Is Famitsu turning soft?

Famitsu is Japan’s top videogame magazine and is known also out of its frontiers for its lack of perfect 40/40 scores. It debuted in 1986 as a NES only magazine and over the years it turned to all the other platforms that have existed since then.

Recently Modern Warfare 2 has been reviewed and has turned into the 2nd non Japanese game to receive an almost perfect score of 39/40 next to Grand Theft Auto 4.

Modern Warfare 2 is also the 18th game in all of Famitsu’s history in getting the almost perfect score next to other classic games like Zelda:A Link to the Past, Super Mario 64 or Metal Gear Solid 3 among others that just didn’t make it to the top.

There has been only 13 titles to score the 40/40 perfect score in the story of the Shukan Famitsu magazine. The list of titles can be discused by many (considering there are no non-Japanese games in the list) but it is the following:

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998, Nintendo, for Nintendo 64)
  2. Soulcalibur (1999, Namco, for Dreamcast)
  3. Vagrant Story (2000, Square Co., Ltd., for PlayStation)
  4. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2003, Nintendo, for Nintendo GameCube)
  5. Nintendogs (2005, Nintendo, for Nintendo DS)
  6. Final Fantasy XII (2006, Square Enix, for PlayStation 2)
  7. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008, Nintendo, for Wii)
  8. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008, Konami, for PlayStation 3)
  9. 428: Fūsa Sareta Shibuya de (2008, Sega, for Wii)
  10. Dragon Quest IX (2009, Square Enix, for Nintendo DS)
  11. Monster Hunter Tri (2009, Capcom, for Wii)
  12. Bayonetta (2009, Sega, for Xbox 360)
  13. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009, Nintendo, for Wii)

Seeing this list I was surprised to see that there are three games of the year 2008 and four of 2009.

Two things: Either quality of games in the last 2 years is risen incredibly or the traditionally unreachable 40/40 is starting to be more accessible. Can we think that many of the games that in the past were not given a perfect score could now achieve it? Is New Super Mario Bros. Wii a better game than Super Mario 64 was in it’s moment? Is Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a sequel, better than the original for the N64 (which received a 31/40)? I have nothing to say about the first 4 games in the list which probably did deserve that score but it seems to me that the old stern critics in Famitsu have obviously retired after those.


The Gods must be kinda crazy

Alright then.

I love videogames…  How many times have you thought that?

For what it seems, people go further than that! This happened more than a week ago but it literally blew my mind. Apparently, this japanese guy that named himself for the wedding as Sal9000 married a girl named Nene Anegasaki. Okay, apart from the guy’s choice for the name nothing strange. It comes out that this girl is a character from a Nintendo DS game titled Love Plus.

Maybe I should reconsider my relationship and stalk the Dead or Alive girls before someone bests me…

You can watch the whole report on a youtube video and show your shock & awe at this crazy world.

Other stuff is the statement made by 2 Switzerland human rights groups named Trial and Pro Juventute after making a study of human rights violations within videogames where they put young players to play among others Call of Duty 4, Metal Gear Solid 4 and Far Cry 2. The object of the study was to see which videogames broke human rights…, they ended saying something like this:

“The practically complete absence of rules or sanctions is nevertheless astonishing: civilians or protected objects such as churches or mosques can be attacked with impunity, in scenes portraying interrogations it is possible to torture, degrade or treat the prisoner inhumanely without being sanctioned for it and extrajudicial executions are simulated,” finishing with, “At least a few games punish the killing of civilians or reward strategies that aim to prevent excessive damage.”

No harm done lads, from now on designers will make sure to reflect the fantasy world and leave cruelty for the real one. Two human rights groups didn’t find anywhere in the world were they could justify their funding better? weird… Games don’t justify violations, they just reflect reality as any other media does but they decided to focus on video games due to the “interactivity”. Oh well…

Last (but not least) is a set of new peripherals for the Wii for the ‘games’  Cyberbike and My Body Coach feauturing a static bike (yes you read well) and a pair of 500g dumbells respectively.

With all this going on I’m almost curious to see what comes out next!!!!! Maybe we will have a ping pong table wii peripheral for next year to make company to the tennis rackets!!! Or a straw hat for making fatalities in Mortal Kombat!!! Yay!!!

Remember… Ayame is mine!