the-inbetween monthly archives for: September 2008

Gaming, as Viewed 20 Years Ago

The Independent’s Thomas Sutcliffe asks: Why don’t we take computer games more seriously? The answer to the question is easy: it’s generational. The mainstream newspapers and TV shows are still, more or less, ruled by those from a generation before gaming became ubiquitous. To them, it’s a fringe activity of no value. Any such attention is then naturally relegated to the fringes, be it some obscure cable channels, gamer-published “enthusiast press” and the internet. Give it time. It will change…

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Duo505 – Just An Illusion

B.Fleischmann is an Austrian musician that makes, for lack of a better word, electro-accoustic soundscapes. I have two of his CDs and, to give you a perspective, one contains two tracks (one is 52 minutes long) and the other is a double CD in which each CD contains one 50 minute (I believe, live) track. Some of his other albums are more conventional but these two are my first impressions of his work. You can get a sampling of his…

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Genre Busting

Nostrich’s brief post about mp3 genre tags is something that I’ve been thinking about since I purchased an iPod Touch (and more so since I upgraded to iTunes 8.) Apple places too much focus on the genre tag, which has always been of dubious value. For years, the genre has been an unsorted mess in my music library. Any ID3 information I enter manually, I do so ignoring the genre tag (I never know how to classify music); and any…

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Jetpack Brontosaurus

The long awaited sequel to a local favourite, Off-Road Velociraptor Safari, is finally up on Flashbang Studios‘ new game site Blurst: Jetpack Brontosaurus. I haven’t played it a lot yet but it is quite pretty with good music and it feels like there’s a lot to experiment with and discover. There are some minor issues that I’ve noticed in the first few minutes, but it is a browser-based game (using Unity) that works on OSX (bonus!) and it is free…

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Audiosurf: What Have You Done to Whitenoise, Baby?

I miss some aspects of my desktop PC back home in Canada. The MacBook switch has been wonderful and I love it, but there are things that my PC had and could do that I have no access to anymore. I miss the other two thirds of my music library and the good speakers and headphones. I sorta miss being able to tinker around in Flash since the Mac version won’t let me use my PC serial (stupid. Lightroom 2…

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64Revolt

Malmo, Sweden’s[1] 64Revolt is going to garner the inevitable comparison to Toronto’s Crystal Castles, which would be ill deserved. Though both bands share similar chiptune-fueled hardcore aesthetics, they developed that style independently of each other. Hell, 64Revolt’s self-titled release predates Crystal Castles’ debut Alice Practice by a few months. It’s not quite a Calculus-defining level of synchronicity but the timing does reveal a certain cultural post-gamer outcropping happening now (though it’s interesting that 64Revolt’s follow-up EP has a song called…

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Musique Francais

Well, I made it. After an ordeal getting through the Chunnel I arrived in Paris on Monday evening. I’ve been here three whole days and it’s been completely gorgeous. In those three days I’ve had more sunshine than in any given three week period in London. It certainly makes for a more colourful first impression. My studio is very small but it has a good location (two doors from the Metro, and a block away from another Metro line) and…

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Kingdom of Rain

or More Complaints About the Weather After my complaint, Friday seemed promising. It was mostly cloudy, but that just means that it was also partly sunny. This isn’t much but it’s better than nothing. I’ll take what I can. I ventured down into central London in the morning and as I entered the Tube I noticed a sign: “due to a fire, all Eurostar service is cancelled.” What. The. Fuck? My anxiety shot up; I have a Eurostar train to…

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Civilization Revolutions DS

Getting Civilization Without an Underground weekly pass, and despite the perpetually miserable weather, I headed out for a walk. I didn’t take my camera bag or excessive baggage, just my iPod, jacket (I’m still not over how much I’ve needed a jacket in the summer) and an umbrella (essential gear over here.) I headed down to Shoot-Up Hill — no junkies present — and straight down Kilburn High Road until it became Maida Vale. This route went from Brent to…

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Idleness: Killed

On Friday I had a reason to head out: I made my deposit on a Paris apartment and I could now concretely book my fare to Paris. I took the train down to Finchley Road where I transfered onto the Metropolitan towards St. Pancras. I entered the Eurostar ticket booth and realized upon reaching the counter that I was in the business section. I felt out of place — nothing screams business like a black t-shirt with Batman with the…

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