Big news for Mac gaming today. Return to Dark Castle has finally been released for OS X! This game has been in development for about 7 years now, and it should be very familiar to anybody who played Mac games 15-20 years ago. Heck, I’m only 22 and I remember Beyond Dark Castle.
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I’m not going to write a long entry about it, but I am the proud owner of a
brand new Wii. Suffice to say, it’s very fun, especially the Tennis
game in Wii Sports.
I ended up camping out at Best Buy starting at 6PM on saturday. If I wanted
I probably could have shown up around 4 AM or so and still gotten a unit, but
I figured if I was going to camp, I’d do it right. I hung out with a group of
guys from WPI (guys I hadn’t met before), and it was a lot of fun. Unfortunately,
it was also freezing cold. From about 2AM to 5AM everybody was huddled under blankets
trying to stay warm. Some people actually managed to sleep, but I didn’t. Still,
I think it was worth it.
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Recently I purchased Ninja Gaiden Black, on the advice of a friend. I had heard of this game before, described as ridiculously hard, but also supposed to be pretty fun. Well, what I had heard was wrong. It’s not ridiculously hard, it’s impossibly hard (and the fact that it’s Ninja Gaiden Black and not plain old Ninja Gaiden doesn’t help). And it’s not pretty fun, it’s ridiculously fun. I played it for about an hour after I bought it, but when the boss of the second level (the first being training) kept whipping my butt with incredible ease I put it down. Two days ago my friend started playing it, and yesterday he finally managed to beat the boss (after spending a lot of time trying). So, knowing it’s actually possible, I picked it back up again today and not only beat the boss, but spent probably about 4 or 5 more hours playing it and beating the next 3 levels. I only put it down because my roommate wanted to watch TV.
Not only is that game a lot of fun, it’s also a really visually appealing game (surprisingly beautiful for an Xbox game - I can only wonder at how it would look if it took advantage of the Xbox 360). All the moves look great, all the attacks have a lot of style and flair, and Ryu (the main character) is an incredible badass.
Usually when games are really hard and I can’t seem to progress past a certain point, I get discouraged. But ever since my success with that first boss, the seeming impasses in this game only drive me to try harder. There are points in this game where you have to do the same segment of the level over and over, and over, and over, ad infinitum. Again, such repetition would normally discourage me, but instead I use it as the chance to practice and hone my fighting skills until I can breeze past the previously-impossible segments with nary a scratch.
If you have never tried Ninja Gaiden, and you have a chance to (say, you or a friend own an Xbox), you owe it to yourself to purchase Ninja Gaiden Black and give it a try.
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Well, I finally did it. I beat the 30th song of Guitar Hero on Expert mode, making me an official Guitar Hero. I got the axe guitar to prove it ;)
Now I’m working on the extra songs. There’s some real good ones there. I also need to go back and get higher scores on the regular songs. And someday I hope to find somebody else with the game so I can play multiplayer.
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I just picked up a copy of Guitar Hero and wow, that game is amazing. In the past few hours I’ve played 27 songs already (and beat them) on medium difficulty. Once I finish the last 5 (2 of the songs I played were extras), I’m going to start on Hard difficulty, which adds a 5th fret. That’s going to be difficult.
I hope Tristan decides to get his own guitar soon so we can play multiplayer. That will be awesome!
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So Nintendo has finally released information about the controller for their new Revolution system. And the controller sure is different. It looks more like a TV remote with the ability to attach various peripherals (like an analog stick) to it. It’s also wireless, has rumble, and the system can detect where the remote is pointed (at the screen), movement of the remote (including forward and back), and twisting of the remote. I can just imagine how an FPS will be on this system. This is going to make for some very interesting games, and will definitely make the Revolution not a competitor to PS3 and XBox360 but rather a separate must-have platform. So if you haven’t seen it yet, go read the article on IGN.
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