Operation ‘Clean House’ — SNES Games!

15 08 2009

So, I’m selling pretty much everything I’ve collected over the years on eBay. But, before I list it… here’s a list of what I’m getting rid of. If anyone wants to directly offer me cash for any of it you can email me at levelgrind [at] gmail [dot] com

Street Fighter II
Super Street Fighter II
Street Fighter II Turbo
Street Fighter Alpha 2

Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat II
Mortal Kombat 3

Chrono Trigger (with Official Guide)
Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest
Final Fantasy II
Final Fantasy III
Secret of Mana
Secret of Evermore
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Castlevania IV
Castlevania: Dracula X

Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble

Super Mario World
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
Super Mario All-Stars (x2)
Super Mario Kart
Mario Paint (with mouse and pad)

Battletoads / Double Dragon
Fatal Fury
Fatal Fury 2
Final Fight
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters

Alien 3
Super Star Wars (x2)
Super Empire Strikes Back
The Lion King
American Gladiators

Maximum Carnage (Spider-Man & Venom)
Separation Anxiety (Spider-Man & Venom)
Spawn: The Video Game
Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gems

Ms. Pac-Man
Tetris 2
Super Bomberman


Mega Man X
Demon’s Crest
Super Smash TV

Super R-Type
R-Type III
Gradius III
U.N. Squadron

Stunt Race FX
Super Punch-Out!!
NBA Jam: Tournament Edition
NHL Stanley Cup


Another COG tag? Yes.

28 10 2008

Xbox360Fanboy.com has acquired another COG tag. Check out X3F tomorrow for the unique CSID # to unlock special content on the Gears of War 2 Last Day website.

Fable 2 party, Dead Space thoughts & Soulja Boy drama

18 10 2008

Fable II, the Launch Party
Some people have noticed that Fable II has been spinning in my Xbox 360 lately and a ton of people have messaged me looking for impressions. Unfortunately I can’t talk about Fable II just yet but expect to see a lot of content about the game on X3F next week.

Microsoft rented out a pub in downtown Toronto to help launch the game. The funniest part about playing a game at an event like this is when people give up. What I mean is, in Fable II you can kill anyone (except children) in a town but the city guards are going to be on you like white on rice ASAP. A menu pops up and notifies you that you can pay a fine for your crimes, do community service to lessen the sentence or resist arrest — all of this information has been released in previous previews AND was an element in the original Fable. People at the launch party would murder innocents, resist, get their asses handed to them and then give up. So, when I came in (fashionably late to the party) every time I picked up a controller it was as I was getting my ass handed to ME!

This sort of thing happens a lot at press events which is why it is often difficult to get good impressions. Note to all playing games at an event who then want to write about — ALWAYS restart the demo.

Space the final…. holy shit what was that?!
For the last few days I’ve been playing Dead Space. After seething in anger because Dustin got his hands on it, I picked up a copy and jumped in. Quick impressions, 9 chapters (out of 12 in) the game is good. While Dead Space looks nice I think a lot of people glazed over how good it sounds. The audio in the game adds to the already eerie environment and really creates a cool world.

There isn’t as much back tracking as Dustin led me to believe. I mean, you do go back but often it is literally two or three rooms. I was expecting you to have to redo entire areas of the game but that isn’t the case. The creatures are cool… the first time you see them. After that you’re kinda left with a sense that they are a ridiculous blend of scabs and sharp things. The game has made me jump once or twice but it really isn’t as scary as I thought it would be.

The HUD-less design and the ideal of menu projection into the world relative to the character and not the camera is very well implemented. It’s very impressive to watch a video message from someone on board the ship and rotate the camera around to see the images stacked creating a holographic display.

Gun play is fantastic so far but that is based on me only using the first weapon — I’m trying to get the achievement, go figure.

All in all I’m impressed with the game and I think EA has a good franchise on their hands. I anticipate playing through the game a few times.

Also, the Leviathan looks like a demonic vagina.

Disappointed in Soulja Boy Commentary
Recently I posted a video of rapper Soulja Boy calling out Xbox Live gamers on X3F. Some people questioned why we would bother — the answer: It was Saturday and it was funny, get over it — and some people laughed. We thought nothing of it really but suddenly my inbox was flooded with comments that were being posted on X3F that were highly racist and used words that should never be uttered, regardless of skin color.

Not surprisingly all of the racist comments were deleted as soon as I saw them and every single person who used the racial slur typically used by bigots was banned from the entire Joystiq Network. Meaning, no more commenting for you.

I’m shocked. I didn’t think that our readers would ever stoop to that level and actually write something so hateful. I wanted to email each person and bitch them out personally but who has the time, really?

If you were one of the people who used a slur then I’m ashamed you ever visited our site. Biggotry like that is the reason for a lot of pain across the world and it will get you no where. You want to be a hater then hate because Soulja Boy has a shitty GamerScore and bad Halo 3 stats, not because he’s black.

Also, bigotry like that is why a lot of people won’t vote for Barrack Obama. Good luck supporting a Republican President, because the last eight years has worked out so well.

