Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Pat Rothfuss Contest

Nintendo unveiled the next game in the powerhouse Legend of Zelda franchise yesterday at E3.  The new game, dubbed Skyward Sword, looks promising and unique.  Using the precision from the Wii's Motion-Plus device, the player has quick controls of Link and his arsenal.

I've always been a Zelda fan.  From an early age I've played the games and I've always enjoyed the challenges each game offers.  The main reason for me buying my Wii was for Twilight Princess, and really the big reason I've kept my Wii is for the next Zelda game.  By the looks of it, Skyward Sword will be true to the series, filled with a beautiful world, complex puzzles, and a fun gameplay experience.  I personally like how the screenshots appear to blend the realistic Twilight Princess graphics with the cell-shaded style of The Wind Waker.

You can find several articles about the preview/demo from E3, or you can check out this one or this one if you want to ramble on immediately.  The game is scheduled for release next year.

Everybody's favorite Pat posted on his blog last week a new contest, similar to the amazing photo contest of yore.  He's having a t-shirt design contest, and the winner can get some sweet swag as well as have the self-smugness of having designed the winning shirt.  The contest ends soon if you're interested in submitting something.  I sent in two ideas.  Whether I win or not, the entries should be cool to look at whenever they're posted.

I finally got the Internet re-established at Stewartland last night.  My switch from cable to DSL was not very smooth, mostly because dealing with my cable provider always puts me in a sour mood.  I guess they have to be rude and uncaring if they're going to talk on the phone and work there.  Plus, they cut off my cable 16 days before it was scheduled to be cut off.  Anyway, I'm done dealing with them and now I have my DSL connection up and running.  I think when Keisha gets home we're going to start a free Netflix trial and see how well that goes on the slow speeds, and if we like it, well, hey, who knows?

I started a new book yesterday.  (I mentioned my excitement about it here.)  It's a short story anthology edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio titled Stories.  Several prolific authors are featured in it, and after having read the first two stories, I am very excited to read the rest of it.  It basically puts aside all of the norms in the genre and focuses on the important part: the story.  So far, so good.  That makes three books I'm currently reading at the moment.  Hmm.

I still can't get my trophies to activate in Fallout 3.  I don't know what's going on there, but I don't want to keep playing and not get any of these trophies.  Grumble grumble.


David Wagner said...

When you say trophies, do you mean the bobbleheads? Or is this a console thing?

I never really got into console games; I wonder why? I watched the kids play one of the Zeldas a couple times, but that's about it. I have a DS, but rarely play it. As much as I'm into PC games, I wonder why I never got into consoles?

I'm hoping inspiration strikes for the Name of the Wind T-Shirt contest. I want to whip up something funny and send it in. Just found out about the contest yesterday!!1! Thanks for reminding me!

logankstewart said...

Nah, it's a console thing. The PS3 has an internal achievement system for most games whereby the player can earn trophies for accomplishing certain feats. Some of these are just by progressing through the game, but others are for doing specific things. These trophies are linked to the PS3 network account and updated to keep a record of your gaming scores.

Fortunately, I finally figured out what was wrong with my trophies and now that's fixed.

It's odd, I've never really got into computer games. I've always been a console player (NES, SNES, N64, Playstation, PS2, PS3, Wii), probably because I grew up without a computer. I have no desire to play PC games, I just don't see it as fun as the console.

You're welcome.

Jonathan Francis said...

I'm so glad I didn't sell my Wii. Nintendo's lineup is amazing. Did you see the videos of that Kirby game? The art style is just incredible. Donkey Kong and Metroid will probably be good as well.

BTW, I totally agree with you on the whole 3D issue, but I have to say the 3DS has piqued my interest. I'm sure it will be affordable and not having to wear the glasses is nice.

logankstewart said...

@Jon: I didn't watch the Kirby video, but the screenshots and stuff looked pretty cool. DK hopefully will be fun, but Zelda has taken the cake for me. Seems like I read the list price for the 3DS was $279 or something, which is too expensive, but it looks awesome.