the-inbetween posts categorized as Gaming

Halo World

Word on the street is that Halo is finally getting the Platinum Hits treatment this week. Maybe now I’ll get a chance to try it, as I’ve refused to buy it full-price. Other rumours and innuendos, or just geeky day-dreams, have suggested that it might have XBox Live play added. It makes sense from a hype and marketing stand-point, and it would be damned cool if it were to happen, but don’t hold your breath. I’ve never seen Normal Bob…

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Boo-yeah!

I just have one thing to say: Fuckin-A! Also, sidetalkin.com is amusing.

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Bomb Toronto

Those crazy, sensitive Quebecers have their panties in a knot over Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain. This fictional game is to have a fictional mission in which you have to prevent fictional militant Quebec separatists from blowing up a Toronto subway station. Separatists (and the TTC) whined. Sony caved. They say they will remove the references. I’m curious as to how they’re going to “fix” this. Are they just going to apply the “Generic Arab” skin on the terrorist models,…

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Disc Can Not Be Read

Mega64 has a video spoof of Shenmue [25MB]. The gag, as with similar jokes to this, is that the seemingly normal in a video game, when acted out in a real world situation, is absurd. Dave Chappelle did this with the car-jacking in Grand Theft Auto 3. These guys focus on the clue-seeking conversations with strangers that are common in Shenmue. The 2003 Dumbass Corporate Lawsuit Awards. The sad part is that they could, very likely, increase it from a…

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Henshin-a-Go-Go, baby!

And off I went to do the things I shouldn’t be doing: buying new games! First off, a Dreamcast is finally in my hands. Or, technically, on my floor. Got Shenmue along with it, and while it’s regarded by many as an essential Dreamcast title, the little time that I did spend with it has failed to captivate me. Nonetheless, now that I have that console, I can begin my search for my essential titles: Bangai-O; Mars Matrix; and Border…

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It’s so bad

Last week was a hell of a week. Now that it’s over, this week I chill. Sitting around watching Cowboy Bebop; waiting for the October horror film fest on Scream and MPix and IFC and all those other weird uncensored-movie-showing channels. Relaxing for the week, until the need to seek out the next pay-check strikes again. I feel like I’m living the nomadic life, except for that whole moving deal. Having the free time, I started looking through various old…

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Murphy’s Law

I’ve seen it done on TV and in the movies for years, but until today I never tried it on my own. There never was a need. Not until today, when a bedroom door was inadvertently locked from the inside. MacGyver-like, I grabbed an expired credit card and used it to pry the door open. It was surprisingly easy. Note to self: “if paranoid, get deadbolt locks.” Check this one out. ABA Games, which I’ve mentioned here on many occasions,…

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Infidels of the Virtual Landscape

Dungeons & Dreamers: The Rise of Computer Game Culture From Geek to Chic — book site with weblog. Browsing Gamasutra, I noticed this banner ad. The only words that come to mind are the acronymic “what the fuck!?” After posting this, I went back to Gamasutra and hit the ole F5 key a bunch of times. There is a whole damned series of these ads. The last one is my favourite.

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Big Blue

Everyone’s second favourite NES cover band, the NESkimos, has a bunch of new tunes. An interesting take on Castlevania; the first guitarish version of Zelda III’s “Hyrule Castle” that I’ve heard; and, best of all, a solid version of F-Zero’s Big Blue. Strangely, the NESkimo version of “Big Blue” is better than all three(!) versions found in F-Zero GX. Better than the electronic/techno version heard during Chapter 4. Better than the remixed, guitar version that you can unlock. And definitely…

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Mad Skills

The top two movies on this Japanese page show some, as the kids say, mad Tetris skills, yo. I’d write more, but F-Zero GX calls. It is a cruel, cruel beast — I must tame it.

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Stupid Xbox

The following image, titled stupidxbox, has been sitting in my dump directory for some months. It is a picture of an odd error message that the machine gave me, and it’s very subtle in its idiocy. Yes, my XBox is officially retarded. I attended a Classic Gaming Collectors of Canada swap meet on Sunday; here’s some quick photos of the event. I didn’t have many traders — and even less cash — but despite that I, once again, have a…

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Realistic

I came across a large depot of Japanese video game commericals, and I’m amused by some of their peculiarity. There’s definitely some culture gap going on there. (The first bunch is real media, ugh, so I can’t watch them, but the ones after that are all .asf. Not much better, but at least watchable). I can’t get over the fact that many of them end with a 7-11 logo. I wish convenience stores sold video games here. That’d be… convenient.…

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Brand New, You’re Retro

Not long after my post about certain shooters, this mefi thread shows up. It gave me the perfect opportunity to be redundant with my linkage. The last post, however, had a link to Shootemup. Shootemup is a depository of various free or shareware or trial versions of PC shooters. The site looks to be very sporadically updated and a lot of the games seem rather poor, but it definitely is a shmup “mother load.”

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