the-inbetween yearly archives for: 2007

OMG Spoilers

I had to return a bunch of movies to my favourite rental place tonight, Bay Street Video, which just happened to be right smack in the middle of Harry Potter book launch central for Canada. Holy hell, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a larger congregation of nerds in my life and I say this having been to E3. The eight year olds I was expecting; the fully grown men and women in full wizard attire I was not. I…

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delicious milestone

A milestone of sorts as I recently bookmarked my 5000th link in my del.icio.us feed, and that link was to Avatar Machine (in reality, the 5000th link was added over a week ago but that was counting links I marked “private”, this is the 5000th public facing link). That’s almost four links per day for four years. This, along with Gmail, is the one web application that has really struck a chord with me and I can’t ever see myself…

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The Darkness

I’ve been sporadically playing The Darkness on the 360 over the last week and while my initial impression was that of disappointment, the game has since grown on me. I’m not one to generally buy licensed games, especially those licensed on comics, but this is a game that I bought solely because of the pedigree of the developer, Starbreeze. The same guys that turned a rather lousy Riddick license and made it into the best shooter on the XBox. If…

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E3 winners and losers

I really should stop paying attention to E3. Watching the coverage is frustrating and annoying. The enthusiast press is too enthusiastic. The stupid little kids on the forums get that much more vocal. And the whole congregation of the big name titles is depressing for its uniformity. But I can’t help it and every year I pay attention. The one thing that peeves me the most each and every year is the idea that press conferences are some kind of…

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Ignoring the CEOs

I think that all the major gaming company CEOs are from another dimension. It’s the only explanation I can think of that accounts for them being so out of touch from reality. Not just the reality of the market but the reality of what their own company is doing. I’m not just talking about Sony, though their continuing stream of BS is mind blowing for its perpetuity. Case in point. July 6: “At present we have no plans,” to cut…

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Mario Paint Music

In the middle of a long four player Bomberman ’93 battle, the topic of conversation turned to music. Specifically, the Bomberman battle theme. All things considered, it was a decent, catchy tune but after more than twenty consecutive repeats it was getting tiresome and complaint worthy. For reasons I forget, somewhere in that talk I brought up The Advantage, the greatest of the NES cover bands. I discovered that the idea of a rock band playing nothing but NES songs…

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DiRT Impressions

Despite my dislike of the marketing tactics, I still bought DiRT. The Colin McRae series is one that I enjoy a lot and a next gen release was highly anticipated. Having spent a little time with it (about a quarter of the way through career), I have to say that I’m a little disappointed. The XBox Colin McRae games were so great because they were very focused. They did one thing and they did it well and that was rally…

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AO

The topic of Manhunt 2‘s AO rating has been discussed a lot lately and I don’t want to get too into it (I so could), but my brief opinion on it is that it was a purely political move done to appease advocacy groups, critics and slimy lawyers. No doubt, it was also done to ease some of the governmental pressures put on the ESRB over the last two years since that whole “Hot Coffee” debacle. Since “Hot Coffee” was…

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I got a Wii

I’ve always maintained that I will buy a Wii the instant I walk into a store and it’s in stock and I’ve argued that the best bet for it would be in an HMV — not a BestBuy or other electronics store where a Wii would be more expected and in higher demand — and this is exactly what happened on Thursday. I stopped by the Toronto Superstore on Thursday with the intention of buying the new White Stripes album,…

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Roadtrip 2 Summary

car driven: Toyota Matrix (rental) provinces hit: 3 (Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan) distance driven: 5843.5km (3631 miles) trip duration: almost exactly 6 days (144 hours) average speed at any given moment: 40.58 kph (25.2 mph) motel stays: 3 nights slept in the car: 3 highest gas price: 1.22 CAD per litre (4.33 USD per gallon) number of fuel stops: 11, give or take one or two farthest point: Langenburg, Saskatchewan number of Moose seen: 5, including a young calf number of…

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Roadtrip 2

I’m going on vacation tomorrow. I don’t know where. There’s a rental car waiting for me at noon and that’s the full extent of my planning. My belief is that the cost of excess planning and preparation is the loss of any sense of discovery and, for me, the fun part of a trip is the exploration. A road trip is pretty much entirely that and I find that extremely appealing to my soul. While I definitely have no plans…

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ROM’s Crystal

Amongst the many recent and upcoming architectural works happening around Toronto as part of the “cultural renassiance” (I don’t know about that one), the Royal Ontario Museum’s crystal has remained my favourite. I liked it during the concept (even if it invoked a little bit of the Louvre deja vu), I liked it during construction once it started to jet out over Bloor St., looming behind all the generic high-end retailers of Yorkville, and now that I’ve seen it from…

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Codemasters’ marketing makes me feel DiRTy

The Colin McRae series of rally racing games are probably my favourite non-arcade racers. I have four separate McRae games, three for the XBox and one for the PSP which is the only import game that I own for that system (it was released only in Europe.) The next-gen incarnation of the series is something that I’ve been looking for, in spite of the series’ name change to the bland four-letter word title “DiRT.” The weird lower-case “i” doesn’t do…

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