Up,up,down,down,left,right,left,right,B,A.. Unless you were born in the last 5 years, you will have heard of this in some way or form. This is the infamous Konami code that's used for several games and gives you instant power-ups. Gradius for the Family computer was the first game to implement this. It instantly gave the player all of the powerups. Old school.

Thanks to the magic of video game emulators. I am able to bring to life classic games. I recently also decided to spend about 15 minutes everyday playing retro games which i never got a chance to finish before as a kid. Gradius is the most recent one I've played and completed.

Plot
Pretty straightforward. The game doesn't really tell you why you're doing it, but you're a lone soldier piloting a space craft blowing up alien creatures. There's a boss at the end of each level. You get powerups by either getting rid of a squad of enemies or by killing the red aliens (ranked soldiers?)







Boss battles




Presentation
The in-game graphics are pretty good. The game powerup options are well placed in that you can easily tell what status your ship has at all times. There are a lot of enemies on the
screen at times and there's a good level of detail in the background which makes you feel like you're really in space.

Gameplay

Controls are very responsive. you can get as many speed up powerups as you want which makes the game extra crazy. Sometimes the amount of projectiles on screen is near-impossible to dodge and will need 100% concentration to do so. The game takes you through 7 stages with a boss battle at the end of each level. Then goes back to stage 1 after with more difficult enemies.

Are you kidding me?

Overall
For its time this was one of the premier titles on the NES. Fast forward 20 years and I still enjoyed playing this game. The simplicity of what it does is just excellent. After you complete this game there's really not much to go back to unless you want to perfect your stats and not die. Mindless fun.

I love wednesdays. I find reasons to do so even when there's none. Even when crazy stuff happens at work (like some dude, by accident, erasing all user profiles in our finance system which meant noone could log on) a crisis i had to manage. One of the major reasons why I love wednesdays is because 2 of my favorite podcasts come out on this date. I always look forward to listening to them on my way home or while I'm driving. They're the GiantBombcast, the podcast that's hosted by Jeff Gerstmann and Ryan Davis (former gamespot editors). they just talk about games during the podcast. The other podcast is the Hotspot by gamespot editors.

This wednesday started pretty well as I got an SMS saying that my grand theft auto 4 preorder is already ready for pickup later in the day. It went on when there was a peculiar box resting on my desk when i arrived at the office. Apparently I had won a raffle at a company event the day before and there sat an HP D2460 printer. Just when I was just planning on buying a new one since the one we have at home is almost 10 years old already.


I'm also pretty excited coz Tor Thorsen (one of my favorite podcast members) is now hosting the Hotspot, which meant that he'll be a regular already. The day ended with a bang as I got to pick up GTA4 as well as watch Speed Racer with a good friend of mine. Overall, this was a great wednesday.

Dog week for me. Everything seems to have something to do with dogs. Hmm.. took this test and it came up with me being a Yorkshire terrier. odd. I wonder if this is how Lucky views me.




Druce, you're a Yorkshire Terrier!

No bones about it, you're a social, bustling Yorkshire Terrier. Active and enthusiastic, Yorkies like you have a ton of energy — which means you're probably always running around like a mad dog. You're never without a project to work on, an errand to run, or a party to catch. (Where do you find the time?) You're a chatty little pup, too — talking is one of your favorite pastimes. That's why all your friends and acquaintances see you as their own personal Entertainment Tonight and rely on you for the latest gossip and social bulletins. You always liven up a dinner party or cocktail gathering, and people simply adore your affectionate nature and get-up-and-go eagerness. Woof!

Source

I've been a big fan of the site howstuffworks.com for the longest time but sadly I havent had the chance to go and visit it for months now. This site enables me to learn something new about random stuff every so often so I've decided to start this HSW (how stuff works) blog where I'll post interesting stuff I learn. This will also enable me to review what I just read and make sure I understood it properly. See? Everyone wins.

So for this article, it was because I have been wondering for a long time whether or not my dog understands what I say to him. I actually learned that dogs have a mental capacity of a 3 year old kid. Which means that they can understand what you tell them and in a small way, they can relate stuff that you say like when you give it a ball and keep saying ball, eventually, they'll understand what ball. Of course this would take patience and would depend on the type of obedience your dog has.








Can you find my doggie?








The article goes on to say that there was this dog named Rico who had a huge vocabulary and they tested it by putting objects in a separate room and then telling it what to get. Rico would bring back the correct object more than half of the time. They also tried putting something new wasn't in his vocabulary and he would get the right object 70% of the time. This just proves that dogs have some sort of mental capacity to do elimination.

Well? *taps paw*


It also mentions that dogs can sense your mood via the tone of your voice. Which explains why they sometimes will be extra cuddly when you're in a bad mood or will suddenly become excited when you sound excited. I love dogs!



Grand theft auto 4 came out just yesterday and I can't wait to get my hands on my pre-ordered copy! Several sites already gave it a perfect 10.

But while i'm waiting for that, the controversies for GTA4 have already started. One example of which, since other places usually start selling this at midnight, people queue up at late night and apparently someone was stabbed near the place and of course it was attributed to GTA4, althought the dude was discharged later on after treatment. In another place, an 18 year old kid who was walking home with his friends after buying a copy of GTA4 was mugged and beaten by some other kids as they took away his copy of the game. All I can say about these news is this, "THE GAME JUST CAME OUT! PEOPLE HAVE NOT PLAYED IT YET SO YOU CAN'T BLAME THE GAME FOR THESE CRIMES!"

Regardless, this is pretty awesome game which I will wait patiently for no matter what anyone else says. I will enjoy my last days of sunlight because I will miss what the sun looks like after I get this game

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