Sharks And Video Games – We’re gonna need a bigger boat

I am of the opinion that Shark Week on The Discovery Channel should be made into a national week of celebration. Festivals, shark-shaped snacks on sticks,  a concert by Toby Keith, fireworks, and all the inspired jubilation – because Shark Week is just that great.

Sadly, there’s not much for a gamer looking to “sink his teeth” (haha, Shark analogies haters!) for some virtual shark action, at least to my collective knowledge. The only games I do so happen to remember all have the Steven Spielberg’s Jaws license tied to them.

The first game, came years after the first Jaws, and was roughly tied to Jaws: The Revenge – the fourth and final Jaws movie.  Yet, this Nintendo Entertainment System game was simply titled – Jaws.

Jaws was published back in 1987 by LJN, a wonderful video game maker who gave us such fabulous movie tie-ins such as Back To The Future, The Karate Kid, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Videogame Adventure, and Friday The 13th.

Ahem… excuse me while I laugh to myself at that last sentence. (LOL)

Jaws for the N.E.S., is a rather short and kinda bland experience of a game. How so? Well, you can beat it in almost 6 minuets; give a couple of hours or so depending on how much the few first minuets bored you to death, walked away, and then realized that you left your N.E.S. on and picked up from there.

I don’t want to bag on Jaws too hardly though. I mean for a mildly interesting time killer the game is perfect. There’s nothing Earth-shattering bad about that either, but I  do kinda wish you could play as the shark.

Isn’t that the only reason why someone would pick up a game featuring a great sea-predator such as a shark, but to experience it’s mighty ocean-mastering power?

Thank goodness someone listened to our collective prayers years later, with the 2006 release of Jaws Unleashed for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

Unlike Jaws’ 2D side-scrolling nature, Jaws Unleashed is drastically different, and can be easily summarized as Grand Theft Auto with sharks.

The premise is that you take control of the original great white from the first Jaws film, and prey on the unsuspecting beach goers of Amity Island. It’s all open-world mission based; from taking down marine obstacles that poses a threat to your survival, or facing off against boats, divers, and other water-dwelling life.

Sounds like fun – and if not – at least a bit humorously (or horrifically) enjoyable if this game play video is any indication.

I’m pretty sure Jaws Unleashed, though with its bad camera problems, glitchy game bugs, and freeze ups, is well-regarded as a cult hit. So as Bob Barker would say, if the price is right, Jaws Unleashed is worth a go at.

If anyone knows of  any other shark related games, hit the comments, and share your experience.

Oh and Shark Week 2011 is only a year away! (I thought I should mention that because for no other reason is that Shark Week is kick-ass! Okay, okay, I’ll stop now.)

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Game Video Playlist – Aug. 6, 2010

LittleBigPlanet 2: Adventure Trailer (LBP2)November 16, 2010 – PlayStation 3

Fable III Opening CinematicOctober 26, 2010 – Xbox 360

Sonic Colors Gameplay Trailer #1November 16, 2010 – Nintendo Wii/DS

Okamiden Japanese Music Video Trailer – North America in 2011 – Nintendo DS

Vanquish: Sam Gideon Gameplay TrailerOctober 19, 2010 – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Nerd Fallout – In-Depth: No Female Heroes At Activision?

It doesn’t take much to stir up the bee’s nest that is the core-gamer population. Changing a beloved series game play mechanic  – NERD RAGE. Giving a game a bad review – NERD RAGE. Pointing out a social injustice in the gaming community – NERD RAGE.  Like Jacob would say, “Nerds are angry people.”

What made some gamers cry in electronic fury this time?

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We’re Back!

Right now I feel like the movie Ghostbusters 2.  No, I don’t mean I feel like a massive failure to an original great film (not my opinion by the way, I loved GB 2 ), but rather the point of the movie where the band comes back together, straps on the Proton Packs, and speeds away in the Ecto 1 looking for some pesky poltergeists to bust.

And the same goes for us here at One Bored Gamer; we’re back in business! (Fingers crossed.) Hooray!

What was with the dead activity on our end?

Well, sometime before E3, someone shutdown the Containment Unit and caused a big explosion over at O.B.G. Headquarters. The  internet blasted thorough the rooftop like Old Faithful, windows shattered, computers and laptops were thrown everywhere, and damaged was caused to the overall foundation of the building – it’s was a terrible sight.

OK… so that’s didn’t exactly happen. But the important thing is that we ironed out some issues we were having with the website, and are back on track for the most part. So look forward to seeing a good flow of content coming soon. Hopefully.

Our Favorite E3 Moments – Sony’s E3 2006 Press Conference

It’s been four years since the debut of the PlayStation 3. Four years that have been one hell of a ride filled with great promise, embarrassing moments, and stupid decisions. Thankfully, it seems that Sony’s gaming platform has haphazardly found its way. Whether “how successful” is another argument to be made; what I want to focus on is the E3 event which started that strange journey.

E3 2006. Before a crowd of media correspondents and journalists from publications far and wide, Sony unveiled its third iteration to its gaming console series – the PlayStation 3. Most historians would mark this event as Sony’s downward spiral complimented with foolish arrogance and constant stupidity. And they are so dead on that even I, a full-time internet white knight, can’t sugar coat it enough.

This precious keynote is one of those unexpected hilarious moments that show how the King can quickly become the fool in no-time-sharp. Not only did you have Sony’s CEO Kazuo “Kaz” Hirai, shock the crowd by announcing such a laughable $500 price point, but later he would utter the phrase that would become one of the most famous internet memes known to modern gaming.

And if that weren’t the icing on the cake, the presentation of Genji: Days of the Blade, featuring a giant crab battle (hehe), made the entire event seem like a huge prank – as if pretty-boy Ashton Kutcher was waiting to jump out and quickly point at the hidden cameras to the crowd present.

*Ignore the whole Wii360 comment at the end of this video, or not whatever :P

Yeah, it’s gotten a lot better, and cheaper too! *hugs PS3*