October 2021 Report

This has arguably the most productive month I’ve had in a while. I have been on a roll of releasing a new post every week (not originally my intention) and I still have content to keep that trend going. This is a good thing since I have notice that my foot traffic hasn’t been the same as it use to. This could just be a down time for most readers, or my content isn’t what it used to be. Either way, I’m happy with where I’m at right now so the drop in engagement doesn’t bother me that much.

Outside of blogging, other habits have been improving in a big way. I have finished the most games that I have in a single month since last April and it has been a wonderful feeling. On top of that, I haven’t had the desire to buy many new games unless I happen to see them in passing. With the holiday seasons coming up and more time off of work coming soon, I think I’m going to enjoy my first holiday season without much stress coming from school and work. That could all change is something stupid happens along the way, but I’m stupidly optimistic to see it happen.

Finished This Month

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

Like every October, I went on a big Castlevania kick for the spooky season. Aria of Sorrow is still as good as I remembered, and may be my second favorite out of the series. I will need to finish the sequel, Dawn of Sorrow, at some point, but that may have to wait until next October (calling it now a DS collection is going to come out by then).

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

Easily my least favorite out of the Gameboy Advance trilogy. The vertical layout of most rooms and boring design just made it boring for me to play towards the end. I can see why some would hold this game in good favor since they probably played it when it first came out, but with how much Harmony of Dissonance and Aria of Sorrow improved the gameplay and how Symphony of the Night was designed better than this, I don’t know why Konami degrade this game when the GBA could handle it. I’m rambling, but know that I’ve played it and experienced it, I have no need to replay it again (unless I get sick in the head and want to 100% clear it).

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance

The final game in the GBA trilogy that I finished. I had mixed feelings going into this game since I wasn’t the biggest fan of the character sprites, but once I looked past that I realized that this is a solid Castlevania game. If I enjoyed Soma for being customizable and flexible, I quickly learned to appreciate Juste’s fast movement and overall powerful arsenal that mostly focus around his whip, Vampire Killer, and spells with sub weapons. I definitely want to play this game again and go for that 100% completion rate. It was that good.

Tales of Arise

Honestly debating if this is my GOTY of the year. Tales of Arise surpassed my expectations and delivered one of the best Tales of experiences that I’ve had since playing Hearts R. This is also the first Tales of game that I’ve gotten the platinum trophy for just because it was so much fun to do so (and one of the easiest one’s to complete). I do have some grudges with it that existed all the way through the postgame, but the other systems of the game kinda balance them out for me to the point I can tolerate it. My full post will be out soon once I can get my right words and feelings out.

Pokémon Trading Card Game (GBC)

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Sneaking in on the last day of October, I finished this game after realizing I was right there at the end. This is a game I picked up recently to play during my lunch break, and I don’t remember why I stopped playing when I was so close to the end. The Pokemon TCG is something that I never knew how to play before playing this, and I feel that is the case with some people who collected the cards, but never learned how to play the actual game. I would normally post a picture of my victory screen, but since I do not have a reliable source to screenshot my 3DS, then you will just have to take my word that I did in fact finish it.

New Additions

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Up yours scalpers! I knew my patience and scouting would pay off one day to get this below normal retail and scalpers ridiculous pricing. I have been looking forward to playing this after I finally finished the first game a few months back. It will sadly have to wait a little bit longer since I already have my next long RPG planned, but I’m glad I now have it in my possession.

Pilotwings Resort

When getting Xenoblade Chronicles 2, this game caught my eye and I said “sure why not.” I enjoyed Pilotwings 64 back in the day, but never had the opportunity to play Pilotwings Resort until now. Just one of those games that have been under my radar for a while that I’m finally getting around to.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

This is a game that Kat was interested in playing, so we decided to go at this in co-op. I let her take the lead and adjust the camera when needed (to my frustration sometimes) and so far we have been having a fun time with it. I can see why some people wouldn’t mind a follow up to this game with more levels and mechanics that will really make you think.

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania

I have a friend from college that got me into this series. I have more experience playing Monkey Target than the regular game, but the main game provides good fun and challenge in the later stages. So far their hasn’t been a controller flung across the room yet.

Back 4 Blood

Another game that Kat was really looking forward to that I got to play along with her. It definitely hits all those Left 4 Dead vibes and provides new things to keep you on your toes. I still have no idea what to do with the card system since when I was first introduced to them I was half awake at that time…

Mario Party Superstars

I was originally on the fence if I was going to get this or not, but after looking at footage and reviews, I couldn’t help myself. Kat and I will have a good time playing this regardless, but as soon as my brother and our friend gets it, it will be fun to play with them online. Being in the same room and giving death stares will always be my preferred way of playing honestly.

