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On David Hayter...
 
  

03/05/08 @ 07:26:33 am, Categories: Baka-chan on Games, 238 words, 695 views  

Okay, as much as I hate on videogame and anime dubs… It’s not just some random weeaboo impulse or something. I’m not so Wapanese that I just detest English dubs on spec.

I think the Metal Gear dubs are great. I think David Hayter is fucking awesome, I do. But I just don’t like the dub as much as the Japanese version. (Akio Ohtsuka is one of my 3-4 favorite Japanese male VAs and his portrayal of Snake is at least as good as Hayter’s.)

One of the things that makes David Hayter so great is that unlike a large percentage of English VAs, he actually gives a shit. Like, deeply gives a shit. He invests a lot in the performance and in the case of Metal Gear, he’s very enthusiastic about his work, because he likes what he’s working on. (For instance, he’s played and beaten every Metal Gear game he’s voiced… I can’t even claim that. In fact, I’ve only ever beaten MGS)

I just want to get that off my chest, because I’ve drawn ire for being pissed that MGS4 won’t ship dual-audio. I mean, I can play the Japanese version just fine… But I’d rather get the voiceover I want to hear, not have to think so damned much to read, AND be able to use the English voiceover for the benefit of others when need-be…without buying two copies of the game, you know?

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The Week of a Thousand Things - Part 4
 
  

02/18/08 @ 08:22:29 pm, Categories: Shiny Things, Life of Baka, Baka-chan on Games, 155 words, 992 views  

I talked before about HL2 and giving my HL2/HL2:EP1 gifts to my father’s account… Well, my videocard, the Sapphire Radeon HD 3850 Ultimate, comes with an awesome bundle. Not only did it come with a full version of PowerDVD, and 3DMark06…but it even came with an activation key for HL2 ‘The Black Box’… The Black Box was to be The Orange Box without HL2 and HL2:EP1 for people who already had them, and it would cost $20 less. Valve canceled The Black Box, and that’s probably where the offer to gift your redundant Orange Box games came from.

But I have a copy. :D

Peggle is pure goddamn crack. It should be illegal. Maybe I’m a little biased given the name of this site, and what Peggle resembles, but my god… I played clean through Peggle Extreme (A demo version with a Half-Life theme which comes with The Orange Box) in a sitting…

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The Week of a Thousand Things - Part 1
 
  

02/14/08 @ 12:30:37 pm, Categories: Life of Baka, Baka-chan on Games, 351 words, 804 views  

Well… A lot has happened this last week or so, and I need to try and catch up on it as best I can.

First of all, we all got our taxes back. $$$$

The first thing I bought, was actually a copy of the Orange Box…yes, I didn’t have it yet. I only got HL2 less than a year ago. (When they had that HL2/HL2DM/HL2LC/HL2:EP1 pack for real cheap.) I then gave my HL2/HL2:EP1 gifts to my father’s steam account, and bought him HL2DM.

First of all, Portal is as great as everyone says. I enjoyed it IMMENSELY. I played through it 1.5 times in a sitting. (I played halfway through the game a second time with the commentary on) Phenomenal. In every aspect. I especially LOVED the boss fight at the end. The GLaDOS AI is COMPLETELY BATSHIT INSANE and I think it may be one of my favorite FPS antagonists ever. :D

I finally got around to trying TF2 last night/early this morning… Man, that was GREAT. I started playing TF as soon as it came out way back in the day, and it was the first game I ever stayed up until 5-7am playing. (On an almost constant basis.) TFC was really a great remake…but it wasn’t really much better… Just better graphics, really.

TF2 is a milestone for the game. It finally takes Team Fortress from a mod to something that feels like its own game. I love the graphics, and the sort of over-the-top comic book sort of feeling. The game doesn’t take itself seriously, and that lets it be truly great, because it’s hilarious, fun, and a good team-based multiplayer game, all at once!

The whole team/character selection system, and the map briefing ‘movies’ are great, it’s a really incredibly nice touch. And then the addition of XBL-style achievements, and the stats tracking system… There’s almost too many good things to say about the game!

I can’t wait to play it later today when I finish building this computer… (More on that later.)

