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Official Goodbye Blog

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Hey everyone, it's been over half a year since I last posted on this site, and this has given me pause for thought. I simply don't have time to play or discuss video games nowadays. This is fine. My life is going well and I have no qualms to speak of at the moment. But I never visit Gamespot anymore...for anything. I have such fond memories of when I first joined this site seven years ago in order to write reviews. The ability to write those reviews and share them with all of you has helped my career so much, and I pray that all of you know how much I appreciate your feedback and support. This site has done so much for me, and having the Top 100 Reviewers Emblem is still an amazing accomplishment for me. However, due to the fact that I'm finishing college soon and might be starting a family in the near future, I believe that it is time i depart from this Gamespot.

As far as I'm concerned, there is no way that I can erase my account. Unfortunate, but fine. I'll always cherish all of the friends that I have made on Gamespot over the years, and wish you all the best. I leave you all with one of my favorite quotes,

"The great moments of your life won't necessarily be the things you do, they'll also be the things that happen to you. Now, I'm not saying you can't take action to affect the outcome of your life, you have to take action, and you will. But never forget that on any day, you can step out the front door and your whole life can change forever. You see, the universe has a plan kids, and that plan is always in motion. A butterfly flaps its wings, and it starts to rain. It's a scary thought but it's also kind of wonderful. All these little parts of the machine constantly working, making sure that you end up exactly where you're supposed to be, exactly when you're supposed to be there. The right place at the right time." - Ted (How I Met Your Mother)

God bless, and lead extraordinary lives!

-Daniel

Gamestop Fails yet Again...

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I've always had a lot of trouble with Gamestop. Though, I appreciate that they sell used games for those of us who don't have the cash for full purchases on day one, 50% of the time I end up taking a game back because it simply will not work. It's frustrating, and you think that by now, I would have learned my lesson. Wrong.

The other day, I'd been looking at a game that I had really wanted for quite a while. The game was Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis for the PS2 (don't knock it till you try it), and within four short days of ordering it, the game arrived at my door. I was having an awesome day, so this made things a whole lot better!

Unfortunately, when I popped it in...it didn't work. Go figure. This has happened on WAY too many ocassions, and for a game that I REALLY REALLY wanted, it's that much worse. Naturally, I called my local Gamestop store. I explained that the stores in town didn't have the game, so I was forced to order it online. I told him that it didn't work, and that I wanted another copy. He said that he could do nothing, and that my only option was to send it back to the store that I ordered it from for a refund.

"Okay...is there any way that I can just exchange it for another copy of the game?"

No, I couldn't...BUT I could order it again (another $35 for a PS2 game sounds fair) and send it in on the same day...which is stupid. You'd think by now that Gamestop would have a system where this kind of stuff would be easier.

Naturally, I'm pissed. Thanks Gamestop for ruining a nice day.

On the upside, I did get The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition with a little side quest booklet. It's nice, though the actual game has yet to impress me. Granted, it's fairly early. I'm about to fight a sea monster...thing...so anyone who's played the game can tell me if it gets any better.

Furthermore, one of my friends is going off to the marines...which makes me feel a bit weak. But, it's just not me. I cringe when someone yells at me, so I probably couldn't do that.

Other issues: I desperately would like to move out of my house. I'm a year one college student who lives six miles away from campus. Naturally, I stayed home for economic reasons, but my parents are getting to be annoying with their...oldness...and stuff. Don't get me wrong, I love them very much. Right now, I couldn't be happier with them...but I want to be an individual...not a dude who lives with his parents.

I'm working on a few reviews at the moment, but nothing's being rushed. If you want to put a rush on one, I'm open to it. Currently being worked on right now:

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (PS2)

Journey (PS3)

Super Meat Boy (Xbox 360)

Left 4 Dead 2 (Xbox 360)

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)

Star Wars Kinect (Xbox 360)

That's all of them.

Well, I'll see you all later. Enjoy your weekends.

"Better with Kinect" - False Advertising

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What's up everyone? I've been busy with school and a good amount of other things like volunteering and piano lessons, but something caught my eye today...or should I say, my ear. As I was relaxing downstairs on my couch, the new Tiger Woods game commercial appeared on the TV. Not being a huge sports fan, I didn't pay too much attention to it. However, before it was about to end, the guy talking on it said, "Better with Kinect."

So, that got me to thinking. Ummmm...False advertising? Maybe...maybe not. See, that's just an opinion. The market is sadly full of them (that is, opinions). However, no game that I have ever played EVER (not even Mass Effect 3) was better because of my Kinect. Kinect is just a hindrance to nearly every game except for those games that it is specifically built for....and even then, it's a stretch.

Anyway, I think any commercial that says, "Better with Kinect" is lying outright.

Sadly now, I must prepare for a party. See, I come from Kansas City. Guess who my family is a fan of in college basketball? KU fans will be everywhere...but I personally could care less. I'm not a huge fan of college sports even though I'm in college and should care.

Post a comment on your thoughts and I'll talk to you all later!

