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Replaying: the Virtual Boy

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Yes, I have one of those things, most of the time it stand on over a high place like an icon of my perseverance.
Still, besides all the hate the Virtual Boy gets, I can remember like today the day (more than 10 years ago), that my father brought me the Virtual Boy from a trip to the states. He was from the Atari era, so the virtual thingie amazed him so he bought it. Cool and happy memories...

Now I know that the fate of the Virtual Boy was to fail from its start. I know because I have seen the list of Virtual Boy games, it is not a very long one, and in that same page you can find all the games that they canceled.
Also the system had a problem (ok, it had more than a problem, but anyway), it wasnt a "lets bring some friends to the house and play until tomorrow", and it was not a "portable" device. So it was a strange concept for a single player experience and it had to be over your desk.
Of course with a pack of six AA batteries you could make it more "portable".

So what good games are on this ñaca ñaca console.

Well, there is one I played a lot back in the day: Mario Tennis. It was good, but now that I have played the Mario Tennis 64 I know better. The gameplay is very limited in the Virtual Boy, once you played the more gameplay rich 64 version, you cant go back (yeah, Iam a big fan of mario tennis for the 64, the game is a blast to play in fours). Still, back in the day I had a blast with it, and I have to admit that it was the only sport game that I was interested in.



Overall the Virtual Boy didnt even had a chance from the start. I never played the Mario game, some say that the game was not good, still, I would have liked to play it.
After doing a little bit of research of all the cancelled titles it amazes me that still Nintendo was going to go with the games that the gamers deserve, and not some random music shit for the mases.
Nintendo took a chance with the VB, only it did not worked out like the Wii. Some things are only meant to be tested in the lab. Nintendo had the guts to develop something out of the ordinary. We are talking about 1995, virtual reality was supossed to be the next big thing, so maybe it wasnt all that crazy...
So the VB died. The wii is big right now with the mases, but I only see 5 titles I would like to play in that console. Nintendo is focused on bringing the cool technology to gaming, but then it should bring the games into the technology.
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About Veltone of us since 11:54 PM on 05.31.2007

Iam a gammer from the harsh uruguayan jungle (we dont even have a jungle down here, too cold, go and do some wikipedia of Uruguay). I used to do a podcast in spanish about videogames at Radio LevelUp but I dont do it anymore... anyway those guys are there still making it so you can give it a try if you understand spanish
And i can say "�aca �aca �aca" and i know how to pronoaunce it well since im a spanish speaker, so Im a superior race.
A couple of idiots may find funny that I dont have good english grammar, but again, they are probably idiots since they only speak/write one language...

Most of my time in the internet is because of games. I love videogames so much that i sleep with my girlfriend and my ds, at the same time... i call that a "threesome" and my humor doesnt get anything better than that.
Mostly im a PC gamer, i was going to buy a 360 but faulty crappy hardware told me not to since if it goes RRoD here I would have lost my money, and as a man Im entitled to the sweat of my brow. I want to fuck the Wii and I believe the PS3 is going to be the first console in space.

In the "real" life (come on, internet now is part of our lives anyway...), I study medicine (takes a lot of time and I cant spend enough of my time playing videogames). Is not what you would call a marriage made in heaven, if I wanted to game more I should have sutdy something related to pc�s, but I grown surrounded by computers and stuff so I chose the bio stuff instead. Anyway, little time to play video games if you dont want my biographical shit.

And the main reasson I play games for the story behind them. I love well written stories like Half Life series, of course Portal (kind of a Valve fan). Other great games include World Of Warcraft (not currently playing, actually I was never hardcore, but I enjoyed the experience a lot), and of course the classics like System Shock 2. Other great titles had stuck with me over the years, classics adventure games like Monkey Island, Indiana Jones and Grim Fandango.

So, best game experiences:
Half Life 2 (and the original Half Life of course).
System Shock 2
Grim Fandango
Indiana Jones and the Fate Of Atlantis
Monkey Island

Links:
My Picasa Web Album.
My videogame blog in spanish
Mii code:[email protected]


 

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