February 28, 2015

Nintendo N3DSXL



I finally got around to getting my N3DSXL.

First game I got for it is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time. One of the reasons, is that I had always intended to get it pretty much straight away, but also because it seems that the game is hard to come by. I am not sure if the game is being phased out or dis-continued, or merely hard to find, due to Majora’s Mask being out, and another ‘Zelda fever’ resulting .  I have others on my ‘list’ I plan to get.

But what would I like to see arrive on it??

I already discussed how I would like to see The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess released for it. I did a post (“Improving the Twilight”), but wanted to add onto that that Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is similar, graphically, to its wii counter-part. Just saying. And, that would be the next time Nintendo remasters/re-releases/remakes an existing Zelda title. Perhaps make it an exclusive to the N3DS, as opposed to the 3DS as ‘incentive’. 








Earthbound. If the original SNES title is remastered for (N)3DS, that would be great, but perhaps another game in the series? On the (N)3DS perhaps?





Metroid. I’d love to see another Metroid title. I don’t really have a preference for ‘how’, though.





SNES Remix. A sequel to the NES Remix games…could be cool.

 



Mario. Well, there are loads of possibilities for Mario. A sequel? (Mario 3D Land 2? New Mario Bros. 3? Some type of interaction with Mario Maker, perhaps? Also, I am not sure if this done, but perhaps a Super Mario World equal on 3DS to Mario 2 & 3 coming out as ‘Mario Advance’ on the GBA, or Mario Bros. DX on Gameboy Colour.

 



Dragon Quest VII. Please don’t let this be a Japanese-only release…




Captain Toad. Perhaps using the same graphics engine Mario 3D Land, and, due to the c-stick, a N3DS exclusive…  



F-Zero.  Even if it’s only F-Zero X 3D

 



Paper Mario. On the wii u, I believe a remastered edition of Thousand Year Door should come out, whereas the N3DS could get a new game.

That’s pretty much it for now…. I look forward to seeing what games will be arriving on the 3DS, as well as the intent of the exclusivity for the N3DS.I would like to see more SNES and GBA classics arrive, remastered, as well.

February 17, 2015

Out to Buy: "Game of Thrones: Season 4"



The day is finally here - Game of Thrones: Season 4 is now out on blu-ray!

Most of the fans have most likely seen these episodes when they aired on HBO, or through other means, but now you can officially own all the episodes of season 4, plus lost of  extra goodies.

So for those that buy the show on blu-ray, your pre-orders should be coming in anytime. You can buy the set pretty much anywhere that sells blu-rays. I also suspect that the season is on itunes by now, too.

Makes waiting for season 5 a bit better (if you will be watching it 'this year'. If not, the blu-ray should be out around this time next year), and for the book readers, it will kill a little bit of time until Book Six. 

February 12, 2015

Vote For Books to Donate



On the Love of Reading Foundation website, you are able to vote for which children's book you'd like to see find its way into kids' hands.

Harry Potter. Narnia. Anne of Green Gables. The Hobbit. The Secret Garden. His Dark Materials. And many more. Or, you can 'nominate' a book. Either way, the charity is letting voters decide what books they will donate. In the number one spot with a lot of votes (over 5000 more than second place) is the Harry Potter box set. I myself voted for The Hobbit, in hopes of raising its position, and being included in the donation. Also, it's quite a nice edition, and is usually the one I gift (or would intend to gift) 

You can take part here: https://www.lor10.ca/en/books

And should you wish to nominate a school, head to : https://www.lor10.ca/en/schools/new

February 11, 2015

Improving the Twilight



This may be impossibly optimistic, but I have a great idea on what Nintendo could do on the N3DS, which is coming out this Friday:

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. 


I know, there are few muttering, shaking their heads, etc, wondering how a wii / gamecube game could make it onto the N3DS.

With Wind Waker, Nintendo remastered the game in HD for the wii u. With Ocarina of Time and Majaora's Mask Nintendo also upped the graphical ante, and of course, made the games in 3D.

But for Twilight Princess, suppose the game CAN'T look any better than in its current state. So therefore, we 'remake' it, as opposed to 'remastering' it.

With Ocarina and Majora, (as well as Wind Waker) Nintendo also 'tweaked' the games here and there, fixing (or improving) anything that they thought would better the game. Since 3DS games have a certain graphical limit in order for the system to run them, as gorgeous as they are, they are not graphically amazing by today's standards. They look great! But they are aren't as good looking as say anything off the ps3, x360, etc.. Perhaps they are about as good (graphically) as the Gamecube. But folks, I honestly don't know the 'console equal' of a 3DS game.
So anyway, what Nintendo can do (in terms of the graphics) is smooth them out and brighten them up. Sure, the resolution or whatever of the game could drop, and not look as good as it did once before, but perhaps because the look of the game improves (smoother edges, better coloring / lighting etc.) the game will end up looking better. 