The 'Best Zelda Game Ever' Effect

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The Legend of Zelda franchise is one of the most well known in the business. After debuting in 1987, the legendary Zelda games continue to deliver some of the most unforgettable experiences in gaming. It's also responsible for numerous innovations that seem rather commonplace in nearly every video game found on store shelves today. The latest entry, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, will most likely be remembered for its one-to-one motion controls which made fighting enemies a puzzle in itself. Needless to say, it was a great game and a wonderful swan song for the Nintendo Wii. However, numerous sites awarded this game with a perfect score. Okay, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. What really caught my attention was a comment made by ONM (Official Nintendo Magazine). ONM praised Skyward Sword, claiming it was the,

"best Zelda game ever made."

I'd heard this somewhere before. Apparently, this exact same statement was made about The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess back in 2006. Wikipedia offered this insight on Twilight Princess:

"At the time of its release,Twilight Princess was considered to be the greatestZeldagame ever made by many critics, including writers for1UP.com,CVG,Electronic Gaming Monthly,Game Informer,GamesRadar,IGNandThe Washington Post."

This astounded me. Personally, I found Twilight Princess to be a bit disappointing. The controls just didn't feel right to me, and Hyrule felt a bit too empty. Overall, I felt that it was a great game, just not up to par with the standards of the franchise. Now, this is just my opinion. All of you are free to disagree with it. However, the fact of the matter is that nearly every game in this beloved franchise carries the title of being "the best Zelda game ever made." Okay, not every game…but you get my point.

Yes, they are all opinions, but stay with me for just a few more seconds (or minutes based on your reading speed). As previously stated, a new Zelda console game is a big deal. But, does this momentous occasion get to reviewers' heads? Some franchises are held at much higher standards than others. Therefore, a game that has some pretty apparent flaws receives a near perfect rating simply because it was made by a particular company or has an incredible track record. Well, Zelda's track record consists of the original masterpiece (The Legend of Zelda), A Link to the Past (Considered to be one of the greatest SNES games of all time), Ocarina of Time (hailed by many to be the greatest game of all time) and so on and so forth.

In conclusion, it's as if every Zelda console game that comes out gets slapped with a ten out of ten and is called "the greatest Zelda game ever made." I can honestly say that Ocarina of Time is my favorite Zelda game (yeah, real original) with Windwaker coming in a close second. Yet, I never judged either of them as "the best Zelda game ever made." They were just games. They have flaws. All games do. Again, they're all opinions, but it's kind of hard to judge how good a particular Zelda game is (especially when you haven't played it) when they're all "the best Zelda ever made."

Life is Tough...Struggling to Stay Positive.

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Hey everyone. It's been a rough couple of weeks. First off, due to the lack of interest in my previous few blogs about my favorite downloadable games, I've decided to stop there. Apparently, nobody cared...so those two reviews that I was working on pertaining to my two favorite downloadable games are no longer being worked on.

Furthermore, I'm just having trouble going through life. College is tough. I recently found a statistic saying that 85% of people who finish college don't go into their desired field. My brother majored in social work and is now managing at Hastings. My relative was a teacher, but is now working at an insurance company. This got me thinking a lot.

Look, I'm a very lucky guy. I have a family who supports me through everything. I don't struggle with money. I've been blessed with the willpower to refuse drugs and alccohol (I'm 19). Yet, things just haven't been going my way lately. If you've ever seen the show How I Met Your Mother, you'll notice that Ted and Marshall are BEST friends. They are a perfect fit. I have yet to find anyone like this. Some of my "friends" have been bugging the crap out of me lately.

I really wish I could find a friend who isn't...annoying or judgmental.

I was recently sitting outside of a classroom when a fellow college student came up to me. He had supposedly been in the army and was about 24 years old by the look of him. However, he is awfully rude and just mean spirited. We got to talking and he constantly interrupted me. Somehow, the conversation veered toward what kind of person I am. Here was his response.

"Honestly, you just look like a nerd. I mean, you probably play video games a lot, don't have a girlfriend and read books all the time...right?" (I was finishing up the Hunger Games before I saw the movie on that day which is the reason that particular comment was made...by the way, the movie is fantastic).

This cut me deep even though I didn't show it. I used to play video games A LOT, but that ship has sailed. I play them somewhat sparingly now. Furthermore, I recently broke up with my girlfriend and RARELY read books. I go to a fitness center every day and am learning to sing and play piano. Sure, those things may sound nerdy (the piano thing and singing) but I've nevered been insulted like that before.

Add to all of this the fact that I'm totally busy, which is why I'm writing this blog at 11:24. Listen guys, the point is:

If you could take some time to comment on my blogs or something, I'd really appreciate it. I love talking to you guys and getting feedback on some of my reviews. You all really brighten up my day, so thank you and have a wonderful week!

Top Ten Best Downloadable Games (#7-#4)

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If you haven't seen my previous blog, check it out for more info about this list. The top three games on this list are very special...and to be honest, I had no idea what order I wanted to put them in; so I will be doing a review for each of them individually once they appear on the top ten list. I will also post a blog on the game. For now, here are numbers seven through four.

