So yeah, it IS easy to laugh at this today, but remember, at the time Wii was a true unknown; we’d barely played any games at all, and all the stereotypes associated with the system today (tacked-on waggle, dingy visuals, awful online support, third-rate ports etc) had not yet manifested. In this moment, the whole room was hopeful, not cynical. Cut to today and this happy go lucky moment is a dreadful harbinger of Wii Music. Ick. … [Read more...] about Five years later: the biggest news from E3 2006
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The Super Mario Galaxies? Two of the greatest games of this generation, without doubt, but motion-control barely got a look-in. Twilight Princess? A Gamecube game with a bit of waggle stapled onto the side. Mario Strikers? A lot of fun, but no motion control that a stick and a couple of buttons wouldn’t have done as well if not better. Donkey Kong Country Returns? The motion-activated roll manoeuvre actually got in the way. Smash Bros? If you were using anything other than a GC pad, you were Doing It Wrong. … [Read more...] about Five years on, what has the Wii’s revolution REALLY changed?
Much like the main character in DC Comics' classic storyline Kingdom Come, Moon is necessary to get the reader invested. These gods - similar to Superman and Wonder Woman - aren't very much like us. Kingdom Come brought the story to us regular folks by telling it through the eyes of a simple preacher; American Gods does the same, but through the eyes of Ricky Whittle. To put it simply, the show wouldn't work without a perfect performance from Whittle, and he does everything but disappoint. … [Read more...] about American Gods Is The Beautiful Mess This Generation Asked For
By "recent business trends," Bell is presumably referring to the sales dip caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced countless retailers to close due to health risks and a lack of customers. Gamestop has been heavily affected by this as well, and after early efforts to remain open under the guise of "essential retail" (as reported by Kotaku), it is temporarily closing stores following employee outcry. … [Read more...] about Gamestop closing over 300 stores this year
And what wonderful, enduring mistakes. Perhaps most famous is Aeris' early-doors line, "This guy are sick", but there are many more. Jenova, the mysterious being at the heart of Final Fantasy 7's complex story, has just one line of dialogue in the game, and it includes a typo: "Beacause, you are... a puppet." And who can forget the game's first boss fight, against the mechanical Guard Scorpion? "Attack while it's tail's up!" Cloud tells the player. Then, "It's gonna counter attack with its laser!" So, we all attacked the beast while its tail was up. Then it counter attacked with its laser. … [Read more...] about Why would someone spend five years retranslating all of Final Fantasy 7?