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I've been playing video games for the vast majority of my life, from the days when I had to stand on a milk crate to play Pac-Man right through to some time within the past 24 hours. Yes, playing video games is a daily activity for me. I don't watch television or listen to the radio; I don't read many books or magazines; I don't even spend much time chatting or surfing the Web. I prefer my entertainment to be highly interactive, fully immersive and utterly enjoyable, and video games satisfy all of these preferences.

When I was younger, I didn't have my own console or computer, and arcades factored heavily into my gaming patterns. As time went on, I acquired various consoles and computers, and arcade machines went from the mainstay of my gaming experience to an occasional treat. Eventually, as consoles became more powerful and I had more disposable income, and as arcades slowly began to disappear from my area, playing games became almost exclusively a home activity, although portable games accompanied me to work as a brief escape from the mundane world.

At present, I play games mostly on consoles. I fell away from computer games largely because of hardware issues; my PC not only had a weak graphics processor, but it had no PCI slot for a modern graphics card. I made one last desperate stab at remaining a computer gamer, buying the best AGP card I could find so that I could follow a group of acquaintances to a new online game, but my interest in that game didn't last, and I found myself turning to consoles for my gaming.

There are certain trends in my gaming preferences. Perhaps the most obvious of these are the omissions; I have very little interest in first-person shooters, war games, tactics-based games, shoot-'em-ups, fighting games, platformers and most sports (with the exception of golf). I have an insatiable and inexplicable love for golf games. I enjoy raising/breeding sims, games where you oversee the proper care and upbringing of your monster/animal/baby. I'm a big fan of the Grand Theft Auto series and a few similar games, which seems odd considering my previously stated disinterest in related types of games. I used to totally groove out on music and rhythm games, but can't really stomp around on a dance mat due to having downstairs neighbors and can't noodle on a plastic guitar controller for long before my hands start cramping up or falling asleep. I have a definite soft spot for RPGs, though I don't seem to have as much time to play them as I did 10 years ago. And I have a bizarre and unrequited affection for dating sims like Tokimeki Memorial.

Of course, Tokimeki Memorial is only available in Japanese, and many great games will never find their way to an English release. My tastes run heavily toward Japanese games, both those that have been translated to English and those that only exist in their native tongue. Video games are one of the biggest reasons why I'm learning Japanese.

 

My collection
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I've chosen to list the games in my collection on this page for several reasons, including pride, sharing information and possibly initiating dialogs with other gamers about certain games. I am NOT offering any of these games for sale, so please don't waste time asking. Likewise, I'm not offering to walk any through these games step by step; there are already wonderful resources for that, like GameFAQs. I'm also not recommending every game in my collection as something that everyone should have; there are some games I have that even I don't like much. But if you have a question about a game or want more information on it, please feel free to send an e-mail with a non-vague subject line; my address is at the bottom of this page. (Last updated 4 June 2011. Games in italics have been purchased or pre-ordered but have not yet arrived.)

Microsoft Xbox 360 (US version)
Bankshot Billiards 2
Beautiful Katamari
Dead or Alive Xtreme 2
Dead Rising
Enchanted Arms
Eternal Sonata
Fable
Fable II
Forza Motorsport 2
Grand Theft Auto IV
Guitar Hero: World Tour
Hexic HD
Marvel Ultimate Alliance
Record of Agarest War
Red Dead Redemption
Rock Band
Rock Band 2
Saints Row
Saints Row 2

 

Microsoft Xbox 360 (Japanese version)
Yes, I actually went out and bought one, rather than fooling around with the less legitimate methods of bypassing regional protection...
Atsumare! Pinata
Dream Club
Dream Club Zero
Gal*Gun
Forza Motorsport 2
The IdolM@ster
The IdolM@ster 2
The IdloM@ster: Live For You!

 

Sony PlayStation 3 (North American version, games are region-free)
3D Dot Game Heroes
Atelier Rorona
LA Noire
Minna no Golf 5
Red Dead Redemption
Top Spin 3
Yakuza 3
Yakuza 4

 

Nintendo Wii (North/Latin America version)
Boom Blox
Cooking Mama: Cook Off
Endless Ocean
Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility
Kororinpa: Marble Mania
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
MySims
No More Heroes
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection
Red Steel
Resident Evil 4
Samba de Amigo
Sea Monsters
Super Swing Golf
Trauma Center: Second Opinion
Trauma Team
Wario Ware: Smooth Moves
Wii Play
Wii Sports
World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions
Virtual Console/WiiWare
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
Harvest Moon
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Magician Lord
Mario Kart 64
Pokémon Puzzle League
Pokémon Snap
River City Ransom
Tetris Party
TV Show King

