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Your Personal Gaming Achievements

It doesn't matter at what age you started gaming. It doesn't matter in what generation you started gaming. Point is, we are all gamers, whether it's just to pass the time, or just to play competitively with you peers. It's what we all enjoy doing.

Gamespot just introduced (or actually enhanced) the achievement section. This got me thinking. During our gaming endeavors there was always a moment during the game or a milestone that you wanted to reach. A milestone that a select few (or everyone) managed to reach but for you it's like the hardest part of the game or you felt hella proud during that time when you completed or reached it.

These are my most memorable gaming achievements:

5. N64: Loz: Majora's Mask: Obtaining the Couple's mask.

During my earlier years when I owned a N64 I borrowed this game from a friend just because I was a big fan of Ocarina of Time. The game was kinda different (a bit darker) but the best of the two IMO. After I beat the game , I wanted to get all the masks to unlock the Fierce Diety mask. I got like an in-game handbook (Bomber's Handbook) that showed when certain events will take place and it also gave hints where you should be in the game in order to complete the quest. The "Couple's Mask" was the hardest for me to get. Why? Because it was filled with in-game events during all 3 days (before the moon hits earth) and you have to be at the precise moment in a certain city in order to proceed to the next event. Miss an event and it's back to day one O_o.

But wait, it got better. The first time was interesting because the last thing I had to do is to wait for Anju and Kafei to reunite right before Doomsday. So there I was, standing inside the Inn while the whole city was shaking and the bells were ringing, all waiting for the end of the world. After they reunited, they combined their masks and Link got the Couples Mask. He held it high in the air while the famous tune played (you know the tune when you get a new item?) and right before the tune ended….…bzzzt…power outage.

4. PS3: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves: Reach Level X (60).

2009 GOTY has definitely taken the rest of my 2009 gaming time and I'm still playing it almost every single day. Like most current shooting games, this one features a leveling system that are numeric until level 50 and change to roman numerals from 51-60. From 51 there's like a big gap between the levels until you reach 60 and the only way to gain more money is to use negative boosters. These are boosters that give you a handicap that goes from lowering your health (Invalid), or you get like a half loaded weapon (Half loaded), or you die from one punch(Glass Jaw), or people can even see you through walls when you're nearby (Come Get Some). Level X can be compared to the Tenth prestige in Call of Duty. The sad truth is that a lot of these gamers glitched their way to this level just so they can wear the black badge, but I wear mine proudly and will own every single noob online (HA!). No camping needed.

I was also featured in two of the Uncharted 2 weekly top ten plays. Feel free to check them out:

Top 10 plays Week 7 (Warning Mature Language)

Top 10 plays Week 8 (Warning: Mature Language)

3. Wii: Super Mario Galaxy: Lava spire DareDevil run + Luigi's Purple coins.

By now, if you own a Wii and haven't played this game yet…what the hell is wrong with you :P? But seriously, to beat the game, you only needed 60 stars but like all perfectionists including myself we aimed to get all 120 stars (twice). On my way to that milestone, there were two stages that I was having some trouble with: Lava Spire Dardevil Run from the Melty Molten Galaxy and Luigi's purple coins from the Toy Time Galaxy.

The daredevil run required me to finish the whole stage without taking a single hit, ON A LAVA STAGE. The Purple coins stage featured platforms that only give you like 3 to 4 seconds to stand on them before they disappear for good so you had to watch your step while gathering the coins. I was able to record my gameplay when I wanted to retry these stages.

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2. SNES: Beat Battletoads in Battlemania.

If you just started gaming, be afraid. Be very afraid. This Beat-em-up game is known for its extreme difficulty, and is very tough to finish, even for us experienced gamers. Funny thing is that at the time this game was released, we had no idea this game was so hard. The game required a lot of perfectly timed jumps and was packed with cheap deaths. After a lot of trial and (T)error, me and my cousin finally sat down a whole day and try to finish this game once and for all …….and finally succeeded. We jumped around the house like we just won the lottery. Even our parents thought that the game made us crazy. You've been warned O_O.

