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kris

by kris

Operation Finish all the Games, November 2014
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Welcome to the twelfth installment of my quest to
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[FINISH ALL THE GAMES]
So, one more month and I'll finish out the year. If I succeed, this could be the first New Year's resolution I've ever seen through to the end. Shocking!
Just to recap, these are the rules I set up for myself:
  1. Beat or finish one game a month. That means main story mode with credits scroll in most cases.
  2. Side-quests and post-story content don't have to be...
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kris

by kris

Nintendo is streaming live from the Treehouse all day -- are you watching?
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Today Nintendo is streaming live all day from their "super secret" Treehouse division -- those are the product development/localization guys who work directly on all your favorite games. Normally they're kept under wraps (and even at Nintendo HQ they're gated off in their own area) but at E3 Nintendo was broadcasting live from a stage on the show floor with Treehouse members as our hosts, and now... Read more →
kris

by kris

Operation Finish all the Games, June 2014
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The point of this project was to try and reduce my games backlog, which goes back at least 10 years for some games. Unfortunately, new games continue to come out, and plenty of retailers (Steam, GOG.com, Humble Bundle) keep having great sales that I can't ignore, making my task almost Sisyphean. But I'm not giving up just yet, not after I've come so far!
As always, the basic rules of this quest:
  1. Finish or beat one game a month....
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kris

by kris

Nintendo Strikes Back: What do you think of Nintendo's E3 announcements?
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No, Nintendo didn't announce a new Super Mario Strikers game (though the timing would have been great), but they talked about a whole bunch of other games and products worth getting excited about -- but are they enough to revive the flagging Wii U?
Biggest on the slate was something we all knew was coming -- Nintendo's NFC figurines, known as "amiibo." Amiibo are very similar to Skylanders and Disney Infinity, though right now they look to be more of an add-on to compatible games than the center... Read more →
TimSeppala

by TimSeppala

E3 reveals?
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So, we're about two months away from E3 (Paris Fashion Week for games, for the uninitiated), what do you want to see from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony? Given that everyone's new hardware is out in the wild, the focus this year is likely going to be on games, games, games, games and possibly a bit of VR.
No one knows what any of the platform holders have in store for this fall, but there are a handful of third-party games... Read more →
kris

by kris

Operation Finish all the Games, February 2014
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Today ends month three of my little project (month two for those who decided to join in after my first post). A shorter month, but that's no excuse not to try. How did I do?
First, for those just joining us, a little recap of the "rules," what little there are:
  1. Beat or finish one game a month. This means doing what it takes to complete the main story mode and prompt a credits scroll.
  2. Side-quests and post-credit content are not...
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kris

by kris

Nintendo lays out their game plan for the future: change is a comin'
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Nintendo held a strategy briefing Thursday morning (Wednesday for US-dwellers) where they outlined their strategy going forward in the wake of ongoing financial losses, especially in the last quarter, which forced them to cut their sales forecasts for not just the struggling Wii U, but also the much stronger 3DS. You can read the Engadget post for more details (http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/29/nintendo-wii-u... but some general highlights:
  • Analysts from both inside and...
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kris

by kris

Operation Finish all the Games, December 2013
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Like many gamers, I have a backlog of unfinished or even unplayed games. It costs money, takes up room, and most of all, makes me feel guilty. Guilty for letting it take up room, guilty for spending the money, and guilty for simply existing when I want to play newer games.
I've made resolutions in the past to clear it out, usually to very little success. But backlogs in themselves are not insurmountable—I've managed to cut down my backlog of unread books, unread comics, and unwatched TV shows.... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Favorite games from 2013
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We've had some exciting gaming discussions here in the forums over the past year. We talked about our initial impressions of the new consoles, if Nintendo can survive, and even what games we're all playing. As the year wraps up I thought it'd be fun to get a good idea of the communities favorite games to come out in 2013. This serves as a great way to check out games you may have missed or forgotten about.
QuizUp (iOS): This is nothing more than a simple trivia game that you can play against... Read more →
kris

by kris

Best places to StreetPass
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This past June I bought a 3DS XL, which I share with my boyfriend (I don't commute much anymore so I don't really need my own portable gaming system). Though I bought one mainly to play games like Animal Crossing, the included minigames that work with StreetPass quickly became one of our favorite features -- and probably more of a time sink than Pokémon. We even bought the additional games, like Mii Force and Warrior's Way.
Of course, none of these games work without StreetPass tags -- luckily,... Read more →
kris

by kris

Nintendo is doing just fine and doesn't need to make games for mobile, thank you very much
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It seems like every few weeks someone is writing a new article about how Nintendo is doing horribly and how they need to start releasing their games on iOS because that's where the future is.
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These critics will always present this as a foregone conclusion, as... Read more →
Musikon

by Musikon

What are your most anticipated games for this holiday season?
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With 2 new console releases, launch titles, and too many other games to count coming out this holiday season, it can be tough deciding which games to preorder and purchase versus those to wait on. There are the big AAA titles coming to all consoles, and then there are the smaller Indie titles. It can be hard keeping track of the delays, release dates, and sheer number of games being released.
If you are on iOS and need help keeping track of it all, I've been using this great app called Launch... Read more →
Musikon

by Musikon

Did you get a 3DS or 2DS to play Pokémon X Y?
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The new 3D Pokémon games, X and Y, released this past weekend on October 12. Nintendo also released their new 2DS, the non-3D handheld aimed at younger children that day, and many were clamoring to get their hands on the limited edition Pokemon X and Y 3DS XLs.
Did you pick up Pokémon or a 2DS/3DS to play the game? Which version did you pick? And what Pokemon starters did you decide on?
Personally, I already had a 3DS prior to the Pokémon release, I chose Pokémon X, and went with Fennekin and... Read more →
groovechicken

by groovechicken

Windows 8 and the Myth of the All-Purpose Device
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With the release of Windows 8 and its ecosystem of hardware near at hand, I have been thinking about the ancient (in technology years) myth of the all-purpose device. This myth is one every geek knows and dreams of. The idea of having a single device that you carry around that can meet all of the technology needs you have is one that has captured the imagination since the days of the first "portable" computers. For geeks everywhere, though, it is ultimately a dream that leaves us depressed and... Read more →
tatsumaki

by tatsumaki

Well, I'll give you that it's prettier than the original 3DS...
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...and I hope its hinges have a much tighter tolerance, but I fail to see the point of this just as I failed to see the point of the DSi XL. I understand the technical limitations, but introducing a unit with a bigger screen and no resolution bump has always struck me as a bad decision. I would have hoped for a redesign that incorporated the right analog pad and increased the battery life. Thinner would have been okay, but not too necessary. The OG 3DS is nearly DSi sized and I felt that was... Read more →