The Failures of Game Retailers

In my eyes, there are four key factors that are hampering the mainstream acceptance of this hobby that I love: the content of the games themselves, the lack of any quality mainstream cultural writing about games (this is improving), bad marketing, and horrible retailers. Retail is the one that baffles me the most. You’d think that dedicated game retailers would be knowledgeable, well stocked with the proper releases, and, uh, dedicated. But no. They’re a hormonal wasteland of pandering Xtreme…

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Fake Snow

It was fake snowing on Yonge Street today as a chick was snowboarding on top of a Mini down one of Toronto’s busiest streets. While I’m sure that creative bit of creativity will be all over the televisions in a month or two, the scary realization is that the fake snow will also be present and all too real. Seems like a lot of game shops around town are going to be open midnight Monday for the launch of Grand…

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Dream On

Some smart-ass put Freddy Got Fingered into the Criterion Collection section of the downtown HMV. I was amused. Suffice it to say, I was in the store for a reason; that reason being that I’m a media whore. Dream On is what I bought, so that debating, in a previous post, about nostalgia and retro tv was all for naught. It’s weird how the mind remembers things. Two days ago, the show was a blur to me. I remembered vague…

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Random bytes

When someone says something along the lines of “tell me, I won’t be offended”, they are 100% guaranteed to be offended. If Jesus Christ came to Earth in the modern age and was executed using modern means, like with an electric chair instead of crucifiction, would future generations of followers wear little electric chairs around their necks? Would they place small electric chair replicas behind their altars and on top of their churches? I always found it odd that one…

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View to a Kill

The above title might be overly dramatic, but in this area you never know. The view? Well, sticking with the recent theme of very large images, here’s the new view. It was taken about a week and a half ago, when the weather was considerably nicer, the sky considerably bluer, and the trees considerably greener. Considerable changes for a week, but this is the nature of fall in Toronto — no fall, just a sudden jump to early-winter. Check out…

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Photos from the WRPS Championships

Here’s a largish photoset, with commentary, of tonight’s Rock Paper Scissors Championships. [~380kb image]. It was fun.

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The bachelor life

I am back on the internets! Well, I wasn’t truly gone as there was always some spare time at work, but home is where it counts. Anyway, before I get to my petty moving in thoughts, I’ll first get to this reminder: The 2004 World Rock Paper Scissors Championships are tomorrow (Saturday). Register now or get your tickets at the door tomorrow (if available). ahem. Yes. As of last Monday night (Thanksgiving), I am less of a loser. I’m no…

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Rules of Thumb

The general rule of thumb is as follows: when you are out of work, work is hard to come by; when you do get work, you then are greeted with multiple job offers. When it rains, it pours. The corollary to this is that new and great opportunities always tend to show up when you are otherwise occupied. Like, say, with a move. So when you have a new job and, at the same time, you are moving — you…

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The Last Saturday and The View

Here are photos from last Saturday’s paintball event, taken by someone ten trillion billion times better than I will ever be. On the crappy picture front, here’s a really low-resolution photo of my new view. It’s hard to tell, but that big blurry thing is the lake. The view would be a hell of a lot nicer if the ugly residential buildings weren’t obstructing it.

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Quick Stuff

Started a new full-time gig today. Got a dental appointment Wednesday. Moving this weekend. Busy. Gradius V rocks. Katamari Damacy is everything I expected it to be, which rocks and rolls. Paintball on Saturday was fun, but I’m feeling the major muscle strains now. Bruised in about a dozen places too, but it’s the muscles that are killing me. Started testing out my newish phone’s crappy phonecam. Figured it was a good time to put that old flickr account to…

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Nintendo DS ads

I can finally follow up on my ponderings of Nintendo DS’ ad campaign as the ads have now hit Japan. No surprise there. Some sort of Japanese J-Pop idol with keyhole cleavage and the slogan “TOUCH!” Yeah, I don’t know. Maybe that kind of advertising works in Japan, but it seems kinda pointless to me. Doesn’t do much for the brand. I hope that they’d be a little more original over here. If their latest campaigns are an indicator, they…

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30 minute impressions: Guilty Gear X2#Reload

2D fighters are a genre that I just can’t, no matter how much I try, get good at. There was a time when I was quite above-average at Street Fighter 2 Turbo — which no doubt had a lot to do with having plenty of *human* competition at the time — but even then I wasn’t that great. Even then, I could not for the life of me beat the Arcade mode in the SNES version at the top two…

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EA+XBL UI

Holy fuck does Burnout 3 eat up time. The crash mode challenges only take half a minute, but they’re such a blast to play that you get caught saying “just one more” forty times in a row. It’d be so much better if those quick crashes weren’t interrupted by slow loading screens and annoying EA radio, but those can easily be ignored as you get yourself amped up for the next million dollar crash. Many people have already complained about…

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