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This Generation Will Endure

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360 and PS3 have a lot of life left in them. With focus on gameplay, online play, and less on improving graphics, I think both systems will last longer than the standard 5 years. In the 90s, everyone wanted better and better graphics, so companies were obsessed with making the next best thing. Now, games have evolved past that (like movies have evolved past CGI showcases), and gamers want new ideas, good stories, and originality). Those can all be achieved with these systems. Yes, I'd like a 360 that plays Blu Ray, or a Wii that has a Hard Drive and HDMI, but it would be the same system. There is really no reason to upgrade because with connection to a network and updating, these systems naturally have a longer life than past systems. I think it's a really good thing. No reason to spend close to $1000 on another system and tons of peripherals, when these systems are doing great, and have a longer life because they are connected to WWW and can be expanded. Plus, it's even less desirable in this economy, to have to worry about upgrading. Even if an upgrade did become available, it would have less games, less features, and most importantly, less users and therefore less community, right off the bat! Mix that with the fact that less people would be buying due to a bad economy, and it could be a real disaster. In previous generations I always found myself asking for more, this is the first generation I can honestly say I'm pretty satisfied. I think this generation will probably last as long as the NES did, if not longer. Mainly because, again, the fact that they are connected to the net allows for more room for expansion, and a much longer life. What do you think? With advances in gameplay, original ideas, story, and less focus on purely technical upgrading, do you really think we need an upgrade in 2010, or even 2011? Or are you satisfied with the way things are?

zelda450, this is all your fault. (I've been tagged)

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Normally I'm not one to re post anything like this, but I think in this case, it's a nice way to get to know the community. That quickly brings me to #5. 5. This is my very first time re-posting anything on the internet, whether it be a list, a chain letter, anything. 4. I am a diehard MMORPG player. Yep, it's true. I've played more EverQuest 2 then I care to mention. Ah, what the heck, I'll mention it. I'll put it in perspective. You know how most lengthy RPGs, or other long console games for that matter, have a playtime of around 40-70 hours? Well, I've played my main Everquest 2 character, Fortai, for 68 days, 16 hours, 13 minutes. And that's only one character, in one game. It probably exceeds 100 days if you add those characters together. I have other MMO characters as well, although Fortai is probably my most played. 68 days, and you wonder why some people say it's addicting. I haven't played in over a month though. I dare anyone to tell me a game that you've logged more than 100 days of play time with. Okay, maybe Woody and Battletoads. Also, I don't play World of Warcraft. 3. I used to volunteer answering phones for Suicide/Crisis prevention. I also used to volunteer for the WWAC, which helps fight AIDS in Africa. 2 very draining jobs, to say the least. I slept well at night, though. 2. I don't like the same things most people like. That is, I don't drink. (I've probably had less than 10 drinks in my life, and I am 28 years old). I also don't like sports very much (this includes real life, and gaming). On major topics, I almost always find myself disagreeing with the majority, and siding with the minority. This has made me an outcast in some ways, but I refuse to change to "fit in." 1. I've never had a cup of coffee, or coffee in any form (except coffee ice cream). Well there you go, 5 facts about me. Honestly, this blog may not serve a huge purpose, because people who don't know me probably aren't too interested in these facts, and people who do know me more, probably already know these facts. Still, I think GameSpot has some wonderful people on it, people that I'd love to get to know. Take Care.

2007 Begone!

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Happy 2008 everyone, and thanks for your questions. It was probably not a good idea to post a Q&A blog on Christmas Eve, a time where not many people would see it, but here come the answers as promised. NeoJedi: What is your most anticipated game of 2008? Thorpe89: What title are you most looking forward to next year? I honestly can't say what game I'm looking forward to most in 2008. It might be Smash Bros Brawl, it might be GTA IV, or Little Big Planet, or perhaps Fable 2 (please don't disappoint me!), but I'll tell you what I WANT in 2008. I want a game to completely blow me away, that's not an upgraded sequel, that's not a franchise, that has an awesome story, and that's genre defying. Is that too much to ask? Perhaps. But I know that games now, more than ever, have the ability to be art. They have the ability to ascend past the realm of programming, into a world where the sum equals much more than its programed parts. When a game makes it past the hurdles of technology, it can become something great. Portal came close, but Bioshock did this last year, in my opinion, and was one of my two favorite games of 2007. Super Mario Galaxy, was my other favorite for a very different reason: It made me realize the part of me that enjoyed playing games 15-20 years ago, will never leave me. Let's hope 2007 was just a small indication of what the gaming industry is capable of. Atillite: what is your view on thermo neuclear energy and the negetive effects it can have on our planet in 3 or less words "We're all doomed" SteelAttack Do you like groins? No I don't like groins. I love groins. Do you really have to ask? That's it everyone. Make 2008 a great year. 2010 is just right around the corner. Weren't we supposed to have hover bikes and hyperspeed by now? I feel like we're falling way behind.

