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Just check out any of the live Sony conference updates. What they freaking hell is up with that? Does Sony really have no sense of shame?

I'm not a Sony hater. But Sony has copied Nintendo for years, and this is just insane. I really hope that the video gaming press rips Sony to shreds because of this. And that nobody actually thinks they came up with a "fantastic innovation" like they're calling it.

And they didn't even make it right. *shakes head*

I really hope Nintendo grounds Sony to the ground in this next generation just for that little stunt...

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Everything Else / You guys have got to check this site out...
« on: December 07, 2005, 08:28:10 pm »
http://www.thegamerag.com/

 :D Absolutely hilarious.

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Portable Games / Mario Kart DS getting rave reviews
« on: November 14, 2005, 06:31:02 pm »
To date Mario Kart DS hasn't gotten less then a 9 from any major website it's been reviewed on to my knowledge, and scoring a 9.5 from IGN and 9.2 from GameSpot.

Holy cow, I thought this game was going to be good but I didn't know it'd be as good as these reviews are portraying it as! Yet another must have game for the DS, and another reason to own a DS in the first place.

I'm getting a DS with Mario Kart for Christmas, and I'd love to have some online races against anyone else who gets the game!

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Console Games / Revolution!
« on: September 15, 2005, 07:42:15 pm »
Iwata did unveil the controller in his keynote at TGS! We haven't seen it yet, but just wait 15 minutes...

http://cube.ign.com/articles/651/651320p1.html

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Portable Games / Advance Wars DS gets a 9.2 from GameSpot.
« on: August 19, 2005, 04:41:17 pm »
http://www.gamespot.com/ds/strategy/advancewarsds/index.html?tag=mp_2to9

That makes it not only their highest rated DS game so far, but their highest rated game out of both the DS and the PSP. (That title was previously held by Lumines).

And let's see...I think there were only three games on the DS before that, that even made it into their 8 range. Super Mario 64 DS (8.4), Meteos (8.5), and Kirby: Canvas Curse (8.6).

So is there anybody with a DS out there getting it? Looks pretty awesome, if you ask me. (Shoot, now I'm really curious to see what they give Nintendogs...which ironically comes out the same day as AWDS.)

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Portable Games / Metroid Prime: Hunters
« on: June 28, 2005, 09:26:48 pm »
You know, I really have mixed feelings about this game...it's definitely looking like it's going to be good. It looks amazing, the multiplayer looks fun. They promise really unique things for the single player mission.

But it doesn't really look all to much like a Metroid game. They've admitted that they are downplaying the exploration and upping the first person shooting.

See, the thing I liked about Metroid Prime was that it DIDN'T do that. It still felt like a Metroid game, despite being in first person. It's emphasis was NOT on shooting.

*shrugs* Maybe I'm jumping the gun, though. So what are your opinions?

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Portable Games / DS is starting to look more and more promising.
« on: May 21, 2005, 09:09:24 pm »
I haven't gotten one yet, but I'm starting to really consider it. Up until now the amount of good titles has been rather lackluster...but there has been a whole slew of great looking games that have been being announced. Mario and Luigi 2, NEW Super Mario Bros., Another Code, Advance Wars, Sonic Rush, Animal Crossing DS, Mario Kart DS, Viewtiful Joe DS, etc.

Not too mention free Wi-Fi online play by the end of the year.

I really think I might get one when this blue one comes out here...

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Console Games / My goodness.
« on: May 18, 2005, 05:30:17 pm »
Check this out, those of you who are interested in the Revolution:

http://nintendonow.com/index.php?categoryid=27&m_articles_start=&m_articles_articleid=2635&com_action=displaycomments#comments

Dang, Microsoft's pathetic attempts at viral marketing can't hold a candle up to this...seriously, we all knew what the XBox 360 would be like. It's not like anybody in their right mind would go and decode all that crap on ourcolony.net. This Revolution stuff is MUCH more interesting, since we don't know anything about it. AND Nintendo is so subtle about it, it's hard to tell whether it's all true, or whether we're just making connections where there aren't any.

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PC Games / Myst V: End of Ages
« on: May 16, 2005, 10:36:18 pm »
This game is looking like it'll turn out to be pretty good. I'm glad that Cyan, and the Miller brothers are back behind the helm...sure, Myst III and IV were all right, but they didn't feel particularly like the first two Myst games, and didn't really have the magic of them.

