Archive for June, 2008

These are the times I wished I was in the U.S.

Hideo Kojima HMV Metal Gear Solid 4 Signing Session (Engsub)

Metal Gear Solid 4 came out last Thursday and Hideo Kojima was in the U.S. to sign autographs in New York and then to the Metreon in San Francisco on the 14th.

I’ll be going on a business trip next week so my updates may either be short or none at all. Hopefully I’ll be so busy that I wouldn’t notice that I’m the only one with a PS3 not playing MGS4. I won’t get my hands on it until Saturday or Sunday next week at the earliest. Sigh. Why do I have to work to be able to afford all the games I play?

Wii Fit Day 13

Did 42 minutes on the balance board. Today’s regimen consists of the entire yoga workout and two aerobic exercises, the advanced dance and a short jog.

I did well enough in the dance to unlock the free step. Everything is now unlocked. Interesting to note that unlocked poses and exercises on your Mii does not mean it’s unlocked for everyone else’s profile. Your friends and family will have to earn it. Two more days till I do the test again.

Wii Fit Day 12

I’ve been working too much this week and missed two days on my Wii Fit. The balance board even told me so. So I’m trying to compensate by eating better.

But today I’m back on the board and did yoga and strength exercises plus one aerobic exercise which was the advanced dance steps.

It’s pretty fun especially when it runs faster and tells you to side step on the board. Excellent for developing motor skills.

Time spent on the Wii Fit 58 minutes.

RPG on the 360

Square-Enix announced in Japan yesterday, not one, not two, not three, but FOUR new RPGs for the Xbox 360.

Star Ocean 4, Infinite Undiscovery, The Last Remnant and Tales of Vesperia will all be heading to the 360. It is widely known that the Xbox isn’t exactly performing as desired in Japan despite their “success” in North America. One of the reasons for this is the lack of “real” RPGs in Japan.

Mistwalker Studios, a company made up of former Square-Enix employees released Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey for the 360, but it failed to move console sales.

Will Square-Enix come to the rescue for the Xbox? I for one would actually buy all four to feed by RPG addiction. It may boost sales in Japan. But it’s no Final Fantasy.

Yes, PS3 owners are doomed to wait in 2009, or worse yet 2010. But it’s Final Fantasy. It’s not one, but two FF games at the same time. And there aren’t any other RPGs coming out in the horizon which makes the Xbox a lot more fortunate than the PS3.

If these RPGs somehow manage to move Xboxes out the door in Japan then it’s quite a feat and a great recovery for the Xbox in Japan. But if these games do not move in North America, then I wouldn’t be surprised if Square-Enix ports these games to the PS3 at a later date.

Wii Fit Hula Hoop makes you look stupid

This is the reason why I will never post a video of myself using the Wii Fit.

Thoughts on today’s WWDC

iPhone 2.0

The 3G is nice.
GPS (finally)
$9.99 for iPod touch owners (say what?!?!?!) That would put the total I’ve paid this year to roughly $30 just to keep updating the iPod touch. This is just crazy.
3rd party apps look great. Easy to program and easy to install

mobile me

An upgrade finally worthy of the dot mac. Push delivery is a great addition to those who don’t want to be tied too much to blackberry

10.6 Snow Leopard

Ever thought of going to another species? Snow leopard?!? Sounds like as @richstyles on twitter, “still miffed with Snow Leopard aka 10.5 SP1, Cupertino, rev up YOUR copy machines”

It really does seem like a service pack to Leopard. But I don’t see it coming out until 2010.

What happens if you trade a stack of Imperial Bronze Pieces to your moogle?

Apparently 99 Imperial Bronze pieces will make your locker valid until April 18, 2010. Or 99 weeks since one bronze piece will give you a week on your locker. Well it sure beats the whole thing expiring at you.

Wii Fit Day 9

Did 30 minutes of aerobics on the Wii Fit. Mostly trying out the Super Hula Hoop and the Free Run.

I wasn’t that much impressed with the Free Run though. It was kinda hard running in place with no guide unlike the long run option. But you can indicate on how long you intend to run. So I clocked in at 20 minutes. Progressed in the “dance” game or should I say step game. I agree with the 1up Show’s comment that with the millions they’ve earned on the Wii, you think they would at least license a popular song.

Amazon makes it all better now

Yesterday I was resigned to the fact that my Dungeons and Dragons 4th edition will not arrive next week. So I blogged about it yesterday here and twittered it as well. Saying how sad I was and that I may not see the 4th edition next week and that I may even have to shell out more money buy going to the mall to get it as well.

I woke up this morning to a bit of a surprise. I received and e-mail from Amazon saying that they’ve shipped my order and will arrive on Tuesday. Tuesday! Next week! That is just so sweet!

Thank you Amazon, thank you for making me happy once again. I don’t know if any Amazon employee was on twitter when I made that comment or even if they did anything or it was just all a coincidence. But still it’s made my weekend a little better.

Wii Fit Test 2


07/06/2008
Originally uploaded by mdelamerced

I’ve been on the Wii Fit for a week now and it’s time take the test.

According to the test I now weigh a little less than I did the last time. Even if it’s ever so slightly. Hmmm. But since I gave myself six months to get to my ideal weight the system says it’s ok.


My fitness age

I did however make a significant improvement with my fitness age. The first time I did the test, I was 41 years old. Now it has dropped me to 33. Now that’s a little closer to my age so it’s quite an improvement.


Activities for the week

This is how much time I spent on each of the activities on the board. It’s hard training during the week since I train in the evening and not in the morning. So the week was focused on yoga and strength training. This week I’ll mix it up a bit. I’m going to dedicate my weekends on pure aerobics to allow myself to burn calories since I don’t have the luxury to do so during the weekday. I’ll keep the yoga and strength training to four times a week and then add one more aerobic workout day somewhere there. Maybe Tuesday, but then I would have to do all my training in the morning. Oh well, the sacrifices we have to make to be fit.