Dog's Life, Indeed

Saw a video on Ihasahotdog.com that really amazed me. Upon looking up the original youtube video, I was even more impressed. A lady with the youtube handle petitemarion60 has some pretty stellar dog trick videos over there. The one that got me interested is to your right there in my youtube spotlight. Not much else to say on that. Go check it out.

Darksiders Demo Thoughts

First - Easily the longest demo I have ever seen. I give them some props for that, I guess, though it would have been nice if they would have let you save and pick up where the demo ends if you buy the retail.

Second - Fuck this game. Now, maybe I am missing something, but the enemies go from annoying but easy to still annoying and overly hard on a regular basis.

The demo had two varieties. Either they were trash that you wailed on for a while and didn't even care if they hit you or mini-boss caliber fuckers that killed you in 2 or 3 hits. The second variety sucked, because you basically play the "run away and wait for the game to show you your obvious opening to attack" game.

Like I said, though, maybe I am missing something. The one guy that spews poison, I stayed at range and hit him constantly with my boome...sorry, throwing star. After I'd done that for awhile, I ran up and hit him with my Master Sw........sorry, sword. Then you had the big armored fuck and his henchman. Run around, dash, wait for him to do his big attack and then zap in and pop him a couple times. It was boring as shit.

So, anyone play the full retail? Is there something I am missing, because I dug the puzzles and the Zelda with gore gameplay for the most part. I just found the mini-boss enemies to be tedious and frustrating.

Open Letter To Nintendo

This was written in response to this article over on Kotaku.

Attn: Nintendo

When I go to Gamestop, I can't find quality games for the glut of Petz and Babies games. After awhile, I gave up looking and awhile after that, I just sold my DS, outright. I simply do not care about you or your consoles, because you do not seem to, either. You have let third parties choke both your systems with shovelware and I haven't the time to bother digging through it to find the good stuff. Enjoy your expanded market, though. I can see that it's working out quite well for you.

On top of that, your online setup is crap and, well, I have an Ipod. Ipod has proven to be a much better platform for fun, quirky puzzle games than the DS has, due to pricing of the games and all around easier access to them. Why should someone pay 20 bucks for Peggle on the DS, when it can be had for 5 on the Ipod? Yes, you have Mario and I applaud that. Except I 100% completed NSMB 3 years ago. Since then? Nothing. If you'd put forth some effort, I'd even be interested in an actual new Pokemon game. One that isn't the same engine you used for the GBA games that actually looks halfway decent.

In short, I am sure piracy is a part of the problem, but much like the movie and music industry, blaming piracy is a "head in the sand" tactic that allows you to ignore your actual issues. Times have changed and you are not evolving. Piracy was just as rampant when DS was topping the charts, so perhaps you should look at the big picture and stop pretending your consoles don't have some serious shortcomings.