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    Feb 23rd, 2007 at 19:08:31     -    Mario Party (N64)

    I played Mario Party by myself against computer opponents for the first time and while it was a fun experience, there was a lot missing from the multiplayer experience. For example, playing by yourself kinda takes away the tension of the game. Obviously you want to win, but, players are not competing for bragging rights. While playing by myself, I found that playing at the mini game tree (a place to access each minigame) was much more fun than going through the actual board game. Even though the games are simple, they are entertaining and allow players to develop their own strategies

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    Feb 23rd, 2007 at 19:03:47     -    Mario Party (N64)

    I played the game Mario Party this week. I got a few of my friends to come over and we played a game for 30 turns. I enjoyed the game board style play because it allowed for conversation to happen while the game was going on. Unlike some games it didn't require constant attention, so it is definitely a game for groups of people. At the end of each set of turns, there was a mini game where players competed for coins with which to buy items. The items offer an interesting twist in the board game style adding possibilities like stealing coins or stars; or increasing the number of dice that a player rolls. These along wth the minigames make Mario Party a great time.

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    Jan 31st, 2007 at 13:42:29     -    Super Smash Brothers (N64)

    I finished my second Super Smash Brothers session, this time playing by myself. The single player game is kind of a joke although it is the only way to unlock the secret characters. I found that playing in the vs. mode against the highest level computers was much more fun and challenging. even this mode wasn't too great though. I usually easily won. It was only when I teamed up computers against me that they were able to succeed. This was extremely challenging, I was able to win sometimes but not too often. Anyway, event this got pretty old pretty fast. Super Smash Brothers is not a great single player game, then agian I doubt pong is too great by yourself. Video games are interesting in that they are usually single player oriented whereas most other types of game are either boring or impossible without others. For example, try playing chess, poker, or tag by yourself. I think this group aspect is a very important part of games because it encourages social interaction which is extremely valuable. Multiplayer games like Super Smash Brothers are also fun because you can pick up the game, play it for 15 minutes and be done, which is difficult to do with a single player game.

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    Jan 31st, 2007 at 12:15:30     -    Super Smash Brothers (N64)

    I have been playing super smash brothers since it first came out back when I was in middle school. I had never really liked fighting games before but, one day a friend invited me to come play one where you could be mario or starfox and I was hooked. I took a break for a little while until I found out in high school that another friend of mine really liked to play. We always had intense games, we played with other people but one of the two of us always won. I think I liked playing so much because the game was fairly simple so it allows for the player to create his own style of fighting. I think that constitutes a game of emergence. Anyway, the simplicity makes it easy for players to get competitive with each other, so there was always some trash talking between the two of us. Competition is a big reason why I like to play video games and super smash brothers is a great arena for that. I am used to playing on my game at home so coming and playing on a new cartridge was a little frustrating. After you play the game for a while you uncover some secret characters and my favorite option, a menu called item switch that allows you to turn off any items you don't like and change the frequency of items falling. Not having this took some getting used to, but, in the end the game was still almost as fun with my floormates as with my friends at home

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