My Serendipitous Idea for 2008

June 30, 2008

Every so often, I get an idea.  A really good idea.  A really good idea about something that I could sell to the general public, and make tons of cash. 

Many times, like when the same joke is made by two people, it’s something that many people come up with, but it takes the person with the knowhow, the marketing, and the capital to put it into play.

I only have the idea.

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I was going to be a good boy

February 28, 2008

Really I was. I was going to try to get some money together, and maybe… maybe… get the PS3 this fall/winter when the prices (hopefully) were lowered.

I want to play MGS4 as soon as possible, but really, with my schedule and a young child running around the house, I’ll be lucky to finish the game before the end of the decade, if ever.

So then, the following announcement is made.

Basically, you get the 80 GB PS3, bundled with MGS4, the new wireless duo shock controller, and you get to be a part of the early beta group that tests out Metal Gear Online.

All for $499.00

And presumably, since this is the 80 GB version of the PS3, then this is the one that IS backwards compatible.

Plus you get the following reallly reallly cool box… (At least this is the mock-up).

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Could someone come in to wipe the drool off of my chin. Thank you!


My Top 10 Video Games Part 3

November 14, 2006

Okay, let’s wrap this puppy up:

6.  WWF WrestleFest – Arcade Game:  Okay, I flat out owned this game in college.  To the point where my friends stood around with awe.  I’ll get to that in a minute.  The game had two modes, a tag team mode where you selected two WWF Wrestlers to go for the tag titles, eventually facing the Legion of Doom, and the second which was a battle royal (or Royal Rumble for those in the know) where you were an individual wrestler.  Now all of these modes you could play against the computer or against human opponents.  The Royal Rumble game, I was okay with, but the tag team mode I rocked the house!  Basically, the wrestlers looked from left to right, and really couldn’t handle changing directions (i.e., up and down).  So basically I learned that if you punch once, and move your wrestler up the video screen, the opposing wrestler couldn’t handle it.  Then, you could use any wrestler who had the ‘running clothesline’ in his arsenal of moves (i.e., the Ultimate Warrior, and The Million Dollar Man), to nail them.  One quarter = Rob winning the tag team titles from the Legion of Doom.

7.   MYST – Macintosh:  A very low key game.  Basically the first in the series of ‘hypercard’ games (old Apple Mac term).  Where you basically move to a frame, and then certain aspects of the picture are clickable, and certain ones are not.  So, you open doors with different selections, and you move different pieces of the puzzle.  It is very simple, but also it is very maddening, as you cannot tell which pieces of the puzzle are actual pieces.  But at the time, MYST was one of the most beautiful games ever.  Able to use photo quality graphics, as there was little animation.  I started to play Riven, the sequel to MYST, but it came on 5 cds, and every time you wanted to move from one island to another, you had to change cds.  This got annoying really quickly, and I lost interest in the frachise.  But at the time MYST was very entertaining.

8.  Metal Gear Solid – Playstation:  Maybe my favorite game of all time.  When I bought my Playstation in 1998, I bought three games in the first month: WWF Raw, Riven, and NFL GameDay (1996 I think).   After that I went looking for reviews as to what games were good.  The game that got a 9.8 rating from IGN, was this game called Metal Gear Solid.  I read the reviews, and said, “Hmmmm, that sounds good.”  I rented it later that week from Blockbuster.   I never put the damn game down after that.  It came out as a Playstation Greatest Hit like 2 months after I rented it.  The depth of story and intricacies gameplay of that game, which came out in 1998 is still not the standard of gaming in 2006.  The aspect of changing your environment, stealth over attack, a game that values tactics over joystick tricks, it is difficult to find a game today that matches it.  Graphics and AI have improved, but this is still a very playable game. Hideo Kojima is a sick bastard, but in my opinion, maybe the best game designer on the planet today.  He views game design completely differently.  If you have a PC, PS2 or (*gasp*) PS3, and you have never played this, dig five bucks out of your piggy bank, and go find a used copy at GameStop.  If you have a GameCube, then go pick up Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, which is a reworking of the original Metal Gear Solid game with the Metal Gear Solid 2 engine.  Nearly made me buy a GameCube.

