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(U) Unfinished ?No significant accomplishments.     (B) Beaten ?The main objective has been accomplished. Usually marked by the defeat of a final boss and/or viewing of credits.     (C) Completed ?For games which are 100% done. All extras and modes have been unlocked and finished. All significant items have been collected.
1255 (U)
  1234 Unplayed  
98.3% of Unfinished
81.6% of Total
83%
179 (B)
11.8%
78 (C)
5.2%
Wishlist  0 ?         Top-Rated  69 ?????         Master Runs  0 (M)
3DS Downloads 26 (U) 5 (B) 0 (C) 31 Total
DSiWare 7 (U) 3 (B) 2 (C) 15 Total
Game Boy BEAT 1 (B) 0 (C) 2 Total
Game Boy Advance 4 (U) 8 (B) 1 (C) 14 Total
Game Boy/Color 4 (U) 3 (B) 0 (C) 8 Total
GameCube BEAT 3 (B) 1 (C) 4 Total
GOG.com 65 (U) 8 (B) 5 (C) 80 Total
Nintendo 3DS 6 (U) 8 (B) 0 (C) 14 Total
Nintendo DS 13 (U) 10 (B) 3 (C) 29 Total
PC Downloads 1 (U) 2 (B) 2 (C) 5 Total
PSOne Classics 44 (U) 5 (B) 2 (C) 52 Total
PlayStation Network 116 (U) 11 (B) 2 (C) 129 Total
PlayStation Vita 8 (U) 3 (B) 0 (C) 11 Total
Steam 928 (U) 62 (B) 38 (C) 1102 Total
Virtual Console (3DS) 30 (U) 6 (B) 3 (C) 40 Total
Virtual Console (Wii) BEAT 5 (B) 10 (C) 15 Total
Wii BEAT 10 (B) 1 (C) 11 Total
WiiWare BEAT 4 (B) 0 (C) 4 Total
Xbox 3 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 3 Total
Xbox 360 BEAT 18 (B) 5 (C) 24 Total
Xbox LIVE Arcade BEAT 2 (B) 0 (C) 2 Total
XbxGoD BEAT 2 (B) 0 (C) 2 Total
XNA Indie Games C O M P L E T E ! 3 Total
All Games 1600 Total
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about 7 months ago (edited)

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
That's too bad about your Vita. How much would it cost to get it fixed? It might be cheaper, and less of a hassle, to just purchase a new Vita.

I haven't made much use of the front touch screen while playing games yet. I don't really have any titles that force you to use it. So far, the back touch screen has been more important to playing, but a faulty front would make the entire system impossible to use I'd imagine...

Birthright is okay, not spectacular. My memory of Awakening isn't the greatest, but I am pretty certain that I enjoyed it much more as a whole. Not that I'm a Fire Emblem guru or anything... Birthright is only the second title I've played.

The battles are a lot of fun and the only thing that I've really gotten into. For me, the story is a bit bland... Maybe it's the fault of the characters? I'm near the end of the game and I haven't even chosen my "husband" yet. A lot of the classes seem much too similar too, especially for this far into the game.

I'm certain that it's not the difficulty I've chosen, either, or the "branch" that I chose. Birthright was chosen for the ability to grind in extra battles. I went with Hard-Casual, since I wanted to avoid quick-restarting, over and over, for a flawless victory. Which was a good choice, since I lose troops a LOT. I have a tendency to willingly, accidentally sacrifice someone as bait...

Listen to me, speaking like a reviewer or something...
about 8 months ago (edited)

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
You should share your thoughts on Severed, once you get around to giving it a whirl. It has been tempting me for a long time, more so now that I noticed it is on sale via PSN!

I didn't even know that it was available for the 3DS too! I should check to see which is cheaper...
about 11 months ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
I'm sure I forgot to add something, but my collection should be pretty up to date. But yeah, it was tedious to add everything.

It was actually only my second or third convention. I'm glad I went, though. Especially because I got to impart my wisdom to the next generation! I hope you get to go to a fun convention someday.

Yeah, it's not unlike Valve. It's great to see SEGA recognize their fans' talents. They also acknowledged Big's Big Fishing Adventure 3, so Sonic's been getting a lot of love from me lately! (I'm so, so excited for Mania. I don't get excited for games often these days, so hopefully it lives up to or exceeds my expectations.)

And those budget cuts are disheartening, but I think your workaround will more than salvage Mario Teaches Dating. Wario is synonymous with sex appeal - more so than any other Nintendo character, at least. I mean, just look at this! [Link]

How could anyone refuse to buy our product?
about 11 months ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
That sounds great! I was never an RA but I was a desk receptionist at one of the dorms, so I had at least a little familiarity with that world. Have you had to deal with any crazy incidents yet?

I love working for the journal!....most of the time. We're having some difficulties with the current guest-edited special issue at the moment, so that hasn't exactly been my favorite. But overall, I really enjoy working directly with the scholars whose work we publish and helping them to improve their writing. In that sense it's sort of a different form of my favorite thing about teaching, which is helping students to develop their ideas and their prose. So I don't miss teaching just yet, although we'll see if I do end up missing the classroom experience as time goes on. For now, though, I'm really loving not having to grade hundreds of papers per semester.