Currently Playing

After getting the platinum trophy for Arise, I was left in a dead-zone period. I didn’t have anything lined up next, so I’m spending the time with just a free-for-all at the moment. Starting Friday, I know my days are going to get busy with a certain update coming out. As for now, Kat dared me to replay Kingdom Hearts: Re:chain of Memories since I like to boost that it is not a difficult game and people don’t like it because it requires them to think and not just mash. It has been a while since I played it so I am a bit rusty, but if you know what you are doing for the most part it is not difficult to play. It takes patience, but not as bad as people point out. Outside of that, I have been playing online multiplayer games with one of my friends out-of-state. We got into GTA 5 online after years of putting it off and found the experience to be more enjoying than we thought. Other than that, we play the occasional Warhammer rounds where I pretend to know what I’m doing.

Plans for Next Month

This month is going to be fun. This Friday the Animal Crossing: New Horizons update is coming out, so I will probably spend my entire Saturday unlocking the new things that you can do. I enjoyed the base game, but this update was long overdue and I’m looking forward to spending 300 hours of my life on this game again. That should keep me busy until Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl come out on November 19. Gen 4 may be at the bottom of my favorite generations, but it has some merits that I’m looking forward to revisiting. Other than that, I need to get back to The Legend of Heroes: Trials of Cold Steel 4 and get that done by the end of the year. Those are my current plan, but things can change depending on my mood.

50/50 Challenge Update

I have been bad about keeping a routine. Motivation quickly came when I went to the gym and weigh myself. I had gained one pound from where I originally began. If this didn’t motivate me like hell I don’t know what did. I am working my butt off now to the point I’ve lost 6 pounds (according to last weigh in). I’ve stopped drinking sugary drinks and slowly getting desserts out of my sight. I bought a resistance band that I use in my office when I’m at work. I am trying hard right now without pushing myself to limits that I need to rebuild myself to. Now I just can’t get lazy about it next month 🙂

As for gaming, I am mostly satisficed with my progress. I’m seven games in, so I need to pick up the pace a bit. I should have been over twelve games at this point, but life is life (and I can’t stay awake pass 10:30 pm). This month is going to be a challenge, but I hope to keep up the same pace like I did last month.

Challenge Statistics:

Weight loss: 6 pounds
Pounds to go: 44

Games Finished this Month: 5
Total Games Finished: 8/50


Okay. Back to sleep I go.

DanamesX

September 2021 Report

I now have a backlog of posts that were suppose to be done but are not. Go me! One day I will have dedicated time to just write and not get stuck with writer’s block for a week on one topic. Like a unclean truck stop restroom, once this clog is out of the way better things are sure to come.

Anywho hello! I hope this month treated you better than it did me for the most part. I have no idea where the month went, but now we have entered the best part of the year. Summer is gone and the bone chilling air of Autumn is now here! I am not a fan of the heat, so having cooler weather and watching the environment change around me is a nice welcome. Plus, this is the first Fall in a while that I don’t have to waste staring at textbooks and can enjoy the nature around me. It is the small things at this point that keep me going, but that is not a problem when you have good things around you.

There were little posts posted this month due to the writer’s block that I mentioned. I’m happy to say that that is now over. A new post will be out on Monday, and after that should hopefully remain constant for a while. Other than that, work has been busy since we have reached evaluation month. Since I supervise multiple people, I have to write out each of their evaluations and their documents for next year’s performance cycle, so yeah a lot of writing that I’m doing for work. On the free time side of things, I would say that I have been productive in getting somethings lined up.

Finished This Month

I finished one game this month. Not only that, but it was a game that came out this year that I didn’t put on the backburner for once! I finished playing NEO: The World Ends With You after finishing the first game for the first time last month. I had a good time playing NEO. It was definitely more TWENY that I wanted, and the game succeeded in being a good sequel minus a few things. The Backlog Tale for that game is already in the works and should be out soon.

New Additions

NEO: The World Ends With You

Is it weird to see a game in my “New Additions” section that is also in my “Finished This Month” section? Yeah its weird for me to but at the same time something that feels like this is how I’m supposed to play all of my games. Huh. Weird.

Tales of Arise

The game that I’m currently working on right now. So far I am having a great time with it. It definitely scratches that Tales of itch that I like to play, while also including a lot of new elements that makes this feel like a true next-gen game for what’s that worth. Also any game that has an owl party member and a mechanic where you have to search for more owls will automatically be the best game that I’ve played.

