I’ve been looking forward to getting a Wii since Christmas. I think it’s easily the right console for our family. It’s cheap, it’s fun, it’s backwards compatible, and it has a solid collection of titles. We’ve owned a Gamecube and the kids love it, so getting a Wii makes sense.
Readers may remember the trouble from last year where my daughter was in the hospital after having a seizure. It has turned out to be an ongoing condition for her. She just can’t play console games or watch television for any length of time without getting dizzy and nauseous. She does much better on the computer, which I can only attribute to the higher refresh rate. It flickers less.
So we can’t let her play Gamecube for any meaningful length of time. Her younger brother and sister can’t play while she is around, for fear of making her sick. This is a rotten setup for everyone, and so the Gamecube has been more or less gathering dust since January. Heather and I realized getting a Wii would be a waste of money.
Instead we traded in the Gamecube, a wireless controller, the original controller, a mini controller, the bongo controller, three memory cards, and ten games. In exchange we got a (used) Nintendo DS and a (used) copy of Animal Crossing. It seemed really crazy to hand over all of that accumulated hardware and get such a small thing in return. I was sorry to see the ‘cube go. My girls practically learned to read on that thing, and there were a few cherished titles I’ll really miss. I know we could have got a better deal selling the stuff over eBay, but neither of us has the time for that. Still, the deal is done and my little girl has a DS of her own. She can play it and the screen is small enough that it doesn’t give her any trouble.
We already owned one DS, and we were thrilled to see how easy it was to get them working together. It was effortless, without needing any extra cables, adapters, or other stuff. Now the kids can play together. Everyone is excited. Thanks Nintendo.
In the end I took what little was in the Wii fund (less than halfway to the price of a Wii) and picked up a refurbished Playstation 2 and a copy of GTA: Liberty City Stories. (The PS 2 will go in my office and will be off-limits to the kids.)
Now I have the PS2 all set up. Works great. I forgot to get a memory card.
id Software Coding Style
When the source code for Doom 3 was released, we got a look at some of the style conventions used by the developers. Here I analyze this style and explain what it all means.
The Opportunity Crunch
No, brutal, soul-sucking, marriage-destroying crunch mode in game development isn't a privilege or an opportunity. It's idiocy.
Top 64 Videogames
Lists of 'best games ever' are dumb and annoying. But like a self-loathing hipster I made one anyway.
Game at the Bottom
Why spend millions on visuals that are just a distraction from the REAL game of hotbar-watching?
Who Broke the In-Game Economy?
Why are RPG economies so bad? Why are shopkeepers so mercenary, why are the prices so crazy, and why do you always end up a gazillionaire by the end of the game? Can't we just have a sensible balanced economy?