Just dance 2020!

It’s true. You can be really into just dance and move around and make a fool of yourself (YouTube gold!) or, you can (like my brother) sit on the chair and absolutely dominate the score with some simple flicks of the wrist. That is because it only measures the accelerometer in the controller which is easy to fool. My favourite is how it lets you use your cellphone instead of the controller if you want, which just seems like a genuinely bad idea.



I am a late adopter of the Nintendo switch and now that I have one, it’s not a stretch to say it’s the perfect gaming console (for me, at this stage of life). Here’s why:

  1. It isn’t stuck to a tv. Sure, games look better in docked mode, but after the initial “wow that looks good” of a game, how a game feels to play is more important than how it looks (to me). The switch’s screen is sufficient for me, and it’s flexible for different postures and situations.
  2. It’s subtle. I can play a game quietly in the corner sitting in the family room and it doesn’t dominate the space, the kids can be watching a show or colouring at the table and it doesn’t override what they’re doing
  3. It’s private. I can play games with monsters in it, during the day time when my kids are in the room, and I don’t have to worry about them being frightened.
  4. Two controllers in one for family friendly games? Yeah that’s awesome!

I’ve had every version of the playstation since it’s inception. It used to be that portable gaming came with some costs involved gameplay wise, but What really sold me on the switch is some of my favourite ps1 and ps2 games being re-released, and looking better remastered, and being portable on the switch not in a way that diminishes it (for example, playing final fantasy on an ipad touchscreen) but in a way that improves the experience.

I could write about this for days, but I doubt it’s of interest! Here’s my point. Like games? Got a family? On the go? Get a switch!


classic video games really hold up.

2014-9-19The thing I really appreciate about “classic” video games (classic being a relative term of course) is that the game play really holds up… and, half the games made today are trying to have a retro-aesthetic so the graphics sort of hold up too.

The original super mario bros on the NES really is one of my all-time favourite games.  it’s so fun, it’s got a pretty consistent “physics” and a consistently manipulatable control scheme…  PLUS, the graphics are so simple, they don’t detract from the experience.  They enable the imagination!

I do like retro-inspired video games, but a lot of time in modern-retro seems to be focused on the aesthetic and not on the mechanics.  Some games get it right, some do not.  Even modern-retro RPG’s seem to be missing something of the magic.

How long can I keep playing my old games?  I wish I could play them all again for the first time.  The truth is, I have this longing to play a game that I know no longer exists.  It’s hard to compete against a memory I suppose.