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Hi, I'm Toadofsky. If you're reading this blog, you've either...

A. Hit a typo, and found my blog
B. Bored out of your mind
C. Wanting to know who the heck would name themselves this?

Well, I came up with the name from Mario RPG, that composer at Tadpole pond.
Don't know why I chose it, I just liked it.

I also enjoy doing lots of photo shop work. Most of it is
pretty basic compared to what most make...

I love all kinds of music, but I stick with Techno, "Chill" music, punk, and my growing fondness for Ska.

Favorite music artists...
The Aquabats
Weezer
Blink 182
Queen
Van Halen
James Brown
Beastie Boys

What kind of games do I play? I'll pick up any kind of game and at least try it once.
But my personal favorites are platforming, adventure, puzzle, and racing.

My personal favorites (in no particular order) are

Super Mario All Stars and World
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Mischief Makers
Super Mario RPG
OutRun Arcade
Gradius 3
Wii Sports
Earthworm Jim 1 and 2
Virtua Fighter 5 (360 version)
New Super Mario Bros. Wii

I'm hoping to add a little bit of blogging, but mostly doing my own reviews of games,
if anyone cares to even read them...
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It's not long before Metroid: Other M is released, and a great deal of Hardcore Metroid/Nintendo fans (aren't they the same?) will be picking up their copies of it. Many are probably claiming this to be Game of The Year material, and a true step up for the Metroid series, and that the Prime Trilogy can be forgotten. And in November, Donkey Kong Country Returns will be out, with the same studio behind the Prime Trilogy at it's helm. So why is it that I'm comparing the past? Why is it that I'm still skeptical over Other M? Am I criticizing it too early? Am I not a “true” Metroid fan? Or do I just not get it? Read on....

There's a lot of similarities to the situation DKCR and Metroid: Other M are in, and to be honest, the outcome is probably going to be the same for them in a lot of ways. Let's look back at 1994. Super Metroid had just been released in July, and, the summer season isn't known for having stand out titles be released in the summer, you know, when kids actually went outside to play, or were forced to at least? Anyways, Donkey Kong Country was released that same year in November, Christmas time shopping. Guess which sold better? After all, Super Metroid was still pixel/sprite based graphics, DKC was touting CG without an adapter, all on the Super NES, and on only one lowly cartridge. Of course, that brings up graphics don't matter arguments, but really, this is a visual medium, and you have to admit, if you were playing games at that time, the graphics really did make you say, “wow”. And so, as history would have it, Super Metroid slowly disappeared out of the limelight, but, as luck, nostalgia, and possibly involvement from the emulating/rom community, Super Metroid reappeared as a shining example of great platforming. And amazingly enough, has aged very well. Few games ever have that ability, and even fewer stand the test of time.

Having looked through both of these new titles with as much as has been revealed, I don't think Metroid: Other M will be a definite buy for me. Sure, it's largely a 2D game, and even the guy behind past Metroid titles, Sakamoto, is overseeing it, but the reason I keep feeling like something is wrong with this title is in several ways: the direction of the game, the story, and the dialog itself. A lot of you will probably scream, “You haven't played it you stupid Jaded Gamer!” and you're right, I haven't, but I am going to rent it to at least give it a chance. I also reserve the right to my own opinion. Isn't it funny how someone can be overwhelmingly positive about anything can also be so very defensive when a different opinion comes into play? And I'm at least being open to trying this game, while giving logical explanation why I feel skeptical...

Let's look at the direction of the game. It's largely 2D, which I wholeheartedly support. 2D platformers seem to age like fine wine (see two paragraph above), and I think we can all agree seeing 2D games in High Definition (or better graphics, for all you “480 isn't good enough!” folks) is something special. I can go either way, high def sprites or 3D characters in a X-Y plane is fine by me. But with Other M's control, something is largely wrong here. Switching to first person, you have NO CONTROL over Samus movements. As Metroid fans can attest, there are few moments where sitting still is an option, it's often suicide. When Other M was first unveiled, Sakamoto wouldn't confirm what the game was going to be (it's coming out in a year, and you can't tell us this far into the project?), and in later interviews, he even admitted it was going to be an “on rails” shooter, but that was thankfully changed. I don't see a problem with on-rails shooters, but let's be honest, Metroid isn't that kind of game, leave that for Area 51, Time Crisis, Virtua Cop, and countless others. I theorize that Nintendo saw that those kind of games weren't lighting any sales fires lately, and told them to change it.

