the-inbetween posts categorized as Gaming

Edge Magazine and Castlevania DS

Canadian FYI: it seems as though venerable British game mag Edge is finally being imported by Chapters/Indigo. I don’t know if it’s a chain wide thing, but I’ve seen the publication in two stores so I’m willing to bet that the larger locations will have it. Tonight, I finally beat Castlevania DS. The game is sort of like an Aston Martin sports car with a spoiler made of concrete. It’s well designed, nice looking, and runs real well, but somewhere…

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How to experience Civilization IV

Here is a brief step by step guide to Civilization IV, as experienced by me: Turn on computer. Wait for boot. Insert Civ IV Disc 1. Install DirectX 9.0c. Agree to terms and start installation. Wait. Insert Civ IV Disc 2. Wait. Re-insert Civ IV Disc 1. Wait. Get a “Renderer Failed to Initialize” error. Open a browser. Type “Civilization ‘Renderer Failed to Initialize'” into the search box. Hit enter. Look at 14 page long thread complaining about the “Renderer…

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Correction: Power Glove

I hate to bitch about such a minor, useless fact, but it annoys my pedantic side and this recent article (by someone that should know better) pushed me over the edge. Everytime there’s some new hardware from Nintendo, some unconventional control scheme, some lame gimmick, someone somewhere always brings up Nintendo’s Power Glove. It’s not, people! The Power Glove belongs to Mattel, not Nintendo. Power Glove Page.

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Burnout Revenge + Online

The problem with online gaming with random people is that there’s a severe lack of trust. Everyone is always looked at with skepticism. In such an environment, actual skill is exceedingly suspect. Unless you know the people you are competing against, a strong performance by a random player is always given the suspicious eye. They have some super high speed internet connection! They’re exploiting glitches! They’re cheating! The game is unbalanced/poorly designed! They have no life! I played six or…

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greasemonkey escapist

I’m not sure what the origin of this… comic thing is, but it amused me greatly. Do not tell Jack Thompson of its existence, though. On a similar level of stupid, I made my first second ytmnd, ff3battle. Moving on to more technical matters, I really, really like the concept of the Greasemonkey extension, even though I do not have it currently installed (I have not bothered to reinstall after the, now resolved, security concern.) It gives the user power…

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Why I have not been on XBox Live lately

I’ve played some PC Battlefield 2 here and there, but apart from that my online gaming has been relegated to, maybe, loading some Colin McRae Rally 2005 scorboards through Live. There is a good reason for this. Apart from Forza, all of the Top Ten XBox Live games are of the “played one, played them all” variety. Halo 2 Delta Force: Black Hawk Down Tom Clancy`s Ghost Recon 2 Rainbow Six: Black Arrow Battlefield 2: Modern Combat Demo Forza Motorsport…

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The ESRB and Ontario

The other big problem with the ESRB is that it lacks regionality. Here is an American organization creating ratings for titles based on American value systems despite the fact that these same games are being sold in Canada. An American organization that caves to American government pressure. Our ratings come from such an organization? As a Canadian, I have a problem with this. You could argue that since this is a voluntary system, it shouldn’t matter either way. However, that…

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The ESRB And Jizz Eaters

At a nearby Microplay (Canadian game retailer chain), I asked the clerk if they were pulling San Andreas. He said to me that no Microplay stores are going to stop carrying it and that they already card people that want to buy the game, so the rating change doesn’t make a single difference to them. Wow. A sensible reaction. The other side of it is that they directly benefit from the other retailers’ over-sensitivity. Where as some of sellers are…

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Mild Coffee

When Team America: World Police was released into theatres, it was released with a scene removed from the movie so that it wouldn’t get the dreaded kiss of death, the NC-17 rating. It was a sex scene. A sex scene done with puppets. That seen made its way to the internet (duh). It was pretty tame and not worthy of an R rating, let alone NC-17. From this point on, let’s talk hypothetical. Imagine if a bootlegger managed to get…

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On Meteos

In a visitor centre just outside of the Confederation Bridge, I purchased one of those cheapie disposable cameras to act as a backup to my digital — when the battery inevitably died or the card ran out of space and I wasn’t anywhere near my laptop. The camera was primarily used in Halifax, and mostly at the Halifax Citadel. A bunch of the photos didn’t turn out so hot (mostly the ones I took indoors, in the Canadian Military Museum…

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Art/Game Debate

I’m on vacation now so I shouldn’t care about this, but this World of Stewart article on “Are videogames art?” is so wrong that I can’t help but be annoyed. The main point is that interactivity is, by its nature, not artistic since you aren’t seeing the work as “the artist intended.” (?) no two people will play a game in the same way, and therefore will not be basing their reactions on the same source material. Much of the…

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Battlefield 2 Retail

The full version of Battlefield 2 plays the same as the demo, but now there are more maps, a new faction, and some new vehicles. What I wrote about the demo’s gameplay still holds true. There are a few gameplay design decisions that I don’t like too much — like the magical fix-anything commander crates and that the Special Operations class gets no points for destroying strategic enemy installations, despite the fact that the other Support classes get points for…

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IGF Web Browser Games

The IGF competition now has a “Best Web Browser Game” category, which should prove to be a benefit to those more indie than indie game developers that had no business being in the same category as the six-figure budget types of indies. That always struck me as an odd disparity — to have games with $200,000 budgets in the same category as those with budgets in the negative dollar range. Such differences are inevitable, as “independent” paints a broad picture,…

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