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  • Essei 2:27 PM on January 26, 2007 Permalink |  

    There goes my Christmas money. 

    I was originally saving it for a Wii game, but yea… still don’t have Wii and slowly not caring. I just went ahead and wasted my Christmas money on buying Castlevania: Lament of Innocence ($12.99). I was going to originally buy Viewtiful Joe for my brother used, which was only 10 dollars, but the case was really beat up and nasty. IF you’re going to buy someone a used game, you should at least make sure the game looks well treated and the box, also that it comes with a booklet (vital for collectors). Now that EBgames merged, Gamestop is carrying a lot of EBgames bad quality used games, lol. So in the end, instead of Viewtiful Joe, I brought my brother Resident Evil 4 ($17.99) for PS2. It was twice the price, but his birthday and Christmas passed, so I figured I could hit two birds with one stone.

    Castlevania is fun so far. The character and level designs are top notch. Unlike the Nintendo 64 3D Castlevania’s this one retains its Castlevania feel. Had you taken a 2D Castlevania and converted it to 3D, this be it. I regret giving it to criticism and not trying this game earlier, lol. Either way, it falls nicely into my Castlevania collection. Sucks the box has those crappy EBgames stickers, which leave marks when peeled off. The Gamestop stickers peel off beautifully and leaving not traces as it was never there.

    Maybe I should say something about Resident Evil 4? Its awesome, buy it. Even if you never liked the other’s give this one a chance. The gameplay is unlike its predecessors, a lot more action pack and interactive. I brought my brother it, because I only borrowed it and I felt this is a game he’d love.

     
    • rytiko 12:40 AM on January 28, 2007 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Money well spent, regardless of what you were saving it for.

      In my opinion, Lament of Innocence is one of the better of the 3D games, but still not up to par with the classic style games. It’s still a good game, though.

  • Essei 8:11 PM on January 22, 2007 Permalink |  

    US behind the times in internet speed!? 

    As the title says, apparently the US is behind on the internet speed average compared to other countries. What I find most interesting is the severity of it. I was shocked at this sudden revelation. Seriously, the gap is huge. Reports show:

    The top speed generally available in Japan is 51 mbps at a cost of $0.06 per 100 kbps. The top speed generally available in the U.S. is 6 mbps available at a cost of $0.72 per 100 kbps. In other words, the Japanese have 8.5 times the speed at 1/12 of the cost.

    Is this really acceptable? Its not a case of crying over spilled milk or whining about something we don’t have, we’re simply getting cheated. We’re paying MORE money for LESS internet. Seriously 51mbps in the US is unheard of. Cable’s FASTEST connection is 8mbps and broadband is 6mbps, compared to Japans average 51mpbs.

    Found out more at http://www.speedmatters.org. Join the petition thing I have yet to sign… Support the movement!

     
    • rytiko 8:18 PM on January 22, 2007 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Crazy, man. I’d have never even suspected such a thing. Japanese kids are probably over there laughing at our comcast commercials, wondering what our internet providers are doing.

      And for 1/12 of the cost? Insanity. I’m signing, for sure.

  • Essei 4:11 PM on January 18, 2007 Permalink |  

    Cyborg’s of the 22nd Century 

    Well, most of you probably didn’t watch these, but PBS is deciding on what there newest site show should be, they introduced 3 shows you can vote for to add to there line up. Anyway, all 3 were interesting, but 22nd century revealed some interesting things. I was unaware of many of the recent obstacles already passes. One funny example would be that over 10,000 people are already walking around with chips in there brain. The only purpose I know of is for hearing aids. A chip is implanted in there brains and linked to a device with software loaded unto it that is place into the recipients brain. The device’s firmware can be upgraded, but the chip is permanent and can no longer be touched.

    Aside from that, technology is further then most people realize. A wire so small (thinner then your hair by fractions has successfully been crafted. What’s the purpose of this you ask? There’s many, but I’ll first give you a brief explanation on how its placed in a person. The wire is so thin that there’s no way to direct it, so what they do is send it in bunches through your blood stream, where’s it can even connect to your brain and wire around your body. This makes robotic arms/legs a idea not so far away. With a direct connection to your brain a robotic arm could easily simulate that of a real one. This also makes for limitless possibilities. With this same technology (including the unmentioned brain electrodes) you cold even control the impulses of the brain and create or diminish emotions, fears, love, etc… You could even link minds together, in the same way we link computers to one another.

