Random Tamagotchi Update by Guest Blogger Stevo PUNCH! GO!

Let the Tamagotchi Extravaganza BEGIN!

The chances are that if you’re reading this particular blog, you already know what a Tamagotchi is. If, however, you don’t, I’ll give you a little bit of a refresh.

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How Nintendo Made the 3DS Less Useless [Swapnote Review]

So, remember that angry post I made about the 3DS and the fact that I felt cheated? Well Nintendo is finally doing something right.

Last week Nintendo quietly launched a little downloadable app for the 3DS called Swapnote (Nintendo Letter Box for the UK), and since then I haven’t put my 3DS down.

The idea behind Swapnote is to create 3D postcard-like doodles and photos to send to friends registered on your system through the SpotPass feature. You can select a few or all of your friends to send messages to, which will be downloaded to their systems the next time they’re around a wifi connection. Recipients can then respond to messages (either visible to all fellow recipients who are mutual friends, or just the original sender). The end result is community driven fun!

The first day I received about 5 dick drawings (some much better than others), which is to be expected when all but 1 of your 50+ 3DS friends is of the queer persuasion. Unfortunately, no one has taken the initiative to just take a 3D wang shot and blast it out. What’s taking so long, boys?

However, a few very sexy shirtless photos have popped into my inbox, so I guess I shouldn’t look the gift horse in the ass.

There are some drawbacks:

    •  Each recipient is only allowed a single response to any message.
    • Creators of the original message cannot respond on their own messages.
    • Each recipient can only see responses from people who are also registered on their systems (another BS “safety” measure by Nintendo to protect the children).
    • Your response to a message does NOT appear in-line with others. For some stupid reason, your response will sit at the top of the list, even if you sent it last.
    • There is no keyboard for text, meaning everything must be hand-written. This is a huge drawback if you or one of your friends has crap handwriting. Plus, resistive touch screens such as those used in the DS family can only allow for so much accuracy. This means no matter how perfectly straight you draw a line, it’s still going to look squiggly.

    Some of these gripes seem minor, but they put a lot of restrictions on how carry out conversations through the application. This is supposed to be Nintendo’s (long overdue) version of a messaging feature that is prevalent in EVERY OTHER MAJOR CONSOLE. It’s a commendable first effort, but there has to be some changes made, which we all know won’t happen. It just isn’t Nintendo’s style to fix the things they release pre-borked.

    Whatever, it’s still a hell of a lot of fun and even though it has a 3,000 message limit, I’m already approaching 1,000.

    If anyone out there has a 3DS and wants to do some note swapin’, give me an add: 0301-9783-9629. Just remember to leave a comment with your own code, as adding friends has to be mutual.

    Happy swapping!

    Current-ly Occupied (Google Currents Review)

    A few weeks ago a rumor leaked out of the Google camp over the imminent launch of a news reader that would directly complete with Flipboard. Little did we know that it would launch hardly more than a week later.

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    Problem?

    I just can’t seem to keep this thing up, huh? But I do have a semi-valid excuse: work has been INSANE. It seems everyone wanted to get married in July. Weird. That left me with little more free time than what I needed to shower and read a chapter in whatever book before bed for the past 3 months.

    Although, what it has allowed me be is overly frivolous.

    So, yes. I caved. I bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 as a birthday present to myself. I’m a generous giver, I know. Too generous, maybe. Though I’ve never had any complaints (*wink-wink, nudge-nudge* Say no more).

    Ahem.

    But the point of the photo is to show this sickness that is geeky tech love. Currently in my bag you will find most, if not all, of the items picture above, depending on what my goal for the day is, of course.

    The phone (HTC Evo 3D) never leaves my side, as smartphones have become a crutch for society. The netbook tags along if I think I might possibly maybe sorta want to do some writing wherever I end up. Though lately, this hasn’t really worked out.

    The 3DS is usually tossed in the bag merely in hopes that I might pass another 3DS owner and exchange game data. That’s happened 5 times so far. Boo. The DSi is just there because original DS games look like turds on 3DS. But it’s rare I take the DSi anywhere.

