For the most part, the non-online part, "Brawl" is an amazing game. But the online play is lah-ha-ha-ghee. Sometimes Nintendo really makes me wonder. It's as if they assumed no one would want to try out this new-fangled online feature of a game the company has delayed over and over and over.
I hope the company is fixing its servers- it may also be the case that they have to restrict online play to certain levels- haven't heard that for sure, but that was what they had to do with lag issues on graphic-intensive courses on Mario Kart DS, I believe.
In other, "I can't believe this relates to video games" news, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, a frequent critic of sex in video games, is the subject of an investigation into a prostitution ring, according to the New York Times.
Here's a post on the subject from a Web site with a column called "Gaming Today."
GAMING TODAY- Ironically, Spitzer came out against the video game industry in 2006 calling for governmental regulation of media content to protect America’s children from excessive sex and violence in games.
Spitzer- Like all parents, I know it is increasingly difficult to protect our children from negative influences… we have learned that when self-regulation fails, government must step in… we must do more to protect our children from excessive sex and violence in the media…
Media content has gotten more graphic, more violent and more sex-based… Currently, nothing under New York State law prohibits a fourteen-year old from walking into a video store and buying… a game like ‘Grand Theft Auto,’ which rewards a player for stealing cars and beating people up. Children can even simulate having sex with a prostitute…