Trauma Center: Second Opinion

I was buying something offline and this showed up in my suggestions area for $11. I borrowed this game from a friend a long time ago, but never finished it since I got to hard stage in the later levels. I still have my save data from the game, so I said sure. Besides that, this is a good game from what I remembered and it has some decent challenge to it.

Final Fantasy (PSP)

This version of Final Fantasy is considered one of the better ones. I found it in a thrift store for cheap one day and decided to add it to my collection. Now I just need to dust off the new PSP I got a while ago and actually play the games on it.

Castlevania Advance Collection

I have been waiting for this collection to be announced. I wasn’t expecting it to be shadow drop the day it was announced, but I do love me some Castlevania and this collection saves me from spending stupid money to buy the originals (or the Wii U versions). I plan on playing as many Castlevania games that I can in October, so these will definitely be in the mix.

Currently Playing

I am in the second half of Tales of Arise. I think I can finish this month, as long as I can pull myself from doing every side quest that I see available. On top of that, Kat got Deathloop and has been enjoying that on the PS5. So being the good partner that I am, I am sharing the PS5 with her. While she is playing that, I got sucked back into Civilization VI. I still don’t know how to play the game effectively, but I’m winning so far for now I think. While I think I am bad at Civ, I do have a good time playing it and the meme about “just one more turn” is real. If I do manage to win, I will count that as “finishing” the game and can check it off the list.

Plans for October

Tales of Arise will be done this month. There aren’t that many October releases that I’m excited for. I know people are excited for Metroid Dread, but I’m in the wake me up when Prime 4 comes out boat. I’ll eventually play it, but I’m not in a rush to. Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania looks fun despite me buying Super Monkey Ball 2 a few weeks before this was announced… If there are any games that you would like to see get rereleased for current hardware, let me know so that I can go buy it and speed up the eventual rerelease. Other than that, my wife and friends are excited for Back 4 Blood since they played lots of Left 4 Dead back in the day. I have no attachment to it, but I will never turn down the opportunity to play games with friends.

After watching Capcom’s presentation yesterday, the itch to continue Monster Hunter Rise has returned. Even though I finished the main story and everything, there is still a lot of content that I haven’t gotten around to yet. With even more content coming out in Summer 2022, I think now is a good time to head back in.

Also starting this month, I will be streaming Castlevania games over on my Twitch channel (twitch.tv/danamesx). That starts tonight at some point when I make up my mind on which one I’m playing first. My plan is to play, stream, and beat as many as I can during the month of October. Streams will happen on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday.

50/50 Challenge

On the gaming front, I’m doing good so far. In the exercise department, the low motivation from last month is still lingering. I have all the desire to workout after work, but when the time comes my body and mind just want to shut down. I do little things to keep myself active so that I don’t feel like a complete failure already. I have a standing desk at work which I have been using more frequent. Since I work behind a close door, I sometimes do squats or push-ups to get my body moving. I have been eating much better at least and have significantly reduce my portion intakes for every meal (maybe not lunches if I forgot to eat/bring breakfast to work). I still haven’t fixed my scale/bought a new one…so this challenge is going greeeeeat.

Challenge Statistics:

Weight loss: ???
Pounds to go: 50

Games Finished This Month: 1
Total Games Finished: 3/50

That’s all I got this month. Maybe if I can train my body to stop falling asleep so early I can maybe finish more things.

DanamesX

August 2021 Report

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these end-of-the-month reports. The layout is mostly the same, but there will be some additional content included in these reports.

It feels good to get back in to writing. I say this as I’ve been struggling to sit down and actually write things out. The beginning of August saw some positive changes to my life as new possibilities are open to me. I was excited to start some new things and spend more time on the things, but as always, life sometimes has different plans. Work really picked up the second half of August with getting ready for the new school year and training some of our new part-timers. My schedule was altered these last few weeks, so any habits and motivations I had before then have to be reestablished. Luckily, things should be fairly constant now, so here’s to getting back into a normal routine.

Finished Games

Hey look! I have less responsibilities now. Meaning I can actually get games done! I managed to get three games done this month! Let’s see if I can keep this streak going next month (probably not since Tales of Arise is coming out).

