Tuesday, March 11, 2008

"Smash Brothers Brawl" lag issues

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…

Tisk, tisk


Takean said...

Yup...he fits in there along with Jack Thompson and Jesse Jackson :p

Dan Whisenhunt said...

Who's Jack Thompson?

Anonymous said...

Jack Thompson is a famous lawyer that hates videogames aka grand theft auto. Anyway, smash brawl doesnt use servers, is a host to host connection, so the quality of the game experience depends on the host conection, and in this case smash brawl is filled with casual gamers go think they can download things, watch videos on youtube and do stuff on the internet while playing thinking they wont have lag...

Dan Whisenhunt said...

Hmm- interesting theory, that. But I think if that were the case, then the people who abuse their bandwith would never get on while people like me (who recognize you can't do everything at once) will find games with other educated internet users.

Though I have to point out: I play "Call of Duty 4" while Katrina plays "World of Warcraft" and hardly any have problems.

J. Coleman said...

This Saturday at The Party Playstation in Oxford Alabama, Gadrock Gamers will be sanctioning a 2 vs 2 Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament!

It will start at 6:30 and it will be $20 a team to enter.

Rules: 3/5 Games, 3 Lives Stock, Double Elimination

1st Prize: Cash (50% of entry fees obtained), Gift Certificates to Replays and More!
2nd Prize: Cash (20% of entry fees obtained), Gift Certificates to Replays and more!

Also, we will be holding an Arcade Air Hockey Tournament halfway through the SSBB Tournament and its $3 to enter

Be there!

More information @ www.myspace.com/gadrockgamers