 

Nintendo DS Lite (North/Latin America version, region-free)
English-language titles

Animal Crossing: Wild World
Brain Age
Brain Age 2
Chrono Trigger
Clubhouse Games
Contact
Cooking Mama
Crosswords DS
Elite Beat Agents
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Lost in Blue
Mr. Driller: Drill Spirits
Paws & Claws: Pet Vet Healing Hands
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Princess Debut
Puzzle Quest
Retro Game Challenge
Rhythm Heaven
Ridge Racer DS
Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon
Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
Sprung
Super Monkey Ball: Touch & Roll
Trace Memory
True Swing Golf

Japanese-language titles

Dokidoki Majo Shinpan
DS Bimoji Training
DS Kageyama Method: Tadashii Kanji Kakitori-Kun - Kondo wa Kanken Taisaku Dayo!
Ecolis
Hirameki Kosodate My Angel
IdolM@ster: Dearly Stars
Itadaki Street DS
Kanji no Wataridori
Kanji Sonomama DS Dictionary
Kanpeki Kanji Chikara
Kotoba no Puzzle Mojipittan
Kumatanchi
Love Plus
Love Plus+
Minna no DS Curling
Nihongo de Asobo DS
Picross DS
Puzzle Series Vol. 2: Crossword
Quiz Kirameki Star Road
Quiz Magic Academy DS
Shikakui Atama wo Maruku Suru: DS Kanji no Shou
Simple DS Series vol. 10: The Doko Demo Kanji Quiz
Simple DS Series vol. 11: Mouichido Tsuueru
SuperLite 2500 Quiz no Tabi
Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 1st Love
Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 1st Love Plus
Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 2nd Season
Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 3rd Story
Touch de Zuno! DS

 

Sony PlayStation 2 (NTSC-U/C)
25 to Life
Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm
Bully
Crazy Taxi
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy X-2
Gran Turismo 3 A-spec
Grand Theft Auto III
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Guitar Hero
Guitar Hero II
Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Hot Shots Golf 3
Hot Shots Golf Fore!
Karaoke Revolution Volume 3
Katamari Damacy
Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis
Metropolismania 2
Monster Rancher 4
Monster Rancher EVO
Okami
Persona 3
Persona 3 FES
Persona 4
Phantom Brave
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Gottlieb Collection
Rogue Galaxy
Rule of Rose
Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love
Scarface: The World Is Yours
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2
Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne
Steambot Chronicles
Suikoden V
Summer Heat Bach Volleyball
Swing Away Golf
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
The Warriors
We Love Katamari
Yakuza 2

 

Sony PlayStation 2 (NTSC-J)
Binchou-tan: Shiawasegoyomi
The Bouncer
Capcom vs. SNK 2: Millionaire Fighting 2001
Dead or Alive 2
Gran Turismo 3 A-spec
Ichigo Mashimaro
Jikkyou GI Stable 2
Love Hina Gojasu: Chiratto Happening!!
Love Upper!
[Simple 2000 Series Ultimate Vol. 6]
The Maid Fuku to Kikanjuu
[Simple 2000 Series Vol. 105]
Matching Maker 2
The Mini Bijo Keikan
[Simple 2000 Series Vol. 88]
The Neko-Mura no Ninnin
[Simple 2000 Series Vol. 116]
The Onna Okappichi Torimonochou - Oharuchan Go Go Go!
[Simple 2000 Series Vol. 114]
Otometeki Koi Kakumei * Love Revo
Parappa the Rapper 2
Quiz & Variety Sukusuku Inufuku
Quiz & Variety Sukusuku Inufuku 2: Motto Sukusuku
The Roomshare to Iu Seikatsu
[Simple 2000 Series Vol. 115]
Sentimental Prelude
The Suieitaikai [Simple 2000 Series Vol. 63]
Super Puzzle Bobble
The Tairyou Jigoku
[Simple 2000 Series Vol. 113]
Tekken 4
Tokimeki Memorial 2 Music Video Clips: Circus de Aimashou
Tokimeki Memorial 3 {limited edition box}
Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side
Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 2nd Kiss
White Breath: Kizuna

 

Sony PlayStation (NTSC-U/C)
I have two PS1 consoles; one is pretty much dead, and both are in storage, as I use my PS2 to play PS1 games.
Battle Arena Toshinden
Bust-a-Groove
CD Interactive Sampler Disc volume 9
Dead or Alive
Extreme Pinball
Final Fantasy VII
Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Hot Shots Golf
Monster Rancher 2
No One Can Stop Mr. Domino
Official PlayStation Magazine Demo Disc no. 05
Official PlayStation Magazine Demo Disc no. 07
Parappa the Rapper
Persona
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
Wipeout
Wipeout XL

