the-inbetween yearly archives for: 2005

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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Movies and TV

The Oscar nominations are out and I have realized that: I don’t care; there are no more LotR love-fests; and, with the exception of Eternal Sunshine, I have not seen a single film on the list. In turn, this makes me care even less. It’s not that I haven’t watched a lot of movies in 2004 — I did — it’s just that all the movies that I watched last year have been considerably older than that. Hell, most of…

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Steam Plunk Down

There’s a big blizzard outside, so today (er, today being Saturday) was bound to be a stay indoors type of day. Once I realized this in the early afternoon, I figured “eh, might as well get Steam and buy Half-Life 2″. I was going to eventually get it anyway, and it’s not like I need to go out into the cold to get it at retail, so why not? The first 10 minutes was easy. Just downloaded the client, installed…

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Poker Nights

Played poker on Saturday, for the first time since high school. It was also the first time for money and the first time playing something other than ole’ fashioned draw Poker. The game last night was, naturally, Texas Hold’em. That seems to be what all the cool kids are playing now. It’s also what all the fucking wanker spammers are linking to in their comment spam attempts, but I digress. I lost eighty bucks. Despite that, I did alright —…

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Gaming on Flickr

Flickr might or might not be an MMORPG, but it is a window into the gaming worlds of others. Pictures of people playing games, pictures of people showing off their collections and hacks and other game related paraphernalia follow (I don’t know why, but I find this interesting): VideoGames, Gaming, Nintendo, SEGA, Xbox, Playstation, DS, GameBoy, Halo2, and it seems like a lot of people have named their pets Zelda. Hey, look! A GameBoy Camera Gallery on Flickr.

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Welcome To The World of PC Gaming

I brought the new PC rig home, went to the computer store orgy on College and picked up a new monitor, came home and hooked it all together and… the keyboard didn’t work. God damnit. Stupid wireless piece of shit. Everything else, though, was working flawlessly, so I am 101 keys away from getting back into the “has a decent computer and can play games released this year” club. It’s been a long time since I was a member. This…

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