Posts Tagged ‘gaming’

Game Night #03: Street Fighter Alpha Collection

Jamie and I sat down to play Street Fighter Alpha Collection’s Hyper Street Fighter Alpha for the third Game Night. Watch the video here or visit our Youtube channel.

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08 2010

Editorial #04: Adults and video games do go together

Recently, I had two incidents happen that made me question just what people think of video games and adults who play them.

I cannot go into detail about the event exactly, but I can tell you I was more than annoyed with the perception of gamers from folks who don’t play video games or have interest in them.

It’s OK if you don’t play. There’s nothing wrong with that. Just because I can’t imagine my life without video games doesn’t mean that everyone else has to have the experience. There are plenty of people who don’t know what video games are and have no desire to learn. At this point you have two groups of people: The willfully ignorant who don’t know but don’t discourage others, and the ignorant who have no idea yet harp on gamers because they’re afraid of what they don’t understand.

The second group is who I have a problem with. If you have no interest in gaming, fine, but don’t make statements such as “Gaming isn’t the real world,” or my favorite: “There’s no reset button in the real world.” As a tax-paying, law-abiding married adult who runs a household, I don’t think I need to be told that. The last time I checked I am 28 years old, not 5.

There are others in the same group that have made wild accusations because of my gaming habit. In the 21 years that I have called myself a gamer, I have never ditched my duties or responsibilities for video games. Throughout my academic career I was a good student and always put my schoolwork first because I was raised to believe that there are higher priorities. Once I got out into the working world, I made it a point to put my work over games because that is what pays the bills. What good are games going to do if you have no money to provide the electricity to play them? Or the money to buy them? I don’t toot my own horn intelligence-wise, but I think some folks don’t necessarily think things through before they say them.

As an adult, there are so many possibilities to continue gaming. I am at the point in my life where I can afford to purchase games at my leisure, spend time playing them and juggle whatever comes up with them. I have matured emotionally and mentally and am able to handle that. At no point in the discussion of my life and video games has my maturity ever come up until now, and I resent that as an adult.

My advice: Please learn something about adult gamers before sticking your foot in your mouth. It’s OK not to be a gamer but don’t insult those of us who are.

Lyndsey Mosley

Editor, Gaming Insurrection

29

05 2010

Editorial #02: Let’s drop labels, shall we?

I heard the term fanboy for the first time in my early 20s, and I have despised it ever since.

What is a fanboy or fangirl? Someone who really enjoys a system and talks about it with blind enthusiasm? I guess then I could be called that to a certain extent because for years, I owned Nintendo products. However, I was a “fangirl” out of necessity. I couldn’t afford anything else. I wasn’t buying it on my own because it would have taken forever to save up enough allowance money and my mom wasn’t about to drop money for more than one system or game every six months. Call her crazy, but she figured I could make do with what I had and Nintendo was it for a while. So I know what it’s like to have a single system at any given time.

But it wasn’t until I was out in the world as a job-holding adult that I realized it was probably beneficial to have other consoles. So I saved up my little checks to first purchase a PSOne and later a Dreamcast. I was no longer a single console owner, and it felt … good. It’s not that I gave up on Nintendo or that it dampened my ardor for Nintendo at the time. It was out of convenience that I decided to expand my gaming habits. However, it was about that time that I received that label. The person who so judiciously felt the need to slander me was someone whom I cared for a great deal and respected. Their opinion meant the world to me, and my feelings were hurt. Time has passed and the relationship no longer exists with good reason.

What I want to know is, what gives someone the right to call someone else that word? What qualifies other gamers to drop labels on each other? Just because you play a certain system and enjoy that system isn’t a bad thing. I really believe this is a mask of jealousy for some. I also think it’s a tool to prove superiority over others. Trust me on this one: The way you play a video game and what you play has absolutely no bearing on real life. It doesn’t make you any better as a person or worse. And if you have enough time on your hands to sit around dissing folks based on their gaming preferences, you have too much of it. You need to find something else to do. Might I suggest growing up and making something of yourself besides some idiot who lives at home with his or her parents with a piddly job that doesn’t contribute to the greater good of society?

And, as a gamer who has within the past year lived at home with my parent, let me state this: There is nothing wrong with getting a little help sometimes. If it means going home in this economy, so be it. I take offense to those who don’t try to do anything.

Whether you consider yourself a hardcore gamer or someone who just enjoys sitting down with a DS or Wii, you can be whatever you want to be. Just don’t let someone tell you what kind of gamer your are or do the name calling yourself.

Enjoy your gaming without calling names. That’s what it’s there for.

Lyndsey M. Mosley

Editor, Gaming Insurrection

12

04 2010

2nd Quarter 2010 launches!

Gaming Insurrection proudly presents the 2nd Quarter 2010 issue.

