Category Archives: Video Games

Zodiac Shift!

THIS JUST IN: Never mind, I didn’t bother to do enough research. Feel free to read this post anyway, but scroll down to Ishana’s comment to catch the real deal.

Despite sounding like the formation command for some sort of giant robot, this is actually some business both serious and trippy. Some important scientists have declared that, as a result of moon shenanigans messing with Earth’s orbit, the conventionally held dates for the Zodiac signs are in fact HELLA WRONG [sic]. Here’s what the old dates were:


Aries: March 21 – April 19
Taurus: April 20 – May 20
Gemini: May 21 – June 20
Cancer: June 21 – July 22
Leo: July 23 – August 22
Virgo: August 23 – September 22
Libra: September 23 – October 22
Scorpio: October 23 – November 21
Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21
Capricorn: December 22 – January 19
Aquarius:January 20 – February 18
Pisces: February 19 – March 20

So that’s the classical system, passed down to us by the Babylonians. Tried and true, right? Apparently not. Here’s what the Washington Post declares is the setup now:

Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11
Pisces: March 11-April 18
Aries: April 18-May 13
Taurus: May 13-June 21
Gemini: June 21-July 20
Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23-Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20

Setting aside the fact that this schedule puts a bizarre overlap day between every sign, it’s pretty jostled, eh? BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE. Either because of the tumult already happening, or for reasons unknown, there’s talk of officializing Opiuchus, the Snake, as the thirteenth Zodiac sign. It would fit in Nov. 29 – Dec. 17, squashing Scorpio down to 6 days, and coming before Sagittarius. Now, players of Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy XII, or any other Ivalice game will already be familiar with fair Serpentarius, but it’s quite a shift for the rest of the world.

So, what do you think? I really don’t know at this point. The shift would throw me from Virgo to Leo, which is weird. Ophiuchus being added seems largely pointless, but I’ve played too much Final Fantasy to not be amused by it. There’s some precedent for the opinions of our regular commenters, though; Thaumaturgist has established her view on the Zodiac, and Ishana has mentioned on two occasions her views on arbitrary dates versus concrete ones. What do you think, though? Will this shift send you to a new sign, or stay the same? Is your new one better in your eyes, or worse? Leave a comment.

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A Challenger Appears, and My Quest to Best Final Fantasy

Well, it’s happened readers. As you may have seen if you read the comments on my last post, I finally managed to get a Nintendo DS. And with it, I was able to finally get my hands on the elusive Final Fantasy III. For those of you wondering why it’s so elusive, and why it’s so important, read on. Read the rest of this entry

OMG E3 SEIZURE GO!!

KID ICARUS. DONKEY KONG. GOLDENEYE. 3DS. STARFOX.

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA

That is all.

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Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World Game Trailer

For those of you with no idea what I’m talking about, this post may be enlightening. Also, awesome.
I can’t embed the video here, because of WordPress stuff, but Brian Lee O’Malley’s website, Radiomaru, has posted the first video of footage from the video game adaptation of Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. And it looks AWESOME. I normally don’t care for Beat-Em-Ups, but I think I’ll make an exception here. You can play as Scott Pilgrim, Ramona Flowers, Kim Pine, or Stephen Stills. And it’s being developed by Ubisoft Montreal, which is both awesome and Canadian (O’Malley is also both of these things). And even better, the music is being done by Anamanaguchi, a chiptune band that makes music on a HACKED NES. Does it get much more epic than that? DOES IT?! Maybe. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World will be in theaters August 13th, and the game’ll be out sometime in August for the PS3 at first (I won’t say PSN), and Xbox Live sometime later on.

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Finding new things in old games

So, if you’ve been reading here in the past day, and I know you may have been, you’ll know that I’m in a SNES mood. For the past few days, that has materialized in playing Yoshi’s Island. Amidst the rampant drug references, it’s a kickass game. So, I beat the first world, and noticed that I had flashing 100 scores on four out of the eight levels. So, I went in and got the other ones perfect and, lo and behold, a bonus level and a minigame appeared! I mean, how crazy is that?

Man, this is what I love about really old games. When you’re a really young kid, you’ll play these things, and miss all sorts of stuff. Then, when you go back years later, BAM! New stuff. And especially in a game as great as Yoshi’s Island, it’s an amazing find. That’s about all I can say, guys.

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A call for SNES games!

Okay, not much to say today. I’ve been looking for good Super Nintendo games lately. You guys know any? Leave a comment if you do, preferably including the game’s title. I mean, if you know of one but don’t want to share, that’s fine, I guess…

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