Monday, February 28, 2011

Music

Judging from my last blog entry, there's a lot of hate for Justin Bieber right now.  I have to say, I'm moderately surprised.  I thought he was somewhat popular.

Half the time with this blog, I guess about what the readers will find interesting.  Usually, I stick to talking about videogames because people seem to like it.  I rarely talk about music, because I don't listen to music that often.

For example, in the past nine months or so, I have only added three songs to my music collection, two of which come directly from TV shows:
  1. This is the Life
  2. Big Time Rush: Theme Song
  3. Fleetwood Mac - Tell Me Sweet Little Lies
So...yeah, I don't know much about current music. I couldn't name any song on the Top 100 right now, except for that one with the weird lyrics.

I like to play videogames...Super Mario!
And I work out...Cardio!
Um, last year I went on vacation to...Buffalo!

And I only know that song exists because Steve was listening to it in his car when he gave me a ride three Saturdays ago.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Justin Bieber on CSI

The latest singing sensation, Justin Bieber, did a guest appearance on CSI recently...



I wonder how his fans are going to react to this.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Nancy Drew: Secret of Shadow Ranch (iPad)

Hey, everyone! Here's the preview for the newest Nancy Drew game, Secret of Shadow Ranch. It's available now, for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.



I think it looks pretty good! It's been about two weeks since my ten-year-old cousin got an iPod Touch, which means he must be bored with it by now. I'll have to see if I can borrow it and play this game.

We also have a newsletter about the game, for everyone who wants more information.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Doctor's Appointment

I had a doctor's appointment today.  It took me about 20 minutes to get there, because my GPS insisted that I make a big one-mile circle around the general area, twice.  It went something like this.

GPS: Turn right.
Michael: Okay. (turns right)
GPS: Just kidding! Loop around and try again.
Michael: Rrrrrr!

When I drove back home, the GPS picked the five-minute route, which contains a grand total of two right hand turns.  I need a new GPS.

I went in for heart/chest problems.  I don't know why, but that part of my body has been hurting latlely.  It usually shows up at 6:45, when we do the daily walking rosary, but it also happens at other times of the day.

The doctor's diagnosis is that I have gastritis, a stomach acid problem which is going up to the esophagus and causing pains.  I'm not 100% sure how stomach problems can lead to chest pains, but he's the doctor, not me.  He wants me to take his fancy pills every day and return in 4 to 6 weeks.

Also, he wants me to stop drinking anything that tastes good, because that could upset my stomach.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Health and Eating Habits

Now that I'm older, I've noticed that my eating habits have changed.  I first noticed this about three years ago, when I was having a packet of M&M's as a snack.  I ate about half of the M&M's, then I put them away because I wasn't hungry anymore.

My friend Adrianna was shocked, and she pointed out what I did.  I decided I didn't want to eat candy anymore.  This is Sign #1 of becoming old, or at least, that's what all the college kids agreed.  College kids will eat almost anything, and so they consider it almost a sacrilege to buy candy and not eat it.

The same thing has happened with soda.  I used to drink soda all the time as a kid.  But now, after I have two glasses of soda, I switch to water.  If I try to have more soda, my body doesn't really accept it, and I feel weird.

So I can't have as much soda as I used to, and I can't have as much candy as I used to.  I guess that, in general, my body can't process as much sugar anymore.  I can only imagine this trend will continue, to the point where I will never have sugar at all, like a diabetic.

I actually have a doctor's appointment tomorrow morning, due to heart problems, so there actually is a chance that I might have to change my diet. I'll let you know what happens.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Back to the Future: The Game (Part 2)

Here's my review for the second Back to the Future game. The review for the first game is found here.

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I’m not sure what’s going on with Back to the Future: The Videogame: Episode Two: Get Tannen!. And no, I’m not only talking about the game’s title, which is almost as long as the game itself.

The game was released last Thursday, with absolutely no warning whatsoever. I mean, it wasn’t even on the list of new videogame releases! That’s kind of odd, to say the least. Companies usually publicize their big-name titles, you know? Some people have suggested the game was accidentally released ahead of schedule, and I have to agree with them. Technical difficulties plague this game, to the point where you’ll want to give up and wait for them to release the PlayStation version instead.