The Story. By now, most gamers who have played Metroid know who Samus, is, and probably know her bare bones back-story enough. But Sakamoto wants to open that door wider, but apparently, he thinks we should go into Samus' maternal instincts. Honestly, I object to that last part. Do I mind humanizing a character further? No, but you walk a very fine line when you do that. Few have been able to walk that line successfully, and but they don't do it without upsetting some fans. Case in point, Star Wars. The Force was explained by one thing, Medi-Chlorians. Fans were pissed, from their point of view, the mystery of the force, was stripped down to a science (perhaps that why that was the Jedi's downfall?). Of course, there are waaaay more things angered fans, but that's for a completely different blog.

Now let me ask the reader, when you think Bounty Hunter, who do you think of?


A practical man, even though he went out like a wuss.....

Or do you think of this?


Of course, there could be many other examples of Bounty Hunters, but you get the point, when you humanize a character to a point, or “lay it all out”in a story, you tend to lose that mystery. In an age when everyone wants stories to explain EVERYTHING (see LOST's angered fans), the idea of mysteries left as such, has seem to fall by the wayside. Am I suggesting that Sakamoto isn't allowed to go into Samus' past? Of course not, and after all, Samus isn't a complete drone, she does seem to have some heart, after all, she's helped saved the galaxy countless times, instead of flipping the bird to it all. But never has Samus really had “maternal instincts” in previous games. Maybe it was the technological limit, but I think there's another reason.


"Mother, time to go"........ (I seriously said that? Lame...Samus, just lame)

Today, there's this disturbing trend with game designers and their “vision”, where they believe they're directors of some big budget epic, but in reality, their “vision/story” could barely make it as a Lifetime or SyFy daytime movie. I'm not saying games can't be story driven, that's unfair, because there are some very ripe examples of games that were very plot centric, Mass Effect is just one of few. And that's the problem. In a medium touted to be as big as, if not bigger than films, why have so many game makers failed to make a good storyline? Maybe these game designers and writers are not as skilled as they really think. Maybe since the advancement in graphics, storyline has had a difficult time catching up. Granted, it's much harder to write a story for a game, especially if the player is making choices that alter the course to the end of the game. Still, maybe there's a much stronger need for professional talent....



Everytime I've watched this video, I can't shake the feeling of how, dull Samus' voice is. I heard someone talk about how since she was raised by Chozo, that that might be the reason she sounds that way. But, I don't see how that can be. From what was made about the Chozo, they were a very peaceful, scientific, and passionate race. I don't think they'd have a lack of emotion. Maybe it was from her family's death? And the last bit, of her talking about the babies cry, she sounds like she's going in circles. Yes, we know what a babies cry is, you don't have to try to sound intelligent, quit trying to go into long winded narrative.

Thinking further and further about this game just bugs me, so I think I'll try to end it on a higher note. I've been a fan of Metroid games for quite some time. I love the feeling of isolation that you would get from the game. It's what I think Metroid Prime did so well with. Retro seemed to understand that aspect very well (maybe they understand Metroid better than Sakamoto?), and I have the utmost respect for them. I think Donkey Kong Country Returns will be a great game, Retro is a very capable developer (I hope they get the chance to make a 2D Metroid as well in the future). And how the story seemed to just be based on you, the player. The way you went through the game, and how you beat it, and what with.

That's something I feel is being pulled away from the player these days, your story, your control. I just don't get that feeling from Other M, it just feels like it's trying to hard to be like all the other games out today, “epic” story, and then gameplay be sacrificed, in the sake of “creative vision”. I'm willing to give Other M a chance, I will rent it, I will try to give an open mind to the game. But I won't be surprised if I find myself skipping cut scenes if I have the chance, or to just have Japanese dubbed voices. Here's to trying anyways, and if you somehow feel “wronged” by this blog, hey, this is just one opinion, and if you're going to be getting Other M, please, by all means get it. I'm sure you'll love it. Just don't be shocked to find other gamers who may not feel the same as you about the game.








I suck at blogging, I haven't made a post in like 4 months, maybe more, oh well. But this was a topic I definitely wanted to talk about. You see, over the years, I've seen the same exact pattern follow from every year of E3, and well, here's a few things...


