Retro System Review: The Problems with Portable Retro Systems

Many people who used to play the older generation of games have started getting into buying new retro console systems. While there are tons of new retro gaming systems there are also a few retro gaming systems that are actually portable. Though these systems were never intended to be portable they are now portable. But is portability for games that were never made to be portable a good idea? How do these portable devices compare to their non portable counterparts?
There is one obvious problem that all the portable systems has and that is that they all run on batteries. These systems can run through batteries like crazy. Some systems use regular batteries that can be replaced and some have built in batteries that can be recharged like a cell phone but they can not be replaced. The issue of battery consumption is a real issue with these devices.

These systems were not made to be taken portable. Many of these systems are smaller then the cartridges that they play. They can be very awkward to play with this large game cartridge sticking out. Sega did make a portable gaming system for the Genesis but they did not sale well and there is a reason why. Also most people who are interested in these classic consoles are in there twenties at least and portable gaming is not something that is big for them. Kids who sit in the back of the car may need portability but the 25 year old who has to drive to work can not play while he drives.

The controller issue is an problem that almost all the new portable systems face. Most do not allow for you use use the original controllers. This means that peripherals will not work. Also some systems do not use any controllers that are not on the system itself. Many use wireless controllers but most of these wireless controllers are not very good quality.

Many retro gaming devices have problems with being built poorly. The portable units are some of the worst made devices. Most of the portable systems are badly made. Not only do they break or parts of them break easily but they do not work as well as home console versions. Most of these portable devices do not emulate as well as the home consoles. The prices of these are often much more then home consoles. Often you can get a home console that plays more systems games and are better built.

If you do want portability there are other options. There are many mp3 systems that also have emulators. They often do better because even games that may not emulate well you can find one or two versions that do work. There are also many bad versions of these systems but there are some great versions that are well made. Most of these systems play many kinds fo games too.

Overall these portable retro systems have many problems. The cost is high and the quality is bad. There is not much positive about these systems. I would not recommend the retro portable devices.

Video Games as Cultural Capital

Can games be considered art?
This is one prevalent philosophical question that I’ve seen time and time again in this site. And to me, this is just weird because even still, this question to me makes no sense. What is this art we’re speaking of and why do people only consider some games as art and not many others? Or why do some people say games can never be considered as art? It’s a loaded question with no correct answer and for that matter, no wrong answer. And yet, it’s so interesting to see people so fierce when they try to answer this question.

I guess in the end, I have to assume that by art, people mean something that contains incredible amount of creativity. I mean, that has to be why Ico is considered as art but Tomb Raider isn’t. And probably why Metroid Prime is considered as art but Halo isn’t. I have no clue why there’s this general consensus but if you ask me, it could go either way. Every game starts out from art concepts so since it has art in it, you could say it’s art. XD Or I could argue that since there’s still no game in existence that really could be appreciated for what its form is, rather than be judged on its interactivity or on its technical achievements, no game is art but just a form of entertainment. In paintings, you can just look at it and be inspired just by what it is and you don’t ever have to talk about techniques or styles the painter used to make that painting. In a novel, a particular phrase or sections of words can be artistic in that sense. So I guess I can argue that games have not achieved that artistic level yet.

Of course, my answer to this question is not so absolute. I don’t believe that all games are art and I also don’t believe that no games are art. What I mean to say is, I see artistic quality in every single video game, yes even in a game like Gears of War (just look at the vistas! look at the realistic meat that falls out with a headshot!), but at the same time, I feel that video games don’t count as cultural capital.

Now, by cultural capital, I mean something that increases your societal position or knowledge by possessing it. For example, Shakespeare’s Hamlet is considered as a huge cultural capital because knowledge of it can provoke numerous discussions in which you can use Hamlet as a reference. Inside Hamlet itself are also numerous cultural capital which the reader must already know about, such as the bible.