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Project Baka'cade - Part 2 - Baka'troller Revisited
 
  

01/16/08 @ 12:08:00 pm, Categories: Shiny Things, Life of Baka, Baka-chan on Games, Project Baka'cade, 453 words, 3103 views  

So, back in September I talked about the Baka’cade project, and the controller I had made. I still haven’t gotten it into a real housing yet, and that sort of irks me… But I’ll get it sorted out eventually.

I’ve had a small surplus of money that’s been burning a hole in my paypal account, and I’ve been itching for something to do with it… I finally settled on taking the next step with the arcade project.

I revisited GroovyGameGear.com and picked up the parts needed for the 2P controls. As well as some T-Molding and other items. Only came to $43 shipped. One of the ‘other items’ was some custom made leaf switch units that are drop-in replacements for the standard microswitch package that is used in most arcade buttons. Leaf switches have a couple advantages such as less activation travel and reset travel, less resistance, no click, smooth operation, faster response times, etc. These things sound really cool, and they’re custom made by Ithaca Digital Visual Technologies (The name of the company behind GroovyGameGear), so I just had to try them out! I bought three of them, to replace the ‘punch’ row of my controller setup. (Since I use Ibuki, my most critical moves depend on the punch buttons!) If they’re all they’re cracked up to be, they’re definitely replacing everything except the player start buttons. (Wonder if I can use them on the joysticks…)

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Charlie Oscar Delta Foxtrot Tango Whiskey
 
  

11/07/07 @ 10:59:40 am, Categories: Life of Baka, Baka-chan on Games, 72 words, 1252 views  

I wish I could find the words to form some intelligent response… I can’t. So I’ll share my initial reaction.

[11.07/10.40.19] <~Baka-chan> Oh my fucking god.
[11.07/10.40.23] <~Baka-chan> OH MY FUCKING GOD
[11.07/10.40.29] <~Baka-chan> OH MY FUCKING GOD!!!!
[11.07/10.42.43] <~Baka-chan> I had to stop the game after the first mission…
[11.07/10.42.51] <~Baka-chan> My hands are shaking…
[11.07/10.42.57] <~Baka-chan> This is the greatest FPS ever made.

CODFTW.

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Project Baka'cade - Part 1 - Baka'troller
 
  

09/17/07 @ 07:10:16 pm, Categories: Shiny Things, Life of Baka, Pretty Pictures, Baka-chan on Games, Project Baka'cade, 797 words, 6475 views  

So a couple weeks ago, I got the urge to play some good ol’ fighting games. Not just on my PS2 or something, mind you… Real arcade fighters. So I broke out MAME and got my hands on some ROMs… It was fun, but something was missing… I was playing them with a Dual-Shock2, which wasn’t really suited to the task.

I saw an arcade controller on Play-Asia a while back, and it got me thinking…

I mean, I know people have built their own upright cabinets to play MAME, and there’s plenty of commercial solutions out there… How much would it cost to build something like that? It turns out, not much. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

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World in Conflict
 
  

08/24/07 @ 11:40:49 am, Categories: Baka-chan on Games, 247 words, 779 views  

World in Conflict, the new RTS by Massive Entertainment (Makers of the Ground Control series of RTS games), is a brilliant piece of gaming.

It’s an untraditional RTS; They removed the resource gathering and building, the bane of my RTS experiences, and made it less about long-term planning and strategies, and more about situational tactics… Which makes me want to coin the term ‘Real-Time Tactical’ to describe it.

Even with such basic strategy game tenets removed, the game easily has as much depth as any other RTS game.

The setting of the game is a 1989 in which the cold war doesn’t end, but instead, the USSR attacks the US and Europe. The single player campaign is written by Larry Bond, a cold war expert who co-wrote ‘Red Storm Rising’ with Tom Clancy.

The game features a polished and well-designed multiplayer system involving matches as large as 8v8, with a unique system of player role specialization never before seen in an RTS.

The graphics are unbelievable, especially the effects. Explosions, fire, smoke… It all looks real. The graphics aren’t stylized, it’s very realistic. And honestly, it looks as good as the latest FPS games.

The demo hits in less than 20 minutes, I’ll have more to post then.

