the-inbetween yearly archives for: 2006

Branding Alphabet Soup

Drove home on my Prius™ while listening to my Muvo™ today. Then I got on my Viiv™-enabled Vaio™ and Google™d for info about Roku™ while IMing with Meebo and exploring the Podcasts on Odeo. Sync’ed some mp3s with my Oqo™ and my Zire™ before playing with Ning a bit. By then I was already getting tired, so I turned on the Aquos™, cranked up the Jamos™, and started up my Wii™.

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What’s in a name?

The Nintendo “Revolution” is now the “Wii” and as you can imagine, the world wide web is abuzz about it. Abuzz with purile jokes, mostly, which says more about the core gamer demographic than about Nintendo’s branding decisions. That central group is one that Nintendo wants to seperate itself from anyway. The name is getting a lot of flak for being unconventional, but that’s exactly what they need to convey. They are no longer in the same game as Microsoft…

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Another World

I purchased the high-res Windows port of Another World / Out of this World. Surprisingly, this is only my second ever digitally distributed game purchase. The first was Half-Life 2. The price (a mere 7 euro, which is less than $10 CAD) definitely had something to do with. I could buy two copies of Another World and a beer for less than it would cost to purchase derivative shit like Zuma. Maybe the replay wouldn’t be as big, but at…

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Tetris DS is broken

Nintendo has done the unthinkable, they have broken Tetris. Tetris DS, the package, is still good. It has a varied bunch of game modes, a lot of puzzles to solve, good multiplayer, online play, and a fantastic multiplayer “Push Mode” (the best thing to happen to Tetris since Tetris happened.) Unfortunately, “Classic Mode”, the very essence of Tetris, is irrevocably broken. Classic mode has a lot of new features that ruin the gameplay of Tetris. The first is that the…

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Mario Blocks

Just because del.icio.us won’t let me re-link something: the original site for the Mario blocks, How to Make Your Own Totally Sweet Mario Question Blocks and Put Them Up Around Town, has updated with a response to the idiocy in Ravenna. WARNING: Question blocks in Ravenna are considered harmful and may bring about the bomb-squad and cause you to get charged. It’s as though that city is the Lost Levels equivalent to the original Mario Blocks’ home, Toronto.

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Waldschattenspiel

Boardgaming and boardgame design is alive and well. Or so I hear. As far as anyone knows, the market is virtually dead. All there is are old Hasbro owned games like Scrabble and Clue and the many, many (boring) variants of Monopoly; various puzzle games that aren’t really “board” games per say; and maybe Settlers of Catan (and its many variants). Other games don’t often show up and when they do, they are pretty much relegated to a pretty strong…

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Movies of March

March comes to an end and with it another month of watching movies. It started with a personal pledge to watch a film a day in February, but it has grown to two months and, grander still, a full year. The one movie per day rule is dead, but the target average remains. 365 movies in a year. And since I didn’t start keeping track until February, I have some catching up to do. The following are the films I…

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Game Art revisited

Today I went down to the so-called “Entertainment District” to get a burrito for lunch and do a little bit of media shopping. Eating my large steak burrito (everything on it, no guacamole, light on the jalapenos) I browsed through a copy of Toronto’s free paper “Now”. In it was an article about The Fine Art of Video Games, which focused on two game-related art shows in the city: Microsoft’s PR-laden Play: The Art of Xbox 360 and the more…

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Snow (not the Informer-kind)

A short while ago I was browsing the coming releases at GameSpot to see what’s coming down the line. The answer: not much at all. It’s a sad bunch of games. Somewhere down that line I came across “Snow”. The coming releases page at GameSpot lists a game’s title, the release data, a small box shot (if available) and a quick blurb. It read: Snow Release Date: May 1, 2006 Snow is an empire building game that lets you work…

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DS Double Shot (mostly Tetris)

Excluding “Exit” for the PSP, up to today I haven’t bought a single game since before Christmas. There was little of interest coming out and the incentive to play the older games just wasn’t there. Today, two anticipated games came out. Both for the DS. Both by Nintendo (I don’t understand that planning at all). Both wifi enabled. Tetris DS and Metroid Prime Hunters. The only sensible option was to get both. So I did. Now that I have both,…

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Open Letter to YouTube

Dear YouTube, you have amused us greatly with your SNL clip videos (which get pulled down due to legal threats) and your “Snakes on a Plane” trailer (which got pulled), and all your other and future videos that will be replaced with a This video has been removed due to terms of use violation message. You cover the full gamut from videos of people geeking out to Guitar Hero on camera to videos of random people dancing to crappy music…

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Clarification

Jenn’s post claims that I was the regional champ at Super Mario World. I should clarify that it is true and it’s not something that I pulled out of my ass. No, I have the official Nintendo documentation to prove it. That’s probably my proudest gaming achievement of all time. I was twelve at the time. It’s up there with beating Zelda: Link to the Past in one sitting with a friend (we tag teamed the game); getting half of…

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Monthly Watchings

A day after my movie watching birthday weekend, I pledged to myself that I will watch at least one movie per day for the rest of February. A February Movie Watching Month, if you’d like. A FeMoWaMo. I went through my “shrinkwrap shrine”, watching a number of the unwatched movies that I own. I got a zip.ca membership. I rented movies from a store. I caught some on TV and, when I was at my parents’ place, on The Movie…

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