Astro’s Playroom

Astro's Playroom Box Front

I didn’t make a big deal about it when I got it, but I was able to obtain one of those new fancy gaming devices that people have been after. In true fashion, I stumbled on what to play first, but I ended up going with Astro’s Playroom since it was preloaded on the system. For a tech demo, this has to be one of my favorites. I feel like I not only understand the hype behind the DualSense controller better, but I felt like this was a big ‘ol love letter to PlayStation’s history. It was fun to located all the easter eggs and find all the collectables since it felt like finding artifacts to put in your museum. The entire presentation and vibe just made it fun to play (so much that Kat ended up playing the majority of the game on my profile). I don’t think I will write a full Backlog Tale on this game since I basically said all I had to say right there. Definitely a better (and cheaper) tech demo demonstrating the PS5 than what Nintendo did with the Switch (would compare Xbox but they have no demos).

The World Ends With You: Final Remix

This month’s unexpected finisher was The World Ends With You: Final Remix. I just happened to start the game up on a whim one afternoon and eventually finished it a few days later. I was not prepared to get hooked on this game with its shitty controls on the Switch, but I ended up really enjoying the story in this game. Finishing the game on the Switch has compelled me to finish the original on the DS and eventually get Neo: The World Ends With You when I eventually get around to getting it. As I write this I am listening to the soundtrack on Spotify since I find it weirdly catchy. There will be a full Backlog Tale on this game coming next month.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

The other big shocker to me is that I finished Dragon Quest XI a few days ago. This is a game that I have been playing off and on since 2019. It’s not a bad game, I’m just really bad at finishing games that I’ve started. I enjoyed playing this Dragon Quest and I can see why people praise it so highly. It’s definitely pretty and has one of the best cast of characters. I just have a few nitpicks with it that places it at my #2 Dragon Quest game. To find out more of my thoughts on this game, you will have to wait until I write about it in a Backlog Tale next month.


New Additions

Demon’s Souls

This was the game I was looking forward to playing the most when I finally acquired my PS5. I had two gift cards that I had to use up before I forgot about them, and this was one of those purchases. I played the original on the PS3, but oh boy do those framerates hold it back from being fun. I managed to play up to the part where I left of in the PS3 version, so now I am back at playing the game of trail and error to figure out where I’m going. Otherwise, I am enjoying this remaster.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

You know, I’m just going to say it. Skyward Sword may be my favorite 3D Zelda title. It was the first one that I played and finished when it came out on the Wii. There is something about it that’s appealing to me where the other 3D Zelda games didn’t. I wasn’t planning on getting this anytime soon, but I had that second gift card and this was the first to catch my attention.

Samurai Warriors 5

Somehow this game escaped my radar. When I was getting the other two games, I saw an ad for it. I asked if they had a copy and they found a used copy that was cheap enough for me to buy it. So far this game is a comfort musou game that I was looking for this year. I did play Persona 5 Strikers, but that is more of a Persona game than a musou game. The only thing that throws me off in this game is the lack of a dash button since I’m used to having one. Other than that, I’m having fun playing this in burst when I just need to mow down hoards of people out of frustration.

Harvest Moon: Magical Melody

I found this in a second hand store (the same place where I seem to be finding a lot of good retro games). I have good memories of the other Harvest Moon game on the GameCube, Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life. I have never seen Magical Melody in the wild before, so I took this as a sign of good faith to get it. For an obscure GameCube game, I was surprise that it wasn’t expensive like other GameCube games. Nice to have this in the collection and I’m looking forward to giving this game a try.

Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town

I have never owned this game, and the only reason I got it was so that I could try the feature out on A Wonderful Life where you have to hook up the GBA game to the GameCube game via the link cable. Have I done it yet? No. I got too busy finishing the other games I was working on. I would say I would do it in September, but you know…Tales of Arise.

Harvest Moon: Back to Nature

YES I BOUGHT A THIRD HARVEST MOON GAME! SO WHAT! COME AND SUE ME IF YOU WILL! ….I saw it when I was getting Friends of Mineral Town and bought it as well because you can never have too much Harvest Moon. Just be happy I stopped there and didn’t pick up Save the Homeland as well.

Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland

Scarlet Nexus

Fantasy Sci-fi is hard for me to get into sometimes. Scarlet Nexus has my attention solely because it was made by present/former members of the Tales of series. Picked it up on sale. I will be going into this game blind since the only thing I know about this game is anime and psychic powers.

Prinny Presents NIS Classics Vol. 1

This compilation snuck in at the last minute; arriving at my door step yesterday evening. I preordered this a ways back and wasn’t expecting it to come in time since I was getting email from NIS America that the game was going to be late due to deluxe edition items arriving late. It didn’t make my top 10 games, but I adore Phantom Brave and it might be one of my favorite strategy RPG. Soul Nomad is a great bonus since I played the game on the PS2. Sadly I had to sell my copy since the game would freeze at the start of the final boss fight. Here’s hoping that doesn’t happen again.


