The Most Awesome Cover Song of the Year

William Shatner Sings Again. Captain Kirk teamed up with Ben Folds (yes, that Ben Folds) to create this pop-driven new album. The majority of the album was written by the duo, with the exceptions of “Trying,” co-written by Folds and novelist Nick Hornby (yes, the guy behind High Fidelity), “Real” by Brad Paisley and a cover of “Common People” (with Joe Jackson!) by British band Pulp. I have just heard the Shatnerized “Common People” and it is exactly as you…

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Raccoon City

Go to the Resident Evil: Apocalypse site. Enter said site. Notice something odd about the “laboratory”? If you do, then watch the trailer and watch it get blown-up! haha.

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Live Wired

An Interview with Larry Hryb, Director of Programming: Xbox Live. For the most part, it’s boring corporate boosterism. However, there are some interesting statistics at the end: the top 15 cities by XBox Live memberships. There’s Tokyo (despite poor XBox sales in Japan), London, Houston, Chicago and Toronto. Toronto is definitely no surprise. A relatively large, modern city in a country with good broadband adoption rates (far better than the US, at least, which is odd when you consider the…

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Doom 3

Awesome graphics, dude! (Cleaning, and the associated rummaging, is only as interesting as the things you uncover.) PS: It’s from EGM #71, June 95. Update: I notice that some people seem to think that it’s a typo on the part of the magazine editors — I assure you that is not the case. It was mentioned as “Doom 3” in multiple places in the article, in the game index, and on the cover with the text “DOOM 3: Exclusive pics…

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Game Woes

Is it the games, or is it just me? Every dedicated gamer hits a slump. A point where the fun factor drops, the tedium grows, and interests shift to other outlets. Perhaps it’s the current crop of games — not an unreasonable claim, as the summer is the slow season — but I think I’m experiencing that slump. There is nothing truly captivating out there. Nothing that warrants more than a passing glance. Devil May Cry 3, er… I mean,…

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The Reciprocal Influence of Game Music

I was browsing the new releases of the Ant-Zen catalogue when I noticed that Iszoloscope has a new release. What caught me is the description: this music is the perfect soundtrack for console games like ‘silent hill’ or ‘project eden’. faussurier’s addiction to video games seems to be the impetus for creating these moods. That’s not the only such reference. Discog’s bio for Iszoloscope says: Faussurier found his place on the vast musical continuum through videogames, of all things. A…

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Tweaked

A weblog post about tweaks to the weblog is about as irrelevant as you can get, but such is the nature of this place: irrelevant. I’ve cleaned up some xhtml, fixed the archive pages a bit, updated my age on the info page (been 24 for half a year now, sheesh), and removed a lot of unnecesary navigation. The problem now is that the navigation area seems too bare. It should be fixed if/when I add a “contact” option there,…

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Things to do When You’re *REALLY* Bored

Episode One: construct a four storey tall house out of your games! Either that or play them, but that’s a less creative endeavour.

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Canada Day for the Non-Social

Things to do to celebrate Canada Day without leaving the home or going near any other people: Get drunk on some local micro-brewery beer. Listen to some Skinny Puppy and Frontline Assembly or, er, some Tragically Hip and Sloan Play Splinter Cell or Homeworld or Knights of the Old Republic or Legacy of Kain or NHL whatever or Unreal or SSX 3. Follow the latest off-season NHL news as the free-agent market heats up. But mostly just get drunk.

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ReviewMan: MegaMan Collection

Question: when is a 256 kilobyte game like a 393,216 kilobyte game? When it’s on the Mega Man Anniversary Collection!. Long story short, if you have the choice, avoid the GameCube version of the game. It’s not that it is a catastrophic disaster (still a damned good collection!), it’s just that Capcom and Atomic Planet dropped the ball with this title and, as a result, the GameCube version is the lesser of the two. It pains me to say it,…

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Euro

The two weeks since I left my full-time salaried job have been far busier than any such time span during my employment period. It’s reassuring (no slumping into general vegetation), but also downright annoying. Especially with the nice weather. However, one of the benefits is that my afternoons have been more flexible — perfect for viewing live Eurocup 2004 games. Since I’m neutral with my Euro picks, I mostly just cheer against a few teams. It’s more fun that way.…

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Make Your Vote Count

You’ll have to excuse me, but I do need to make one pre-election political rant. I haven’t been following the proceedings too closely, but the few things that I have seen I do not like. So if you have no interest in Canadian politics, skip this — there are plenty of recent links here instead. Election day is Monday (Correction, next Monday not this Monday. I’m stupid.) and it’s looking to be a close, close race. It’s looking like a…

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The 5k, and other small things

Remember the 5k? The competition for doing webby things within the confines of 5,120 bytes? Yeah, I almost forgot about it myself. It’s been in stasis for a while and there was no competition for 2003. Earlier this year, it was announced, to little fanfare, that Siggraph was taking over the 5k. The Siggraph page was vacuous: little information, no details on what and when to submit, and some vague deadline periods in the Spring. Nothing was there and I…

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