Yeah, nothing wrong with selling stuff you don't have a use for anymore. Over the last year I've been selling off my collection of hardcover graphic novels, and it's brought in a surprising amount of money and cleared up a lot of shelf space. I've gotten rid of a few video games along the way, too, and it's surprising how much some people will pay for this stuff. (Fifty bucks for my sealed copy of the Teen Titans GameCube games? Sure, buddy, it's all yours...) And it's funny you mention Pokemon, because Diamond/Pearl actually launched at the end of my second year of college as well...I remember blowing half my finals week playing Diamond. Those were the days, haha. Do you have your eyes on Sun or Moon?

As for books, let's see...probably my favorite thing I've read in the last few months is Lawrence Wright's 'Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.' It's honestly probably the best nonfiction book I've ever read...truly fascinating content, and just incredibly written. I've actually mostly been reading nonfiction lately, to be honest. Anthony Bourdain's 'Kitchen Confidential' was really fantastic as well; I had no idea he was such an outstanding writer. Anything good cross your bookshelf lately?
about 11 months ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Hey, good to hear from you! How have you been? Is school still going well? I'm not teaching anymore since I'm working full-time at the journal now. I enjoy telling people who ask how my teaching's going that I'm "retired."

It looks like neither of us have done too much gaming lately...I've poked around with a few short games over the last six months, but nothing major other than Pokemon Shuffle (which I do still play every day). I play Spider-Man Unlimited on my phone sometimes too, if I need something to do while I'm listening to a podcast or audiobook. I also just bought Overwatch after giving it a try when they briefly made the whole game free last weekend, and it seems like a fun, low-stakes game that I can play regularly without investing too much time at once. I'm also considering starting Dragon Quest IV on DS either today or tomorrow, but I'm not sure how much time I actually have to devote to it at the moment. At this point I'm the busiest at school and work that I've ever been!
about 11 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
I haven't played any of the new Mario RPGs. I passed on Dream Team and Paper Jam, and I'll probably pass on Color Splash unless Sticker Star manages to win me over. But my first impressions of that game were so overwhelmingly negative that I haven't touched it since. I'll boringly trudge through it someday, I'm sure.

In conclusion, my door is always open to you.

P.S. How's the prototype for our Mario dating sim going? Nintendo of Antartica's janitor would like a functional beta by January or February.
about 11 months ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
It's great that you have a source of income, and I have faith in you to do well. College life can and will ramp up, man. If you ever need any fatherly advice, I'm here for you.

Remember, if you don't do well, you'll disappoint me. You don't want to disappoint your good friend MattThunder, do you?!

Little gaming on my end. I actually took a five month hiatus from here, too. Upon my return it took me a good hour to add everything new.

I guess the most exciting thing I've done recently was volunteer at a retro gaming convention. My bestie was one of its organizers, and I agreed to loan my awesome talents to his shindig. It was a lot of fun! It was also really interesting to see kids play old games, including the classic Sonic trilogy, Super Mario 64, and the eternal darling known as Superman 64. Some of them adapted fine, others thought they were too hard.

One kid in particular was mesmerized watching me play Mario 64. He kept handing me the controller because he wanted to save the Princess! I demonstrated some of Mario's more advanced moves and I ended up beating four missions for him (although I let him collect the key or Power Star at the end of three of them, so he could feel like he contributed). I also bonded with another kid's dad as I informed him of Sonic Mania. A few of my other friends were there too, so I got to hang out with them.

Back to Sonic Mania, I am so, so excited for it. I'll spare you all of the details as I know you're not a big Sonic guy, but while Mania may not have the original staff developing it, the two people helming it have an extremely thorough understanding of what made the classic Sonic games shine. This will be the most honest attempt at recapturing that magic yet.

I was pretty open with my dissatisfaction with Sonic 4. While I'm hesitant to call either Episode a bad game, neither of them built upon their predecessors. Classic Sonic in Generations was really fun, but even that was mostly a superficial resemblance to the classic games. I didn't believe SEGA would ever release a new game that genuinely replicated the Genesis trilogy and CD, and I was content with that! So imagine my surprise when Mania was unveiled.

It's the game I'm the most excited for right now. I hope (and expect it) to be a quality product, and I hope it's successful enough to become a brand unto itself.

I'm excited for Sun and Moon too, and college is great for Pokémon! And I need to utilize my Steam backlog too.
about 12 months ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
So, it's been a while, again! How's life? Enjoying school?

Happy late backloggiversary!
about 1 year ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
I haven't spent enough time with Sticker Star to offer any conclusive thoughts, but my first impressions were negative. I've hit the acceptance stage that we're not getting a proper Paper Mario RPG for the foreseeable future (and Trinen referring to Paper Mario as an "action adventure" series reaffirms that, I think), but I can't get excited for this one. From what I've seen of Sticker Star, I do believe the foundation is there for something good, but... I don't know.

Basically, I'm skeptical, but I'm kind of hopeful that Color Splash will be solid in its own right. I agree that it looks nice, so there's that, at least. For now we'll just have to continue hoping for a true Paper Mario 3.

I'm glad you're enjoying Fates. One of my friends loves it!

My gaming is going! I'm still progressing through things slowly... I picked up Awakening again too! My friend plans to go through all three versions of Fates, and I promised him that I'll beat Awakening before he beats Revelation. I also purchased my 1,000th game, so that's vaguely exciting.

about 1 year ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
So... Paper Mario: Color Splash. I'd like to know your thoughts on the matter.
Don't know why you're wasting time, just know what I do with mine