Apparently we’ve all been lied to; blowing into your old Nintendo cartridges did not
, in fact, cause them to magically work again. Kotaku (via Mental Floss) wrecks our perception that our precious NES’ were malfunctioning due to malicious dust that was in turn causing Mario to turn into a hellish stew of pixels & squonking noises. In fact, it was Nintendo’s fault that our cartridges weren’t working. YOU BASTARDS.
Nintendo designed its NES connector using nickel pins bent into a position so that they’d give slightly when a cartridge was inserted, then spring back after it was removed. These pins became less springy after repeated use, which make it hard for them to firmly grasp the game cartridge’s connectors.
There was even a warning from Nintendo not to blow into your games, but who were we to listen to instructions? See:
Do not blow into your Game Paks or systems. The moisture in your breath can corrode and contaminate the pin connectors.
Did anyone else use the method where you pulled the game catridge ever so slightly out of the NES’ docking bay, then pushed it down so it mind kind of a “chunking” noise as it was slammed home? That was second tier tech support back in the day! What other methods did you use to get your games working again?
After the jump, (dirty) pics of a blown vs. non-blown cartridge. Continue reading
Look at what PAX has wrought: 11 minutes of game play from the new upcoming installment to the Metal Gear Solid franchise, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.
Additionally, Kotaku reports that MGS:GZ is the prologue to Metal Gear Solid 5! Great news, let’s celebrate!
That there was a Metal Gear 25th Anniversary party in Tokyo last night?? I certainly didn’t. Luckily I have the Internet, which told me first thing this morning! Kotaku has very handily scooped up all the bits from last night’s event and have them all in one super sneaky mega post. No desire to read a super sneaky mega post? No sweat, they broke it out too:
–New Metal Gear Solid game (kind of)
– Metal Gear Solid movie
– Metal Gear social game (please please please Farmville with stealth kills)
– Metal Gear swag to buy I want that watch! Which watch? This watch:
From artist Aled Lewis to be shown at an art show called Crazy 4 Cult in NYC, starting Thursday. For those interested, it’s on 64 Gansevoort St down in Meatpacking. Maybe a reason to go down there for the first time in years? Ever since the Village Idiot closed, it’s not been the same.
(link via Kotaku)
Could you image if Rockstar was able to ship two of their flagship titles this year?
GTA V will take precedent over just about every other release this year, with possibly the exception of Borderlands 2. It will DEFINITELY take precedent over my job. And most likely the gym. And sleep.
Even going so far as to giving it a fat ol’
However, I will still buy it. You don’t tell me what to do, Kotaku. Read the full review here.
Recession hits everyone, Sci-Fi characters & superheroes alike. More in the Recession Army album.
– Incredibly interesting article over at Kotaku on gamers who pay for cheats & hacks. Luckily for me (and unlucky for those on other platforms) but it seems the PS3 is the least effected by hacking, at least as far at major gaming platforms go. It must be just about unpossible to play any sort of FPS on the PC.
– The Gamelogical Society has a cool blurb about my favorite LucasArts games and quite possibly one of my favorite games ever: Sam & Max Hit the Road. I vividly remember lusting after the game, going to the Electronics Boutique in my mall and just staring at the box, imagining just how awesome & amazing that game must be. I don’t know what I did or how I did it, but somehow I’d accumulated enough money to actually go pick it up (no one in my family thought that playing video games was a good use of my time, so anything gaming related I had to acquire myself. ) Sadly, I can’t find a picture of the bundle but it came with four other games that I never even bothered playing. Sam & Max was all I cared about and the rest could go screw. That game was where i first learned what a lagomorph was as well as what a Stuckey’s Nut Roll was, though it was probably a good fifteen years later until I had the (dis)pleasure of eating one. I’ve only played demos of the current crop of Sam & Max games and I haven’t been thrilled, but if you’ve never played the original you are really missing out. The Penny Arcade games were very much in a similar vein (those are also very excellent games worth playing!)
In between BBQ appointments, I’ve strained the weekend internet and these were the tastiest bits that I caught in my…strainer? Internet grabber? My analogy fell apart, unlike:
-> 8 Foot The Legend of Zelda wall tapestry/mural – For your home AND your office.
-> Initial thoughts from Kotaku’s Owen Good on Borderlands 2. Now that Bioshock Infinite has been pushed back to 2013 sometime (which might as well be the distant future) this could top the list of games I’m most excited for this year.
-> The Chive rounds up some stupendous examples of video game logic (Be aware: random sexiness here.)