Honestly, does anyone want Sarah Palin within arms reach of nuclear launch codes? She can’t even name a newspaper.

Seemed like a good idea at the time … ladies

10 07 2008

Remember my great idea of posting everything I do every week? Well, that didn’t pan out. The thing about writing at a blog for 5+ days a week means you don’t really want to look at another blog on your off time!

It’s like when I worked as a manager for EB Games. You are surrounded by videogames and sometimes you need a book or a movie.

Speaking of which. Right now I’m reading a couple of books. Top of the list is “Don’t Get Too Comfortable” by David Rakoff. Rakoff is a newly christened American after living in the States as a visiting Canadian for nearly twenty years. The book is a funny look on the process of being an American.

Also on the list is “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” by David Sedaris. Haven’t really dived into that one enough to talk about it but it is notable that Sedaris moved to to the Far East to write it and to quit smoking. Yes, moved half way across the globe to quit smoking! I should do that myself.

BigCast 003 is pretty entertaining, if only because it was a total clusterf***! I was hella tired and stressed out during recording. The entertaining parts will be the outtakes and the bonus chapter I’m planning on including which saw Akela, Kyle and I jaw on about comics. Fun stuff.

Bought a brand spanking new MacBook. Pimp as shit.

The X3F Fancast Friends group on Facebook has some hilarious photoshops of me and the guys. Props to Richard Elliot. For some reason the group isn’t allowing images to be uploaded anymore, but Rich is looking into it. No, it wasn’t disabled by any of us!

E3 is next week. Scary stuff for me personally as it’s the first E3 I’ll be really entrenched in. I won’t be there but with Rich and Dustin gone it’s up to Terrence and myself to get things done.

It goes without saying but the Fancast is going to be a little odd this week. It’s going to be Rich, Dustin and Alexander talking about E3 on a nightly basis. As for Terrence and I … wait and see!

I’d keep writing but I have work to do and need to go buy Civilization Revolution!!!!!

Xav’s Ten Metal Gear Solid 4 Realizations

14 06 2008

Firstly. No, there will be no spoilers here.

Secondly, after and epic two day playthrough of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots on PS3 (for both professional and personal reasons) there are a few little things I picked up on that I just thought were cool, interesting and/or shitty about the epic adventure.

  1. Shaking your PS3 controller will clear Snake’s OctoCamo memory and revert back to its normal black color
  2. The four main gimmick henchmen in Metal Gear Solid (from PS1) were; Psycho Mantis, Sniper Wolf, Decoy Octopus and Vulcan Raven. In Metal Gear Solid 4 the four main gimmick henchwomen are Screaming Mantis, Crying Wolf, Laughing Octopus and Raging Raven. Interesting… 🙂
  3. Holding the Triangle button when prone will make Snake fake death, helpful in an attempt to go undetected in certain situations
  4. The Blu-ray promo within the game is very specifically tied to the Metal Gear Solid universe and really is not a shot at the Xbox 360 as many have claimed it to be
  5. Snake making fun of old game conventions found in previous Metal Gear games; such as key cards
  6. The beginning of the third act (in gameplay) is mind-numbingly boring but the second part of it turns out to be one of the best sections in the game
  7. The multiple appearances of the now classic HIDEO-1 gag
  8. After locating the hidden camera, busting it out and using it during the end of B&B fights switches the game to a random studio mode in the vein of the Mei Ling photoshoot mode from previous titles
  9. The scariest enemy in the game is not the Gekko, or any of the boss characters. It’s those stupid scanner drones that are spheres with multiple arms and are about two feet high. When they attack, they attack in full force. Also, they suck and can fall in a well and die.
  10. In the voice cast credits of the game, Hideo Kojima is listed as the voice of God

“What I learned about reviews, MGS4 and Edge” by Xav de Matos.

11 06 2008
  • 8 out of 10 is like saying you’d rather shit yourself in line for a movie than make love to a beautiful woman
  • Roger Ebert expresses his feelings too much
  • The Garfield movie, while disappointing, can be an enjoyable experience for some
    All fanboy idiots are Republicans
  • An 8 represents a conspiracy, fiasco and/or mass payoffs from a competitor’s console manufacturer
  • Without a 10 out of 10 some fanboys cannot live and thus may kill themselves
  • Without a detailed breakdown of each lost point from a review, the review cannot stand and thus is only down-scoring the game too appear unbiased
  • If an outlet gives an unexpected score they are officially deemed a poor company to follow and can no longer be trusted
  • Giving MGS4 an 8 is to increase credibility of a reviewer or outlet for giving Halo, GTAIV and Super Mario Galaxy better scores–and while MGS4 is not available yet, it is infinitely better than all games combined
  • Games considered to be system sellers must be scored between 9-9.9 and can never get a score lower

These ridiculous points and more can be found at Joystiq.com regarding the Edge 8/10 score of Metal Gear Solid 4. When did an 8/10 turn into a bad score? I think people might be getting a little crazy for the game not getting perfect 10s across the board.

The Console War, explained…

14 05 2008

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