Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Sales

Just goes to show Final Fantasy isn’t a dead series…

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It seems that Square Enix’s marketing plan for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII was a success in the United States, Europe, and the global market. The game did especially well in the United States’ market as Lightning Returns took first and second place on the top sellers list. The PS3 version wins in the global, U.S. and European market. In Europe, the Xbox 360 version made it in fourth place. Pretty sure Square Enix was happy with the results and all of their marketing efforts were successful. Below are the charts for the global, U.S. and European market’s Top 10 Sellers.

Top Video Game SalesSource: VG Charts

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Throwback Game Thursday: Rocket Knight Adventures

Have you ever wanted to run around as a possum, or something like that, thing with a rocket pack attached to its back? Well, Konami made that game for you some years ago. There’s good and iffy news.
The good news is that emulators and ROMs exist. The iffy news is that a sort of sequel was released on the Xbox Live arcade. However, the arcade game looks a little too busy for me graphics wise.
Anyway, Rocket Knight Adventures is a platform game which I’m assuming was Konami’s alternative to Sonic the Hedgehog. You have to save a princess from an evil pig dude and you go through all sort of interesting levels with your jet pack and sword in an attempt to save her.
I found it to be pretty enjoyable and even a little challenging in some parts, but if you have a lazy afternoon and no other awesome games to play, Rocket Knight Adventures can keep you busy for a couple of hours. The video below is a play-through of the first stage. Credit for the video goes to Youtube user thatsnakeisdrowning.

So have fun and let me know what you think!

My Bucket List of Books

This post caught my eye and made me both curious to take a look at Amazon’s list of “100 Books to read in a Lifetime” and to make my own personal list of the ten books I have yet to read but would love to in the near future. So here’s my list. They are in no particular order and not the only ones I found interesting, but the ones that interested me the most currently.

1. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
3. Me Talk Pretty One by David Sedaris
4. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
5. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
6. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
7. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
8. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
9. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
10. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

My top three recommendations (of what I have read from the list) are The Poisonwood Bible, 1984, and Things Fall Apart.
Make sure to check out the list on Amazon and maybe read a handful.

Proofreading (ugh x.x)

My short story collection is put together and lacks just a title and an author bio. Well, I had the bio on another draft of the collection but that laptop died recently and that draft is gone forever. I have one big step left before throwing it up on Createspace and officially being done with the project- proofreading.

I have love/hate for proofreading.

I enjoy at times going back and reading what I wrote before because some of it impresses me. Unfortunately, some of it is not my favorite or I am just indifferent. What kills me with proofreading is reading it over and over and over. I can probably read through the whole collection one or two more times and be set, but it is tedious. Right now I’m trying to convince myself to start the proofreading process once again but it isn’t exactly going well.

Maybe I should find some volunteers to help me find those little grammatical errors my eyes may have overlooked.

Or maybe I should just suck it up.

Four Weeks

Tomorrow will mark our peanut being four weeks old. We are still in the process of getting her on a stable sleeping schedule, which is okay since we still have another month before we go back home and my love starts working again. It definitely feels like the time is flying by. Next thing I know, she’s going to start talking. She’s starting to get into a crawling position- I think she just needs to figure out how to use her arms to keep herself up.

I’m trying to come up with a compilation of lullabies to sing to her but I don’t really want to sing the typical songs to her. I would rather find songs from music I like listening to. So far, I have one picked out. I’ll post it below. Any suggestion would be nice- I like listening to most genres, like rock, country, pop, punk, alternative, musical- so a little bit of everything.

In other news, Lightning Returns is still an awesome game and I am enjoying running around dressed as Cloud. Still workiing on my short story collection (very slowly) and a novel from a series I’ve been working on for some years now.

Also, Rizzoli and Isles is back on for the end of season 4- I am very happy about this news and you should be, too.

Speedrun madness

This takes a certain kind of talent- pretty epic.

We’ve all tried speedruns at one point or another, where you basically try to complete a game as quickly as possible and perhaps picking up all the collectables in the process. One dedicated gamer though has done a speedrun with a difference – and believe me, it’s harder than you think.

Speedrun maddeness title

Those of us who are old enough to remember the very first Super Mario game back in 1985 on the NES will have fond memories of how revolutionary it was, and the completionists out there would have definitely wanted to collect every coin, squashed every enemy and gone down every pipe possible to get the highest score. That was hard enough, but what if you tried to get the lowest score possible? And by that I mean collecting none of the coins, not killing a single enemy and finishing the level with zero seconds on the clock at the…

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Six Strange Final Fantasy Quotes

This is priceless. I especially love the response to number one.

Lightning Returns (and it’s pretty badass)

I’m only about an hour into playing the new game and I am in love with it already. It could be because I get to run around as Lightning- one of the most badass chicks in a Final Fantasy history. It could also be because I can put her in sexy and awesome outfits (downloaded my Cloud outfit and excited to equip it). But I think most of my happiness comes from how easy it was to get into the game. The first FF13 I have yet to beat or even get halfway through. I did better with the second because Square Enix did make some overall improvements (and a flying moogle followed me around).
I know- maybe I’m speaking too soon since I’ve only just starting playing. But seeing the trailers and playing the demo both convinced me this game would be more worthwhile and my Facebook wall keeps popping up with good reviews all around, so maybe this isn’t too preemptive.
But anyway- check the game out if you haven’t yet. Once I get farther into it, I’ll make sure to give a better review.

6 studies that offer fascinating conclusions about human sexuality


TED Blog

At TED2013, Christopher Ryan offered a surprising view of modern relationships. Photo: James Duncan Davidson At TED2013, Christopher Ryan explains the evidence that, before the dawn of agriculture, humans had overlapping sexual relationships. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

In today’s talk, Christopher Ryan, the co-author of Sex at Dawnwith Cacilda Jethá, takes a deeper look at the standard narrative of human sexual evolution we’ve long upheld: men provide women with goods and services in exchange for women’s sexual fidelity. According to this model, Ryan points out, the war between the sexes is built into our DNA.

[ted_talkteaser id=1931]But based on their research, Ryan and Jethá have quite a few bones to pick with this narrative. Ryan explains that our sexual patterns are an outgrowth of agricultural models—which accounts for only about five percent of human history. For the other 95 percent, human sexuality was “a way of establishing and maintaining the complex flexible social systems, networks, that our ancestors were very good at.” In hunter-gatherer…

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My Father

What I would give for another hour-
Another play-through of Mario
Or shooting hoops in the backyard.
Even greater I would trade for more-
A long conversation about whatever
Or to hear you say I’m okay as I am.
Three years feels just like yesterday
But I know my last memories of you are far away.

This was the beginning of what was going to be poem about my father. Unfortunately, the inspiration wasn’t entirely there or I just could not get my thoughts out the way I wanted to. My father and his death are two subjects I try to avoid talking about.
I never had actual conversations with my dad. At least not one I can remember now. My biggest regret is never coming out to him. I feared my father, even while his health was deteriorating from the cancer. I always tried to do my best in school and work so I could be successful and make him proud. But I was never prepared for how he would take to me being gay. So I never told him.
And now I’ll never know what he would have said to me.
That’s the worst part of losing someone- the unsaid.
But nothing I do can change what never happened and I guess I should understand that and not let it fester inside. I think I might start a journal- get out everything I want to say to him that I never got the chance to.
Anybody have some other suggestions on how to cope?