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Best Buy Canada Getting More Wii’s This Friday by jimmycanuck
November 23, 2006, 11:24 am
Filed under: gaming, shopping

In case you missed out on freezing your butt off this past weekend, you’re in luck.  Best Buy Canada will be getting more Wii’s in stock this Friday, with a minimum of 20 new consoles per store.

Via SmartCanucks

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Best. Ad. Ever. by jimmycanuck
November 23, 2006, 9:51 am
Filed under: gaming, movies, tv, youtube

I LOVE Office Space.  If you’ve ever worked in an office, especially in lower middle management, this thing is your opus.  It’s almost enough to make me miss the days of being shit all over again and again when I was the supervisor to a team of miscreants in the quality assurance department of a third party call center.

…almost.

I know this video has been making the rounds on the internet all week, but since I didn’t get around to seeing it until just now I figure some of you might be in the same boat.  This is a brilliant ad for World of Warcraft (that’s actually running on TV!) mashing up a great scene from Office Space with some WoW content.  C’est magnifique.



Look Kids! I got a Job! by jimmycanuck
November 22, 2006, 9:51 pm
Filed under: blog news, gaming, links

bbps

Well kiddies, over the next little while I’ll be pulling double duty writing here and at BBPS.  For those of you not in the know (and shame on you if you aren’t!), BBPS is one of the better gaming blogs out there.  It may be a far cry from sites like Kotaku or joystiq traffic-wise, but when it comes to content, they’ve got it where it counts. 

So what does this mean for flotsam/jetsam?  Well for one thing, you’ll probably be seeing a lot fewer game-related posts from me.  That’s not to say there won’t be any – it’s just that I’ll be dividng my game-related content between the two sites.  Everything else you know and love about the f/j should stay pretty much the same.

Life though, keeps getting busier.  I refuse to let this site ever suffer the same sort of abandonment that my past projects have fallen prey to, so I’ll be taking some steps to make sure that you’ll all be getting the same sort of witty and urbane content you’ve come to expect.  I just can’t do it alone.  This means I’ll be looking for some guest bloggers to step in on a fairly regular basis to help keep the posts coming.  Jenifesto has been doing a great job over the past week, and if she’d like to continue working with the site full time, or even just throw up a post every now and then when it strikes her fancy, she’s more than welcome.  I won’t be expecting any sort of full time status from anybody – obviously the people who’ll be helping out will have lives and blogs of their own to tend to.  Still, if you’re a blogger I’ve contacted in the past about guesting, or someone who thinks they’d like to give it a shot, drop me a line and send me a link to your blog.  I’d be happy to give it a read, and if I’m interested, I’ll get back to you asap.

Thanks for reading everyone – without your help, I would never have made it where I am.  I’m looking forward to your continued readership, both here at flotsam/jetsam, and over at BBPS.



Bunnies Can’t Cook Turkey by jimmycanuck
November 22, 2006, 3:44 pm
Filed under: gaming, youtube

Just in time for the holidays, Ubisoft has seen fit to great us with a wonderful thanksgiving message from their long-running internet based ad campaign promoting Rayman Raving Rabbids.  Considering Rayman is the game getting the most face time in my Wii thus far, this was a nice little pick me up in the middle of my afternoon.

Happy Thanksgiving, yankee scum!!  😉

Found via Chris Kohler’s GameLife.



Game Review – Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam by jimmycanuck
November 21, 2006, 1:34 pm
Filed under: gaming, reviews

downhill jam

This game is downright fugly. From graphics to gameplay nothing seems to fit, and nothing works as advertised. My hopes for a brilliant new Hawk game have been squashed.

I was really excited for Downhill Jam. Having been fed up with the series since it went mission-based in Pro Skater 4, it was nice to see that Activision was finally willing to take some risks taking some risks with its biggest franchise. Like most gambles though. this one didn’t pay off.

The graphics are easily the weakest of the Wii launch titles I’ve experienced. Maybe it’s because I’m forced to play it with composite cables until Nintendo gets components in my hands (way to read your market, Nintendo), but this thing somehow manages to look WORSE than the original Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater on the PSOne. No matter how hard you might want to try, you can’t make the argument that all Wii games are going to look like crap. Even if they look Gamecube quality at best (and so far, at least with the composite cables, I’m finding that to be true) Downhill Jam’s graphical prowess is well below that of last generations pretty purple box.

Still, any gamer worth his weight in salt knows that graphics mean very little when compared to gameplay. If that wasn’t the case XBox Live Arcade and Nintendo’s own Virtual Console wouldn’t serve much of a purpose, now would they? Unfortunately, gameplay is where Downhill Jam’s failure is most visible. The most basic gameplay mechanic is also this title’s greatest failure – turning with the wiimote. To play Downhill Jam, you hold the wiimote sideways, much as you would if you were playing an NES game on the VC. The innovative twist in this game is supposed to be that turning is controlled by tilting the wiimote left or right. Not only is the sensitivity needed to recognize differences between wide and tight turns pretty much non-existent, but to perform a trick, you need to hold down a key on the d-pad. Do any series veterans know where I’m going with this yet? In other Tony Hawk games, both the direction your skater moves and the tricks you perform are controlled by the analog stick. That means the transition from landing a trick to controlling your skater’s movement is smooth as silk. Now Activision wants us to go from pulling off a trick on the D-Pad to turning with the wiimote in one fell swoop. It’s awkward, and it just doesn’t work. Had they made it so both the tricks and turning were controlled by tilting, this title might have been salvageable, but as it stands this is easily the worst title in the Tony Hawk series. And that’s coming from a guy who’s played American Wasteland on the 360.

If you’re looking for a fun and innovative Wii-launch title, a great new addition to the Tony Hawk franchise, or both – this isn’t where you need to be right now. Enjoy the barrage of great launch titles for the Wii that don’t have the word’s Tony Hawk stamped on them, or just pick up Project 8 on the 360. No matter what you do, just stay the hell away from this title.



Best of EAMB – DS Software: TouchDIC by jimmycanuck
November 21, 2006, 11:07 am
Filed under: gaming, pictures

Software titles like this can only happen overseas. TouchDIC is a touch dictionary (hence the name) for the Korean market. I don’t think further explanation is needed on why this is funny.

If Nintendo wants to maintain whatever image they have left, they’d better promote this with a new ad campaign. Forget the standard DS tagline “Touching is Good.” I’m thinking maybe, “Touching…not so good right now. Maybe you should hold off on the dictionary and just wait to touch Mario so that…wait! dammit! Ok, let’s face it, we’re just 100% gay. Touch whatever you want.”

(Back in the summer of 2005 I had my first moderately successful venture in the world of blogging, Elvis Ate My Blog.  The reasons for it’s demise have become unclear through the fog of history, but for whatever reason I abadoned it like a red-headed stepchild.  From time to time I’ll be posting some of the best posts that originally appeared on EAMB.  This is one of those times.)



Pre-Order’s I’ll Never Get :( by jimmycanuck
November 19, 2006, 8:37 am
Filed under: gaming, pictures, shopping

reggieT

Down in the states, they’re scoring this wicked pre-order t-shirt for the Wii, featuring Reggie in a classic Bruce Lee pose. What do I get up here in Canada? Probably a coupon book and a free copy of Geist. LAME…

Found via Kotaku.