Friday, April 30, 2004 19:21 .
Welcome to Osaka, 2004 gaming over retro
Recently playing:It is officially "Golden Week", but it start in the middle of a week, so it feels weird. That means it's time to pursue some hobbies.
- D.C. P. S. (PS2-jp, try not to say "bear" when you see me)
- Pikmin 2 (GC-jp, I hate back-to-nature micro-management)
- Unreal Tournament 2004 (WinPC-us, Facing Worlds! Classic!)
- Parsec47 (WinPC-jp, ahhh speed)
- Card Captor Sakura - Sakura Card Version (GBA-jp, yes the GBA can do full motion anime)
This time my first day of vacation was meeting up with Greg Bower, one of the many shmup fans on the Shmups Forum. He already met up with other ShmupsForum regulars in Tokyo, and I guess I'm representing the Kobe/Osaka arm. We took a day to the electronic sights of Nipponbashi "Osaka Den Den Town." Actually I met his wife and mother-in-law as well, nice people. They don't play games however. So I borrowed Greg from his wife for a while. We didn't go to any arcades, and we concentrated most of our efforts on used game hunting and gachapon figurines. He showed me some shops I've never been to, and likewise I showed him stuff he didn't seem to know about. Although he was buying up a storm, I didn't have anything in mind to buy that day, but I did see Pikmin 2. Nice. We left Nipponbashi a bit heavier that day but he seemed to be happy having gotten his priority gaming stuff in the haul, the special edition of Game Tengoku for the SS-jp.
While he was looking at PC-Engine games and stuff, I realized that my perspective of gaming is highly personal, and not very general. We both lusted after the Jaguar demo machines, and one of them was playing Tempest 2000. That brought back memories of my frantic Sega Saturn buying spree back when it was being discontinued in the states in 1998. But I had no desire to look at the PC-Engine games he was hunting for. It was like an switch inside my head told my brain to block out anything PC-Engine. It's a big unknown, and knowing video gaming hobbies, following yet another platform seems too much effort at this time.
After splitting up on the subway station platform, I headed back to Kobe. On the way home I bought a video card for my PC!!! A Sapphire made Radeon 9600XT with 256MB memory. As far as video cards are concerned, it is the upper-end of the middle of the road, in other words, a cost refinement of last generation's cutting edge model. But the card doesn't fit my AGP slot in my Slot 1 motherboard. In other words, both my motherboard and my PC DIY (do it yourself) knowledge was severely out of date. Why the sudden purchase of a video card? UT2004. OMG LOL WTF GG. What to do now? I need to build another PC, ugh what a hassle.
I am still concentrating on console games, too. Just before getting home, I stopped by my favorite character shop to buy Pikmin 2. I didn't finish Pikmin 1, and I really really wondered why I bought Pikmin 2, but I had fun in the first one before it got frustrating to me. Perhaps they improved it in some areas. Besides, I like the graphics and the sound effects, really best-of-class, quality work representative of the year 2004. After playing it for 6 hours straight last night, I still like the game, but I just know it's going to get frustrating soon. At least there's no time limit when you go in the caves. Having a time limit just reminds me of work. I am a manager in Real Life now, ugh. As far as my progress is concerned, I just got the yellow Pikmin now.