December 7th, 2007

France is a wonderful place: squishy cheese abounds, the world is sunny, small children fascinate me with their superior language skills. Still, when it comes to reviewing, this whole expat thing kind of blows.

I’ve officially been waiting now for almost a month for my copy of Mario Galaxy. The day I sent Nintendo PR my new address, they picked up and stopped answering my emails. Then there’s Imagine Babyz. Nintendo isn’t worried about a lack of coverage for Galaxy, I get that. But wouldn’t you think the Babyz PR people–when their game has exactly one review on Metacritic–would be interested in a little more coverage?

Okay, maybe they read Heroine Sheik. Maybe they realized I’d analyze it and tell it it had penis envy, or something wacky like that. But still. The most annoying part is that I can’t even break down and pay good, old-fashioned, non-American cash moneys for my games here. Not only are they mad expensive now that the Euro is so much stronger than the dollar, they’re just straight up not compatible with my systems. I’ve got a Wii and a PS2 literally three feet from my face, and I’ve still got the Ireland problem.

Oh, the price of living in a land where there are so many palm trees to hug

P.S. Sorry for the continued technical problems that have made it hard to post this week. Heroine Sheik is now officially updated (from the back end, at least) and ready to go!

Tags: Bonnie life, France, gripes, housekeeping, reviews

7 Responses to “Expat Reviewers Get No Love”

  1. Scott Jon Siegel Says:

    Well, at least the DS is region-free, but considering DS games in this wacky country seem to run an average of €40 (or about $60 USD), it just ain’t worth it.

    At this rate, we’ll never get to play Imagine Babyz

  2. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    No, but that won’t stop me from making wacky, psychoanalytical claims about how it wants to have a baby with it’s own dad… or something. Check back on Monday :).

  3. nectarine Says:

    At least you can buy steam games for US prices (well most of them), but my guess is the games on steam aren’t really the most interesting to you. Plus your PC is in the states?

  4. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    Yeah, it’s that PC only thing that’s the real problem. Then again, Gametap might not be a bad idea…

  5. Woodstock Says:

    Since the Heroine Sheik review is such a unique perspective, perhaps you don’t even need to look at the most recent games released? I’m sure you’ll have interesting things to say about even those games which are years old, and I’m sure that the sexual tension between Mario, Peach, and Bowser will still stand up to scrutiny in a few months ;-)

  6. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    That’s probably very true, though 1) I find people are more interested in that “unique perspective” when the game itself is at the height of its interest and 2) I’m an impatient Mario fan girl who wants her Mario Galaxy now :)!

  7. Anonymous Says:

    I thought (for a split second from the picture) that this was about the Princess being a cockteasing bitch, from Destructoid.

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