What We're NOT Playing -- Volume 28 (Sorry 'Rocky and Bullwinkle,' 'GT5 Prologue')

notplay.jpgIt was another slow week of game releases...

But we here at Multiplayer always strive to find something NOT to play in order to raise discussion about games.

This week, I grilled our resident Nintendo fanboy Jason Cipriano to see if he was suffering from a case of "Wiimorse":

TraceyJohn: The 360 shouldn't have mini-games? Why?

JasonCipriano: It's a market the Wii has cornered. Something that also pains me to say -- since it's become a dumping ground for crap titles laden with mini-games. But, to its credit, it does allow for interesting and competitive gaming, in the right environment

TraceyJohn: But speaking of the Wii as "a dumping ground for crap titles" ... I read an article on The Escapist yesterday about "Wiimorse"

TraceyJohn: You're one of the biggest Nintendo fanboys here

TraceyJohn: How do you feel about the Wii now?

JasonCipriano: As long as I have something like "Mario Kart" or "Smash Bros." then I have something that can keep my console from getting dusty.

Do you agree, Wii owners? Read on to see why I'm really not playing "GT5 Prologue" and how Cip won't shut up about "Rocky and Bullwinkle"...

TraceyJohn: So Cip, another week has gone by already.

JasonCipriano: Flew by.

JasonCipriano: And another week of adequate to sub-par releases has arrived

TraceyJohn: Indeed.

JasonCipriano: I'm sorry to everyone that has released anything this month, but there hasn't been anything that really poppaed out at me.

TraceyJohn: But which ones are the ones you wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole?

rocky.jpgJasonCipriano: My pick for this week though is the XBLA game "Rocky and Bullwinkle"

JasonCipriano: And it pains me to say that

JasonCipriano: Treasured characters from my youth, manhandled into a mini-game collection on a console that shouldn't have mini-games.

TraceyJohn: The 360 shouldn't have mini-games? Why?

JasonCipriano: It's a market the Wii has cornered. Something that also pains me to say -- since it's become a dumping ground for crap titles laden with mini-games. But, to its credit, it does allow for interesting and competitive gaming, in the right environment

JasonCipriano: And the 360 is all just button pressing.

TraceyJohn: Ok. I'll give you that. But I think Microsoft wants a piece of that pie so it does make sense for them to include more casual titles.

JasonCipriano: I loved "Scene It" ...give me more casual trivia for my Big Button Controllers

TraceyJohn: But speaking of the Wii as "a dumping ground for crap titles" ... I read an article on The Escapist yesterday about "Wiimorse"

TraceyJohn: You're one of the biggest Nintendo fanboys here

TraceyJohn: How do you feel about the Wii now?

JasonCipriano: As long as I have something like "Mario Kart" or "Smash Bros." then I have something that can keep my console from getting dusty.

JasonCipriano: Anywho, back to "Rocky and Bullwinkle."

JasonCipriano: If this game had looked even remotely decent I would have picked it up.

JasonCipriano: I've even strongly considered picking up "Pinball FX" just to play the R&B table.

JasonCipriano: They're great characters, undeserving of such an unfortunate game.

TraceyJohn: No, back to my point. But are games like "Mario Kart" and "Smash Bros." too few and far between?

JasonCipriano: Oh ... that ... not really. When I start thinking like that I got play "Bubble Bobble" or "Super Mario World" on the VC

TraceyJohn: Ok, I was just wondering since the Escapist guy wasn't satisfied with all that. Are you done venting about R&B?

JasonCipriano: I mean ... There's so many ways that could be a great game.

JasonCipriano: You already have the bad guys ... Boris and Natasha

TraceyJohn: (Ok I guess you're not done)

JasonCipriano: Just make it something along those lines... throw in a little Dudley Do-Right, and some Sherman and Peabody and you've got a solid game...

JasonCipriano: A platformer... a puzzler ... even a sports game... anything but a mini-game collection.

JasonCipriano: Ok... now I'm done.

TraceyJohn: Sheesh.

JasonCipriano: What aren't you wasting your time with this week?

gta5prologue.jpgTraceyJohn: Here's one: "Gran Turismo 5 Prologue"

TraceyJohn: Why, you ask?

TraceyJohn: because I can't drive

TraceyJohn: in-game or in real life

TraceyJohn: I don't have a driver's license

JasonCipriano: You actually should need one for the "GT" games.

JasonCipriano: it's just really technical

TraceyJohn: I was demoing a game a few weeks ago in which driving was only a small part but it required you to go in reverse and turn

TraceyJohn: my non-driving mind couldn't fathom it

JasonCipriano: You should really take a go-kart out sometime

TraceyJohn: give me "Mario Kart" or "Burnout." But anything more technical and precise... I'm like a toddler trying to operate a spaceship

JasonCipriano: "Toddler Space Operator" would be a great game

TraceyJohn: I couldn't come up with a better analogy at the moment

JasonCipriano: I'm just saying.

TraceyJohn: I'm sure toddlers could kick my ass in "GT"

JasonCipriano: HA ... "GT" games eventually get you to a point where you can drive pretty well in them. It just takes time.

TraceyJohn: true, but I'm impatient

TraceyJohn: is there anything else you're not playing?

JasonCipriano: Even if they made a Rocky and Bullwinkle car racing game that would have been better than mini-games

TraceyJohn: Again with the Rocky and Bullwinkle!

JasonCipriano: I like Moose and Squirrel ... what can I say?

JasonCipriano: oh ... and Mr. Peabody too.

JasonCipriano: Imagine if Mr. Peabody had his own brain training game.

JasonCipriano: That would totally work

TraceyJohn: Holy crap. I better end this now while I can.

TraceyJohn: I have to go... So sorry "Rocky and Bullwinkle" and "GT5." Better luck next time.