the-inbetween monthly archives for: March 2007

Overheard on the Streetcar

On the streetcar this afternoon, a large black dude sits in front of me. Knit cap, bling in his left ear, talking on the phone. Just a normal guy. I pay no mind. At least, I did until I overheard his conversation. Yo! Yo, listen up. Listen up… tell Chris that if he makes it to level 70, I’ll buy him World of Warcraft and Burning Crusade… and… and I’ll pay him for three months. Yeah. … No. Seventy. Level…

> READ THE REST…

How to Properly Respond to Complaints about Your Ad

First, there was this commercial for Kia. har har. OK, we get it. No big deal. After seeing it dozens of time, we forget about it. Then this happened. Police complained about the ad and it was pulled. So, naturally, Publicis later releases this ad to much hilarity.

> READ THE REST…

I Made a Podcast (of sorts)

Yeah, I made a music podcast. It was mostly an excuse to give myself something to do and listen to music, but I’ve been churning them out so might as well keep at it. Might as well remove the “semi-private” label too and link it here, so, yeah, here it is: http://the-inbetween.com/podcast. The music is all over the place, which is why I made the episodes short. It allows me to keep things semi-consistent within each one while giving me…

> READ THE REST…

Why LittleBigPlanet Will Succeed

By now you’ve probably seen Sony’s recently announced LittleBigPlanet. The gameplay videos that are out there are alright, showing a cutesy co-op platformer. Nothing particularly mesmerizing. But it’s the full demonstration that you need to watch. The full demo showing the depth of creation and playfulness at hand. So why will this succeed? One easy answer: Line Rider. Here’s a simplistic pseudo-game toy that spawned all this user created content. Multiply that several times over and you have LittleBigPlanet. And…

> READ THE REST…

The Last Generation Starts When Sony Says it Should Have

In their continuing trek to make a mess of the Playstation 3, Sony has announced that they have settled with Immersion. SCE president Kaz Hirai is excited about the potential for new and innovative products incorporating their technologies. This is good news for gamers, right? It would be good news if it was standard from the start and, more so, if Sony hadn’t been so blatant about making dubious excuses to the fact that it wasn’t there. Everyone knew that…

> READ THE REST…

March is the Unofficial Shmup Month

Broadcast Gamer, one of the better independent gaming-themed podcasts, points out that March is now National Shmupreciation Month. And I say: “sure!” The shmup genre, short for “shoot em ups”, is an interesting one because, in a way, it’s a living dinosaur. It has survived and bred over the decades without ever really changing. Obviously, newer games have incorporated the latest technologies, but the fundamental designs of the game are unchanged. They are almost exclusively 2D (any 3D is mostly…

> READ THE REST…