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Emerald is treating me well

I’m playing Pokémon Emerald a little bit different than usual, which I really enjoy.

I started out with Mudkip but transistioned quickly using Lotad as my main. Other than Lombre, I’m currently using Breloom, Pelipper and Electrike. Mudkip isn’t even in my party.

The idea is to use Pokémon I don’t usually have in my party. Might add Slugma later on. Lombre is proving to be pretty weak early on due to pretty bad moves. Gotta find some good TMs to make Ludicolo into a powerhouse. I’m really liking the Water/Grass type since it cancels out weaknesses.

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Pokémon, but not handheld

I recently claimed that I was tired at couch gaming so I would try something om anhandheld system. Yesterday I started playing Pokémon Emerald, but not in GBA as a handheld. I powered on my Gamecube with the Gameboy Player attached, hopped onto the couch and started playing.

I never beat a Gen 3 game other than Alpha Sapphire, but wanted to beat one of the original games aswell. I want to beat at least one game of each duo/trio of games. On the horizon there is Emerald and Diamond. In the future I need HeartGold and the Gen 5 games. After that I have beaten all generations of Pokémon.

The DS games are so expensive used, but I don’t want to play on emulator. I guess I have to open my wallet to fulfill my wish.

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PS5 event, my brief thoughts

After watching the PS5 event I didn’t really feel impressed. It was pretty much what I expected. I like that Spider-Man Miles Morales is pretty much a launch game. Despite the Final Fantasy XVI rumors that has circulated it was kind of a surprise. Looks a lot like FFXV, possibly with a tight-nit group aswell.

The quick tease of God of War: Ragnarök was appreciated. But other than the event was pretty bland.

What is bullshit though is different release dates for different regions. The release date in Sweden is November 19th while in Japan and the US and others gets it a whole week earlier at the 12th… That’s really bullshit, do a worldwide release instead.

The price was expected, so no surprise there. All in all, decent show, nothing really extraordinary.

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Portable gaming incoming?

I’m a bit burned on couch gaming at the moment. So I’m glad I have options. Switch and 3DS.

One of the candidates is Pokémon Diamond, a game I never finished. Others choices are Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls and Golden Sun: Dark Dawn.

Need to trade some legendary Pokémon that was on the cart when I bought it used. After that I can start playing Diamond. Don’t know when I find the energi for it though.

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Motivating consoles purchases

On the Swedish gaming forum FZ.se there was a topic about motivating why you bought consoles, I thought it was a fun topic. I added regions so it’s easier to differentiate the consoles.

Nintendo

  • NES (PAL) #1 — Our childhood consoles we got back in 1993. My parents sold it after getting us a SNES.
  • NES (PAL) #2 — Bought from my neighbors along with a bunch of games as a teenager. This was when my interest for older consoles started.
  • AV Famicom (NTSC-J) — Bought it RGB-modded from my good friend Fredrik. To be able to speedrun on.
  • SNES (PAL) — Childhood console. My siblings and I got it as a Donkey Kong Country bundle.
  • SNES (NTSC-U) — I needed a NTSC console for speedruns, since it runs att 59.94 Hz instead of 50 Hz. It is now dead, unfortunately.
  • SFC (NTSC-J) — When my American SNES died I needed a replacement, a cheap Super Famicom was my choice.
  • SFC Jr. (NTSC-J) — When it comes to SNES consoles, the later models, the better video quality. The SFC Jr. Started production in 1997, so they are always late models.
  • N64 (PAL) — Wanted a N64, so I bought it from a friend of my brothers back in 1999.
  • N64 (NTSC-J) — Due to My obsession with speedruns I wanted NTSC versions of all older consoles so I bought this one. Never been used by me.
  • Gamecube (PAL) — The first console I bought by myself and the first console bought on release.
  • Wii (NTSC-U) — Back in 2010 I got a job over the Summer. I bought a Wii since I wanted to go back to console gaming.
  • Wii U (PAL) #1 — Bought on release with my roommate. My second Nintendo console on release. My roommate bought me out when we moved apart.
  • Wii U (PAL) #2 — The console I bought after moving away from my roommate.
  • Switch (PAL) — Bought on release, my third Nintendo console on release.

Sega

  • Mega Drive Model 1 (PAL) — Got a region modded console from a friend.
  • Genesis Model 2 (NTSC-U) — Got this console from an American friend for a beer. Totalt worth it.

