Archives for 2006

Kicked in the junk

Not like this:

Like this:

My new Samsung has arrived!!

How is getting a new TV like getting kicked in the junk? When it shows up mere hours before you’re getting ready to head home for the holidays. And you were planning on being gone for eight days.

Crap! Looks like I’ll be cutting our visit a few hours short next Saturday so I can get home in time to pick up my new TV stand. I’m thinking about picking this one up.

More pictures to follow. Like most everyone else, I’ll be pretty busy with the holidays, but I’m hoping to find some time to get a little blogging in. Nevertheless, I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Holidays.

Christmas wishes (for me)

It’s that time of year again — my yearly plea to the Jolly Ol’ Elf. My Holiday Wish List. I actually don’t want a lot this year, just a few more games to play on my 360 and DS. There are a bunch of DS games I wouldn’t mind playing, I just don’t think I have time to get to more than a couple. So here’s what I’m hoping I find under the tree next week:

Viva PinataElite Beat Agents Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07
Viva Pinata – This game has always intrigued me. The premise sounds like fun and it would definitely give me something to satisfy the obsessive-compulsive part of my brain. I am a huge fan of Animal Crossing, and while I know that this isn’t exactly Animal Crossing, it has some similarities. The biggest similarity being that it’s a game I could play with the kids around. I’m usually waiting for them to head to bed before I can fire up Dead Rising, so it’d be nice to play something that they’d like and I’d enjoy. The bright colors and beautiful scenery would definitely hold their attention.

Tiger Woods 2007 – It’s been a long time since I’ve played more than a few minutes of a golf game and I was quite impressed with the TW2007 demo, so I’m ready to give this the full game treatment. Since I won’t be getting a Wii anytime soon, Tiger Woods should fill the hole in my gaming library that was set aside for Wii Sports.

Elite Beat Agents – If you’ve been reading this site over the past couple of months, it will come as no surprise that I love Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, the Japanese rythm game on the DS. I have spent a ton of time tapping little targets to such awesome songs as Guts Da Ze!! and Kokoro Odoru and have enjoyed every minute of it. The thought of playing an “American” version of it, complete with stories I can actually follow, makes me very excited.

A nice Surround Sound System – Now that I’ve got a big TV on the way, I need a sound system to compliment it. I’d love to get my hands on my dad’s old Bose system, but that may not happen. So I’d be happy with any decent surround sound system. Any suggestions?

So that’s my spartan list. Not very huge, but hey, I’m easy to please. What’s on your wish list?

Ouendan translations

I’m letting a friend borrow my copy of Ouendan for a couple days to give it a try, see if it’s what he’s looking for. Since everything is in Japanese, I figured I’d try to explain to him what the different menu options were. Sure, I don’t know a lick of Japanese, but I have figured out what each option does, so I thought it’d be easy to explain the basics.

Then I found the site Cracked Rabbit Gaming. In addition to their ongoing translation project for Ouendan, they also have a mini-fansite that includes a translation for the menus. I wish I would have found this a couple months ago!

They’ve overlayed the English translations over actual screenshots of the game, so you can figure out what the heck is going on. This makes things a lot easier. My Resident Evil 4 translations are the most visited page on buttonmashing.com, so I know there are people out there looking for this kind of thing. I’m glad I found Cracked Rabbit. Makes things a lot easier.

Go here for the Ouendan menu translation.

What to look for in 2007

As the year comes to a close, I plan on doing a small recap of 2006, but it’s never to early to start thinking about 2007. Nick takes a look at twenty games he’s looking forward to (ten here and ten more here). I agree with just about everyone of them. In fact, my top 8+2 games for next year are

1. Mario Galaxy (I’m an unabashed Mario fanboy)
2. Halo 3
3. Turok (the idea of more Turok multiplayer goodness is nectar to my soul)
4. Mercenaries 2 (if it comes to the Xbox)
5. Lost Planet
6. Mass Effect (RPG goodness)
7. Assassin’s Creed
8. Bioshock (Don’t know a lot about this series, but I know this game looks amazing)

I won’t be playing the Wii (in all likelihood) until next year, so the two games I’m looking forward to that are already out are:

1. Zelda Twilight Princess (duh)
2. Super Swing Golf

It looks like another great year for gaming.

Minor milestone

I finally broke the one thousand mark on my gamerscore. Last night I finished a mission in Hitman: Blood Money (worth 25 points! For one mission!) and now I have hit a minor milestone. Sure, there may be guys out there with 100k gamerscores (okay, maybe there’s only three of them), but who really wants to play all those games?