the-inbetween monthly archives for: November 2008

This Week in Digital Downloads

If you haven’t played Rez yet and you have an internet enabled XBox 360 and you’re in the US, then there’s no excuse now: it’s on sale. If you are in the rest of the world, no such luck for you. In a bizarre decision, Microsoft’s online sale is restricted to the US. Now, I understand it when they can’t offer content or features here — like Netflix — because of all the copyright and ownership restrictions, but not discounting…

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Site Tweaks

Those that only see this weblog through an RSS reader might not have noticed that I’ve made a few tweaks around here. The second column of links, imported from delicious, has been moved to the bottom of the page. Since there’s only the one core column now, I’ve merged the wordmark, which sat above the second column, with the header image and centered everything. I haven’t changed a single thing in the main body since I was happy with the…

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Essen Spiel Report, Part Two

After discovering that I missed half of the bloody show, I started wandering some more. These lost halls were quite a bit different, in content and atmosphere, from the big boardgame publisher halls. They were the Kentia Hall equivalent for boardgames. Here you’d find all sorts of games by small game makers and two-person companies looking to get noticed. This is where all the comics were stashed, which I ignored. There were also a few jewelry and knick-knack sellers here…

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Brief Thoughts on the NXE

Microsoft saw fit to unleash their NXE acronym, which I assume stands for “New XBox Experience,” upon the masses today. This major XBox 360 OS update, which completely revamps the system navigation and appearance, adds a few welcome features, and one that no one was clamoring for: avatars. After minutes of using it I have to say: “I want my old experience™ back.” The old system wasn’t perfect, it had a lot of flaws with organization (especially in the online…

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I Did 99 Laps and the Trophy Ain’t Won*

I have a love em/hate em relationship with Achievement Points and, now, Playstation trophies. On the one hand, as I’m sure you’ve noticed with my nods to Geometry Wars Evolved 2, I am a very competitive person. Trophies and points are a good measure of that. On the other hand, these rewards feel like artificial extensions for the games they are attached to. There are exceptions. Some are very well designed, getting people to try different things with the game…

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Catching Up: Quick Impressions of Some Games I’m Playing

Over the last two days I’ve been gorging on videogames. I’m indulging now before reality hits me and the worries of money, finding work and finding my own place take over. Before then, I can numb it all down with a barrage of new and old games. Here’s some brief impressions. Geometry Wars Evolved 2. The original Robotron-inspired twin-stick shooter, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved, was the game that was played on my XBox 360 on more days than any other.…

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November 4th, Playstation 3

Tuesday was an important day. It was my first full day back in Canada after four months of being down and out in Paris and London. It was my sister’s 21st birthday (not a big deal in Canada, but it does make me feel old.) There was that whole election thing south of the border. And, as I maintained that I would, I purchased a Playstation 3. I am finally 100% new console generation compatible, unlike my old Playstation 2…

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Essen Spiel Report, Part One

I arrived at my hotel in Essen, conveniently right next to the station, at a quarter past noon. I was ten minutes late. After spending six and a half hours in stations and on trains (I was in the Metro station at a quarter to six in the morning), there was nothing that I wanted to do more than lie down and rest. That, however, would have wasted the reason why I was there. I dropped off my bags in…

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