    Yes, it is just as dangerous as it sounds. This kind of technology could EASILY fall into the wrong hands and be used for more harm then good, by creating super soldiers manipulating people against there will, or even unknowingly read those thoughts most private to you. People like to see the good, without seeing the opposite end in most cases it seems. I do feel sorry for people that can’t hear or lost a limb, but I’m not sure thats justifies much, because the safety of the majority should outweigh it in my opinion.

    Another side of the argument is: people would better understand one another being able to read each other’s thoughts emotions and truly place themselves in someone’s shoes. With that line cross, how do we determine our individuality and what is “you” and not “us”? No matter how you look at it, its truly a shaky concept. As mentioned in the show though, progress is constantly made and will come whether we like it or not. I just hope mankind is responsible enough to handles its choices. Then again… Its probably like giving a gun to a baby. Its funny how knowledge corrupts a being, that even though we’re the most capable species of making the complicated solutions on this planet we probably make the stupidest decisions with the most fragile choices.

    Like I said earlier. I don’t doubt this technology could help people, but I question the extent. I did like another scientists solution. Instead of modifying the actual human he created devices to be controlled fully by a human with the same purposes. A fine example of this is his first invention, a pair of sun glasses. Extremely ordinary and kind of cool, not bulky spots, just normal. These glasses though can record what you’re seeing and even indemnify objects, for example it can be programmed to identify a human, so that when you look at the person it’ll display there name, sex, etc… whatever you want it to. It can also change what you see. Hate Mcdonads, wanna keep it out of your mind for the sake of that diet? Well, it can be programmed to change any McDonalds logo to a image of your choice. Sounds like science fiction? Well, its real and already here. This scientist too worries about the choices and possibles of “cyborgnetic” enchantments. His invent are more like “plug-ins” then modifications, which is a great alternative in my opinion.

    I don’t see why they just can’t invent a glove that would say, shocks your impulses and run your adrenaline in result increasing your strength (I know this is flawed I’m obviously no scientist). I see this as a much better alternative then chopping off arms and making them robotic.

    As mention in the program though, the future is never what you would expect. 70 years ago the concept of a laptop, ipod, blueberry would probably seem like magic. Best we can do watch it unfold and try to steer it in the best of our abilities.

    You an see all 3 shows, including 22nd century at PBS.org or read more about 22nd century and watch clips here.

     
  • Essei 7:10 AM on January 17, 2007 Permalink |  

    Sony Don’t Smell Right 

    First post of hopefully many to come. Join WordPress after failing to host it on my server… though after giving it thought, I don’t know why I wanted to. The post are safe here if the host ever crashes or shuts my service off. This is just as good… and completely free. Why didn’t I do it earlier? This blog is suppose to be a conjunction with my portal which rings some blogs with people that have similar interest, though we all have different personalities, so give us all a read. I linked both them and the portal on the side. Anyway, here’s a game that interested me I saw earlier.
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    Eternal Sonata

    (aka: Trusty Bell: Chopin’s Dream, Trusty Bell: Chopin no Yume)

    Such a Lush world. I really like the atmosphere it pulls off.

    Plot: Based around the death of Polish Pianist Frederic Chopin on October 17,1949, Eternal Sonata has a much more whimsical and bright world then its grave premise. You begin 3 hours earlier from Chopin’s death as the character Chopin (who would have guessed) in a musical dream world filled with incurable diseases and magic. Chopin comes across a girl named Polka in the Village of Tenuto and to find she doesn’t have long for this world. They decide to use Polka’s own powers to help save her with the help of her young friend Allegretto.

    Graphics: Apparently it’s cell-shaded. I found this hard to believe with a few of the screens; this is really the next generation of cell shading. The game presents cutesy, anime style artwork.

    Music: renowned Russian pianist Stanislav Bunin performs Chopin’s pieces, while Motoi Sakuraba handles composing the game’s OST.

    Gameplay: The battle system will be a combo-based system that revolves around musical elements.

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    The game looks great so far with a very promising premise. I’m surprised to see some awesome RPG titles being developed for Xbox 360. Apparently the tables have turned and Sony has lost a wide amount of audience and Microsoft is seizing them with their more affordable console and less then useless features. Right now PS3 is out and Xbox 360 and Wii are in, could this be some kind of omen? Maybe Sony will begin to decline in the gaming market. The Playstation’s 2 main seller (to me at least) was how affordable the system was and with a large selection of even more affordable games.

     
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