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Jul 10, 05 - 12:31 PM
Who is Tara Grimface?

I shan't beat about the bush. Tara Grimgface is the successor to Princess Katia of Alanjeh as the bearer of the True Rune.

With this rune she can activate the many mysterous and mighty creatures that lay dormant within the magical cards she collects in the course of her fateful journey through the Lost Kingdoms.

Unlike Princess Katia centuries ago (whom I played about two years ago), she was brought up not in a royal palace, but among a band of robbers, but if she has the true rune she must be the True Princess, surely...?

Lost Kingdoms is one of the most neglected games I know. It is a wonderful blend of action and card-play. One uses one's cards in real-time battles with the creatures one encounters. It is exciting and action-packed with a wonderful story. One directs a brave brunette through many dangers and collects a deck of fantastic cards.

Where else would one use phrases like "We really need to send in the Golden Porcupig to get it more experience"?

I have just found a baby dragon, and although it is quite useless in a fight, I must use to to get it more experience and turn it into a big, fierce dragon, which will protect Tara as the journey gets more hazardous.

The picture above is not "concept art" but an actual screen from the game. You see the deck of cards on the left and the four cards "in hand" that are currently available for use on the right, while Tara running in real time through the magical landscape.

Any one who has a Gamecube should get Lost Kingdoms II. I just can't wait 'till we are able to play such games co=operatively together over Elektraspace! Roll on the Revolution!
Miss B*X

Jul 10th, 2005 - 4:46 PM
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I've been considering purchasing a Gamecube. Do you think this would be a good idea? When will Nintendo be producing a new console? Is it worth getting a Gamecube now? I have had a brief look about in Elektraspace and it seems one can pick a Gamecube up at a most reasonable price.....then it's a matter of which games to buy etc.

What do you lightgamesters think?

Miss B*X

Jul 10th, 2005 - 7:08 PM
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The Gamecube is near the end of its life, which has its obvious disadvantages.

On the other hand it should be possible to get one very cheaply. Some shops are offering surprisingly good deals (Toys-R-Us is one to watch), and secondhand - say on Elektrabay - you should be able to find one still cheaper.

The 'Cube will never be seriously online now: unlike its sister the Wonderbox (Nintendo DS) and its successor, currently codenamed Revolution. So as the foundation of a future Aristasian game-and-chat community in another area of elektraspace, it is a non-starter. The Wonderbox will be online by the end of this year.

On the other hand, Revolution will be fully backward compatible with the 'Cubie. Not only will you be able to play all your old Cube games but you will be able to use Cube controllers - not just the obvious hand ones but dance-mats, bongo-drums and anything else you may have for it.

So apart from the 'Cube itself, nothing you buy will be wasted if you choose to grade up to the Revolution in twenty-oh-six. And the revolution will be online from day one.

So essentially, if you want to lay the foundation for Elektra-gaming in Aristasia, get a Wonderbox (which is considerably more expensive), get a wireless router or access point later this year when it goes online (which is not that expensive) and you will have all the infrastructure laid down for Revolution.

On the other hand, if you want to dabble a toe into Nintendo gaming (and what else can be called gaming by girlies?) at a bargain price - and play on that gorgeous big screen at your house that the whole District envies! - get a Cubie.

Jul 11th, 2005 - 9:19 AM
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I think a Cube is a good idea. Revolution won't be coming till very late twenty-oh-six. My guess is that it may be out for Christmas, but knowing Nintendo it may even slip over into twenty-oh-seven.

Some grumpy old gamers look back to the Famicom or Super Famicom as the "Golden Age of Gaming". Others say it was the N64.

I can assure you that this is a case of rose-coloured spectacles. The true Golden Age of gaming began with the Cube. Beautiful, rich colourful games like Maria Sunshine, Maria Karts Double Dash, Animal Crossing, Star Fox Adventures - oh, the list is endless.

The chance to experience all this cheaply and catch up on the Golden Generation of Nintendo gaming is one not to be missed.

Then, later, when Revolution comes, we shall all start plaing together.
Miss B*X

Jul 11th, 2005 - 11:20 PM
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Thank you for your advice ladies.
I was thinking I would try to go ahead with finding a cube, and there do seem to be some mighty cheap ones afoot on elecktrabay, so hurrah! I may soon join the jolly ranks of the light-gamers.

I am rather fussy about games though.

My favourite has definately been "Animal Crossing".Although I am Brunette, I am not terribly keen on shooting and fighting things. A gentle ambling about, collecting coins and endless interior design are more my style! I know certain Brunettes who may accuse me of Blondery for this! I care not! After struggling daily in Pit London I long for some peace and innocence in Games, books and Films.

