the-inbetween monthly archives for: December 2004

Game of the Year Awards

Everybody else is doing it, so I will too! The annual the-inbetween.com’s 2004 Games of the Year That I Have Played (and some I haven’t) Awards. It just rolls off the tongue, don’t it? The “Best of the Best” Award: Gradius V Chronicles of Riddick Halo 2 XBL Metroid: Zero Mission Astroboy: The Omega Factor The “Best Games That I Need to Play More Of” Award: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Outrun 2 Metroid Prime 2 The “No Sir,…

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Random Shopping Tales

The post wherein I write about the pre-Christmas shopping period in a random stream of consciousness way.

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PSP vs DS Round… Four?

The videos of the now infamous popping-UMD defect in the PSP (one of many defects!) are spreading around a lot, including the one where the jettisoned UMD lays the smack down on a chilling DS. I think it’s even more amusing in animated gif form:

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Shit Awards

The Spike TV Video Game Awards were on yesterday early last week, and I actually managed to sit through the entire fucking shitfest. Here’s a show meant to celebrate video games, and yet it makes me feel completely repulsed for the whole medium and makes me want to quit playing games forever. Way to sell the medium, Spike! I think the whole two hour affair caused a mass brain-cell genocide. Millions perished. Now I know where Spike TV derived its…

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The Monopolization of Sports Games

Electronic Arts, forever content with repackaging Madden’s own turds every year, started losing ground to the new contender, SEGA Sports. The underdog, with its arguably superior game, went at EA’s jugular with a low, low budget price. It started to work. EA’s market-share began to slip. EA couldn’t stand this, so they made a deal: buy two sports games, get one free. No one really cared. Then they lowered their prices, but not as low as SEGA’s. No one really…

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Unbiased

I’m probably going to get a PSP when it’s released here. I already have a DS. As such, it’s hard for me to be biased to one or another. In the end, I’m not tipping the sales in favour of one or the other. I’m not the kind of person that either Nintendo or Sony would go for because they don’t need to do anything to win me over. My gamer loserdom meant that I was sold on these devices…

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Needs

I need to change this style sheet. I need to change my cms. I need to redo my portfolio site. I need to work on personal branding. I need to get business cards done. I need to do quick proposal layout changes tonight. I need a shower. I need to pay my phone bills. I need to finish that game concept prototype. I need to get Alien Hominid. I need a new sofa. I need a new desk. I need…

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Metal Gear Solid 3 impression

Over the weekend, the cellophane wrapping on that new copy of Metal Gear Solid 3 was finally unfurled. The disc was taken out of its case and placed on a dusty Playstation 2 tray. The tray was inserted and the television tuned. I played it for about 15 minutes. It took two and a half hours. I’d play it more so that I could give a proper impression of it, but today I have 30 minutes worth of work to…

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Sudden Winter

Winter’s arrival was sudden. Without any warning, millions of people in the Toronto area woke to white-out conditions and note-worthy accumulations. Tens of thousands of those Torontonians, at the very same moment, instantly forgot their driving experiences from every other winter they have lived through. The roads were slow. Lucky for me, I don’t have to deal with those morons anymore. Though the trade-off is that I now have to pack myself into crammed streetcars everyday. Twice. A tight situation,…

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Letter to the FCC

This isn’t very surprising. What’s surprising is that it’s working. Dear America, please keep censoring your own cultural creations until you censor yourself into irrelevance. The rest of the world’s cultures will thank you. Love, the world

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PSP Interest

A few places already have production PSPs thanks to some promotional auction by Sony, and they have written about it. Neither one of them gets into the nitty-gritty of it, and neither one wants to give out a verdict. Which is weak, as they don’t have a pre-release version but the actual unit that will be on sale (somewhere, in short supply) next week. Granted, they don’t have any games for it, but a hardware review would be nice. Hell,…

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Green Onions

At this very moment, I’m sitting at home in front of the computer eating a tuna salad sandwich with green onions. Despite the fact that the tuna salad has green onions in it, I’ve peppered more on top. I’ve been putting green onions on everything lately. Making eggs in my new frying pan? Throw some green onions in. Cream cheese bagel? With green onions! I like green onions, but not this much. Living alone made me realize that a lot…

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Driller DiSsed

Since I last wrote something, I’ve been playing Halo 2 and Super Mario 64 DS (yes, I got a DS on launch. First launch-system ever!), working on a never-ending freelance project, and trudging through what seems like an adjustment period for my body. I think the new bachelor life has caught up to it, and it has fought back by hitting me in the gut. A couple of times. It’s not that I’m eating bad, I’m just eating inconsistently. For…

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