The college school year is starting to wrap up for some of us, including myself. Now we have a few months of time to do other things. I myself will spend a good chunk of the time working for the summer, be it through volunteer work at the local library, finding a summer job, or even writing some music. But, at least for a week, I'm gonna try to catch up on some games I've been neglecting over the past few months for one reason or another.
Sadly, I have this nasty habit of playing a game and then leaving it alone for long stretches of time. This has caused me to leave dozens of games unfinished for one reason or another. Personally, I'm gonna try and finish some of my older games first. Games like Sly 2: Band of Thieves, Super Mario Sunshine, Hotel Dusk, Retro Game Challenge, and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon. I'm not gonna tackle any big RPGs just yet. Those things take a looooong time to finish. As much as I really want to play Tales of Graces f and Xenoblade Chronicles, I need to finish up some of these other games first.
So, that's my game plan for now. What about you guys? Got any games you itching to finish this summer?
Hey, do you like the Super Mario series? Do you despise Angry Birds because it's a mobile game, even though it's just as good as Tetris? Then boy do I have a story for you!
Joystiq reports that in an interview with Edge Magazine, Shigeru Miyamoto, considered a godly figure by some, has gone on record saying that he likes Angry Birds. If you listen closely, you can almost hear a certain section of Nintendo fanboys, and the gaming population at large, farting in rage.
"What I like about Angry Birds is that it has a traditional videogame [feel] to it, but also a very creative side," Miyamoto said. "And you can really feel that they're having fun developing the game. That's what I like about it."
He went on to say that, while he doesn't pay a lot of attention to the mobile scene, he likes the environment is creates, saying that "This kind of environment inspires us to try even harder, and create even more unexpected new things."
I can't get enough of this story. Hearing Miyamoto give compliments to not only Angry Birds, but to the entire mobile scene itself, is fantastic. But most importantly, this kinda news is probably causing some "serious, hardcore" gamers who don't consider Angry Birds as a legit game to lose their minds. It's so delicious.
Oh, look at that. I have free time again. Hooray for college breaks!
When you’re a kid, Christmas is the absolute best time of the year. You’re surrounded by a family that loves you, school’s out, it’s snowing outside, there's holiday specials on TV, and best of all, you get a bunch of presents. Seriously, when you’re a kid, there's so many things to like about this time of year. For adults, not so much.
But the Christmas of 2001 will always hold a significant place in my heart because that’s when everything changed for me. Before then, I usually just asked for cool toys, be it stuff from Power Rangers, Pokemon, Beast Wars, or whatever Pixar film was popular at the time. I wasn’t as interested in video games back then. That all changed that day, when my grandparents did something for my brother and I that our parents never could.
See, my parents didn't know that much about video games, but they knew that video games weren't good for a developing child. At least, that's what the TV said. In fact, I distinctly remember begging my dad to let me have a Game Boy Color so I could play Pokemon on it. His reply was, and I quote, "we don't need another computer in the house".
So imagine my surprise when our grandparents gave us a video game console for Christmas. What did they get us? Well, I was only 1 when the SNES came out and when the NES came out, I was just a sperm swimming around in my dad’s scrotum that happened to avoid getting drafted into the masturbation army (you’re welcome for the mental image, BTW), so we didn't get those. While I knew about the original PlayStation, I never really cared much for it at the time. And even though I asked my parents for an N64 after seeing acouplegames one of my friends had, we never got that. So what did my brother and I get for Christmas? A purple lunch box.
And we loved it.
Artist's rendition of the two of us that Christmas morning.
While the launch line-up wasn't exactly steller, it did have some interesting games like Super Smash Bros. Melee and and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. But we got neither of those games for Christmas. Our grandparents gave us three games to share: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader, and SSX Tricky. While we enjoyed all three of those games, we had our favorites. My brother, being the big Star Wars fan that he was, obviously gravitated towards Rogue Squadron II. Meanwhile, I really liked SSX Tricky. The bright colors, the exciting races, the outrageous characters, the over-the-top attitude of the game, it was all right up my ally.
Ever since that Christmas morning, I was way more interested in video games. My gaming collection grew and grew, my tastes expanded, and I met some good friends from this hobby. I think it's safe to say that this was one of, if not the best Christmases I ever had. I know some people shit on the Gamecube because it didn't have as many games as its competitors at the time, or that it's controller looked horrendous, nevermind how the N64 controller looked like a boat anchor. While I did eventually get some new gaming systems a few years later, then start spewing bile towards Nintendo for some reallystupid, infuriatingmoves, I'll always cherish the time I spent with the Gamecube. It wasn't perfect, but there were some prettycoolgames available for that system. For those first few years, that system made me happy. I guess in the end, that's all that matters, right?
