Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ahoy, everyone~

Yo! I'm not dead! ;D

How's everyone doing? I've only got 6-7 weeks left in my undergraduate experience... after that, I'll have a lot more free time to pursue stuff like... well, this! My blog!

Standing between me and my diploma:

1 quiz, a 4pg essay, and a final in African Philosophy,

A 6-10pg research essay in Representing Modern Ireland,

A 6-10pg research essay on Milton,

A 4-5pg essay on Milton,

A midterm and a final, again, on Milton,

A whole $163.00 ;<

and of course, some professor bargaining!

I'd post more for now, but I'm gonna be late for work!

Wish me luck, guys! ;3
Love,
~Zeph

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I feel bad. ;_;

Hey guys,

Sorry I've fallen from the face of the Earth. Christmas break is coming up, and I'll have my computer with me, so maybe I'll have a chance or two to post then. ;-;

Love,
Zeph

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving Break! Ah!

Hey Guys!

Sorry for the lack of updates lately. Read my last post to know why!

Today is the first day of Thanksgiving break at my school. As I've got a desktop, that means no internet for me until I get back to uni. So, Have a Happy Thanksgiving for me, and play some games with your family!

Love!
~Zeph

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A whole week!

Hey guys!

Sorry I haven't been posting much lately. I'm still behind on my schoolwork! And I will be until I graduate! Ahh!

But alas. It's Saturday, and I intend to get another retro game post up soon. I was asked to do a popular game series by a friend of mine (<3) and I think everyone here will enjoy it. ^_^

So, look forward to that, and as always, thank you guys for reading!

<3!
~Zeph

Saturday, November 13, 2010

On the Horizon: Nintendo 3DS

Hey everyone!

Today I'm pointing out something that everyone, literally everyone should be excited about. The 3DS. For those of you not in the know, the 3DS is the 4th iteration of the Nintendo handheld, the DS. However, instead of being a mere upgrade to the platform, the 3DS revolutionizes the way games will be played. As the name implies, the system features 3-D features. And before you get angsty about having to wear 3-D glasses, stop, because you don't need 3-D glasses to see 3-D on this handheld. Yes, the 3DS features full Autostereoscopy, or in layman's terms, it sends a different image to each eye to produce a proper illusion of 3-D viewing.

There it is. I think the biggest, most obvious upgrade is the analog thumbstick on the left. Also, notice that top screen. It's a bit wider than the bottom screen, most likely to account for the additional 3D effects. Another nice new feature that accommodates this new 3D screen is the 3D slider, seen at the right part of the top screen. That'll adjust how powerful the 3D effects are on the fly, so you can adjust how far away your eyes are to the screen without losing quality. The power button seems to be in a nice spot, but I wish Start / Select were back above the ABXY buttons. All in all, this looks to be a pretty nice system.

However, the most exciting thing about any video game system are the titles lined up for it. Have a look!

