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11:53 PM on 03.07.2008

Not my Turning Point gaming rig



Oh look, our rig that can't play HL2. I am denied Portal. Do you understand? Also, PSOne controller attached via USB. Screw VC, I'm going home... err... roms and such.



Anime-style schoolgirl: check
Graffiti: check
Gold-plated custom skeleton-themed chainsaw: check?



Ohhh. Well there's your problem.   read


10:57 AM on 01.06.2008

Nyko Perfect-Shot for Wii



The boyfriend: Picked up two of these so we could play RE:UC together.

Pretty good, but as it has been mentioned already, you can't really sight it in properly unless your rig is set up -just- right. You would need to stand at exactly the right distance from the sensor bar, the right height, and NOT MOVE.

One thing you may not realize until you get your hands on one: The grip is far from ergonomic. Its a thick-arse brick that doesn't exactly sit comfortably in the hands of anyone without gorilla paws. Its acceptable for reasonable playtimes, but it hurts after extended play (not as much as if you tried it with just the Wiimote, however, which is the point).

Last (and definitely least), the nunchaku bypass doesn't snap into place as securely as the slot on the Wiimote. In fact, you can actually just pull it out without retracting the clips. It fits pretty snugly to stay in the slot otherwise, but if you pull, it will come out.

Overall, its still the best gun peripheral atm, and you really can't beat the price. However, the above gripes in mind, its not that much better (or better at all perhaps) value-wise than the zapper package, being that the zapper comes with a game for only $5-7 more (also, don't forget shipping, since this isn't available in stores). If you needed a second gun, though, this is definitely your best bet.   read


6:58 PM on 12.30.2007

Chibi Robo: Park Patrol

Picked this up yesterday at Wal-Mart (seeing as it's a Wal-Mart exclusive... *shakes fist*).

FANTASTIC GAME.

I've played the original for the Game Cube, and to be honest I find the controls on this version to be a lot easier to manage. It took a little getting used to, but the controls are quite simple and intuitive.

I'm quite pleased that they took this game in a direction that was different enough to not be stagnant but still similar enough to the old game that it feels familiar.

As far as visuals, the graphics are pretty good for the DS. The camera can be a bit annoying, since you can only rotate it one direction in a circle (meaning if you wanted it one notch to the left, you have to go to the right until you get there, annoying). However, that issue has not been something that screwed with the gameplay.

AS FAR AS GAMEPLAY GOES, all the new features/concepts were pretty easy to figure out, and running a park as a 4" tall robot is quite fun. ONE THING I DON'T GET: it tells me that I get 10+ visitors every day, but I never see anyone come in my park. WTF?...

ANYWAYS...

I haven't played all the way through it, yet, so I'll avoid giving it any sort of rating yet, suffice it to say that I imagine it would be pretty high.   read


8:47 PM on 12.28.2007

Just So You Know

I got my ass a Wii at Target. The whole Friday advice worked out well. :O Except it was more of Friday afternoon than Friday night...

BUT I STILL GOT ME A WII. :3 Either the shortage has broken or I'm lucky as hell.

YOU DECIDE.   read


9:57 PM on 12.14.2007

Ontamarama

So the other day I roamed out to the mall and got me a fabulous DS game known to the world as OntamaRama.

SO.

It's pretty much a music/rhythm game not unlike Taiko Master or Donkey Konga.

BASIC JIST: Fill notes to play them by poking little goobers in the eye, play them by pressing the corresponding directional button.

IS IT ARE BE FUN TEIM?: I think so. Quite amusing, fun and takes a fair amount of skill. Got difficult for me pretty quick, since I don't have any sorts of skills to pay any kinds of bills. Particularly rhytmical bills. However, some of the songs are rather good and I enjoy playing it nonetheless. Seems to be a fair amount of unlockables (songs, play modes, etc).

O SHIT ITS CUTE: Yeah, yeah. Shut the fuck up, douchebags. If you like rhythm-ish type games, then don't fucking pass a perfectly good one up just because it's cute. In fact, don't pass up ANY decent game simply based on cuteness. It won't make your dick shrink to play something adorable.

ANYTHING WRONG WITH IT?: Story mode is incredibly fucking short. Not much of a story to it at all other than you have to save the ontamas. Left me wondering quite a few things (what the fuck are Ontamas? how the fuck can an evil dude get power from them? etc etc etc).

