Wii_ps3_xbox_360With the recent release of Nintendo’s next generation Wii U system, it’s interesting to see how we all got here, and how Microsoft and Sony were just a handshake away from thwarting Nintendo all the way back in 2001!

I’m a video game fan, who enjoys all games, whether it’s on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo, PC or iOS games. So, reading this interesting article by computerandvideogames.com surprised me when I found out the Wii boom could have never happened! And if the Wii craze had never happened, then maybe Nintendo would have went the way of Sega, and not even be here today!

So the story (worth reading all three pages) goes that an inventor named Tom Quinn got a worldwide patent on gyrometer-based motion control technology (the heart of the Wii remotes). And in 2001, he decided to pitch his idea to Microsoft, who rudely turned him down:

The attitude I got from them was that if they wanted to do motion control, they would do it themselves and make a better job of it. I mean, they were just rude. In fact, the meeting went so terribly that one of the executives came over to me afterwards and apologised on behalf of others…

Wii-remoteNext he went to Sony and pitched again. Ken Kutaragi (the father of the Playstation), also turned him down, after inquiring Quinn if his tech can be produced for 50 cents per unit. He told him obviously no.

So finally, Quinn went to Nintendo, and for a moment, he thought that he was going to be shut out again. But after a heated debate, Nintendo jumped in, and the rest is history.

Two missed opportunities that would have effectively blocked Nintendo from making the Wii, which later in 2006 would start an unprecedented global craze!

Those idiots must be shaking their heads…

— Wanna read another article that I wrote about another pivotal moment in computer history? Read about the man who started Apple Inc with Steve Jobs, then sells his 10% shares for $800 (Would now be worth $22 billion!)

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Once and a while you HAVE to recommend a video of “guy-with-instruments-playing-video-game-music”, if it’s done impressively. This one is amazing! Seriously!! FreddeGredde plays 34 songs in 10 minutes. See how many you recognize!

My favourites were: Bubble Bobble (I lol’ed), Banjo Kazooie (the kazoo!), Dr.Mario, F-Zero, Donkey Kong Country and Gradius.

Tell me which ones you LOL’ed to, and which were your favourites!!

credit to kotaku.com

kudos to anyone who recognized the Kingdom Hearts song “Simple and Clean” by Hikaru Utada (a hugely successful pop singer in Japan) (such an AWESOME song – SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t played K.H. to the end)

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Finally!! I have been waiting for this game, LA Noire, a AAA title, to come down in price! Futureshop (Canada) has a Used Games Wednesdays sale, and for one day only on Wednesday March 21, 2012 at CDN$9.99 for a USED copy, I am definitely going to be picking this up! (currently being sold at CDN$20.89 for Xbox360, and CDN$29.83 for PS3) $10 is a great price for this fantastic game.

1UP gave it an ‘A’, Gamespot gave it a ‘9.0’.

This one’s definitely a “you snooze you lose” deal!

edit: 03/21/2012: Just got back from Futureshop with my copy; the CSR said the deal may possibly be on for another day, or it may not (Your Mileage May Vary).

(This is Part 5 of 5 of a series of reviews of GDC nominated games. Click for Pt 1, Pt 2, Pt 3, Pt 4)

Are you into video games? Some gamers check out the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) so they can see what latest games are coming out soon. But did you know the GDC hosts an awards show every year, to celebrate great games from the previous year? Why was Dark Souls nominated? Is it worth your hard-earned dollars? See below for onomeister’s can’t-miss reasons why this game was nominated for Game of the Year:

  • The back of the Dark Souls box says, “Prepare to die”. Well, you will die, you will die many many times in this hardcore and punishing RPG, that many critics say is one of the best RPGs out in the market right now. Be warned, this is not for the casual gamer.
  • Abundant, amazing bosses test your skill and determination.
  • Superbly-built combat system in which every attack feels powerful and precise, many gamers feel is the main reason the game is so addictive.
  • Although it doesn’t have AAA production values, the art design is exceptional, and environments are spooky and memorable.
  • “Dark Souls requires intense focus. This isn’t a lighthearted romp in a bright and colorful fantasy world; it’s a methodical journey into the frightening unknown. And that’s what makes it so riveting.” (Gamespot)

(This is Part 4 of 5 of a series of reviews of GDC nominated games. Click for Pt.1, Pt.2, Pt.3)

Are you into video games? All gamers should check out the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) so you can see what latest games are coming out soon. But did you know the GDC hosts an awards show every year, to celebrate great games from the previous year? Why was Deus Ex: Human Revolution nominated? Is it worth your hard-earned dollars? Here are onomeister’s can’t-miss reasons why this game was nominated for Game of the Year:

Deus Ex's beautiful art design - click above!

