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No Morphicon This Year...

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Hey all!

Once again, it's been a long time since I've updated anything. This is what happens when one lacks the motivation to get some things done like typing up this journal. *heh* Anyway, I figured now would be the best time to type something up.

Last Friday as of this post, my car experienced engine problems while coming home from work. Fortunately, I was stopped about 15 minutes away from my house so that I wouldn't have any problems getting a ride. During that weekend, my mom tells me the awful news. The engine had to be replaced, and it would cost $3,000 to do so. I thought my jaw was going to reach the floor when I was told this. It turns out that it was a defective engine for the car model I drive which is a '96 Oldsmobile Ciera.

We had bought the car from an elderly lady who lives across the street from us, and she would drive around town without any problems. Since I started driving it in December of 2009, I had taken it to college, Florida, and Ohio. Because of that, the engine slowly began to wear out thus causing it to go out.

Of all things to go wrong, this had to happen when Morphicon is coming up. *sighs* Oh well. As soon as I get it fixed, I'll try to plan for a long weekend in Ohio sometime this year. :)

Other than that, there really isn't much to report. I have been gaming even though it hasn't been a whole lot. My sister and I did split the cost for a used PS2, so we're sure to get a lot of enjoyment out of it. Seeing Yakuza at a McKay's gave me the urge to get the system, and I've been enjoying it more than I have with Shenmue. :lol: How about that, huh?

I can't think off of the top of my head on what games I've completed thus far, but here's several to give you all an idea on what I've played. :)

-Sonic Generations (PS3) - Best 3D Sonic game so far. Gave a nice combination of old school Sonic and modern Sonic. Hated the Crisis City stages. 8/10
-Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3) - Fantastic superhero game. Made me feel like I was Batman. Nice variety in exploration and combat including some spectacular boss fights. 9/10
-Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars (PC) - A "director's cut" of the original game which isn't so bad as far as point-and-click adventure games go. Pacing was slow with puzzles that were either too easy or frustrating to the point that you often overlooked them. Voice acting was slightly above average. New scenes felt like they were just slapped on and didn't really add much to the main game. 7.5/10
-Half-Life 2 (PC) - Leaps and bounds better than the original game. Breathtaking visuals for its time with outstanding gun fight sequences and an excellent cast of characters. Story and squad-based AI were a bit on the weak side. 9/10
-Bioshock (PC) - Superb yet eerie atmosphere and setting. Excellent assortment of powers to fit your playing abilities. Outstanding voice acting and music as well as licensed songs from the 1950s and 1960s. 9/10
-Red Dead Redemption (PS3) - Only Rockstar game I've enjoyed. Setting made me crave for watching some Westerns, mostly The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly and The Wild Bunch. Excellent voice acting and story. Wide variety of sub-quests to keep you occupied and never tire of them. 9/10
-Advance Guardian Heroes (GBA) - Not the best Treasure developed game I had hoped for. Easy setting makes you feel overpowered while Normal just pounds you to a pulp in the middle of the first chapter. Clunky controls and cheap AI bog the experience down. 5.5/10
-Bayonetta (PS3) - A fun beat-em up game that offers plenty of guilty pleasures with its protagonist. Controls tend to be a bit fidgetty while the camera can be hard to adjust when the action heats up. Some boss fights are fun while others seem to be unfair at times. Plenty of Sega inside jokes and eye candy! 8.5/10
-Heavenly Sword (PS3) - Not a great hack-and-slack but not all that bad. Well acted and nicely animated as far as game characters go. Severely short and sometimes punishing boss fights. Camera controlling is too limited when you want to survey what's around your fighting field. SIXAXIS portions didn't add much to the experience. 7/10

Of course, there have been a few that have asked if I've been drawing. I have, but it's been very minimal. With my current job, it's kind of hard to be in the mood to draw anything. I do try to even if it's just a few pencil strokes here and there. ^^; We'll see what happens. For now, I'm going to try to go at my own pace, but I will at least try to make an effort to get some ideas out of the way.

Finally, I kind of got back into reading. It's feels good to be reading once again. During a trip to Chattanooga, I picked up three books, Bioshock: Rapture (prequel to Bioshock 1 and 2), John Grisham's The Testament, and The Wolf Age. So far, the Bioshock book has had my attention a lot since I really enjoyed the first game. :)

Anyway, I believe that is all for the time being. It's unfortunate that I'm not going to Morphicon this year, but I do wish any and all going the best. :)

Until next time! This is Eddie the Wolf signing off. :cool:

Most Anticipated Games of 2012 and Twitter

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Hey all! Just something quick before I completely forget. With Mass Effect 3 coming up, I figured it was time I did a list of the games I'm anticipating for this year.

1.Bioshock Infinite (pre-ordered)

I'm currently playing through the first game and will get to the second game soon. I have to say that I'm impressed with what I have seen so far of Infinite. From what I have played through Bioshock thus far, it has made me very intrigued with the series, and Bioshock Infinite is my most anticipated game for 2012.

