Pokémon Snap is truly different from the kind of games that dominate today's market. It's a first-of-its-kind title along the lines of Parappa The Rapper and Carnage Heart.

Thus, hardcore fans of established genres and players looking for more or less the same kinds of gameplay will want to stay clear of this one.

All those interested in photography, Pokémon, distinctive gaming experiences, or anything else related to Pokémon Snap in particular, will find something to be happy about when playing.

Critics of videogame violence and parents looking for less corrupt alternatives will find a wonderful selection in Pokémon Snap. Be warned also that the cart can only save 60 photos at a time with only ONE user account. There's also no conventional means of outputting the photos either besides those kiddy printouts (Pokémon Snap stations are at your local Blockbuster video stores), so be forewarned.

Chi Kong Lui

Chi Kong Lui

In the 1980s, Chi grew up in small town on the outskirts of New York City called Jackson Heights. Latino actor, John Leguizamo referred to the town as the "melting pot of the world," and while living there, Chi was exposed to many diverse cultures, as well as a bevy of arcade classics such as Pac-Man, Space Ace, Space Harrier and Double Dragon. Chi's love of videogames only seemed to grow as his parents finally caved and bought him an 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (after being the only kid in the block without one). In the 1990s, Chi finagled his way into the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts.

Somewhere between all the gaming, Chi some how managed to finish high school and get into the New York Institute of Technology. At the same time, Chi also interned at Virtual Frontiers, an Internet software consultancy where he learned the ways of HTML. Soon after acquiring his BFA, Chi went on to become the lead Web designer of the Anti-Defamation League. During his tenure there, Chi was instrumental in redesigning and relaunching the non-profit organization's Web site.

Today, Chi is the webmaster of the American Red Cross in Greater New York and somehow managed to work through the tragic events of September 11th without losing his sanity. Chi considers GameCritics.com his life's work and continues to be amazed that the web site is still standing after the recent dotcom fallout. It is his dream that GameCritics.com will accomplish two things: 1) Redefine the grammar of videogames much the same way French film critic Andre Bazin did for the art of cinema and 2) bring game criticism to the forefront of mainstream culture much the same way Siskel & Ebert did for film criticism.
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