More Random Tuesday Thoughts

Less than two days until I’ll be at M6. Hooray!

  • I should really work on learning how to work my drum machine. I keep saying it, and haven’t actually done it yet. Maybe when I’m on vacation after M6.
  • I’m suddenly not that confident on the M6 Challenges, mainly because I haven’t practiced lately.
  • To answer the question posed in a comment of a previous entry, pretty much my entire middle school existence was spent in one long temper tantrum.
  • The DDR/ITG tournament will be an excellent chance to prove to my girlfriend that, really, I’m not as good at arrowsmashing as she thinks I am.
  • Speaking of DDR, what the heck is up with the Difficult steps to Arrabbiata in Supernova 2? Specifically, the steps to the Area H Boss in Hyper Master mode? Those can’t be the official steps, can they? There’s gotta be some challenge mod applied there that isn’t in the actual steps, right?
  • Mario and Sonic at the Olympics is actually a very fun game to watch. Seriously.
  • On the subject of the Wii in general, I think a lot of the hatred that so-called “hardcore” gamers seem to have for it is the fact that Nintendo hit on a formula for success that, put simply, doesn’t include hardcore gamers. Yes, the main portion of the Wii’s library is effectively comprised of things like Wii Sports and Mario & Sonic–essentially collections of minigames, as opposed to epic experiences along the lines of a Halo 3 or a Final Fantasy XII. And this, despite the hardcore’s protests, is exactly the new model to get people interested in gaming. There was a huge audience out there that craved the sort of thing most Wii games provide–games that can be picked up when you have 20 minutes or so to kill, can be learned easily and put down just as easily.


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    • cynthia on January 1, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    wii is the best thing that ever happened to me.

    • James on January 2, 2008 at 11:23 am

    You still have a few days to practice ‘Toads–get to it! Truthfully though, even if you die a few times people will be impressed by your mad skillz. Good luck you snivelling wartskin!

    As for the Wii I give Nintendo credit– there are lots of 30+ year olds who love the Wii for its simplicity and according to the stuff I’ve read, this is the biggest audience. It’s wild the Wii controller has really worked out, given the history of gaming peripheral controllers in the past. The same can be said for DDR too, as the same idea vis a vis the Power Pad was out in 1989. I do think even “hardcore” gamers were growing weary of the latest epic RPGS once they became to come out in gluttonous numebrs; my biggest worry about the game market is the super saturation of games on all systems–and an overall reduced quality in games now that every kid who grew up playing Mario Bros thinks he can start a game company. Of course a select few CAN but the rest make the dregs that end up in the 99 cent bin.

    I’ll always argue that PCs are still the home of the most in-depth gaming for nerds galore. Right now is kind of a dark period for my personal style of gaming–I don’t love gimmicky setups ala the DS, Wiimotes, etc. and next-gen consoles are thriving on FPS games, my Super Metroids?! Thankfully, the old GBA has some quality titles to work through for now…

    • emptyeye on January 2, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    Isn’t the Wii great?

    To be honest, I’ve not done a whole lot of gaming outside of DDR in the last, oh, year and a half or so (I still have presents from 2006 I’ve barely played). There was my brief StarCraft fling, which seems to have died down. Other than that…I gues the days when I could effectively keep track of 5 separate games (And have time to play them all) are behind me.

    I do think that what helped Nintendo a lot was less their specific execution of their strategy than the strategy itself–effectively “Let Sony and Microsoft tear each other to pieces going after the ‘Hardcore’ gamers and head in another direction entirely”. Not to say that Nintendo haven’t executed said strategy very well, mind you, as they have, but more or less recognizing that they’re thought of as the “kiddy” company (For better or worse), and will probably always be thought of as such no matter how many Manhunt 2s come out for their systems, and at least accepting it rather than trying to fight it did wonders for them.

    • James on January 2, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    I’ll always be pro-Nintendo since they are dedicated purely to gaming. And it still baffles me how Nintendo’s “kiddy” reputation is still around– I mean truth be said, even many of their kiddy style games like Kirby and the later Super Marios are quite fun. I think it still stems from the Mortal Kombat on the SNES censorship but the truth is good games are good games no matter if they are Resident Evil 4 or Petz Catz 3. well you know what I mean.

    So what ARE You doing in the slot of time that used to be gaming?

    • James on January 6, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    How’d it go?!!!!

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