Summer is finally here! Maybe? Sure, why not. I’ve been on vacation time for the past… two months almost so the magic of not having to do things all the time is already beginning to wear thin, forcing me to replace it with “being productive”, “tidying” and “attempting to further my career or just get a job”. And the rest of the staff were jealous when I told them that the college term ended in early May over here in Scotland.
Of course, you may just be starting your vacation now! After months of scrawling away behind an insignificant desk, a well-worn pale creature emerges in a pair of questionable Bermuda shorts and chases the sun for all his worth. (Or her worth.) Frolicking is fun but when you’ve tired yourself out (a good twenty minute jog round the back garden should cover it) then allow me to recommend that you plant yourself down in front of a computer screen (Get a laptop! Take it outside!) and sit back with a troublingly-colourful cocktail as you enjoy our relaxing and therapeutic content over the next week.
Everyone on the staff is definitely in the holiday mood this week, abandoning the daily rigour of talking about the nuts and bolts of Mario and Zelda and enjoying some blue sky (thinking). Lewis meditates (in a straw hat) on Nintendo’s past, present and future relationship with online connectivity, Michael tries out some feng shui as he discusses what console should pair up with your Wii U once it finally launches next year and Andrew “imagines” what Imagine Party Babyz would be like to play. I say “imagine” because we all know it’s his most played game of the year so far.
If you’re still at work, inside and sweltering with resentment for the lucky ones, then fret not because we have our fair share of disgruntled writers, too. I take issue with the red tape of HD gaming, Mel questions why the Brain Age series feels the need to guilt trip us and James plans to make your summer barbecue look like a tealight candle in his latest Burning Attack.
Whatever mood you’re in this week, we’ve got your covered. Just make sure you get your daily dose of SPF Nintendojo. And be sure to send us your summer gaming snaps to email@example.com!
PS – Happy 4th of July, America! (I always forget, apologies.)
Issue 57: Vacation Time
The (Brain) Age of Obligation by Mel Turnquist
Finally, we have some holiday time! Video games shall be the perfect way to relax and unwind. Not just Brain Age.
Burning Attack: Where the Hell is Leon!? by James Stank
James gets his flaming hat on and vents about his Resident Evil character woes.
Dojo-Show-Go! Episode 150 by Matthew Ward
The podcast celebrates its demi-duo-centenary. Maybe? It’s been three years of Dojo-Show-Go!, that’s all we Noah.
Marks of the Beast by Smith Stuart
Ganondorf has head a chequered past. And by “chequered” we mean, “really, really, really bad”. Smith investigates.
Connecting with the Future by Lewis Hampson
Nintendo has yet to perfectly nail its online presence. Lewis checks out the history and future of Nintendo online.
Simple is Beautiful by Adam Sorice
So I downloaded this new game for my PS3 the other week, it’s called “System Update!”
Imagining Party Babyz by Andrew Hsieh
You know how Andrew likes really bad games? This is another one of those times.
Dream Deferred by Kevin Knezevic
Kevin looks at the faltered life of Fragile Dreams.
Wii U Need Friend? by Michael Edwards
With GameCube compatability gone for Wii U, what would serve as a better partner to Wii U: GCN or WIi?
Additional features in this issue…
- Now Playing by Aaron Roberts
- Industry Chatter by James Stank
- Week: End Game: On by Matthew Tidman
- Weekly News Roundup by Andrew Hsieh
Coming Up Next Week…
Issue 58: Little Victories
Sometimes it’s not about saving the world but finding that secret easter egg. We celebrate gaming’s smaller moments.