In today’s society, games are still not at the level where it can be used as cultural capitals. In fact, not many games even contain cultural capital. There are exceptions of course since Metal Gear Solid 4 has tons and tons of it (references to all sorts of movies galore) but how many games are there that require the player to know about different cultural products to fully understand the game? Did you have to have read the bible to fully understand Call of Duty 4? No, I highly doubt that.

Games simply don’t count as cultural capital today. If you’re writing an essay about viability of machines with artificial intelligence in your English class, it just wouldn’t be right to use Half-Life as a reference. Your English teacher would be confused and would not understand the reference. It would have been much better if you used the movie Matrix as the reference.

Of course, now we come to a point where we come to ask, is something considered art only when it is considered as cultural capital? Now this is problematic since for something to become a good reference material, it not only has to provoke intelligent discussion, it must also be somewhat mainstream and popular to certain audiences. Bible is a large cultural capital because it’s the best selling literary work in the whole wide world. Hamlet is a cultural capital because literary professors have all read it.

But my point here is not that games should become mainstream to English professors so it would become a cultural capital. That’d actually be very terrible because then games would be made to be accessible to English teachers which is just… ugh. What I’m saying here is that if all current games became to be played by everyone today, it still wouldn’t really count as cultural capital. There isn’t many games today that actually contain cultural capital except for very few games like Metal Gear Solid or Bioshock but even these games are minimal when it comes to this issue.

Of course, you could argue that a game is not supposed to spark any kind of intellectual or philosophical discussion but to be just fun and entertaining. Does it need to have any cultural capital at all? No, of course not. But why separate fun and intellect? Movies are fun to watch but there are tons and tons of movies that are both fun and intellectually provoking, even some movies geared towards kids.

This is my long-winded way of saying simply, I would like to see more novel references, more movie references, more thought-provoking themes in my games. And they should be made so that even if people don’t understand those references, they can still have a good grasp of the game and have tons of fun with it. Kind of like Bioshock, which had a bunch of references and themes derived from the novels Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand) and 1984 (George Orwell) and yet even for people who’ve never read any of those novels, it was still enjoyable. More games should be like that. It would still be hard to argue that games are art even when games become rich in cultural capital but at least then they would be more artistic than before. That’s what I think anyway.

Xbox Original Version of Fable: Downloading vs. Buying a Copy of the Game

Recently, Microsoft started up the Xbox Original service on Xbox Live Marketplace. Xbox Originals are a bunch of original Xbox titles that you can download onto your Xbox 360. These games cost you around 1,200 Microsoft points, which comes out to around $15 per game not to mention they will take up around 1GB to 3 GB of space on your system. There are eight games to download on Marketplace and right now I’m going to review one of those games off Xbox Originals and that game is Fable. Is it worth downloading or should you just go and buy a physical copy?
Every Xbox owner should know Fable. The game was a pretty highly anticipated back then and went on to sell a ton of copies. The game is an action adventure set around sword fighting and spell casting such as hurling lightning, fire and even sending enemies flying backwards in an almost Star wars force like action. The beauty of Fable was the open ended game play where you could choose to do quests whenever you wanted. You could also go about owning businesses to make money or even own a house and get married. Theres a ton of things to do in Fable and it was no question that Microsoft would definitely bring this top seller to Xbox Originals, but how is the downloadable version?

First of all, I can say that going from Xbox 360 games to Xbox games can be an eye sore. Graphically Fable is just like how it was back on the Original Xbox. The only problem is that for some reason, every now and then you will run into really weird glitches that definitely did not exist on the physical copy. Sometimes when you change your outfit in the game, your character will turn color which in my case it was always green. When it happens, you would have to save, quit the game and re-load it again. At one point late in the game, my character actually had the map tattooed on him.

You will also run into periodic sound glitches as well. I’ve had times where a characters voice would be like two seconds behind his lips or there would be no speech at all. You will also find really random and loud sound crackle and pops for no apparent reason. I’ve played the downloaded version on different televisions and the problem still happened. They were very seldom so it’s not like it was constantly happening over and over.

