the-inbetween monthly archives for: August 2007

TIFF Countdown

It’s that time of the year again. Only a week until the Toronto Film Festival starts up again and the excitement has just crossed the threshold from not palpable to palpable. This is my third year, so I’m still an amateur festival goer, but I’ve been ramping up my attendance nicely. From fourteen movies last year I’m going up to a potential thirty five. This is also the first year that I’m getting them in advance with a festival program…

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Space Giraffe

Thursday morning I received an instant message out of the blue: Do you understand Space Giraffe? This summed up the general consensus quite nicely. I agree with it and I’m now convinced that OXM Dan was right and Minter was an ass for calling him out. so we know it’s not the game at fault here. Wrong. Now, look, I consider myself a competent gamer. Sometimes even a skilled one. I broke a million in Geometry Wars; I have gold…

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Super Metroid completed

This afternoon I ended four hours of gaming bliss. Not that kind. It was all about a two sitting run through of the Wii Virtual Console release of Super Metroid. I purchased it yesterday evening and this afternoon I completed it. 96% completion in just over four hours, without the use of a guide or map. Not bad for a game that I haven’t touched in a decade. It was an amazing experience. Not the game itself — I’ve doled…

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Calling out the Game Reviewers

Jeff Minter‘s Unity Space Giraffe comes out this week. It’s a highly anticipated game in some circles. OXM got its hands on it early and reviewed it, giving it a 2 out of 10. As expected, some people in those circles of anticipation cried foul. That’s fine. What isn’t fine is having the game’s creator, Jeff Minter himself, out the reviewer as a “rubbish” player. In short, the leaderboards show that OXM Dan was playing the game in about the…

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Shoddy XBox 360 Hardware

The XBox 360 is now officially the shoddiest piece of hardware I’ve ever owned, right up there with the solar powered radio that melted from being in the sun too long and complimentary airplane headphones. My second — and by some accounts, I’m lucky that it’s only my second — XBox 360 is showing signs of dysfunction. It’s not dead yet. There’s no “ring of fire”. Yet. It started acting up a few weeks ago by randomly freezing during DVD…

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Into The Pixel

The 2007 Toronto Film Festival is approaching and many a film is being announced. Along with those, the TIFF Group recently announced its exhibits and installations which, amongst other things, includes a showing of Into The Pixel: The 2007 Into the Pixel Art Exhibition (ITP) is an exploration and celebration of the art of the video game, curated by interactive industry veterans and experts from the art establishment. Here we go again. Torontoist wrote about the exhibit and said of…

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63 billion billion

The best part of this “63 billion billion” dollar lawsuit isn’t the attached hand written filing [pdf] (due to restrictions on typewriters), though that’s good. The best part is the separate 57 page list of defendants [pdf] (for another case?) that, apart from all the top officials of the US government, names James Hoffa, Hugo Chavez, Steven Spielberg, Tony Danza, the Magna Carta, the Roman Empire, Plato, the Ming Dynasty, Mount Rushmore, WKRP In Cincinnati, the Garden of Eden, the…

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Metroid and why it’s nearly dead to me

My Wii was blinking blue[1] this morning so I fired it up and right there was a proclamation that August is “Metroid Month”. There was an announcement that Metroid for the NES would be released next week and Super Metroid for the SNES would be released on the 20th (yes!) followed by the Wii release of Metroid Prime 3. To promote that they released a Metroid Prime 3 Preview channel which was just an elaborate interface to house two trailer…

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IF Sabbatical THEN

I’m on sabbatical. I don’t know for how long or what I expect to get out of it, but hopefully it’ll be something profound. The plan is to do something creative in this time and not just catch up with my backlog of games and movies before the mad Q4 rush begins. Painting, drawing, writing, coding, designing, photographing. Maybe even a cooking class. I need to do something with my other hemisphere and break the routine for a while. It’ll…

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