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I have never hid the fact that I am not a huge fan of the Nintendo Wii. In fact, I believe I have even clearly stated that I hated it. That it wasn’t for me. That was all true! However, things have taken a slight turn now. Don’t get me wrong, I am still not a big fan of the Wii, in fact they only have 2 decent exclusive titles. Those titles are as Follows.

Animal Crossing: City Folk – A good game, however there isn’t much difference between this version and the version found on the Nintendo DS called Animal Crossing: Wild World. There’s a few changes but not much. In fact, it’s so similar, that they allow you to transfer your Wild world character over into your City Folk game. Basically, City Folk is like an expansion pack for wild world, and not even a good one.

A boy and his Blob  – This is a remake of the original NES game, so if you were a fan of the original, like I was, then you will no doubt have to play this remake. The graphics are beautiful, the game play is fun. It’s an enjoyable experience for the whole family.

That’s it! Those are the two exclusive Wii titles that are even slightly of interest. Sure, they have other good games! I never said they didn’t, but the fact is those other good games can be played on better consoles with better game controls. Have I mentioned in this post how much I hate motion controllers? Because I really do!

Anyway, despite my dislike for the Wii, I decided today to rummage through the Wii shop, and see what all they had in there, and to my surprise there was some pretty good stuff! The first thing that tickled my fancy was Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, which apparently is a sequel to the Super Famicom / SNES game Final Fantasy IV, which for the record is in my opinion the BEST Final Fantasy game ever created!

After my mind boggled at that game, I decided to dig around some more, this time in the Virtual Console section of the Wii shop. I found myself shitshocked at what I found! Many of the best games ever created from past consoles, all right there on one system! I mean, they were old game titles, Most were well over 15 years old! However they were still incredible games, and they were right there! These were games that I used to play instead of doing homework! Games that I would play hooky for! Games like Super Metroid, Paper Mario, Mario RPG, California Games, the entire Phantasy Star Series and that’s just to name a few!

The one that really caught my eye though? Y’s Book I & II. You see, the original Y’s Game. Y’s book I was the first RPG I ever played! It got me interested in not just Role Playing, but gaming it’s self.  I played the original on a game system called the Sega Master System, and I remember staying up all night until I passed out from sheer exhaustion. Sure, before that game I played other games, but I had never played a game that long without losing interest. Considering I suffered from ADD, that was amazing. Needless to say the game became my all time favorite game.

Fun fact: Not only did Y’s get me interested in Gaming, but it also got both my cousins interested in gaming and even my aunt and mom. Yea, it was that much of a kick ass game!

Years later a system popped up called the TurboGrafx-16, which people were going gaga over. mainly because it had some game called Bonk’s Adventure and everyone thought it was the bomb diggity. The game didn’t appeal to me, in fact none of the games appealed to me, and so I had no interest in the gaming console. That was until they released Y’s Book I & II, the original combined with a sequel. Being such a huge fan of the original, I had no choice! I had to buy the TG16! So I did, I of course also got the CD player, and Y’s I&II, and I have to admit I was thrilled! I felt it was the best purchase ever made, and once again I found myself unable to set the control down, I found myself passing out from sheer exhaustion.

Now, they are available on the Wii, for only 800 Wii Points, which is the equivalent of less than 10 bucks! Needless to say I bought quite a few Wii points, and bought quite a few games and relived my past in ways I never thought I would again, and the games are every bit as good today as they were then.

So, now I don’t mind the Wii. It’s not a great system in my opinion, but it’s also not too shabby either. It has it’s pluses.

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Once upon a time, I used to think I took video games too seriously. That’s what I thought until I read the following article about this french gamer I mean!

Counter-Strike player Julien Barreaux stabbed a victim, identified only as Mikhael, in real life “to see his rival wiped out for killing off his character”.

For seven months, the 20-year old plotted his revenge and finally tracked his online killer, who lived only a “few miles” from Barreaux. After Mikhael opened the door, Barreaux plunged a kitchen knife into Mikhael’s chest less than an inch away from his heart. Despite him making a quick escape, police arrested him within the hour.

Barreaux has been sentenced to (only) two years in jail for Grievous Bodily Harm and will be undergoing psychiatric tests and anger management classes. Judge Alexiane Potel called him a “menace to society” and stated, “I am frankly terrified of the disproportionate reaction you could have if someone looked at you the wrong way in the street.” Whatever it is, Potel, I suggest you stay from sharp objects for the next seven months.

Mojave Desert scene in Joshua Tree National Park.

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Well, summer is nearly over. I am pretty sure I will end up surviving it this year. Next year however? Well, that’s a different story.

Anyway, the summer hasn’t been that bad this year! Sure, it’s been hotter than those nice coastal cities, but in comparison to previous years? Not bad at all! In fact, I dare say it had been tolerable. Please note that I did say “Had”, as in past tense.

Apparently, before the summer does fade away, the season decided to whack us with a heat-wave. Not just any heat-wave either mind you! It’s the hottest heat-wave on record! I am honestly surprised that there is life here in the small desert town! Why aren’t people just bursting into flames? I mean we are talking temps over 120 degrees! By all rights we should just be bursting into flames!

