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Posted by Outlaw88 - December 1st, 2009

Pennies! I know its not full but its still pretty cool.

I've got a jar of...

Posted by Outlaw88 - October 4th, 2009

He's a very nice guy.

Met Jeff Foxworthy

Posted by Outlaw88 - August 27th, 2009

This cookie has mastered the art of....THE NINJA!

Ninja Cookie!

Posted by Outlaw88 - June 27th, 2009

Here is a drawing I did for the Code: Island Attackers. Thus proving that my art skills haven't improved since elementary school. I still find it funny.

Bad Art

Posted by Outlaw88 - May 14th, 2009

One fine day late at night there lived a magic pea and his great great lawn gnome who guarded the pudding cup of sea lice. But they have nothing to do with the flying spatula that grants wishes to the very polite toenail that lives at the edge of town where the busses don't go. Out there you will find a lonely Chap Stick tube sock who was down on his luck due to the poor performance of his rubber lava lamp. Next door to the enchanted weasel you could visit the land mine lady who loves tea and choo-choo trains that can go for miles running only on dreams and child labor.

When the badger mime strolled into town in a stroller pushed by mustard seeds and soda they came upon a store that sold things that are made of things. The ignored that place since it seemed silly and redundant. Being a bunny can take a lot out of the gold stock in the underground black market meat market where if you can slice it you can have it. Jimmy Jim of the royal order of the lemur pie club once wondered if there was more to life than chairs made of Jell-o. Obviously the sleeping dog sentry of chili steaks won't stop the rock or even attempt to clean up the mess that was made by Larry the one legged snake.

A Derf in its natural environment will often cause bodily harm to itself if it attempts to film a moving car while on the hood. Never poke a walrus with a cinnamon bun as it will just annoy the nearby hot pants that have been captured and forced to listen to gum tell her life story though a broken mega phone while eating ice cream flavored ice cream.

Posted by Outlaw88 - May 10th, 2009

I saw a moose once. He told me of a magical land where lolipops and sunshine are the norm. Dishes and spoons don't have to run away to be happy, and the kiwi's and the banana's sing happy songs about walnuts. A place where no one judges how you wear your fake mustace or how poorly you play hackeysack. The Royal Order of Fluffy Squirrels (TROoFS!!!) are on guard for your taco's safety. Clocks run backwards (but only because thats how their legs are positioned) they are nice and wave as they go by. Yes this is a place where you can be free to do as you would do.

He went on to tell me that the best way to get to this magical, beautiful paradise was to make a left at right due north-south. Follow the wise howler monkey with the rabbit growing out of his hat. It will lead you past the pit of wild toasters to a door marked with a stick of gum. Once you open the door you will step into an area that doesn't look a thing like the back of your hand or western France. Close your eye's and think about what you did to that poor mime. You sick bastard. Then move on and ask the keeper of the kidney stone to let you by and when it grins you will find yourself in a giant pudding cup. Spin three times, formulate a thesis on ligers and their strange love of lava lamps, and say nice things about your cat and you will finally arrive in that magical land.

I went there once.

I found a rock!

Posted by Outlaw88 - May 8th, 2009

Once there was a badger who decided it was time to fix time using a spork named Leroy. The clock who had been going to the ice cream shop looking for pants to use as a garden tool had not been feeling too well so he and the wooden moose head went on a trip before they could be delt with by Leroy and the badger, who now had put on a hat made of ants.

In Canada the magic pickle was giving flute lessions when all of a sudden this desk showed up to bring the news of sewer rats weekly sport games. Meanwhile the doomed lemur fought againts the raging rage of the fluffy fluff. Near candy the whale gets nervious.

One time when things got out of hand the brilliant cheese helped save the marmot from bad auto insurance by giving him the sacred, rare, authentic, genuione, pristine, paper clip of mud. Sometimes the wall leaks.

Is it wrong to love thy lawn gnome? Because when the snake cries the pie goes bad. Leeks once saved the day by giving the radish a new can of instant kittens. Never eat the last dance.

Posted by Outlaw88 - April 27th, 2009

I've been reading the graphic novel Watchmen for the very first time and so far I'm impressed with it. I'm at chapter six right now and I'm really into the story. I enjoyed Rorschach's origin story as it reflects perfectly how the books tone has been. Dark with a possibility bleak outcome. Its amazing how ahead of its time this book is, so it's no wonder they made it into a movie.

To be honest I did cheat a little as I went and saw the film before I read the book. I had wanted to see it first so I would be surprised by what was going on. I like that. I don't want to know the ending before I see a movie or read a book. I can see why certain parts were cut from the film as it would have been even longer that it already was.

