It has been a while since I’ve peeped my head around here, hasn’t it? Now that Thanksgiving break is over, it’s time to start back up, beginning with a few comments on some recent gaming news items.
1) People are breaking their expensive toys thanks to flying Wiimotes, and if the internet is any indication, it seems to be an epidemic. The reason behind it is malfunctioning wrist straps, but in this case I can’t at all blame Nintendo for the stupidity of gamers. The only way the strap can break is due to extensive force during the remote’s forward motion, meaning someone is letting go. The only way this can happen is either a) sweaty hands or b) people purposefully throwing it. In either case, the solution is simple; calm the hell down.
Yes the Wii encourages interactivity and participation, but Wii Sports does not require you to pitch like a Major Leaguer or swing a club like Tiger. In fact, you’ll get better results in both cases with a gentler, smoother motion (or in the case of pitching, a quick short shake of the remote). I know none of you want to look like a toolbox, but that doesn’t mean you have to risk throwing your arm out. Slow down a bit and both you and your stuff will stay intact.
2) Kotaku reports on some Famitsu scores. Big deal I guess, except for the DOAX 2 scores of 9, 9, 8 and 9. These contrast sharply with Western scores for the game, and since we all know Famitsu is god, there’s no way the game can possibly be as bad as us fat gaijins think it is [/sarcasm].
Here’s a protip for everyone; don’t ever use Famitsu in any discussion about a game. It has been shown time and again that the magazine works for the game companies and that its scores are unashamedly altered, yet for some reason people out there still see them as the end all judgement on a game. Would someone please dispel this myth for good?
3) How do you promote the new Tenacious D movie? By making a sweet Flash game version of Guitar Hero featuring music from the film! I’m surprised that more people haven’t tried to capitalize on the success of GH with games like this, though I’m kind of glad, because I don’t think many of them would be as well made as this one.