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This afternoon was 3D fighter time!

I felt like playing Dead or Alive Ultimate(has DOA 1 and 2)and DOA 3,I didn't bother with DOA 4 cuz I don't like it that much.Since I was in a 3D fighter mood,I also played Tekken 3 and 5 and Virtua Fighter 2 and 5.

Dead or Alive Ultimate was a great package to be released on Xbox,DOA 2 is my favorite DOA game and I loved knocking enemies into giant elephants in Africa and I feel the fighting is more technical and less button mashey than DOA 3 and 4.And it was a smash hit when it was first released allowing you to knock enemies through walls,down sets of stairs etc and the environments look beautiful.The original DOA is a great inclusion in the package for those who didn't play the original.

DOA 3 is a great example of eye candy,there isn't much depth and you can easily defeat enemies with 1 move but there is gorgeous views of the beach(with white sand,beautiful aqua water,palm trees and holiday resort structures and you even see yachts and can move around with unrestrictive boundries even into the water! and you can fight inside a glamorous skyscraper building,and see Traditional Asian s t y l e buildings and fight on top of a mountain.

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And the beautiful women who hardly wear anything makes the game worth looking at ;)

Virtua Fighter 2 was my favorite 3D fighting game until Tekken 3 came along.It's technical in being very strict with defense,and timing your offense well.

Virtua Fighter 5 is the most technical fighting game I've played,everything you do is so vital,one bad move can see you be severly punished,you need to position yourself well and the scissors/paper/rock system is so well balanced out.You can just overwhelm your opponent with speed and even if your on the brink of losing and your opponent has full health a full on offensive barrage can turn the tables quickly.The special moves and combos require such delicate timing,and there is many of them to use and you have to learn when to use them.

Tekken 3 introduced some memorable characters such as Jin Kazama(the grandson of Heihachi who hosts some of the tournaments and has an army and wants to combine his DNA with some creature to rule the world) Hwoarang the Korean famous for his powerful kicking moves with his taekwondo s t y l e,the Jamaican guy Eddie who's fighting s t y l e looks like it is mixed with dancing to reggae music while at the beach surrounded by palm trees,Bryan the powerful cyborg,and the Panda and bear named Kuma.

The fighting in Tekken 3 has some diverse s t y l e and technical,brutal fighting.

Tekken 5 includes the more difficult arcade version of Tekken 3 but I prefer the PSone version.Tekken 5 was my favorite of all of them to play,the graphics and music are amazing,the graphics may not be as colorful as DOA games but has a more serious feel.Paul Phoenix looks so badass with his really high flattop and bikie outfit with flames and you can customize the characters outfits and hair s t y l e and you can even give the accessories like Paul a shotgun to carry and give a character sunglasses.

But most importantly the fighting is fast,technical as ever and brutal but very well balanced,not too easy or difficult,but the final boss is really tough.You see little details like glass breaking or rocks or objects break when characters hit them and like on DOA you can hit an opponent as they rebound off an object.And there is humor too,I love the scene after Paul beats the bear Kuma in a fight and Kuma asks Paul to save the other bears but Paul is too busy jumping around and celebrating and acting like an idiot and kuma says there is no way this idiot can save them...

And when the final boss takes a lot of time telling Paul about his plans Paul just gets bored and wants the final boss to hurry up and fight.And after you beat the final boss with Paul he knows he is the strongest fighter on Earth and wants to prove he is the best in the universe and yells at aliens to come fight him and you see countless flying saucers fly towards earth to fight Paul and Paul yells! Bring it on ya aliens!!!!!!!!

Beautiful and rare creatures

Blue Whale

The Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales (called Mysticeti).At up to 33 metres (110 ft) in length and 181 metric tonnes (200 short tons) or more in weight, it is believed to be the largest animal ever to have existed.The Blue whales tongue can weigh over 2.5 tonnes and it's heart is about the size of a small car.

