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100% Completion

Posted by Kohaku , in Video Games Dec 11 2012 · 200 views
Manly tears, Nintendo Power
The end of an era.
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You had a good run old friend.


Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Posted by Kohaku , in Video Games Dec 08 2012 · 422 views
Paper Mario, Stickers
As I don't have anything new to report on the Permit situation, I'm going to post something a bit different today. After all, this isn't the doom and gloom blog.
I downloaded Paper Mario: Sticker Star a while ago and I've been pondering how I've felt about it ever since I beat it. This is kind of a spoiler free minireview.

Sticker Star isn't a bad game... but it isn't a great game compared to the other games in the series. I like Paper Mario: Sticker Star, but it could be so much better.

The great parts of it are fantastic, the jazzy music is some of the best in the series, the 3d effect is great with the paper and cardboard effects, the writing that is there is great too. Even the battle system is great.

However, I want a story with my Paper Mario games. There is a story but it is such a bare bones story that it detracts from the game being a Paper Mario game. If anything it is Paper Mario Lite. Bowser doesn't speak at all, he isn't funny at all like we are used to him being, Peach only has a few lines in the entire game. The Toads forget about Peach and start repairing the sticker fest which Bowser destroyed. That is pretty much it. There really isn't a story at all. Kersti is a good character that I liked, and the team at Nintendo of America did good with the localization of the game. Intelligent Systems did great with the game. And as much as I love Miyamoto, I can't help but be disappointed in the fact that he made sure that there was no story.

Yes, I miss the partners, but I got used to the battle system and it is okay, it is a fun battle system. My main complaint about the battle system is the fact that you can't choose who to attack. The Thing stickers are wacky and funny though.

However, some of the puzzles regarding the Thing stickers can be rather obscure and crazy. People complained about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and the fact that it was a game that held your hand... they need to play Paper Mario: Sticker Star. It is the complete opposite and has virtually no hand holding.

However, the music in Paper Mario: Sticker Star is fantastic. I must say, I love the soundtrack, it is so catchy and I never though I would hear a jazzy Mario soundtrack, I can't complain about it.

I like Sticker Star, but I think it could have been a much better game than it ultimately was. Don't get me wrong, it is a lot of fun and it is a well polished game and fun game. When it comes to a game in a series it is going to be compared to previous games in the series and I don't think it stacks up to Paper Mario 64 and Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door. It stands on its own and I think it is a good introduction to the series, but I would love for another game like The Thousand Year Door. This isn't that game.

Have any of you played Sticker Star, what did you guys think?



Posted by Kohaku , in Real Life Dec 03 2012 · 165 views
Hurricane Sandy
So, we've been in the process of getting a permit to take down the small bungalow. It hasn't been pleasant.
It should have been an easy process, yet at each turn the town keeps throwing new things at us. The house doesn't have asbestos or any other hazardous materials yet we are being given a run around on it. >_<
The bureaucracy of it all sucks.
I would like to also take a small moment here to thank Jedi Master J. or VI. Zexion (as he is currently called) for his sheer amount of donations, it seriously does help and he has gone above and beyond and we are extremely grateful. Thank you!
As always, anyone who wishes to help donate can do so here. You can say you helped fund the tearing down of a house! (Eventually >_>)


A bit of relaxation

Posted by Kohaku , in Real Life, Video Games Nov 26 2012 · 203 views

So, having internet back has been great. However when the hurricane hit we all forgot about something we ordered and paid for.

We forgot until it arrived at a house that we can't live at as we were continuing the clean up. So we set it up at our rental house and finally had some rest and relaxation for the first time since Hurricane Sandy hit.

I must say, the Wii U has been a ton of much needed fun for us. (If anyone wants to add me on Miiverse my username is Kohakuchan)

Other than that, Aleks' grandfather's van has been taken away by a scrapper. The house is still there as securing permits has taken longer than everyone thought.

Everyday has been a bit better than the last, but honestly... at the end of each day we just want to go home. Today though has been a day with no running around and just some simple relaxation. It has been nice and much needed.


Hurricane Aftermath Updates

Posted by Kohaku , in Real Life Nov 22 2012 · 221 views
Hurricane Sandy
So, I've got some updates.

Aleks' grandfather's house is going to be torn down probably tomorrow. This is a job that will cost probably around $10,000. That house didn't have insurance and FEMA isn't giving a dime for it. We do need help paying for this as we don't have the money for it.

If the town were to take it down though it would cost probably $50,000. Which would be very bad.

I must continue my plea for help in terms of donations to help tear it down. If you can't donate, please spread the word about this.

In terms of how donations are being used:

1. Donations will only be used to replace essential items lost by the hurricane, they will be used for repairs and for in some cases demolition. All donations will be receipted.

2. Not only will there be a receipt, but each one will be put into a receipt book and logged with the information on each donation.

3. Any donations that are left over will be used to help neighbors in the area.

Those are the basics on it, I don't have a degree in legalese so this will have to do for now. If you have any questions please send me a message.

I do have good news and will be able to give updates now as we do have internet back!

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