the-inbetween posts categorized as Gaming

Jaws: The Game

Jaws, the “classic” for the Nintendo Entertainment System, is one of my guilty nostalgic pleasures. The game wasn’t particularly grand and the movie tie-in was loose at best, but there was a certain thrill to sailing the seas and, uh, collecting conch shells. Conch shells that you could trade in to buy a submarine. Ok, so it wasn’t particularly good either, but when you’re that age you have to deal with the cards you have been dealt. And at that…

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I remember only for an hour

You have to admit that since the launch of the GameCube, Nintendo’s marketing strategy has become far more savvy. The “Who Are You?” campaign was the one that kick-started it all. I liked those ads, and while I don’t know how much they have contributed to Nintendo’s sales numbers (if at all), I have no doubt that they are helping to restore some of Nintendo’s tarnished public image. I like the current GameBoy campaign too, especially the NES Classics ad.…

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Doom 3 impressions

ha! Kidding. I can barely run Half-Life. The likes of Doom 3’s combined texture powers will, quite likely, cause my laptop’s good ole’ CPU to implode. The hype — the massive, massive amount of unnecessary hype — has left me thinking about an upgrade. But not for Doom. What I’ve seen of the game isn’t worth spending hundreds of dollars for. Not when you can just rent Riddick or something (at least that game has a gun with an attached…

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Week and a half

The last week and a half was brutal. During that time, I worked through the weekend, worked late hours and, er, even later hours. I’d have been stuck downtown (or at least forced to take a really expensive cab) on Thursday at 2am had it not been for some saving graces (thanks!). The worst part of this period is that throughout it all, I had an annoying and painful tooth ache. Once the four day long weekend hit, my first…

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Live Wired

An Interview with Larry Hryb, Director of Programming: Xbox Live. For the most part, it’s boring corporate boosterism. However, there are some interesting statistics at the end: the top 15 cities by XBox Live memberships. There’s Tokyo (despite poor XBox sales in Japan), London, Houston, Chicago and Toronto. Toronto is definitely no surprise. A relatively large, modern city in a country with good broadband adoption rates (far better than the US, at least, which is odd when you consider the…

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Doom 3

Awesome graphics, dude! (Cleaning, and the associated rummaging, is only as interesting as the things you uncover.) PS: It’s from EGM #71, June 95. Update: I notice that some people seem to think that it’s a typo on the part of the magazine editors — I assure you that is not the case. It was mentioned as “Doom 3” in multiple places in the article, in the game index, and on the cover with the text “DOOM 3: Exclusive pics…

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Game Woes

Is it the games, or is it just me? Every dedicated gamer hits a slump. A point where the fun factor drops, the tedium grows, and interests shift to other outlets. Perhaps it’s the current crop of games — not an unreasonable claim, as the summer is the slow season — but I think I’m experiencing that slump. There is nothing truly captivating out there. Nothing that warrants more than a passing glance. Devil May Cry 3, er… I mean,…

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The Reciprocal Influence of Game Music

I was browsing the new releases of the Ant-Zen catalogue when I noticed that Iszoloscope has a new release. What caught me is the description: this music is the perfect soundtrack for console games like ‘silent hill’ or ‘project eden’. faussurier’s addiction to video games seems to be the impetus for creating these moods. That’s not the only such reference. Discog’s bio for Iszoloscope says: Faussurier found his place on the vast musical continuum through videogames, of all things. A…

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ReviewMan: MegaMan Collection

Question: when is a 256 kilobyte game like a 393,216 kilobyte game? When it’s on the Mega Man Anniversary Collection!. Long story short, if you have the choice, avoid the GameCube version of the game. It’s not that it is a catastrophic disaster (still a damned good collection!), it’s just that Capcom and Atomic Planet dropped the ball with this title and, as a result, the GameCube version is the lesser of the two. It pains me to say it,…

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Halo: Combat

Notwithstanding Microsoft’s stupid pricing schemes, I finally got a copy of Halo. For some reason, Conflict: Desert Storm is a Platinum Hits game, yet Halo is not…? The most proven and critically acclaimed titles for Xbox my ass, they’re just the ones they can’t milk for all their worth anymore. The latest scheme sees $49.99 Halo (should be $29.99 damnit) being packaged in an Action Double Pack with a ho-hum Platinum Brute Force and a two-months free trial subscription to…

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Possible Uses for the DS

If you have ever used a real-time multiuser visual chat — or something similar — then you know you are going to encounter dicks. It’s inevitable. Nintendo’s Pictochat seems like a nice little application, but… a visual multi-user chat on a system that can auto-detect other clients nearby is bound to see the inevitable dickage as well. Also, will randy Brits take to the DS and go “toothing” Nintendo-style? I’m sure the conservative Big N would love to see that…

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The DS

The Nintendo DS: the premier strapless portable system. You know what? I kind of like it. Granted, it’s not the best looking system around, and, granted, the initial game library already pales in comparison to the PSP’s, but I think it has the most potential for originality, and in this day and age that’s a good thing. Two screens, capable 3D performance, four face buttons, microphone input, bluetooth AND WiFi, and a touch screen with stylus — and it is…

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Thoughts on E3’s Day -1: PSP

E3 is in full swing and three time zones seperate me from it. All the event reporting is making me feel like an info junkie. At this point, I’d rather be there not for the games (though that’s part of it), but so that I can get first hand footage and spare my browser from the constant refreshing. It doesn’t help that here’s about a million other geeks trying to load the exact same updates at the exact same time,…

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