Time for your bi-weekly (or is it bi-monthly?) dose of the Negative World Podcast! Listen to Andrew (Zero), Paul (Ploot) and Guillaume (duh) talk about Actraiser, Uncharted 2, Pr. Layton and the Last Specter, Zen Pinball, The Simpsons Arcade Game and Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.
The crew follow this up with discussions about the stigma of playing dedicated handheld systems in public; is there a place in Nintendo's future for stuff like F-Zero, Pilotwings, etc; and games that combine several genres. Zero shocks Guillaume and Ploot by announcing his upcoming sex change.
As usual, the theme music comes from Negative World's owner and dictator, Zero. The music throughout the podcast is taken from Actraiser.
Still crickets from me. I *might* listen to this tomorrow but I will surely listen probably Wednesday while at my other job. When I'm working for them, I always listen to either the VVVVVV soundtrack or Podcasts. I usually work for about 4-5.5 hours straight at that job... so this will be a good podcast to have along with Radio Free Nintendo.
Just started giving it a listen! So far have only listened to the first topic: the stigma of playing dedicated handheld systems in public:
I'm pretty much the same as Zero; I carry around my 3DS just about everywhere I go, and if I have an opportunity to play for some amount of time, I will do so, without hesitation. As Gui said it best, "I will whip it out in public." No shame! This is especially true in waiting rooms (haircut, car shop, doctor's room, etc) and less so for commutes since I mostly drive everywhere. I love playing on a long flight as well.
And I don't think anyone mentioned this, but it's so much easier to play games on your phone contraption without getting any stares simply due to the fact that no one knows what you're doing! You could be browsing the web, sending text messages, playing games, doing whatever… since virtually everyone has one, you kind of blend in with the environment any time you are looking at your cell phone, regardless of what you're actually doing!
I'm going to feel like an old dude for saying this, but these people nowadays, no matter if I'm at work, walking at the mall, it is kind of sad to see people walking around, not even paying attention to their surroundings as they are hunched over their cell phone pressing and swiping away at who knows what. Of course, it's most dangerous in the driving situations, but it's crazy seeing some co-workers climbing stairs while checking their phones and having near misses all the time.
It isn't Tatum. I thought about it later on and I realized it was that wrestler that's on TV, that makes Moe say "look how disgusting this is, he's kissing his own muscles" or something. You see him for like a second, in the show.
I never played the Simpsons Arcade Game, but I don't have much interest in it either. I dunno if anybody's played The Simpsons Game, for 360/PS3/Wii, but it's pretty good. The gameplay is alright but the production values are really good. It's got a lot of funny writing by the show writers, tons of hilarious video game references, and voices from the show. And it doesn't crib just from the first season like the Arcade Game apparently does. I'd definitely recommend it. Check out my review!
I've never played a Fire Emblem game before. I've been kind of intimidated, and it sounds like maybe I should give it a shot since I own one on 3DS!
I don't believe I ever got around to commenting on the Simpsons arcade game, but what I was going to say was that I never really thought it was particularly great. It was fun, but always felt like a weaker Turtles to me.
On topic 2, is there a place in Nintendo's future for stuff like F-Zero, Pilotwings, etc:
Lots of sales talk... I have trouble keeping track of the stuff, so I can't say which game sells well and which doesn't. I will say though, Gui made a great point at the end of this topic concerning Nintendo's unpredictability. If a new Punch-Out could come out of nowhere as it did on Wii, who's to say we won't see another old franchise release with a new iteration?
I hope it's not true we won't see a new F-Zero game, it would be an awesome showcase for the 3DS. It's been too long; the last entry was F-Zero Climax for GBA in 2004, and it was a Japan exclusive. That same year, North America got F-Zero GP Legend for GBA.
On topic 3, games that combine several genres:
Henry Hatsworth is an example of a game I would like to play, especially after reading Zero's review. Of course Zero would mention this game! I A game that came to my mind was Puzzle Quest, mixing puzzles and RPG elements, but I haven't played it either. I also haven't played Dokapon Kingdom but I've heard good things about RPG + board game.
Great mention of Mario RPG's by Zero, I loved Bowser's Inside Story. And Gui talked about Mario Galaxy; I really enjoyed all the non-platforming sections, like rolling the ball... but I didn't like the trash destruction. Ugh
Cool mention of Everything or Nothing. I haven't played it, but I do have Nightfire for GCN, another solid Bond game. I liked the driving sequences, and I assume EA's racing expertise also contributing to making these segments feel very solid and enjoyable.
Negative World said:
Zero shocks Guillaume and Ploot by announcing his upcoming sex change.