In the issue:

1. Feature: Playing retro imports – Gaming Insurrection shows you how to play import games on five systems: GameCube, PlayStation 2, PSOne, Saturn and Dreamcast. GI Editor Lyndsey Mosley walks you through the process with tips in a series of videos.

2. What We’re Playing – New Super Mario Bros. Wii*, Animal Crossing CityFolk*, 1943* and Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 are covered.

3. Retrograde – The GI crew looks at The Guardian Legend, Contra* and Final Fantasy V.

4. Tech Geeks – Winamp, Open Office and the GameStop System Selector are explored.

5. The Strip – The GI crew takes on the Phoenix Saga, Omega Red, Death Note Vol. 1 and Superman Returns and counts down our top 5 comic book villains.

As always, click within this post to download the current issue or visit the main site.

* = Video available here.

03

04 2010

Editorial #01: Giving up on new-school Nintendo

I am, or was, a die-hard Nintendophile for the majority of my video game career. I was once the type of player that would eagerly soak up news about the company, knew company figures when I saw them in the media and purchased consoles at launch. I supported Nintendo through the good days of the SNES and the dark days of the Nintendo 64 and GameCube. I was there for the return to prominence with the Wii and trumpeted the value of buying the new console. Until now.

As a Wii owner since launch, I remember the heady days of the first announcements. The lineup came into view, the system name took shape and all was well within the Nintendo camp. Jump five years ahead and it’s no longer the bed of roses it once was. Where are the games? Why is it that my online experience is little to nonexistent with the Wii? Why am I still living in the Stone Ages when it comes to purchasing downloads for my system? Why has Nintendo abandoned me in favor of soccer moms and yoga practitioners?

My value as a Nintendo console buyer has gone down, apparently. It wasn’t enough that I displayed brand loyalty and patiently awaited any news of a lineup coming from the parent company. I’m no longer in the demographic Nintendo is trying to garner and serve.

This is where Nintendo has failed me as a longtime loyal customer:

1. I don’t care about Nintendogs, Cooking Mama, Wii Fit, Pokemon or Brain Age. Wii Fit and Brain Age do not appeal to me, Pokemon ceased to be relevant after Red/Blue/Yellow, I refuse to play crap like Cooking Mama and Nintendogs was boring. Despite this, it seems Nintendo is all about shoving those properties continuously at me during every E3 for the past five years, if not in actual titles or in statistics telling me that the company is back to profitability. No, sorry, still don’t care.

2. My console exclusives and the money-makers that I bought a Wii for have all been disappointments with the exception of New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

— I can’t physically play Metroid Prime (motion sickness), and Prime just never did it for me as a 2D Metroid fan.

— Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was basically Ocarina of Time rehashed.

— Animal Crossing City Folk was re-skinned Wild World and a lazy re-skin at that.

— Mario Kart Wii was absolute garbage and should be ashamed to call itself Mario Kart. Ramping up the cheap items and number of CPU-controlled players does not qualify as a good Mario Kart. And the person responsible for the design decision to make it so that you can’t play battle mode without the CPU should be sacked. Immediately.

— There’s no Donkey Kong platforming game worth playing and that should be rectified at some point.

— Super Smash Bros. Brawl was a mess with too many gimmicky stages, awful online play and a complete movement away from what Smash Bros. was originally about: Play as your favorite Nintendo characters against each other on simple themed stages.

— For me, Mario Galaxy would have been a waste of time because I can’t play 3D Mario games. Again, motion sickness ruins any chance that I will be able to enjoy the game for more than 20 minutes to an hour. In the short time that I played it without throwing up, it seemed like a brilliant idea and good take on the franchise, but alas, it is not something I want to test how well I can hold down my lunch with.

So as you can see, the lineup is not something that makes me jump for joy. The only two games I could possibly ever try and like would be No More Heroes and Mad World. That doesn’t equal the five-game minimum for purchasing and keeping a system in my collection.

3. It is beyond me why Nintendo refuses to have accounts linked to their consoles. If Microsoft can do it with Xbox LIVE then why can’t Nintendo? Oh, that’s right. Because it would mean extra work and Nintendo doesn’t really want you to be online with your Wii in the first place.

A good example of my anger with this policy? I bought two Virtual Console games on my mother’s Wii recently while on vacation and wanted to take them home. I copied them to an SD memory card and later went to use them on my Wii. What happened when I tried to boot up the games? “This game cannot be launched from this channel.” So we conducted a little bit of research. It turns out that Nintendo expressly says in its support documentation that games that are purchased on the Wii Shop channel can only be used on the console with which it was purchased. Ridiculous.

I thought by now that this would have been fixed. I should have known something was wrong, however, when I had virtually the same problem two years ago when my original Wii was stolen. Despite having spent the money and having my Wii console number, when contacting Nintendo, I was basically told there was absolutely nothing they could do for me because the content was downloaded for that specific Wii, not the owner.