Funny thing about me seeing Watchmen. I had to give it two attempts. Two weeks ago I went with some friends to finally go and see it. We were totally hyped about it and we were all really getting into the story. It got to the part where Dr. Manhattan's origin was being told when suddenly the power went out. A huge thunderstorm had come and knocked down a power line somewhere and we were given a rain check. So last week we tried it again. Saw it the whole way through. I was impressed with the overall story as it can be related to the situation we are in now. Not to the extremes of course, but the threat of war and the poor quality of life people have is very real. The effects and costuming were awesome, the movie as a whole looked spectacular. I'm going to have to get it when it comes out on DVD.

Anyway back to the book. So yeah I know how it ends but getting there is more fun than the movie. There is a lot of detail and content here and its great to see some of the side stories get more development. I like how they have smaller stories within the story and the maturity of it always keeps me on my toes. The only other graphic novels I have that deal with dark tones and issues are done by Jhonen Vasquez. The big difference is that Vasquez deals with dark humor while Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons are talking about issues such as war, nuclear destruction, and the human condition. Its differences from its own medium are what makes it stand out and the quality of the story and art make it have staying power.

The true test of it being a good book? I can't put it down. Every book that I really enjoyed I found that I didn't want to do anything else but read. It's that way when I read The Hobbit and several other of my favorite books. So all signs are good.

I think I'll go back to the book now. If you have never read Watchmen I suggest you go and pick up a copy. With the movie out there are plenty to be had and it is worth the read. If you have read Watchmen, why not read it again? You may have missed something in the background. I almost did a few times but caught it just as I was about to flip the page.

The Comedian is Dead.

Posted by Outlaw88 - March 26th, 2009

To dream is to follow your heart. To follow your heart is to go on with pride. To play with the world allows us to sleep with dignity. To be able to love is the highest gift of all.

To remember where you came from will help you not to lose where you are going.

Posted by Outlaw88 - December 31st, 2008

Outlaw88's Top 10 RPG's for the SNES

There have been a lot of great games made for the SNES and some notable RPG's were released for this system. I've decided to list my all time favorite RPG's and explain a little bit about them as well as my reasons for having them high or low on the list. Keep in mind that I am going over the ones I've actually played so if you think there is something that deserves to be on this list feel free to recommend games to me. I'm always willing to give a game a try.

Before we get underway there are two games I need to mention. The first is The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. This is one of my favorite games in the Zelda series and one of the best games to come out for the SNES. The Zelda series is considered to be a milestone for the RPG genre and is still going strong today. However I feel that this game is more in league with the action/adventure/puzzle genre than it is an RPG. I also went to the Wikipedia entry for it and it lists it as that as well. For that reason I have excluded it from my list. If it was a part of it I would have ranked it very high on the list so any fans of the Zelda series shouldn't worry.
The second game I need to talk about is more of an honorable mention. Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest. This is considered the black sheep of the Final Fantasy series as it is a very basic RPG. It was designed with the intention to introduce new gamers to the RPG genre and was made simple and easy to play. This is also its downfall as everything about the game was mediocre. The music, storyline, characters and puzzles were all very basic without too much innovation. There were a few nice things about this game such as how some of the weapons and magic looked and worked but other than that not too much was going for it. It's playable and can be a fun game if you are in the mood for it so that's why I feel it at least deserves to be mentioned.

#10 Final Fantasy IV
Originally released here in America as Final Fantasy II this game was a major upgrade to what we had seen in the first game. Everything was bigger and better; the characters, the map, the game play, literally everything was improved. For the first time we were introduced to what Final Fantasy was evolving into. I've ranked this one pretty low because it has one fatal flaw: This is one of the hardest RPG's I've ever played. It gets so frustratingly hard at times I can't help but throw the controller when I get killed. This game was recently ported to the DS with tons of improvements but is still a tough game to play. I don't mind a challenge but when I get regularly destroyed during the random encounters and not get enough experience points to make it worth it, I tend to get annoyed.

#9 Lufia & the Fortress of Doom
This is your standard fantasy story. Hero sets out on a quest to save the world from a supernatural threat. What makes this interesting is that the storyline is well done. It has your party going through steps a similar team did years before to defeat the same threat. This game does have its problems as there it's a very straightforward type of game with little to do other than the quest. Also the battle system can get annoying as it's slow at times and if you have everyone target the same enemy and the first person kills it, everyone else will still swing where that monster was and not automatically target something else. This forces you to pay attention to every random battle that occurs which can get old fast.

#8 Breath of Fire
A game that lets you play as a dragon in the form of a man, this game introduces us to a great series. The cast of characters are memorable, the storyline is engaging and the game play is good. You main character Ryu (man Capcom loves that name huh?) sets out on a quest to avenge his clan as well as restore peace to the land. There are a few twists and turns along the way and the world in which you are exploring is full of life and colorful characters. A drawback to this game is that much like Lufia, the idea of side quests is almost non-existent. There are a few spells and items to look for which is enough to boost it over that game. The only other negative I can think of is that the characters moved too slowly when walking around the map and dungeons.

