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Resident Evil Old-Hands: A Dying Breed

Resident Evil has always been one of my most beloved video game series. Thus when the 6th installation was released (RE4), I was devastated. Now I know it isn't news to anyone that gamers, especially old-hand fans have been and still are arguing over Resident Evil's most recent facelift. I am late to the aversion-ridden party by a few years due to my original decision of being reserved on the matter. But recent events have convinced me otherwise, especially with the actions of RE4 fans. I just need to finally get this off my chest and my blog seems to be the appropriate place to do it, even if this entry remains unread. My brother's return from college has brought back nothing but nostalgia; a longing for the clichéd "good-old-days", a time when the Playstation and Beanie Babies were all the rage, internet was becoming widely adopted and Bill Clinton was still President. We have fond memory after fond memory of playing Resident Evil together, whether it be during an evening summer thunderstorm running like hell from the Nemesis or a cold Saturday morning taking down Birkin yet again, the original RE's scared the crap out of us kids, and we enjoyed every second of it. I can remember Gamepro-back when we still had a subscription to it-dedicated magazines to the RE releases with strategy guides accompanied by magazine cover art. Fear overcame me to a point where I was afraid to go to bed for my town shared a striking resemblance with Raccoon City. I thought that a zombie outbreak was bound to happen, sooner rather than later :lol: . The remake of Resident Evil on Gamecube and the subsequent RE 0 made me nothing but ecstatic. In fact, REmake was the first game I purchased for the Cube and to this day I believe is the most frightening RE game. Heck, even its graphics are still cutting edge after 6 years. I was sure thereafter that (especially with inclusion of Jill's RE3 outfit and Chris' RECD outfit) Capcom would remake 2, 3, possibly even Veronica. But to much disappointment, they haven't, they decided to port instead (I still have some optimism though). But what really took me over the edge was when news of the online addition, Outbreak came to light. The concept alone made me salivate, though it was a major letdown when released. To cut the story short, the games were praised, considered must-haves by many in their time.

So where are we today, well we have Resident Evil 4 which garnered an assortment of awards, including Game of the Year from GameSpot, much of which I cannot understand, comparable to my comprehension of the success of the Halo franchise. Words are incapable of describing the anger, hatred, dysphoria and pure sadness that flows within me because of the direction RE4's success is taking the series. My emotions amaze even myself; I never thought I could be so emotionally attached to a game/series. Like the anger spewed towards Squaresoft when Sephiroth killed Aeris in Final Fantasy VII, I said to myself, "I could never be that attached to a game", yet RE proves the exact opposite. Presently many of the so called "fans" of Resident Evil are nothing of the sort. They are RE4 fans, they have no right to make such a claim .Many of today's "fans" were "unfamiliar" with the Resident Evil series until it changed its entirety to suit a more casual audience. Thus it comes as no surprise that they dislike previous RE games. These first-timers enjoy a game that's of a completely different genre and lacks the essence of RE; the generic and action-based spray-them-with-bullets games that are proliferated throughout our Western culture and the USA. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy shooters but what made Resident Evil different and unique was pure originality, its distinct survival horror qualities, and storyline. If I didn't want that, I wouldn't have purchased the games.

Not going into major details since I could go on for ages, but the original RE games had an excellent storyline of a virus outbreak in a thriving United States, Midwestern city named Raccoon City. It's eventually uncovered that the outbreak's accountability ultimately lies with the corrupt and influential Umbrella Corporation which conducted illegal experimentations, to the extent of using employees and unwitting human beings in order to produce the ultimate Biological Organic Weapons--presumably for the government. Eventually the viruses (T and G) infected the entire city consequently producing unspeakable horrors, forcing the government to quarantine and exterminate the city through nuclear annihilation. One was forced to cope with these genetically mutated creatures; from flesh-eating zombies who seemed unstoppable to the iconic skull-crushing tyrants, all the while allocating limited resources to survive and having the crap sacred out of them in the process (something that requires strategy and is what we like to call "survivor horror"). Now in RE4 we have a game where parasite-controlled enemies, the most common amongst them being Los Ganados (Spanish villagers) drop money and items when eliminated (What is this, Mario?), ammunition is gluttonous, you can purchase your own weapons and upgrades from magic merchants, and a crazed cult leader wants to take over the world by controlling people through the ancient organism found in a castle's backyard (Las Plagas). How can one compare RE4 to the rest?

