When I was growing up, I came from a home where we could only ever get one game for our birthday and one game for Christmas. Luckily, I had a brother, who was able to help us amass more games. There were days when my dad would come home and surprise us with a bargain bin game, but we took what we could get.

Later, we would get the Sega Channel from our cable provider, as it would cut down on rental costs. We had the Sega Channel for about a year before it was discontinued.

At this point in my life, I had to start working for everything I got, which means I would have to mow a lawn ever week for five weeks and not spend a dime in order to get a game. I cherished my games, in fact, I cherished them so much that I would beat them all. Not only would I beat them, I would conquer them, I was all about seeing that 100 percent.

One would assume, that I would turn into an achievement whore when I got my Xbox 360. However, something had changed, I no longer cared whether or not I finished a game. If I didn’t like it I could always find something better to do. Yet, my inner child would scream at me as if I were committing an act of gaming heresy.

This is now my battle of games purchased or rented versus games I play, and if I do play them will I end up completing them.

I am writing this blog about the month of July and hope to keep this updated monthly. This month I purchased: UFC 2009: Undisputed, ‘Splosion Man, Battlefield 1943. The games I rented were: Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles, Lost Odyssey, Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2, Eternal Sonata.

This month I also bought a MadCatz Street Fighter 4 fight stick.

I started this month off by playing Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles, I found that game to be excruciatingly  hard. Before the masochistic gamers come crawling out of the wood-works, I enjoyed the game, I did. I found myself really liking the weapons I was getting, and I also enjoyed the music.

I however,have already confessed to giving up on games to move on to new ones. This game destroyed my spirits, which normally, while gaming stay pretty high. I don’t think I got passed the seventh level before returning it to GameFly.

I then went back to Lost Odyssey which I felt was a breath of fresh air in the role-playing game genre. Visually the game is stunning. I also enjoyed being able to play it in German as I get little practice to do so. I don’t know what it is about RPGs nowadays  that they all feel so cookie cutter. I felt that Lost Odyssey took RPGs back to the basics.

Eternal Sonata left my house as soon as it was delivered to my mailbox. For the future, I will try never to have two RPGs come to my house at the same time.

Something about playing multiple RPGs at the same time feels like being with two groups of friends who have no common interest. I looked at Eternal Sonata gave it a brief apology and sent it on it’s merry way. I tell myself that I will come back to it one day, but I know I am just lying to myself.

I got to the second disc of Lost Odyssey and felt I needed a break, an almost surety that this game was nevery going back into my Xbox. I looked at old games I had, and unfortunately out of all the games I could have chose, I chose Samurai Warriors 2. I played co-op with a buddy of mine and we proceeded to beat the game with every character.

I feel like Koei games are like a friend you have, who you only ever see once a year, and then you remember why you never see this friend but once a year…he/she is boring and dull and only ever seems to tell the same stories from high school.

Fortunately for me, I got to see this friend twice this year. I forgot I had put Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 in my queue, and by that time it was too late. My normal partner in crime for Koei games had his fill of our good friend this year. So I went into it alone. I hate it, this game is awful in comparison to Samurai Warriors 2.

In Samurai Warriors 2 your characters feel different they all have different specials and have a unique move set. Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 feels generic and you feel that you are the same as every other mobile suit in the game. Here’s a piece of advice to Koei, make more games like Samurai Warriors 2 and you will have my money…eventually.

I bought Battlefield 1943 on day one, and I was having fun. I got to play with the Rebel FM crew and had a great time. I liked it, but it is  just more Battlefield.

I also got ‘Splosion Man, and I beat it to boot. I love this game. I cannot believe how awesome it was. From beginning to end I was never frustrated, this is one of those legendary games I hear about that has you saying “Alright, one more level/mission/objective and then I am going to sleep.” I beat this game in a couple of hours, and I can honestly say I wouldn’t mind more.

Finally, I took the plunge and bought a fight stick. I guess all I need to tell you is I play a lot of Street Fighter 4 now. The game has taken on new meaning. I thought everyone was full of horse crap, but I am fully converted to only playing fighting games on consoles with a fight stick.

So this month I beat two games, and I bought a game that I still haven’t touched. I guess the only solace  I have is knowing that this month is just starting.

Until next month, keep fighting the good fight and I shall do the same.