Saturday, April 4, 2009

Wow, I never realized this was possible on the DS.

I've spent a good amount of time playing ds games. I'm a huge RPG game fan so much so that I've gone back and played my very first RPG game several times over the many many years just to reminisce. Usually I prefer to play RPGs on my computer or console system as to be honest with you I'm a little spoiled, part of the fun of a really great RPG is the amazing cut screens and detailed story lines. Though I have played many RPG games on my various handheld game systems over the years usually my biggest disappointment is the quality of the storyline, the hours of game play, and of course the virtual lack of cut screen scenes. You can't totally blame it on the handheld systems though we are talking about small screens and a limited storage space. I've dedicated most of my DS game play time to strategy games and of course my beloved sim games and its been some time since I even considered a RPG, role playing game for those of you non gamers, but its not that I've not thought about it. I just don't have time to sit down and play a long game at my consoles anymore and forget even talking about computer games. I feel way to guilty about not writing or studying. I do however have time to sneak a little game time in while in the car, no not while I'm driving but when I'm the passenger, or any other time I'm spent waiting.. I've just sort of given up the idea of a RPG for my ds that would really keep my attention.

I've never played the other Blue Dragon games so I can't tell you how it compares to the other games. I can tell that without a doubt Blue Dragon is the most impressive role playing or even strategy game I've played this far with any of my gameboys. The game play is sort of a mix of a role playing game with a pretty in debt plot line mixed with a real time strategy game which makes it quite challenging. Things don't stop just because your still thinking or your toddler just knocked over his entire glass of juice on the dog, though there is a pause button for the second moment. The last real time strategy game I played was for the computer and I was a little concerned that the learning curve would be a hindrance on how to maneuver all these little people no the screen to the battles but really its no different. For each of the battles you pick your team from the group of members you have currently which really is quite impressive as usually in most games of this type you have five or six choices but Blue Dragon Plus gives you a real range making your game play options quite endless. Once the battle has started you use the stylus to control your members individually or as a group by circling them with the stylus, basically the same tatic you'd use on a computer game with the mouse, and sending them off. There is also this really cool animation of a dragon that is used when you use magic as well that I found interesting.

What I really want to talk about though is what I find to be the coolest part of the game and seeing as my first real "wow" factor in video games was the cut screens, Blue Dragon Plus has really an impressive array of cut screens that use both the top and bottom screens on the DS. Now you can't really fairly compare them to something you'd see on the 360 or PS3 but for a handheld especially a gameboy it's really neat to see both screens used that way. I wouldn't normally even bring up cut scenes in a review as we come to expect them but I'm just not used to seeing them as often in the games I review most often for the DS so it was really a impressive change.

I do have to remark though there is quite a bit of toilet humor in the game and when I say toilet I mean poop humor. Come on people what is not funny about poop, really. heh.

Blue Dragon Plus
is available right now for the Nintendo DS and you can pick up your copy on Amazon. I highly recommend it for children and adults though it's most likely best suited for children over seven as the strategy aspect of the game play is pretty advanced. I'm only a little ways into the 30+ hours of the game and I've found some of the battles quite challenging.

I'm so excited to say that I have four copies of Blue Dragon Plus to give away to my readers including the official strategy guides which is a HUGE plus.

To enter :

  • Leave a comment on this post. Check out Blue Dragon Plus and tell me what sort of video games are most popular in your household and what you like about Blue Dragon Plus.
  • Make sure there is a way for me to contact you - if your email address is not on your profile or you are not a blogger you may leave it in your comment or email it to me directly (angelaandconnor at gmail dot com) We have had to disqualify a lot of potential winners as of late as many people do not have emails available in their profiles or leave anonymous posts without any way to contact you.
  • Please US entries only.
  • To get extra credit :
    • For an extra entry :
    • Bloggers - Blog about this contest and leave me the link on your comment, or add me to your sidebar and let me know its there.
    • Non Bloggers (or bloggers) subscribe to my mailing list/RSS feed and earn another entry!
    • Let people know about the giveaway on Twitter with a link to the giveaway!
    • TWO extra credit per person. Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
    • This contest will end April 30th at midnight!

