Sometimes, you just have to laugh at this stuff.

Minecraft’s been all the rage lately.  I’ll be honest, I haven’t played it myself, and I don’t know what the game really consists of.  However, I just get a feeling that the Christian Gaming Zone has gotten the wrong idea.

Go ahead, read the review:  It’s very creative, to say the least.  I have to wonder if the writer truly believes what they are saying, or if they’re just really trying to form any parallel they can, at the fear of the webmaster calling down the fury of Hell on them.  I really want to think the latter, with a quote like this…

“…there are clues to the Christian purpose of the game. The most obvious is the name: Minecraft Alpha. This is of course a reference to Jesus’ revelation that He is the Alpha and the Omega (Rev. 22:13).”

…Or maybe because it’s the final build, thus the ‘Alpha’ tag?

Oh, there’s even a picture of the writer doing some missionary work in the ‘Classic’ area, claiming that the user he chatted with became born again.

I”m really not one to mock people, or make fun of them because of their different, skewed views… but come on.  Seriously?  This is on a whole other level.  But I guess some good does come out of it… I’m sure a lot of die-hard Christians will enjoy some Minecraft now, too!

DSiWare games that ARE worth buying

I recently came about some Nintendo points for pre-ordering a certain game… my boyfriend and myself wanted to save the points for when we got a Wii, but seeing that the points expire at the end of September, we decided to put the points onto his DSiXL, instead.  I know what you’re all thinking: The DSi Shop is complete crap, and even those 500 points would have likely been better to expire than put on there.  Well… you’re mostly right.  But I’ve scoured the ENTIRE shop, done my research… and I think I’ve found a gem or two among the rubbish to prove that maybe there are SOME worthwhile games on the DSiWare.  Who knows… maybe there’ll be more, if someone actually supports the good games… So, why don’t you take a gander at these and maybe give a thought to buying a few?

Aura-Aura Climber
200 Points

Aura-Aura Climber is a fun arcade style game.  You play a little fallen star, who is trying to get back into the night sky.  It’s a simple, cute premise, and the gameplay (involving grappling, which everyone loves) seems solid.  I couldn’t find too many reviews for the game on the web, but for only 200 points it’s hard to really be disappointed.

G. G. Series: Ninja Karakuri Den
200 Points

The G. G. Series is well-known in Japan, with the company pumping out DSiWare games left and right.  However, Ninja Karakuri Den is the first game in the series to make it overseas.  This is another arcade style game, though it’s more action-packed than Aura-Aura.  It’s a little hard to explain, but the video should explain the premise well.  Since this game is 200 points as well, it’s hard to really do wrong.

A Kappa’s Trail
500 Points

A Kappa’s Trail seems to be a cute little DSi game.  You control a Kappa with the stylus, drawing a line that the cute little guy will follow.  The whole thing is stylus based, with a time limit giving the game a bit of a challenge.  For 5 bucks, it seems like a worthwhile investment is you like puzzle games.

Artstyle (series)
500 Points

The Artstyle series is well-known for most gamers, so I won’t go into much detail about them here.  There are many games in the series, with radically different game mechanics, most everyone would find at least one game that would interest them.

Castle of Magic
500 Points

Castle of Magic is an interesting game in the DSi library, though considering the system, it shouldn’t be.  It’s a relatively simple looking platformer, but you use the camera, and the pictures you take, to give yourself some power-ups.  It’s a title that takes advantage of the DSi’s new feature, and it seems to do so nicely.

Dark Void Zero
500 Points

Dark Void Zero is basically an old game thrown onto the DSi.  But it’s a good old game.  This action platformer is worth the five bucks, though some say it’s a little short overall.

Soul of Darkness
500 Points

I know it’s a German trailer, you’ll have to make do.  Anyway, Soul of Darkness is a shameless Castlevania clone.  Regardless of that, it is still a decent game.  You run through stages, defeat demons, and… er, Castlevania stuff.  It’s worth a look.

