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Pledge to WaterMelon and YOU could be in their next game!

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WatermelonFor those unaware, WaterMelon is an independent video game company designed with the intention of putting gamers first over profit. Much in the same way Working Designs used to include score cards with all their games to insure customers' satisfaction, WaterMelon is dedicated to creating games that gamers want to play based upon polls and comments left on their website http://www.magicalgamefactory.com.

After high demand for the 2010 Sega Genesis one-hit wonder, Pier Solar, the company has decided to bring this modern/retro-RPG marvel to the modern consoles but only if demand is high enough for it. This isn't about profit! This is about cost of production and therefore needs your support.

Pier Solar

Pier Solar

To the Mourning Fans of Duke Nukem, Here's Something You May Have Missed...

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Duke Nukem

We all are aware of the catastrophe that occured with Duke Nukem Forever, and frankly I don't care... After all, watching a polygon topless stripper do a animated lap dance over Duke is as sexy as watching C-3P0 humping an ewok, but each to his own I guess. Still all the publicity inspired me to write a review about an overlooked gem that just may alleviate the despair of those dumb enough to pre-order Duke Nukem Forever. Here's my alternative...

Take a look at this video!

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@RockAtMyWindow

Shonna! I know how much you love your NES and this should get you even more excited about it. It will make you proud to be an owner of one. I love you.

Hey Shonna?

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I was in a hurry when I wrote the Samurai Shodown II review, because Bryant wanted to play Valkyria Chronicles. So I'm sorry if it sucks. I checked it over to make sure everthing was okay. But it you find any mistakes could you let me know. Thanks. I'm sorry this one isn't as good as others I've written. Too bad, if you really don't like it, then I'll re-write it again. I love you.

Tachibana and Hakoruru

It's Finally Here!

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Wonderful cast of Grim Fandango

It's been almost... what? Maybe a month since I last posted a preview that I was going to do a review on Grim Fandango next. What a lie! I apologize from the bottom of my heart, and I swear never to do that again. After putting it off and putting it off, I finally had enough. And here it is! My finished project! Critique it all you want, Roger Ebert! Frankly, I'm too tired to care. I'm going to bed, now. Good night!

P.S. I love you, Shonna!

Easter Special: Easter Eggs and Vas Deferens

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Happy Easter

Happy Post-Easter everyone. I was very disappointed that Gamespot did nothing for Easter... I don't know if it is because Easter is too controversial for the anti-religious who pretend to be dominant (or at least pretend that their opinions are more valid) over the rest of those who are not, or just because they simply forgot. I'm sure they have their reasons, so I'm not one to judge. It would be nice if they would at least acknowledge it, or send me an e-mail acknowledging that they forgot or that they hate Easter... I'm not judging. I swear. I'm just disappointed because there's so many ways to celebrate "re-birth" in the gaming world. Therefore I'm going to break this Easter special into two sections:

1. Easter Eggs in gaming

2. Video game "resurrections" (what games do you want to see remade or remastered?)

This Easter was especially special for several reasons. Most notably was that I got to spend it with family and my beautiful girlfriend, Shonna. Recently I purchased an Atari 2600, and I couldn't wait to share it with her. One of my favorites for the Atari was the 1978 game Adventure created by Warren Robinett. I beat all three "games" on the cartridge, but after Wikipedia-ing it, I discovered Adventure was the first game to ever contain an "Easter egg." For the uninformed, Easter eggs in gaming terms is anything that is hidden or a secret found within a game. Warren Robinett created this Easter egg for the purpose of recieving credit where credit was due. Atari was notorious for not giving approriate recognition to the creators for their games, which led to the developement of the gaming company Activision. Activision wasn't a possibiltiy for Mr. Warren at the time, so instead he developed a secret room that contained his name.

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When I read about this I was so excited that I decided to wait until Shonna and I could be together again (since she lives 2 hours away), so that we could discover this little piece of history together. By pure coincidence we were able to be together for Easter day. The timing could not have been any better, because we discovered the first "Easter egg" ever in gaming history on Easter day. Call us nerds! Call us dorks! Call us whatever you want, because nothing can affect or change how excited we were to discover that little gift from Mr. Robinett. It was in all essence the perfect Easter gift.