153 Comments:

Sbot said...

My kids are into puzzle games and are getting old enough to try strategy--I think this would be great!

cdziuba said...

I love the Dragon feature of the Blue Dragon Plus, how it has a neat animation when the magic is used. In our house, the video games most used are the ones like Pokemon, Build-A-Bear, and Legend of Zelda.

cdziuba said...

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VickeC said...

What I like about the game is that it will make you think an not just push a button,an a favorite at our house right now is a Build a Bear game my grandaughter just loves


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Anonymous said...

We like mystery games and games with mazes and puzzles.Anything that encourages concentration and using skills to accomplish different levels.

Nora
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mverno said...

you have to use your mind to play it. mverno@roadrunner.com

Helen S said...

My kids really like the puzzle and find a clue games. I really like this in that you have to think and use your mind.
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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

since we have all ages all all liked- we like colorful ones that make you think

Karen A. said...

The kids are into the animal games such as Ponyz, Dogz, Catz, etc.

Helen S said...

I subscribe.
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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

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anastasia said...

Mario brothers is hot in our house right now. The animation in this game is awesome. Thanks for the chance to win.

dbadour said...

We like RPGs and turn based strategy games the most. I like the fact that this game blends two types of game play.

dbadour said...

I subscribe.

anny32 said...

my son plays pokemon games
i like the non killing games...with pokemon they just pass out.

you said its good for 7 years for the strategy aspect. thanx

ruppbc said...

We love rpg games like this - ones with unique characters and adventures. - ruppbc@yahoo.com

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Erica C. said...

the kids love this type of game! thanks :)

rockymountain_brown said...

My kids are still really into Pokemon. this would be neat, because it's appropriate for their age level

windycindy said...

Fantastic game and prize giveaway drawing! Please add my name to your contest. Many thanks, Cindi
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windycindy said...

I am an subscriber to your mailing list!
Many thanks for the chance to win this amazing game. In our family, sports video games are a favorite.
Cindi
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windycindy said...

I follow you on Twitter.
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windycindy said...

Please forgive me for really messing up my entries. I was up way too late! Sports games are really liked in our home and the feature I like most is the 30 hours of single play this game offers. Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

Mary
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I like how the characters/artwork are family oriented in Blue Dragon Plus (nothing inappropriate for small kids).
And, my family's favorite games are adventure games and puzzle games!

Anonymous said...

Mary
zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

I subscribed :)

bleatham said...

My daughter loves strategy games The dragon feature on this game is cool too!

bleatham said...

I'm a subscriber!!

bleatham said...

Tweeted about the giveaway... as
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Bradley C. said...

Our household is into a variety of games like platform games, adventure games, and puzzle games. I'm into RPGs and fighting games. I would love to have Blue Dragon Plus, because I'm into RPGs, and I've heard great things about it. I'd really love to win!

bradleycarver@bellsouth.net

DARLA KIDDER said...

My son Tyler loves RPG's and Pokemon, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Call of Duty, Medal of Honor.

valerie2350 said...

my guys like the adventure games where you have to figure out how to get to different levels

valerie2350 said...

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jen said...

my daughter is at that age where solving puzzles and mazes are cool to her. jen2418@hotmail.com

Harli said...

We play all different types of games. Role playing games, mmorpgs, first person shooters, strategy games, puzzles, simulators, racing, fighting, platformers, pretty much everything except sports games, lol.
I like Blue Dragon Plus because it's from Japan, and I like Japanese games.
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chromiumman said...

we mostly play sports games

Hil'Lesha said...

Our favorite type games are puzzles, mysteries and RPG. After reading your review, this sounds like a type of game the family would enjoy (we're a family of gamers). :)

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peg42 said...

It seems like our kids really love strategy games the best. My oldest son has been asking for this game, after hearing one of his friends talking about it. Thanks so much for this giveaway and please enter me.

peg42 said...

I'm subscribed.
Thanks again.

Shel said...

