I’ve been playing this game for the past hour, and I can confirm its greatness. It has one of the best blend of art and atmosphere to ever grace gaming, and a beautifully haunting soundtrack. The puzzles are very clever and quite, well, “puzzling” at times. Loving it a lot, and I highly recommend it to every person who appreciates good ol’ gaming.
Yesterday I had a great amount of fun with one of my cousins, and a particularly interested one: he and I always played games, while the others were hunting for soccer all day long. He plays soccer as well, so that makes me a bit of a loser, but let’s just ignore this in here. It’s undoubtedly sad how time strikes us lightning-fast these days. One moment we’re playing Final Fantasy 8, and the next: he’s married and well-settled with a beautiful child. I mean, I still remember the days in which we fought Ultimicia together. I still remember how we got every single card in the Triple Triad mini-game, and I’m sure as hell he’s not forgetting all the great fun we had while grinding at the backyard of Balamb Gardens, way before we knew the term “grinding” even existed.
So, why all our memories consists of Final Fantasy 8? It’s because we spent a whole freaking summer holiday playing nothing but that game. Yup, we kicked ass in the Resident Evil games, and we did wonders playing Red Alert 2 continuosly on LAN, but nothing will ever touch our fond memories of that summer holiday. And I’m not exaggerating in here, we literally spent almost four months playing the Japanese version of Final Fantasy 8, and guess what? We finished it. In a day where people were pussied to try out a new system in their RPGs, we loved the Junction system that was presented in FF8. We both hated Final Fantasy 7 with the obvious reason as you do; FF6 outshines that shit in every imaginable way. Back in the day, I wasn’t able yet to fully comprehend and finish an epic RPG game, but I remember setting closely to my cousin while he figures everything out. So it’s true, while I didn’t finish FF6, but mastered FF7, I prefered 6 at that time, and to this day. I loved how Kefka is purely evil for the sake of it, and not because of some loli-animu crap that was presented in FF7 and onwards. Saddam and Hitler weren’t “victims of life”, if you catch my drift. Evil people are often evil for the sake of it.
I’m sure we would have loved FF7 if it had the opening scene of FF8. I still remember the scene to this day; we just bought the game, and we kept pushing the reset button to watch the FMV sequence all over again. We spent over an hour just replaying that scene. We were kids, epic FMVs like that were enough to keep us all hyped and bombastic for the game, and we were like “this will kick the batshit that’s FF7 HELLZ YEA”. I remember commenting on FF6 as well but he gave me a strange look in which I knew how much he sacred that game. All this talk aside, I believe that FF8 was our first J-RPG in which we couldn’t wait for the NA release and we just wanted to PLAY. The game, played in Japanese with no prior knowledge of the language, was a test of shattering one’s mind in half. We were naming our characters with things like “ずずずず”. When I asked my cousin why, he told me “It would be easier to know if people are referring to us in the dialogs”. That, of course, doesn’t make any sense because we still wouldn’t understand what they’re telling us, but we were naive. Fun fact: ず was (and still) a personal favorite Japanese letter, I used to love it back in the days of Captain Tsubasa 2 on the NES, and I still, to this day, call the letter “Tornado”. It looks like one, don’t you think?
I know that people nowadays hate Squall for being a jerk whose words are either “…” or “Whatever”, but I thought he was really cool. I also loved the names of the characters, even thought we didn’t know them at the time we were playing the game. Quistis, Rinoa, Zell. I think those became classics just like Kefka and Terra. Walking around the university, dueling other students and winning their cards, hunting for new Guardian Forces, those were the true times in which I appreciated gaming, and if it wasn’t for that particular summer holiday, I don’t think I would have appreciated J-RPGs (and gaming in general) like the way I am doing today. We were the first in our family and friends in overcoming all the difficult passages in the game. If history was ever correct, we would be credited for inventing what people are calling today “grinding”. We used to play the game continuously and religiously for days. It’s this simple; I level up (read: grind) near the place where you first fought against T-Rex, and if I felt sleepy, I’d wake up my cousin (who is sleeping right beside me) and he will continue the journey while I take my fair share of sleep. We did this for days. We wanted not only powerful characters, but useful GF abilities (we didn’t know what these are, but we noticed that after couple of battles, we’d gain a new ability and that looked fun and intriguing). We ended up breaking the flow of the game, kicking pretty much all the asses in the game, even before getting to Irvine.
All the rambling above was me and my cousin trading memories over the course of eating Subway’s delicious grilled chicken parmesan and cookies. I then told him “Hey, my vacation starts on the 27th of this month and…” “Holy…! me too!” “Then, wanna replay FF8 one last time since that crazy summer?” And I got the sweetest reply ever; “YES!”.
This is the story of how me and my dear cousin decided to replay one of our favorite RPGs of all time. And even though The Cult of Kefka wasn’t originated from this idea (the hellish mind of NSider brought it to life); we are the cult that appreciates Kefka and all the great villains (and games and music and everything else) that are interesting with no dramatizing events leading to their creativeness. It was also loosely connected to my love affair for FF6 when I couldn’t figure out where to go after marching to the world map, which happened to have an outstanding score. Oh Uematsu, how much we miss you.
“I believe if Tetris were presented today, here is what the producer would be told: Go back give me more levels give me better graphics give me cinematics and you’re probably going to need a movie license to sell that idea to the public. The producer would go away dejected. Today, Tetris might never be made.”—Iwata
I’ve been going around through this for almost two weeks, and I finally got it to work. As you may have known, when sharing your Mac connection to a PS3/Xbox 360 it will give either an IP Address error, or a DNS error. I searched google and couldn’t come up with a solution. So there goes the ancient way of solving things: prematurely messing around with the system. Conclusion? it worked.
Note that for the following tutorial, I was using VIVA USB modem (hence the need for sharing the connection), a PS3 updated to the latest firmware, Mac OS X version 10.5.6, and a cup of hot chocolate.
