I Was a Teenage Gamer is the weekly journal of an extremely competent young man pursuing his goal of becoming a staff member at his favorite independent gaming blog, Destructoid. Beginning on his 19th birthday, he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime while sharing his experiences and thoughts as a video-game addict and spilling blood, sweat, tears and a variety of other bodily fluids.
It feels like every time I put aside a set date for writing, something comes up. Between late night Pixel Bro gaming sessions, working, a going away party for a coworker and getting ready for a new semester, I had to push this update back a couple days.. However, I still somewhat made my goal of getting one out by this weekend. And anyways, I bet you don't mind. In fact, I bet you decided it was a nice vacation away from the miserable hassle of reading my blog! Well, its time to mount up and punch in. The clocks ticking and you're doing overtime.
CES 2011 came and went. As has Nintendo World. Its been a weekend chock-full of news and updates. I'm going to cover over a few of my favorite picks and tell you why everything I think is awesome is awesome
and everything I think sucks does suck
. Lets begin!
The Razer Switchblade is a new, concept design for a netbook computer that aims to bring high-quality, PC gaming experiences to a truly portable platform that is both functional and intuitive. When you think of gaming laptops you probably think of cumbersome, huge-screen devices that are more-or-less replacement desktops. Razer is looking to change that mental image.
No question, the Switchblade is sexy with all the finesse you expect from a Razer (who, if you didn't know, creates PC gaming accessories) product. It features a touchscreen display and a keyboard that dynamically switches the keys to suit whatever game you're currently playing. In a word: awesome.
If you're a laptop guy, like myself, you know that gaming is generally not practical on a notebook machine. The specs usually don't add up and to get a machine that does will cost you more than it would for a comparable desktop. And if you're buying it for that specific reason, why not just buy a desktop, anyways. The Switchblade might just be the game-changer to look out for.
Blazblue Continuum Shift II for the 3DS? Win. The lineup for this system is just growing out of control. Add this to my list so far of must grab titles: Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Kid Icarus: Uprising and Super Street Figher IV. Not to mention some of my RPG favorites, a new Kingdom Hearts, Tales of the Abyss, Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest are all on the way! *NERDGASM*
Its gonna be a good year in terms of releases, I know that much.
Seriously? Wii don't need this and neither do we. This has to be one of the dumbest Wii peripherals I have ever seen, and I've seen some dumb Wii peripherals in my time. Remember the Boxing Glove attachments? Yeah. Not even they can measure up to the stupi-
Before I go on. I should tell you what this is. Basically, CTA Digital, the people who brought you such amazing "Simulation Products" as the Wii Remote and Nunchuk Ping Pong Paddle set and the Wii Remote Bowling Ball attachment, have decided that people to need make even more space in their living rooms for their video game crap! Get ready to move your coffee tables, America! I give you the Inflatable Mario Kart controller. Does it let you rev the engine at the starting line!? Hell no! Is there any sort of force-feedback function for extra immersion!? NO WAY, IDIOT! The whole thing is just an elaborate Wii Racing Wheel with a cramped, uncomfortable seat attached.
Buy yours today! And while your at it, place all your money in a trash shredder!
Now, for some reason, I did NOT see this coming. For those of you who do not know, 3DS has been rated at three to five hours of battery life while playing 3D games. It makes sense in hindsight, given the amount of power it must use to display what is essentially two renders of a moderately detailed game and a third screen below, but still. Five hours? At most!? Thats harsh. Especially if you're like me, a person who has grown up with Nintendo handhelds and is used to doing hours of long gaming marathons at any given time. It hurts my soul just a bit.
In any case, a charger is going to need to be in my vicinity at all times when I pick this thing up. Here's hoping that 3D is worth it. Especially since it will apparently need about 3.5 hours for a full charge. I know this whole thing has put a dent in the anticipation train for some 3DS supporters
but we'll have to wait till the thing hits the shelves before we can find out for sure how marred the experience really is.
Thanks for reading my post today, folks! In other news, the Chill Bros shirts finally shipped and that should make at least one guy I know very happy
. Tell me what you liked or disliked about CES/Nintendo World/whatever-happened-to-you-this-weekend-and-is-slightly-relevant in the comments below!