Show and Tell: Snackeez commerical breakdown

I, thankfully, have not had to endure the Snackeez commercial myself since I rarely watch any live TV (DVR or bust.) Although, Uproxx had a great breakdown of the commercial below. Since today is the Super Bowl which is known for its great show of athleticism commercials, lets link to a commercial replay. Watch then visit this page.

[via Uproxx]

Show and Tell: Zelda: 4 Swords Free for 4 days

4 swords logo
4 swords screenshot

Between now and Sunday, Feb. 2nd at 11:59 pm, 3DS owners can download “The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition” free from the 3DS eShop.

My friends and I played a little of 4 Swords on the GBA remake of Link to the past with GBA SPs and enjoyed it. I bought 4 Swords Adventures on the Gamecube, but we never got around to really digging into the game. I’m really excited to finally play this game without any wires.

[via Joystiq]

7 years

Etrian Odyssey
This past weekend I finished Etrian Odyssey. It is a DS game that I’ve played on-and-off for 7 years since it released. I only have around 100 hours logged into the game so I’ve clearly taken many breaks between play sessions. These “pauses” were not because I found the game boring, but due to the game’s high difficulty. Etrian Odyssey is unforgiving and will not hesitate to find a weakness in your carefully created party. What makes the game compelling is that each victory taste sweeter than many other games I’ve played. While the game could be oppressive enough where I needed a break, I eventually came back.

I didn’t sit down to review a 7-year-old game though. While basking in the glow of defeating the end boss, I focused on the fact that this game was now 7 years old. It amazed me how much the game got to see me change, if games could notice such things.

  • I started playing EO while I would take the bus to work. My wife and I only had the one car, so the bus was my main mode of transportation.
  • The team I created in-game saw me change my job responsibilities twice. Fitting that each move was into more managerial roles.
  • We moved from our rented apartment to our owned house in between play sessions.
  • I didn’t have a daughter when I loaded up the game for the first time, and I ended the game with a beautiful 2-year-old.

This post can easily be boiled down to, “7 years is a long time and a lot can happen.” I just don’t normally reflect on my milestones in contrast to how far I was in a game.