I'm entering to win this for my 12 year old daughter. Her older brothers have made her into quite a tom-boy when it comes to video games. On the outside, she's all sugar & spice and then she busts out with "Let's play Left for Dead" and proceeds to kill zombies like a pro. The other day one of the boys in her class said "That's why I like Danielle, she plays boy video games". I'm pretty sure she'd love this game, too, since anything that has fighting and poop in it is all good with her.

shel704 at aol dot com

Shel said...

I'm subscribed via google reader.

I also tweeted:
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Whimsical Creations said...

strategety games are huge in our house. My husband would love to play this with my son.

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vividchord said...

I like that it has RPG elements because I like role-playing games

semtaylor said...

Sports games are a hit at my house. I really like that the Cartoon Network series comes to life with Blue Dragon Plus. semtaylor(at)yahoo(dot)com

semtaylor said...

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Venus Montoya said...

We like adventure games, usually after playing my son loves to make up his own adventures.

Jamie said...

RPGs and adventure games are our favorite. The graphics for Blue Dragon Plus look amazing!

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randycur0962 said...

Both the adults and kids in this house loves puzzle games...and I like the dragon.

Anonymous said...

We play Wii Bowling alot at my house. I like video games that are rated E like the Blue Dragon Plus game.
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Fangirl Jen said...

We tend to like puzzle games and driving games. I think the Blue Dragon would be a fun strategy game for us to try.

Fangirl Jen said...

I am a subscriber.

Fangirl Jen said...

Your button is on my blog.

Elena said...

I also really like RPGs and so do several other members of my family, so I'm sure we'd get a lot of mileage out of Blue Dragon Plus. Thanks for the contest!

swift said...

I would love to win this for my son.

DEBIJOT said...

I love that this is a dragon game, my kids love dragons. In our house Zelda and Mario rule right now.

DEBIJOT said...

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rhonjerm said...

My family would love to WIN this! Please enter me & thanks for the great contest =)

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Ginny said...

My kids faves are fantasy, r.p.g. and first person shooters. However, they will play almost anything.

ginnyswe at gmail.com

Thanks for contest!
Ginny

jlafount said...

Racing games like Gran Turismo and GRID

jayne said...

We love wii bowling. I love that this game has 30 hours of game play

Janna @ Feed Your Pig said...

We really like puzzle games! This graphics on this game look great!

Thanks for entering me! Great Contest!

Janna Johnson
janna@FeedYourPigBlog.com
www.FeedYourPigBlog.com

Cynthya said...

We like a variety of games, including RPG, sports and puzzles. Love that this game uses the cut screens.

stepper997 said...

My kids are getting into strategy games and I like the theres more to Blue Dragon than just punch kick.

agordon10 said...

My kids love the Lego Video Games.

cathykent said...

My kids love to play Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Love to win this game for them, thanks.

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Tig said...

Wooo Hooo Make me a winner!

Belinda Gibson said...

Blue Dragon Plus has vivid graphics and if the audio on the game is like that on the trailer, it is great. I like the good vs. evil aspect of the game.

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amweeks said...

We usually like games like Brain Age and my daughter likes the pop culture kind of stuff like Hannah Montana. But this game looks great because I think it's something that the children and I would ALL enjoy!

amweeks said...

I subscribe!

lawyergirl said...

we like adventure games like mario

trippyjanet said...

we like strategy games

Nickolay said...

Mario Kart rules Supreme in our house

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Guitar Guy said...

We like strategy games

Guitar Guy said...

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CathyH said...

What I like about this game is it is directed by Final Fantasy series director Hironobu Sakaguchi, so it has to be great. We mostly like puzzle and story line games.

Dave said...

The racing and sports games are definitely the most popular in our house. But my nephew loves RPG games like Blue Dragon Plus. The reviews I've read also say this game has excellent graphics for a Nintendo DS game. Thank you for the chance to win.

Becky said...

The boys are into anything that has a lot of action. I really like that Blue Dragon Plus "gives you some room for error by providing a high number of healing items". It seems some of the games just don't give enough room for error while learning the ins and outs.

Thanks!

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Becky said...

I am a subscriber.

frozenman20 said...

sports games is the favorite here

susan1215 said...