This heat wave has been attacking us for the past week or so, and the heat is constant! Even the night air hasn’t offered any breaks from the extreme heat. On the bright side however, according to the local news, this heat wave should be breaking tomorrow, and making way for cooler weather. So, obviously that’s something to look forward to, and I am sure it will work out just like that too, because as we all know; Weather forecasts are notoriously accurate and are never wrong.

The Godfather

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I remember when I was younger, my mother used to pretty much let me watch what I wanted. Within reason of course! She trusted my judgement on what I could handle. She was right to do so, because I knew what not to watch, because being human, I have the basic ability to tell when something is either going to freak me out, or scare the begeezus out of me. There were a few things I wouldn’t watch back in the day. The exorcist and The Shining being two of the biggest ones that stuck out in my mind.

One thing that I did watch a lot of was, Sci-fi flicks and Mobster flicks, though I doubt I would have watched a sci-fi mobster flick. Not because my little mind couldn’t handle it, but because that’s too damn cornballish even for me!

I loved Mobster flicks, and learned a great deal! I learned that Vinny and Vito were pretty common italian names, but nowhere near as common as Donald.

Yes, I said Donald! You read that right. I admit, that was slightly flawed, since I have learned that the most common Italian male name is probably Antonio, and that Donald isn’t very common at all! However, it seemed like every time I watched a Mobster movie, there was either a Vinny or a Vito. Occasionally both! Also, They were always led by some guy named Don. Yes, I have since learned that Don is not short for Donald. I have learned that there is no fictional character named Donald Corleone.

Yes, I did feel stupid. Although, thankfully I had the ignorance of youth to shield me.

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I preordered Mafia II quite awhile ago, and have been eagerly looking forward to it. I must confess however, that I did not like the original Mafia game, in fact I despised it. However, that being said, I also despised Red Dead Revolver but I believe the sequel Red Dead Redemption is one of the best games to come out to date. So, I am hoping that the game is leaps and bounds better than the original, and after playing the Demo and viewing the commercials, it would seem like it is a lot better than the other one. Either way, I guess I will find out tomorrow.

Anyway, since I preordered the game from Amazon I have been extremely anxious! In fact, I have been so anxious that I decided to play an older 360 mobster inspired game. The game was called “The Godfather: The Game”, and as I am sure you can guess, it was based on the movie “The Godfather”.

When I originally got the godfather game, I wasn’t impressed. In fact, I despised the game and felt it was one of my worst video game purchases. However, when I played it again recently my whole view changed. I found myself enjoying the game. In fact, I found myself loving the game. I enjoyed it so much that I found it hard to put down, and just tonight finished it. What started out as a simple way to pass away some time until the release of an anticipated game, became an extremely enjoyable gaming experience.

I remember that there was a sequel based on the godfather game. I remember that I didn’t enjoy that either, and was glad I only rented it. However, after enjoying the original I have decided that, maybe after I finish Mafia II I might go out give “The Godfather: The game 2” another chance.

Example of an American grocery store aisle.

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I really hate Grocery Shopping. Just thought I would throw that out there. That being said, I am about to groggily hop into the shower, scrub myself down, and then head out to do some shopping. Hopefully, by the time I finish this entry, and begin my march to the shower, I will have fully woken up. 

What do I hate about shopping for Groceries? Well, that’s not an easy question! There’s so much to hate! I’m not particularly fond of having to deal with all the people at the store. You know, the ones who park their cart in the middle of the aisle and then stand there talking to someone else, whom also has their cart parked in the middle of the aisle, thereby essentially blocking off that aisle so if you need something from the other side of their barricade, you are forced to go around them? You know the type? 

I also hate roaming around the store, grabbing what I want, and stuffing it into my cart. Then, after buying the groceries, I have to load them up into the car, then unload them into the house, and then finally I have to stuff those groceries into the Shelves/Fridge/Freezer. 

As I said, what’s not to hate? To top it all off, I know come next week, I have to do it all again! You know what would be really great? If people didn’t eat or drink. Then there wouldn’t be a need for Grocery Shopping! Of course, then I would miss out on important things. Things like soda, Cakes, Doughnuts and the occasional other goody that I ought not be eating but do anyway. 

Jennifer Aniston

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Well, as I am sure many of your are probably aware, the media has stopped harping about Mel Gibson, or at least slowed down for a small while. Of course, that also means that the media has found something else to dig their nails into. Now, they have jumped on the celebrity bashing bandwagon with “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston.

Apparently while on Regis and Kelly, she used the “R-word”. Now, for those of you not in the know “R-word” means Retard. Apparently it’s very politically incorrect, and really shouldn’t be used. So, because she referred to herself as a retard, everyone just feels the need to jump down her throat. Forget the fact that until quite recently “Retard” was perfectly acceptable. It’s not even like she called anyone but herself a retard! Hell, Comedians say Retard on a daily basis, but nobody jumps down their throat!

You know what really irks me? People who are moaning and complaining about what she said are hypocrites! Seriously, I am willing to bet the majority of them has said something that a group of people find offensive, yet they have the nerve to rant and rave about what someone else said without thinking? Get over yourself people!

This whole Politically correct crap is just really getting out of hand. I mean seriously! You know what? I as of now find the word “fat” offensive! That’s right, it should now be referred to as the “Other F-word”. From now on I wish to be called Proportionately challenged American.