I should have sold my Wii then.

It just doesn’t seem like Nintendo is listening. Or catching the hint. Those old-school gamers who bought the Wii? They are the bread-and-butter of the game industry right now. They are the consumers who will go out and drop $200 on Rockband and Guitar Hero peripherals. They will spend the $50 or $60 for games at launch, such as Modern Warfare 2 or Halo 3. That’s the type of gamer Nintendo has driven off. I can’t think of any other games besides New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Twilight Princess that has elicited that type of response for the Wii, and Zelda did that only because it was the launch game.

It really boils down to the fact that in order for Nintendo to join the console race again, the company had to make some sacrifices. To pick up the market they could never reach previously, Nintendo had to sell its soul and sacrifice its original group of hardcore gamers. While this strategy has worked in the short term it has exposed Nintendo’s vulnerability. While the casual crowd may enjoy playing Wii Fit right now, they’re less likely to purchase another system later on down the road and the dependable hardcore crowd has been alienated with less attention to quality titles and commitment to detail.

Nintendo’s in for a rude awakening and despite my love for the company’s old days, you can count on me not sticking around to support them any longer. Consider this relationship done.

Lyndsey M. Mosley

Editor, Gaming Insurrection

08

03 2010

Animal Crossing Chronicles Edition #02

Welcome to a second edition of the Animal Crossing Chronicles.

Not too much new has happened in my tiny City Folk town of Japan. It’s an emotionally barren place considering what my previous towns were like. I’ve been steadily paying off the home loan at a rate of 5,000 Bells per day and 1,000 Bells toward my town fund.

My daily activities have consisted of paying off my loan, fishing and talking to random town members in an effort to establish some sort of camaraderie. Now, I will be the first player to tell you that talking to my animal neighbors is a chore within itself. I don’t particular care for any of the animals’ personalities and their dialogue is written as rude most of the time. And that’s the “nice” animals. I tend to keep my interaction with them low unless I really need something, such as old carpets and wallpaper.

Animal Crossing couture

For my character, looking good when she steps out of the house for errands is important. I try my best to make sure the character’s style reflects my own. Thus, her clothes are mix and match of accessories. Mostly, she rocks pilot shades or large shades and a cute top. Her hair is a different matter, though. I prefer to have her wear her hair in a bun or for her to wear a wig. My favorite wigs are the geisha, mowhawk and afro.

06

01 2010

1st Quarter 2010 here!

Gaming Insurrection has uploaded content for the 1st quarter of 2010! We are proud to present the following:1st Quarter 2010 front cover

1. Buyer’s Guide: Gaming Insurrection walks you through a list of 116 games that should be in every gamer’s collection. Systems featured are NES, SNES, Genesis, PSOne, Saturn and Dreamcast. No new-school here! Editor-in-chief Lyndsey and Associate Editor Jamie Mosley discussed their choices in a podcast as well. You can download the PDF version of the guide here.

2. Retrograde: Gaming Insurrection writers look at Aladdin and Animaniacs for the Super Nintendo and Galaga and Athena for the NES this quarter.

3. What We’re Playing: We take a look at Typing of the Dead (Lyndsey), MK Trilogy (Lyndsey), Perfect Dark Zero (Jamie) this quarter.

4. Tech Geeks: For our technology buffs, we find ways to record video of games, courtesy of the Pinnacle Video Transfer, and edit audio with Sony’s Acid Music Studio.

This quarter also marks the beginning of The Strip, a section devoted to comic books and (in the future) anime. The Strip works like a separate blog so head on over here to read our content. We chronicle our favorite Marvel characters, DC and Marvel properties and our experiences through and with comic books.

Download our newest issue here or from our main site, www.gaminginsurrection.com.

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02

01 2010

GI Show: Episode 07 is now available!

The seventh episode of the Gaming Insurrection Show finds editor-in-chief Lyndsey making her first appearance on camera. She battles Associate Editor Jamie throughout the episode in Marvel vs. Capcom for the Sega Dreamcast. Look for more episodes here or on our Youtube account.

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06

12 2009

GI Show Episode 06 is available!

In the sixth episode, Lyndsey and Jamie make their way back from a beach trip in search of arcades. The search gets mixed reviews from the editors. You can watch the episode below or on our Youtube user site: GamingInsurrection.

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30

11 2009

The Gaming Insurrection Show Episode 05 is available

In the latest episode of the Gaming Insurrection Show, Lyndsey and Marcus continue their conversation about the old days of gaming and what affect growing up then had on their lives as gamers.

This is the second part of a two-part video from Gaming Insurrection. You can watch it here or directly on our YouTube channel by going here.

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11 2009