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It only took fifteen years…

Wednesday 10 October (2007)

Man, I feel old. But anyone who had a Megadrive and a SNES when they were new will understand why this image is so exciting for an old saddo like me.

sonic vs mario

I’ll see you online, in 2008.

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Nintendo Wii: first playtest

Sunday 24 December (2006)

So today I went over to my uncle’s house under the guise of visiting my cousins on their eighth birthday, but ostensibly to have a go on his Nintendo Wii console. This was the first time I’ve ever been on the most exciting video games console yet available, and I have to say – it’s fucking great!

I started out with a quick game of tennis on Wii Sports. I was amazed at how intuitive it was – I had barely strapped myself into the Wiimote when it was time to serve, which was done by pressing the ‘B’ button and then – well, serving. So I press the button and the ball flies up into the air, and suddenly I’ve got to swing my arm through the air to serve. I felt like an idiot on my first go – my parents, sister, three cousins and my gran were all sat on the couch behind me and my uncle, so I was quite self conscious. But, lo and behold, I swung my arm and served the ball, and the game was underway. By the third swing of my arm I had forgotten there was even anyone else in the room, as I leapt about swinging my arm, trying my backhand and topspin. So intuitive was it that on my very first go playing it, I actually won the match 2-1.

Next I tried making a ‘Mii’ – the avatar-like representation of yourself that is used in game. Again this was simple, easy and fun to do – I designed a simple charicature of myself, chose a hairstyle and height etc., then I was done. So my uncle loaded up this fitness test thing that you can do on Wii Sports – a set of basic challenges which you are supposed to do once a day in order to improve your abilities and real-life fitness.

First up: bowling. This was harder to get used to than tennis as it didn’t just rely on the motion of the Wiimote, but also the speed. The first few times I did it I failed to hit the pins, the bowling ball not moving fast enough. Once I got the speed aspect down, I started fiddling with my angle of attack, and putting spin on the ball – it was tougher to get the hang of, but that’s good. I had worried beforehand that all the Sports games would be simple hand gestures that required little or no skill – that’s not the case.

The final game I played before the kids took over the machine was baseball, which was really challenging and a lot of fun. Like tennis and bowling before it, I had to hold the Wiimote in the appropriate stance – this time like a bat. Balls were fired at me and I swung at them with gusto, but I only managed to hit about half of them properly. This was the first game I played that I could see myself flinging the Wiimote into the TV, swinging as hard as I was – my ‘Who the hell lets go of the Wiimote?’ stance is now changed to ‘Yes, a potential hazard.’

But what did I bring away from this first Wii session? Well, until now I’d been fairly content to wait until Smash Bros. comes out before buying my own Wii (probably waiting for the rumoured relaunch.) Now? Fucking get me one of those consoles right now…

Week of Games: Number 1

Saturday 30 September (2006)

Well, here we are. A historic week of sustained consecutive posts, and a fine list of games, which you can view below. There remains but one.

What could it be? Perhaps Worms Armageddon, a game I have clocked up scores of hours playing? Or maybe that game is too annoying. It could be The Longest Journey, a point-and-click adventure game that told a story that was far too deep for its own good – but then, that Abnaxus really did piss me off. Maybe it’s Grand Theft Auto 3, another game that perfectly 3D-ified itself? Hellfire was great, but now we’re getting desperate. I’ve just realised that Toejam and Earl should have been at number 10, but alas, it is too late.

On with the show.

2. Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64) 
3. Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge (PC)
4. Super Smash Bros. Melee (Gamecube)
5. Metal Gear Solid (Playstation)
6. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Gamecube)
7. Day of the Tentacle (PC)
8. Beyond Good & Evil (Gamecube)
9. Grim Fandango (PC)
10. Street Fighter 2 (SNES)

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Week of Games: Number 2

Friday 29 September (2006)

If we compare the list to the Earth, then the games that have so far been revealed represent the ocean, whereas the games which are still unknown represent the land. That’s right! 70% of the games on the list are here below for your approval. And beyond lies the second greatest game ever made.

3. Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge (PC)
4. Super Smash Bros. Melee (Gamecube)
5. Metal Gear Solid (Playstation)
6. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Gamecube)
7. Day of the Tentacle (PC)
8. Beyond Good & Evil (Gamecube)
9. Grim Fandango (PC)
10. Street Fighter 2 (SNES)

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Week of Games: 4 & 3

Thursday 28 September (2006)

Half the week is over, and more than half of the games have been revealed. Am I still blowing your mind? Because, baby, you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet. Here’s the list so far, and the third and fourth greatest games ever made:

5. Metal Gear Solid (Playstation)
6. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Gamecube)
7. Day of the Tentacle (PC)
8. Beyond Good & Evil (Gamecube)
9. Grim Fandango (PC)
10. Street Fighter 2 (SNES)

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Week of Games: 6 & 5

Wednesday 27 September (2006)

Wednesday arrives, and with it the next two games on our list. Let’s take a look at the story so far, and see what the next two are:

7. Day of the Tentacle (PC)
8. Beyond Good & Evil (Gamecube)
9. Grim Fandango (PC)
10. Street Fighter 2 (SNES)

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Week of Games: 8 & 7

Tuesday 26 September (2006)

We’re already two down, and eight to go – so with no further ado, here’s the situation so far, and games 8 and 7 on the list:

9. Grim Fandango (PC)
10. Street Fighter 2 (SNES)

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Week of Games: 10 & 9

Monday 25 September (2006)

This week is devoted to games. ‘Boo,’ I hear you cry, ‘games suck.’ But wait! These aren’t just any games – these are the best games ever made! That’s right, I’ve played every single game ever made (twice) just so that I would be informed, and now I’ve aggregated the results, and I bring them to you. The only rule is: only one game from each game series (so there can’t be three Sonic the Hedgehog games in the list.) Every day I’ll reveal another two games on the list until the final two, which I’m giving a day each to so I can write more about them – because, I mean, they’re the best. So read on, if you want me to blow your mind with cool.

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The Wii is the best console of all time

Friday 15 September (2006)

It has been brought to my attention this week (thanks Ryan) that the basic facts about Nintendo’s new console, the Wii, have been confirmed. Whilst this includes the boring essentials such as price (£180) and release date (8th of December), it also includes more elaborate nuggets of information which, when put together, make the Wii look like the best piece of home entertainment hardware ever released.

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The Sunday Review: EVE Online

Sunday 16 July (2006)

EVE online - I don't know if EVE stands for anything or not

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