Side note: Later Shonna and I decided to name all the characters in Adventure since the only one with a distinguished name was the bat who is most commonly known as Knubberrub. Shonna and I gave names to all the dragons, too. The green dragon is Duodenum. The yellow dragon is Ed. And finally, the red dragon is Vas Deferens (because when he sees you, you are ****ed!

Probably one of the greatest Easter eggs I've ever experienced would have to be the discovery of Maria in Castlevania Rondo of Blood for the Turbo-CD (PC Engine in Japan). I knew she was unlockable, but I assumed it was after you beat the game with Richter Belmount. After beating Rondo of Blood and still no Maria, I looked her up online. To my surprise, she was actually impressively hidden in the second level. While the Castlevania series have been known for secret passages, alternative routes, and other "Easter eggs" of the same sort, what makes Maria's "Easter egg" so special is that it changes the entire mechanics of the game itself. For one thing Maria can double jump, but even more than that the sub-weapons have all been changed. The traditional throwing axes, knives, and crosses are replaced with doves, cats, turtles, and even dragons. There's even a more feminine touch to the game as the Game Over screen replaces the cross-bone skulls with rainbow assorted flowers. Maria is not only a blast to play, but she reinvents the game for another go around. In short, Maria is my favorite "Easter egg."

Maria

Maria was never afraid to give Count Dracula a piece of her mind...

Final Battle

Part 2: Video Game Resurrections.

I actually borrowed this from a past Gamespot editorial post that contained an awesome, but some what sacreligious video clip of a stone being rolled away from the entrance of a tomb with Video game covers emerging from the radiant light from inside it. In that video, Gamespot mentions several games they wanted to see resurrected (some of which already have) such as Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, any Papyrus racing game (I spent hours and hours reading the manual for Papyrus's Nascar Racing 2. One of the few racing games I miss...), Panzer Dragoon RPG, Chrono Trigger, Blaster Master, etc. So I thought it would be appropriate to still celebrate Easter by mentioning some games that I want to see resurrected.

1. Golden Sun & Golden Sun: The Lost Age

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Forget Final Fantasy! Forget Chrono Trigger! Forget Phantasy Star! Forget Wild Arms! Forget Tales of Symphonia! Forget Lord of the Rings! If there was any fantasy world that I could choose to live in it would be the gorgeous and enchanting world of Weyard. I've played a ton of turn-based Japanese RPGs and none of them have had quite the same impact on me that Golden Sun did. While Pokemon Yellow was the first RPG I ever played, this was second; and being the first conventional Japanese RPG I ever played (my parents would only allows us to own Gameboys and Computer games at the time) I was completely baffled by the enormous amount content that the game had to offer. On top of all this, both games came with a giant map of Weyard! In fact, Golden Sun and Golden Sun: The Lost Age impacted me so much, that I even wrote a mini-series that took place in the same world of Weyard. I still have three episodes of that series stored away on paper some where downstairs. With the gorgeous music and incredible graphics for a GBA game, I would love to see these games "resurrected" for a modern console like the PS3 or Xbox 360 or even Nintendo's next generationconsole.

2. X-COM: UFO Defense

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This game is so ugly to look at that there is no way I would have ever played it except for I'm trying to beat every game on "Gamespot's Greatest Games of All Time." I'm no where near beating this game (I've actually been distracted from it for quite a while now), but I discovered that despite it's tacky appearance there are some real gems to be found here. Just the fact that you can perform autopsies on aliens you've killed to discover their weak points makes it a head taller then many of today's turn-based strategy games. However, it is hard for me to get enthralled in it just because the presentation is so primitive. There was a newer X-COM released around the beginning of 2001 or 2002, but it was scoffed at by critics and has never recaptured the essence of what made this one so great. Unfortunately, there is a X-COM first-person shooter scheduled to come out this year on multi-platforms. With the abundance of first-person shooters coming out for all the psuedo-gamers to get their ADHD fix, why 2K decided to take that direction is beyond me. We'll see in the months ahead.

Now it's your turn! What are some older games that you want to see "resurrected" in the future? Let me know and I'd love to hear back from you all. Happy Post-Easter!

Wait! Resident Evil 4: Wii edition has a laser pointer?! No friggin way!

