Claude's Candy Corner: Video Game Update

I've got a few games on my plate. Here they are and some thoughts about them.
 
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Xbox 360
 
I've slowed down after hitting the 125 hour mark with my level 45 Nord. I'll get back into it as soon as I finish some other games. I'm debating how I want to play more of the game. My main character finished the main quest and the College of Winterhold. But I did do a lot of smaller quests and general exploring. I haven't touched The Dark Brotherhood, Thieves Guild or the Civil War Quests. I've barely touched the Companions. This leaves me with a lot of options. I could create a new character to tackle these other quests since some of them don't match the style of my first character. I like having options, so I should be up for the challenge. Either way, Skyrim is still a great game in my book. A worthy purchase indeed.
 
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: Wii
 
I've put 50 hours into this thing and still feel like I have a ways to go. Skyward Sword is easily the best Motion Plus game I've ever played. You can see all the tricks that were fun in Wii Sports Resort translated so well into this package. I did get a little fatigued, not with the motion controls, but with the game. Some users and reviewers complained about the amount of padding that has been incorporated into this game, and I have to agree to a certain degree. I will eventually finish Skyward Sword as I did the same thing when I played Twilight Princess, took a month off and finished it with a vengeance. 
 
Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Xbox 360
 
Love, love, love this game, can't stand the boss fights. It hits the atmosphere of the original Deus Ex very well. The stealth is fun and finding different avenues to complete missions never gets old. I'm close to finishing this game, but I made a bad choice and must fight a boss without any of my augmentations. Sucks to be me when you suck at boss fights. Fight...die, die, die, die, die, die... fuck it. I'll put it down for a while and come back to it one day. 
 
Just bought
 
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City: Xbox 360
 
I had my issues with GTA IV, but I loved the city and always kicked myself in the butt for not playing the two wonderfully reviewed and commonly loved DLC packs. I finally bought the stand alone package. So, The Lost & Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, here I come. I'm really looking forward to going back to Liberty City. I haven't been there in almost 4 years. Damn, time flies when you're playing video games.
 
Fishing Resort: Wii
 
For some reason, I found myself looking up fishing games. Fishing Resort was released in November and a few reviews caught my eye. The cool thing about this game is that it's made by this company ( Prope Ltd.) founded by this guy ( Yuji Naka) the former head of Sonic Team. Fishing Resort is an open world fishing game with RPG elements. Fuck yeah, fishing, let's do this. I don't mind slow paced games. Hell, I absolutely adored Endless Ocean: Blue World and it doesn't get much slower than that.
 
Odds and ends:
 
I bought a wired Xbox 360 controller. My other controller was starting to act up, so I thought it was time. Plus, a wired controller can also be used with my PC.
 
Honorable Mention of games still playing on a regular basis.
 
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters: Xbox 360  - FORE!!!
Madden 10: Xbox 360 - In the mood for some American Football, cheap game as I just bought it.
MX vs ATV: Reflex: Xbox 360 - Slinging mud with the best of them.
 
Thanks for reading.
 

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Nintendo will not go the way of Sega, so get over yourselves.

Nintendo is flailing while others are flying high they say. Some comments from Nintendo articles mention the Dreamcast and how Nintendo's failure will surely lead them down the same path as Sega. This kind of thought process does not compute with me. 
 
First, the Dreamcast sold only a little over ten million consoles. The "dead" Wii will sell around ten million this year. Hell, the Wii will pass the one hundred million mark before its true death. Secondly, any rational human being knows that Sega didn't have the first party franchises or characters that Nintendo has in their pocket. This alone will keep investors in Nintendo's hip pocket.
 
Sometimes I think people want Nintendo to get out of the hardware business just because they want to play Nintendo games on their hardware of choice. I guess they think the hardware is too underpowered or the control methods too gimmicky for their liking. If you want to play Nintendo franchises, buy Nintendo hardware. If you think it's gimmicky, don't buy. Simple really, when you think about it.
 
Does Nintendo have work to do to better their products? You bet your bottom dollar they do. They've made a boat load of mistakes but by no means does it put them on the same playing field as Sega.
 
So, stop it. Nintendo is not going to become a "software only" company for the foreseeable future. As for the Wii U, I guess we'll have to wait until it comes out to find if it has any staying power. Sorry. But E3 should be interesting this year. I hope Nintendo does a better job than they did last year. We don't want people being confused all over again.
 
Thanks for letting me rant.
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How I Play Games

  

   

Robert Frost


 
 Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
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