It has been a while since I've played Twilight Princess, so I'm not sure what else could be changed. Perhaps reduced 'wolf time' of the story or something.

Either way, I believe that Twilight Princess is a game that could be bettered, be it on the N3DS (as a 'new' exclusive?) or a full-out HD remaster like Wind Waker. I'm not saying Twilight Princess is bad a game, but it is one that Nintendo could definitely improve in the future, the next time they decide to re-visit Zelda.






50 Shades of What??


I am going to attempt to dissaude you from seeing the film version of 50 Shades of Grey. Why? Because it's terrible. Both the books (and so far, the first film) have been getting really bad reviews. BUT. not to do with 'subject manner' but rather the quality of the writing of the book, and the film.

Same thing happened with Twilight. I was not against YA books, or romance, or even YA romance books, but against crappy ones.

Instead, let me direct you to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander. There is a series airing on Starz (new episodes begin airing in April), and it is based on a series of books (8 so far, with more to come). The books in order are:

Outlander (Cross Stitch to my friends across the pond)
Dragonfly in Amber
Voyager
Drums of Autumn
The Fiery Cross
A Breath of snow and Ashes
An Echo in the Bone
Written in My Own Heart's Blood
The novels are 'multi genre', but primarily fantasy (time travel) and romance (...romance...) Diana is a great writer, and the show has been getting some pretty good reviews.

You can check out what it's all about here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAn4orqp8l4

February 6, 2015

Junk on the Wall

Or, you know, you could tell us what he makes....



Anybody notice how lately facebook is looking more and more 'scammier'?

I'm not talking about ads or anything, but the whole 'if I get 1000 shares, my dad will buy me _". Facebook has been steadily filled with junk. That's to be expected as something grows in popularity, and more and more people use it.

One thing I've found lately to be annoying are the titles of videos or articles that try to 'entice' you to keep reading. The photo at the very top of my post is great proof of that. We don't know what he's going to make, but apparantly it's going to be good. A more practical thing would be to just put the name of the recipe in the video: "man Makes Best Waffles Ever!" or something to that affect.

Also, I noticed that a bunch of pictures and videos are being shared that show up in my news feed that have nothing to do with me. For instace, I may see a picture or video shared by a Las Vegas radio station. Well, you know what? None of my contacts live in Las Vegas! So why is this appearing in my feed?




In the picture above, I'm showing you to 'hide' anything that does not interest you.

Say for example, you friend, Mat, often shares stuff about Dungeons and Dragons. But you don't like Dungeons and Dragons. What you do, is click the 'down arrow' at the top of his post, and select 'Hide all from _'. This could be the Dungeons and Dragons facebook page, 'Dungeons and Dragons: The Offical Group' or anything of that sort.

At the bottom of the picture above, to show you what I mean, circled in red you can see the 'origin' of the picture.

Alternatively, if you have a nephew that shares something every five minutes, you can 'Unfollow' him as opposed to 'unfriending' him.

With these tips, I hope that some of my readers that are facebook users can 'de-clutter' their wall a bit. 

Cones of Dunshire



There is a current KickStarter campaign to bring a board game into fruition : Cones of Dunshire.

This game is, at the moment, fictional, existing on the show Parks and Recreation. Mayfair Games, the makers of Settlers of Catan, helped 'create' the game on the show, and now they have a KickStarter to help raise funds to produce a deluxe version of the game, as well as potentially a 'normal' one.

From the wiki pages of Parks:

GAMEPLAY:

The game is for 8-12 Players. Playable characters include:

2 Wizards
1 Maverick
1 Arbiter
2 Warriors (the game CAN be played with only one warrior, but it's not as good)
1 Corporal
1 Ledgerman (Basically the scorekeeper, gets to wear a hat)
Other characters include Shamans, Farmers, Alchemists, Abbotts, Brinksmen, etc.
The game is a combination of luck and strategy. The object is to accumulate cones. 4 cones wins. In order to get a cone, players must build a civilization.
To read more, and make a pledge, head to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/152274765/cones-of-dunshire-relaunch

To see the various pledges (and perks, rewards, etc.) as well as ammounts, head on over here directly: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/152274765/cones-of-dunshire-relaunch/pledge/new?clicked_reward=false

February 4, 2015

Baby Shots

What with the news coming around lately of people not vaccinated etc, I thought this was worth sharing....

