Archive for the 'Anime' Category

Gaming Weekend Part II.

April 29, 2007

I finished the remaining three games I rented on Friday.  I did take a little domestic heat for spending so much time playing games this weekend, despite it being scheduled activity.  Ah well.  I’m finished now.

Here’s my thoughts on the remaining games.

Kameo.  I am pleasantly surprised by this game.  I had seen it on display at CompUSA last year and messed around with it then, but I didn’t really focus on it.  In comparison to the other six games, it holds up well with terrific graphics and stimulating game play.  Along with Gun, I’m putting Kameo on my “buy” list.

The Battle for Middle Earth II.  This is my type of game, right?  It’s an RTS.  Having played 90% of the RTS games out there, I should be doing backflips for this one, except I’m not.  It’s not the game’s fault though.  It’s the platform’s fault.  Don’t get me wrong, I am rapidly becoming a 360 fanboy, it’s just that consoles are not the greatest platforms for RTS games.  These games need a mouse.  It’s that simple.  That being said, if I had a manual to look at the controls for this, I might enjoy it more.  I’m not giving up on this one yet.  It may make it to the buy list because the graphics are good and the units are cool looking.  I need more time with the game.  You can’t fault the LotR universe, it makes for an engrossing subplot.

Finally, Enchanted Arms kind of surprised me.  While I am an Anime fan, I’m no expert.  That being said, I know a bishonen game when I see one.  There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, but it’s not my thing.  When the first 30 minutes of the game is silly dialog, you’re going to lose me.  Apparently, if you can get past the first 45 minutes of the game, the rest of it is supposed to be good.  I can’t make it that far.  This is one of those RPGs that has the turn based combat that some people enjoy.  I think in the right environment, it’s ok, but I could care less about this story.  I think this game is supposed to be a Final Fantasy clone.  Meh, it’s not for me.

So that’s it.  I have to say that the Xbox 360 combined with my new HD TV has reinvigorated both my desire to play video games and my desire to watch movies.  It’s great stuff.  Next, I’m going to see how well it streams video off a computer.  More on that later…

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Age Appropriate for 40 year Olds.

November 30, 2006

I think it was that Glen Beck guy in his usual whine who said something to the effect that Americans are all children who refuse to grow up. He then went on to suggest we were soft because we don’t live in third world hell. But the nugget that I identify with is that I haven’t really wanted much to grow up.

Often the negative example of this is the 30 year old guy hanging around the 18 year old girl because he doesn’t have a job, lives at home and gets high all the time. He doesn’t have anything in common with women his own age. He hasn’t grown up.

Frankly, I think Peter Pan is getting a bad rap!

What about those of us who have jobs, kids, car payments and mortgages? I say if we want to play Guitar Hero, Oblivion, Advance Wars and Age of Empires we should be allowed! If we want to watch Ghost in the Shell or Armitage or whatever robot anime is available, I think we should! We should be free to have interests commonly held by kids who could be our own kids.

Heck, if you don’t like sports and normal television dreck, really what choice do you have?

Just be careful about who you share with the fact that you have the hobbies of a 10 year old. Recently an Internet acquaintance of mine suggested that I probably wouldn’t enjoy going to Ohayocon in January because… well, because I’m too old. Anime conventions are apparently not age appropriate for 40 year olds, unless they are taking their children to the show. And, he’s probably right.

The moral? You can do whatever you want as long as you don’t hurt anyone or as long as you don’t embarrass yourself in public. Sometimes it’s better to keep that inner child locked in the basement.