Wednesday, November 30, 2011

New Let's Play: Suikoden!

I got my sound issues worked out and finally uploaded my first episode for Suikoden! I'm still doing Harvest Moon but I wanted to branch out because HM is very quick and easy to record. I also won some bids from Ebay, so plan on some pictures soon!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Hello! Sorry I haven't updated much recently. Been busy with the holiday and working on some things.

In good news, I've made some sales recently! It has been slow since I just started about one month ago, but it feels good to have some level of success.

I am on episode 18 in my Let's Play of Harvest Moon. I recorded the first episode for Suikoden but the sound was way too low so I'll have to re-record.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Finally Expanded House in Harvest Moon!

I finally expanded my house in Harvest Moon! I also upgraded my first piece of equipment which will make life 10x easier. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Episode 12 of Harvest Moon!

Good morning folks. Bringing you my next episode of Harvest Moon! I think I have come to a decision, I want to do video reviews instead of text reviews going forward. I think it will be easier for me to do. Thanks for viewing!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Harvest Moon!

Good morning! I've been a little busy this weekend and couldn't get the update that I wanted. I'll try my best to get another Spotlight up. Here's the episode 11 of Let's Play Harvest Moon!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Harvest Moon Episode 7!

Here's the new episode for Let's Play Harvest Moon! It's Friday and I'm ready for the weekend!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

New Episode of Harvest Moon and New Spotlight Planned

Good morning! Almost forgot to make a post letting you know that the new episode of Let's Play Harvest Moon is out! I also plan on writing up another Spotlight this weekend. Can't wait to get it out!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New Let's Play Episode!

Good morning, or afternoon or evening depending on when you read this! The next episode of Let's Play Harvest Moon is up. I was able to correct my rain problems by messing with some settings. Hopefully we won't run into any more problems. Thanks for viewing!

Final Fantasy XV An Action RPG?

Over at Edge, Yoshinori Kitase, the producer for Final Fantasy XIII-2, is saying the next numbered Final Fantasy game could be an action RPG.

"I think the nature of the franchise is to present something new each time. In the global market we see many players moving away from games that used turn-based systems toward what you might term an action-RPG."

Personally, why make this a numbered game? Final Fantasy has, traditionally, been a menu based RPG. When they have decided to really do something different, Square Enix has not numbered the game. This has spawned a series of games doing this! Look at Tactics or Dissidia. While I'm sure the vast majority of Final Fantasy gamers would still buy this, it makes me wonder, is the Square that made the classic Final Fantasy games dead?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Let's Play Harvest Moon Episode 4!

Greetings! I uploaded episode 4 of my LP for Harvest Moon. I want to thank you for viewing and supporting me!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Deadbeat Videogaming

Greetings! I wanted to let you know that I will be writing on the site! You will see my Spotlight series as I continue that and anything else that I can, depending on time.

I want to thank everyone for looking at my blog and hope you'll stick around here for more content I can produce for you!

Don't Forget My Ecrater Store Is Updated!

Don't forget to check out some deals I have at my Ecrater store!

You can find a near mint copy of Shenmue, a boxed Sega Genesis, Pokemon Stadium and the Banjo games as a start!

Let's Play Harvest Moon Episode 3

My new episode of Let's Play Harvest Moon is up! Deadly invisible rain attacks and can I acquire enough wood to expand my house? Dun dun dun!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Let's Play Harvest Moon Episode 2: The Logs Strike Back

I finished episode 2 of my Let's Play for Harvest Moon. My plan going forward is to finish an episode during the evening time and then upload it in the morning. Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Let's Play Harvest Moon!

I uploaded my first Let's Play episode! I hope you'll check it out and leave any feedback for me! Thanks!

New Games!

Hello! I have updated my Ecrater store with roughly 20 new games! I'll share some pictures and give you a list as I have before!

List of finds:

ToeJam & Earl (Genesis)
Super Punch Out
Fifa 96
Super Wrestlemania
Tecmo Super Bowl III
NHL 96
California Games
Super Mario Kart
Super Mario World
Tecmo Super Bowl x2
Ken Griffey Jr's Winning Run
Street Fighter II Turbo
Madden 94
Donkey Kong Country
The Legend of Zelda Link to the Past
Earthworm Jim
Madden 97

Friday, November 11, 2011

Tax Breaks For Suckers

Been sitting here reading various news articles and I wanted to get another business blog post up. The Senate just recently passed a bill, here, that gives tax breaks for hiring unemployed veterans. Before I go any further, I am 159.99% for helping veterans find a job. The problem is that tax breaks do not help the underlying issues. If you cut your finger off a bandage isn't going to fix the problem. What's the issue?