2.Mass Effect 3

What?! Not #1 on the list?! Fans of the series may think of me crazy to have this at #2 on my list. Still, I am looking forward to the game as I thoroughly enjoyed the first two games. Mass Effect 1 showed how story-driven RPGs can be well told, and Mass Effect 2 improved on a lot of things that made it more engaging. Here's hoping for how it will all end when Mass Effect 3 comes March 6.

3.Borderlands 2 (pre-ordered)

I'll be honest, I was completely blown away by Borderlands. This was one of those games that gained a cult following and succeeded by word-of-mouth. It was one of the few post-apocolyptic games that didn't take itself seriously, and I enjoyed it for that. After seeing a recent trailer of the sequel, I'm even more excited about getting my hands on it. :D

4.Counter Strike: Global Offensive

Over the past year or so, I got into Counter Strike and Counter Strike: Source. After wasting away so much time on these games, I was thrilled to hear that Valve was coming up with a new game in the franchise. And cross platform play? Sign me up! Time to get my Gun Game action on! 8)

5.Xenoblade Chronicles (pre-ordered)

I am aware that this game came out sometime last year in other countries, but I'm glad that it'll be brought to the US come April. True, I have a lot of RPGs in my backlog, but I'll be sure to pick this game up for the Wii when it arrives in GameStop stores. :)

Honorable Mentions:

Street Fighter x Tekken
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Phantasy Star Online 2 (Japan only so far but hopeful of a US release)
The Last Story

Games that are out but would like to play:

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
SSX

TWITTER

*sighs* Yes, that's right. I actually have a Twitter account... And I've enjoyed using it so far. I have one to blame for this, and he knows who he is! :lol:

If you'd like to add (and be sure to tell me who you are when you do), you can find me @SonicHomeboy.

Also, this goes to any and all that have a PSN and Steam account. Add me if you'd like and please be sure to let me know who you are. :)

And that is all for now. I'm going to see when I can get around to doing a video blog to show off what I got for Christmas. Yes, it's late for that, but I don't care. Other than that, I also need to try to draw more. ^^; I've been holding off on several projects that need my attention.

Anyway, you all have a good one!

This is Eddie the Wolf, signing off! 8)

Stylish Crazy Action! Combat All Derp-Derp Christmas Edition

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Hey all!

Christmas is coming up! Already I'm seeing wishlists popping up from other folks. So I figured I'd share with you all what my wishlist is like for this year. Just so you all know, I am only asking for one or two games this year. Everything else is mostly for movies and music. :P

-Goldeneye: Reloaded (PS3)

-Super 8 Blu-ray/DVD combo

-Mass Effect soundtrack

-Borderlands soundtrack

-Super 8 soundtrack

-Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (PS3)

-Twilight Zone Complete Collection

-Metropolis (Anime)

-Astro Boy manga from Volume 14 on up

And that's about it as far as my wishlist goes.

So what's your wishlist like? :)

Take care and have a Merry Christmas!

Eddie the Wolf signing off.

Thanksgiving 2011

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Hey all!

Long time no update, right? Yeah, there's very little to report on my end. Just been busy and stressed with work since the holidays are approaching. Anyway, I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving. :) I'll be working tonight as of this post. Hopefully, I can secure a couple of sweet game deals at Best Buy. The two that I am going to be watching out for are Uncharted 3 and Dirt 3. Most likely, I'll get Uncharted 3 once I'm off the clock since I know the store has plenty of copies for that game. I'll be lucky to even get Dirt 3. Some of you might say I should get Batman: Arkham City (since it's sold for $30 at Best Buy), but I'll wait it off until I completely finish Arkham Asylum.

With that, I hope to have more of an update later on.

Take care!

Eddie the Wolf signing off.

Being 24

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Hey all! I am now 24 years old! :D

Today was actually rather good for me. I had the day off from work which was a nice plus. :) So it was quite relaxing as I played a bit of Catherine on the PS3 (more on that shortly). I went with the family to Logan's Roadhouse for my birthday dinner and then finished the day getting a game from Gamestop. :P

So what did I get birthday wise?

-Catherine (PS3; got it a few days ago)
-Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3)
-Ben Hur (DVD)
-$70 total in money so far

Anyway, I thought I'd share you this story about Catherine. So I get home from work on Thursday and was feeling a bit down. When you're on your feet for a long period of time, it tends to wear you out and make you feel a bit miserable. As I'm eating a small supper, my mom comes to me and has something behind her back. Earlier, she had mentioned something about giving one of my birthday presents now or later. She has me guessing what it could possibly be. It was a game, of course, so I thought it was the Batman game I got today. After a bit of guessing, she mentioned that it had the Playstation's greatest. I was confused by what she said until she brought up Sly Cooper being on it. At that point, my heart sank as I feared that she got me Playstation Heroes Move. I told her that the game got bad reviews, and it required the Playstation Move to actually play the game. She even looked shocked at what I had told her about it. Then, she waves Catherine in front of my face and laughs in a teasing way. I end up laughing too because she was really convincing that she had bought the other game for me. :lol: I gave Catherine a go, and I'm now on the fifth or sixth day in that game. I have to say it's quite challenging to the point that I end up searching YouTube videos on how to beat certain floors. Still, I find it to be quite fun so far. :) So we'll see if I'm willing enough to get all eight endings.

