Smugleaf, Pignition, and Derpderp. Their real names are Tsutaaja, Pokabu, and Mijumaru. The pig is probably my least favorite, but not really because he's bad or anything - it's just that I adore the other two so much! ^.^ I want Smugleaf myself - he's just SO COOL! I'm anticipating their evos very much right now.

They have the full designs for the new trainers, too. They're supposed to be older than any player characters before which is pretty darned cool. The girl's shorts are a little bizarre, but I can get over that. They simply ROCK! I like how they're actually dressed like they're rooted in reality and prepared for hiking and traveling (albeit in opposite climates, it seems :lol: ).

PORTAL IS FREE:

I obsess over Portal quite a bit, you might notice. Would you believe I've never actually played it? XP But, to celebrate the launch of the Steam client on Mac (and probably to double a bit with Portal 2), Portal is available for free for Macs and PCs until May 24th.

Yes. PORTAL FOR FREE. Why wouldn't you buy a game that costs $0.00?

http://store.steampowered.com/freeportal/

I know that this game is pretty darned awesome. I'm getting it later today myself.

SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS:

Not really news, but my current video game progress. I'm about six colossi in, so I'm coming along pretty well. If it keeps up and consistently gets even better and more exciting than it already is, it might just become my new favorite game EVER, beating Ratchet & Clank and Diablo II and Phantom Hourglass and all those. It's just THAT GOOD. 8D

Okay, back to unpacking. Have a lovely day!

Music on a Gaming Website? WUT?

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(Oh, while I'm here, I got elected secretary of that gaming club at my school! :D That's totally relevant to a gaming website!)

I felt like blogging (which is infinetely more fun than the homework I should be doing or the sleep I should be getting)! But all I can think of tonight is music!

Sooooo, anyway...

So, Fall Out Boy's on some 'indefinite hiatus'. To me, that says, 'reunion in five-to-ten years', maybe? I dunno. And I never got to see them live! :( Ah, best not to dwell on that, though. :) That's quite alright with me, because in a search for a more currently-active band, I have found some LOVELY stuff! I think I like what I've found almost more than FOB (and that's a lot!)

(Hmm, I'm making this up on the fly. I think I'll link to a few of my faves from each band.)

Cobra Starship!

The Scene Is Dead, Long Live The Scene

One Day Robots Will Cry

Cobra Starship is so fun! They always make me either want to dance or sing along (especially with their earworm tunes and playful lyrics), and every member sings vocals of some kind, so you get a lot of really nice harmonies or people singing different parts.

Ludo!

Girls on Trampolines

Lake Pontchartrain

Ludo is awesome! They really like to tell a story with a song, sometimes serious, and sometimes just a thing of silly awesomeness. I really dig the guitar work and vocals in particular.

Oh, and my most favorite webcomic artist also loves Ludo, so that's a bonus.

That'd be this webcomic: Hanna Is Not A Boy's Name Forgive me! D: I'm hopelessly and utterly addicted to this webcomic, and I am literally trying to get everyone I know to read it. So, you'll have to put up with my shameless promotion tonight, I'm afraid. IT ROCKS. SO MUCH.

Where was I? Oh, yeah, music. I've been listening to some Panic at the Disco, trying to gauge exactly how much I like it. I'm not a huge fan of their first CD, but I'm really digging Pretty.Odd. so far. It has a bit of a Beatles vibe to me. ^_^

Oh, and I hear that the lead singer of Fall Out Boy is releasing a CD in the middle of this year. I WANT IT. RIGHT NOW. I DON'T CARE WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE - I JUST LIKE HIS VOICE AND COMPOSITIONS THAT MUCH. O_O

April Fools Day Is Fun!

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I just like any excuse to be a goofball. X3 But, now it is time for a new blog, so passers-by don't think I write like that all the time. XP

I quite liked YouTube's April Fools surprise - they added a mode called TEXTp. It turns pictures into symbols, and it's kind of hard to describe accurately, so why don't you just watch this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFwaV-0XZvc

I wish they hadn't gotten rid of it! I'd use that all the time! :D

I'm also planning to finally buy a PlayStation 3 once the semester ends. I want Final Fantasy XIII, Katamari Forever, and Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction.

And now I shall go do my boring homework. -_- Thanks for stopping by! X3

imprtent missege

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I'VE NEVER ACTUALY PLAYED A VIDEO GAME IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.

NAO, I'M GONNA LEAVE FOREVR, BCAUSE YOU PEOPLE ARE WIERD.

I'LL GO FIND ME A VAMPIRE, AND HE WILL BE MY LOVLY DARLING. TEAM EDWARD!

April Fools! X3

But There's No Sense Crying Over Every Mistake...

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...you just keep on trying 'till you run out of cake. And the science gets done, and you make a neat gun for the people who are still alive."

