Twitch Plays: The Grapes Of Wrath [SS Connections #2]

So everyone who is anyone in the gaming community has probably heard about the most recent phenomenon to strike the Internet, and that is Twitch Plays Pokemon. If you haven’t heard of it by chance, it’s a livestream of Pokemon Red Version, but with a twist. It allows viewers to take control of Red by leaving a comment of what button they would like to push. 20 to 30 seconds later, it is put into the stream and Red responds to the command.  It has gained a HUGE following, totaling up to over 100,000 people simultaneously controlling Red as he travels across Kanto. But there is a bit of parallelism between Twitch Plays Pokemon and a certain classic novel by John Steinbeck, entitled The Grapes of Wrath. Continue reading

It Would Be A Snap! [Retro Revival #1]

Did you ever play Pokemon Snap as a kid? If so, you probably remember how amazing the game was, despite its out-of-left-field concept. It was really enjoyable, and a great way to pass time.  But Nintendo has never made a sequel to it, despite fan clamoring for one for years now.  And all the technology to make the perfect sequel is right in front of Nintendo’s faces. Continue reading

I Just Can’t Stand That Guy! [SS Connections #1]

Okay, we all know there’s always that guy or girl that when you see them you just think “Jeez, I hate that person!” (Admit it, we all know a few people that make us feel that way.) And characters in games are no exception. Continue reading

Nintendo’s Murky Future: Is iOS The Answer? [SS Opinions #7]

So one solution being thrown around to Nintendo’s current issues is the topic I discussed in the last SS Opinions, which is a combination-console where it’s both a home console AND a handheld.  But some are saying there’s a more immediate answer that could help Nintendo, and that is diving into the smartphone game market. Continue reading

Nintendo’s Murky Future: Combo-Console Possibilities? [SS Opinions #6]

In the near future, the heads of Nintendo will sit down and have to discuss the future of their company.  With the successes of the 3DS and 2DS, and the not-so-much-success of the Wii U, Nintendo will have a tough decision to make: What’s next? Continue reading

Trying Something New [SS Opinions #5]

It’s a new year today.  This means, of course, that most people are resolving to do something new or better to better themselves and those around them.  But as we all know, most people fall off the wagon before the end of January.  But I have made a pledge that I will try my hardest to stick to, and that is to try new games. Continue reading

The Poké Market Crash of 2013 [SS Opinions #4]

Watch out Pokémon fans, looks like the Pokémon Bank won’t be hitting North American and European shores on December 27.

Looks like Nintendo released Pokémon Bank in Japan on Christmas, and it didn’t end well.  Due to the internet overload of so many new Wii U and 3DS systems connecting to the Nintendo Wi-Fi Network on Christmas day, server issues have been persistent throughout for all users.  Most people cannot even connect to the eShop, and those who can get iffy service at best. Continue reading