So, it's going to be fully 3D like Uru. Hopefully it's more realized, and better accomplished...I'm guessing it will be, from what I've seen. But I'm quite glad that they're doing it. I've read interviews of Rand Miller, who said that they would have liked to make the original two Myst games in full 3D, but the hardware didn't really allow for that at the time. (Well, at least if they wanted to keep the amazing art direction they had.) Now we DO have the hardware to make a game as beautiful as Myst and Riven, and yet have it in 3D.

Also, it looks like they aren't having real actors this time around. Interesting, since they've used them in every previous Myst game. But the character animations looked very very good in the trailer.

Speaking of the trailer, go check it out at: http://www.gamespot.com/pc/adventure/mystvendofages/media.html

So, are there any other Myst fans out there who have an opinion on this game?

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Console Games / Will Nintendo surprise us?
« on: May 16, 2005, 10:29:44 pm »
I guess this is a tad late to start a poll like this, seeing as the Revolution is being unveiled tomorrow. (It think it's tomorrow...correct me if I'm wrong.)

Anyway, I think Nintendo will have some good ideas. I don't know if it'll be extremely amazing, but I guess we'll find out tomorrow.

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Console Games / How much of a completionist are you?
« on: May 13, 2005, 02:55:07 pm »
Personally, it depends on the game for me. I don't usually unlock and do everything, unless I really like the game. However, something in me makes me at least beat every game I buy.

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Portable Games / Metroid Pinball confirmed
« on: April 15, 2005, 04:26:43 pm »
http://www.samus.co.uk/

Right there at the top.

*shakes head*

My goodness. Seriously, what is Nintendo thinking? I can understand Mario Pinball, but not Metroid Pinball. Oh sure, it's somewhat logical, what with Samus' ability to roll up in a ball, but still. Hopefully they don't try and classify it as part of the Metroid canon.

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Spore: General / Has anybody ever played SimEarth?
« on: March 26, 2005, 08:39:48 pm »
I can see that game being part of the inspiritation for Spore, albeit at a higher level in some aspects and a lower level in others.

SimEarth was mostly about trying to keep the whole earth going, and getting one species to go on to land, and become sentient. The game mostly revolved around putting the right types of vegetations in places, helping certain creatures with certain things, adjusting climate, etc. It was a very deep game that needed tons and tons of skill to ever get a creature to actually become sentient. It was actually quite fun, once you figured out the game. (Don't tell me that turning Mars into a biosphere wasn't totally awesome! Crazily difficult, but very satisfying.)

Spore seems to revolve around you controlling a single species, as opossed to SimEarth being about controlling an entire planent. Either way, I can see Will Wright expanding on some of the ideas from SimEarth for this game.

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Books / You know it had to happen...it's the Rate a Book Topic!
« on: March 26, 2005, 08:16:24 pm »
So, read any good books lately? Or maybe some horrible ones? Well, here's your chance to tell us all about it!

I'm not thinking of this as a full-fledged review topic, but rather one where you post a little about a book you've read recently (or not so recently) that you want to tell somebody about. You don't necassarily have to give it a rating or anything, although you can if you want. I'm just hoping that this can strike up some interesting discussions, and maybe help the Books board to liven up a little bit.

So I guess I'll start up with...

Singularity by Willliam Sleator

Yes, it's a "Young Adult" book. No, it's not by some world-famous author. But it's still one of my favorite sci-fi books of all time. Not just YA sci-fi, but ever.

You know, most people probably criticise YA books to be poor "literature". However, I think it's one of the most challenging areas to write in, because of the audience. They really have no preconceived notions of how a book should be--they just know that when a book catches them they'll read it, and if it doesn't then they won't. They could care less about how "artistic" or long it is. Or whether it's by some famous author or anything. They just want a good book, that keeps them interested.

And by golly, William Sleator does that better then nearly anybody. And if you want a prime example of this then read Singularity. It's a story about two 16 year old twins who's parents have just inherited an old home from their mysterious uncle, who just died. They end up staying there and stumbling upon a small shed where time happens to go extremely fast in. It's the opposite end of a theoretic "Singularity" caused by a black hole.

I won't spoil the story for you, but I'll tell you that it's fantastic. WS explains the science extremely coherently, and makes it believable. The relationship between the two twins is masterfully done, in a way the invokes pity, rage, and despair (Seriously :)). The story is dark and haunting, but in a plausible way that makes it much more eerie then you're regular "dark" book or film. (He doesn't make it "dark" by making crazy scenes that don't make any logical sense. *coughTimBurtoncough*) There are plot holes, but you end up realizing that these don't matter, since the real story is there in full force.

All said and done, this was an EXCELLENT book that I recommend to everyone.

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