Night before last (Wed), I went over to a friend's to check out their recently-purchased Nintendo GameCube. I love keeping up with the technology side of things, but never found gaming my niche - don't get me wrong, I love to play games, but more of the board variety
... Risk, especially, though I can't seem to find friends that enjoy it as much as I do. I also love to play simple electronic games
... you know, where you have at most a joystick and a button, maybe two. Obviously, "KISS" never caught on within the game developer community and the "joystick" has evolved into a mass of buttons, X/Y pads, mini-joysticks, etc. Bring back the days of Super Tecmo Bowl! Galaga! When I have to worry about how long or hard to push a button or variety of buttons to differ between a bullet pass and soft pass from the QB to the WR/TE, it just gets too complicated. Sure, some of you may say more realistic. But I'm more of a couch-QB
... where I don't want the realism or complication.
Anyway, he had some cool games (Rogue Squadron, Road Rage, Smash Brothers and NHL Hockey game) and I was impressed with their graphics and what-not. My favorite game was Road Rage (it was a Simpsons game, actually). I was surprised that Rogue Squadron was not multi-player - it woulda been neat to dogfight in X-Wings or collaborate on shootin' down the Death Star!
I got in the doghouse a bit because I ended up staying too long, not b/c I played games, but mostly watching my friend play Smash Brothers (for some reason, I enjoy watching people play those fighting games instead of participating myself - must be that complication thing again [I mean, com'on ... "If you press X and then Y+Z and then X again for 2 seconds, you unleash the Death Grip SuperCharge Kick O' Pain" ;)]). Well, maybe it was that I also forgot to give our dog her ear medication the morning before. Whatever the case, I got out of it by taking her out to sushi last night (always a plus in her book :)).
Update: I took my wife out for sushi ... ;)