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E3 2007: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii) impressions
Posted on: 02:13:47 AM on July 16, 2007
By: BlueWolf72

Check out Mario and Sonic ... they're at the Olympics! Isn't that grand?
Even though Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games for the Wii was not playable, it was demoed by Sega behind closed doors. Quite honestly, I think that's probably enough for me. The title (almost too predictably) appears to be nothing more than a mini-game fest, filled to the brim with waggle and shake controls worthy of any game that's going to sell ten million copies on the name alone.
Hit the jump for full impressions.

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Nevada parents suck, media blames games, kittens still adorable
Posted on: 02:13:47 AM on July 16, 2007
By: BlueWolf72

In almost predictable fashion, the negligent, deplorable actions of a Nevada couple have been blamed on gaming. The couple, Michael and Iana Straw, apparently neglected their infant children to the point where the tots had to be hauled away by authorities for severe malnourishment and other unfortunate afflictions, all while remaining immersed in one of the many Tolkien-esque virtual worlds.
Of course, the media -- instead of blaming the parents' ineptitude as people or making a humorous anecdote about how the children would have been better off being raised by badgers -- had this to say:
... the Reno couple were too distracted by online video games, mainly the fantasy role-playing "Dungeons & Dragons" series, to give their children proper care.
I'm going to forgive the mainstream media's rare double-scapegoating here as many people still can't tell the various races of elf apart, but to claim the base problem was gaming is myopic at best, and at worst dangerous. The parents were obviously unfit well before they donned a +3 Cape of Perpetual Loneliness, and the stork should never have handed over the keys to those children.
Far be it from me to blame a fictional symbol of childbirth, but in this case, an imaginary bird who delivers babies during the night is as likely to have caused the problems as any affection for Drow these people may have had.
To put it another way: Did we blame Isotoner gloves when The Juice wacked his ex?
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Destructoid's games of the week for 07/15/07: E3 edition!
Posted on: 09:11:07 AM on July 15, 2007
By: BlueWolf72

With yet another E3 now behind us, I think it's prudent to take a moment to reflect on the life of Johannes Kepler. Why? I have no idea.
According to Wikipedia:
Johannes Kepler (December 27, 1571 &ndash; November 15, 1630) was a German Lutheran mathematician, astronomer and astrologer, and a key figure in the 17th century astronomical revolution. He is best known for his eponymous laws of planetary motion, codified by later astronomers based on his works Astronomia nova, Harmonices Mundi, and Epitome of Copernican Astronomy.
Before Kepler, planets' paths were computed by combinations of the circular motions of the celestial orbs. After Kepler, astronomers shifted their attention from orbs to orbits&mdash;paths that could be represented mathematically as an ellipse. Kepler's laws also provided one of the foundations for Isaac Newton's theory of universal gravitation.
It speaks volumes, doesn't it?
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E3 2007: Hands-on with Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles
Posted on: 03:08:10 PM on July 14, 2007
By: BlueWolf72

One of the few chapters of the Castlevania saga not to reach Western shores is also arguably one of the best: Dracula X: Rondo of Blood, originally appearing on the PC Engine CD, which never had a US release, is definitely my personal favorite in the series. The opportunity to finally get my hands on the anticipated PSP remake Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles was definitely one of my favorite experiences at the show, and is shaping up to be a must-own for PSP gamers and fans of the series alike. Hit the jump for more.
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Destructoid Interview: Quantic Dream on the European gaming industry
Posted on: 03:08:10 PM on July 14, 2007
By: BlueWolf72

I'm going to go ahead and warn you guys: this video is from last year's E3, and is, more or less, the only footage of Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain. Actually, let me clarify that its not even game footage, but an elaborate and sexy tech demo. I'm working off of the assumption that Heavy Rain has been under most of your collective radars as it has been mine. There's also a teaser poster availble (a huge replica of which is hanging in Quantic's offices in northwestern Paris), but it doesn't reveal much, either.

Unfortunately, details of Heavy Rain have been scant. Following an interview with Quantic Dream's executive producer, Guillaume de Fondaumi&egrave;re, I don't have anything new to tell you. Quantic just announced an upcoming PS3 title (which may or may not be Heavy Rain) but was conspicuously absent from the E-Sports World Cup and didn't make an appearance at this year's E3. They will, however, be at the Leipzig Games Festival and the Tokyo Game Show.
What I do have is an interesting interview about how Quantic Dream competes with the big development houses, the state of the European gaming industry and where it fits into the gap left between American and Japanese gamers. M. de Fondaumi&egrave;re was quick to point out that Europe certainly isn't new to the mutlimedia rodeo -- birthplace of film, ftw!
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