9.  Driver – Playstation:  How do you evaluate fun.  It’s really almost impossible to do.   A lot of people look at Driver, and they say, it’s Grand Theft Auto, but you stay in your car all the time.  Well, maybe that’s true.  And I’m not saying that any of the GTA series, aren’t fun.  Their graphics are better, the soundtrack is AWESOME beyond belief, and the whole world that you can play with is bigger, more interactive, and more fun.   But back in 1999, Driver had it all.   Basically if you ever watched Bullit, Starsky and Hutch, The French Connection or The Streets of San Francisco, this game was for you.  Cheezy 70’s faux soundtrack, musclecars that crashed like a tank when you went over a hill, and insane cop cars that reminded you of crashed you used to have with matchbox cars (or maybe that was just me).  And I’ll just say this, until GTA puts in a misison where you’re carrying a crate of explosives in the back of your pickup truck, that you didn’t have a chance to perfectly tie down before the cops showed up, Driver still rules!  (But don’t pick up any of the sequels, they somehow lose their fun)

10.   Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – Playstation 2:  Okay, we had the greatness of MGS, stated above, then Metal Gear Solid 2 came out, to mixed reviews.  In my opinion, the basic game was great, avoiding the regular soliders on the boat and then at the Big Shell.  But the story was much weaker, the bosses were not nearly as interesting, and you had to play as Raiden who was infinitely less cool than Solid Snake.  So, what happens in the third in the series?  You play “Naked Snake” who is in actuality, Big Boss, the man who trained Solid Snake and who used his own genetic material to create Solid and Liquid Snake.  You put it back in the 1960’s cold war era, make it low-tech, better bosses, more intelligent guards, add camoflage to the mix.  And to top it all off, you get to consume live/raw flora and fauna throughout the game.  Yes, you get to eat wild mushrooms, honey from beehives, exotic fruit, rats, fish, alligators, frogs, crabs, and of course a varitey of snakes!  The story is great, the battles are wonderful, and the graphics blow MGS2, which was pretty great to begin with, off the charts.  Restored everyone’s faith in the Metal Gear Solid franchise, to the point that I am salivating over the release of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, despite the fact that I don’t know when I will EVER be able to afford a PS3.  It is now available for cheap, or pick up the Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistance.

Well, that’s my list, folks.  And I’m outta here.


My Top 10 Video Games Part 2

November 9, 2006

Okay, the true list of my favorite video games. Please keep in mind that this is just a favorites list, that I am not a video game expert or even afficianado. And also keep in mind that senility may be robbing me of about 10 games that I liked better than the ones listed.

Without further ado, the firt five of my top 10 in order of oldest to newest:

1. Centipede – ArcadeGame: You know these younguns today think that today is the Golden Age of video games with real-time action, video-motion capture, and multiple platforms and operating systems which you can choose. But they don’t realize how prevalent video games were in the late 70s and early 80s. Almost every restaurant/bar had at least one game over in the corner. This is where my Centipede addiction began. My aunt worked at a restaurant that had a Centipede game in the basement next to the Banquet Hall bar. And I’d hit my parents and my aunt for at least $2.00 worth of quarters. I practically owned the machine by the time I was done. First game I was EVER good at.

BTW: If anyone owns a Macintosh computer, you owe it to yourself to download/purchase Aperion from Ambrosia Software. Best Centipede port ever. Makes me wanna get a Mac.

2. Enchanter – for the Commodore 64: Many remember the text-adventure games of the 70’s/80’s. The most classic were the Zork games. After the success of Zork, the game designers created the Enchanter series, where this time the adventurer was a mage student rather than an adventurer. The game was much better, with much more interesting commands. Somehow this game worked for me, when others of the genre didn’t. Also, it’s sequel Spellbreaker was the first game I actually purchased (legally).

There isn’t a way to legally play Enchater without playing for it, which you still can do. However, for an example of the genre, you can checkout an online version of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy game. It’s perfectly legal. 🙂

3. Ultima IV – Commodore 64: One of the best games of all time, by almost anyone’s standards, especially considering the era. A classic D&D inspired video RPG, but your actions actually had an impact on whether you could defeat the game. You must lead a virtuous life, gaining in the 8 Virtues (Compassion, Honesty, Honor, Humility, Justice, Sacrifice, Spirituality, and Valor) to become closer to becoming an Avatar. You had wandering monsters that you could actually avoid. You had consequences for your actions, as you could no longer rob a town of all of the gold. Moongates to help you travel from place to place. Just great stuff.

You can actually download this game and graphical upgrades of the game for free. The most common location is here.

4. Road Blasters – Arcade Game: Oh we’ve all had that desire. Driving down the road, cars in the way, drivers acting like jerks, and you just want to destroy them. Now, modern games indeed allow you to take out your driving frustrations, but they’re too realistic. How about a racing game where you can shoot oncoming traffic with a laser cannon, and they just disappear from the road! Ahhh, the 80s. A definate driving quarter-grabber, but still a lot of fun.

5. Y’s Book 1 & 2 – TurboGraphix CD: A very good roleplaying game. Originally developed in Japan, it was ported to the TurboGraphix machine in 1990. (I was one of the few who had this machine. In the early 90s. Nintendo was Coke, Sega Genesis was Pepsi, and I was drinking RC Cola.) It was a very good game, with very good story, and decent voice actors. The gameplay was all live action, and not turn-based like many games of the day. There was one slight little issue with the gameplay. Um, you attacked monsters by running into them. Regardless of this flaw, the game was a lot of fun. Apparently, you can now even get it for your cell phone.

Final list to come….