GLaDOS - "Still Alive"

As we perch on the brink of this year's Game Developers Conference, rumors of some of the biggest gaming establishments of the year are already trickling in. As I have been happily watching the news stream in from various sources, two announced games have particularly grabbed my attention, each one the first sequel to a franchise that altered the face of gaming in ways we never could have predicted. What are these games, you may ask?

ITEM #1:

Scribblenauts 2

Image from Joystiq

With 10,000 new words and 120 new levels, 5th Cell is literally improving on what we thought was impossible in the first place (remember, the first game recognized 22,802 words already). An emphasis is going to be placed on adjectives this time around, which were completely absent in the previous game. I am crossing my fingers that I can give Maxwell a purple bazooka.

While no exact date has been given as of yet, they are planning to release Scribblenauts 2 this fall, only one year after the original. With luck, they may address the control and camera issues present in the first game, and maybe even give the game an actual storyline to help motivate the player, which could make this game...well, how should I put it? REALLY REALLY REALLY COOL. (Calm down, self.)

ITEM #2:

Portal 2

Image from Joystiq

Well, would you look at that? Three years after the original game was released as a part of The Orange Box, we will be getting Portal 2 this holiday season. I personally find the way they hinted towards this to be a brilliant use of patching - mere days before, the original Portal was updated, adding radios that would play strange messages when positioned correctly, and also adding a slight tweak to the ending scene of the game. The internet community was sent into a tizzy, trying to piece together what all of this meant.

***{Spoilers Below!}***

Taking place hundreds of years after the original game, Portal 2 follows Chell, the protagonist from the first game, as she wakes up from stasis (or something like that). GLaDOS, after being nearly destroyed in the first game, has attemped to rebuild the Aperture Science lab, which has not been touched by human hands since the first game, but has instead been overgrown with plants.

And you know what else stinks for Chell?

GLaDOS remembers everything. :twisted:

***{End Spoilers}***

The game will be a good sight longer than the original, and will also feature a co-op mode, as well as many new objects to solve puzzles with, like laser-redirecting cubes and paint with strange physical properties. The writing also sounds promising, and they promise not to reuse things like the cake being a lie. I like this fact, because if they did anything more with the cake, we'd all get tired of it, and then I'd be sad! Frankly, I'm extremely excited, even though I still haven't gotten to play the original yet.

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Ah, so we have some exciting games coming out towards the end of 2010! Now, I generally like sequels - I like more of a good thing, and if something didn't work the first time, then hopefully it will be fixed the next time around (and the concept of improving on things definitely influnced my title choice, I admit). But, there is something interesting I cannot help but notice: where the general early consensus on Scribblenauts 2 is that it will definetely be better than the first, people are more mixed over Portal 2, a few even going so far as to boycott it already. Why is that?

One word: expectations. Let's talk about sequels and their reception by the denizens of the Internet.

When a game is given a sequel, the opinion can range from joy to sheer hatred, all mostly depending on how the original was received by the public. Let's consider some examples, and hopefully the motivations of the Portal 2 hating minority will become clear.

I suppose I will illustrate some pre-release sequel scenarios to hopefully prove my point. Of course, any of these viewpoints could be wrong once games are released - it's the pre-release hype that is being addressed here.

SITUATION #1: Generally bad game gets sequel. (Slightly edited - now with example!)

Image from GameSpot

So close, so very, very close, and yet so absymally far. I feel your pain, bro - no, actually, I'm lying. I don't.

This isn't hard: if people hate a game, they will automatically assume that anything else related to it will be bad as well (or at least will look upon it with suspicion).

I could not think of a game that followed this pattern, but fellow GameSpot user Just-Adam suggested Tony Hawk's Ride, which is an excellent example - generally panned by the gaming world, it is already recieving a sequel. Hopefully, this quickly-announced Ride 2 means that they have a good idea on how to fix the numerous flaws present in the first game.

SITUATION #2: A game that is generally considered very, very good, but not 'so-good-angels-must-have-descended-to-earth-and-delivered-it-unto-us' gets a sequel.

Image from GameSpot

Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando is sometimes considered by fans to be the best game in the series, while others say it's Up Your Arsenal. I prefer Up Your Arsenal myself. I feel like I'm picking one dirty pun over another. >_>

Also pretty straightforward: before release, the sequel will be anticipated with joy that directly correlates to the enjoyment and quality present in the first game. If the sequel improves on what was present in the first game and adds subtle yet fluid improvements, then people will be extremely happy.

Image from GameSpot

MAXWELL I DID NOT TELL YOU TO JUMP IN THE WATER ARE YOU TRYING TO KILL YOURSELF WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU.