Long and slender, the Blue Whale's body can be various shades of bluish-grey dorsally and somewhat lighter underneath.There are at least three distinct subspecies: B. m. musculus of the north Atlantic and north Pacific, B. m. intermedia, of the Southern Ocean and B. m. brevicauda (also known as the Pygmy Blue Whale) found in the Indian Ocean and South Pacific Ocean. B. m. indica, found in the Indian Ocean, may be another subspecies. As with other baleen whales, its diet consists mainly of small crustaceans known as krill, as well as small fish and sometimes squid.Blue whales require tonnes of food each day and will often feed on thick pockets of Krill that will consist of millions of Krill and it shows natures delicate balance.

Blue Whales were abundant in nearly all oceans until the beginning of the twentieth century. For over 40 years they were hunted almost to extinction by whalers until protected by the international community in 1966. A 2002 report estimated there were 5,000 to 12,000 Blue Whales worldwide located in at least five groups.Before whaling the largest population was in the Antarctic, numbering approximately 239,000 (range 202,000 to 311,000).There remain only much smaller (around 2,000) concentrations in each of the North-East Pacific, Antarctic, and Indian Ocean groups. There are two more groups in the North Atlantic and at least

I think it's sad they used to be abundant but are now so rare,the fact there is only a few thousand of them left in the world is terrifying and shows mans horrible impact on them.

Viperfish

A viperfish is a deepwater fish,they are found as deep as 2800 meters deep and uses a light organ attached to it's dorsal spine to attract fish and other prey.

Anglerfish

They live in the depths of the ocean, where it's too deep for sunlight to penetrate so they make their own light.Anglerfish have a fin in the shape of a fishing rod growing from its snout with a glowing light that acts as bait to prey to lure them inside the anglerfish's huge mouth.

Giant Squid

Giant Squid in myth

Giant Squid real video footage

Giant squid are squid of the Architeuthidae family, represented by as many as eight species of the genus Architeuthis. They are deep-ocean dwelling animals that can grow to a tremendous size: recent estimates put the maximum size at 13 metres (43 ft) for females and 10 metres (33 ft) for males from caudal fin to the tip of the two long tentacles (second only to the colossal squid at an estimated 14 metres (46 ft), one of the largest living organisms). The mantle is about 2 metres (7 ft) long (more for females, less for males), and the length of the squid excluding its tentacles is about 5 metres (16 ft). There have been claims reported of specimens of up to 20 metres (66 ft), but no animals of such size have been scientifically documented.

On September 30, 2004, researchers from the National Science Museum of Japan and the Ogasawara Whale Watching Association took the first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat.Several of the 556 photographs were released a year later. The same team successfully filmed a live giant squid for the first time on December 4, 2006.

Vampire Squid

The Vampire Squid is an extreme example of a deep-sea cephalopod, thought to reside at aphotic (lightless) depths from 600-900 metres (2,000-3,000 feet) or more. Within this region of the world's oceans is a discrete habitat known as the oxygen minimum zone (OMZ). Within the OMZ oxygen saturation is too low to support aerobic metabolism in most higher organisms. Nonetheless, the Vampire Squid is able to live and breathe normally in the OMZ at oxygen saturations as low as 3%; a feat no other cephalopod, and few other animals, can claim.

In order to cope with life in the suffocating depths, vampire squid have developed several radical adaptations. Of all deep-sea cephalopods, their mass-specific metabolic rate is the lowest. Their blue blood's hemocyanin binds and transports oxygen more efficiently than in other cephalopods, aided by gills with especially large surface area. The animals have weak musculature but maintain agility and buoyancy with little effort thanks to sophisticated statocysts (balancing organs akin to a human's inner ear) and ammonium-rich gelatinous tissues closely matching the density of the surrounding seawater.

Other beautiful deep sea creatures

This is the emblem I badly want

The geisha makes it look so Japanese! But it was available at the Tokyo gameshow in 2006,I wonder if there is another way to get it,I've checked and asked the emblems union and forums but no luck.

So many people are leaving Gamespot

A few people I used to talk with no longer use Gamespot and I've noticed other people are leaving Gamespot,these are people who have been using Gamespot for years and are over level 30.I think it's sad,I can still talk to them on myspace or msn messenger but they don't talk as much as on gamespot.

