the-inbetween posts categorized as Gaming

Every Extend Extra Extreme

That mouthful of a title is Q? Entertainment‘s latest XBox Live Arcade game, Every Extend Extra Extreme. It’s essentially a re-imagining of the PSP Every Extend Extra which was a re-working of the freeware title Every Extend, a huge favourite of mine. The PSP version was great in that it provided a nice, portable version of that favourite but I found the new additions to be lacking. I never really got into anything beyond the Classic mode. There was this…

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Montreal International Game Summit

I’ve been contemplating going to the Montreal International Game Summit at the end of November. In part because I want to participate in Kokoromi Collective’s Gamma256 competition and event but mostly because of the great speakers and sessions they have lined up. I could also stand to visit the city even if it is in the end of November, but the $500 price tag is keeping me at bay and that’s not even counting accommodation and transportation. Of course I…

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DD Price Drops

The great thing about retail games is that they take up space. They fill store shelves and warehouses with their physical selves. When the latest, greatest box (with game inside) comes out it requires room on these shelves and warehouses so that it can be stored or displayed. If there isn’t any some of the old boxes have to be removed. This is great for the consumer as it often means price reductions for clearance. With digitally distributed games space…

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SEGA Rally Revo Demo Impressions

SEGA Rally Championship was one of those very slick arcade racers by SEGA in the mid 90s in the vein of Virtua Racing and Daytona USA. Of the three, Rally was my favourite but it wasn’t the most informed of decisions: in their original arcade run, I played all three a combined dozen times (give or take a few). It’s not that I didn’t like the games — I did — it’s just that the combination of really advanced rendering…

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Super Metroid Redesign

One of the things I did when I was down in Boston is, ahem, play Super Metroid Redesign with my wonderful hosts, who have as much appreciation for the original as I do. It’s an extensive and impressive reworking of the classic game but one that goes straight for the gut of Metroid and leaves something entirely unpleasant. It takes the broad, worldwide appeal of the original title and turns it into something that appeals to about, oh, two dozen…

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Bioshock’s Sabotaged morality

I finished Bioshock early last week and managed to get the good ending because I’m a fine and moral person. That or maybe because I never felt it necessary to follow the so-called “evil” route because I felt that the game sabotaged its own moral decisions. Let me backtrack a bit first. In Bioshock‘s world there are these little girls that wander around the city in search of the genetic resource “ADAM”. You, as the player, need ADAM to improve…

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Space Giraffe

Thursday morning I received an instant message out of the blue: Do you understand Space Giraffe? This summed up the general consensus quite nicely. I agree with it and I’m now convinced that OXM Dan was right and Minter was an ass for calling him out. so we know it’s not the game at fault here. Wrong. Now, look, I consider myself a competent gamer. Sometimes even a skilled one. I broke a million in Geometry Wars; I have gold…

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Super Metroid completed

This afternoon I ended four hours of gaming bliss. Not that kind. It was all about a two sitting run through of the Wii Virtual Console release of Super Metroid. I purchased it yesterday evening and this afternoon I completed it. 96% completion in just over four hours, without the use of a guide or map. Not bad for a game that I haven’t touched in a decade. It was an amazing experience. Not the game itself — I’ve doled…

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Calling out the Game Reviewers

Jeff Minter‘s Unity Space Giraffe comes out this week. It’s a highly anticipated game in some circles. OXM got its hands on it early and reviewed it, giving it a 2 out of 10. As expected, some people in those circles of anticipation cried foul. That’s fine. What isn’t fine is having the game’s creator, Jeff Minter himself, out the reviewer as a “rubbish” player. In short, the leaderboards show that OXM Dan was playing the game in about the…

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Shoddy XBox 360 Hardware

The XBox 360 is now officially the shoddiest piece of hardware I’ve ever owned, right up there with the solar powered radio that melted from being in the sun too long and complimentary airplane headphones. My second — and by some accounts, I’m lucky that it’s only my second — XBox 360 is showing signs of dysfunction. It’s not dead yet. There’s no “ring of fire”. Yet. It started acting up a few weeks ago by randomly freezing during DVD…

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Into The Pixel

The 2007 Toronto Film Festival is approaching and many a film is being announced. Along with those, the TIFF Group recently announced its exhibits and installations which, amongst other things, includes a showing of Into The Pixel: The 2007 Into the Pixel Art Exhibition (ITP) is an exploration and celebration of the art of the video game, curated by interactive industry veterans and experts from the art establishment. Here we go again. Torontoist wrote about the exhibit and said of…

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Metroid and why it’s nearly dead to me

My Wii was blinking blue[1] this morning so I fired it up and right there was a proclamation that August is “Metroid Month”. There was an announcement that Metroid for the NES would be released next week and Super Metroid for the SNES would be released on the 20th (yes!) followed by the Wii release of Metroid Prime 3. To promote that they released a Metroid Prime 3 Preview channel which was just an elaborate interface to house two trailer…

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IF Sabbatical THEN

I’m on sabbatical. I don’t know for how long or what I expect to get out of it, but hopefully it’ll be something profound. The plan is to do something creative in this time and not just catch up with my backlog of games and movies before the mad Q4 rush begins. Painting, drawing, writing, coding, designing, photographing. Maybe even a cooking class. I need to do something with my other hemisphere and break the routine for a while. It’ll…

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