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Waking up Snorlax

February 18, 2013 Leave a comment

I am a Snorlax.

I’ve been one for a long time now, and it’s the main reason why I haven’t updated this blog in almost 8 months.  I’ve been in a rut that’s left me lazy and unmotivated to write anything for the longest time, but it’s about time I snap out of it and get back into the swing of things.

This pretty much sums me up over the last 8 months.

So this blog post serves as my Poke Flute, it’s what I hope will wake me up from out of this rut and get me back to doing something that I really loved doing.

I don’t really have a plan for how often I will update, but I can guarantee that it won’t be another 8 months before I post something new.  I also don’t plan on continuing with Doodle A Day, as doing that for so long is what kind of burnt me out on this blog in the first place.  I might still do a doodle now and than but it’s not going to be a daily feature anymore.

So for those of you who followed my ramblings in the past I apologize for my long absence, and hope you’ll stick around with me a bit longer. So with that out of the way.

It’s time to wake up!

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Doodle A Day: Day 75 Duo and a Mega Man 8 rant

It’s my 75th doodle, HUZZAH!  To celebrate here’s a rant about Mega Man 8!

The day I’ve been loathing since I’ve started doodling has finally arrived.  Today marks the beginning of Mega Man 8 and I despise Mega Man 8.  I’ve mentoned before that I’ve been playing through all the classic Mega Man games as I’ve been doing these doodles and Mega Man 8 is the only game I couldn’t finish. Not because it was to hard, but I just couldn’t stand paying it anymore.

Why do I hate Mega Man 8 so much?  The first and most obvious reason is because of the game’s sound design.  I’m no just talking about the famously horrible voice acting littered throughout the game but the game’s music as well.  The best part of any Mega Man game has always been the music but Mega Man 8 ruins that by filling Mega Man 8 with nothing but a bunch of generic rock and jazz tracks.

 

But sound design normally isn’t enough to make me despise a game, the level design in Mega Man 8 is also pretty horrible as well.  And it’s one thing to play through a bad level but when the visuals make you want to tear out your eyes it makes the whole experience a lot worse.  Not that the graphics are particularly bad just the colour pallets they used are so bright I can’t stand to look at them.

The only redeeming thing I can say about Mega Man 8 isn’t even about Mega Man 8, but rather Rockman 8 from Japan.  Both versions of the game open with the same animated intro, the US version has some generic jazz rock song playing during it that doesn’t really get you to excited for anything.

 

But the Japanese version has this catchy J-Pop intro that really gets you pumped up and saying “LET’S PLAY SOME FUCKING MEGA MAN!!!”  The opening also brings about a sense of limitless potential within the game that unfortunately is never reached.  But it’s nice to believe if only for a second your about to play something amazing.

 

That about ends my Mega Man 8 rant so I suppose I should say a few words about Duo.  Duo was introduced in Mega Man 8 as a main focal point for the game’s story, he’s from space and he has a big arm.  Other than that there isn’t much to say about Duo as he’s kind of a forgettable character not really showing up in any other classic entries of the series.

One Piece: Pirate Warriors sets sail for North America

Never have I thought that the news of a Dynasty Warriors game coming to North America would have me so happy, but it just goes to show if you put One Piece in anything I’m most likely to buy it.

It was announced today that One Piece: Pirate Warriors a Dynasty Warriors style game featuring the characters from the manga/anime One Piece will be coming to North America aiming for a November 2012 release.

No word on whether the game will be using English voice actors or not, but my hopes are that Namco Bandi just translates the menus and text and leaves in the Japanese voices and adds some subtitles. That way, the turn around for it to be released here will be a lot quicker.

Pirate Warriors is coming but it's unlikely that the gold One Piece PS3 will ever come to North America. But a guy can dream.

Ni no Kuni delayed, grown man cries

April 11, 2012 4 comments

It was announced today that the Studio Ghibli/Level 5 joint; Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will be facing a few delays in coming to North America, lengthening the time where I can finally cradle the game in my arms.

The game was originally set to come out sometime in winter of this year, but it was announced that Ni no Kuni is now aiming for as Q1 2013 release.  This is indeed saddening news as Ni no Kuni was one of the few games of 2012 that I was genuinely excited about.

The news of this delay has me seriously considering learning Japanese just so I can import the game, but by the time I can fluently understand Japanese 2013 will probably already be here. So until than all I can do is watch this trailer over and over again.

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Capcom Captivate Trailer Gallery

Capcom’s annual Captivate event happened recently and with that a bunch of new trailers have come out of it. With me being a big Capcom fan I decided to share some of them and give a bit of commentary to go with it.

Devil May Cry

Revelations are abound in the newest DmC trailer, and the game is quickly becoming one of my more highly antciepated games of the year.  First we learn the Dante likes to sleep in the nude, and that Bill O’ Riley disapproves of Dante’s antics. The trailer also shows some more of the game’s combat which is looking tight and we see that Dante still maintains his jack-ass sense of humor.  All in all Ninja Theory looks like they’re doing a great job with the DmC reboot despite what haters might say.

Resident Evil 6

I’m not gonna lie. I have a big man crush on Leon S. Kennedy and that’s part of the reason I’m so excited for Resident Evil 6.  The newest trailer does a good job of revealing more about the game’s story and builds a lot of tension and suspense ending in a Leon vs. Chris confrentation. But for as much as the trailer does a good job at building tension and suspense as soon as the logo comes up I can’t take the game seriously anymore.

Once you see it, you can never unsee it!

Lost Planet 3

Lost Planet is a franchise that I’m surprised is still around.  I played the first one and thought it was a big bowl of MEH, and when the 2nd one came out I ignored it altogether.  But the reveal trailer for Lost Planet 3 has me a bit intrigued.  Even though it shows no gameplay, I’m a big sucker for a giant robot fighting a giant ice crab.

Top 10 Games That Need to Make a Comeback

Comebacks are nothing new to video games.  So far this year we’ve seen Twisted Metal and SSX both make big comebacks after years of being absent and later this year Tomb Raider and Hitman are going to be doing the same, but why stop there?  There are countless numbers of franchises out there worthy of comebacks, so I humbly present to you my top 10 games that need to make a comeback.

10. Elite Beat Agents

Elite Beat Agents was a rythem game for the DS based off of a Japanese game called Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan.  The goal in Elite Beat Agents was to provide moral support to people by dancing and singing to get them through their problems.  The scenarios were absurd but the gameplay was solid which involved tapping various icons that would appear on screen to the beat in a particular order.  While the soundtrack was a bit pop heavy for my tastes it was still a lot of fun.

The Ouendan series was lucky enough to see a sequel made but Elite Beat Agents never did.  While the most obvious place for a new Elite Beat Agents would be the 3DS, another viable option to think about would be bringing it to iOS devices.  The simple tap interface seems like it would be a perfect for iPhones or iPads.

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What’s There to Get Excited About in 2012?

February 12, 2012 Leave a comment

2011 was a great year for gaming; it was one of the best we have seen in years. It is a year that saw the release of games like: Portal 2, Uncharted 3, Batman: Arkham City, and Skyrim – to name just a few. With a great year of gaming behind us it is time to look forward to the games coming out in 2012; but I find myself facing a dilemma that I haven’t really faced before as a gamer: as I look ahead at what games are being released sometime this year, I find that I have very little to get excited about in 2012.

That’s a excerpt from an article I wrote for Toronto Thumbs that got published today. If you want to read the full thing go here.

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