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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.

Hey! Look! Listen!

Friday, December 4th, 2009

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Oh hey there. Remember Riddles? He doesn’t! He’s probably crying in some lost corner somewhere wondering where and who he is. That’s the absolutely only explanation I can think of why he didn’t come up with a Hey! Look! Listen! last night. But that’s okay, because there’s a wealth of news that I’m more than happy to bring you. So I, your temporary host, Ethan “Ethos the Great” Pipher, will guide you through the bizarre and depressing world of video games.

What I imagine the dude looks like

What I imagine the dude looks like

Man Completes World of Warcraft

Let’s start with the most depressing thing. Some sad sap recently “beat” World of Warcraft this week. Wow. WoW wow, even. I suppose he should be congratulated, but I just feel like crying. Especially because I feel I’m going to get the honour for Final Fantasy XIV when it comes out next year. MMOs are the games you’re not supposed to beat. (Destructoid).

White Knight Chronicles Gets North American Release Date

Took them freaking long enough. February 2. Still, with Mass Effect 2 and FFXIII, this one would need rave reviews for me to pick up. And looking at the reception in Japan, I’m not holding my breath. (IGN).

InFamous Sells Well Later and Opens Up DLC to Everyone

Infamous sold modestly when it first came out, but whether it was all the buzz, or people waiting to buy a slim, the numbers have jumped from around 200 000 at its release to 1.2 million now. To bring attention to this, Sucker Punch has dropped the price and is going to be releasing DLC that was previously only available as a pre-order incentive. It’s some “gigawatt” move or something. You power up the Delorean, I think. I don’t remember. I’m not terribly interested in that part of the story, so you can read the article if you are. (IGN).

Gran Turismo 5 Demo Coming This Year

Yessssss. This excites me, although with Forza 3 being so awesome, I have to admit that my enthusiasm is a little tamer than it would have been. Still, it’s nice to see all these games like Final Fantasy XIII and Gran Turismo 5 show that they are, in fact, going to be released before I die. Presumably anyway. Maybe Riddles is MIA because he’s come up here to kill me. (IGN).

KateBowmanMass Effect 2 Discs

SEE WHAT I DID THERE?!?! I used “2″ twice! Because it’s Mass Effect 2, and it’ll be on 2 discs! WOW, I’m incredible. But it’s true. On the PC, it just means a 2 disc install. On the 360 it means you’ll have one (and only one) disc swap at one carefully chosen point in the game. I’m sure some people are grumbling, but I don’t care about the swapping one bit. Although it does likely mean that the game will be longer. I know that’ll make some happy, but I loved the length of the last game, so I’m lukewarm on that thought. Either way, that’s the story. Oh yeah, and there’ll be a 3rd disc of bonus stuff if you get the Collector’s Edition. (IGN).

Done! That’s better than Riddles’ typical pile of shit, right?