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9000?!?!?! NINE THOUSAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9000?!?!?! NINE THOUSAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have fond memories of the times when I lugged my old Game Boy around with me, a pack of four AA batteries, the crappy AC adapter as a backup source, and a collection of the classics. I would then proceed to feverishly play Super Mario brothers in the car, in the mall, and even on the crapper.  Difficult parts you could not get by would cost you lives and eventually, it would bring you all the way back to the beginning of the game. You could say this was frustrating but it definitely made the game more challenging and rewarding.

A huge debate questioning the difficulty of games broke out a few months ago on Double True.  I for one agreed that games now a days were getting a tad easier with the many options (infinite lives, etc) or cheats you could implement. Nintendo now takes this one step further by allowing users the option to use a secret “Help” feature. This option will be built in to future Wii titles – an option that allows the computer to take control of the game and help the user get by difficult parts just by a click of a button. The company argues that this option will allow the  younger audience a chance at having a fun experience.

I however see this “Help” feature as a tragedy. Kids around the world (or big newbz) will not get to experience the rewarding feeling of capturing an Onyx with a regular poke ball, jumping to the top of the flag pole at the end of a Mario level or killing that bad guy in Ninja Turtles.



The Wii has been around for a few years now. But let’s be honest, the use of motion control has been disappointing. In most instances, Wiimote actions do not add to the game, Wii Sports being one of the few exceptions. Motions merely replaced button presses, but with added frustration and hassle. However, a new accessory, the Wii MotionPlus, aims to bring true one-to-one connectivity between the Wiimote and what happens in the game.

Both Microsoft and Sony have joined the party, this year. Each company showed their respective motion control technology at the Electronics Entertainment Expo a couple weeks ago. Microsoft’s Project Natal is highly ambitious, and goes even as far as responsive, lifelike A.I. Sony’s unnamed tech makes their Sixaxis controller look like a gimmick (well, maybe it is), offering incredibly accurate motion control using a sort of rod.

While both of these prototypes are intriguing, the question is whether or not they are going to be significant in the near future. And what will happen to the handheld controller?

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Girls you may leave now.

Sorry girls you can leave if you want.

So son, you say you want to play Street Fighter?  It’s surprisingly hard to find a cohesive and comprehensive guide on the most basic, technical, rules of the game itself.  There’s a lot of stuff that you might not have noticed even if you’ve been playing for a while.  If you feel this guide is insulting your intelligence………..then I dunno skip to the end stuff.

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Why is it that I value novelty in games and film more so than I do in music? As in, I would often rather listen to a well acquainted artist than to a foreign one. Or even on the level of songs or pieces. But for film, my enjoyment of a feature drops with each viewing. This is especially true for TV show episodes. And as for video games, I almost never play through a game more than once. 

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Okay this is the second sale-related post in a very short time but the deals just keep on coming. This weekend only, Steam is putting The Orange Box on sale for $9.99. The game collection includes: Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Portal, and Team Fortress 2.

If you’ve been waiting your whole life to play these games, now is the time to buy. Although I wasn’t a fan, Half-Life 2 is regarded by many as one of the best singleplayer first person shooters of all time. And updates are still coming out for the multiplayer classic Team Fortress 2. Unless you already own/have played these games, there’s really no way you can go wrong.


I can haz Angus burger?

See the weekend deal here.

Okay, for the commenters: would you rather get The Orange Box or two Angus burgers?

…Well the Flash game, anyways.

This basically describes the game

This basically describes the game

Justice has stolen all of Daft Punk’s samples! The balance of power in the French house music world depends on you, as you have to find all the samples. The game is a platformer. You know, like Mario. You play as either Bangalter or Guy Manuel, not sure which one. All I know is this game is sweet. Also, I’m really bad at platformers. And Vanessa Carlton is sweet.

Ok the game sucks, but it’s still sweet.

Check it out here.

UPDATE: Just try and beat my high score. 35500, 3 lives. I took a screenshot as proof but I stuck it after the jump. Don’t want to show off too much on the front page.

Double True Pro Tip: Combos.

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The DSi was released in North America a couple weeks ago. With a few minor upgrades and a new look, retail price is around $180 (EDIT: $199!). Although you may be tempted to make the leap, there isn’t enough reason to buy yet, as your DS Lite is far from obsolete. Whether you’ve got a summer full of roadtrips, or you’re just looking to power up your dusty DS, we’ve got a list of games for you. The year, already a quarter over, has seen its share of Nintendo handheld releases, so variety certainly isn’t a concern.


Check out the list after the jump.

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