Currently Playing

Since I just finished playing Dragon Quest XI, I don’t have any real plans currently. I want to do the post game content in Dragon Quest XI, but I don’t want to make that the main focus of my gaming time. I am about to embark on the Shadowbringers content for Final Fantasy XIV, so I am excited for that. The word is that Shadowbringers has one of the best stories in Final Fantasy, so I’m ready to see if the hype is real. Also if it seems like I am playing a lot of Square Enix games recently, I promise that it is just a giant coincidence.

Plans for Next Month

My current playlist is sparse right now since I am waiting for the release of Tales of Arise. If there were ever times to get me to stop playing something because something new was coming out, it would have to be a new Monster Hunter, Tales of game, or a new mainline Pokémon. After playing the demo for Arise, I am interested in seeing how the full mechanics playout and to get a real handle on combat. Using R1 for your standard attack is new and weird, but pulling off combos has never been easier and more fun. I’m going to have a good time with this game and hopefully I don’t procrastinate around to get it done.

Once I get off my lazy ass to do it, I hope to debut my Collection Tales series next month. Collection Tales are post where I talk about things in my collection and stories of how I came across them and the game itself. I’ve had the first one sitting in my drafts folder since about March, so I think it’s time to finish that up and get that series started.

50/50 Challenge Update

I had a good routine going on. I was exercising daily and made sure to keep track of everything. The work schedule change however ruined my routine and the heat outside had sapped the remaining energy out of me. I have not given up yet though! There shouldn’t be any schedule changes for me for the rest of the year, so I can reestablish my habits again. Unfortunately, I feel like I undid any work I put in at the beginning and feel like I’m back at square one. I don’t have a working scale at home, so I can’t monitor where I’m at throughout the week. In the next update post, I will have an update with how many pounds I’ve lost so far.

As for games, I am in a good spot right now. I don’t count Astro’s Playroom since I finished it before I started my challenge (got to keep those technicalities in there). If I can keep going at this pace, I should be able to meet my challenge goals (if I can stop playing 60+ hour RPGs).

Challenge Statistics:

Weight loss: ???
Pounds to go: 50

Games Finished This Month: 2
Total Games Finished: 2/50

That’s all I got this month. Here’s to seeing if I can regain my lost motivation and start kicking ass in September.

DanamesX

What’s In The Box…Weird Can Thing!? A Gift From My Father-In-Law.

So. My in-laws are moving out of their house a “retiring” down to Florida. I enjoyed the visits we made to their house during the summer and holidays, but know it looks like I will have to venture hellscape that is Florida to enjoy board games and beer (Florida is not a bad state, I just hate the heat down there). While my father-in-law is not the gamer that he once was, he does find the time to enjoy gaming when he can. He currently enjoys his Switch and is currently playing his second playthrough of Fire Emblem: Three Houses. His influence got Kat into gaming as well; and it is thanks to him that we have some impressive games in our collection (all five mainline Suikoden games just to name some). However, some of our taste in games don’t line up well since he is a big sports fan and I know how to play a game but suck at everything else.

That brings us to this wonderful…thing that he sent us. For the record, I have zero interest in Nascar. I have no idea why people spend hours watching cars drive in a loop, but if that is your form of entertain then please keep enjoying it. The only reason I know who this person is, Jeff Gordon, is because of all the Nascar fans from my school (I wouldn’t have known it was him without the signature on the can). So why was I given this cooler for a sport that I have no interest in? For the contents inside apparently. While cleaning out their basement, they decided to place all of his old gaming stuff into this container and let me shift through it to see if there was anything that I wanted. I really appreciate the thought of letting me look through them to see if there was anything that I wanted. They know I am a video game buff, and sadly they appreciate it more than most people on my side of the family. However, they did not realize my policy of not selling or getting rid of games that enter my possession; no matter what the game is or if I will ever play it. It is a self imposed rule that I placed on myself after selling games that I regretted in the past. So, let’s see what fun things this cooler holds.

When I opened up the lid, the very first game that greeted me was Fox Sports College Hoops ’99….

Sigh. Okay no big deal. I know that my FIL (just going to start using this abbreviation now) is big into sports, so of course some of these will be sports titles. I have never heard of this game, or who would be in it that I know. Kobe? Is Kobe in this? Who played basketball in 1999? Dirk? Is that you? Obviously I know some sportsball people, just my knowledge is slim when recognizing famous players. To get some of my “meh” findings out of the way, here is a highlight reel of all the other ball games we found in this thing.

Madden 2000. I might have fun with this one. My younger brother made me play a bunch of Madden games with him in the past, so I will have some idea on how to play it.

