Monday, August 13, 2012

Wish List--Peach Saving Herself? Yeah, Sure...

Maybe YOU can save yourself because Peach sure can't.
The irony of this shirt should be lost on no one. Not one single person.

For years, Peach has been a desperate damsel, helpless against Bowser's crazy schemes. She never even lifts a finger when the big bad villain shows up. It's all "Help me, Mario!" followed by a bit of "Our princess is in another castle..." until you get enough stars/coins/power ups to unlock the final encounter.

That doesn't change the fact that this shirt is awesome.

And yes, I realize that Peach played the heroine in Super Princess Peach. That doesn't count. She doesn't save herself, she saves Mario. With her feelings. And a umbrella.

It's not a bad game though. It just doesn't count.

You can find this shirt in stock here. Interested?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Virtual to Reality--Samus Aran (and her issues)

Metroid: Other M--Samus Aran
Metroid: Other M. A blemish in a otherwise amazing series? Maybe.

Yes, the silent protagonist was transformed into more of a repetitive, emotional yes-woman. And her monologues can have a bit of a "Captain Obvious" feel to them, but the missteps aren't as bad as some people like to believe.

Though they are pretty devastating to say the least.

If you can look past Samus's need for therapy, you might be able to appreciate the fact that Metroid: Other M is also radical in the way it shows Samus in regular clothing.

Not a revealing two piece. Not a skin-tight catsuit. Clothes. A shirt and pants.

Samus's old uniform doesn't reveal too much about what the heroine does in her down time, but it finally shows her as a normal woman. She still kills aliens and destroys planets for a living, but at least you know her wardrobe is not limited to just spandex and metal.

Any thoughts on the changes made to Samus in the Metroid series's last installment?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Gaming Dipped in Gold...Paint: Club Nintendo Gold Nunchuk

Because even Nintendo cares about matching accessories.
The gold Wii Remote offered with Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was a pretty big deal but it left most people wondering why Nintendo didn't release a nunchuk to match. Now the wait is finally over!

I'm not sure if anyone was still waiting for it (I wasn't), but better late than never.

If you're a member of the Club Nintendo rewards program, you can receive this new accessory by trading in 900 of your hard-earned coins. Before you get too excited, Nintendo wants to point out that the nunchuk "will simply be gold in color and does not contain any precious metals". You know, just in case you were thinking about melting it or selling to a jeweler.

Isn't the white cord a bit tacky though? I don't think it would have taken too much effort to make match the rest of the controller, but I know nothing of the processes involved. Maybe it does.

I should stop complaining about "free" stuff.

Have you joined Club Nintendo? Are you going to be redeeming your coins to snatch this prize up?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

You're Too Old for Video Games...Go Do Something With Your Life

Throw your games away. It's time to get a job.
Call me naive if you want, but I honestly thought that the idea playing video games was no longer  as an immature waste of time. Or maybe it isn't and I just had a rare experience with an opinionated but narrow minded person (let's refer to him as Random Stranger).

Let me set the scene: It's a few days back, in a room full of people. I'm minding my own business, checking Facebook on my phone when I hear a bit of the conversation going on next to me. Now I'm barely paying any attention, but I hear the phrase "video games" and I'm immediately sucked in. Selective hearing for the win.

Random Stranger: "All he does is play video games! At 18/19, you need to be doing something with your life, not wasting your time playing video games!"

I should tell you that I am not a very "social" person. Remember, I'm in a room full of people on my phone. Checking Facebook. But if someone brings up video games, I'll start talking and I might not shut up. Especially if I disagree.

Me: Excuse me, but what if what you want to do with your life has something to do with video games? I'm 21 and I still play video games because I think I can make a career out of it.

I couldn't really hear Random Stranger's response after that because all of the "OOH BURN!" type comments were drowning him out. And he was so shook by my interruption that he was stuttering. A lot. But it seemed like RS was trying to say that the person he was talking about didn't think that way. Does that matter?

I really want to know if a lot of people still think like this or if anyone else has had this kind of conversation recently. Or ever. Are video games a waste of time better spent working nine to five? Is it hard or impossible to play video games and hold down a job or career? I don't think you could afford the habit without some kind of income but still...

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