the-inbetween monthly archives for: November 2005

Cop Games

A woman’s torso was found less than a block from my building. Yes, just the torso. It happened two weeks ago but today was the first time I heard of it. I discovered this little news bit when two police officers solicited in my building. Two officers came to my door and told me what happened, they said that they’re looking for information and asked if they may take a quick look inside my apartment. I agreed. They asked for…

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A Personal History of Console Launches Part I

It began with the Nintendo Entertainment System. Its actual launch was a non-event to me. I just wasn’t aware of it. I wasn’t aware of a lot of things at the time. It was grade one and I had been in Canada for a matter of months. I couldn’t speak English yet and our priorities were above consumer electronics: we had a west end apartment with no tables, no chairs, no sofa, no bed and, clearly, no TV. The NES…

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Mario Kart DS

Mario Kart DS. Nintendo’s first real online excursion. It helps their cause that, apart from the online connectivity, they start off with a really good game. The best Mario Kart since the original, as far as I’m concerned (I missed the N64, the GBA version was… off and the most recent GC version I found to be lacking.) The only strong negative with Mario Kart DS, to me, is that the controls seem to cramp my hand a little and…

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The Right Brothers

Speaking of appalling songs: there’s a “grassroots” campaign to Help Teach American Youth That “Bush Was Right!”. They wish to do that by getting a shitty song from the “Right Brothers” on MTV’s TRL. If you aren’t a fan of the Right Brothers (you should be!) the I suggest hitting their site and checking out their videos, like this quality number of Tolerate This. It’s “kicking”! Take that you punk listening non-voting fourteen year old bastards! It’s hilariously misguided, just…

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Perfect Dark Unsexiness

So what happens when testosterone-driven FPS game makers working for Microsoft want to improve the demographic “appeal” of their title? They make an unrealistic “sexy” female lead character and have her pose in FHM. That should appease the early teens who buy our awesome rehashes! Now, if their nerd version of sexy wasn’t quite enough, they try to spruce up her image by making a sexy song. via “teh pile”: Since it is a video game, they have to try…

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Civ IV – the end of a campaign

On Sunday, I played Civilization IV. A lot of it. And that was almost all I did. The first thing I did was bring my Napoleonic Franco-Jewish Theocracy campaign to an end. I lost. With four turns left. Shortly after making contact with three other civilizations, back in the bronze age, I decided to focus on a cultural win. Since this was my first campaign, I though the less stressful route would be best. Save the wartime fireworks for another…

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Canadian Handheld Sales

The Gaming Age forums are like most gaming forums: brimming with unadulterated nerd fanaticism. The Gaming Age forums are particularly bad, though not as bad as some cesspools out there. I’m not a member but I visit once in a while for “anthropological reasons”. Sometimes also for the very useful (because the information costs money and is not published anywhere else) NPD sales threads. These threads get pretty lousy too, full of “my gaming device is better than your gaming…

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Edge Magazine and Castlevania DS

Canadian FYI: it seems as though venerable British game mag Edge is finally being imported by Chapters/Indigo. I don’t know if it’s a chain wide thing, but I’ve seen the publication in two stores so I’m willing to bet that the larger locations will have it. Tonight, I finally beat Castlevania DS. The game is sort of like an Aston Martin sports car with a spoiler made of concrete. It’s well designed, nice looking, and runs real well, but somewhere…

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How to experience Civilization IV

Here is a brief step by step guide to Civilization IV, as experienced by me: Turn on computer. Wait for boot. Insert Civ IV Disc 1. Install DirectX 9.0c. Agree to terms and start installation. Wait. Insert Civ IV Disc 2. Wait. Re-insert Civ IV Disc 1. Wait. Get a “Renderer Failed to Initialize” error. Open a browser. Type “Civilization ‘Renderer Failed to Initialize'” into the search box. Hit enter. Look at 14 page long thread complaining about the “Renderer…

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