In my never ending mission to find things to complain about, I frequently stumble upon poorly phrased passages in competitors articles (by competitors I mean real web sites). Here are two stupid things I found recently:
Joystiq calls Alien Soldier “filler.”
Or maybe it’s a highly respected game from a hugely talented developer that never made it to American shores.
In the wake of the release of Super Mario 3, many have overlooked Treasure’s cult classic Alien Soldier. This has happened before – Super Metroid overshadowed Shinobi 3, despite both being awesome. The strength of the Virtual Console lies in its ability to offer us access to excellent games we missed, or hard to find classics. While it’s true that the first thing I did when I got home yesterday was download Mario 3, it and games like it that have been released 17 separate times aren’t what makes the VC so sweet. We both already own Mario 3.
If you’d like more chances to play games you missed, support VC titles that did not initially come out in the States. Or at least don’t call them filler unless they are actually shitty.
1Up calls a DS detective game a non-game.
Or maybe it’s called an adventure game.
In the media’s mighty quest to appear hardcore, many things have been labeled non-games, including Brain Training, Karaoke Revolution and lacrosse. The absurdity in this specific instance is that an adventure game is being called a non-game – a genre chock full of classics. Secret of Monkey Island? Planetfall? Sam and Max? Zork?
Sure these Japanese detective games may be shitty, but they are either far from non-games or we need to retroactively strip an entire genre of titles of its “game” status.