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 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…
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.
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: