Monthly Archives: December 2014

Holiday Gaming Memories

Mega Man Christmas

With the Holiday season in full swing (nay, almost over), I began reminiscing about past Christmases and all the happy holiday moments I’ve had. As with last year, I’m in California away from my family, but that doesn’t mean I won’t still create new memories that will last a lifetime! Anyway, there have been some truly excellent gaming related Christmas memories that I want to share with you all. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on 12/23/2014 in Randomness


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Sunday Roundup: 12/21/14

Brain Age Concentration Training CoverBrain Age: Concentration Training
Release Date: February 10th, 2013
Purchased at: Goodwill (Mountain View, CA – $9)Laura and I happened to be checking out a new sandwich place when we drove past this Goodwill. I have mentioned before stopping in here and commenting on how big it was, even noticing they had some old N64 and Game Boy Advance games for sale (though I didn’t pick any up). This time though they had a shipment of brand new (!) games from K-Mart. Among them was Brain Age: Concentration Training here. Granted not a wonderful price, it was at least still sealed, which is better for that price. And it’ll likely stay sealed.
 Just Dance CoverJust Dance
Release Date: November 17th, 2009
Purchased at: Goodwill (Mountain View, CA – $5)
We’ve been talking about getting some of the Just Dance games to use at parties and social gatherings, so this was a pretty fun find. Every now and then I see a copy of this original game in the series at GameStop or some place similar, and it’s still up in the $20 range. Dear god, it’s so old and there are a dozen sequels! Why are we still willing to pay that much for such an old game? Anyhow, it’s mine now, and as with every other game series, I must start collecting the rest. Ugh…
Spirit Camera CoverSpirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir
Release Date: April 13th, 2012
Purchased at: Goodwill (Mountain View, CA – $5)
Woohoo! Best find of the day! Spirit Camera was one of the earlier 3DS games I’ve been searching for, and I am finally able to call it my own. And, just like Brain Age, it’s still sealed! This one might be opened tough, as I really want to play it, and the resale value of the game now isn’t astronomical. As a spinoff of the Fatal Frame series, I can also claim this one to be the final game I needed to complete the American-released series!
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker CoverCaptain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Wii U
Release Date: December 5th, 2014
Purchased at: Target (Cupertino, CA – $36)

I actually forgot to include this one on last week’s Roundup, so here it is! When Nintendo announced Captain Toad back at E3, I was already on board. Like many other Wii U players, I thought the Captain Toad segments of Super Mario 3D World were fun diversions that were a welcome and challenging change of pace. Now the little guy’s in his own entire game! Having played just an hour of so of the game I can’t speak wholly on it just yet, but so far the game is equal parts challenging and adorable!



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Sunday Roundup: 12/14/14

New Games (12-14-14)Another sale at GameStop this week has perhaps changed my mind about the company’s policy regarding, well, sales. But the real find this week was a handful of original Xbox games at Goodwill. Don’t get too excited though: this isn’t nearly as grand a find as the GameCube games a few months back, but it’s still decent.  Read the rest of this entry »


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Sunday Roundup: 12/7/14

New Games (12-7-14)For one reason or another, sales didn’t really happen this year at GameStop. There would be some nice Buy 2 Get 1 Free deals in years past, but there were none this year in the truest since. Occasionally I saw a Buy 2 Get 1 Free deal on used games $20 or less, but that was relatively limiting on the new stuff. Thankfully, as you all know so well, that usually doesn’t apply to me! Wrap around to this week, and we finally see a great deal come up at the store: 40% off used games under $20. If that “Under $20” tagline is the new way for sales at the store, I’ll be disappointed. There are some games worth the cheap price, but a lot of titles I’d love to have for that sale just don’t work. Anyway, here are this week’s games! Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on 12/07/2014 in Collecting, Wii, Xbox 360


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Review: Tales From the Borderlands Episode 1

Tales From the Borderlands Rhys and Fiona

When you think of Borderlands, ridiculous guns, absurd violence, and a crude sense of humor come to mind. I’ll be the first to admit I never picture intriguing storylines or deep character development when reminiscing about Gearbox’s powerhouse, but Telltale’s take on the series has turned the perilous world of Pandora into the setting of a grand story full of adventure, backstabbing, and bloodshed—starting it off with episode 1 “Zer0 Sum.”

You can read my full review of the first episode of Tales From the Borderlands over at Machinima’s Wingman site.


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Posted by on 12/02/2014 in PC


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Sunday Roundup: 11/30/14

I’m a bit late posting this week’s roundup, but here it is! As for a Black Friday weekend Roundup, this wasn’t too great. But still, a trio of excellent games nonetheless!

Disney Infinity 2.0 Starter PackDisney Infinity 2.0
Wii U
Release Date: September 23rd, 2014
Purchased at: Target (Sunnyvale, CA – $35)

I honestly couldn’t pass up this chance to grab Disney Infinity on Wii U for so cheap,. Actually, it was on sale for every system at that price, but for some reason or another I was leaning toward the Wii U as my go to system for this one. Perhaps it was the Miiverse posts about the game that steered me the way of Nintendo. Either way, it’s sitting here in my apartment taunting me to open it up and play/waste more money on other toys. Sadly, this now completes the tri-fecta of NFC toys and games: I have Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and Nintendo’s Amiibos. *Sigh*

 Mega Man ZX CoverMega Man ZX
Release Date: September 12th, 2006
Purchased at: Target (Sunnyvale, CA -$8)

Again, another price I couldn’t pass up. This one was the only worthwhile game in the “All Games in this Bin 50% Off” section. I was hoping they’d be foolish enough to throw in a really great game (I still don’t have New Super Mario Bros. on the DS) for this deal, but I only came out with this one. Strangely, this game is the start of another Mega Man series. At this point, I’ve no idea how any of these games connect, if they do at all.

Persona Q Wild Cards Premium EditionPersona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Wild Cards Premium Edition
Release Date: November 25th, 2014
Purchased at: Amazon (Online – $80)

Man, up until a week or two ago I forget I even ordered this game, let alone it was coming out this week! Way back in the summer (or was it even earlier?) when this game was announced I put down my preorder. It’s essentially a crossover between the cast of Persona 3 and Persona 4 in an Etrian Odyssey style dungeon crawler. And this version comes with a whole bunch of spiffy stuff, not the least of which being those sweet tarot cards. Or should I say half of the tarot cards: included here are only half of the full set used in the actual Persona games. The get the other half you have to buy a special version of Persona 4: Arena Ultimax on the consoles. Shame on you, Atlus, for getting greedy and making me buy all your games!



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