Posts Tagged ‘pokemon’

3 Games I’d Love To Remake

April 14, 2012

There are a lot of games that get the opportunity for a remake. Some aren’t as hot as the originals; such as Golden Eye, while some hit the spot like Kid Icarus and even Donkey Kong Country: Returns. Obviously, these are my own personal opinions, but if I had the opportunity to captain a proverbial game development ship, I’d remake  following three. What would you remake?

1. Contra


As a kid I really loved this co-op game for Super Nintendo. Like a lot of American releases, it differs a bit from its Japanese title. Regardless of the difference between releases, either would make a fantastic remake. In 2002, a remake was released for Playstation 2, and while not awful it did not truly deliver to its fullest potential in my opinion. With this current generation, and its graphical and diverse engine capabilities, I visualize it as a FPS with the option of third person. The unique and alien-esque levels would translate well both in a campaign as well as online maps. The array of different specialty weapons you can collect throughout Contra would add a lot of interesting depth to online battles. The weapons are more futuristic which reminds me more of Halo or Unreal Tournament, and less like the realistic Military shooters like Call of Duty and Killzone which are popular today. With weapons like the Fireball gun, Spread gun and even protective personal barriers – I can see this playing out so fantastically in a FPS environment. My one pet peeve with FPS is how short the campaigns always seem to be. Yeah, I get it, FPS games are all about the multi-player, but I’d selfishly like to see both a long (even co-op! ) campaign and innovative online play. The story is simple and sweet Sci-Fi, two government soldiers are on a mission to investigate and neutralize what they believe to be a terrorist agency called “Red Falcon”. In reality, Red Falcon is actually the code-name for the main alien entity. I think this game would do fantastic as a remake, and I can already envision myself buying new maps off PSN. Last year around this time during a pre-E3 release, Konami teased what seemed to be a new Contra. Well, consider my fingers crossed.

2. Pokemon: Trading Card Game


While this obviously isn’t a traditional “video” game, the release of Magic The Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers has proven that turning a card game into a video game can be pure gold. Pokemon has an absolutely huge and long running fan-base, and I know so many people who would love more current gen titles. In a style similar to MTG:DotP I can envision a colorful solo campaign, in which you defeat random trainers and gym leaders, collecting new and one-of-a-kind cards with every win. You could even implement a “badge” system, so that when you collect so many or all the badges, it awards you with rare cards or perhaps a promo code for a game related DLC. Besides the obvious online mode where you could play against friends, I think it would also be interesting to implement a chat room of sorts where people could discuss and trade cards, or duel each other while gambling cards. I know a lot of people are Pokemon “purists” and there could even be a region amongst the game for just the first 150 Pokemon. Another unique way to earn cards could be through a tiered system of X hours of play, or also completing certain goals within the game, such as playing so many rounds with a Ghost type Pokemon deck, etc! With Pokemon garnering such a large fan-base, this game could allow kids to continue to play with each other. My deck? Oh, psychic type. I love me some Psyduck.

3. Earthbound


As one of my favorite RPGs, Earthbound separates itself from the rest of the SNES RPG age by being quirky and hilarious. I can see a remake of this so vividly in my mind that it almost makes me nerd rage that it hasn’t already been done. I’d be content with a remake being for Wii, or a more ideally, DS or 3DS. I could absolutely see the looney animations of hitting a neighbor or a feisty lamp-post with a frying pan burst in 3D hilarity. Regardless, I don’t think Nintendo fully realizes its fan-base within this series in the US. We got Ness in Super Smash Brothers, but that’s not nearly enough. Nintendo recognized him as iconic enough for Super Smash Brothers, so I don’t feel a remake would be so far-fetched. The game is set in modern-day suburbia, which is quite different from most RPGs and definitely lends a hand to the humorous atmosphere of the game. While most the playable characters have psychic abilities, most the weaponry and attacks in the game are from normal items such as a yo-yo, slingshot or a frying pan. One of my favorite elements of this game has to be the pop culture references peppered throughout, I can only imagine the references that could be implemented in a remake nearly 20 years later. Even though the game is pretty humorous, the plot is still gripping and even thought-provoking. The main antagonist is a creature named Giygas who is turning humanity against each other using our own innate evil. Turns out, Giygas isn’t weak to frying pans or slingshots – but to pure human emotions! To me, this is such a wonderful plot that could be fleshed out into more detail while lending more to character development. To really give it a face lift, I think the idea of making it third person perspective could be interesting. This game is such a gem, and now with the release of another classic remake, Kid Icarus, I really feel now is the perfect time to resurrect some of our generations favorites for both ourselves and a younger generation to enjoy.

Nerd Porn: Dreamy Dude Edition.

March 19, 2011

Clear Gameboy. Pokemon Yellow. Swoon.

Speaking of, are any of you playing the new Pokemon Black or White? If so, tell me how much you love it! If you dont love it – there is probably something wrong with you.

Powerglove: The Band

October 4, 2010

I love the Powerglove for being so bad. I love Powerglove the band for being so good.

Great Romances of the 20th Century.

August 17, 2010

I have compiled a short list of some of my favorite geek-culture romances. What are your favorite geek-culture romances? I had a long list but did my best to keep it short and list the ones very near-and-dear to my heart. In no particular order:

1. Craig and Raina of the Graphic Novel “Blankets”

This will forever be one of the most moving and visually appealing reads I have ever had the pleasure of coming across. It’s one of those reads that is so real and relatable it almost physically pains you to finish, and when you do finish you’re left thinking about it days after. It’s a coming of age story about first love and first heartbreak, sexuality and spirituality. Blankets is one of those reads that changed my literary life so much, I ask everyone I get to know and care about if they’ve read it, and if they haven’t, I lend it to them or buy them a copy.