Open “System Preferences” window
Under “Internet & Networking” click on “Sharing”
Check the box near “Internet Sharing”, and then “AirPort”
Go back to “System Preferences” and click on “Network”
Click on your network’s name (mine was “HUAWEI Mobile”) and click on “Advanced”
Click on the DNS tab. In here you will see two set of numbers, grayed out. Type them down on a piece of paper (or better, in a text editor). We will need them later
From the “Settings” tab, go to “Network Settings”, and choose “Internet Connection Settings”. For a setting method, choose “Custom” and then “Wireless”
Let the PS3 scan for an access point, and choose your Mac SSID (make sure to turn on “AirPort” on your Mac)
When asked for a security setting, choose “None” (the PS3 won’t identify a WEP key from a Mac, as far as I know, so don’t bother creating one on your Mac)
When asked for an IP address setting, choose “Manual” and enter the following:
IP Address: 10.0.2.210 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 Default Router: 10.0.2.1 Primary DNS: the first number we noted down from the DNS tab Secondary DNS: the second number we noted down from the DNS tab
When asked for MTU, choose “Automatic”
When asked for a proxy server, choose “Do Not Use”
When asked for UPnP, choose “Disable”
Test your connection, everything should be working fine now. If you have any questions regarding this subject feel free to e-mail me anytime. (colorization at gmail dot com)
I got the Amazon Kindle 2 yesterday. I was thinking of spending a week or so before writing this small, first-impressions review, but I figured that a week is way too much. You simply don’t need a whole week to settle on an opinion regarding reading on the Kindle.
You remember when I said, in an earlier post, that the Mac OS X is wheel re-inventing? that wasn’t literal. Don’t get me wrong now, I love my Mac. But I was exaggerating a bit, because, though it is clever, it’s not re-inventing. However, reading on the Kindle (now literaly) is wheel re-inventing. People may disagree, but I never thought of the day in which reading from a screen would best a book. The electronic paper display for the Kindle is a mystery to me; I have no idea how it functions, but it looks (and feels) like a goddamned book. If you’re an avid reader, you already know the feeling when you spend a lot of time reading texts from a computer screen. Yes, it gives you headache, for several reasons I won’t bother mentioning. But reading from this e-paper is unbelievably incredible. It’s just natural. I really don’t miss my paperbacks. I’m sorry, paper sellers, but Kindle has won the compition.
When I first considered buying a Kindle (back when Amazon announced their first one), it wasn’t because I thought that regular books aren’t good. Oh, no. Regular books are destined to live a better life than you. But what got me into buying it is the sole fact that I’m running out of shelf space. Oh my poor, poor shelves. Just how games eats up all the RAM; books eats up all the space you have. I didn’t want my room to turn up like my aunt’s, where even under her bed and closet you could find several books thrown here and there and, literaly, everwhere. Buying contents for Kindle is a smooth, shelf-saver operation. I know you already know this, but the fact that you could carry thousands of books (and magazines and newspapers) in the palm of your hand is simply… astonishing. Do you know what thousands of books means? It means no room for my action figures and Mega Man posters to be seen, and that’s a non-negotiable crime in my little kingdom (or as known as, my room). What’s better than quitting a book to read a said article you just remembered in The Wall Street Journal, and by the time you finish it you can delve straight back to the last word you were reading in your book? No poundaries, no nothing. It’s that simple. I just think that I’ll be going to work on Sunday with my favorite newspaper, favorite magazine and my recently-purchased books, all without compromising space or looking wierd, and that makes me grin happily.
All the buttons on the device are dead simple. You have a button to flick to your next page, another to go back a page, a home button (which brings all your items, as seen above), a menu button, which brings a list for options you could do (such as searching your books, playing your MP3s, starting the text-to-speech feature, and so on), a back button, which functions like a “back” button in Firefox, and finally a 5-way controller which acts like a d-pad, choosing stuff and so on. It’s so simple that you don’t need to read the included manual to understand all of this, though I did, because I’m addicted to reading manuals. I think they’re fun. But yeah, it’s really simple and gets the job done.
There are a lot of small things you can do while reading a book that, when combined, would show the very big potential the Kindle is promising. Obviously, when you feel like you don’t wanna go through another page, just leave it there and let your Kindle go to sleep. You can even read another book(s) then return to the first one and voila, you get to the last page you were reading. If you came across a word that is riddling, you can use the 5-way controller to locate the word in the Oxford dictionary. This will not interrupt your reading; the definition will look like a footnote at the bottom of the page, and you can continue reading normally. However, if you feel like exploring more of the word’s meanings, you could press “Return” from the keyboard and it will bring you the dictionary in all its glory. This is a very, very neat idea to implement in the Kindle, and will make a lot of readers happy, to know that they could read anything, even those hard-to-read classics, without getting the “owhellno” feeling.
There’s a lot to talk about here, but I only spent a little time with my Kindle and I haven’t tried everything yet. I really think that the Kindle is one of the very few things that will alter the way I live my ordinary, boring life. I just can’t go back to reading books again. This is way better than I expected. I don’t care how, just get it and thank me later.
This may never work all the time, because, well, life isn’t a game you’re crafting. But some of the time, following the masses isn’t the most ideal choice you could make. In Paul Arden’s book, I was inspired to not only follow the rule, but to feed on any consequences I may reach afoot. It’s a common fact to not follow any advice you read, not because they wouldn’t work, but because you wouldn’t know how to fix them to work for you. With reading books you ought to be versatile; keep the information for yourself, and broaden your imagination. Don’t be a fool and try out every little bit of information you may think is good, because most of the time you will be disappointed. And believe me, I’ve been there and it’s goddamn awful.
However, when I wanted to step up and do as the book told me to, it wasn’t because I thought it’s cool. I had done it because I thought it was the right thing to do.
Several weeks ago, when we finished our training for the new job, they told us to write a finalized report in which the person should write all that he learned from this extensive training. I began writing as soon as I got home and tried to achieve the zen-like report we all dream of. But then I realized it’s not possible, because I’m writing about things I have lesser experience in than most of the people around. I could copy portions of the internet, but then it wouldn’t be my report.
When I went to work the following day I was literally shocked. My report was only 5 pages with only two images (that I took myself). All of my work-mates had reports that ranges from 20 to 60 (yes, sixty) pages. Numbers, yearly stats, lots of tables —everything you could imagine. Now, I could have turned my Mac and woof, copied the entirety of the internet. But I didn’t, for a sole reason: why in the stinkin’ hell would I need a 40-pages report? I’m just a trainee, my work experience would be so minimal, and so do my report. I cold copy the web, but then what’s the point? It’s our duty to write our own experience, no matter how tiny it may be. That’s the point after all, isn’t it?
