Archives for September 2006

Work in progress

Over the weekend, I’ll be working on my To-Do List I mentioned a couple weeks ago. Most recently, I’ve added a Contact Page, with a form to contact me directly, along with my Instant Messenger screen names and my email address. If you’ve got a tip, question, complaint, anything, feel free to drop me a line however you like.

I’m also using this plugin to set up all the different feeds I have to point to my FeedBurner feed. For those of you that read Buttonmashing through an RSS reader, this shouldn’t cause any issues but it will give me a chance to have a better idea of who’s reading the site through my feeds. Let me know if this causes anyone a problem.

Other changes will be occuring (mostly behind the scenes) but hopefully nothing will get garbled or wonky while I do my tweaking.

Update: I noticed after installing the plugin that the feed spit out like 20 of my latest entries (including my del.icio.us links and Flickr pictures). Hopefully that didn’t cause any problems or confusion.

Contact

There are a few different ways you can contact me (and please, feel free to contact me).

The quickest and easiest way is using the following contact form:

I can also be reached via email at buttonmashing@gmail.com

I can also be reached via Yahoo! and AOL Instant Messenger:

Yahoo! IM (preferred): cholo_75

AIM Screename: IaintYerPapa

360 Demo Thursdays (NBA 2K7)

Here’s a new thing I’m gonna try. Each week I’ll try out a new demo from Xbox Live and give my impressions. This week’s demo is NBA 2K7 by 2K Sports. The demo is a 4-minute quarter of Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. No frills, just the game.

It’s been a while since I played a basketball game, but I still love sports games and the basketball season will be ramping up soon, so I thought I’d give it a try.

The game looks good, even if the close ups don’t. Jason Williams, for example, looks like a zombie. For a game as simple as basketball, the controls are pretty confusing. Of course, I didn’t pay attention to what buttons do, so naturally the first time I got the ball, I heaved a half-court shot instead of passing the ball. Once I figured the basic controls, the game is quite enjoyable. The players are easily controlled and actually behave how they real counterparts do (i.e. Antoine Walker doesn’t play D, hangs around the three-point line). I played about five games. I didn’t see any glaring flaws right away. Nothing that would be a game stopper.

I don’t see myself playing a lot of basketball, so I doubt I’ll even rent NBA 2K7, but if you enjoy the basketball game, NBA will definitely fit the bill.

IGN gives it an 8.3
Operation Sports calls it “the greatest basketball game [they’ve] ever played

(On a side note, the batteries just died in my 360 controller. That’s almost a full month of regular playing on alkaline batteries. Not too shabby)

Microsoft’s X06 conference

I am insanely jealous of those that are in Spain to cover the X06 conference in Barcelona. Spain in my favoritest place in the world ever and I would love to return and soak in its gloriousness.

Enough of that, let’s get to the meat of the conference. Dealing with Microsoft’s future plans, there is a lot to digest. You can read the full press release here.

What I’m excited about:

An RTS, based on the Halo Universe, built by Ensemble Studios? Yes, please! Halo will transition perfectly into an RTS — the units are balanced but different, Heroes (Master Chief, The Arbiter) are built in, an entire back story, everything. I’m nervous about an RTS on the 360, but I’m still excited.

Forza 2 cannot get here soon enough. I’m still playing Forza on my 360 any chance I get.

Peter Jackson (and Fran Walsh) working with Bungie Studios is an interesting pairing. I’ll reserve my judgement on that for now.

I’m not sure how I feel about DOOM on XBox Live Arcade. I love Doom. My first online (modem to modem, actually) gaming experience was with Doom. Some of my favorite gaming memories are playing Doom with a friend at night, hearing his chainsaw roaring in the background, stalking me. But that was twelve years ago. I’m not sure how it will translate on Live. Split-screen co-op and deathmatch could be fantastic, however.

Microsoft is definitely delivering on some quality items right now. Good for them.

Unintended headline

Nintendo fans say Wii will rule, despite facts

We will rule. In fact, we already rule! Screw the facts!

There are so many things wrong with this article that I won’t even waste your time with the details. This is what happens when you ask a non-gamer what the next generation will look like and his research involves his “son and his game playing teenaged friends.”

Nothing to see. Move along.