the-inbetween monthly archives for: June 2005

Battlefield 2 Retail

The full version of Battlefield 2 plays the same as the demo, but now there are more maps, a new faction, and some new vehicles. What I wrote about the demo’s gameplay still holds true. There are a few gameplay design decisions that I don’t like too much — like the magical fix-anything commander crates and that the Special Operations class gets no points for destroying strategic enemy installations, despite the fact that the other Support classes get points for…

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IGF Web Browser Games

The IGF competition now has a “Best Web Browser Game” category, which should prove to be a benefit to those more indie than indie game developers that had no business being in the same category as the six-figure budget types of indies. That always struck me as an odd disparity — to have games with $200,000 budgets in the same category as those with budgets in the negative dollar range. Such differences are inevitable, as “independent” paints a broad picture,…

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PSP Stuff

A lot of people are repeating the GamesIndustry story about how UMD film sales have topped 100,000. I think they’re repeating it incorrectly, though it’s likely to be a mistake on GI’s part. They quote: Sales of films distributed on Universal Media Disc (UMD), Sony’s proprietary disc format for PlayStation Portable, have topped 100,000 according to the platform holder. Which seems fine unless you remember this USA Today story from last month: Two UMD movies have now sold more than…

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Minish Cap

I am playing The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. It is a nice change of pace from Battlefield 2 and from bitching. My only annoyance is that after playing through some half-dozen Zelda games I am very familiar with the routine of the story-line. It would be great if I could skip all that exposition and head straight for the dungeons — the meat of the game — right off the bat. If there was a sort of “Lost…

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Westerns

I grew up with the films of the late 80s and early 90s. The staple of the time consisted of slasher flicks, cornball 80s action movies with Seagal and Van Damme and the Governor, and the comedies starring Bill Murray or John Candy, many of which were regulars on Sunday afternoon television. Not the greatest bunch of movies, but at ten you’re not expected to have the greatest of tastes. Westerns were never in the picture. They seemed like a…

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Battlefield 2 Demo

I had no real intention to play Battlefield 2, nor did I know when it was coming out, but I was given some “encouragement” and a high-speed download link for the demo and thus, after a dozen minutes, I couldn’t not install it. I have never played the previous Battlefield games. In fact, the Battlefield 2 demo is the first PC game I have played online since, literally, the early days of Counter Strike (and the late days of Delta…

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Murderball

Earlier in the week, I came across a link to the trailer for the documentary “Murderball”. It looks like an interesting little film, but when I first saw the words “murderball” I thought it would be a documentary about a very different type of “sport”. The Murderball that I know is the one that I remember from grade school. Like many schoolyard games of the time, Murderball had a very crude but appropriate name. I can’t fully remember the “rules”…

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wiki

I was thinking of setting up a wiki on my new ludologizer.com domain, because it seems like the cool thing to do. Then PBWiki launched. In an instant it ended my plan, thanks to its simplicity and easy set up. So I’m using that for my wiki now while the domain, once again, returns to a state of duh. Not sure what to do with it. Again. The hassle-free set up reaffirmed in me the useful goodness that Wikis can…

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Tolerance

I have a fairly adequate level of tolerance. I sat through a root canal and a wisdom tooth extraction without much issue. Hell, it took me two weeks of agonizing pain before I even considered going to the dentist. I tolerated a four hour daily commute for almost two years straight. I sat through Wing Commander. I took courses in Discrete Mathematics. I have walked through blizzards with an unbuttoned jacket leaving my neck exposed to the blowing snow without…

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Patented

It’s unsurprising that the most aggravating article at Gamasutra was not written by a game designer or publisher or developer but, instead, a lawyer. The lawyer, quite obviously, supports software patents, even ridiculous gameplay related ones. Of course, to have a lawyer support patents is akin to having a prostitute support prostitution. Software patents are bad. Period. There are many, many reasons but I’m not qualified enough to succinctly express them. Others are far better at that than I am.…

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Bookshelf

The contents of one’s bookshelf are probably as good a judge of character (or just plain interests) as anything else out there. Mine is less than voluptuous — definitely not well-endowed — but it sums me up succinctly. And yes, it is organized by book height, which probably adds to the Freudian analysis (aside: my DVDs are organized by colour). Click for larger The only things missing from that are all my reference books — almost all of which are…

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