Archive for February, 2010
Well, now that I’ve resurfaced from the fallen utopia of Rapture (and a pneumonia-induced comatose state), I feel it’s time we take a look at what is held by many as the greatest game OF ALL TIME! *blows trumpet*
During the Bit Wars of the late 80′s and mid 90′s, the Sega Mega Drive (known as the Genesis in North America) was quickly scrapping to the top spot, on the back of such mammoth hits as Sonic The Hedgehog and sponsers such as Pat Riley and Joe Madden. However, Nintendo had an ace in the hole. Three years and sixteen developers later, the dream of the previously dubbed “Super Mario Bros 4″ had come to fruition. Shigeru Miyamoto and Shigefumi Hino (of Pikmin fame) helped bring this masterpiece to light, and apparently had planned for Yoshi to come along before this game. However, the graphical limitations of the NES proved far too constricting to Nintendo’s lime-coloured lizard. Read the rest of this entry »
Toronto probably has one of the best Indie video gaming scenes in the entire world. The first Hand Eye Society meeting of 2010 was absolutely gigantic and a potential fire hazard. Controllerpunch was there in at least three different forms (Balls, Crunk, and Minty).
The booze flowed, people connected, and hurrahs were shouted. To find out more about the Hand Eye Society check out the this link. Hit the jump to see some highlights from the night: Read the rest of this entry »
This review was seriously delayed for a number of reasons, the biggest one being that I was experimentingn with video. However, that was a complete and utter fail on my part, and I won’t make the mistake of blowing $70 on sub-par equipment again (For now). In the mean time, text will do just fine. Because of my tardiness, I’ve decided to mash together what would’ve been last week’s review with this weeks. In a way, it actually works better. Let’s see our first game:
As you can see, this game is VERY similar to the original game. Same graphics, same soundtrack, same story, but it improved on many things. First off, the game was far more difficult. Beating the first level on this game is like beating the first world on the original. Also, there are many subtle differences, such as slight upgrades in sound quality, and the fact that Mario and Luigi have differing abilities. Mario has greater traction, while Luigi can jump farther (There’s no two player component in this game, just character selection). Also, after completing the game once without using any warp zones (which remain present), you are then transported to a world called “Fantasy World”. Which, it so happens, is the perfect title for this land of butcherd physics laws. There’s underwater clouds, flagpoles, even fire! FIRE! Read the rest of this entry »
Ten Great Characters From 20 Years of Simpsons: Part Two
A few days ago I embarked on the perilous journey of choosing 10 ‘greatest’ Simpsons characters from the show’s last 20 years, not including the principal family itself. Check selections 10 through 6 out here. A perfectly cromulent list thus far, if I do say so myself. The final five are even harder to decide upon because they have to stand above those already mentioned. No easy task. Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Simpsons characters part 2, numbers 5 to 1. I make no apologies this time! After all, I voted for Kodos.
I was thinking maybe I was crazy because it is essentially a kart racer that doesn’t begin with “Mario” and end with “Kart.”
Better yet, I did not need to waggle anything…except I did (in my pants). Hit the jump for some video on loan from SEGASHIRO.
Ten Great Characters From 20 Years of Simpsons: Part One
With The Simpsons’ 20-year anniversary having been on December 18th, you would think that I would make two top 10 lists, but alas my list formats were made to be followed and 10 is still a perfectly cromulent number. After all, being 20 years old isn’t what makes The Simpsons great, its many instances of greatness do. Of those there are surely more than 20. While other soft news locales are writing impacting diatribes about the show’s lasting effects on a generation, I want to take it another direction and celebrate those who have helped our beloved farce of an American family reach this milestone. Part One of my top 10 will consist of characters 10-6, with Part Two concluding later. Read the rest of this entry »