Monday, January 18, 2010

My Decade in Video Games(2000-2009)

2000- finished Legend of Mana for the first time ever (finally) - finished FFVIII and loved every minute of it. The summer was spent gaming 24/7 until school resumed. Fall/winter brought the excitement of FFIX, couldn't put it down, and little to no homework was completed as a result. Still playing Star Fox 64 and Golden Eye at this point as well. Finally played Final Fantasy Tactics, beat it twice, this would set the stage for my secret love affair with tactical RPGs.

2001- Replaying FF titles, destroyed LoZ: Ocarina AND Majora's Mask. Excited for PS2, got one for good grades (hell yes) replayed all of the old Armored Core games, and started in on AC2 for the PS2. Finally discovered emulation on the `tubes, and after graduating from AOL into broadband, proceeded to download GBs upon GBs of NES/SNES/Genesis/NeoGeo/Saturn games. Realization that Perfect Dark is superior in every way to Golden Eye.

2002- Still hooked on PS2, had one disc read error already. Started PC gaming with HL Platinum Pack and never looked back. TFC, CS1.6, and DoD matches from 8pm to 8am through the weekends. Learned about shit-talking on the voice chat, remarkedly easier than shit-talking in AOL chat rooms. Heard rumors about NS1.0 late in the year, HalfLife has other mods, WAT?!

2003- Still PS2 gaming in between PC gaming. Couldn't stop playing Natural Selection, formed a clan that would go on to play some major matches, with big dreams of getting into CAL matches. (still training in CS1.6 and DoD). STEAM would release toward the end of the year, SO NOT AMUSED. Give me my WONID back you assholes.

2004- STILL playing NS/CS/DoD, despite STEAM failure. Eventually got tired of STEAM and its shenanigans - got a job, preordered Ninja Gaiden on the xbox before I even owned an xbox. The next day after preordering, I would become the new owner of an xbox, with the s-controller, none of that goofy faux-dreamcast slash hamburger controller. It was a somewhat novel year, Halo, Ninja Gaiden, DOA Extreme, learning that FPS games other than Golden Eye could be fun on the console, but still preference WSAD FPS action. In high school I was very much labelled a gaming nerd, I even participated in Halo tourneys on school campus. Met a few interesting girls, none gamers, sadface. Also picked up Halo2 and would begin my dark descent into XBOX LIVE (FREE 3 MONTH PROMO!~~).

2005- Largely too busy being cool to game in the beginning of the year. Met a girl, she gamed as hard as if not harder than I did at the time, fell in love. Sparked the replay of FFVII, FFVIII, FFIX, FFT. We played many games together as a result. Xbox and XBL would fall by the wayside as all my free trials had finally run out. Preparing for college, got a new PC and laptop, and continued playing NS/CS/DoD PuGs with no clan.

2006- Out of high school, still managed to find time to play games during college. Still with the same girl, we would go on to play Pokemanz together, play FFXI together, and many others.

2007- Still in college, amazingly. Finally procured a near-free X360 that was broken, fixed it promptly and set about diving back into the dark abyss of XBL. With a new gamertag, I set off with Forza2, RB6Vegas, Halo3, and many others. The girl got me a Wii at retail price, you bet I still love her profusely. Couldnt stop playing Wii Sports. The girl now owned PS3, dun dun dunnnnn~ (still playing Pokemanz). Also of note, I started playing Guild Wars with her, as well as Ragnarok Online and a few others. We even hosted our own RO server at one point out of her house. (omg <333) Came across my first RROD this year and it took several months to fix it. We soft modded our PSPs together, too. (and that was her idea)

2008- Games change forever, etc - I'm still on XBL, the girl now gets an X360 and I end up fixing 2 more RRODs this year. Many of my friends are replacing X360s left and right. Girl gets MGS4 on its release date, and we play it together almost non-stop through the summer on a 52in Sony Bravia. I figured out how to soft-mod the Wii and never payed for Wii games again. The girl procured an RDS to hax our Pokemanz and backup saves. God damn, I love her.

2009- Very crazy year, I picked up a lot of x360 titles on release day, among them: Forza3, blazblue, Borderlands, and so on. Started playing NS/CS:S/DoD again, picked up WoW and played on private servers. I still managed to find time for a rekindling with RO and GW. Finally found AION private server right before xmas. Even managed to fix 2 more RRODs this year. Would you believe I still use that half-broken launch x360 I got back in 2007? Had to add more parts to get it to work: a new DVD-ROM and a cheap 120GB hdd to install games to. I have since been religiously babying the new DVD-ROM by installing ALL GAMES to the HDD. As the sun sets on the 2000s, 2010 promises even more spectacular games and most likely many more hardware failures.

posted by Matt at 10:19 PM


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.\\ Finally! my desktop did have an older version of my index page, so I got my content back! Score one for me, and take that 'ya fucking internet. Not much else to write about ehre, so I'll leave it at that. Maybe some day I'll get those forums back up, abnd get a blog for this page; then fix the film blog as well...