1. WHO WON E3?!
Yes, the ultimate question raised every year. No, no company can be different from one another, no sir. They can't offer different things from their competition in order to stand out, no sir. Every ridiculous game journalist has to lump every company together because he/she isn't satisfied unless some fanboys get upset over what they think, or to feel superior over another console manufacturer.

2. Ugh sales charts, yawn...
Companies SHOULD show their year over year progress. Sometimes they outdo others by a wide margin, sometimes not so much. But the business side is always nice to hear. Of course, to lazy obnoxious journalists that only want to be wowed by fancy trailers, celebrities, the physics engines that show how unrealistic games will still be for a long time to come (really, should you think any different?), and booth babes, the business side is “boring”. But have they ever considered that they're not the only ones that attend E3? Maybe potential investors watch the show? Or REAL journalists, you know, newspaper/news channel journalists, are there wanting to see some facts? Food for thought people...

3. NINTENDO IS DOOMED......................AGAIN
Doesn't matter what Nintendo does at any point in time. They can be first in sales overall each year (they have been overall), and have the best holiday season they've had since the launch of their console, THEY'RE DOOMED. Even when people start trying to pit them “against” Apple, since they don't want to pit them with the other consoles, THEY'RE DOOMED. They show 3DS!! THEY'RE DOOMED!!! DOOMED DOOMED DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!!! (Doesn't this get old?)

4. NO HARDCORE GAMES FROM NINTENDO
You just got Mario Galaxy 2, you have Metroid Other M coming out (yawn), Sin and Punishment 2, you probably have Super Smash Bros. Brawl, there are a ton of great games NOT MADE BY NINTENDO THAT ARE GOOD GAMES ON THE WII. I'll quote Dr. Phil, “IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU!!!! GET REAL!! GET OVER IT!!” I could do a whole blog about how ridiculous and out of touch the hardcore are with reality, let alone how stupid and unreasonable they are. Sure, they'll talk about how great all the M-Rated games are, and how games are some sort of “art”, but they never seem to think about games expanding, and catering to other people, and that games should only expand if it's in their tastes. To think otherwise, is stupid and selfish. Companies don't grow and expand if they stay in the same place, same thing goes for gaming in general. And to be honest, far too many franchises either need to be left alone for a while, or just left alone. Case in point, Zelda. Ocarina of Time has aged HORRIBLY, and we keep seeing a “revision” of that formula on the console versions. People are sick of that, I am, and gamers, or maybe as one blogger called them, returning gamers, are. I forget though, hardcore are the ones who believe they're the only ones that matter.


5. PACHTER: “Well I think.....(Hint: something stupid)”
I don't care how many Pachter apologists there are out there (why are there any in the first place?!), Pachter has proven time and again to be consistently wrong. And not about just Nintendo. “Borderlands was sent out to die!”, “Red Dead Redemption will fail!”, “ Project Ten Dollar is great! They should charge more!”, “Blue Ocean Strategy doesn't work”, “Vitality Sensor is Stupid!” (who knows what that will be for, really), “Wii HD exists! I TOLD NINTENDO TO MAKE IT!”, I may not be a market analyst, but if I had been consistently wrong on so many things, I would have kept my mouth shut after wards. But for some reason, since few journalists seem to do any fact checking, want to use this guy, and make him out to be some sort of “go to” celebrity. Considering he's probably getting kick backs to run his mouth, I won't be surprised that he will eventually say something stupid again, and again and again. The market consistently proves him wrong. I honestly pity Wedbush Morgan for putting up with this sort of behavior (if they're not getting kick backs from it in the first place).

6. (Insert game name here) WILL BE GAME OF THE YEAR!! EPIC!!! FTW!!!!
If you haven't already figured it out, I don't like much about E3 except seeing some of the upcoming games, all the other wasted fluff, cirque de sole this year, celebrities, and much more means nothing to me, show me some games that look entertaining, not a bunch of stupid 5 hour movies I've seen this past generation. Of course the fanboys will be circling the forums and web pages offering their two cents on what game will be the best game ever, since they know only from 2 minutes of a trailer, and haven't played it at all.

