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Veteran Member - Level 11
If there is one benefit of publishing the GIO member
herding blog, it’s that I have the opportunity to meet and become somewhat
familiar with remarkable members of the community that I might not have
otherwise crossed paths with. I think this is the fourth week in a row that I
knew nothing about the person selected for this prestigious recognition. (I
don’t know how prestigious it really is, but seems like many want to be herded
and those that have been are happy they were, so we’ll just call it
I learned a few things from this person. Mainly the
following nugget of knowledge - listed on his profile.
Otaku (oh-tah-kooh) is a Japanese term used
to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly anime, manga, or
I wonder if blogging about video games could be
considered Otaku? Hmm…
Anyway, perhaps the youngest person to be spotlighted, whose
name refers to Kenshin's katana, this week’s candidate in my limited first hand
experience and observation is a bright and cheerful person, who is fun to
dialogue with and has been a pleasure to interview. It doesn’t hurt that he
likes Star Wars, which counts for bonus points in my book.
He’s none other than…
GIO Name: Sakabato24
(Saka for short)
GIO Rank: Veteran
Member - Level 11
(Years playing): 18 Years. I have
been playing since the age of 1, when my now-deceased grandmother gave me a NES
for my birthday when my family came to the United States.
Completed: 3 run-throughs of Death
Smiles in Arcade Mode.
Currently Playing: Super Street Fighter IV, Death Smiles,
Record of Argrest War, and a week from now, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift.
1. Gran Turismo 5
is under development by Polyphony Digital and due to be published by Sony
Computer Entertainment for a November 2010 release. Designer Kazunori Yamauchi
is shooting for a 1000-car milestone but actual details on the number of cars
in the game is still unclear? Can you have "too many" cars to choose
from in a game? What is your dream car that, if it were up to you, must be
included in the game? Dream track? Do you prefer a realistic damage model or a
more forgiving "arcade" style arrangement?
Yes, I do believe that you can have one too many cars.
Gran Turismo is known to have a wide selection of cars, but when I played Gran
Turismo 4, a lot of the cars are the same model, but from a different year, or
the same car, just with a body kit. I believe that they can fair off much
better by having fewer cars, but have more options on how you customize your
car, like in Forza. If they can do the realistic damage, realistic driving, and
make the cars more customizable, Gran Turismo 5 can be the best driving game
As for a dream car, I believe that they should add the
C-West Honda S2000 AP1.
The Honda model, S2000, has been and always will be my
favorite car of all time. The C-West S2K AP1 has been also the leading
Unlimited FR car, winning a lot of trophies, and usually always takes the top 3
places within any Unlimited FR races.
The next one I believe that they should have is the BMW
Z3 808 Hatsune Miku car.
I just love this car because of the design. Miku is also
my favorite Vocaloid and it's nice to see her immortalized on the race track.
As for my favorite dream track, that would definitely be
This track is from the Manga/Anime/Arcade Game, Initial D
and I have this track memorized downhill like the back of my hand. A lot of
straight-aways that become turns, and turns that become straight-aways. My
favorite part of this track would have to be the 5 consecutive hairpins near
the end. It's always fun to use the gutters on the inside turns like train
tracks. The gutters counter-act the car's urge to move to the outside, so you don't
have to slow down when you hit the 5 consecutive hairpins, but if you hit the
wall, you lose more speed than just by drifting the turns. Plus, this track is
loads of fun when you drift downhill with a pack full of Tofu for delivery in a
1986 Toyota Tureno AE86.
On the topic about damage in a racing game, I really
prefer realistic-looking damage, over arcade's cuts and scratches. I really
like to see the detail of every shard of glass flying in air like solid water
floating out of the sky, but I do not want the damage to be so realistic, that
every time you crash, it makes the car inoperable. That's such a hassle for
your in-game mechanics, and big on your wallet too. *Laughs*.
[SAINT: Whoa! You
clearly know your racing games…I revisit them from time to time. I’ve been
playing GRID again the past few days. It’s a visually stunning game and the
damage model is done well. Sometimes my primary goal is to see how well I can
do without trashing the car. Track familiarity is a huge part of being successful
at any track, but I’m sure you know that. When it doubt, go all out.]
2. Whether you're a Halo fanboy or not, the
fact is Halo has inspired an almost cult like following that has declined a bit
over the years but remains a very popular and prominent title in Microsoft's
stable. Is Halo: Reach all hype? Is it going to salvage or damage Halo's
legacy? Do you plan to purchase it and if so, are you more excited about the
single player or multi-player component of the game?
Halo... *Shivers* I stopped caring when Halo 3 released.
But, when Halo: Reach was announced, it somewhat caught my attention. It might
bring the Halo fans back from playing Modern Warfare 2, and bring some
new-comers with it, but in my honest opinion, the Halo series has lost it's appeal,
and with Halo: Reach going back in time before Reach was destroyed, and Master
Chief being the only known Spartan to be alive within the UNSC knowledge, it
might digress the Halo franchise even more. Halo: Reach tries to be unique by
adding equipment and new game mode or two, but these things can get old quick
Reach is all hype, but in my opinion, it has nothing to
really support the hype. I might buy it for the appeal of multiplayer, but in
the end, I think it will sit in my collection of games, collecting dust after a
few weeks playing the game.
[SAINT: Well, I’m a
huge Halo fan. Some might even say a Halo Fanboy…but if I didn’t share your
same concerns I’d be lying. I really think Halo’s legacy kind of rides on this
game, or at the very least, the game’s reputation. I also think opening night
sales are going to be incredible, but the real measure of success will be how
many of those customers are still playing it weeks and months later.
Interestingly enough, despite all the negative feedback, Modern Warfare 2 still
tops the Xbox Live charts as the most active game.]
