A Nintendo DS….on the Rocks Please

April 28, 2009

Jodi Wykle knew her son would be thrilled when she gave him a new Nintendo DS for his birthday.

Instead, he was rocked.

According to WTSP-TV, the confused teen opened up his gift only to find bunch of stones and a rolled up Chinese newspaper in place of the popular handheld.

All I got was a rock.

Needless to say, mom was equally stunned.

“When he opened it, he was pulling the seal off, my sister-in-law carries a pocket knife and she opened it and that’s when he pulled it out and it was Chinese newspaper and a bunch of rocks,” she explained.

The troubling discovery prompted the Florida woman to contact the local Wal-Mart where she bought the curious box and complain, but reportedly workers there told her it wasn’t their problem and that she should contact Nintendo instead. Of course, Nintendo told her roughly the same thing, leaving mother and son with a $138 box of rocks.

“They don’t want to do nothing. They want me to keep the box of rocks. I’m not buying a box of rocks for $138,” she said.

Amazingly enough, however, Wal-Mart soon caved after learning that the same box of rocks had been previously returned by another disgruntled customer. How exactly it made it back onto store shelves remains a mystery, but for her troubles, Wykle was given a full refund and a $20 gift card.

It’s not the first time Wal-Mart has gotten into hot water for selling a questionable handheld. Earlier this month, a PSP system bought at a different Wal-Mart store in Florida was found to contain a memory stick filled with pornographic images.


Warner Bros. announce Lego Rock Band

April 21, 2009

I, personally, cannot wait to play this game.…as long as they get more songs. AND…it will be available on the Wii and XBox 360, which just makes it seven times cooler.

It’s going to be a Rock Band year for me too because I’m also really excited for the Beatles Rock Band, which will be released in September (2 days before my birthday…hint hint).

Flower gets good reviews

February 23, 2009

Before PlayStation 3 game Flower, from thatgamecompany who also brought us flOw, came out, all the details of the game were “hard to describe”. Now that the game is out (released Feb. 12), bloggers and reviewers are calling it a videogame poem.

Jenova Chen described flOw as a gaming “haiku” — but Flower is a “poem.” It comes as an incredible surprise that Flower tells a story, told through the dreams of various flowers. When a player begins a new game, they aren’t treated to lush green fields of grass. No, we see a colorless dying cityscape, one with a lone flower sitting in a cracked, dirty pot. Trigger a flower’s dream, and we’re treated to abstract watercolor paintings of a city that hint at a much bigger story.

The game producers themselves say that the game brings the background forward.

The game exploits the tension between urban bustle and natural serenity. Players accumulate flower petals as the onscreen world swings between the pastoral and the chaotic. Like in the real world, everything you pick up causes the environment to change. And hopefully by the end of the journey, you change a little as well.

Wired magazine did an in-depth review of the game.  So far, Flower has gotten good reviews from users.