Press A – 10/3/08

This week is a rather short episode, due to real life complications. However in what little time I do have I discuss the Nintendo DSi and Xbox Live downtime and what it could mean for the future.

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Thoughts on the Nintendo DSi

So if you didn’t already know, yesterday afternoon in Japan, Nintendo announced the next revision of the Nintendo DS, dubbed the Nintendo DSi. The system eschews the GBA Port for a 2 3 megapixel cameras, a SD slot, sound modification software and more web functionality. However, like most Nintendo announcements, it leaves open a gate full of questions with no answers.

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Wednesday Watch – Oct. 1, 2008

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Halo 3

In November of 2001 Microsoft did the unthinkable: They launched a game console. With the console, the only game worth owning (at the time), Microsoft published a small title called Halo. Now, the series has become a world wide phenomenon. So where does the third, and supposed finale, fall in the grand scheme of things?

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Bioshock

If a plane crashes in the ocean and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound? The answer is yes, but only after it sinks and destroys a service pipe in the underwater city of Rapture. This is just one of many of the moments presented in Ken Levine’s modern-day telling of an Aye Rand-esque city at the bottom of the ocean. The literary elements presented in the game are enough to merit thousands of dissertations by college students. All of this though is built on the foundation of a truly great game.

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Assassin’s Creed

I do have to admit, when Ubisoft Montreal said their next project wasn’t going to be a Prince of Persia game, I was a little dishearted. However, the efforts of their most recent labor, Assassin’s Creed, shines with an equal amount of luster.

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Mass Effect

It has been years since Knights of the Old Republic debuted on the original Xbox. Now, one generation later, BioWare raises the bar even higher with Mass Effect. Gone are simplistic, un-spoken lines of ‘dialogue’. Removed is the at times clunky dependency of d20 combat system. The speech system and combat system are the peanut butter and jelly of this delicious sandwich, or sammich if you prefer. Improvements from Knights of the Old Republic don’t stop there though. Sheer content alone makes Knights of the Old Republic feel like a pilot to a TV show as apposed to Mass Effect’s strong entry into trilogy territory.

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