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Optic blast ergonomics
Lately I've had the very uncharacteristic desire to play video games. I haven't had the active urge to play games since junior year in college (three years ago for those keeping track). Not only that but it's so specific, my desires havebeen for a very specific genre - 2d fighting games. It's weird. Jonesin' for Street Fighter? King of Fighters? Guilty Gear? Weird

To that end, I loaded up X-Men Versus Street Fighter yesterday which, by the way, is the best game dream_speaker ever bought and forget to keep at the end of a summer. Oh man, so fun getting my ass kicked by teh computer. I'm so damnm out of practice. I had it at 2 (of 8) difficulty and couldn't get past the second fight. I was slow, forgot to block constantly and couldn't whip out any super special attacks. Oh and, fuck you gambit and your constant corner card combos. I remembered why I stopped playing these games, the PS2 ergonomic controllers.

You know those two hand holds? The curved thingers that project out the bottom that fit ionto yuor hands so well? Well they don't fit into my hand, durn it. I have to play with the controller on my leg which means the PS2 control is tilted away from my arm adn hand. I want those things GONE. I miss the flat SNES controllers that sat perfectly on my lap to play. My nub fits perfectly on the D-pad, no sliding, when the controller is flat. On the PS2 tiklted pad, I slide off adn can't keep my arm centered. Couldn't keep the flat controller, oh no. Had to add more buttons and make them more comfortable for 99% of the population. Jerks. I used to be able to belt out constant yoga flames, man, on those flat controlers. Now, I can barely get out a single Ha-do-ken, let alone a Dragon Punch. Lightning Kicks and Thousand Hand Slaps are my only succor. :(

That aside aside (hee)it was much fun playing the games again, so much that I actually bought a new game (whoa). I order Guilty Gear Isuka this morning. It's the second most recent installment in the series, the most recent in America. Hooray for bizzare Japanese rock 'n roll characters, heavy metal songs and beating the snot out of people. You can't get much better than a game with 9ft tall doctors that fight lower than the shortest character in the game. :)

So, who wants to hand me my 2d ass at the party on July 1st (we're not changing the date)?

PS: Anyone know of a flat PS2 controller? I'd covet you forever, or something, if you knew where I could find one.

Also: fridaypoll. 100% of your daily Riboflavin.

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zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: June 23rd, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bah, if you want something like the NES Advantage, then the problem is the way you're wording it: you want a joystick.

There's a couple of nice looking ones out there. The only snag is that, like all joysticks, they cost decent money.

Side note: I still have my NES Advantage. Few pieces of hardware could ever escape the bounds of warranty quite like that controller.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 23rd, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Can't use a joystick effectively with my nub.
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: June 23rd, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ugh, in that case, there is one other gamepad I saw that looked corny as all hell, but would probably be what you're looking for. It's from Nubytech. Like I said, it looks corny as hell, though.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 23rd, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh. That is kinda silly. :) I think it's for the Xbox.. but it doesn't really say.
Free comic though! Yay fee comic! :)

Bison was so cheap when first introduced in SF2t. It's torpedo this, torpedo that. Only a super fast fireballer could deal with it.
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: June 23rd, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know if you look around, they'll have ones listed for PS2, so I don't know whether one is or not, but I guess it's the best way to go. -_-

You know, I have yet to beat that damn game with anyone. Meanwhile, there are kids in Chinatown performing 30 hit combos on each other everyday. That sort of thing freaks me out.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 23rd, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll keep my eyes out for one. Flat PS2 control would make me SO happy.

I finished the game with Ryu once, E. Honda once, M. Bison once and Zangief once on the correct difficulty to get an ending.

Ryu goes back to training and dragon punches waterfalls. E. Honda eats a lot. Bison takes over the world Hitker Style and Zangief does that Russian dance thingy.
fencert From: fencert Date: June 23rd, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I got those same endings, but never found out what happens with stretchy yoga guy. Sorry I'll be out of town for the next couple of months, otherwise I'd let you smack me around a bit on your game system.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 23rd, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can mentally smack you from anywhere. :P

We will miss you. :(
fencert From: fencert Date: June 23rd, 2006 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aha! Virtual sado-masochism. You may be onto the next big thing on the internet.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 23rd, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
The internet discovered that one a LONG time ago. Why do you think it's so popular now. Digi-sex.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: June 23rd, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't thought about X-men vs. Streetfighter or that summer in years. That game was hilarious.

The problem was that there wasn't enough low-hard-kicking. But then I find that to be the problem with most games.

I'm in the middle of Pikmin 2 right now. I'm kinda disillusioned that the crux of the game is capiitalistic carnage.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 23rd, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was a weird summer. Still not sure how the hell I ended up in the smallest room possible.

True. The kicks are terrible unless your're playing Cammie or Chun Li, otherwise mash that hard punch, mash it good. I really dislike that you get to choose two characters to "play" but can't swap between them. Stupid.

Capitalistic carnage is in vogue these days.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: June 23rd, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah it was. Your room was gross. Especially because it was right next door to mine. The first month or so of that summer were awesome. It was just video games and doing nothing all day, every day. Then life caught up and turn it all into strange drama.

See, you think of the two characters as fighting together when you should be thinking about them like continues. But yeah, it was weird. All I really remember about the game is that I wanted to apocolypse to be way stronger.

It makes me sad as a premise to a video game. At this point I'm just playing to finish it, I'm not even having fun with it anymore.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 23rd, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, in comparison to your room, I lived in a pimple on an ant

The second character wasn't a continue. The sole reason for existence of the second character was to jump in for those super-duper special attacks. Nothing more.

That is sad because Pikmin 1 was so damn good. AND fun.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: June 23rd, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
What, the LAVENDAR walls weren't pretty? Didn't they make the room seem larger?
abmann From: abmann Date: June 23rd, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm going to paint our ceiling lavendar to OPEN THE ROOM UP.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: June 23rd, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, you're not.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: June 23rd, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's a Pikmin 2? Aw man... the cuteness goes on!
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: June 23rd, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's true. With 2 new colors of pikmin and an entirely new pik species.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: June 23rd, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
aw man. No fair.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 23rd, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I almost bought a GameCube again when I heard of it.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: June 23rd, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
No kidding.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 23rd, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Apparently it's no good. According to nathan_lounge.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: June 23rd, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Right. I saw that. Sadness
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