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Games Played in 2010

December 31, 2010

My “Games Completed” list this year is quite good.  Part of that is that my total number of games played is inversely proportional to the amount of time I play World of Warcraft.  Meaning I didn’t play much Warcraft this year, so I played a lot of other things.  The other reason is that I really tried to put an emphasis on completing games this year.  I pick up a lot of games and tend to dabble a lot, but I’m easily distracted by the next thing and leave many games hanging.  This year I dabbled less and finished more.  So without further ado…

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Zark’s E3 Roundup and Best of Show

June 18, 2010

Ok, I’m saturated with E3 2010 news, and ready to throw down the final verdict.  It’s a long one, so grab some popcorn and adult libation (or beverage of choice) and read on…

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E3 2010 Nintendo Media Briefing Live Thoughts

June 15, 2010

Okay, here we go with Nintendo’s press conference:

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
– Lots of time showing Zelda control. Uses Wii MotionPlus.
– Some control issues. Stage issue or game issue?
– Looks fun. Lots of items to use.
– Not coming out until “next year”

Mario Sports Mix
– The Mario sports franchises have been pretty silent the last few years, so I’m not surprised.

Just Dance 2
– Dance games are the new music game genre this year.
– Doesn’t pick up full body moves like Kinect.  But that might mean it’s not as hard.

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Wii Game Soundtrack Sadness

May 25, 2010

Long time readers will no doubt be familiar with my love of video game music soundtracks, especially of the free variety.  Joystiq posted a story today about the cancellation of Wii horror game Sadness.  It was in development hell for years, rumored even to be vaporware, and finally canceled.  This was confirmed last month by the game’s musical composer, Arkadiusz Reikowskiego, who released the music tracks on his blog for download.  So to alleviate your sadness at the cancellation of the game, enjoy the work-in-progress Sadness soundtrack for free!

via Joystiq via Original Sound Version via Gra muzyka

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Netflix for Wii Case Cover Art

April 13, 2010

Getting that shiny new disc in the mail this week for instant streaming Netflix on your Wii? I got it today and gave it a try.  Works pretty well on the little console that could.  Better than on the PS3 for standard def streaming and load times!

You don’t need to return the disc, so print yourself a nice Netflix Wii-style case cover from The Cover Project, grab a white DVD case (or buy empty cases from Nintendo if you are a perfectionist), and put that disc in your game library in style.  If you have a PS3 disc, you can do the same for it with a Netflix PS3 case cover.

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Cave Story

March 23, 2010

I often post Game Impressions, and occasionally post about a game on release day, but I usually shy away from saying solely in a non-review type post that you should go buy a particular game.  But I’m going to break with tradition today and say that if you have a Wii, go spend $12 and buy Cave Story.

If you are unfamiliar with Cave Story (you’ve been living in a cave, right?), let me give it a brief introduction.  It was first released in 2004 for the PC, and is one of the best known indie freeware games ever made, in part because it is excellent, and in part because it was developed completely by one person, Daisuke ‘Pixel’ Amaya, over a span of 5 years.

A 2D side-scrolling platformer with an old skool style, Cave Story takes its inspiration from classic games like Metroid and Castlevania, and it delivers a game that rivals such classics in story and play time.  The game was adapted for WiiWare by independent developer Nicalis, and sports new widescreen 480p graphics, a new English localization, new character designs by Pixel himself, and new music.  It also includes some new gameplay modes.

It’s in vogue these days to say “there’s nothing to play on the Wii” or “my Wii’s collecting dust” or something similar.  Don’t be one of those people who like saying that at the expense of playing  a good game.  Hopefully this game gets the mainstream attention it deserves, and Pixel realizes a little monetary gain for all his hard work.  In a console generation or two, when you see the inevitable lists of games you should have played on the Wii, Cave Story will be near the top of the list.

Hit the jump for some gameplay footage.

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Live the Darkside

November 12, 2009

darkside has a fresh interactive take on videogame trailers with its exclusive trailer for Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, which comes out next Tuesday for the Nintendo Wii.  Hit up their site to “experience” it.  Pretty cool.

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