Oh, btw. All you people on the Gamespot countdown page commenting about how fast you’re getting it, shut up. I’m downloading it at 5.80 MB/s, so go take a long walk off your small, insignificant e-penis.

Get the Demo. [Sierra FTP]

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Rockman 2 kicks my ass...
 
  

08/08/07 @ 08:17:07 pm, Categories: Baka-chan on Games, 235 words, 794 views  

So, a while back the whole Okkusenman craze rekindled my interest in one of my favorite NES games, Megaman 2. So, I downloaded a Famicom rom of Rockman 2, and it completely kicked my ass, every time. I couldn’t get past a single boss. I figured I was just getting old, so I gave up. OTZ

More recently, it’s been the whole ‘Airmangataosenai’ video meme, which is about how BALL-BUSTINGLY-HARD Rockman 2 is… And it got me thinking “Wait, this is even hard by JAPANESE standards?! But Megaman 2 was so easy when I was a kid!” That’s when it hit me… Another game dumbed down for the slobberingly stupid American masses. Upon looking into it, sure enough, that is the case.

The original Rockman 2 is really goddamn hard. So difficult, in fact, that the US release featured a difficulty mode setting… The default ‘Normal’ is the dumbed-down American version, where enemies are easier and stuff, and ‘Difficult’ which is the original Japanese version.

Nonetheless, when I was a kid, I never actually beat Megaman 2. I got as far as the first Dr. Wily stage… But that was about it, I don’t think I ever got to the dragon more than once. Well, today I changed that. Beating the US version on ‘Normal’…

The thing is, then I loaded up Rockman 2… And blew through Metalman, Woodman, and Airman…

Rockman 2 - Dr. Wily no Nazo Idle Rockman

-Update!-

Wow. So I beat Rockman 2. That shit was HARD. Goddamn!

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Glory be to hackers
 
  

12/23/06 @ 11:38:27 pm, Categories: Baka-chan on Games, 657 words, 2097 views  

A couple days ago, recently prolific PSP hacker 0okm released a proof-of-concept for a kernel access exploit under PSP firmware 2.80.

Now, for those who don't understand what that means... Most exploits, like the current TIFF exploit, can only gain user-level access to the PSP hardware... Access enough to run various things like little games and ebook readers with the help of something like eLoader... But not enough to access the flash or UMD subsystems, which means no firmware downgrading and no UMD emulation. (Read: Playing backed-up ISOs off the memstick.) Kernel access is the real magic of PSP hacking, it lets you do ANYTHING with the PSP.

With kernel access in 2.80 a reality, everyone knew it would only be a matter of time before we had a downgrader. This is exactly the moment I myself was waiting for when I swore I'd stop updating my firmware at 2.80...

Sure enough, 0okm delivered today, releasing a 2.80 to 1.50 downgrader. Reports however, were mixed... "It works!" "It's a fake!" "It bricked my PSP!" Eventually, as the community as a whole took a deep breath and stopped acting COMPLETELY INSANE, the truth started to come together; while it was a somewhat rocky release, it was real, and it worked. (Apparently, to get it out fast, 0okm put the downgrader together without the typical failsafes that prevent you from fucking up if a file isn't in the right place, and raving noobs were bricking their PSPs left and right from not being able to follow directions...)

Downgrading to 1.50 is great on its own, being the mainstay of homebrew and backup runners everywhere... But there's another part to this story that makes the 2.80 downgrader extraordinarily awesome.

See, the 1.50 firmware is missing a hell of a lot of features... It doesn't even have the web browser! Even 2.80 is missing a handful of nice features compared to the likes of 3.00 (The last feature update before the three 'security' updates 3.01-3.03)

This is where one of the other prolific PSP hackers, Dark_Alex, comes into play. He released custom firmware 3.02 OE-A just a little while ago.

This custom firmware gives you all the latest features the PSP has to offer, compatibility with all the latest games, the ability to run homebrew for ANY firmware version, AND the ability to start homebrew and ISO images directly from the Cross Media Bar as if they were normal software. (On top of that, it cracked the DRM on the PSOne game emulation, so you can share games and whatnot.) The catch is, custom firmwares can only be installed from 1.50, so anyone with a firmware higher than 2.60 (The highest previously-downgradable firmware version.) were out of luck.

