I would be spending time at the moment using my motorcycle, but since I have to save up for insurance, MOT and tax, that’s not possible. Not to mention money for parts if the MOT shows up something. And I own a fourteen year-old Yamaha, so those items, if they need replacing, should be reassuringly expensive. And don’t mention the fuel costs…
Anyway, enough of that. I’ve spent that time during my holiday playing video games. Not alone mind you, I’ve had Soltanis for company, playing sparing amounts of The Red Star
on the PS2. But I have also got to grips with getting my DS linked to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection (WFC for short) via the newest incarnation of the Track and Field series
. It’s so far the only T&F title to have online capability, unless you count the one on XBLA.
It also got a varying degree of reviews, and I can see why; although it caters for the button-mashing and stylus-rubbing crowd, you need a lot of practise to get good results. Trust me, this isn’t as easy to get records like I did in my favourite version on the PSOne, where I could get approximately seven-second 100 metres. Whilst some will say that it therefore removes quite a bit of fun from the game, I can say in its defence that part of the fun lies in finding ways to improve your times and scores. The other part of the fun is the whole new world of competition that has opened up, something I cannot fail to take on. At the time of typing, there are only about 1574 online competitors, but about 10-15 are joining everyday. Since the game is getting/has got released this week in America, I should see that figure go up more.
Without further ado, let us step into our first TABNITF. An acronym that just rolls off the tongue.
Damn, so close to a top three finish. I ended up fourth, my best finish in a tournament so far. I was button-bashing hard, but couldn’t go faster.
Show Your Skill Results
1st Timbolo (UK)
2nd Palpatine (Argentina)
3rd Ereek (Fra)
4th Batthink (UK)
5th Mute (UK)
6th Lakepalmer (Thailand)
7th Mrzimmerman7777 (Sweden)
8th Gus101 (Spain)
9th Leyva (Spain)
10th Kermix (USA)
11th Yusmon (Spain)
I know I’m doing this without getting prizes and stuff, but I can’t resist the challenge. I’m making contacts and having fun. I’ve got another tournament starting today, so let’s see what happens in the next week.
Btw, maybe I should be careful about telling you what I've been up to. Besides, I don't want to come out with a phrase like "I've been performing the vault on the bed, rubbing my stylus frantically".