Things Are Coming Together

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Welp, my life is finally coming together! I got a job, and I'm going to college this fall. Hooray! Gaming wise, not much is new. I've been on a Sonic craze lately. I'm thinking of buying Lost World for the 3DS. I hope you all have a good Valentine's Day. If you don't have a significant other, then enjoy a fun night in! That's what I'm doing... Woo...

I'm Afraid This Is Goodbye...

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No, this isn't because of the new GameSpot layout, but that still doesn't mean I like it very much. The community feels so disjointed now, and it's annoying.

Anyway, I'm afraid this is goodbye. Right now, I need to get my life situated, and that means I won't be able to get on GameSpot anymore. There's too much stuff I have to do.

Will I ever return? Yes, but it won't be for a while--and I mean a WHILE. I will return someday, but it's going to be a long way down the road.

Ironically, this is my four-year anniversary on GameSpot. I've made a lot of good friends, but many of them have left, which is depressing. I miss the unions, and it sucks that user blogs are harder to get to. Those were both stupid changes, GameSpot. Nice job there.

Until then, I have to say goodbye. I've had a lot of fun here, and it saddens me that I have to leave, but I also have my priorities.

Happy Halloween, everyone.

Hello? Is Anyone Out There?

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The new design of this site isn't bad at all, but it doesn't seem as community oriented as the old layout. It'll definitely take some getting used to. Plus, this site still has some problems it needs to iron out.

What Have I Been Up To?

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What have I been up to? Work and tech school. That's about it. I've been working about five days a week, and I go to tech school five days a week as well. Needless to say, I have a pretty full schedule. "Welcome to adulthood," right?

I haven't really been playing video games lately. I'll occasionally play some Sonic games, but that's about it. In my spare time, I usually read some comics or watch Smallville with my brother. My closest friend moved away, so I pretty much have no social life. :|

I have tickets to an early screening of The Wolverine this week. I'm pretty excited for that. I just really hope it's better than the crap pile known as X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I've read some Wolverine comics in preparation for the movie. I hope it's better than Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel. Both of those movies were disappointing. In fact, I actually kind of didn't like Man of Steel. Bite me.

Aside from work and school, I'm now volunteering once a week at an assisted living home. All I have to do is play the piano for a half hour. I started it today, and it was actually pretty nice.

I know this was short, but I don't really have a whole lot of new stuff going on.

Summer of Steel

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Hey, guys. It's been over a month since I last blogged. I graduated from high school a week ago, and summer break has officially started. Right now, I'm going to school full-time, and I'll be working full-time. This summer's going to suck. :| Okay, so maybe it won't suck, but I'll be fairly busy. It's my last summer before adulthood. 

In my free time, I'll probably be going to the gym, playing some video games, practicing the piano, reading some comic books, and watching Smallville. I've recently become addicted to that show. With Man of Steel coming out next month, I wanted to get more into Superman, so I decided to read some Superman comics and watch Smallville. I had been debating for months whether or not to watch it, and my only regret is not watching it sooner! I bought the first season a few weeks ago, and my brother and I thought it was fantastic! I'm still waiting for season two to come in the mail... :x Yeah, sure, there are lots of "freak of the week" episodes in the first season, but I still loved it! I wasn't a huge Superman fan before this show, but it's converted me! Even if you don't like Superman, check it out! It's fantastic!

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I've been on a bit of Sonic craze lately. I nearly beat Sonic 3 & Knuckles, but I got sick of trying to beat the final boss, so I gave up. I'm content with what I finished. Sonic 2 is still my favorite Sonic game, though. 

I'm completely out of my RPG mood. I stopped playing Final Fantasy X and Tales of Legendia. I hope to finish at least one before the summer is over, though.

Anyway, I know this wasn't that cool of an update, but there have been many times where I begin typing up a blog post but never actually submit it. So, this might be the most you'll hear from me for a while. :P

Never underestimate the power of spare change...

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I had a jar of spare change that had been sitting on my desk for quite a whi le, and I decided to take it to one of those machines that gives you a cash voucher or store credit for all your change. However, I found out I could get Amazon credit, and I ended up with $65 of Amazon credit! Never understimate the power of spare change! So, you know what I did? I ordered Final Fantasy VII. That's right. After all this time of wanting it, I finally ordered it.

