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Okay so I admit, it’s sorta late to be posting about the MGO beta but I have a very good excuse.  It was about 3:00AM with only 3 days left of the beta and I wanted to get as much time in as I could.  I was one of the “weird ones” in that my favorite game mode was CAPTURE BABY!  No, we didn’t capture babies… we captured a duck and a frog…  I guess you’d have to be there…

Anyway, I’d gone without eating anything for about 30 hours as I’d been sitting there playing GTA4 and MGO interchangeably without getting up once except to use the bathroom.  Then at 3:00AM about 30 hours into my game playing binge I checked my stats to find that I was 77 out of over 15000 people in the Capture mode of MGO.  I nearly had a heart attack.  No joke.  I fainted, passed out cold from a dangerous mixture of hunger, exhaustion and excitement.  When I came to, my wife had decided to unplug the PS3 and hide the ether net cable.  Oh… and how she got me from the living room to the bed I have no idea…

Since then I’ve been through MGO rehab, been on the MGO patch and went through the 15 step program to get off of my MGO addiction. I am finally able to talk about MGO without screaming “WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING?!!  That’s not our base!!! Bring the FROG to our BASSSSEEEE!!!” And… with the release of the gold version just a few days away, I think I may be in for a relapse.

Anyway, anyone who played this game will know that while it took a bit to get adjusted the controls, the time spent adjusting was well worth the aggravation. Oh and you’ll also know that effective grappling can only be performed if you equip the CQC skill and level it up as well as the aggravation associated with figuring out the last tidbit of info.

So this post is bordering on pointless rambling so I’ll get to the conclusion.  MGO is amazing.  I love it.  If I could take a week off of work I’d play it for 216 hours straight.  Play it!

Yes, it’s true.  I am now the proud owner of an authentic copy of the Final Fantasy VII Versus strategy Guide complete with the original poster STILL ATTACHED!

I’d post a picture of it but the internet gods have not graced me with the knowledge required to do such a thing.

You can imagine what it looks like.  And cry!  Yeah!  Cry!  And poke your belly button with the handle of a wood spoon!  I love doing that.

-B

Video Game Beta TesterIt’s true. While most kids are locked in their dark basement arguing with the rejects on xBox Live, I am playing yet-to-be-released video games and being paid up to $120 per hour.

To me the money is just a bonus because the best part in my opinion is getting the advanced copies of sweet new games.

As a video game tester I…

  • Get to Play Video Games
  • Get Paid to Play Video Games
  • Get Paid to Play Unreleased Games before anyone else
  • Get Free copies of Video Games
  • Get access to cheat codes, level secrets, and other “bugs” that only game testers know about.
  • Get real-world experience working with company departments and learn about the development, marketing, manufacturing, customer service, and testing phases of each game

It’s like… duh! The best part is they need more people like me testing games so if you wanted get started today Click Here!

If you like playing video games as much as I do you are going to love this deal. I have been paid to play Call of Duty 4, Bioshock, Crysis and several others that I can’t mention yet. :) Click Here! to setup your game tester account today, trust me you wont regret this.

I’m feeling fine folks!  Thanks for all the heartfelt emails.

BTW I found an awesome website that has tons of Gi Joes for sale!

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I’ve got a headache, my body is weak and noodley, and I can’t stomach any solids.  Today was made for gaming.  So far I beat Sewer Shark and Willy Beamish on the Sega CDI ate about a million fruits with yoshi in Super Mario World for the SNES and saved the world twice with TurboGrafix-16’s very own R-Type.

Currently, I’ve got a huge bowl seated happily before me, replete with cap’n crunch squares in all their rooftop-of-your-mouth-cutting goodness and the wife is whipping up a batch of Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Buns

Jealous?  You should be.  As I sink my teeth into some cinnominy goodness I’m setting down to play some Kung Fu for the NES.  Drop me a line if ya want folks.  I’ll be in alllllll day ;)

-B

I find it very sad that Arcades are slowly being phased out in America.  There was a time when going to an Arcade meant you were getting the best graphics and fun factor game producers could offer packaged neatly together in a huge box of happiness.  Back then $5 in quarters lasted longer than my dad’s average trip to the bathroom.  Speaking of my dad, one of my best memories in the Arcade is playing Arkanoid with my dad.  Arkanoid, also known as break out, Araknoid or block break was the game where you slide the little bar across the bottom of the screen trying to keep the balls flying while taking aim on different colored blocks.  Some blocks dropped goodies that would make your bar longer or (gasp!) shorter.  But the best upgrade was the one that turned your little bar into son-of-robocop!  That’s right, you’d get some serious firepower to blast the pasta outta those pesky blocks!  My dad would spin that wheel that controlled the little bar and I’d hammer on the fire button like a maniac when he got the appropriate power up.  Our second favorite was Pac-Man of course.  I didn’t get to participate as much, but it was always fun to watch.

More Arcade memories to come next time folks!

-B

I’m going to be blunt.

I miss sidescrollers.  Platformers are great but I haven’t re-experienced that same awe while playing a game as I did when I was 10 years old playing Rampage and Super Mario Bros 3 on my grey, boxy friend: The Nintendo Entertainment System.  It seems that some game makers agree with me because I’ve seen a few attempts at “next gen sidescrolling” in the past couple years.  Viewtiful Joe was a cool take on an old genre, though if I had to choose….give me those good ol mushrooms!  (I’m really not a drug addict people)  (anymore.). 

My cousin and I used to stay up all night drinking coke and eating ruffles with a greasy control pad in our hands.  The game?  Rampage.  We’d devastate state after state and typically, we’d both just sorta fall asleep while playing.  Crums on our chins and empty coke cans littered about….  that was living.

Super Mario Bros 3 totally put me in a trance with it’s bright colors and addictive muzak.  I was one of those suckers who didn’t know about the musical flutes until I saw “The Wizard” so my nintendo usually sat running weeks at a time, paused for hours during school and painful minutes during pesky meals.  I never actually beat the game.  I know, I’m a loser.  I just couldn’t get through those end levels, it was so difficult and it always took so long to get there that…well…it just never happened.  Thank to some great YouTube videos I’ve gotten to live somewhat vicariously through the efforts of others.  But I still dream folks.  I will defeat Bowser….

-B

Ever see half an acronym before?

FAVGame was born for people like me who love video games.  From SNAFU, to Mario, to Sonic the Hedghog, Mortal Kombat, Sega Rally, King of Fighters, Night Trap, Crash Bandicoot, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear… the list doesn’t end but your tolerance for reading might, so I’m keeping it short.

My love for video games is so vast that if you took all my DNA it couldn’t fit in 3 grand canyons worth of library books.  Or something like that.

Anyway, to keep it short and make sense at the same time, I’ll be checking in with random thoughts on video games new and old and writing reviews of games as often as possible.  I hope to do a few video reviews and maybe ask some special celebrity guests to review a game or two.  Check back often for updates, info, reviews and video game buying recommendations!  Also, if you’d like me to review a particular game (even a game you may have made yourself) email me at brian@findavideogame.com

 -B