Yes, this game has more bugs than a Looney Tunes Marathon. Here are the ones I ran into:
  1. The start-up screen doesn’t actually start up.
  2. The screen turns blank during cutscenes.
  3. There is horrendous lag during cutscenes.
  4. Subtitles magically appear, even when the subtitles are set to “off”.
  5. The mouse controls are awful, and it’s really hard to move anywhere, and–wait, that’s not a bug? They’re supposed to be like that?
  6. Please reinstall the game. Five times.
I dunno. Maybe TellTale Games just really hates me because I gave Tales of Monkey Island a 3 out of 10, and they decided to get revenge by giving me the beta version of this game.

lag
Here is a picture of the game. Stare at it for ten seconds while slowly moving your mouse an inch. You have just experienced what the in-game lag is like.

Technical difficulties aside, the game isn’t all that bad. It’s a good show, although I have no idea where the plotlines are going. Without giving any spoilers, let’s just say that the game unexpectedly creates a relationship for every single character. That’s right, everyone gets a girlfriend or boyfriend! It’s like Back to the Future: Romance Style. Could it be that this game was supposed to be released three days earlier, on Valentine’s Day?

I’m having a hard time writing about this game without talking about Back to the Future: The Videogame: Episode 1. Game #2 really doesn’t work independently of Game #1; you won’t be able to pick up this game without having played the first one. I’m kind of disappointed by this, to be honest. Why split up the game into multiple parts, if the parts aren’t independent wholes in themselves? That just seems like a bad idea, especially when everyone agrees these games are “too short”.

This game has a few improvements over the previous one. First off, the number of characters is doubled, which makes the game feel a lot more realistic. Second off, Marty has a mustache for most of the game. Sure, it’s a fake mustache, but it still looks good. Third, there are about five musical numbers, due to a song-based puzzle, which increases the production value.

Even though the number of characters is doubled, in reality, there are only two new characters that get some real screentime: Officer Danny Parker and Trixie Trotter. I get the sense that they put a lot of work into Officer Parker; his character design is far more detailed than, say, Doc Brown’s. Trixie seemed kind of generic, though. She didn’t bother me, but it didn’t feel like she was worth basing a third of the game around.

Also, if I’m going to complain about characters, I might as well say that the scene of Kid Tannen making jokes to Marty was completely out-of-place. Having Kid Tannen laugh throughout the entire scene totally ruined the seriousness of the situation. That really threw me off.

musical

The best part of the game was probably alternate 1985, where they took ten or so minutes to mess around with a fake timeline. I thought that was a lot of fun, because they just played around with the idea, coming up with all sorts of amusing bad things to happen to the McFlys.

The worst part of the game is the beginning, where Marty tries to sneak around without being seen (like in Back to the Future II). This part would be more fun, if the game’s controls weren’t so awful. The new “sneak mode” makes the already-bad controls even worse, because you still suffer from the same problems, only now they occur in slow motion.

Overall, I’d say that this is absolutely a better game than the first Back to the Future game. However, I enjoyed the first game more than I enjoyed this one. I guess that means they sort of balance each other out. I’ll definitely check out the third game when it’s released in March, especially because it looks like it takes place in yet another alternate 1985 timeline.

I’m giving this game a low score, four out of ten. That's because of all the technical difficulties, which made it a struggle to play the game. If they work out the bugs, my score will immediately go up two points, to a six out of ten (above average).

Saturday, February 19, 2011

New Car

All right, today, I finally got a new car, after my old car died at the start of the year.  I am now the driver of a 2010 Toyota Corolla.

It's not a hybrid, but it's an actual car.  I'll accept it.

The car salesmen were like vultures, and our salesman looked like a really ugly Barack Obama. It took approximately forever for them to get through all the paperwork, because only two people were working in the paperwork department. I almost fell asleep.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Back to the Future

The latest Back to the Future videogame was released yesterday, which is kind of weird.  They never announced the release date, and it wasn't on the official list of "games that are coming out this week".  They just released without any notice.

That's kind of odd that they would release a much-anticipated game without any fanfare whatsoever, at least not on the official BttF blog that I've been following.  Maybe I've been following the wrong blog?  In any case, I won't complain.  It's a new game!

