Games I’m looking for… if they’re cheap that is.

 

These are the games, consoles and accessories that I’m looking to put in my collection whenever I get a great price for them. I’ll wait for the right opportunity since I’ve bought so many games that I’ll have to beat before buying new ones… at least according to my wife, that is!

1. Advance Wars: Dual Strike and Days of Ruin [NDS]

– When I’ve actually beat the first two games I’ll think of buying this game… the first one is a lot of fun but difficult at the end.

2. New Super Mario Bros. [NDS]

– I’ve played this game and reached level 8. It’s awesome!

3. Tetris DS [NDS]

– This is the best Tetris game I’ve ever played.

4. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga [GBA], Partners in Time [NDS], Bowser’s Inside Story [NDS]

– Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga was awesome. I’m looking forward to owning this game.

5. Pokémon Green [GB]

– Just for collection purposes, and because I find Venusaur and Japan awesome, I want to own a copy of this game.

6. Gameboy Camera and Printer [GB]

– I’ve always wanted a Gameboy Camera ever since a guy in class boasted with his own.

7. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 1 & 2 [NDS]

– The first game is great with good graphics and music and gameplay. I hope the second game is just as good. And it’s a plus that Akira Toriyama (artist and author of Dragon Ball and artist of Chrono Trigger and Dragon Quest) has designed it.

8. Gameboy Pocket (the one looking like the original GB)

– For collection purposes, and it looks really nice. The other colors look too plastic-ish.

9. Bomberman 64 [N64]

– I’ve already explained why I want this game in my review of it.

10. Wario Blast [GB]

– It’s Bomberman mixed with Wario. That’s all I need to know to want the game.

11. F-Zero X [N64]

– I’ve already explained why I want this game in my review of it.

12. Tennis [GB]

– Because I used to own it and because I still have the manual.

First image: http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm64/tragedy623/ebay/CIMG1652.jpg

Second image: http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/superstarSaga.png

If my calculations are correct…

 

 

 

“If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour… you’re gonna see some serious shit. “

One of the greatest trilogies of all time.

So fun.

Watercolor and ink on 5.5×8.5 inch watercolor paper

Original painting (and many others) for sale at my Etsy store…

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ScottChristianSava

Game Hunting: It’s Not Really Retro But…

 

Today I went to a store that still sells PS2 games in discount bins.

Why did I go today of all days? Because I’d heard that all their games were 50% off.

50. Frickin’. Percent. Off.

So I bought Kingdom Hearts I and II. Both are games I’ve wanted since they were released but I’m too cheap to buy games over 15 bucks, and if I buy more than 1 at a time they have to be no more than 10 bucks each. I gave about 20 bucks for both, brand new.

If that’s not a great deal then I don’t know what is.

I really like how Donald and Goofy accompany you on your quest, simply because Donald Duck is my favourite Disney character. He’s the most human of them all, and Mickey is, in my opinion, too much of a goody-two-shoes to be likeable.

On a side note: I haven’t finished Advance Wars yet. Sturm is really hard, and I don’t mean down his pants, and it doesn’t help how some walkthrough authors think he’s easy when he isn’t to the average gamer. You know, they’re that kind of gamer that thinks that just because they’re good at that kind of game then anyone that isn’t is stupid. And I know I’m not stupid, I’m highly educated. Yet I can’t defeat that SOB. I think I lack the patience to beat him, and that’s a funny thing since the general consensus on how to beat Sturm is attack, attack, attack. One author even wrote that if you get Sami on your right side, and she’s a weak C.O. for that battle, then you’ve pretty much asked for a difficult battle since you pretty much suck. That’s some major douchebaggery there. I’m pretty sure that kind of guy doesn’t have too much to be proud of outside of video games, but who am I to judge others.

 

 

 

This image is by http://dr-baconman.deviantart.com/. Sturm has been graphed, as the evil AI he is. Suits him fine. F-U Sturm. If I can’t beat him the next time I’ll consider the game beaten anyways (much like I did with Donkey Kong for the Gameboy, I couldn’t beat that ape! And Bomber Man for the Gameboy as well, couldn’t beat that last boss either. See the pattern?).

