My guest for this week's A Winner Is You! is Will "backflip" DeGirolamo, executive editor of MEGATONik.com.
Is this the new dorkiest thing ever?
Jeff: There it is. Comparing Eye of Judgement to Star Wars is the dorkiest thing ever.
Will: Eye of Judgment might seem weird to some people, but the idea of playing card games online is probably here to stay.
Jeff: There's a new generation that grew up collecting Pokemon instead of lighting ants on fire and playing good old fashioned games, like StarFox.
Will: It looks like some sort of predecessor to Microsoft's Surface concept.
Jeff: It's like Minority Report, but with minotaurs and elven priests.
Will: And thankfully, less Tom Cruise.
Jeff: Eye of Judgment is for serious nerds only. It's a fantasy-fulfillment game with overly expensive peripherals. The worst part is you can waste an unlimited amount of money buying new packs of cards. It's ridiculous. Wake me at the end of the month when Rock Band is out and selling full albums.
Jeff: I don't know about everyone else, but for me it's because my life is otherwise empty.
Will: People are really excited about how interactive environments, in terms of both buildings and crowds, but I think it's all because of the game's producer, Jade Raymond.
Jeff: Being into a game because the main character is an attractive female is strange. Being into a game because the person who designed it is an attractive female is something entirely new.
Will: It only gets weird when you start getting into the non-human characters.
Jeff: I'm reserving judgment until I'm actually assassinating political leaders in medieval Jerusalem, but Assasin's Creed looks to be one of those rare games that at least tries to take advantage of modern hardware in a meaningful way. We've seen a million games where you hide by crouching in the shadows, but the idea of hiding amongst a crowd of people is fresh.
Will: Things like that are fun to try once but we'll see how they actually fold into gameplay.
Jeff: I've already done that, I just hope the game has a lawyer I can use.
Jeff: I thought the Contra intro had words. Daaaa naaaaa naaaaaaaaa daaaa daaaaaaa! Doodoododododdoo doodoo do dooo.
Will: Original songs are still a relative rarity in games, and Portal's is certainly one of the best. It's funny, and gives some more insight into one of the game's only characters.
Will: I wouldn't really consider the end of Gears of War a song. It's stray samples from the game, so it sounds more like the ramblings of a crazy man.
Jeff: Or, possibly one of the Locust.
Will: Could be. I don't think Locust can drop beats like that, though.
Will: Sometimes when I'm in class, the Master Onion karate song pops into my head. My classmates always look at me strange when I absent-mindedly kick them.
Jeff: Good thing you are paper-thing or it might hurt. My all-time videogame song is still the opening of ClayFighter. I still can't believe an SNES can make those sounds, or that I've managed to mention ClayFighter two weeks in a row.