Ramblings | New Nintendo 3DS Direct Emotional Roller Coaster

It has been a while since I’ve responded directly here about a Nin­tendo Direct. Then again, the mini-conferences haven’t had as many twists and turns as the one this morn­ing. It was truly an emo­tional roller coaster, so I’d like to respond to each piece of news indi­vid­u­ally with my thoughts. Feel free to respond with your thoughts as well!

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Ramblings | Moving Day Distractions

Even with my move com­ing up this week­end, I’ve still man­aged to squeeze in some gam­ing over the few days. More specif­i­cally, let’s talk about what’s been going on for the last 24 hours or so. I’ve man­aged to be thor­oughly bested to my highly skilled spouse in iPhone game Threes, snuck in a lit­tle of inFA­MOUS: Sec­ond Son both on my PS4 and web browser and con­tinue my quest for a plat­inum tro­phy in Dan­gan Ronpa: Trig­ger Happy Havoc  on the Vita.

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Ramblings | Offline Mode as a Feature

Our world is grow­ing more and more con­nected every day. It’s gone from rude to almost assumed that smart­phones come out at some point dur­ing din­ner. Mul­ti­player in video games has felt quite a bit of this change as well. With rare excep­tion from Nin­tendo, it seems that the norm for mul­ti­player is chang­ing from some­thing you do on the couch next to your bud­dies to over a web­cam or head­set. With that rise in the pop­u­lar­ity of online mul­ti­player, we’re start­ing to see some games that don’t even give you the option to play by your­self, to the point where the lat­est game in the Call of Duty series actu­ally lists “offline mode” as a feature

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Ramblings | Nintendo TVii Rules Your Television

Back when Nin­tendo first announced the Nin­tendo TVii ser­vice on the Wii U, I wasn’t ter­ri­bly impressed.  So, I can con­trol my TV with the Wii U, big deal.  Like many other things that Nin­tendo has released through­out the years, it wasn’t until I got my hands on the fea­ture that I really under­stood the poten­tial it held.

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Ramblings | Finishing Mass Effect 3 Late

It’s been a long and ardu­ous road for my ver­sion of the Mass Effect hero Com­man­der Shep­ard, but it finally came to a close last night.  I’m not quite sure why I put off fin­ish­ing the game for this long, but it may have ended up being for the best. A huge amount of the extra down­load­able con­tent, per­haps more than it should have been, really enhanced my play-through and left me pretty sat­is­fied with the end­ing where most peo­ple were not.  Join me, or don’t if you haven’t fin­ished this game yet and intend to, as I explore how the end of one of my favorite trilo­gies in gam­ing made me feel and how it might have affected me dif­fer­ently had I fin­ished it back when it first came out. 

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Ramblings | My Top 10 Games of 2012

As the year draws to a close, I think back to this year in gam­ing.  It’s been a pretty inter­est­ing year and there have been some great games and a few bum­mer titles.  Stuff like indie Kick­starter fund­ing and the release of the Wii U con­tinue to drive the indus­try fur­ther and open up new pos­si­bil­i­ties for the future of the industry.

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Ramblings | Origins of Hamsterman2049

One of the ques­tions I get fairly often involves the ori­gin of the screen-name I use on a reg­u­lar basis.  Hamsterman2049 is cer­tainly a unique name, but it isn’t as ran­dom as it might appear.  There is a story that goes along with it, so sit back and I’ll tell you the tale of how this series of let­ters and num­bers came to be.

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Ramblings | The ZombiU Misconception

One of the most highly antic­i­pated Wii U launch titles, Zom­biU was not quite what some peo­ple were expect­ing.  Depend­ing upon what you might’ve been hop­ing for from the zom­bie shooter, you could either have been delight­fully sur­prised or a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed.  Since the release, the game has seen mixed reviews, but is that due to the qual­ity of the game or mis­matched expec­ta­tions? 

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Ramblings | True Stories of a New Wii U Owner

The main things about the Wii U that make it a very excit­ing new con­sole are the ideas it’s brought along with it.  After a few days get­ting to play with the new sys­tem, I already have some spe­cific sto­ries as to how some of those ideas are pan­ning out really well.  I also have some tales to tell of some of those awk­ward moments adjust­ing to a new way to play entails. 

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