Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy thanks giving Nintendo!

Years have passed and Mario is now 25! Wow has Nintendo given us a lot of cultural moments to remember.

So for those of us who are feeling old, nastalgic and long for days real non-wii Nintendo here is a moment from Nintendo history to help you through the Holiday blues.

Thanks for everything Nintendo.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 22, 2010



Here is a new article series I am starting up called Eye on Japan. Here I will talk about Japanese gaming news, Old school gaming in Japan and Japanese culture (mostly as it pertains to gaming)

Its sad when a facebook app mmo is better than a main title mmo. As you all probably know by now, me being the square-cultist that I am, there have been a few struggles and disputes between me and FF14. Feeling a bit spurned I started to wonder if Square still had my back or if I would have to rely on spin off titles to keep my fan boy rage stirring. Unfortunately the later is true but there has been some great spin off titles for us rabid fans. There is the new DS spirit Sequel to FF1 called Four Heroes of Light, which may I add for old school purists is a great way to go.

After that there is a new Facebook app by Square to promote the Four Heroes game which in itself is a good stand alone game. With the feeling and art style of FF tactics you almost feel as if your visiting Ivalice all over again. Its really a "welcome home" kind of feeling. Unfortunately being a pay to play kind of game, despite its lack of fees there are plenty of times when you will have to let your character recharge action points in order to continue (meaning logging off) or will not be able to participate in a quest due to lack of premium items ect. However these aside, the multi-player battles, epic bosses and cool treasure hunting aspects are more than addictive. If your willing to stoop down low enough to play a facebook game but want to keep your dignity as to not play main stream titles like farmville (looks to Harvest moon and sheds a tear...."I'll never forget you even if the whole world does") or if you are dying for another game that feels like a part of the ivalice alliance then look no further than Knights of the Crystals.


Square News!

In other Square Enix related news the third Parasite Eve game (Third Birthday) looks to be turning out nicely. There are a few quirks for those of us who are huge Eve fans. Aya is now 39 and borderline giving a whole new feel to the term cougar. She also has many different outfits at her disposal this time, all which come with their own special skills and weapons, such as Lightning's clothes and gun-blade from FF13 and a maid outfit.... Enough time has passed plot wise that the mitochondria have taken over much of the world causing it too look like a barren wasteland much like that of Gears of War. It should prove to be interesting. If anything you should check out Square Japan's site for the game as it has awesome backgrounds to download which I am boasting right now.

Dissidia 2

Square recently announced that the next Dissidia game will include Vaan from FF12 and Tifa from FF7 as playable characters. So we get some Whiny pretty boy action and big bouncing boobs, so all can be happy.....right, at least Tifa is still wearing her old-school PS1 outfit. This of course was in addition to the announcement that they were adding Lightning from FF13 to the mix.

Other Japanese Gaming News

In other Japanese gaming news, Hironobu Sakaguchi , the father of Final Fantasy, and his team at Mist Walker are near done with their new masterpiece Last Story. Here's hoping it is interesting, though most of his target audience are ex- and still Square-enix fans who more than likely aren't too keen on the Wii and its lack of hardcore JRPGs. Maybe they will be intict to pick one up due to his marketing ploy of making a special edition Last Story Wii, which if rumor has it, will come with a soundtrack.

Last on the list of news there is a new Pokemon.....wait thats a Digimon game. Yup a new DS Digimon RPG that is set to imitate Pokemon in some ways as there will be two different types named after colors (Red and Blue). Digimon Story: Super Xros Wars Red and Blue will be coming out spring 2011 in Japan.

See ya on the Flip side!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

We're Sorry :(

Square-Enix is offering another free month to gamers just to say: We're Sorry.

Some people think that Square-Enix has fallen in the past few years...I know that I'm a crazed fanboy and have been since I was really young...but I tend to disagree.

NO, they haven't fallen. Its just people are too stuck up and full of themselves. So FF13 isn't like other FFs, that doesn't mean the company sucks. Same thing in this situation. Yeah, I was pissed at first that I paid for the special edition of FF14 and it was pretty much broken but (though I got it because I am a rabid fan) I haven't spent a dime on pay to play for the past few months! Which equals out my issues. And their updates have actually changed a lot, it's a lot more playable and enjoyable now than it was.

Also as a fan of Square-Enix I am more than happy the way they are treating their fans. I do not see other companies admitting they are wrong EVER!

But in regards to both FF14 and DLC: What happened to the old ways? You know making sure a game was complete before shipping it? When expansions really just meant sequels. Now gaming has just become a huge cash cow with little actual care for the gamers or complete satisfaction of the gamers involved.
It's probably why I'm becoming a retro-gamer more and more these days. Modern gaming makes me sick.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Game Deals and Steals!

Hey Guys,

This is a new segment I am going to be writing called Game Deals and Steals where I will write about the cheapest deals I find for consoles and PC platforms.

While rambling around Office Max I found out that they are now, in attempt to pull in some revenue, selling cheap Xbox 360 and PC games. It was there amongst the thin jewel cases PC games that I found two awesomely cheap. One was the first Assassin's Creed game and the other was the Prince of Persia Remake. Both great deals at 10$! That is if you have an Office Max near by.

My Steal for this week is a game that makes Super Mario Bros for the wii take a hike and drowned itself in a grease deposit at a Chicken joint. (Yeah I'm looking at you KFC). This is a Multiplayer Mario game that is shareware and 100% free! Home brewed at

Check it out!


Monday, November 8, 2010


I know Halloween is over but I just thought I would place this here for Autumns sake.

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Friday, November 5, 2010

ファイナルファンタジー14 FF14

The Square of my Childhood...where has it gone?

I have been playing FF14 since its release. I spent the money on the special edition. I'm a die hard FF fanboy. So of course at first I was enraged about the awful reviews it was receiving. But now I agree with others. Seriously if they would have changed the story and world but otherwise just made a hi-res HD version of FFXI then almost all the fans would have been happy. Instead I bought the special edition and haven't freaking touched it in two weeks. Grant it I'm very busy with school and work, but I have had time for retrogaming , Ar Tonelico, Fable II and some Shin megami. Tonight being Friday I should have some time to play it......but unless these updates they keep on promising till Christmas actually change something I'm really starting to think my favorite company of all time as screwed me over. THANKS SQUARE, I guess I'll just keep holding on to your Super Famicom and PlayStation one days.


Thursday, November 4, 2010


Crap VS Classic

This is such a shame. Cartoonetwork is going to be running a new show based of a comic book called Firebreather. The main character of this show seems to be half dragon and have the ability to breath fire and perform many different feats all while maintaining the transformative ability to be come a were dragon. Can the USA not come up with its own original ideas? This is BREATH OF FIRE! A Japanese video games series from CAPCOM and one of my favorites. In breath of fire the main hero (Ryuu) is always a were-dragon or half dragon with the ability to breath fire and cast magic. He always has a half dragon form where his eyes turn slitted and glow yellow and a full dragon form. Ripping off the name is bad enough but taking it this far? The sad thing is in light of Inafune's recent resignation from Capcom rumor has it that Breath of Fire will get another game to its name or at least its in the conceptual stages.

Ugh.....this is terrible.



PS This CGI is terrible.

Its okay to disagree with me this is just my rant. But it still peeves me off.