the-inbetween yearly archives for: 2007

2007: A Year in Photos

2007 was the most documented year in my life. The sheer number of photos taken this year is astounding. Various logs and notes have tallied where I ate my lunches, what games I purchased and what movies I watched. Actually, I tapered off with my OCD note taking half way through the year so the last few months are a void… but next year I’ll do better. Anyway, going through my photo library is very much like traveling through the…

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Gaming Moments of 2007

At this time of the year the internet is awash in lists. Lists of the best things, lists of the worst things and, ultimately, lists of lists. Looking at all the game related run-downs it becomes obvious what games are the most lauded. The majority of the lists contain Portal, Bioshock, Super Mario Galaxy and some combination of Halo 3, Call of Duty 4, Rockband and some arbitrary other game to be unique. During the compilation of my annual list…

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My Favourite Music of 07

I’m not generally the most up to date with new releases. Some of my favourite and most played albums of this year came out last year (hell, one of them came out in 1969.) Out of the 2007 releases that I did manage to catch, for whatever reason, the top five stand-outs are: Somatik – Learning the Colours. I think I was reading reviews for Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble (one of those 2006 albums) when I came across a beyond jazz…

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The Score Doesn’t Add Up

There’s a lot that can be written about the whole “Gerstmann-gate” situation but because so much of it is speculation and rumour, all of it will be useless. Of course that doesn’t stop the gaming forums but reason has never been their strong points. One thing that is suspect and beyond mere rumour can be seen in Gamespot’s official response. The point in question: Q: Why was the Kane & Lynch review text altered? A: Jeff’s supervisors and select members…

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Vintage Year

There hasn’t been a lot of time for anything lately because most of it has been preoccupied with this year’s glut of big videogame releases. The holiday season is always a busy time for releases but this year it’s been exceptional. The maturation of the current generation of game consoles has a lot to do with it, especially when you consider that the XBox 360 is hitting its mid-life (3rd generation) stride and the Wii and Playstation are finally losing…

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Positive Feedback in CoD4

I picked up Call of Duty 4 for the 360 late last week. After loading the game I proceeded straight for the online multiplayer — single player be damned. The first game was a write-off as I was figuring out the controls and the classes and the interface (not that I did horrible mind you! Figuring out the controls is easy if you are experienced with console first person shooters.) By the second game I was all set, racking up…

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Facebook, Game Platform

Marek Bronstring’s post Why the next big web game could be on FaceBook or MySpace covers a lot of what I’ve been meaning to write (he saves me the hassle of doing it myself!) ever since the announcement of Google’s OpenSocial API. Though I have an account I’m not a big fan of Facebook. That “social software” kind of networking has little appeal to me and feels superficial (why send a message through a third party site when you can…

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Get Up and Play

Nintendo Canada’s new Get Up and Play site is a perfect microcosm for the whole Nintendo worldwide strategy. Where as most platform holder’s game details generally focus on bite sized write ups on the game’s features and technical capabilities and requirements, along with the pre-requisite screen shots and videos, this site emphasizes a game’s “Activity Level” and what physical aspects it works. A game like Wii Sports has an “Activity Level” of 5/5 and it works your: muscles, reflexes, team…

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Guitar Hero 3

At one point in Guitar Hero 3, after your band achieves enormous success, you are sent to “Lou’s Inferno” where you have to battle (with ROCK) to win back your souls[1]. It’s a perfect analogy for Guitar Hero 3: the third installment in this now super-successful series lacks the soul that made the previous games so good. As I play my way through the Hard Career I find myself less than enthused about it all. It might be that the…

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Robotic Chair

Monday afternoon I spent wandering around the Toronto International Art Fair. It’s about as good of an art gallery as you can hope to find temporarily housed in a giant convention centre. It is a show that is geared more towards art collectors and dealers than mere gallery hoppers but it’s still interesting enough for the regular observer. Especially since it gives you a very tiny sneak peak behind the scenes of the art world through various overheard conversations and,…

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Consideration for us Console Gamers

Some of us, myself included, prefer to play games away from the computer. If I’m going to play a video game, I want to do it in a nice, comfortable, reclined position and not slouched over a desk. Besides, I don’t need to game on the PC because I do everything else there. I prefer the consoles. So when The Orange Box, with Portal and Half-Life 2 was released I purchased the 360 version. There’s nothing wrong with that. The…

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Zombie Walk Toronto

Sunday afternoon was the annual Toronto Zombie Walk. I didn’t partake but I was down to take a picture of the quite organized horde of zombies shuffling up Bathurst Street, sticking to the sidewalk and obeying all traffic signals. They might be undead but they aren’t barbarians! Apart from one kid getting completely freaked out — his parents had to reassure him that it wasn’t real — the actual walk was kind of dull. The real amusement happened away from…

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E4 Obsessiveness

I was reading some of the criticism of Every Extend Extra Extreme and the bulk of it consists of: it’s too easy, too repetitive and too long. I don’t dispute that; it really is. As I was reading those I realized that for nearly the last hour I had one song playing on repeat over and over again*. When it comes to music I like I tend to be obsessive compulsive about it. If I like it, I like it…

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