Only, now I'm complaining, because the game isn't working for me.  I've installed and re-installed the program about seven times, and I've re-downloaded the installation program about five times. It doesn't work. No matter what happens, I get a mostly-blank screen, instead of the nice "please log-in to access teh game" screen.  Even a system restore hasn't solved the problem.

My friend Nathaniel hasn't been able to play the game, either, but that's because he forgot his password, so he can't even download it. Silly Nathaniel.

Some people have suggested that they weren't prepared to release the game yet, which is why there was no announcement, and why some people are having problems getting the game to run.

Oh well.  No matter what, it looks like I'll just have to wait a while before playing the game.

EDIT: Okay, I finally managed to get the game to work!  ...Somewhat.  There are moments when the screen is totally black, and the lag is super-horrible.  Expect to see a review sometime in the future.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Massive Backup

You might have noticed that I haven't uploaded any videos in a while. This is because I have a massive backup of videos and video projects.  On my computer, right now, I have:
  • Two hours of Back to the Future: The Game recorded, without commentary.
  • Four hours of The Adventures of Willy Beamish, recorded, with commentary. They need extensive audio editing.
  • Three hours of footage for the 1000 Videos celebration, which needs editing.
  • A random Legend of Zelda video, about the first time I played a Zelda game.
  • Six Super Mario Galaxy 2 videos, half of which need commentary.
  • Seven minutes of the final case of Miles Edgeworth: Ace Attorney: Investigations.
I'm pretty sure that I will attack the Willy Beamish project first.  Once I finish with the first three videos, I will upload them and feel accomplished.  Then I'll move on to the 1000 videos celebration and finish with that project, finally.  I'm not sure what'll happen after that.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The US Budget

In the news recently, there's a lot of talk about President Obama's brand new budget plan, which is somewhere in the trillions.  Critics have said that is, quote, "kind of a lot of money", and they have suggested various plans to help the country's budget, such as not giving anybody health care or social security.

It's moments like these when you know are lawmakers are really looking out for the welfare of their citizens.

President Obama has promised to veto the proposed budget cuts, because saving money is clearly a bad idea.  After all, it could hurt the economic growth of the country.  I'm not exactly sure which country he's talking about, because he certainly can't mean the United States of America.  The last time I checked, we're still in a recession.

Speaking of which, Borders Bookstores has just declared bankruptcy.  Not only are all of their employees out of work, but I imagine that a lot of people will be fired from the publishing industry, too.  After all, Borders probably controlled 30% to 40% of all bookstore sales in the country.

In any case, it's starting to look like the budget cuts aren't going to be accepted, so our country is going to go further into debt.  Oh well.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

YouTube Partner

Some people have been wondering if I have become an official YouTube partner.  I sent in an application when I hit 10 million views, back in November.

YouTube is not the world's fastest company, and they finally got around to answering my application.  It was...drum roll please...rejected, due to "lack of original content".  Now I won't be able to get a fancy logo for my YouTube page, along with bragging rights.  Oh well.  I didn't really want a fancy logo, anyway.

I was thinking about moving the Phoenix Wright videos over to my Nancy Drew channel if I made partner, and I'm still kind of thinking of doing so, even though I was rejected.  I'll think about it some more.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

40 Questions

All right, everyone!  You've been waiting, and here they are: the forty questions I will answer before the 1000 videos celebration is ended!

Video #7:

1. Do you ever have to use hints when making a walkthrough?
2. Do you think you'd ever work with Her Interactive?
3. How do you picture Nancy Drew when you're playing these games? What do you think she looks like?
4. How did you come up with your username?
5. Do you think the world will end in 2012?
6. Are you on the Her Interactive boards?
7. Has anyone ever complained about your talking in these videos?
8. What is your opinion on the Nancy Drew movie?
9. Do you have any pets?
10. What is your favorite walkthough, the one with the best, funniest moments, etc.