1. SNES: Super Mario World: Reach Special Zone and beat the Tubular stage.


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Lastly, we have one of the first games released on the SNES. This game was filled with secrets and hidden paths to discover. After we spent some time with the game, we discovered the Star World and then the Special world. The Special World is a secret area in Super Mario World and the levels are located in various environments and are designed to be much more difficult to clear than all the other levels in the game. The first one was fairly easy. But in the next stage the developers at Nintendo clearly wanted to make gamers all around the world cry or rage quit xD. The infamous Tubular stage required you to use the balloon power-up to navigate Mario like a balloon while dodging various incoming projectiles from enemies. One hit and it back to square one. This was the first and last time I almost broke something out of rage but it was all worth it in the end:).

Other games that also came across my mind were:

Donkey Kong Country 2 SNES (Unlock and finish the Lost World)
Bubsy SNES (Just beat the damn game)
Killer Instinct Gold N64 (Perform my first ULTRAAAA COMBOOOO with Count Sabrewulf)
Pokemon Snap N64 (Unlock the secret stage to take a picture of Mew)


So what do you guys think? Been through the same thing:P? I would love to hear some great gaming stories from my fellow gamespotters. Which moment almost made you throw you controller across the room but you still had the guts to get past that part (Megaman 9 anyone? X_X). Which moment/achievement makes you proud as a gamer? Sound Off and I will feature them in my next article.

Thanks for reading!

Previous Editorials:
The Wii has stalled? More like they hit a wall....
Onlive. Sounds great, looks great...

Uncharted 2 Top 10 plays

So I've been following a member on youtube who posts top ten plays of Uncharted 2 online matches which are very entertaining to watch. And this time, I've made the list:P.

Here's the video (WARNING: Strong Language)

This game is crazy. Multiplayer is extremely addicting and hella fun. Weapons are balanced. The amount of whining gamers are at minimum. And camping is pointless after killing 1-2 opponents cause they WILL find you.

The thing I like the most about this game is that Naughty Dog continously improves on the game and they DO listen to gamer feedback all the time. All you have to do is make your voice heard on their website.

In other news, I'm having second thoughts about Final Fantasy 13 as it might not be the RPG I'm looking for. I'm leaning more towards Demon Souls and Dragon Age: Origins. I'll probably buy either one since both of them are really good games. I don't worry about difficult games since I can proudly say that I beat BattleToads in Battlemaniacs and Bubsy on the SNES.

Anyways, I hope everyone is doing well.

"Fly like a butterfly, Sting like a Bee!!"

KillerBee....

.. is awesome. That is all.

This blog has been brought to you by Jerell's random urge to post something. Have a nice day.

It's nice to take a break once in a while

I've been part of the moderation team since March 2007 and I have enjoyed every single moment by helping out the site. But it's always good to take a breather once in a while. This way I can just chill on the site and do some other stuff for the rest of this month.

Yup, it's nice to take a break once in a while...

Dragon Age: Origins....

...blew my mind.

So, for new years eve I had my cousin bring his 360 over so he could show me some Forza 3 and Dragon Age: Origins and in turn, I showed him Uncharted 2 and Littlebigplanet. Then we inserted some cheats in GTA4 and went on a grenade rampage and survived 6 stars for like half an hour which was hella fun.

The next morning we sat down and played like the first 3 hours of Dragon Age. This game rekindled my love for Role-Playing games and is worth checking out for any RPG fan. Savoyprime also recommended me this game but I didn't get the time to check it out. I was too busy getting headshots in Uncharted2 :P.

Anyways, I hope everyone enjoyed their new year's celebration.

Cheers:D!!

Happy Holidays!

Yeah.. yeah... I know I'm late but that's because I was busy as hell:P. Non-stop gaming during the day and partying through the night. It's been crazy.

2010 is going to be a great year for gaming. These are the ones I will definitely buy:

Grand Turismo 5

Final Fantasy 13

Modnation Racers (The beta is awesome BTW)

Golden Sun DS

Pokemon SoulSilver

Games I might buy when the price drops:

R&C: ACIT

Demon Souls

Dragon Age: Origins

Anyways. I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday.

Peace:)!

Thankful

We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here on Curacao (i.e. no national holiday) but we do know how to make a great traditional Thanksgiving dinner:P.

Be thankful for everything you have and treat each new day as a gift.

Be thankful for all the good things that has happened to you and learn from the rest because tough times never last, tough people do.