With that, I thank any and all for the birthday wishes. :)

Thanks for reading!

Until next time! This is Eddie the Wolf signing off. 8)

Solatorobo Unboxing and Other Stuff

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I finally picked up a copy of Solatorobo: Red the Hunter for the DS recently. :) So I figured about doing an unboxing video, and I did! :P

Unboxing Solatorobo

:lol: After I opened it, I haven't played much of it. I have only started on the first chapter of the game, but I'm sure it will get me from playing on the PS3 a lot. Speaking of, I have finished several games lately.

Shenmue - I'm quite glad I finally played through this game. I enjoyed plenty of what it had to offer, but the game's pacing and uneven voice acting kind of ruined most of my enjoyment of it. I had hoped that there would be more fighting involved, but all that fighting takes places towards close to the very end of the game. Other than that, I found Shenmue to be good, but I wouldn't recommend it for everyone. Still, I give it a 7.5 out of 10.

Bangai-O - Let me just say that this game is far, far better than what I had played on the DS. This game made me feel like I had more of a purpose going through the levels. I did die plenty of times, but I didn't mind it as much as I got better with the later levels. It's a worthy Treasure-developed game for the Dreamcast. :) A solid 8.5 out of 10.

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune - This was a very fun action adventure game, and I was surprised by how much I really enjoyed it. Although it was short, I wouldn't mind going back to play it again even if it means to find all the missing treasures and getting all the trophies. Uncharted did strike me as a technical showpiece for the PS3, but at least it offers some very nice features besides the main game. :) 8 out of 10.

Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition - What can I say? It's Street Fighter, and I love me some of the series. :P What I really can't stand is how cheap its final boss, Seth. SO CHEAP! Still, I've enjoyed what I have played of it so far especially with its online options. :) 8.5 out of 10.

Burnout Paradise - This is one of the few car games I really got into, and it sucked me in for a very long time. :lol: I love how open-ended the game is, and I never really got tired of how much I could do in Paradise City. :) Right now, I've obtained my Burnout license, so here's hoping I can get to most of the challenges in game to earn some more trophies. :P A 9 out of 10.

The Sly Collection - I was happy to be able to play through all the Sly games for the very first time even to the point that I got all 100% on the trophies. All of them were not without its problems I encountered, but they didn't dampen my enjoyment out of them. For a platforming series, they were all quite promising throughout each one. However, the last two games did get a bit tiresome when playing them for a very long time. Even more so in Sly 3 when you had to pickpocket from a bunch of guards to get all of the gadgets in the game (mostly for getting trophies and a 100%). Overall, I have to say I liked the third Sly game in the collection. So, Sly 1 gets a 7.5 out of 10, Sly 2 gets an 8 out of 10, and Sly 3 gets an 8 out of 10. As for the collection, it gets a 7.5 out of 10 since it's pretty bare bones excluding the mini-games.

As for the games I'm currently working on, I've been playing Eternal Sonata, Prince of Persia 2008, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (trying to figure out how to go through its story mode), and the Prince of Persia Trilogy (recently finished Sands of Time; need to get 100% on the trophies). I have tried to do some drawing more since I have trades to finish, but I would like to let you know that Leaping Tiger got the most votes for Raul Xi to pose in. :) Thanks to all that participated!

With that, I hope everyone has been enjoying the beginnings of the fall season. I'm starting to miss summer a bit (mostly because I haven't gone to the beach), but life must go on. Also, October 17 is when I'll be 24. Just need to think up a wishlist or something. ^^;

Thanks for reading!

Until next time! This is Eddie the Wolf signing off! 8)

Fighting Style Voting For Raul Xi!

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Edit: The voting is over, and it seems that the Leaping Tiger pose has received the most votes!

I have recently been posting up some art on Deviantart and Fur Affinity lately, and the latest that I've posted is of Raul Xi in four of my favorite fighting styles from the game Jade Empire. So to help spread it out, you guys get a chance to participate in a vote. :)

Raul Xi Fighting Moves

Simply pick one fighting move you'd like to see me try for Raul later on. You can comment on here or on the piece (preferably on the piece if you have a DA account). At 7pm CT on September 24th, I will stop the voting and tally up which fighting move I'll draw Raul Xi in. If there aren't enough votes overall, I'll go with what is my favorite of the four.

Thank you all for reading and happy voting! :D

Until next time! 8) This is Eddie The Wolf signing off.

Ten Years Ago...

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I don't have much to say since this will be a short journal.

Ten years does seem like a long time, but I will always remember where I was when it happened.

My thoughts go out to the families who lost their loved ones during the attacks that day.

Six Years on Gamespot!

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Has it been six years?! Geez, time does fly by. :lol:

Anyway, I want to thank everyone for the comments on my blogs and for any/all support when it comes to my art. :)

Here's for another year on Gamespot! :D

40,000 missed...

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But that's okay! I'm giving everyone another opportunity to get a chance to grab the DA pageview. :) This time the goal is 40,200 pageviews, and you can catch it here.

Also, I'm 100 away from reaching 5,000 on FurAffinity.

Once again, best of luck catching them! Rules from the previous blog/journal still apply.