Ripulse blogged
Nov 27, 08 1:23am

My birthday! On 11/28, I will be turning ** years old! (Sorry, but you can't know how old I am. Sign my guestbook, please!

I'm hoping to get one of those new 4th gen iPod nanos. Yellow is what I prefer. I guess I'll also get some books, games, and podcasts off iTunes.

So basically, about me... I'm just a simple person. I joined Neo in 2006-07 under the username Silver_Raikou- changed to Silver Raikou with a free underscore name change. I actually was on Neo long before that; I never really bothered to join.

That's basically it today.

Fun fact: I'm horrible at HTML tagging.

Current Motto: Forgive; don't forget.

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Jesh blogged
Nov 27, 08 1:11am

That's right, it's holiday time. The hustle and bustle of shoppers starting to get ready for Christmas. The sound of buttons popping of your favorite pants from eating too much. Two big holidays are here for the Americans, and gamers alike. Christmas is a time of giving, and receiving! I know a lot of people have some big games on there Christmas lists, as do I. Most of them are hot new releases within the past couple of months on the PC. They are: Fallout 3, Dead Space, Left 4 Dead, and Call of Duty: World at War. All of these games should definitely be exciting and fun for me to play for awhile.

Also, I recently got a couple of books as early Christmas presents of sorts. Most notably, though, was the graphic novel Watchmen. I'd really say that you all should read that, and see the movie when it comes on March 6, 2009. [03.06.09]

This has been my first blog of hopefully many to come. I hope you enjoyed reading it, the future ones will be a lot longer. I love all of the new features Neoseeker has been creating lately, and it's making Neoseeker into a better site overall.

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Liliana blogged
Nov 27, 08 4:00am

Hey guys, Twilight here with My New Games blog. Here I will tell you all about the new games I get and what I think about all of them. Including ratings.

Okay, here we go!


Castlevania: Order of Ecclesa
Bought - November 08, 2008
Platform - Ds (Dual Screen)
Rating - 8/10

Review - I like this game. The voice actors are good, the plot seems okay, and the moves are very good. I love thr glyph system, and the game is quite challenging. Shanoa, the main character is also very cute, so I have no problem with how the characters look. I recomend this game for ages 13 and above because of mild language and blood.

Metroid Prime
Bought - November 01, 2008
Platform - GC
Rating 7.5/10

Review - I did like the majority of the game. It was quite difficult beating, and it was very hard to overcome the bosses. For the first 3D Metroid game ever, I'd say this is pretty good. I didn't like the effects the used in the game though.

Super Smash Bros Brawl
Bought - N/A (Plays it at friends house)
Platform - Wii
Rating - 8/10

Review - Kind of disapointing for the next Super Smash Bros. I loved the graphics and all, and the new Adventure Mode is very fun. The new character made ma giggle, mainly because they added Sonic. <3

My dislikes about the game lie with two factors: The Characters movesets, and the online lag. I hate it when there is a fighting game, and they creators make a new version, and they screw with the movesets. It makes you have learn all stuff again with a character you previously pwned with. The online lag speaks for itself.

Pokemon Diamond
Bought - September 07, 2008
Platform - DS (Dual Screen)
Rating 6.5/10

Review - I did like the fact they made new pokemon game for the DS, but this was disapointing. The graphics were poor, even for a DS game, and the gameplay was the same as it always is. The new pokemon aren't really, 'cool' persay, but they are so broken it's amazing. I didn't like this game.

Golden Sun: The Lost Age
Bought - November 26, 2008 (3rd Time Bought)
Platform - GameBoy Advanced
Rating 9/10

Review - I can say one big this about this game; AWESOME. For a GBA game, this really shows how much work Camelot and Nintendo put work into this. The game's plot, story, and graphics are all amazing for the time it was released. I suggest this game to anyone who like old school handheld games. I would give it a 10/10, but the one bad thing about it is the time length. It take about 10-20 hours to beat this game, and please do remember, this is a GBA game. Good job Camelot!
If you all have questions on why I gave these rating, leave a comment. If you have comments, well, leave a comment. XD

Final Fantasy IV Advanced
Bought - November 30th, 2008 (2nd Time Bought)
Platform - GameBoy Advanced
Raiting - 8/10

Review - Can't say many things bad about this game. It's quite fun, with a very long plot, and very good characters, creatures, weapons, spells, and such. I loved the moves you could use in the game, and I love how the character's stories tie into one. But, what was kind of bad is because of it's lagging quality. At times, the attacks would come slow after the command. Pretty good game.

