May 2007 Archives

rising from the ashes


Well well well, what do we have here? Could it be? Is blargg! really back? The answer is a cautious "sure.."

Before I get into the current goings-on, I should probably explain what happened to my site and what's been happening in the past 5 months. So, looking at my previous post, my last entry was January 1st. I actually had a couple more posts after that, but I'll get to those in a sec. So sometime in mid January, my previous hosting company, Varhosting, decided to move us all to new servers. Normally this isn't a problem and is barely even noticable if done correctly. However, in our case, this transfer was anything but smooth. In the process of moving servers, Varhosting lost just about everyone's accounts and files. For a while we were told they had backups and we'd have our stuff back shortly. As the weeks went on, it became clear that 1) Varhosting's new owner was completely incapable of doing anything right, and 2) it was pretty unlikely we'd be getting our files/databases back. I remained optimistic for about almost a month, until Rick, the owner of Varhosting, suddenly disappeared and stopped responding to helpdesk tickets, emails, and forum posts. A few weeks later, we found out that Varhosting had been sold yet again, and that we certainly were not going to be getting our files and databases back. After that whole disaster, I didn't really feel like messing with my site anymore, and so it has been sitting on several USB thumb drives as backups.

So in the meantime, I've been mostly just working, (not) sleeping, and playing a crapload of games. I don't have near enough time to talk about all the games I've purchased since last post, so I'll just have to glaze over the games portion of this post.

Work has been busy, boring, stressful, and I'm mostly just tired of it all and ready for a vacation. Life in general has been up and down, with a few emotional setbacks, lots of good times, and good friends to keep me company. All in all things are good.

As for the games, in Wii news, after my Wii died, I had to send it in to Nintendo for an attempted repair. To my dismay, they were unsuccessful at saving the console and ended up sending me a new Wii, sans all my saves and Miis. Since I have a new Wii, I have a new number, so anyone reading who doesn't have my new number yet, add me up and let me know your number. Mine is 3964 7899 8745 3920. As for Wii games, after I lost all my saves, I also lost the motivation to finish any of the games I was playing at the time, so I'll probably never play or finish Zelda again. I haven't really touched Wii Sports since getting my Wii back. I have, however, purchased a few new games for it, though those have been largely unplayed as well. Picked up Wii Play. It's fun for maybe an hour. Haven't touched it since. Also picked up Super Paper Mario which is pretty good, but has more reading than I care to endure, and thus, has also gone unplayed.

Due to the lack of good Wii games out, I decided to catch up on the old Gamecube games I missed over the years. This task has been a tad difficult since most stores don't carry much Gamecube stuff anymore. At any rate, I bought 2 'Cube controllers, a mem card, and Smash Bros. Melee & Mario Kart Double Dash. Both games are pretty good and pretty frustrating, but good purchases either way. I later grabbed Mario Sunshine (which I'm currently playing) and Paper Mario: Thousand Year Door (which is still unopened). I also borrowed Pikmin and Pikmin 2 from a friend and trying to complete those in a timely manner. Most recently I picked up the Mega Man X Collection, which is completely unplayable on the Gamecube thanks to the terrible button layout of the Gamecube controller. All told, I play more Gamecube games than Wii games on my Wii. That'll all change though once Smash Bros. Brawl comes out.

In the 360 category, not much to report. Since my last entry I've picked up and finished Crackdown, which was awesome, Lost Planet, which has nice graphics but sucks otherwise, Assault Heroes, which is a fun little arcade game, Lumines Live, which I swore I'd never get, but was on sale at a good price and is quite difficult, and Pinball FX, which I just got and is a cool pinball game. I also got Need For Speed Most Wanted just for the achievements, though I only got halfway through it and didn't feel like playing anymore.

I also recently purchased Wipeout XL, an old PSX game I've wanted for almost 10 years and only now got around to buying. I got lucky and found a near mint condition copy on ebay. I didn't feel like digging out my PSX, so I downloaded a PSX emulator for my laptop, and along with my 360 Wireless Gaming receiver, I can play WOXL on my laptop using my 360 controller. It's pretty awesome and the graphics are much clearer than on the actual PSX, though I'm having trouble getting the Piranha ship again.

After playing it at Howard's place, I bought Sega Marine Fishing and Sega Bass Fishing for the Dreamcast, along with a fishing controller off ebay. Unfortunately I got gypped and the seller sent me a used knock-off controller when they advertised a brand new, sealed 1st party fishing controller. What's worse is I just tried it and it barely even works, so I will be sending it back to them in hopes of getting a replacement as advertised. We'll see how that goes.

I think that's about it for now. There is a lot more stuff I want to mention but this post is already long enough so maybe next time. In the next few weeks I hope to be getting the rest of my site back up. Until then, see ya.