Monday, October 19, 2015

Thing of Interest! BitBoy + Gameboy Camera Review

There were many material things I wanted as a child. Of these things I desired, few have lasted to my adulthood. One that has stuck around is my wanting Gameboy Camera to take all the great 8-bit lo-fi photos I can. Until recently, I had no reason to get Gameboy Camera,  as uploading them to a computer was a roundabout process. However, with the recent limited release of the BitBoy, I indulged in ordering a camera with the ability to quickly put them on my computer and online.

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There isn't much to review with the BitBoy,  it works well by emulating a printer for the camera. It puts the photos on an SD card which is easy to empty onto a computer. It is easy to use and works as expected. It is a little pricey for it's functionality, but it seems to be the only thing on the market that can do this task with ease.

The Gameboy Camera is as weird as it ever was. I can take these hard to shoot photos that range from halfway visible to completely unreadable. I then can stamp goofy things on them, including select Pokemon Red/Blue sprites, and add a frame. It does about as much as you'd expect for that era with a little bit more.

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If you're looking for a cool lo-fi camera, you can pick up everything you need for around $100, but you'll have to wait and see if there is a second batch of BitBoys coming.

5 out of 5 pixelated stars.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Thing of Interest!: Quick Review of Chibi-Robo! Ziplash

I recently found myself in the Toys R' Us of Elyria, Ohio. A copy of Chibi-Robo! Ziplash was staring me down in the video game section. I was on weekend trip to Cleveland with my folks and I was in a mood to splurge on a new game to play on the drive home to Chicagoland. I opted to try the game, complete with an adorable Chibi-Robo Amiibo that could not be used with my model of 3DS. My purchase cost $42.14.

I enjoyed the game, but I can't say it was worth what I paid. Whipping yourself around as Chibi-Robo takes some getting used to, and I often found myself on the losing end of targeting mechanic issues. You can only whip to certain glowing panels and often what looked like a good shot would be just a little bit off at the very last minute, leaving me to fall to my death. Other points while playing as the little robot were tedious when a skilled whip was needed with little warning, leaving me upset that I could not react unless I knew ahead of time what was coming.

On the positive side, the game has a cute and fun aesthetic, mostly enjoyable platforming, and it kept me playing. There are plenty of collectibles on levels and I'm sure the completionist set could find that appealing. Overall, it was fun, but not in the way that I had hoped for $30 Nintendo game. Unless you are certain you want this game, or you can find it for under $20, I can't recommend Ziplash.


-Peter

Thursday, October 15, 2015

On a Nerd to Know Basis: Game & Read

I'm have started a new project with my girlfriend Erin. We have started making YouTube videos for a channel and blog called Game & Read. Our goal is to pair books and video games together in interesting ways and discuss our appreciation of both mediums. Erin is a big reader and will gladly spend a few hours intent on knocking out a library book. I will play games until my eyes ache and knuckles creak. Together we recommend books and games for one another and try our best to keep them on theme. We have posted our first discussion video, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon & Rooms by Lauren Oliver, along with a couple of extra videos. You can check out our blog for updates at Gameandread.com and our YouTube channel here.





-Peter