the-inbetween monthly archives for: April 2006

What’s in a name?

The Nintendo “Revolution” is now the “Wii” and as you can imagine, the world wide web is abuzz about it. Abuzz with purile jokes, mostly, which says more about the core gamer demographic than about Nintendo’s branding decisions. That central group is one that Nintendo wants to seperate itself from anyway. The name is getting a lot of flak for being unconventional, but that’s exactly what they need to convey. They are no longer in the same game as Microsoft…

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Another World

I purchased the high-res Windows port of Another World / Out of this World. Surprisingly, this is only my second ever digitally distributed game purchase. The first was Half-Life 2. The price (a mere 7 euro, which is less than $10 CAD) definitely had something to do with. I could buy two copies of Another World and a beer for less than it would cost to purchase derivative shit like Zuma. Maybe the replay wouldn’t be as big, but at…

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Tetris DS is broken

Nintendo has done the unthinkable, they have broken Tetris. Tetris DS, the package, is still good. It has a varied bunch of game modes, a lot of puzzles to solve, good multiplayer, online play, and a fantastic multiplayer “Push Mode” (the best thing to happen to Tetris since Tetris happened.) Unfortunately, “Classic Mode”, the very essence of Tetris, is irrevocably broken. Classic mode has a lot of new features that ruin the gameplay of Tetris. The first is that the…

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Mario Blocks

Just because del.icio.us won’t let me re-link something: the original site for the Mario blocks, How to Make Your Own Totally Sweet Mario Question Blocks and Put Them Up Around Town, has updated with a response to the idiocy in Ravenna. WARNING: Question blocks in Ravenna are considered harmful and may bring about the bomb-squad and cause you to get charged. It’s as though that city is the Lost Levels equivalent to the original Mario Blocks’ home, Toronto.

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Waldschattenspiel

Boardgaming and boardgame design is alive and well. Or so I hear. As far as anyone knows, the market is virtually dead. All there is are old Hasbro owned games like Scrabble and Clue and the many, many (boring) variants of Monopoly; various puzzle games that aren’t really “board” games per say; and maybe Settlers of Catan (and its many variants). Other games don’t often show up and when they do, they are pretty much relegated to a pretty strong…

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