the-inbetween posts categorized as Gaming

November 4th, Playstation 3

Tuesday was an important day. It was my first full day back in Canada after four months of being down and out in Paris and London. It was my sister’s 21st birthday (not a big deal in Canada, but it does make me feel old.) There was that whole election thing south of the border. And, as I maintained that I would, I purchased a Playstation 3. I am finally 100% new console generation compatible, unlike my old Playstation 2…

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The DS: Under the Radar, Above the Moon

Every time Apple makes any announcement about the iPhone, whether it’s new functionality or sales numbers, the internet goes abuzz. Rumour mongers, Apple blogs and tech sites make a lot of noise. The mainstream press follows suit and everyone everywhere hears how great the iPhone is and how successful it is and how sexy it is. Apple does a good job of marketing itself in this regard. Now, I’m not about to rag on the iPhone — I like it…

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Another Podcast Plug, and More

Speaking of podcasts, this week’s episode of GameSpot’s HotSpot features, as special guest, my friend JP. He does his best to not say anything about Bioshock 2. Since that was recorded the teaser video for Bioshock 2 has made it online and, well, not much else has been said. All that needs to be said is that the game is in fine hands. This is also a good opportunity to plug JP’s in-development indie abstract shooter, purity. There are builds…

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Idle Thumbs Podcast

Let’s face it, if you like videogames and you like listening to people talk about videogames, you might not have much of a life but you do have lots of options. The 1UP network alone publishes six podcasts every week, and that’s just one site. Multiply that by about every site that writes about games — it’s as if each one is lawfully required to start a podcast — and you have an ocean of nerdery. It is hard to…

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Paris, Tokyo Game Show

I should be writing about Paris, but there isn’t much to say: the food is good, the city is pretty and the girls more so. I’m loving the autumn colours along the many tree-lined boulevards and the equally radiant sunsets in the cool, but pleasant, evenings. Long walks, hundreds of photos, numerous atrocities committed to the French language and crowded, stuffy evening Metro rides home. I’m enjoying the city. What more can be said than that? Instead, I’ve been writing…

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TIGSource Demakes for OS X

if you are a Mac user, as I am now, looking at the TIGSource Demakes competition will probably bring one thought to your head: “wow, look at all those seemingly awesome games that I totally can’t play.” Most indie games are built on PCs for PCs. That’s where the majority of the market and the majority of the dev tools and majority of operating systems are. As a new Mac user, I miss the vast wilderness of low-key and big…

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Gaming, as Viewed 20 Years Ago

The Independent’s Thomas Sutcliffe asks: Why don’t we take computer games more seriously? The answer to the question is easy: it’s generational. The mainstream newspapers and TV shows are still, more or less, ruled by those from a generation before gaming became ubiquitous. To them, it’s a fringe activity of no value. Any such attention is then naturally relegated to the fringes, be it some obscure cable channels, gamer-published “enthusiast press” and the internet. Give it time. It will change…

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Jetpack Brontosaurus

The long awaited sequel to a local favourite, Off-Road Velociraptor Safari, is finally up on Flashbang Studios‘ new game site Blurst: Jetpack Brontosaurus. I haven’t played it a lot yet but it is quite pretty with good music and it feels like there’s a lot to experiment with and discover. There are some minor issues that I’ve noticed in the first few minutes, but it is a browser-based game (using Unity) that works on OSX (bonus!) and it is free…

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Audiosurf: What Have You Done to Whitenoise, Baby?

I miss some aspects of my desktop PC back home in Canada. The MacBook switch has been wonderful and I love it, but there are things that my PC had and could do that I have no access to anymore. I miss the other two thirds of my music library and the good speakers and headphones. I sorta miss being able to tinker around in Flash since the Mac version won’t let me use my PC serial (stupid. Lightroom 2…

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Musique Francais

Well, I made it. After an ordeal getting through the Chunnel I arrived in Paris on Monday evening. I’ve been here three whole days and it’s been completely gorgeous. In those three days I’ve had more sunshine than in any given three week period in London. It certainly makes for a more colourful first impression. My studio is very small but it has a good location (two doors from the Metro, and a block away from another Metro line) and…

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Civilization Revolutions DS

Getting Civilization Without an Underground weekly pass, and despite the perpetually miserable weather, I headed out for a walk. I didn’t take my camera bag or excessive baggage, just my iPod, jacket (I’m still not over how much I’ve needed a jacket in the summer) and an umbrella (essential gear over here.) I headed down to Shoot-Up Hill — no junkies present — and straight down Kilburn High Road until it became Maida Vale. This route went from Brent to…

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Idleness

Idleness has set in. I haven’t ventured into central London for a few days now. It was a long weekend, but that has little meaning when you’re not working. There was the Notting Hill Carnival but I forgot about it until it was over. There were the Olympic festivities and the outdoor parties celebrating the hand-off for the London 2012 games, but I didn’t bother. There wasn’t any reason to go down there. The weather was constantly dreary. My weekly…

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Running for High Score

I’ve started running. It’s about time. I bought running shoes a little less than two months ago, the first such shoes that I’ve owned since, oh, early high school[1], and I just now started using them for their intended purpose. It’s been a touch tough but I’ve been persevering through it. I’m not quite going by the “couch to 5k” routine but I am doing something similar in so far that I’m mostly fast walking with occasional jogs sprinkled in…

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