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Thanks IGN for once again hyping a game, but this time for it turning out pretty average and not something worth all the hype. Remember when you said that The Conduit would be better than Little King's Story? Well... that seems pretty funny now. I got owned for once again going along with IGN and hyping something... only this time it turns out dreadful!
High Voltage, get more talent.
UP has impressed me. I never look up information on a movie before I see it; I don't even like to watch trailers, so I can enter a movie without any preconceived notions or opinions. I knew UP was about a old man going on an adventure with his house... oh, and there were balloons. After I saw it, however, I could not believe what I had just experienced. UP has a design that pushes a short-story concept keeping you on your toes with fast, action comedy. Surprisingly, this movie also masterfully mixes in layers of abandonment more successfully than most movies I have seen, minus a few. Pixar's introductory information to all new concepts continues to be their most impressive ability. Small ideas grow in seconds as new information reaches your eyes and it builds up until an entire idea and emotion is formed. Incredible. Go see the movie, you will love it.
I'm level 36... again, and maybe this time I can actually get to level 37 without getting modded a trillion times! I'm one BAD BAD person guys!
In other news, i'm really getting excited for E3, I have a feeling that it is going to be one outstanding show for Nintendo. The rumors are coming together, i'm getting little tid-bits of news from several sites and I want them to all come out in full force at E3. Reggie says that he has seen core games that have taken longer than expected, Final Fantasy CC: tCB is coming together, Red Steel 2 is coming (a game that I still have high hopes for), Matt C. says we will see a core game that surprises us in quality in April, Nintendo has Wii MotionPlus on the way and Pikmin, Zelda, Mario, Sin & Punishment 2, Wii Sports Resort, and who knows what else!
*gets ready to be disappointed*
Do you guys remember the days when System Wars was once good? When people once had fun on the board instead of being restricted under subrosian's philosophy of a more open and perhaps more educated environment? Well, that was the time of System Wars Bets, a really cool feature GRANTED to Gamespot by only a few people. Well, it's now gone because of legal issues.
However, Nintendo Dream has created a version of it called Nintendo Dream RISK! We use absolutely no gambling jargon and it presents the same fun environment. So, come on down and place your RISKS! We have awesome sigs and banners made by LegendofNerd!
Nintendo Dream has entered its 9th month of existance and it is time for a new beginning! Officers have been replaced, topic standards have been raised, events have been planned, and I am happy to say that the rest of the year (until August 15th) is going to be its best quarter ever! Our cooperation with Nintendo Revolution will be getting stronger as well! So, get ready for some awesome times as participation grows higher and higher every day!
- Enter The Wii - Today's Nintendo -
My Outlook on Nintendo in Today's Society
Part 2 - Do You Want A Revolution?
There comes a time in every business when customers start to lose interest. This is caused by a stagnant business strategy. Follow past successes and learn from past mistakes, right? Well, if that were true, then perhaps the gaming industry would have learned from the Gaming Crash of 1983. But perhaps a history lesson is needed?
Early 1980s: 1980-1983
The time of the Arcade and Early Home Consoles:
Named the "Golden Years" by gaming historians, the early 1980's were a time of prosperity in the gaming universe. It seemed that no matter who came in, consumers would gobble up all types of gaming material. Nintendo even hit the scene during this time with the release of Donkey Kong for arcades. Games like Lode Runner, Ms. Packman, Centipede, Defender, Asteroids, and even Galaga were released to huge success.
Mid 1980s: 1983-1985
But one sad day, Atari, gaming giant, made the decision to start rushing projects for retail to meet demand. Highly anticipated games like Packman and E.T. came out to appalling results. Atari made the decision that will forever live in the minds of gamers: They buried all their excess games in the middle of the American deserts. This, coupled with over supply and under-demand, created the largest deficit in Gaming History. Companies shut down, games stopped being manufactured, and the fad that was gaming was done for.
Late 1980s: 1986-1990
Nintendo Comes Back
Nintendo, coming out of the crash by their Japanese success, begin to carefully introduce the NES onto American soil. After a year of planning and adapting, they launch the NES to late success (by 1986 it really takes off). All of a sudden gamers could play Mario, Metroid, Zelda, Kid Icarus, Startropics, Megaman, Final Fantasy, and several other new IP's. Exciting times for the Gamers, i'm sure.
Today: The Revolution
But how does this compare to today? Over saturation of the market. There are currently 3 main companies creating gaming consoles for gamers today. Although some disagree, the market is not large enough to hold three consoles. Exclusives are becoming a thing of the past; no longer do people need to buy all three consoles plus a gaming computer, it just isn't necessary. Nothing surprises gamers these days; we can predict most things that are going to happen anyway.
Nintendo, seeing the incoming doom of the industry, quickly acts to reverse the process. They release the Nintendo DS with certain games that were laughed at, games that would never sell. Nintendogs, Brain Age, and other games were released selling millions.
Nintendo, following on the success of the DS, introduces the Revolution. They unveil the new controller and promise a gaming experience like no other. But the question is asked; do you want a Revolution?
I have a resistance toward blogs and I don't know why. I don't dislike them as I think they are kind of neat, but I never search them out or create them. But, because I am constantly out of the flow in Gamespot, I will please my friends and make a damn blog. So, I hope you will enjoy.
