I AM BACK!! 30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 5 – Game Character You Feel You Are Most Like (or Wish You Were).

Sorry for the 2 well 3 months of no updates. It has been pretty busy with work, life, and did I mention work?

One of the things I wanted to do this year is get in front of the camera and do comic book, movie, and video game reviews. I thought I would do video games first since that would force me to actually beat the games. So last week I started playing Castlevania Bloodlines for the Sega Genesis…except I don’t have it for the Genesis because that cart is crazy expensive well not too expensive…I mean it runs from 60.00 – 400.00 and that is anywhere from complete to sealed. So I have been playing it on the Genesis emulator, Fusion 3.64; which is an interesting emulator because the developer made it basically an all in one emulator for all of Sega’s consoles minus the Dreamcast.

So I have been playing a level a day and recording each level using the OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) and just using it’s record functionality rather than it’s streaming function. OBS is a pretty powerful piece of freeware when you have the time to set everything up.

But the idea is to complete a level and upload that level to the YouTube page with it’s own dedicated playlist. The game has 6 levels but with two different playable characters and the ending from what I understand is the same for both characters.CastlePL

But once you have beaten the game you unlock a more challenging difficulty that has a different ending. So yeah have two different playlist for both playable characters and then I guess do either another playlist for the true ending or just put the video in one of my many other gaming playlist.

After that is completed, I want to do a write up or a script and then record it as a blog or something. I am pretty shy in front of the camera but I am sure that once I do enough of these I will be pretty confident.

Speaking of games, what the hell man?! Companies have be releasing one blockbuster title after another. I still haven’t completed Final Fantasy XV, World of Final Fantasy, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Horizon Zero Dawn, and a few others! Mass Effect comes out in about a week, and Persona 5 comes out early April…Injustice 2 in May…Tekken in July…I don’t think anything MAJOR is coming out in July except for Final Fantasy XII Zodiac Age remaster.

I am also behind on my comics…which I am seriously thinking about making the crappy decision of cancelling my pull list at my local comic store Kingdom Comics. It is an awesome place and the owner is awesome as well as the employees (they might all own it, but I see Stan doing most of the promoting so I assume it is just him). But I find that the older I get I don’t like physical collections. I spent probably $100.00 in the last month on Comixology buying books that I normally buy digitally or rebuying digital versions of collections so that I won’t have a huge physical collection of the 90’s X-Men  (which I have unfortunately started recollecting last year).

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But yeah I have a stack of Comics dating that are little over a month old that I haven’t read yet and that is possibly DC Comics fault for shipping too many books in one month. I mean I don’t mind the once a month shipping of Batman…but no, Batman is released twice a month as well as Detective Comics. SIGH…

Any who enough with the updates onto the title of the blog….

30 DAYS VIDEO GAME CHALLENGE – DAY 5 – Game character you feel you are most like (or wish you were)

This is a tough one because I enjoy playing the roles of different characters, but let’s be real..Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series, is a psychopath if you think about it. I mean he’s killed thousands of dudes. Cecil from Final Fantasy IV is well depressing. There are several characters that I like but none of which is relatable…So unfortunately I am going to have to pass on this one.

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30 DAYS VIDEO GAME CHALLENGE – DAY 4 – Your Guilty Pleasure Game

30 DAYS VIDEO GAME CHALLENGE – DAY 4 – Your Guilty Pleasure Game

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This was pretty easy for me. TETRIS! I have pretty much owned this game on every available platform since I was introduced to this game when I got an NES for christmas back in 1988 and that was one of the games that “Santa” got me.

The funny thing about this game is that I honestly didn’t understand how to play it when I first got it. I rarely read instruction manuals of the games I got and tried to figure it out on my own. So I thought originally that you were suppose to make structures out of the bricks. I want to say it took a few weeks before I realized what you were suppose to clear the board. Once I saw this my mind was blown.

So naturally I would start on the lowest speed and work my way to Speed 10. It took a bit but once I figured out how to plan my moves ahead I got pretty good at it. My brother at the time didn’t like it because it was “boring.” I want to say if it wasn’t for this I wouldn’t enjoy Bejeweled, Lumines, Zuma, Bubble Shooter, and several other titles.

Like I said above though I have bought Tetris on all platforms once it is made available and I am also pretty lucky that my wife gets pretty competitive when playing Tetris multiplayer.

30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 3 – A Game That Is Underrated

30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 3: A Game That Is Underrated

There are several games that come to mind when I think of this, but the Torchlight series is definitely my pick. The series was developed by Runic Games, and most of the devs came from Blizzard and worked on the iconic Diablo series. The games are basically an action RPG with real time combat and has fantastic armor and weapon design. It is also a loot grind game, so you are constantly trying to get the best loot/gear from mobs and boss monsters.

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The first Torchlight was basically a throwback to the original Diablo, where you had one town and your goal was to reach the bottom of a cave that was causing  problems for the town folks.