Final Fantasy IV DS
Bought - December - 28, 2008
Platform - DS
Raiting - 9/10

Review - I LOVE THIS GAME. It offers so much as the previous one for GBA did but more. Sure, it's harder, but it's very fun! The cut scenes are amazing and voices are played so well. The graphics for a DS game are awesome. I loved this game

Well guys, that's all for now. See you next time.

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Chiggins blogged
Nov 27, 08 3:51am

Yea, I know. DEVPEN is kinda dead. Oh well. I've written a few articles on it that I'd like to share with you. They are ordered oldest to newest. Once I post up a new article there I'll create a link to it here.




   
 So close to the end!

Better thank NPH for his contribution... but put it in a place where everybody can read it.

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Artificer blogged
Nov 27, 08 2:26am

Hi Neoseeker, I'm looking forward to blogging about my experiences with web development and NAMFox. At least, that's the plan; I hope I don't become too busy...

But you might find things here about designing themes for forums, various HTML/CSS tips and tricks, and some information about NAMFox (both technical and non-technical) that might not appear in the NAM forum.

My first post will probably be an FAQ about how to use the theme switcher in Loungin' in your own forums, since a lot of mods seem to want one. Stay tuned...

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Tainted blogged
Nov 26, 08 11:54pm

In a video game world dominated by heart pumping action and quick, responsive control systems, it is pretty rare to find a turn-based role playing game in the headlines as a best selling title or a highly anticipated game. Games like Halo 3, Call of Duty 5, and even the Madden series are all games that I would lump into the category of "instant gratification" games. You want your character to do a certain action, so you press a button and immediately it responds on screen. And there's nothing wrong with that, but where's the love for classic, turn-based RPGs that were so popular back in the days of the SNES?

Final Fantasy was a hugely successful game on Nintendo's flagship system, the NES. The game featured advanced graphics on the system, as well as an in-depth weapon and armor system that seemed to transcend the limitations of the era. And the series took off, spawning numerous sequels and offshoot titles.

When you think of a mainstream RPG, what do you think of? For me, the first thing that comes to mind is Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The game was not your typical RPG; it was an action RPG that traded in turn-based combat in favor of live action. It was a huge seller on the Xbox 360 and was the first RPG to sell on the system.

A more recent example of a mainstream RPG would be Mass Effect, the Bioware RPG that seemed to draw from the battle system used in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The system is mostly real time; you get to control your character and the aiming of his weapons in real time. But, if you want to switch weapons or biotics, you have to go to an "attack wheel" sort of thing.

What I'm getting at here is that the mainstream RPG is not what you might think of when you imagine a traditional RPG. It seems that the genre has drifted away from what it once was, and is now just a shadow of its former self. To be popular in the gaming industry today, an RPG has to fit into the "instant gratification" style of play. Turn-based RPGs are seen as tedious and too much effort for the common gamer, who prefers to twitch shooting of games like Halo.

Don't get me wrong here; I love the feeling of mowing someone down with a Battle Rifle as much as the next guy. But when it comes to RPGs, I prefer the slow, turn-based system of games like Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and dare I say it, Pokemon. Something about the mind-numbing level grinding and unbearably long boss battles gives me that contentedness that others get from their FPS and Action games.

Where am I going with this? Well, I am trying to figure out what kind of effect mainstream gaming has on the RPG genre. While it is good to see that the genre is alive and well for all gamers, but at the same time, what if the turn-based games of yesteryear seem to fade away into oblivion (ok, sorry, that is a terrible pun)? I know that's a pretty ludicrous thought, but there's no telling what effect the mainstream taste in video games will have on the genre.

One thing I have noticed, however: the turn-based genre is alive and well on the Nintendo DS. Square Enix has had a very successful life on Nintendo's handheld, porting over classic Final Fantasy titles with updated graphics and new features. I am delighting in this, picking up title after title of turn-based RPGs and loving every minute of it. If there is one console where the traditional RPG is still going strong, it is on the DS.

