Archive for November, 2006

One Wiik Later.

New Virtual Console games due tonight. Nintendo’s being weird about not mentioning what the next batch will be, however. I also don’t appreciate one of their forum mods coming online and talking down to the fans like begging dogs or mindless children. The comment got revised, and then deleted, but I’m talking to YOU, “NOA_Rufus“. Don’t act like you’re doing us a favor by simply talking to us, then feed us sarcasm with no relevant information. Nintendo needs to be careful about letting employee mods in their forums who can’t represent their company with courtesy, friendliness and professionalism. I look at it this way: People are practically begging Nintendo to give them permission to hand over more money for 10-20 year old games. Don’t have people who make comments that look down on the fans.

Don’t get me wrong, there were times that I was sarcastic with the consumer as well, but I always tried to give them something for their troubles, even if it was a “Sorry, no info. right now” line.

That said, Nintendo customer service is generally top-notch. They fully replaced my scratched Nintendo DS with a new one in less than five Read the rest of this entry

Wiilease.

First off, Happy Thanksgiving to anyone reading this. I hope you’re in the midst of family and friends eating well and playing games.

Yup. I was one of those lucky schleps to get a Wii come launch day. But it’s not something I will look back on fondly. In fact, the experience was a full representation of the worst of humanity.

I’ve been a gamer for a long time. To see my hobby reduced to a profit game makes me really sad. The line for the Wii was horrible. Not so much in wondering if I was going to get one, but the people so utterly tactless about being polite to other people.

First, there was the clown car tent in front of my friend and I. This family kept bringing in more and more members of their family as time went by, and as Target was about to open, people had the audacity to stroll up to the line in their PJs and blatantly cut. And they didn’t care in the slightest that they were stiffing other people. The other people that sucked were the ones who were there just to buy a Wii and resell it on eBay. This one Read the rest of this entry

Now I’ve Seen Everything.

Oh. My. God.

Burger King has done the unthinkable: They are releasing three video game from November 19 to December 24. The three titles are: Pocketbike Racer, Big Bumpin’, and Sneak King. They are $3.99 each with a value meal.

Don’t believe me? Here the official website: BK Gamer.Com.

Wow, I thought the day of blatant advertising in gaming was done with the Atari 2600 and gems like Chase the Chuck Wagon, but nope. It’s real. And curiosity compelled me to pick up Sneak King. Hey, I knew what I was getting into. I don’t even own an Xbox. It was simply too fascinating to resist.

Wow.

No, really.

Wow.

Playstation 3.

As I went to pick up my copy of Final Fantasy III this evening for my DS, I couldn’t help but notice there were some kids already sitting out in line for Playstation 3 in hopes of getting one of the four released around America.

Maybe it’s just me, and I’m just less of a “hardcore” gamer than others, but I refuse to sit out two or more nights during Winter in the futile hopes of obtaining a system that is more difficult to get than one of Willy Wonka’s Golden Tickets. Again, I’m holding off on PS3 until the madness (and price) subsides.

I did play Excite Truck on the Wii, and as weird and little as the controller is, after just a few short moments, I was utilizing the controller like a steering wheel, and it felt just as natural as one. While the graphics didn’t make me scream “Oh my God” and wet myself, I did find the game remarkably fun, and the system itself is neat. I like the idea of the “Mii” avatar to play in games like Wii Sports. It’s nice to see a system include pack-in games again, even if it’s little Read the rest of this entry

That Old Square Magic.

Since October 31, Final Fantasy XII has pretty much owned my world. This is a fairly common practice for Square-Enix games. Kingdom Hearts II did the same earlier this year, and now this little slice of greatness is just….

I was worried about the “new” combat system, but in all actuality, it provides the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” adage. It doesn’t look or even come across as the same turn-based combat, but it stays true to the series roots. It feels right, which is vitally important for an old-school fan. Not to mention that the graphics are beautiful with typical jaw-dropping cinematics, and the story pulls you in instantly. It already is proving to be in depth and interesting, and is more fantasy based than some of the more sci-fi outings. I still have a long way to go in the game, but the initial impression and first few hours of the game have the makings of something truly special. I’m also glad they chose to make Vaan (the lead protagonist) an interesting character instead of a whiny and sullen loner. Cloud pulled it off, but some of the series other heroes didn’t.

In Read the rest of this entry

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