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Amiibos, do I need you?

I’m not a collector of toys. I am a collector of books and video games. When I first heard that Nintendo would be releasing amiibos for some reason I thought these plastic toys wouldn’t sell well. Disney Infinity and Skylanders success should have given me an idea how quickly these figures would start selling out. For some reason that somehow evaded me. I said to myself I’m not going to buy any of these plastic take up space items that have almost no use.

I have a Wii U, and have yet to play because I lack the space to put it anywhere in my temporary entertainment system. I do intend on buying and playing Smash Bros. Wii U, but I have no intention to buy any amiibos. I’ll be honest there have been statues I have thought about buying like the Kinetiquettes Evil Ryu $350 statue. And I have been made aware of the rarity of the Marth amiibo that just happens to be my primary favorite character in Smash Bros. I don’t think I’ll ever buy it because I like controlling what’s on the screen, and not have leveled up CPU do all the brawling.

I recently read in a Game Informer magazine about the developing process of Smash Bros. Wii U. One of the development team members says the amiibos add a lot to the game. I’m not convinced. As I’ve said before I want to do the playing and not watch the CPU do the playing. Although I could see how amiibos might be used in a fun way for betting by having leveled up characters dish it out. But, I don’t really see kids, maybe teens, using them in such a way.

I don’t have the time, desire, or money to spend on amiibos. They are just not for me. As I’m writing this blog entry thinking to myself, “Am I really a video game collector if I don’t seek out these amiibos?” I say to myself, “Yes, I am.” I don’t have to own every single video game out there, and I sure as hell do not need to own these easy to lose overpriced figures that will someday become lodged between my washing machine and dryer.

Post Censorship Woes (Somewhat)

After taking a break for a few months from Gamespot because of the new web layout that made me scurry away in frustration, I come back to post on the forums to see that words like "fuck" "shit" and "cunt" are no longer censored. I also started noticing that gamespotters were flaming each other back and forth with no reprimands. This made me want to start surfing forums again to see what type of flamebait these trolls can come up with to spew in threads. I’m referring to System Wars in particular.

After getting a few laughs from some of the System Wars posts again I decided to post again. I don't have much of a foul mouth, and my anonymity on the internet doesn't bring any latent vulgarity that might be swimming around in my subconscious out onto the threads, but sometimes I do have to express myself in such a way so that some of these idiots can understand my insults. I came to realize it was kind of fun having censorship, and over authoritative mods flexing their e-penis on the forums.

Don't get me wrong. I don't want the old way back. I just remember it being fun trying to figure out what was hidden behind those stars (*) that blurted those nasty curse words. It was sort of like a game. In other ways it was fun when I tried to come up with clever ways to flame people without the mods noticing, and seeing and learning how others avoided the ban hammer as well. I'm sure they learned from me in the past from me when I was trolling System Wars too. We can all learn from each other.

This blog entry has been dedicated to you, Gamespot of the past. I've seen you've learned a lesson from Giantbomb by adding vulgarity to your podcasts as well. As stated before, we can all learn from each other.

Been Stuck On You For Quite Some Time, Digital Devil Saga

I started playing Digital Devil Saga four years ago. I was enjoying the game immensely. The grim atmosphere, the grundge like music inspired by the 90's, and the depressing storyline had me sucked in. I haven't played a JRPG like this, at the time, ever. Few Japanese developers take the risk to make a mature game that won't cater to a huge audience like Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Tales of games that are targeted towards a teen demographic. There are other JRPGs that are meant for a more mature audience, a la the Shadow Hearts series, but none have been quite as good as the Shin Megami Tensei games. And even when there is a teen cast of characters like the Persona series, the game still does have a more mature vibe to it.

Digital Devil Saga is a game I have been stuck on for years now. The random battles as you get close to the near end of the game are sometimes as hard as boss fights that are in other JRPGs. I want to level up, but I'm afraid to get in random battles because the monsters are so hard. It's not that I'm underleveled and should leave the dugeon. It requires more strategy than other JRPGs I've been pampered by, and I'm bit rusty implementing my characters' skills in to action. I will return to Digital Devil Saga when I feel I'm ready, but for now I just to find the time to play video games I'm focused on now.

Until next time, Digital Devil Saga.

How My XMas Went

What I received:

  • $100 gift card for Amazon.com
  • The Alchemist

I'm a little angry with Amazon right now for not allowing me download MP3's that I paid for. Why do I need to download an app to download music? I didn't have to do this in 90's. Why now? So, anyways, I don't know what I'm going to buy with the $100. Maybe some more video games. I need to hurry up and buy certain 3DS games because they are becoming pretty scarce pretty quickly. I was waiting for price drops, but those don't come too often on the 3DS platform.

Another gift I received was the book called The Alchemist. I had this book on my wish list for quite some time now. I'm hearing it's a life changer. A book hasn't done that to me since I read 1984 which kind of sparked my interest for politics. I'll see what this book will do for me.

