Checkpoint: Year of the Tiger Edition

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Whoops. I completely forgot about this week’s Checkpoint. Sunday came and went, and I didn’t flinch.

It was Chinese New Year and thus there was a whole lot of nothing going on. I finished BioShock the other day and it was still creepy all these years later. I was also still impressed with the technical and artistic work overall. The character models were a bit disturbing though; too doll like.

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Braid May Hit PSN. WiiWare? Not Likely.

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Jonathan Blow’s Braid has been quite the hot topic as of late. Sure it has been well received, but it has also been a point of contention for its relatively high price point on XBLA. Some believe you need to just tough it out and throw down the $15 $19.99 CAD and pick up a 1400 MS point card and pay for this game. I can’t, though.

I enjoyed the demo. It was very entertaining, however the music didn’t jive with me. It’s not that it was terrible, I’m just not a big fan of it. So I decided to wait for the eventual price drop. However, now it seems I could also wait for the possible PSN version. Don’t expect it on WiiWare, though. The game is a bit too big for it, apparently.

Here’s a fun fact, did you know Braid was pitched to Sony, but then initially rejected (Check his comments)?

WiiWare was right out, because their size limit (due to lack of storage on the console) is way too small for Braid. I talked to some folks at Sony but they were not interested in carrying the game. Later on I talked to someone from a different division who *was* interested, but by then I had signed with Microsoft and started the XBLA port.

I wonder who would reject such a thing. Was it somebody at SCEA?! Unlike SCEA, SCEE is on the ball when it comes to awesome PSN game selections.

Anyways, at least try the Braid demo. It’s definitely worth the time. I may be too artsy for some, but for those who can appreciate it, it’s quite the treat.

Castle Crashers & Braid Will Cost Over 1200 MS Points?! (Updated)

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Update: Kotaku was updated. Looks like Castle Crashers won’t be going for 1800 MS Points. Braid’s price tag wasn’t corrected, though.

Well this piece of news took a bit of wind out of my sails. It looks like the prices of Braid and Castle Crashers aren’t going to 800 MS points like I originally thought.

Here’s the new breakdown:

Braid will cost 1200 MS points (~ $17.40 CAD)
Castle Crashers – 1800 MS points (~ $26.10 CAD)

That’s asking a lot. Especially when Geometry Wars 2 and Bionic Commando: Rearmed is going to cost 800 MS (~ $11.60 CAD) each. Galaga Legions is the only one without a price tag at the moment.

Please note that the conversion rate between MS points to Canadian Dollars could be outdated.

P.S – Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 is out today! At least try the demo.