Why Cooking Mama Baffles Me

Cooking Mama absolutely baffles me. For numerous reasons, actually, but some are more important than others.

One of the reasons is that I don’t know why I bought it. While I don’t remember when I did, I’m now 22 years old, soon 23. And I’m a man. I am a man that owned a video game entitled Cooking Mama.

Yeah.

It’s so obvious that the series isn’t aimed at me that I shouldn’t be surprised that I didn’t like it. I found the constant minigames to be boring, lacking the excitement of the likes of WarioWare, and the interaction mechanics were cumbersome. I often found myself staring at the screen like I was in a real-life cook-off, not having a clue what to do.

Baffle point number three is my complete lack of understanding as to why little girls do like this stuff when there’s other, better quality games for them. Instead of the series that have sprouted from the success of this, why haven’t Majesco just bunged it all into one title? From garden (ing mama) to kitchen, get rid of the 100% minigame structure and have a bit of a Harvest Moon-lite thing going instead. You could build yourself up from Mama to Delia Smith, choosing what to cook in your self-styled kitchen, unlocking better equipment as you go. The better you do at the cooking, the more points you’d get to expand your kitchen and garden, and so on. I think that could be a Nintendogs competitor, but Majesco have taken the route most travelled in putting out sequel after sequel.

PETA has criticised the lack of a Vegetarian Mama, making the titular lady out to be a one-woman slaughterhouse.

And, as mentioned, there’s the off-shoots. Gardening Mama is a real thing, which shows Majesco have the technology. They can rebuild her. But it’s just the same minigame overload, and god forbid I even mention Babysitting Mama. But I must, because this is where my baffling myself concludes.

In making these off-shoots, and particularly Babysitting Mama, complete with baby doll attachment for the Wii remote, Majesco pushed boundaries, something they’re refusing to do with the main series. Why?

Okay, so I know why. They’re afraid of making the main series as bad as their off-shoots. Only NGamer and IGN decided to review Babysitting Mama, which should give you a sign that a game really is awful when other places don’t even want to talk about it, but I think Majesco really put a foot forward there. They found their audience, they did market research on what else that audience likes, and then they took a chance on something that might not work. It’s a bit like The Apprentice, lacking the overall quality control that would actually make the thing good, but the intelligence is in there.

The baby doll attachment for the Wii remote shows that Majesco will throw themselves into an idea. I can see that, with more work and improved QA, Cooking Mama could be a series that could really champion a console the sales power of young girls being as unusually strong as it is.

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Sorting Out The Collection

I’ve been a gamer for a looooong time now. I’ve got libraries of games dating from the NES to my present day consoles, and that’s quite a few boxes to store in the cupboard. Sometimes, there gets to be too many.

I know that one day my current favourite games will be looked back on as retro classics, and, having recently sorted out my GameCube collection which (mostly) underwent this change, I’ve become very conscious of going through what I own now whilst I can get good trade-in prices. The room is also gonna come in handy for the AAA rush over the coming weeks!

To help me decide what to get rid of during the Cube Cull of 11, I came up with some sorting out rules. I thought they were actually pretty timeless for helping go through any generations titles, so here they are to share with you:

Sell if:
1) It’s not original and has been bettered in its genre or series (e.g. multiple Animal Crossings).
2) It’s an average game (think movie tie-ins) or was too difficult to enjoy (Viewtiful Joe got the boot here).
3) It’s world is revisitable in a newer, better game or format, or will be (on the PS2, GTA: Liberty/Vice City Stories fell foul here).
4) There’s no personal interest or particularly good reason not to.

Do not sell if:
1) It’s a personal favourite or sentimental.
2) It’s not average and revisitable only as DLC (I’d never part with my Dreamcast copy of Sonic Adventure).
3) It’s a seminal marker of a generation or genre.
4) It’s unique and not average (Chibi Robo, you’re alright).
5) It’s part of a collectible series (I like Mario, Zelda, and numbered Final Fantasy games).
6) A game treads the line so uncomfortably, to the point where all you do is think of its positive attributes.

