Readers of the blog may remember my writeup on Captain S, a Youtube show that ran in the late 2000’s styled in a family friendly sitcom format. It was the webshow that put a spotlight on PBC Productions. This next show was their second large gaming show, running 23 episodes. Named Little Miss Gamer, it was another show that was highly unique among its peers at the time. Featuring a female lead, it was light on comedy, featuring no swearing just like Captain S (unlike most shows at the time), and had great appeal to someone not wanting to just watch another “angry review show.”
One fantastic skill that the host has is the ability to take you back to the time you were playing these games she features. The female lead went by either Little Miss Gamer or “Z”, and had an obvious love of the NES and SNES gaming era. She shows great passion in each video she produced, and her personality is so positive it’s impossible not to let her upbeat attitude affect you as you watch. Each episode also has a Viewer Mail segment, giving more interaction than your typical YouTube show at the time and also gives the feeling of Z building a rapport with her viewers.
Some shows have some small skits done in them, and others feature some of Z’s puppetry work, which is quite well done for the YouTube era it was in. Also, it felt very fitting for the show to use puppetry in an era that is filled with cheap CG effects, giving it a retro feel. Production standards are also pretty high for the era, just like Captain S. PBC Productions put a lot of effort into their camera and sound work, and it shows in each episode as the production values slowly get better and better.
Sadly, the show only lasted from October 2007 to 2010, and had a quiet end as PBC ramped down and their crew moved on to different things. However, that period had fantastic episodes released with games ranging from the Atari 2600 to the PS2 and X-Box eras, and it shows that while she has moved on to the newer consoles, she has fond memories of the older games.
The full playlist for the entire shows run can be found here, and below is an embedded video of the first episode. Be sure to check this classic out!
TOPICS COVERED IN THE SHOW
Hardware Flashback – (00:00)
Dinosaur Pie – (48:19)
Guinness Gaming Records – (1:37:24)
Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygene – (1:41:22)
Jon Hare Panel – (1:46:09)
Top Ten Game Manuals – (3:35:56)
Gaming Trivia – (5:33:01)
Pinball Summer – (5:34:54)
All Aboard The Ali Express – (5:39:34)
Live News And Listener Views – (5:49:39)
URLs And EMails – (7:32:23)
TOPICS COVERED IN THE SHOW
Hardware Flashback – (00:00)
Dinosaur Pie – (23:41)
Guinness Gaming Records – (66:57)
Zelda Dungeon Theme (Doomstep Remix) – (1:10:08)
Brad Baker Interview – (1:13:24)
Top Ten Game Related Music – (1:52:49)
Gaming Trivia – (3:11:22)
R Cade And The Video Victims: Scramble – (3:13:14)
All Aboard The Ali Express – (3:16:18)
Live News And Listener Views – (3:26:09)
URLs And EMails – (5:22:59)
Recently Nintendo unveiled their “NX” platform as the Nintendo Switch, which they are planning to be the successor to the Wii U. The system is being touted as a home gaming system that can be also used on the go. However, there seems to be something that people are ignoring with the launch of this console: that Nintendo has just left the console box style of gaming platform behind for the first time since they entered the home gaming arena.
Pictured above is the switch controller, and the switch system in its home use mode. Look familiar? What you are looking at is a tablet with a bluetooth controller and a docking station that allows it to charge and connects it to your television: the same thing you can have with a standard Android tablet, but with Nintendo IPs and games. Make no mistake, the Nintendo Switch is nothing more than Nintendo switching gears. They are releasing a branded tablet that has a proprietary Nintendo OS and is meant to play their games. This is nothing revolutionary; we have had the ability to game on tablets with built in controllers for a while now.
The system features a snap-apart controller that can then be mounted to the tablet for on the go gaming. Nintendo is attempting to say that this means you can take your home gaming on the go. While this is the case, I question why one would wish to do this in the first place when you can accomplish the same thing using an Android tablet and bluetooth controller, or a tablet with controls built in such as the one pictured below.
Taking a closer look at the above tablet at this link, it looks similar in size to the Switch, but with its controller permanently mounted. It also features HDMI support for hooking up to your home television, and look: is that Mario 64 in the picture? Yes, using emulators, this tablet can play any Nintendo game up through the N64 era, along with non-nintendo properties such as Atari, Sega, Sony Playstation, and Arcade, without having to re-purchase games in Nintendos marketplace. Also, this is only one of a multitude of android gaming tablets available, so you can pick one to suit your needs.
Nintendo is still playing catch-up in the gaming world, and their vision of the Switch simply confirms that they are still struggling to find that innovative spark to compel the consumers to purchase their product. Releasing a product similar to what savvy consumers have already had for the past five years is something which in my opinion lacks to put Nintendo back to the forefront of the gaming industry.
The jury is still out, since the Switch has not yet released, but so far it looks as if Nintendo has a hard road ahead of them in their goal to reclaim the gaming throne.