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.
@Guillaume Haha, The Lawnmower Man? What the hell? Why have you even PLAYED that game? Why has anyone? That might've been interesting to hear, actually. It might have been the only mention of The Lawnmower Man on any podcast ever: game or movie.
Oh, I thought of another good one! Car Battler Joe. And Rune Factory. I'm hard-pressed to think of one that doesn't involve RPGs, though. Astro Boy: The Omega Factor, I guess.
Andrew and I actually used to have that discussion all of the time. Except he took the other side! I always said that I was afraid that Nintendo would stop making big-budget games, since they were so much riskier and less profitable. His argument was that they needed to keep us happy in case the 'fad' died off. Which it eventually did, kind of.
But, like you said, I don't think Nintendo has actually shown any signs of 'abandoning' us. Beyond the massive drought, but they were kind of abandoning everybody. It's hard to take that personally.
You know who I TOTALLY feel abandoned by, ironically? MICROSOFT. I just can't wait for the next exciting new Halo/Forza/Gears/Fable/Sesame Street announcement.
Listening to the first topic: I've never felt any difference playing 3DS in public. There were been times when I had family visit and I wanted to play with the small kids, so I lured them with the 3DS and they were happy.
I've played in the park while waiting for a party, and Eric and I did not feel out of place at all, considering there are adults around the area, as well as teenagers doing various outdoor activities.
At the airport, while waiting for a delayed flight, Eric and I played Mario Kart 7, and actually a nearby family seemed intrigued. The teenager was fascinated and we could hear him admire our systems.
Even at my sister-in-law's housewarming party, where most people are definitely not gamers and were there to watch the World Series, we felt perfectly at ease playing our 3DS's, and there were several people intrigued about the system.
In conclusion, I never felt uncomfortable taking out my 3DS in any situation or environment (though obviously there are some situations where it's uncalled for). So far, I've had pleasant experiences. Sorry for those who did not as mentioned on the podcast, but just as Guillaume said, you can't let other people's behavior affect you.
@Zero My ex's friends used to be vile to her when she played her GBA in public. They'd call her childish and say how embarrassed they were for her and themselves. Her friends aren't very nice people though.