September 25th is just around the corner and I’m still without a 360. This does not bide well for my aspirations of playing the campaign without accidentally glancing upon a spoiler. Especially since the chance of getting the okay to blow $420’sh just to play Halo 3 is slim to none, well … none actually.

Combine the disinterest that has been growing with WoW and it seems I’m in yet another gaming rut. Which is actually one of the main reasons I’m bummed about not owning a 360 yet. Right now the next-gen is out of my reach, financial obligations suck. period.

Yet there’s a glimmer on the horizon as I’m finally getting around to taking courses to get an actual degree in graphic design. Sure talent can open a lot of doors, but given my limited resources/contacts I don’t have time to attempt to pry that door open. Having a degree will open that door for me and should allow me to get back into an industry that suits me. Which will hopefully open up enough financial resources to allow me to buy a new car, house, and all 3 next gen systems. Oh yah, and a PSP and a DS lite for myself. ^^;

Speaking of the DS lite I’ve been hogging the wife’s DS to play a lot of Pokemon when I have a chance at work. It’s a guilty pleasure for sure, but I’m not ashamed to admit that I love Pokemon. Pikachu does weird things to me … (No not in THAT way you dirty minded peep) Yet there’s a lot of room to actually make the game far more palatable to the adult. There’s just too many limitations and few innovations over the past 10 years.

It’s criminal that Diamond/Pearl are virtually the same game as Red/Blue that graced the Gameboy over a decade ago. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” only holds so much water, especially when the associated cartoon series continues to show how snubbed fans of the game are. C’mon … why can’t we combine moves (aka quick attack into an iron tail) and field moves DEFINITELY need an overhaul. Why must we gimp pokemon just to continually reuse the same field moves whenever revisiting areas?

Why not allow for moves to naturally evolve and increase the learned move limit, perhaps even doing away with the limit, yet only allow 4 moves to be “equipped” for battle. This would actually solve the field move gimping problem by allowing every pokemon learn field moves without penalizing them for doing so. Why not do away with rounds and adopt the FF ATB system?

Ugh, I just realized how much of a 30 year old fanboy I’m sounding like now. *smirk* But damnit, I want an adult’sh experience when it comes to Pokemon. Maybe I should go out and purchase Persona 3 … or hey, play some games that I’ve started and not yet finished …