“I have a dream.” Those were the famous words that Martin Luther King Jr. gave at the during his speech, in which he dreamed about a world where people, both black and white, live together in harmony. It’s a shame he couldn’t be around to see the world today, where people of different races are, for the most part, living together peacefully. I also have a dream. I dream of a world where people are free to import games from any region and play them without any sort of trouble whatsoever. This is, for the most part, a reality. There’s just one area where there’s still trouble with region-locking: Nintendo.
Just try to get past me, Fatal Frame IV.
Fun fact: Did you know Nintendo were the ones who started the region-locking business in the first place? Yes, this practice started way back when Nintendo ruled over the gaming scene with an iron fist during the NES days. They have continued this practice to this day, even when most other console and handheld manufacturers make region-free devices. Hell, now they’ve started region-locking their handhelds. When was the last time anyone region-locked handheld games? Oh yeah, never.
Why they continue to do this completely baffles me. Importing games is enough of a hassle as it is, what with higher prices for these games and the fact that you need to know an entirely different language to understand the Japanese imports. These factors already provide barriers to entry for these kinds of games. Of course, there are a bunch of nice European games that can be imported for people in North America to enjoy. Unless they’re for a Nintendo system, of course.
I’ve imported a few games here and there. Early last year, I imported Invizimals for my PSP for about $60, which included the PSP camera, thinking it was a good deal. Had I known that the same bundle would be released in North America later that year for $40, I probably wouldn’t have wasted an extra $20, but whatever. At least I got a neat little game that wasn’t available in my home country, at the time. I also got a European version of Jam with the Band for my DS earlier this year for about $30 off of eBay and still enjoy it every now and then. As of this writing, I’m strongly considering getting Last Window (the sequel to Hotel Dusk, one of my favorite under-appreciated gems on the DS), despite its $60 price tag. But now, Nintendo’s decided to region-lock their handhelds, starting with the DSi and continuing with the 3DS. So if Nintendo decides to make another Jam with the Band or Hotel Dusk sequel for the 3DS and ignore North America again, I’m shit out of luck. Unless I either hack my 3DS or pirate it.
You are a pirate.
I imagine this is the reason Nintendo is region-locking their shit. It’s because they’re afraid of piracy. After all, the DS was pretty heavily pirated and hacked over the last few years, or so. But guess what? The Wii also saw its share of piracy during its run even with its region-locking. And thanks to Nintendo’s response to Operation Rainfall’s efforts (which, if you want to support them, are still continuing their campaign), I can guarantee that piracy and hacking for this console is going to skyrocket. The fact is that if you deny people the opportunity to enjoy games like Xenoblade, The Last Story, or Pandora’s Tower, then you cause the amount of people hacking your console to skyrocket because they just want to play these games. Hell, I’m considering hacking my Wii unless Nintendo of America decides to put out. And I’ve supported Nintendo for nearly a decade.
Though, to give Nintendo credit, they did acknowledge the import scene a little bit. They added an import section to their Wii Shop Channel a few years ago and allowed some other games that never made it over here as second chance. One of those games happened to be Sin and Punishment. And wouldn’t you know it, people really seemed to like it. They liked it so much, Nintendo decided to not only make a sequel to it, but they also decided to release it internationally. That’s the biggest plus about allowing people to import your games. It lets people discover new things that could potentially turn into a new franchise. Until Nintendo truly understands that, they will continue to see their consoles being hacked and mangled by people who just want to play games that never got a chance in their region.
So yes, I have a dream. I dream of a world where game companies make their devices and games region-free, allowing people to play whatever they want, wherever they want. I dream of a world where new franchises spawn from the successful sales of imported titles and create more diversity in the gaming industry. I have a dream where people will Game Freak will make a sequel to Pulseman and, after its success, finally gives us the ability to bring our Pokemon into real life, causing untold amounts of chaos in the streets! I have a dream where games starring a platypus with a jetpack become one of the biggest games since Minecraft, Angry Birds, Pokemon, Tetris, and Mario before it! I dream of a world made of Reese’s Cups, filled with chocolate rivers and mountains of peanut butter!
…man, I’ve got to stop having candy before I go to bed.
So, Zone of the Enders is getting an HD collection. I should've put that on my first wishlist so that after it was revealed, I could put on a turban and pretend to be a psychic from that point on. It'd be like that TV show Psych, except without all the murder cases.
Okay, okay. After downing multiple bottles of grape juice and dreaming about being a duck in a tophat on the moon, I've come up with another short list of things I'd like to see happen at E3 this year. Keep in mind that this is in no particular order and this is all stuff I'm thinking off of the top of my head. So if I forget a bunch of other stuff, now you know why.
