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Geek in Review: Indiana Jones and the Video Games of Financial Ruin

Welcome to Geek in Review, a look back at the last seven days or so in the work of all things geeky.

This week we had the release of the long-awaited fourth Indiana Jones movie and a Nintendo game meant to get us potatoes up off our couches.

Here’s a recap:

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

This movie ruled at the box office — it earned $311 million worldwide over the long weekend — and was there ever any doubt?

I enjoyed the ride. It was pure escapism, and that’s really all I ask of a movie: fun.

Coming so long after the previous installment, and with frequent allusions to Indy’s age, this movie carries a light message that adventure is still out there, somewhere. Recession and war and political chaos can’t stamp that out.

The last film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, came out when I was still a tween, and for a few hours I felt like a kid again. I’ll gladly pay ten bucks for that.

wiifit.jpgWii Fit

I picked up this innovative title on launch day at the — ahem — suggestion of my darling wife. The whole family quickly embraced the Wii Fit lifestyle. And you know what? I think it will last.

My Nerdvana co-conspirator Scott Kirchhofer has written an in-depth review of Wii Fit that should answer most questions — but if you see something you want to know more about, just leave a comment!


Wii Ware

I still haven’t opened this Pandora’s Box of Wii Point drainage. But you can read our overview of the launch titles. Monday is traditionally the drop day for new Wii Ware and Virtual Console offerings, so stay tuned.


Mario Kart Wii

I was late in jumping on the MKW bandwagon. It just took me a while to get around to it. But what a game! So many options — new vehicles, favorite courses, online play.

With two kids in my house, we loves us the multiplayer games. Ten bucks for a second Wii Wheel in the name of peacekeeping was well worth the purchase.

I’ll have more on this game soon, but for now just know that it is awesome.


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