In the spirit of the “vacation” I took last week, I’m going to do a little tidying up in this post, hitting a lot of points with no real theme.
DG and I took Thursday and Friday off last week for a little mini-vacation. I’ve got vacation days that expire at the end of June and don’t roll over, so I thought I’d burn a few during the college’s spring break. And DG just wanted to get out of the lab for a while. We spent most of it cleaning the apartment, watching the snow, and playing on the Wii.
Most of the games we’ve played on the Wii thus far have been old ones—specifically Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong Country. All good games, though I have to admit to being frustrated by SMB. I beat Super Mario Bros. 2 and 3 as a kid, but I was never able to beat the first one. That eighth level was just too hard, and it was difficult to get extra lives in that game. I think my inability to beat SMB may be responsible for my general lack of perseverance in life. All my failures are heaped at the foot your toadstool, Mario, you and your twitchy controls on that first game.
ITEM! I downloaded the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade game for Xbox Live last week. The game supports four-player online co-op, meaning you and three friends (or new acquaintances!) can whack away at endless droves of Foot Soldiers and Mousers until you finally reach the Technodrome to confront Krang and Shredder.
While the gaming websites have been giving middling reviews, I’ve really enjoyed TMNT. There’s just something addictive about the classic Konami brawler gameplay; something satisfying about hurling a robotic Foot Soldier across the screen or beating the crap out of Bebop and Rocksteady. And if you can find four friendly players to play with (and I have), you can enjoy lightly mocking the game’s sillier elements, while learning valuable tricks to surviving the co-op mode, which provides only 19 lives and no continues. I have high hopes that Ubisoft will port the Simpsons arcade game ahead of the movie this summer.
ITEM! DG and I took the Wii down to the parents’ house on Sunday, where we hooked it up to my parents’ huge 60″ HD TV. As predicted, my father greatly enjoyed Wii Sports, though at 6’4″ he was a bit of a bull in a china shop, knocking a lamp over during a game of tennis and nearly putting his fist through the TV during a boxing game. That said, “Ronster” went for a string of four undefeated bouts, knocking out his first two opponents in the first round without taking a hit and garnering over 300 points.
I also stopped by my cousin’s house, where I finally saw Gears of War in its intended HD glory. I instantly began plotting for a way to get an HD TV…which I think will consist of simply asking everyone I know to pool their money together next Christmas. No gifts please, just money.
ITEM! Ed has returned to the Xbox 360 fold,
largely from perhaps somewhat slightly influenced by my coaxing.
ITEM! It occurred to me that anyone who’s started following this blog recently might be thinking of me as a “videogame guy.” Like, that’s what defines me—I’m obsessed with videogames. Let me assure you that this is almost certainly a phase, the latest in a long, long list of obsessions, and while I’m sure I’ll continue playing videogames for the foreseeable future, it will slowly fade into being merely one of many topics I blog on here, rather than the only one.
For now, though, trapped as I am by the inclement weather and a general malaise, videogames are the order of the day for now.