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Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts Review

A fantastic game that allows you to be creative with making your own vehicles.
Young and old alike can find aspects of this game that are appealing.

This is without a doubt, one of the most unique games I have ever played. Previous Banjo-Kazooie games stuck with the old Super Mario 64 play style. But here, with Nuts & Bolts, Rare has take that style of game and added a twist. That twist is vehicle creation.

The vehicle creator tools are quite intuitive. And after a little while, you'll find it's not hard to create a car, plane, helicopter or boat. A lot of it comes down to common sense. For instance, if you want a vehicle to fly, it's going to need wings or propellers, and they need to be balanced on the vehicle.

What's the point of vehicle creation? To complete tasks that are given you to earn music notes, jiggies and T.T. trophies. There are a good variety of challenges. And while some may say they get repetitive, I do not mind this because they may be similar to o…

'R' Rated Movies Linked to Smoking?

I found any interesting article on CommonSenseMedia.org. Apparently a study was conducted that showed that children whose parents allow them to watch 'R' rated movies have a greater likelihood of smoking. I personally don't watch 'R' rated films, for the main reason that the subject matter would more often than not be offensive to me.

And given what can be found in those films, I don't find the results of that study to be surprising. While people can claim that TV, movies or games doesn't have an impact on how a child develops, I think it does. Even if it isn't readily apparent, it can have negative effects that are more subtle. Maybe a child isn't a violent person, but on the other hand they are desentized to violent images or actions of others. So they may never grow up and act out what they've see or played, but at the same time they may be indifferent or not disapproving of what they are used to seeing.

The study does say that it may also be a…

January 2009 NPD Video Game Sales

The January 2009 NPD video game sales data was released yesterday. Basically, NPD tracks the sales of many products and among them are video games and video game hardware. While these numbers are not exact, they do represent a pretty accurate count of total sales. Certain companies are not a part of the NPD count, like Wal-Mart, so NPD estimates the number of sales of those companies based on sales of those that do report to them.

Here are the sales for January 2009 video game consoles (this does not count PC video game sales or handheld consoles):


TOP-SELLING HARDWARE - JANUARY 2009
Wii: 679,200
Xbox 360: 309,000
PlayStation 3: 203,200
Clearly, Nintendo has a stranglehold on the market. With the DS and Wii they have been able to broaden the market of those who play video games. Some die hard video game players resent this fact, as they feel the games released on Nintendo's systems, do not sometimes really qualify as games. However, there is no denying they have opened this market up…

I have a story to tell...

Over the past, oh I don't know, 3-5 years, I've had a story kicking around in my head that I have always wanted to write. I actually, at one time, sat down and started writing it. About 5 paragraphs later, I never went back to it.

Now why would I do that? Simply because I was trying to be too ambitious and I overwhelmed myself with the task of writing a trilogy. There were three acts to my story, but at the same time each story could stand on its own. Now I've never written a book before, and here I was setting out to write not one but THREE books. A little over the top. And as such, I never went back to it.

But still, I continued in my mind to think of the specifics of the story. How it could be told, and how it could be written so as to be enjoyable for others to read. Of course, you would think, if I was going to do this I would do it with the purpose in mind of being published and making some money on it. But that's not it. I don't feel this would be a widely pu…

Lost Theories II

This past week's episode of Lost: The Little Prince, got me thinking about a few things. This season is really opening up and explaining the mystery of previous seasons. I've seen hints and clues of what's to come. Here are more of my predictions about the show. We'll see what ends up coming true and what is just me overthinking the story.

Evidence has been given that Charlotte & Miles have both been on the island previously. They both started getting the nose bleeds. It appears that the longer you are on the island, the quicker the effect of time travel has on your health. So Charlotte has spent more time on the island than anyone else. Miles is next to have been on the island longes and then Juliet, since they all had the symptons come in that order. Which leads me to my next conclusion...
Charlotte was born on the island. Not only that, but her mother, unlike other pregnant women, didn't die while giving birth on the island. A true mystery. I believe her mothe…