Review: Final Fantasy VI

Final Fantasy VI
Considered one of the top two titles in the entire series, I was eager to dive in to this game. I had played it years ago as part of Final Fantasy Anthology, released for the original PlayStation, but I didn't recall the gritty details. I had visions here and there of memorable moments, but it wasn't like I could really tell anyone the story of the game if asked. I also had attended a Final Fantasy: Distant Worlds concert back in March, which included a lot from this game: "Terra's Theme," "Opera

Considered one of the top two titles in the entire series, I was eager to dive in to this game. I had played it years ag...

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E3 2012: Nintendo Press Conference (Live Blog)

Nintendo
Just like I did for Microsoft and Sony, I figured I’d live-blog my reactions to the E3 2012 Nintendo Press Conference. Here we go.   Initial Thoughts Full disclosure: I'm not really a fan of Nintendo. They were big when I was a kid, and the Super Nintendo is undoubtedly my favorite old-school game console but, as I've grown up, I don't really feel that they have. Futhermore, for every generation since (and including), the Nintendo 64, their competitors have offered better, be it

Just like I did for Microsoft and Sony, I figured I’d live-blog my reactions to the E3 2012 Nintendo Press Conference. H...

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E3 2012: Microsoft Press Conference (Live Blog)

Microsoft
Okay, so it's not so much "live" as it is my own thoughts in real-time as I watch the press conference! Anyway, here we go!   Initial Thoughts Microsoft traditionally offers what I find to be a decent conference, showcasing interesting things to come over the next year. However, I often see reviews of The Big Three (Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo) ranking Microsoft 2nd or even 3rd, despite my own personal feelings that they've consistently done well. Whether this is deep-seated anti-Microsoft

Okay, so it's not so much "live" as it is my own thoughts in real-time as I watch the press conference! Anyway, here we...

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E3 2012: Sony Press Conference (Live Blog)

Sony
Just like I did for the E3 2012 Microsoft Press Conference, I figured I'd live-blog my reactions to the E3 2012 Sony Press Conference. Here we go.   Initial Thoughts I haven't followed Sony much in recent years. You could attribute it to me being more of an Xbox guy and finding Nintendo to be a wasteland of constantly recycled games sporting mediocre graphics. However, in the past six months or so, I really fell in love with Sony. I upgraded to PlayStation Plus and have reaped tons

Just like I did for the E3 2012 Microsoft Press Conference, I figured I'd live-blog my reactions to the E3 2012 Sony Pre...

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The Month in Gaming: May 2012

While I mostly bounced between two games again this month -- one a handheld and one a console, as usual -- I also had a third come back into the mix.   Being the fifth month of the year, this month's Final Fantasy title was naturally Final Fantasy V, a game I had played long ago when it came out as one-half of the original Playstation's Final Fantasy Anthology over a decade ago. The only thing I really recalled about the game was not liking it and eventually giving up on it; prior

While I mostly bounced between two games again this month -- one a handheld and one a console, as usual -- I also had a...

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Review: Final Fantasy V

Final Fantasy V
Being the fifth month of the year, this month's Final Fantasy title was naturally Final Fantasy V, a game I had played long ago when it came out as one-half of the original Playstation's Final Fantasy Anthology over a decade ago. The only thing I really recalled about the game was not liking it and eventually giving up on it; prior to this past month, it remained the one title in the series that I had quit and not beaten -- although, full disclosure, as I learned in March, I never actually

Being the fifth month of the year, this month's Final Fantasy title was naturally Final Fantasy V, a game I had played l...

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Review: Final Fantasy IV

Final Fantasy IV
Continuing with my goal of playing each single-player Final Fantasy game this year, one per month, I primarily played Final Fantasy IV. As mentioned in my original post, I was not sure if I would go with the PlayStation Portable version, which included two additional added post-game bonus sequel packs, or the Nintendo DS version, which was completely redone in 3D and included voice acting (but not those two extra episodes). I opted to go for the Nintendo DS version in order to have a completely

Continuing with my goal of playing each single-player Final Fantasy game this year, one per month, I primarily played Fi...

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The Month in Gaming: April 2012

My gaming this past month was much more focused than it has been the prior couple of months. I really only played two games, consistently, with a few trials of my new PS Vita instead.   Continuing with my goal of playing each single-player Final Fantasy game this year, one per month, I primarily played Final Fantasy IV. As mentioned in my original post, I was not sure if I would go with the PlayStation Portable version, which included two additional added post-game bonus sequel packs,

My gaming this past month was much more focused than it has been the prior couple of months. I really only played two ga...

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How Google Plus won me over and made me forget Facebook

Google Plus
gplus.to/jasonhubsch As mentioned in a previous blog post, the primary "sacrifice" that I gave up for this past Lent was Facebook in its entirety. It was quite the ride, and I decided that I would give Google Plus another shot and hope to really explore and learn more about it.   Initial Reaction When I first told people about giving up Facebook, they seemed surprised. The reactions I received were along the lines of "oh wow," implying that the notion of daily life without Facebook

gplus.to/jasonhubsch As mentioned in a previous blog post, the primary "sacrifice" that I gave up for this past Lent was...

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Lent 2012: A Reflection on giving up Facebook, profanity, and AdBlock

Being raised Catholic, it is customary that I give something up each season of Lent. Previously, I have given up such things as television, video games, profanity (swearing/music/video/etc), shaving, all forms of sex, and meat. And, in one season, all of the above at once! This season's primary item was Facebook. Facebook When I first told people about this, they seemed surprised. The reactions I received were along the lines of "oh wow," implying that the notion of daily life without Facebook

Being raised Catholic, it is customary that I give something up each season of Lent. Previously, I have given up such th...

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