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You read about something. You get mad about it. Then, you are doused with a heavy cold shower of, “why complain now? We’ve been doing this shit for years!”
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PAX East is a magical time in Boston. Spring melts the snowy Winter drifts. Evergreen joggers put away their lycra leggings and run with flushed faces along the Charles River. Cuddly bearded gamer bears don snug hoodies and awaken from a hibernation of playing all the Holiday season releases. It’s this time when gaming enthusiasts, students and industry professionals descend upon the still chilly New England. For the fifth year, they convene in a kickoff party at the Microsoft NERD (New England Research and Development) Center tucked away beside MIT, and they celebrate games and initiatives that are all “Made in MA.”
Two floors of the office building are dedicated to the event. The eleventh floor features an Xbox One with Kinect playing Just Dance 2014. GSN Games reps gleefully entertain us with their moves and skills. Looking beyond the refreshments of cupcakes and nachos slathered with queso fondue, a huge banner is posted behind a table is NDA’s. A special Microsoft intern project is on display, but you have to sign several agreements to be nice and not tell a soul. No fun! Boston, however, has a bustling indie scene with several small devs and startups. These are the true stars of the evening.
If you enjoy living virtual lives where you get to run a business, do favors for people and go on adventures all while playing dress-up, then Disney Magical World is the game for you. Especially if you would like to live in a virtual world populated by your favorite Disney characters! Make the jump for my full review of this entertaining new Nintendo 3DS game!
Nintendo surprised everyone yesterday by announcing the release of Tomodachi Life (Tomodachi Collection: New Life in Japan) in both Europe and the US this summer. With a hilariously self-referential new Nintendo Direct, Jack Trenin announced the game’s June 6th release date alongside an overview of the game’s features. This would appear to be a part of Nintendo’s previously announced plans to release popular titles that have yet to be localized (like Inazuma Eleven) outside of Japan.
Any game where my love interest can be stolen by a musclebound Reggie Fils-Aime or a scuba diving Satoru Iwata is a must-buy, let’s be honest.
This was a good week with a party, some new additions and the general weirdness, topped off with some beautiful seasonal scenery. But then things took a decidedly ugly turn at the end… Read on and you’ll see what I mean!
Tuesday’s Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Directmarked the return of Zero Suit Samus, the de-amored gun-toting second form of the iconic Metroid star. No longer a Final Smash-triggered alternate form, Zero Suit Samus or ‘Zamus’ as fans affectionately call her is getting her own official character slot. Being a standalone character means she gets some new moves, an upgrade in power, and….high heels.
Technically they’re jet-boots that make her kicks extra powerful but they sure do look like high heels. I think Bayonetta called and wants her shoes back. Zamus’ new footwear of course prompted all kinds of different responses from the internet. Some called foul asking why a capable fighter/bounty hunter would be running around in something so impractical. Others (like us) let out a resounding ‘Yasssssssszzzzzz’ as she started kicking those legs around. Can you blame us? She’s one death-drop away from entering RuPaul’s Drag Race. Still others were probably too busy crying that Mewtwo/Ridley/Palutena/whoever else didn’t get a playable reveal to care very much at all.
Natashi Allegri however, known for her work on Adventure Time as well her original creation Bee and Puppycat, wins the award for best response to video game high heels ever.
The process lasted no more than nine hours over the course of three separate days with barely any time for more than handshakes. Some of the cast members were familiar friends and colleagues. Others were performers I hadn’t met before we gathered for the gig.
Whenever an artistic quickie ends, the inevitable slew of Facebook friend requests immediately rolls in. Even though it’s the product of an obligatory gesture, I love seeing the virtual faces of people I would otherwise eventually forget. Realistically the likelihood of effectively balancing all these new could-be-friendships is discouragingly slim. Impossible really.
Let’s call the one tenor Sam. My chair was next to his in the workshop, yet we spoke surprisingly little – maybe about five or six words and even that’s a stretch. Sam only performed his role two out of the three days since he had to hightail it back to middle-of-nowhere Indiana before the finale. There wasn’t time for words seven, eight, and nine.
Well, Singstar is calling this the “April SingStore Update,” which leads me to believe that they have officially made the switch from fortnightly updates to monthly ones. Oh well, as long as they keep coming, it’s hard to complain too much. And this update is actually pretty good (with one major caveat I’ll get to later):
“Pure Shores” by All Saints
“Cruel Summer’ by Bananarama
“Picking Up The Pieces” by Paloma Faith
“Shake Your Bon Bon” by Ricky Martin
“You Keep Me Hanging On” by The Supremes
“Wild Thing” by The Troggs
“Hook Me Up” by The Veronicas
Now, The Veronicas are awesome, but I’ve already got that song in Lips. Same with “You Keep Me Hanging On.” “Pure Shores” is good, but nothing I want to sing, but I may eventually cave and pick up “Wild Thing” just for the ridiculous fun of it. However, I am all over Bananarama, but God help me if I’m tempted to download “Shake Your Bon Bon!” The out and proud Ricky Martin is super hot, but that song is almost too cheesy — even for me!
The caveat is that the European update contains two songs from Dire Straits — “Sultans Of Swing” and “Money For Nothing” — that for licensing reasons aren’t available in the US. Hopefully they’re not lying when they say they’re working on it and hope to include them in a future update, because that would be sweet!