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Franchise and Series

The word franchise is used a) way too often and b) totally incorrectly in gaming. Look at the Wikipedia listing of video game franchises. Most of them are simply series of games.

A franchise is an IP with a) multiple sequels, b) spin-offs, c) adaptations into other forms of media and d) merchandise. Take Mario. On top of the original 2D and 3D series, there is the Party series, the Sports games, at least three cartoons, a feature length movie, comics, toys, playing cards, trading cards, lunchboxes, and even a damn cereal.

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Work Update – 17/09/09

Won’t change the way I do these despite GON’s recent change to “2 minute reviews”.

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Trials HD (XBLA) at Games On Net
G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra (Xbox 360) at Games On Net
Madden NFL 10 (Xbox 360) at Games On Net
Ashes Cricket 2009 (Xbox 360) at Games On Net
Wolfenstein (Xbox 360) at Games On Net
Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3) at Games On Net
Dissidia: Final Fantasy (PSP) at Games On Net
AFL Challenge (PSP) at Games On Net
Guitar Hero 5 (Xbox 360) at Games On Net
The Beatles: Rock Band (Xbox 360) at Games On Net

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The Warp Pipe – Feature Demotion at Games On Net
The Warp Pipe – Playing the Wild Card at Games On Net
The Warp Pipe – Dreamcast Retrospective at Games On Net
The Warp Pipe – Unrealistic Product Pitch at Games On Net
Coming Attractions – 26/08 at Games On Net
Coming Attractions – 02/09 at Games On Net
Coming Attractions – 09/09 at Games On Net
Coming Attractions – 16/09 at Games On Net

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Work Update – 21/08/09

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Upskilling

Been ignoring the blog again, go me.

Some shuffling at GON is probably going to result in a downturn in my work. Fair enough – I’ve probably been doing a little too much there, but it’s good money and they pay on time, which is something I cannot say for every other outlet I’ve ever worked for.

Since I won’t have as much work, I think I’m going to dedicate some time to upskilling. I want to pick my Japanese studies back up, learn a bit about basic video and audio editing. I could, you know, keep a regular work week and do normal-person things too. I’d like to spruce this place up a bit, since I’ve had it 18 months and done nothing with it.

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Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce (PSP) at Games On Net
Virtua Tennis 2009 (Xbox 360) at Games On Net
Klonoa (Wii) at Games On Net
Bionic Commando (PS3) at Games On Net
Red Faction Guerilla (Xbox 360) at Games On Net
InFamous (PS3) at Games On Net
Prototype (PS3) at Games On Net
Trash Panic (PSN) at Games On Net
New Play Control! Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat (Wii) at Games On Net
Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil (Wii) at Games On Net
Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits (Xbox 360) at Games On Net
Ghostbusters: The Video Game (PS3) at Games On Net
EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis (Wii) at Games On Net
Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings (Wii) at Games On Net
Punch Out!! (Wii) at Games On Net
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (PS3) at Games On Net
The Sims 3 (PC) at Games On Net

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The Warp Pipe – Crappletoads and Other Stories at Games On Net
The Warp Pipe – Market Rise on Memory Lane at Games On Net
The Warp Pipe – Just Beat It (and put it back on the shelf, please) at Games On Net
The Warp Pipe – Those Tender Moments at Games On Net
Coming Attractions – 10/06/2009 at Games On Net
Coming Attractions – 17/06/2009 at Games On Net
Coming Attractions – 24/06/2009 at Games On Net
Coming Attractions – 01/07/2009 at Games On Net

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Slack

Don’t remember how many weeks behind I am now. E3 has come and gone, seems like it’s all about the motion control now, though neither of the other two offerings seems very convincing. Too many reviews to do, spending far too much on eBay, and am one episode away from fulfilling my Whedon obligation.

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Banjo-Tooie (Xbox Live Arcade) at Games On Net
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Xbox 360) at Games On Net
Little King’s Story (Wii) at Games On Net
New Play Control! Pikmin 2 (Wii) at Games On Net
Guitar Hero: Metallica (Xbox 360) at Games On Net
UFC 2009 Undisputed (Xbox 360, PS3) at Games On Net

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The Warp Pipe – Now Playing on Import at Games On Net
The Warp Pipe – Extended Estimated Enumeration, or: Another E3 Prediction List (Aren’t Thesauruses Fun?) at Games On Net
The Warp Pipe – E3 2009 Post Mortem at Games On Net
Coming Attractions – 20/05/2009 at Games On Net
Coming Attractions – 27/05/2009 at Games On Net
Coming Attractions – 03/06/2009 at Games On Net

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Catch up

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Pushing through

Somehow managed to allow time to escape me yesterday, forgetting to do the blog post or my weekly numbers. Got too busy writing a review forWheelman; have got four more reviews to complete before the week is out, and probably half a dozen already lined up for May. This makes my wallet happy, especially after I spent an estimated $2k on games this month.

eBay is the devil – just as soon as I decide to take a hiatus, some of the less common NES games we want show up complete and in good condition. We just need to give it three months; by then everyone will have exhausted their Ruddbucks, and prices will be sane again.

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MadWorld (Wii) at Games On Net

Features
The Warp Pipe – The Best of Home Grown Games at Games On Net
Coming Attractions – 22/04/2009 at Games On Net

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Article Links

Going out to the Tender Centre shortly to hunt for gaming stuff. Probably should have hit the markets, but I wasn’t in the mood, and the term “flea market” always makes me think of vermin, go figure.

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Ready 2 Rumble Revolution (Wii) at Games On Net
WWE Legends of WrestleMania (Xbox 360) at Games On Net
Scene It? Box Office Smash (Xbox 360) at Games On Net
New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis (Wii) at Games On Net

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The Warp Pipe – Big Names, Forgotten Games at Games On Net
The Warp Pipe – The Easter Egg Hunt at Games On Net
The Warp Pipe – A Guiding Light at Games On Net
Coming Attractions – 15/04/2009 at Games On Net
Coming Attractions – 08/04/2009 at Games On Net
Coming Attractions – 01/04/2009 at Games On Net

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Week XIII

Too many reviews of shitty games to write – only one game at this stage is going to get more than a 6. Kind of want this quarter to be over – yeah, it seemed like it was going to be great three months ago, and it was – if you only have to play games you like. Desperately want to do some of my own gaming and/or go out and visit the friends I haven’t yet seen since moving up here two months ago.

I didn’t make it to the finals for the Best Reviewer or Columnist awards at the Lizzies. I think it’s probably because I’m low profile and not from Sydney. I mean they can’t hardly award them based on quality if IGN AU is up for awards. No offense guys, but Fox desperately needs to put up the cash for some copy editors.

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The Warp Pipe – Absent-minded Pondering at Games On Net
Coming Attractions – 25/03/2009 at Games On Net

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Catching up

Driving back and forth from Melbourne resulted in blog entries being missed. Tired and have lots of work to do, and am trying to stem the flow of money from my accounts. Buying like 15 games in the last week didn’t help.

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New Play Control! Pikmin (Wii) at Games On Net
50 Cent: Blood on the Sand (Xbox 360) at Games On Net
Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop (Wii) at Games On Net
Watchmen: The End is Nigh (Xbox Live Arcade) at Games On Net
The House of the Dead: Overkill (Wii) at Games On Net
Halo Wars (Xbox 360) at Games On Net
Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360) at Games On Net

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The Warp Pipe – Branching Out at Games On Net
The Warp Pipe – Franchise Necromancy at Games On Net

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