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I’ve just started playing Zenonia on the 3DS, well the DSi version, downloaded via the Nintendo eShop. Since Nintendo don’t bother to put their own action RPGs on the eShop (Zelda, I’m looking at you – and emulated Gameboy Color games don’t really cut the mustard) then Zenonia is a good alternative.

The Korean text has been reasonably well translated, though some of the dialogue seems oddly structured. However, there’s nothing like the ‘All your bases are belong to us…’ of Megadrive days gone by. When setting out on a new quest though there is that perpetual dilemma faced by all Dungeoneers – which class to choose?

When I used to play Gauntlet, I’d usually be Questor the Elf, fastest character with the fastest shot. Unfortunately he also had the weakest armour. Here, my choices are Warrior, Paladin or Assassin – but at this stage I’m not sure how the classes differ. The main differences are aesthetic now, but could have huge consequences later in the game. I could cheat and check online, or I could take a chance and let the fickle finger of fate decide how my character will develop as his adventure unfolds.

I’m feeling lucky about this quest, so I’ll take a chance. Now where do I sign up to become an Assassin…?

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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Gaming, Sci Fi


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Lost And Found

I almost lost my Nintendo 3DS this week when I left it behind on the train. Luckily a kind individual handed it in to the lost property department and I was reunited with my gaming gadget. I don’t know how many hours of gaming could have been lost, there are over 80 hours clocked up on Pokemon White alone. Plus the photos on the SD card would have been irreplaceable and due to Nintendo having a system locked eShop, none of my purchases could be redownloaded to a new 3DS unless I bought them again. Needless to say, my 3DS won’t be leaving the house any time soon and I’ll be paying a lot more attention when I pick up my belongings as I get off a train in future.

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Posted by on October 3, 2012 in Gaming


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Wii U For Me?

I’ve bought most of Nintendo’s video game consoles over the years, so I was very excited about the announcement yesterday detailing their plans for the European release of their latest device – the Wii U. Whilst I’m sure it will be a great system, I think I will wait until there are more games available before I shell out the £250ish it will cost for it. I’ve bought plenty of games consoles on their release day, from the DS and 3DS to the midnight launch of the Dreamcast I attended. However, like the N64 and the Gamecube (both great systems) I think I need to see some more AAA titles up and running before I take the plunge. The novel new controller will probably give rise to excellent new and inventive games, but until I can pick them up off the shelf, I’ll wait.

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Posted by on September 14, 2012 in Equipment, Technology, Wii


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Step By Step

Currently I am carrying three pedometers on me, counting every step I take – possibly every move I make but definitely not every breath I take. I’ve carried at least one with me for the last six or seven years, primarily to keep a rough tally of my activity levels (or rather, my inactivity levels)

I have a pedometer app in my phone, my Nokia Wellness Diary, into which I also make a note of my sleeping patterns and diet. This app has been in perpetual beta testing but IMHO this should be on the Nokia store right now with a version for Lumia phones soon after.

I also have a pedometer in my Nintendo 3DS. This converts steps into ‘coins’ that can be used to purchase extra content in games. StreetPass Quest 2 and Streetfighter 4 have used this feature and it is good way to access unlockable content to prolong the lifespan of games.

I also have a Nike+ pedometer which isn’t perpetually running, so I have to remember to activate it before I do any exercise. It’s attached to my shoe so in theory it should be the most accurate based on its position and the likelihood of registering my steps.

I’m sure there is some kind of psychological condition at the heart of this because most people don’t carry all these gadgets with them to measure how much they walk. Maybe it’s a way of turning mundane activities into a form of a game. That might explain why I find it all so entertaining.

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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in Socks


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E3 2012

I’ve been following this year’s E3 coverage with a little less enthusiasm than previous years. Most of my gaming is done on my 3DS these days because it’s just not practical to be glued to the TV so my preferred console has to travel with me.

The only next generation console I’m likely to buy is the Wii U because I’ve got too many peripherals and Wii games already to jump to a new format. The new controller looks like fun, hopefully it wit have a better battery life than the AA hungry Wii remotes.

Since I don’t expect any of the new titles shown at E3 to land in Europe until Xmas or even later, I’m not hugely excited about the half finished demos that have been shown. For now I’ll stick with the games I’ve got and I’ll look up from my screen in a few month’s time.

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Posted by on June 7, 2012 in Socks


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3DS Repaired

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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Socks


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