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406  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What game related stuff do you collect? on: July 25, 2012, 11:04:49 AM
Some of the parts are really loose though, I think when I find a pose I like I'm just gonna glue it all together (I'm sure some figure-tard would be offended by this somewhere).

This gave me a good laugh.  Just remember, you already committed the ultimate figure-tard sin by removing it from the package!
407  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What game related stuff do you collect? on: July 23, 2012, 10:16:02 PM
Well, it seems that I am starting a collection.  Metal Gear Solid 3 had a strong effect on me and I found myself joining a Metal Gear forum...next thing I know I'm pre-ordering this figure.  Top of the line company producing it, 200 dollars.  A big step for a guy who has never paid more than $10 for an action figure before.  I thought I was insane until I saw several people on the forum talking about pre-ordering the Metal Gear Rex.  I also seem to have plans for a larger MGS collection.  Given my tendency to dive head first into the deep end when it comes to new hobbies I'll be taking it slow, though, Naked Snake figurine notwithstanding.  A soundtrack here, a dog tag there...No bidding on E-Bay for ridiculously expensive used LEs of games or anything like that.  I'll probably expand the collection to other games in time.  I'll see.
408  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 20, 2012, 11:29:10 PM
MGS3 has me completely addicted.  I'd say I'm about 2/3rds of the way through the game (I've defeated The Fury and found Sokolov in the base), and as far as I'm concerned it's the best in the series thus far (I haven't played 4 or Peace Walker).  The environments are beautiful and the boss battles are great.  I also love the camouflage, medicine, and stamina stuff.  I was concerned about them, but I can't help but feel that they add to the immersion, in particular camouflage.  The fight with The End is my favorite boss battle in recent memory.  I also like the idea of having one game in the MGS series where the plot is reigned in to an extent.  I definitely see myself replaying this to perfect my technique and get plenty of trophies.  I can't believe I missed this game back in the day when it came out.  I even had the MGS 1/2/3 collection and managed to never get to this game.
409  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What game related stuff do you collect? on: July 18, 2012, 12:24:06 PM
I've never really bought t-shirts, but if I saw one I liked I probably would.  I imagine this doesn't exist, but I would love a Metal Gear Solid t-shirt that shows Snake peeking out from under the cardboard box and reads "LIVE BY THE BOX, DIE BY THE BOX".  I do collect some games in special edition form, but only if it's something special to me or has awesome bonuses like a great soundtrack on disc.
410  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 17, 2012, 10:45:36 PM
Demon's Souls is on hiatus for now.  1Up's week of Metal Gear Articles caused me to break down and start on my Metal Gear HD Solid Collection.  I played MGS2 straight through over the past three days and I've now started on Snake Eater.  First time I've ever played it!  I'm very impressed thus far (just completed the first mission).  The lack of radar and improved enemy AI provide a greater level of immersion and intensity.
411  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game-opinions no one else agrees with. on: July 17, 2012, 10:39:18 PM
Having replayed Metal Gear Solid 2 recently I've confirmed that I actually like the story (though the story telling is heavy-handed at times).
412  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What game related stuff do you collect? on: July 17, 2012, 10:34:47 PM
I'm a minor collector of soundtracks and art books (I put a bit more effort into soundtracks) but I haven't really explored other areas.  For the longest time I didn't collect action figures I didn't want to be one of "those" nerds, but lately I've been thinking that a Solid Snake figurine on top of the desk next to the mini-busts of Beethoven and Brahms may make me seem a bit let pretentious. ;)  More seriously, though, I've looked around for one but they all seem to be out of print and available for no less than $50. :(  I guess I'll have to start the figurine collection elsewhere.
413  The Rest / General Discussions / What game related stuff do you collect? on: July 17, 2012, 10:19:06 PM
What game related stuff do you collect?  Art collections?  Soundtracks?  Figurines?