What aggravates me is when those who experienced RE4 first then play the older installations and base their opinion solely on the characteristics of RE4. When people make offensive reviews of the older games and then claim they're no RE4, I take it to heart. How can one idiotically compare RE4 to its predecessors when they are of different genres? The majority of the original games were developed in a different time period with less advanced technology. Obviously the graphics won't be on par to modern standards and some elements don't seem as spectacular as they did then because of our experiences with and expectations of video games today (I will even admit that). Though, when released, they were considered some of the best games ever made while being on the cutting edge of graphics and CGI's. Not to mention that the fixed-camera angles that so many first-timers whine and groan about were purposely used for a slower paced, puzzle-solving, frightening, survival horror environment, unlike the fast paced action that requires the over-the-shoulder view found in RE4. This would only further argue the point that the older games are long overdue for a remake, in the original RE mold mind you, the way they were made to be played. In fact, it would probably calm my nerves and I would be rather satisfied if Capcom did indeed remake 2 and 3 in the original format--that's what I would really like to see.

Now comes to the Outbreak franchise. Fans of it wonder where File #3 is-it's not coming sadly. The reason being because they were the last games developed in the Resident Evil formula. Capcom wants to sweep it under the carpet because a new generation (RE4 fans) hates....or let me say it this way.....is not attracted to the cosmetics of the older games. And I highly oppose that decision. It is both part off the series and the company's heritage and thus they should stick with the old model. However, I do believe that File # 1 and 2 were hastily put together. They had a lot of potential and many would have both played and loved them if there was more dedication, effort, and creativity on Capcom's part. If only I worked for them, Outbreak would be different.

Though RE4 and now RE5 really demonstrate the true colors of Capcom, they are catering towards the casual western marketplace. Unlike in the 1990's, there seems to now only be a small select group of people who are still loyal to and enjoy Resident Evil for what it was. I don't know where most of them went, the ones that bought 4.96 million copies of RE2, 3.5 million of RE3, or 1.35 million of REmake. I guess most of them grew out of gaming or the genre. However, I do believe if you were a fan from the beginning, yet RE4 is your favorite, you are no true fan at all for it's not Resident Evil. I think what makes me the saddest is that Capcom will no longer develop RE games like they have in the past, and thus no fonder memories of the remade masterpieces that I have grown to love throughout my childhood or new IP to enjoy and progress the story in the future. In a sense it feels like a betrayal on Capcom's part, selling out for money rather than the loyal smaller fanbase. I shouldn't be surprised though, many series are experiencing the same thing. After all, that's what happens when a public company has investors to please. Resident Evil 4 in my opinion is a somewhat average game and I think it would have never received the acclaim it did if it had a different name slapped on it or a different main character for that matter. What worries me is what this means for the rest of the video game industry, is the casual gaming mentality going to rule the day, I sure hope not, but I won't hold my breath. Whatever the case, it marks the end of an era, a generation, and survival horror as I knew it to be :(

R.I.P.

Resident Evil

1996-2005

I fainted for the first time in my Entire Life!

