So as of this blog post, I am currently hunched over a free-to-use computer in a Best Western out of the mountain town of Valemont, BC(five hours away from Vancouver, where I was just returning from a casual vacation)and was recently devastated to find out that I'd blindly missed out on a pre-launch party which took place in that oceanside city's downtown area last week(Thursday, to be supposedly precise).
Now I'm not going to admit to being a total Metroid nut(outside of the given Zamus lust), but it doesn't take a genius to realize that this is one of the most promising 1st-person shooters this franchise has seen so far(based on the hyped 3rd-person viewpoint option and the strong story drive throughout). So being the humbly avid gamer that I am, I would have shot a man in the foot to get a chance to have a go at this exclusive demo that the sales reps were forcefully offering to passers-by on impulse while wandering the bustling, hobo-decorated city streets.
Not to jerk my own trombone, but I'm sure that given how many casual gamers fatefully filled the kiosks during that evening, I could have easily "saved the dance"(so to speak).
So not too long after acquiring my very first Visa, I've discovered that there are various wonderful video game titles out there that never went international for reasons that are beyond me. These are more commonly identified as imports and are quite popular among members of the enthusiastic gaming community.
My first import being F-Zero Climax, I am quite glad that this was so considering how westernized this franchise is thus leaving much of the English language involved throughout the entirety of this Japan-native game from text to spoken narration. Further conveniences included no region-locking whatsoever, which is a rather nagging con involved with imports which render these games unplayable on compatible systems released in foreign countries. I was lucky enough as far as the Game Boy Advance went, but as for the latest title I stumbled upon for the PSX...
This is where the PS-X-Change software comes in: a boot disc which cheats region-locking(put simply enough). A specialized spring attatched to the bottom of the PSX's disc lid allows you to run this disc exposed until you are directed on-screen to swap it out for your desired import. I was lucky enough to come across only one of these beauties listed on eBay as of currently and took the chance(fortunately for me, it didn't exceed $100 CDN).
In about a week or so after this little wonder arrives, I'm going to order the entire original Pepsi Man package(since I'm not a big fan of emulators and I have some necessary cash to put down). This being another entirely western-based import meant to poke fun at the loveable blunders of North America, I found it a perfect choice for my second import(the fact that it's a hefty chunk of graphical product placement and a rather appealing pick-up-and-play title indefinitely hooked me in).
It's been over a year since I've posted something here(probably due to the fact that my overall event-lacking life intervened), but thanks to my current video game console-related issue, I'M BACK!!
My Nintendo Wii decided to cease reading disc-based games a few days ago and to be blunt: it was a pretty bad blow to the face considering a "red ring of death"-like situation such as this has never happened to me before. So prior to posting this issue here, I eventually came to the conclusion that the three straight years this system has sat in stasis must have granted enough time for dust and grime to build up inside the lens. This is where Nintendo's officially-Sealed Lens-Cleaning Kit would come in, right? Wrong. Apparently it's not going to be as simple as Mr. Miyagi's "wax on, wipe off" crap, to my dismay.
So I hope I won't have to pull such a desperate move as to send this white wonder into Nintendo for a ridiculous price of $70-$90 bucks or something of the sort for something as supposedly simple as a dirty lens. >~<
On the plus side, my imported copy of F-Zero Climax for the GBA just came in today and I'm having a blast with the track customization feature! It still pisses me off that NoA refused to localize this latest F-Zero installment simply due to the fact that 4Kids had to cancel the crappy dub that they planned to use in order to advertise it(Funimation and VIZ were always open options, but no...).
Anyway, that's enough of my venting and fan-raving. Peace out for tonight, my friends. |;D