It's been a long time since I wrote a blog. Had a lot of opportunities to; moved, Oakton, and a rather large old school purchase. Guess I'll discuss them all!
So I moved about a month ago. My video games and I now have a new place to live. It's a nice apartment on the second floor, so no worries about flooding. My roommate and I got a nice setup for things. In fact, I was kinda distraught over loosing the nice built-in wood cabinets my games lived in the old place. He wasn't going to use this nice cabinet his parents brought up, so I have my controllers and smaller collection subdivisions (GCN, Wii, XBOX, 360, & PS3) in there.
As for Otakon, this year's haul was dominated by import games. I added Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix +, Princess Crown PSP, & Namco X Capcom to my collection. I also grabbed Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology & Riviera PSP while I was there. No soundtracks this year, but that is because I couldn't find a vendor selling them. I was disappointed, but it's probably for the best. Other swag included three LocoRoco keychains (yellow, pink, & red), a mini-statue of Tear from Tales of the Abyss, the Tales of Phantasia OVA, & a box set of Sakura Wars TV. All awesome stuff.
Lots of other cool things happened at Otakon 07. I went to a panel focusing on the Tales series. I won a raffle that net me a pin of Mint from Tales of Phantasia, which is now residing on my laptop bag. I also correctly answered a bit of trivia from Tales of Eternia. That got me a bag of gummy candy! Not only was it gummies, but they were all gummies that actually are in the various Tales games! A nice touch. I spent an hour after the panel talking to the people who ran it. They're really nice and knowledgeable.
I got Hitoshi Sakimoto to sign my copy of the Breath of Fire Special Box!! For those who don't know, Sakimoto is a composer known for his work in Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy XII, Legaia 2: Duel Saga, Breath of Fire V: Dragon Quarter, among others and my favorite composer. To see him in person and have him sign an already rare soundtrack is something I won't forget. He was also there with a small part of Eminence, an Australian orchestra performing video game & anime music. Their concert was incredible. It was so awesome to hear it all in person.
Moving away from Otakon, I found an NES top-loader for $30 that I couldn't pass up (sorry -_-Nintendo-_-). This spawned me getting 17 NES games at present, which I have listed below. They're all tons of fun. In fact, last night I had a few friends over and we played NES games all night. Fun times.
Adventure Island II
Adventures of Lolo
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Wizards & Warriors
Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors II
A lot of stuff in this entry deserves a picture. I promise I will post some soon!