 

First image from: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/68/Kingdom_Hearts_logo.png

Second image from: http://img-cache.cdn.gaiaonline.com/b35632561254a2fdee5f4aed41ffffff/http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb310/Kingdom-Hearts-Otaku/7KH_key_800x600.jpg

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

 

I can’t wait for December 14th!

In 2010 I was in New Zealand in a road trip which lead me to the location where they filmed The Lord of The Rings trilogy.

I saw when they were building up Bags End to look exactly as it did in those movies, but this time they were in the pre-production phase of The Hobbit movie. Because of this I had to read the book before I saw the film. Incidentally, when it came to the LOTR trilogy I saw the movies first and read the books later and that was a good thing. I wonder how this will affect my movie experience this time around.

The book begins in many ways like an old tale and is told in the perspective of an old story teller in front of a fire late at night. But later it transforms in a way into the same kind of tale as in the LOTR books, and you start to recognize that this is where J.R.R Tolkien developed his writing style that was predominant in his later works.

The Man himself.

When putting down the book I realized that Bilbo in many ways, being of the same age as Frodo when he went on his journey, is much more fit for adventure, heroics and battles than is Frodo. Also he’s wiser, more resourceful  and luckier than him. This lead to me understanding that the Bilbo that went with the Dwarves to slay the evil dragon Smaug would’ve been more fit to take the ring to Mordor. Maybe that’s because the lord of the ring hadn’t awakened and laid his eye on the ring, but putting that aside I still think Bilbo would’ve made a better job.

It’s been told that it will be turned into a trilogy as well. After having read the book I think that it’s a great idea seeing how there’s so much happening in the book that needs to be in the movie.

I only have one question: 1. What’s the Council of the White Mages? There should only be one at a time, and that’d be Saruman and then later Gandalf?

I really can’t wait for December 14th.

 

December 14th. Dwarves. 

 

 

 

Image 1: http://courses.moodleshare.com/file.php/3/the-hobbit.jpg

Image 2: http://www.tolkien-online.com/bilbo-baggins.html

Image 3: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/18/TheHobbitFilm13Dwarves.jpg

 

The Gameboy Advance Case I got and the one I didn’t get

 

This is the case I got from Ebay. Looks nice, doesn’t it? But something is missing on the design, isn’t it?

 

 

This is how it looks like when opened, together with the black Gameboy Advance and the two games in the compartment to the left.

 

 

 

 

This, on the other hand, is the case I didn’t get, but thought I’d get. See how the buttons are white? And the screen looks like a real GBA screen? And the shoulder buttons really are there?

Now I’m not really complaining about the one I got, I’m just saying that it’s different. It’s like a copy or something of  this one. But none of these two are easy to track down on the internet.

First and second image from: MartianOddity

Last image from: http://media.photobucket.com/image/gameboy%20advance%20case/glamshop/Shop/Electronics/Games/Nintendo/gbacarrycase.jpg

Man of the Year

I watched the thriller Man of the Year this weekend. You know, the one with Robin Williams. Wait, you’d never heard of this movie before either?

Meet George Washington and his immensely distant relative of the future… 

Tom Dobbs.

IMDB description: “A comedian who hosts a news satire program decides to run for president, and a computerized voting machine malfunction gets him elected.”

I got dissapointed.

The plot was alright, even though it started slowly. The actors were great. The camerawork was good. Then why did I get dissapointed?

Because of the text describing the movie in the back of the case. It prepared me for the insane “Mrs. Doubtfire”- kind of comedy. The images, the text, everything pointed to this. Instead I was presented to a somewhat more intelligent kind of humor that was put in here and there in the form of stand up in a movie that essentially was a thriller. And that’s another thing, the movie classifies as a thriller much more than a comedy. It’s a thriller more than anything. But yet the back of the case states that it’s a comedy. Oh, yes, it’s the human comedy alright.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way I think that the movie was alright. As a comedy I’d give it 2/5. As a thriller I’d give it 4/5.

Here’s my favourite quote from the movie:

“Double G before double L and double B before double G…double G before double L and double B before double G…double G before double L and double B before double G…”

And speaking of Mrs. Doubtfire:

 

First image from: http://bitomind.com/memes/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/george-washington-picture.jpg

Second image from: http://www.weirdscience.se/wp-content/williams1.JPG

Third image from: http://s3.amazonaws.com/quotefully_production/photos/character/aeb3c752bbd411e1b8eb12313d1c2505_small