Friday, August 31, 2012

Japanese Words For the Day: Outer Space

 Eclipse is  (Shoku)

A Look Into Video Games: Lugia

 Lugia is a legendary pokemon from the 2nd generation of games, and one of my favorites during my time with Pokemon Silver. Ever since he graced the cover of my cartridge, I couldn't wait to get him on my team.

Fact of the Day: Full Moon Eggs

Clownfish will typically lay their eggs almost always during a full moon. The babies will hatch just after dusk. 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Look Into Video Games: Tetra

 Tetra is the leader of the pirate crew in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. While she isn't a pure heroine, she's generally good hearted.

Fact of the Day: Good Fur Coat

Dalmatians have a rather unique fur coat for a dog. It's short, fine, and dense properties makes it distinct for it's species. Because of this, many people are recommended the breed if they are allergic to other dogs since many people who suffer from allergies are unaffected by the Dalmatian.  

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Look Into Video Games: Mario's Picross (Gameboy)

 While Nintendo didn't invent Picross exactly (their version of nonogram puzzles) it wasn't until 1995 that they started their Picross series. Obviously the idea of Picross alone isn't enough to draw people in, so they used Mario as the star.

Fact of the Day: Father Vegetable

Brassica oleracea, known simply as Wild Cabbage is the ancestor to many vegetables in your produce department. Not only did modern cabbage evolve from it but so did broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, kale, and collard greens. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Look Into Video Games: Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)

 The 4th incarnation of Zelda appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. My personal favorite Princess Zelda of the series.

Fact of the Day: War Prize

Between 1939-1943 there was no Nobel Peace Prize awarded. The obvious reason for this was World War II. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Japanese Words For the Day: Geography

 Atmosphere is 大気 (Taiki)

A Look Into Video Games: Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble! (DS)

 Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble! was the first portable game in the series released in 2005. While I loved the first game in the series, I didn't get this sequel.

Fact of the Day: No Royals In This House

In 1642, King Charles I broke into the House of Commons with armed men to arrest five of it's members. After all was said and done, the House overruled Charles I that he had no right to do so. After that a tradition started that no monarch may step foot in the House of Commons. Which stands to this day. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Look Into Video Games: Princess Zelda (A Link to the Past)

 The 3rd incarnation of Princess Zelda appeared in the SNES' The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.  While her role was generally the same as the original, I really liked this Zelda.

Fact of the Day: White Gold

If one wishes to get jewelry in White Gold, the metal isn't pure gold. The gold has to be mixed with a white metal like manganese or nickel to give it the actual color. 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Japanese Words for the Day: Clean 2

 Toothbrush is 歯ブラシ (Haburashi)

A Look Into Video Games: Street Fighter: The Movie (PS1)

While Street Fighter: The Movie itself was a bad idea, the idea for Capcom and Acclaim to make a video game version of the movie was downright idiotic. They first made the game in the arcades, and then ports to Sega Saturn and PlayStation followed later.

Fact of the Day: Clowning Around

All clownfish are born male, and the most dominant member of the group will replace a dying female by switching genders. 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Things I Like: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009 Film)

By the time my girlfriend introduced me to the series, this was the latest movie available. Luckily it was on DVD by the time we got finished with the first five films. I read the book later on and loved it even more.

A Look Into Video Games: Suicune

 Suicune was one of the 3 legendary trio of pokemon in the 2nd generation of games. Too bad he was so hard to catch. It's water powers were very strong.

Fact of the Day: Spots Are For Later

Most Dalmatian puppies are not born with their spots. They appear about 2 weeks afterwards. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Japanese Words for the Day: Clean

 Barber is 理髪師 (Rihatsushi)

A Look Into Video Games: Super Monkey Ball Adventure

 Super Monkey Ball Adventure was Sega's 3rd console entry to the series in 2006 on PS2 and Gamecube with an addition release for PSP. While the series was gaining decent popularity, Sega decided to hand the project off to Traveler's Tales which was quite the mistake.

Fact of the Day: Light Stone Place

The county of Liechtenstein's name is derived from the German words meaning "light stone". The name itself is borrowed from the Liechtenstein dynasty which united two former nations in it's internal history. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Japanese Words For the Day: Traits

 Active is ぴんぴん (Pinpin)

A Look Into Video Games: Princess Zelda (Zelda II)

While Zelda II: Adventure of Link was a direct sequel to the original NES game, the plot featured a brand-new princess Zelda despite having the same hero named Link. According to the plot, a wizard put her into eternal slumber because she failed to speak of the secret location of her father's triforce piece. So to revive the ancient maiden from mystical nap-time, Link must go find that lost triforce piece.

Fact of the Day: Baseball's Parents

Baseball evolved from earlier European sports like Cricket and more especially Rounders. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Things I Like: Jackie Chan Adventures (TV Series)

 I remember watching this cartoon series in middle school. It was good mix of light-hearted humor and mythical action. Jackie Chan even had his fictional (I hope so) cartoon family along for the ride. Like his niece Jade who actually was a decent character.

A Look Into Video Games: Hogan's Alley

Hogan's Alley was one of Nintendo's first light-gun games which used the NES Zapper. While most gamers fondly remember Duck Hunt, Hogan's Alley was a bit more like it's tougher cousin.

