2013: A Year Reborn

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2013 has been a bit of a strange year for me. It’s the second year in a row that a particular set of personal issues have come to light, but it’s also been a year of fairly great and interesting discoveries in the gaming world.

Mobile Suit Z Gundam – Hot Scramble

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Hot Scramble consists of two very different styles of gameplay: Cockpit view shooting (it’s really an FPS) and side-scrolling action shooting. The beginning of each level puts you inside of the Z Gundam’s cockpit on earth, where they are flying along the ground and shooting at other Mobile Suits with a beam rifle.

My History With Monster Hunter and “Freshness”

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My wife and I played Tri every chance that we had, and we weren’t even playing together. While one of us played the other would watch and make comments or criticisms. We helped each other learn the game, and in retrospect that may have been the biggest reason why Tri succeeded for me where Portable failed.

Region Locking on the XBox 360

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Let’s face it, there are a lot of ways to play games on the 360: Physical discs, XBox Live Arcade, and Games on Demand being the most popular. I scoured many forum posts that attempted to explain the ins and outs of how points worked across regions, and what games could be played on which region of system. None of them had all of the answers, and often the information was incomplete or just plain wrong. My goal is to ensure that no one else seeking these answers has to go through the same process to find out what they can or can’t play on what and where.

ActRaiser

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The high quality of this game’s soundtrack can not be overstated. To many it remains one of Yuzo Koshiro’s finest and most defining works, and it certainly shows that he understood how to use the SNES/Super Famicom sound chip to its fullest extent right from the beginning of the system’s life.