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NWR Forums Discord / High Fructose Corn Syrup
« on: July 10, 2009, 11:46:14 PM »
Topic. Good for you? Bad for you?

Nintendo Gaming / Lost my DS...
« on: July 02, 2009, 02:17:55 AM »

Lost my DS when I was in the movie theatre. I had it in my left pocket, and some time during me walking out of the theatre and into my car, I noticed it was gone.I looked in my car to see if it slipped out, but it wasn't there either.

I went back to the theatre, searched the area where I sat down, asked the customer service if someone turned it in, said no.

 I gave them my info in case it turns up, but I have to assume the worst. Its not like a cell phone or wallet where its only useful to the owner. My guess is that some kid is enjoying a limited edition Mario red DS with NSMB and Ninjatown, some headphones and a black carrying case. All they have to do is drop a few bucks on a AC adapter, boom they're set.  >:(

I registered it to Club Nintendo for the warranty. My question is that what if someone was dumb enough to try to hock it at Gamestop, Amazon, Ebay, can Nintendo track it? If I call Nintendo and say, 'Hey my DS was misplaced, can you track where it went if its scanned?'

Why did I bring my DS to the theatre you say? To kill time between the advertisments and previews. Can't stand 'em. Wish they played cartoons like they did in the 40s...

So yeah, I'm depressed, pissed at myself, hanging on to a sliver of hope. I mean, they could call me tomorrow morning, saying they picked it up! But I'm not holding my breath... :-[

NWR Forums Discord / What is A WOMAN?
« on: April 27, 2009, 11:22:04 PM »
A miserable pile of lies.

please keep this somewhat safe for work...

General Gaming / Star Fox creator says some stuff
« on: April 03, 2009, 11:23:52 PM »
Star fox creator sounds off on his baby.

The original source.

Talk about some bad blood. But as they say, the ones he was involved in were fun and enjoyable, the others... :'(

NWR Forums Discord / What is a MAN?
« on: March 20, 2009, 11:23:04 PM »

Nintendo Gaming / The "What DS game should I get thread?"...thread
« on: December 02, 2008, 01:31:59 AM »
If this thread already exists somewhere in this category, mods, act accordingly.

So I finally plunked down and got a DS on Black Friday. I got the red Mario Bundle, and am enjoying my trip back to 2006. Whether I got ripped off is another story/irrelevant.

So basically, I have some 4 years of gaming of catching up. To start off, I'd like to know what everyone's top 10 DS they have/highly recommend. It can the ten best you own, the ten best of a particular genre, the 10 best of a particular year (i.e top 10 of 2005), 10 best underrated titles, ten best wi-fi games, etc, etc.

So yeah, recommend away! After that, if people need to ask what title they should get, do that too.

General Gaming / Mega Man 7, 8 bit style.
« on: September 27, 2008, 12:32:16 AM »
Might be old news for some, if so, move along.

Destructoid found this little gem amidst the release of Mega Man 9. Its not a hacked ROM, so please mods, don't plop this into that legally challenged area...

Gave it a quick whirl on Burst Man's stage, and walked away pleasantly surprised. Aside from clumsily controlling Mega Man with keyboard controls (Gonna look around for some app that allows Joystick mapping to key strokes), it could be mistaken for a legitimate release. Sounds good, sprites are good, has the game physics that you're use to in a Mega Man game.

Anyone else willing to play it if they have some time to burn?

Nintendo Gaming / Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn disc problem?
« on: July 28, 2008, 10:32:03 PM »
I just got Fire Emblem:Radiant Dawn from an Ebay seller in Canada. I wanted to use the save file from Fire Emblem:POR, but for some reason, it locks up every time. I moved to another memory card, but to no avail.

However, when I start a new game sans save file, everything seems to be ok. I've just played played the prologue and chapter 1 with no issues.