Let me tell you, it is not a pleasurable experience. Here's the scoop. Over the past couple of weeks I have had a fairly bizarre sleep schedule due to class cancellations and the sort. Thus I would stay up till 5 AM, wake up at 1:30 PM and go to class and sometimes I wouldn't go to bed at all. Our in today's case, I went to bed at 5 PM on Saturday and woke up at 2 AM. So I have been up since then doing a final paper revision and perusing the internet mindlessly while listening to Diana Krall's Christmas Songs CD (which is good mind you). I also have not been eating much lately. So the story begins. At around 11:50 AM I started getting this painful feeling below my stomach, if felt as if someone hit me in the....well you know. At first I thought it was because I had to go to the bathroom or what not. Thus I got up, put on a pair of shorts and sandals and headed for the lavatory. As I was there in the stall, the pain progressively got worse to the point where I felt as if I was going to vomit. That is when the "syncope" symptoms started to set in. At first I thought I might be experiencing a panic attack for no apparent reason (I wasn't worried about anything) because I started feeling very hot and began sweating. Then small bright dots (phosphene) appeared and drapped over my vision. And if it couldn't get any worse, I began to lose my hearing (tinnitus). At that point I knew something was wrong, especially since my heartbeat was slowing dramatically to a point where I couldn't feel it anymore and became dizzy. I have to admit I thought I was witnessing death. So when I got up and opened the stall door, my disorientation got to me, to the point where I stumbled and almost fell to the ground. The last thing I could remember was going for the lavatory door. Then I found myself laying on my back in the hallway with my sandal off, a sore toe, and cuts on my left arm and leg. I had to be unconscious for a couple minutes because when I got back to my dorm, it was 12:28 PM. I still had some pain below the waste, some dizziness, and a headache. So I took a couple cat naps, woke up at about 5 PM, told my mom the story, decided to get some sustenance (popcorn), and have been doing my paper ever since, though I finally finished it about an hour ago. Though I am a little tired, I feel alright. I did some research on syncope (fainting) and everything I experienced was normal. Fainting is caused by the lack of sufficient blood and oxygen in the brain. I have always had a hectic sleep schedule, but with the combination of little food and the factors that influence fainting, I have reached the conclusion that that is what did me in--at first I found it rather random. The funny part about it was that it wasn't for my video game addiction, I haven't played them in a while. It was because of something I despise intensely. So kids here is the moral of the story, don't procrastinate (though the paper was done early), eat right, and get some sleep for crying out loud, no matter how great Mass Effect is!!!!! :lol: P.S. The one thing I don't understand is how those with anorexia deal with it (no joke intended)?