 

Sony PlayStation (NTSC-J)
I do not have this console, but I have many games for it; I use my Japanese PS2 to play them.
Aitakute... your smiles in my heart
Azumanga Donjyara Daioh
The Conveni
The Conveni 2
Dance Dance Revolution
Dance Dance Revolution 2nd Remix
Dance Dance Revolution Disney's Rave
Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers
Dragon Valor
DX Monopoly
Gallop Racer 2
Goo! Goo! Soundy
High School of Blitz
Koneko Mo Issyo
M: Kimi wo Tsutaete
Mitsumete Knight
Paca Paca Passion
Parlor! Pro
Persona 2: Innocent Sin
Princess Maker: Yume Miru Yousei
Quiz Nanairo Dreams: Nijiirochou no Kiseki
Sentimental Graffiti
Sentimental Graffiti Yakusoku
Sentimental Journey
Sotsugyou II: Neo Generation
Thoroughbred Breeder II Plus
To Heart
Tokimeki Memorial: ~forever with you~ {limited edition box}
Tokimeki Memorial Drama Series vol. 1: Nijiiro no Seishun
Tokimeki Memorial Drama Series vol. 2: Irodori no Love Song {limited edition box}
Tokimeki Memorial Drama Series vol. 3: Tabidachi no Uta
Tokimeki Memorial Private Collection
Tokimeki Memorial Selection: Fujisaki Shiori
Tokimeki Memorial Taisen Tokkaedama
Tokimeki Memorial Taisen Pazurudama
Tokimeki Memorial 2 {limited edition box}
Tokimeki Memorial 2 Substories: Dancing Summer Vacation
Tokimeki Memorial 2 Substories: Leaping School Festival
Tokimeki Memorial 2 Substories: Memories Ringing On
Tokimeki Memorial 2 Taisen Pazurudama
Tokimeki no Houkago
True Love Story
Value 1500 Love Game's: Wai Wai Tennis 2
Vib-ribbon
X2

 

Nintendo GameCube (North/Latin America version)
Animal Crossing
Chibi-Robo!
Donkey Konga
Donkey Konga 2
Harvest Moon: Magical Melody
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
Midway Arcade Treasures 1
Midway Arcade Treasures 2
Tales of Symphonia

 

Sony PlayStation Portable (North America version; region-free)
English-language titles

Burnout Legends
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2
Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble
Lunar: Silver Star Harmony
Monster Hunter Freedom 2
Persona
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable
Sid Meier's Pirates!

Japanese-language titles

Akiba's Trip
Amagami (EbiKore+)
The Dokodemo Gal Mahjong
[Simple 2500 Series Vol. 8]
The IdolM@ster SP: Missing Moon
The IdolM@ster SP: Perfect Sun
The IdolM@ster SP: Wandering Star
Persona
Sakura Taisen 1&2
To Heart Portable
To Heart 2 Portable
Tokimeki Memorial: ~forever with you~
Tokimeki Memorial 4

 

Sega Dreamcast (US version)
Grand Theft Auto 2
Hoyle Casino
Jet Grind Radio
Mr. Driller
Shenmue
Space Channel 5
The Typing of the Dead

 

Other consoles and games
PC [selected titles only]
Tokimeki Memorial Online
[just the disc and its packaging; I only note this game because it's part of my complete TokiMemo game collection]

Nintendo Game Boy Advance
DemiKids: Dark Version
DemiKids: Light Version
Magical Vacation
Mario Golf: Advance Tour
Phantasy Star Collection
River City Ransom EX
Super Robot Taisen Original Generation 2
Yu-Gi-Oh! Dungeon Dice Monsters

Nintendo Game Boy Color
Love Hina Party
Pokémon Blue
Tetris DX
Tokimeki Memorial Pocket: Sports Version
Tokimeki Memorial Pocket: Culture Version

 

Commentary
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Speed Burglary Guide for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – This has been the most popular page on my entire Web site since I started writing it, even though it hasn't been linked to from any other page on my site until now. It's a method for exploiting a weakness in the design of the Burglar R3 mission to earn significant cash without using any cheat codes.

10 Games for a Year in Isolation – On this page, I answer the following hypothetical question: If you were going to be placed in isolation for an entire year, without any human contact, no television, no radio, no Internet access, etc., and you could have any 10 games to play (along with any needed hardware), which games would you pick?

 

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