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Well, here we are.  Hours (?) of research rounded up in this post.  What does that say for the DSiWare?  Well… that it is mainly full of crap.  But there are some nice little gems in there, and some things to look out for… while it’s not full of winners, at least there’s something to support.

8-bit Trip

This music video is, quite simply, amazing:

The music itself is awesome, but the real attraction is the video.  The creators used LEGOs for the whole video… but in a way that Clay animation is done.  If you know anything about that, you know that 1, it takes a LOOOOOOOOONG time and 2, the art to taking 1000’s of pictures and then streaming them together leads to interesting results that are pleasing to the eye.  Well, I can say that this video is more than pleasing, it’s complete eye candy.  Kudos to Rymdreglage.

Hate those ugly box covers?

Typical box covers are so… bleh.  Not artistic at all.  Of course, I can understand.  Publishing companies need to sell their games, and they need box covers that’ll catch the eyes of the public.  As such, they look okay, but it’s not always… well, pretty.

Thankfully, I’m not the only person that feels this way.  Many people have taken it into their hands to make their own box covers, and a lot of them are really good.  I picked out some of my favorite covers, but there’s plenty more on the sites I’ll list at the end of this post, and simple if you just surf the web.  I hope you enjoy these “less bleh” covers (and by less bleh, I mean super awesome)!

**SLOW CONNECTION ALERT** This post might kill your loading time.  You’ve been warned.

This cover is nice because it creatively shows one of the most recognizable aspects of the game.

This cover is nice because it creatively shows one of the most recognizable aspects of the game.

Its simple, clean, and you can tell exactly what game this is.

It's simple, clean, and you can tell exactly what game this is.

The original Katamari cover is nice as well, but this one is cute and has a nice little joke in it.

The original Katamari cover is nice as well, but this one is cute and has a nice little "joke" in it.

This IS what Donkey Kong Country is about, right?  Right...?

This IS what Donkey Kong Country is about, right? Right...?

I think this cover would fit the style of the game more than the actual box art does.

I think this cover would fit the style of the game more than the actual box art does.

This cover reminds of the stylized retro look... it almost looks like something outts the 60s or 70s.

This cover reminds of the stylized retro look... it almost looks like something outts the 60's or 70's.

This cover nicely matches the style of the game.  Very nicely.

This cover nicely matches the style of the game. Very nicely.

This one takes a bit more of a vauge approach... it makes it really interesting to look at.

This one takes a bit more of a vauge approach... it makes it really interesting to look at.

Its so cute!  Look at all those Prinnies!

It's so cute! Look at all those Prinnies!

Well, this is what WiiFit is supposed to do.  Its just a little too... edgy to put on an actual cover. Might make people mad.

Well, this is what WiiFit is supposed to do. It's just a little too... edgy to put on an actual cover. Might make people mad.

Did you like these?  Wanna see more?  Well, check out these links for these covers and more!

Something Awful’s Classy Games Feature, Part 1
Something Awful’s Classy Games Feature, Part 2
Something Awful’s Classy Games Feature, Part 3
“The GAF Collection”

Ever wonder how new games would look if they were released way-back-when?

Well… I don’t know about you folks but I always find it interesting when someone takes a videogame and DOES something to it.  You know what I mean: hacks of old games to make them almost completely new games, updated or downgraded graphics, or whatever else to give the game in question a new feel or look.

It’s comforting to know I’m not alone in this line of thinking, and that there’s people with the skills to actually do this.  And in this case when they did it, they did it GOOD.  See, about a year back, the members of Pixelation decided that it’d be cool to take newer games and de-make the graphics to that of the original Game Boy as part of their “Mockup Frenzy” series.  The results were pretty surprising, actually, and there were quite a few entries.

It might be just me, but I find it extremely interesting what some of the participants did with games like Final Fantasy 12, or Odin Sphere, or even Ico in Game Boy form:

There were fourty-seven (!!) entries in all, and all of them are really well done.  Since posting 47 pictures is tedious and annoying, you can see the rest of the entries here.  It’s well worth the look if you, like me, find looking at games in a brand new light interesting.

Too bad you can’t actually PLAY the games…