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Negative World Podcast 027 - Self-conscious gamers
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February 14, 2012, 04:17:46

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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.

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Posted: 02/14/12, 04:17:46  - Edited by 
 on: 02/14/12, 04:31:31    
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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.

Posted by 
 on: 02/17/12, 05:20:49
Has anyone played the Quest for Glory games by Sierra? They're half adventure games, half action RPG. Awesome games.

Posted by 
 on: 02/17/12, 05:24:07
I think I have, but I remember nothing.

Posted by 
 on: 02/17/12, 05:26:43
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.

Posted by 
 on: 02/18/12, 22:27:10
Snorlax said:
(though obviously there are some situations where it's uncalled for).

Yes most definitly... Younger, at my grand mother's funeral, I was playing Super Mario Land on my Gameboy. You could say it was pretty inconsiderate... that's true. But it was also quite boring.

Posted by 
 on: 02/19/12, 04:24:53
Well, I think it depends on how old you are. Also, was it the funeral or a wake?

My niece had to be at all her grandfather's wakes, and as a 3 year old at the time it was pretty tough so she was watching movies on a portable DVD player.

Now, at the actual funeral, not so much.

Posted by 
 on: 02/19/12, 07:11:00
A guy who plays games in public is a nerd. A girl who plays in public is like a magical unicorn.

Posted by 
 on: 02/19/12, 17:03:53
@ploot right. It was at the wake.

Anand said:
@SnorlaxA girl who plays in public is like a magical unicorn.
-Aha! So true!

Posted by 
 on: 02/20/12, 06:11:21
@Anand Hmm. I wonder though. Obviously a girl who plays video games in public is acceptable to most guys. But what would "normal" adult females think about her?

Posted by 
 on: 02/20/12, 10:05:53
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.

Posted by 
 on: 02/20/12, 10:12:01
Here Guillaume, I stumbled upon this and it reminded me of your park adventure...

Actually though it more reminds me of every time I go hang out at my sister's house and try to play my 3DS while the kids are watching a movie or something. I instantly get swarmed.

Posted by 
 on: 02/21/12, 17:39:45  - Edited by 
 on: 02/21/12, 17:40:38
I don't even take out my 3DS when my nephews are around. It will invariably lead to them fighting over it => ripping it into two clean halves.

I actually think iDevices are easier for kids to play, anyway.

I dunno. Don't girls kind of hate each other, regardless?


Kind of.

Posted by 
 on: 02/22/12, 17:06:30
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