The rest is easy to guess. I took the promotion with my 5-pages report, while my buddies are re-doing all that we did for the past months. It’s pretty funny when I look at it in retrospect, because everybody thought I’d be the one who’s gonna redo everything all over again.
What do we learn from this little story, you ask?
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. —Oscar Wilde
If you’re a Mac user, it’s a close chance that you already dragged your application folder to your dock. This cuts half the time you need to lauch your applications, which is really cool. Now, what to do if your applications folder gets new visitors every single day? I found a great way to elevate from this mess:
Nifty? I know. Here’s the trick.
Open up your Macintosh HDD, create a new folder, name it “Most Used”
Open your applications folder, go to your most-used applications (in my case, Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Transmit, to name a few) and for each of them right-click and choose “Make Alias”
After performing this to all your frequently-accessed apps, drag them all to the “Most Used” folder we just created. (drag the alliases NOT the original applications)
Drag the “Most Used” folder to your dock
Enjoy the lite experience!
Of course, you can update your folder everytime you install an application that you like and use frequently.
I think I’ve been climbing up all this time; surprisingly, from the “I’m not sure I’ll be comfortable with this system” to “this is wheel re-inventing all over again”. No, seriously. Screwing with my Mac for the past week, I came to the conclusion that Mac is like heaven on earth. An incredibly versatile system that you will tinker and love for each and every minute you spend with. I never loved a machine before as much as I’m loving my Mac, and it’s not because of the huge investment, because I paid well over 800$ on my Limited Edition MGS4 PlayStation 3, and god knows how much I hate the console. Money is never an issue, not to me, not to anybody else. If you’re not comfortable with a system, console, hell —even a car, you’d be hating it no matter how thousand of bucks you wasted on it.
One of the very first things you will notice when using a Mac is its extreme responsiveness. Everything is juicy and fluid, there is no blocks that cuts your way, no unnecessary lag that crumbles your enjoyment. None. It’s a 100% unmatched creativity. You will learn to love your system. And it will love you back, with all its great applications and the ease-of-use of literally everything. I think that the Macintosh operating system gets the best of both worlds —the secure, solid code of the UNIX system, and the streamlined use of the Windows. Now, mix this up with the great minds at Apple’s, and you have the perfect recipe for the perfect operating system that ever graced human mankind. (Hyperbole?)
In these past days I’ve been using some great applications that I would like to share my experience here with my readers. Now I know, if you’re a Mac user, you probably heard of them, so I’m sorry if I’m not giving you any notable informations.
Xtorrent (25$): All my life, I never thought about the day I would pay for torrent applications. If you told me about this one year ago —hell, 20 days ago, I would have laughed so hard at your face. I still can’t justify this purchase, because there are tons of free software. Good software. But I didn’t want a good torrent application. I wanted the extreme. The best. Xtorrent was (is, still and forever) shockingly amazing. I never had files that rack up a speed of 200 Kb\s before. But that’s not the only reason. It also have a very good looking and user-friendly GUI that’s very entertaining to navigate your files in. And with a built-in search engine, the fun will never stop. If you don’t mind paying 25 bucks for a torrent application, then I highly recommend getting it.
EventBox (15$, get it legally for free!): This must be installed in every Mac system. A great application that keeps records of all your Twitter, Face Book, Google Reader and Flickr activities. This will halve the time needed to do all those mentioned above without the headache of going through individual applications that handles them. Fortunately, MacHeist are offering the application for free at their site. Just scroll down a bit and you’ll notice its banner.
iWork ‘09 (62.99$ @ Amazon): This application is a work of genius. Speaking Gates, it’s Word, Powerpoint and Excel. Which are, respectively; Pages, Keynote and Numbers. I only tried Pages for my weekly report, and it was fascinating. Microsoft Office is spectacular, there’s nothing against it. But there’s something about iWork that makes it entertaining to work with. I seriously never had fun building a report as much as yesterday. Weekly reports are boring, believe me. You do the same work every single week, with different statistics and math. However, the lovely UI and the amazing templates was enough to make me build a very stylish report that isn’t too stylish, if you know what I mean. It’s simple, but clean and organized very well. Sure, you can do everything with Microsoft Word, but personally I’m preferring Pages. This is a definite purchase for me; I tried the 30-days full-trial yesterday, and I just placed my order @ Amazon (with the new shuffle ;-) for my daily walks). Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
CandyBar (29.99$): This is a delicious application. It makes you replace your icons and dock with some new and clever ones, sporting hundreds of fantastic designs. Nothing much to say about it except that it’s a must-have application for graphic junkies. Checkout my new desktop, you’ll like it ;-)
I’m also planning to pick up Transmission and maybe Statto and Desktastic later. In a nutshell, yes, I’m glad that I bought a Mac system. My digital lifestyle has been completely revamped. PCs for games, Macs for everything else. I’m super cool and you’re not, huzzah!
So… Mac! Finally, huh? For those who knows me (none who read this blog, actually), you may know how much I’ve been wanting a Mac. Since forever. No particular reason though; I just wanted to try it out. And since I’m into graphic designs, it’s a no brainer that Mac was under my radar.
My first “intercourse” with Apple was with the iPod. Way before it became a trend here in Kuwait; I got my iPod Video for about 180 KD in 2005, if my memory serves me right. It was pricey, but to me, well worth it. I loved every little thing about it, and even though some may argue that Windows users won’t be quite happy with it since iTunes is such a crapfest application on Windows machines, I didn’t care. It was then when I thought “you know what, I need a Mac.”
But I didn’t, until now.
I don’t hate Windows. Never did, never will, so back off. I’m an avid PC gamer, so hating Windows doesn’t even matter since I’m attached to it no matter what. I’m not one of those guys, who downloads tons and tons of movies, music, games everyday. Since my torrent usage is minimum, I don’t suffer from viruses, malware, etcetra. I don’t even use anti-viruses; they feed on a lot of RAM for no purpose whatsoever to me.
So the transition to Mac wasn’t because I hated Windows. It’s because; 1) I’m curious to try it out. 2) Universally acclaimed and highly recommended by both graphic designers and web publishers. 3) Solid operating system, 99% idiotic-free. There are some other reasons, but these rests on the top of the pyramid. I do a lot of graphic designing and web publishing, and even though I was doing great with Windows, I just wanted to see what the heck is Apple doing to the world, that almost every major designer I follow keeps on recommending it over and over again.
