the-inbetween posts categorized as Gaming

FFXI Beta

I don’t like MMORPGs, but I’d be willing to give this series a try: Final Fantasy XI Public Beta Application. Al-Sahaf: the modern day Black Knight. Ignoring the StyleBoost *ahem* conceptual derivation, creatiu is a good design link resource, even if it is in Spanish.

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Mobile Light Force 2

“Americanization” is a dirty word. Not in any global-political way, nor through any cultural and language saturation (though one could strongly make that argument); but, more importantly, it’s dirty when it comes to import releases of Japanese games. The recently released Mobile Light Force 2 is a perfect example. MLF2 is actually Shikigami no Shiro. The original game art was something along these lines. The Americanized packaging has this absolutely hideous babes-with-guns explosion fest that has absolutely nothing to do…

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03 distress signal

Watch out for that whiplash. At 4am, certain songs can get you from zero to depression in about two seconds. When hit hard, a varied mp3 collection is key. Counter the sad song with a menacingly evil track; respond to the happy song (which depresses more than the sad one) with some angry, broken beats; strike back at the cheesy 80s new wave with lurking dark ambience. Balance is the key. Lately, I have been on a video game music…

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Place your bets now

Betty Bowers. Found through random website, of all places. Ignore this paragraph if you absolutely hate hockey. That wonderful time of the year is upon us: hockey playoffs. I posted my picks for the first round elsewhere, but I’ll cross-post them here just so you can see how wrong I will be: Sens in 5; Devils in 5; Caps in 6; Leafs in 7; Wings in 7; Avs in 6; Stars in 5; ‘Nucks in 6. I’m not going to…

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rRootage

This is something that I definitely want to see more of: rRootage, an independent, nicely executed game concept that takes the core elements of a shooter to their most minimalist, abstract form. There’s no story or theme or any realistic representation of anything: just a “ship”, a seemingly auto-generated “boss”, and a mercilessly unforgiving torrent of “bullets”. So many bullets that, as with most shmups, it’s more about “bullet avoidance” than it is about any actual “shooting.” Additionally, if your…

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Hard Core

News of the Jupiter Research survey, which linked a lower income with more game playing, has been making its rounds. That fact alone is an worthy of discussion. However, what gets me is the following: … what is known as the “hard-core” category, or those who buy more than six games per year. Six!? Six games a year makes you a hard-core gamer? In that case, I don’t want to know what category I fit into. Screenshot images that game…

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Freeze!

I’ve had a GameCube for well over a year now, and in that time I’ve had it freeze up a total of three times. I figure that for such a complex piece of hardware that’s a reasonable percentage. It’s surely less problematic than a Playstation 2 or XBox; and exponentially less so than a Nintendo. Then again, no console has been as bad as that. The first two times happened during Metroid Prime. Both of those freezes were during unimportant…

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It’s Alive

It seemed like it had gone the way of the Dodo (or, more specifically, myVideoGames.com), but Robot Street Gang is back up and updating! They’ve gone to a more weblogish type of style, although they maintain that they will still do articles. I’ll believe that bit when I see it. Virtual Reverie is also worth noting. The list of video game centric weblogs grows. The lack of such sites has been lamented here more than once.

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Civil Engineering

Having made two “Pixel Town” blocks — a factory, and a (time-consuming) hotel — I had an urge to revisit SimCity. The SNES version, naturally. I had to clean the dust off of the cartridge, but after all these years I’m proud to say that the Megalopolis of Freedom is still going strong. The city of, ahem, KINGMIKE is doing well too. The visit, however, didn’t satisfy my civil engineering needs. Naturally, I picked up SimCity 3000 Unlimited for a…

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GTA 4 Real

You know how people protest about Grand Theft Auto being a bad influence on impressionable youths because it is so “realistic?” Watch this clip to see just how realistic it is [10.4MB mpeg file]. They could have gone with the gag a bit more, but brevity is good in comedy.

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Game Boy Advance SP

I picked up the just released GameBoy SP. Initial impression: man, the box is ugly. Slightly less initial, but still pretty damned initial impression: Christ, this thing’s small and light. *Gratuitous link to a European ad for the SP. Obviously, a European ad*. Opening the GBA SP for the first time was momentarily awkward. It’s the size of a compact, and it opens (clam-shell) like a compact; I felt like I was about to put on some mascara. After realizing…

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Missile Laser Option Shield

Soulfire — a CG Animated TV series — looks interesting. It doesn’t look nearly as good as Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, but I would assume that they don’t have even a tenth of the budget that Square had. I never played the original Zone of the Enders, but The Second Runner is making me regret it. Excluding Metroid Prime, I haven’t been this engrossed by a game in a long while. ZOE2, being a Kojima game, will no doubt…

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Master Quest

Having never played The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time the first time around, the pre-order promotion for The Wind Waker is a boon. While I was initially put-off by the old school, low-poly graphics, I’m quickly finding out why this game is so highly regarded. If promotions like this are the start of a trend, in which older games are given away for free in conjunction with new releases, then I wholly welcome it. Nintendo has been especially…

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