Category Archives: Nintendo

Is the Wii overrated?

In what some will see as coming from a fan-boy of the competition I would have to say, YES. Of course I love what Nintendo wants to do with the Wii, but anybody calling it innovative is just delusional. Spreading gaming beyond the already established consumer based is what the goal of every video game related company should be, but not when you pass off old technology with just another way of doing the same thing as “New Generation”.

Nothing says new like taking the same old and mixing it with something new, right. Thing is tough, motion sensitive control has been done before. Admittedly no one remembers or ever heard of it at the time, because it was either relegated to the hardcore PC space or an expensive 3rd party controller that saw a limited release and next to no in-game support. Being one of the companies to try this out before was Microsoft. Being the only current 1st party to not have some sort of motion sensing technology in it’s controller, almost everyone see’s this as some sort of disadvantage.

Being the seasoned gamer that I am, I see this as being the main advantage for Microsoft this go around. Yes, motion sensitivity sounds and looks cool, but what happens if it turns out to be just a novelty that will ware off overtime. Better yet , what happens if motion control turns out to just plain flat-out not work this go around to? If this happens, get ready for the shit to hit the fan real hard. The PlayStation 3 may still be for the most part still using a dual shock 2 controller, but this won’t save it in the end being that in this case it will still be missing the rumble feature.

Forgetting all of that, considering the blistering  pace that the Wii has started off on, it makes for a good argument when discussing why the Wii is seeing success thus far. Look no further that the Wii-mote itself for the answer. The reason the Wii is seeing such success thus far is because of the separation of the nunchuk attachment from the main unit of control. Usually a non-gamer immediately gets intimidated when eyeing what is considered the default layout of a controller.

Luckily for Nintendo they have seemingly rid themselves of this intimidation factor simply by lessening the amount of visible buttons on what many case’s is the only form of input you need, the Wii-mote. Having this separation of the controller, makes it seemingly approachable for the person who never even tries to play games simply because of the fear to fail.

Never-mind the motion control portion of the interface. After playing this way, non-gamers before are now essentially playing the same games all gamers have been playing this entire time without even knowing it, simply because they don’t see that log jam of buttons that are unfamiliar to them staring back at them laughing. Of course there’s more to it, but this is it for now. More is to come on this topic for sure, but for now I commend Nintendo for what there doing as long as they can keep it up.

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Biggest Xbox 360 Hater – Japan: GameSpy’s GOTY 2006, XBOX360 Special Awards

“What will it take to get you guys to buy this thing? It’s awesome! It has a huge library of games after only one year, and some of them were even designed by genuine, respected Japanese developers.”…”Japan, you are worse than the worst Sony or Nintendo fanboys over here in the States…”

I couldn’t agree more with this. While Microsoft hasn’t done quite enough when it comes to Japanese centric games, it’s very disheartening to see the Xbox 360 get much love from the peeps everywhere, but Japan. I guess Japan can’t get over that Playstation and Nintendo addiction that they have. Withdrawal is a tough thing you know. Japan is in a never ending cycle of relapse.

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Wii don’t need no high definition

After viewing this gem of a video I find myself wondering what the hell did I just watch?

Wiimote Launches Through Window, Insurance Coverage Questionable (With Pic)

After numerous reports of television sets getting the axe, and an iPaq getting cracked, comes this. Apparently warning everyone of how dangerous these free-flying Wiimotes can be wasn’t really taken to heart, as now a butterfingered gamer has quite an interesting story to tell his insurance adjusters.

The adventure begins….

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source: Engadget 

Wii workouts causing aches and pains for couch potatoes

 

A videogame maker has finally succeeded in getting kids off the couch and moving around. But the new approach is turning out to be more exercise than some players bargained for. Is this really the only way some people will get any form of exercise? If so, then the world is doomed.

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Kevin Rose & Alex Albrecht Miis!

Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht created on the Wii’s mii system.

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Gears of War… Already Game of the Year?

According to GameRankings.com, GOW is close to being placed in the top 10 highest rated games of all time. After taking the #1 spot on Xbox Live in only a week, and accolades coming from all of the critics, has the gaming community already found its Game of the Year? If not, what else can compete? The newly released Wii? Or the PlayStation 3…

I say yes 10 times over. With honorable mention to The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. That’s all.

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image source: TeamXbox

It begins! Wiimote breaks gamer’s TV.

The Wii has been out less than a week and already we have reports of a Wiimote strap breaking and the controller hitting the TV. I guess a control scheme where you ‘throw’ the controller at the screen wasn’t such a good idea after all!

Oh Shit! Here we (Wii) go. I wonder how long it’ll take for someone to try to sue over this? You shouldn’t blame Nintendo for this if it happens to you. Stop practicing for the track team throwing the javelin.

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image source: Play-Gadgets 

Where’s my fracking Xbox Live?

If you don’t already know Xbox Live is down at the moment. So what to do in the mean time?

  • Play offline? Who the hell does that anymore? I’m looking at you PS2 players, who think they’ve played on-line when they don’t really know what on-line is unless it’s Socom.
  • Go outside? It’s raining. Scratch that.
  • Go back to my Xbox or PS2? Can’t bring my self to do it. I can’t play a game without points anymore. Give me my points and I’ll be happy. Yes, I’m a point’s whore. You can’t tell by my embarrassing gamer-score though (see right side column). I’m not as bad as Jeff Gerstmann over at Gamespot though.
  • How about actually hanging out and talking to people in the same room as me? Nope. To old fashioned and overrated.

Maybe I’ll just have to be in withdrawal today from Xbox Live. I can’t stand not having that integrated Live experience anymore. Have I become an Xbox Fanboy? Is this part of the evil Microsoft plain to get me hooked on playing with people around the world I don’t personally know. If so, it’s working. Now Sony and/or Nintendo have to convince me that they can do better.

Good question: why doesn’t the Xbox 360 have its own browser?

Sony and Nintendo have promised that gamers who purchase the PlayStation 3 and Wii will be able to browse the web from the comfort of their couches. Sony will accomplish this through their own custom web browser while Nintendo has partnered with Opera Software to install a trial version of the Opera browser on the Wii.

Why is there no browser on the Xbox 360? It’s simple as this. It freaking doesn’t work on TV’s. Iv’e done the who browsing thing on my Dreamcast back in the day on SegaNet. I can’t say enough how annoying it is to browse to a page and have the formatting be completely destroyed. Sure it’s convenient, but as what cost?

Many will say all I need is a keyboard and mouse and I’m set, but what about plugins? What are you going to do when you get all excited about viewing web pages on your TV to find out that the site your going to has a crucial plugin that’s not supported buy your new fangled console browser. What then? Youtube isn’t Youtube without the video’ part of it. I guess you could imagine that your watching the video that’s supposed to be in that empty space on the page while you frantically shift the page left and right just to see the entire thing. Then many will scream “but it can be updated”. Sure that probably will be the case, but it won’t be quick enough. I’m not going to put up with whole blocks of a site’s functionality missing.

Are you willing to wait for an update to support some new format that hasn’t been thought of yet to only view it on a page that has horrendous formatting to boot? If you aren’t willing to put up with it , just use your damn computer. Chances are you already have one anyway.

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