Wayne Phinney

I hate to make excuses, but I have also been extremely busy. I’m getting married in less than a month and I’m trying to buy a house all at the same time. Because of that, I’ve had little free time at home, and the only reason I’m able to even post this from work right now is because the weather is finally nice, so everybody is out enjoying it instead of shopping.

I’ll pick back up on the news as much as I can. I’m assuming with the post-E3 lull that I haven’t missed all that much.

They’ve been unavailable to me for the last few hours, and Cone is on vacation currently. I’m hoping it’s just a minor server issue that will clear itself up, but if not, we may have to learn how to go without our addiction until our administrator returns.

Doh… 🙁

It looks like the Wii’s [url=http://www.nintendo.co.jp/n10/e3_2006/wii/img_con/photo_classic.jpg]controller shell[/url] has been officially unveiled. While [url=http://www.joystiq.com/2006/05/09/confirmed-wii-controller-shell-revealed/]Joystiq[/url] isn’t always the most reliable source, the picture itself is direct from Nintendo.co.jp.

We already knew there would be a controller of some kind for those who just couldn’t handle the remote-style controller. Personally, I like this thing. It’s basically a SNES controller with two joysticks added on, much like the Dual Shock controller is to the standard Playstation controller.

This makes me a happy gamer. The excitement is nearly too much to bear.


May 9, 2006

Look at all of this great news coming from E3? This is great! I’m so freaking happy right now, you guys just don’t even know. Check out the E3 news at the top of this page. It’s MORE than worth it.

For those of you who haven’t heard yet, there’s been an uproar at the ESRB because somebody used a third party hack to access a topless female file in Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. This is nearly the same thing that happened with San Andreas a good year or so ago.

Perhaps it’s just me, but I don’t see what all the fuss is about. Ok, so you can download a hack to look at some digital breasts. In the time it would take me to download said hack, I could download a bunch of nice crisp clear pictures of real women off the same internet.

Of course, this doesn’t really apply to me, but if a kid is clever enough to know about and find the hack for this game that gives you a topless female, then he certainly knows how to find some internet porn.

In related news, John Romero is blaming the modding community for the recent uproar instead of the ESRB or the developers. While it is true that after San Andreas the ESRB changed the way it rates things, including hidden content that’s on the disc, I still think this is a bunch of BS. Even so, John Romero (co-founder of iD Software) blames the modding community, not the developers, not the ESRB, and not anyone else who should actually be held responsible.

That is of course, if you even see this as a problem. Oh goodie. I can download a hack to see some boobies. Hooray for me…

Sources: [url=http://www.joystiq.com/2006/05/05/romero-modders-are-screwing-up-the-industry/]Joystiq[/url], [url=http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/feature/?id=12627]GameDaily.biz[/url]