Fact of the Day: Aztec Land

Mexico get it's name from the Mexica branch of the Aztecs. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

A Look Into Video Games: Malice (Xbox)

 While it was originally suppose to be a PS1 game, Malice gained some hype by becoming one of the first revealed games for the original Xbox. It was originally suppose to be a launch game for the system, however development issues pushed the game far-back. Malice was finally released in 2004 on both Xbox and PS2. The results weren't as promising as the original screenshots had given hope.

Fact of the Day: Peace During War

Because of it's mountainous region, Switzerland managed not only to stay neutral during World War I and World War II but prevented any invasion by a foreign nation. 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Japanese Words for the Day: Religion 2

Temple is 寺院 (Jinn)

Random Photos: Batman Soda & Broken Bikes

 This is Daisy with Bruce Wayne himself. Never imagined him so one dimensional. Apparently that fight with Bane left his legs useless and is now replaced with a soda cooler. The marvels of modern medicine.

A Look Into Video Games: Princess Zelda (Original)

 The original Princess Zelda (not to the actual series timeline) in the first NES game was not really seen by the player until the very end. Ganon holds her hostage, and Link must overcome all the dungeons before even thinking about reaching the fair maiden. And you must defeat Ganon as your final test.

Fact of the Day: First Cosmonaut

The first man in space was the Soviet Union's Yuri Gagarin. In 1961 he completed an orbit around the Earth in his Vostok spacecraft. 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Japanese Words For the Day: Religion

Religion like their own Shinto 神道 is 宗教 (Shukyo)

A Look Into Video Games: Wrecking Crew (NES)

 It didn't take Nintendo long to use Mario's popularity to crank out all kind of spin-off games. While Mario and Luigi were suppose to plumbers, they apparently switch careers (I guess turtle-hating adventures is volunteer work) to the demolition team. Or maybe there just awful plumbers.

Fact of the Day: Ocean Friends

In the ocean, there's a flesh-eating animal species (which looks like a plant) called anemones which prey on many fish. However they make an exception for clown-fish. The clownfish eats it's leftovers, dead tentacles, circulate the water around them which aids them greatly. Anemones in return protect the clownfish from other fish with it's poisonous tentacles. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

A Look Into Video Games: Spider-Man (Atari 2600)

While Spider-Man might of had many video game adventures, his self-titled Atari 2600 version was his first video-game outing. Parker Brothers released Marvel's favorite superhero's Atari 2600 game back in 1982.

Fact of the Day: Geppun

Japan's name is derived from Marco Polo's Italian rendition Geppun which is based on a then-Shanghai Chinese dialect name Jitpun. In Japanese, 日本 (Nihon) is the native word for Japan. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Look Into Video Games: ChuChu Rocket!

 ChuChu Rocket! was a puzzle game released by Sega's Sonic Team for the Sega Dreamcast in 2000 (1999 in Japan). While it never hit mega-popular status like Tetris or Lumines, it received decent appeal from Sega's faithful.

Fact of the Day: Role Reverse

Seahorses, pipefishes, and sea-dragons (not mythical ones) belong to the animal family Syngnathidae. These are virtually the only known animals where males carry the babies during pregnancy. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Look Into Video Games: Pac-Pix (DS)

Pac-Pix was a Pac-Man spinoff released in 2005 for the Nintendo DS. While the DS had a very lackluster first year, there were some interesting spin-offs and unique games for the platform. Pac-Pix was certainly one of them, and it's probably the most distinctive of the franchise.

Fact of the Day: Old Soda

Soda dates back as far as the 17th century. For example in 1676 the people of Paris, France could enjoy a soda that was mostly a mixture of water, lemon juice, and honey. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Look Into Video Games: Entei

Entei is a legendary pokemon from the 2nd generation of games. Though he's really hard to catch, he's my favorite of the trio.

My 24th Birthday

This was four days ago on August 10th. I had to work that day, so I didn't do much. Just had some home-made cake and for the first year I used a whole candle box. Most candles come in a 24-pack, so I guess next year I'll have to get two. 

Fact of the Day: Italia

Italy's name comes from the Latin Italia which was the Roman Empire's name for the Italian peninsula. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

A Look Into Video Games: Panzer Dragoon Saga

 Panzer Dragoon Saga was the last game in the original trilogy on the Sega Saturn. While the first two Panzer Dragoon games were simple rail-shooters, Saga was something a bit more epic.

Fact of the Day: Polar Bears Are Not Sleepy

Unlike their brown or black bear counterparts, polar bears don't hibernate during winter time. The only exception is a pregnant mother polar bear who will enter her den and stay during her cub's early infancy. 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Forza Motorsport 2 (Xbox 360) Review

As a gamer I played my fair share of racing games. However when it came to a series like Gran Turismo, I never really cared for it. I came in optimistic but would soon lose my motivation to keep playing. In real life, I never would consider myself a car nut, and I always drive the speed limit. So driving sports cars in races isn't exactly my first idea of a good time either in real life or in a video game. But I got a decent deal for Forza Motorsport 2 (Microsoft's answer to Sony's Gran Turismo), and felt that if I couldn't get into it then I might as well give up the racing-simulation genre forever.