    Of course, I couldn’t go anywhere without my baby, the nook. I try to read as often as I can and that thing makes it so easy. Absolutely no buyers remorse here, folks. I highly recommend you get one for yourselves.

    And now we add the Tab to the family. Yes, yes, I hear you. “Why,” you ask, “do you need a tablet when you have a perfectly good netbook?”

    Well, thank you for your question. Allow me to elaborate: The netbook, as much as I love it and most all things made by ASUS, is crippled by the forced inclusion of Windows 7 STARTER. Yes, Starter Edition. The mentally disabled stepchild of the brilliant Windows 7 OS. It’s so awful and nearly unusable that I find myself feeling daunted by the thought of turning it on, even just for instant messaging.

    It was for that reason that I started considering the tablet market since you can keep them on and in sleep mode at all times and still get days of use out of the battery. And so far, it’s worked out about as well as I had imagined. But I’ll be honest, I’m still trying to find one real, solid reason to keep it before my return period is up on Sunday.

    Maybe someone out there in the void can back me up on this?

    No?

    Damn.

    Nexus S 4G or Why You Just Can’t Trust Samsung

    There I was, sitting at Best Buy, feeling giddy excitement as the clerk handed me my new Nexus S 4G. I skipped home and began the arduous task of moving all my data and apps to it (a long and painful process, as any smartphone owner can tell you).

    Several hours later, with phone in hand, I set out into the world, whistling a jaunty tune, my new buddy by my side. By the next morning I’m cursing at its ineptitude and threatening harm unless something changes.

    That was the last 27 days for me: a constant barrage of dropped wifi and never more than 2 bars of service when there was any at all.

    You see, Samsung, having a penchant for cheaping out on their products in any way they can, saw fit to build Google’s “almighty” second flagship device with wifi and cell antennas which I can only assume were harvested from leftover Blackjacks rotting away in their warehouses.

    Standing next to a wifi router may net you a full signal, until you step about five feet away, then it drops to half. And god forbid you should need to go into the next room. What’s worse is the fact that in the middle of any city you’d be lucky to get more than half a cell signal, that is when it isn’t screaming about jumping into roaming.

    I wanted to love this phone. I really did. But the problems were so bad and no help was offered from Google, Sprint or (yeah right) Samsung that I had no choice but to take it back once the Evo 3D emerged from the vapor. Another phone with its own set of failings, but that’s another story.

    In short, Android world, stay far far away and sit on whatever you’re using now until the Nexus 3, or Prime or WTF-ever comes along in the fall. This has been nothing but disappointment and heartache.

    I Gave Nintendo $250 and All I Got Was This Lousy 3DS

    Anticipation; it makes fools of us all. We spend months getting all jazzed up, hoarding money like a squirrel in a panicked frenzy before winter, just so we can be one of the first kids on the block with the new toy. That’s right, jerks. You gotta come over to MY house to play.

    Then you get home, rip it open, fiddle around a bit and realize you’ve been saddled with nearly a pound of plastic with a 3D slider-doodle and nothing to enjoy on it.

    It’s been about a month since the 3DS launched and what I once Oooh’d and Aaah’d over (for about a week) now just sits unused and unloved on my desk where it will remain for the foreseeable future. A constant reminder of the money I’m out and all the fun I’m not having.

    Thanks, Nintendo, for jerking my inner child off the floor and booting it out into the yard. I’m gonna go fly my new Buzz Lightyear kite.

    All it’s Cracked Up? [3DS Review]

    My alarm rings across the room, jerking me awake to unnaturally cold March morning. I dress quickly and throw my bags in the car, hitting the gas as fast as I dare. Why didn’t I just get my in-store credit put on a gift card instead of putting a reserve on a 3DS an hour away?

    Yes, that was my morning; driving from Birmingham, where I am working this weekend, all the way back to Tuscaloosa to the GameStop 5 minutes from my house. So was it worth it? Continue reading