Checkpoint: Year of the Dog 2018 Edition

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Happy Lunar New Year!

The Lunar New Year weekend is upon us and it’s filled with being lazy and playing video games for me. It’s also a weekend to take stock at my gaming year thus far. Although I’m still playing Persona 5, I’ve slowly accumulated a slew of new games including:

  • Monster Hunter World
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • XCOM: Enemy Within
  • Civilization VI
  • Owlboy
  • A bunch more stuff from Humble Bundle

Then there’s still the matter of Horizon: Zero Dawn, Super Hot and The Witness all which I acquired last year but have yet to play. And maybe Dragon Quest VIII [3DS], Final Fantasy XV and XII: The Zodiac Age? Maybe?

Too many games.

But even with all those games, I’m carving out time to watch my girlfriend play XCOM: Enemy Unknown. She’s never played a game like this and after watching Giant Bomb’s The Exquisite Corps, I was inspired to introduce her to this wonderful game. We’ve only played one session but I hope we’ll continue playing this on a regular basis. Watching her play is entertaining so I hope she will grow to like it and we can continue this couple activity.

Another game that I hope we will be able to enjoy together is Monster Hunter World. Neither of us ever played these games before so I think it would be entertaining trying to figure it out. 

Why Aren’t My Friends Playing Dragon Quest IX?

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The iPhone has turned everyone into hardcore handheld gamers. But if you ask them,”Are you a gamer?” most of them will deny it.

However, if you ask them if they’ve “Three starred every level in Cut the Rope?” or “Did you perfect every level in Angry Birds?” They’ll say “Yes! It was awesome.”.

On several occasions, the lunch lounge at was turned into an iPhone gaming lounge. It reminded me of the stories people tell of Japan, but instead of Dragon Quest IX on Nintendo DS or Monster Hunter for PSP, it’s Angry Birds on iPhones.

So why aren’t they playing other portable games like DQIX? I don’t believe it’s because of the game itself — it’s the platform. The iPhone 4 is cool; it doesn’t have the social stigma of a Nintendo DS or a PlayStation Portable. You could play Civilization Revolution or run a virtual game development company without fear of ridicule when it’s on an iPhone.

But what about the fact that those dedicated handheld devices cannot browse the net or make calls? Isn’t that the reason why people are using the iPhone 4? As actual smartphones?

I don’t see it like that. Especially with the iPhone 4 owners I know. Out of all the smartphone owners I know, only one pulls theirs out to dispel arguments based on misinformation. And he owns a Blackberry. In the meantime, others are watching a piece of candy swing on a rope. I’m willing to bet that some of these folks spent more time playing games on their iPhones than talking.

However, don’t get me wrong. I welcome this new platform. The more people who play games, the better! I do wish the games were more involved than the ones offered on a touch screen, but that may take more time. Or perhaps another platform. Maybe one with more traditional controls?

Nintendo’s Release Dates For 1H 2010

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nintendo-logoHardware Announcement

  • Nintendo DSi XL debuting March 28 for $199.95

Software Announcements

  • Cave Story debuting March 22 for WiiWare
  • Picross 3D debuting May 3
  • Monster Hunter Tri debuting April 20
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands debuting May 18
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 debuting May 23
  • Sin & Punishment: Star Successor debuting June 7
  • Metroid: Other M debuting June 27
  • Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies debuting Summer 2010

Media

Super Mario Galaxy 2 Trailer

Nintendo brought the goods today at their Media Summit event. Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M within a month of each other? That’s insane. The Galaxy 2 trailer had me tingling with anticipation already, but what about Metroid: Other M? We haven’t seen anything about it and they’re already aiming for a June release? I hope it’s as good, if not better, than Metroid Prime 3: Corruption which is one of my favorite Wii games thus far.

This reminds me: I’ve got to do the Luigi run of Super Mario Galaxy before the sequel hits.

E3 2009: Capcom’s E3 Line Up Is a Mix of Old & New

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Capcom’s very own Mr. Kramer, posted his company’s E3 line up for this year. It’s got some retreads like Street Fighter IV and Bionic Commando (by the time E3 arrives), but it’s got a healthy dose of new spectacles such as Lost Planet 2 and Dead Rising 2!

Here’s the list:

  • Dark Void (PS3, 360, PC)
  • Lost Planet 2 (currently 360, PC)
  • Dead Rising 2 (will be “behind closed doors”)
  • Spyborgs (Wii)
  • Resident Evil Darkside Chronicles (Wii)
  • Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP)
  • Marvel vs Capcom 2 (digital release for PS3, 360)
  • Fate Unlimited Codes (digital PSP release)
  • Street Fighter IV (PC)
  • Bionic Commando (PC)
  • Mega Man Star Force 3 (DS)
  • Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil (Wii)
  • Capcom Mystery Game #1 (playable in booth!)
  • Capcom Mystery Game #2 (announced at a press conference!)

What could those mystery games be? Marvel vs Capcom 3? A nice dream. Capcom vs SNK 3?! Strider remake? I do wonder…

P.S – Marvel vs Capcom 2 will be hitting PSN/XBLA on June 29, 2009.