This blog entry is to test out to see if I can copy and paste from word. I doubt I can knowing Gamespot. That would be too easy and simple, huh? But, let’s see if this will work. If it does you can expect lots more blog entries from me because I like being able to write drafts in word.
Grand Theft Auto V has been released this week, and there's no escaping the press. I'm reading on the internet, hearing on the news, and from word of mouth from even people who don't play video games that the game is selling very well. But, I still cannot get hyped for this game. I've played every Grand Theft Auto there is, and I usually would buy the games at or around launch time, but probably not GTA V.
There are a few reasons why I haven't decided to put down some cash for this game yet. I have just bought Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn, and I'm trying very hard to find time to get into this game. I'm loving it. I also want to make time for my backlog of games. I don't know how I'm going to do this. I'll have to find some way to use time management cleverly.
Another reason is I was kind of hoping GTA V would have been released for the next gen consoles. I was surprised and a bit disappointed when I heard about the announcement for GTA V for current gen. Rockstar could have probably done a lot more with GTA V had it been made for this upcoming generation of consoles. I was going by the pattern of GTAs being released each gen. Grand Theft Auto III was for one generation, and GTA IV for this current generation. I wasn't expecting the sucessor of GTA IV to be in this generation.
I will eventually buy this game. I often wait for the price of games to go down not only because it's cheaper, but because it helps me slow down the increasing of my insurmountable backlog of video games. Grand Theft Auto V looks like a great video game with the new idea of having three protagonists in one game. That alone makes me want to play it, but, as of right now I will wait.
It's about two weeks after the release of FFXIV: ARR, and I'm stuck here without a copy of this game. After the fiasco of FFXIV I thought ARR would make MMORPG gamers lose all hope, and even the hardcore Final Fantasy fanboys. Therefore, I was going to take my time, wait for reviews to pop up all over the internet, and also hear word of mouth from the early adopters of ARR, and then make my decision. I haven't seen any reviews of this game yet, but I'm hearing that ARR has improved greatly from the original FFXIV based on what players have to say.
I've been watching streams on Twitch.TV, and browsing forums that are related to ARR trying to decide if I should get this game or not. And after hours of stream watching I've decided I want this game, and I want it now. But, there's a huge problem. The game is doing so well despite the bad afterstaste Square Enix has from the original FFXIV. Square Enix f*cked up so badly last time that they didn't even think ARR would be doing this well. It's doing so well that the servers can't contain all the subscribers so they had to stop selling copies of ARR.
Now I'm without a copy of ARR, and I wait for Square Enix to allow me to purchase the game again. I don't pre-order games unless it's a rare game I know is going to be hard to find. I never did expect a Final Fantasy game to ever be in scarcity. I've tried amazon, called seven different gamestops to see if they had them in stock, and even thought about using ebay.com. I don't really trust ebay.com, though. I got a counterfeit game from one of the sellers, and someone tried to buy something with my debit card. But, I think it's best if I wait it out. It's been tough these past few days, but I'm going to have deal with it.
Years ago when I first started shopping online I would say I'd never use a wish list. It sounds really stupid, and it will just make me spend more money that I probably shouldn't be spending. Besides why do I need to be reminded what to buy. If I'm forgetting what I wanted then it probably wasn't important to me and I'm better off without it anyhow. Well, that was back when I was in high school and college, and I was poor, and was only working part time. I am now financially independent with a full time job and another job. My progress in employment has allowed me a pretty good disposable income, and now I have more of a luxury to spend.
I have a bookmark section set for online stores, but I only have a wish list for one of those sites, and that is amazon.com. Sometimes I do use wish lists on other sites, but I usually end up clearing it after some contemplation a few days on my next purchase. My reasons for amazon.com's wish list so I can patiently wait for the prices to drop on video games, or to make sure the games don't go up in price after becoming rare.
In that sense having a wish list is a good thing. I can be a smart shopper, and save money by keeping on the wish list from time to time. It is also good for other things like waiting for availability on the next gen consoles coming out in a couple of months, and Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn which I've been dying to play.