From my short experience; if anything is as awesome and streamlined as iWeb, then count me in. It is so good, so easy, 99% less cluttered than every other web app I have encountered, and just works so well. From the moment you open the application you’ll actually get inspired to design something right away. Anything. It’s that good. I’m not sure if it’s gonna replace my web apps that I use frequently (I really love Dreamweaver), but I’m definitely doing some real biz with it.
Another major improvement upon Windows is iTunes. Holy, freaking, moly. The difference is night and day. In Windows, iTunes was a glitchy, suckfest application that was so slow and eats a lot of RAM for no particular reason. In Mac, it’s the opposite. Just like iWeb, iPhoto, and every other out-of-the-box application; it FEELS like a solid part of the foundation, not just an afterthought or an app that you wanna remove (I’m looking at both of you, WMP & IE).
I’m not comfortable with the Arabic keyboard layout, at all. I know I can change it to PC, but that’s even worse, because you’ll get confused quickly since the printed letters aren’t gonna change for the setup (they’re printed after all, not laser-projected). I hope I will get used to this, and I’m sure I will. It’s just really irritating.
There’s not much to say except that I’m enjoying the Mac experience. I need more time with the system to discover its hidden beauty, but for this small amount of doodling and messing around with it, I’m quite impressed.
"Hello, World!" is the first post you see when you set up a new blog at Wordpress. What does this relate to my post? well, nothing. I just don’t know how to start a discussion, or a talk, or anything involving "leading the war". Leading the war means leading the post in here…. whatever.
So, it’s been a long time since I wrote anything in here. Is it because I’m depressed? Eh, no. Do you call someone who watches 2 movies a day while finishing Mega Man 9 a depressed guy? Yes? Well I’m depressed and I’m liking it! More seriously though, I just don’t have the time to write. I have the time, but it’s flooded with oh-so-many things: my job is draining a big deal of my energy, and since I’m a weak guy physically, I really feel awful just by sitting and doing nothing at all. So when I get home, I either sleep till the next day (yeah, I’m serious), watch a random batch of awesome movies, or finish Mega Man 9. I feel like I’m contributing nothing to the society, but I’m liking it, because I don’t really care what my contribution should be as long as I’m enjoying my time. Don’t you agree?
I’m gonna tell you all a secret. Everyone who says that having a job sucks is a goddamn liar. You see, I’m currently not enjoying my job as much as I thought I would, but even with that, it’s much better than studying. You literally can not imagine the feeling when you get home and realise that you are free till the next morning. You wanna play a game? Maybe watch some TV shows? Or just slacking off? It’s your choice. No exams to worry about, no professors to please, and no reports\projects to work your lousy butt over. None. You are the master of yourself.
Sure, some may argue that having a job as a Gas Operator (or anything related to the oil industry) isn’t the cutest thing around, and I may agree, but… that’s fine with me. Currently I’m just a trainee, and I’m getting paid well over 2000 bucks a month, so don’t you think that it’s worth the trouble? Yeah, it’s not always about the money, but it still plays a major part in deciding which job you wanna apply to. And it’s not like I have so many choices to choose from; I have an Oil & Gas Diploma, so if I’m not working as a Gas Operator, I would be a Well-service Man, and that’s about all.
Even though I’m still not all that hot about games, I’m still playing Mega Man 9. I really wish everyone could play it. Back in the days, when I don’t feel like playing anything, I always fire up Super Metroid or StarCraft to mess with. Sometimes grinding in Final Fantasy Tactics. But now, it’s nothing but Mega Man 9. I’m feeling down? I play Tornado Man’s Stage. I’m angry? I unleash that anger towards Dr. Wily Stages. I wanna kick some butt? I go for a buster-only playthrough. It’s just beautiful. Other than that, I’m playing The Witcher and due to the misfortunate event of the deletion of my savefile, I’m at Chapter 3 now (where I was at the final chapter :( ). It’s a goddamn amazing RPG. The plot is very good, the characters are great, and the gameplay -which matters the most- is fantastic. Since all my blog’s readers aren’t fond with PC games I’m gonna stop at this point and say one last thing: get the console version this fall, you owe it to yourself.
Aside from games, I’m spending a huge amount of time watching movies. Woosh, you can not imagine. In the last week alone I watched the following: Frost/Nixon, Revolutionary Road, Slumdog Millionaire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons, The Wrestler, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Gran Torino and Changeling. It’s somewhat crazy, but it’s really something unmatched, to watch all these ‘A+’ films in a short amount of time. Now you’re probably wondering what’s next on my list, right? huh! I’m gonna rewatch 2001: A Space Odyssey. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t watch my favorite movies dozens of time like their counterparts in videogames. The reason of this particular rewatch session is because I’m preparing myself for the upcoming ‘best movies session ever”. I ordered Eyes Wide Shut, Dr. Strangelove, Full Metal Jacket and A Clockwork Orange, all in Blu-ray, and I can not wait enough to watch them in this visually glorious format. So, to prepare myself for this Kubrickness tour, I’ll be replaying ASO twice at least to grasp more of what Kubrick had done in the film, and then compare this analysis with his other films which I’m sure that they’re as good as ASO, which, unless you’re blind and didn’t read the banner, my favorite movie of all time.
There’s still a lot I wanna talk about, but I’m leaving that for another post where I’ll be talking about my recently-purchased awesomesauce goodies. I mean, I’m not me if I’m not bragging about my goods, eh?
Sorry for the lack of updates. I hate to admit this but I’m in a very, very bad mood and depression is taking over me. It’s funny how I always bitch about emo characters and such, while now I’m complaining just like them. Congratulations universe, you win.
Animal Crossing City Folk: while the design is minimalistic in opposed to Harvest Moon and the likes, I still like it a lot, and I think what makes it unique is this approach of design choice (that was chosen since the GCN installement). I’m sure that it’s a game which isn’t aimed for everybody, but I also can’t see why people won’t like it. Quality simulation games are really rare these days, so this is a breath of fresh air to me.
