Archive for March, 2007

Don’t Copy That Floppy!

An old PSA from the ’90’s that will either turn you off software piracy or make you want to kick it to some phat beats… old school.

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Or just stare in disbelief at this video.

In any case, a must watch.

A Visit From Al Lowe.

About three years ago when writing an article for MobyGames, I ran into a problem of not being able to prove that Leisure Suit Larry and the Land of the Lounge Lizards had come out for the Apple IIc. So adamant was the approver that such a game never existed, I contacted Al Lowe, who programmed the game in order to settle the dispute. Along the way, I found someone who was able to back my story, and the matter was resolved. While I didn’t hear from Al, I figured I had just entered the “weird crackpot” area and was largely forgotten. This was back in 2004.

Fast forward to today.

In my Inbox was a letter from none other than Al Lowe himself, apologizing that he had not replied sooner, and true to form, answered a three year old question. I’ve exchanged a few e-mails with him, and he’s a genuinely nice guy.

Leisure Suit Larry was one of my favorite games as a kid. I first found the game at the tender age of 11, and was drawn into its cheesy world of pun-laden smut. The game was such a huge influence in my Read the rest of this entry

Thoughts of Wii.

Tomorrow should be a good day on the Virtual Console, what with the rumored Splatterhouse and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games. Seriously, Nintendo. How hard would it be to have a simple “Coming Soon” list? Hudson and Sega offer one, and despite the protests and mindless defending of the Nintendo Zealots-types on Nintendo.Com’s message boards, I can do without the “grab bag mystery” tactic you try to pull every week. Besides, every other gaming site on the ‘Net ruins your little “surprises” with an 80-90% accuracy.

I think today’s post is coming exactly from dealing with the “Nintendo Zealot”, the ones who think “Nintendo Can Do No Wrong”, and everything they do is part of “Some Grand, Masterful Plan”. I love Nintendo. I’ve played their game systems for over 20 years, but they are at the end of the day a gaming company. A really great gaming company, but I can’t blindly defend them. Their poo at times does stink. If it didn’t, we would have seen fan-begged for over a decade franchises such as Earthbound, Kid Icarus and Punch-Out!! reappear a long time ago. For far too long, Nintendo’s turned a Read the rest of this entry

God of War II.

I finally got around to picking up my copy of God of War II, which as Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was the swan song for Gamecube, this is likely the end of Playstation 2 gaming. Well, I take that back. It’s the end of major release titles, unless you’re one of the publishers that is finally getting your chance to release Bob the Builder or Care Bears to fill that empty void. You can always tell when a game system is truly “over” once the publishers you’ve never heard of start releasing children’s titles (or “budget” titles) for the system.

Regardless, the last generation of consoles will be ending on a really high note. God of War II is (expectedly) awesome. While it’s nothing radically different from the first game, it is, however, one of the prettiest games on the PS2, if not the best looking game ever released for the system. I try to keep myself from making those bold exaggerations when I talk about a game, but don’t let the fact that this is one of the final PS2 games fool you into thinking they cut corners. For what I’ve played, the game Read the rest of this entry

LittleBigPlanet

Okay, fine, I will finally admit that there is a PS3 game that has caught my attention, and that is LittleBigPlanet.



I am a self-professed platform junkie at heart, and the concept of designing a platformer with imaginative and beautiful graphics like this…. Okay, fine, you got me. I’ll concede this is something to sit up and take note about, if anything from an artistic standpoint (I want the little brown guy with the zipper. He’s too cool.)

Playstation Home is the other big thing everyone is talking about, from the avatar customization of the Wii to displaying your achievements like from Xbox Live, Sony once again proves that if you’re going to steal ideas, steal them from the best.

Come on, Sony. Lead the pack again for once with your own ideas. You used to before, remember?

God of War II this week, and I’m hearing Kratos may even make it to the PSP this year. Talk about a much-needed game for the system, and something of note to be interested in.

Random DDR Moment.

While not a lot of major news for this particular entry, I had to give this fool some golf claps for his mad DDR skills.

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