Could this be a regional thing? Could my POR save file be corrupted?I have no way to verify that since I used a friend of a friend's copy of the POR disc, and have since returned it.  I remember some of my key characters died. Rhys the healer and Gatrie, the blue armored guy. They can't get stat bonuses if they're dead... could that be the issue? I doubt its a bad disc...

I'm not keen to returning it, since it took 10 business days from purchase to delivery. And while the save file issue bugs me, its not a deal breaker.   Any suggestions?

Nintendo Gaming / Friday Night Fights!
« on: March 21, 2008, 09:44:43 PM »
Want another method to find people to play with online? The good people at Destructoid
have you covered. Just scroll down the list until you see the Wii section. Follow the instructions and have at thee! I'm going to try it out tonight and see how it works out. Anyone else want to give it a try?

General Gaming / Audio Surf
« on: February 21, 2008, 06:10:54 AM »
Anyone checked this out on Steam?

Gave the demo a whirl, and I'm pleasantly surprised. Its one part racer, one part puzzler, with some REZ influence on it.

Essentially, you have ride a track based on an Mp3, Mp4, iTunes media, whatever music you have on your HD. Your goal is to match the same colored blocks as much as possible, divided into four lanes. How and what type of blocks depend on the vehicle you choose. The simplest racer gives you two colors, while avoiding a grey one. The standard one gives you more, but no grey (but still try to keep single color patterns). There are more 'advanced' vehicles, including one where you operate two at a time(Or have some on hand to help you out.! Its hard to describe unless you see it motion. Depending on the song, the speed picks up when it goes fast, slows down during the bridge/breakdown.

After going through the brief tutorial, I decided to try one of my tracks.The controls are relatively simple, you can use the mouse or keyboard and is quite responsive. I start with something slow and basic, Micheal Jackson's "Billie Jean."  The course length was as long as the track length (4:54).  Sure enough, the course was at a steady pace,due to the constant tempo. When I was done, I received my score, and gave a top 10 for this track! Apparently I wasn't alone in choosing Billie Jean.

After that, I chose a second track, one of those pre-loaded. It was a standard electronic music track, with its ups and downs which reflected on the course.

The visuals are pretty minmalmist, but are bright and vivid. The sound is whatever you make of it, so if its high quality, its high quality.

If you have Steam, try out the demo, though it only lets you try 4 times. Its 9.95, so it won't break the bank. As a bonus, you get the soundtrack for the Orange Box, including Portal's anthem "Still Alive."

General Chat / Are Games Going to Grow Up?
« on: February 17, 2008, 04:28:36 AM »
Saw this over at Kotaku. The original link is here. He uses comic books as a parallel.

Some choice quotes:

"I feel this way due partly to the inherent formal obstacles to video games' wide acceptance, and partly because of the uninspiring mindset prevalent among the developers and players of games. I make the comics comparison because I believe the two media have much in common at a high level."

"Browse the racks of a standard comic shop, and the books on the mainstream shelves will be filled with flashy illustrations depicting laughable actions stories, absurdly-proportioned women, and superheroes. Likewise, browse the racks of an Electronics Boutique and you're bound to find mostly sports stars, Japanese children's cartoons, burly men with guns, and women in shameless, implausible dress. The medium infantalizes itself through its chosen subject matter. Based on surface alone, I can't blame the outside viewer for thinking little of the medium at large."

"Film and novels never had to overcome the stigma of starting out as children's distractions. They may not always have been respected artforms, but they were at least always seen as entertainment, if low-brow, aimed at adults. But like comics, video games are never going to grow up. Some sixty years after the wartime comic book boom, the vast majority of comics are still male wish fulfillment trash sold to children, poor drawings of stills from movies that no one would want to fund or film. A small subset, represented by the catalogues of publishers like Fantagraphics and Drawn & Quarterly, is mature and thoughtful, looking to express relateable human experience in a way unique to the medium, aimed at readers who have an appreciation for the form. And an even tinier sliver, zines and underground publications, embraces the experimental and avant garde, attempting to push the boundaries of the medium and catering only to those most passionate and inquisitive as to what the future of comics might be."

