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The power of videogames can bring the family together photo
The power of videogames can bring the family together
by Taylor Stein

Not every hobby is created equally nor is every pastime equally respected. As a gaming enthusiast, videogames represent the epitome of entertainment in my eyes. They alone reign atop my personal pedestal of happiness, a special zone that dictates everything from individual spending habits, conversational topics, and recreational choices. While I acknowledge gaming as an art; a vehicle to combine innovative ideas from cinema, literature, and music, not everyone sees it that way. My parents never quite understood the sheer awesomeness of videogames and I'd bet that most of your parents don't either.

Parents come in all shapes, manners, and styles: stamp-collecting dads, karaoke-singing moms, and every possible combination of cool, strange, love-to-hate characteristics in between. To complement the diversity of parenthood, attitudes about gaming are varied as well. There is no one-size-fits-all sentiment in the league of moms and dads. But rather, a mosaic of admiration, consent, censure, and disapproval that constitutes two overall attitudes, a general acceptance of videogames, or a dismissal of videogames.

Join me as I attempt to understand the complicated relationship between parents and videogames.

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12:30 PM on 10.05.2012

brentalfloss wanted to join Banjo-Kazooie's sound team

brentalfloss loves Banjo-Kazooie, but that shouldn't come as a surprise. I mean, doesn't everybody? In his younger, flossier days, he wanted to be a part of Rare's BK team. Let him explain: I found some old compositions of ...

Tony Ponce

8:00 PM on 09.26.2012

A spiritual successor to Banjo-Tooie by ex-Rare, you say?

"Let's make the spiritual successor to Banjo-Tooie! Core members of the original team are ready to go. All we need is your support," reads Twitter account @MingyJongo. Why, that sounds too good to be true! And maybe it is -- ...

Jordan Devore

11:00 AM on 01.05.2010

Games on Demand picks up Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts was a weird one for me. I loved it as an outlet for creativity with familiar characters and it's got one thing I can always support, vibrant blue skies, but I'm still not over thinking about ho...

Jordan Devore

11:20 AM on 06.29.2009

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts OST headed for retail, iTunes

When I think of my favorite videogame tunes from the N64 days, the sounds of the original Banjo-Kazooie often fill my head. I mean, at the mere mention of "Freezeezy Peak," I immediately hear the opening to that wor...

Jordan Devore

12:40 PM on 04.22.2009

Latest screens and trailer for Banjo-Tooie XBLA excite

You know what today is, don't you? An average, boring Wednesday. But exactly one week from now? Why that's the day Banjo-Tooie comes out on Xbox LIVE Arcade, of course.At 1200 Microsoft Points, I can understand how some of yo...

Jordan Devore

11:20 AM on 04.15.2009

T-minus two weeks until Banjo-Tooie hits Xbox LIVE Arcade

So, we already knew that the Xbox LIVE Arcade version of Banjo-Tooie was coming this month, and that it would feature full "Stop 'N' Swop" support, but we didn't know the exact date ... and now we do. Mark your cale...

Jordan Devore

11:40 AM on 03.31.2009

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts' upcoming DLC detailed

The first premium downloadable content for Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts has been priced, dated, and well, explained. L.O.G.'s Lost Challenges, as its called, will be up on Xbox LIVE Marketplace starting on April 7 for 400...

Jordan Devore

10:40 AM on 03.24.2009

Achievements for upcoming Nuts & Bolts DLC reveal all

Rare has been hinting at downloadable content for Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts for some time now, but it wasn't until today that we had any real idea of what the DLC would entail.Thanks to the add-on's Achievements being p...

Jordan Devore

2:40 PM on 03.06.2009

A word from L.O.G. on Nuts & Bolts' forthcoming DLC

Saying that I weep nightly for the criminally unplayed Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts is a serious understatement. I mean, hell, the game was on sale for a mere $20 -- at that point, there are very few acceptable excuses for...

Jordan Devore

5:20 PM on 01.27.2009

Banjo-Tooie XBLA port dated, Stop 'n' Swop to work as originally intended

I have got fantastic news to share with you, fellow Banjo-Kazooie die-hards -- the Xbox LIVE Arcade port of Banjo-Tooie was given a rough release date of April by Rare earlier this morning.My experience with the XBLA version ...

Jordan Devore







Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts gets text embiggening patch photo
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts gets text embiggening patch
by Nick Chester

If you own a standard definition television and played through Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts without having a clue what was going on, Rare's got your back. 

Today an update for Nuts & Bolts went live that offers a "Large Dialogue Text" option that will make in-game text far more readable on standard definition televisions. Simply hop online, start the game, and agree to the update. It's easy like that. You'll have the option to turn the option on and off, as well, so the large and somewhat gaudy text won't be forced upon you.

You can see our "before and after" comparison screens after the jump, but keep in mind these were taken with my digital camera off the screen of a high definition television. I left my SDTV somewhere back in 2004, so this is going to have to do. You can still see the difference, in that the text is clearly larger and bolder.

If you have a standard def telelvision, let us know if this was the solution to your woes.

[Thanks, Nicholas!] 

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5:00 PM on 12.18.2008

Take pictures of your sweet Nuts & Bolts vehicle, become a part of Banjo history

Got a killer ride in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts that doesn't infringe upon any copyrights? Why not take a few snapshots of your vehicle, upload them to the Showroom, and possibly have your likeliness appear in the game i...

Jordan Devore

1:43 PM on 12.04.2008

Banjo goes to Paris in this absurd Nuts & Bolts promo video

[video]113585:819[/video]I'll say one thing for Rare: the studio can make some sensational promotional material. Following the awesome Believa Piñata movies, here's a video of Banjo taking a stroll through Paris to pro...

Jim Sterling



Destructoid review: Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts photo
Destructoid review: Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
by Ashley Davis
Rare is a developer that I desperately want to see flourish again. I know they have it in them to make great games, but these days, they always seem to get something wrong. When they announced that they were changing the new Banjo-Kazooie's formula to vehicle creation, I figured that would be the wrench thrown into the works of this particular game.

As a huge fan of the original Banjo-Kazooie, I remained hopeful and was excited enough to download and play the demo right away. I found myself entranced by the game's visuals and audio, but frustrated by the shoddy controls of the vehicles and the game's apparent dependence on them. I tried very hard to enjoy the game in its entirety, but I just couldn't. But this was not the end of the story for Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts and I. Regardless of everything that had happened in the past, I soon found myself at a checkout, exchanging my money for the full version.

Now that I have clocked in around ten hours with Nuts & Bolts, have my feelings changed? Are the vehicles as bad as everyone thought they would be? Are there still a zillion little doodads lying around that you have to find? I'll tell you the answers you are looking for, but it'll cost you a hundred Musical Notes.

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2:06 PM on 11.08.2008

Rare WILL fix Banjo-Kazooie text issues?

Earlier in the week we reported that there would be no fix coming for the barely legible text in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. The text was so small that it rendered the game practically worthless for SDTV owners, and wasn...

Jim Sterling