Random thoughts while trying to figure out why the blogging muse has taken a sabbatical:
-The more I hear the advance buzz about Metal Gear Solid 4, the less I want to play it. Pre-release 10/10s and "game of the year" accolades have become a warning sign. I don't care how good it ends up being, when I'm sitting through a 60-minute cutscene, I'll be thinking: "Is this the game of the decade, like GamePro said?"
-I haven't played Grand Theft Auto IV since filing my review. That would seem to undercut the basis for giving it a 9.0.
-The thought of playing games online with strangers makes me nervous. I try my best to avoid it.
-For all the smart things Nintendo has done in the past few years, I can't figure out why they don't price Wii points on a sliding scale. It's ten bucks for 1,000, twenty bucks for 2,000, thirty bucks for 3,000, and so on. I have 200 points sitting around, and I needed 1,000 to get LostWinds. The game costs 1,000 points. I would like to take advantage of that remaining 200 somehow. If I could have gotten 2,000 points at even a slight discount -- say, $18 -- I probably would have. But there's no incentive to pay more. What are they thinking? They're handicapping their own revenues here, which is not something Nintendo usually likes to do.
-I think if you read between the lines of most of the reviews I write, you won't learn whether the game is good or not. You'll learn whether I was good at it or not.
-I scored Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin too low (8.0).
-I scored Manhunt 2 too high (1.5).
-Sometimes I wonder if I should hold shorter, downloadable games to different standards. Then I remember Portal.
-Which is the most aggravating to follow: video games, politics, or sports? They all come with so many douchebags.