the-inbetween posts categorized as Gaming

Up Up, Down, Down

They are vague, but they are still there. Fond memories from when I was nine or ten years old, blowing shit up. Working together with a friend, yet, at the same time, competing for supremacy… and for the spread gun. I still remember ‘up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A’ and the rejoicing when it was finally completed. Yes, if you had an NES in your youth, or knew someone that did, chances are you’ve had at…

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joystick 101

After a long spell of downtime, joystick101 is finally back. yay. Similarly, RobotStreetGang — the intelligent, but rarely updated gaming culture site — has updated with a short blurb about what the authors are currently playing. I guess it’s light on the content, but at least it’s something. Not surprisingly, Animal Crossing is mentioned multiple times. While I’m at it, might as well mention GameGirlAdvance — which gets semi-regular visits from me. With so many weblogs dedicated to things like…

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Animal Mafia

Got Animal Crossing yesterday, making me the third person in the office with a copy — and possibly not the last. I’m sure that there is going to be plenty of trading to be had. I have to hand it to Nintendo, as they know how to milk an idea dry. To get the full Animal Crossing experience, you have to get the game; get a GameBoy and a link cable; get an e-Reader for said Gameboy; collect all the…

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Goodbye money

I have lost track of all upcoming games and releases for the next two/three months. There’s so bloody many. And with the constantly changing release dates, it’s just too damned daunting to remember. So, for personal reference, I have compiled a list of games that I deem to be interesting and/or significant for this holiday season (along with current estimated release dates, which are almost guaranteed to change.) TimeSplitters 2 (Oct. 8) WildArms 3 (Oct. 8) GTA: Vice City (Oct.…

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Get Your Shine On

City Creator scores a bonus 10 points for not using Flash, and you can’t help but like the campy illustrated nature of old 50s advertisements. I’d like to like Mario Sunshine more than I do, but I can’t. At it’s core, it is a great game. Very open, exploratory, with a lot of intuitive (and not so intuitive) uses for the water cannon. Searching for, and finding, coins and shines is the bulk of the game, and it’s the best…

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It’s a meee

An interesting week for gaming consoles, as the much anticipated Super Mario Sunshine and the PS2 Online Service (with SOCOM and TM:B Online!) are released. Mario is getting some expected good reviews, but the general concensus is that it’s not as ground-breaking nor as great as it could have been. Maybe the expectations were too grand, as Mario has some massive shoes to fill, but if it’s at the least an enjoyable game, then that’s more than enough to hold…

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Supercade

I purchased Supercade: A Visual History of the Video Game Age last week through Amazon.ca, and figured I’d put up a short mini-review. Supercade is, as the title suggests, very visual. You won’t find deep, indepth accounts of gaming in that era. There are short blurbs here and there talking about the makings of some early games, some old systems, the birth of the arcade, and so on, but the focus of Supercade is undoubtedly the aesthetics of the games.…

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disinformation civilization

More insight into Civilization III than I care to know. Sid Meier might be a very smart man, with a lot of ideas when he created Civilization — but I don’t think he spent his time analyzing every tiny detail. After all, it’s still just a fucking game in the end. There is a church nearby with an outdoor sign-board. Spurred by the recent hot weather, it said: “You think it’s hot here?” I couldn’t stop laughing at the God…

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A few E3 links

Using booth-babes to sell video games is lame (warning: automatic browser resize). Very lame. Tecmo was the most blatant. IGN’s best of E3 for PS2, GameCube, and XBox. I don’t particularly agree with their picks, though I will give them full support for the ‘best PS2 first-person shooter’ category. TimeSplitters 2 was, in my opinion, one of the best “quiet” games on show. GameSpot has also released their Best of E3 list. I tend to agree with this one more…

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E3: SEGA Breakdown

I must confess: in my younger, less game-savvy days, I had a strong bias against everything Sega. All I had was my Super Nintendo (and NES). I couldn’t afford a Genesis, and my parents sure as hell weren’t going to fork over a few hundred bucks for another console, so I only had the one option. As anyone in such a limited situation would do, I defended my choice to the bitter end. I am a reformed fanboy. As I…

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E3: Nintendo Breakdown

Nintendo’s exhibit was my first stop at E3. It was also the largest, and most elaborate set-up there. As it would be, that grandeur would tarnish all my future booth visits — no one else compared, and I was disappointed to find that out, as my expectations started from such a high point. Regardless, no matter how outlandish your display is, if you don’t have the games to back it up, no one will care. Nintendo definitely had the games…

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