the-inbetween yearly archives for: 2010

BlockiAd

In the early 2000s, Flash was supposed to revolutionize online advertising. Its animation and drawing capabilities, combined with the scripting and interactivity of ActionScript, were the future. Advertisements that users could play around with, in ways more complex than punching a monkey, were seen as a compelling alternative to the passive ads of tv, print, and flashing animated gif ads of the past. The word bandied around this type of advertising was “sticky.” None of it stuck. While there has…

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Avatar Days and Red Dead Redemption

Pirhana Bar‘s “Avatar Days” reminds me a lot of Robbie Cooper‘s “Alter Ego” project and the subsequent book. Robbie Cooper also created “Immersion” which looks at how we look while playing a game rather than how we choose to look within one. He has a blog. Robbie Cooper “Alter Ego” I don’t play MMOs; the majority of my gaming time is consumed by single player titles. Though many such games involve you taking the role of a character, and sometimes…

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Ten

As part of a Kickstarter backer reward, I have received a download code for the PC indie game Crayon Physics Deluxe (previous entry about it here). It follows. First person to claim it has it: GONE If you do grab it and it works, let me know. As a side note, as of last week this domain is ten years old which makes it yet another thing making me feel old right now. So to freshen things up I redid…

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Flight Game

We boarded the plane at high noon. By three in the afternoon I was on the ground again, nearly ten hours passed. A direct flight from Paris to Toronto is eight hours long, but this one had a stop-over in Quebec to let off all the Quebecois. The final one hour stretch from Quebec City to Toronto Pearson airport was wonderful; the majority of passengers had disembarked, leaving a mostly empty and spacious plane for the more English speaking passengers.…

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Hype, Games, and Magic

I realize that such a comparison between the Apple iPad and the Sony PSP is inherently fallacious. Comparing the sales performance of the iPad to the PSP is like comparing the performance of a boat to a plane; they’re completely different. For one, the low end iPad costs almost twice as much as the PSP at launch. On the other hand, the iPad has far greater utility and a lot more software and media available at launch. The iPad also…

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“Fauxvist” Arcadia

You might remember James Barnett‘s “fauxvist” series of videogame landscapes, which I posted on Offworld last summer. He was also one of the very first Kickstarter projects and, because of certain internet community affiliations, I was an early supporter. Thanks in part to all of these things I had the option to have a specially commissioned painting from James. As I very much enjoyed the fauxvist landscapes, I went for more of that. I thought about what videogame vistas I…

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i Gamer

I’ve never been much of a gadget person. My current phone, for one extreme example, is five and a half years old. I’ve been on top of trends and I know what’s going on in the hardware space, but my primary interest is in software. More specifically speaking, media players and entertainment software. Games. 95% of my gadget purchases are pretty much dictated by this, which is why I have every game console released in North America since about 1997.…

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Technical Difficulties

This one’s my favourite on account of the Tangerine Dream

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Story Time

This story kind of spontaneously happened over instant messenger, but it turned out decent enough so I’m posting it here with a few additions and cleanups. It is 100% true. Once upon a time not too long ago there was a solitary nomad who said “to the south I’ll go!” He found himself a new home that was halfway to Rome! So he packed a suitcase with a lot of heft and met the landlord before he left. The landlord…

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