Video #8:

1. What is your job? (Answer: Catholic seminarian)
2. What is the seminary like?
3. Why do you want to be a Catholic priest?
4. Do Catholic priests and religious have to be celibate? (Answer: Yes)
5. What if you met the perfect woman for you? (Everyone always asks this question. It gets annoying after a while.)
6. Have you always wanted to become a priest?
7. What made you decide to join the seminary?
8. What about church scandals? (Everyone always asks this question, too.)
9. Why do you want to be a priest?
10. What is your daily life like at the seminary?
11. What is your favorite prayer?
12. Who is your favorite saint?

Video #9:

1. What is your favorite movie?

2. What is the hardest (and easiest) Nancy Drew game, in your opinion?
3. What is the girliest game you have ever played?
4. How do you feel about the deline in aesthetic appearance for characters for Nancy Drew? (Or if you do not believe this to be so, explain why)
5. What's the funniest thing that's ever occurred while you were playing a Nancy Drew game (outside of the game)?
6. who gives better hints, Frank and Joe or Bess and George???
7. do you believe in aliens
8. Here is my question, what was the order of Nancy Drew games you did them? in? Also what is your favorite villian of all time and why?
9. do you belive in ghosts?
10. were you ever bullied? or? how did you put up with bullying? please answer!!!

Video #10:

1. What is your favorite Nancy? Drew video game front cover?

2. What was the WORST game you've ever played altogether??
3. Do you like musicals? Which ones are your? favorites? Also?
4. Do you think ned will ever be in a nancy drew game?
5. Which Nancy Drew game do you think had the best soundtrack?
6. How tall are you (in feet and inches)?
7. If you had an elephant, where would you hide it?
8. also Which Nancy Drew game scares you the most? (or? makes you 'jump' whatever)
9. what is your favorite nancy drew death scene, if you have one? Any that were ridiculous that made you laugh, or just frustrated you, or anything like that.
10. Which Nancy Drew Game had the most interesting plot in your opinion?
11. what do you hate about the newer games
12. what do you miss from the older games
 
Hopefully, I can do the recording for these questions before the end of the week. I reserve the right to leave out or change any questions.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Rite

A movie called "The Rite" came out recently.  It's about exorcism, and the movie has gotten mixed reviews.  I think that most of the people who didn't like it were disappointed that it wasn't a horror movie, like they expected.

Most of the people here at the seminary liked it, because it's pro-Catholic.  I haven't seen the movie myself, and I don't think I will, because I personally know the priest the movie is based on.  I actually lived with him last summer, and I feel kind of weird seeing a movie that's based off my boss.

Of course, they changed some things for the movie.  They gave him a different name, and they made him 20-30 years younger (typical Hollywood decision).  And they gave him a faith crisis, just to make things more interesting.  But still, I think I'd have a hard time watching the movie and not thinking of the character as the man I lived with for three months.

Exorcism is a topic that people are very interested in, but it's misunderstood.  Actual demonic possession, which is the type you see in exorcist movies, is very rare.  That happens less than 1% of the time, about once a year in our diocese.  Most of the work that Father ------ does as an exorcist involves counseling people and praying with them.  In fact, he is fond of saying, "The last thing an exorcist does is perform an exorcism".

Friday, February 11, 2011

NGP to Kill Console Games

Every now and then, when I feel like a laugh, I check my local newspaper and read their weekly column about videogames.  It's always unintentionally hilarious, because it's written by the movie reviewer, who never plays videogames.

Last week, he wrote about the Sony NGP, which he thinks is going to bring an end to console gaming.  That's right; the Sony NGP is going to put the Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 out of business.

For those of you who don't know, the NGP is "Next Generation Portable", Sony's new handheld device.  It looks a lot like the current one, except it has a touchscreen.  But apparently, instead of normal hardware, it has super powers.  The graphics are so realistic that they make Avatar look bad.  Only specialized graphics experts can tell the difference between a NGP game and reality.

This is bad news for Sony.  I mean, it's good that they're making a system with great graphics.  But it's bad, because nobody will buy PlayStations anymore.  Who would buy a PS3 when you could buy an NGP, which costs less and has better graphics?  No one, that's who.  The PS3 costs about PS300 dollars, and unless NGP stands for Not Good Price, the NGP is cheaper.