PGA Tour 98. This isn’t Mario Golf. This is regular golf for people who want to play actual golf (ie. not me).

Triple Play 98. I’ve never really had a problem with baseball. There was a baseball game that we would rent out a lot of times on the N64, but I doubt this is the same brand (I looked it up and it was All-Star Baseball 99; we tried to hit each other with the ball). I’ll give it a whack and see if it is a home run or a foul.

NHL 99. The sticker on the case says that this is the “coolest game on earth.” Obviously this was the case before Club Penguin came into existence.

Triple Play 2000. I don’t remember much from the year 2000, but Kat informed me that she was in Kindergarten at the time. This made me go into a fetal position and deny the fact that I’m old for my age group. Also I’m pissed that my Triple Play collection is now ruined since I’m now missing Triple Play 99.

NCAA Football 2000. What would make the college football games more interesting would be to let the marching band take the field and watch them play a game. Similar to the mascot mode in later games.

Madden 2002. Apparently Madden 2001 wasn’t that great, so he skipped straight to the 2002 version.

And that is all the sports games that were in the cooler. I joke, but I am curious to test run these games even though I’m not sweating at the palm to play them. Realistic sports games are not my jam. I prefer playing games like the Mario spinoffs or any other fun and creative game that uses a sports formula. There might be a ton of people who had fun playing these games back in the day, and I hope seeing them again brought back some good memories. My memories of these games will probably be bad, but don’t let my dismissive mind tarnish yours.


With that out of the way, let’s look at some things that did peek my interest. Some of these I will talk about in more length than the sports games, and some I will have no clue what the public’s reception is to them. If I had to put them in some kind of ranking of excited to own, I would say these games get an eyebrow raise from me.

Sentient. I have no idea what this game is about. The back of the case tells me that this is a 3D adventure game where you have to solve a murder mystery in space…I think. From what I can tell, this game came out early in the PlayStation lifespan and most critics were very critical about it. I’m sure there maybe some redeeming qualities in it, but I will never know until I try it one day. This game is one of the only games that feels odd in my FIL’s games that is outside his normal genres. He likes sports, strategies, and RPGs. Having a semi horror adventure game seems out of place for him to own. Add the fact that their are faded faces in the back ground and the case has semi claw marks on them, I could convince myself that this game is haunted.

Warcraft II: The Dark Saga. I have not played any of the Warcraft games or any other game by Blizzard outside of Overwatch. I have no idea if playing a real-time strategy (RTS) game is comfortable with a controller or not, but sadly I don’t see myself playing this anytime soon.

Jeopardy. Rip to the great legend that was Alex Trebek. Jeopardy will never be the same without him. I used to have a Jeopardy game for PC way back in the day; and surprise surprise I was terrible at it. I imagine I will be terrible at this version since this game came out in 1998. Kat and I will definitely get a kick out it one day and she will dominate me since she is the better one at trivia.


That does it for the mid tier interest level finds from the crate. Again, not bad things, but things that didn’t get me overly excited. These next few items listed are what I consider my highlights from what I found. I thought I had already found the good stuff when I was looking through his games before, but somehow these things skipped my attention at the time.

Riven: The Sequel to Myst. This may sound like blasphemy, but I have never played Myst. That didn’t stop me from being intrigued by what I assume is the collector’s edition of Riven. I have no idea what is going on, but this 5 disc game came with unique slide cases for each disc. For all you Myst buffs out there, this might look really cool to you. I have no idea since this was the first time I realized Myst had a sequel. I have no way at the current time to play this since I lack the software requirement to try (a CD drive), but I’m sure the digital version exist out there. For the time, I will admire how cool and maybe rare this might be (you can tell me in the comments if it is rare or not).

Beyond the Beyond. I have never heard of this game before. What makes me excited to check it out is that this game was developed by Camelot Software Planning. If you don’t know who they are, they mostly now do the excellent Mario Gold and Tennis games, as well the first three Shining Force games and freaking Golden Sun! You can tell that it is from the same developer since they share a lot of aspects in the menus and battle. Some of the screenshots that I’ve seen make this look like an early concept of Golden Sun without the fun Psynergy puzzles to do. Critics didn’t find this game to be special at the time, but I’m always down to try out older JRPGs and see how they stand today. If anything, it will scratch that Camelot RPG itch that I’ve had ever since finishing Golden Sun: Dark Dawn almost 10 years ago.

