Ten

As part of a Kickstarter backer reward, I have received a download code for the PC indie game Crayon Physics Deluxe (previous entry about it here). It follows. First person to claim it has it: GONE If you do grab it and it works, let me know. As a side note, as of last week this domain is ten years old which makes it yet another thing making me feel old right now. So to freshen things up I redid…

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Flight Game

We boarded the plane at high noon. By three in the afternoon I was on the ground again, nearly ten hours passed. A direct flight from Paris to Toronto is eight hours long, but this one had a stop-over in Quebec to let off all the Quebecois. The final one hour stretch from Quebec City to Toronto Pearson airport was wonderful; the majority of passengers had disembarked, leaving a mostly empty and spacious plane for the more English speaking passengers.…

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Hype, Games, and Magic

I realize that such a comparison between the Apple iPad and the Sony PSP is inherently fallacious. Comparing the sales performance of the iPad to the PSP is like comparing the performance of a boat to a plane; they’re completely different. For one, the low end iPad costs almost twice as much as the PSP at launch. On the other hand, the iPad has far greater utility and a lot more software and media available at launch. The iPad also…

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“Fauxvist” Arcadia

You might remember James Barnett‘s “fauxvist” series of videogame landscapes, which I posted on Offworld last summer. He was also one of the very first Kickstarter projects and, because of certain internet community affiliations, I was an early supporter. Thanks in part to all of these things I had the option to have a specially commissioned painting from James. As I very much enjoyed the fauxvist landscapes, I went for more of that. I thought about what videogame vistas I…

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i Gamer

I’ve never been much of a gadget person. My current phone, for one extreme example, is five and a half years old. I’ve been on top of trends and I know what’s going on in the hardware space, but my primary interest is in software. More specifically speaking, media players and entertainment software. Games. 95% of my gadget purchases are pretty much dictated by this, which is why I have every game console released in North America since about 1997.…

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Technical Difficulties

This one’s my favourite on account of the Tangerine Dream

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Story Time

This story kind of spontaneously happened over instant messenger, but it turned out decent enough so I’m posting it here with a few additions and cleanups. It is 100% true. Once upon a time not too long ago there was a solitary nomad who said “to the south I’ll go!” He found himself a new home that was halfway to Rome! So he packed a suitcase with a lot of heft and met the landlord before he left. The landlord…

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The Decade of the Weblog

While I look forward to the start of a new decade and all that comes with it, I am somewhat sad to see this decade of zeroes end. It was the kind of decade where everything fit into place. I turned twenty in 2000, was twenty-five in 2005, and end it at twenty-nine in 2009. As of tomorrow that nice alignment fades away and as the twenty-xxs continue on I, in a month’s time, begin my thirties. The 00s began…

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Most Overlooked Game of the Decade

I’m glad that this Wired list of the 15 Most Influential Games of the Decade exists since it proves yet again why Chris Kohler is one of my favourite people writing about video games and because it reinforces one of my opinions. A few other end of the decade video game lists left me rather disappointed but Guardian’s top 50 left me completely baffled. Four Grand Theft Auto games and not a single Sims game? Really? More disappointing still was…

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Albums of 09: The Final Frontier

Late in the year I realized that one of the dominant themes amongst some of my favourite albums of 2009 was a sort of forward-looking futurism. That’s not to say that the music itself was inherently new, much of it is informed by post-Apollo 70s era krautrock and early electronic work, but it had an other-worldly voyager character to it that points at a novel, if nostalgic, trend. Long and slow synth lines enter and recede, low-fi blips and old…

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A Super Mario World Champion’s Sweatshirt

I’ve previously mentioned my official and certified title of regional Super Mario World champion. I still have the proof, in writing, from Nintendo itself. As it says there, my skills and talents won me a sweatshirt. During my cleaning and packing prior to coming to Paris, I found it. I photographed it. I reminisced about winning it. Super Mario World The first thing you might notice about the above form letter is that I was the high scorer of Super…

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Puscifer, The Mission

Maynard James Keenan is a self-professed nerd, despite the stylings of his Tool and A Perfect Circle projects. So when he’s free to let loose on a solo project without the expectations that those two bands come with, he really lets loose. The first sign of this is the fact that “Puscifer“, as a “band”, came into existence via a Mr. Show skit. The second sign? Their first commercial song was Cuntry Boner. Then there are the juvenile album covers…

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Blondie “Performs” Live on Dutch TV

Blondie performing “Denis” on Dutch TV I love this video of a live “performance” by Blondie of the song “Denis” on a Dutch TV program from, I would think, 1978. I don’t know what the story is here, but there’s something appealing about seeing Debbie Harry just stand dead still while multiple televisions around her show proper (from the same show?) live performances of the song. The video inter-cuts between those which is a shame because just watching her stare…

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