Monthly Archives: March 2011

Top 10 Games Gamers Don’t Want Anymore


With the gaming industry picking up pace, the Nintendo 3DS final touching down on western and European shores, and the Sony NGP looming just over the horizon, we at iDigital Darwin would like to take a moment to take a good look at the games we are playing. The world is all abuzz with talk and marry-making about what games we all want next. However, just as important as games we do want, are games that we do not want. Let’s take a look at iDigital Darwin’s Top 10 Games Gamers Don’t Want Anymore.

Movie-made games are notorious for being generic, uninspired milk machines.

#10

Games Made From Kids’ CGI movies

To kick things off, we’d like to let the gaming industry know that making cheap, quick and easy video games out of Kids’ CGI Movies is a recipe for tears at Christmas. It doesn’t matter how amazing the Shrek or The Incredibles movies are. It’s widely understood that these quick cash cow games are aimed solely at kids, but that seems like a dirty trick. Can you remember the last time your heard someone say, “Wow, did you play that one new game made of that new CGI kids movie? Wasn’t it awesome!”

#9

Games That Require Excessive Hardware

If you’ve never heard of R.O.B. the robot from the days of the NES, you’re missing out on one of the gaming industry’s fondest memories. R.O.B was a robot that was supposed to help players with games, but required an unbelievable amount of extra gear to use.

The Legend of Zelda, Four Swords Adventures for the Nintendo Gamecube makes the best example. In order to play this game designed for 4 players, gamers not only needed the game disc, but 4 Gameboy Advances and 4 Link Cables to connect those systems to the Gamecube. Only kids who knew Richie Rich ever really got to play this game properly.

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Flash Photography – Which Batteries are the right ones?


Everything you need to know to pick the right batteries for you.

With so many different types of batteries on the market, it’s easy to get confused with all the options. In this article, we take a look at Alkaline, Ni-Cd, Ni-MH, and the new Ni-Zn batteries, to see which one right for the job.

When it comes to photography, nothing is as important as light. Whether being used for portraits or fill lighting, flashguns need power to work. A firearm is only as good as the bullets that are loaded into it. Likewise, a flashgun’s performance depends heavily on the batteries that are used to power it. However, flashguns are infamous for chewing up batteries and spitting them out before the job is done. The right batteries can turn a job from stormy seas to smooth sailing.

There are only a few factors to keep in mind when deciding on which type of battery to use. One of the biggest decisions to make is whether or not to use rechargeable batteries. The battery also directly affects how quickly the flash can be fired in succession (recycle time), as well as how long the batteries can last while unused (otherwise known as shelf life). Some of these rechargeable batteries give better performance while others last longer.

Alkaline

Alkaline batteries are found pretty much everywhere, making them the cheapest and easiest batteries to obtain.

Advantages Disadvantages
  • Cheap, and easy to find.
  • Fresh batteries provides a full 1.5v supply of power, allowing for the fastest recycle time.
  • Long shelf life.
  • Last a lot longer on the job, compared to most rechargeables
  • Can become expensive to replace spent batteries.
  • Single use only
  • Early power drop-off  can force power supply as low as 0.9v, lengthening recycle time
  • Provides inconsistent power supply

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Nintendo 3DS Australian Launch Titles

Check out Nintendo’s starting lineup!

March 31 will see a major turning point for the gaming industry. In just a two weeks, the western world will face an intense gaming revolution, the likes of which have never been seen before! With 3D gaming without the need of glasses, use of 3 cameras integrated into gaming, enhanced wireless functionality, and matured touch screen gameplay, the 3DS takes an impressive bag of features to the playground and brags to all the other kiddies with style.

However, a console without games is like a CD player without CDs. Launch titles are vital to a console establishing a strong footing and letting the players know what the new system is all about. Even though some key hitters like Zelda, Resident Evil, and even Super Mario Bros. are missing from the opening roster, there are still plenty for gamers to look for once that newfangled Gameboy Dual Screen Touch 3D finds its way into our homes. Take a look at the launch titles!

