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December 30, 2008

Review: Animal Crossing – Let’s Go To The City

Filed under: review,Wii — Tags: , , — technofranki @ 05:14

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Animal Crossing started its live on Nintendo 64 as Doubutsu no Mori (aka Animal Forest) in 2001, Japan. The game continued on GameCube (Animal Crossing) later the same year in Japan. US got the GameCube game in 2002, Australia in 2003 and Europe had to wait for 2004 to get the GameCube version. Nintendo DS also had its version, Animal Crossing: Wild World (aka Oide yo Doubutsu no Mori) which came in all region at the end of 2005. Again, Europe had to wait until Spring 2006 before we got our version of the DS game.

The game is called Animal Crossing: Let’s Go To The City in Europe, but I like the shorter US name better: Animal Crossing: City Folk. But enough of the history and game name.

The gameplay, graphics and music haven’t changed that much since the N64 version. But I don’t think that is a problem, since everything fit fine with the game.

You start with a small apartment and you have to work for Nook. You need to deliver different things around your town. And when you’re finished with 5-6 errands, you can do what ever you want. You need to earn money to pay of the mortgage. You can sell fish, fruit, shells and other think you find.

The game never ends. You collect insects, fish and dinosour skeletons which you can donate to the local museum. When you have played by yourself for a while, you want to travel or invite people to your town. You need a friendcode from people to travel to their city.

My code is: 0388-2615-7909, name: Frank and city: PalmCity. Native fruit: Pear.

I don’t like Nintendos way of handeling friendscode. But that is another discution. It’s fun to play online and it’s easy to communicate with others using the onscreen keyboard with Wii-mote (you could probably use a USB keyboard, but I haven’t tested that). If you have the Wii Speak (sold either with Animal Crossing or seperatly), you can talk to each other. If you don’t have it, you can hear them speak.

I like that you can press the 1-button an take a screenshot and save it to a SD-card. All screenshot in this post, is taken this way.

Is this a good game? YES. Does it offer anything new? NO. But I recommend it for old and new Animal Crossing players.

I have also posted a video of the countdown to 2009 in my Animal Crossing city.

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November 23, 2008

DVD: The IT Crowd – version 2.0 (review)

Filed under: DVD,humour,review — Tags: , , , , — technofranki @ 19:14

I loved the first season of The IT Crowd. And the second season is as good. We are still watching Roy and Moss in the IT department with Jen as their boss.  They still try to help out on the IT front, but this in season two we also see Roy, Moss and Jen in real life, outside of their jobs. That is real fun, since Roy and Moss haven’t spendt that much time in the real world.

The IT Crowd is a joy ride, and is very much recommanded. You can see season two with out seeing the first, but you miss a lot of fun, you you should get the 1st season too.

Episodes on the disc:

  1. The Work Outing
  2. Return of the Golden Child
  3. Moss and the German
  4. The Dinner Party
  5. Smoke and Mirrors
  6. Men Without Women

You get Out-takes, audio-commentary for all episodes with write/director/creator Graham Linehan, and Recording the IT Crowd.

November 2, 2008

DVD: The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

Filed under: DVD,movie,review — Tags: , , — technofranki @ 03:59

You have probably played Donkey Kong sometime in your gaming career. But for some people this game is more than just a game. This movie shows the rivarly between Billy Mitchell who had the record on Donkey Kong for years and Steve Wiebe who was the first to score over 1,000,000 in Donkey Kong.

The highscore for Donkey Kong changed after the documentary was made last year. According to TwinGalaxies.com Billy Mitchell is now in the lead with 1,050,200 points followed by Steve Wiebe with 1,049,100 points. Pretty amazing scores there.

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is a good documentary. Fun to watch and it shows that a game is not only a game. It’s fun to play a game, but for Mitchell and Wiebe it’s more important to have the highest score.

Extras on the disc:

  • Feature commentary with director Seth Gordon, producer Ed Cunningham and associate producer J. Clay Tweel and Luis Lopez
  • Feature Commentary with Chris Carle (Entertainment Editorial Director, IGN) and Jon M. Gibson (Founder, i am 8-bit)
  • Animated Short “A Really, Really Brief History of Donkey Kong”
  • Extened Interviews
  • Arcade Glossary
  • Theatrical Trailer

I can really recommand this movie.

