January 24, 2010
Let’s start with a little politics since I haven’t done any in a while. I’m happy that Scott Brown, now I just have to sit on nails, hoping he doesn’t do anything stupid and ruin the conservative message in the great progressive state of Massachusetts. Please stick to the principles you spoke of when you were campaigning. I am not happy with Sarah Palin. She has done some great thing with just a Facebook account. Then she came out with Going Rogue and reading that show such a profound love for this country. If I saw her as a politician she’d be one of the very few that I trust. So why in the world would she be campaigning for McCain. I guy who doesn’t even seem to like her and did nothing to defend her when his people were lying about her after they lost the election. She says that McCain is waking up to how the progressive movement has infected both parties. All I can say is, I hope she’s right and I hope she knows what she’s doing.
When it comes to left/right politics I firmly believe that the left desires greater government control over society towards the extreme of Dictatorship; where as the right desires less government control over society towards the extreme of Anarchy. That is why I was glad to see Glenn Beck draw together similarities between the more traditionally left perceived fascist regimes of Soviet Russia, China, and Cuba to the traditionally right perceived fascist regime of Hitler’s Germany.
On the gaming side of my life I have just finished Dark Void and Dark Void Zero this past week. If you like the old NES Capcom games like Megaman or Duck Tails (woohoo) and also games like Mertoid or Castlevania I would highly recommend downloading Dark Void Zero for the DSi. It’s cheap, but short, but fun. As for the Dark Void, I would say that it was worth playing. I would have liked a better mix of the game’s mechanics, but I would say it’s worth a rental or purchase after a price drop. And please, don’t take either Dark Void game too serious.
Games beat this year is currently at 6 which is a great number for me. I may start to catch up to my backlog .
No More Heroes
Phantasy Star Zero
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Dark Void Zero
January 3, 2010
This generation, the generation still called by many, the “Next Generation,” I bought a Wii day one. A year later, in November 2007 I bought an Xbox 360. With those two systems I am more than satisfied with my gaming selection. In fact including my Nintendo DSi I have too many games that I want to play right now. Typically in the past I have had one home console and a handheld that I rarely played. I did own a Dreamcast that I had a few games (because I could find any games), but that was it. I finally bought a PS2 after I had a Wii so that I could get the Katamari games that I always wanted to play. For a while those were the only two games I wanted or needed for the PS2, but I eventually, though working at GameStop, discovered Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, the Fatal Frame series, the Yakuza series, and Shin Megami games. I have also been going back to the Gameboy games that I missed and I for the first time am just as active with my handheld as with my consoles.
Add that with everything I have for my Wii and 360, and why in the world would I want to buy another system to add even more game that I want to play but have not time to play? I have around 50 games across all platforms that I have yet to beat. I have been working on completing games, I have beat Okami, Phantasy Star Zero and New Super Mario Bros. Wii in the past month.
I used to look at the PS3 and had very little intrest in owning it. There were very few games that I wanted to play so as more games came out that I did want to play I made a list of them so that I could try to develop some kind of threshold for me buying a Playstation 3. The current list is Metal Gear 4, Valkyria Chronicles, Flower, Little Big Planet (only for the creation aspect because the jumping is broken), Pixel Junk Eden, Noby Noby Boy, Motorstorm Pacific Rift, Wipeout HD, Demon’s Soul, and I’m looking forward to Yakuza 3, Heavy Rain and most of all The Last Guardian. With a list like that I certainly have enough reasons to get a PS3 but it’s still not enough to drop $300 on a new system.
About a year ago I came to the conclusion the I would only get a PS3 after the next Team ICO game is released (The Last Guardian). I also predicted that my boss, mostly by pressure from his girl friend, would get his own PS3 system. I was wrong, but the Assistant Manager did get his this year so Eric (my boss) and I have been making jokes of our hatred of Sony and now my new goal is to wait longer than Eric to get my own PS3. It may be not be until the tail end of the ten years of the Playstation 3 before I get me one.
January 3, 2010
I have not supported this blog as well as I would have liked. I haven’t posted many pictures, I haven’t posted anything in a very long time. I have a few things that I have been working on that by now are old news but I will finish them up with my new free time now that the Christmas season is coming to a close. It’s still not yet over, due to the amount of kiddies coming into work to spend gift cards and Christmas money on video game.
Speaking of games I cannot wait to see what Decembers sales numbers are. My co-worker Chris Buck was telling a customer that he thought that Nintendo has been not making enough New Super Mario Bros. Wii on purpose, just to drive up interest in the game, “like what they did with the system, Mario Kart, Wii Fit,” he said. I have never thought that Nintendo was purposely under making games to drive interest. If you look at the interest in things like the Wii system, Mario Kart, Wii Fit, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii pre-release, you’ll see other than a small majority of gamers there wasn’t that much attention given to these games. But after release large amounts of non-traditional gamers flocked to stores to buy these games after seeing commercials or playing it at a friend’s house. Also due the state of the damn Bush economy Nintendo has been playing safe. In an environment where the next day could very well bring about the next Great Depression Nintendo is doing what they do best, surviving. They have done very well in the past with the NES and Super NES, but with out there brilliant business model their Company would have been devastated during their dry periods of the N64 and Gamecube. The company is known for being very conservative and it’s that conservatism that allowed them to still make money even when only the diehard Nintendo fans were buying their systems and games.
Once those sales numbers come out I’m sure I’ll see that Nintendo is at the top of both the system and game sales.