7.BEST E3 EVER!!!
Yes, each year is the best ever. No, every year gets topped, doesn't matter. No single year is ever going to be pinpointed. It's just a buzz word thrown around from all the hype getting thrown at all the people attending/watching E3. Can't we just have some sort of stand out year? 2006 was a good year, at least to me it was...

Sorry for this essentially being a rant, but this is basically the same pattern I see every year from this event...








This is in response mainly to Jim's review. And no, this isn't a "I hate Jim Sterling! He's fat and stupid!" Go elsewhere if you want to read that kind of crap.

I don't agree with much of what Jim Sterling has written lately. Sometimes, it's a serious review, other times, it's a news update with a jab at fanboys (I just roll my eyes and get over it, see how is that is?), or, it's a humor piece, but people take it so seriously and can't understand that and go into some stupid debate over why he's wrong and they're right. But you know what? That's his opinion, he's entitled to every bit of it, just as I am to mine, as to yours.

He may not like the Wii, as a lot of "hardcore" gamers don't, that's fine, I enjoy most of the games I've play(ed) on it. But the point I'm trying to get to is this, if you don't like his review, or his opinion, GET OVER IT!!!

Do you people honestly act like this in the real world? When someone you disagree with, you call them out, screaming and shouting how stupid they are? I'd hate to meet you in person if that's how you really are.

"IGN, Game Informer, etc. etc., gave it a 9.0", seriously, you guys read IGN's reviews? Every time I've seen a major title come out, seldom does it not have a glowing review. Why? Think about it. It's a major website that gets money from advertisers and game companies. You don't think they're getting their palms greased for an extra few points on that score? Another reason, fanboys. The last thing they'll wanna do is upset those poor souls who waste their times all day on their forums waiting for a review that means little to nothing.

This is why I dislike about the internet, so much of healthy debate and differing opinion is lost now. If you don't go along with what the viral marketers, game developers that have sold you into buying the game, it's "obvious" you're a fanboy of a differing console, when in reality, it's someone with a differing opinion.

In regards to the review itself, Jim I think did an honest review. A 7 is not a bad score, it's just an average, or a "C" grade. If this game's narrative was so important, you'd think the developer would have put a strong emphasis on the story being good and consistent throughout the entire game.

In regards to the game itself, I honestly had no interest after I saw the game play. I don't mind QTE's, but the game is nothing but that. Oh wait, I forgot, the guys who made the game say it's not a game. Then why on earth would you make it, or better yet, then what is it?! A sixty dollar movie?! If this game's storyline gets that bad, I'd hate for it to be a movie, because from the sound of it, it'd be ScyFy fodder, or worse. Never mind, I won't even get into this game anyway, so there's no point in me even trying to explain why I don't like it.

In short, if you don't like his opinion, get over it, be an adult. Go somewhere else where someone or others agree with you on how great (insert game) is, there's plenty of room for you out there to praise what you haven't played yet.








Okay, since I screwed up my new blog post BIG TIME by not putting a title on it, and not being able to figure out how to fix it, I'll just repost it. If the Moderators can help, please, delete it. I can't seem to get rid of it on my end of the computer...

NOTICE: This will be a bit long...


When I wanted to get back to writing a blog on here, I wasn't sure what I was going to write about: how games are becoming less and less interesting to me? The Hardcore? Sean Malstrom? I didn't know, so maybe I can put it all together somehow...



I've been in this situation time and time again, where I find myself wanting to give up on gaming, and just stick with what I have. Maybe it's because I've only stuck with one game console (all being Nintendo) at a time, which I doubt is the main problem, because even when I had BOTH a 360 and a Wii, I didn't feel satisfied (and I don't like to have to keep up with two consoles, it takes up too much time). No, it's not because I'm expecting too much from games, I don't expect anything in return from any game company, just a game that's worth it's price and is fun, and maybe something I can come back and play again. Even with an optimistic, excited, open mind to it, most of the major games on 360 just didn't click with me at all, and I really, really tried to like these games (I ended up renting/borrowing any major games I played). I never could feel that 60 dollars for a game was justifiable (I only bought 1 used game when I had an Xbox 360), 50 is my limit on Wii games, but even then, I only buy like 4 games a year, if that many...

