Praying for Prey

Prey 2006 Xbox 360 PC coverTonight while I was driving in home from work, I was listening to Somewhere in Time with Art Bell. It’s old radio programs of Art’s from Coast to Coast AM… I suppose a best of? Anyways, he was on and I heard the music he was playing for his bumper, and it was Blue Öyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear The Reaper.” which made me sad, and remember how Art Bell passed a couple years ago, but sadly more important to this article… it reminded me of the First Person shooter, Prey.

Does anyone remember Prey on the X-Box 360? It was a game that was in development hell from 1995 until it was released on X-Box 360 and Windows in 2006… which is less than the 14 years that Duke Nukem Forever was in… so suck it Duke!

Prey is an interesting game. It feels a bit like Doom meets Geist, with a tiny bit of Portal mixed in, just for fun.

Geist was a GameCube came where you played a ghost… look… I’m talking about the abandonware FPS Prey tonight, not Geist. The Doom connection is obvious, considering that it is using the same engine from Doom 3. As for Portal? That came out in 2007. Here’s a pretty good review of it comparing it to 2017, and it has some spoilers.

Prey is about a Native American man who goes by the name Tommy. Tommy, his Grandfather, and his girlfriend are abducted by aliens. As you traverse the craft you were on, you encounter radio broadcasts from a fictional version of Art Bell’s real world radio program letting the player know what was happening on Earth. This was clever, and was one of the reasons that I fell in love with the original Prey.

Prey 360 portalI never finished Prey. I ended at two different places at two different times. I played Prey on X-Box 360 until my original unit Red Ringed. Then, I tried to play it again from scratch but eventually that system red ringed before I ever finished it. What’s funny is that the reviewer suggested that players stopped playing it right where I stopped playing it, which is funny.

Prey 360 back of casePrey is considered abandonware, but I’m not sure how true that is. You can STILL buy Prey to this day on X-Box 360, and it is backwards compatible on X-Box One, so someone out there still technically cares about the original Prey at Bethesda who currently owns the rights to the game… but $19.99 for it is kind of expensive. $4.99 used via GameStop is a much better option, however… f$#% GameStop!

I bought mine tonight on the controversial website G2A because the Steam version has been de-listed for years… which is really crazy considering that it is available, and the IP is still currently active with the newer Prey game that’s totally different from the original Prey.

Maybe one day, such as in 2021 to celebrate it’s 15th anniversary, Prey will make a real comeback with a remastering bundled with the canceled part 2… but I doubt it at this point.

NeoGeo MVSX

mvsx-hostOne of my big gamer dreams was owning a 6 slot Neo Geo arcade machine. It would have SNK Vs. Capcom Chaos, The King of Fighters 2003, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Money Puzzle Exchanger, Neo Bomberman, Puzzle Bobble. I mean probably.  I couldn’t fit in Magician Lord or Metal Slug because… you know… reasons.

Well… two of those are coming to the 50 game NeoGeo MVSX arcade bartop arcade cabinet that costs $400… $500 if you get the riser that makes it sort of look like a full arcade version.

DSCN0057So there was the mini, and that eventually became pretty cheap so I bought one for around $50 or so. Then there was the one that was a USB arcade controller as well, and I began to wait for a sale even though all of the games were in my international mini. Before I even bought one, let alone two, of the arcade sticks… now we have this? Which… eh… it’s kind of cool? But the games that it comes with, well… honestly… I owned most of them via a Humble Bundle already on PC… or on my mini… or on the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection… so $500 is just a bit too much.

This machine is a Samurai Shodown, King of Fighters, Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting, World Heroes, Sengoku, Metal Slug, Last Blade machine, with a few other cool games thrown in such as Magician Lord, Top Golf I guess… Baseball Stars… look, just go to http://www.snkmvsx.com/ to find out more about the system and the games it self.

kof12-athena-asamiyaEven though this system plays both MVS and AES modes, I’m still miffed that this doesn’t include the Atomis Wave games such as King of Fighters XI or NeoGeo Battle Coliseum. I know, that is not what this system is about, but those games are on my X-Box One with a bunch of other MVS games that are not on here such as Pulstar, Blazing Star, and Cyber-lip

Okay… I don’t own Cyber-Lip on X-Box One, okay? But I do own later KOF games. Maybe if this came with a Jukebox mode, or some other quality of life stuff? No?

Okay. At least this is a better deal than Arcade 1-up? Here is hoping that this is a machine of great quality!

 

Akira from Rival Schools joins the list

Street-Fighter-V_08-05-20_TopAkira from Rival Schools is coming to Street Fighter V. She joins Batsu from Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars (2008) and Kyosuke from Capcom vs. SNK2 (2001) in the list of AWESOME CHARACTERS from that AWESOME GAME that just… wont have a sequel anytime soon.

Morrigan, Felicia, Hsienko, and Jedah, from Darkstalkers say ‘Welcome to The Club.’

Who knows. Maybe Akira being in Street Fighter V will gain interest in Rival Schools. I mean, Hayato Kanzaki from Star Gladiator being in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 helped keep… that… game…

Can we at least get a re-release of Rival Schools? Hell… of Star Gladiator as well?

I finally opened and properly displayed my Halo 3 toys

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I admitted to myself that my Halo 3 toys were never going to increase enough in value to the point that I was going to be able to retire off of them. It sucked, as I had already been looking at islands and peninsulas dreaming of creating my own Zanzibar/Last Resort.