So what are my final thoughts on this matter? Well, I think that my opinion on this is as crude and jumbled as this blog entry itself. I feel like the console turn-based RPG is a dying genre; the mindset of gamers has shifted into the "instant gratification" way of thinking that we see in so many other things outside of gaming. However, I am excited at the continued success of traditional RPGs on handheld systems, and feel like the system is bright. Now if you excuse me, I have a few random encounters to get into.

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Chiggins blogged
Nov 27, 08 3:30am

Well here is my first blog. Mostly this will serve as an introduction about me, and what I do in my life.

I'm in my senior year at high school. Hopefully after I graduate I'll be heading down to Illinois State University. I've been getting into more and more gaming lately, playing more Counter Strike Source. I'm gonna be building my own computer, and *hopefully* have it done by the time I graduate. Web development is my strong point with computers. I actually do some work with Neoseeker itself. I do some pre-release testing with some features, such as the Tags. I also do some coding, like the Spoiler Tags and the Video Tags on the NeoWikis. Now, I don't work at NeoHQ, so don't confuse me with the real workers.

Well, thats enough about me. If ya wanna learn more, feel free to ask me anything. You can send me a private message, or you can instant message me from any of the contacts on my profile. Thanks for reading!

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Tainted blogged
Nov 27, 08 2:12am

What's up guys? Basically, I am going to be using this blog to work on my writing skills, and to rant and rave about whatever video game topic comes to mind. I might occasionally post a user review of mine up here, because I think it would garner more feedback this way. Anyway, this isn't much yet, but expect some awesomeness coming soon!

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Aya Chan blogged
Nov 27, 08 2:08am

I might as well just make one little blog entry. :)

To be honest, I'm more interested in messing around with the CSS and making my blog look pretty than actually writing anything decent. So if you're looking to get some dirt on me you won't get anything... for now anyway!

So yeah, just needed a post to see what the text and stuff looks like with the CSS I have put in. Have fun watching my CSS fails guys.

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chautemoc blogged
Nov 26, 08 11:54pm



Doot de doot de doot.

Since I'm terrible with initial site entries on my own, I've decided to take a page from huntyr's first one and introduce myself.

Hmm. So yes, my main thing is writing news stories for Neoseeker and GameGrep, though currently I'm also staffing the BioShock wiki. I also do my best to improve the quality of articles and promote the rules on GameGrep by talking with users -- a taxing task at times, to be sure. There are a few other duties, such as occasional beta testing and promoting the site.

Don't really know how much I'll be posting in here as I expect I'll get out most of my gaming love via the sources listed above..hopefully a 'miscellaneous' category pops up in the future..then I'll go to town.

peace,
sean

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Deathsythe blogged
Nov 26, 08 7:50pm

I've been kicking around different ideas to try to help gain some more popularity and exposure outside of Neoseeker for our wikis, and so far this is one of the better ones.

I think it would be a good idea if everyone added their respective wikis to StumbleUpon. (about) If you are currently not part of a wiki team, then feel free to float around and see what you can add on your own ;)

In FireFox, it is as simple as using the StumbleUpon Toolbar Extension [Firefox|IE (IE Alt)], and selecting the "I like it!" thumbs up icon () when you are on the wiki page.

You should then be asked to fill out a brief description/review which would be something to the extent of "A Comprehensive wiki dedicated to the SERIES NAME series on Neoseeker that anyone can edit!"

Then categorize as Video Games (or TV for some) and throw on a bunch of tags.


If the wiki has already been added, you will just rate the page and not be required to fill out anything. (How simple is that?!)


Eventually I would like to try to get some more of the content pages added to SU, but for now just a direct link to the main page should suffice. But in the near future (or now for some) I feel we should be ready to unleash some of the more hefty pages onto the net as well.


By doing this - any of the 6.5 Million or so users will be able to navigate randomly to our pages with the click of a button (a little less than random if tagged properly and they share a common interest)


So get out there guys, and increase our exposure! Soon we shall rule the world! (well maybe not, but a guy can dream right?)


Your friendly neighborhood Wiki Admin,
Deathsythe



PS- I am listed as deathsythe212 on there, feel free to add me, if you like - make a mention of neoseeker or your username so I don't get confused though :P.




