Category Archives: Games

Video Games I Want

[Note: If you’re a Batling who frequents the Batcave, a lot of this is going to seem like déjà vu.]

I think I’ve mentioned the various video gaming devices I own: Sony PSP, Nintendo DS, and most recently a Nintendo Wii. (I also own a Nintendo Game Cube…though that’s mostly because I haven’t gotten around to figuring out how best to get rid of it yet.) Lately I’ve been on the lookout for upcoming games that sound decent, particularly for the DS since it’s what I tend to play the most.

Viva Piñata news: It’s coming out for Nintendo DS in the fall. Since I still haven’t figured out what the deal is with the PC version not working properly (probably my graphics and/or video card — I’m really not a hardware person — but it’s the only program I’ve had trouble with and I haven’t had time to investigate much), this might allow me to finally play the game, and a portable edition sounds great.

A couple weeks ago I had an opportunity to try out Rock Band. I have no idea why they tried to put me on drums first, but it was a good deal more difficult than it looked. They switched me to bass, which I started picking up fairly well before the song was over. The sad truth is that if I can figure out where to put all the equipment (a definite problem at the moment) I may end up getting the Wii version eventually (it’s due to be released June 22).

Also due out June 22 is the DS version of Guitar Hero. I’ve watched videos online of kids playing and I’m still not sure how that’s going to work, but I’m seriously intrigued.

One game that I want and will actually have soon is Mario Kart Wii. It and a few extra wheels are due to arrive Monday. I actually played this when I was at Best Buy recently — something I don’t think I’ve ever done, at least in part because the games are usually monopolized by kids — but now I’m looking forward to it even more.

Also due to arrive before the end of the month is the Wii Fit. I preordered that the minute the email from Amazon arrived letting me know it was available.

So, any games you’d like to recommend?

Sudoku Obsession

I don’t even really remember how it happened. Was it a puzzle in the newspaper? Did someone tell me about it? Did I see something about it on TV? I have no idea, but by sometime in 2005 I was working on my obsession with sudoku.

I’ve always enjoyed logic problems, so this was really just a natural progression, I suppose. But the thing is, I work — or want to work — on sudoku puzzles pretty much every day. I think it might actually be one reason I do so little cross stitch these days; it’s relaxing to me in a very similar way. (One other reason is because I just got burned out on cross stitch, but I keep hoping I’ll feel like picking up the needle, fabric, and thread again one day soon.)

The trouble is, there have been several puzzles I just can’t solve. A friend gave me a 2006 page-a-day sudoku calendar for Christmas in 2005, and I still have about 20 puzzles I haven’t been able to finish. I have another I bought myself this year that has four difficulty levels that rotate each day. So far I’ve solved one of the highest difficulty puzzles. One, of about 25. It’s going to be a long year at this rate.

So when I saw The Sudoku Addict’s Workbook (Paul Stephens) with “gridlock-busting tips and techniques” at the bookstore today, I knew I had to buy it. Where has this book been all this time? Apparently waiting to be released last Tuesday. However, the same fellow has another book published over a year ago, Mastering Sudoku Week by Week, with “52 steps to becoming a sudoku wizard.” Sounds great! So now both have been added to my sudoku collection, and at least Mastering will be coming with me to Vegas Friday.

The problem now is putting it down long enough to get all the stuff done I need to do this week. You know, like pack.