The last few days, I've been playing Final Fantasy VIII for the PSOne, where I'm currently in the middle of Disc 2 out of 4 discs total. Interestingly enough, this game, along with Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy X, seems to be in a love-hate relationship with it's devoted fanbase, Some people praise the game like it is the second coming of Nazz from the old cartoon Ed, Edd 'n Eddy, while others lambast it with the fury of 1,000 suns, because of it's level-scaling, a rarely-used RPG feature that makes the game more challenging and prevent dedicated level-grinders from breezing through the final boss of the game. To me, the game is just plain fun!
Earning a 12-dan Black Belt in Complete, Utter Failure
This past weekend, I broke down and decided to sign up for a GameTap account (http://www.gametap.com). Although the number of games with a free acount are severely limited (The next plan up, costs $5 per month), the game that are available are decent. I've been mostly playing Karate Champ, an old arcade fighting game that predates the Street Fighter series by only 3 years. At first, I kept getting my ass whooped by the A.I.-controlled, red uniform-wearing kung-fu master. But after a while, I learned how to defend myself and counter-attack to get to at least the Intermediate level matches.
Announcement of the Belmont-Aran wedding ceremony
This past Sunday night was stream night on The Backloggery (http://www.backloggery.com), where Drumble finally completed his 15% normal run on Metroid: Zero Mission for the GBA, then proceeded to start up a Hard Mode run of Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, also for the GBA. Along with the usual Try4ce and Xavean co-piloting the stream, there were also two special guests--Female Backloggery users Lyndis and Ashen. A word of advice to those wondering--Asehn really is a woman, it's that her voice sounds like a man. I learned that lesson the hard way.