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DS ROM

Pile of Nintendo DS game cartridges.

Pile of Nintendo DS game cartridges.

Note: If this is posted twice it is because the first one was eaten by WordPress and it may or may not post along with this rewrite.

About a year ago I bought a CycloDS Evolution for my Nintendo DS Lite. I wanted to check out the homebrew scene and look for a free web browser for the DS. Nothing really jumped out at me from the world of DS homebrew but I found a better use for the Micro SD adapter card.

Nintendo DS ROMs. These are the contents of the DS game cartridge that are put onto a computer into a .nds file. Conveniently cards like the CycloDS can play them when they are put onto the MicroSD card. This of course leads to many of the games being pirated. I try to avoid that and only download the ROMs of games I currently own.

Or games that I am thinking about owning. With a lot of DS games they are either fun (Super Mario 64 DS) or have the fun potential but for some reason it does not follow through (the new Pokémon). Tired of buying games that don’t interest me I saw the usage of ROMs to be the perfect answer, an opportunity to demo a game for an hour or so and then decide if I want to buy it.

The temptation of course is to not buy it since one already has a copy of the game. Recently I downloaded and tried out Knights in the Nightmare by Atlus, I liked it and the next day I bought the game. Even though I now own a legitimate copy of the game I am going to keep playing it solely on my CycloDS.

Why? Mostly because I already have an hours worth of game on the ROM version and because it is so much more versatile. I can back up my savegames to my computer along with the game itself, I don’t have to carry the game around with me and there is a much smaller chance of losing a digital copy.

If there was an easy way to get the saves off of the DS games I bought prior to the CycloDS I would not need to carry around any of the game cartridges with me and could rest them right next to my original brick of a Gameboy.

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BrainHex

The dusty green, gold and blue of the Summer landscape.

The dusty green, gold and blue of the Summer landscape.

BrainHex is a new online survey that tests what type of video game player you are, and I love surveys (almost as much as I love to vote).

I was categorized as a Seeker type player with a subclass of Mastermind. Reading their description of a Seeker-Mastermind I found it fit me quite well.

There were some parts of the survey that required ranking preferences for in game activities that did not give an option for no preference or for ranking things equal.

Barring that small issue I suggest everyone take it and see how well it fits (also the more that take it the better it can become).

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Delays

See, the Earth is rotating.

See, the Earth is rotating.

I should not be surprised at the announcement. In fact I knew that it would eventually come, I would have been more surprised if it did not.

And yet it still brings a slight sadness to the day.

Starcraft 2 is being delayed until next year.

At least I will get a chance to start a graduate career before it is derailed by a company known as Blizzard.

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Civilization

The Roman Colosseum.

The Roman Colosseum.

I had a large list of things I was going to do today.

Then I received Civilization IV Gold edition in the mail.

That shot my entire day.

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A pack of dolphins out of Santa Barbara harbor.

A pack of dolphins out of Santa Barbara harbor.

I am not sure how I did it, but I managed to sink an hour of time into Blizzard’s Failoc-alypse.

I learned several important things about this deep and vastly important game:

  • The Marine gets an extra shot every ten levels.
  • The death knight seems overpowered but lag/stutter (likely from my side) makes it harder to play.
  • The Witch Doctor is the hardest to play.
  • If you get a huge combo, you get more gold. But if you can get a large combo you don’t need the gold.
  • There is no way to win.
  • I could not actually lose.
  • For some reason the game takes up time but is not necessarily fun.

Hopefully I won’t find myself playing it later today.

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I love night photography.

I love night photography.

Slowly over the course of the last few years I have found my approach to video games change. I started as a player, always jumping at the opportunity to play the next new game, the next round in multiplier or the next console.

Now I rarely play a video game on my own and only play a handful of games with my flat mates. Mostly I watch other play; I have become a spectator.

Initially I always wondered how watching others play could be any fun or why they just don’t play instead. Recently I have watched suite mates suffer horrific defeats or miraculous victories in Street Fighter IV, I see my neighbor go through end game content in World of Warcraft or shake my head as my roommate gets swarmed by zombies in Resident Evil V.

But I don’t find joy in actually playing Street Fighter, I stopped playing World of Warcraft years ago and I only played one run through of Resident Evil V co-op.

A few games have gotten me interested in playing again, but when I start playing I cannot become absorbed as I used too. The only game I enjoy playing in my spare time in Nethack and the game I want to play (but can’t at the moment) is Placescape: Torment. But even here I only play an hour, maybe two, of video game each week. More then ten times less then I used to normally play.

I am still hoping that I can regain the enjoyment when Starcraft 2 and Diablo III come out.

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Linear RPG

The might lagoon of UC Santa Barbara.

The might lagoon of UC Santa Barbara.

I no longer enjoy console RPG games and only like a few computer RPGs (namely Baldur’s Gate based games) but I found this RPG and liked it for its, well, honesty.

It also happens to sum up essentially all of the RPG games I have been missing out on in the last several years; it feels good to be brought up to speed.

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