Category Archives: Video Games

I’ve neglected this blog for like a month now.  I started a new job over a month ago and its a 40 minute commute to and fro.  So by the time I get home around 5 or 6, I’m tired and just want to unwind, maybe go out with a friend for dinner or just curl up with a good book.  Writing at night is isolated to the hours of 9pm or later, when I’m ready for bed.  I adore my job and I’m slowly finding the balance between work and still doing other things.  Responsibilities, what a concept.

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Onto nerdier news.  I’m still working through my 100 books in a year goal.  I posted my July update and finished another book today bringing my total books read to 54.  Can I read 46 books in 4 months while working a fulltime job and staying busy with other stuff?  Of course I can, I work well under pressure 🙂

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Since I’ve been off, I’ve had more time for gaming in the past two weeks and some after school.  I was adamantly playing Wario Woods and even got up to level 70.  Then I spent around 10-15 hours trying to get to level 75.  It’s been filed away for another day and I decided to navigate my way through Final Fantasy II.

Around this time last year I picked up and quickly made my way through FF2.  I ended up getting stuck in Deist cave and gave up.  I made my way through it the other night and now my party is really overpowered.  My party all has their HP between 3700-4200 and even the hard bosses are going down within two turns.

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Final Fantasy 2′s leveling system has gaundered mixed opinions, but personally I love it.  I’m over halfway (maybe 3/4ths) of the way through Final Fantasy II and its been a really fun old school RPG.  It’s not my favorite game in the RPG (not in the top 5), but its still a solid RPG that should be played if only for its quirky leveling up system.  I think the leveling up system in Final Fantasy 2 is actually one of my favorites in any RPG-it took a risk in the early days of RPG’s and it works.

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Other Nerd Blurbs

  • I went to a casual play Magic the Gathering night earlier this week.  I had built a red and green deck with burn spells on the fly and I was surprised at how well it did.  Now I’m working on a slivers deck.

  • I went back and reread an old manga series I loved when I was a teenager called Kare First Love.  Reading it as an adult, I realize its not as good as I remember.  In fact, its nothing special…

  • I ran by a local thrift store last weekend and while I was in the book section, happened to look up at the CDs to find Final Fantasy VII.  After looking closer, I realized there were several RPG’s!  I ended up walking away with the games above for only $15!

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Healthy Nerd?

Oh…right the other part of this blog.  Lets see, I exercise regularly, eat lots of fruits and veggies and surprisingly haven’t turned into a peach.  Really, I’m eating them way too much if that’s possible.


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System: Wii

Release: January 2008

Players: 1-2

Rating: Everyone

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Endless ocean is a title I picked up a while ago.  I had stopped by gamestop on my way to babysit when I noticed someone had already bought and returned a copy (released January 2008, this was February 2008).  I snatched the copy and the guy checking me out said it was a good game, but slow-paced.  I popped it in later for an hour or so, but once I got busier with university, I had little time to play.  It wasn’t until recently that I’ve had a few afternoons to pop it in after work and before meetings/volunteering and now I’m having trouble not playing it for 20-30 minutes a day.

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Twenty to thirty minutes is the ideal time-frame to play Endless ocean.  It’s pretty laid back and the missions tend to be fairly short.  You have the option to move to different locations using the steering wheel in the cabin, but its good to go at a slow pace, especially if you want to see all the sea creatures in the game.  There’s a notebook players can keep track of fish in, a camera and interesting areas to explore.  I’ve explored caverns and an abyss so far.  There are also guided missions and new things that crop up as players move throughout the game which keeps the game refreshing and relaxing.  Its a great experience so far and I’m only about halfway through.  I’m excited to see what new things crop up as I explore!

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Pros:

+Side missions that keep players entertained in a very linear game

+The Music. Period.

+Control is suburb

+It’s a great destresser

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No, you don’t want to run into this guy!

Cons:

+Shenandoah song, in the cave.  I grew up in the Shenandoah Valley…I never liked this song and it appears in this game!!  I went from disliking it, to thinking its pretty, to wanting to not hear it again in 15 minutes.

+Encyclopedia-I wish it was more than just a picture

+Things to do-missions, achievements in finding things and new places to explore keep the game interesting, but 20-30 minutes is my interest level, no matter how much I love it.


I’ve been addicted playing Pottermore consistently for the past three weeks. I’m also in an ongoing battle to have the most points with a certain Ravenclaw…but that’s besides the point. Pottermore is a long-waited point and click adventure for fans of the Harry Potter world.  Not only does it go through the first book and everything fans know, but the creator J.K. Rowling was behind this entire project.  Needless to say there’s a ton of new information for fans including the backstory of Minerva McGonagall.