RPGs and adventure games are our favorite. The graphics looks great.

lisagee said...

My son loves his hand held video games as well as the one hooked up to the tv.
Pokémon, Halo & a few others are always played.

lisagee said...

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noreen said...

adventure and puzzle games get the most play in our house.
I like that it takes a while to play, we just got all 121 stars (for both) on Marios galaxy on wii and loved that there was so much to do

Anonymous said...

Action and adventure games are the must have in our house. I like this game because it appeals to the girls as well as the boys (they like potty humor too *sigh*).
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Tracey said...

My kids like all kinds of games. They can play guitar hero and then go to golf or brain age. What I like about blue dragon is it looks really good from the screen shots I have seen. Hard to do on a small system like the DS.

stupendousdan said...

I've got young kids, so games that are easy to play. Also, games for me that are quick like puzzle games.

bison61 said...

the boys love to play pokemon and I think they would like this game because you could control up to 16 humans

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trishden said...

We usually like strategy games in our household but a good adventure game can be fun too. Blue Dragon Plus looks like fun and an opportunity for one to feel like the hero. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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I'm subscribed to your feed in my yahoo. Thanks!

trishden said...

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Galen said...

I just love RPG games - that's all that's played at my place. I like that Blue Dragon is by the same guy responsible for Final Fantasy, the best franchise as far as RPG's go, so I really want to check it out.

3boyzmom said...

In my house...there's lots of role-playing games. My boys love to play games like that..they also like Guitar Hero! What I like about Blue Dragon is that it is Rated E, which is rare it seems for something so cool looking!

Mae B said...

This game looks like it would last longer than a couple days' entertainment.

Mae B said...

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Tamara B. said...

My son has his Nintendo DS glued to his hands all of the time and he loves to play Pokemon games. What I like about this game is the you are able to engage in thrilling real-time battles and shadow fights.
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Tamara B. said...

I am a subscriber.
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kamanashi said...

Im my place, we play almost anything. My brother plays a lot of FPS games, and I play RPG, RTS, and FPS.

Qwill said...

We play everything at our house but our favorite is probably puzzle games. I like the quest portion of this game best.

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Heather said...

RPG games are definitely the favorite in our house! you name it we have probably tried it including pc games. I love that this is a game that makes you think

Suzanne said...

We are a family of strategy games, the kids like to have to plan their next move, they may have got a little of mom's OCD, LOL

Marianna said...

My kids love Pokemon and Guitar Hero the most... but this looks cool. I think they'd enjoy the fantasy element of it.

Leane said...

I am not really into the video games, so I don't even know what these boys are in to....so sad to admit that. We try to stay away from anything too gruesome, and I like strategy type games the best. If I win, I will use this as a gift for our BF son who is turning 7....he has a DS and would love it.
Thanks angela for bringing us such nice giveaways! I love that there are 4 winners on this one! That makes it even more exciting!

Leane said...

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I think I have it covered, don't you?!

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Leane said...

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jojo3210 said...

RPG are the fave at my house

Devon said...

We like action and adventure style games

reddon30 said...

Great contest...Thank you!!

Kit Kat K said...

I like puzzle games

Anonymous said...

I just think the dragon looks cool!!! My daughter's fave right now is Cooking mama 2 (wish it was vegan!!). Her bday is the 22nd..this would be an awesome belated bday present!!

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Collin said...

RPG games!

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ktgonyea said...

We love card games.

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Kandyland29 said...

We love the animal ds games the best!!

P said...

We love platform games the most but enjoy all types of games. I like that this game can be played by only using the stylus.

P said...

I subscribed to your RSS feed.

vboackle said...

my grandaughter would like this,.

heaventrees said...

RPGs are most popular and also puzzle/mystery type games.

Jim W. said...

Adventure games are popular in my household. I'd like to try an RPG for a change.

carolasar said...

This game looks like a lot of fun. My son is into the "pokemon" anime type games. This would be great.

Ken said...

We like role-playing or adventure games the best. Blue Dragon is an anime series we love and want to play our favorite characters. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

denyse said...

We love the animation of this game.
In our house there's all kinds of favorites- depends on who you ask. I myself like puzzles.

