Going to a Video Game Store used to be Fun

When I was a kid going to a video game store used to be fun. Yes, that’s correct, just as the title suggested. Actually, it doesn’t suggest it — it downright states it. I guess I should explain this in two parts. First, why it used to be an enjoyous activity and finally (which is redundant in saying as it’s only a list of two things) why it sucks ass nowadays.

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K.K. Slider… kk…

Tonight Nintendo released a new update for Animal Crossing: New Leaf. They announced it all through a Nintendo Direct. It was humorous and a little weird. Yet, the main thing that stuck with me was K.K. Sliders Junk. There’s even a little nip action there too. Why did K.K. have to be white… Semi-transparent white…


The Girls of Nintendo

Not so long ago I posted a video about how WarioWare came up with the idea for Fruit Ninja. I casually commented, just in passing mind you, that one of the characters in the game was hot. No thought about it, just a random attempt at humor.

But then I thought, what if I actually put some consideration into it? What if I was a sexist pig and decided to rank my top five hottest female Nintendo characters. Well, I wouldn’t do that. I’m too much of a gentleman. Then I thought, why don’t I do the guys too! That’s right, I’m a plain old pig. No sexism here!

However, we’ll start with the girls today and tomorrow we shall check out the guys. And you know what I mean when I say  “check out”. *winky face*

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I suck at NBA 2K16

I’ve been playing NBA 2K16 for a few weeks now. The first thing I did was make my favourite team, the Perth Wildcats. If you haven’t yet, you can see all about it here.

I do suck at this game, but not in the conventional way. At first I was playing on the difficulty of Rookie. I must admit, even though this was my usual habit of choosing the easiest difficulty possible, I kept winning games. And I don’t mean just winning games. I was beating the absolute crap out of every team I versed.

To try and rectify this and make the game a little more interesting I changed the difficulty setting to Pro. I’m about nine games into my eighty-two game season and I still seem to be winning pretty much every game. The exception being when I verse a team who is known to excel, such as Golden State, who Steph Curry plays for or LeBron with the Caveliers. I’m not just losing these games. I ‘m getting my ass handed to me on a silver platter. Actually it’s not even a silver platter. Or bronze platter. More like a ‘did not place’ platter.

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Where the pig at?

So, now bacon is apparently bad for you.

Sure. Okay. I guess we always kinda knew it wasn’t the greatest for our health, but it’s worse than we thought.

Bacon now causes cancer. Well, that’s just great isn’t it? What’s next? Video games cause AIDS? Why the freak not? You may as well take that away from me too. It’s not like I love anything else. TAKE IT ALL!

Have my bacon. I don’t care. Just be sure when you take my video games, because if you get it wrong I’ll hunt you down and make you pay.

Sleep well my sweet cochon.

Mr Iwata.

What can I say that hasn’t already been said about Satoru Iwata? There isn’t much. I would love to quote some of the heartfelt things he said but I feel that is not really required from me.

I guess I can take a look at what Mr. Iwata meant to me and how I have appreciated his contribution to the world of video games.

It’s a little bit different for me. I certainly did grow up in a Nintendo household, yet it seems I missed the majority of the early games that he helped bring to life.

I didn’t play Balloon Fight until I tried playing a ROM sometime in the early 2000s. I played Kirby’s Adventure way too long after it was released, basically during the era of the Nintendo 64. I’ve never played an Earthbound title. I played a little bit of Pokemon Heart Gold but that doesn’t really count. I have played NES Pinball. I played a heap of NES Pinball.

There are too many games that Mr. Iwata contributed to that I have never played.

The name Satoru Iwata didn’t actually mean anything to me until around 2002 and even then it wasn’t much more than just a name. I remember reading the then President of Nintendo Mr Hiroshi Yamauchi had retired and that Mr. Iwata was his successor.

At the time I was concerned by the fact that the Presidency was no longer going to remain in the Yamauchi family. I was worried for the future of the company. I didn’t know what was to become of my beloved video game company. Would they have to go back to “Love Hotels”?

It wasn’t until E3 2003 when I started to get a grasp of what Mr. Iwata’s goals for Nintendo where and how serious he was about meeting them. I clearly remember him stating that many people had approached him and told him how Nintendo needed to change, or how Nintendo needed to “not change”. He assured us that he and the company had a vision and goals for the future. He confirmed that the video game industry was changing and most importantly, new circumstances require new actions.

New actions are what Mr. Iwata brought to Nintendo. It wasn’t obvious at the time but over the coming years we saw the fruition of what we can really only call part one of the changes of what should have been many more from Mr. Iwata.

He strove to make third party relations with developers and publishers to keep the fanbase happy and he brought in, more or less, the whole outside market into video games with the Nintendo DS and Wii.

Now that Mr. Iwata has gone my thoughts don’t go the way they did over a decade ago. I have no concerns as to where Nintendo is headed and for the future for the company.

And that is thanks to Satoru Iwata

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Misleading Title: ALL GAEMS ARE BANNED!!!1!!1!

It seems like we can’t go more than just a few months without seeing another story arise about a video game being ‘banned’ in Australia or how the Australian ratings system is “broken”.

This time it’s in regards to an article posted on www.abc.net.au headlined “Australia bans 220 video games in 4 months as Government adopts new classification model”

Frankly, I should be able to end this here and tell you

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