I've been afraid of wish lists since I first started shopping online. I always feared I turn into this compulsive shopper, but my fears have been abated and I've never went to far when it came to spending. Or maybe it has, but I have never gone broke from spending online. However, I actually have forgotten about stuff I want to buy because of wish list. Sometimes I don't remember what I want to buy until I look at one of my wish list. Therefore, in conclusion, I don't think wish list are bad. At least not for me.
I've been coming across gamespotters vehemently expressing their anger of the upcoming changes coming to this wonderful site, and I'm a little perterbured myself by the news. I don't have much of a problem with unions being taken away. The ones that I have been invited to, and have joined don't remain active. Even the really popular ones. They're not as active as the regular forums. Though it is nice to diverge from the generalized System Wars, Off topic, and General Gaming Discussion forums and branch off into more narrowed down topics in unions it doesn't seem like it's worth keeping them around on this site to Gamespot apparently.
I did like the atheist union. It was nice to hear about other atheists stories about how they dealt with the common church goers because, sadly, it is a rarity to run into fellow atheist, even more sadly, in the year 2013. But, that's for another potential blog entry maybe.
Don't get me wrong. I am not glad to see the unions go. As much as I don't care for them I do care that a lot of the gamespotters are annoyed by this. Once these unions go I'm sure there will be a lot of others will be leaving as well. Less gamespotters here the less people to read my awesome blog. ;)
I am also kind of annoyed about is the erasing of my hard earned level I've attained after coming here for close to a decade. Now I'll be looked as a newbie! I've blogged and battled ferociously in the System Wars, and now I'm being demoted to level 1 or whatever they're going to call it.
With that said I don't think I'll be leaving Gamespot anytime soon. I plan to get back into blogging more often, as I'm starting to fit more time in not just for gaming, but also learning more about one of my favorite pastimes. I want to welcome the changes for this site. Hopefully this site won't remain such a buggy mess as it has been since day one. Looking forward to more gaamespotting on this site. See you around.
Nope, not me. I want an MMORPG that's slightly better than mediocre. I started with Phantasy Star Online and nearly flunked out of high school playing that nearly 3-5 hours a day. That MMORPG (many don't call it that) had a very small world. I didn't truly know what an MMORPG was. I was strictly a console player so this was the best thing ever when it came to playing video games online for me at the time. After quitting that game and deciding to not f*ck around and study hard to get my ass into a halfway decent college I eventually did graduate.
Around the time I quitted Phantasy Star Online I did not give up gaming. I was playing other games like Final Fantasy IX (I was a JRPG nut back in my teens). FFIX was my very first Final Fantasy, and after beating that I couldn't wait to play other FFs. Final Fantasy X came, and I had a blast with that then came the inevitable annoucement of Final Fantasy XI, and I heard it was an MMORPG. Perfect timing for me to start college, and focus on my studies, huh?
Final Fantasy XI didn't take much a toll on my real life as Phantasy Star Online did, but it did have somewhat of an effect. I was living on campus for two years so I couldn't play every single day. I spent my weekends playing Final Fantasy XI, and I was having a blast, but I didn't just want to play on the weekends. I had to play every day of the week as much as possible. So, I stopped living on campus and moved in with my parents again. But, I didn't let FFXI deter me from my studies I did end up graduating a few years late. Better late than never!
After finishing college I played a few years longer, but I decided to give up FFXI. I don't know why I waited to finish school to give up such time consuming games! Here I am now, five years later, and haven't played an MMORPG. I was tempted with SWOTOR, and Final Fantasy XIV, but I haven't jumped in yet. I was going to play FFXIV. I bought the collector's edition, but I never opened it after hearing about the rebirth of the world Eozera (FFXIV's world). I decided to leave it unopened and let it appreciate in value. It's worth a hundred bucks now.
