Confessions of a Classic Gamer



Monday, July 21, 2003

Now Playing:

Animal Crossing (GameCube)
Star Wars: Rogue Leader (GameCube)
WWF: No Mercy (N64)
FirePro Wrestling 2 (GBA)

And my heaven is a big house in a small town full of sentient, well-spoken animals.

Well, maybe not, but it sure seems that way.

Animal Crossing has got to be one of the most addicting games of all time. What's the point of the game? You live in a house in a small town full of sentient, well-spoken animals. You fish, catch bugs, plant trees, dig holes, design clothing, do favors for the many denizens of the city... and of course, decorate your house with the hundreds of items you acquire throughout the game. How do you win? You don't. The game continues on forever. Things also happen when you're not playing, too. The game follows the 'Cube's internal clock, and dawn turns into day, day into dusk, dusk into night, and back into dawn. To explain all the things you can see and do in Animal Crossing would be pointless. If you like cute, and don't mind a game that has no gore, blood, violence, big-breasted women, silver-haired antiheroes or assholes stealing cars, this game might appeal to you. Oh, look. Most of you have already left. Boo-fucking-hoo.

Anyway, AC is great. Let's go back a step to the 'Cube itself.

It's an extremely well-designed machine. I knew that already, of course, but now I have my own. =) I got a Black one, to match my Black Import GBA SP. I took the Gameboy player as my bonus item, and it is a nice little addition to my gameplay options. =) Kinda fun playing Firepro and Advance Wars on the TV.

I have finally stepped into the "Next Generation" of gaming, but to be honest, it doesn't feel much different. Just more. Games like Animal Crossing renew my faith in the developing community, but nothing will ever replace my classics. However, now I have a laundry list of games already out as well as up-and-coming titles that I plan to get my hands on in the near future.

First off, I'm going to be picking up Ultimate Muscle, as I am a fan of the manga & anime as well as the old figures. It uses the AKI wrestling engine (to a certain degree), so that just makes it better. Add in CAW, and I'm all set.

Soul Calibur II is right around the corner. A little over a month from now, the game will be released and I'll be once again swept up into it. Time to hone my Voldo skills again. I've been playing Cassandra in the demo over and over, too. I took to her in the Arcade due to her similarities to Sophitia, and I definetly think that Cassie is the better of the two. Good thing I can have them both in the 'Cube version. Voldo, Cassandra, Mitsurugi, Talim, Maxi... Maybe I'll pick up a few more characters... start playing Astaroth or Rock again or something... Who knows?

Wrestlemania XIX is right behind that.

We got F-Zero GX, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance... man. I'm gonna be busy.

Oh yeah, and happy. ^_^
Beni - 11:48 PM

Thursday, July 03, 2003

Now Playing:

WWF: No Mercy (N64)


As I mentioned in my personal blog, I had taken a personal hiatus due to job-related trouble. I'm back now. I won't go into a lot of detail here, as I'm tired and simply wanted to come here and say a few things.

Firstly, WWF: No Mercy is the greatest wrestling game I've ever played. Even Firepro has a hard time next to it in my mind. Revolutionary concept.

Here's another one... Ready for it?

I might as well change the name of this blog, for next week I will have finally bought into the Next Generation of consoles. Jessica and I will be picking up our GameCube next week, along with Animal Crossing, which was our original choice as a first game. Now that we've seen in personally in action (thanks to Jefficus bringing over his 'Cube), we're convinced it's a keeper.

It's come to my attention that I am far too jaded of a gamer. It's time to broaden my horizons and embrace the fact that there are plenty of good games out there, and they don't have to have been made ten years ago to be good. There are still some publishers doing great and innovating things on the new consoles, so I regret nothing going into this purchase. Call me a turncoat if you will. Call me a traitor. You'd be mistaken, but make note of this fact, for things will be changing come next week. You can count on that.

Beni - 12:31 AM




As gaming sinks further into mainstream mediocrity, I choose to step out of that vile mookish black hole... Going back to a time when we gamed for gaming's sake.