Archives for January 2009

Proud Dad

I just have to take a moment to say that, as a gamer dad, I am a proud dad.

A while ago, I posted the video of the live-action Super Mario Bros. My oldest son has watched that video a hundred times. He loves it. Recently, he’s been loving New Super Mario Brothers and has even tried his hand at Super Mario Galaxy on the Wii. He doesn’t get far, but he loves every minute of it.

But he really made me proud when my wife asked him what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday (he’s turning four). When he said he wanted a “Mario Cake.” I couldn’t be prouder.

So, to help out the wife and set expectations unreasonably high, I used PicLens to search Flickr for some “examples.” (This one makes me mad) The quality of the cakes range from “so-so” to “no way I’m making that” (both direct quotes from the wife):

Mario Cake

Mario Star

And the one I’m voting for:

Mario Wedding Cake

My daughter, not to be outdone, asked for a Princess Peach cake. Good luck with that, mom!

Monster Trucks Nitro – PC GOTY 2009?

UPDATE: I correct myself. There are no achievements or online leaderboards. This is sort of confusing because it’s one of the things that makes Trials2 great. I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens though. Redlynx has been giving Trials2 some excellent support. Is Monster Trucks Nitro worth $20? No. But I do believe it–in it’s current state to be worth $10.

I came came very close to considering last year’s game by Redlynx, Trials2, to be my pick for 2008 Fun Game of the Year. I did mention that a I had a little bit of a renaissance with PC gaming, and I’ve also become a little bit of a Steam zealot.

To explain, here’s a conversation I had with Brock today via Google Talk:

3:55 PM Brock: Did you see that the guys who did Trials 2 did one with monster trucks?
3:59 PM me: who wha?!?!
4:07 PM Brock: It’s on Steam.
Monster Trucks Nitro

Let me just begin by saying it was the quickest demo-to-purchase time I’ve ever had. I don’t even think it was thirty seconds. One race and I was sold. Bonus: You can get it right now on Steam for 50% off.

It’s simplistic, runs on just about anything, and is pure racing fun. It appears to follow the same format as Trials2 (but with a little more forgiveness), but also adds a boost option in Nitro. The goal of the game is to get through tracks as quick as possible–jumping over buses, cars, barrels, and all other sorts of smashing goodness. Yes, there are explosions.

Leaderboards, achievements, a great introductory price, and fun, fun, fun.

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

Mount & Blade on ‘Da Cheap

Sandbox RPG Mount & Blade is on Steam this weekend for 75% off. That brings the price to $7.50. Yep, I’ve heard good things and I’ll try it for that.

Mount and Blade

I seriously love Steam.

Changing lives, one Wii at a time.

Two articles posted without comment:

The Dawn of Weight Training on the Wii

‘Wii Fit helped me to walk again’

Any buttonmashers out there have Wii Fit?

In my hands

The Gamefly fairy came by the house recently, dropping off a couple new games:

left4dead_boxart

Hasbro Family Game Night

I probably won’t get to Left 4 Dead until this weekend, but I’d love to meet up if anyone has it for the 360!