The below image is not a joke. Within SECONDS, I snapped the hand of my red spartan off while attempting to get him to hold his assault riffle in his hands. This was AFTER I failed to get Blue Spartan to hold the same weapon.
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The hand is some sort of softer white plastic that… I guess did not age well? I trashed the toys, but ultimately decided that I’d keep the spartan heads… just because.

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This sucks. I’ve been playing The Masterchief Collection online with at least one of my former GameStop co-workers, which is why I nostalgically opened the toys up last night. I have never been so disappointed so quickly…

” That’s what she said! ”
-Michael Scott

Perhaps I will do something with this Spartan heads. The first thing that comes to mind? Earrings, I guess?

My problem with the “photo of me at 20” meme

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I’m a huge weirdo… I’ve made that no secret or mystery. When I was 20 years old, I was well into my first year going to anime conventions, I was attending college, and I eventually even started cosplaying. It was an amazingly awesome time for me, but it was 2005.

This photo on the left from the Spring fling, as we promoted the Anime Club, has me holding the Ranma 1/2 OVA collection… like a gosh darn otaku.

Everyone was still taking photos with Kodak disposable cameras, as the iPhone was still 2 years away.

I was working at GameStop at the time, and I do have one photo of all of us at Christmas, but once again… photos during this time were shitty.

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poison mushroom beta 1Most of the photos in my life, via disposable cameras, were taken BY myself. The ones taken for cosplay, were horrible because my face was either A) painted or B) wearing a mask. It sucks!

100_0371I did mention how weird I am, right? I’m assuming that this photo might have been taken via a webcam during this time period, but I shaved my head because well… it was joked about so much at work, I guess? So I actually did it.

Bottom line is that age 19 and age 21 and 22 there are a bunch of photos!

This picture below was taken almost exactly one month from the day that I turned 20. It was done at Ushi-Con. Even it is a bit too weird.

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The image below was the start of my problems. I believe it was in 2005 right as I was finishing up my Poison Mushroom hat while I was at school? The one to the right of that one would be close to normal, except I was right next to two otaku women (fujoshi?) who thought the picture needed to have Inuyasha and Sesshōmaru plushies in it as well. FML!

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Okay, one more. From A-kon 2005… a screen grab from a video taken by Marzgurl from an event that I and some friends were holding.

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20 was a really weird age for me man. HAPPY THROWBACK THURSDAY?!

 

 

 

I failed 4 in February

4 for february 2020I failed my Four in February challenge, but I might have just learned something about myself… kind of like Rocky… and in a way, isn’t that the most important victory?

No. It’s not. I beat Guilty Gear, and Dead Rising 3. I got to the 8th level of Chip’s Challenge, and I was just sent on a mission by Kuja to get a thing for him with some of my friends.

Alexandrian_Soldier_ArtworkWell… hmm… so what else did I do? I beat many of the characters stories in the latest version of Street Fighter V? A friend bought me the latest Guilty Gear that’s out… Revelator? And I beat some of that? Story doesn’t count in that because there is no gameplay.

Final Fantasy IX is kind of boring. There. I said it. What’s sad is that the later part seemed interesting? The music was putting me to sleep though.

I liked the Soldier. She is like if Square Enix thought that Street Fighter’s Cammy was not wearing enough clothing, so they added stuff, while still missing the point that maybe she was showing too much skin that was not being protected?

Erin_ArtworkErin from Final Fantasy IX is cool too. I think that she is right up there with Final Fantasy VII’s Jessie, as far as important women in Final Fantasies that you don’t get to have in your party.

Now… Dead Rising 3? It is just so linear, and it’s map punishes you because the road is so messed up. It ruins some of the characters from the last few games, and honestly? It just wasn’t very fun.

Guilty Gear is faster and more difficult than the later games. Instant Kills end the match with no second round.

Chip’s Challenge is a game that I might not be clever enough for. T_T The game is well worth the acclaim it’s received, and the puzzles at time are fun… but I suck at them.

I went out of town a couple days, had some internet problems, got some new games, and laid low a few days for my birthday. I realized that ultimately, there is a reason why games stay in the back catalog.

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Because I just want to play the first Dead Rising! I also want to edit the textures of Dead Rising to be a personalized wonderland… that is sadly something that is beyond my grasps as of right now.

But hey! I beat two games and made a lot of progress towards beating a third game! That’s… something? Right?

4 in February 2020

4forFebruaryThere was a Kotaku article in 2013 by Owen Good called End the Shame: Commit to ‘Four in February’. In this article, Owen spoke of a colleague who suggested beating 4 games in February as a way to clear out the back catalog.

I took up this challenge once before, with the following: Lollipop Chainsaw, Penny Arcade: episode 3, Little Nemo: The Dream Mast, and Portal. I ultimately failed because I was having difficulties with the NES game Little Nemo: The Dream Master’s final level. Capcom made some really difficult NES games! But I did beat Portal!

4 for february 2020This time around, I’m going with easier games to beat: Final Fantasy IX (originally PSX), Chip’s Challenge (originally Lynx/Windows/etc) Guilty Gear (originally Arcade/PSX) and Dead Rising 3 (Originally Xbox One).

I’ve already started FFIX near the end of last month and Dead Rising 3 is a game I’ve started years ago, so… here’s hoping there is a cloud save? Chip’s Challenge is a puzzle game I played on Windows 95 or 98 as a little kid, and I’ve beaten other Guilty Gear games before… so… yeah!

I’ve been streaming my progress on FFIX over on mixer here at 1:30ish am every night: https://mixer.com/netsenshi and you can learn when I’m playing on my personal twitter here: https://twitter.com/226Kerfuffle