#7: Iron Brigade

When my friend and I bought Iron Brigade on a whim, I began to question if we were making a smart purchase. My reservations were soon put to rest when we started playing. The looting and customization mixed with the giant robots that you get to drive...why WOULDN'T you want to try this game out? Customization is simply incredible, and you'll want to show off your Trench (the name of your awesome robot) to friends as soon as you fit it with a new weapon. While the campaign will take you a few hours to plow through, survival mode is simply outrageous...especially if you have three other friends to join you in the mayhem. Simply put, if you want a game to play with friends or strangers...you can't go wrong with Iron Brigade.

#6: Braid

When I finished this game, I put the controller down and just stared at the title screen for like three minutes. The story had a pretty big effect on me, especially when I wasn't expecting the ending to hit me the way that it did. Nevertheless, the gameplay here is simply on another level. The puzzles are incredibly devious and will have you manipulating time in dozens of ways to progress. I hate admitting this, but I had to look up a walkthrough for one of the levels, and I don't get stumped easily. The stirring music, great presentation and awesome gameplay make it an unforgettable experience on the XBLA, and a game that shouldn't be denied into your collection.

#5: Castle Crashers

Everyone loves Castle Crashers. How could you not? The humor, the items, the gameplay, the leveling up...it's all incredibly addictive. And when you're teaming up with three of your closest friends to save four princesses, the game simply doesn't get any better. The final battle is one worth fighting, and the hidden collectable weapons and animals that can be found will have you searching each of the beatiful environments until you get them all. It's a ton of fun and the PERFECT game to play with friends.

#4: Limbo

Much like Braid, the atmosphere and story in this game really had a profound effect on me. Once the ending scene was done, I turned to my computer and started writing my review. I gave it a 9.5 for good reason. The puzzles and atmosphere rank up there with the best. Creepy environmental sounds portray a sense of isolation, and the lack of a complex story turns out to be one of Limbo's biggest strengths. Like I say in my review, "If you do end up buying this game, I recommend waiting till nightfall…turning out the lights…closing the door…and playing the game. It's all about the atmosphere here…and Limbo nails it."

Look forward to number three next week.

Top Ten Best Downloadable Games (#10-#8)

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Keep in mind that I have NOT played every downloadable game ever. This is MY list. Don't like it? Too bad. However, you are free to make recommendations or comment on games that I've selected. Also, I tried to keep HD upgraded games like Resident Evil 4 HD and the like off of this list. With all of that out of the way...

#10: Doritos Crash Course

Let me guess...you have no idea what this game is. Truthfully, most people had no idea that Doritos sponsored the development of a game...but they did. The result: Doritos Crash Course. So, why did this game make it on the list. Well, it's free for one thing. It's also extremely similar to one of my favorite shows: Wipeout. Add to that the fact that you can participate in this obstacle course mayhem with three other friends online and you're looking at one of the best games on Xbox Live arcade. Did I mention that it's completely free AND has achievements? I did mention that it was free? Oh...well it is, and it's a TON of fun. If you have yet to play this game with some friends, go download it. You'll see what I mean.

#9: Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2

This was one of the first downloadable games that I ever purchased, and boy was it worth it. Garnering a 9.0 on Gamespot as well as great reviews on other sites, GW is a classic downloadable game full of different modes and enjoyable gameplay elements. Just so you don't freak out, the title has nothing to do with the gameplay...you won't actually learn anything through playing. Hopefully we'll see a more expansive sequel like TRIGONOMETRY WARS! But I won't hold my breath. Plain and simple, this game is straight up fun with one or two players. Online leaderboards keep the competition going, and though the lack of online co-op is definitely a bit of a disappointment; there's not a lot of bad things to say about this one.

#8: Splosion Man

For the record, I have played Ms. Splosion Man; but it was Splosion Man that really started the little craze. Forcing you to think and explode quickly, Splosion Man is a unique gem. Suprisingly, a co-op mode was also included allowing you and a friend to take on some of the puzzles together. It's an experience only rivaled by its excellent sequel. Splosion Man is charming, funny and full of unique gameplay elements. There are also a handful of hidden areas containing...CAKE! All in all, it's just an awesome downloadable game that's worth your cash if you've got it.

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King...

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Evening guv'. I'm gonna keep this blog short an' sweet considerin' I seem to be wasting me time with longer blogs that nun' a ya like to skip through. So, after perusin' the shelves at me local video game store, I found nothin' that caught me eye...Okay, I'm going to stop typing like that...Anyway, nothing at the video game rental store that I go to looks mildly interesting, and to tell you the truth, I've played most of the good games on those shelves.

So, I dusted off my PS2 and decided to give a game that I got frustrated with way back when another go. That game is...

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

Back when I originally got it, I grew frustrated at its overall difficulty. I was young and naive...as well as new to RPGs in general. Therefore, after laying ten dollars on the counter, I got bought this used game from Gamestop and...

Whew...this is one hell of a game. It's fun, addicting and charming while remaining serious. It's turning into one of my favorite RPGs of all time, but I have yet to finish the game, so we'll see where it goes.

As promised: short blog.