Now before you call me a whiny, jaded, hardcore Nintendo fanboy, let me inform you, I like ALL consoles, each one has something for every gamer, so I try not to hate on any console. Heck, for at least a year, I had a Xbox Live Gold Membership Account, and played/tried a number of games online with it. But other than Mass Effect, The Orange Box, Forza 2, and messing with Soul Calibur 4's character creation, I had more fun with Xbox Arcade's games, and I ended up purchasing a good amount of them. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed playing OutRun Arcade, Banjo Kazooie 1 and 2, Shadow Complex, Geometry Wars, and Marvel vs. Capcom 2.


So much fun in such a simple racing game....

So why stop with that if I enjoyed it so much? That's what I'm getting to. First off, when I really did own a 360 a few years ago, it was crapping out on me. I ended up getting rid of it, only to move out of my parents place, and my room mate had a 360. We both shared it fairly often this past year. Recently, he moved out, and now I just stick with my Nintendo Wii and my DS. And now, I can't really afford another console at this moment in time, and, I'm dating now (which I guess goes hand in hand). Like I said, with having two game consoles, I couldn't ever seem to keep how much time I played them in balance (addicted? More than likely). And, it wouldn't be fair to my girlfriend to spend all my time playing games, she's not really a gamer, which isn't a problem with me. She watches me play games from time to time, but, I try to get her to play along with me, be it Wii Sports or something simple and fun.


Yeah, it's fun still for me, get over it...

So why am I so divided on my feelings with games? I think some of it has to do with Sean Malstrom's articles. For at least a good half of this past year, I had become an avid reader on his blog. So many things I didn't think about with gaming had started to really sink in. I agreed with him, that disinterest is a big problem with gaming, that companies aren't listening to their customers as much, or that they refuse to even try to reach out to new potential customers; or the gaming industry's idiotic analysts and journalists, or it's self professed game gods (it takes more than one girl or man to make a game), and game companies dirty tactics. I really liked reading his blog. But then this happened....

http://seanmalstrom.wordpress.com/2009/12/25/i-will-buy-no-more-wii-games/


A box, with a big fat recycle logo and a tie fighter cutout next to it. This sends him over the edge? THIS?! A BOX?! THIS IS WHAT BREAKS HIM?! This has suddenly become anti-consumer of Nintendo? Look, I don't like these boxes either, I think it makes it more possible for scratches to get onto your discs, or maybe (which I like), it is in fact, for helping the environment, and I'd rather not get into THAT debate, leave that to political pundits/politicians. There's pretty much nothing I, you, or anyone can do about it. “Oooh, we saved like fifteen cence per 5 boxes!”, I guess when it adds up, they do save more money, but really, they had to cut this much out of the box?

Getting back to talking about Malstrom, he's now professed to not post anymore on his site, believing this is anti-consumer. And for that, I just felt, low. Like seeing a hero give up. No, I didn't put the guy on that much a pedestal. It's just disheartening to see someone you enjoy hearing about/reading about just quit. But then, it hit me, and I couldn't believe it, but I'm starting to think that this guy is ALMOST like the Rush Limbaugh of gaming!


Do we really need this kinda guy in gaming?

I'm sure the Malstrom fans/readers/Malstrom himself are going to raze me for this. Look, I hate politics, and never want to get into them ever, end of story. And the last thing I wanna do is to mingle them in games. Unfortunately games are, for example, Elitism and telling everyone who's a gamer and who isn't by judging what they play (If they're playing games and having fun, who cares?). But there's a strong similarity between Limbaugh and Malstrom to me. How so? In only a FEW ways

Limbaugh is consistently negative on everything.

Limbaugh get's his listeners worked up, ready to get their guns and torches.

Limbaugh pats himself on the back.

Limbaugh is never wrong according to Limbaugh, and when he is, he simply ignores or denies it.

Now the last one is a somewhat a stretch. Because Malstrom has had a number of strong points about games, and sometimes hit the nail on the head. Heck, Limbaugh, on the RAREST of occasions, has had a good point on some things, but like I said, that's RARE. Malstrom has experience of business and law (and I'm willing to bet he probably does), and understands Blue Ocean strategy very well, something some game journalists should try to do instead of ignoring it.