Asphalt 3D: Nitro Racing
Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
Nintendogs + Cats: French Bulldog & New Friends
Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever & New Friends
Nintendogs + Cats: Toy Poodle & New Friends
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011
Rabbids 3D
Rayman 3D
Ridge Racer 3D
Samurai Warriors Chronicles
Super Monkey Ball 3D
Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition
The Sims 3
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D

Stay tuned for the latest updates, as well as an in-depth review of the 3DS as soon as it hits homes this month!

Happy Hunting!

 

Jerrel Dulay

Easily Misinterpreted Japanese 3DS Ad

As Nintendo’s new giant sails closer to western horizons, some of the best and most confusing ads hit the market. Take a look!

Nintendo’s video games have always been known for having some of the most unusual and disorienting television ads. For example, anyone subject to this 90’s Zelda commercial,  featuring dance moves that would put M.C. Hammer to shame, would probably have no idea what to expect out of the actual game.

Keeping in line with tradition, Nintendo of Japan has released a wonderful collection of television ads which can be too easily misinterpreted. Let’s have a look and see if we can figure out exactly what features the new 3DS will have!

Possibly Misinterpreted Features

  • From 8 seconds into the video, we can assume the 3DS makes use of some sort of wireless charging dock. The 3DS may also have control over the curtains or lights in your room, as it appears the room illuminates when it knows it’s time to wake up and play.

 

Exchange glowing ribbons with complete strangers!

Exchange glowing ribbons with complete strangers!

  • At 31 seconds, we see the 3DS exchanging what appears to be glowing ribbons with complete strangers without the owners’ awareness or authorization. Sounds safe enough.

 

Without a 3DS, people don't exist

Without a 3DS, people don't exist

  • It becomes apparent at 38 and 48 seconds that only owners of the 3DS are real people. People who do not own a 3DS don’t have a face, body, or soul; they only have outlines.
  • 1 Minute into the video, we see that perhaps those glowing ribbons that the 3DS wireless sends to strangers’ 3DSs contain personal information about the players. Fantastic. Some people love have complete strangers’ useless personal information in their games.

 

Ghost people

Ghost people

  • 1:18 into the video, we are pretty certain now that people without a 3DS don’t have a soul. They only exist as hollow statues to fill in the background of the much more interesting lives of people who do own one.

 

Using the internet

Using the internet

  • At 1:31, the lady in the video apparently becomes bored with the 3D simulation dog, so she goes on the internet to find a real one. She then realizes how difficult it would be having a real pet and perform real world social interaction, so she gives up and goes back to playing her game.
Playing cards turn into dragons

Playing cards turn into dragons

  • 1:51 into the ad and we see now that placing playing cards in front of the 3DS causes a strange looking dragon seemingly with special disabilities to attack the user of the 3DS. Coincidentally, this is a good thing, and everyone nearby has a good time.
  • At 2:20, it is revealed that little men are living inside th 3DS, and will wirelessly do battle with strangers, again without the owner’s authorization, until one of those little men are killed. At this point, the owner of the losing 3DS forfeits his or her soul, and must purchase a new 3DS if he would like to continue being trendy.
3DS inflicts physical pain

3DS inflicts physical pain

  • At 2:38, it appears that the 3DS is capable of inflicting physical pain upon the user, creating an all-immersive gaming experience.
Capture old people souls with the 3DS

Capture old people souls with the 3DS

  • At 2:45, we see features that assist old people with understanding that they are playing a video game by taking their photograph and placing a clone of them inside the game. At 2:49, grandpa appears to be terrified, then happy shortly afterward.
Footsteps or butterflies?

Footsteps or butterflies?

  • With the screen at 3:07, we have a number that may either represent the user having taken 587,682 footsteps, or caught that many butterflies. It’s hard to tell from the indicator graphic.
  • Lastly, at 3:18, it is confirmed that setting the 3DS on its charging dock turns the lights off in the room. It should be interpreted that as long as your are awake during the day, you should be playing your Nintendo 3DS.

All kidding aside, Nintendo’s new 3DS is set to revolutionize the gaming industry. Along with its 3D photo taking capabilities, who knows what other impacts the 3DS will have on 3D photo imaging! Stay tuned for the latest developments!

 

 

 

 

 

Jerrel Dulay