I would like to thank to everyone I met here on Gamespot :).

Happy Thanksgiving.

The Wii has stalled? More like they hit a wall ..

.. and it took Mr. Iwata a long time before realizing this.

I saw this as soon as their 2009 E3 conference was over. Same recycled IP's from their first 3 years. Two Mario games, another Metroid game and ANOTHER Zelda game. It's hard for me, who grew up with the NES, to have to sit and watch this great company's games get watered down to a bunch to Wii musics, Wii fits get thrown at us along with tons of other uninteresting games.

Think.... What would Mario do?

They messed up with the friend code system. You can't even get a decent match started with friends 'cause you have to enter a different code for every game. All of the other features like Mii channel were fun to play with at first but were forgotten as quickly. Another big mistake was to pump out tons of accessories that no one's going to use after a while. I'm surprised that it took this long to create a 1:1 motion device. It should have been there from the start. Now we're going to have to wait another 2 years to actually make use of it for more games other than Red Steel 2 and that golf game. By that time they'll probably make a Wii HD.

I should have mailed them my article when I warned them about this last year. I basically predicted that this is going to happen if they didn't do anything. One year later and we still haven't heard anything from series such as Star fox, Kid Icarus, F-Zero, Bomberman (64 remake) A Real Pokemon RPG (or at least Snap), Breath Of Fire, Earthbound, Pilot Wings (We have motion controller for Christ sake) Skies of Arcadia, Donkey Kong, Luigi's mansion 2, Etrnal Darkness. Yup, I've been nothing but patient. But I can't wait forever.

Now, it might seem that I did nothing but bash the Wii so far. So before you judge me by this article, take a good look at all the games that I've finished until now. It's not about mature (rated) games. It's about supporting your system with great software. Don't rely only on third party developers to accomplish your goal. It's because of that, we ended up with games like Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine and My baby 1st steps.

And now, this is the result: Sluggish sales, core games migrating to other platforms (bought a PS3 slim in September) and an uncertainty if those promised games might still make it in this console generation (remember Twilight Princess?). With the recent price drop on all systems, consumers are thinking twice about which system to buy this Christmas (if they haven't bought one yet).

I hope they had some air bags installed when they hit that brick wall and that this serves as a slap in their face that gamers are not to be messed with. Your move, Nintendo.


Note: I did not write this article to compare systems. I wrote this article because, as a long time Nintendo fan, I feel that they have let down their core audience by offering us only a handful of great games.

Previous articles:
Onlive. Sounds great, looks great...

Uncharted 2: Halloween Double cash weekend!

Hell yeah!

The Double Cash Weekend starts on Friday, October 30, 2009, at 11:00 AM PST and continues until Monday, November 2, 2009, at 11:00 AM PST.

In every match during Double Cash Weekend, you'll be getting twice the Cash award you normally would for completing typical game actions – not medal-related currency awards – giving everyone a leg up in increasing their Rank for a limited time. That means this weekend is the perfect time to hop on to our Competitive and Co-op Multiplayer modes – whether you're just a few levels away from the vaunted 'X' or this is just your first time online.

A bunch of Naughty Dogs will also be playing this weekend, so be on the lookout for the red Naughty Dog paw next to our PSN ID in the game.

Linky.

Need for Speed: Shift is a nightmare

I'm dead serious:|. I've never seen such a bad game when it comes to frame-rate issues. They should have called it Need for Speed Shift Slow Motion Mode". It's like driving at 30 mph during the whole race.There was even one time that my game started lagging, like 2 frames per second. It was like watching a slide show. But wait, there's more. When you start a race, there's a chance that the engine sound doesn't load or the car itself won't move. The sound itself is nothing compared to the videos I've seen on the net. I'm positive that it's not my speakers 'cause Dirt 2 sounds wonderful. It also seems to gave a problem with anti-aliasing (remove jaggies).

So why am I ranting? It's 2009. Need for Speed is notorious for milking their franchise to the core. My last NFS game was Most Wanted (2005) which was a great racing game (doesn't matter which console). I saw the gameplay vids and thought to myself: "You know what? This might actually be a great game." But I was wrong. They will never fix these issues. Gamespot was too generous with the score. I bet NFS: Nitro will get more than this one.

Don't buy this game.