Happy 2010, all!

I apologize for my absence, but it’s been a hectic time for me, what with finally seeing an end to the “House Saga” that took over life as I knew it.

So I’m posting now from my new abode, and life seems to be getting back to normal.

You know, it’s surprising how much I’ve grown to love the Digital Comics feature on the PSP. I think it’s a great feature, and well worth the money. For starters, I would have never discovered IDW Publishing’s marvelous Aleister Arcane comic. I do think Marvel is dropping the ball, though. So many great series, and they’re focusing more on random snippets of its history instead of a more comprehensive library, not to mention they are the most pricey on the service.

I also downloaded the Lunar demo, which is a very nice update of one of my favorite classic RPGs. I’ll have to keep an eye on it as it gets closer to release.

Also, I’ve noticed more (read: new or re-released) movie UMDs in stores of late. That’s a little surprising to me. Overall, I’m a little surprised to be into my PSP more these days.

Speaking of looking forward to games, I’m equally surprised by my growing interest for Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing. At first, I was dismissive of the title, as most of these collaborations are just Sonic and Sonic Team characters from the last 10 years, but this one is nearing a Super Smash Bros. level of character depth and history, both with the characters and the tracks.

I don’t know why Nintendo hasn’t given the Smash Bros. treatment to the Mario Kart series yet, as I think they’re starting to scrape the bottom of the Mario universe barrel these days. I also hope Sega’s foray into mascot racing doesn’t make the mistakes Mario Kart Wii did with cheap AI and excessive item usage. A few nasty single player bouts all but killed my enthusiasm in playing the title. I’ll definitely be picking up the 360 version, since they seemed to have been the only one (as of yet) to snag a mascot character. Funny, you’d think Nintendo would be more than willing to hand over Mario for all the Sonic appearances of late.

All I know is that the game is representing some old-school Sega, and I love some classic Sega properties, having been a veteran of “The Great Nintendo/Sega Console War”.

I’m also looking forward to Alien Vs. Predator on the 360, as Rebellion is doing it, and it was easily my favorite title on Atari’s Jaguar system. Sega’s been somewhat back into a more familiar groove lately. It almost makes me want to pull out my Dreamcast for a few quick play sessions.

More soon, but that’s what has been rattling around in my mind of late.

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