.\\ Aha an update before the end of the month, INSANITY I TELL YOU! PURE SHENANIGANS! Anyways, not much to report, Im lazy and bored right now, although I SHOULD be studying for that calc Final on Saturday... Either way, meh! The car is doing well, except for the squealing noise when driving in the cold. Hellsing is out tomorrow! I can not wait! As of now I have watched more anime than I ever thought possible. 162 eps of Naruto (patiently awaiting the 163rd), 3 seasons of Initial D (plus one movie and one OAV), 6 eps of Samurai Champloo, and about 60 eps of Rurouni Kenshin. All of that in the past couple of months. I guess watching free fan subbed anime on my 19'' monitor is better than watching pathetic American tv on my television. :D - Well that is all for now, until next time, have a Merry X-mas, a KraZy KawanZa, a Happy Chanukah, and a solemn and dignified Ramadan; and say no to RICE. Also: Fuck ASU, Fuck their parking and transit Department, Fuck Discount Tire Co., and Fuck pronouncing AeonFlux right. (its actually 'E-on', rather than my preferred way of saying 'AY-on')


.\\ Ok so I was not going to do a full news update, but its seems in the 3 days I slacked off on doing a half-assed update, I accumulated enough going-ons to necessitate a 'real' update. First, I got the lowering springs on the Grand Am. About a week ago I had totally given up hope on this damn car since everything seems to be falling apart lately, and I constantly bitch about how much money it is costing me. However, I did not stop to think that I can just replace each thing that is broken, one part at a time, slowly but surely and all that jazz. Besides, my car is basically my only hobby, so why not spend a large percent of my income on the damn thing. So next up is a new set of tires, I'm thinking 225/45R17 Kumho Ecstas. However, I may go with the 215/50R17 since I had a 215mm wide tire on the stock rims, and looking at those, they are quite wide enough.

Anyways, I'm willing to bet most people don't care about my little Pontiac shitbox, so onto some other news-y stuffs.

I have come to realize, just now, that people with one hand must really be pissed off. Why? Simply because one hand washes the other. If you think about it, that lame little cliche is quite correct; you rub your one hand with your other one, it is nearly impossible to wash one hand by itself.
I know that is horrendously random, but bare with me here, it gets better...

Have you ever wondered why Necrophilia is usually associated with having sex with the dead? Well, necrophilia actually means more broadly 'to have a fondness for corpses or the dead', but today it is always used in reference to raping a corpse.
But if you think about it, since there are necrophiliacs out there, they just LOVE the dead, they are fascinated with corpses for some sick reason. However, if you just chill with a dead person, it isn't that fun; they cant do much, since they are dead. (see where I'm going with this?) -- You can't play chess with a dead person, they cant play chess! They have a physical inability to play a game of chess due to their death.
The only thing a dead person can do is get raped... however, it isn't rape, since they cant say no. See? Its all good...

Now that you most likely think I'm one sick individual, I bid you ado. And don't forget, 12.19.05 the new Hellsing OVA is released in Japan, so expect those DVDrip torrents to follow close behind :D


.\\ Ah yes, nearly a month later. I may make a habit of this, monthly updates seem to be working out well XD
Anyways, I have been doing a bit of cleaning up around the site, the forums are dead, for some reason the MySQL database shit the bed... I may attempt to fix that in the near future. My blogs are left half finished since I'm extremely lazy, and b2evo sucks ass.
The car still has 2 different sets of rims on it, lol ricer lol
Uhmm... Also I should have the full tale of the dreaded camping trip up here soon, I just need to resize the pics so I don't get yelled at by slow DSL users or those few 56kers left out there. So many pics, nearly 100 from one digi cam, not to mention the other sources. So keep your fingers crossed for that.

That is all for now, happy halloween and don't do drugs. Unless its crack in a can XD

psst, that's an inside joke, psst.


.\\ So that is my bad for not updating in nearly a month, but things are always busy over here and my poor domain gets neglected. I am revamping a few areas of the site, namely the forums, links, and contact info areas. Links are now up, and anyone can link to me, or ask that I like to them, link exchanges are fun :D
In other news, recently I have been working on a few pages that are not my own, a few for work, a few for friends. Etc, etc.
The first of which is, as you can clearly see these guys need some major help, yeesh! Not to mention, these guys have yahoo web hosting, oh noes!!!1!1!11!11!!2
Keep checking those sites as well for updates, since I have some new content and new layouts for each web site, that I hope will go public by the end of this week.
I would like to end this update with some hope for the future, since I am taking nothing but night courses during my next semester at ASU, that will hopefully give me more time during the day to maintain this site.


.\\ Ok, the transfer has not gone smoothly, as some may have noticed, but it is near completion. Also, the forums are beginning to take shape, as well as my blog and php-nuke tools. A lot of spiffy content and shit is on the horizon! And I'm slowly learning how to port forward and use php and mysql. This is nuts.
Also, I just got Neverwinter Nights Platinum, so that will indefinitely slow down my progress. And a big thanks to Laurels for helping me transfer the domain, as well as teaching me so much along the way. Laurels = (Best)^infinity.


.\\ I am currently under going a domain transfer since Name Secure is a subpar service, and Lauren has enlightened my ignorant ways. She has shown me the shiny path to salvation, and it leads right to Influx Web Hosting. These guys kick ass, and I've already partially set up a forum, as well as some other bitchin' new features. Stay tuned for more info. :D


.\\ I have added a bunch of new stuff to the Coheed page, and I have begun putting the various theories and interpretations together, email me or aim me if I left anything out or something... Also, I have begun work on the section of my site for my car. I know there is a great need for pictures on this site, and I shall be getting some soon.


.\\ I finally broke down and got my own domain like all the cool kids... Keep checking back for my awesome random updates and the such...

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