Sony

  • PS2 (PAL) — Back in 2007, I wanted to play the PS2 Final Fantasy’s so I got a used console.
  • PS3 Phat (NTSC-U) — a friend, Tobbe, wanted an American backwards compatible PS3. He found one in Linköping where I lived. I bought it and brought it to him. A couple of years later I wanted a PS3 to be able to play The Last of Us aning other games. Tobbe who now lived in Linköping was willing to part with his console so I bought it.
  • PS3 Slim (PAL) — Due to the Phat consoles frequent failing and it’s hefty weight I wanted a more reliable console. This is why I bought another PS3.
  • PS4 Slim (PAL) — Technically not my console. My girlfriend bought it but I’m using it. Best “purchase” ever 😉

Microsoft

  • Xbox 360-E (PAL) — Black Friday 2016 I bought this Xbox for almost nothing. I wanted to test out a Microsoft system.
  • Xbox One S (PAL) — In April 2017, CDON a Swedish internet shop had a Black Friday-esque sale called Green Friday. The Xbox One S console was super cheap so I bought it to play some of the exclusive titles.

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Sore fingertips

This is very unusual. For the first time in years I have played so much electric bass that my fingertips are sore. It’s a fantastic feeling to be honest.

I was learning the guitar part for the pre-solo section on bass for the song Silent Wars by Arch Enemy. Which was a challenge in itself, to play a guitar part in bass. It was very fun, especially to prove to myself that I could do it. Despite the rust.

The feeling of accomplishment is very satisfying and I hope I’ll keep this up. I really want to play more.

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Looking back at music from my past

I have been listening to a lot of music from my youth lately. That means that I listen to those song with new ears. The last year or so I have been very interested in music that incorporate odd meters.

Going back to music I loved prior to my obsession with odd meters, I’m noticing thatvthe parts I liked the most in the song back in the days usually have Odd meters, something I was not picking up on when I was younger.

It’s pretty nice to see that even though I didn’t know exactly what I heard, I knew there was something exciting and intriuging about those parts.

One of the prime examples is Arch Enemy’s song Silent Wars. The pre-solo part in 13/8 or alternating 6/8 and 7/8 is still the best thing in the song. There is a great tension in the added beat, which really makes that section so great.

The same effect can be found in the song Paradise Lost by Symphony X where the song itself isn’t the most interesting to me. The intro however (and large parts of the song), is adding a bar of 7/8 after three bars of 6/8. It really elevates the song, the intro especially.

I’m probably gonna write more about songs that gets “revived” to me. To see if I still have the same taste as before.

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Productive gaming month

August is almost over. Starting with beating Paper Mario: The Origami King and ending with beating Darksider: Warmastered Edition. Between those games I beat Alwa’s Awakening and Untitled Goose Game aswell as getting platinum in Bloodstained: Ritual of The Night.

Right now I have no idea what to play next.

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New platinum, another game in the bag

My adventure that started last weekend, has come to a close. After almost 40 hours I completed most things in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. All optional bosses and all achievements, which includes collecting all items and recipes.  The only thing I skipped was mastering all techniques.

This was my twelfth beaten game this year. So far, probably the game I have played this year that I have enjoyed the most.

For the next game, I picked up Darksiders Warmastered Edition for the PS4 on sale. It’s a game on my backlog since I also have it on Steam. I played a couple of hours many years ago but haven’t touched it since. I have always had the intention to finish it so now I have the chance.

Playing the intro, it’s very apparent that it’s an older game. It’s from a time when I didn’t play many single player games, so it’s going to be fun to explore the game.

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I want to record more gameplay

As the title says, I want to record more gameplay and upload to Youtube. The focus would be high quality with no commentary.

I have no intentions of making “content”, I just want to use my equipment for something a bit creative. Both modern and retro. Mainly retro, since I think that’s an area where high quality console capture is needed.

This is because I’m kind of sick of seeing big YouTubers using World of Longplay footage which is played on emulator.

To make this reality I would need to setup a capture setup and get a lot of storage. in addition, since our computer died, a new computer would also be helpful. That sounds like a lot of money…

A project like this would probably help me getting to finishing my rack which has been in the works for many many years.

This picture was taken three years ago and I still haven’t finished the rack.