Web said...

Legend of Zelda is popular in our house and we love the animations of Blue Dragons

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Anonymous said...

up until now ive never heard of Blue Dragon but i am a sucker for RPG, my latest craze is called Harvest Moon DS, i can spend hours lost in that game, shameful really lol
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ky2here said...

We like the action adventure games. This game would be great because of the battles and strategy.

amyd29 said...

my sons fav are lego batman&indiana jones&starwars


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turboterp said...

I love that Blue Dragon Plus allows you to engage in thrilling real-time battles and shadow fights!

We all love adventure games as well as puzzle-type games.

Thanks!

Garner5 said...

My children love action and anime games! I love that Blue Dragon Plus has 30 hours of gameplay!
Thanks!
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Garner5 said...

I'm also an email subscriber. Thanks!
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justicecw said...

We have been playing a lot of character games lately like Spongebob anything! I like this because it looks like something my son would love and I am going to buy him a DS soon and it would be great to have a game to give him with it. thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

justicecw said...

I am a subscriber. thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

Justine said...

The most popular type of games in my household are the popular ones like Mario & Sonic, role playing games I guess :D I like that the game has a high number of healing items so that you can actually maybe win without restarting so many times!

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dwazdip said...

We mostly play platform games, but have branched out into puzzles and board games as well. I like the dragon aspect of this game. It reminds me a bit of the Spyro the Dragon games.

Gabriel J. said...

I like that it has RPG elements.

Jammie said...

My daughter is into taking care of thing games. Like littlest pets and cooking momma i think she would like this because it is something different and she like spyro

Deb said...

My boys are totally into Lego Starwars and Lego Indiana Jones. I think that my little guys would like Blue Dragon because it is geared toward the younger children. Thanks for the opportunity.

tlcfromtn said...

Pokemon is very popular here.

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tlcfromtn said...

I'm a subscriber

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k-team said...

We mostly like adventure games here. I like that Blue Dragon has 30 hours of game play because my son has been known to beat a game in 2 days. Thanks!

suzie said...

We like the i-spy type and puzzle games in our home. I like the idea of the great graphics and sound on the blue dragon. Thanks for the opportunity.

pitaharmon said...

I like the E rating. Too many times my kids ask for games that are violent and I have to say no, but they have been asking for this one!
By far, the most popular game in our house is Animal Crossing. Our whole family plays, even hubby and we have had so much fun with that game. If you have not played it, you need to.
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mom2anutball said...

I really like the animation in this game! Puzzle games are big in our house! Thanks!! hawkgirl_16 {at} hotmail {dot} com

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tesashel said...

We're mostly into RPG's in my house. It looks interesting and I'd bet my son would really be into the characters in Blue Dragon.

Steph said...

We mostly play RPG or adventure games. What I like about this game is the graphics and the game play.

LizSawyer said...

Our son and daughter would flip out to have this!

lilbabypug said...

we play alot of classic arcade games like Pac Man and Galaga. My son would like the Dragon Blue game because he ust got a Nintendo DS and only has one game. It is right in his age range as well.

pauline15 said...

My family has a Wii and 3 (hard to believe but true) DS's for my three kids. We have gotten hooked on story games like Indiana Jones, Pokemon, Batman, Mario and though only one or two of us are playing, we all participate (our own version of back seat driving!) I like this game because it's also a game of strategy and one I know would be a big hit at my home!
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Jayfr said...

I think the puzzle aspect of this game helps keep interest up. In our house, games about dogs rule.

Angela said...

My son likes RPG games and Rock Band/Guitar Hero. My daughter likes puzzle games and fitness games on the Wii.

sherri419 said...

It depends on who is playing in my house...the boys like shoot em up games and wrestling one...the girl is strictly into RPG so I know she would love this. It has great animation! Thanks for the chance!

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Anonymous said...

Our game-playing tastes are like day and night-
we have a serious RACING game fanatic, a ZENSES relaxation guru, and a role-playing nut.

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Fae V said...

we play all kinds of games because each of use likes different types. the Blue Dragon games looks cute and fun. i love RPG!

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