Thursday, September 18, 2014

God of War: Chains of Olmypus — the Voyage



There's something about this game that doesn't even make me want to be witty. I think, by the end of it, I just didn't want to be associated with it.

I want to preface this by saying that I'm a bit short with this game because my particular copy took forever to load on certain parts. I'm not sure if the UMD couldn't be read, if the game was a bit too scratched up, or what, but after the Charon battle, I had numerous problems loading the game thereafter. I would get to Calliope playing her flute and then the game would freeze—sometimes even white screen. It took me hours (a couple of days even) to get the game to load right. So that alone soured the experience for me.

Onto the game itself, Chains of Olympus is an extremely short game. It only has eight hours of gameplay. From what I've seen, there aren't many hidden goodies (though if there are, they're pretty well hidden).

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Get Bumping with Vrb Headphones



Saluton, my friends! The good old camera is still broken, but I've been putting my time to use. I've been scouring high and low for some great things to show you, and I've found something of mutual interest.

I’m always on the search for something new, especially when it comes to my technological accessories. One of my frequent carry-ons are my headphones. I like to edit videos; I’m very big on gaming. Though I use my headphones for these projects, I don’t necessarily find myself carrying my headphones with me. But my love of music is building and so once again, I’ll need something that I’ll be able to carry with me. It’s only a shame that things get a bit tangled in my carrying case.

Bluetooth technology has been expanding in this respect.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Let's Go Local. Kimchi II



It's been a long time since I've talked about some of the local food that I've had while I was here. I've been to a few great places. I've even gone back to The Distillery. I had hot dogs with sauerkraut! The hot dogs were amazing, and sauerkraut's not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I'm always on the quest to try new places (and even willing to revisit some others).

After being in the Atlanta area for so long, I've gotten used to having a few choice places to eat, especially in the way of Asian food and Philly cheese steaks. That's mostly fueled my food conquest here—I want to find good comfort foods that really get me through. And I've found them! One of my favourite haunts recently has been a little Korean place called Kimchi II.

I never think to take a picture of the interior, but it's very simple but stylish. The servers are very nice, and they have a massive TV where you eat. The TV plays different things like Kpop lives, music video clips, and so on. But the overhead system is playing music not relative to what's on the TV. I just thought it was a funny bit to add.

Once again, the servers are very, very nice. When I was with Andy, our server kept checking on us every couple of minutes. His care was very sweet, but it was hilariously ridiculous after a while. They're very warm and accepting. Sometimes they'll ask you if you've had a certain dish before. They do answer any questions you have about the dishes.

Left: My visit with Andy. | Right: Late night dinner!

Because there aren't usually aren't many people at the restaurant, the wait for food isn't very long at all. The food is hot, delicious, and flavourful. Don't be deceived by my shoddy photography. The portions aren't quite as small as they seem. They're a bit more than enough to fill me up. They hit that limit and go a little over. I haven't had their cold dishes yet, even though it probably would be advised considering the heat these days.

They stay open late until about 10PM, I believe. And when I went at 8PM earlier this month for a late dinner (a treat for myself), I managed to have a conversation or two with one of the servers (her name is Chloe). They always have the same energy. They're very inviting and caring and always check up on you.

식사를 주셔서 감사합니다 !!

Every time I go back to Kimchi II, I feel very welcomed there. I know that I'm going to get a good meal, and the servers are nice enough to engage in conversation. If you do ever go, say hey to Chloe! She's a very nice person, especially.

And remember—tell 'em GDR—or more familiarly, tell 'em Namseuk—sent ya!

Kimchi II Korean Restaurant
149 E Montgomery Crossroads
Savannah, GA 31406

If you'd like to see more images from my visits at Kimchi II, feel free to click here.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Game Log Updates.



Work has been complicated. Many people are quitting and a few are being fired. Out of 40 something people, there are like 12 people left, myself included. We've gotten a couple of people back from vacation, and probably one or two new hires. Work conditions have not been at their best, and I just... really want to quit. That's basically my short foreword as to where I've been lately.

Perhaps I'll do a personal post one of these days updating that, but for now, we'll focus on the topic at hand.

I've been playing a couple of games on my PSP: Final Fantasy II and God of War: Chains of Olympus. It's been a while since I've played a new Final Fantasy game. New in the way of me never having played before and not as in new title. I'm enjoying the 2D graphics. I'm actually very much in love with them and the music (the mu~~sic!!). What I own is the 20th anniversary version. I've never played the original, so I'm not sure how different these two are.

I want to say that Final Fantasy II is difficult. And I'm not sure if it's me or what, but it actually is. Surprisingly, it's not the battles; it's just navigating around the world and between plot points in general. There's a lot of thinking for yourself involved and a good portion of the game is trial and error. I've wasted four hours, actually four hours real time, just wandering around trying to figure out what to do. That doesn't detract away from the game though. I actually still very much like it. Firion's scarf is pretty ridiculous though. I feel as though that needed to be said.


Chains of Olympus is a pretty fun game. According to some online ratings, the game is pretty short, but I haven't finished it yet. The game had a period where, after the battle with Charon, it would the longest time to load. It skipped and froze, moving a few frames every... twenty minutes if that. The first four times, the game wouldn't load past Calliope playing her instrument. It took thirty minutes before the game white-screened or I would have to quit to the PSP menu (which it would do without a problem). Three more tries, a setting change, and forty minutes of waiting on the final try later, and I finally managed to move on.

Now the reason why it froze I'm unclear on. I'm not sure if it's because the game is used or if it's because the PSP just wouldn't register the UMD, as has been a complaint with some users. But all in all, it took me two-three days to fix. Almost three days of me contemplating buying a new copy for myself, but now after that, I'm ready to play the game with full steam. Playing such a heavy fighting game on a PSP is had on my hands. I'm still trying to get used to that.

I've been playing a lot of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger. And I have to say that I'm completely on the fence with that game. I originally started to enjoy it, but I'm completely torn because of the character types. I've been writing a review on it for a long time (since 7/16!), and I'm still trying to pull all of my thoughts together on it. On an unbiased note, it does present some pleasant difficulties, and again, it does put some unpleasant strain on my hands.

In the way of demos, I've played:Phantasy Star Portable, Valkyria Chronicles II, Dissidia Final Fantasy, and Worms Battle Islands. I'm enjoying them all, and I'll probably write a massive demo review on them all. I will say that Worms is 100% more fun with other people, so I probably won't buy it for the PSP. I want to play it on a console with friends.

For now, I'll leave you with this and very little images! Sorry about that, but something about my camera's latest actions spell bad news. Again, we'll see.