2. Zidane Tribal and Garnet Alexandros of Final Fantasy 9

First, this is my favorite Final Fantasy. Hands down, no contest. I could replay this every month for the rest of my life. It’s a quirky fantasy story set in a magical and medieval setting.  Zidane is part of a band of thieves, sent to the kingdom of Alexandria to kidnap their princess: Garnet Alexandros. Garnet is a fairly unconventional princess. She is sharp, witty, rowdy and it turns out, she wants to be kidnapped. Before Zidane can physically kidnap her himself, she approaches him demanding he kidnap her “right away”.

From here they embark on an amazing journey where they make new friends and enemies, encounter spirits and monsters, fly on airships and every character is on their own journey of self discovery. At one point in the story, Zidane inspires Garnet so much, she cuts her hair short and goes by the alias “Dagger”. I wont spoil the ending of the game, but I will say it is worth a play.

3. Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa of Star Wars

Star Wars is iconic, and I believe so is Han and Leia’s relationship through out the series. Both characters have sharp tongues and a lot to say – which results in both a passionate and at times hilarious relationship. Growing up I wanted to be Princess Leia so bad. I just thought she was so tough and fantastic. I wanted a guy just like Han Solo to keep me on my toes.  Their relationship is elaborated much more in the books. Did you know they have twins? Yup.  Jaina and Jacen.

4. Kitty Pryde ( Shadowcat ) and Piotr Rasputin ( Colossus )

I think it’s obvious I am probably the biggest  Kitty Pryde fan. Ever.  I was also always a big Colossus fan. So when they hooked up I was pretty elated. Kitty loved Piotr blindly and faithfully for who he was, and while Piotr reciprocated, it wasnt with the same passion. In Secret Wars, Piotr falls in love with an Alien women named Zsaji, she eventually died, but when Piotr returned to earth, he broke up with Kitty. They remained friends, but as in most situations like this, were more aloof around each other. At one point, Kitty had to exploit Piotr for the sake of mission, and while she hated doing it, the thought of how badly he had hurt her made her go through with it.  At another point in the story, Piotr beats up Kitty’s current boyfriend, Pete Wisdom, showing he still has feelings for her. Unfortunately Piotr dies later on, and Kitty has to spread his ashes back home.

He is later brought back by Joss Whedon ( a huge Kitty Pryde fan ) in Astonishing X-Men and he and Kitty rekindle their relationship passionately. At this point, and it pains me to say it, Kitty is not “dead” but trapped in a giant bullet that is currently  phasing through the earth. Kitty gave herself up to save the planet, shortly after she and Colossus worked things out. They simply cant catch a break.

5. Peter Parker ( Spider-Man ) and Mary Jane Watson

Ooooh, Mary Jane. How jealous of you I was when I was 6 years old and in love with Spider-man. I’ve since got over it and love their whole dynamic. Girl next door and secret super-hero; how perfect. I love that Peter, a true nerd, fawned after his friend and neighbor for years, and that she was always so warm and understanding with him. She is an A+ broad and I love that through all their trials and tribulations, kidnappings and various other otherworldly mishaps, they can end up together. You know you’ve got the perfect girl when she keeps your identity a secret and packs you a lunch before you jump out of your 10 story window in a spider costume.

HONRABLE MENTION:

* Brock and every Nurse Joy ever

For a Pokemon Trainer that specializes in Rock-type Pokemon, he sure has a soft spot for the ladies. Brock would lose his damn mind whenever in the vicinity of a Nurse Joy. I’d put money down that he would take his Pokemon to a health center even when they weren’t sick, just to see a Nurse Joy. Brock claims he can tell all the identical Nurse Joys apart. That is how much he loves them. Although, he often has to be restrained around them by a friend – thats how much he loves them.

Manic Monday: Whoops!

August 3, 2010

Neglect. I feel like a bad mother that has locked her baby in a plastic storage bin while I played World of Warcraft for 3 days straight. ( Did you know that story is real? )

I haven’t updated lately because I’ve been working a lot more than usual, still not feeling 100% and have been trying to get some other crafts/reading done while im not in a sleep coma. Good news is im feeling better and well, clearly updating. I’ve been feeling good lately, so I hope this sticks! I’d like to thank my multivitamin! I am trying to reinvent myself a little bit. I want to try new things and be more creative. I want to switch up my look too but am at a loss!

I am getting a new laptop tomorrow! Nothing fancy, just something a little more grown up than this $200 netbook. I will be able to blog and do much more once I finally get it. I found an amazing one for $560 – although I only really wanted to spend 400ish. Should I just go ahead and get the one I love and view it as an investment, or save my cash? I guess we’ll see tomorrow!

Do you remember Mouse Trap? I used to love that game and this pretty much sums it up for most kids, I do believe. Check this video out – it’s great and had me laughing so much, I had to share:

Also, today in the mail I got  a package! This is always exciting as I love getting mail. Look who was inside:

JIGGLYPUFF.

She’s a backpack! This gift was promised to me months ago by Smo! Why he has a Jigglypuff backpack – I didnt ask, but now it’s mine! Thank you Smo, you’re a Super Friend!

I’ll update tomorrow on my new super computer!

…hopefully i can have a sweet set-up like this guy!