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June 20, 2007

DVD: The IT Crowd (Version 1.0)

Filed under: DVD,humour,review — Tags: , , , , — technofranki @ 00:10
The IT Crowd was shown on Channel 4 sometime last year (I think, I don’t live in UK). I saw some clips on the net, and it look good. I bought the DVD and it’s great.

The show is about two guys, Roy and Moss, in the IT deparment of a big company. They have their office in the basement and spend most of their time there. From time to time they leave the office to help other employes on the other floors. But if they can, they will stay in the basement vere they feel safe.

I will quote what the back of the DVD cover say:
“Roy and Moss toil in the squalid basement of a huge company, fielding IT help desk calls. Roy has a lousy attitude coupled with an eye for the ladies, while Moss is dressed by his mother and has an earosol can of water clipped to his belt with which to spray his ear when it gets hot.

Into their life of ‘users’, pizza, science fiction and firewalls comes middle manager Jen, a spunky can-do career gal who doesn’t know one end of a laptop from the other. Can she introduce real life to men who email the fire brigade in an emergency, who invent a spycho for an internet dating site and display sympathetic PMT symptoms once a month?”

When they get a call, the conversation goes something like this:
-“Hello, IT. Have you tried turning it on and off again?
OK, well, the button on the side, is it gloving?
Yeah, you need to turn it on.”

This is a very british sitcom and a very good one. The characters are a bit stereotypical, but they are spot on. The IT Corwd is very funny and I laugh all the time. I think you will too. If you buy this DVD, and I think you should, it’s well invested money.

The series have six episodes:

  • Yesterday’s Jam
  • Calamity Jen
  • Fifty-Fifty
  • The Red Door
  • The Haunting of Bill Crouse
  • Aunt Irma Visits

The DVD have some extras: Deleted scenes, Behind The IT Crowd, Hello Friend, Hidden Out-takes and Audio commentaries.

Picture is 16:9 anamorphic, English 2.0 stereo and its PAL region 2 (will work on regionfree DVD players).

A new season will be aired in the UK this autumn 2007.

You can buy the PAL region 2 DVD from Amazon.co.uk.

November 5, 2006

NintendoDS: Nintendo DS Browser (Opera DS)

Filed under: DS,Nintendo,review — Tags: , , , — technofranki @ 19:26

I’ve been using the DS Browser for about 2 weeks now. And for me it works very well. I will tell you in a while.

The DS Browser comes with a DS cartridge and a Memory Expansion Pak. Just plug it in and your ready to go. If you haven’t used your DS online yet, you have to set it up. But this is an easy task.

So how does it work? On the touchscreen you have a menubar at the bottom. Here you can select to enter a URL to go to a webpage. If you use that webpage a lot, bookmark it. The page can be viewed in two different ways. The first is Overview Mode. Her you have the page fit into the touchscreen and a zoombox. What’s inside the zoombox is showed on the topscreen. The second mode is SRR Mode. The page is formated to fit both screens, and I think this is the best mode. The keyboard to type in text works very well and you are also able to usehabdwritting recognition. I haven’t used it much, since I’m very good at using the keyboard.

There have been much talk about the speed of the browser. Yes, it’s slow and it can take some time to load the page. It feels like using a 56K modem again. So it cant replace your PC. But for me this software is very good. I often lie in bed using WAP on my cellphone, this ofcourse cost some money. So DS Browser is a good replacement for your cellhpone since you easily can view all sort of pages.

The browser does not support Flash, video, audio or PDF, but that doesn’t have to be a problem. So is it worth buying? I will say yes if you need to have internet access all the time. The price is a bit high thou.

The Nintendo DS Browser is out in Japan and Europe. There is no US release date yet. The browser comes in both a NDS and DS Lite version. You can get all versions a Play-Asia.com.

I’ve got pictures and will post them soon.

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