Activision 
  • DJ Hero 3D
AQ Interactive
  • Cubic ninja
Atlus
  • Shin Megami Tensei
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor
Capcom
  • Resident Evil Revelations
  • Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (name not final)
EA
  • EA FIFA Soccer
  • Madden NFL
  • The Sims 3
Gameloft
  • Asphalt DS
Harmonix
  • Music Game
Hudson Soft
  • Bomberman franchise
  • Deca Sports franchise
  • Kororinpa franchise
Konami
  • Baseball franchise
  • Contra franchise
  • Frogger franchise
  • Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D "The Naked Sample"
  • Pro Evolution Soccer franchise / Winning Eleven franchise
Level-5
  • Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle (name not final)
Majesco Entertainment
  • BloodRayne: The Shroud
  • A Boy and His Blob
  • Face Racers: Photo Finish
  • Lion's Pride: Adventures on the Serengeti
  • Martha Stewart
  • WonderWorld Amusement Park
Marvelous
  • Bokujyoumonogatari (Harvest Moon) 3D (name not final)
Namco
  • Dragon Ball franchise (name not final)
  • Gundam franchise (name not final)
  • PAC-MAN & GALAGA (name not final)
  • Ridge Racer (name not final)
  • Super Robot franchise (name not final)
Nintendo
  • Animal Crossing
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • Mario Kart
  • nintendogs + cats
  • Paper Mario
  • PilotWings Resort
  • Star Fox 64 3D
  • Steel Diver
Rocket
  • Crash-City GP
  • VS-robo
Sega
  • Sonic (name not final)
  • Super Monkey Ball (name not final)
Square Enix
  • CODENAME: Chocobo Racing
  • 3D Dragon Quest franchise
  • Final Fantasy franchise
  • Kingdom Hearts franchise
Take-Two Interactive
  • Carnival Games franchise
Tecmo Koei
  • Dead or Alive 3D (name not final)
  • Dynasty Warriors (name not final)
  • Ninja Gaiden (name not final)
  • Samurai Warriors 3D (name not final)
TOMY
  • Lovely Lisa 3D
  • Naruto Shippuden Action
THQ
  • de Blob 2
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Kaboom of Doom
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad
  • Infinity Gauntlet
  • The Penguins of Madagascar
  • Puss N Boots
  • Saints Row: Drive-By
Ubisoft
  • Assassin's Creed: Lost Legacy
  • Battle of Giants: Dinosaur Strike
  • Driver Renegade Hollywood 61 (name not final)
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
Warner Bros
  • Batman franchise
  • LEGO franchise

Holy crap. I'd buy this for Nintendo's lineup ALONE. I'm not in love with a recycled Zelda game, but alas, that's what Skyward Sword is for. 

Based on that tentative list, what games are you guys excited for? Do you think the 3D will work out, or flop? Are you gonna go out and buy one of these launch day?

Sorry for taking so long to post, school's been gettin me down! But I'm okay now. ^_^

As always, thanks for reading!
~Zeph

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New post later tonight!

Hey guys!

I just wanted to let you all know I intend on posting later tonight about the upcoming handheld from Nintendo, the 3DS! So look forward to it!

Love,
~Zeph

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Retro Gaming: Puggsy

Surprise! Another retro gaming post! This time about a Sega gem that for most people went under the radar. I refer to Puggsy. Take a look at this guy.

This is Puggsy.

The story of Puggsy is pretty straightforward. He lands his spaceship on "The Planet" (which looks remarkably like Earth) and as he's out exploring, his ship is stolen by the raccoon natives. Puggsy sets out to follow them and get his ship back so he can return home! The game starts out on a beach, but goes on to explore some pyramids, a town, the forest, the mines, even Aztec ruins. The style of Puggsy is a platformer with puzzle qualities. Puggsy must often carry an item from one area to another to solve a puzzle, be it as simple as a key to a lock, or as strange as throwing rubber ducks in a vaporizer... Lol.

Again, Puggsy sets itself apart from most other games in its age due to a unique physics-based engine. When I say "carry" I mean it! Puggsy picks up the items and they occupy both of his hands. Some levels require delicate stacking of items to climb an otherwise insurmountable cliff, or throwing coins in a slot at just the right angle. There are times where you can easily just mess around and throw items in all different directions, and it's a lot of fun~

Again, a good game wouldn't be complete without good music. Maybe I'm just nostalgia-ing here, but I think this is really well composed music. Have a listen~



Another cool thing about Puggsy is the boss fights. Yes, they can be horribly easy, but they still are a lot of fun. One of them has you headbutt a dragon in the chin. Scary stuff. Lol. And the final fight is definitely a challenge!

But the most challenge comes from the puzzles. Check out the physics engine in action along with one of the harder puzzles in the game. This guy makes it look easy, but believe me, this can be the most frustrating stage ever. Plus, listen to more of that sweet music~


Fun, no?

Ah Puggsy. In the credits a Puggsy II is promised, but it never comes to fruition. Maybe someday Psygnosis, eh?

Thanks for reading! Have any of you guys heard of Puggsy, even?
~Zeph