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uDraw Pictionary

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Odds are that you know all about Pictionary, the game where you draw something, and someone else has to guess what it is. Even if you’ve never played Pictionary proper, I’m sure you’ve played (or at least heard about) something similar.

But you may not be familiar with the uDraw tablet, since practically nobody bought one… except me.

The uDraw is a tablet and a stylus, similar to something that you might get for manipulating graphics on a computer, except smaller, and cheaper (much cheaper).

The tablet itself is really good for one thing: drawing and scribbling. Hm, I guess that’s technically two things.

Regardless, here’s some footage of me and some family members playing the Ultimate edition of Pictionary.

I recommend looking away when the clues are revealed so that you can play along, but it’s certainly not mandatory.

UK version of Capcom Puzzle World ships with showstopping bug

Monday, July 16th, 2007

It looks like Europeans can’t catch a break today. Mario Party gets recalled three days after release, and now we find out that anticipated collection Capcom Puzzle World shipped with a crash bug.

“It seems to affect the Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo part of the puzzle bundle primarily, freezing the game within a few minutes of starting. We managed a couple of rounds with our European promo copy before it locked up on a load-screen.”

I’m not naive enough to believe that every game that ships is 100% bug free. For some reason it was made public well over a month before release that this bug existed. What’s particularly perplexing is that a bug this easy to reproduce was able to get through QA.

Link! (Eurogamer)

Sony, a.k.a. The Baffler

Friday, July 13th, 2007

I’m trying to wrap my head around Sony’s latest marketplace gambits. First, they announce that the price of the PS3 will be cut by $100, and that a new model, with a bigger hard drive, will be available for the original $599 price. There are apparently now two catches:

1. The new 80 GB model will be ditching the hardware emulation of the PS2. This means that it will lose some of its backward compatibility, but be cheaper to make.

2. The 60 GB model, the one with the price cut, is being discontinued.

“With the 20GB version of the console already having been phased out in the U.S., this will leave the 80GB version of the console as the only model available. This version of the console will, like the European 60GB consoles, not include the PlayStation 2 Emotion Engine but instead rely upon software emulation of PlayStation 2 titles.”

I suppose this all means that if you want a PS3 for some reason, and have some PS2 games that aren’t on the list of supported games, then you need to get one today.

Link! (Gamasutra)

We’ve all been hornswoggled, or misinformed depending on your take. The older, slightly infirmed PS3 will be stocked for the foreseeable future.

“SCEA has reacted with puzzlement to the European perspective, suggesting that there may have been an incorrect interpretation. The spokesperson said, “Those quotes [published by a UK-based game industry website] from David Reeves are not accurate. He said that if they had lowered the price in Europe, that territory would have run out of their current inventory by the end of July.””

Who to believe? Who knows? Does anyone care any more?

Not likely.

Link! (Next-Gen)

And now we’re back to the ‘Once supplies are gone, they’re gone’ story again. It’s like a revolving door of misinformation, confusion, and good old-fashioned case of the crazies.

Nintendo, Sony, E3, etc…

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Sony and Nintendo both had press conferences today. The only thing I thought was particularly interesting from the Sony conference is that a redesigned PSP (Gamespot via Slashdot) is on the horizon, it’s smaller, has better battery live, and has the ability to hook directly to your television to play games. Kind of neat, though hooking it up to your television makes it substantially less portable.

On the Nintendo front, dates for Super Mario Galaxy and Super Smash Bros. Brawl have been announced (Nov. 12 and Dec. 3, respectively). I’m not so sure about Galaxy, I was pretty let down by Super Mario Sunshine, but Brawl? Yeah, I’ll have one. I need to remember to take a paid vacation day that day, or that week.

Also mentioned was some ridiculous light gun accessory. Probably won’t be picking one of those up unless it makes its way to the bargain bin.

A series of unfortunate events

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Some days I’m glad that I don’t work for Sony, or at least for their PR department. It seems that every few days or so there is a new debacle that Sony is apologizing to some group or another for. PSP Ads, goat entrails, and the like.

Here is a (quite abbreviated) timeline showing just a few events in the saga that is known as Resistance: Fall of Man:

  1. Sony releases Resistance: Fall of Man about aliens that invade Earth. Said game includes a scene of a shootout with the aliens in a fairly detailed reproduction of a cathedral.
  2. Church of England takes offense that the game is promoting firefights with aliens in the cathedral. Makes several demands including a public apology and donating a portion of the game’s profits to the Church for education.
  3. Sony capitulates, takes out full-page apology in local newspaper

The Church might have taken a bit more offense than was necessary. I honestly don’t think that anyone I know would be tempted to go to England, find the cathedral, and have a shootout with some marauding space aliens.