Profound Difference: Acceptance

"I suggest you all start signing up for the SATs soon": A quote from a guidance counselor who ran a college preparation presentation in front of our class one day. It was the first time thoughts of college penetrated my mind and actually began taking its toll. I was a Junior in High School during this instance, ironically enrolled in a Catholic all-boys school. What bothered me the most about college was not moving three and a half hours away from home; surrounded by strangers, making friends, or the application process, but how my sexuality would be accepted by my future peers. Besides the surprising absence of maturity from many of my high school peers-the fart jokes, laughing when someone tripped, making fun of peoples abilities, etc., there was something that affected me above all others-their tolerance of homosexuals. Due to the school's association, you can guess the student's stance on the issue. The word gay was thrown around school as if it was going out of style. I felt like I was transported to 1692 in the Salem witch trials. People would accuse each other of being gay when they had disagreements, were demonstrating their superiority and essence of "cool", knew that specific students were gay or just because they disliked certain people. If one was branded as gay and many were convinced of this fact, they would be the subject of hurtful jokes-thankfully nothing as serious as physical contact ensued (at least not to my knowledge). Something I feared might happen, especially from stories I heard from other parts of the nation. Whenever witnessing the word, I received a tingling sensation in my stomach-that of nausea. Not only because I was reminded of what could happen to me, but because I was worried for others. Some members of my family also stated some discouraging things about homosexuals. Due to this fact, I obviously never truly disclosed my orientation to anybody. When asked the question for why I did not have a girlfriend, I always gave the same answer; girlfriends would distract me from my studies, once I am financially stable then I will concentrate and have time for love. In the seventh grade I asked out a girl but then backed out in fear of rejection. Thus I also used that to my advantage. For those girls who I thought were good-looking, I always made sure that people heard it. It seemed to work for the most part; since I talked about business and the like, I was portrayed as being nerdy. Though here and there, smalls joke would be made implying I was gay but did not develop into fruition. Apparently I am not obvious because I still have my family fooled even though I watch HGTV, Food Network, and love to give fashion and room design advice. Actually, my mother and aunts constantly took me to the mall with them as a youngster to ask my opinion on clothes they tried on. My homosexual behaviors (actions people find uncanny for a male) have been going on for quite awhile, at a young age, around 10 or 11. There was one instance that occurred awhile before that, but I will not go into detail. But in college it is profoundly different, student are more mature and accepting of others. They don't let petty differences distract them from what is truly important. Due to my exposure to my high school, I believed the whole world acted similarly. But thankfully, to everyone's benefit, it doesn't. We had a College Clubs Fair a couple weeks ago. I signed up for many clubs except the GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance). It kept popping up as if the kiosk was on fire. I paced back and forth, pretending I was looking for a club when I was actually contemplating whether to sign up, but I was afraid to join, thus I didn't. As time went on, I noticed many things at college but witnessing students getting along and becoming friends with one another, no matter what their differences, was truly inspiring. Many openly disclosed their sexual orientation, and the receivers pass it by as if it was no big deal-they were completely accepting. Posting and reading messages at the Gay Gamers Union and reading articles on About.com by Ramone Johnson and others gave me confidence. About two weeks ago I decided to attend a GSA meeting, and felt very comfortable there. College gives me the courage to do things I normally wouldn't around those I knew. I am happier and feel free; that I can explore and demonstrate myself without feeling ostracized and devoting my energy to worrying about others reactions. I felt like I was imprisoned for a larger part of my life, my true self was lost within and someone or something else was taking its place. Some might say it's unhealthy due to the fact that I am running away from my problems, on the contrary, I feel better about myself and expressing my sexuality, thus giving me the courage to eventually make known my sexuality to all. This is not to say that my problems are solved. Even though I am happier just knowing I can express my sexuality openly, I still haven't completely-I didn't mention my sexuality to others yet, though I came close to it. And every once in a while you can here references to gays but it can largely be ignored, though it still discourages me. But with a little more time and assurance it will happen, and I will be and even happier person for it. My generation is the most diverse in U.S. history, hopefully acceptance will come along with it. Here is a closing statement to think about: It has been over 40 years since the Civil Rights movement, yet we as people still put our differences first. Indirect segregation, institutional discrimination/general discrimination, and racism are still prevalent today. Why is that?

My Experience with Guitar Hero II : Amazing

When the first one was released a year or so ago I was rather surprised that it received a 9.0 from GameSpot. I figured it would turn out like all the other games that require devices (Time Crisis) to play. It would just be another mediocre game right...wrong. It really caught on with colleges kids--my brother and his girlfriend made such a big deal of me not being able to play it and even planned get-together parties to play it with friends ("O Rob, you just have to try it sometime, it is so addicitive"). I of course did not believe them and was shocked when the sales numbers were released (especially when considering the price of the guitar), it was a huge success. Well luckily for me, my college actually has Xbox 360s and PS3s in the "Student Recreation Center" that students are more than welcome to play with on 46" flat-screens. I witnessed my fellow peers playing GH2 before and at first it looked rather complicated. After over a month since I first landed on the RU campus I finally tried GH2 today. It is like Dance Dance Revolution, just with a guitar. I played multiplayer with a friend and had a blast. Half the time I was laughing because it was going too fast. When you first start out and you here your opponent mess up (there's a noise) it makes the experience that much better. The music you produce all depends on how familiar and good you are with the keys. However the keys are played, that is how the guitar music will sound in the song (short notes, long notes etc.). But this does bring up an issue, sometimes the game can become frustrating. There are times where you could have sworn you pressed a key on the guitar at the exact moment the note passes. Also the the position of the tremolo arm can be rather inconvenient (at least for me). The soundtrack used for the game was also fantastic--a lot of the music I never heard before and I instantly fell in love with them. Some might be concerned with its replayability. When I played I decided to go from easy to medium difficulty and I have to say, I am still challenged by it. But hey, it was only my first day. For disclosure sake, even though I am in no way interested in playing or learning how to play a guitar, or even being around guitars for that matter, I enjoyed it. Thus, it says something about the quality of this game--you do not have to be a "metalhead" or a guitarist to like the Guitar Hero series. If you can afford it, I highly recommend you get a copy. The thing about this game is that there is not much to say about it. It is more of an experience thing than anything else.

