Archives for August 2004

Games gathering dust

There was a link to a story on games.slashdot.org to this article about having too many games to play. A problem I’m sure we’d all like to have, but this post came at a time I was thinking the exact same thing.

I’ve picked up 6-7 games at rock-bottom prices (I think I’ve spent 60 bucks total) and I’ve still got other games I haven’t had a chance to play yet. I would say I’ve got ten good games in the ‘queue’ waiting for me to play. And I was thinking “Man, I’ve got to beat Goblin Commander before I start something else.” It felt like it was almost a chore. That’s not right. This is my hobby, not a job or responsibility. I felt obligated to play because it’s sitting right there in front of me.

So I decided to give Goblin Commander another go tonight, and I was not enjoying it at all. RTS games belong on a PC, even though Jaleco did a decent job with Goblin Commander. So I decided instead of feeling obligating to completing the game, I’ll just use it as trade fodder. I could probably get 5-10 bucks for it (about what I paid for it) and pick up something I want to play, like ESPN NFL 2k5. It’s out of my system. I don’t feel like I have to complete it.

So liberating! What a breakthrough I’ve had. But I still will finish Viewtiful Joe if it’s the last thing I do.

Mario Tennis

cube.ign.com has some snazzy hi-res screenshots of Mario Tennis. Looking very nice.

Hope springs eternal

Every once and a while, an article like this (via IGN) catches my eye and my heart at the same time. Getting my Gamecube online is defintely something I have been hoping for for a while, but so far no luck. So I read the article, hoping for a glimmer of hope, and all I get is:

Unfortunately, Nintendo filed the patent in question for the ill-fated 64DD and not for the GameCube. The 64DD was meant to add mass storage capabilities to the N64, but it never caught on.

Blasted! Oh well, hope does spring eternal.

My cup runneth over

Those crazy cheap A’s found another bodacious deal at Toys ‘R Us, lots of decent games half off an already reduced price. I picked up Beyond Good and Evil and Deus Ex:Invisible War for the Xbox and Freedom Fighters for the Gamecube. After using a gift card I spent 18 bucks on three sweet games. Excellent!

So my game queue continues to grow. I’ll get some time in this weekend with some of these titles, but NCAA 2005 is still taking up the majority of my time. Once I get a chance to play a couple of these I’ll post my thoughts.

Fable previews

There are countless Fable previews coming out now, and needless to say, I am excited about this one. This one from IGN is pretty long but it was pretty well done with a lot of information and impressions. Some are saying the best RPG ever.

I’m not sure what I think the best RPG is. I really liked Final Fantasy III/IV on the SNES, I liked Baldur’s Gate and others. Diablo II comes to mind, but it may not qualify as an RPG. Regardless, the game is ambitious and looks like it could be stellar. It was definitely one of the reasons I bought an Xbox and I may even say I’m looking forward more to it than Halo 2. Blasphemy, I know!

I’m still not what to make of the marriage/sex aspect of the game.