Video Games

A continuing obsession…


As you can see pictured above I like Chrono Trigger. Like might be a slight understatement. It is far and away my favorite video game. It has everything a Video Game should: adventure, story, fleshed out characters, emotion, replay value. The game has 13 endings total; that is fairly unheard of! I could gush about the game for days, but the real reason for the post is just to say I have another edition added to my collection of CT. I bought it for the Nintendo DS for a mere $20 from GameStop. Worth every penny. In fact, you should probably go buy it right now. Stop reading and go buy it. I’m serious.

I unfortunately did not jump on the CT bandwagon when it first came out. I was never a big RPG fan when I was a kid, twas a shame too. I was leafing through an old Nintendo Power in the spring of ’01 when I noticed a previously unread writeup on Chrono Trigger. I read it over a couple times and realized that I needed to own this game. I called around to my local used game shops, most which didn’t have any, and finally found a place with a copy going for $70. That was indeed a steep price to pay, but I was in dire need! So, I (my mom) drove on down to the store and bought the best game ever. It was magnificent and I regret nothing! Except maybe that a couple months later it came out on PlayStation for a much reduced price and added FMVs. Jerks!

When I went to Japan in the summer of ’05 aside from the cultural experience of going to foreign country (and Japan of all of them) my other goal was simple. Find and buy as many classic video games and I could with the funds allotted. I was taken to a store called Tsutaya and they had a huge collection of old video games and I spotted Chrono Trigger. Based upon my precious experience I figured it would be quite pricey. Not only was it not pricey, it was dirt cheap and they had a million of them. I bought the Super Famicom version for all of ¥105 which is roughly $1.17. I could have bought 59 copied of the Super Famicom version for the price I payed for my one Super Nintendo cart. Damn supply and demand curves.

I will say I plan to keep buying any incarnation I find of this game including the Japanese versions of any of the games I have an the PAL versions if I happen to stumble upon them. Best. Game. Ever.

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It’s a Good Day

Lets start off by saying that hell is feeling a might chilly today. Can you guess why? Well if you haven’t heard (or cared to hear) Final Fantasy XIII is coming to Xbox 360. I honestly didn’t think it would happen; Sony is known for having an iron grip on its franchise exclusives. I will tell you that I couldn’t be more excited. I have been a fan of the series for quite some time now and I thought I might have to miss out this console generation. Square Enix and Microsoft came through for me. I haven’t been so into an E3 for about 4 years since they began cutting down. It is good to feel the anticipation is back.

Here is the E3 Trailer of Final Fantasy XIII

In other news my favorite video game of all time is getting a DS remake. It is basically the same game it was on the SNES, but with dual screen functionality and it’s portable. I guess they are tossing in a few added goodies as well. I can’t tell you how excited about this. I mean this game is the pincacle of gaming for me. It has a deep story, all the characters have depth and with many multiple endings it takes away some of the linearity that Squenix RPGs are known for. Squenix is really getting on my good side lately.


With all this video game news I thought it would be a good time to post pics of my painted 360 faceplate. I decided my all white 360 was in need of a face lift. I decided the theme would be the Rebel Alliance from Star Wars (like that took any time to decide.

Here is the inspiration. A rebel flag.

I decided to flesh out the image and see if I could transfer the general idea to the faceplate. Here is the mock up image.

After two weeks and many, many coats of paints. I arrived at my finished product. I am happy with the way it turned out. What do you guys think?

A couple posts back I mentioned my self improvement plan via Excel and I promised to post results of my progress. I have been keeping up with it I promise. The results with grades are…sub-par to say the least, but at least it shows improvement. I would also like to say that I have not bit my nails for an entire week, and I will say that I am starting to get the shakes. I am going to get a manicure if I can break it. I know that sounds a little girly, but I don’t care. These nails have gone through hell over these past 20 years and they deserve a little pampering.

6/30/2008 – 7/6/2008·····54.17%···········F
7/6/2008 – 7/13/2008·····64.58%···········F

The last thing I have to post is a picture I took while picking up milk at Meijer today. There is just something wrong with the sales pitch.


I watched serenity last night and there is a tremendously bad ass scene at the end with a finish pose that was begging to be made into a wallpaper, so I did just that. It’s in wide screen only right now, but request if you would like a different aspect ratio.

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