Malstrom had me worked up, and agreeing with him on a number of levels, shovel ware, the bird-man fallacy, DLC, Lazy game companies and their hypocrisy, Nintendo's User Generated Content direction, heck even some of Nintendo's other bad moves in the past few years. Though I disagreed with some of his opinions on some games, I see things now that I didn't see in his articles before, he became the thing he disliked, a whiny, annoying hardcore gamer. He talked about the “good 'ol” days of gaming, and how companies of today have ruined it. How trying to make games art is just lucid thinking. I admit, those good 'ol times were great (some of those games still are!), but a lot of them are gone and in the past. I don't want every game to be an interactive movie, because I don't see myself returning to play it in ten years, when another game has already done it, and has done it better....


Will anyone play this in ten years? Maybe, Maybe not...

Now don't think I'm dissing Uncharted. Heck, I wouldn't mind giving that game a shot if I get a chance, but that was just an honest question is all. I'm just beginning to feel that a lot of games in this generation and the past one are not gonna be as remembered as well. This of course, could be a generational kind of thing. After all, some of the kids playing games today, don't necessarily like the games we played at their age. Their interpretation of games, and what makes them entertaining is/could be different.

So I guess I've sorted some things out from this, though I still feel mixed from how I feel about games these days. Maybe I need to take a break from them, which I've done, only to still find myself in this situation. Disinterest in gaming isn't something I like to go through, especially since I've enjoyed games so much in childhood. Maybe my time with gaming is coming to a close, maybe I should explore other game genres, or other consoles, which sounds like a good alternative, although I doubt it'll help, though I do have a Dreamcast I haven't touched in some time since I got it last year...




These are the things I'll be pondering for a while, and I hope that I haven't bored you to tears with this.







Toadofsky
1:10 PM on 12.26.2009

NOTICE: This will be a bit long...


When I wanted to get back to writing a blog on here, I wasn't sure what I was going to write about: how games are becoming less and less interesting to me? The Hardcore? Sean Malstrom? I didn't know, so maybe I can put it all together somehow...



I've been in this situation time and time again, where I find myself wanting to give up on gaming, and just stick with what I have. Maybe it's because I've only stuck with one game console (all being Nintendo) at a time, which I doubt is the main problem, because even when I had BOTH a 360 and a Wii, I didn't feel satisfied (and I don't like to have to keep up with two consoles, it takes up too much time). No, it's not because I'm expecting too much from games, I don't expect anything in return from any game company, just a game that's worth it's price and is fun, and maybe something I can come back and play again. Even with an optimistic, excited, open mind to it, most of the major games on 360 just didn't click with me at all, and I really, really tried to like these games (I ended up renting/borrowing any major games I played). I never could feel that 60 dollars for a game was justifiable (I only bought 1 used game when I had an Xbox 360), 50 is my limit on Wii games, but even then, I only buy like 4 games a year, if that many...

Now before you call me a whiny, jaded, hardcore Nintendo fanboy, let me inform you, I like ALL consoles, each one has something for every gamer, so I try not to hate on any console. Heck, for at least a year, I had a Xbox Live Gold Membership Account, and played/tried a number of games online with it. But other than Mass Effect, The Orange Box, Forza 2, and messing with Soul Calibur 4's character creation, I had more fun with Xbox Arcade's games, and I ended up purchasing a good amount of them. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed playing OutRun Arcade, Banjo Kazooie 1 and 2, Shadow Complex, Geometry Wars, and Marvel vs. Capcom 2.


So much fun in such a simple racing game....

So why stop with that if I enjoyed it so much? That's what I'm getting to. First off, when I really did own a 360 a few years ago, it was crapping out on me. I ended up getting rid of it, only to move out of my parents place, and my room mate had a 360. We both shared it fairly often this past year. Recently, he moved out, and now I just stick with my Nintendo Wii and my DS. And now, I can't really afford another console at this moment in time, and, I'm dating now (which I guess goes hand in hand). Like I said, with having two game consoles, I couldn't ever seem to keep how much time I played them in balance (addicted? More than likely). And, it wouldn't be fair to my girlfriend to spend all my time playing games, she's not really a gamer, which isn't a problem with me. She watches me play games from time to time, but, I try to get her to play along with me, be it Wii Sports or something simple and fun.


Yeah, it's fun still for me, get over it...

