I’m typing this from my new Samsung Chromebook. This is the recently released $250 model that’s been pretty much sold out everywhere. I had been considering a Chromebook for a while because they’re relatively cheap and this particular model is super small and light. That’s super handy when I need to get something done here on the site while not at my house. It keeps me from having to lug around my much larger and heavier laptop.
Getting my hands on the Chromebook served as an exercise to remind me just how inefficient customer service can get around the holidays. I know these people are stressed out around this time. So, I don’t ever complain as I’m standing there. But, tonight was almost comical. Every single employee in the pick up area looked 100% confused and lost at all times. It took them about half an hour to locate my order somewhere in the store. There was a woman who had been there for a while before me who was waiting for them to find her Acer Chromebook. Nobody seemed to know what was going on. While I was waiting for one associates to find my item, others were trying to help the remaining people in line. A rough estimate would say they were batting about .250 in locating items within the pick up area. I’m pretty sure the orders that were in the bins behind the counter were just for show. I think I saw an abacus in there.
Street Fighter X Mega Man (PC): There are a whole lot of words in that title that I like, so I have no idea how I hadn’t head about it until now. It’s here on Mega Man’s 25th anniversary, where it would have been nice to hear some big Mega Man-related news, but I suppose this will do. Street Fighter is a franchise I’ve always had a weird relationship with. I like the idea of it, but I’m just not very good at fighting games… nor do I have the time to focus on it enough to become good. Still, I always had fun with it when I had friends around to play against because we were typically on equal footing. The online era kind of ruined that for me. My friends won’t buy the game, leaving me to battle it out against strangers who are way better than I am. Luckily for me, this isn’t a fighting game. It’s a Mega Man game featuring Street Fighter characters as the stage bosses. I had a little time to play it Monday night before we recorded the podcast. It’s very much a Mega Man game, to be sure. The music is pretty great, too. I first saw Mega Man 2 as a consolation prize on that old show Double Dare. I ended up getting it the next Christmas and absolutely loved it. I still have that same copy, and it still works. It’s crazy how these old game mechanics still hold up. Go check it out. Also, fall in love with this video.
Kinect Party (Xbox 360): There isn’t a whole lot of information on this game. Or, maybe there is. I honestly didn’t spend a lot of time looking. However, I do know that the Kinect’s ability to differentiate people is pretty limited. I also know that the Kinect needs a lot of room to pick up one person. Nothing about 2 people says party. Maybe I’m just not imaginative enough. I bet this game is really good.
WWE Wrestlefest (Xbox 360): Wrestling is one of those things, for me, where the games are more fun than actually watching the… sport? on television. I don’t ever really recall it being much my thing even as a kid. I had a friend who was really into it, and I used to watch it when I was at his house. I was the type of kid who accepted from the start that it was staged, so I lost a lot of interest. Must be why I don’t like the NBA much, either (BOOM!). I can’t remember the last time I gave a wrestling game a shot, and nothing about this one seemed to make me think this is going to be the next one I play. I have nothing against an old school look. I mean, I did just spend a lot of words talking about a franchise whose newest games have absolutely zero graphical advancements from their NES predecessors. But, if I’m going to be brought back (back?) into the fold of wrestling, it’s going to take something big. Like MechWarrior Online introducing a cage match mode.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Vita): I like kart racers. But, like fighting games, they end up being something I never get really good at. I bought Mod Nation Racers at launch on the PS3. I played around with the kart editor for a while, ran through a few races in the single player, and played a few online matches with other early adopters. This lasted about three nights and then I moved on. It could say something about the game itself. But, I think a lot of it has to do with the social nature of these games. Now, don’t get me wrong, I spend a lot of time playing games socially. In fact, that’s probably how most of my games have been played over the last 4-5 years. But, none of my usual console gaming group plays much PS3. So, Mod Nation Racers was out. Any other notable kart racer has been a Wii title, and most of my friends gave up on that thing a long time ago. A Sonic kart racer on the 360 would likely be a hard sell. I guess I should mention that this game came out on the 360 and PS3 last month. I’m sure you all knew that. It’s been all anybody’s been talking about…
Pudding Monsters (iPhone, Android): ……… !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111oneoneone
Fuck. That sounds awesome.