I had a delicious dinner. I ate prime rib and ham. Not among my family, but with co-workers. It probably would have tasted better in the comfort of my own home. It was delicious nonetheless.

Now towards the end of my day I come home to play on my Playstation 4 and PSN is down. Terrific. After skimming through twitter and reading the constant complaints of hackers ruining many gamers' holidays, I somehow thought it wouldn't affect me in any way. Right now as I'm typing this out I'm listening to the PS4 OS music which is sort of calming me down a bit while thinking which game I should play next (Probably Guilty Gear Xrd). Although today may have ended on a bad note I've had a good holiday season. I hope those reading this have a happy holidays as well.

More Video Games Recently Bought.

  • Injustice: Gods Among Us: Ultimate Edition (PS4) - $12.99
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (PS3) - $14.99
  • The Last Of Us: Remastered (PS4) - $29.99
  • Assassin's Creed Unity- (PS4) $29.99

More of patiently waiting leads to more saving. At least when it comes to most video games. But, of course, you shouldn't wait too long for some video games because those can appreciate in value. That wasn't going to be the case with these games since a lot of these are fairly new. With that said, I'm surprised to see Assassin's Creed Unity and Last of Us Remastered go down in price so quickly. As for the other two games on my list, Lightning Returns and Injustice, I've been waiting for a quite a while for those games to go down to a decent price. It's also perfect timing to get Injustice for the PS4 since I got a new fighting stick coming to my front door today. I can't stand playing with a controller anymore. Once I learned how to use a stick I never went back to a controller when it came down to playing fighting games.

Here Are The Books I Read In A Year (2013 - 2014)

When I started working 3rd shift at my various jobs, I would often read books while there because there was usually a lot of downtime. I've always been somewhat of a reader, but I wanted to take it to the next level. I wanted to expand my interest beyond science fiction, fantasy, and psychology. So, what I did was read at least two hours a day during workdays, and three hours on my two days off. At first I said I'd comprise a reading list of twelve books to get through, but eventually I shortened it to 10 books per reading list because I like the number 10 more. And buying 10 books is cheaper 12 books per reading list. I would make up a list of ten books when I came to my second to last book, and then only buy 10 books once I was started my last book the "To be read" list.

I've never read this much in my life. I always have enjoyed reading, but disciplining myself into getting these books read has made reading a lot more enjoyable. I've expanded my interests, bettered my vocabulary, and made my thinking clearer. Reading has become so enjoyable that I prefer to read over playing video games now. Don't get me wrong if I have enough time, energy, and lack of eye soreness I will put some time into video games. Most of my disposable income has gone towards books. Maybe next year I will go back to video games being my primary hobby, but, as of right now reading is my number one hobby.

Here is my list of books that have been read between 12/8/13 - 12/8/14:

Reading List # 1 (Started 12/8/2013)

1. Brave New World ( 12/11/13)

2. Of Dice And Men ( 12/14/13)

3. Outliers (12/21/13)

4. You Are Not So Smart ( 12/27/13)

5. Prozac Nation (12/31/13)

6. The God Delusion (1/6/14)

7. Stories of Your Life And Others ( 1/10/14)

8. Art of War (1/12/14)

9. Rise of The Warrior Cop (1/17/2014)

10. Wool (1/27/14)

11. Extra Lives (1/31/14)

12. Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria (2/2/14)