  • 11 years have passed since the original Deus Ex, but well worth the wait for this RPG first-person shooter action game from Eidos Montreal developers.
  • The art direction and production design is eye-poppingly beautiful. One reviewer called it a mesh of Blade Runner and Mirror’s Edge in certain parts.
  • A must-play for any fan of great sci-fi action stories.
  • Every objective allows you to complete it in multiple ways and this freedom you have is one of the game’s strong points.
  • New players to the franchise can jump right in without much worry of playing the previous games.
  • Replayability is a strength as even after your first playthrough of 25 to 40 hours, you’ll feel like you want to play through it multiple times.
  • PC Gamer: “The full story is vast and complex, crammed into every corner of Human Revolution’s world. Every apartment you break into, every secret room you find, every rooftop you clamber across has little scraps of personality and history to read and interpret. It’s a story-junky’s blissful overdose.”
  • This game is rated M for 17+

...to be continued with Dark Souls. Click here.

(This is Part 3 of 5 in a series of reviews of GDC nominated games. Click for Pt.1, here for Pt.2, here for Pt.4)

Are you into video games? All gamers should check out conferences such as the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) so you can see what latest games are coming soon to a store near you. However, how do you know which games are good? So many games, not enough money or time! Well, did you know the GDC hosts an awards show every year, to celebrate great games from the previous year? Why was Portal 2 nominated? Is it worth your hard-earned dollars? Here are onomeister’s can’t-miss reasons why this game was nominated for Game of the Year:

Portal 2 has awesome graphics - click above

  • Whaat? You haven’t played Portal 1?? No problem, you can jump right into Portal 2 without any trouble. For 1200 Xbox pts though, you can find out why they say the first Portal was one of the best games of 2007.
  • The storyline is often laugh-out-loud hilarious and the character development over the course of the game is amazing to watch with immensely lovable characters and an apparently unforgettable “majestic” conclusion worth experiencing.
  • This game has puzzle and adventure elements and witty dialogue that will be a hit with casual and hardcore gamers.
  • A co-op mode included that is well thought out, offering crossplatform play between PC and PS3.
  • Arguably one of the best games EVER made according to some critics.
  • Rated 10+, a definite buy to play alongside with your kids.
  • The co-op is “where Portal 2 shows a genius for physical comedy by constantly putting each player’s life in the hands of the other, juggling responsibility between the team and letting someone drop the ball… When you get it right, there’s a sense of a shared achievement; when you get it wrong, it can be laugh-out-loud funny.” (Edge Magazine)

...to be continued with Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Click here.

Portal 2 cosplay at 2011 AX - AWESOME!!

(This is Part 2 of 5 in a series of reviews of GDC nominated games. Click for Part 1)

Are you into video games? All gamers should check out conferences such as the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) so you can see what latest games are coming soon to a store near you. However, how do you know which games are good? So many games, not enough money or time! Well, did you know the GDC hosts an awards show every year, to celebrate great games from the previous year? Here are onomeister’s can’t-miss reasons (ongoing) why these games were nominated for Game of the Year:

  • Batman: Arkham CityThe sequel to Batman Arkham Asylum, this game could easily have won Game of the Year. With an open world structure, outstanding graphics, amazing cut scenes and well written storyline, this is a must-buy. Mark Hamill (a la Luke Skywalker) has the perfect Joker voice. Yay, casual gamers can set to easy difficulty, but try normal first as you can unlock several cool things (like the hilarious Big Head mode). A game you can play with your 12+ year old son (take turns when you get stuck or die). It’s too bad that there are so few superhero games that are so well-made such as this one. Rocksteady should be the only developer allowed to make superhero games! (Rated Teen)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim *winner
  • Portal 2
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Dark Souls

...to be continued with Portal 2. Click here.

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Hey guys, remember this? (circa 1989)

Batman has come a LONG way since the NES days... 😀