I know some members here collect soundtracks, and I'm curious how widespread this is and/or what other people collect.
414  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So, Job-wise... on: July 17, 2012, 02:47:39 PM
Dream job, but I make this decision given that I have a fierce hatred for wasting times with things that don't interest me. (I recognize this as a character flaw, if anyone is wondering, and I know for a fact that my dream job is not an income drain.)
415  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Games you've basically "Memorized" on: July 15, 2012, 06:42:06 PM
Bah I forgot Chrono Trigger and Cross. AND Symphony of the Super Metroid (whenever I feel like these games I tend to just play through both)

Someone needs to commission a composer to write this work.  I have no doubt that it would be unbelievably awesome.  :D
416  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Games you've basically "Memorized" on: July 14, 2012, 11:04:35 PM
Mario 3 & World
Sonic 2, 3, Knuckles, 3 + Knuckles
Starfox 64
Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Pokemon Red/Blue, Silver/Gold
Embarrassingly large chunks of Morrowind.

EDIT:  In high school I had MGS 2 memorized for all intents and purposes.  I played that game over and over for dog tags and such.  Naturally I didn't find out about the second edition (with VR missions) until much later.
417  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 14, 2012, 10:34:57 PM
Made some progress in Demon's Souls over the past couple of days:

Managed to make it through 4-1 to the Adjudicator.  Boss was surprisingly easy when I used melee and some caution.  Did some soul farming in 4-1 afterwards and explored 4-2, learning how to farm the Reaper.  I also went back to 1-1 and did a lot of Hoplite farming.  I managed to upgrade my shield, axe, and compound longbow.  I also had the 'honor' of my first invasion.  After farming the reaper and killing the red-eyed skeleton I was attempting to snipe a ray and someone took the liberty of back stabbing me repeatedly while I was trying to switch away from the sniping view and change weapons.  Oh well.  I still managed to level up several times, so I'm happy.  I also met Patches the Hyena.  It didn't end well for him.

I'm also playing through Sly 2: Band of Thieves.  A wonderful antidote for Demon's Souls when I need a break. :)
418  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 11, 2012, 11:53:06 AM
For the past several days I've been playing Demon's Souls.  At first I found myself caught in a rut grinding in Boeltaria (I actually restarted my game five hours in fearing that I'd simply spent too many souls trying to evenly level my character) but I restarted with a second Hunter and my progress has a been bit more steady since then.  I did have some problems due to my fear of going to another world (I'd previously tried the Stonefang Tunnel and had my ass handed to me by the mages in the beginning) and that combined with my inability to progress beyond the end of the dragon bridge or kill the red-eyed knight frustrated me, in particular since I found everything up through the Phalanx pretty easy.

Fortunately, an online guide suggested that I head to 4-1 and off I went.  The game immediately got very challenging and very fun.  My initial reaction to the blue-eyed skeletons was hilarious, in retrospect.  My thought pattern was something along the lines of "Okay, skeletons with big swords, they probably swing hard but move slo -- HOLY FUCK THEY MOVE LIKE NINJAS!"  Speaking of ninjas, the red-eyed skeletons with the twin swords oddly don't give me as much trouble as the red-eyed knight, though they will certainly lay down an ass kicking if not careful.  At this point in 4-1 I've explored killed the big grey demon, worked my way through most of area open to me (dying a few times in the process), explored some of the secret passages, found the merchant, and decided not to go up the ladder past the large demon after killing him.  I decided that I'd done enough and it was time to return home with a large quantity of souls for leveling.  By the way, the thief ring is awesome.
419  Media / General Games / Re: Your biggest gaming addiction on: June 30, 2012, 05:38:12 PM
Sadly I think buying games is my biggest game addiction :(

I've been there before.  Fortunately, I've found that realizing that I'm swimming in an ocean of games and torn between trying to run three + different games at once or having to make some tough choices on what to play allows me to slow down.

On a different note, I forgot to mention earlier that Ocarina of Time sucked countless hours out of my life as a teenager.  I spent a lot of time re-playing that game and simply roaming around and messing with random things. (Damn chickens...)
420  Media / General Games / Re: Your biggest gaming addiction on: June 29, 2012, 08:36:40 AM
Back in the day it was Pokemon.  I sank hundreds of hours into Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold and Silver (Red and Gold in particular).  After that I graduated to Morrowind and sank entire summer vacations into that game.  I've also spent a lot of time replaying MGS 2 for dog tags and such.  Also, Ninja Gaiden/Ninja Gaiden Black.  I was so happy to have a game that was designed to give me a challenge that I spent a lot of time replaying that game on various difficulty levels and experimenting with different weapons.  Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 also come to mind.  When I get my PS3 (in early-mid July) I am quite confident that the MGS collection and LittleBigPlanet are going to suck away my time.
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