A brave crew of experienced message board posters on an incredible journey go beyond the keyboard and dare discuss face to face (not literally).
Listen with amazement as GelatinousEncore, CPA Wei, DrFinkelstein and Pandareus explore topics in a much more superficial way than they would have been in a regular forum thread. But it is being delivered in a newish format that allows you to get your dose of Negative World on the go, therefore is is better. Don't try to stop progress, you won't be able to!
After a musical intro composed by NegativeWorld's lord and master Zero, smile at the ineptitude of Pandareus who foolishly believed that listening to hundreds of podcasts somehow qualified him to host one! Seeing as he basically lives on the boards, you would expect him to be able to describe Negative World better. It's okay, however, as there is no way anyone not already familiar with the board will even hear him. Listen to him clumsily presenting his topic, Wiiware, first claiming that the games are fantastic only to go on about the ways the service is not.
Your eyes will be wide with amazement as you discover the true extent of DrFinkelstein's love for Animal Crossing! Nintendo has broken his heart by releasing a Wii version that lived up to the series' enormous potential, but that hasn't stopped him from coming up with ways to reignite the old flame. Hear him passionately describe them to three other dudes who only bought the GameCube version of the game for the NES classics it contained, or never touched the series at all.
Things get more grave and serious as CPA Wei presents his topic, the end of the Wii's and the DS's livespan. Our crew attempts to answer the question: Is Kirby truly a harbinger of death for a Nintendo home console? Pandareus comes prepared with a list of coming-late-in-the-gen games on past Nintendo consoles, but then forgets to make the point he was getting at. Thankfully the rest of the crew picks up the slack with their insights.
Finally, we prepare to close the podcast the same way Nintendo prepares to put their handhelds to sleep when they've run their course: Pokémon. GelatinousEncore regales us with his tales of playing his imported copy of Pokémon White, and comes up with 5 ways to improve the franchise. The whole crew then comes to the conclusion that there are way more than just five ways to end the stagnation, and seem to agree that they wouldn't be all that hard to implement. Nintendo is being lazy, and we care!
The show ends about as gracefully as it started. Breathe a sigh of relief as Zero's beats signal that the torture is over, but stay tuned for a smerdprise.
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Cut it down to an hour, really? It's not as if we had tons of dead air or repeated ourselves. We had planned to move on from a topic if we saw we ran out of things to say before the limit we had set for ourselves, but that didn't happen.
I'd like it down to an hour. Or at least in two files... when I accidentally hit the track-advance button on my car instead of volume when listening to a podcast, it really sucks. The fast-forward is not fast at all.
I'm about to load it onto something to listen while I go Okami.
@GelatinousEncore I'd like to test my connection out as well, just see if it is possible for me to Skype from my home on my kind of slow DSL without trouble. If not, I'd still want to get involved in podcasts at some point, I'd just need to find a better place to Skype from.
Well, I just finished up listening to the very first Negative Worldcast! I thought it was pretty great. You guys did a great job. Cheers all around.
I'll have to look more into WiiWare - I haven't given it much of a fair shake. Having said that, I've actually bought a bunch of games on DSiWare, so I know that Nintendo's downloadable games are worthwhile. They just... don't advertise them very well.
But good topics all around. Can't wait to see what the next Animal Crossing will offer. I'm looking forward to Pokémon Black/White. And the DS is looking to go out with a "BANG!" rather than a *whimper.* Which is pretty much par for the course for Nintendo handhelds.
If you guys ever want a correspondent for the handheld side of Nintendo, let me know.
My Creative Zen starts with a slow FF and then speeds up to super-fast after a couple seconds, and that works great. But navigating the Zen while driving is more dangerous than just plugging a USB key into the car stereo system. I'll try the pause trick and see if my car supports that. I've never actually paused.... i usualy just turn it off, since the power button is easy to hit.
I listened about 1/3 tonight. It reminds me that I need to start up ACCF if only to water my red rose garden. Trying to grow more gold ones, because I'm tired of the stupid flowers dying all the time and the town looking ugly when I do go in once a month or two, or three...
I finally listened to the podcast I've never played Animal Crossing either. I too just never had any interest in the series. I am hugely into Pokemon though. I do wish they'd shake up the series a little, but I am liking how Black & White will have all-new pokemon. For once we won't be seeing Geodudes and Zubats in every cave I do want more varied/new sidequests as well, and the ability to make my trainer actually look unique. There really is a lot that Nintendo could be doing with Pokemon that they aren't.
EDIT: posted a little early; Happy (belated) Smerdday!
Congrats on the podcast guys, great work. I don't know if this is open to guest speakers but I am getting a 30 minute hands on with the 3DS on the 12th February so if you wanted me to talk about my experience I am more than happy to pitch in.
Just finished listening to it, and I will also add, like others before me, this was a great first podcast!
Dr. Fink, your Animal Crossing experience pretty much resonates with my own. In fact, I was also an active member of animalcrossingcommunity for quite some time (for the GCN game), and even used the site for some serious e-reader card trades with other members.
I completely skipped out on City Folk, the game was nowhere close to what we were expecting/ hoping from a Wii version.
Good discussions Pandareus, DrFinkelstein, CPA Wei, and GelatinousEncore!
During the section where you guys was talking about WiiWare and Nintendo advertising games that are coming out to the service. Someone mentioned that Nintendo is triing to do this on the Nintendo Channel. Someone commentted( I think Pandreus) that he watched Nintendo Channel all the time.
Well, I also watch the Nintendo Channel all the time. I actually enjoy the Nintendo Weekly, the Wii Challenge videos, ect. And yes, Nintendo does advertise some Wii Ware games, but definatly not enough. Yes, I think Nintendo should keep this up on the Nintendo Channel, but they should also do it within the Shop Channel itself. What I mean by that is, once a person clicks on the shop channel there should be an area that states something like, new games coming out, ect. Within that area is where there should be streamable info on the new games and links to demos as well, ect.
When it comes to demos, I wonder who decides, Nintendo, the actual developer or both...on what games will have demos. You would think all the developers and even Nintendo would want demos for all the games. The way I see it now, the games that offer demos, for the most part, are worth your money. Games that do not have demos are hit and miss, and the majority probably do suck.
Just finished it. Super awesome. I was a bit lost on some of the Pokemon chatter as the only Pokemon game I have played is Platinum and I didn't really get super into it, so I can't particularly say I care for the franchise. Still interesting to hear about.
I did hear a weird popping noise in the background a lot though. Was it the Skype IM noise?