For the most part though, the game is pretty solid outside of the few glitches listed. It’s still everything I remember and love about Fable. If I could go back and change my mind, I might just do it. For around the same price I could probably buy the game and not have to deal with any annoying glitches or bugs. They are fairly minor but still hinder the game sometimes. I don’t think it’s worth $15 and the hard drive space. I’m not saying all Xbox Originals are bugged but Fable is the only one I’ve tried and hopefully it’s not an indication of the rest of them.

Wii Games to Look Out for in Fall and Winter 2008

It’s no secret that the Nintendo Wii is one of the most sough after video games system on the market today. Fortunately, they’re showing up more frequently on store shelves, which is a good indication that supply is catching up with demand. In less than two years since it’s release, the Nintendo Wii has outsold every other console on the market today. A combination of a low price (at least compared to it’s competitors), a slew of games geared toward all ages, and a method of playing that is easy to anybody, even those who have never played a video game before, has no doubt contributed to it’s success.
As we near the two-year anniversary of the Nintendo’s release, we have these games to look forward to in the coming months, leading up to the 2008 Christmas Season:

Super Mario Sluggers
August 25th

If you think Mario’s only good for stomping on Goombas, you’re way off. Aside from the best selling Mario Kart, Mario has also made his way other, more traditional sports games, starting way back on the N64 with Mario Golf (unless if you want to count Mario Tennis on the failed Virtual Boy system). Super Mario Sluggers is Mario’s newest baseball game. While the rules essentially stay the same, the game, of course, is played by Nintendo’s most recognized characters, and incorporates different power-ups and arenas to make the game slightly less traditional.

Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility
August 26

After appearing on a half-dozen other consoles, Harvest Moon is finally coming to the Nintendo Wii in this farming adventure. Yes, I said farming. As in all the previous games, you get a farm, you plant vegetables according to the seasons, raise livestock, sell your goods and watch your farm grow. Along the way you meet a wife or husband (the game allows you to choose your gender), interact with townsfolk, make friends, get a part-time job, and have kids. Basically everything you’d be doing if it was the 1700s, only you’re doing it in a video game.

De Blob
September 22

Chroma City has lost it’s color! It’s up to a blob, appropriately named “Blob”, with his ability to absorb and re-distribute color, to paint the town red. And probably other colors, too. Race against the clock, and watch out for enemies as you roll along streets and buildings, giving the city back it’s color!

Lego Batman
September 23

The Lego series of games has done an amazing job of bringing exciting, engaging, and all around fun games to franchises that are often plagued with mediocre… and some downright bad games. First Star Wars, then Indiana Jones, and now Batman. Play Batman, Robin, and even a dozen villains as you complete levels, solve puzzles, and beat up the bad guys. If it’s anything like the previous Lego games, you’ll have an endless supply of hidden items to find and extras to unlock.

Wario Land: Shake It
September 29

Ahh, Wario. The anti-Mario. Though he’s had his own traditional platformers over the years, he’s best known for his roles in Mario Kart and the Mario Sports games, and in his own fast-paced mini-game series, Wario Ware. Well, Wario’s back in another side-scrolling platformer. This time he’s travelling to the Shake Dimension to defeat the Shake King and win his wallet full of infinite gold coins. Along the way you’ll meet enemies, and, with the wiimote, shake them to get their money and health.

Guitar Hero World Tour
October 26

The title becomes somewhat of a misnomer as Guitar Hero follows in the footsteps of Rock Band and introduces the ability to play the drums or sing on the microphone to the Guitar Hero game. And, of course, many many new songs.

Animal Crossing: City Folk
November 16

Not unlike Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing brings the video game a little closer to reality. This game moves in real time: hours pass as the do in real life, the seasons change in time to the months. After moving to a new town, you get a house and, of course, a mortgage. Work to pay for your house, buy and arrange furniture, design and wear a variety of outfits, shop, get your hair done, fish, catch bugs, make friends, lose friends, and so much more. Don’t expect to see gore, guns, or anything even remotely inappropriate, this game is easily for the whole family.

