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Published November 2, 2009

When it comes to Halloween, I’m a bit of a curmudgeon. I’ve always associated the “holiday” with constantly ringing doorbells, resulting barks from confused bulldogs and last minute study sessions for big exams the next morning, instead of the candy and campus parties that folks love so much. But in the back of my mind, I knew that when the time came to finally don a costume, I had the perfect idea. The ultimate combination of nerdisms, nostalgia and heroics, all rolled into a sleek red-and-blue package. The result…

Wouldn’t hold my breath for this crossover…

Artie, the strongest man…in the world! I’m not sure that the red masking tape did him justice, and I’m short one action land canoe, but I’m so glad I didn’t go with spandex pants. Nobody wanted to see that. Oh, and next to me in the above photo is special ladyfriend Caitlin, dressed up as Joan from Mad Men, a show that you should all be watching!

You should also still be paying attention to the DSi Store, even if Nintendo is doing its best effort to hide it from everyone. Last week, I took the PSP to task, but Loco Roco Midnight Carnival has captivated me long enough to turn my frustrations towards the DSi. Remember how we spent endless months begging for Nintendo to allow streaming from our SD cards? And remember how the DSi would use the exact same memory format and a similar interface? Well, you may not have noticed this yet since the DSiWare is hidden away so thoroughly, but if you download all of the Art Style games and a handful of decent titles, you’ll discover that the system’s on-board memory is pretty low. And in order to store all of your unused games, you have to use the Kohler-patented fridge emptying technique. For anyone who has had to copy and delete a single Virtual Console game, you already know what a big pain in the tuchus this is.

I could go on about how none of the games in the store have online descriptions, so it’s often up to you to decide whether a game is worth purchasing based solely on the title screen. I could also go on about the terrible cataloging (only two games per page? Really?) and the terrible points division between Nintendo’s two platforms. The latter alone has pissed off quite a few gamers. But a more in depth screed will have to wait for another night. For now, I need to head to bed. Tomorrow is Election Day, and I’ll be passing out flyers for my man all day long. Regardless of your political affiliation, do make sure you vote tomorrow!

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