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Posted on Aug 2nd 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Technical Issues, Gaming, Modern Games, Bugs, Glitches, Lag, Framerate, Pop In, Resolution

If you missed out in June, I was one of many who joined the Playcast gang in enjoying the great last gen action game Enslaved. Most of the discussion, as it should be, was focused on the game itself. The characters, the design, the variety of experiences, the ending, the gameplay, etc. But there was a small side discussion that I found quite interesting and as I've played a few games since then has peaked my interest further. Should technical issues hurt your gaming experience?

Continue reading Literally Technically Complaining

Posted on Jan 3rd 2017 at 12:00:00 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Magazine, Article, Print, Published, Gaming, Tabletop, Video Games

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This blog entry is gonna be quite different than my usual ones. I'm looking for help from you guys this time around. I was recently offered a position to write for a local magazine. It has a small area of distribution, but regardless, I'm very excited about it. I get a whole page to write about gaming once each quarter. I can discuss something new, something old, board games, video games, RPGs, card games, and basically, whatever gaming related topic I want. The book will have an overall theme, and I have been asked to try and make my topic relevant to the theme for the issue.

My first article is already printed and out in public. I would like you guys to read over my article below and throw your brutal and honest feedback at me. I had very little time to put this one together, so I fully expect future articles to improve with more time to plan and revise. The theme of this issue was "Revolution." I used this broad topic as a way to introduce myself as a writer and my relevance to the subject matter. Please let me know what you think:

Continue reading Crabmaster Gets Published!

Posted on Jun 1st 2012 at 09:01:25 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Family, gaming, neo geo aes, ninja combat, finished

My son has been gaming on and off with me (and occasionally without me more recently) for about 2 years now. In that time he has played games across many generations and genres. I've seen him enjoy games on the NES, 3DS, DS, Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, Sega CDX, SNES, N64 and most recently Neo Geo AES.

Like his father he seems to have a special place in his life for platformers and has always been a Super Mario fan, but has recently been exploring the world of Kirby and loving it. Even with his affinity for platformers he is no stranger to scrolling shooters, 2D fighters, beat 'em ups, 3D action games or run 'n guns. Despite only being 4 and not having developed his reading skills enough to tackle text heavy games he seems to have a keen interest in the RPGs he has seen me play as well and no doubt cant wait to dig in himself.

Over his short life he has been able to hit several gaming milestones such as completing his first level, or finishing a game with a little assistance. But just a couple days ago he was able to do something that I wasnt able to do until I was 2 years older. He finished his first game with no outside assistance!

The game in question isnt particularly hard since it has unlimited continues, but in the past when he has come close he typically gets bored or frustrated and leaves the game before getting to the end. Most recently with Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition's final boss, Seth.

Whatever the reason he had a blast playing Ninja Combat on the AES and stuck with it right until the end. How badass is it that the first game he ever finished was on a Neo Geo AES? How many people can say that? Anyway just thought I'd rant as a proud father of a young fledgling gamer.

Posted on Aug 10th 2011 at 01:05:08 PM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Gaming, Nostalgia, Collecting Habits, Favorites, Friends, Family

Continue reading Over 2 Decades of Gaming

Posted on Jun 26th 2011 at 07:42:56 PM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Gaming, Summer

6 out of 10 game are now off the list. Yesterday afternoon I finished up Sin & Punishent: Star Successor. I'm really sorry that I put it off so long. It was fantastic. A little frustrating at times, but even then it was still fun and a good challenge. The last two levels were just amazing and very epic. Great variety of play for the style of game it was. There was even a 1 vs 1 fighter boss. Thats right an on-rails shmup with a fighting section. I was afraid that the last level was just going to be a boss rush, but every single boss you had to re-fight was unrecognizable as their former selves. It was really great from start to finish. I cant wait to get someone to try out the 2 player with me.

Also logged a couple hours into FFVIII so far. I forgot just how dull it is at the beginning. I'm gonna try to stick with it though and see if it picks up. I dont think I'm really understanding the Junction system so I'm hoping I get a better grasp on it as I progress. Didnt really care for the card game so I'll probably spend as little time as possible on it.

I'll probably move onto some GEX soon too.

Posted on Jun 24th 2011 at 10:39:35 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Gaming, Summer

Another game is crossed of the list. FFXII has now fallen. I had quite low expectations for the game before I started, but it surprised me several times and kept me interested enough to see it through to the end. That said it is still one of the worst in the series as far as I'm concerned. The battle system did grow on me a bit after getting a full party, but it was still pretty lame. And the LP system basically meant that all of my characters were identical. Going into the last fight I could have swapped any of my main 3 characters equipment, spells, mist abilities, summons and would have never noticed a difference.

While it was nice that all 3 characters had access to a full range of White/Black/Time/Green magic it would have been even nicer to have a little variety. Why would you play through this again with a different team since they will end up identical yet again? I found the optional quests such as hunts very unneccessary. I did the first 3 and then decided it wasnt worth the effort.

Glad its crossed of my list, but its not something I would recommend to most people.

Onto FFVIII now!!

Posted on Oct 14th 2009 at 01:05:29 PM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Off the Shelf, Sonic, Hedgehog, Gaming, Group, Discussion


With an overwhelming majority of the votes Sonic the Hedgehog will be the next Off the Shelf title. Nothing else really stood a chance did it?

Continue reading Off The Shelf - November - Sonic the Hedgehog

Posted on Jul 17th 2009 at 05:02:49 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under Gameroom, game, room, gaming

After having our trailer on the market for about 10-11 months we finally have an offer that we are accepting. The paperwork is done and signed so its a done deal. We get the money for it on August 14th.

We are going to be temporarily moving in with my parents for a month or two while we look for a house. Unfortunately about 90% (probably more) of my collection will be boxed up until we find a new home. But the positive side is that I will finally get my own game room!!!

I'm very excited about this and will be sure to blog the set up of the new room. I think I'll do something like before/during/after pics and may also be asking you guys for help when I think I need it.

Thanks for all the positive comments last time I posted something similar to this. This time its on paper so im set though.

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