0verhyped

Less than amusing ramblings from a jaded former gamer.

Monthly Archives: July 2012

My Problem With Portals

What key makes me fist your mechanical ass long enough that you understand I never want to see a loathsome sack of shit such as yourself ever again!

A.K.A. WHY ARE CREATIVE IDEAS CONSTANTLY SMOTHERED WITH MEDIOCRITY?

Back to my normal swearing bitter ass self this week, complete with me angrily pissing on other things people like because I’m old and joyless so I feel compelled to constantly explain why I’m so miserable with everything in the world.

Speaking of which, I didn’t like Portal, and I don’t like Portal 2, which I recently discovered. And the disappointing thing is I really wanted to like these games. The portal concept present in both games is ingenious, and opens itself up to a lot of brilliant possibilities.

But neither game really explores those possibilities all that much. Instead it merely flirts with them just long enough to acknowledge there are possibilities, then fills the gaps between these mere mentions of better things with the same mediocre paste used to pad out every modern game. The same paste I’ve been sick of swallowing for years.

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N0t Hyped: LocoRoco (PSP)

If you don’t like cute, you should just turn back now.

A.K.A. THE MOST ADORABLE GAME EVER MADE, EVER

So this will be my last post while maintaining a more restrained approach to my writing while avoiding my normal cynical and angry outlook on life. So this seems like the prefect time to review LocoRoco, quite possibly the cutest, bubbliest, happiest, most saccharine game I’ve ever played. It’s so happy it’s infectious, even for bitter cynics such as myself. =)

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Arguing Against DRM

You buy it, you own it? What a novel concept.

A.K.A. WHY I FIND DRM-LESS DIGITAL SHOPPING SO FREEING

So I originally wanted to talk about Good Old Games (gog.com) today but I ended up writing all about DRM, Piracy and other digital rights related topics instead. All though I like gog.com for several reasons, it turns out the complete lack of digital rights management software is the biggest reason.

I found out about this website after looking around for somewhere other than Steam to buy the original Fallout and Fallout 2. There is a retail collection of old Fallouts, but even though it’s cheap I usually don’t feel confident buying old PC games due to compatibility issues. So I kinda preferred the digital option in this case.

That’s where GoG.com came in, just one of the many things I like that I only seemed to discover by dumb chance and something I wanted to talk about on the internet because I apparently don’t have anything better to do with my time. But then I ended up writing a piece about DRM and piracy I general, so I guess this post is now about that instead.

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Pointless Achievements: One Gun


Beat the game with only one gun?
Actually it’s a lot easier than you think.

So I’m going to be posting this week, but I wanted to try something a little different, for just this one week. Since I talked about Brawl in the Family and how I was impressed with its creator’s restraint in his humor and approach, I’m going to try and restrain myself, if just for this one week.

Not going to bitterly complain or swear up a storm or use caps lock to indicate I’m yelling at my computer’s keyboard, as I’m often prone to do. So naturally I decided to start this trend with a Pointless Achievement post, a category almost solely devoted to me yelling, swearing, and bitterly complaining…

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Recognizing Matthew Taranto

All following comics by Matthew Taranto. Go see more at brawlatthefamily.com.

A.K.A. MY COMPLIMENTS TO A TALENTED ARTIST

I’m a fairly cynical and bitter person. I complain and swear and whine about whatever bugs me and act like I know best, only occasionally undermining my own nonsense so I don’t get too full of myself. Basically I’m like most any other vocal gamer with an internet connection, in spite of the fact I’m not really a gamer anymore these days.

Self-righteous moaning and aggressive grand standing seem to be the norm with gamers. Or maybe that’s just the nature of the internet in general. Or maybe it’s part of human nature and the internet just makes it easier to notice. Or maybe I’m just so cynical that this is simply how I choose to see things, and I’m very wrong.

Either way, I’m a very skeptical person who puts a lot (probably too much) value on criticism, lengthy analyses that deconstruct things or just flat out nitpicking. I’m a pessimist, so I usually gravitate to things that are cynical in nature. It’s easier for me to relate to someone being critical and scathing then someone being optimistic and cheerful.

