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3DS Madness

That’s what it will be tonight in stores across the country. People crawling all over each other to be the first to get their hands on the new 3DS which drops at midnight tonight. I did get a chance to check out Nintendo’s new handheld at PAX East a few weeks back. I have to say I was pretty impressed.

As most of you know, I am a very anti-3D gamer. On many occasions I go on rants spouting off my immense loathing of the very idea. But the 3DS is different. The biggest turn on for me was the easy access and ability to toggle the 3D feature. You can turn it down or even turn it completely off.

The fact that no 3D glasses are required is another big feature I like. When the 3DS was first announced and they told the crowd “no glasses required” I was skeptical. How do you get the 3D effect without special glasses? Are the images distorted to get that effect? My skepticisms were finally laid to rest when I got my hands on it. The images were crystal clear. I played with the 3D effect until I found a setting I liked and off I went.

I left the Nintendo booth with a different idea then when I went into it. While I still have a deep hate for 3D gaming, there is a part of me that enjoys it. To a point of course. The way Nintendo is handling 3D is how I feel all 3D gaming should be handled. I know that is kind of impossible but ideally that’s how I feel. Sans glasses and toggle ability make the 3DS a win in my book.

As for whether or not I’m picking it up on tomorrow/tonight’s launch, that is a big no. Unfortunately the price tag wins this round. But will it be a future purchase for me? I would probably say most likely.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2011 in 3D, nintendo ds

 

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FPS Mario

If you love FPS games and Super Mario, you are going to wish this was a real game.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBb9wFP7uZM

While I know this is not an actual game, I applaud the creators of this video for how real it does look. It even fooled some of the less intelligent youtube posters into thinking this was the next Super Mario title.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2011 in Super Mario

 

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PAX East 2011 has come and gone

It was a bitter sweet ending yesterday when I said my good byes, got in my car and watched the convention center disappear from view in my rear view mirror. As exhausted as I was by Sunday, I still didn’t want the weekend to end. PAX East, or any gaming convention for that matter, is a place for gamers to be themselves. A place to totally geek out and gush about what you love. You are completely surrounded by your own kind. Gamers.

I was of course excited to try my hand at Gears of War 3 and Homefront. But I was even more excited to get the chance to meet some pretty freakin cool gamers. Now I have faces to go along with the voices I over Xbox LIVE. Speaking of voices, what could be cooler than meeting someone who does a voice on one of the biggest gaming franchises!?

Carlos Ferro made and appearance at this years PAX East. You might recognize his voice from Gears of War as Dom, and Assassin’s Creed as Leonardo Da Vinci.

I was also able to gush to Stephen Toulouse (aka Stepto) about how awesome the Xbox LIVE Policy Enforcement team is.

PAX East 2011 blew the 2010 version out of the water. I can’t wait for what 2012 will bring next year. So I leave you with the following embarrassing video that was a result of peer pressure. Enjoy!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8DSoRKy910


 
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Posted by on March 14, 2011 in PAX

 

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Xbox LIVE PET shows off at PAX East

Today at PAX East the Xbox LIVE Policy Enforcment team gave gamers a first time look at the technology used to sort through the complaints and law breakers on Xbox LIVE. I was able to take the following video from the panel itself, which describes how the program, dubbed “Vulcan”, works and how it is used to keep Xbox LIVE clean.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDsphgVUh7g

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2011 in PAX

 

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