#7 Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals
Talk about an improvement. It shows how much went into this game as a lot of its features were upgraded. What makes this stand out though is that it is one of the first prequels I was introduced to. This game takes place before the first Lufia title and delves deeper into what the hero Maxim did on his quest to defeat the Sinistrals. Thankfully the battle system got an overhaul so it plays much better than the first game. The graphics are much better this time around and there are side quests to keep you occupied. However the North American release had several bugs which were later fixed in the European version. Despite it being a slightly flawed game it still far surpasses the original.
#6 Breath of Fire II
It's not often the sequels are better than the original but such is not the case with these last two games. BOF II greatly expands what was done in the original and greatly adds to the series. What's unique about it is that rather than continue with the story of the first, you play as descendents on an adventure several decades and generations later; a theme that would continue on in the later games. This game also features one of the most bold and gutsy plot twists I've ever played through as religion, a topic most games avoid, is taken to task. The characters featured in this game are memorable and fun and there are plenty of side quests and secrets to find. This game can be frustrating as some of the puzzles are tricky but overall this game is just awesome. Both BOF games were re-released on the GBA with some improvements and are worth looking for. However only BOF II is currently on the Wii Virtual Consol.

#5 Earthbound
This is a game that many people missed upon its initial debut. Originally titled Mother 2, Earthbound is radically different than all the games on this list. For one thing it does not take place in a fantasy land with warriors using swords and spells. This game takes place in a modern setting with kids using things like baseball bats and yo-yo's as weapons and psychic abilities in place of magic. The story also has aliens as the primary threat, and having their influence take control over things in the world such as taxis, and new wave hippies. What really makes this game stand out through is the humor involved. The game never takes itself too seriously and pokes fun at all the cliché things featured in RPG's at the time. The games main character Ness was featured in the Super Smash Brothers games which made me want to find out who this character was. It took me a while to get a copy of this game but I was glad I did as I was entertained from start to finish. The game can be challenging at times and the limited space for items can make things tough but overall this game is worth playing.

#4 Secret of Mana
This game is notable for several reasons. The first is that unlike all the other games on this list, Secret of Mana does not use a turn based battle system. It allows you to freely control your characters as you can swing the many weapons you can master as well as cast spells on the fly. The music and graphics are also a standout as the game is just a stunning work of art. The story is well thought out and with lots of places to explore this game will take a long time to get through. I guess that's why there really aren't any side quests to do, but with a wide variety of weapons and spells to level up there will be no shortage of replay. This game is available on the Wii Virtual Consol.

#3 Final Fantasy VI
Labeled as Final Fantasy III when it came to America this game took us by storm. With a huge cast of characters each with unique abilities as well as a compelling story this game is still considered to be one of the best Final Fantasies ever made. The game has many twists and turns as well as side quests to keep you coming back for more and the music keeps the game fresh. The sprites were designed well and so are the areas you can explore. The cast of characters themselves are what really draws us in as the main villain Kefka goes down as one of the evilest and craziest bosses. Other characters such as Terra, Locke, Mog, Shadow and the rest offer plenty to the game. Plus how many other games can you think of that actually had an Opera segment and made it enjoyable?

#2 Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
This game is like combining chocolate and peanut butter. You wouldn't think they go together until you try it. Super Mario RPG is a fond part of my gaming past as it had elements I liked from the two genres. Mario in all his jumping glory done in a very colorful and eye pleasing art style goes on a quest to stop the Smithy Gang and restore the Star Road. Not only are new characters such as Geno and Mallow introduced, we finally get a chance to have Peach and Bowser as playable characters. The music and design of the game truly make it part of the Mario series and the elements SquareEnix brought to the table really make this game stand out among the rest. This game is still considered to be one of the best SNES games of all time. Stuffed full of mini games and secrets this game has hours and hour's worth of entertainment. It was recently added to the Wii Virtual Consol.

#1 Chrono Trigger
This game tackles that all too familiar question of how things would turn out if you went back in time to correct things. The game follows the path of Crono and his friends as they go to different time periods trying to save the world from a bleak future caused by a parasitic creature known as Lavos. There are lots of things that make this game stand out besides its compelling story. The different attacks and spells you can learn along the way are fun and you can combine abilities to have double and even triple team moves. Every choice you make counts in one form or another and can greatly change the outcome of the game. Not only that but the concept of a "New Game +" allowed you to go back and try it again with all your levels and gear from the first game. You'll need it as you can finish the game at certain points to get alternate endings. The music in this game also makes this an instant classic as each of your party members has a unique theme. Those who have played it are hard pressed to forget the battle theme of Magus or the upbeat tune Ayla is featured with. The only negative I worth mentioning is that it's a little on the easy side. Other than a few nit-picks here and there this game totally rocks! This game was recently re-released on the Nintendo DS and has some new features such as some new dungeons to explore as well as an arena to train and battle monsters. It also has the video cut scenes that were featured on the Playstation release.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this list. I plan on eventually doing full scale reviews for some of these titles by going deeper into the stories and game play elements. Like I said earlier if there is something missing please let me know.

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