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Tis Bittersweet

So I just got back from the local comic shop. Decided it was finally time to trade in my old N64. Beinga brokecollege student with aHUGE backlog drove me to it. I'll probably download a few of my favoritesfrom theVC and XBLAif I really miss them. In fact, Ialready planned on rebuyingMajora's Mask and the Banjo games. Since I got $150 for the N64 I think I'll start by ordering Bulletstorm tonight. Considering the 3DS will have its own virtual console my GBC, GBA & DS will probably end up on the chopping block next :twisted:

Oh and for reference, Champ got banned this week... which sucks :(

Ornament Scavenger Hunt

Gamespot is putting on a Holiday Scavenger Hunt this week. Here are the instructionsif you want to participate and here are some clues to help you out.

Anyway, this is what I've been able to find...

Clue 01: Van Nguyen
Clue 02: Jody Robinson
Clue 03: Guy Cocker
Clue 04: Matthew Gravish
Clue 05: Chris Watters
Clue 06: Kevin VanOrd
Clue 07: Aaron Sampson
Clue 08: Alex Sassoon Coby
Clue 09: Werner Goff
Clue 10: Jan Heir
Clue 11: Randolph Ramsay
Clue 12: Andrew Park
Clue 13: Mark Walton
Clue 14: Justin Covert
Clue 15: Sophia Tong
Clue 16: Kurtis Seid
Clue 17: Giancarlo Varanini
Clue 18: Justin Porter
Clue 19: Ryan MacDonald
Clue 20: Tyler Winegarner
Clue 21: Maxwell McGee
Clue 22: James Kozanecki
Clue 23: Frank Adams
Clue 24: Sarju Shah
Clue 25: Shaun McInnis
Clue 26: Ricardo Torres
Clue 27: Tom Magrino
Clue 28: Dan Chiappini
Clue 29: Homer Rabara
Clue 30: Takeshi Hiraoka
Clue 31: Tor Thorsen
Clue 32: Jim Maybury
Clue 33: Carolyn Petit
Clue 34: Tom McShea
Clue 35: Dan Mihoerck
Clue 36: Jane Douglas
Clue 37: Brendan Sinclair
Clue 38: Laura Parker

Tagged by FireEmblem_Man

And so begins another episode of...


1) I started gaming in the early 90's with my NES and GB. I was a sheep (with a hint of hedgehog) until I finished high school in 2005. Now I'm a proud manticore who just needs a decent gaming PC.

2) I'm 22 and majoring in biotechnology at a top engineering school. However, I'm currently taking some much needed time off before finishing up my degree.

3) I'm a member of two fraternities. One is the typical social frat and one is a service fraternity. They're not nearly as bad as the stereotypes make them out to be and they probably keep me from being bored to death at school.

4) While gaming is by far my biggest hobby, I'm also a fan or pro sports, music and comedy. Naturally, I enjoy going to concerts, sporting events and comedy shows. Being from Massachusetts, I'm a big fan of Boston/New England teams and I watch a lot of stand-up comedy and animation.

5) I lived in Hong Kong for a few months last year while doing a project for school. It was nice getting to experience another culture and see the sites. It gave me a break from video games and all the drama in the US. I hope to travel a lot in the future with Italy being my "most hyped" country.


I'm gonna break the rules and leave the tags open here. I have no idea how many of you are actually reading this and who would actually want to do a "5 things". Do it up if you'd like. I'll read it.

B2G1 @ TRU a Happy PS3 Makes

So today I did something I can't help but feel guilty about. I bought six PS3 games from Toys 'R Us. I just couldn't pass up their buy two get one free sale when I'm so far behind on my games list. For those interested, the sale should be running till the end of the week at you local TRU, barring there is one in your area. So if you haven't already done the math, I essentially got two games free :D



Hey, good stuff, huh!? Unfortunately they didn't have Demon's Souls or Fallout 3 GOTY Edition, but that's okay. I'll just pick em up online or something when I have the cash. Uncharted 2 is getting top priority and it is amazing. I might just rate it a 10, a score I only dole out once every few years. Considering I'm a Gears fan, I have a feeling I'm gonna like Uncharted's multiplayer. For one reason or another I never downloaded the beta, so some new experiences await me. Sometime in the future I might get Killzone online as well. So if anyone wants to play, my ID is over to the right of this page. Add me! For cereal! After many recommendations I knew I had to get Valkyria Chronicles as well. I think what finally got me was VC's similarities to Fire Emblem in the strategy and character development departments. And as all true gamers know, Fire Emblem ****ing rules!



Let's see... why don't I end this with a few tidbits regarding games I've pwned of recent. I finished up ODST on legendary and awarded it an 8.5. Hmm, I've been playing the Crash Course dlc for Left 4 Dead on 360 and am getting pumped for the sequel. And last but not least, I got my Metroid/Castlevania fix by 100%ing Shadow Complex. I highly suggest the game and actually found it a deal at $15, which is more than I can say for some other arcade titles. Alright... peace kids! It was fun doin a blog, so hopefully I'll post em more often.

