The Weekend Gamer
Thoughts on gaming culture, living among non-gamers, and growing up in the nintendo generation

Archive for April 2008

Mario Kart and Grand Theft Auto

April 30, 2008

I got home tonight at 10:00 pm after a long day at work only to see Rachel, Dave, and Danielle locked deep in racing combat on the Wii–they started without me. I couldn’t help but be a little proud. Cynical game journalists the world over have been slating Mario Kart Wii, but they fail to […]

Miyamoto: Wii Fit Strengthens Right to Game

April 23, 2008

Continuing on (in a way) from yesterday’s Wii related post–Miyamoto-san has been quoted as saying that part of Wii Fit’s purpose is to continue to push the video gaming mindshare to the non gaming public: Really, what Wii Fit represents and what Nintendo is trying to do with Wii Fit is expand the gaming population. And […]

A Slice of Gaming Life–Midweek

April 23, 2008

Today saw the release of Lost Cities, a perfectly acceptable Xbox Live Arcade title in the “tabletop” genre.  It is again (not unlike Settlers or Carcassone) a remake of a popular tabletop game, but more heavily focused cards and numbers than territories or piece placement.  I won my first try at the game against the […]

Mike Capps: “Wii is A Virus”

April 22, 2008

I came across a quote today from the president of Epic studios that simply captured perfectly the feeling I and many other long time gamers feel about our Wii consoles: The first time I played a videogame with my parents – aging myself a bit – was on Atari 2600. The next time I played […]

Church Uses Video Games to Talk About Community

April 21, 2008

For those of you who don’t know, I’m actually a licensed pastor for a church in Pennsylvania. I spend my weekends playing acoustic and electric guitar and leading three different teams of musicians, a youth band, and a choir. It’s also my job to oversee all of the creative elements in the service, and I […]

The Weekend Wrapup (April 18th-20th)

April 21, 2008

  Well, I forgot that I had a big event to go to all Sunday, so that put a little cramp in the time I had to play this weekend, but my gameplay was just about what you’d expect–I immersed myself a bit in Oblivion.  In the mean time, I was able to catch up […]