My Preferences

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A couple quick things: I wanted to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. No matter what you're doing, I hope it's magical. I also wanted to create my first Q & A blog. Yes, it's a blatant ripoff of what so many others are doing, but it's an opportunity to get to know someone a little better. So go ahead: Ask me anything! Anything! (well, almost anything). I'll answer it in an upcoming blog in a week or so. It might be a video blog, I haven't decided yet. Have a safe holiday. Peace.

Playstation 3 (it's about time)

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Hey all. Today is my birthday. I was in Target, I saw a PS3, I had my credit card, you know what happens next! My PS3 ID is: liquidsol. Please comment with your PS3 IDs also! It is also located in my profile along with my Wii number and my XBL gamertag. I mainly bought the system to have a Blu-Ray player, that plays games... not as a video game console, that plays movies. I'm sure I'll be playing more games on it in the future though. I am a home theater guru, and I was sick of seeing all those movies in beautiful HD, that I didn't have access to. Are there any games that anyone recommends that are not available on the 360 or PC? I will be buying "The Darkness," and I am also looking forward to the many good games that the PS3 has in its future. I am looking forward to see what I can download. Anyone recommend anything from that also? This month I will be first and foremost buying Mario Galaxy and Mass Effect. Take care, everyone. Peace.

Directions

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It's been a while since I wrote a blog, so I thought it was about time. Keep in mind these are just my random thoughts, going off into random tangents is to be expected. My last blog mentioned that I got a new job. I am still at that job. It has been going pretty well. I've since got a raise and a promotion. The bad part is, is that it is still not a move forward in the direction I wish to be going, which is ultimately game design / media. Although it's not in the correct direction, it is still a move forward, and it puts food on the table and pays the rent. Game design has still been my hobby though. I've still working on an RPG tentatively called "Adventure" that I have been working on for the last 2 and a half years. Someday, someday, I will finish it. One major thing has changed since my last blog though, and that is that I moved to an apartment that is much closer to my job. This new feeling of independence is both liberating and overwhelming at the same time. I Love it. I do miss my previous home though. You see, I live in the Bay Area, CA. My previous home was on the peninsula. There, I could just go lay on the beach in the middle of the night, or go on a random walk through the forest covered hills. I never realized how much that kind of thing was needed, until I left it. I can still get back to it, it's only an hour away. It's hard to get away though, when you have to be, all, like, responsible and stuff! ;) With my job, I've slowly been becoming accustomed to an office environment. The one major thing I've discovered is that High School never ends, it really doesn't. A song from "Bowling for Soup" pretty much sums it up. "The whole damn world is just as obsessed with who's the best dressed and who's having sex. Who's got the money, who gets the honies, who's kind of cute, and who's just a mess." It just hammers into me a sad truth: I don't think I'm compatible with most people. I know I've said this a million times, but I prefer a small group of intimate friends, as opposed to a large group of "acquaintance" type friends. Quality over quantity. Otherwise it's just… noise… and I'll find myself closing my ears, until the right person signals to me that everything is quiet, and it's going to be okay. Having said all that, it still is kinda funny watching the office dynamics unfold into a tragic soap opera. Oh yeah, this is Gamespot. Like many people, I bought Bioshock, and like many people, I'm enjoying the hell out of it. I've never felt the need to rush through it, and that's a sign of a great game: when you want to explore every area, examine every enemy, hear every sound, and do everything. The game even has some nice, and sometimes controversial, quotes: "I believe in no God, no invisible man in the sky. But there is something more powerful than each of us, a combination of our efforts, a great Chain of industry that unites us. But it is only when we struggle in our own interest that the Chain pulls society in the right direction. To Chain is too powerful and too mysterious for any government to guide. Any man who tells you different either has his hand in his pocket, or a gun to your head." That's just one of the many quotes in Bioshock that really had me thinking. I even found myself agreeing with many things that were said by the game's main villain, Andrew Ryan. I think villains are the most interesting characters in games and movies, but only if they are multi-dimensional, meaning you can go so far as to sympathize with them, even if it's just a little bit. If you haven't played through Bioshock, I highly recommend you do. Keep your volume up and your eyes open. Don't rush through it. Doing that would be like running through one of the greatest museums after paying 60 bucks to get in. I also just played through and beat Super Metroid for what seems like the 10th time. This time it was on Virtual Console though. Ever since Actraiser was released on it, I've been awaiting all games for the SNES that carry a Square or Enix tag. Those games are simply the brightest shining games in history. You may notice that my friends list was cut in half from about 100 to 50. I'll probably cut it in half again. If you're even reading this blog, you're unaffected. I'm just moving people off this list who I've NEVER talked to, and have no idea who they are. It's hard to track blogs and leave comments for gamespot friends, when I am tracking people that I don't talk to. Peace and take care! Nick

