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Have Certain Retro Games, Stood the Test of Time?

On the positive side, I’ve recently returned to text-based games (or interactive fiction), an even older genre with no graphics, and found the interface, while frustrating in some ways, less off-putting than the earliest D&D games and graphic adventures. Similarly, I don’t see myself playing retro games such as the original Wolfenstein or Doom anytime soon, but I have still enjoy returning to the retro Super Mario games from time to time (and my wife’s a big fan of Pokémon Snap, a game that I also still enjoy).

Jul 7
Hacker Claims to Demonstrate an Exploit to Mod a Wii U System and Mario Kart 8The Wii and DS systems suffered from extensive hacking and unauthorised mods, which allowed people to create their own apps and, alternatively, download and use ROMS of games for free. The homebrew scene was one aspect, though accompanying piracy was a substantial problem that impacted software sales and has been the source of litigation efforts from Nintendo around the world.To date the 3DS and Wii U have remained relatively secure, with potential workarounds on the portable struggling to make progress and Nintendo remaining active in shutting down any security weakness through regular system updates. The Wii U, at more than 18 months old, has also been largely unaffected, though YouTube channel MrBean35000vr claims to have streamed and now uploaded footage of it utilising a browser-based exploit to modify and change code in Mario Kart 8, and to also tweak fonts in the main Wii U operating system.Beginning with claims that they’re fully in control of a Wii U, the Mario Kart 8 demonstrations involve mixing up music files to play quickly from the beginning and fall to silence; we’re then shown track names getting changed. After that the fonts on the Wii U system menu and the WaraWara Plaza are changed.Full Story —> http://ow.ly/ySua5

Hacker Claims to Demonstrate an Exploit to Mod a Wii U System and Mario Kart 8
The Wii and DS systems suffered from extensive hacking and unauthorised mods, which allowed people to create their own apps and, alternatively, download and use ROMS of games for free. The homebrew scene was one aspect, though accompanying piracy was a substantial problem that impacted software sales and has been the source of litigation efforts from Nintendo around the world.

To date the 3DS and Wii U have remained relatively secure, with potential workarounds on the portable struggling to make progress and Nintendo remaining active in shutting down any security weakness through regular system updates. The Wii U, at more than 18 months old, has also been largely unaffected, though YouTube channel MrBean35000vr claims to have streamed and now uploaded footage of it utilising a browser-based exploit to modify and change code in Mario Kart 8, and to also tweak fonts in the main Wii U operating system.

Beginning with claims that they’re fully in control of a Wii U, the Mario Kart 8 demonstrations involve mixing up music files to play quickly from the beginning and fall to silence; we’re then shown track names getting changed. After that the fonts on the Wii U system menu and the WaraWara Plaza are changed.
Full Story —> http://ow.ly/ySua5

Jul 7

When Is It Time to Give Up Mid-Game?

As I’ve gotten older and face more demands on my time, I’m more likely to put down a game that’s sort of fun but a big time commitment. Take for example Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, a PS3 game I got last year. I was pretty excited about it at the time, because I’m a big fan of Studio Ghibli, the anime production company that was doing the art for the game, and I really liked the PSP game Jeanne D’Arc, a turn-based strategy game by Level 5, the developer of Ni no Kuni. But about 15-20 hours into NNK, I just wasn’t having that Grand Theft Auto IV much fun.

Can Halo Add Interesting In-Game Narratives to Its Great Gameplay?

Halo will continue to live or die on the strength of its gameplay and its fan service to the devotees of the expanded universe. Strengthening the game narratives may help the 343 Industries titles pull some of the Mass Effect and Half-Life crowd who want to combine exciting gameplay with stronger narratives in-game (and in a series that offers co-op play). What do you think about the Halo narratives? Am I off base in characterizing most of them as incoherent and uninteresting in terms of personal storylines? Is the turn toward the personal in Halo 4 a misstep for the series? Am I wrong in thinking that narrative is even worth paying attention to in these games?

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Review for Nintendo Wii

The graphics are better than older games, but Legend of Zelda stays true to the cartoon-like look of the characters. Cinematography and graphics are similar to older games, but just like any new video game, Skyward Sword has better graphics than its predecessors.

Tomodachi Life Nintendo 3ds Review

When you’ve been courting another Mii long enough, you can eventually get married and have children. However, this is where the novelty of the game wears off. Other than getting Miis to hook up, have children and give each other gifts, there’s not a lot else to do. While the mini-games and the hilariously bad rap battles are worthy of a few laughs, they lose their charm eventually.

Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars PlayStation Vita Review

Is fairly standard, for a Japanese role-playing game that is. There are dark portals opening up all over the world and all kinds of demons and awful creatures are getting through. You are one of many teenagers who are given special abilities for fighting the aforementioned monstrosities by a star god. But that’s not all. In order to fully realize your monster-killing potential, you must attend a special school with other gifted teenagers.

Mercenary Kings Review Playstation 4

When you first start playing Mercenary Kings, it might seem that there is a lot of information to keep track of. But once you’ve been through a few levels, you will eventually understand how to use the different resources available at your disposal. The game does away with any tutorials, which is nice because it allows you to get down and dirty straight away.

Everything we know about Mass Effect 4 so farAt E3 2014 this year, every company trotted out beloved game titles in big ways — Sony showed off Uncharted 4 with incredible in-game graphics, Electronic Arts unveiled Mirror’s Edge 2, Nintendo teased an open-world Zelda that looks like a colorful painting, and even Microsoft’s arguably lackluster media briefing showed off a black light-inspired Crackdown sequel that looks super fun.Perhaps the shortest of all exciting teasers came from BioWare, when representatives showed off what is more or less the world’s first look at Mass Effect 4. We know very little about the game, but there are some hard details floating around that, coupled with the art and teaser video, paint a picture of the upcoming world.Full Story —-> http://ow.ly/xTxWB

Everything we know about Mass Effect 4 so far
At E3 2014 this year, every company trotted out beloved game titles in big ways — Sony showed off Uncharted 4 with incredible in-game graphics, Electronic Arts unveiled Mirror’s Edge 2, Nintendo teased an open-world Zelda that looks like a colorful painting, and even Microsoft’s arguably lackluster media briefing showed off a black light-inspired Crackdown sequel that looks super fun.
Perhaps the shortest of all exciting teasers came from BioWare, when representatives showed off what is more or less the world’s first look at Mass Effect 4. We know very little about the game, but there are some hard details floating around that, coupled with the art and teaser video, paint a picture of the upcoming world.
Full Story —-> http://ow.ly/xTxWB

Playing Super Smash Bros. with a GameCube controller will cost $100If you’re a fan of the Super Smash Bros. games, then chances are you grew up playing them with a GameCube controller. When the Wii appeared you could play Super Smash Bros. Brawl with the GameCube controller through the built in support on the console. Now Nintendo is set to continue that support on the Wii U by way of an adapter.The Wii U GameCube controller adapter was revealed a couple of weeks ago, but without a price attached. A day after Nintendo’s great E3 presentation and the official pricing has been announced.Full Story —-> http://ow.ly/xTwU8

Playing Super Smash Bros. with a GameCube controller will cost $100
If you’re a fan of the Super Smash Bros. games, then chances are you grew up playing them with a GameCube controller. When the Wii appeared you could play Super Smash Bros. Brawl with the GameCube controller through the built in support on the console. Now Nintendo is set to continue that support on the Wii U by way of an adapter.
The Wii U GameCube controller adapter was revealed a couple of weeks ago, but without a price attached. A day after Nintendo’s great E3 presentation and the official pricing has been announced.
Full Story —-> http://ow.ly/xTwU8