Now I sit here and wait for the next iteration of a Final Fantasy MMORPG to release or re-release. Based on what the critics have been saying, the MMORPGs I have been playing weren't the best of the best MMORPGs out there. I can only imagine how bad I might have been sucked into an MMORPG like World of Warcraft or Guild Wars 2. I'm guessing Final Fantasy XIV was be so bad or so good that it'll take my life over completely. If I do decided to play FFXIV A Realm Reborn I plan to take crafting more seriously so I won't have to worry about having enough currency to get the stuff I want in the game. Trying to have enough money to advance in the game was what made it the most time consuming. I also want to have time to play other games. Also I want to keep this effort of having a social life going. Not a huge effort, but I'm trying.
MMORPGs can be bad. Too good of an MMORPG can destroy grades, social life, relationships, and lives. Maybe it isn't a good idea for a dev team to make too good of an MMORPG. Maybe "addictive" isn't always good. I haven't played every MMORPG out there. World of Warcraft and other MMORPGs may not have sucked me in like FFXI did. It all depends on the person I suppose.
Yup, I think it's almost that time. With Pikmin 3's release right around the corner, and other Nintendo first party titles I'm dying to play following I'm about to jump into next-gen. Some gamers would say that this isn't next gen. The Wii U is just as powerful as a 360 and a PS3. But, I say f*ck them. This will be competiting with the PS4 and the X Box One come time those two consoles will release. I don't think the Wii U will be able to keep, but what do I care? I'm not a fanboy. I just want to play games enjoy my favorite pastime.
When will I get the Wii U? Most likely before next year prior to the releases of Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8 which will probably boost sales in the Wii U substantially. I want to take advantage of the price cuts have been popping up all over the place because of the Wii U's lackluster sales. I might wait for price drops on the other next gen systems as well.
I will eventually have all three next gen consoles even if I have to sell one of my organs to the blackmarket. The PS4 is what I want next, but there aren't any games that make me want one right now. X Box One will definitely be last. I'm still skeptical about Microsoft changing up every time they make a f*ckup, and us gamers have to point that sh*t out to them. I'm not confident that they'll keep their word on that DRM nonsense.
I'm sure a lot of you have heard about the rumor that EA plans to up the price of their games to 80 bucks. I'm not surprised by this, and why should I be or anyone else? The games in this current gen cost 60 bucks now, and it shouldn't shock anyone that the next gen games will cost even more. I was expecting maybe $65-$75 dollar price range for PS4 and X Box One games, so $80 does sound a bit steep. SNES games at one time were costing between $60-$70 per game. I was expecting those similiar prices were bound to come back someday.
Am I angry about this? No. A lot of us have been paying for games over $60 today. After seeing the Ultra Street Fighter IV I realized I will pay about $130 for all those versions of Street Fighter IV once I get the Ultra version. If you want the full experience of today's next gen console games you're going to be forking over more than 60 bucks if you want them at launch. And DLC takes a very long time to go down in price.
Games are going to go up in price usually every generation as the production cost of games go up. That's how it works. If you don't think you can afford next gen games, or you refuse to pay for games higher than $60 because the price seems outrageous wait for the prices to go down. I haven't paid $60 for a game in a long while. Another alternative would be to play indie games, handhelds, or mobile/tablet games.
Ahhh.... I can feel it. It's that time of the year. EVO 2013 is here. I rarely ever take time off from work, but when I do I make sure it's for me, and only me. I care about these three days of the year more than any other time of the year. F*ck anything else even my birthday! That's just a time of the year reminding me how old and closer I'm getting to death. But, EVO 2013 shows me that are a lot of gamers out there that are passionate or even more passionate than me when it comes to games. The competition, pop-offs, trash talking, and basically just the drama is what draws me to this three day event every year.
I've dedicated this blog to EVO 2013 by listing my personal faves of the FGC (fighting game community). If some of these players make it to my list that doesn't mean they're necessarily the best. They are just my personal faves. The reasons they're on my list are for a number of reasons. Check out my list below to find out why.