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1. My dad works at Central Michigan University and conducts the women's choir there in addition to teaching several clas-ses about music education and music research. Because of that, I have grown up with a strong background in music. I am on my 10th year of piano and my 6th in Cello. I just started guitar lessons on the side for fun and my dad is building me a dulcimer (look it up). I have a strange fascination with the harp but have stifled my interest due to social reasons (I think you could imagine why) and plan to pick it up as a mid-life-crisis instrument.
2. I was born in the City of Mormonism; Salt Lake City Utah. While there, my dad worked on his doctorate and my mom was segregated against because she wore short shorts. So, after living there for 6 months, I moved to Tonganoxie New York where I remember blizzards and wild raspberries. I lived there for 4 years and moved to McPherson Kansas. This is the place where I consider I grew up. But I moved to Mt. Pleasant Michigan after 6 years in Kansas and I have lived here ever since.
3. I used to play several sports in Kansas such as baseball, football, soccer, and basketball... but when I moved to Michigan I got into a different social group and those aspects of my life disappeared. I am now a part of our schools bowling team. I regret not keeping up with some type of sport as I kind of like to run.
4. I am 5 feet and 11 inches tall and weigh 155 pounds. I am considered to be neither fat nor skinny, but kind of in the middle. I find balance is good when it comes to food, exercise, and all other things in life.
5. This is a nice and small picture of me. Shocker, I know. But I don't see the harm... perhaps I will soon see what all of you look like (hehehe ).[img]http://www.facebook.com/album.php?profile&id=504663110[/img]
- Enter The Wii - Today's Nintendo -
My Outlook on Nintendo in Today's Society
Part 1 - In the Beginning
Many Gamers started with Nintendo as children. The NES started the wave of gaming that is known today as a World Wide phenomenon. Nintendo characters made debut after debut, launching franchise after franchise of solid gaming experiences. Nintendo had the talent to create revolutionary games that surpased anything anybody had seen before.
The NES lasted 6 long years, but in 1991 the SNES appeared and 2D gaming as we know it was perfected. With the added power, Nintendo could create larger game, more detailed worlds, and overall some of the best games in history! Nintendo continued most franchises from the NES, but dropped a few along the way.
Into 3D Nintendo if thrust! Touting the power of the N64, Nintendo re-envisions it's most popular franchises to make them fit into a 3D world. Guess what? Nintendo Nails it! Once again, Nintendo revolutionizes the way we play games and the way games are made! They bring back their most popular franchises for the ride, but are people losing interest?
Nintendo loses market share to Sony, the new big man in town. It touted disk space which were cheaper to manufacture and could create larger, more detailed worlds without fumbling around with cartridges. Well, Nintendo needs to catch up, so Yamauchi orders for a high powered machine that has disks and corrects the flaw of the PS1... load times. With small disks, load times are a breeze, but it also has much more storage space than a cartridge. Can Nintendo win?
From Water-Pac Mario and Celda to the WTF Pikmin, just like samus here... people were doing double takes on just what exactly Nintendo was doing. All of a sudden we have a purple lunchbox with a slew of kiddy games and Metroid Prime. People wonder if Nintendo is losing focus, and the GameCube falls to last place, even though each title is superb!
Enter The Wii -
Saruto Iwata enters as new President of Nintendo, and with him comes a completely different stratagy about games. While Yamauchi was all about raw power and left the creativity to the developers, Saruto is a game designer at heart and decides to start development on a new system that is titiled "Revolution".
Lair was my most anticipated title on the PlayStation 3, a console that I do not own, but was going to own once this game came out! Why? ITS FACTOR 5! Everyone should know that Factor 5 + Dragons = Win, right? Wrong! Not only has Factor 5 created a bad dragon game, but this game is so terrible that it's ONLY crutch is it's production values, something I myself sees as a non-factor to the overall "fun" experience of a game.
In fact, according to the GameSpot Review, Lair:
"has what is quite possibly one of the worst control schemes ever devised." WHAT?!?!
"As a game, [Lair] is a nightmare and an embarrassment." Huh?
"[Lair is] like Joust in 3D, only shallower." 0_o
"[controls are] frustrating and dumb"
"It's obvious that all the development effort went into Lair's production values, rather than into making it fun to play." NOOO!!!!!!!
Overall - "Lair could have actually been good in some alternate dimension.... Factor 5 should have made a movie--not a game. This is the ultimate example of how gameplay suffers when all the work goes into making everything look pretty. There is nothing fun about it, so forget the online leaderboards and don't worry about unlocking a few dragons in the stable or gunning for a high score. Forget Lair entirely. It really seems like the developers forced themselves to stick with a barely-workable control scheme just to make use of the PS3's flashy new tilt sensor support."
I got owned, and not just regular owned... ULTRA OWNED! I wanted for this game to get 8.0 or higher and as a testament to my ownage, I am not going to buy a PS3 until next year, when I have a decent selection of GREAT games that I am interested in. Unlike this terrible excuse of a FACTOR 5 project.
What Have I lost in the process? Well, get ready for semi-frequent blogging from me! Hope you enjoy my entries as I will try to make them interesting! All in all though.... Lair sucks giant piranha balz.