! NOTICE !

Now, I don't support piracy. I don't believe in downloading games for the sake of never paying for them, no. I believe in downloading games for the sake of knowing if you WANT to buy them or not.

I believe, that the kind of people who pirate something for the sake of not paying for it, never would have bought it in the first place, so it's kind of a moot point. Anyway, I like being able to thoroughly test something before I buy it, especially with prices being what they are.

I tried an online rental site a couple weeks ago, GottaPlay... Tried to rent Every Extend Extra, Lumines II, Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops, Metal Gear Acid, Metal Gear Acid 2, Metal Gear Solid Digital Graphic Novel, and Ace Combat X.

In the course of my two week trial, they managed to get me Every Extend Extra, which was nice, and worked (Which is a bigger consideration than I had imagined...), and Ace Combat X, which told me to update to 2.81...

So yeah, I did it. And it worked. I had a 1.50 firmware ceramic white PSP... (Which was a stock 2.50 PSP when I bought it a year ago.) And then I had a glorious divine portable device of unlimited potential, running custom firmware 3.02 OE-A.

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Far too many people need to die.
 
  

10/20/06 @ 04:33:51 pm, Categories: Baka-chan vs. Stupid People, Baka-chan vs. The Gaming Community, Baka-chan on Games, 583 words, 3031 views  

Okay, before I post my impressions of Battlefield 2142... I have words.

I looked to EA's BF2142 forum, and sure enough, there were ~500 threads, about 350 of which were complaining about the rank/Master Server problems, the rest were complaints about the 'spyware', and pretty much all of these had some clever bit about the game being a 'piece of s***' or 'EA is f*gz' or what have you.

I just want to kill every fucking last one of these people in the most horrific way possible. Is that really too much to ask?

zomg this game is such shit stoopid ppl i want my $$$$$$$ backs

First of all, the game is exactly as advertised, and should be exactly what you've come to expect. Good job. Next time, don't buy it. Also...don't you mean you want your parents' money back?

wut crap keep disconectiong!!111@

Are you learning impaired? The 'Disconnected from EA Master Server' issue, while annoying, is something that has come up ever since BF2. When the BF2 demo came out it happened. It happened when BF2 went retail. It happened each time the BF2142 beta was opened further. It happened when the BF2142 demo went live. And GUESS WHAT? It happened when BF2142 went retail. Surprised? From the looks of the forums, you are. And what does that make you? FUCKING STUPID.

I'm not saying EA isn't at fault for not making the master server a little more robust, but the problem goes away within 48 hours, EVERY TIME. Take a fucking pill, will you? (Cyanide, preferrably.)

Waaaah! My stats iz gone EAfags fixit now!!!111ONEONEONEELEVEN

The same goddamn thing happened with BF2 at launch, IT GOES AWAY. And the points you earned? You'll GET THEM. The stats and master servers seem to have trouble adjusting to increased traffic. Once they stabilize, the backlog of stat reports and stuff IS processed. IT HAS HAPPENED BEFORE. JUST BE PATIENT.

The bottom line...

You bought the fucking game. Don't give me 'EA this' and 'EA that'. That horse has been dead for a loooong fucking time now. STOP BEATING IT

You bought the fucking game, you are PLAYING THE FUCKING GAME. You are experiencing the same problems you did when you bought BF2, except that you didn't learn anything last time. The English language has a word for doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results: Stupidity.

Has EA ruined your life? No. (Unless you work for them, in which case..yeah, maybe.) You're going to play the game, and you're going to like it. You are going to PLAY IT EVERY FUCKING DAY, but you're still going to complain on the forums every chance you get about how the game is utter shit and EA are crooks and they stole your mom's money. You know what? I don't even fucking care anymore. But keep it THE FUCK OUT OF THE GAME.

I am sick and tired of trying to have a nice civilized game of killing people, only to see a constant stream of grammarless shit pouring down the side of my monitor like someone pissing in my left eye. Play the fucking game or don't. But if you play it, you lose the right to complain.

Personally, I love the game. I'm not sure if it can be quantified as 'better' or 'worse' than BF2...it's a completely different game. I'll still play BF2 plenty, because I'm a fan of modern warfare as much as I am SciFi stuff.

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