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Tingle! Tingle! Kooloo-Limpah!

Friday, January 15th, 2010

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After a glorious return to Hey! Look! Listen!s, I thought it would only be fit to follow it up with its gimped brother, the Tingle! Tingle! Kooloo-Limpah! The feature in which I talk about previews, editorials, interviews, and potentially news that I found interesting that Riddles didn’t. Let’s start!

Sands of Destruction has influence -
I touched on this in my latest Scatter Storming, but I wanted to post the only trailer I’ve actually seen for the game. It reminds me a little of Skies of Arcadia with the special moves and hokey one liners, but it seems to have the same charm too. In fact, this trailer gave me the idea for my JRPG Relapse Week. 2010 has already had one great surprise with Darksiders, and a lot of my risks last year paid off, so I’m excited to give this one a try.

We old geezers don’t like 3D -
IGN’s been pumping out the editorials lately, and while some seem to be pure flamebait, most have been a great jumping point for conversation. I hate being an old man when it comes to 3D things, but even after seeing and enjoying Avatar, I still see it as a gimmick. I thought I would have enjoyed that movie just the same in 2D and it wouldn’t have given me a headache like 3D. But from movies to games, I just haven’t been shown how 3D can improve the experience. My roommate disagrees saying, “once 3D becomes glasses-free, if I had the option to play an awesome game or play an awesome game in 3D, I see no reason why I’d choose 2D.” Bah, I say! I am still far from convinced.

This'll make sense...

This'll make sense...

Nintendo’s lazy and we let them continue being lazy -
This is a great read especially considering it’s coming from Matt Casamassina. Whether or not you like him, the guy covered Nintendo for over 10 years, he knows his shit. It’s great to see him simply call Nintendo out on their incredible laziness since the Wii’s runaway success. Anyway, this has been talked to death, so I’ll leave it at that.

We all need a good laugh -
Oh man, if my expectations weren’t low enough already. You all NEED to see this “trailer”. White Knight Chronicles has never been so oversold. Truly a fantastic watch.

Scatter Storming. Issue #015 “Ryan’s Apocalypse”

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

ss015No, my name’s not Ryan nor am I trying to change my name yet again. Ryan’s Apocalypse is a short story I wrote 3 or 4 years ago that essentially asks the question, “does it even matter if the world is ending if your own world is crumbling around you?”. This picture was taken by a friend with that short story as inspiration. Now my world isn’t crumbling either, but I have been notably exhausted and stressed the past two weeks. But hey, at least the cover art for this issue is semi-sorta-relevant, that’s better than most weeks. Anyway, it’s almost been a month since the last Scatter Storming – yup, it was December 16th, people – so let’s talk games.

Darksiders and Beyond –
I didn’t get a chance to play any more Darksiders last night, as a pile of dishes and a new episode of Scrubs just edged it out on the priority list. Still, something I didn’t mention in my first impressions was a feeling I got while playing it. It wasn’t a feeling specifically relating to the game, but I just felt like my love for games got a kick-start. Not that I ever stopped loving gaming, but it was just something that was always there. A known fact that I played games, like when love becomes a habit. I think I have Riddlethos to thank in part for that spark, actually. Writing for this site makes me try games that I wouldn’t necessarily, and also seems to help me finish them. But I had a moment while playing Darksiders in which I just had instant appreciation for my favourite hobby. The work that went into the game, the obvious inspirations from other games that likely struck a chord with the developer. It was just a cool moment and if Darksiders can bring that about, I’m itching to play more.

I was right -
I started this issue when I started my workday around 11am. I made the cover art, wrote the intro and half that last “story” and thought to myself, “I’m probably going to finish this at 9pm”. Bloo-ya!

Sands of Destruction -
Anybody know about this game? I’m going to talk about a preview in an upcoming Tingle feature, but it wasn’t even on my radar until recently. I don’t know much about it, but it looks like pure handheld action RPG classic-ness. What does the buzz seem to be? Is there any?

I don't even have the horse yet!

I don't even have the horse yet!

Seriously, Darksiders -
I want to play more, and it’s all I’ve really played since the break on account of my crazy-ass new job. But it all seems to be slowly settling, so back to gaming for me! Which brings me to…

I’m excited for next week! -
I’m a genius. JRPG Relapse Week? It’s brilliance! It’s the genre that got me started, and I’m excited to dive back into it after a small taste over the break.

That’s it! I gotta go home, man. I’m really starting to live here. And because I forgot to say it at the beginning: I’m back, bitches! Suck it!