Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Look Into History: Article The First

Article the First was the first proposed amendment to the Constitution. It's original goal was to give each state a representative to the House for every 30,000 people. It's original text was:

"Article the first... After the first enumeration required by the first article of the Constitution, there shall be one Representative for every thirty thousand, until the number shall amount to one hundred, after which the proportion shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall be not less than one hundred Representatives, nor less than one Representative for every forty thousand persons, until the number of Representatives shall amount to two hundred; after which the proportion shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall not be less than two hundred Representatives, nor more than one Representative for every fifty thousand persons."

Things I Like: Dumb & Dumber

Man do I love this movie. I saw it for the first time as a kid, and every few years I watch it again. 
Mysterious briefcase, dead parrots, dog grooming, Sea Bass, and riding to Aspen on a scooter were all classic scenes. 
Oh and the owl scene. Ouch...
I want this for a car. 

Things I Hate: Wario's Woods

I remember playing the NES version of the game on the GC version of Animal Crossing as a hidden unlockable secret. Wario should go back to living in the woods after making this sad excuse for a puzzle game.
It seems Nintendo wanted yet another Tetris clone, and Wario's Woods seemed so illogically developed. Kinda reminds me of Hatris. They had a need to sell this game for an easy buck, yet in their rush they made a mediocre experience. 
Now there were a few more versions made such as the graphically superior SNES version, but when the gameplay is flawed so much, there's nothing graphics can do to help it. 

A Look Into Video Games: Resident Evil Gaiden

While Capcom canned the Gameboy Color remake of the the original game, that didn't stop them from developing on the system completely. They made a "kiddie" version of Resident Evil for the GBC near the end of it's lifespan.

Rhythm Heaven Fever Coming To America

While the original game on GBA was a no-show in America, Nintendo did bring the DS sequel here. I bought it and found it a nice little Warioware-ish game. Japan got the Wii sequel this year, and it seemed like it was stuck in the land of the rising sun. Now we are getting it in Feb. of this year. 

Fact of the Day: The Insta-Burger King

The first Burger King was opened in 1953 though it was known as the Insta-Burger King. The name came from their Insta-Broiler machine which was really good at cooking burgers. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Things I Hate: 007: Blood Stone

I had borrowed this game recently, but didn't get very far into it. 

Ninja Gaiden Sigma (PSVita) Coming To Japan Feb. 2011

Japanese gamers will get a port of the PS3 remake of one of the best Xbox games that rebooted one of the best franchises on NES. Confused? You should be. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't buy it. It does feature a very easy mode where Ryu auto-blocks and auto-dodges everything. No details on an American release but it shouldn't be too long after the Japanese release in February. 

A Look Into History: U.S. Presidential Election of 1800

The election of 1800 saw incumbent John Adams go back up for re-election. This time both parties were mad at each other. Both the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans both threw baseless claims at one another. 

Things I Like: 007: Nightfire

I remember playing this mostly at my friend's house around the time the game was released. It was an even better sequel to Agent Under Fire. 
I didn't get much time with the single player, but it was quite a step up from the previous 007 game. The first one since Goldeneye to truly wow me. 
The multiplayer was also really good. I wished this game was around the time where online console gaming wasn't terrible. Oh well split-screen was tolerable back then. 

A Look Into Video Games: Wartortle

Wartortle is the 1st evolution of my favorite Pokemon Squirtle. Even though he's less cute, he makes up for it in awesomeness. His name comes from the word Warrior and Turtle. 

Fact of the Day: The Only Great English Monarch

King Alfred who ruled between 871-899 was the only English monarch to get the title "The Great" added to their name. 

3DS Firmware Update Delayed To December

Apparently Nintendo wasn't ready but by December 8th you can enjoy 3D video recording, 3DS-to-3DS transfers, DLC, and more. 

Nintendo Had A Good Black Friday

Nintendo had a good showing this holiday year. Thanks to the 3DS bundles plus good deals from retail stores has push the system to about 325% more sales. Nintendo sold about 500,000 Wiis on friday alone as well. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword pulled impressive numbers as well becoming the fastest selling Zelda game ever. 

Monday, November 28, 2011

PS1 Games And Other Older Titles Won't Work For PSVita At Launch

Apparently PSOne Classics and other older systems available now on your PSP will not work on your shiny new PSVita for awhile. There's no dates of when it will be fully workable, but I guess Sony is just trying make sure that all games run smoothly with the new hardware. 

Nintendogs+Cats Pink 3DS Bundles Coming Soon

The 3DS will be seeing yet another bundle this holiday season if Zelda or Mario is not your thing. The bundle will include one of the Nintendogs+Cats games and a 3DS. It's the same price as a regular 3DS so the game is "free" though you have to be manly enough to enjoy a pink 3DS to get the bargain. 