So... Considering all this, I give it about a 7, or a 7.5 out of ten. Super fun, but the fun runs out faster than I wanted.   read


10:46 AM on 12.01.2007

Baugh

I still need to take a decent picture of myself in the shirt Snaileb sent me. IT IS SAUCY. I got it like a month ago and have been so freakin' busy with work that I haven't gotten to do much. Anything. At all.

OH UM.

Game things. Yes.

Getting a Wii with my next paycheck. That is all.   read


6:34 PM on 09.29.2007

YOUR POKEMANZ. Show them to me.

Today I showed to my public just how dorky I am.

I went to our local Toys 'R' Us (over in Silverdale, WA) and got me a Manaphy.

I was joined at this Pokemon event by a large line of children (some of which my boyfriend knew from the elementary school he volunteered at) and a handful of adults (one of which looked just a few years older than me, and had his parents in tow).

I sure did feel like one creepy adult.

Funnily (is that a word?) enough, we were able to just download our Manaphy while we were waiting in line (this is due to the fact that we had already enabled our mystery gift thing), so we decided to depart for the rest of our shopping duties at the mall instead of imposing our creepiness on the children for even longer. The only thing we would have received for waiting longer was a $5 coupon that expired the next day, so we didn't miss much.

And now you know.   read


11:07 AM on 09.20.2007

FANTABULOUS

A little box told me to write a blog. So here we go.

So anyways, last November my DS along with a ton of games got stolen by the assistant manager of my apartment. YAY! ALMOST $500 WORTH OF STUFF GONE! WHEE!

I contacted the police and got pretty much no help. So I've been re-collecting the stolen items on my own.

LISTWANG:
---------
Nintendo DS Lite (Pink) - $129.99 [RE-PURCHASED]
Meteos - $19.66 [RE-PURCHASED]
Tetris DS - $34.99
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow - $29.95 [RE-PURCHASED]
Wario Ware: Touched - $70
Trauma Center: Under the Knife - $29.99
Sonic Rush - $19.99
Animal Crossing: Wild World - $34.99 [RE-PURCHASED]
Cooking Mama - $19.99
Pokémon Leaf Green - $19.99 [RE-PURCHASED]
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - $19.99
Nintendo DS carrying case - $4.99 [RE-PURCHASED]



So anyways. Yesterday I went out and bought a used copy of Meteos, because that is the only form I can find it in (other than fucking Disney Meteos, which can go die).

And there you have it. A blog.   read


6:35 PM on 09.02.2007

Gordon Freeman is an Asshole

There was an old command that you could enter in the original Half Life that would make the announcer say "Gordon Freeman is an asshole." Does anyone remember what it was? I tried to Google it and checked on GameFAQs, but have found nothing. Maybe this wasn't so common a thing to know as I thought it was... *sheds a tear*   read


7:17 PM on 08.30.2007

Did Scat Man Cause the Virginia Tech Shootings?

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I submit this as truth.   read


5:24 PM on 08.30.2007

OPINION TIME - It's time for IN IT FOR THE MONEY Discussion

[post spawned from discussion with my boyfriend Nick and some with Neonie and things I hear all too often in other people's discussions]

Nintendo exemplifies industrial passion for games. Hell, they SAVED the industry from absolute destruction when Atari couldn't hack it any longer. Sure, they are a manufacturer and want to make as much money as possible. That is normal and acceptable, as long as they don't line their wallets at the expense of quality.

Which they don't, obviously, since Nintendo's conservative approach to graphic horsepower (the main culprit in console most defects) is as well-known as their flagship IPs. Anyone who faults Nintendo for not running the cutting edge of graphics is a tool who hasn't the first idea what it means to be a real gamer. Power's effect on gameplay (ie: loading times) is the only thing anyone should be seriously concerned about and, why look! Nintendo is the king of agile transitions. HD is just icing; personally, if I had to choose, I would rather munch the fluffy, delicious innards of the cake than the sickly-sweet frosting. Sure its nice to have both, but if you have to choose... Gameplay over graphics, kiddos. This is basic stuff.