My X360 Elite & Circuity City

I finally bought my Xbox 360 Elite yesterday. In the back of mind I was always calculating on how I was going to get one and this weekend was the perfect time......well almost. As you might already know, it is Columbus Day weekend, thus many have off in the U.S.......except my college. My mom came and visited me from Connecticut, we went out to eat, hung out with my cousins, and went shopping Sunday. Aside from buying and restocking on the basic necessities for school (water, Doritos, Smartfood Popcorn) at the last minute I asked my mom if I could buy an X360 with her credit card. At first she was rather reserved to the notion because I would have to withdrawal money from the bank to repay her, but she warmed up to the idea eventually. So we rushed out with the intent of getting back early but there would be no such instance. Of course a couple weeks before this happened every store was packed with Elites. The local EB Games claimed to have 3 or more and Best Buy and Wal-mart were in stock. But when this Sunday came around, they were out. We searched everywhere but the only 360's that were being stocked at EB were Halo 3 Editions. While we were on the road in search, we actually convinced my Aunt to get on the internet and search where they were in stock. Thankfully Circuit City had three. So we drove for another half-hour. The games aisle was disorganized and the selections were pitiful, there was no Gears of War--to say the least. I even asked an employee with no such luck. Then I realized I needed a RF adapter and of course they did not have that, just a "RF Modulator" which I did not feel like messing with.
We went to the customer service desk where the Elites were being held. The cashier rang it up and was nice enough to ask the same person that I asked if there were any more copies of Gears of War. And sure enough there was, he just did not bring them out yet......Then I learn that I had to pay an additional $149.99 for an all inclusive warranty (if I drop it or spill something on it). Finally, after $650 later, we get out of there, my Aunt Sharon gives us the EB Games phone number and we check if they have an RF adapter. No surprise, they did, so we drove all the way back and I walked in for the second time and purchased one. Our adventure was over. I returned back to college and now my X360 sits unopened due to its distractive qualities (I have two papers that are due this week).
What I have noticed on the side of the box where a circular sticker is used to hold the box closed, is that there is layer of two--one was cut and someone then put another one on top. I will be completely pissed if I just bought a returned X360 that was already opened. I paid +$600, I deserve a brand new system, not a returned or refurbished one. I would not be surprised though; Circuit City is trash, no wonder why they are in the red. Circuit City has consistently lost market share and revenue. CC's stock hit its peak in 2000 at about $60 and is now hovering around $8. People complain of Wal-mart's unfair supremacy in electronics, yet Best Buy continues to grow despite these odds with a steady profit stream. When you think of quality, BB comes to mind--people greet you, the store is spacious, and it has the pleasant aroma of brand new expensive toys. I would just pay the couple extra bucks just to go there for the experience.
I have been suggesting this for years; Best Buy should simply merge with Circuit City. With a market cap. of $1.5 bil. compared to Best Buy's $23.4 bil., it would be an easy acquisition. There is no way the SEC can find monopolistic qualities with this business decision. They are not the only ones that sell LCD televisions, believe me. If Circuit City is not going to change its image and brand for the better, then someone else should do it for them. I still see tons of generic CC's that are white, cranberry, and grey with only the words "Circuit City displayed on them (none of the new colors: yellow, white, red and the circle logos). What also might have helped is if they carried a wider selection of products--something most retailers do. But all in all, even with Circuit City, what I am most astounded about is how quickly retailers ran dry of Elites. The only factor I can attribute to this is that probably most believe the Halo 3 Edition will sell more, thus they have put in more orders for them--EB Games being a perfect example. Or maybe Halo is bigger than I imagined and most purchased the Elite specifically for Halo 3.