A Toys ‘R’ Us PlayStation Demo Disk. This still has the factory seal on it, so I guess no one was interested in trying out any of the games on the disk. I’m surprise he held on to since there are some interesting demos on this disk. This disc was trademarked in 1998 and offered some really good games. This disc demoes for the following games:

  • Gran Turismo
  • Blasto
  • Tekken 3
  • Hot Shots Golf
  • Jersey Devil
  • Einhander
  • Gex 2
  • Tomb Raider 2
  • Tomba!

The disc also has some special videos that I’m guessing were teaser trailers at the time. Those videos include:

  • Spyro the Dragon
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • NFL Xtreme
  • MLB ’99
  • Resident Evil 2

Gex alone would have made me play this disc nonstop. I am interested in Hot Shots Golf since it was developed by Camelot Software as well. I know the age of demo disc are a thing of the past, but it is sometimes fun to play old demos and see what a game was at a certain point of development. I’ll pop that seal off one day and do some investigation.

The Final Fantasy Legend. Probably the rarest game that I found in the crate. The Final Fantasy Legend was the first game in the SaGa series that was renamed for us in the states for better sales I’m guessing. I have only played two games in the SaGa franchise and I enjoyed what I played. While this doesn’t have the Free Scenario gameplay that the later titles implement, it might be fun to play an old school RPG and discover its charm. Right now you can play this game on the Switch via the Collection of SaGa if you don’t want to hunt down a copy.

Shadow Madness? Never heard of it. For some reason I get budget title RPG vibes from this. If you have played this game before and loved it, let me know. It looks interesting based on the information on the back of the case. Too bad I won’t be able to test that theory since…

There was no game in the case. How are you going to tease me with this terrible looking game that could be amazing? I’m not going to lie and said this made me want to find the game even more, because while nice I don’t have any intention to seek this out. But why would my FIL just pack an empty case? Did he believe that there was something inside and just packed it in haste? Or, was there something else hidden on the other side of the case (since this is a multi-disc case). Sure enough, I open the other side of the case and found this.

Original release copies of the Final Fantasy Anthology. Why is this here!? Did he lose the case to this at one point and decided to hide them away in a place no one would think to look? Regardless, this might have been my second favorite find out of everything that was packed. I already own these games for the PlayStation, but my copies are the Greatest Hits rereleases that replace the disc art with a generic label. I think that’s what made me excited about finding this since the disc art on these are gorgeous. Final Fantasy V’s disc has the four heroes in different job class outfits. I don’t think I have ever seen this artwork before, so it is a neat bonus. Final Fantasy VI’s disc has the iconic artwork of Terra on the magitek armor overlooking the capital of Vector (I think). Look, I just find this really neat to have since I miss the days of effort in packaging an item. Am I eager to play these…ehh maybe one day when I have the patience to tolerate load times. I do own both of these for the GBA, so it might just be a crossing off my list type of ordeal.


That does it for the games that I found in here. Not all the games I found were bad, just games that will be hanging around until I get the curiosity of playing one day. That doesn’t end all of the other things that were included in this package. There were other random things in there, like tons of PS1 controllers. Most of them were all third party controllers with some I just outright tossed since they were sticky and falling apart. I did keep most of them including a wireless PS1/2 controller that has the L2 and R2 buttons further down the bottom of the controller. I honestly like the design of it since the button rest where my middle fingers would on the dualshock controller. I have to make sure that the receiver that was in the case is the correct one and see if it still works.

As much as the controllers were cool, they were pointless to me since I don’t own an original PlayStation. I came in late to the PlayStation game by getting a PS2 right as the PS3 came out and was the new kid on the block. I had the chance of getting a PS1, but I had no way of justifying the $7 USD price tag and purpose at the time. That’s no longer an issue now since towards the bottom of the container was my FIL’s PlayStation.

The collector side of me is happy since I now almost have a complete PlayStation console collection (looking at you PS5). I may now play my PS1 games through the original console for that “authentic experience.” All I am missing now is the CRT TV.


And that is where the highlights end. I hope this was entertaining for you as it was for me to randomly pull these out of Gordan’s can. My in-laws do want the cooler back, so unfortunately that will not be rotting away in my backyard. There were a few other miscellaneous items inside, but they weren’t much to talk about. There are more boxes to go through that have come from my in-laws house, so if I find anything else interesting that’s worth talking about, I might post them up on my Instagram (trying to force myself to post more there). If you would like for me to do another box opening post in the future, then I would need to go like thrift shopping or visit yard sales or something. Magical boxes full of video game items just don’t show up at my door all the time, so don’t hold your breath something else like this will happen again.