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Xenctuary blogged
Nov 26, 08 9:07am

Even if you missed out on the Fallout 3, Football Manager 2009 and Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia contests, or didn't manage to win anything in the GameGrep Halloween Giveaway, it's still possible to net some free loot courtesy of Neoseeker's currently running competitions. Here's what's up for grabs: Sports fans should also be sure to read up on the Gillette "Champions of Gaming" Tournament that Neoseeker is currently promoting around the site. If you're skilled enough, you could end up being flown out to Florida to play against one of five modern day sporting legends! With a staggering $58,000USD worth of prizes and a generous 465 prize packs available, it's definitely something worth checking out.

Just remember, you can't win unless you enter! Good luck.

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Krunal blogged
Nov 26, 08 7:56am

Square-Enix: Past

Everyone remembers Final Fantasy X one of the most renowned and loved Final Fantasy title out there - at least on the PS2. The games that were released after that FFXI & FFXII were good, but many didn't consider FFXI to be even part of the series (I know I didn't), and FFX-2 & FFXII got mixed feelings (though I was one that loved and enjoyed both the games, albeit I didn't like the story of either too much, the gameplay was addictive enough for me). The one thing many people bring up and remember to this day is - FFX was Square-Soft, FFXII was Square-Enix. The merger of Square Soft and Enix seems to have been a "curse" of a sort for the two companies - at least many people think of it as such.

Square-Enix: Present

Square-Enix have since created a number of titles, none of which can be found on the PS2... but two of which can be found on the XBOX360, the next generation system. This is where my biggest worry is, and you'll see why...

So far Square-Enix have created two games for the Next-Gen system:- Infinite Undiscovery & The Last Remnant. With IU being released a couple of months back, and TLR a few weeks back, you'd have hoped that any issues with IU that came about would have been fixed for TLR. However if the reviews are anything to go by... TLR has gotten far lower review scores than IU did, with issues with the graphics being the greatest problem. It could be said that this was really due this game being developed on the Unreal Engine, however I can't help but worry that it's due to Square-Enix's inability to create good bug/issue-free games.

Infinite Undiscovery certainly had a lot less issues, though the storyline of the game was a major downer for many (and anyone that has played FFXII know that is also the case with that game). News has come from all those that have played The Last Remnant that the story is again an issue.

Square-Enix: Future

With Final Fantasy XIII in the works, two worries keep popping into my head.

Firstly, will they get the story right this time? If the past is anything to go by, FFX-2, FFXII, IU & TLR were certainly NOT the best that Square could offer, so will FFXIII break this trend or another to fall victim to the Square Soft - Enix merger?

Secondly, if the past two games on the current-gen consoles (XBOX360) have anything to go by, they were full of bugs, and with the most recent game having more bugs than the first, I think we can say that Square haven't learnt much from their mistakes, and went on to make a bigger mistake releasing a game that feels "rushed" and full of bugs. This could very well be the Unreal Engine, and their inability to use it, and one can only hope that they will do a lot better with their own Crystal Tools engine...

Conclusion


Though I'm going to reserve judgement on Square's capabilities till the PS3 version of The Last Remannt is released and is (hopefully) bug free, till that time I can't help but doubt Square's capabilities as a games developer, and as the developer of Final Fantasy XIII.

However I must say, that at the same time, I can't help but optimistic about Final Fantasy Versus XIII which is being worked on by Namura and his team, who have worked on the Kingdom Hearts series with excellent results.

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Wolfwood blogged
Nov 26, 08 6:04am

Hiya everybody, sorry I'm late to this party. Congratulations to the Neo code monkeys tekmosis and huntyr for pushing out the new tag and blog system for Neoseeker. They've really put a lot of effort into this, and the next few weeks will see them grind even more into it! Hopefully everyone will put both features to good use!

As for me, I've been here longer than I care to remember. Really, I should've run away fleeing by now, but I'm a sad, lonely man even without Neo. If we haven't spoken already, I help out with the game profiles and FAQs; if there's something you like to see on Neoseeker, why not take part as a contributor? We always appreciate the extra mile you guys put in for Neoseeker. If you have any questions, feel free to fire off a PM to me. Hopefully I'll answer within the next decade or so!

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