the-inbetween monthly archives for: February 2005

The People Before Me

Certain revelations have come to light regarding my apartment’s previous tenants. The clues were there all along — the weird deformation on the door, the filthy, filthy windows when I moved in, the mail from Berkeley — they just weren’t deciphered. Today, as I met my neighbour for the first time (after living here for five months) the truth came out. My apartment was the target of a raid. Apparently, the previous tenants were growing a lot of weed here.…

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Zam BeeZee

Free game alert: Zam BeeZee. It’s another one of the word+puzzle hybrid type of “casual” games, but it’s free and a lot more varied and interesting than its less-than-free peers, like the boring BookWorm. Word games are not my strength — not by far — but if I can enjoy a game like this for ten minutes without a hint of frustration, then that tells me that the game designers did something right. Finding words in a sea of letters…

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Lacrosse

The National Lacross League (NLL) all-star game was on NBC today. NBC! Lacrosse on a national American broadcast!! Not much else to show with the NHL in a coma, I figure. The NLL is a good watch, though. I’ve never been to a Toronto Rock game, but I’ve caught a few on tv and they’re entertaining enough. All the intensity of hockey but with more goals and, um, less ice. This was even more evident today, during the all-star game.…

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Virtual Photographer

Ignoring the game within Gran Turismo 4 — something that is easy to do as it overloads you with millions of random functions and features, few of which have anything to do with actual racing — I have to say that the seemingly throwaway photo mode is, to my surprise, rather impressive. This virual camera features almost as many capabilities as a regular low-end digital. You can change aperture, focal length, and other random technical terms I know little about.…

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Edge on GT4

I was browsing the Gran Turismo 4 review blurbs at Metacritic when I saw, at the very bottom of the list, this quote from Edge Magazine: Gran Turismo 4 is fundamentally unconcerned with furthering the art of the videogame. This titanic franchise, this critical, load-bearing pillar of PlayStation, is barely even a videogame at all. It’s a hobbyist software suite, a racetrack tutorial, an encyclopaedia you can get in and drive off. That sums up my feelings about the entire…

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Drive and Park

I’ve been bit by the racing game bug, and the pending Gran Turismo 4 release had nothing to do with it. Rather, it’s been a recent encounter with Colin McRae Rally 2005 that set me off. Off to the local game retailer, cash in hand. I have Colin McRae 3 and I did play it to death when it was new. The game had its faults (a lot of them), but they were ignorable in the face of the solid…

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The Forgotten Mix

Digging through some old CDs, I found a few ancient CD-Rs loaded with miscellaneous mp3s. The CD-Rs date back at least five years, and many of the mp3s they contain were acquired before that, during the pre-Napster days even. These discs are time capsules from a time before my musical tastes refined. They are also from a time when full albums were hard to come by so the collection has a lot of one-off songs and singles — mostly ones…

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The late Babylon 5 game (with media!)

One lower-profile game that I have a modicum of interest in is Nexus: The Jupiter Incident. Conquering nations and the world is fine and all, but I have my sights set on the galaxy. I’ve had a long standing thirst for epic space-opera battles translated to the video game medium. I know there’s been a few games like this (hence why I installed Homeworld), but they’re very rare and if any did come out, they came when I either had…

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The Demise

I’m doomed. Yesterday’s Valentine’s Day is going to cause my downfall. Like any proper loner, I celebrated the day by relaxing in front of the PC, eating two pizza pops, some nuts, and drinking a couple of beers; strong beers. Thanks to a crazy week, I hadn’t had much time to relax and/or play games (sometimes the two things aren’t mutually inclusive) lately, so a slower paced, easy to get into game was in order. I first installed Europa Universalis…

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Enterprise, music, Snood, Polarium, Block Puzzles

I had a bunch of small thoughts to write, but they got delayed because of tiredness and relaxation and a 19 hour work day. Here they are. One: the cancellation of Enterprise. It both amuses and saddens me to realize that as soon as Enterprise started getting good, it got cancelled. What I saw of the first and second season — not much — was stupid mainstreamed-Trek dreck. Some stupid temporal war, some gratuitous Borg moment (completely contradicting the already…

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iPod Shuffle

Sticking out of my black PC case like a big, bright, white Apple middle finger “fuck you” is my slick new iPod Shuffle. It is slick. It is small. I like it. The Shuffle is not only my first mp3 player, but my first portable music player ever. Considering that I listen to a lot of music and that I’m a tech geek, it’s surprising that I’ve managed to go so long without one of my own. I’d borrow my…

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1994 weekend

In my life, I have seen two Bushes in power, two Gulf Wars, two shuttle disasters, two Germanies, and I have seen the 80s be cool twice. I’m old enough to remember the Cold War (more so, I’m old enough to actually experience Soviet communism first-hand), the Winnipeg Jets, the Fine Young Cannibals, and Herman’s Head. I’m too young for Generation X, too old for Generation Y, and stuck in that middle straggling generation that is hard to pin down…

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A Scary Thing

A horrific event occurs every year or two: Uwe Boll releases a new movie. This event is always greeted with extreme vitriol and sheer disgust. Yet, despite that, there seems to be no stopping this man’s film diarrhea. Either this man has an admirable passion for what he does irregardless of what other people think of him, or he is completely lost in his own little world impervious to the criticisms. You can guess which one I believe. Everything I…

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