the-inbetween monthly archives for: March 2003

Freeze!

I’ve had a GameCube for well over a year now, and in that time I’ve had it freeze up a total of three times. I figure that for such a complex piece of hardware that’s a reasonable percentage. It’s surely less problematic than a Playstation 2 or XBox; and exponentially less so than a Nintendo. Then again, no console has been as bad as that. The first two times happened during Metroid Prime. Both of those freezes were during unimportant…

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The scourge

The most unbargainlike of all bargains is the dreaded “mail-in rebate.” This evil menace seems to be gaining popularity. It must be stopped! While picking up The Wind Waker last week, the clerk asked me if I was interested in pre-ordering Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles. I was, but seeing as it won’t be released until the Fall (if then) there was no urgency. I passed. The clerk then told me that it was free. I reconsidered, and agreed. “That will…

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I Don’t Love Live

The XBox Live Experience site has a weird Requiem For A Dream infomercial feel to it. It creeps me out. It makes me want to stay as far away from Live as possible. If you, like I, have always wondered how to make a model of the Starship Enterprise using only a floppy disk, then this is the tutorial for you.

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It’s Alive

It seemed like it had gone the way of the Dodo (or, more specifically, myVideoGames.com), but Robot Street Gang is back up and updating! They’ve gone to a more weblogish type of style, although they maintain that they will still do articles. I’ll believe that bit when I see it. Virtual Reverie is also worth noting. The list of video game centric weblogs grows. The lack of such sites has been lamented here more than once.

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Civil Engineering

Having made two “Pixel Town” blocks — a factory, and a (time-consuming) hotel — I had an urge to revisit SimCity. The SNES version, naturally. I had to clean the dust off of the cartridge, but after all these years I’m proud to say that the Megalopolis of Freedom is still going strong. The city of, ahem, KINGMIKE is doing well too. The visit, however, didn’t satisfy my civil engineering needs. Naturally, I picked up SimCity 3000 Unlimited for a…

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GTA 4 Real

You know how people protest about Grand Theft Auto being a bad influence on impressionable youths because it is so “realistic?” Watch this clip to see just how realistic it is [10.4MB mpeg file]. They could have gone with the gag a bit more, but brevity is good in comedy.

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Game Boy Advance SP

I picked up the just released GameBoy SP. Initial impression: man, the box is ugly. Slightly less initial, but still pretty damned initial impression: Christ, this thing’s small and light. *Gratuitous link to a European ad for the SP. Obviously, a European ad*. Opening the GBA SP for the first time was momentarily awkward. It’s the size of a compact, and it opens (clam-shell) like a compact; I felt like I was about to put on some mascara. After realizing…

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United States of Whatever

Eh, war. Whatever. The fact that Canada isn’t officially participating in this war just fuels my war-apathy. However, I could do without all the repetitively masturbatory news info-overload television broadcasting, but, luckily, I don’t watch much TV anymore so it’s not much of an issue. I’m not going to be waking up with a news-headache tommorrow (though, likely, I will wake up with other kinds of headaches — but that’s a different issue altogether.) Bah. Remember The Lost Vikings for…

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Missile Laser Option Shield

Soulfire — a CG Animated TV series — looks interesting. It doesn’t look nearly as good as Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, but I would assume that they don’t have even a tenth of the budget that Square had. I never played the original Zone of the Enders, but The Second Runner is making me regret it. Excluding Metroid Prime, I haven’t been this engrossed by a game in a long while. ZOE2, being a Kojima game, will no doubt…

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Wankfests

To the technical bookworm geek out there, the demise of Wrox and Friends of Ed might be a bitter pill to swallow. I couldn’t care less as I don’t own any of their books, but I have heard good things about Wrox publications. I’m a New Riders/O’Reilly type myself, so I can’t vouch for those claims, but losing the competition is a bummer. Good riddance to Friends of Ed, though. They might have been decently designed, but mere browsing of…

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Slippery When Wet

I don’t go out much, so I don’t have much of a sense for the Toronto night-life. Walking along Bloor West, amongst the noise and the light and the hustle and bustle, I realized: “Oh yeah, I hate this. That’s why I don’t go out.” So I spent the rest of my evening on Toronto’s dark and quiet back streets; empty areas with unmaintained sidewalks, snow covered driveways, and lots of ice. Lots of very slippery ice. The kind of…

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noctambulist

You know the feeling. That late night head pounding that you try to solve with a pair of headphones, blasting your ear-drums happily titled tracks as “Piss,” “Befriend a Child Killer,” “Skumfuck,” and “One Again You Die.” That nocturnal urge to carve out your eyeballs with your house keys, only to eat them with a side of fries and a shot of vodka. That wanton desire to stab your brain with your stylus by shoving it up your nose as…

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the new

Is “ace” the new “ill” or the new “mint”? Are pixel patterns the new 45 degree arrows? Are the 80s the new 70s? Is anti-war the new anti-globalization? Are rubik’s cubes the new lego? Inquiring minds want to know.

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