And there you have it! My picks for the best of the second half of 2008 for the Nintendo Wii. Of course this only begins to scratch the surface of all the games arriving in the next few months. Here are just a few more to keep an eye on:

Star Wars: The Force UnleashedSeptember 16th
Samba De Amigo September 23rd
Lost In Blue: Shipwrecked September 23rd
My Sims Kingdom TBA
Castlevania Judgement TBA
Ghostbusters The Video Game TBA
Wii Cheer TBA
Little King’s Story TBA

Nintendo’s Super Mario Run is Almost Here – You can Hack It

The games are really an interesting one and all would like to play the game during their free time and relax their mind. Super Mario run is entirely a different game in which the users mind would get activated by playing the game and fighting against their enemies. The super Mario run game is designed as a runner style type of the game. The Mario would always move forward in the game and you have to win your game by moving up and down. By this you could able to defeat your enemies and you can able to collect your coins.

There are three different kinds of the game mode that had been used in the super Mario run. They are

  • Normal modes in this mode you can able to move your Mario game forward and collect as much as coins that you could able to collect in your play.
  • Versus friends in this mode you could able to compete the game against your friends and you can able to collect your coins by doing the jumps or defeating.
  • Mushroom kingdom in this mode you can able to create your own stage by your own.

The super Mario run hack is an adroit game

As same you can able to get more coins and points and so that you can able to update your Mario with various kinds of dress and if you have more coins then you could able to buy your own mushroom kingdom. In that mushroom kingdom you could able to create your own Mario and play the game.

To make your Super Mario Run Full Game still interesting you could able to connect your game with the other social media and play the game. You can able to compete your points with your other friends in the social media. In additional to that you may get more new friends while playing the super Mario run game in the online.

This all could be happened easily and you can able to win your game easily by using the Super Mario Run Hack and get all unlimited coins easily. The additional features that had used in the super Mario run game are

  • You can able to get unlimited coins at the same time.
  • It’s easy method to hack all the points easily.
  • It provides the anti ban security.
  • It can able to update regularly to avoid getting detected.

Hack method can be used to hack all your coins in the super Mario run

By using the hack method you could able to hack all the unlimited coins at once and get your dream mushroom kingdom at once. You could able to get more coins by hack method so that you can able to win the game easily. You can able to hack all your points by downloading the super Mario run hack tool method.

  • Download the super Mario run hack into your device.
  • Then open the super Mario run hack tool.
  • Choose your platform name and click connect button.
  • Then write down the number of coins that you need to generate for your game to win.
  • Press start.

The selected coins would be credited to your account so that you can make your Mario game and win the game easily.

You can also able to hack the game easily through the online without downloading the super Mario run hack methods and it is also easy for the players to play.

Click on the Super Mario run hack button and open that page. After those pages gets loaded in your system or devices. Then after that super Mario run hack opens you enter your user name and enter the number of coins and the points that you need for the game. After entering the details click on the hack tool and then start the process. Then after receiving your notification from the super Mario hack run game. You must restart your super Mario run game and play with the hacked coins and achieve all the things that you need in your game. You can able to hack all the coins whenever you need and win your game easily.

Use of hay day hack tool for unlimited gaming resources

Today, many people would often like to play mobile games which are very interesting and have attractive game play environment. In this way, hay day is really a very nice choice of mobile video game for all Apple iOS and Android mobile users. The basic concept of this mobile video game will be farming. In this game, the player will get a responsibility of taking care of the uncle’s farming land to harvest the wheat with the help of the scare crow. Now many players of this farming game start using the http://hay4hack.com/ tool for earning unlimited amounts of diamonds and coins for the successful game play.

Features of hay day farming game:

In this hay day farming game, the following are the main features to be considered by each and every player.

