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25 years of Tetris
Date: June 6th, 2009 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Games

While we’re talking about old games anyway…

25 years of Tetris Google logo

And I’ve even been playing it yesterday! (on the Wii through HBC ;))

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Here are the details of your new cake
Date: June 6th, 2009 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Games

… or was it case? The Chief never spoke very clearly in Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego.

After playing with Adlib Tracker in DOSbox a few weeks back, and rediscovering Wolfenstein 3D on the Wii’s homebrew channel, I checked out a few soundtracks and clips of old games on Youtube.. today I mounted my hard drive contents of Ye Olde 386 Days into DOSbox and off we went.. Pinball Fantasies really is one of the best pinball sims ever.

If there’s anyone else who gets a fuzzy feeling when hearing (in no particular order) “Lotus 3”, “Jazz Jackrabbit”, “Wolfenstein 3d”, “Prehistorik/Moktar/Blues Brothers”, “Halloween Harry”, “Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis”, “One Must Fall 2097”, “Civilization”, “Epic Pinball”, “Stunts”, “Boppin”, “Doom”, “Blake Stone”, “Duke Nukem 2”, “LSL/*Quest”, “Rise of the Triad”, “Galactix/Raptor”, “Screamer”, “Test Drive 2/3/Grand Prix Unlimited”, “Carmen Sandiego”, “Wacky Wheels”, “Winter/Summer Challenge”, “The Lost Vikings”, “Red Baron”, “Transport Tycoon”, “Prince of Persia 1/2” or “Lemmings”, we should maybe get together for a retro night/day/weekend 😉

I really like the Titus guy(s) … when you start their game after 2000 it throws a “YAYYY My game is still working in 2009! Programmed in 1992 on a 286 12MHz. Enjoy oldies!” 😀

(Apogee/3DR/iD rock..)

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1970’s restrictions in 21st century games
Date: June 5th, 2009 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Games, Rants, Wii

Some game developers seem to be really stuck in the 70’s … early 80’s perhaps too. For example, Electronic Arts’ Need for Speed series does not allow you to have a player nickname longer than 8 characters. In the early days, your name was on the license plate, so I could see some reason into having it fit. But since a few years this is no longer the case, it just says NFS. Boo. (note: perhaps in the latest game this may have changed). There are many others who do the same thing.

Yesterday I played Marbles Balance Challenge on the Wii. Enter player name.. ok, there’s a bigass window to enter it in, should fit at least 50 letters in there. S .. i .. D .. 3 .. W .. i .. N .. D … what? WHAT? 8 character limit? Ok, my fault for picking a 9 char nick (which is actually 10 but reduced for IRC purposes), but what the heck? It’s not like the Wii memory can’t handle this… my analog watch probably has enough storage space. I could of course opt for “Tom” but meh. I don’t see the difficulty in allowing longer player names.

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Did Not Finish…
Date: May 7th, 2009 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Computing, Games

RIP 3DRealms – you won’t be forgotten 🙁

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Date: September 2nd, 2008 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Fun, Games

Last week I -finally- passed level 70 on frozen bubble on my cellphone after being stuck there for a few months (yarly). Now I’m at 94, almost there! 😉 Highly addictive, too. 😛

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Guitar Hero III
Date: July 13th, 2008 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Fun, Games

A few weeks back I bought GH3 for Wii on ebay incl Guitar. Hadn’t actually played it before but only heard good stuff on IRC, so there I went. Played it that evening, and umm.. got quite addicted, once I touch the guitar I’m usually not letting go until at least 90 minutes later… Currently finished easy and medium levels, almost done on hard. Woah. Gets quite hard indeed.. I’ll probably be buying the Aerosmith version a little later, then the next one (featuring a drumset controller?!), and in the meanwhile try to get Frets on Fire working on the MythTV media center with the Wii Guitar

Now I’ll have to miss it for a week soon, due to bugs in the game … 🙁

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Date: July 17th, 2007 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Games, Home

One of the gifts we received was a Nintendo Wii! Including one Wiimote and Wii Sports. On our way home we passed by MediaMarkt and picked up a second Wiimote (including WiiPlay) and a Traditional Controller, plus a Wiimote charge station with rechargable batteries for 2 controllers. Upon installing it we immediately started playing tennis, bowling and all the other fun stuff. The Wii controller really is a novel way of control (yes, I’m 8 months late with my constatation) 🙂

It’s a bit silly that it has built in Wifi and the (ethernet) LAN connection costs an extra 40 bucks; I’d expect it to be built in like in any other console. That said, the wireless connections works fine and supports WPA (thank god) unlike the DS. 

Got some Wii Points and made Diana happy immediately by buying Super Mario 64. 

Now looking for another Nunchuck, seems to be a bit harder as they’re sold out everywhere. 🙂 

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Crime victims per 1000 citizens
Date: April 17th, 2007 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Fun, Games, Uncategorized

Crime victims per 1000 citizens

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Date: December 27th, 2006 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Fun, Games, Home

I got "Burnout Legends" for our Nintendo DS for christmas from Diana’s sister Wanda. I started playing it this afternoon and after we got back from dinner I haven’t stopped 😉 Only I start to feel it in my thumb… Nintendo thumb! 🙂

We also decided to buy a Wii … Just need to find a store that’s not sold out… 😐 Any pointers? 🙂

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Top Gear: Battlefield 2 Edition
Date: October 2nd, 2006 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Car, Fun, Games, TV

Very nicely done, although a better quality video would be nice to have:

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