[REVISITED] The Duck Discusses the GCN, PS2, and XBox Generation: Part 1-The Cubester

Hello and Happy Year’s everyone! While the general saying of this time of year might go something like “In with the new, out with the old,” here at UWG, we’re all about celebrating our storied past. Every Thursday this month, I’m going to present to our wonderful readership a post from our archives. UWG has been around for almost two years now, and during that time, we’ve accumulated hundreds of posts from a myriad of great writers. As time would have it, some of those posts have been overlooked and/or under-appreciated. Each week we’ll be revisiting one such post under the title signifier “[REVISITED].” These posts will contain links back the original article, so please feel free to like and leave comments on either (or both!).

To get things started, let’s go back to early April 2013 with a great post from The Duck of Indeed that kicked off her series on the generation of consoles that included the Gamecube, the PlayStation 2, and the Xbox.


The Duck Discusses the GCN, PS2, and XBox Generation: Part 1-The Cubester

To view the original post from April 7, 2013, click here.

Hello, everyone.  I see you’ve come to read the Duck’s very first post on United We Game.  Well, for my first post, I thought I would start by discussing the pros and cons of a very nice generation of consoles, the time period that gave us Nintendo’s GameCube, Sony’s un-creatively named PlayStation 2, and Microsoft’s first video game console, the XBox.  Each console has good and bad qualities, and I felt like going over them, in three parts, with one post per console.

Just so you know, my favorite of all three is my darling PS2.  It is a wonderful console, and I’ve spent countless hours playing its delightful games, while it watched me gleefully with its little green and blue lights.  So you may think parts of these posts are a bit biased towards the PS2, but I assure you, dear readers, they are not.  Because my viewpoints aren’t opinions.  They’re facts.  Facts can’t be biased.

First off, I’m discussing the Cube.  Being a Nintendo fan, this was my first console of that generation, and I did enjoy it greatly.  I love Nintendo games.  They are fun, and they are duck-friendly.  You see, the duck prefers games with minimal swearing, booze, or other naughty stuff, so Nintendo games are pretty good in that respect.  So the GameCube allowed me to continue having years of good, clean fun with Nintendo’s newest (newest at the time) set of games.  I had such great times with the Cube, I even bought a second one when my first started to act up (I think it didn’t fare as well during the last move as it did the previous ones, poor dear).  And so, I shall summarize what makes me happy and what makes me sad about the GameCube.

Pros

  • It’s so cute.  It’s a little cube!  Are you kidding me?  How adorable is that?  It may be the cutest machine in the universe!
  • It has some great games.  Like I said, I like Nintendo games, and the Cube didn’t disappoint.  You get such classics as “Mario”, “The Legend of Zelda”, “Star Fox”, and “Metroid”, sequels to newer series, such as a new “Super Smash Bros.” and a new “Paper Mario”, and even a new series, “Pikmin”.  Fun, guilt-free times.
  • It was also the most affordable console.
  • It’s pretty quiet.  Except, after that move.  When it would occasionally make snapping noises….  What in the Mushroom Kingdom was going on in there?
  • Since you can open the disk thingy with it off, I feel safe leaving disks in.  With consoles with disk trays, I feel like I should take the disk out whenever I’m done playing (what if something happens to it; you’ll never get the disk out, it’s trapped for eternity, eternity, I say!), but not with the Cube.  And I like keeping my disks in pristine condition, so the less handling, the better.
  • It’s pretty well-made.  Like I said, it worked quite nicely for years before that move.
  • And this doesn’t really matter, but I can find a good use for that handle.  It’s good for carrying the Cube…to another location to make room for a PS2.

Cons

  • The GameCube has the worst graphics of the three.  I pretty much thought the graphics looked fine, but it had to be mentioned.
  • Tiny memory cards.  I had to have tons of memory cards to fit all my files, then, I lose files because I forget which cards had what.  Just “Animal Crossing” alone wouldn’t even fit on the smaller size memory cards.  I tried.  And I failed.  Stupid tiny memory cards!
  • Tiny disks.  I didn’t have an issue, but I hear that damage to these disks that wouldn’t affect a regular disk will hurt these because they’re so little.  Darn baby disks!
  • Did anyone else have trouble getting the disks out of the case?  I did.  You have to practically fold the disk in half to get it out.
  • And it’s weird to use.  You can’t switch disks when it’s on.  You can’t get to the options, like to change the time or manage your memory cards, unless you do things like turn it on with no disk in or hold a button down while it’s turning on.  If you want to do such things later on, you can’t.  You just can’t.

So that’s my thoughts on the GameCube.  A pretty fun console that’s great for people who like the classic Nintendo games and games that are a bit more family-friendly.  Some may be bothered by the graphics being the worst of the three consoles, but that’s not what bothered me.  What bothered me was that it was strange to use.  Why must it be so hard to change time?  Why?  I just wanted to change the date in “Animal Crossing” because I’m too impatient to wait for Christmas the old-fashioned way!  Is that so wrong?

Part two will discuss the hefty, but powerful XBox.  Stay tuned.

The DuckCube


Be sure to check out The Duck’s other posts in this series!

The Duck Discusses the GCN, PS2, and XBox Generation: Part 2-The Box

The Duck Discusses the GCN, PS2, and XBox Generation: Part 2-The Second Station of Play

5 Comments Add yours

  1. joshorne says:

    Nice post! I used to love my Gamecube. Completely agree with you about getting the disks out of the game case, I always thought I was going to snap them in half.

    I’ve actually been thinking about buying a Gamecube again, seeing as I’m still waiting for Nintendo to put Gamecube games on the Wii U store. 😦

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    1. duckofindeed says:

      The GameCube was pretty awesome. It bothered me to no end that my first one started acting strange, and it was such a relief getting that second one and being able to play my games without them freezing again. It’s such a shame the Wii U doesn’t play GameCube games.

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