2008 Updates

12/25 - See How My Opinion Ruined Everyone's Christmas!
I have Review Quickies for Psychonauts, Azure Dreams GBC, Operation C, Illusion of Gaia, Fable: The Lost Chapters, and Super Mario Sunshine. I really need to get back into the habit of Forum Ramblings to jot my thoughts down, or writing the review soon after finishing the game.

You may notice I haven't updated my 360 Gamercard in a while. Part of it is because of what a pain it is to unhook my 360 from my room, drag it out all the way to the computer, and hook it up, then unhook and carry it again when I'm done. But mostly it's because of that new interface with the Mii knockoffs they came out with in November, and it sounds like it's mandatory if you connect to the Internet. Could somebody email me, and tell me if there's a way to turn that off if I decide I don't like it? Otherwise, something really awesome is going to have to come out for the Live Arcade before I connect to Xbox Live again.

What I originally thought I'd be updating with today fell through because I lost communication with somebody. If a Toby Zuijdveld is reading this, could you email me again? I tried to respond to you twice, but both times got got one of those Email Delivery Failed messages.

12/19 - FREEDOOOOM!!
Finals are finished, and I've got a month before the next semester. Let's see what I can get accomplished.

I have Review Quickies for Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, Kid Dracula, Doom, Braid, Donkey Kong '94, and Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals, and I updated the link to Random Hoo-Haas.

I may have another, more satisfying update coming very soon.

11/23 - Keep On Truckin'
I'm sorry, since the beginning of the month I've been in the school season known as "All the teachers dumping their big projects on the students all at once." Two research papers, one research presentation for Japanese that had to be delivered IN Japanese, reading short stories from my entire Creative Writing class, having to spend a lot of my between class periods and whatever parts of my weekend weren't spent on the other things in the metal workshop trying to get my little cage together, bleh. I've barely had time to do anything recreational like gaming, much less any work on the site. Hang with me, folks.

In other news, I believe I have found the recipe for the WORST GAME EVER MADE.

10/31 - A Spooky Treat
This Halloween I've thrown together a two-for-one review on Condemned: Origins and Bloodshot.

10/17 - Crap
Still not much. I did get Review Quickies for Super C, Portal, Painkiller, Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, Wario: Master of Disguise, and Bioshock. Trying to get another full review article prepared.

9/26 - Taking a Backseat
A thought occured to me while I was trying to get Thief 2 to run on my computer - there was one additional step to getting System Shock 2 to work on XP I had forgotten about, about adding a line of code to one of the files. I've added that step to the Running the System Shocks on XP Guide.

I'm very sorry about the lack of updates lately. There's four people in the house right now, and while there's two computers everyone wants to use the same one, i.e. mine, especially my brother who's often on it all damn day, probably playing Thief or some other game if the rearrangement of a stack of games by the computer one day was a sign. And half the time I finally get the computer, somebody else kicks me off because their email is more important than my homework. When the other two people go back out of town I should have the computer for more than ten minutes at a time and be able to prepare something. Until then...

9/06 - I Guess It Was Still Better Than The Arcade Game
Instead of giving it a Quickie, I've written a full review for Bionic Commando: Rearmed, or as I prefer to call it, Bionic Commando: Raped.

UPDATE UPDATE 9/07 - From the BCR article:

"But trust me, if somebody ever releases a picture of the NES Ladd, I'll be on it like the family dog on an unattended plate of hamburger. Heck, I'll even settle for that image of him done in the BCR character portrait style I saw in some trailer."

Actually, no. No I wouldn't.

8/25 - Maybe You'll Thank Me Later
In lieu of some actual content, I've written a guide for getting the System Shocks to run on XP, partially to help others, and partially for myself if I ever change computers and have to go through getting them up and running again.

For those wondering what I thought of Bioshock but don't want to wait for me to bang out a Quickie, check my forum rambling.

8/20 - I Am The World's Greatest Condemned Player!
For the five of you reading, I arrived back yesterday. I didn't haven't had time to unpack, much less prepare much of an update for the site, so you'll have to settle for my 360 Gamercard. And in my haste to upload the Links update and run out the door I... erm... forgot to upload the little buttons for the three that needed them. So that's been taken care of.

While I was on vacation, I took a look at the p0rn Sigma article, thought it was a mess, and tidied it up from there.

Anyone out there playing Doom on Live Arcade and need somebody to get those two Achievements where you have to kill 50 and 100 enemies with somebody online? Drop me an email and let's see what we can work out.

PS - Before anyone feels the need to email me explaining how the ranks work, I am well aware I am sharing the #1 spot with everyone else who got all 970 points in Condemned.

7/03 - Bugger
Prototype's still not done.

I did, however, get Review Quickies for Gaiares, Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath, Equinox, Professor Layton and the Curious Village, God of War, and Sam and Max: Season One.

And I added links to Comics Curmudgeon, Random Hoo-Haas, XKCD, and Zero Punctuation, and finally got the button for the forum made.

I'm going out of town for a month tomorrow. I need this break. It was easy to update every ten days when I had a backlog of stuff to work with, but I'm starting to feel pressured to update on time, and this may be my problem with getting Prototype written. I need a break to relax and resupply.

