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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.)

One Bored Gamer Remembers The Aughts: Part 1

Happy New Year everyone! We’re finally back from our holiday fun of making silly Youtube videos of me whistling Christmas tunes. Let me first say that my New Year’s resolution this year is to make sure things are erased off a flip camera, so that they won’t be later posted by a friend for the world to see. Other than that we both had a wonderful holiday season of doing absolutely nothing.

Now looking around the highways and byways of the internet, we see a bunch of gaming sites going into the way back machine, reminiscing about the past 10 years. The so called “Aughts.” And we here at One Bored Gamer Blog, being the geeky losers that we are, must jump on this bandwagon too.

So through out this week and perhaps continuing all month long, we’ll be bouncing around fond video game memories of the last decade. The highs and lows; the important and the nonsensical. So let’s get started.

Microsoft’s Xbox Launches In New York

The year is 2001. After the horrific tragedy that was 9/11, there was Bill Gates, richest man in the world and head of one the most successful software manufacturers, standing in front of a Toys “R” Us at New York City’s Times Square. He greeted eagerly awaiting gamers that stood in line for many hours in the cold November weather for Microsoft’s first bold attempt at the console gaming market, the original Xbox.

Say what you will about the software giant and it’s practices, but if it is one thing they know how to do is kick the competitions’ ass. It didn’t come without a huge price at first though, as Microsoft lost at lot of money with-in the first few years of business. But they’ve since taken a big chunk of the gaming market and built a successful platform with over millions and millions of users today.

Images provided by GameSpot.

One Bored Gamer Vlog Ep. 8 – Spelling Nintendo

RUMOR: Xbox 360 and PS3 Price Cuts May be Coming this Fall

Ars Technica’s Mole is hinting at some console price cuts. For both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360.

The Mole has been right, no idea how many times he/she has been wrong though. It the source is correct, the drop will happen, for both consoles, by this fall.

If the Mole is right, Sony is bundling the PS3 80GB models with games and trying to phase it out, to make room for something else. A PS3 slim? Maybe.

It is also said that the Xbox 360 will be changing a bit. The Pro version will replaced by the Elite, which will become the standard model, and a new bundle will come to replace the Elite. That is, if any of this is to be believed.

Ars Technica via Kotaku

THQ Has Natal Dev Kits. Still Nothing from Sony’s Motion Controls

Looks like those Project Natal dev kits have been out for a while.  THQ has one, but they aren’t talking about what they are developing with it, and they shouldn’t.

However, THQ has not received kits for Sony’s motion control peripherals.

Check out the story at G4TV.com.