I have a love/hate relationship with Nintendo.
The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was my first ever console, and I still own it, as well as a library of games, but some are so old they won’t work anymore. To hold a copy of your favorite game, only to have it give you the ol’ flashing red light or glitched out menu screen has to be one of the saddest moments for any gamer.
That’s why when Nintendo announced their launch of the NES classic, I was SO excited. It was like they actually listened to their fans. 30 classic games, including a HUGE chunk of my library of non-functioning ones! Improved graphics, so I could play on my television and not worry about stretched out graphics ruining the immersion! I could play 2 player (with the purchase of a second controller, but hey; Nintendo marketing)!
I didn’t care how much it was, it had to be mine!
Just when I think my previous post had the new Tech, Geek and Gamer news, a bunch of new things decide to happen.
Blizzard breaks silence on Nostalrius shutdown
For weeks we have been waiting on Blizzard’s official response to their unpopular (though not unexpected) decision to force the shutdown of the unofficial Vanilla World of Warcraft server.
The response? The shutdown was to protect their intellectual property.
Also, running a classic server would be difficult, according to executive producer J. Allen Brack, but apparently the idea of a vanilla server has been a hot topic of discussion of late at the Blizzard headquarters. Supposedly they have contacted the creators of the Nostalrius server in regards to this.
Time again for the latest in Tech, Geek, and Gamer news that has piqued our interest of late.
Stop it, Hollywood…
Sony Pictures announced they were going to make a feature film about Emojis-those little happy faces and tiny pixelated stickers we all send in our texts. Pandering? Maybe. Stupid? You betcha. How does one convince financial backers to FUND such a bomb, much less actually MAKE it?
Well, the answer to the question no one cares about is animation. The ‘action’ occurs within a smartphone. Apparently the premise is that emojis are alive-ish, and live their lives within the realm of the smartphone world.
I smell product placements abound and a possible box-office bomb to the tune of ‘Food Fight’.
Or not. Nothing can suck THAT HARD, right? We’ll find out August 2017.
Loot Crate: a monthly subscription for gamers and geeks, where the like-minded people at Loot Crate pick a handful of funky items and Tetris-style them into a small black box, then ship them out near the middle of each month. The receivers then do ‘unboxing’ videos, showing off the stuff they’ve received and giving reviews.
The March Loot Crate theme is ‘Versus.’. Talk about a vast pool of possible ideas; good vs. evil, light vs. dark…caffeinated vs. decaf (JUST KIDDING, DECAF IS A LIE!).
If I’m gonna be charged up to 5 bucks for my coffee, I better damn well get SOME effect of functionality in the morning from it. We all know coffee powers the team at Tech Geek Gamers-see pretty much any episode in the last year or so for proof.
*ahem* Come on, Timmys. Sponsor our addictions.
ONWARDS TO THE LOOT!
THE EVIL TWIN
Mirror, Mirror T-Shirt – Quantum Mechanix
Welcome to the Mirror Universe. Here’s your evil goatee, now unleash chaos.
This shirt features Leonard Nimoy as Spock AND his evil doppelganger tête a tête
In what was one of Star Trek’s epic showdowns.
Instead of the usual black cotton tee, this one’s a heathered oatmeal color to compliment the minimalist color palette of the graphic. Love it.
Like the design? Check out the artist, Juan Ortiz.
Genre: RPG, Simulation, Indie, Crafting
Welcome to Stardew Valley, where your now dead grandfather (who looks remarkably like Santa Claus) bequeaths to you his farm after a rather moving, yet super depressing comment on your immediate future. Years later, as you sit in cubicle hell for a corporation that doesn’t give a damn if you live or die, you decide to say ‘screw it’, quit your crap job and head for your inheritance.
Sounds like the kind of fantasy many would have while working a dead-end job. Someone at ConcernedApe MAY have worked in retail hell or something to that effect, methinks.
Trust me, we know. We get it.
If you’ve ever played the classic farming/crafting/RPG Harvest Moon, or the lesser known Rune Factory, you know exactly what Stardew Valley is about. For the rest, it’s a farm management game with a crap ton of sidequests. Basically you’re a newbie farmer who is also trying to win over the villagers, woo a love interest, forage like a survivalist, and kill monsters like a seasoned warrior, all the while managing your diminishing stamina all in the space of a day.