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Nintendo’s 2008– err, 2011 E3 conference: What’s old is old again

June 7, 2011

I haven’t followed E3 very much since about 2008. In fact, I haven’t been following much of the gaming industry at all since then. (Can i be blamed?)

So it’s been an ironic surprise that, in my lack of awareness that E3 was happening this morning, nothing much has changed in my absence. Seriously. Sony’s still improving what they do well, Microsoft is still going after a Wii-esque audience, and Nintendo has yet to learn the definition of ‘innovation.’

Nintendo – in its continued futile attempts to regain the respect of the most hardcore audience in gaming’s history – is actually harping on the same old tune from 2008: “we want our hardcores back!” Now it’s mixed with a little bit of “sorry about that (but not really),” bringing out a 2nd Wii console that adds YOU to the mix. More specifically, ‘U.’ Read more…


Fanboyism is the Opium of the Internet

August 30, 2010

from CrunchGear‘s Devin Coldewey:

“Fanboy distress is at the same time the expression of real distress and the protest against real distress. Fanboyism is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the internet.”

The Miyamotorcycle: some assembly required

December 23, 2008

Yea, some.


A) Stylus Antenna

B) DS Backrest TOUCH

C) Virtual Boy VR Goggles

D) Fluffy Green Turtle Shell 2p Plush Seat

E) Nunchuck Throttle Grip

F) Link’s Lantern Headlights

G) Mario Overalls Upholstered Denim 1p Crotch Cushion

H) Rear View Mirror Shield

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Miyamoto barred from sharing personal life

December 23, 2008

I picked this up a bit late (it’s hard catching up on neglected feeds), but i’ll run with it anyway.

In August, it was revealed that Nintendo no longer permitted Mr. Shiggs Miyamoto-san to offer details of his personal hobbies and habits to the press and public. It came as a result of Shiggs pastimes becoming Nintendo hits, most of which he openly discussed with the media prior to the respective games’ development (Pikmin, Wii Music, Nintendogs).

As you may or may not know, Shiggs is essentially a dutiful slave to Nintendo corporate, still living off a supervisor’s salary while Reggie and Iwata get loaded off his hit ideas. That explains this weird-but-understandable business decision, and also why the man is in his mid-50s and still has no retirement plans.

For once, Apple mirrors Nintendo

December 22, 2008

Wow, who’da thought. Then again, it’s more of a fanman story than the company itself, but let’s assess the situation.

If you follow Apple news, you’d know that next year’s Macworld Expo is surprisingly Apple’s last showing at the press gathering they’ve attended for 25 years running. Ironic to me since it’s the Macworld Expo, but hey, i’m not in the industry. The matter seems to be that many fans are upset (and quietly seething) about this, howling that Apple has turned their backs on the user/fanbase that has devoutly followed them to [wherever the expo is held] for 25 years. The decision seems to have been made on behalf of the fact that Apple is so goddamn huge now in the public consciousness that they can hold any event at anytime they damn well please.

With this move, Apple – a company which makes endearing products that attach to consumer’s hearts and minds like metroids, sucking out any surviving tolerance for Windows – has effectively farted on their fanpeople’s heads. A move that always sends the followers into a rage.

Its-a me! Corporate America!

Game industry adherents know this as the Nintendo Syndrome. At this year’s E3, Nintendo produced a lowlight of a presentation with Shaun White’s Snowboarding and Wii Music as the cornerstones of their keynote. They were hot, selling consoles to men, women, and dogs alike, yet they decided, “fuck you guys, we’ll show you when we wanna,” and held off on making any significant reveals til later in the year, on their own clock. Of course, Nintendo was on the Path of Betrayal long before that, but the similarity here is uncanny.

To remind all the fanmen and fanwomen out there and paraphrase what Jim said: They’re a corporation, stupids.

Sony invents underground wifi solution for PSP

December 22, 2008
NYC plays PSP

Is that the PS Store?

Either that, or the MTA added hotspots to the subway. I’m doubting both.

NYCplaysPSP 2

Didn't know there was wifi on the subway...

A Magic Wallet for Games

December 19, 2008

In the midst of this economic downward spiral, corners must be cut to accommodate the financial pinch. Folks are still spending, but spending more carefully. They are doubtless clipping coupons, buying in bulk, and digging up their couch coins and heading for the Coinstar machines.

But while the auto industry and electronics chains start to go belly-up, one industry chugs along full steam in spite of the economic woes— the video game industry.

Incredibly, despite all the other financial malady, video game sales are outpacing sales from the previous year in 2008. In other words, people are still buying games no matter how budget conscious they have become with their other expenditures. Personally, I haven’t been buying very many games lately, but that’s only because I have no job to afford them with. But I’ll blame the recession, why not.

Do you have a recession-proof ‘magic wallet’ for your gaming purchases? Is it too much of a sacrifice for you to make? Or have you had to reluctantly restrict your gaming obsession to pay your rent?

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