He adds an addendum later after some responses/rebuttals.

"The good 10% of comics and games are lost because the medium itself isn't relevant to the viewership at large. Even the games that are great, the ones that I can read as being valuable, are almost always hidden under the juvenile veneer of big guns, tanks, zombies, robots and so forth. Much like The Watchmen is a legitimately great comic, it's inaccessible to people outside the limited group that understand how it reworks the popular superhero context. To anyone outside the fanship, it's just a comic about guys in tights, just like Half-Life 2 is simply another game about shooting monsters."

"Suits and investors need to be concerned with this ****. Who do you want to be backing further down the line: an insular, stunted medium like comics, or a full-grown, culturally-relevant, and hey, PROFITABLE, medium like film? We aren't going to reach that point by catering to the current hardcore. And we're not doing ourselves any good by assaulting the casual gamer with the deluge of crap that's been thrown at the Wii audience so far. We're going to expand our customer base by trying to give them new, subtle, interesting approaches to interactive experiences that are universal and human. We need to give them access to this form that we already know is so great, and fill it with content that they can identify with, get something enriching out of."

Bold face is my emphasis. Is Nintendo and third parties trying to do with the Wii a lost cause?

This has has caused other bloggers including N'Gai Croal to chime in. Part one is here.

Edit: some grammar changes. Also, how do you that magic thing with urls that lets you type whatever word you want, leading you to the link as opposed just copying/pasting URLs?

Edit: Thanks Wandering!

General Chat / Gamespot Editor fired for 'unfavorable' review?
« on: November 29, 2007, 03:54:41 PM »
The story so far...

If this is true, then its a sad, sad day for professional gaming journalism. I know there are some people here who have written off Gamespot, or called for bloody murder for their Twilight Princess review. But the day that dollars and cents undermines your own honest opinion (Even if others disagree with it) is the day that economic censorship becomes real...

Because of this I will:

A) No longer go to Gamespot. I've stuck with them thick and thin for 10 years, from my teen years to my young adulthood.  The reviewer in question is one of the original staff members, who's contributions to said site have been fundamental to their popularity (Let's Gamespot, the Gamespotting columns and On the Spot one of my personal favorites)

B) No longer go other sites that are affiliated with Cnet (which includes gamefaqs)

C) Not buy any products made from Eidos(Which isn't that hard for Nintendo systems). But if for some reason, Lara calls to me, buy it used as for them to not see my money...

I won't stand for this. I'm not going to make a rebel yell, but if you feel the same way, do what you gotta do. If you could care less, move along, nothing to see here, just some lunatic  ranting about ethics...

NWR Forums Discord / Literal Digital Crack?
« on: November 06, 2007, 02:40:36 PM »

General Chat / Jacko Thompson strikes again...
« on: April 23, 2007, 05:01:40 PM »
Puts his cross-hairs at Kotaku.

Seriously, the he called in the Feds? Didn't anybody read him "The boy who cried wolf" when he was a child?

Nintendo Gaming / Neo Geo on VC in US.
« on: April 18, 2007, 04:03:37 PM »
Oh happy day.

And guess what? It won't be the usual suspects.


"...If we had a chance to bring out two games for our first month I wouldn't want it to be King of Fighters '94 and Metal Slug 1. That wouldn't be the plan. We have 120 different Neo Geo titles… there's plenty to select from."

SNK Prez Ben Herman speaking.  120 Titles? That's more than just Metal Slug or KOF, even Samurai Shodown.

Now if they can be priced somewhat fairly...

General Chat / Ramen Recipes
« on: March 21, 2007, 02:18:35 PM »
Ok, now its in the right thread...

Thanks Kairon and Pap for your suggestions in the misplaced thread...