The FGC gets a lot of bad press *cough* Kotaku *cough*. With recent news about Noel Brown being sent to jail for fighting, and lots of overgeneralizing of the community being filled with racist, misogynistic, and homophobic a-holes, there are guys like this who stand out. He mainly plays Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and while he's not the best, he's a great guy. Clockw0rk also known as Daniel Maniago has started a charity event called Fight For Youth. This was about a year or two ago. It was a successful event that attracted big name FGC legends like Alex Valle to come out and show support. It just goes to show you that not all of us of the FGC are bad people. He's on my list because I just like having players like him out there to glisten among the muck of scumbags that cause disgrace to the FGC.
Now I will do a complete 180 with this section by introducing Marn to my top five list. There's good and bad of everything. Marn stands out in the FGC as what many many call the "bad of the FGC". He's what a lot of us gamers are stereotyped to be. He is someone who lacks basic, common, social graces, is overweight, and is probably unemployed. He has also been rumored to have been sent to jail which I don't think ever happened. But, that all doesn't matter to me. It is hilarious watching him play, and also watching him make fool of himself while he commentates. Make fun of Marn all you want. He knows how to have fun, and he brings fun to FGC streams even if it's at the expense of himself. And we want him there. He's more into the League of Legends (who isn't?) now that his former focus which was Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. He did win the Gamespot Marvel vs. Capcom 3 tournament here a couple of years ago. We <3 Marn!
The Korean monster. Infiltration is one of the best players in the world right now. He won the Capcom Anniversary tournament for Street Fighter X Tekken and Super Street Fighter IV. That was a huge tournament. I think the payout may have been bigger than this year's EVO. He makes my list because he shows that playing competitively isn't just a game. He shows that he takes this very seriously. He has notes with him on almost every top player he faces in tournaments. Infiltration will sometimes pause between matches and look onto his notes before partaking in a match. At times it does get annoying having to wait while he studies, but it goes to show you, Koreans are in a different leauge when it comes to video games. I always thought it was Japan that were the most dedicated, but with paid professional gamers being televised in South Korea I should have figured this out by now. He won EVO 2012, but I'm hoping he doesn't this year. I'm believe someone else much more deserving of the EVO 2013 title.
2. Ricky Ortiz
Maybe I'm on a mission to debunk the myth that all of the FGC is homophobic, and full of immature idiots. It shows that it's not entirely true. Ricky Ortiz is one of the few openly gay top pro players in the FGC. He's not afraid to show it either. He sometimes will dress up flamboyantly without any f*cks given. His openly gay attitude isn't the only reason he's on my list either. The main reason is when he pops off on other players sometimes when he wins. It's hilarious, and no one does it quite like him, her, or whatever he/she wants to be called.
1. Chris G
Much respect to this man, Christopher Gonzalez. He's won a tournament for probably every currently relevant 2D fighting game. He's unstoppable. He's clearly the best at Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and I thought it would stop there for him. No. He's got a very deadly Sakura in Super Street Fighter IV, and he's got a impenetrable Green Arrow in Injustice. I met him at a local tournament in Connecticut, and he pretty much won everything there. Mr. Gonzalez has won tournaments for games he doesn't really even focus on. So, if you see this guy coming to one of your locals might as well just say you're there to have fun, and not get your hopes up. There's no beating this guy. In a team tournament, Chris G took out an entire team of five top pro players on his own including a legend like Justin Wong. Chris G is a perfectionist. Even when he's winning he has this distraught look his face because maybe he didn't land every single move in one of his combos, or maybe it may be crazy enough think he shouldn't be getting hit at all. Chris G is from New York, the east coast, where I reside. It's always the west coast that have the most dominant players since they have the most active scene over there, but I think it's time for the BEAST COAST to take over. Let's do it, Chris G.
Honorable Mentions: Justin Wong, Dieminion, Daigo Umehara, Mago, Sandford Kelly, Poongko
Well, that complete turn around from Microsoft really threw off some of my predictions. As we all know Microsoft disabled their DRM policy thingy. I didn't think Microsoft would have listened to us, gamers, and I'm in total shock. I kind of want an X Box One now.