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6Jun/093

Scribblenauts: Incredible Game

I don't get excited about video games much - I'm a (mostly) grown man. But Scribblenauts, an upcoming game for the DS, blows my mind clear out of my freakin' skull.

The premise is that you're some dude that needs to collect these star things. To do this you (the player) enter words which transform into the given object. Scribble in "apple" and an apple appears. Write in "train" and a train appears. You get the idea.
Scribblenauts screenshot: Cow, chef, and fire have been summoned

What's impressive is that they appear to have built an incredibly deep vocabulary, not only of words but also of how each object can interact in the world. The trailer is neat - gives you a feel for how the game can work. Then check out some nintendo geeks trying to guess words it doesn't understand (and how it is able to render whatever they throw at it). Then be amazed at the ten "impossible" words some joystiq writers tested the game with - and how the game passed with flying colors!

Still not impressed? Try this quote on for size:

I was in the early levels; I didn't quite have an idea of how ridiculously in-depth the database was. I was summoning things like ladders, glasses of water, rayguns, what have you. But I reached a level with zombie robots, and the zombie robots kept killing me. Rayguns didn't work, a torch didn't work, a pick-axe didn't work. In my frustration, I wrote in "Time Machine". And one popped up. What the f!%k? A smile dawned on my face. I hopped in, and the option was given to me to either travel to the past or the future. I chose past. When I hopped out, there were f!%king dinosaurs walking around. I clicked one, and realized I could RIDE THEM. So I hopped on a f!%ing DINOSAUR, traveled back to the present, and stomped the shit out of robot zombies. Did you just read that sentence? Did you really? I F!%KING TRAVELED THROUGH TIME AND JUMPED ON A DINOSAUR AND USED IT TO KILL MOTHERF!%KING ROBOT ZOMBIES. This game is unbelievable. Impossible. There's nothing you can't do.

Man, I might just need to convince a neighborhood kid to let me play theirs - this is gonna be bigger than Pokemon!

(via slashdot)

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