Technically the hunt starts tomorrow, but I thought that I'd just list a few things that I've bought here and there while walking around. One of the first things was a Japanese 360 console. I had spotted one for ¥5,960 in a Book-Off near Sunshine City, Ikebukuro but by the time I got back to it with cash it was gone (so much for the Xbox doesn't sell well in Japan comments, but then again a Brisbane Tekken player later told me that with the amount of foreign players here for EVO, games and hardware was disappearing fast as he had lost a stick the same way). I did end up getting another in a Book-Off in Akihabara on the way back to base for ¥6,000.
A few hours prior to the link going live to "purchase" tickets for Day 3 of Evo Japan, I noticed something that worried me about the application process. We had to complete an order through a Google Docs form which we would then be invoiced via Paypal at a later point. This isn't the strangest way to take orders, but I knew from that point that the order form would be for single tickets and sure enough when 3AM rolled around (4AM for those south of the border), only one ticket per application could be purchased.
Today was a rather eventful day for me. I had to re-lodge my Passport application due to Australia Post losing it (as if we didn't see that coming). While in the city I saw that Neverwinter was having another Double XP weekend and given that I was staying up until a stupid hour tomorrow morning to get Evo Japan Day 3 tickets, I decided that it was time to try and get 2 characters to level 70.
The primary reason for this trip to Japan is to take part in the Evo Japan tournament. I don't expect to get anywhere, but it's more just to say that I've been and attempt to meet and greet some of the old guard that I used to communicate with on the Tekken forums nearly 15 years ago. The other reason is to source Japanese Xbox 360 and find some games to go with it. These are going to be hard to find for a few reasons, 1) I still haven't figured out how stock is organised in Japanese stores... Alphabetically? Nope, 2) The titles will be in Japanese so I'm going to be relying on Google images to show me covers and to pick them that way. Following is the list of games that I'm going to attempt to find (please don't judge me on the type of game they are... it's just for the GS I swear).
Completion number five for the year already, but it doesn't feel justified. Recently I purchased a handful of ACA NEOGEO fighting titles in an attempt to boost myself into the Top 10 for Fighting games in Oceania before the end of the year. This didn't happen due to many different reasons, but I have turned my focus back on them in an attempt to provide a buffer for the 250k goal that I set for myself. As I mentioned before, to obtain this I would have to get 200ish Gamerscore each day to reach the goal by the end of the year (it is actually 224 to be exact, I think it started at 250 when the goal was set). Due to my Evo Japan plans, gaining Gamerscore while roaming isn't going to be easy thing to do, so I'm trying to get as much as possible before I go so that it will give me a nice buffer.
When I first saw the trailer for this game back in 2015 (I think on an E3 trailer reel), I was disappointed at first that it wasn't to be released on Xbox, but still somewhat interested by the concept and the general feel of the game. When it was later announced for Xbox I couldn't wait to play it, having not looked at any reviews since that initial glimpse. A while after it's release I was going through some of my backlog which had contained a handful of walking simulators. The preachy narrative of those really put me off playing any other walking simulators, so when it came to finally starting Firewatch after my "No new games in 2016" stint, the initial dialogue caused me to bail on it. I put the game down and didn't look at it again until near the end of 2017.
This game was shattered within a few days of playing it. I couldn't stop playing it, even through the awkward scenes where you have to find out where Classi is (oh you'll know the scene when it happens, I don't want to spoil it). During that scene I wondered how it got through the classifications board when entire scenes from the previous game were removed, don't get me wrong those scenes were over the top and fairly vile, but the subject matter of this one was a little more offensive than the previous ones. To add to my confusion, why is it ok for a child to inject themselves but it's not ok to use syringes in other games? Has something happened to the classifications guidelines that I'm unaware of?
For Extra Life this year, I'll be focusing on moving up the Fighting games (Oceanic) leaderboard on TrueAchievements. These boards recalculate at 7AM GMT each morning so I'll try to record my placement increases before the 2nd session each night.
Ultimate Head to Head always likes to throw me curve balls when it comes to the achievements that it picks for the matchup, but I wasn't expecting to go up against someone like OzBundyBoy first round. For once the achievement list wasn't as bad as I had previously seen from this event, but it wasn't lacking those few achievements that seem to haunt me every event... You have completed Disc X. from Lost Odyssey and anything really from Eternal Sonata. From what OBB told me later on, procrastination and sickness prevented him from competing so I welcome the challenge again some day.