the-inbetween monthly archives for: September 2004

Quick Stuff

Started a new full-time gig today. Got a dental appointment Wednesday. Moving this weekend. Busy. Gradius V rocks. Katamari Damacy is everything I expected it to be, which rocks and rolls. Paintball on Saturday was fun, but I’m feeling the major muscle strains now. Bruised in about a dozen places too, but it’s the muscles that are killing me. Started testing out my newish phone’s crappy phonecam. Figured it was a good time to put that old flickr account to…

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Nintendo DS ads

I can finally follow up on my ponderings of Nintendo DS’ ad campaign as the ads have now hit Japan. No surprise there. Some sort of Japanese J-Pop idol with keyhole cleavage and the slogan “TOUCH!” Yeah, I don’t know. Maybe that kind of advertising works in Japan, but it seems kinda pointless to me. Doesn’t do much for the brand. I hope that they’d be a little more original over here. If their latest campaigns are an indicator, they…

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30 minute impressions: Guilty Gear X2#Reload

2D fighters are a genre that I just can’t, no matter how much I try, get good at. There was a time when I was quite above-average at Street Fighter 2 Turbo — which no doubt had a lot to do with having plenty of *human* competition at the time — but even then I wasn’t that great. Even then, I could not for the life of me beat the Arcade mode in the SNES version at the top two…

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EA+XBL UI

Holy fuck does Burnout 3 eat up time. The crash mode challenges only take half a minute, but they’re such a blast to play that you get caught saying “just one more” forty times in a row. It’d be so much better if those quick crashes weren’t interrupted by slow loading screens and annoying EA radio, but those can easily be ignored as you get yourself amped up for the next million dollar crash. Many people have already complained about…

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City and Mr. Horse

Sad as it is, my camera has been grossly neglected. To make up for a lack of crappy photography, here’s a small sample of crappy photos from the small batch of crappy photos taken over the summer. Also: No sir, I don’t like it.

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New Releases This Week

Bear in mind that this list is for the following five days (via EB): Dog’s Life Guilty Gear X2 #Reload Syberia II Gradius V Call of Duty: United Offensive Advance Guardian Heroes ShellShock: Nam ’67 Sly 2: Band of Thieves Fable The Sims 2 Gungrave: OD F-Zero: GP Legend That’s not even the complete list. To this day, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more loaded release day for games (September 14th). Such an overloaded release schedule makes me…

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Hunting

Apartment hunting is an annoying, annoying task. You spend time and money to get yourself half-way across the city to scope out an apartment… only to be greeted by a really stubborn lock that required a coating of WD40 to open. And if that wasn’t enough, greeting you within that apartment is a nice dead mouse. “Yeah, I don’t think this place is for me.” Which was too kind of a thing to say. By suburban standards, the area was…

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Treasure to Treasure

In the last week and a half, I have played through Astro Boy: The Omega Factor two and a half times. This is actually a fault of the game. You have to go through everything twice — and repeat certain parts some more in an annoying fetch quest — before you can finally get to the true end of the game. There are some interesting variations in the second play-through, but they are all story related (it’s done in a…

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