But I’m not dead inside (yet), and there are rare occasions when I find people with a sanguine approach to their art enduring, especially when said art is about a medium I’ve become so very jaded to. So that’s why today I wanted to write about Matthew Taranto and his adorable comic strip, Brawl in the Family, which I only discovered a couple of weeks ago.

And I’d like to analyze why I so like it so much. Since analyzing things is apparently all I can do, and because I’m still a cynical person, and as such, feel the need to explain myself anytime I actually admit to liking something…

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Øverhyped Fishing Resort Giveaway

All this and more could be yours if the price is right!

(UPDATE: This contest ended on August 20th, 2012. Click here for the results. This post left for posterity.)

A.K.A. TESTING THE WATERS FOR A POSSIBLE COMEBACK

So I’m (somewhat) pleased to announce a new contest here at 0verhyped.com. I’ll be giving away a (mostly) new copy of the Wii game, Fishing Resort. My apologies to anyone who thought this was a contest for a trip to an actual fishing resort of some kind, because it is not, it’s for a video game named Fishing Resort.

Now if anyone thinks that a game like Fishing Resort sounds like a terrible prize, I recommend reading my N0t Hyped post on the subject, or any of the few dozen of happy customer reviews on Amazon.com, many of which were surprised that despite the name and cover art, this game was not shovelware in any way shape of form, it was awesome.

For those of you who are too lazy to do either, Fishing Resort is the kind of game where if you have ever liked any kind of fishing experience (virtual or real) for any reason, you would probably have a great time. My only fishing experience is once with my dad over a decade ago and two Legend of Zelda games and I loved this game so much I’ve got a spare copy to giveaway today.

So for everyone who wants the game (or just curious to win a free copy so they can find out why I like this game so much) here’s how to enter. Mail me a fishing story of your own creation or recollection to JadedXGamer@gmail.com with the words “Fishing Resort Giveaway” plus whatever the title to your story is in the headline.

Said story can be an actual fishing story you experienced, completely fictitious or somewhere in between (i.e. It was THIS big). Your story can be a Hemmingway like ordeal, an absurd fantasy about fighting robot ninjas for fish or just an account of an actual fishing trip you had. Go crazy, or exercise careful restraint in your story telling method.

Whatever you want, as long as it’s tangibly related to fishing in some way I’ll consider it a valid entry. And as long as it’s well written, you should have a good chance at winning (Actually just entering at all would give you a good chance to win considering how few people visit this blog). You can send in multiple entries as well if you come up with better ideas at a later date.

Just note that It’ll be my favorite entry that wins, not whoever sent me the most. And spamming me is a good way to wind up on my blocked list, which would kill your chance of winning anything. Also, if I discover you plagiarized someone else’s story, you’ll be disqualified.

First and only prize is a new North American copy of Fishing Resort for the Wii. Winner also can elect to claim a bonus prize, a (slightly) used Fishing Resort Rod and Reel add-on for the Wii-remote and Nunchuck (pictured above). Personally I find this hunk of plastic just makes the game less fun, but if you win you can choose to take it as well so you may judge for yourself.

All though I only have a North American copy of the game, I will entertain entries from other continents. But do note, Wii’s are region locked, so this game won’t play on Wii’s not made for North America by default. If you have an imported Wii or a modded Wii that plays NA games, then go ahead and enter, and we’ll figure out the international shipping at a later date. But don’t blame me if the game doesn’t work, it wasn’t meant to be played on a Wii from another region.

Contest ends August 19th at midnight, Central Standard Time. The winning entry will be posted here at 0verhyped for everyone to see, so don’t e-mail me anything you don’t want reprinted on the web (all though I’m happy to omit personal information such as names, addresses, etc). I reserve the right to cancel this contest for any reason, the most likely of which would probably be a lack of interest.

Good luck. If you have any questions you can e-mail me at JadedXGamer@gmail.com or just leave a comment on this post. For anyone (i.e. John Weeren) interested on why I’m suddenly announcing a contest after a month of silence (minus one colossal bitch fest on a movie I didn’t like), do read on. Just know, it won’t help you win the contest.

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