This is not so much a post about any news in specific, as it is more of a what’s been going on in my world of gaming.

I’m still getting used to the Lynx. Actually, I took it upon myself to disassemble the unit and clean it. I really don’t like doing things like this, as it feels like some terrifying experiment that could go horribly awry, but there were some fairly sizable particles of dust on the inside of the screen, and they weren’t going anywhere. Fortunately, I found this guide, and it helped to ensure that I did everything properly. Not something that I hope to do again in the near future, but it was effective. Now, to find a way to better buff out some of those screen scratches. If anyone has suggestions, I am willing to listen.

Playing Atari games actually made me think of the old arcade days, and how different a time it was for gaming back then. You really don’t see arcades like those in the 1980’s-1990’s anymore, even ones that are still around today. They still lack something. As I played S.T.U.N. Runner on the Lynx, I remembered this pretty awesome arcade that was in my hometown’s video store, and how it set next to titles like NARC and The Simpsons. Vegas has 3-4 respectable enough arcades, but they each lack… something. I don’t think the younger generation of gamers will ever truly be able to understand the appreciation of arcades in their prime, and as gamers, I find that very unfortunate.

I played Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions on the 3DS. The “arcade” effect on the screen is actually pretty cool, but what I don’t understand is the unchangeable default that has all of the ghost names in their original Japanese nicknames. How could they miss this and/or not change this? After 30 years of continually referring to that multi-colored quartet as Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde, they would forget it this time? Don’t even get me started on the US cabinet art, because what they claim is it is very much not. I’m curious as to why they won’t use these illustrations?

I was very fond of this cabinet art, and found it very iconic and striking. Sure, it was a more surreal depiction, but wasn’t every game of that time period to some extent?

Speaking of 3DS, there’s a $80 price drop coming next month, putting the system from $250 to $170. What’s more, early adopters are getting 10 NES Virtual Console games, and 10 Game Boy Advance game, which is roughly a $130 value (adjusting for Wii VC prices). It kind of makes it difficult to “rage” against Nintendo for such an abrupt price drop just 4 months after the system’s debut, but it’s even more interesting for the fact that Nintendo admits that they’ve messed up with their system’s debut, and that they are uncharacteristically giving out free content to compensate for it. It’s a telling sign from the glory days of the Wii, and the “casual fling” they so greatly enjoyed for the duration of that system. Now they are struggling to find their audience all over again as one group has moved on, and the other group has… also moved on.

I’ve advocated “balance” between content types, but Nintendo seems set on pleasing either one of the other but not both at any given time. I think the difficulties with the 3DS is indicative of the issues the Wii U will eventually face. It’s a shame, really. The 3DS is a really nice little system, and I still stand behind what it will eventually achieve. I wish more people would get involved with its little network and community. Besides, I need more StreetPasses.

More of a random post tonight, but they happen from time to time.

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