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9:25 PM on 07.22.2008

Nintendo Apologizes for E3 and My Thoughts

Nintendo Apologizes for E3 and My Thoughts

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata speaks directly to 'core gamers' with an apology for their misguided presentation at E3.

"If there is any perception that Nintendo is ignoring the core gamers, it's a misunderstanding and we really want to get rid of that misunderstanding by any means," says Iwata. "We are sorry about [the E3] media briefings, specifically for those who were expecting to see Nintendo show something about 'Super Mario' or 'Legend of Zelda.'

Mentioning Mario and Zelda specifically is sure to pique the interest of those hoping the company would stop "milking" proven franchises, but it's still a sign that they are developing titles that require more than just shaking a WiiMote and actually run a risk of the player failing.
Personally, I'd like to see more coverage of new IPs (or at least newly resurrected IP - Kid Icarus, anyone?) from both First and Third Party developers.

While I'm far from believing that Nintendo is on the verge of completely abandoning any intensive games that would be labeled "core", their direction in E3 was confusing to me.

Using a gaming convention to market material targeted at the majority of its customers (who pay no attention to said convention) while singlehandedly ignoring the majority of content that interests fans (who actually pay attention to said convention) seems pretty stupid and useless.

Iwata continues with,

"However, the fact of the matter is the so-called 'big titles' need a long, long development period. ... We really didn't think this year's E3 media briefing was the time to do so."

Sure it wasn't... but I know that there are games that would interest us though, so when will we see those!?

(Edited) Dtoid-Source!:   read

5:34 PM on 06.17.2008

In-Game XMB officially confirmed!

Eric Lempel, director of PSN operations, has confirmed in his blog that 2.40 firmware update will allow for Trophies as well as in-game XMB!!!

(Now with 100% more Playstation 3, and 100% less shirt)


Great timing for all the people such as myself who have just purchased a PS3 with the release of Metal Gear Solid 4!

Just as awesome, the update "will improve system stability with specific PlayStation titles." I'm seriously hoping this includes PlayStation 2 titles such as MGS3, which plays like shit on the 80GB's software emulation.

Great news all around, folks!

Source:   read

11:58 PM on 06.11.2008

Wal-Mart 80GB MGS4 PS3s... (Update)

If you're interested in buying one at midnight in your respective time-zone, be aware that (as far as I know) every Wal-Mart outlet will be receiving ONLY SIX 80GB BUNDLES.

This is true even if they have claimed every day since Friday last week that they haven't gotten any, won't get any, and won't be selling them. Those were lies.

I found this out after driving to the Wal-Mart on the far side of town that said it had received a shipment of bundles. Getting there at 11:50pm, I found a quaint line of six people... all of whom told me that "every store was getting only six."
I told them about the outlet only minutes from my house which said it wouldn't be selling any, and the employee told me that they've had six as well.

Cool, so that store lied to me every day for a week.

When I finally get back to my side of town, I see a group of guys walking out of the stores with the last of the white bundles.

In case anyone is planning on purchasing the bundles from Wal-Mart specifically for the $100 giftcard, make sure to arrive unreasonably early; they will only have six to sell.

Don't worry, though. Best Buy is matching their deals by offering their own $100 giftcards for every BluRay player.
(or so I thought)

So I arrived at Best Buy this morning, which was smart enough to stock a whopping 40 bundles in a nice mountain to the right of the entrance, and I snagged the glorious PS3! W00t!!!

(Make sure to read the fine print)

Unfortunately, Best Buy's policy to honor the Father's Day $100 giftcards is completely dependent on local Wal-Mart inventory. Since the three Wal-Marts in town were sold out, they technically weren't offering the deal anymore, and according to Best Buy, that absolves them from having to honor it as well.

I was eventually told that if Wal-Mart gets any in stock before their Father's Day offer ends, I can have my receipt altered to give me the $100.
Great, it looks like I'll be calling each store daily until Sunday to see if they receive any more.

Wal-Mart's business model already had me uneasy about shopping there, but after lying to my face about stocking the bundles (which I'm sure was some kind of twisted policy to prevent any from being sold early), they have absolved me from ever having to shop there again.
And now that Best Buy wants to hide behind their competitors' inventory numbers to prevent me from obtaining a gift card for which they said I was eligible, I'll be less likely to shop there as well. I guess that makes me a bad customer.

Oh well, I'm definitely glad to have a brand new, backwards compatible, shiny PS3!
Here's to enjoying FNFs with the other half of Dtoid now!   read

12:51 PM on 04.09.2008

My God! Ikaruga is even better now!

I'm not going to claim that I'm anywhere near decent at Ikaruga. I will, however, say that I've loved the game since my friend popped a homemade disc of assorted shooters into his Dreamcast several years ago at another friend's apartment. Its quality was obvious compared to the other games on that disc and it still really stands as an interactive piece of art.

(See? Art.)

As soon as I got out of the shower this morning, I hit up Xbox Live to snatch a copy before heading to class. This is my first time actually owning a copy of the game. Before, I was relegated to calling 'dibs' on my friends' copies, and though I miss playing it on an arcade stick (I can't say I enjoy the shitty D-pad on my 360 controller), I'm ecstatic to pick-up-them-sticks whenever I feel like it!
Seriously, anyone who enjoys this genre needs to contribute their part toward ending the Ikarugitis Plague, which afflicts everyone who doesn't have the game.

Really, though - I'm sure most people here know all that's needed to know about this game - it's great. The point of this post was just to express how amazing the online components of the newly ported XLBA version are.

With the new additions, not only can you play with friends (or some random douche bags) online, but you can actually save your best attempts as replays to watch later. There is a slight drawback, however; the replay function only works on the game's default settings - 3 lives, no continues.
But don't fear! anyone whose high-score replay is saved is sharing it via the XBLA Leaderboards! Just peruse your way to the top of the list and revel in the ability to save the person's exact play. You're even given 50 save-slots! I'd say that definitely makes up for the restrictions on when you can save.

(Want to see level 5? You don't need the U-toob anymoar!)

I remember years ago scouring 'teh intarwebz' for videos of what came after level 4, and finding only several small sites with one or two videos of each level. Granted, they were unbelievably awesome videos, but limited selection always sucks. Now, though, I can watch all the latest bad asses do their thing - and not in shitty video quality, but the in-game engine!
I now have perfect video evidence of my failings at this game, and I love it.

This gives players the largest single source for amazing Ikaruga gameplay. I've already seen half a dozen different strategies that I really want to try out on my own. As small of a feature this may be, I see it extending the life of this game that is otherwise already addictive even more.   read

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