So, its been a while Dtoid. I first came to this site around its inception as a high school student with little better to do than play games and consequently read about them.
Now, as a 24 year old with much more going on in my life, I have significantly less time to spend on video games. However, my love and passion for them remains and I'm hoping I can engage in some interesting discussion with you guys!
Yes, I know the banner is kind of crappy, I made it back in like 10th grade with MS Paint. Working on a replacement at the moment.
I'm not too huge of an Animal Crossing fan, but I've gotten into the games for short periods in the past. With added online capabilities and the inevitable waggle-controlled minigames such as fishing, Animal Crossing Wii could be a pretty fun game. That is, of course, if Nintendo doesn't do anything retarded, such as charging fees for the game or something of the sort. That said, there will probably at the least be microtransactions for in-game furniture and such.
I just hope this isn't Nintendo's biggest announcement. What do you guys think of Animal Crossing Wii? Yay or nay?
Checked out this movie really not knowing what to expect, only knowing that I really liked the work of both Danny Boyle(director) and Alex Garland(writer) on 28 Days Later. With that said, this is quite the departure from 28 Days Later.
The plot follow the crew of the Icarus II, a space shuttle sent to reignite the sun before it completely dies out. Of course, given the enormity of this task, many problems inevitably arise, and the characters must attempt to avoid meeting the same fate as the previous ship, the Icarus I. The characters are well thought out for the most part, even though a few characters are pushed out of the limelight. Constant macrocosmic questions are posed and there is of course the fear of the many dangers involved with the mission. Also, great acting all around. I found the characters to be quite believable and the movie gave a fairly good grasp of the stress the characters were under. Be aware though, if you're a fan of realism in sci-fi movies, this might not be your cup of tea. There are a decent amount of science-related plotholes and a few things that don't make sense, but nothing so extreme that it would detract the average viewer from being immersed in the film.
There is, however, somewhat of a change of pace near the end of the movie(due to a somewhat unusual problem which I won't spoil). A lot of people said that this ruined the movie for them, but I'm on the side that thinks it was an interesting plot development. Despite the way certain scenes were presented, this problem that arose was merely one of many that the astronauts had to deal with.
Sunshine also contains quite a few impressive visual effects. If the prospect of cool, up close vantages of the sun and whatnot interests you, you'll definitely enjoy the cgi renders of the sun.
In short, if you're looking for an entertaining sci-fi flick with well thought out character drama, Sunshine is definitely worth giving a try.
Wow, I've really been procrastinating with this. At first, I thought I would write about only one particular game, but decided I wouldn't be able to say enough about any particular game, so I've decided to give a brief rundown of some of the experiences(mostly involving playing games with other people) that have made me so attached to games.
Oddly enough, my fascination with games began before I could even read or write properly. Some of my earliest memories are of sitting down with my father by our old MS-Dos computer and playing Lemmings. Oh how I loved those quirky little suicidal Lemmings. I must have been about 4 or 5 years old, and I remember how my father helped explain each level for me, and would help me write down the password after each level. Sure, Lemmings was pretty simple, but I will always remember the fun I had and the sense of accomplishment I received from guiding those little guys to their destination, their "heaven" as the game would seem to imply.
For a few years after that, my exposure to games was limited to playing the shit out of Outrun and a few other games on my Uncle's Sega Master System whenever I would visit him. Eventually, my dad bought me a Sega Genesis. I only owned 3 or 4 games for it, but I'll always remember the times when me and my dad would play the multiplayer modes on great games such as Sonic 2. Playing games with him was a great experience, even with not so great games like the Aerosmith endorsed "Revolution X" and some mediocre Batman Forever game that had come out at the time. It is through this bonding experience, that some of my most memorable games-related moments have occured. This bonding that video games provided has always meant something to me, especially since not too long after those times playing my Genesis with him, my father had passed away.
This was about a year after the N64 came out, and in the following couple of years, I built up quite the game collection. I guess that must have been part of my reaction to my father's death, as I delved deeper into my choice form of escapism. I remember having about 32 games, which even now is more than I've had for any one console. Of course, like many others, I fell in love with games like Ocarina of Time, Banjo Kazooie and the sleeper hit Space Station Silicon Valley. Most of all, Ocarina of Time was the main game that helped me see games as a truly immersive experience. I remember being truly amazed by the atmosphere, amazing boss battles and challenging puzzles(Hey, I was like 10 and the Water Temple was fucking hard). Often times, however, I could become just as immersed in a game when competing with my friends. Great multiplayer games like Goldeneye and Mario Kart in particular provided lots of great gaming memories.
Looking back on my gaming history, the times I would spend hours at a time playing with these friends provided some of the best moments I've had related to games. A few years after the N64-era of consoles, I would stay over at my best friend's house for a day or two, usually in the summer, and we would just hang out and play games. Often times we'd play Smash Bros. Melee(or Street Fighter 3, or King of Fighters, or random competitive games) till the wee hours of the morning, go to sleep, and then wake up to once again challenge each other in whatever game we were into at the time. Even the times when we would take turns playing great single player games such as Metal Gear Solid 2 and Ninja Gaiden, we always had fun.
Throughout the past couple of years, I've grown apart from these friends for a variety of reasons(college, various life drama) and I've truly been missing some of these great bonding-through-gaming moments. Xbox Live has somewhat remedied that, but I'll never forget those hot summer days, huddled up with good friends on the couch/floor.
So, today I received my copy of the Japan-only Gamecube game, Gundam: The Ace Pilot(supposedly one of the best Gundam games, and only $30 on Play-asia). I planned on using the Swap-disk trick I had heard about that supposedly lets you play import GC games on the Wii. After many futile attempts at doing just that this morning, I looked online to discover that Nintendo disabled this exploit in the latest firmware update.
Needless to say, I'm pretty pissed off. I really don't see what major harm could come to Nintendo from keeping the damn thing region free. This just encourages more people to mod their systems, and simultaneously be tempted to pirate games, given that they now have the ability to do so.
Whatever happened to the good ol' days of cartridges? Back then the only thing stopping us from playing any weird, exotic games from foreign lands was the language barrier. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to wait for a homebrew app that unlocks the region coding on GC games much like the one that has been released that does the same for Wii games. Either that, or buy Datel's Wii Freeloader which I hear is compatible with some GC games, but that would be a bit pointless seeing as how I already have a homebrew alternative to that in regards to Wii games and Datel's Freeloader wouldn't be guaranteed to work with every GC game.
Right now, I just hope I don't end up having to buy/borrow a Gamecube just to play this one game.
Ah....finally.....I've actually got somewhat of a blog going now. I've been lurking on Destructoid for the past 2 or so years now, going by the name of RevivedDemon. However, I hated that name and only posted comments on the front page once in a while.
But now it's time for a clean slate. If all goes well, this blog will be consistently updated with stuff about videogames, and the occasional post about Metal, anime, comic books or insight into the ups and downs of life.
So.....if you're wondering what types of games I will be posting about, it will mostly be quirky adventure games, fighting games, Nintendo games(yes I do like Nintendo a lot, but don't judge me on that) and old school arcadey stuff such as shmups. I also love buying great little sleeper hits that are usually available for 10-30 bucks. Just to give you an idea of what im talking about, I'm currently playing Eternal Darkness, GTAIV, Psychonauts and Mario Kart Wii. Also, I'm in the middle of catching up with a bunch of old but great Gamecube games.
Anyways, just wanted to get that out there and pop the proverbial cherry on this blog. I'll post more when I have something of more substance to say....which will hopefully be soon.