It was quite challenging to come up with reasons for getting rid of some and not others, and there’s still some titles that I wonder if I should have sold. My copy of Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, for example, fell into my sell rules, because I, personally, felt that stealthy style of gameplay is easily revisitable in other entries in the series. To others, I realise that it would forever remain on the shelf as a seminal marker of its genre, and, to more still, will sit alongside the PS1 original. But there we go. My rules still ultimately come down to personal interpretation, and that’s why the number one rule for do not sell is where it is.

After all, I like to keep my collection as my collection, not a museum exhibit for gaming history, and I’m sure you do too.

Halo Reach Daily Challenge

Happy Tuesday to all. Today is gonna be somewhat of a short and to the point post due to the fact that I have several things that I’m working on today (including getting these Halo Reach daily challenges myself!) so let’s just get straight to it, shall we?

Today’s challenges are as follows:

Shootin and Lootin:
Kill 400 enemies in any game mode in Reach for a total of 2,000 credits. For me this one has always been an easy way to grab in just a few games of Firefight matchmaking. I usually jump into a rocket based gametype and throw on the backpack and tear into enemies from above with well placed rockets. If Firefight isn’t your game, I’d suggest Team Swat for quick and easy kills.

Not As Clumsy or Random:
Earn 5 kills with precision weapons in a multiplayer matchmaking game to get 1,000 credits. This is by far easiest to get in Team Swat. Play normal or Magnums and get 5 kills with your gun and, tada, you’ve got this challenge out of the way.

Flat Tire:
Kill 10 enemy vehicles in Firefight Matchmaking to get 1,125 credits. This challenge used to be ridiculously easy to get because enemies were dropped in ghosts more often but if you really want to get this one nowadays I’d suggest voting for a rocket type game on Beachhead. There you will be able to grab a couple ghost and wraith kills per game if you nab them before your teammates!

Short, Controlled Bursts:
Kill 100 enemies today with automatic weapons in Campaign to grab 1,000 credits. This challenge is pretty simple, pick a Campaign mission that has a load of grunts, grab the assault rifle and go to town. Shouldn’t take to long to rack up 100 kills in campaign.

And, as a reminder, there isn’t a whole lot of time left to grab the Halo Reach weekly challenge which is All In a Week’s Work which requires that you get 1,500 kills in multiplayer matchmaking before the week ends. So be sure to get as many kills as you can today if you haven’t already completed this particular challenge! Also don’t forget to play free games online on Casinoslots website.

Xbox Game Resurfacing

There is nothing worse than a scratched video game. You may have been playing it for weeks now and just about to beat a major level- when something goes wrong. Maybe another family member drops the disc and causes a scratch or maybe you have just been careless with it over time. Whatever the reason, there is help out there. Xbox game resurfacing is a very common procedure that can help restore your game to nearly new quality.

For those on a budget, there are do-it-yourself kits that allow you to do multiple discs for one low price. These are usually best for minor scratches and imperfections- but do little for really deep down scratches and problems. They involve a buffing pad or electric device along with a cream. The process is fairly simply, you apply the cream to the surface of the disc and then attempt to buff out the disc imperfections. Most recommend that you repeat the process several times for the best result. If you have tried the at home repair kits and still have a broken Xbox game consider enlisting the help of the pros.

There are dozens of different Xbox game resurfacing companies that will make your disc like new again. Some of the high end shops can resurface your Xbox game while you wait- so you can get right back to saving the universe. Many of them require that you mail in your disc or leave it overnight- but it will be well worth the wait. They will assess the damage and then use special machines to resurface your game. The process is different from the home kits, and they can battle deeper scratches and gouges. While it may sound complicated, all you need to know is that it works! They will buff down the game surface until it is flawless again.

It is important to remember that nothing is guaranteed and sometimes the damage is too severe to be repaired. Your Xbox game resurfacing shop should be able to look at the disc and tell right away if it worth the trouble of trying to fix it or not. If it is cracked or bent, there is little that can be done to save the disc. Sometimes it is worth trying it since it usually costs less than $5-10 dollar for the entire process. If this fails, then you will have to spring for a new Xbox game. Hopefully though, this will be the last time you need such a surface.

Keep your Xbox games out of harm’s way, and always keep them in their cases or protective sleeves. If you do manage to get a scratch, try to repair with a home kit while the scratch is still fresh. Hopefully you should be able to keep playing with little interruption.

