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Mister Rogers Got Game

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You might have seen this video of Mister Rogers chatting with a boy about Donkey Kong. I stumbled on it yesterday through some idle "Related Videos" clicking, and I was charmed.

The Secret of Eddie Riggs' T-Shirt

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DSi's high-tech box: Applause, Lights, Embarrassment

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So, yes, my kitchen table is a mess. Instead of actually eating there, I tend to use it to open my mail. Ah, bachelorhood; isn't it wonderful? Anyway, here's another creative packaging job from the Nintendo team at GolinHarris. The last time they pulled the old talking-box trick (for the DS Lite), the damn thing kept going off in the middle of the night (playing some sort of trumpeted fanfare) and scaring the sh*t out of me, until I had to kill it like it was that evil clown doll in Poltergeist. (And even after I thought it was dead, it STILL kept making noises.) (Creepy.)

More Legends of WrestleMania Bitching

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I haven't figured out a score for this game yet, but it sure does a good job of being fun and pissing me off at the same time. Everything comes off as dumbed down; ringside fights are now choreographed dances initiated by a button press, as is the ability to move to an area at ringside.

Price and review scores

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Just had an interesting chat with a good PR friend of mine. This individual has been having an ongoing battle with the marketing folks about review scores: How are they arrived at, what goes into a score, why can't PR people control the press (?!?!), etc. Then the topic of price came up. Does that factor into it? Interesting question.

Baiyon, Baiyon, How Does Your Garden Grow?

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Keita Takahashi Drew My Picture

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Jonathan Blow's "Experimental
Gameplay Sessions" today made one thing clear: Gaming's having its modernist
phase. Every game we saw attempted to deconstruct a gaming mechanic or trope. Examples:

The Unfinished Swan -- vision. FPS where
you have to feel your way blindly through the world by painting its invisible surfaces
black.

The Scott Jones Show: "Don't Be a Four-Letter Word"

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Yesterday, I wrote about GDC made me think about the possible impending loss of my MMO virginity. But, someone actually did lose their virginity at GDC. For the first time ever, Crispy's very own Scott Jones thought up and moderated a panel during this year's conference. I'll be uploading clips over the next day or so. In the one linked below, you'll see John Teti ask a question of the esteemed panel.

Have I Aged Well?: Super Punch-Out!! on the Virtual Console

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I downloaded Super Punch-Out!! (800 points) bright and early on Monday morning, and I've been playing it obsessively ever since. I'm a fan of Punch-Out!! I worked in a rundown amusement park when I was a kid (http://www.sylvanbeach.org/amusementpark/), and on breaks, I'd hustle across the park to the arcade and dump quarters into the dual-screened Punch-Out!! machine. "Body blow! Body blow!" Good times.

Impressions: WarioWare Snapped

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Looking through my GDC notes just now reminded me that I actually got a chance to try out WarioWare: Snapped for the new DSi during my brief time on the GDC demo floor. I'm a huge fan of the WarioWare games so I was really looking forward to this new version, which is controlled via movements detected by the DSi's built-in camera.

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