Reading List # 2

1. Newtown: American Tragedy (2/7/14)

2. The Black Count (2/15/14)

3. The Emperor’s Blades (2/22/14)

4. The Shining (3/3/14)

5. Collapse (3/15/14)

6. The Shift (3/24/14)

7. Shovel Ready: A Novel (3/27/14)

8. Necronomicon (4/13/14)

9. Quiet (4/17/14)

10. How To Be Black (4/19/14)

Reading List # 3

1. The Way Of Kings (5/6/14)

2. The Third Chimpanzee (5/10/14)

3. Appointments With Heaven (5/15/14)

4. The Companions (5/20/2014)

5. Dust (5/26/14)

6. A Theory of Fun For Game Design (5/29/14)

7. Is Marriage For White People? (5/31/14)

8. Dune (6/8/14)

9. Never Let Me Go (6/12/14)

10. The Future of The Mind (6/17/14)

Reading List # 4

1. Dune Messiah (6/21/14)

2. Dr. Sleep (6/28/14)

3. Fast Food Nation (7/3/14)

4. Words of Radiance (7/19/14)

5. Star Wars: Darth Plagueis (7/26/14)

6. Decision Points (8/5/14)

7. Console Wars (8/14/14)

8. A Visit From The Goon Squad (8/18/14)

9. Frames of Mind: Theories of Multiple Intelligences (8/25/14)

10. Infidel (8/29/14)

Reading List # 5

1. Beyond Good And Evil (9/2/14)

2. What Makes Your Brain Happy And Why You Should Do The Opposite (9/6/14)

3. Sand (9/11/14)

4. The Brief And Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (9/16/14)

5. The Opposite of Loneliness (9/19/14)

6. Roots (10/3/14)

7. Children of Dune (10/9/14)

8. A Clockwork Orange (10/11/14)

9. How To Win Friends And Influence People (10/15/14)

10. Mein Kampf (10/25/14)

Reading List # 6

1. Plutocrats (10/30/14)

2. Lord of Flies (11/1/14)

3. Leading Minds: An Anatomy of Leadership (11/7/14)

4. The Stand (11/25/14)

5. Allah Is Not Obliged (11/29/14)

6. Star Wars: Path of Destruction (12/4/14)

7. Genghis Khan: And Making of The Modern World (12/8/14)

Games I bought around Black Friday.

  • Infamous: Second Son Standard Edition (PS4)- $19.99
  • The Evil Within (PS4)- $29.99
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4) - $24.99
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4) - $29.99
  • Assassin's Creed: Rogue (360) - $24.99
  • Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition (XOne)- $24.99

There you have it. Those are the deals I've been patiently been waiting on for the passed few months. It was well worth the wait. I was sad to see I couldn't find a good deal on Assassin's Creed Unity. That's the one game I was especially waiting on to drop down in price. And as for Nintendo 1st party games, I think we all know how hard it is to get a decent deal on those games. They often take almost a year to go down in price. Sometimes maybe even longer. I probably should have checked out Steam while I waiting for lightning deals on amazon.com, but I was mainly focused on that site and not really any other because I didn't want to go through the ordeal of signing up for anything.

Happy hunting, gamers!

I'm a video game collector now.

It's 2014, I'm 30 years old, and I have hundreds of video games. I don't have time to play them all, and I don't want to sell any. I tried to avoid the video game collector label for a long time. I said to myself in my youth that I only want to own and play good video games. Which is still somewhat true, but I noticed something after reminiscing about the "bad" video games I played like Superman 64, Quest 64, and etc. Sorry, Nintendo 64, I remember there being a lot of bad games from this system. I'm not trying to pick on the N64 at all. When I play "bad" games or those deemed bad by video game critics there is always some bit of fun I can get out of these games. It could be laughter, learning about what makes a video game bad, and being grateful to have much better developers out there that do make good video games.

When I'm not playing video games I want to learn about them, and talk about them. Another way of learning about video games is going back to the older games and learning about the history series I may be interested in. This is a good enough reason to collect video games. There is no reason trying to avoid being called a video game collector anymore. The main reason I was afraid to be called one is because I was afraid of spending too much money. But, I don't think I'll have that problem being older and wiser when it comes to video game deals. I hope I continue to make wise purchases and keep my collection neatly organized.

Gamespot's got some tough critics.

And that's what I love about this site. They are not afraid to tell it like it is. I've been coming to this site for over a decade, and I can put my faith into these critics who are relentless in doling out the punishing critiques among our favorite pastime, video games. Assassin's Creed Unity and Rogue both received scores that were below the anticipated score the System Warriors have predicted. I was expecting the games to score between 8-9, but I know I should be expecting less from such harsh critics as Gamespot. I hope this site continues to have no fear and telling it like it is. You guys may have put a blemish on your integrity with the Jeff Gertsmann incident in which a review almost got pulled, but I still believe in you guys. Keep up the good work!

Valve and Blizzard. I'd like to learn more.

Being primarily a console user, my attention is focused more on the developers that make games mainly for consoles. For example like Capcom, Nintendo, Rockstar, and Ubisoft are some of my faves. And my gaming preferences usually come from the Japanese developers. I grew up on Mario, Sonic, and Final Fantasy so it's easy to see why I want to play mostly Japanese games. But, recently this new Blizzard game called Overwatch has been announced. It looks like a long awaited answer to Valve's Team Fortress. I've played a few Valve games like Half Life 2, and Team Fortress for a short amount of time. As for the Blizzard games I have played Starcraft II and Diablo 3. Both, good games, but I just never had the time to get into them. My attention goes back to the console games. The thing about Blizzard games is that a lot of them require a lot of time investment. I didn't play World of Warcraft because of this, but I have ventured into a Hearthstone, and it is quite an addictive games that I'm waiting for to come on iOS for the iPhone which is a good game for pick up and play.

After coming near the end of this article I'm starting realize I have played a good amount of these games from Blizzard and Valve. My main concern is that I do not know much about these two gaming companies ,and would like to gain more knowledge on these two behemoths of gaming companies. I not only like to play video games, I like to learn, and discuss video games. I don't want to get into a conversation with another gamer and not know what he or she is talking about when it comes to Blizzard and Valve. I will continue to watch out for more news on Blizzard and especially Valve. I like to know why fans are screaming for a Half Life 3 because, quite honestly, I don't think Half Life 2 was that great. Maybe it's because I played it much later after its release.