6/18 - Hotlinking
When I launched the Forums, I disabled my hotlink block because it was being uncooperative when I added new sites to the allowed list. Well, I put it back after working out that bug, because it's already being abused.

I have a summer class, so my work on Prototype has been slow. Sorry, folks. Maybe when I get the next Ultraverse update up I'll do two books.

6/07 - Bah
The Ultraverse is getting a break because Prototype pulled a Power of Prime on me and concludes in a seperate miniseries I don't have, which I think I may skip and do a writeup on what I did read since it doesn't seem like anyone ever puts that miniseries up on eBay. So for now, it's a Game Collection update. My focus this time around was on making my PC collection a little more respectable (and I was hoping to have gotten the Orange Box in time for this update, considering I ordered the damn thing two weeks ago!), building up collections for the Xbox I got back at Easter and the 360 that's coming soon, and taking advantage of whatever diehard Sega fan unloaded his goods on a local used game shop.

5/24 - Hell Hath Frozen Over
Back in the Ultraverse, we visit Mantra.

But more importantly, Codiekitty.com now has a Yuku forum. I finally decided to start a forum because I wasn't getting the feedback I wanted/needed through email. I'm still working out some kinks (if anyone know anything about Yuku setup, I'd greatly appreciate your help in the Help topic in the Questions forum) but if you already have a Yuku account, come on in, and if you don't sign up.

And yes, "TaroSH" is me.

5/13 - No More Crack!
I've reworked the Comics Corner. First, I went through the random images and trashed four of them that I thought sucked and replaced them. The four I left may not be great, but at least they amuse me instead of piss me off. Then I moved the Blaster Master Comic and Prime Time there, the latter I'm hoping to have finally gotten the final draft for written, and added a new article: Return to the Ultraverse. I originally wanted to do one grand-spanking article (multi-paged, of course) with every Ultraverse book I care to read, but that's going to take a while since there's about eight total, and I really wanted to get the reworks to Prime Time and the Comics Corner uploaded. So for now it only contains Hardcase (as an aside, the very last sentence is supposed to link to Mantra, which I'm only halfway through right now).

4/28 - Back to Basics
After a break from it, I've got some more Bestiary stuff: Mutant Arachnae, Bioweapon Scurge Queen, Bioweapon Doppleganger, and Supernatural Hiboshi.

4/14 - Maxi-Man and the Heroes of the Universe
A couple updates ago I said I wasn't going to do an article on the Sega CD. Well, I'm not. I am, however, going to do one on something I probably never would have heard of had I never bought the thing: Ultraverse Prime. I could summarize my thoughts on it here, but then what would be the point of having some Prime Time? As a warning, this is probably my most vulgar piece yet, although I wouldn't call it too raunchy. I think I've been watching too much Yahtzee Croshaw.

Update Update: 4/19 - I tinkered with the Prime article a little, and I probably still will over the days (I was looking back over it, and I feel like the first half is too vague and needs to be fleshed out more). I've also updated the Q&A, revising the answers to the questions regarding when the site is updated and my email. A while ago I had added a question about adjusting existing pages, though I never mentioned it. I guess now's as good a time as any to bring it up.

4/02 - Yes, I AM the Bringer of Ruin
I finished the Street Fighter 2: Look and Find. Added to the Review Quickies is Gargoyle's Quest, Panzer Dragoon Saga, Neutopia 2, Rez, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations, and Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest.

3/16 - Woops
Okay, I got lazy with my site again. I don't have any real updates prepared, so I'm just updating the Collection for now. You'll notice I got a Sega CD (or at least games for as I have Xbox games, but I don't actually have an Xbox. But I have the Sega CD anyway). No, I'm not doing any kind of feature on it, because I don't have a whole lot to say about it.

2/28 - It's a Sad Thing That Your Adventures Have Ended Here!
I decided what I'm going to do with the Street Fighter II: Look and Find is spend the next week or two finishing it, then upload the rest of it at once. I'm halfway through it, anyway.

For actual updates, I've added Elemental Gimmick Gear, Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars, Killer7, Contra 3: The Alien Wars, Miracle Warriors, and Shadowgate to the Review Quickies, and I've finally added added Next/Previous links to the bottom of each page.

For the Bestiary, I've decided I'll take a break from adding entires and work on updating old ones. So, I've added images to Native Ornith, Myth Chimera, Myth Draco, Bioweapon Erinshill, Bioweapon Scurge Queen, Supernatural Hiboshi.

2/01 - Guuuhhh...
So, school's back in session, and due to scheduling and travel arrangements I'm spending more time at campus than I was than last semeseter. I'm not sure how much time I'll have to work on the site, but I'll try to keep steady updates. It probably just won't be as much per update.

In the meantime, Guile has been added to the Street Fighter 2: Look and Find.

1/18 - Souryuken!
Blanka and Chun Li have been added to the Street Fighter 2: Look and Find.

Added to the Bestiary is Machine Charybdis.

1/05 - Wrapup
It's a two-for-one deal in the Bestiary! Bioweapon Scurge and Bioweapon Scurge Queen.

The Game Collection has been updated, and the new system is... the Sega Master System! Let's take a look at it!

Sorry, there's no update for the Street Fighter II Look and Find. I'll have two up next time.