the-inbetween monthly archives for: March 2005

IGF-off

I neglected to mention it before, but I’ve been challenged, by Walter “Ludonaut” Kim, to an IGF-off. I accepted the challenge — perhaps foolishly — so now that it’s publically acknowledged, I can now be held accountable for my lack of delivery. I do intend to deliver, however, even if the delivery is a steaming, rotting pile of manure. The challenge is as such: thou shalt make a game and submitteth it for judgement in thee Independent Games Festival. The…

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More Lumines

The one big problem that I think Lumines has is that the single player “challenge mode” doesn’t ramp up the difficult fast enough. The challenge mode becomes as more of a game of attrition than a game of skill. I just finished a game (new high score!) that lasted nearly 40 minutes! Non-stop. This is alright when you are playing a console, reclined on the sofa; but when you’re holding the device for so long and staring at such a…

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Geekout

Spent the weekend at my parents’ place, so the new PSP was used often. It needed some wearing in anyway, and nothing has been tasking the system quite as much as Lumines. Man, I’m hooked. Everywhere I look, I see two-coloured squares arranged two by two, falling, dropping, matching-up and exploding. It’s the modern equivalent to tetris mind. There isn’t too much to the game, really. The play modes and styles are limited, but, really, so was Tetris and that…

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Bridge Toronto and random bits

Bridge, with bitshifter, flight404, We Work For Them, and DJ Kero. April 9th, 2005. Be there or be 8×8. My list of the top shows that I grew up with that do not have a DVD release: The Dana Carvey Show — the best show to last for six episodes ever. Just today I realized that the *other guy* on the show was Steve Carell. This makes me want it more.1 Parker Lewis Can’t Lose — at least give us…

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PSP Cons

The PSP is now in my possession and it is currently sitting peacefully beside the DS. There is harmony everywhere except in my wallet. It is a good machine. Everyone — and I mean (Gary Oldman style) everrrrryyyyyonnee — that has one is raving about it. I would probably do the same, but I am a technosexual whore, so every new toy is likely to do that to me. So, since everyone is gushing and all the positives have already…

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Rantcasting

Now, I don’t want to get off on a rant here, but…. I’ve been rather curmudgeonly all week (or two), and very ranty as a result. There are numerous reasons for this, none of which are interesting. However, the rant queue was piling up with topics and I was too tired to tackle them so I’m just going to purge the whole list. You can make your own rants on the following subjects: UBI Soft’s increasingly annoying marketing and branding,…

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nCast

First there were Podcasts, which were mp3 clips passed through RSS and synced with iPods. Since they were mp3s, they could be listened to on any mp3 player and the iPod connection became kind of moot. But the name remained and it annoys me. Others agree. As I posted there, I’ve seen a few people justify the seemingly iPod connected “Podcast” terminology by saying that the “POD” stands for “Personal/On-Demand”. I think they’re full of shit.. It’s a stupid name…

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ChipTune Toronto

If you are one of the geeky Torontonians upset that the Data Destruction tour, featuring bit shifter, nullsleep and covox, isn’t coming to our centre of the universe, then read the following, otherwise ignore. If my sources are correct (hah), there was an attempt to have a Toronto date but no venue was found. But don’t fret, for I have heard that bit shifter will be making an appearance at fitc. Official confirmation on bitshifter’s events page. He’ll be performing…

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Shadow Link

I’ve been playing around with my first imports ever, Mr. Driller: Drill Spirits and Daigasso! Band Brothers, but I want to talk about the next Legend of Zelda. The new GDC trailer caused an avalanche of reactions ranging from “holy shit I’m buying Nintendo stock” to “I miss the cel-shading already”. My thoughts mirrored the latter opinion. It’s no secret that Nintendo was planning on making a follow up to the Wind Waker using the same cel-shading engine, they mentioned…

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Coin Stacks

There’s something noble about creating physical games. Games you can touch and feel and assemble out of random crap around your apartment. Half-Life 2 requires about a grand worth of computer equipment to play, this puzzle can be had at no more than $1.24* of your local coinage. And, best of all, you get to keep this coinage. I’ve been thinking puzzle games, so here is one. Take a piece of paper and draw a four by three grid on…

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On Previously Mentioned Unfinished Games

The Shockwave FPS alpha demo Phosphor, which I linked in my linklog, has spread like wildfire without any context to it other than “damn, that’s cool!” So I feel that some context might be in order. The link to the demo was originally posted in the dirGames mailing list (original post). The original post has more info on debugging it, if you run into problems. After posting that, the author, Nick Kang, further elaborated on his plans and decisions: Time:…

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Dan! Da! Dan!

I linked this on my side/del.icio.us feed, but I feel it’s worth mentioning here too. Free game alert part deux: Dan! Da! Dan! The game is from “Omega”, who made my long time favourite, Every Extend. Dan! Da! Dan! isn’t as polished and focused, but it does do a few interesting (and original) things. If not obvious, the controls are as such. “Z” fires. Hold “Z” to charge up, and release to fire a charged shot. This has a large…

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