the-inbetween monthly archives for: July 2004

The Most Awesome Cover Song of the Year

William Shatner Sings Again. Captain Kirk teamed up with Ben Folds (yes, that Ben Folds) to create this pop-driven new album. The majority of the album was written by the duo, with the exceptions of “Trying,” co-written by Folds and novelist Nick Hornby (yes, the guy behind High Fidelity), “Real” by Brad Paisley and a cover of “Common People” (with Joe Jackson!) by British band Pulp. I have just heard the Shatnerized “Common People” and it is exactly as you…

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Raccoon City

Go to the Resident Evil: Apocalypse site. Enter said site. Notice something odd about the “laboratory”? If you do, then watch the trailer and watch it get blown-up! haha.

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Live Wired

An Interview with Larry Hryb, Director of Programming: Xbox Live. For the most part, it’s boring corporate boosterism. However, there are some interesting statistics at the end: the top 15 cities by XBox Live memberships. There’s Tokyo (despite poor XBox sales in Japan), London, Houston, Chicago and Toronto. Toronto is definitely no surprise. A relatively large, modern city in a country with good broadband adoption rates (far better than the US, at least, which is odd when you consider the…

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Doom 3

Awesome graphics, dude! (Cleaning, and the associated rummaging, is only as interesting as the things you uncover.) PS: It’s from EGM #71, June 95. Update: I notice that some people seem to think that it’s a typo on the part of the magazine editors — I assure you that is not the case. It was mentioned as “Doom 3” in multiple places in the article, in the game index, and on the cover with the text “DOOM 3: Exclusive pics…

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Game Woes

Is it the games, or is it just me? Every dedicated gamer hits a slump. A point where the fun factor drops, the tedium grows, and interests shift to other outlets. Perhaps it’s the current crop of games — not an unreasonable claim, as the summer is the slow season — but I think I’m experiencing that slump. There is nothing truly captivating out there. Nothing that warrants more than a passing glance. Devil May Cry 3, er… I mean,…

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The Reciprocal Influence of Game Music

I was browsing the new releases of the Ant-Zen catalogue when I noticed that Iszoloscope has a new release. What caught me is the description: this music is the perfect soundtrack for console games like ‘silent hill’ or ‘project eden’. faussurier’s addiction to video games seems to be the impetus for creating these moods. That’s not the only such reference. Discog’s bio for Iszoloscope says: Faussurier found his place on the vast musical continuum through videogames, of all things. A…

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Tweaked

A weblog post about tweaks to the weblog is about as irrelevant as you can get, but such is the nature of this place: irrelevant. I’ve cleaned up some xhtml, fixed the archive pages a bit, updated my age on the info page (been 24 for half a year now, sheesh), and removed a lot of unnecesary navigation. The problem now is that the navigation area seems too bare. It should be fixed if/when I add a “contact” option there,…

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Things to do When You’re *REALLY* Bored

Episode One: construct a four storey tall house out of your games! Either that or play them, but that’s a less creative endeavour.

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Canada Day for the Non-Social

Things to do to celebrate Canada Day without leaving the home or going near any other people: Get drunk on some local micro-brewery beer. Listen to some Skinny Puppy and Frontline Assembly or, er, some Tragically Hip and Sloan Play Splinter Cell or Homeworld or Knights of the Old Republic or Legacy of Kain or NHL whatever or Unreal or SSX 3. Follow the latest off-season NHL news as the free-agent market heats up. But mostly just get drunk.

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