MORE THINGS THAT I'D LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL:
Psychonauts 2 You'd think a guy with a Rasputin avatar would mention this in his first wishlist. Seriously, how'd I miss that? Now I know the guys at Double Fine are busy working on games like Trenched and the new Sesame Street game for the Kinect, but I see no reason why you can't just give us a sequel. I mean, the first game's ending set itself up nicely for a sequel for those who really want it. And I know you want it, Tim. Trust us, we want it too.
Can I have some more?
Beyond Good and Evil 2 Ubisoft, just come out and tell us already. You know we want it. You've repeatedlysaid that it's in development. And no, I don't want just a small gameplay video. I want a full-blown announcement. I mean, I just bought Beyond Good and Evil HD on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Please stop jerking us around on this one!
Tales of VS. to come to North America This one is mostly likely not going to happen. I mean, the PSP is pretty much dead in the water, what with the Vita on the horizon and PSP games now getting remade on the PS3 (forgot about your PS2 remakes, eh Sony?). Plus, given Tales of Vesperia's disappointing sales overseas and Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology's lukewarm reception, it's no wonder Namco Bandai decided not to release their other Tales projects outside of Japan. That, and some of the characters aren't even well-known outside of Japan. But hey, that didn't stop Super Smash Bros. Melee from featuring Marth and Roy, who were from the then-Japan-exclusive Fire Emblem series. And look what happened after that? I'm just saying.
Oh! While I'm talking about Fire Emblem...
Fire Emblem: Shin Monshō no Nazo: Hikari to Kage no Eiyū gets released internationally and Fire Emblem: Fūin no Tsurugi gets remade for the DS.
This wish is partially because I'd like to see more out of the Fire Emblem series, but mostly because I want to see Roy make a return to the next Smash Bros game. I know he's a clone, but they can always change his moveset, like they did with Ganondorf in Brawl. Oh, wait.
A Rocket Knight sequel Okay, so Rocket Knight on the XBLA/PSN was a tad on the expensive side. That didn't stop it from being fun. Plus, I like jetpacks. A lot. Probably a little too much. I still have the Dark Void demo on my PS3, for crying out loud.
It feels so good.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 was released late last year to some fanfare. Well, mostly fanfare, anyways. While Episode 2 has been confirmed to be in production a few months ago, it's been a long time since we've actually heard from them about it. Plus, with Sonic Generations out on the horizon, I get the sneaking suspicion that Episode 2 has been pushed back so Sonic Team can focus on this new game. I just hope they don't forget that Episode 1 was actually a success, despite being made by the same guys who thought this was a good idea.
New F-Zero Game As far as I'm concerned, the last good F-Zero game was GX. Yeah, it's plot was ridiculous and the campaign/races were hard as I was playing the new Rocket Knight, but it was still pretty damn fun. I like the fact that one of the levels in Smash Bros. Brawl was a track taken straight from GX, so I think there's hope for the series, yet. I'd say the best way to go is to make F-Zero games for the 3DS. And by that, I mean one that ISN'T a port. Yeah, they're nice and all, but I want a new friggin' game! I'm a little upset that most of the games coming down the pipe are just ports of older games in 3D. Give me something new to play, damnit!
Alright, that's it. I'm done. That last idea completely drained my imagination with its sheer awesomeness alone. I'm not gonna make another wishlist for E3 after this one. I can't even concentrate after this last ingenius idea. Besides, it's only a few more days until E3. I couldn't possibly wish for more stuff by then. I'll see you guys after E3's over.
Good news, everyone! After counting the remaining coins I had after my first blog post, my lucky penny is still here. Of course, nothing tremendously lucky usually happens when I've got it, so I'm not sure why-
…right. I'm gonna keep this penny. In fact, I'm gonna name it Benson.
So I'm glad you guys liked the first blog I ever wrote on this site. I still don't know why the staff picked my post out of all the other community blogs to put on their home page, but I'm not complaining. I noticed some of you guys were asking me stuff like "Why didn't you mention X?" or "Why is most of this stuff aimed at Nintendo?" while the rest of you threw in some of your own wishes. The answer to those previous two questions is simple: That's all I could think of at the time. I was up late that night, so a lot of other stuff slipped my mind. Therefore, I decided that a wishlist Part 2 must be in order.
You start out with 16 Pokemon models, then have the opportunity to get more through SpotPass (up to three per day), scanning QR codes, or by trading Pokemon through StreetPass. It also has AR features in it, so you can presumably view Pokemon in 3D and on your desk.
I repeat. You get to look at three-dimensional Pokemon models, in 3D, right on your desk. For free. It's almost like Hey You, Pikachu! Except this isn't being developed by Ambrella. Which only makes it better.
Okay, that's all I got for right now. I'm gonna go in the corner and sob in sheer joy.