Pottermore is still in its beta release and only the first book has been issued to the public (why is the second book taking so long anyways?)  It’s a good game and has a fair amount to do, but speaking personally, I wish there was more to do in Pottermore.  This list may be too late for the second book to be considered, by by the third book at the latest, here are eight things I hope to see in Pottermore;

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1) Part-time jobs/Ways to earn money

Maybe I’m biased…but having blown up ten cauldrons, I’m running short on money AND because I’m always brewing potions.  Having additional ways to earn money would also mean more money to buy things from Diagon ally.

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2) RPG attributes

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It would be great to see attributes for each character just to make Pottermore go one step further.  It could be simply magic, attack, defense, wisdom etc and we could level up like in RPG games.  It would make the duels and competition between houses a bit more interesting.

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3) Character customization

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Pottermore is done through a 1st person point of view, but it would be nice to give your character an appearance (rather than an icon of their animal).  Granted the characters in Pottermore would be wearing cloaks, so the clothing option might be out, it would be a nice feature to be able to customize a characters hair color & style, eye color, height, shape etc.

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4) Quidditch

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In Pottermore, the only things to really do after finishing the first book are to duel friends and brew potions.  A friend suggested that adding Quidditch games would make it more fun after fans have already went through the book and found items.  Not sure how it would look, but fans have been waiting for a game to play the #1 sport in Wizard world.

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5) Character Control

What if Pottermore’s world was interactive like hobo hotel, or most MMO’s on the market?  It’d be fun and players could interact with one another.  Sure the quality of graphics would be lost, but players would feel like that had more control over the game.  It would cease to be just a point and click adventure and would become a tangible world that players felt connected to.  Speaking of character control…

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6) Increased interaction with friends and other players

There has been more than one instance where I have wished I could write on a friends board.  I can understand the fear of players saying something crude, but there are ways to censor these things.  It could be as simple as giving players a wall, the ability to send messages to other players (or even making it friends only).  I feel cut off from my friends in Pottermore with the exception of being able to send items and have duels against players/friends in houses other than your own. I want to be connected.

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7) More items to collect and buy…and trade!

I have a not so fond relationship with the point and click collection option Pottermore has.  Since there are lots of open slots throughout the game, fans know that lots of new items, spells, books etc will be coming there way.  But, what if we could trade items or had other ways of getting items aside from clicking?  Maybe collecting them through minigames?

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8) Achievements

I am an A-type personality in that I love setting goals and creating lists.  Being able to cross off things ranks high on my list of things I enjoy.  Due to the surplus of games now (and websites!) that offer achievements, adding it into Pottermore could entice more members to do more (provided more is added).  There could be an achievement for winning 100 duels…then 1000…then 10,000 or having more than 20 friends.  The list goes on.  It’d be the perfect fit for A-type personalities in the Pottermore world.

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There you have it.  My personal list of 8 things I’d like to see in the next book or eventually in the Pottermore universe.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a certain ravenclaw to out-duel.


A common trait among more serious gamers are games that have been started, but not completed.  I am guilty of this trait and looking through my collection earlier, while debating a game to play due to insomina, just how many of my 150+ games I have started, but have yet to beat.  I am currently playing Persona 4 and Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep off and on, but its the games I have started and stopped for one reason or another that fit the bill.  For the sake of sanity, I’m not including gameboy (or color), NES or SNES games.

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Patapon-I’m on mission to find a door and got fustrated trying to find it so I put it down.  I orginally picked it up while procrastinating on some homework at the time too.

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep-I’m currently playing this actually.  I’m on Ventus’ story meaning the last one.

Final Fantasy II-I got stuck in one of the dungeons over the summer and youtube did not help me get out of it.  Therefore, its on the back burner.

Harvest Moon: Boy and Girl-I might as well restart this one if I want to get married or have a good ending.

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DS

Elite Beat AgentsIt really stinks when you cannot beat the last level of a game.

Final Fantasy III-my first DS title and I put it down intially because I got stuck in a cave where I had to turn into a frog.

Magical Starsign-I am in the process of finding my last friend (or already did).  This is a really fun title but one of the infamous “got really into it and then had to put it down”.

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Gamecube

Animal Crossing-I feel like the debt I owe to Tom Nook is like my student loans.  I put in what I think is a good amount, only to see it didn’t make the dent I hoped.  So I continue paying in money and see the number only slowly go down before I put the game way.  I equate this in real life to deferring loans (and still paying mind you) by taking classes.

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Wii

Endless Ocean-Its a calm game and I really enjoy it.  It’s just not a high priority game so much as a random mood and an hour of gameplay here and there game.

Super Smash Bros Brawl-I was so excited when it was first released that I drove 30 miles to buy it.  I beat the main story and just never got around to finishing it.

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Playstation 2

.hack//quaratine-I need to get the Q disc/lock/whatever in order to get to the next dungeon.  An hour of searching for such means it gets put down for a while.