Any other gentle games to recommend?

Miss B*X

Jul 12th, 2005 - 8:10 PM
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Animal Crossing is delightful. This will be coming out on the wonderbox later this year, and will be enabled for Elektraspace so that people can visit each other's villages.

There is nothing else quite like Animal Crossing, but you might like the Harvest Moon series. In these you spend much of your tike watering planys, milking cows, collecting eggs from your hens and so forth. It sounds an odd game but it is curiously satisfying and very peaceful. The latest versions on the Cube have a marriage element too, which sounds nice, except that if you want to be a girl, you have to marry a bee-oh-why, and if you want to marry a girl you have to be a bee-oh-why. Sounds very ***** to me. I think you should take a look at the games though.

Games like Donkey Konga and the forthcoming dance Dance Revolution: Maria Mix involve playing bongo drums (supplied) and dancing on a special controler-dance-mat (also supplied) respectively. Completely non-violent and in the latter case good exercise. Some of the music is highly dubious from an Aristasian point of view, but there is enough reasonable amount of up-to-date music to make them usable even in our strict household.

Other games to look out for are Maria Karts, Maria Tennis, and Maria Golf, all of which are wonderfully cute and colourful and, unless you count a bit of highly cartoonesque banana-skin and koopa-shell throwing, quite non-violent.

And knowing you to be a Sanrio fan, you must look out for hello Kitty: Roller rescue

All these are on the Cubie. On the wonderbox soon you will be able to get Nintendogs - a game about rearing cute puppies which is taking Japan by storm and especialy popular with girls and Tamagotchi's Little, Little Shop (that is what it is called in japanese. the title will probably be slightly de-cutified for the West, but the game will be the same) in which you play a cute creature setting up a shop and serving customers to help your shop grow from Litle Little to Royally Grand.

It sounds strange, but Tamagotchi was all the rage a few years ago and I am sure Bandai will make something very sweet and extremely playable.
Miss B*X

Jul 12th, 2005 - 9:36 PM
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Oh, thank you for taking the time to write such a full reply. It all sounds marvellous. Hello Kitty roller rescue sounds dreamy! I have played the Donkey kong bongo game and loved it (it was quite theraputic somehow ~ well, I know a few other Bongos I'd like to belt repeatedly, So perhaps that was why!

I did look at Nintendo in Elektraspace and found the Harvest Moon game. I did think it looked suitable for me, quite gentle and easy! I feel a little embarassed. I don't want any Blondes out there to think I'm a soppy Brunette! I can be as adventurous and intrepid as the next Brunette, but I do battle daily in the Pit, so as I said, I want to come home to peace, harmony and Hello Kiity! (or even my own kitten.....sigh)

The dance-mat affair sounds like fun! I know what you mean about the dubious Bongo music, it would be worth checking what the options are before shelling out any shillings.

It would be jolly fun to visit other people's villages in Animal Crossing, it would really widen out the scope for this game; but I already like it as it is, the music and characters and village are all very cute, and I think it's wizzo clever the way it works in "real" time, with seasons and all.

Well I must trot off now. I will look in Elektraspace about the doggie game. I am a cat person, but the Japanese do cute so well I could be endeared to almost any creature, given the right graphics.

Thank you once again. I hope I can share my journey into lightgamery further with you and other Pettes.

Fond Regards,

Miss B*X
Miss B*X

Jul 12th, 2005 - 9:42 PM
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PS ~ Oh, yes. I see now the Nintendogs (doggie game) is for the wonderbox rather than the cube. I won't be able to afford one at the moment. A second~hand cube is more in my budget! but I am also looking into the Tamagotchi game, which looks very suitable for Moi! I don't know why they have to "de~cutify" things for the west. I think what the west needs (amongst other things) is a cute revolution!

Jul 12th, 2005 - 10:06 PM
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I absolutely agreethat a Cute Revolution is needed. Kawaii Comes West should be our motto!

In Toys-R-Us currently there is a special offer of A gamecube, a copy of Donkey Konga (complete with bongos) and another game for 49s11d. The second game doesn't look wonderful, but you could probby trade it Take a look here.

Jul 13th, 2005 - 12:52 AM
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If you are interested in "Harvest Moon: A wonderful Life" take a look here for a very full review plus a chance to see 56 videos of the game in action(!)

Jul 15th, 2005 - 1:30 PM
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See lots of new screens from Hello Kitty: Roller Rescue (like the one below) here.

Princess Mushroom

Jul 20th, 2005 - 6:01 PM
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Hello Kitty Roller Rescue is now officially finished and should be available very shortly

check here