C&C Red Alert 3: It’s Red Alert, ‘nuff said. While I liked RA2 a lot, I didn’t want to pick RA3 because of the draconian DRM nonsense that EA forced in this game, but damn, I really couldn’t hold myself when I saw it setting on the shelf.
Infinite UndiscoveryandThe Last Remnant: I got both for 18 KD, but I decided to sell them instead because Square had really lost what used to make them so unique: polished games. I haven’t even started any of those, and after purchasing them (near-mint 2nd hand, by the way) I truly regretted that but, well, what can I say. If you’re interested in them, you can email me, and I’ll sell them for the same price I got them for. I may start TLR but, I dunno, with all the current releases I don’t see that happening.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, byHaruki Murakami: I’ll be starting it right now, though I’m sure it’s gonna be a good book since Haruki is a brilliant writer in my eyes.
I play Pokemon Trading Card Games since ‘98. While I never played a real match since 3 years (because my friend quit this pricey hobby) I never stopped collecting new expansions and pre-constructed decks. If there is one reason for wanting to live in the US, it’s to find someone to play this awesome game with. I’m tired of replaying the Gameboy game bazillion time
Wikipedia is my favorite site, because it taught me better than highschool and college combined
I love Rare a lot. In fact, I love Rare more than any other game company in the industry. They, along with Capcom, knows how to tickle me in the right place
This generation made me hate Nintendo a-freaking-lot
I love Western RPGs more than Easterns because they doesn’t have flashy multi-colored animu characters
And that’s why Final Fantasy Tactics is my favorite RPG of all time. It’s the most mature role-playing game I have ever played. God where have you vanished to, Matsuno. I want a goddamn sequel! >:(
I officially hate Metal Gear Solid 4, mainly for the scripted gameplay sequences and the story mashup that just doesn’t feel right. Worth a rent, though, but far from being a great game. Here’s a hint: it’s not on my best of 2008 list, and those who are claiming it to be teh best game evarr!! really need to buckle up and play more games, or maybe swtich to films if they like 9 hours of boring cut-scenes
When it comes to opinions, 99% of the time I don’t take others seriously nor give a care about what they think about anything. If I happen to take your opinions seriously, you should be something special. Or maybe not, who knows
That doesn’t mean I don’t respect other’s opinions, because these are totally different matters
]Despite what’s written in the blog’s header, I hadn’t drank any coffee since almost 2 months
I love silent (rather atmospheric) games. Metroids, Mega Mans (up to 3, followed by 9), Super Mario Brothers, and so on. I hate how the industry is shaping up to be cinematic rather than building on its own basis
While I always look sad and angry in all the photos (you all should’ve seen my graduation’s album) I’m really a joyous person. Well kinda
I hate it when people think it’s cool to post ‘: )’ intead of ‘:)’. Stick to the borderlines and stop creating non-sense mumbles like ^_^ and its sisters. :-) is the way to go!
My favorite sitcom is The Office (US), followed by Frasier and Seinfeld
I generally dislike animes, but currently I’m falling in love with Kaiji. Recommended for those who are seeking a tragic show, it really makes you hate humanity, which is awkward to me, that an anime can make me feel this way. 5 stars, go get it
I love chocolate more than Samus
While I won’t recommend it to anyone since most people fail at analyzing movies; I consider 2001: A Space Odyssey to be the best film ever made. Not sure why, it’s a combination of my love towards Astronomy, and the fact that it’s partially a silent movie with some of my favorite classics. Requiem for a Dream is another favorite of mine, which people also won’t get
I rarely use my mobile phone, though I would never live without it
I’m the laziest person you may ever know. I’m the Slowpoke of our kind
Speaking of that, and I never mentioned this before; but Crobat is my all-time favorite Pokemon. In my Pearl cartridge I caught a shiny Zubat and evolved it to shiny Crobat BUT MY CARTRIDGE GOT STOLEN >:( may the person who stole it be burned in the depth of hell with Satan. Hell yeah I’m serious, we’re talking about Crobat here >:\
My favorite song of all time is The Dress, by Blonde Redhead
I never published my last (and best, in my opinion) design because… well, no one would really knows what I’m throwing at. Regardless, you can take a look at it now
After knowing the full, true story behind the Holocaust (by reading tons of books recommended to me by gaffers) I came to the conclusion that humanity sucks big time, no matter how you spin it
Aside from Chris Kohler and Roger Ebert, I really lost hope in the so-called proffessional reviewers, and sought to review games for me, myself and I while clinging to the best individuals, here and there but not everywhere
I’m not thinking about marriage, not even in the long run, because I know I’ll never find a person who suits me perfectly. I have my Pokemons at least, am I right?
Super Metroid is my favorie game because its emptiness resembles my heart when… who am I kidding! I like it because it’s sheer perfection sauce in every imaginable way. You thought I’ll get all emo at the end, huh? have at you!
God I don’t know what to write. Gonna get some sleep before eating dinner with a friend of mine
Rocky: The Ultimate Saga: Just saw I and II, so far so good.
And I finally, FINALLY renewed my Xbox Live membership and bought 3600 Microsoft points. You ask why? why oh why, because of Hyper Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix for sure! this game is freaking awesome, Capcom remaked it preeeeeeetty good: awesome visuals, impeccable remixes, rebalanced gameplay, and unquestionably the best netcode ever. GOTY GOTY GOTY! oh yeah, I said it already to a dozen or so :P
I also bought Rez HD and will buy the original Banjo Kazooie when it hits the marketplace next week.
In other news, I went to Edo (Japanese restaurant) yesterday and…. lol…. I think I’m falling n love with Sushi :3
Fallout 3 Collector’s Edition: I spent approximately 9 hours and I’m liking it a bit with each play. It got a lot of Oblivion’s problems, but then again there is no such thing as a perfect game, so less complaining and more enjoying the game.
The Witcher: I’m at Chapter 1 and holy mother of crap, this is awesome. Seriously, every PC gamer who doesn’t buy this game should shoot himself in the head as well. This is the best PC-exclusive title since a very freaking long time.
Fable Lost Chapters: After finishing Fable 2 I couldn’t resist buying the original game. I’m gonna play it after The Witcher and Fallout 3, which means maybe in the first quarter of 2009 —I don’t think I’ll be finishing both in 45 days.