The Sims Authority!

After a long wait of finding charter members the sims union has been established, dubbed Robbie Louis' Sims Authority. So if you are a diehard fan, a casual player, or just getting into to the series join today and enjoy yourself. Click HERE to go to the union.

What Bush would say......

*This was posted by nuclear_cookout at the United Gamers Against Political Correctness. I thought it was quit interesting. Like NC indicated, "I don't want him to resign, but this is still cool."

(5/11/07) A listener sent this speech to Mark Levin - A speech the listener wishes the President would give.

Normally, I start these things out by saying "My Fellow Americans." Not doing it this time. If the polls are any indication, I don't know who more than half of you are anymore. I do know something terrible has happened, and that you're really not fellow Americans any longer.

I'll cut right to the chase here: I quit. Now before anyone gets all in a lather about me quitting to avoid impeachment, or to avoid prosecution or something, let me assure you: there's been no breaking of laws or impeachable offenses in this office.

The reason I'm quitting is simple. I'm fed up with you people.

I'm fed up because you have no understanding of what's really going on in the world. Or of what's going on in this once-great nation of ours. And the majority of you are too lazy to do your homework and figure it out.

Let's start local. You've been sold a bill of goods by politicians and the news media. Polls show that the majority of you think the economy is in the tank. And that's despite record numbers of homeowners including record numbers of MINORITY homeowners. And while we're mentioning minorities, I'll point out that minority business ownership is at an all-time high. Our unemployment rate is as low as it ever was during the Clinton Administration. I've mentioned all those things before, but it doesn't seem to have sunk in.

Despite the shock to our economy of 9/11, the stock market has rebounded to record levels and more Americans than ever are participating in these markets. Meanwhile, all you can do is whine about gas prices, and most of you do not understand that gas prices are high because there's increased demand in other parts of the world, and because a small handful of noisy people are more worried about polar bears and beachfront property than your economic security.

We face real threats in the world. Don't give me this "blood for oil" thing. If I was trading blood for oil I would've already seized Iraq's oil fields and let the rest of the country go to h---. And don't give me this "Bush Lied People Died" ****** either. If I was the liar you take me for, I could've easily had chemical weapons planted in Iraq so they could be "discovered." Instead, I owned up to the fact that the intelligence was faulty. Let me remind you that the rest of the world thought Saddam had the goods, same as me. Let me also remind you that regime change in Iraq was official US policy before I came into office. Some guy named "Clinton" established that policy. Bet you didn't know that, did you?

You need to understand that we face a unique enemy. Back during the cold war, there were two major competing political and economic models squaring off. We won that war, but we did so because fundamentally, the Communists wanted to survive, just as we do. We were simply able to outspend and out-tech them.

That's not the case this time. The soldiers of our new enemy don't care if they survive. In fact, they want to die. That'd be fine, as long as they weren't also committed to taking as many of you with them as they can. But they are. They want to kill you. And they are all over the globe.

You should be grateful that they haven't gotten any more of us here in the United States since September 11. But you're not. That's because you've got no idea how hard a small number of intelligence, military, law enforcement and homeland security people have worked to make sure of that. When this whole mess started, I warned you that this would be a long and difficult fight. I'm disappointed how many of you people think a long and difficult fight amounts to a single season of "Survivor".

Instead, you've grown impatient. You're incapable of seeing things through the long lens of history, the way our enemies do. You think that wars should last a few months, a few years, tops.

