Buy Yourself Something Cheap: Forgotten Japan Edition

Yakuza: Dead Souls
Yakuza Dead Souls

I own all of the Yakuza games, aside from Dead Souls.  Most of the games can be gotten for a song, and until recently this was the one time that rule didn’t hold up.  Dead Souls, the zombie infested version of Yakuza, just seemed to hang out there and demanded to have people pay full price for it.  Clearly the bottom has fallen out on that idea as it can be gotten for cheap.  From what I understand it isn’t the best of the series,  but when you take into consideration that the core series is a crime drama about the worst people in the world with deep and involved plots a zombie side story might not be the most serious thing in the world.

Price: $13
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Resonance of Fate (PS3)
resonance

I own Resonance of Fate.  I have played a respectable chunk of the game as well.  My thoughts about it are kind of mixed at best, at worst I don’t know if I could tell you what the plot of the game was besides JRPG and Guns.  That said I thought that it was kind of enjoyable.  For me it came out during sort of a dry spell in both gaming and the genre so I played more than I probably would–although lets be honest, this entire generation has been a dry spell for Japan and their shenanigans.  The game is non-nonsensical, oddly paced, and probably just what you are looking for given the fact you are reading this site.

Price: (PS3) $18
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Record of Argest War Zero: Standard (PS3/360) or Limited (360)
record

So I own Record of Argest War Zero.  I have only ever opened it to check out the limited edition collectables.  I also, regrettably, bought it from GameStop; meaning that the packaging had of course been opened for no real reason and I had the impression that I might have been missing the case for the music CD.  This is one of the many reasons that I bit the bullet and got Amazon Prime.  I hate waiting to get things I want, but I hate it even more when you pay a premium, are treated like a moron and possible thief, and walk away with a shoddy product.  Record of Argest is a forgettable JRPG, something that we haven’t gotten a ton of this generation.  It is also dirt cheap in all versions now on Amazon (not the PS3 limited, as that sells for almost 70 dollars).

Price: 360 :$15
PS3 : $16
360 Limited: $20

NeverDead
neverdead

If I am being kind when talking about NeverDead i would say something like, “You have probably never heard of it”.  If I was being honest I would say that it was an attempt by Konami to make another triple A franchise, but instead of giving them the money that they might require to do that, or the marketing to make people even aware that it was a thing.  Most of the reviews that I did hear about the game said that it was fine, but not 60 dollars fine.  I am going to gather from that the current, stupidly low, asking price is just about right for this game.  If you have Amazon Prime it is kind of a no brainer to pick with the free shipping, or if you are just looking for something to play in this the slow season.

Price: About $10
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Rock of the Dead (New, 360)
rock

Rock of the Dead is kind of a terrible game.  Not even in a “so terrible it is good”.  The game was a commercial, critical, ideological, and un-colorful flop. The only reason people even know it was a thing is because they had one of the world’s worst E3 boths ever.  They took mildly attractive women, put on the world’s worst makeup, then made them stand outside in the sun just to make sure that they would not be able to take that stuff off with a Brillo pad and acid.  Also, it wasn’t really an E3 booth as much as it was a booth that was located around hotdog vendors that people running the convention couldn’t legally tell to go away.  Thankfully it is stupid cheap.  So cheap it is more expensive to buy new than used.

Price: .01
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Dish Network may Remove AMC from Channel Lineup

There is bad news for fans of good TV that subscribe to Dish Network.  It seem a legal scuffle from back in 2008 between AMC and Dish Network has the satellite TV provider contemplating dropping AMC.  AMC filed a lawsuit against Dish Network for failing to fulfill and agreement to air AMC’s Voom HD channels.  Dish Network has put the idea of dropping AMC on June 30th in retaliation to the lawsuit.

Unless an agreement is made, Dish Subscribers could miss out on hit shows, such as Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and The Walking Dead.  Since almost anyone I talk to these days is watching at least one or more of these shows on a regular basis, I can already see some angry Dish customers switching over to a competitor.  AMC has a website, http://www.keepamcnetworks.com/send-them-a-message, where viewers can send an email to complain to Dish Network about the decision.

Source: Wired.com

Spoony Bard Podcast: Episode 50: Spoony Bard’s True Form

So this week is the 50th episode of the podcast.  It is about a week late, which is entirely my fault as I went on a rather not needed vacation last week.  That said we talk about Final Fantasy IV (II in the US) and how it was probably one of the best plots in a Final Fantasy to this date.  Some people might argue that, but they would be wrong, as a matter of fact this one game gave birth to the podcast and everything that the site pretty much currently is has been spawned from that.  After the discussion we fall back onto newer games, mainly Diablo 3 and Atelier Meruru.  We also manage to fit in some conversation about a new face around Varms and Stark with his anime.

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Zombie like Crimes Continue through Eastern USA

Yesterday two different crimes that could fall into the “zombie outbreak stories” section of history occurred.  One in what will be known as the outbreak capital of the world, Miami Florida, the other a short jump away in Louisiana.

The first crime was a 21 year old arrested for disorderly conduct.  Upon being placed in custody he claimed that he was going to eat the police officer and began bashing his head off the Plexiglas in the cruiser.  If that wasn’t enough to freak out any sane person, and possibly require a change of underwear, the youth also started gnashing his teeth like some kind of rabid chinchilla.  During his trial it was both revealed that he was on all kinds of drugs at the time and that he now has “no memory” of any of the events that happened.

Probability it was a zombie: Low.  Zombies don’t get better and fail drug tests the next day.

Source: OpposingViews.com

The other story takes place in Louisiana, where a man was found eating another man’s face.  This time the attacker seems to be fully clothed.  A friend of the victim claims that the attacker—Car, who names their child Car— was on “bath salts” at the time, although I don’t know what kind of friend you are when you don’t stop someone from eating your buddies face.  The victim is reported to be recovering, but there is no mention on what happened to the attacker.

Probability it was a zombie: Bath Salts seem to be linked an awful lot to face eating.  There are also several issues with this story that don’t really fit together, so higher than I think anyone would like.

Source: OpposingViews.com

The Zombie Apocalypse is Spreading up the East Coast

I have reported twice on odd happenings that seem to be the start of a zombie outbreak, most of those happening seems to have been taking place in Florida.  Late last week, though, it seems that some of the madness has been moving up the coast, and has gotten as far as northern New Jersey.  While some people might argue about the validity of calling this all zombies, it should be pointed out that this is super creepy that it is happening so quickly, and so closely together.

A man was captured after he reportedly ate another human’s heart and part of his brain in Baltimore.  The worst part is that this came just days after he assaulted another man and attempted to beat him to death, only to be released on bail to find and attack another, this time by almost dissecting him and hiding different parts in his house while eating others.  I think this might be the first time in recorded history that someone was almost beaten to death and ended up feeling lucky about it.

Source: Fox News

Too bad that wasn’t the worst thing that happened:

Police responded to a call about a man with a knife who was threatening to harm himself.  Too bad that no one described how, or in what way this guy was planning on doing so.  When the police arrived they found the man in a corner stabbing himself in his abdomen.  When they tried to talk to/help him he responded by throwing pieces of his own flesh and intestines at them.  Clearly sensing that they were out matched they retreated, and it took the swat team to subdue him.  The worst part is that the man lived through all of this.

Source: Huffington Post

Most importantly I want to give a shout out/link to the Daily Beast that is promising to update a Google map of all of the insanity as it unfolds.  It might not sound like much at first, but when you think about it, you want to know how close to you this thing is getting.  There are many naysayers of all of this, and while it might not be zombies (even though it probably is) something weird is happening.

Map Link: Daily Beast