Fallout 2 and Earthworm Jim 1 + 2: I bought both from Good Old Games, a site I’m proud of supporting. Fallout 2 will be played after 3, and EWJ games for work breaks (yes I’m preparing from now hehe).
Mega Man 3: Bought from the Virtual Console. The only Mega Man game that stands in the face of MM2. Mesmerizing. Ok I’m gonna stop talking about Mega Man games.
Burn After Reading: Saw it yesterday at Avenues’ cinema. I’ll be getting the Blu-ray version whenever it hits the stores, so yeah, I loved it a lot. Sadly my friends hated it and started calling me SMB-related names the whole trip. Maybe because they suck at English and were focusing on the Arabic subtitle, which sucked big time. BAR isn’t a subtitle-friendly movie in my opinion, you either get the scene with the original, clever scenario, or you’ll see it as a “wtf” movie. Lol the ending got me cracking out loud and that’s something I don’t usually do in cinemas. Actually I never done it before! Good film.
Nawal 2009: Are you really waiting for me to talk about the album? seriously? 4 thumbs up —I counted my feet’s, sue me. My favorite track is Mishtag.
Britney Spears’ Circus: It leaked yesterday. There are 4 or 5 tracks I’m in love with right now, but as a whole, I think it’s missing a lot. Maybe I’ll change my mind later. Circus makes up for everything, though, and If U Seek Amy's chorus is freaking hilarious.
It’s been a messy week so far, preparing my papers for work really sucks. I signed the contract three days ago, and after half an hour I’ll continue the 2nd part of the medical examination, so finally tomorrow I’ll go to the main building and sign the final version of the contract and be ready to work at any moment.
Regarding The Cult of Kefka, I know I haven’t updated the site since launch. I’m really sorry. There’s just isn’t time to do everything. Old school games are raping my mind continuously with their upbar difficulty, and since I have a policy for not reviewing games until I finish them, that means less reviews for everyone, but rest assured any review I write is an honest one since I devoted my organs to finish the game. Also, lately I’ve been playing lots of the newly released games (such as Fallout 3 and The Witcher, and Left 4 Dead demo), so there isn’t enough time to beat those classics.And don’t let me start talking about how preparing my self for work is stealing lots of my free time, which really sucks. I just wanna point out that the site is just a personal collectives of my thoughts, not an official site or anything, so it doesn’t matter after all, but I’m just saying so nobody wonders why.
Oh and, would you want me to review all kind of games in Cult of Kefka (not just classics) ? I’m not sure if it’s the right thing to do. Tell me your opinion on either Twitter or by emailing me.
An extremely limited edition of my favorite book, signed by the man himself; John Boyne! I’m so happy I got this. I love this book, it’s like the Super Mario Bros of books. People prefer SMB because of its simple yet engaging gameplay and level design, and that’s exactly why this book is my favorite. It’s simplicity doesn’t change the fact that it’s a masterpiece.
I Am 8-bit: GET IT. NOW. No, I’m serious. This is the best artbook I have ever bought. My GOD I don’t know where to begin to describe how awesome it is. Artistic dedications to the timeless classics we all know and love, such as Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., Metroid, Mega Man, and even Centipede! I thank my dear friend, Angelo, for pointing it out! :D
The Big Bang Theory: I don’t care how you watch your TV shows, whether by buying or torrenting them, but this is a must-watch. Arouses awesomeness. Freaking genius show. It’s competing with The Office for becoming my favorite TV show ever.
Rockman 2 Complete Works: I have absolutely no idea how I got this. Long story short: Capcom released the NES’ Mega Mans on the PSX back in the days, and instead of packaging them on one single disc they released each part individually. It’s available in Japan only and counts as an extremely rare item, since MM2 is widely known as the best MM ever created, making it highly desirable by the fans and collectors, even if a bit pricey. It comes with a fantastic guidebook and the original (japanses) version of Mega Man 2 with a bunch of new things scattered around. I love it. I can’t believe I got this gem for only 50 bucks. Thank you, ebay!
The Husband, by Dean Koontz: Loving it so far. Dean Koontz is a brilliant writer.
Ferrero Rocher and Kinder Country: Oh how I love thee <3
I don’t know what to write as a first sentence, I suck at this. Oops, I just did! uh so anyway, let’s gossip since I managed to get some free time from my busy busy schedule and wanna rant in my virtual home.
It’s been almost two weeks now and I’ve been changing my whole life style, from the messy that I used to have, to the best I could ever dream of. Let’s see how my old style was: I sleep for 12 hours (sometimes more), I stay awake for 24 hours, which is the reason why I sleep a lot. I used to drink coffee twice a day, I used to eat lots and lots of junk food, I never take a walk or any kind of exercise. Summarizing in one word: Snorlax (except I’m not that huge :P).
Let’s see the new style! I sleep at 2 AM at most, wake up at 11 AM at most, substituted coffee with a cup of orange juice for every meal, started eating my eggs with olive oil instead of the regular one. Yeah I still don’t exercise nor walk, but you don’t see Snorlaxs do so. It’s big for me and I’m happy about it. I’m dying for a cup of hot Nescafe but it harms my weak digestive system, which is the reason why I stopped eating junk food as well. I’m also eating salad daily just before lunch, and one banana after that. If I felt sleepy I can go for an Earl Gray tea, which is refined from the normal (strong) type of tea. Hmm, I think that’s all.
Not much lately, except that I’m having less time to do everything I used to do normally. I received The Big Bang Theory today from Aramex and just finished 6 episodes, and god that’s some clever work. I’m already in love with it, can’t wait to camp in front of the TV again to see it. Started seeing both of Will & Grace and The New Adventures of Old Christine, and they’re both quite entertaining. After I finish from all the comedies I’ll be watching Law & Order and continuing both of The Office and Desperate Housewives.
As for gaming, I’m spending all of my time in Fable 2. Little Big Planet is fantastic really, but I don’t wanna leave Fable at all. It’s like living in a fantasy, seriously. The music, the art, the atmosphere, everything’s just impeccable. There are few glitches here and there, which is really sad to see, but I hope the developers are working on a patch to release. I want this to be perfect, and hey, the game is enormous so this is quite expected. Still, it’s not an excuse, and I want it fixed so we can all enjoy the awesomeness of it. I will write an “Inspection” as soon as I finish the main quest. Please note, “Inspections” are just me talking aggressively about a game I love, they’re not reviews at all, so mind the messy paragraphs.
