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DSiren Song- DENIED

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I have resisted the pull of the DSi and its many wonderful features for the time being, and shifted the pre-order money I put down toward more games for the DS I got. Now, I’m not going to get all sour grapes about it- the system sounds great to me, in particular I like the idea of a portable with downloadable content. “I’m bored and want a new game. Hey, there’s a McDonald’s with wifi! I can stuff my American ass with grease and beef and salt while I wait for a gutted Wario Ware app to download!” The cameras… Neat idea. Good for screwing around, but a little low res to go replacing my Kodak one. SD card support and enhanced multimedia? Well hot damn, it’s only about six times the mass of my mp3 player!! But, while I may (read: inevitably will) get one down the line, I’m opting out of it for now, for the following reasons…

  1. No GBA slot. Granted I rarely play GBA games these days, hell I barely get to play any of my portables extensively lately. I’ve got a working SP, and if all else fails, my girlfriend’s got a Lite too. But assuming I had taken advantage of Gamestop’s trade-in deal and hocked my DS Lite for one, not only would I have lost a better GBA than the GBA itself was, but that also eliminates the games with content unlocked by placing a GBA game in the bottom slot, like Mega Man ZX or Lunar Knights. Nintendo seems to ‘forget’ at least one thing per handheld generation, like no Advance link cables on the DS/Lite, or no headphone jack on the SP, and while slot sharing hardly GIMPS any of these games, it’s still kind of an annoying cut.
  2. Keeping my Lite for the above would have meant spending an extra 70 bucks on the thing and having at best something that makes my DS a neglected brick, or at worst, becomes a pricy, redundant, gimmicky brick itself.
  3. Region Lockouts and no flash cart support. Hell, according to Parish, it wouldnt even run officially-made review cartridges for 1up.
  4. There’s really nothing coming out that I specifically need it for- If some kickass new must-have game came out with camera functionality that isn’t just a cheap gimmick, sure, I’ll bite. I bought myself a PSP because omfg, portable Disgaea!
  5. When I was ‘on the fence’ about the system, a quick poll of my friends turned up many responses of “Why?” and almost as many “What’s the DSi?”
  6. I had Izuna 2 in sleep mode and powering off meant losing my gear and going back to the goddamn village.

And, as it turns out, I may end up having to put the money I saved into fixing another leak on my POStiac! HOORAY IT’S SUPER CHRISTMAS

For Once I Talk About GUTS and GaoGaiGar Is Not Involved

For Once I Talk About GUTS and GaoGaiGar Is Not Involved published on 3 Comments on For Once I Talk About GUTS and GaoGaiGar Is Not Involved

REPO! The Genetic Opera
2008/2009 Lion’s Gate Pictures

The Short Version: In a dystopian future, GeneCo saves the lives of millions by creating financing plans for organ transplants, then encouraging people to undergo painful elective surgery that hooks them on a crazy futuristic painkiller- then turns around and has it made legal for masked assassins to perform bloody ‘repossessions.’

And it’s a musical.

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Day Nine: Embarassing Baby Pictures

Day Nine: Embarassing Baby Pictures published on

Let’s kick off this anniversary thing, already. This is both an easy update to write, since the material’s already been sitting around idle for ten years; and a hard one because god damn if my old artwork isn’t humiliating. Also writing. And hosting, since it’s AOL and thusly published under my old Anime Character+Random Number handle. So, enjoy. Or don’t. Or do like I do and take comfort in the fact that I’m at least better at this shit than I was at 15.

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