Games

Black DS Lite

Ok, so I caved. Just over 2 weeks since I bought my wife a white DS Lite, I couldn’t stand it anymore - I bought myself a black one. Going back to the original DS, most noticeably of all the old screen brightness, was painful after having another one in the house chucking photons about with wild abandon. Ok, so I don’t have that much time to play on the DS, but the time I do spend will now be even better πŸ˜€Hell, the way I see it is that it’s my birthday at the weekend so this is a present to myself.

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Podcast interview with Ron Guilbert

Gamespot have started up a series of podcasts with game designers, and their first interview is with Ron Guilbert. Well worth a listen. Like many people out there, I have huge respect for the man and his work (and if you didn’t know he was behind Maniac Mansion and the first two Monkey Island games, shame on you) so it was really interesting to hear him talk about various game industry topics.

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DS Lite arrives in the UK

Yesterday saw the release of the DS Lite in the UK (ok, and the US too ;)), and I dutifully purchased one on release day. It’s not for me, though, it’s for my wife. πŸ˜€I’ve owned my DS for a year now and love it, but my time is so limited that over the last 12 months I reckon the split between me and my wife using the machine to be 20/80 at least.

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SW:KOTR

A you might remember from one of my blog entries a week or so ago, I picked up a copy of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic from a virtual bargain bin recently. I know, this game is 3 years old now, but I always regretted not playing it at the time and never got around to it, so I’m finally catching up. Plus, the days when I would only pick up a game that had just been released are long gone - that’s a luxury I had in my youth when I could play all the games I wanted to, when I wanted to, but no longer - there are much more useful things to be doing.

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Ebay buyers are insane

I don’t use Ebay much. I have an account, and have made only a single purchase (a brand-new copy of an old version of Photoshop from what I assume was a warehouse clearout - I don’t use it enough to justify the high price of the latest version but when I do need it, it’s very useful), but that’s it. I’ve never really been much of a second-hand seller or buyer, I just don’t have the time for it - you won’t generally find me down at car boot sales.

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Gates thinks motion-sensitive controllers won't work well

So, Mr Gates has said in an interview that he thinks the motion sensitive controllers, famously paraded by Nintendo and now somewhat, *ahem* ‘flattered by imitation’ by Sony, won’t work in practice. One of his arguments is that “It’s tough because sometimes you move the controller, and you don’t [want] to fly into the ground. You just want to put the controller down”. Correct me if I’m wrong Bill, but haven’t games had a ‘pause’ button for quite some time now?

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The tipping point

If you needed a definitive reason to buy a MacBook as your next laptop rather than a regular Windows machine, surely this has to be it. Using the internal motion sensor in the MacBook which protects the hard drive from sudden drops, you can turn your MacBook into a Jedi weapon. Oh yes - these MacBooks are not as clumsy or random as a blaster, you know. Shamefully I’ve barely touched the borrowed Powerbook since the 1.

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Pacific Storm playable demo

Lesta Studios / Buka released a playable demo of Pacific Storm today; I only got a very quick chance to try it but it looks pretty impressive. I’m not much of a strategy / tactical gamer myself but I know people who are, and will revel in this kind of game - in fact it was quite funny to be told in the street a few days ago by a friend I hadn’t seen for a while that they had been looking forward to this, and only found out afterwards that it was powered by OGRE.

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Nintendo Wii

You probably already know about this, but the new name for the Revolution is the Wii. Daft name, which will undoubtedly keep internet forums buzzing with puns for the next decade - I don’t think Nintendo have ever been so obviously Japanese and naive about western translation since Donkey Kong. An absurd decision that NOA are already having to defend. Poorly. πŸ˜€ Unless of course it’s all a ploy to get people talking about it more, in which case it’s succeeded.

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Ankh arrives

Thanks to Thorsten at Deck13, I now have a copy of the English version of Ankh. πŸ˜€I only had a short time to play it today but I’ve enjoyed it so far. The game is very solidly put together, it feels nicely polished. I chuckled at the reference to Guy Al Brush who went to sea and never returned, and I liked how you can question the mercenaries at the start about whether it’s actually possible to die in the game, therefore it being pointless that they threaten you.

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