Our movie reviewer predicts that, in the future, all the console systems will disappear.  The NGP will destroy them all with its HD graphics.  Really, Nintendo and Microsoft should just give up now, before they embarass themselves.  There's no way they can compete with a system that has an HD screen smaller than a CD case.  Long live the NGP!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

My Cousin's Birthday Gift

It was my little cousin's birthday yesterday--he just turned nine--and one of his birthday presents was an iPod Touch.

AUNT D, ARE YOU CRAZY?

Clearly, my aunt has not read my blog entries about how I am interested in an iPod Touch.  Now my third-grade cousin is going to brag about how he's more high-tech than I am.  Curses!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Unanswered Questions

Recently, I had you blog readers vote on which questions you want to see me answer.  Before I reveal the questions you picked--as well as the twenty other questions I'm going to answer--let's take a look at the questions I'm not going to answer in a vlog.

1. Have you ever read any of the Nancy Drew books (from any series)?

2. Besides Nancy Drew characters, who is your favorite character voiced by Lani Minella? (if you have one)
3. Do you like pie?
4. Do you like taylor Swift?
5. also, what is your opinion of llamas?
6. What is your opinion of either Sonny Joon or Prudence? Rutherford?
7. Do you like The Beatles? What's your favorite Beatles song??
8. Are there any games that you have refused to play and or record?
9. what kind of books do you read?? Do you Read alot? whats your favorite book?
10. Do you ever get sick? of doing all your walkthroughs? Do you ever get? bored playing the game over and over, then shooting the video of it?
11. pirates or ninjas??
12. Congrats, i was kind of hoping you? could discuss your views on communism/socialism, if its alright with you,and also if its not to late to respond.
13. Also, what was your favorite cartoon growing up? ;)
14. If you were an animal what animal would you be?
15. What kind of television shows are you into?
16. Do you like anime/manga?
17. who is your most favorite villian and why
18. Also, what is your favorite gaming console?

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And just for fun, I'm going to answer a few of them here.  Consider it a blog exclusive.

Q: Do you like pie?
A: Who doesn't?
Q: Do you like the Beatles?
A: Not really. All their songs kind of sound the same to me.

Q: Do you ever get sick of doing all your walkthroughs?
A: YES.

Q: Have you ever read any of the Nancy Drew books (from any series)?

A: Yes.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

New Playlist

I've got a new playlist on my Youtube Channel, one which details all of the various music-based videos that I've made.

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=AD2CE96F1E0969BF

About four of them are music videos (i.e. video that was made to fit a pre-recorded song), two of them are a bagpipe player, and all of the rest are are the background music for various Nancy Drew games.  Would people be interested in seeing me make more videos for background music?  They're really easy to make.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Questions

Over the weekend, I went through all the remaining questions for the 1000 videos "Q and A" session.  I got rid of the duplicate questions, I put the similar questions together, and basically, I cut the list down from twenty pages long to three.  The end of this project is now in sight.

Good News: I've got room for twenty more questions until I reach Question #100, which seems like a good place to stop.

Bad News: There are forty questions left.

I figured I'd leave it up to you blog readers!  Here's the list of forty questions. Let me know which ones you like, and which ones you don't.  Come up with new questions if you must, and I'll be answering the questions you choose sometime soon!