Giving tax breaks to any company does nothing for the demand of products. I work in an office that supplies companies with office furniture and if we hired an extra person, what good would that do us?

Tax breaks are also deferred and that won't help a small business. Bringing on more workers has hard-costs, like payroll taxes and soft-costs such as training the individual. What good will that tax break do now?

Passing tax breaks like this are safe and feel good. Who doesn't love that?

Republicans are so focused on tax breaks that they won't look for better solutions. Democrats are so focused on tax issues for the rich that they miss the mark. I'm not one who believes the Government cannot help but they must find solutions for the real problem.

That brings up another question, what could the Government do to help demand? Trade is always great but we must be careful of other countries work standards so as not to hurt American workers. Will investing in infrastructure solve our issues? I don't know the answer to our problems, and to be honest, I am glad that I don't have to be the one to make these decisions. I wonder, could any of us citizens who throw peanuts from the sideline really come up with solutions for our countries problems?

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Hello! Giving a quick update for everyone.

Had a very positive response from my "Spotlight" article on Final Fantasy. I'll try to do a "Spotlight" once a week, depending on time.

I received some SNES games from Ebay last night! I'll try and get pictures for you to look at tonight and get my Ecrater store updated. Thanks for the support!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Spotlight: Final Fantasy

Welcome to my first, in hopefully many, articles on past games! I want this series to focus on a game that either was important to me or did something important for gaming.

Final Fantasy is one of the most important Japanese Role Playing Games (JRPG) and one of the most influential. Today, JRPGs are in a tough spot in the American market because of the advancement of the Western Role Playing Game (WRPG) such as The Elder Scroll Series, Mass Effect and Fallout. That wasn't always the case though.


As many hardcore RPG fans know, Final Fantasy was made by a fledgling company called Squaresoft. They made a number of games on the Nintendo Entertainment System such as  3D World Runner and Rad Racer. While these games had some success, the company was not doing well financially. Thus, Final Fantasy was born. According to this article, the name Final Fantasy stemmed from Sakaguchi's plan to quit making video games if the game did not do well.


Final Fantasy told the story of the Light Warriors. The world is on the verge of destruction. The wind no longer blows, the seas crash and the earth decays. These four warriors mysteriously arrive with an Orb (crystal in later versions) of each element: fire, water, earth, and air.

What made Final Fantasy different was its long, epic story. Many gamers were used to simple games with simple stories. Mario had you rescuing a princess. Even though Zelda had a long back-story in its manual, the game had little story elements while playing. Final Fantasy had you rescuing the princess as the first quest of many. After finally defeating Garland, the

disgraced knight who captured the princess, I thought I had beat the game! No, my journey had just begun.

Venturing into the unknown, the heroes you created began unraveling the mysteries of the world. Saving the Elf King, meeting the council that told of the mysterious four fiends and meeting the legendary dragon Bahamut.

After defeating the four fiends and saving the land you learned a terrible secret, the fiends were sent here from the past! There was only one way to stop them, go into the past and kill them there! Venturing back into the very same spot where you saved the princess, the Light Warriors were sent into the past. Traversing this strange castle, the warriors met and fought each fiend and destroyed them. The truth would be revealed to young gamers when they reached the center of the castle. Garland had been sent back in time by the four fiends, when he arrived back in time he would then send the four fiends to the future creating a time loop and letting him live forever. How this paradox started, who knows but it was time for the final battle with Garland who was now the demon Chaos! The world saved and the time loop destroyed, the heroes could now rest.


Final Fantasy had you start your quest by choosing four classes for your party. You could choose the brutal Fighter, the nimble Thief, the tough Black Belt, the healing White Mage, the mysterious Black Mage and the versatile Red Mage. This allowed such a great deal of customization and re-playability. After meeting Bahamut and completing his quest, your warriors would be promoted to upgraded versions of their base class.

The combat system used a turn based menu system and a primitive combat screen. There were some things that gamers learned real fast about the fighting. The people towards the top of your party would be attacked more than the bottom. If two people attacked the same monster and the first person killed them, the second person would waste their turn attacking the darkness! This was changed in later versions but this did add an element of strategy.