2009 Wishlist / First blog in 3 years

So, I decided to post my wishlist up here for all to see and to make things a little more organized for me. I'll probably do this again in the future. About three times a year seems to make the most sense, but we'll see. If I'm up to it I'll edit the list as games are released and purchases are made. Right now I'm behind on gaming, so the list is pretty long. I'd say the game I'm most excited for is Uncharted 2, but there are so many good sequels coming out that it's hard to choose.


Halo 3: ODST - Sept 22

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 - Sept 29

Fallout 3: GOTY Edition - Oct 13

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - Oct 13

Borderlands - Oct 20

GTA: Episodes from Liberty City - Oct 29

Dragon Age: Origins - Nov 3

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Nov 10

Assassin's Creed 2 - Nov 17

Left 4 Dead 2 - Nov 17

Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles - Nov 17

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks - Dec 7


Scribblenauts - Sept 15

Dead Space: Extraction - Sept 29

Wii Fit Plus (w/ balance board) - Oct 4

Demon's Souls - Oct 6

Brutal Legend - Oct 13

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories - Nov 3

Super Mario Bros Wii - Nov 15

The Saboteur - Dec 8


The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion GOTY Edition

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia

Professor Layton and the Curious Village

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box


Wii Sports Resort (w/ 2nd MotionPlus)

Resistance 2

Valkyria Chronicles

Killzone 2


Batman: Arkham Asylum

Rock Band: The Beatles (+ new guitar)


Halo 1 & 2

No More Heroes

Mario Kart Wii

Shadow of the Colossus

Silent Hill 2 & 3

Devil May Cry 4

Emblem Requirements?

Does anyone know the requirements for earning different Gamespot emblems?  I lost my "good taste" one a while back & I'm not sure why.  I guess its because I added some old games to my collection that Gamespot didn't like so much.  Anyway, it caused my average score to fall from 8.5 to 8.4 so that might be the problem.  Another one I'm wondering about are the tagging emblems.  I've tagged like 50 articles & games & yet no emblem.  As for the "serious collector" emblem, I probably don't stand a chance cuz I think they upped the requirement to like 200 games.  Finally, I've seen people w/ fewer gamecube games than me get the "gamecube aficionado" emblem.  I don't really expect this emblem w/ 38 GC games & I don't really care about it, but I'm wondering about how it is earned.  Do most of your games have to be for GC or something?

Ehh, it doesn't matter that much.  Glitchspot would just find a way to make the emblems disappear anyway :roll: Just curious.

New Zelda Banner!

Finally I have a banner up for my profile.  What do you guys think?  Link_Soul made it for me & in record time.  We were going for a Triforce theme.  Ya know, Link = courage = Farore's Wind; Zelda = wisdom = Nayru's Love; Ganondorf = power = Din's Fire.  Thanks again Link_Soul.

Who's ready to Brawl?

So, since I can't seem to stop thinking about Super Smash Bros. Brawl & speculating on its potential participants, I've decided to rank each prospect & their chance of being in the game. I try not to be biased w/ my guesses, but I also have no idea how Sakurai thinks. His list was partially a joke, so I'm only including characters that I see fit. I'm kind of just doing this so I can look back & ponder, laugh, etc. after the game comes out to see how accurate I was, I guess. Let me know what you think. Should I add some more characters or did I put anyone in the wrong grouping?

As good as confirmed: Captain Olimar, Diddy Kong

Very good chance: Ridley, Krystal, King Dedede, King K. Rool

Good chance: Sonic, Isaac, Ike, Felix, M-09, Bowser Jr., Wolf O'Donnel

Fair shot:
Mega Man, Bomberman, Vaati, Crono, Simon Belmont

Others in consideration: Waluigi, Jack, Sigurd, Hector, Rayman, Prince of Persia, Tom Nook, Viewtiful Joe, Tails

*No more than one new Pokemon (possibly Pichu's replacement)
*No more characters from Earthbound/Mother or F-Zero (Poo & Samurai Goroh could be characters, but they don't really fit & would be hard to pull off)
*If Wolf O'Donnel is included, then he, Fox & Falco need unique move sets (Would this mean dropping Falco?)
*No random Mario characters (King Boo, Petey Piranha, Waluigi, Daisy, Toad, etc. - SSBB isn't MarioKart)
*Keep Game & Watch, but get him an all-new move set
*Un-nerf Kirby, dammit!
*Either find new move sets for characters like Dr. Mario & Yound Link, or dump them
*Ganondorf will recieve his own move set
*Roy should be replaced w/ another Fire Emblem character (He was mainly there as an advertisement)
*Include Fire Emblem characters who are not "male sword-wielding Lords" (Hector is my top choice & mages/sages would be cool)
*Fix the Ice Climbers if they are to stay in the game
*Fix Bowser if he is to stay in the game

I'm sure I'll add to this before SSBB is released anyway. Feedback?