Thanks for reading,

DanamesX

Love Your Backlog 2021

Love Your Backlog month is back and it is slowly becoming one of my new favorite holidays. If you don’t know what this is, Kim from Later Levels and Genni from Ace Asunder created this event for all of us to celebrate the existence of our physical and digital mountain of joy. This event was created to celebrate something that is special to you and own it with pride. This is my second year participating in this event, and I wish I could say that I prepared for it. Well jokes on me, I kinda, sorta did when I decided to re-inventory my entire game collection last year. Being able to catalog all of my games all over again was an eye opening experience that helped me reconnect with some games that I completely forgot that I had, and some that I wonder why I have in the first place. Nevertheless, I cherish each game in my collection since I never thought I would have something like this in the past.

With the introductory paragraph out of the way now, I can start talking about my backlog! The pictures below shows how my collection grew from last year:

A whole new shelf had to be added last year. It’s kinda odd to see how it has exploded in what feels like a short time. I don’t want to spend a lot of time speculating how that happen, since this post would be even longer.

To also help visualize how much my collection has grown, I recreated my video game collection spreadsheet that I created back in 2015. This new version contains all of the games that me and Kat have currently in our physical and digital collection. This new version also fixes some issues that I had with the old spreadsheet (all of the different colors to start with). If you would like to view it, you can click the link above, the giant badge in this post, or the link on my homepage.

So, with all of my games recounted and accounted for, my new grand total of unfinished games is:

763

*Damn. I really wanted that 1000+ badge….

So. How did this happen? Last year I had reported that I only had 482 games in my backlog. How did I almost double that number!? I will answer that question towards the end of this post (the suspenseful hook!) For now, let’s answer some questions that Kim has prepared for us!

The effect that the 2020 apocalypse had on your backlog

Uh. I didn’t leave my house. Since I didn’t leave my house, I didn’t spend it all on eating out almost all the time. The result? I saved a bunch of money for gaming thanks to switching to isolation. The pandemic allowed me to save money and invest in a lot of things that I wanted. The biggest thing I was able to do was buy new components for my PC, so now I can play almost anything on PC comfortably. The sad thing is that I still haven’t touched most of my games on PC…

The oldest game in terms of release date

Um let’s see here….

Technically it would be Super Mario Bros 3, but my brother has that along with our Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis games. In terms of what I currently have on the shelf, I think it is Super Mario 64, which is a shame because I don’t think I will finish it anytime soon. Not that I think it is a bad game, or its not for me, or I’ve seen my brother finish it a gazillion times, but because I don’t know if the cartridge works anymore. I think it does, but I haven’t checked in a while. *Edit: It does work!

A game you bought on day one, only to not play it

I surprisingly don’t do this a lot. The only exceptions is I buy it a day or week later and then don’t play it. I did found one game though that fits this bill, Persona 4 Golden on Steam. I remember being at my in-laws house when I heard the news that it got released on Steam. I immediately bought it after seeing the announcement since it was for only $15/$20 dollars, and have not touched it yet. I love that game, so playing it will happen soon.

The game which has spent the most time on your backlog

Oh boy. Here comes the hard question. The original purpose of my spreadsheet was to help me remember when I bought something. I like to think if I got this before starting college, then I’ve had it for a long time. With that, I’m going to nominate Yu Gi Oh! GX: Duel Academy. I would consider this my second favorite Yu Gi Oh! game, and it is one that I have not finished since it requires you to actually past test and be good at the game. I think with how simple this game is compared to the current ruleset, I might be able to reach King of Games now.

The most recent addition to your library

As of writing this, the last game that I bought was Fallout 76. It was during a Walmart purge I guess and they had tons of copies for just $15. We got two copies so Kat and I could share the wasteland shenanigans together.

The person responsible for adding the most entries to your backlog, due to their good recommendations

This is it! The answer you were all waiting for! If you have been waiting to find out why my backlog grew so much in a year, then I’m sorry that the answer is kinda anticlimactic. It goes back to my spreadsheet (where all bad decisions are made). I originally did not want to include Kat’s games in my collection, since there are some games that I’m just never going to play (I’m looking at you Neopets: The Darkest Faerie). But, there are some games that she has that we both want to play, but it just happens that she went out of her way to buy it and play it first. So, I changed my mind about not including her games as part of my collection. We both contribute to the shelves that might be worth a fortune down the road, so I will share in the burden of finishing it one day. Also blame my friend Eric for making me buy games on Steam that I’m never going to finish if I just keep playing Overwatch.

So that’s all I got. A special thanks to Kim and Genni for once again bringing this event back this year, and I will see you next month for part 2!

DanamesX