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2D Boy Posts "Pay-What-You-Want" Final Wrap-up

crashnbur Tetris of the 21st Century (12 comments)

I wish I had known about this while the promotion was going on. I downloaded this on a whim after reading a preview, knowing that classic puzzle games like Tetris were always among my favorites, and I knew it would be worth $15.00 (1500 WiiWare points).

I loved it so much that I not only paid an additional $20 (plus tax) to purchase the Windows PC version, just to play it with a mouse (it's more fun on the Wii, but the mouse allows much better control), but I bought two more copies to share with two friends, who loved it just as much. It's a shame I missed this promotion, because I would have told dozens more to pay whatever they thought was fair to get the game for themselves.

Here's my quick review... The gameplay is simple but addictive. It's easy to learn, and the skills are easy to master as you progress through the game. But it's never too easy, and some levels require quite a bit of outside-the-box thinking. And the game is even spiked with the sarcasm of the "sign painter," who leaves vague clues around each level should you need them. (Forget needing them -- each and every sign is a joy to read, and it's worth beating each level just to get to the next bit of witty advice.)

To me, this is the 21st century thinking-man's Tetris. It's a shame that it will never be as popular as Tetris, because it really should be.

more than 5 years ago
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Is There a Future For Mature Games On Wii?

crashnbur Re:Wii Golf II (186 comments)

Due to licensing issues, this may never happen for a Wii Sports title. However, you might be interested in the Tiger Woods Golf series. It's probably a bit more pricey than you'd like and a bit more difficult than Wii Golf, but it features a few well known courses.

more than 5 years ago
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Is There a Future For Mature Games On Wii?

crashnbur All that matters is ... is it fun? (186 comments)

Goldeneye and Perfect Dark are fun to this day, and their graphics by today's standards are terrible. The graphics don't have to be next-gen or hyper-realistic. There is only one crucial element: gameplay. If it's done well -- if it's fun to play the first time and gamers have a reason to keep coming back -- then yes, there is a future for mature gaming on the Wii.

Unfortunately, I think it's going to take a babysteps approach, because Nintendo's current fanbase seems to be mostly casual gamers and the family-friendly types. Anyone not in that category who has a Wii is probably a loyal fan, so Nintendo doesn't need to focus on them -- those fans will find the games they want either way.

more than 5 years ago
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Wisconsin Passes Digital Download Tax

crashnbur Re:Order out of state (327 comments)

I believe Wisconsin internet vendors can only tax Wisconsin buyers. Out-of-state taxation would basically be taxation without representation, which is what previous legal precedents have disallowed... that is, until the federal government decides to pass a law enabling states to cooperate on internet sales taxation.

And just wait until the federal government gets involved directly. For only pennies on the dollar, an eBay sales tax could fund Social Security and Medicare for through the baby boom crunch. (Or could it...?)

more than 5 years ago
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SixApart Sells LiveJournal to Russian Media Company

crashnbur Paid Accounts (172 comments)

So paid account users are sending their money to... Russia?

about 7 years ago

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