  • The player has to trade the crops & fresh goods with the friends and neighbors through having very own shop at the road side.
  • Need to grow and fully personalize the farm.
  • A gamer should have to fulfill all the orders using the truck and also by steam boat.
  • It is also very essential to build very own city or town and welcome all the visitors.
  • A player has to cast your lure and repair your dock to completely fish the waters.

This farming game actually has the Halloween theme which is very attractive to look on your Android or iOS devices. At the same time, there are several numbers of the Halloween costumes available for your farm animals to get funny experience. The mysterious ghost in fishing area of this game play environment will give you thrilling experience through farming. The beginners will get the limited time Halloween decorations for your road side shop. In this hay day farming game, there is also a mystical fog on the different areas.

Hack tool of hay day farming game:

When it comes to the hay day farming game, all the players should need to earn unlimited amounts of gaming resources such as diamonds and coins. There are several difficult levels and challenges available for the players and it is not easy to earn desired amount of resources for your successful game play. This is why hay day hack is available for all players. Once you have decided to make use of the hack tool of hay day farming game, you made a right decision to earn unlimited amounts of diamonds and coins for your hay day gaming account.

First, all the players have to learn how to properly use the hack tool of this game and choose a right and legal hack tool with the anti-ban property. The leading, reliable and licensed hack tool is highly beneficial to freely generate desired amount of coins and diamonds to level up your game play. At the same time, the anti-ban property of the hay day online hack tool will hide your complete hacking process from the developer and all other online gaming environments for the maximum safety of your account.

Players Beware the Mobile Game Clash of Clans

Are you currently suffering from game war or clash of clans addiction?

The Good ?

News is, you certainly are not alone, and it is not entirely his fault. Most games maintain them wanting more, and many activities are made to draw people. When builders hang carrots in conjunction with micro-purchases and constantly-at-your-fingertips mobile access that is not only games and fun real cash is at risk, and people expenditures jewel begin to accumulate.

While many mobile games are guilty of these tactics, the Clash huge success of clans and war games seem to be the main culprits of the portable player handling and bleaching starter.

What’s the draw?

To be fair, Clash of Clans looks great; the graphics are smooth and beautiful, and the interface is quite easy to understand.

While these communities are not as intense or widespread as something like EVE Online, the resource grinds still there.

Without prejudice to save, these games are also huge moneymakers for application developers. That is not exactly the problem; it is more like a side effect of the real issue. The thing is these demands created because of their money with the only purpose of milking people.

This achieved by designing a game that “hooks” early, so you be willing to spend real money later when impatience or the lure of instant gratification trumps prudence.

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First Hooks Clans Clash

The difference between the conflict of something and clans like Super Mario Bros. is the fact that the latter is just a onetime purchase. In the event of a clash of clans, the sport is liberated to play with micro-purchases open to get jewelry for faster development.

It is entirely possible to succeed in coc by using a clash of clans hack without paying a penny this is not the kind of game that requires making money, but it is much more challenging.

The bad quality of games like this comes in the way they provided. When the game begins, you offered what seems to be many resources. It allows you to create, update and buy things freely, because everything is cheap in the beginning, and the rewards come quickly.

That sense of progress that engages early. Each time you collect gold coins flying out of their gold shops. You earn stars to defeat the Troll fields. It is a feeling of instant gratification you do not often get in real life, but there is nothing false in that jolt of euphoria.

Low Prices, Long Waits Make In-App Purchases More Attractive

Of course, the problem is that feeling of satisfaction does not last. The longer you spend in the game, improvements and resources are more expensive. Moreover, the deeper is at play, tasks and updates take longer to complete, and only two builders to do all the work.

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Dragon City Hack GEMS – Is it possible?

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We cannot explain how we can do this Dragon City cutter work because that’s the dumbest thing we would do. If we disclose the technical problem here in the open public, then DC can only patch mods. This gap is the most important for us at this time secret, and it will not always reveal this secret from the public and open.

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