 Final Fantasy VII Boxshot

I've heard great things about this game, and it's basically the one Final Fantasy game that supposedly everyone has to try at one point or another. But I finally ordered it, so I'll see for myself just how good it is. Also, I started playing Final Fantasy X, and it's pretty cool so far. I also own Final Fantasy VI, but I have a hard time with some of the older RPGs that require absurd amounts of grinding. Also, I don't like random encounters that much. I know that FFVII and FFX have them, but I haven't had a lot of problems with FFX's random encounters yet. In FFVI, though, the random encounter rate is a bit too high for my taste. But I'll give it another shot. 

Also, I bought How I Met Your Mother season two. I already have the first and third seasons, and I have to say, this show is hilarious. The current season has been a little lackluster, though. It's time to meet the dang mother already! :x

Anyway, that's all I had to say. If you have some spare change, count it up and exchange it for bills. You'll be surprised at how much money you really have!

My Top 10 Favorite Games of All Time

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I've wanted to do this list for ages, so here you go. Enjoy.

10. Pokemon Sapphire

Pokemon Sapphire Version Boxshot

This was the first Pokemon game I ever played, and it holds a special place in my heart. A lot of Pokemon fans have lukewarm feelings about this game, but I love this game mostly because of all the memories I have with it. My friends and I used to always battle and trade Pokemon with each other, and we were all addicted to this game for quite a while. In fact, I clocked in over 200 hours on this game, which I'm not very proud of. :|

9. Paper Mario

Paper Mario Boxshot

This is another game that holds a special place in my heart. I was first exposed to this game when my brother rented it, and I was amazed by its visuals and various quirks. After my brother took it back, I begged my mom to buy it. (What Im about to share with you is pretty embarrassing, but I already have no dignity.) Now, as a child, I had bed-wetting problems, so my mom made a deal with me: If I could go seven days without wetting the bed, she would buy me the game. Six days had gone by, but I screwed up on the last day. Then, I went another week without having problems, and my mom bought me the game.

To this day, I still play this game, and I've beaten it at least four times. I love its timed battle system, the partners concept, its soundtrack...everything! My friend is currently trying to collect every Nintendo 64 game, and he keeps asking me if he can buy it from me or trade some games, but no game in the world could make me want to give up my cartridge of Paper Mario--not even EarthBound! If you've never played this game, go buy it from the Virtual Console--now!

8. Tales of Symphonia

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Roughly a year ago, I was stuck working at a sucky fast food restaurant, and I hated every minute of it. The pay was crap, and payday was usually pretty disappointing. However, I once got a surprisingly decent paycheck, and I remember my mom had once said to me, "You work hard for your money. It's okay to spoil yourself every once in a while." And so, I did. I ordered this game from Amazon, and while it wasn't exactly cheap, it was totally worth it.

This game has just about everything that a JRPG lover could desire: a rich story, great characters, sappy moments, and so on. Just about every Tales game is pretty much the same, but you play them to experience the story and characters, and on that level, this game delivered. The compelling storyline kept me playing for hours at time, and I grew to like all the characters--even Colette. If you've played a Tales game before but have never gotten around to trying this, then you're missing out. It's a little pricey, but it's well worth the price of admission.

7. Super Mario Galaxy 2

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I'm not sure why, but I hated the Super Mario Galaxy games at first. Something about them just didnt click with me. I originally bought the first one, didn't like it, and then took it back to GameStop. Then, I saw the trailers for the second one, and I thought, Hey, that actually looks pretty good! So, I bought it and, once again, didnt like it. Since I bought it new, however, I couldn't take it back, so I was stuck with it. However, after a while, something finally clicked with me. I grew very fond of this game. I appreciated its diversity and quirks, and at that point, the game became a lot of fun. To this day, it's still the only 3D Mario platformer that I've beaten all the way through. I earned all 242 stars, and for me, that made me feel pretty dang satisfied with the game. If you havent played this and you like platformers, then youre missing out.

6. Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Boxshot

This is, by far, my favorite Sonic game. And yes, I like it more than Sonic 3 and Knuckles. This game is simply timeless, and if ever I need to get my Sonic fix, I'll just play through this. It has the best level designs out of any Sonic game to date, and its sense of speed is unmatched. You just can't beat the originals. Plus, I have tons of memories of playing this game with my friend. During sleepovers and late night visits, playing this is all wed do. If you want to check this game out, just grab one of the many Sonic compilations.

5. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Boxshot

This is hands-down my favorite Zelda game. Bite me. It was the first Zelda game that I actually played, and it was fantastic. I actually loved the concept of sailing from island to island, and this game had a rich sense of adventure. Perhaps this is one of the easier Zelda games, but seeing how I suck at Zelda games, I didn't mind that. :P If you're a Zelda fan and have yet to try this, Id suggest waiting for the Wii U HD remake, seeing how the GameCube version is a bit pricey these days.

4. Super Smash Bros. Melee

Super Smash Bros. Melee Boxshot

I freaking love this game! Sure, Brawl is really good, too, but I prefer Melee because of how many memories I have with it. Also, I feel like the battling mechanics are a bit faster in this game. The stage designs were phenomenal, and the expanded roster improved the overall experience. And the soundtrack was soooo good. I seriously have tons of memories with this game. My friends and I spent hours battling each other, and it never got old. If you're wondering who my top fighters are, here you go: Falco, Zelda, Luigi, and Kirby.

3. Tales of Vesperia

Tales of Vesperia Boxshot

This was my first exposure to the Tales series, and it made quite an impression on me. It had an intriguing storyline, a strong cast of characters, and a fun, hectic (in a good way) battle system. This game was one of the main reasons I wanted to get an Xbox 360, and this game is so good that it's worth getting a 360 just to play it. It's easy to immerse yourself in Tales of Vesperia, and you can play it for hours at a time. It's one of those games that you miss terribly when you finally beat it. This should be required gaming for all JRPG fans!

2. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Boxshot

I already had high expectations for this game because of the original, but this game exceeded my already high expectation. The battle system had been improved, the script had a wittier edge, and the storyline was darker and more complex. This has the best storyline out of any Mario game to date. This game also has an amazing sense of adventure that's comparable to Zelda, and the way its story comes together is nothing short of brilliant. I've beaten this game about four times, and through each playthrough, I love it just as much as I did the first time I played it. Its that good. Also, this game is a prime example of a good sequel. It improved upon everything from the original, and it was a bigger, better experience. If you haven't played this game, do yourself a favor and order it from the Internet. It's a bit pricier now, but it's worth it.

1. Persona 4

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 Boxshot

For those of you who know me well, this should come as no surprise. If you look up addictive in the dictionary, you'll see this game. It sucks you in with its compelling storyline and characters, and it keeps you playing with its superb battle system and sim aspects. If you plan on playing this game, prepare to kiss your social life goodbye. Also prepare to have your life changed! This game is very thought provoking, and it really makes you think about who you are and what you want out of your life. Its storyline is easily one of the best you'll find in any video game, with tons of plot twists and surprises. I could talk about this game for hours, but this post is already really long, so I should probably cut it off here. Bottom line: If you haven't played this game yet, play it now, whether it's the PS2 version or the PS Vita version, just play it!

Well, that's my list. I've been wanting to do it for a long time, so I hope you enjoyed reading it.

Edit: Bah! I originally typed this in Microsoft Word and pasted it here, but it left out all the apostrophes, dashes and ellipses! I went through and fixed all the punctuation errors I could find, but that's still irritating. :x

Gotta Catch 'Em All!

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Holy crap! I forgot just how fun Pokemon was until I recently restarted my HeartGold file! I restarted it about five days ago, and I've already gotten seven badges! It's so addicting that I can't stop playing it! I started with Totodile this time, and it's made the game much easier! I previously started with Chikorita, and that sucked! I'm thinking of getting Pokemon Black soon. I'm on a Pokemon craze! 

I'm leaving on a school trip in a week or so. It'll be during spring break, and we'll be gone for five days. We'll get to stay in a hotel and everything! I'm pretty dang excited! Unfortunately, we'll be leaving on a bus at ten o clock at night. How will I sleep?! I already can't sleep in cars! How am I supposed to sleep on a bus?! Ah, well. I guess I'll figure it out.

That is all. :|

Persona 3 FES Video Review on YouTube

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Guess what, guys! My first video review is up! It's a review of Persona 3 FES. Please watch it and give me feedback! Here's the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OT9eM6sFvc

By the way, I got my Xbox 360 working! It turned out it wasn't the Red Ring of Death, but a disc tray problem. I fixed it though. (See last blog for more details.)