  1. Have you ever read any of the Nancy Drew books (from any series)?
  2. What is your favorite movie?
  3. What is the hardest (and easiest) Nancy Drew game, in your opinion?
  4. What is the girliest game you have ever played?
  5. How do you feel about the deline in aesthetic appearance for characters for Nancy Drew? (Or if you do not believe this to be so, explain why) 
  6. Besides Nancy Drew characters, who is your favorite character voiced by Lani Minella? (if you have one)
  7. Do you like pie? 
  8. Do you like taylor Swift?
  9. What's the funniest thing that's ever occurred while you were playing a Nancy Drew game (outside of the game)?
  10. who gives better hints, Frank and Joe or Bess and George???
  11. also, what is your? opinion of llamas?
  12. What is your opinion of either Sonny Joon or Prudence? Rutherford?
  13. do you believe in aliens
  14. Do you like The Beatles? What's your favorite Beatles song??
  15. Here is my question, what was the order of Nancy Drew games you did them? in? Also what is your favorite villian of all time and why?
  16. do you belive in ghosts?
  17. were you ever bullied? or? how did you put up with bullying? please answer!!!
  18. Are there any games that you have refused to play and or record?
  19. What is your favorite Nancy? Drew video game front cover?
  20. what kind of books do you read?? Do you Read alot? whats your favorite book?
  21. What was the WORST game you've ever played altogether??
  22. Do you like musicals? Which ones are your? favorites? Also?
  23. Do you ever get sick? of doing all your walkthroughs? Do you ever get? bored playing the game over and over, then shooting the video of it?
  24. pirates or ninjas??
  25. Do you think ned will ever be in a nancy drew game?
  26. Which Nancy Drew game do you think had the best soundtrack?
  27. How tall are you (in feet and inches)?
  28.  If you had an elephant, where would you hide it?
  29. also Which Nancy Drew game scares you the most? (or? makes you 'jump' whatever)
  30. Congrats, i was kind of hoping you? could discuss your views on communism/socialism,if its alright with you,and also if its not to late to respond.
  31. what is your favorite nancy drew death scene, if you have one? Any that were ridiculous that made you laugh, or just frustrated you, or anything like that.
  32. Also, what was your favorite cartoon growing up? ;)
  33. If you were an animal what animal would you be?
  34. What kind of television shows are you into?
  35. Do you like anime/manga?
  36. Which Nancy Drew Game had the most interesting plot in your opinion?
  37. what do you hate about the newer games
  38. what do you miss from the older games
  39. who is your most favorite villian and why
  40. Also, what is your favorite gaming console? 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Trains

Today, I have a quick update on the California Bullet Train.  For those of you who don't know, this is train that will be built between San Francisco and Los Angeles.  The project has been underway since 2008, and we issued $10 billion in bonds to pay for it, but no trains or train tracks have actually been built.

This is because it will cost anywhere from $40 to $80 billion to build.

The latest news is that the project has been delayed for two years.  They were all set to release the construction planning documents last December, but now the documents won't be seen until 2012.  Actual construction of the train will probably be a few years later, because there's no way that the state won't be sued by protestors over the proposed plans.

For us, this means we have to wait until we learn the answer to important questions like "Where will the train stops be?" and "Will it be underground or overground?".  You'd think they would have this figured out by now, seeing as the project started in November 2008, but no.

Meanwhile, the train system in Northern California (Caltrain) is $30 million in debt, so they are going to close half of their stations.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Console Games I Own

Continuing my series from yesterday, here's the list of console games I own / am not opposed to make walkthroughs for.  I think I'll limit myself to systems made this century.
  • Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, AKA Toon Link Ruins the Series
  • Zak and Wiki: The Search for Barbaros' Treasure
  • Fire Emblem GCN, Fire Emblem Wii
  • The Prince of Persia trilogy
  • Super Mario Galaxy
  • Super Paper Mario
  • Megaman Collection
...I don't have a lot of console games, because they cost $20 to $30 more than other games.  So I generally get them as gifts, or not at all.  I have NES games, and N64 games, but I won't list them unless people are interested.  I also have Gameboy and DS games, too, which I can list.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Computer Games I Own

People certainly seem interested in yesterday's list of games I could make walkthroughs for.  That was just a list--a very old list--of games people suggested I play.

Today, here's the list of computer games that I currently own / am not opposed to making walkthroughs for.  I'll be more likely to make walkthroughs for these than some of the ones I listed yesterday.
  • Nancy Drew Dossier: Resorting to Danger
  • Curse of Monkey Island
  • Infinity City
  • Emerald City Confidential
  • Treasure Mathstorm!
  • King Arthur's Magic Castle
  • Mission THINK
  • Pajama Sam 3 and 4
  • Putt-Putt Travels Through Time
  • Spy Fox 2, 3 and 4
  • Best of Windows Entertainment Package (containing Taipei, Chip's Challenge, SkiFree, Jeezball and others)
  • The Samana Swift series, except the third game because that never happened.
I've been thinking of doing another run of Oregon Trail, because it's fun.  I've also been thinking of doing one or two short videos, like one that shows off the new version of Solitaire, one that shows off SkiFree, one for Jeezball, etc, etc.  They won't be full walkthroughs; they will just show off what a certain game is like.