Xbox Disc Repair Options

Are you hooked on your Xbox system? If you are like most, you can’t live without your favorite Xbox game. But what happens when the unthinkable happens? Your favorite game has been played to the limits, and then one day it no longer works. Maybe another family member accidentally scratched the disc or maybe you can’t figure out what went wrong. So what do you do? Do you turn out and buy another copy? Well if you don’t want to spend another $50 getting a new disc, you may want to consider your Xbox disc repair options.

There are a few to choose from and may end up saving you quite a bit of money in the process.

Your first option is to do-it-yourself. Sometimes a simple wipe down with window cleaner with do the trick. If that doesn’t work, then you will need to go a bit deeper with a resurfacing kit. There are many disc resurfacing kits available at your local game store. They usually include a little device that will do the polishing, as well as a special cream that you will apply directly to your game disc. I would recommend practicing on an old game or CD to get the procedure down. Once you are confident start polishing away. Make sure to clean the disc thoroughly after this process, so that there is no residual cream.

If the do-it-yourself resurfacing doesn’t do the trick then it is time to consult the pros. Look in your local yellow pages or online directory for the nearest Xbox disc repair center. Many will be able to do the job for you while you wait, while others ask that you leave the disc overnight. Some of the best repair shops will loan you another copy of your damaged game so that you can keep playing while your disc is being repaired. Make sure to ask about the price beforehand to make sure it is even worth repairing- if it costs $45 dollars to resurface your Xbox disc you may be better off just buying new. Remember that there is no guarantee that your disc will work after the process, so be prepared.

Since nothing is guaranteed it is important to have a plan B. In this case, you may just want to buy a whole new game disc. That way you can be sure that you have many hours of game play ahead of you. Your best bet would be to look at a used Xbox disc store. You can purchase a gently used game for a fraction of the cost of one new. And always remember to handle your games with care.

Be careful not to scratch the surface and always keep them in their case or protective sleeve to prevent further damage. If there are small children or pets in your home, keep your Xbox games up high out of harm’s way. In the case of a scratch- your best bet is to treat it right away. The longer you let a scratch go untended the worse that it can get.

So good luck and game on!

Xbox 360 Repair

Is your Xbox in need of repair?

Then you are not alone. If you spend any great deal of time playing Xbox, you are bound to come up with a few problems here and there along the way. The key is to understand your options, and choose the best one for your needs and budget. Sometimes repairing your Xbox isn’t cost efficient and sometimes it is.

If you think that your Xbox needs repair, the first thing you want to do is troubleshoot your system a bit.

Unplug all of the cords from the back and then wait a few second and plug them in again. Sometimes a simple reboot will solve the problem. Try several different game discs to rule out any game problems as well. If none of these works then it is time to seek professional help.

If your game is still under warranty (normally if you bought it less than a year ago) then you may be able to send it back to the manufacturer for repairs. This is the best option as it usually won’t cost you anything out of pocket. You will need your warranty papers as well as your purchase receipt. You can first call the store that you purchased the item from. Many stores will return the item for you and give you a replacement system off of their shelves. If they are unable to help you then you can call Xbox to find out what the repair/replacement policy is.

If your system isn’t under warranty then you will have to find an Xbox repair shop.

Look in your local yellow pages and online for the dealer closest to you. Depending on where you live, you should have at least a few options. Always choose local whenever possible, because it will save on shipping fees and wait times. A good repair shop will have upfront pricing and come with customer recommendations. If you know of any friends or family members that used their service, ask them what they thought of the shop. Last, but not least make sure to find out how long it will take them to repair your Xbox. If it takes more than a week or two, you may want to consider going another route.

Make sure that you get the quote in writing as well as a written guarantee.

Most repair shops will over at least a 30 day guarantee on their work. So if you take it home and it breaks within a few days, you should be able to get it fixed for nothing. Know your rights and don’t be afraid to exercise them.
Use your common sense when looking for an Xbox repair shop. If they are going to charge you more to fix it then it is worth or take more than a week or two, you are probably better off just replacing the entire system. You can be playing again within hours! And this time save your warranty information incase of another breakdown.