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My Thumbs Ache

Back in the misty past (about 1999), my buddy frabjousdave had a wonderful console called the Dreamcast. There was one game that made that system worthwhile, that made smacktalk the order of the day: Soul Calibur. It rocked my little world.

Tragically, time moves on, the planets advance ever onward in their orbits, and gamers abandon old systems when shiny new ones arrive. It's the way of things. Sure, I missed kicking Dave around, but it couldn't last. I mean, the XBox shipped in 2001, after all. And Dave owned the console, which meant he got more practice, and eventually, that's no good. And he got to be good with creepy Voldo, which was also somewhat disturbing.

Now the XBox has Soul Calibur 2, with full Dolby 5-channel audio, more goodies, and Spawn. I lured Dave over for a visit last night, and for 30 rounds of mayhem, I was the master. Then the beer kicked in and the results are a little hazy. But it was very, very fine, and today, my thumbs ache with the ache of victory.

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xenmis
Sep. 5th, 2003 09:33 pm (UTC)
*jealous*
I actually picked up Soul Blade for PSOne a few months ago on ebay because I love the game so much.
the_monkey_king
Sep. 9th, 2003 05:28 am (UTC)
Re: *jealous*
I think they have the XBox in the UK, don't they? :)
xenmis
Sep. 9th, 2003 10:03 am (UTC)
Re: *jealous*
well, yeah... but then I have to pay 130 pounds for it! (though I wouldn't mind having State of Emergency)
frabjousdave
Sep. 5th, 2003 10:11 pm (UTC)
I, Having a Greater Tolerance for Alcohol . . .
. . . remember the score quite clearly: 47-37, me.

I'm just astonished that you bought that first 30 rounds business. You do remember the large wager, I trust?

the_monkey_king
Sep. 5th, 2003 11:01 pm (UTC)
Re: I, Having a Greater Tolerance for Alcohol . . .
Indeed, I recall the wager related to who reached 30 wins first. I'm sure you remember it the same way.

Also, I am pleased to see you admit that it was merely your tolerance for booze that won you the last rounds, rather than superior skill. :)

But all this obfuscation of my profound, pre-beer victory and your outrageous, unconfirmable claims makes the need for a rematch that much more urgent. Especially since I will have some practices sessions in the meantime.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 6th, 2003 06:49 am (UTC)
Re: I, Having a Greater Tolerance for Alcohol . . .
Which bonus character do you get on the X-Box? My good friend Josh, who has happily hosted some PS2 sessions so that we can re-visit our old favourite characters and develop new ones, got to unlock Heikichi (of Tekkan fame). Unfortunately, he has no weapon. In a game where everyone else does, that leads to severe beatings . . .

--Sean
the_monkey_king
Sep. 9th, 2003 03:20 pm (UTC)
Re: I, Having a Greater Tolerance for Alcohol . . .
The bonus character is Spawn, the Todd McFarlane comic book guy. With a double-headed ax and some freaky powers. Teikichi is an odd choice for this game.
antonstrout
Sep. 8th, 2003 04:33 am (UTC)
Nerdsville
Caught you on Kij's page, then saw the Soul Calibur entry so I had to jump in. I was always a big fan of Cervantes. The easy win was always playing with Kelik, where you could drop the controller on the floor and the combos would happen and bring victory by it's sheer randomness.

I am holding out for Link on the Gamecube version, for myself. If I weren't so heavily in thrall with Knights of the Old Republic, Buffy: Chaos Bleeds, Star Wars Galaxies, Ape Escape 2, I'd get around to it now (not to mention my weekly D&D group)... ahh, to be 33!
the_monkey_king
Sep. 9th, 2003 05:30 am (UTC)
Re: Nerdsville
Cervantes is one of the unlockables now, along with Seung Mina and a few others. The new Kilik is more vulnerable to people getting in close — the new "easy win" has been Mitsurugi, at least for me.

Hey, have you finished KOTOR? Because I'm having this problem with Malak...

Anyway, thanks for wandering over from Kij's page!
antonstrout
Sep. 9th, 2003 01:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Nerdsville
Lessee... I've done Taris, Dantooine, Tatooine, and right now I'm in the middle of Manaan. Can't help you... yet. I plan on binge gaming tomorrow, so who knows where I'll be at that point?

I can't wait to go back in for my second go-round, because I'm itching to strike down a bunch of those smarmy bastards who've been giving my light side of the Force character crap. Dark Side here I come.
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