So why am I so divided on my feelings with games? I think some of it has to do with Sean Malstrom's articles. For at least a good half of this past year, I had become an avid reader on his blog. So many things I didn't think about with gaming had started to really sink in. I agreed with him, that disinterest is a big problem with gaming, that companies aren't listening to their customers as much, or that they refuse to even try to reach out to new potential customers; or the gaming industry's idiotic analysts and journalists, or it's self professed game gods (it takes more than one girl or man to make a game), and game companies dirty tactics. I really liked reading his blog. But then this happened....

http://seanmalstrom.wordpress.com/2009/12/25/i-will-buy-no-more-wii-games/


A box, with a big fat recycle logo and a tie fighter cutout next to it. This sends him over the edge? THIS?! A BOX?! THIS IS WHAT BREAKS HIM?! This has suddenly become anti-consumer of Nintendo? Look, I don't like these boxes either, I think it makes it more possible for scratches to get onto your discs, or maybe (which I like), it is in fact, for helping the environment, and I'd rather not get into THAT debate, leave that to political pundits/politicians. There's pretty much nothing I, you, or anyone can do about it. “Oooh, we saved like fifteen cence per 5 boxes!”, I guess when it adds up, they do save more money, but really, they had to cut this much out of the box?

Getting back to talking about Malstrom, he's now professed to not post anymore on his site, believing this is anti-consumer. And for that, I just felt, low. Like seeing a hero give up. No, I didn't put the guy on that much a pedestal. It's just disheartening to see someone you enjoy hearing about/reading about just quit. But then, it hit me, and I couldn't believe it, but I'm starting to think that this guy is ALMOST like the Rush Limbaugh of gaming!


Do we really need this kinda guy in gaming?

I'm sure the Malstrom fans/readers/Malstrom himself are going to raze me for this. Look, I hate politics, and never want to get into them ever, end of story. And the last thing I wanna do is to mingle them in games. Unfortunately games are, for example, Elitism and telling everyone who's a gamer and who isn't by judging what they play (If they're playing games and having fun, who cares?). But there's a strong similarity between Limbaugh and Malstrom to me. How so? In only a FEW ways

Limbaugh is consistently negative on everything.

Limbaugh get's his listeners worked up, ready to get their guns and torches.

Limbaugh pats himself on the back.

Limbaugh is never wrong according to Limbaugh, and when he is, he simply ignores or denies it.

Now the last one is a somewhat a stretch. Because Malstrom has had a number of strong points about games, and sometimes hit the nail on the head. Heck, Limbaugh, on the RAREST of occasions, has had a good point on some things, but like I said, that's RARE. Malstrom has experience of business and law (and I'm willing to bet he probably does), and understands Blue Ocean strategy very well, something some game journalists should try to do instead of ignoring it.

Malstrom had me worked up, and agreeing with him on a number of levels, shovel ware, the bird-man fallacy, DLC, Lazy game companies and their hypocrisy, Nintendo's User Generated Content direction, heck even some of Nintendo's other bad moves in the past few years. Though I disagreed with some of his opinions on some games, I see things now that I didn't see in his articles before, he became the thing he disliked, a whiny, annoying hardcore gamer. He talked about the “good 'ol” days of gaming, and how companies of today have ruined it. How trying to make games art is just lucid thinking. I admit, those good 'ol times were great (some of those games still are!), but a lot of them are gone and in the past. I don't want every game to be an interactive movie, because I don't see myself returning to play it in ten years, when another game has already done it, and has done it better....

Will anyone play this in ten years? Maybe, Maybe not...

Now don't think I'm dissing Uncharted. Heck, I wouldn't mind giving that game a shot if I get a chance, but that was just an honest question is all. I'm just beginning to feel that a lot of games in this generation and the past one are not gonna be as remembered as well. This of course, could be a generational kind of thing. After all, some of the kids playing games today, don't necessarily like the games we played at their age. Their interpretation of games, and what makes them entertaining is/could be different.

So I guess I've sorted some things out from this, though I still feel mixed from how I feel about games these days. Maybe I need to take a break from them, which I've done, only to still find myself in this situation. Disinterest in gaming isn't something I like to go through, especially since I've enjoyed games so much in childhood. Maybe my time with gaming is coming to a close, maybe I should explore other game genres, or other consoles, which sounds like a good alternative, although I doubt it'll help, though I do have a Dreamcast I haven't touched in some time since I got it last year...



These are the things I'll be pondering for a while, and I hope that I haven't bore you to tears with this.