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    I picked a game to start playing to completion. Sequence is really awesome. I dig the DDR meets RPG gameplay, and even though the voice acing is so-so the writing is great (I like banter of the witty variety). Yup, playing some indie game while Skyrim and MW3 sit incomplete and not caring.
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    Have to be honest, SPAZ turned out to be a massive letdown for me. I'm finding it too repetitive, and rather than exploring a vast living universe I'm playing through a vast series of near-identical, non-interacting solar systems, each with randomly spawning missions that come from a pretty small menu. When I finally found some zombies it turned out they were like normal enemies, but with a couple of extra features that made them more frustrating to fight.
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    Grahhhh. Dammit, Nintendo. I thought they'd FINALLY, actually discovered a way to make their hardware go online without a hitch in the 3DS, after the ridiculously picky (to the point of being completely incompatible with some routers) DS and the fiddly Wii. And I was happily going online with the 3DS without any trouble whatsoever, playing Street Fighter 4 online happily (if laggily and being pursued by Guiles and Hondas being made overpowered by autoblocking and push-button special moves).

    And then I got Mario Kart 7. And freaking Nintendo managed to screw up the connection methods for a GAME so badly that, according to various message boards, I have to create a DMZ on my router for my 3DS just to make this one game stay logged on for more than a minute at a time. Even though the entire online experience for the 3DS and its other games is unaffected. How's that even possible?

    Frick'n frack'n grumble grump. Hey, Nintendo? My original, first-generation PSP goes online with any router, with any game, without any trouble whatsoever. Why is it so hard for you?
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2012
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    Nintendo better be careful; everybody who wants a Wii has one, and people are playing mobile games on their phones now.

    I'd hate to see Miyamoto making Mario games for Microsoft. Learn from Sega's mistakes, yanno?
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2012 edited
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    Nintendo are definitely the company most 'at risk' from the shifts in how people are playing games. They don't (currently) have a HD machine for the Call of Duty crowd, and their handhelds are now severely undercut in terms of price of games by iDevice and Android.

    Of course, Nintendo have survived worse, they're the oldest company in the biz by a large margin. Historically whenever it's gone bad they've just changed what they do a bit. So playing cards, to board games, to electronic games to... something new no doubt.

    (and whats wrong with making games for Microsoft anyway? *ahem*... heheh...)
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2012
     (10421.6)
    Not a thing! I play exclusively on the 360; it'd be kind of sad, though, to see (in that scenario) Big N becoming a third party.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2012
     (10421.7)
    Nintendo is still doing relatively well, the only way they'll become a third-party is if Wii-U bombs, though honestly that could go either way.
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    I used to play fairly exclusively on 360 but in the last year it's been getting less and less use. Thanks to Steam sales my PC has been getting the lion's share of use, and when it comes to consoles the PS3 is easily the unit of choice. I haven't really put my finger on why, yet, and can't completely blame the wretched new dashboard because the shift was happening before the update.

    Terraria is eating my brain for reasons I can't explain, at the moment. I played it a bit last spring and it was fun enough, but all of a sudden it's just clicked. I was up to 5AM last night, and seeing as I haven't obsessed like that over a game in a month or two it was nice to see one grab me in that fashion again. :)
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2012
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2012
     (10421.10)
    Yeah they're patching it tomorrow morning.
  5.  (10421.11)
    Hey did you guys like Bastion? Did you like Bastion's music? Well have I got a video for you!

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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2012
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    WHILE WE'RE ON THE SUBJECT

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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2012
     (10421.13)
    @agentarsenic - Yowza. I think I got something in my eye...
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJan 6th 2012
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    Here's a game I just found out about--apparently they're going to be remaking Tony Hawk's Pro Skater as an arcade download. I have a LOT of good memories of playing it with friends trying to beat each other's high score. :D

    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJan 6th 2012
     (10421.15)
    awww, I remember that first level. I used to be really into those Tony Hawk games.
  6.  (10421.16)
    PS:

    Rayman Origins is actually really fantastic when played with two or three people.

    Plus, the music.

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      CommentAuthorcjkoger
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2012
     (10421.17)
    @twenty Man, I kinda want a soundtrack of that stuff now.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2012
     (10421.18)
    Rayman: Origins is fun regardless of how you play it.

    And yes, the soundtrack is outstanding.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2012
     (10421.19)
    Quick question. I am thinking about getting a 360. Can I use a standard external hard drive (which I have) versus buying a specific xboxHDD?
    • CommentAuthorandycon
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2012
     (10421.20)
    nope.

    we ran into this problem when a buddy of mine bought the super cheap 360 and we found out you couldnt play original xbox games on it without a hard drive.