A Generic Video Game Post: Definitive Edition

Have you noticed numerous games lately that have come out that seem familiar, even more strangely, the same games we had not long ago?

Well chances are it’s because they ARE the same game.Video game companies have been terrible with this in recent times.

Tomb Raider, The Last of Us and Grand Theft Auto 5 are just to name a few that use the “HD” or “Definitive Edition” line to want us to buy them again, sure it seems ok, but when you consider you are paying $100 Aus/ $60 Us dollars for the same game, just with better graphics, sound and hopefully some extra game play for your hard earned money it seems pretty ridiculous. These listed games are no older than 3 years between their originals and the re-releases, is it just another form of money grabbing, the new way to rob us of money now that we seem to have taken notice of In-Game purchases? The answer for me is a definite yes.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is my favourite game of all time, bar none. To see it was getting a remaster on the 3DS console got me excited like a school kid in a candy shop. Who wouldn’t want to gallop across Hyrule on Epona in 3D? This game for example I see as an appropriate use of the remaster title, because it quite literally has been remasted in the time since it was originally released, and with Nintendo planning on releasing the next game in the series The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask it is also deserving of the remaster title.

Releasing a game a year later after initial release because of “next gen consoles” is absurd. This is just trying to exploit every source of revenue possible, let the game live a bit first, let it stretch its legs, hell I’m still waiting for a re-release of Golden eye.

I’ve found some companies do remakes incredibly, Nintendo for example (trying not to bias here but other companies are making hard for me) really do try their hardest to deliver that excitement you felt the first time you jumped out of the plumping pipe in Super Mario 64. Or as another example the Halo: Master Chief Collection which saw the bundling of Halo 1,2,3 and 4 with 1 and 2 being their anniversary edition, the extra detail to graphics, sound, even extremely fun achievements added to the love I had to the Halo games of old.

In some instances of games I hope that they don’t try to re-release them as they can in a sense make them worse. Fable: Anniversaries for example looked stunning on the original Xbox, and with the release on Xbox 360 not long ago I was eager to purchase. What a mistake, the game was plagued with terrible frame rate, the worst I think I’ve seen on a game ever, think of it as playing Battlefield 4 on Ultra graphics using a computer that’s 5 years old. We were promised an update to fix the issue, but alas, wasn’t meant to be.

Not all games are terrible with their re-releases or definitive titles, but please don’t just “remake” them for more money, make them for the fans.

 

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A Generic Video Game Post: Definitive Edition

Sorry I’m what?

32 years of age is the average age for Gamers apparently.

I’m sorry but I can’t believe this statistic, purely because 26% of Gamers are over the age of 50. How many 50 year olds do you know playing round after round of Battlefield, headset on, yelling profanities about who slept with whose Mother. Where do they find these people? I’ve never come across them in all my years of gaming online or online forums, “so where are they?” I asked myself.

And then it hit me, mobile gaming.

Looking further into it various articles counted app games and the people who play them regularly as gamers. How do we decide whom to classify as a gamer? Is there a Government body who creates these parameters? What is classified as a game these days?

This is where the line is blurred. The guy who plays WoW for 16 hours a day is considered the same as a 42 year old woman who loads up Candy Crush once a day, or is it the bloke who works at McDonalds, loading up Clash of Clans when he’s on the toilet.

Is it the people on Facebook sending me continuous invitations to play the newest craze game, or the woman still farming on Farmville religiously after all these years?

It’s like calling a man who walks his dog once a day an athlete, it’s just not the same, and frankly it needs to stop.It appears that only the proper gamers (if I can say that, but who are the “proper”?) refer to themselves as the “Gamers” and I guess that’s as good as we’ll get for now.

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The New 3DS First Impressions

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Checking my phone I had less than 20 minutes to get to my local EB Games (same as Game Stop to you American’s) and the thought of not being able to get a 3DS today was worrying me.

My wife offered to pick me up from the train station, but I told her to get to EB Games and ask for the New 3DS in white.

Thankfully, I also remembered to tell her to buy a charger because Nintendo has decided not to supply one with this edition oddly. Although in Nintendo’s defense the box does actually scream “BUY A CHARGER!” and for the price of $15 I didn’t feel too ripped off, in saying this I would hate to see the disappointment on a young child’s face opening it up on his/her birthday to discover that they will have to wait until the charger is bought.

IMG_0439Another point on the packaging was the emphasis on colour and style plates on Nintendo’s behalf, the box was fun to look at and gave a good idea of the interchangeable plates you can purchase separately. Opening the box I found that the packaging was well protected with the 3DS tucked into a foam envelope of sorts. The usual manual guide and the AR CARDS are still present which is a really nice touch.

The 3DS itself requires you to pop on the top plate the first time you pick it up which is a breeze, just a simple lining up of two teeth into two holes on the console and clicking the other end down. What i found best about this though is how Nintendo have worked around hiding the text that use to grace the bottom of all there devices, just put them on the top so that the plate covers it, very nice

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When I first opened the console I was taken aback by the vibrant colours of the A,B,X and Y. Everything just seems to be so much more organised that my previous 3DS, 3DS XL and 2DS. The home button is now much more comfortable to use compared to the 3DS and the 2DS. The volume location has changed to the upper screen, the game slot is now at the front bottom panel and the power button is now a small power button instead of the slide seen on the 2DS.

I found the new styles to be a little painful to use, measuring around 25% shorter than my 2DS stylus, which is harder for me to use, having bigger hands and all. Not only was the styles uncomfortable but the C stick was as well, although I might just have to get use to it. the new LZ and RZ buttons feel comfortable enough.

Powering on and going through the settings they quickly bring to your attention the new head tracking 3D new to this 3DS. Booting up the main screen its evident the device is actually noticeably quicker, it also draws attention to the new feature of setting a screen theme, though only basic colours are available such as red, blue, yellow, pink and black. The addition of the “Theme Shop” to purchase new themes. Expecting around 50c to $1 I was surprised to find that for most themes the cost was $2.60. I believe that Nintendo could offer an amazing chance by letting people use their Nintendo Club redemption points to purchase some of these themes.

The screen brightness is noticeably better, with better auto correcting and straight out brightness.

First impression wise, I believe this to be the best, most fun and most customizable 3DS to date and would recommend it to anybody wanting to get one. A comparison write up with be published tomorrow between the new 3DS and my 2DS just to give people a chance to see if the cheaper 2DS is better suited for them.

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Bye!

The New 3DS First Impressions

First, but certainly not last.

The first post on a blog for me, ever.

I guess I should explain as to why I’m starting now, not that it’s an exciting story.
I was heavily into Nintendo just a few years ago, owning both a WiiU and a 2DS (2DS I still own) but alas the lack of WiiU games got the better of me and I traded it in for an Xbox One.

How I loathed that Xbox, there was no effort in the games, I missed the charm and design of Nintendo, so I sold the Xbox and am proud to say tomorrow I’m heading down to My local EB Games to buy the new 3DS.

A review of the new device, along with a comparison against the 2DS will be up tomorrow,

Enjoy!!

First, but certainly not last.