Dr. Gregory House: [examining a baby whose mother isn't vaccinating him because she feels it's a scam; House takes the child's stuffed frog] All natural, no dyes. That's a good business - all-natural children's toys. Those toy companies, they don't arbitrarily mark up their frogs. They don't lie about how much they spend on research and development. And the worst that a toy company can be accused of is making a really boring frog. Gribbit, gribbit, gribbit. You know another really good business? Teeny tiny baby coffins. You can get them in frog green, fire engine red. Really. The antibodies in yummy mummy only protect the kid for six months, which is why these companies think they can gouge you. They think that you'll spend whatever they ask to keep your kid alive. Want to change things? Prove them wrong. A few hundred parents like you decide they'd rather let their kid die then cough up 40 bucks for a vaccination, believe me, prices will drop *really* fast. Gribbit, gribbit, gribbit, gribbit, gribbit.

February 2, 2015

Printed Seasons & New Territory For All



Judging from the preview for Game of Thrones: Season 5, it looks this will be the final season of the show that is based on books that are already published. Which, basically means that the show 'will pass the books'.

The book series, called A Song of Ice and Fire, began in 1996 with A Game of Thrones. A Clash of Kings followed in 199, then A Storm of Swords in 2000, followed by A Feast For Crows in 2005, and most recently with A Dance With Dragons in 2011.

The books are quire large. 3 and 5 are the largest to date, with signs of the final two (at this moment, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring) being as large. They are so large, inf act that some of the bigger ones are about equal to two or three of another author's book. Plus, they are detailed. Lots going on.

Anyway, the author is currently working on The Winds of Winter. He is, thanks mostly to the show, a celebrity author. So he's busy with that kind of thing. He's a person, too, that likes conventions etc. Last year, he stated that he is basically clearing up his slate to allow him to work on The Winds of Winter [Book Six] as much as possible. You may see some new items with his name on it in the book stores. This is some of other stuff becoming a book, which he finished ages ago. Also, there's the fact that his publisher(s) will re-issue or re-print something, with no input by him. I don't mean 'without him knowing' but rather, you think every time the Harry Potter books get a new cover, J.K. Rowling writes new words to go in them? So don't get too upset if you see something by George R.R. Martin that is not The Winds of Winter. I would love it to be that book as much as you....I'm just more polite about it.


Currently, The Winds of Winter is not on the publisher's agenda to be published this year. Key word: currently. Also - we are January. A Dance With Dragons was published in July of 2011. It was announced, official word etc, in March. Basically, for The Winds of Winter to be published this year, George would need to finish it utterly on his end, announce it, etc...no later than September for it to come out 'this year'. A 2016 release date seems the most likely. This year would be awesome. Would be hopeful. Would be a surprise. Next year seems to be the most likely year. And 2017 seems to be pushing it a bit much.

 Sure, The Winds of Winter may in fact come out before Season 6 starts...but what about the final season and the final book?  That is a lot less likely.

The show, however, does not appear to be stopping anytime soon - except to end. Throughout the series, there has been a few 'butterfly effects'. Season 3 was when the show began to get more noticeably different than the books. There were a few moments in four that were completely different. So, there's a reason for that - the show will 'pass' the books at this point in the story.

But what happens next year, if Winds is not out by the time new season starts? What will the book readers do who that watch the show? Well, one of two things: a) watch the show and go in 'blind' like the non-readers or b) stop watching the show.

"But what about the spoilers?"

With facebook and all that these days, spoilers are harder to avoid. So here's my advice:

- stop visiting any Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire web site. PERIOD.
- unfollow any Thrones / Ice and Fire on facebook. It seems like that, according to facebook, unless you watch a movie the day it comes out, or watch an episode as soon as it's new, you risk being spoiled. I have a facebook that I managed, "Thronies", I keep an eye on the posts, make sure nothing gets spoiled. Whenever a season will pass a book, I'll make it so every post needs to approved by an admin (me). 

- try and unfollow (NOT unfriend) any 'jerk' friend, (or people, that you have on social media that also watch the show) who may post spoilers about the show in the areas of March - July. That is the most 'extreme' in which a season can run for, lengthwise. They are 10 episodes each, but it all depends on when that first one airs.

So that being said, to those who want to read it happen before seeing it, best of luck to you. And George, should you be reading this, this was my attempt to 'warn' the masses. I hope that 2015 is going well for you, and the writing too. The books are great, and I'm looking forward to them, as well as the Dunk & Egg novellas.

As for me: I think I'll keep watching. This year though, I may try and wait until the season finishes before starting it. I'll try.
The show is going in different directions, and I will still read the books no matter when they are released. As for the show? I hope the final season is split into two 'parts' (Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Hell on Wheels, Sopranos even...) each 'part' with 7 episodes each to give us a great ending.