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Fireside Games Countdown #5 – Wave Race: Blue Storm

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Here it is, folks. One of two extremely bizarre lists you can look forward to this week. Because we’re taking a break next week, Riddles and I have decided to go out swinging to bring you all our first dual-countdown since Romance Week.

But instead of co-producing two connected lists, we have two independent countdowns. I’ll let Riddles explain his at the right time. For now I’ll briefly explain this one.

A fireside game is a game that you can pull out at any moment and it will soothe the soul in one way or another. It is the perfect mix of nostalgia and comfort. It is a game that gives the same feeling it did the first time you played it. It’s the sort of game that can create the most unique distinct cravings that only the game itself can satisfy.

Now I’ve been able to successfully avoid most of my old standbys while creating this list, so it should make it more interesting to see what comes next knowing it won’t be a Final Fantasy IX/Ocarina of Time love-fest. But that’s enough explanation, onto the list.

256px-Waveracebluestorm#5 Fireside Game – Wave Race: Blue Storm
Yes, I did love Wave Race 64 as well, but I just spent more time learning the exact physics of the best launch title for Nintendo’s purple cube that couldn’t. Something about Blue Storm just makes me remember how I felt back when I owned fewer consoles, fewer games, and spent way more time getting intimate with select titles. Wave Race could also be relentless. A single mistake could throw a whole race which would throw a whole championship. The tracks and characters were few, but that’s what makes this a fireside game. I remember the exact details of every track, the exact intonation of Nigel Carver’s trainer’s voice edging him to do just a little better. The interactive loading screens remind me of what used to impress me, and the whole interface brings me back to a time when it was easier to just be a blissful Nintendo Fanboy.

At least in those days, games like Blue Storm did exist to prove that Nintendo wanted to be cutting edge. To this day, Blue Storm remains one of the most subtle and intense racing games available, and it’s definitely a game I like to pop in during a snowy day to remember my troubled love affair with the Nintendo Gamecube.

Scatter Storming. Issue #014 “Don’t Fuck Up”

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

ss014Hey there!
Despite Riddles’ obsession with Winterscapes, and the noticeably cooler weather here in the Great White North, we only had snow once, and it was light and it is gone. Therefore my argument of “he should live in Toronto” is a little moot. Anyway, I’ve been training for a new position at work, and that’s been fun, but it’s also more noticeable when I fuck up, so I’ve been a little nervous. Anyway, let’s talk about my bizarre choice of games that I’ve been playing and thinking about.

God of War Collection, bitches! -
So I’m pretty sure I’ve almost beat the first God of War via the PS3. Fun stuff. My opinion remains the same. It’s cool, fun, and epic, but I wouldn’t heap the praise on in the same way that everybody else has. Still, I’m mildly committed to beating the collection by the end of the year. I never thought I’d say this, but the game might actually be too epic. Kinda like FFXII’s soundtrack.

Dragon Quest? -
Yeah, the series I don’t really care for. I’ve been playing V on the DS and strangely loving it and it’s made me had the desire to play DQVIII for the PS2. That has never happened before. If you know me, you know I’m lukewarm on that title. Weird.

Final Fantasy XIV beta -
I applied. Cross your fingers for me.

Call of Duty is fun to watch -
Seriously, I’ve wasted more hours watching my roommate play Modern Warfare 2 than most people spend playing it. I don’t know why gaming isn’t more of a spectator sport in North America.

I think I had more to say, but that’s really all I’ve been playing, and my eye hasn’t been on the news this week. Plus, I have a countdown list to get to. But anyway, I’ll leave you all with a very recent IM snippet with the one and only Riddles.

Hey! Look! Listen!

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

HLLwinterOoooh! Wintery!

Hello everyone, and welcome to the Winter Wonderland edition of Hey! Look! Listen! What’s so special about this Winter Wonderland edition? Nothing at all, other than the special revamped banner seen above. That image was yet another rejected possibility for the background to the Winter Week banner.

I like snow scenes, okay? Makes me wonder why the hell I’m living in Tennessee.  Who am I? I’m your host, Oliver “Riddles” Motok, and I’m well on my way to having not one, but two stunningly unproductive days in a row. How does that happen? Ah well, the completion of this column will count for something.  Hopefully.

Arkham Asylum 2 Announced

Wow, talk about unexpected. Anybody else catch the VGAs this past weekend? I watched bits and pieces on the crappy TV at work with no volume, and found them largely uninteresting, aside from this little gem of a teaser:

Well. My hopes for 2010 just got that much higher. No, the game hasn’t been confirmed for release next year, but I’m going to place my bets that will see it sometime next holiday season.

New Prince of Persia Details Emerge

As promised, a trailer for Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands premiered at the aforementioned VGAs. I’ve included it below for your viewing pleasure, but frankly it’s not much to gawk at.

No gameplay, no hints towards the storyline, just some average-looking cinematics coupled with a dramatic voiceover. Oh, and Ubisoft clearly needs to decide if they want their prince to look like Jake Gylenhaal, or the Prince we know and love from the original trilogy. Right now he appears to be in an odd sort of limbo.

However, while the trailer did nothing to ease my fears that The Forgotten Sands will be an ill-conceived cash-in on the upcoming movie, this interview with Michael McIntyre, the game’s level director, offered some hope.

The Forgotten Sands takes place shortly after 2003’s classic Sands of Time, and before the controversial sequel, Warrior Within. The Prince leaves Azad to visit his brother’s kingdom, only to find it under attack. And… that’s about all we know about the story so far. “The Forgotten Sands is another chapter in the SOT series, and is not tied to the movie in any way,” McIntyre said. Thank god for that, at least.

Oh, and the Prince will somehow have power over “nature itself” in Forgotten Sands. No other details were offered, but McIntyre says it will be “worth the wait.” Will it? Will it really? I’m glad to hear that it’s not a direct movie tie-in, but the proximity of the release dates is still cause for concern.

As Mass Effect 2 Draws Closer…

Check out the latest and greatest cinematic teaser for Mass Effect 2:

Excited yet?

Well, I didn’t plan on it, but it seems we’ve had another video edition, of sorts. My apologies to all of you using dial-up; but seriously, get with the times.

Farewell and goodnight for now!

Oh Hey, a Pretty Winter Scene

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

We can chalk this up as shameless filler material, but I felt the need to share this picture with you for some reason. It was ALMOST the background image for the very simple-yet-effective banner you see up above.

Let it never be said that we don’t appreciate beauty at Riddlethos.

So pretty...

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Welcome to Winter Week!

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Why? Why not?

Why? Why not?

Hey there, folks!
There are a few things I’ve been wanting to get to for a long time. But we all know that old saying! “Blah blah blah, blah blah”. So that’s why it’s taken me so long to get around to it.
I suppose I should tell you what those few things are.

1.) Review Outline – You all know that Riddles and I started posting reviews with scores recently. It’s a work in progress, and your feedback is helpful, but until more changes happen, I’d like to have a public outline drawn up so you can all read, analyze, and criticize what we’ve come up with. I know it was perhaps more “normal” than you all may have expected, but we’d rather any obscurity naturally evolve out of the format instead of trying to force a weird hook.

b.) Countdown Lists are Back! – Not only do we have the “Best of” award theme weeks coming up soon, but this week Riddles and I are going to compile a “Fireside Games” list of some sort. Maybe it’ll be separate lists, maybe not. Either way it will vaguely celebrate our already vague theme week with allusions to Winter and nostalgia.

That’s it really, my schedule has opened up in a noticeable way, so I hope you’ll all be seeing a lot more of me and my MS Paint drawings soon.