The second game basically gave a big middle finger to Blizzard by making the game offline, versus’s Blizzard’s Diablo III where you have to be online in order to play…the excuse was because of the auction house, but the auction house has been removed for 3yrs now and you still have to be online to play the game.

Also I feel that the second game is so much bigger then the first, I never finished it. Anyways, you can find this game on Steam or GOG for dirt cheap and I highly recommend it.

30 Days Video Game Challenge – Day2 – Your Favorite Character

30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 2: Your Favorite Character

samus-aran-super-metroid-art-from-1994This was actually really hard for me to choose from. I mean I like a lot of characters. I think Samus Aran is my favorite mainly due to even though she has been around since 1986, she has only been in 22 video games and 11 of them were Metroid games. Granted the last Metroid game I played was Metroid Prime, I couldn’t get really into it for several reasons. But every time a game got announced I did get excited and I was hoping they would go back to basics, but Nintendo seems to have no plans on doing that unfortunately.

It’s funny though, a lot of people see Lara Croft as the go to for a strong female video game character, which is fine; But I always saw Samus as the proper choice. I mean she was based off of Ripley from Alien/Aliens. And if you want a tough a leading lady that is who my  go to has always been.

When I was in the high school back in 1994 I had a page in a sketchbook I carried around that had all type of possible Power Suit designs for Samus Aran. I should probably post some of that artwork on my Instagram page.

Also fun fact Super Metroid is one of my top 10 favorite video games.

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30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 1: Very first video game

30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 1: Very first video game

et2600screen2I have always wanted to do this challenge but never got around to it. Unfortunately the earliest game I remember playing was E.T. I know I played others on the Atari 2600 like PitFall, Pong, Pac-Man, and Megamania…but E.T. is what stood out the most because of how difficult it was. Even though I do remember enjoying the other games more.

 

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A year ago when I was still big into collecting Retro games and the whole unearthing the buried E.T. collection was a big deal me and my friends went hunting for copies of E.T. and we found them for I think $5.00 or less. I should have check the Atari collection my wife’s grandmother gave us, because there was already a copy in there.

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It is kinda sad that this game that people think caused the Video Game Crash in 1983, but it was a number of things…this just happened to release when every thing went down hill.

Below are the TV commercials, ADs, and Gameplay:

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What an excellent day for an exorcism.

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Normally for Halloween me and my wife will do one of two things:

  1. Go to dinner and then go to the movies.
  2. Grab a bite and then come home and watch a horror movie.

Last night we decided to drive around the neighborhood to look at some of the trick or treaters, noticed a lot of lazy teenagers not dressed up going to houses trying to get candy (when we pass out candy that shit doesn’t fly). I also saw a couple cool costumes like an awesome Assassin’s Creed costume. We eventually made it out of our neighborhood and grabbed dinner at Milo’s (their food has always been hit or miss with me) and then went back home to watch this year’s Halloween movie “The Exorcist.”

Now I was extremely late to the party on this classic. When I was a kid I was all about Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, and Friday the 13th. I think the first “older” horror movie I saw was “Rosemary’s Baby” which came out in 1968, and I caught it on I think the SciFi channel back in the mid 90’s.

Anyways I remember when I was getting really into the Horror film genre my mother told me I should watch “The Exorcist” because it scared her really badly as a kid. But I never did, I would rather watch “Ghost in the Machine” then watch a movie that came out in the 70’s that supposedly scared my mom.

So in May of 2000 I got a DVD player for my High School Graduation present (I bought myself a computer earlier that year and my dad used that as an excuse not to get me a computer like other kids….but I was the only one in my group of friends that had a DVD player). Later that year I started to build my DVD collection with some of my favorite movies and saw that :The Exorcist : The Version You’ve Never Seen” was on sell so I finally decided to pick it up and watch it that night.

That movie honestly scared the hell out of me. So my mom was right all along The Exorcist was a truly terrifying experience. So after that I pretty much watch that movie along with some others once a year, because they are great movies.

 

So fast forward to last night while me and the wife was watching the upgraded Blu-ray 40th Anniversary edition version with the surround sound on (even though the movie doesn’t really take advantage of it; it was mainly on because our TV speaker’s suck). I have seen this movie so many times that I really only pay attention to specific scenes in the movie. I happened to notice something on this viewing. If a viewer were to go into this movie blind they would honestly have no idea what type of movie this was. It is almost an hour in before we get into the actual subject matter. I mean there are some extremely small hints, but that is about it.

During this time we are introduced to the main characters and they spend that time doing character development. I mean we learn that Father Karras (Jason Miller) is slowly questioning his faith and regrets leaving his mother. We also learn that Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn) is a top name actress, but is also a loving parent figure that cares about her daughter.

I also found their extreme limited use of music in the movie interesting. The theme (Tubular Bell’s) that we are all familiar with only played four times in the film, and they were in short burst.

This movie still creeps me out today and I am not sure if it is because of it’s subject matter, the use of practical effects, or the acting is just that damn good. For a movie that is over 40 years old it is incredible on how well it holds up, even for something that is in the horror genre.

If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.