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Midnight in the Game Crazy of Hyde Park

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 3, 2008 by Pvt. Eyes

Alright, alright: I haven’t written in awhile. But the truth is, I haven’t gamed that much. You know, “life” – it gets in the way of things sometime, blah blah. Maybe that’s just a pathetic excuse that I throw out to make myself feel better about lack of time spent sitting in front of the TV. Needless to say, my reservations about Smash Brothers multiplayer were true. It wasn’t fun. I sold it back. Yeah I was horrible at it, but at this point in my gaming career, I’m valuing just a few things:

1)”Pickup and play”-ability: On a scale of 1-10(high) – Fun had while playing/Time taken to learn (or in some games’ cases – unlock Sonic and Solid Snake). If this number is even close to 1, i’m not going near it. Later Smash.

2) Multiplayer – Rock Band has confirmed the type of multiplayer gaming I enjoy and its the kind where I sit with friends on the couch. Talking over the internet is one thing, but personally I’d rather game with people and have a laugh. Or in the case of Pro Evolution Soccer, continually get my ass kicked as my roommate and I unsuccessfully attempt to win the European Championship with Portugal. We’re so bad that we had to call Luis Figo, Rui Costa and Pauleta out of retirement and we’re yet to advance past the quarterfinals. Rock Band side note for today: I picked up a mic stand and let me tell you, there is nothing better than rocking the Boston pack with that mic stand.

I’ve always been a big proponent of the Midnight Launch whether its in movies, books or games. I suppose this fits in with the type of multiplayer gaming I enjoy: there’s something that’s always exhilarating about grouping together with a bunch of other people in anticipation for the same new experience, even if X-Men III is inevitably terrible.

This week was a good week for Midnight Launches. Saturday night was Mario Kart Wii. I was surprised when I learned my local Game Crazy was doing a midnight launch for this, but I decided to check it out. My roommate, Robert, who has been victimized by many a Midnight Launch during his friendship with me, got dragged along again and it turns out we were the only ones in the store. We talked to the guy, Ken, behind the counter and he complained to us that Game Crazy only had 6 preorders for Kart but word came down from high that they needed to do a midnight launch. I picked up the game and an extra Wii Wheel and went back and hit it up. Mario Kart and I have a long history together and though I was a little distressed by the lack of Boo from the outset, the game is awesome so far. The wheel’s fun to use, though it is a bit weird at times, but here’s my review for the game: Its freaking Mario Kart. Enough Said

Update:

On monday night it was back to Game Crazy for the launch of GTA IV. As I explained to Robert, who was again along for the good times, GTA provides some of the moments that I can directly point to as turning points in my gaming career. I mentioned here before (link) that I bought a PS2 to play GTA III, but never before have I been struck by the total experience of the game world that Vice City threw at me within the first 10 minutes of playing. “I remember doing one of the very first missions,” I told Robert, “and you have to pick up this car in an alley. It was raining and you jump in the car, which was a piece of shit and the radio starts playing. It was Billie Jean and right at that moment I knew: this game was important.” Loads more people were at the Game Crazy for this one and I didn’t get out of there for 45 minutes.

One midnight launch that I didn’t make it out for was Iron Man, though I did manage to see it on Friday. Not much to say there. I suppose it was a good time, but it actually made me less excited to see The Dark Knight. The superhero movie is becoming more and more tired with every incarnation and at this point it seems impossible that any of these movies could do anything new.

For me, “doing something new” is never a criteria for having a good time whether its playing a game or watching a movie. Example: the two games this week, which are what they are because of a formula they’ve created and stuck to. But it’d be nice to get an injection of new with that balance of old and in the movie theater, as far as comic book movies are concerned, there is none of that these days.

Nintendo Locates Online Gaming Ball, Will Likely Drop It

Posted in News with tags , , , , on February 27, 2008 by Pvt. Eyes

kamekWith everything that Nintendo does right in the gaming world, I suppose there has to be at least one thing that it can get woefully, hopelessly wrong. In this case that would be online gaming. The Wii has yet to produce a single meaningful online game, though that could change with Brawl coming out next month. Of course, you still won’t be able to talk to anybody in the game, though in the future you may be able to communicate in ridiculous txting form.

A slight tangent here, but is anybody else slightly worried about the prospect of online Brawl actually being fun without communication? I know for me, as well as the vast majority of those I played the GC Smash with, trash talking (and I’m talking like an extreme amount of spraying abuse at your opponent) was an integral part of the game. I feel like something will be lost when transitioning the game to the net sans vocals. In fact, most Nintendo games cultivate a unique party feel and, without human (or at the very least vocal) interaction to go along with the in-game events, I’m worried about the potential outcome of putting these games online.

But back to the issue at hand, which is Nintendo now entertaining the prospect of pay-as-you-play online gaming. In its current disgraceful state, I can’t imagine paying for the online services that the Wii offers, not to mention going through the tedious task of shelling out new fees every time I buy a game that is designated to have online play. To be sure, I don’t mind paying for an online gaming service, but it damn well better be worth my dollar. I’m willing to give Nintendo a little room here, and they’ve released precious few details so far. However, this is definitely a story that I’ll be watching, especially since every day Nintendo falls farther and farther behind the online gaming curve. Who ever thought that Microsoft and XBL could be doing something right?

Xbox Dead

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 19, 2008 by Pvt. Eyes

Yes that’s right. I come home from being out of town and find that my xbox has the dreaded Red Ring of Choose-Your-Ominous-Noun. I’m currently sending it in for a repair, which is a bit of a blessing for my Wii gaming career… Right now I’m playing Professor Layton on the DS, and i’ll be back later this week with my thoughts on that game too… Until then, do yourself a favor and read this Mario Kart Wii preview from 1up.

[picture from allthingschill.com]

Update: Red Ring Afflicts GDC. Whoops.

Ohhhh Yes: Mario Kart Wii Makes Me Salivate

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 7, 2008 by Pvt. Eyes

Well this is definitely the biggest story of the week for me: Mario Kart Wii will be released on April 10th.

I played Double Dash into the ground with my roommates. In fact, we played it so much that we invented this weird game variation – We would do one lap races only, first to win 20 races is the champion, and we would only play Bowser’s Castle. It was intense. And really freakin’ strategic.

Now I’m reading from WiiFanboy that the game 1) is coming out this spring 2) has full online support [for up to 12 people] 3) allows you to recruit your Mii as your Kart-pilot. I couldn’t be more thrilled to hear the news. In reality though I couldn’t care less about putting my Mii in the game. I will be driving as Boo – there can be no substitute (except for King Boo).