> Just when you think someone is gone forever, they come back with a vengeance!
Yesterday was a weird day, as the US PSO servers were down for most of
it. That being said, the Force was strengthened by a name not seen in a
long, long time... But first, I'll give you the events leading up to that...
> Dead servers meant I spent most of my time in open games on Oberon ("the
evil ship" -- LMAO). Anyway, I was in this game with three other people;
a Malek (HUmar Lv112), James (RAmar Lv105), and Didlit (HUnewearl Lv124).
James was using a SPREAD NEEDLE from the start, and it didn't much bother
me. Then his French language setting cohort, Malek, whipped out his SPREAD
NEEDLE and things got a little hairy. Didlit proclaimed that "this sucked!",
and I concurred. Near the end of Cave 3, Didlit started with her SPREAD
NEEDLE too (in retaliation). After going through all three Cave areas and
barely getting any EXP, I decided it was time to show these two chumps
what playing with an EXP hog was like... and why it sucks...
> As we entered the Mines, I came ready to burn with a 180% Machine S-Rank
SPREAD NEEDLE! Didlit and I gave those two punks ample opportunity to change
their ways, but they insisted that a SPREAD NEEDLE was their only weapon
(yeah right =/). So we proceeded to fly through the Mines in record time,
mowing down all the enemies almost as they appeared. LMAO. At this point,
I asked them if they thought this game sucked yet. To which they said,
"nope". Hehe. We did the same through all three Ruins areas. For the icing,
I left them both for dead in front of Dark Falz, only to see the light
again once the orchestra began to play the ending theme... "Can Still See
the Light", which is one of the best tunes I've ever heard in a game.
> After that, I went up to the Oberon 01-01 lobby and started chatting.
I wondered, would I really be turned to the dark side??? LOL. Then I noticed
a disturbance in the Force. One which I had not felt in some time... LMAO.
I started getting cards from these lonely characters wanting to get a "Taste
of Honey"! ^_* One guy, named Cloud (a clone), kept begging me for a DOUBLE
SABER. I finally gave in and donated a "King's Gungnir +99", which was
all I had to spare for a lowly Version 1 player. I had enough of this...
So I decided to log off for a while and hopefully return when things were
back to normal.
> Later on that night, I came back to the realm, and briefly saw Paladin
and Kitten 3. They were saying goodnight, as it was around 1:30 AM and
they were tired. Blue Heaven was there too so we made an Ultimate
difficulty game, which was quickly filled by GTC member Slicer and Izlude
(decent friend). We were waltzing through the Forest and had just about
reached the Sil Dragon. I received a simple mail and didn't think
much about it, as I was busy using my 12% EXP stealing FLIGHT FAN. When
I finally looked at the mail, I thought, who the 'fokk' is this!? It was
from a character I did not know, but thankfully the person identified himself
at the end of the message... It was none other than ~THE MGX~!!! That disturbance
in the Force had come into razor sharp focus! My heart and soul were filled
with joy to know that he had returned to "the realm". I couldn't believe
it, but it was true. Ninjutsu Master; Golden Katana wielder; Strider Hiryu
of Capcom fame had returned! And my friends, he was ready to rock
> I asked MGX to get his Ultimate-ready character (Seraphy), make a game,
and mail me when he was ready. He did so, and I notified my teammates of
my impending departure. I joined Seraphy's game, and he thanked me for
the Christmas card I sent him. Merry Christmas wishes were exchanged as
well. We quickly caught up on things, while enjoying the Xmas trees and
Jingle Bells music playing in the background! Blue Heaven joined us after
the other two guys decided to book.
> After I introduced them to each other, we began talking about PSO, Xbox,
and hacking (among other things). MGX said after reading my first two PSO
Memories, he had to renew his Hunter's License and live Sega's dream once
more. He thanked me for my comments about him, and I replied, "I speak
the truth". He said parts of those articles were real tear jerkers, and
I agreed while expressing the fact it wasn't the intention. We talked about
playing PSO on Gamecube and Xbox, and they hoped that hacking would be
solved. Well folks, there isn't anyone in this world, not even Sony or
Square, who can snuff out hacking. We all agreed on why hacking is popular,
and hoped that Sony wasn't hacking into our game (LMAO) as we brainstormed
about ways to improve "the realm"!
> Blue and I gave MGX some welcome home gifts in the form of Version 2
weapons and armor. Area: Forest was next. MGX equipped his newly
acquired ANGEL WINGS, and said it was a mag he always wished to own. I'm
sure that made Blue (the gift giver) feel really good inside. A few minutes
into the game, MGX exclaimed something to the effect of, "I had forgotten
how awesome PSO is!!" It was like we never missed a beat. We finished the
Forest and "Toward the Future" quest, which was MGX's first experience
in Ultimate Ruins. =) Before I knew it, 5 AM was upon us and I had to get
some sleep. We said good-bye and I realized once more the true power of
> Welcome back MGX/Strider. Thank you Sega and Sonic Team... Thanks for
the Dreamcast. This was what I play PSO for... the friends... the memories...
the interaction... the flashbacks... the comrades... the hardcore gaming
discussions... the here and now... the "impossible" coming true! If you
know what I mean by the impossible coming true, then you too fill the ranks
of MGX and me. ^_*
> I've often used the Sega ad line, "Do you have what it takes to be a
hero?" when recruiting people for the SHiNFORCE Guild. Playing an online
RPG with thousands of people while searching for the best rares and helping
your friends level up is most certainly the work of PSO Heroes!