3. Imagine if you will - designers
Toshimichi Mori and Yuuki Katou (Blazblue) are developing a new video game that
will eventually end with an epic battle between a samurai and a ninja. While
samurai are known as fierce and noble warriors, ninja are covert mercenaries
and masters of espionage, sabotage, infiltration, and assassination. They ask
you to name these two characters and provide a brief summary of the final battle
for them to script into the game. Share your thoughts.
*Thinks deep in thought*
Okay, the fierce battle between the Mishimoto Samurai
Clan vs. the Kasugano Ninja Clan is coming to its close. The battle between
these two clans lasted for centuries, and both heirs to the Clans fight it out
for the final winner.
The Mishimoto heir to the clan, Aya Mishimoto, is a
battle-harden warrior, despite her being beautiful and elegant on and off the
battlefield. Honda Kasugano, heir to the Kasugano Clan, is a very cool and
calculated Ninja, but very timid and shy at heart.
Both Aya and Honda duke it out for the final battle of
the clans. Both of them fought hard, but Honda became mortally injured by one
of Aya's devastating attacks. Honda is on the ground, bleeding to death from
the major cut above his heart, and Aya walks to him to finish the job. She
kneels to the ground and pulls of the ninja scarf to reveal Honda's face. She
gasps in awe in what face she sees.
Honda and Aya were both orphans, and both grew up
together, but both of them were adopted by their respective clans.
Aya is now in tears because of what she has done to her
beloved friend. She takes off her helmet so Honda can see her face. He tries to
gasp for air, to try to say her name one more time, but blood comes up instead.
She tries to raise her blade to finish him off, to put him out of his pain, but
she can not bring it down on him. Honda nods to her to finish him off. She
bends down, kisses on the forehead, and says...
That's all I got for the story line so far. Pretty cheesy
in my opinion. Feels like you have seen this story plenty of times, but hey,
it's all I've got. XP.
[SAINT: Wut! You
can’t leave us hanging like that! As far as hearing a story plenty of times,
some people actually prefer familiar stories as they always know what to
expect. Besides, if you look at the core of most stories, they all share many
of the same ingredients, like the universal struggle between good vs. evil for
example. Great story, by the way – write it and publish it one day. Then get
famous, autograph a copy and send it to me. LOL.]
4. Star Wars: The Old Republic is being
developed by BioWare and published by LucasArts for a projected Spring 2011
release date. The game will included two factions, the Galactic Republic and
the Sith Empire, each with their own specific classes. The Sith Empire will
offer the Bounty Hunter, Sith Warrior, Imperial Agent, and Sith Inquisitor; the
Galactic Republic will offer the Trooper, Smuggler, Jedi Knight, and Jedi
Consular. If you were to play the game, what faction/class do you think you
would choose and why? What was your favorite Star Wars movie and did Han really
If I were to play the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO, I
would have to pick the Republic Faction. I always side with the good guys for
reasons that still baffle my own mind.
As for a Class, I would go with the Jedi Consular. The
way of the Force leads them to victory, because they know that The Force is
what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things.
It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together, and if they
become one with the Force, they are the most powerful, and yet the most humble
of the Jedi.
My favorite Star Wars movie of all time was The Empire
Strikes Back. I have a lot of fond memories of playing this particular Star
Wars movie over and over again because of one thing, HOTH. I loved the battle
of Hoth, especially the Snow Speeders and the AT-ATs. To me, the Battle of Hoth
was more epic than the Battle of Endor, except Hoth can never compete with the
cuteness of the Ewoks. >w>
And for who shoot who first, Han definitely shot first.
The shot that Greedo shot, was just an after-reflex shot. But the talk of how
Greedo burst into flames is another story for another time. I'm guessing that
Rodians are the only Star Wars aliens that burst into flames when they get shot
by laser fire...
[SAINT: As an avid
fan of the Star Wars series, I completely agree with ESB being the favorite.
The Battle of Hoth was exhilarating, but really the movie had so many jaw
dropping moments, it’s hard for me to pick a favorite scene. I plan on playing
the Old Republic, but for whatever reason, I will probably try my hand at Sith
Empire: Bounty Hunter or Imperial Agent. I remember reading the TIE Fighter
strategy guide years ago, which included a fictional story told by an Imperial
Pilot. It was neat to see the Star Wars saga told from that perspective. Han
did shoot first ‘nuf said.]
5. The prize in the bottom of your Cracker
Jacks box is a ticket to the Friday Night Fights at your local sports arena.
This week's main event features Sol Badguy (Guilty Gears) versus Ryu (Street
Fighter). It's a 3 round cage fight typical of a UFC bout. Who wins and how?
(KO, TKO, submission, split decision, unanimous decision, draw, etc).
Mmmmm...Cracker Jacks...Huh? Sol Badguy versus Ryu you
say? Who will win? Well, if it's Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
version of Ryu, and he can parry like this: Video 1 - Video 2
Then Ryu HANDS DOWN!!! He'll knockout Sol after parrying
his attacks and doing some heavy damage, for the win. (Street Fighter always
end their fierce battles in K.O.s)
Sorry Sol, but Ryu is Strong.
[SAINT: Wow. You
made my job easier…you included videos. Those are some impressive moves. I’d
have to agree. Sorry Sol, but Ryu is strong. And he never stops learning,
training and adapting. The beast is unleashed.]
And so concludes another episode of Member Herding. A
special thanks to Sakabato24 for spending some time with us while divulging a few
details about his gaming personality. To read more about Sakabato24, view his GIO
(Note: Apparently there is a page or image limit and I surpassed it...so, this is the edited version...I guess that is something I will have to watch for in the future.)