Moving Forward

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Hey Everyone. I have not been on Gamespot very often in the last week. The good news though, is the reason for that is because I got a new job this week. I'm working for a credit card company, handling disputes, customer service, etc. I know, it has almost NOTHING to do with my ultimate career, and the degree I got in College (BFA in Motion Pictures and Television). Thankfully I have opportunities to work in their marketing department, which would mean producing videos. If nothing else, it's a JOB, which is very needed right now. My ultimate goal is to work editing media or game design. There is a lot of work like that here in the Bay Area... Electronic Arts (EA Games) is 15 minutes away from my house, Pixar and Lucas Arts are also very close. I've been working on trying to get an internship for one of those places... I will let you know what happens! Gaming wise, I have mostly been playing classic games lately. I have not played a "new" game for about a month when I played Gears of War (except recently I had a very short experience with Wii Play). I have been enjoying some old games though, now on the Virtual Console. I beat Kid Icarus (without cheating, as the old passwords no longer work). I'm working on Super Ghouls N' Ghosts, and Ocarina of Time. I might be buying Crackdown for 360 soon, but I think it's best to wait until my Bank Account has a more... healthy number in it.... before I can start buying new games again. Take care everyone. Nick

Good and bad first impressions (update)

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UPDATE: Went to Frys today and exchanged my Xbox 360. I got a new one, and thankfully everything is back to normal (got to keep my old hard drive so everything remains in tact). Good customer service, Microsoft, so far. Well, unfortunately just a week after getting my Xbox 360, it is having technical issues. After an hour troubleshooting with customer support it seems there is a problem with the console, for it won't recognize my wireless controllers anymore. I went through all the troubleshooting steps, and I have been instructed to get it replaced where I bought it, which I will do tomorrow. The store will probably have to call Microsoft to verify, but that isn't a huge deal. This actually is not as bad as it sounds, because I will get to keep my hard drive, and replacing it at the store is not as bad as having to send it in to Microsoft. This is just a 2 day set back basically. It is sad though, because I just got Oblivion and Gears of War, and I hardly have had time to jump into them yet. I wanted to review them, but I'm not going to yet, because I have hardly played either of them. Both of them will definitely be getting a 9+ score from me though, based upon first impressions. So basically, if you wanted to humiliate, destroy me, then dance on my corpse in Xbox Live, you are just going to have to wait another couple of days, for I will be too busy humiliating myself, playing Wario Ware on my Wii. :-P Take care :-)

Got an Xbox 360

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Hey gamespot friends. Just wanted to let you know I FINALLY got an Xbox360. My gamer tag is "Liquid Essence" so please add me if you would like. My gamer tag is on this profile. I only started up today and my score reflects that, but I'll be doing a lot of online gaming soon. I've been behind on the reviews and my thoughts on games, so look for my thoughts/reviews on these games that I'm currently playing, soon: Gears of War - Soon World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade - Playing Yoshi's Island DS - Reviewed Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin - Reviewed Wario Ware Smooth Moves - Soon Viva Pinata - Playing Take care! :-)

Wii Impressions. Zelda, Wii Sports, EQ2 reviews.

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Well, I got a Wii. What a great system. Although I am not too impressed with the user interface of the system, nor impressed with what Nintendo is offering so far, the controls are much better than I thought they would be. The Wii Remote seems natural, and after playing through Zelda and Wii Sports, and I am very excited to see what future games have to offer control wise. If Nintendo doesn't have online play or graphics going for them so far, at least they have gameplay and interesting control. After playing around with the Wii user interface, I have to say I am not very impressed. The UI seems very simplistic, yet counter intuitive. The e-mail system is nice, but I feel like when I'm in the UI, that I'm using a 35 inch Nintendo DS. I am optimistic though, because there is room to grow, and it is very easy and hassle free to get online with this system. On top of that, the downloadable SNES, NES, Genesis, TG16, and N64 games REALLY get me excited about what will come out in the future. I know it can be excellent, and I'm pretty sure that Nintendo will make it that way. I just put up reviews for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Wii Sports, and Everquest 2 Echoes of Faydwer if you would like to read them. Here are short versions: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess I thought this game was Amazing and simply the best Zelda game available. Sure, the graphics and sound are not what they could be (I still think that giving our hero Link a voice, would be a bad thing), they still shine in the Artistic department. Although I think the gamespot review of this game was a little harsh, I respect the opinions of the reviewer. I think any review that someone gives is bias, and I think it's foolish to think otherwise. We are human, there is no possible way we can be 100% objective, and frankly, I wouldn't want to meet someone who could. Overall this is a suberb, immersive game, that mixes the best of classic and modern gameplay. Read my full review for more info. Wii Sports: Simple, yet fun. The controls work, they really do. It's really amazing what the Wii Remote can do. A very ideal game to be included with the Wii system. There is however NO EXCUSE for this game not having online play. It is the perfect game for it, and the fact that it doesn't have online play, it the game's biggest downside. Read my full review if you would like. Everquest II: Echoes of Faydwer: One of the best MMOs out there. I'm not scared to say it, but better, deeper, and more immersive than WoW. I think the community makes the game, and if you want to play with a more mature and adult community this is the Fantasy MMO for you. I've got more info in my review. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and has a wonderful Christmas holiday. Take care and Peace everyone.
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