Archive for March, 2010

Why Tetris isn't a puzzle game

Posted in Games, previously on WoS on March 31, 2010 by RevStu

It's weird how bad people are at looking even a tiny bit below the surface. All you have to do is quietly mention in passing somewhere that Tetris, Columns, Bejeweled or any of their millions of clones and derivatives aren't actually "puzzle games", and all hell breaks loose.

Even nowadays, with a resurgence in indie games making abstract graphics (relatively) popular again, most gamers angrily insist that if something doesn't look like a traditional spaceship, it can't be a spaceship.

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Stuff you could buy instead of Game Room, No.1

Posted in Games, xbox 360 on March 29, 2010 by RevStu

Details are a funny thing. Some games can be absolutely amazing in practically every respect, yet make a single clumsy error and be completely ruined. Some, on the other hand, can get almost everything wrong and still be irrationally compelling.

You Will Die is in the latter category.

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Stuff I bought instead of Perfect Dark, No.6

Posted in bargains, Games, xbox 360 on March 28, 2010 by RevStu

Saturday – Arkedo Series 01: Jump!

If I've learned anything over the last 30 years, viewers, it's this – videogames are like girls. It's always the cutest ones that make you cry. And rarely can a game have illustrated that maxim better than the final purchase in WoSblog's seven-day Perfect Dark Substitute Adventure than Arkedo Series 01: Jump! which prices the pitiless gutting of your very soul at 240 MS points.

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Stuff I bought instead of Perfect Dark, No.5

Posted in bargains, Games, xbox 360 on March 27, 2010 by RevStu

Friday – Missile Escape

I'm a total sucker for one-life games, and I also love to see screens full of dozens of tiny missiles with vapour trails, so when it came to my week-long quest to more productively spend the 800 Microsoft Points that the shoddy and incompetent XBLA version of Perfect Dark costs, Missile Escape (80 MS Points) was a no-brainer.

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Stuff I bought instead of Perfect Dark, No.4

Posted in bargains, Games, xbox 360 on March 26, 2010 by RevStu

Thursday – Monaco 360: Retro Racing

Experienced WoS viewers are probably sick of me going on and on about Monaco GP at the slightest opportunity. Sega's 1979 coin-op racer is, nevertheless, a timeless classic that's as gripping and addictive now as it was 30 years ago, and I have no plans to shut up about it until it's universally accepted as the seminal work of genius that it is.

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I'm Avocado Soldier now

Posted in awesomeness, Free stuff on March 26, 2010 by RevStu

This is the greatest comic in the history of there being comics that existed.

You must go and read it right now, before anything else happens.

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The streets is full of creeps

Posted in Free stuff, Games, iPod on March 26, 2010 by RevStu

Haven't done one of these for a while, but if you've got an iPhone/iPod, or are even just thinking of maybe getting one sometime soon, you shouldn't miss out on today's top App Store freebie.

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