NINTENDO is a name synonymous with fun. To some, it is a name that smacks you in the head with childhood memories faster than your mom smacking those memories out of your head for playing too much damn NINTENDO… For many gamers it was the NINTENDO Entertainment System, the SUPER NINTENDO or N64. Now it is Nintendo LABO for the Switch that will be creating some good, fun memories.
NINTENDO’S marketing campaigns used the most famous Italians since Michelangelo or Frank Sinatra. Parents were sent to the stores not for board games such as Chutes and Ladders or Monopoly, but for video game cartridges that came in cardboard boxes.
The gaming phenomena was viewed as something that could prove harmful to children. The “if you sit too close to the TV you’ll go blind” phrase comes to mind. News and media played the angle that kids weren’t getting exercise or that the lack of tactile interaction with objects might stunt a kid’s mental growth.
Now remember, this was the 80’s and parents in the US could still beat the hell out of their kid if they misbehaved, so the kids went outside. Most kids in those days were just as happy reading the colorful game-manuals or building wooden model dinosaurs. 80’s kids also loved breathing-in that chemical smell from Shrinky Dinks or going through sticker books…it was a strange time.
They had no problem building cardboard forts, swords, robots, ghost traps, proton packs and whatever else an imaginative 80’s kid had on his or her mind.
Cardboard is the future
The NINTENDO LABO is taking fans back a bit and creates a tactile experience combining cardboard with video games. The LABO concept of “Make. Play. Discover” is self-explanatory. More importantly, it gives kids another way to explore their own imagination… that is if the kids can keep their 80’s-baby parents out of the Robot Suit.
Who is to guess where NINTENDO Switch LABO will go from here but they will do it with their usual outside-the-box thinking. How about some form of Slip-n-Slide?
The LABO comes in two packages; the Toy Con 01 Variety Kit MSRP’s at $69.99 and the Toy Con 02 Robot Kit MSRP’s at $79.99.
The internet is abuzz like a hornets nest blasted by an angry hobo with a shotgun; the Rainbow Six Siege servers are down!
Players across the Ubisoft fan-base have been experiencing an inability to join Ubisoft Online Multiplayer games such as Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege, For Honor, several Assasin’s Creed games and other titles listed below. Rainbow Six Siege has been one of the most popular titles (in terms of monthly player totals) for Ubisoft reaching over 100,000 unique users December 2017.
A rapid increase in players can be attributed to a robust holiday marketing campaign which started with Free to Play (FtP) access to PC, Xbox, and PS4 users followed by price-cuts on all variations of the game. The strategy worked for (or is it against?) WeirdosXxXx.com staff including CreepyCJXxXx, SkeadCustomXxXx, and SCHWINSLOWXxXx who all report that they gravitated to the game due to the FtP week and discounts which followed. They also commented that the unique teamwork mechanism that Rainbow Six Siege incorporates makes it possible for the E-sports market to open-up in this title.
One of the common drawbacks that players report about is the server connectivity issues. Across all platforms our staff have reported server issues but the January 6th issue seems to be the longest outage in months. According to support.ubisoft.com they are “aware of an issue impacting multiple games and online services. Our Administrators are investigating and working on resolving this as quickly as possible.”
Downdetector.com stats for Rainbow Six Siege Servers averaged approximately 2500 reports an hour. WeirdosXxXx.com staff members have had success connecting on Xbox whereas others still have no luck on PC.
Here is a list of the other titles potentially affected:
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Assassin’s Creed: Initiates
Assassin’s Creed: Ezio Collection
Assassin’s Creed: Rogue
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
Assassin’s Creed: Unity
Child of Light
Far Cry 4
Just Dance 2014
Just Dance 2015
Just Dance 2016
Just Dance: Disney Party 2
Rabbids Crazy Rush
Tom Clancy’s The Division
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
Toy Soldiers War Chest
Trials: Blood Dragon