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Note: evidently we can't say the word "c.l.a.s.s.i.c." on Gamespot. Don't ask me! I think its crazy, too. But that's what "****c" means.

Wii edition

The preschool, toddler version

Gamecube

The survival horror version

I think that it is important to state that game critics everywhere have failed in mentioning that Resident Evil 4: Wii edition doesn't have to be played with a Wii Remote. But what is even more pressing than this, is that using the Wii ****c Controller not only changes the button prompts on command, but it BRINGS BACK THE LASTER POINTER!!! I have played re4 for the GameCube, PS2, and Wii. I've beaten the GameCube version twice, Wii edition once, and I frickin' hated the PS2 version! I don't care what anybody says, because the PS2 is a sorry excuse for re4 (ex. poor sound; prerendered cutscenes; missing textures; less blood; water, smoke, mist, and dust is either abscent or looks terrible). What sucks is that the PS2 version was the only version that had both the laser and the Separate Ways story of Ada Wong, or so I thought. For a while, back in 2008, I had both a GameCube copy and a Wii copy of the game, but I sold them both in 2009. After coming back from Africa, I really missed them, but I didn't want to spend money on both of them. I decided that I would eventually learn to tolerate that big giant recticle (that's always on the screen, even if your not shooting) in exchange for the bonus content on the Wii version. BUT...

... Just yesterday, I was glancing at the back of the cover and saw the picture that claimed compatiblity with the ****c Controller on the right hand corner. I knew that most any game that contains a Wii Remote is also compatible with the ****c controller. It's pretty much a given. Plus I didn't think it would change anything in the game because there was nothing in the instruction manuel about using the ****c Controller. No pictures, no diagrams, not even a side note saying, "also compatible with the ****c Controller." I guess I did it out of amix of boredom and just curiousity, but I plugged in my ****c controller and to my absolutely dumbfounded amazement, IT HAD THE LASER!!! I almost cried, I was so happy.

While every single Gamespot, IGN, GameInformer, and Nintendo Power critic commended Capcom for incorporating the Wii Motion controls, I absolutely hated it. Not only is there a giant dumb recticle on your screen 24/7, but it glows green when you take aim, and bright red when you are on target turning a great test of survival into meer child's play. Every critic said the same thing: "the difficult has been softened, but not that much..." I've got news for you! If you find using the Wii remote on Resident Evil 4 challenging then you should be playing EC (early childhood) games until you figure out how to work a mouse, mkay! Mkay! All the intensity and paranoia has been drained from the game with the Wii Remote. Yes the new controls are good, but they are too good! Faster movement, quicker aim, and better accuracy does not make Resident Evil 4 better! The controls were supposed to be hard, much in the same way as the original Resident Evil. In the original Resident Evil, I love the dread of zombies coming after you while you try to align your character with the door at the end of the hallway. You could look at it asan annoyance, or look at it for what it is (a hard game)! And in my opinion, if its not hard... its not "survival horror."

P.S. Not one single review has mentioned that re4 Wii: Edition has Leon's laser pointer in it! Capcom doesn't even mention it! 4 years later, I discovered Leon's original laser by pure chance. What the heck people! This is important information when buying a game! Someone's not doing their job or just got too excited about the Wii remote. At least, I can fully appreciate my Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition as being the greatest version of Resident Evil 4, now...

Thought this might help you, Shonna

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Hey, Shonna

I really liked this review from Gamespot, and I think it might help you enjoy your new game even more than before because of some the new features that are explained. It's brief, but enough to wet your appetite.

I love you.

Don't judge a book by it's cover (especially if it's Atari)

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Adventure

This past weekend was pretty much a "Hey-let's-see-how-many-ways-we-can-blow-Aaron's-mind weekend." First of all, I was completely awestruck by how incredibly beautiful and fun Sims 3 is (which I played with my girlfriend). Then I was blown away by how incredible Chick-Fil-A employee meetings are. And to top it all off, I beat an Atari game! Yes, it is Adventure. I know that! I know it doesn't take much to beat this ridiculously short game, but who cares! It's still an incredible work of ingenuity and computer programming. I am proud to have it in my collection, and hopefully experience it again with the person I love. Enjoy!

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