The most random post?

Hello everyone!

I keep complaining that blogs are dying without
adding any posts myself…
I should have plenty to write about but as usual I keep
getting distracted, gah. This will be a mix of random
updates and items.

First up we have to mention the 15th anniversary of Xenosaga III
15 years! Didn’t I just make the 10th Year post? Oh well, playing
the game once again was just as great and painful as usual…
There has been a lot of great and amazing games in the past five
years and I actually thought that this might finally start to show its age
just a little, but of course, it only cemented the game as number one
once again, other games and developers still has a lot to learn from
the end of this Saga!

That was a great start to my summer and it was followed by my
first family trip in years and years! Sadly my sister was not part of it
thanks to miscommunication but I truly hope we can make another
trip with her included next year! My brother has yet to send me pictures
from the trip but let’s just say that it was filled of amazing nature and
my first climbed mountain. Standing on a summit, seeing miles and miles
in all directions and feeling the strongest wind you have ever felt was
truly an experience! I only have one picture myself, quite a nice view
from the place we stayed at that night but nothing compared
to the mountain.

The rest of the summer just went by with plans almost daily,
not as much gaming as expected.

The game collection is more or less on hold at the moment but this
expensive and nice addition arrived earlier! Bought it for the
Lil Cactus plush, haven’t even opened it yet…

The super cute birthday present my sister made me!
Haha, love these mini puzzles.
Tales of Arise has entered the collection, and beaten games list too, hehe.
Truly a great game with all the renewal the series needed!
And of course, ALWAYS more Nier soundtracks!
This time a set of four vinyls in a nice box, with the 1.22..
versions of the soundtrack.

You might have thought that the last Lego post with 100+ sets
was the culmination of it all but NO, my entire year has been
consumed with Lego and I am very deep into the hobby at the moment.
I have somehow managed to piece together every single one of the
old Castle sets, some not in the picture but all of them are here now!
What an absolute childhood dream fulfilled!
Apparently that was not enough however and I have completed a lot
of the space sets as well, not to mention built and bought more and
more pieces to my 80s inspired castle town!

If you want to see more I just made a new LEGO category
you can click on to the right!

Either way, expect me to be stuck in this next year too…

At least we have the absolutely splendid looking Welltal ID
to add to the Xeno collection next year!!

As you might expect my gaming schedule has also taken a hit from
all the Lego but I ‘m still doing my best to get through all the SNES; PS1
and PS2 RPGs. Don’t worry the yearly list will still be impressive and
include at least a few new titles too like Metroid Dread.

Thanks for reading!

Xenosaga III , the 10th anniversary!

Believe it or not, somehow ten years have passed since Xenosaga III was
released in Japan on the sixth day of the seventh month 2006.
Of course it would take another 14 days before I actually got the game,
or god materialized as I called it back then.
It was actually my first japanese game and a relative helped me to
import it through Playasia. I am eternally grateful.
The US version had not gotten a release date yet by then and seeing
how most RPGs took 6-12 months to get an english version on the PS2
it was a huge surprise that we only had to wait two months
with Xenosaga III. Still, I couldn’t help but to play the
japanese version, at least try it for a bit, I still can’t believe
how magical that one moment was and still is to this day.

Part of the story is of course that I still lived with my parents,
had my first job and spent all the money earned on preparation for Xeno,
I remodeled my room to be worthy of this godly game, I hid away
everything unnecessary and distracting behind black cloth, in fact I
covered every inch of the room in black, all that was left in the end
was the newly bought bed, newly bought receiver and speakers,
and of course the newly bought projector and screen!
Everything had to be perfect and working, I also bought an extra PS2,
extra copy of the game, isolated the room from sound, and when it was
time for the actual US release, I also bought food supplies for a week and
isolated myself completely. Yes all of this was of course extreme,
in the room next door my brother also played the game on his ordinary CRT
and without isolating himself and spending thousands of dollars on
the one game… At least it gives some hint at my passion or maybe
madness when it comes to Episode III.

While I wish that I had some big announcement, have found some
spectacular rare item or finally written something deeper about
the game, I have not. I had ten years to prepare for this day
but all I can say is happy anniversary!

I will at least enjoy it in the very same fashion as ten years ago, well maybe
not as extreme but I still use most of the equipment from back then:

KOS-MOS lurking in the corner, hehe.

Once again, in the same place. It has begun.

(And of course there will be cake.)