Alienígena Compatriota

O Brasil é um país grande. Enorme, eu diria. Portanto, não é de se surpreender que tantas partes do país sejam alienígenas para grande parte da população brasileira. Hoje, estou percebendo mais do que nunca antes o quão pouco eu sabia sobre uma parte em particular do Brasil, a Amazônia e seus povos nativos.

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Assassin’s Creed on a new controller

This article was originally posted on IGN on May 9, 2012.

I will have a fun moment near the end of 2012. Proudly, I’ll break the sequence of my video games shelf, which is usually separated by system. Next to Assassin’s Creed (PS3), Assassin’s Creed II (PS3), Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (PS3) and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (PS3), I’ll place Assassin’s Creed III (Wii U). Even if I have to wait a few more weeks for it, I am confident it’ll be worth the wait. Nintendo’s new system seems like the perfect fit for a game like Assassin’s Creed.

Assassin’s Creed is my second favorite series born in this generation (the first would be Portal, if you’re wondering). Or at least it used to be, until installments started appearing every year. Assassin’s Creed was a game with great potential and a flawed execution, while Assassin’s Creed II fixed the first one’s flaws and added some great new features, making it an amazing game and truly one of the best of the generation. Ubisoft then decided Ezio should be in as many games as that one other Italian video game character and… it started getting old. Brotherhood improved over II, adding the training mechanic and an actually interesting multiplayer mode, but it failed to deliver fresh new experiences necessary to keep it interesting. Revelations… Well, let’s just skip Revelations. Continuar a ler

Retail vs. Digital in the Nintendo realm

This article was originally posted on IGN on May 2, 2012.

Back in my day, there was no such thing as this digital mumbo-jumbo. You wanted a movie, a game, a book, an album, you went to the store and bought one. Then you came back home and watched, played, read or listened to it. You would spend hours organizing your shelfs, because of course the albums have to be organized in release order, and of course the books have to be organized in chronological order. After using it, you could do whatever you wanted with whatever you bought: give it, lend it, sell it, burn it, throw it out the window, your call. All of the sudden, this thing called iTunes showed up. With it, you could buy a specific song without the rest of the album without having to lift yourself from the computer chair. I you happened to own an iPod, you could transfer those songs to the device and listen to them anywhere. And for just 99 cents per song. Continuar a ler

Nintendo series reborn

These three articles – 3DS and Vita: Past, Present and Future, How does Wii U fit in my wallet? and Nintendo series reborn – were originally written as entries for the Blog of the Week competition at IGN. The first two won the prize and I think the third is pretty good, too. I hope you enjoy!

This article was originally posted on IGN on April 3, 2012.

Nintendo has a vast repertoire of franchises just waiting to reappear. In particular, we spent a whole generation without any F-Zero or EarthBound title. Other series, despite not having the powerful presence Mario and Zelda had, did show their faces. Let’s talk about each of them:

Star Fox had Star Fox Command on the Nintendo DS, which didn’t exactly revolutionize the series and was soon forgotten. More recently, the fan-favorite Star Fox 64 was remade in 3D. With a fresh multiplayer mode, it was a success within the series’ fanbase, but didn’t offer enough new content to be worth much attention. Along with the critical success of Retro’s Metroid Prime trilogy, the Metroid series tried – with mixed results – to return to its roots in Metroid: Other M. It also ventured into the shooter and pinball genres, and while Metroid Prime Hunters and Metroid Prime Pinball were decent games, they were not what the average Metroid fan was after. The New Play Control! series offered Pikmin and Pikmin 2 (in Europe and Japan, at least) once again with pointer controls. The games were fun to revisit, but just that. Nothing new. Retro impressed us again with Donkey Kong Country Returns, which was a fresh take on the classic SNES trilogy and could easily be considered one of the best sidescrollers of this generation. Kirby was always around with his fair dose of games, both traditional and experimental. Continuar a ler

How does Wii U fit in my wallet?

These three articles – 3DS and Vita: Past, Present and Future, How does Wii U fit in my wallet? and Nintendo series reborn – were originally written as entries for the Blog of the Week competition at IGN. The first two won the prize and I think the third is pretty good, too. I hope you enjoy!

This article was originally posted on IGN on March 15, 2012.

From the moment I saw Wii U, I was certain I was going to buy one as soon as possible. The idea of a Nintendo system so powerful – able to play Zelda and Metroid in 1080p – is just amazing. And even though we still have many questions yet to be answered about the machine, the whole thing has a smell of potential impossible to describe. But how much will that potential cost? I’ll start explaining my situation on the matter.

I live in Brazil. As some of you might or might not know, taxes for electronic devices tend to be insanely high here, so everything is expensive. I paid 630 Brazilian reais (right now worth about 350 US dollars) for my 3DS and that was just over half the official MSRP here of R$1199 (it’s R$799 since August). So you see, when we read Americans complaining about something that costs $300 or $400, we usually end up thinking “what are they complaining about? That’s really cheap!” Continuar a ler

3DS and Vita: Past, Present and Future

These three articles – 3DS and Vita: Past, Present and Future, How does Wii U fit in my wallet? and Nintendo series reborn – were originally written as entries for the Blog of the Week competition at IGN. The first two won the prize and I think the third is pretty good, too. I hope you enjoy!

This article was originally posted on IGN on February 24, 2012.

I’ve been a Nintendo follower for over ten years. The first time I ever bought a video game system not made by the house of Mario was in 2009, when I decided to get a PS3 so I could play those games that came out everywhere – except on the Wii. Games like Assassin’s Creed and Batman: Arkham Asylum. In this seventh generation of home consoles, one thing was immediately noticeable: Two systems – the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 – were in many ways equivalent. Whether someone’s favorite is one or the other is just a matter of personal opinion and experience. And there was a third system – Wii – that was completely different: it featured absolutely amazing games – Super Mario Galaxy and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword are good examples – that weren’t available anywhere else, but it also lacked amazing games that were available everywhere else. So there was a clear reason for someone who’s always had nothing but Nintendo systems to get another system. Having two systems allowed for two completely different experiences. Continuar a ler