Persona 4-Currently playing through it.  I just saved one person and now I’m off to save a future team member 😉

Shadow of the Colossus-I was making good progress when I first picked this  up…but then my controller died when I was fighting the electric eel shadow.  Needless to say I haven’t picked it up since then.

Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves-I’d been wanting to play Sly 3 for a while and when my computer broke I gave it a good play.  I’m on chapter 2 I believe and I’ve broken into a mansion to get a code.  I got really busy with work after that and never had time for the next 2-3 weeks to play games.

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Playstation

Final Fantasy IV-I’m stuck on the moon and couldn’t figure out where to go to/got lost and put it down to play another game.  It’s been 3-4 years since then.  I’m actually planning on buying the Final Fantasy IV collection for the PSP so that I’ll have the expansion and game all in one go.

Final Fantasy V-I was wandering through a library adn then got into a cave with these giant wide-eyed squirrels.  Since I remember telling a friend about this fact in high school, I realize I haven’t picked it up in six years.  Ouch.

Final Fantasy VI-I don’t remember the exact part I am in, though a recent memory says it was after fighting the pocessed train.

The Legend of Dragoon-I just met the blue-haried girl (forget her name) and I’m heading somewhere in a town…I just remember getting lost trying to go to where I needed to be.

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That’s all the games I have on my “played but not beaten” shelf.  I do need to make it a goal to beat all these games before I start on another title.  Luckily unless a new Pokemon game comes out I should be pretty safe.  There’s just something about Pokemon games that make me drop every other game.  I used to be the same way with Kingdom Hearts and some other RPG’s, but I fell out of that rhythm.


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Sorry for the no-post spell.  I spent the weekend in Northern Virginia visitng two of my closest friends (who actually helped my nerdiness along!)  While we didn’t play Magic the Gathering or Munkin, we played a bit of Kinnect, watched Inception (and Skyrim, does that count??), a card game called “Dominion” and I watched my first official superbowl.  Today was much missed girl time of watching the Golden Girls, What Not to Wear and TV with a zumba workout 😉  My body is crazy sore from working out with kinnect, zumba and running earlier.  Now to resist the urge to buy a kinnect, even if my birthday is next month…

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I stumbled across an article reviewing the DS.  It made me look over at my shelf of DS games and realize I may never be able to start getting 3DS games since I need to actually beat more games before upgrading to a new system (yes 360 and PS3, that means you!)  My current Library consists of the following games.  Bolded games are ones I’ve beaten!

  • Ace Attorney: Justice for all (I need to get the first game!)
  • Brain Age
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Contra 4 (I beat easy mode…)
  • Devil Survivor
  • Dragon Quest IV, V, IX
  • Dragon Quest: Rocket Slime
  • Elite Beat Agent (Last level, cannot beat!)
  • Final Fantasy III
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
  • Magical Starsign
  • New Super Mario bros.
  • Pokemon Black (must catch ’em all!)
  • Pokemon Diamond
  • Pokemon Soul Silver
  • Princess Debut
  • Tetris DS (can you really BEAT tetris?)
  • World Ends With You, The
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Most of my games are beaten, but I still have a few unbeaten.  However, there are a ton of titles on the DS I plan on beating once I beat some of the games on my backlog.  A friend suggested the 5 for 1 rule (beat 5 games and then you can buy a new one).  I do have quite a wishlist for my DS games though;

  • 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors
  • Atelier Annie: Alchemist of Sera Island
  • Digimon World DS or Digimon World Dusk
  • Disgaea DS
  • Dragonball Origins
  • Dragon Quest VI
  • Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2
  • Fire Embelm: Shadow Dragon
  • Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
  • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
  • Final Fantasy 4: Heroes of Light
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Rings of Fate
  • Final Fantasy Chocobo Tales
  • Final Fantasy Tactics A2
  • Harvest Moon: Grand Bazzar
  • Kingdom Hearts: Re: Coded
  • Kirby: Mass Attack (or any of the Kirby games)
  • Legendary Starfy
  • Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time
  • Mario and Luigi: Bowsers Inside Story
  • Monster Tale
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness
  • Pokemon Rangers: Guardian Signs
  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  • Rune Factory
  • Solatorobo: Red the Hunter

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That’s just the list I have stored.  Before I close the door on my DS (however many years from now), this list will certainly grow bigger.  I’ve been focusing on Pokemon Black for the last month (and on hiatus from Magical Starsign-which is an amazing game by all means).    I need to take a break from Pokemon Black and get back into Magical Starsign since its been a month since I’ve played it.   Luckily one of my goals this year is to beat 20 games.  Hopefully I’ll find time between school, volunteering, friends, knick-knacks and work to play some more.

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What are your favorite DS titles?