A Look Into History: Harald Fairhair

Harald Fairhair was the 1st King of Norway. Little is known about his life except his parentage, the name of his consort, and a few mentions of the battles he won. 

Things I Like: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4

I had 3 on Gamecube, but I just rented the 4th game. 
Don't get me wrong I liked the 3rd game, but it was hard to spend another $50 something dollars on another skateboarding game. 
I didn't think it was the greatest Tony Hawk game in the world, but it was a decent entry in the series. I think the first 3 were quite a bit better than 4. 

Things I Hate: 007: Everything Or Nothing

I remember renting this on my Gamecube many years ago. It was really the first major James Bond game in a long time to break away from the FPS gameplay and go third person. 

A Look Into Video Games: Ken Masters

Ken Masters is a Street Fighter veteran appearing in the very first entry of the series and making practically every installment ever since.

My Super Street Fighter IV (360) Impressions

Besides an in-store demo of the 3DS version, I haven't had much chance to play any edition of Street Fighter IV. My local library had this copy, so I just tried it out for the first time yesterday. 

Fact of the Day: Newt Gingrich's Birth Name

Gingrich was born Newton McPherson. His parent's marriage fell apart as about as soon as it started. He later took on his stepfather's name. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The King of Fighters XII (360) Review

Even though I've been more of a Street Fighter fan, I've had nothing against The King of Fighters series. The first batch of KOF games were really good and rivaled even Street Fighter, and easily Mortal Kombat. However over the years, SNK just kept churning out more KOF games out while Capcom stuck to upgrading re-releases of Street Fighter. So SNK was sacrificing quantity over quality to say the least. How does this one fare? Better than I expected, but that's not saying a whole lot. 

A Look Into History: The Invention of the Printing Press

The inventor of the printing press was Johannes Gutenberg who was born in 1398 in present-day Germany. 
Before his time, books had to be made pretty much by hand. Making them extremely expensive, and probably error ridden with typos too. 
The printing press made books boom, and let a larger amount of people read and with that intelligence boomed with the new access to education. 
Gutenberg's most famous printing was his famous bibles. Which are worth quite a fortune now. 

Vladimir Putin Wants Presidency of Russia Back

He stepped down from the big chair a few years ago, but he wants to go from PM to President. He was formally nominated by his United Russia party and warned the West to keep their hands off the elections. 

Things I Like: XGIII: Extreme G Racing

It wasn't the greatest racing game in the world, but I managed to buy it real cheap and it gave me a decent experience. 

Things I Hate: Jet Set Radio Future

I never played the original game on Dreamcast, but I found the Xbox sequel real cheap one day. 

Splinter Cell Trilogy Finally Gets Inverted Aim Through Patch

The PS3 release on the PSN store featured all the single player from the first 3 Splinter Cell games. However developers had forgotten to add inverted aim which a lot of players use (think airplane controls but for shooting) though some do not. You can now download a new patch on PSN that will allow you to do just that. It took them two months to get this fixed?

Cave Story+ Now On Steam

While the game has been released on the PC and WiiWare, the new + version has the game now in HD. It is available for $10. 

Rumor: Sony Making Smash Bros Clone Called Title Fight?

It's hard to deny the success of the Smash Bros. series. Not only are they very fun games, but fans love it. It's hard to believe Sony or Microsoft has never really even tried to make their own Smash Bros. game. Sure they don't have the same number of mascots, but they could have come up with something. Apparently Sony might be doing just that with a rumored game called Title Fight. It apparently will feature characters like Sly Cooper, Kratos, and Parappa The Rapper. The only "proof" anyone has been able to come up with is this screenshot of a really creepy Sweet Tooth from Twisted Metal. 

A Look Into Video Games: Hey You, Pikachu!

Hey You, Pikachu! was a video game released by Nintendo after the popularity of Pokemon jetted off in Japan and America. Somehow Europe never got the game. 

The game came pre-packed with the N64 Voice Recognition Unit simply known as the VRU. Basically it was a clunky piece of hardware that acted as a basic microphone.
It sure made your N64 more tangled up with wires you didn't need. 
The game itself was a very basic Pokemon game meets The Sims. Your whole quest was to raise and interact with your Pikachu. 
I never played the game, but I can imagine having a lot trouble getting Pikachu to understand me. 
The game also came in a super-special edition with it's own Pikachu/Pokemon themed N64. I remember stores trying to give these away. Mainly because by 2001 everyone wanted anything but an N64. 

My Day Yesterday: Jedi, Street Fighter, And Snacks

Went to my local library and found a copy of Super Street Fighter IV. Sweet!

Fact of the Day: A Death And A Important Event

LBJ died on January 22, 1973, which was the same day as another important event in history. On that very day, the Supreme Court overturned abortion laws with the case of Roe vs Wade.