Yeah, this is what my new desktop looks like, powered by Linux Ubuntu. But no, I’m not trying to be a smartass by talking low upon Microsoft and Apple just because I started using Linux, because I’m not happy with it. 5 days ago I lost all the data on my PC and I still don’t know why. A program asked me to reboot, I clicked ‘Ok’ and went to breakfast with one of my friends. Upon entering my room I noticed that the monitor is bitch black with a small flashing cursor, so I restarted (force restarted, to be clear) and the same thing occurs, and strangely enough: I can’t access Safe Mode, which means I have no direct access to any data inside my PC.
I downloaded Ubuntu through my sister’s laptop. Why did I use Ubuntu? first, it’s free. Second, it’s small compared to Vista (600 MB). 3rd, I don’t have a valid key to Vista nor XP, which means Ubuntu is the ideal choice. I had to format the drive and therefore lose every single file I used to have for the past 3 years (never formatted my PC since I got it, except for installing Vista). I used to have more than 7000 music file and now I’m left with one single remix I downloaded from OCR. Pictures, videos, Photoshop projects —everything’s gone :(
Let’s add salt to the injury. Right before I rebooted my PC (when it was functioning normally) I was clearing some space by removing unwanted games and applications. When I saw Outlook I said to myself “What the? why did I download this junk?”, and since I use Thunderbird to manage my emails I thought I wouldn’t need Outlook at all. Uh, wrong. See, I have an HTC mobile which uses a Windows operating system. My contacts are synced automatically with my PC, and stored inside Outlook files. That means, I can add new contacts on my PC and when I connect my mobile it will be updated automatically. But what if I uninstalled Outlook in the first place? well, you guessed it right. The phone, upon connecting, will try to look for Outlook, and if it couldn’t find it (meaning it couldn’t find the synced file) it will think that I deleted the profile and therefore delete all my contacts. My day couldn’t get any worser huh? Both PC and phone are dead at the same time!
I don’t think I will recover quickly from this tragic digital-accident. Losing all this information on a short period of time is devastating to me, but I’m managing through. Currently I’ll be installing Windows XP, but I am seriously thinking about getting a new Mac. I never thought of getting a Mac because, well, I don’t need to. But seriously, I just can’t risk losing all my stuff again. I want a secure platform. Linux is secure, but is both hard and demanding on me. Apple’s products are overpriced, I’ll give you that, but I’m hoping to safe land on their platforms without thinking twice about the safety of my digital life. I think I will go with the new MacBook (not Pro), and certainly will post my impressions and all when I purchase it (though it’s gonna take awhile).
Ok so let’s head for the good news. First of all, I want you to wish me all the luck for that I am now officially hired at KOC (Kuwait Oil Company)! They will contact me next week for more details (and preparations, such as medical examination) and I hope to start working there as soon as possible. Haha it’s really funny because I know that my first paycheck will be spent on day one. Not just the first paycheck though :P Uhh can’t wait to start digging there!
Also, I got some new games to keep me occupied and left my spirit a bit. I got Ace Combat 6 (Xbox 360), Final Fantasy 5 Advance (GBA), Captain Tsubasa (GameCube), Wario Land: Shake It! (Wii), Mega Man Maverick Hunter X (PSP), Mega Man 2 and 3 (both for GBC) and Super Robot Wars Z (PS2). SRW was a pain to pay for though, 110$ through our locals. Yeah, no kidding. I also got 6 games on the Virtual Console, can’t remember them all but from the top of my head: Ghosts ‘N Goblins (NES), Castlevania (NES) and Adventures of Lolo (NES). I will be getting Shining Force 2, Secret of Mana and World of Goo as soon as I fix my Visa card problem.
Final note: I’m currently playing The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and it’s my first time playing it. Just reached The Dark World, and to sum everything in one sentence: Holy god Nintendo, how did you design this game? Flawless. Perfection. Ahh, gotta rescue Zelda for now!
“You have to rely entirely on talent. Most people in the game industry lack talent. They don’t make old-school games because they are ‘inferior technology’ but because they literally can’t. In the same way, we have computers today but no one is besting ‘Shakespeare’, and he didn’t even have a typewriter. Better tools don’t necessarily mean ‘better products’.”—
Mega Man Powered Up: Remake of the first Mega Man game that was on the NES. Great game but the remake feels childish to me, with all the cutesy art and hilarious VA. Great addition to my collection, nonetheless. Beat it on all difficulties the minute I got it, but I’ll keep playing the custom stages that people around the globe are building.
Ultimate Ghosts ‘N Goblins: One of my favorite classic games of all time. Haven’t played it yet.
Mega Man Starforce Leo: Haven’t played it yet, but it’s been recommended to me by one of my friends. I loved MM Battle Network until the third iteration, which then it turned into a milking van for Capcom. Let’s hope it’s as good as the first Battle Network game.
Hotel Dusk: Haven’t played it yet, not sure when.
Fifa 09: Fantastic soccer game. I’m not a soccer guy at the moment (quit it since almost 4 years), but as a game I’m really enjoying it.
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning: Installing at the moment. Thanks Naif for sending me a copy, you’re always the best!
As You Like It, Shakespeare: Started reading it yesterday. You don’t need impressions eh? this is Shakespeare after all.
Emma, Jane Austen: Recommended by a friend. Will read after Shakespeare’s.
Viva Pinata 2 Prima Guide: I bought it at the same time with the game but for some reason it arrived later. Haven’t started the game yet due to Mega Man stealing all of my free time. Well, we’ll see about it. Loved the first game a lot, this should be tons better.
Thank you, Capcom. Thank you very much. Sorry, but this is how I planned to start my review, butt-kissing Capcom like a madman. Every true Mega Man fan would have to agree with me on this: this is the best thing Capcom had ever done this generation. Mega Man, in my book, died right after MM4. Every other iteration in the classic series wasn’t favorable to me and I just hate them, and yes I’m looking at you feriously; sucky sucky Mega Man 8. While the X and Zero series were generally good, I couldn’t love them. A Mega Man game with a charge shot is not a Mega Man game to me, sorry. Yes, it’s a different approach to the series by adding much story and action to it (dashing and wall-grabbing) but I grew up with the blue bastard just running and shooting, maybe sliding in the third one. Anything after that is overdosing in my opinion, and you have every right to disagree with me —I’m ancient and I like it. So, after god knows how many ages had passed, Capcom had finally decided to take the right step: a true sequel to the classic series but in veins of Mega Man 2, one of my favorite games of all time and the best Mega Man game ever made. I was ecstatic about the news; it’s 8-bit graphics with chiptunes and all, and they even stayed true with the 5 colors a pallete limit, which was a limitation on the Famicom due to it’s memory limit.