Anyways, if Nintendo was in it ALL for the yen as some say because of their desire to tap the casual market, then they would more than likely be charging more than $250 fucking dollars for their new system. Sure, the core of the system isn't that expensive to create, but if you're a greedy bitch you could easily churn those babies out for $300 or $350 if you wanted. Hell, some people buy them for a couple thousand :p And if they're just selling stuff cheap to increase sales, what of it? It makes the consumer happy. The range of money people are willing to throw at a new console was found long before the Wii came out. They decided not only that they wouldn't run it up where the 360 set this gen's price bar, but that they wouldn't even run it at the ACCEPTED STANDARD. No, they went lower. And even if thats just to turn a profit on increased volume, as stated before, at least it isn't at the consumer's expense. Nintendo doesn't roll that way.

[Footnote:

Is tapping the casual market actually a bad thing? WTF are these idiots saying? Isn't it... uh... -good- that your girlfriend can get into playing videogames with you? That your elders not only stop looking down on gamers as lazy good-for-nothings, but join them in the fun? And what is with brainless fucktards shunning Nintendo for being too kiddie? What kind of person denies themself something insanely fun because its too cute? Shallow, immature, or retarded. Take your pick.]


The XBox is essentially a PC that just runs games. They didn't even create themselves a gaming system from the ground up like people who give a shit about quality would have. Everyone ought to know that Microsoft is all about forming monopolies (they got called out on it and would have had to split the company up, but then the case suddenly dropped. Hmmm, how inconspicuous.) The 360 continues along these lines.

While this iteration of XBox -was- created from the ground up, it has many of the same issues. Some background: Last generation, the PS2 rocked the industry with the -weakest- console. Why? GOOD FUCKING GAMES. Indisputable. Microsoft, however, somehow took the PS2's headstart on the competition to be the deciding factor, and chose to push the 360 out WAY too early to sell more units. The result? A console fraught with innumerable glitches (deny that the 360 is one of the glitchiest systems ever and you invalidate your entire argument, kthxbai).

To sum it up, Microsoft chose immediate financial gratification over producing a quality product. Money > consumer. Big surprise from the company who churns out the shittiest OS without any solid improvements for years and years, charging exorbitant prices and laughing all the way to the bank because they strike unholy back-room deals with PC and software companies to artificially boost sales and eliminate all competition.

As for the XBox exclusive library, what is the big deal? Halo < Halflife, Dead or Alive < Smash Bros/Guilty Gear, Fable < everything, and Bioshock on 360 < Bioshock on PC/Mac. Mistwalker's work isn't anything to get excited about either, apparently. If I missed something, tell me and I'll squash it. The only thing I see that the 360 has over other avenues of play is Live, because its an architecture with which you can connect all of your gaming experiences to the online world. Achievement points are novel, and sorta cool, but in no way relevant to... anything. The problem with Live, however, is that you can do anything it can do on a computer with a couple downloads. Oh, and Live costs money on top of the internet connection AND the game purchase. WoW is bad enough that way, but at least it provides an experience like nothing else. Fuck that shit.   read


9:29 PM on 08.27.2007

o helo

So Neonie kept showing me stuff from here, and being the loudmouth weirdo I am, I just had to join my ass so I could bitch and moan at you people.

Anyways. Let me tell you about myself.

HELLO CHILDREN, MY NAME IS KAREN. I AM A YOUNG LASS OF 19 YEARS THAT LIVES IN WASHINGTON STATE STATE WITH HER BOYFRIEND WHO IS USUALLY COVERED IN POISONOUS TREE FROGS.

Yes. Hm. Well. Games. Yes.

In my lifetime I've owned a grand total of 13 gaming systems (NES, SNES, Genesis, Game Gear, Game Boys of three varieties, N64, Game Cube, PlayStation, PS2, DS, and PC if you choose to count that). I began playing video games at the age of 3 or 4. I blame my older brother. He got a NES and we sat around playing Duck Hunt, Mario and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles together. However, my brother was very protective of his systems, so I seemed to be watching him play more than I played myself. Even today I still enjoy watching people play games almost as much as playing them. Fabulous life, yes. Over the years we collected a number of systems, more games than I can count, and the addiction got stronger as I got older.

My favorite game is probably Wario's Woods. Call it a guilty pleasure. It's pathetic, really.

I hate the Xbox and Microsoft in general. It pains me to use Windows as my OS, but I am too poor for a Mac (I wonder how many people just screeched with rage...).'

If I'm not playing games or farting around on the computer, I'm either at work or drawing. I've been arting about as long as I've been gaming. I blame my artistic side on my mom (none of my hobbies are my fault, I promise). My art is not fantastic, but at least it doesn't suck.

So uhh. Yeah. That's all I have to say. Will have more thought-out things later.   read


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