the-inbetween yearly archives for: 2005

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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Month of Futility

The month of futility is upon us. I would like to participate in the novel writing. I really would but I know I won’t manage it. Perhaps it would be best if I just quit before it starts. I’d have more time to finish Castlevania DS and Shadow of the Colossus. In a month, the Dr. Mario / Panel De Pon (locally known as Tetris Attack) bundle that greeted the Japanese GameBoy Micro launch will get a domestic release, as…

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Attack of the Forbes

Holy shit, this piece of tripe from Forbes, Attack of the Blogs, is the most moronic “mainstream” article I’ve ever seen about weblogs — and I’ve seen many. There is so much ridiculousness in there. Sensationalist FUD. However, I can’t say such things because it would make me an evil, ranting and raving attack blogger! Jesus Christ. I could break down every printed paragraph, but I do not have the patience. Instead, heed these lessons: Microsoft and SCO are unfairly…

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post-RPS 2005

Photos, with commentary, from the event. Unfortunately, I lost in the first round. It wasn’t a complete loss, though. I won my first match against some cute asian woman. It’s just that each round requires two wins to advance, and it was during the second match that I was defeated, losing to some guy that got an automatic bye because of an absentee. Lost in three sets. It was close, but obviously not good enough. With the bye, he was…

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pre-RPS 2005

The 2005 Rock Paper Scissors World Championships are tonight. I’ll be there. Again. Here are my previous “reports” — 2003 Championships, where I was a ref; 2004 Championships, where I competed (and made it to the top 64 worldwide). Expect a “report” tomorrow. I was watching the trailer for Match Point because it was pointed out elsewhere and because it has Scarlett Johansson. It was pointed out in the context of “watch this trailer and guess who the director is”…

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The Hockey post

One of the things keeping me away from the computer and the internets lately has been NHL Centre Ice. I ordered it just before the start of the season (not knowing that there was a free preview for the first few weeks! ARG), and since then I’ve watched more hockey than throughout all of last year. Note the sarcasm. Regardless of the lockout, I have watched a hell of a lot of hockey this season. I’d be just about getting…

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Colossal Ads

There’s this video of a “news report” about some giants unearthed by last year’s asian tsunami floating around the internet now.* If some giants like this were discovered, you’d think you’d have heard more about it (not to mention that even a tsunami would have a hard time unearthing something so big.) Hence I — and many others — are 99.9999% convinced that it’s a viral ad. The question remains: what for? I had my suspicions, but after seeing a…

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Two Fifty

Two Fifty focuses on one small idea and does it well. It gives you a checklist of movies and you mark them off when you see them. That’s it. It works. The only problem that I have is that it uses IMDB’s arguably dubious Top 250 list. I wish there were multiple pre-defined lists for the ultimate in lazy. One thing that I’ve wanted to do recently, ever since I found a DVD rental store that was completely stacked with…

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Covers and Snakes and Shootouts

Based on their recent album, Franz Ferdinand could be a killer NES cover band. It’s been said that the music of the NES chips is most like that of three or four piece rock bands, which makes some sense when you think about it. With the kinds of hooks that Franz Ferdinand use on the album, many of their songs could be chiptunified. Or they could easily play NES songs in their own style. Either or. New up and coming…

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Correction: Power Glove

I hate to bitch about such a minor, useless fact, but it annoys my pedantic side and this recent article (by someone that should know better) pushed me over the edge. Everytime there’s some new hardware from Nintendo, some unconventional control scheme, some lame gimmick, someone somewhere always brings up Nintendo’s Power Glove. It’s not, people! The Power Glove belongs to Mattel, not Nintendo. Power Glove Page.

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Live Covers

A school band has played a live cover of a DJ Shadow track. That’s interesting, but it reminds me of Alarm Will Sound‘s good Aphex Twin cover album. It seems that live, semi-orchestral covers of all digital — and often glitchy, which makes them harder to play — tracks is kind of the cool new thing for bands to do. The old favourite, live band covers of classic 8-bit chiptunes, has become too mainstream for some, I guess. Edit: I…

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Burnout Revenge + Online

The problem with online gaming with random people is that there’s a severe lack of trust. Everyone is always looked at with skepticism. In such an environment, actual skill is exceedingly suspect. Unless you know the people you are competing against, a strong performance by a random player is always given the suspicious eye. They have some super high speed internet connection! They’re exploiting glitches! They’re cheating! The game is unbalanced/poorly designed! They have no life! I played six or…

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