Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Wii Game Reviews

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles : My Life as King
WiiWare Title
It's fun to micromanage, but I would prefer to go more micro with the management.  It would be better to see adventurer battles recreted or even be able to participate in each encounter.  There's a good variety of buildings to unlock and build, but like most games you're unlocking some of the cooler stuff in the late game, so there's not as much time as I'd like to make use of every feature.  I completed the story of the game and the story was satisfying, but I don't think I'll be playing again.  The art was excellent, but if they wanted the King to look like a girl they should have just made him a girl.  I'd still play the game.  Chime, the king's personal assistant (ahem) shows a bit of skin, too bad the little king doesn't seem to appreciate it.

Lost Winds
WiiWare Title
Beautiful awesome lovely game.  Great looking with really responsive and fun controls.  Using the slipstream power with fire is pretty brilliant, I wish there was more of that.  In fact I wish there was more game to Lost Winds.  It felt like a tech demo, which is fine, but maybe the creators will get into some sort of episodic releases using the same world. I loved the final boss, and the creative ways the glorbs can take on different properties.  More !

Star Soldier R
WiiWare Title
There's a 2 minute mode and a 5 minute mode...and that's it.  No other levels...  wtf?  It did lead me to buy Super Star Soldier for the virtual console, but I wanted a lot more from this title. By the way, I am ranked #1 in New Zealand for the two minute mode(out of 7 players.)  That's right suckas.

Wii Fit
Fantastic.  I've already lost 0.6 kilos already, and it is a fun game.  I agree with Raph's desire to have more of a focused workout program, or even be able to program in my own sequence to have less browsing between events.  I like that certain activities go together and you get some nice feedback when completing a set, but I'd like to be able to select the set I want to do instead of having to remember to go looking for it.  This game had my wife laughing her ASS off at me doing the hula hoop.  She might as well have been stuffing dollar bills in my shorts, and she probably would have, but they use dollar coins here in NZ, and it might be a cold shock to the package... Sorry, too much information.

Wish List
-I'd LOVE to play a good nerdy turn based strategy title along the lines of Dominions II or Heroes of Might and Magic.  Someone PLEASE make one, or two, or more.
-I really want to see Life of the Party as a WiiWare title... Wishfull thinking?  I think so too.


I'm curious about what this friendfeed service is all about, does anyone out there have an opinion about it one way or another?
My friendfeed link is (predictably)


It's kind of interesting at first glance, kind of a megablog aggregator thing, not sure what new ideas it brings to the table, but might as well give it a go.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Slideshare and Experience Matters

This is the first post in a long time and the second post where i link to someone else's content, which feels lazy but there's a reason for it.

The first is that I really like Slideshare , i think slide show presentations are one of the best ways to visually break complex ideas down into more managable chunks. One of the first programs that got me interested in multimedia was an old package called Act! 123. Did anyone out there ever use it? I had just read Hitchhiker's Guide and thought I could do nonsensical comedy, so I did a whole movie thing about argyle socks. Wasn't very funny, but I do want to get more into creating Slideshare stuff, might be a way to break up a few walls of text i have saved as draft.

Second and not least is the content of this particular slidefest, which is some insight into insight. I'm looking forward to reading more from Experience Matters, they have some interesting articles.

I'd like to keep this in mind while i'm planning my business venture, let's see how it goes.