I wonder y they leave,some of them say it's cuz the popular reviewers left and cuz of Gamespots policies eg firing reviewers for refusing to give a game a good score and mods suspending you for such little silly reasons and just for voicing your opinion.Gamespots scoring system s u c k s now too.Cuz every game scored is rounded up or down,games in the past that may have gotten 9.2/10 now get 9/10 and games that get 9.3/10 get 9.5/10 so it's unbalanced now.And it's unfair to games using the old scoring system,sure you could round up or down the old scores yourself but unworthy games could get 10/10 and labelled ''perfect'' while older better games much more worthy of being called perfect did not receive this reputation.

Also IGN allows you to choose which blogs you want to allow people to leave comments on.I love getting comments from my friend Miss Apocalyse as well as from a few other people(but those blogs were deleted and those people don't use Gamespot anymore) and I get comments from people who just want to start a fight or act like they are better than me.I could just ignore them but it makes my blogs and gamespot page look ugly with their annoying remarks.

Gamespot only allows you to either allow people to comment on all your blogs or not let anyone comment on them at all.It should be like myspace and IGN where you can choose privacy settings for each individual blog.

IGN also allows you to add DVD's to your collection,make your own custom collection lists,and displays pics of the game box next to games on your collection.The only reason I don't use IGN more it's harder to make friends on there,but if my friends used IGN i would jump to IGN instantly.They also give more video footage during their previews and give better scores.

Some people just become too busy for Gamespot or lose interest with games and that's another reason why they stop using Gamespot which is sad too.

Do you find the Simpsons addictive?

I could watch the show all day,there is good variety in the episodes and characters and the town is so colorful.One thing I love about the Simpsons is it reminds me of JRPG's,one episode they can be in town,then the next they are at the beach,next to the seaside or in the forest.

More Japanese Xbox 360 promotions

Sorry I just love the Japanese creativity!

I found pictures of a commercial where all the kids in the c l a s s room are happy because their parents bought them an Xbox 360 but one little girl is sad because her parents did not(and the picture says ''You can tell which kid's parents did not buy her an Xbox 360'' I thought it was funny but Gamespot won't let me add the image :(

I found some other cool Japanese cartoon pictures where characters are dressed in the Xbox 360 colors with green hair and white clothes but Gamespot won't let me add them either!

Anyways I also found these;

A Japanese Xbox 360 lounge!

Japanese Xbox 360 games

She presented the Xbox 360 to Japan by appearing on TV commercials and magazines dressed like this!(I hope I don't get in trouble from Gamespot for this!)

Some Japanese Xbox 360 designs.

I always knew Japan has the coolest stuff,but I love how efficient and creative they can be.

(I know this isn't real but I think it's a typically cute and imaginative Japanese art)

And these are not just designs,people in Japan can actually buy these!

Which anime series have you watched through?

When I say watched through I mean from start to finish.I have watched the entire series of:

Cowboy Bebop
Dragon Ball Z
Mobile Suit Gundam 0079
Mobile Suit Gundam 0080
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
Monster Rancher(1st and 2nd series)
Samurai X(Rurouni Kenshin)
Samurai X OVA collection

I still want to watch through the series of Gundam SEED,Gundam 0083 Stardust,Zeta Gundam,and I still want to see every Simpsons episode :P

What type of games do you like most?

I like Japanese RPG's the most,because they are the most imaginative when it comes to storyline and artisically.

I also love the grind of travelling from town to town and fighting off random monster attacks(many people hate it but I love the realism of random monster attacks)and levelling up(making my characters stronger)on the way.

I also like fighting games because of my Thai background and Boxing and Muay Thai kickboxing boxing are sports that Thais can do well because we aren't as disadvantage from having less size and muscle mass compared with other sports.Same with martial arts the Chinese,Koreans and Japanese have their forms of martial arts and to become very good at it technically is all about the mind and discipline and not about genetics.

I love the technical depth and intricate timing required for fightng games such as Street Fighter,Virtua Fighter,King of Fighters,Marvel vs Capcom,etc. I like anime based games and colorful and imaginative Japanese games and Japanese robot fighting games(I just think Japanese robots look so cool)

What about everyone else?