the-inbetween yearly archives for: 2007

Video Unavailable

I was browsing my “Music videos” playlist on YouTube the other day and I was amazed at the number of dead videos. LARGE image follows.

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Give me some sugar baby

With the XBox 360 on the mend, I’ve been relatively gameless. Although it isn’t my only game device, it was my primary game device and without it I’m no more compelled to enter that secondary gaming world as I was when it was working. My Playstation 2 hasn’t been plugged in since I moved. The DS, home to games I’ve been meaning to play, hasn’t captivated me. The PSP is nothing but a portable Lumines device that comes out about…

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Catan Live

I meant to write about Catan Live a couple of weeks ago, but then my 360 died and I lost the will. Lucky for me, before the death throes began, I managed to play four games against the PC on low and medium difficulties (won three, I think) and one game online (just barely finished second.) It was enough to get a sense for it and I was happy to see that Catan Live was about as faithful to the…

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Not playing the Halo 3 beta

The Halo 3 beta is out and some invitees are playing it while others are whining and moaning about not being able to get on the free, limited beta at this very instant. The amount of hype-fueled drool that this game has generated could fill a lake and while I could be playing it too, I can’t. To match my two invites, there are three red rings of death. Oh well. I played my share of Halo 2, but a…

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New Release Tuesday

Today was a rather interesting new release day, with three films of note hitting DVD. Three very visual films with good soundtracks, but varying degrees of quality with regards to the other aspects of film making. The Fountain. A disappointing film, though not all bad if you approach it the right way. I wrote about it last year during the film festival and my opinion hasn’t changed much. I still don’t have a massive boner over it and a second…

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The Life and Death of a Console

I was looking forward to the next few weeks of gaming. Along with Catan, there was continuing rocking, a fairly extensive update to Crackdown that I was waiting for and the Halo 3 beta, for which I have two invites. Then came the XBox Spring Update. I should have known that something wasn’t entirely right when, several minutes after installing the auto-update, the XBox 360 froze inside the new marketplace blade in the dashboard. But I brushed it aside, downloaded…

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In the mean time

Though you probably never would have noticed, I had been without my main computer for almost three weeks. Computers can do a lot of things, but dealing with static electricity is not one of them. I don’t know what it is about this new apartment, maybe the radiators?, but this place is a static death zone. It was a minor, somewhat painful, nuisance for a couple of weeks before it erupted into full bore irritation. I was plugging in my…

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Vortex Competition

The schwag bag at last, last weekend’s FITC Toronto event had a pamphlet reminding me of the previously linked Vortex game competition. It was special. A simple two sided white piece of paper with black text, folded, amongst a sea of glossy pamphlets, art heavy calendars, illuminating yo-yos and free sample DVDs. The bad grammar and the incorrect spelling of the competition’s URL made it extra quaint. Perhaps too quaint. There was a brief consideration to join. The appeal, mostly,…

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WoW, Visa

A little over a year ago, Phillip Torrone of Make Magazine wrote The Future of Credit Cards – Earning virtual currency for spending in the real world & other world bridging. He predicted: Very soon, credit card companies and game makers will reward their customers who spend money in the real world using private label “rewards” credit cards. They will use gifts of virtual currency such as Blizzard’s World of Warcraft gold and Second Life’s Linden dollars. The future is…

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Guitar Hero II 360

There’s no accounting for musical tastes. Opinion and criticism of music is as varied and subjective as the people listening to it. You’ll never find a concensus, even amongst psychologists and academics trying to find out why we like what we like and what it says about us. Game preferences are equally subjective, but when you consider music games it enters a whole new realm of complication. If you like the mechanics and presentation of a music game, but hate…

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O Joyous Week

…then, this happens.

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Week in Review

Monday was moving day. The movers I hired were pretty great. The cable guy came at 2:10pm during his 2 to 5 window (that’s a first!) Everything was going smooth until… that new sofa didn’t fit into my new place. sigh. SOFA FOR SALE. Tuesday I was sick. Sick of unpacking, but also physically sick. Welcome to your new home. Wednesday was a continuation of the flu. I did go to work because, despite being sick, it was now an…

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ChipTune linkage

A while back, before I became unmercifully busy, I posted episode 04 of my little podcast, which was all chiptune-esque. Chiptunes appeal to me, even if only for the faux nostalgia of it all. I compiled some links, but never got around to posting them. UNTIL NOW. Almost immediately after I posted the episode, one of the artists featured (in collab with Spamtron) released a new album on the always great 8 bit peoples net label. Phlogiston’s “Mode 3” is…

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