Anyways, after eating some delicious Ramen, I got to thinking of what could be added/mixed to give it some zing. Since I'm devoid of culinary imagination however, I'm asking the people out there for the tastiest, best, weirdest creations that have Ramen in them.

Up at 'em!

Nintendo Gaming / Ramen Recipes
« on: March 21, 2007, 01:59:18 PM »
From the GO-to people.

A bit pricey though, even if they only have the European prices...

EDIT: This was originally a topic for Ramen recipe suggestions that got put in the wrong area, so I thunk fast put this blip in.  So sorry! Thanks for the tips though!

Nintendo Gaming / SSX Blur Help
« on: February 28, 2007, 02:50:24 PM »
Figure I'd the be one to start it.

Picked up the title today, and I've got the basics down except for Ubertricks. I can only pull them off 1/10 times.

When I go to Uber-training mode, I get the 3 'basic' ubertricks (Circle, Z and Loop-de-loop) 7/10 tries. But When I put apply it in the field, the success rate is low.

The only theory I have is that SSX blur can't dectect snap movements of the wii-mote. Whenever I"m at the title screen, or at the pause menu, any snap movement in any direction leaves the X stuck until I center it again. My guess is that during the motions, don't go too fast.

Anyone having similar troubles? Different theories? Fire away!

NWR Forums Discord / FBOTAYS
« on: January 25, 2007, 02:28:24 PM »

General Gaming / Zelda Wii disc ocasionally doesn't read..
« on: January 03, 2007, 03:49:28 PM »
Got my less than a week w/ the ubiquitous Zelda, though as the thread suggests, after the hitting the start icon, sometimes it goes black and stays that way. After pressing the power off and putting it on again, it works fine. Anyone else have this problem, or should I just get an exchange?

General Chat / Gaming Journalist to become game developer
« on: January 03, 2007, 03:14:58 PM »
Read the blurb here. Read the full reason right here.

Its going to be interesting from becoming one of gaming's toughest critics to being on the other side of the chopping block. Can all those years of critiques make for a fine developer?

Also, can the rest of his former staff give an objective review of his games, considering he's one of the original members? Hmm...

General Gaming / No Need for the Sensor Bar?
« on: November 29, 2006, 03:29:58 PM »
The staff over at IGN think so. Here's what they say.

Any Wii owners like to confirm and give a short report?

Nintendo Gaming / Grand Master Billy speaks on the Wii.
« on: September 15, 2006, 07:12:34 PM »
This might be bad timing, with everyone 'wiiing' their pants over Thursday's announcement, but time for a healthy dose of skeptiscism. Rank-and-file fanboys, you've been warned. This might sting even more, since PGC's founder is the one sounding off. [insert fanboy argument about how Billy's changed, he's not a Nintendo fan anymore, blah blah, double blah....]

read with care.

There are some valid points (like the 64, the 'Cube will be D-E-A-D and done for when the Wii launches, while Sony is still getting mileage out of the PS2...), and he covers his bases well by stringing past examples together. However, one must also remember the parable of the DS. The DS is very much alive and well, and won't be knocked off the top spot anytime soon.

Nevertheless, its good to have some sound, sane, and supported (no alliteration intended.) counter-arguments.

Alright, let 'er rip....

General Chat / 8-bit art exhibit
« on: February 28, 2006, 04:16:05 PM »
Hippies and artsy-fartsies kick it old school. I've always wanted to say that...

Included are some interesting pieces that are very open to interpretation. Would you hang some of these pieces  in your house?

General Gaming / City of LA sues over GTA:SA
« on: January 27, 2006, 01:41:12 PM »
The story

A clip:

Last Thursday the city of Los Angeles filed a suit against Take-Two Interactive, Rockstar's parent company, for selling pornographic content to minors in their infamous game, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, according to recent reports by the Associated Press.

You can't make this stuff up. Seriously. Its beyond words, beyond stupidity, beyond anything...

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