Friday, April 29, 2011

Portal 2: GOTY or GTFO?

It has been over a week since the much anticipated release of Portal 2, and now that the laser focus of the gaming community is on other matters right now, we can take a look at how the biggest thing since sliced bread stacked up to the hype.

For those of you that have been living in caves for the past year or so, Portal 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to the surprise hit of 2007, Portal, a game that was originally bundled with the Orange Box due to fears that the game would not be well received and therefore not sell. For this I will only be talking about the single-player campaign, as the person I was planning on doing co-op with is currently suffering at the hands of the PSN outage, and lacks a decent computer to run his free PC copy. Hopefully once that mess gets sorted out we can get to that part and I can put up a review of that.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

It only does identity theft

April 26, 2011

A day that will live in infamy.

The day the proverbial turd careened through the proverbial fan.

Well f*** indeed

Since Sony announced on Tuesday that personal information had been compromised, the internet has been abuzz with activity. People are pissed. People are worried about identity theft. People are worried about credit card info getting out. Am I any of the above right now? Maybe, but I want to take this time to give my view on the situation.

Monday, April 18, 2011

The ultimate Alternate Reality Game?

Today I want to take a break from retro games to talk about something that has been on the mind of the gaming community for the last few days.

Portal 2 and Valve's Alternate Reality Game (ARG)/publicity stunt.

What started as a grouping of awesome indie games for a low price (The Potato Sack) has culminated in the potential early release of one of the most anticipated games of the year.

"Why is this such a big deal MrNelson?" I'll tell you why.

Friday, April 15, 2011

How to (properly) clean game cartridges

Agh, busy week was busy (curse you higher education!), but now I'm back!

Alright, so replaced your NES pin connector, but the games still aren't playing, so now what?
Ah yes, blowing in the cartridge, the old standby. While this does work, it can have negative long term effects. The biggest one is corrosion, since you're blowing into the cartridge you're getting moisture on the contacts, which in not good. Digital Press did a test on whether or not blowing on the cartridge would cause corrosion, and you can either go here to read the whole thing, or look at this image after the jump which sums it all up.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Blue Screen BEGONE!!

Ah, the NES, such a great system, it's always great to pull that one out and fire up some classics like Mario, Zelda, and Metroid. But before you can get to the good part.....

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A guide for the aspiring import gamer: Part 7

Another day, another guide to help you get into the importing game!

Now we're going even further back, to the 80's to be specific, to take a look at the game console that helped to bring back the game industry after the video game crash of 1983.

The Nintendo Entertainment System

NES (top) and Famicom (bottom)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A guide for the aspiring import gamer: Part 6

Moar import tips? Moar import tips.

Today, were going to look at a console that wasn't much of a commercial success, but it was still good console in its own right.

The Sega Saturn

Monday, April 4, 2011

A guide for the aspiring import gamer: Part 5

Alright, back from the weekend! Continuing with the 90's theme, we're gonna move on to another one of Nintendo's consoles.

The Nintendo 64

Friday, April 1, 2011

A guide for the aspiring import gamer: Part 4

Continuing with the 90's theme, I'm going to move onto a personal favorite of mine, the Super Nintendo!

A Super Nintendo (top) and Super Famicom (bottom)