Games from Around the World

January 26, 2011

 

I was listening to some podcasts recently and it was mentioned just how culturally wide Video Games are compared to any other medium.  After thinking more about it, it’s really quite amazing.  We have games coming from literally ALL over the world and we don’t even have to separate them into a different category, like “Foreign Movies”

Mario(Japan) sits there right next to Medal of Honor: Heroes 2(Canada), Assassin’s Creed(Canada owned by the French) sits right next to Alan Wake(Finland), and Heavy Rain (Paris, France) sits right next to Heavenly Sword (Cambridge, England). Let’s not forget Call of Duty created by a California team, the most recent release (BlackOps) had portions of the game developed by teams from all over the world.

My point is we have games developed by different people not just from all parts of the world, but actually still IN all parts of the world.  All those different cultures and experiences defining and shaping the gaming experiences they share with the rest of the world and BEST of all, we don’t segregate it.  Everything is listed in Alphabetical order, be it the turn based japanese RPG or an american rack up points for shooting someone in the face.

Another fascinating aspect of video games, I visited Washington DC in November of last year, and I was constantly seeing things that reminded me of my trips through Fallout3, I could pull up a map of Arlington and see where the landmarks lined up.   I’ve heard stories of people who have said the same after visiting New York, Paris and Tokyo.  That through games like Grand Theft Auto, The Saboteur and The World Ends With You, they then recognize land marks and know what directions they would go to find others.  Video Games have an amazing ability to teach, history, skills, culture, and so much more, and do it in a way that you may not even realize you are learning anything at all.  All you know is that you are having fun playing a game.

Gaming isn’t the same the world over, I know what does well in Japan doesn’t always do well here and vice versa(especially when Microsoft is involved).  The PS3 and PSP have a much stronger following in the UK than in the US, but they sometimes end up waiting an extra year for games from Nintendo. And really, that’s the only thing that I think we still need to improve, we need more localization teams to help spread gaming to every corner of the Earth. I can’t think of any other entertainment that is so widely distributed the world over and I love it.


I HAZ A PS3!!!!~!

September 23, 2009

The world is coming to an end, for I have a PS3. First gen, 60GB, full backwards compatible to boot.

Having barely scratched the surface of available xbox360 games, or even simply completing half of the ones that I own. I somehow found myself on Craigslist buying myself a PS3 so that I could finally get back to playing my PS2 games.

I’ll invite anyone who has a PS3 to friend, since I’m pretty much the only person I know who both has a PS3 and has it hooked up to the internet, but the only online game I own currently is Fat Princess. I’ll also own Wipeout HD relatively soon, but probably not until November when I feel I can finally spend more money of video games.

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Of course the FIRST (and only retail) PS3 game that I had to buy was Valkyria Chronicles. I’ve been planning on getting a PS3 just for this game since AGES ago, it just so happened to finally be the right time I guess.
Though, I never watched the anime, I saw snips of the first ep that they were turning it into an abomination that no fan of the game would accept so I never watched it.

I have beaten Flower,  it was actually the first game that I bought. It’s been an amazing game, and all that I have left is to find all those trophies, which should be fun. I love showing people the grass in this game, it really is a great game to show off the processing power of the PS3.

Anyways, I’m pretty happy with it so far, though getting it to play happy with my router was a huge pain. It also required a redesign of my entertainment center, but it’s all been worth it.  And now I can finally go back to being a PS3 fanboy…….. ahhh shitz, they’ve ruined it.


Megaten, Not Looking Good.

December 4, 2008

I knew it was a Free to Play game, so I wasn’t expecting anything like WoW. I wasn’t even expecting City of Heroes. But I was expecting it to be able to stand up against FlyFF, and with a name like SMT behind it I thought it would have it in the bag. Sadly I thought wrong.

The game is pretty boring, and not that interesting to look at. The music is ok, but if that’s the only thing that I can think of that didn’t disappoint or annoy me something is wrong. The real killer for me, on this game, was having to constantly hit a button to attack. One of the reason’s I hated flying in FlyFF was much the same reason, where the rest of the game you could set up combos and do all sorts of other stuff to ease the strain when you took flight you had to hit that attack button constantly (unless you went onto the forums where you could find an auto fire method but it SUCKED.)

But this game somehow surpassed FlyFF for annoying combat. What I mean is spells, skills, whatever, all have a charge time. So you have to get within range of the monster. Activate your cast time. and then hit the button AGAIN to attack and if in this time the monster moved out of range you’ll have to chase it down again. Even trying to pull off a basic combo you have to be constantly pressing the attack button.  It’s just too much for me. If it was a Hack and Slash or even like .hack it would be fine, but this is still very much a turn based (read SLOW) attack system.

While I am being harsh on the combat, there is one thing that I did like the idea of, I don’t think it was fully realized, not in my experience at least. They had a whole block and parry system, which is something that I liked the idea. But it ended up feeling a LOT like rock paper scissors…. but the monster your fighting will always be only one of them. Leaving again a lot of pressing the same button over and over again.

The game itself suffers from looking VERY grey. The characters have a severe lack of options for design. And while there are familiar monsters from the SMT universe, I have more fun killing them in the real RPGs I have for the PS2.

It was an idea that I thought might have been fun, but with so many other AAA games, that are actually fun to play, I’m going to have to give up on this one.


Megaten Closed Beta Participants Selected

December 2, 2008

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I found this gem in my junkmail, stupid yahoo mail. I’m thinking either no one else tried for it, or my luck is ever so slowly increasing. In either case, I’ll be trying this thing out while I still feel special for getting accepted and hope that it doesn’t become a Flyff on me.

ALSO from the looks of it the beta signups are still being accepted. And if I got in anyone should find no problem in doing so.

Though be prepared, the download for the installer is 1.3GB, then the actual install is like 3.2GB.

I’ve only completed the two sets of tutorial levels so far and have just started Act 1.  I have a feeling that there is going to be a strong case of everyone looks the same, for at least the first part of the game. More thoughts to come after I actually finish a real quest I think.


Even Microsoft sent me a Birthday Present

November 14, 2008

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Woke up this beautiful morning, went running, then after getting back checked Kotaku and the first article I read is that the NXEpreview is sending out one last round of invites. I quickly dash to my email and there it is, “Xbox 360 NXE – You have been selected‏”  First thing I’m going to do is install Fallout3 on the HD and see if it improves load times at all.

Today really is a great day. Oh and ya, it is really my Birthday so I’m another year older, not much wiser.


Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core (Review)

November 13, 2008

gfs_69620_1_1I think I’ve figured out a trend in my gaming….. I am terrible at finishing them. Anyways, I recently found my PSP that’s been sitting around for 6 months collecting dust (especially on the screen). Charged it up and found my copy of FF7:CC still in there at the 15 hour mark. Turned it on and started playing a few of the missions, just to pass time, then BAM! All of a sudden I’m addicted to it and want to finish this game.

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Hatsune Miku: Project Diva

November 12, 2008

So I just found out about this game for the PSP thanks to random trailer watching on GameTrailers. It looks like something meant more for the DS than PSP, still I find it hard to say I’m not interested. But this is old news, so instead I’m just going to post some of my favorite Hatsune Miku songs from youtube ^_^

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