Alternatively, the original game could have had the potential to be spectacular, but was hindered by inherent flaws, like the character controls in Scribblenauts - how many people here accidentally and repeatedly told Maxwell to jump into a lava pit? *raises hand* While Scribblenauts was amazing in concept and still a very good game, issues like this held it back. Thus, an announced sequel makes fans very, very happy - they know that the developers will almost certainly fix the flaws and improve on the overall experience, and there are not many ways in which they could easily and completely ruin the game.

SITUATION #3: A long-running and popular series, known for being extremely good, plans to release another sequel.

Image from GameSpot

Here's a fun game: Pick any entry in the Final Fantasy series, and count every person who says they hate it. You will get a very large number.

Now, this is where issues begin to pop up among the gaming communities. The more well-known a game is, the more loved it is, and the more hated it is. When any innovation or crazy new thing is announced for an upcoming game, like the voice-acting in Final Fantasy X or the real-time combat of Final Fantasy XII, cries of 'RUINED FOREVER' begin to resound. I think this is mostly driven by fear - if the new game turns out to be bad, all the detractor's joyous memories of the series will be slightly tainted by this new game that failed to live up to expectations.

SITUATION #4: A single game is widely considered to be 'so-good-angels-must-have-descended-to-earth-and-delivered-it-unto-us'. It also is (or seems) self-contained storywise, implying that no further action is necessary in the franchise. The game later gets a sequel.

If you though people complained about Final Fantasy games, then you ain't seen nothing yet. I think the key thing in this type of complaint is that the original game could stand alone. After all, not many people complain about there being three God of War games, because I think the original was set up to have sequels.

Image from GameSpot

Rapture didn't turn out so well at the end of Bioshock. How can there be a game set later in Rapture's timeline? Oh, that's easy - we'll just undo all those plotlines we tied up in the last game! Deus ex machina, baby!

With a game like Bioshock or Portal, most people tend to really like it. It also stands alone, so if you decide to make a sequel, you will probably incur the wrath of said fans, even though they would probably love some more of the game. The problem is, as I have mentioned eariler, expectations. You see, there are sort of only three ways a sequel can go:

#1: It is exactly the same quality as the original game - "Well, this is an okay game, I guess, but it's really the same, so I'm dissapointed."

#2: The game is worse than the original game - "This game SUCKS! HATERAGEHATE YOU HAVE KILLED MY HAPPY MEMORIES OF MY PRECIOUS GAME!"

What is being aimed for is reaction #3: The game is actually better than the original. It takes a very gifted developer to pull this off - keeping the original game intact storywise and fan-reaction-wise while also improving on it and naturally and smoothly adding to the story are not easy feats, especially when a story is pretty much begun and ended in the one game. It takes skill to reopen a plot without breaking down the inherent logic and semblance of reason. The stakes end up extremely high, and this might be why some people don't like the sound of Portal 2. However, I have faith in Valve - The Orange Box looks like a boxfull of joy and happiness, so I think they can pull it off. We shall see...

So, what is the point here? Fans can be silly and fickle, which is sometimes justified. Developers should be careful when they make sequels to wildly sucessful games (unless they have established that they plan to do this sort of thing). And Portal 2 and Scribblenauts 2 are happening, and this makes me a happy person.

Oh, and have a happy Game Developers Conference, everyone! :D

Heavy Rain is Heavy, Yo. So is the DS2.

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I was hanging with some friends the other night, as I often do. We watched Paranormal Activity, which I found amusing, but not scary in the slightest. I was, however, startled by the very last minute, so I'll give it a bonus point for that. ;)

But I digress. After that flick, one of my friends showed us a demo video of Heavy Rain on Giant Bomb. You can see it here if you like, but I'll warn you that it's 25 minutes long. 25 glorious minutes. :)

I had previously heard of Heavy Rain and the concepts it presented, but I had never really seen it in action. Let me tell you, it's another bullet point on my "List of Reasons I Will Die If I Don't Get a PS3". I would really call it an interactive movie, and I've heard that you can actually mess up the story in ways - if you get a character killed during the course of events, they'll stay dead for the rest of that game, which can seriously affect the way the storyline progresses. It boggles my mind to think of how many different possibilities and storyline paths have been set up in the game... :3

And then there are rumors of what is being called the 'DS2', what may be Nintendo's next handheld gaming device. LINKAGE! According to Escapist Magazine (and probably other sources, but I'm too lazy to check), it might have tilt functionality, and The Pokemon Company is "getting special attention with it". It sounds to me that this might be the system that the fifth generation of Pokemon appears on, rather than the DS as previously thought.

Oh, and just in case you missed it, there is a fifth generation of Pokemon. I'm guessing that'll bump it up to approximately 600-620 total Pokemon. I find Zorua to be extremely adorable.

Now, back to work! I'm reading The Second Shepard's Play for British Lit, Penny Arcade, and The Adventures of Dr. McNinja all at the same time. :D