Making matters worse, you actively support those who help the enemy. Every time you buy the New York Times, every time you send a donation to a cut-and-run Democrat's political campaign, well, you might just as well FedEx a grenade launcher to a Jihadist. It amounts to the same thing.

In this day and age, it's easy enough to find the truth. It's all over the Internet. It just isn't on the pages of the New York Times or on NBC News. But even if it were, I doubt you'd be any smarter. Most of you would rather watch American Idol.

I could say more about your expectations that the government will always be there to bail you out, even if you're too stupid to leave a city that's below sea level and has a hurricane approaching. I could say more about your insane belief that government, not your own wallet, is where the money comes from. But I've come to the conclusion that were I to do so, it would sail right over your heads.

So I quit. I'm going back to Crawford. I've got an energy-efficient house down there (Al Gore could only dream) and the capability to be fully self-sufficient. No one ever heard of Crawford before I got elected, and as soon as I'm done here pretty much no one will ever hear of it again. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to die of old age before the last pillars of America fall.

Oh, and by the way, Cheney's quitting too. That means Pelosi is your new President. You asked for it. Watch what she does carefully, because I still have a glimmer of hope that there're just enough of you remaining who are smart enough to turn this thing around in 2008.

So that's it. God bless what's left of America. Some of you know what I mean.

LittleBigPlanet In-Game Customization

I just had to display this video of LBP in my blog (real-time physics game). It show a small glimpse of what the game has to offer (customization). LittleBigPlanet is the game that will save the PS3 from its foreseeable demise (also exclusive). A demo will be released at the end of the year on Playstation Network and the complete version will be released in early 08. This is one of GameSpot's videos from GDC 07. And for more information click here. [video=ISQ0lTv_5b4LvjXe]

The World's Richest People

Well Forbes' The World's Billionaires is up and it comes as no suprise that Bill Gates and his best friend, the "Oracle of Omaha" Warren Buffet take the number 1 and 2 spots again. With 178 new comers and two-thirds becoming richer, it has been a great year. I only included a few prominent Americans--usually most people can identify them. For the complete list and additional info click here.

Rank         =Name=             =Net Worth ($bil)=       =Source=
1          William Gates III                  56.0                  Microsoft
2          Warren Buffett                     52.0           Berkshire Hathaway
6          Sheldon Adelson                 26.5              Las Vegas Sands
11        Lawrence Ellison                 21.5                     Oracle
19        Paul Allen                           18.0                   Microsoft
23       Jim Walton                          16.8                   Wal-Mart
24       Christy Walton                    16.7                   Wal-Mart
24       S. Robson Walton               16.7                   Wal-Mart
26       Sergey Brin                         16.6                     Google
26       Larry Page                          16.6                     Google
26       Alice Walton                       16.6                    Wal-Mart
29       Helen Walton                      16.4                    Wal-Mart
30       Michael Dell                        15.8                       Dell
31       Steven Ballmer                    15.0                    Microsoft
37       Jack Taylor & family           13.9                  Rent-A-Car
62      Charles Ergen                       10.0               Echostar(DISH)
158    Ralph Lauren                          5.0             Polo Ralph Lauren
188    Jeff Bezos                               4.4                 Amazon.com
341    Donald Trump                         2.9             Trump Organization

Sheng Long

Well I reached level 27. This week is a great week for me, I have the whole week off! Matter of fact, I had it off since last Thursday. Spring break is always great. The problem is, at least for me, that you look forward to it so much and then when it finally comes you have nothing to do, I'm bored out of my mind right now. Well maybe that's sort of an exaggeration but I am somewhat bored. If only I had some money :lol: . I'd be playing MGO right about now. One thing that is getting me really anxious is FFVII: AC. I can't wait until it comes out (April 25th). But you know, it's funny. Whenever I have time off the game(s)/anything is always released the week after. It has happend too many times before. So I can't just enjoy it while I have time off but try to juggle it between school because I know the week I get back I have a project due, a test, and a couple quizzes.
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