As always, you have to defeat 8 robot masters to advance to the next ‘challenge’. This game introduces the first female robot master to ever grace the classic series, Splash Woman, which is great by every possible mean; whether it’s the music, the level design, the boss or even the weapon you acquire from her. I got the game first on the Wii the second it arrived on the Wii Shop. I remember every millisecond of that day; I was eating fotoor while watching the download screen, so eagerly to play a game I’ve been holding my breath to, for over a decade. My first hour with the game was insane; I said to myself that I’m not gonna finish it with precision and such, like the old ones. It was harder than any game I have ever played, and you are reading for a person who completed both GNG and Super GNG (on NES and SNES respectively). Of course it’s not what I thought about it first, nothing can beat GNG for sure, but the levels were insane in my first playthrough. In that particular playthrough alone I had died so many times that I lost count early in the game—more than I have died in Mega Man 2 since it’s release. It gets easier as you progress with it, and as you keep replaying the stages you will find them much easier than the last time; thinking ahead of the game and planning strategies for different parts. It was just sheer awesomeness, a feeling I haven’t got since the 8-bit era (maybe a little in Etrian Odyssey with the map drawing and such). At the moment of writing this review, I have memorized the game backwards to the point where I can literally beat half of Galaxy Man’s stage with my eyes closed —I am not exaggerating, I tried it. And with each and every playthrough I discover new things about the game, and this is exactly where it shines upon everything else: the attention to small details is impeccable. Amazing, so amazing. I’m really amazed at how Inti Creates carefully built and create this flawless gem, there are moments where I gasped inside myself just by thinking about the think that crossed the screen (or that I did, etcetra). There are fantastic small details that I dare you to find in any modern new game. The level design in it’s entirety is amusing. Every platform is precisely put at the right frame, every enemy pattern is unique and compelling; everything just mesh well together with the rest of the game that you may wonder how God created humans with such fantastic minds that could do things like this.
Looking at the technical side of the game, it is amazing. Yes, it’s dated by today’s standards, but to actually have the ability to create a virtualized version of a 20 years old game is just PHENOMENAL. Period. The music is also very good, right there with the best of the series and one of the best chiptunes mixing I have ever heard.
I can’t stretch this enough. Today’s childs may don’t like it, they’re polluted with online co-op, fancy visuals and orchestrated soundtracks; to the point where they’re actually calling Mega Man 9 an archaic game. Fine by me, I have seen people calling Nancy Sinatra and Edith Piaf amateurs, and A Space Odyssey to be ‘the worst silent movie ever made’, so you can not cease to amaze me more than what I have already seen, heard or read. You don’t have to like it nor beat it, but you’re certainly don’t have the right to bash it —this is one of the best things that ever happened to me since I started gaming. I’m calling it; this is my definite Game of the Generation. This game gave me lots of real fun that no other game for the past 5 years at least had given me. This is what I grew up with, and this is what I like to play for the rest of my life. Again: I’m rustie and I like it, sue me!
My clock is ticking at nearly 11 PM and I should’ve been sleeping at around 3 PM, but one of my friends called me and said that I’m invited, alongside some of our friends, to a Japanese restaurant. I’ve been wanting to eat their food since a very long time because I tend to like, play, watch and do everything humanly possible and enjoy it as much as any one would, and even though I was sleepy I couldn’t refuse. I mean, what’s the worst scenario would be; that the food isn’t good? fine with me, you’d wonder what crap I eat every day so that’s not an issue at all.
We went to Genki Sushi. I think it was in Salhiya Mall though I’m not sure what that mall is (I’m not good with malls), but it was a very decent mall —no freaky monsters like in Marina or Sharq. When I first glazed at the restaurant I was actually amazed, everything is so charming and beautiful that just invites you in. I should now that was a trap though…. so anyway, after 15 minutes of searching through their long, tedious menu which consists of more than 80 dishes, I just told my friends to order me anything —everything looked creepy. For appetizers; I got my salad first. It was full of lettuce, corn and a delicious sauce, with slices of avocado and some new vegetables to me. I liked it a lot. The second appetizers were two kind of shrimps; the first one is shaped like a stick (not a regular shrimp, or maybe that’s a coating) with some awesome sauce with it, while the other one was coated with a phosphorish crispy thing that was… awesome as well. The conclusion of the appetizers was great, with some grills done in a Japanese way of mixturing and stuff, which was insanely delicious. At this point I was satisfied, everything was just so good, so now we’re heading for the main dishes now. There were all kind of Sushis. They all look the same, just with some different colors that I don’t give a damn about. I was hesistant but they told me that it’s good and I should go for it. I took a piece (which they told me later that was raw shit) and ate it, and dear heavenly god of the seven skies! what the hell is this thing? I took it all in one bite and I swear to god I was so close to… GOD. How do people eat crap like this? so I said okay, maybe because it’s the first time I eat crap so it feels awkward. I went for another one which had cucumber and… dunno what the rest but looked good. This is even worse! how do you eat cold rice with some sauce and things that don’t even have names? Earth does have all kind of strange things, I’ll give you that. They ordered some other plates with all kind of Sushis which all sucked just by looking at them —pinky sauce, yellowish rice and strange black things; the devil had come to our dinner! I then told them that I’m close o vomitting and wanna go the bathroom (obviously joking), and I went straight to Haagen Daz to get some awesomesauce cups of delicious ice cream that would eventually drain the suckiness that went into my mouth. I ordered Strawbery Cheescake with some Mango one which was really good, so good that I forgot all about the restaurant.
Sushi sucks, but then again; when you see Timon eating cockroaches and actually enjoying it, you just know that TV shouldn’t be taken seriously at all. Sushi is like a cockroach but by anime standards. Don’t even think about it.