Each new town had better equipment for sale and spells. There were no magic points in Final Fantasy. Spells were divided into spell levels and as you gained levels, you could caster higher level spells and more of them. Your mages could only know three spells for a spell level. This made you choose which spells you wanted carefully and made sure to ration their use during long dungeons.

Final Fantasy had a very deep combat system for its era. Item choices, spell choices and class choices let the player have a engaging experience each time they played.


Final Fantasy was very popular when it came out and brought gamers a series of memorable games. Many elements from the original Final Fantasy have be reused in other games. The idea of elemental crystals, many musical themes and minor quirks would show up in the series. If you haven't, pick up this game or one of its many remakes. Check out this Let's Play to see what the game is like!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Strike Out!

Giving an update for today! I went to my usual stores/places today and struck out! I ran into a few SNES and Sega Master games but they were all sports games! Gah. Well, I'll be trolling Ebay for deals today and using Craigslist as well.

I've been messing around with Fraps and emulators but it is causing huge slowdowns when I go to record. My computer is ~1 year old so I'm not sure why. I'll try and figure it out. Thanks for viewing and don't forget to check out my new stuff in my store!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Nintendo 64 Games Arrived!

Hello! My Nintendo 64 games that I won from Ebay arrived and I now have them on my Ecrater website. I'll share with you some of the pictures that I took and list them for you again! Enjoy!

List of finds:

Pokemon Stadium 2 
Bomberman 64
Flying Dragon
Batman Beyond Return of The Joker
Diddy Kong Racing

Let's Plays or Video Reviews

So I've been thinking of ideas for more gaming related content on my site. I've been running two ideas so far, a let's play or a video review.

If you're unfamiliar with a let's play, basically, it's a series of videos a person playing a video game while giving commentary. Go to YouTube and type in "let's play" in the search and you'll get an idea what it will be like.

Reviews are also something I've considered for games that I have in stock for sale. I've thought though, if I'm going to do a review and need footage, why don't I just let's play the game?

I could probably do a video review much quicker and easier than a let's play. A let's play requires constant updating which I might not have the time for. I could generate a lot of videos on the weekend and then upload a video each day during the week but my time is somewhat limited during the weekend for that.

If you have a suggestion, email me or leave a comment. You can also check out my twitter and send me a suggestion there. Thanks!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Final Fantasy Matchstick Sword Killer

From the Sun Newspaper, it looks like some jail guards have been trolled and an inmates little hobby might land him in hot water (hot coffee?).

According to this short article, an inmate has been piecing together matchsticks into "razor sharp" deadly weapons. Maybe someone will get a splinter in the eye! Never know.

Squall's gunblade is quoted as having a "fully revolving barrel." Something tells me this gunblade will be just as effective as Squall's gun was!

Image link
Sun Article Source

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

My Ebay Finds

My Ebay stuff has finally come! Well, three out of the four packages have come but I wanted to get something up. I won't show every picture but I'll give pictures of some notable games and then provide a list for you of each game!

This game has such an odd story!

So hard, but I love this game

I could never beat this game :( CIB!
From downtown! Love this

Those were just a few games I got from Ebay. I still have some more to come but I wanted to at least get these up for you to enjoy! All my games are listed on my Ecrater store!

List of finds:

The Lion King (Genesis)
Mortal Kombat (Genesis)
Toejam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron (Genesis)
Ghouls 'N Ghosts (Genesis)
NBA Jam Tournament Edition (Genesis)
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Genesis)
Desert Strike Return to the Gulf (Genesis)
Aladdin (Genesis)
Jak II (PS2)
Spiderman (PS2)
The Sims (PS2)
Jak and Daxter The Precursor Legacy (PS2)
God of War II (PS2)
Gran Turismo 3 (PS2)
Brothers in Arms Earned in Blood (PS2)
Super Game Boy (SNES)
Tiny Toon Adventures Buster Busts Loose (SNES)
Illusion of Gaia (SNES)
Pilotwings (SNES)
Killer Instinct (SNES)
Wrestlemania The Arcade Game (SNES)
Family Dog (SNES)
Spiderman Xmen Arcade Revenge (SNES)
Robocop VS. The Terminator (SNES)
Mickey Mania (SNES)
Cool Spot (SNES)
The Lawnmower Man (SNES)

Big Daddy Sewing

Credit goes to ChexMixNo1FoodSnack from Reddit for this. Saw it and wanted to share it because it's so awesome! Direct link.

I'll have some pictures up today after work from the games that came from Ebay. I'll try and get them on Ecrater as well!