Tomorrow, if people are interested, I can list the console games that I own / am not opposed to making walkthroughs for.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

List of Possible Walkthroughs

So guess what I found, everyone?  A text file from October, 2009, which is a list of videogames I wanted to make video walkthroughs for.  I made this list after people sent in suggestions as to which games they want to see me play.

Here's the list, minus the games I have already played.  Popular games (as determined by the comments to this post) are bolded:
  • Phoenix Wright 3
  • Pajama Sam 3
  • Pajama Sam 4
  • Nancy Drew: Curse of Blackmoor Manor (speedrun)
  • Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • Professor Layton 2
  • White Wolf of Icicle Creek Wii - Picture Pieces
  • Apollo Justice
  • Time Hollow
  • Megaman X3, Megaman III
  • Return to Mysterious Island
  • Chaos
  • Skipper and Skitto The Great Treasure Hunt
  • Treasure Mathstorm!
  • Kings Quest
  • Spy Fox
  • The Last Express
  • Demos for the Nancy Drew games
  • Castlevania
  • Delaware St. John
  • Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?
  • Dream Penguin Adventure
I have never even heard of some of these games, such as Skipper and Skitto The Great Treasure Hunt or The Last Express.  That first one sounds kind of weird.  If I had to make a similar list today, I think about half of the games would no longer be on it.
The next video walkthrough I'm doing, for sure, is The Adventures of Willy Beamish, which I recorded last weekend with my friend Paul.  I thought it would be easy and fun to do, because I've played the game before.  In fact, I wrote a guide for it back in 2007.  But it turned out that we got horribly stuck, and my guide didn't help at all, and the main character kept dying over and over and over again.  Those videos are either going to be hilarious, or painfully bad.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space

In my area, the show Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space airs every night at 9:30.  It's an animated TV show from 1972, and it's just as ridiculous as the title makes it sound.

This show is a spinoff of Josie and the Pussycats, which is the name of a band.  Unlike most spinoffs, it contains all of the characters from the original show.  These characters being...
  • Josie, who is supposed to be the main character, but she's actually more like a prop than a character.
  • Melody, the joker.
  • Valerie, the super-genius.
  • Alan, who is the band's manager and superhunk. He is devoid of all personality.
  • Alex, whose presence on the show is unexplained.
  • Alexandra, Josie's rival. She always whines about everything, and insults the other characters.  I don't know why they hang out with her.
  • Sebastian, Alexandra's cat.  I'm pretty sure the cat gets more screentime than Josie.
  • Bleep, a wacky alien who says, "Bleep!" Oh boy, that's wacky!
It's a good group of characters, I guess, but the weird part is that they are always onscreen.  That is, all eight characters are in every single scene.  It makes the show feel crowded.  Josie never gets any lines, because there are always seven other characters there to talk in her place, so she just stands around and does nothing.

I don't know if the show's creators hate Josie or what, but they also made her fifteen pounds heavier than she was in the original show.  I've never seen an animated show do that before.  Maybe the original title for the show was Josie and Pussycats: Now Without Josie!

The show takes place in outer space, where our heroes have Wacky Space Adventures.  These adventures usually involve meeting aliens that are evil and want to take over the universe.  Of course, with the help of everyone except Josie, our heroes are able to save the galaxy multiple times a week.

Here are the plots I've seen so far:
  • Our heroes land on the planet of aliens with Irish accents.  These aliens are plagued by 20-foot aliens (called the Huge Os).  The Huge Os want to destroy the sun, because it hurts their eyes when they look at it.  Our heroes stop the nefarious plot of the Huge Os by telling them about sunglasses.
  • Two robot aliens have created missiles that shoot laser beams.  When you get hit by one of these beams, you turn into a six-year-old.  Some of our heroes get turned into kids, but eventually they turn back to normal and stop the robots by turning them into little children.
  • Frog aliens kidnap our heroes.  For reasons that aren't made clear, the frogs are having a large circus, so our heroes put on a musical act.  Then there's an extended escape sequence.  In a circus.
All in all, the show has ridiculous plotlines, kind of bad animation, and 40% less Josie than the first show did.  It's not that good of a show, but it keeps me amused when there's nothing else to do before going to bed.