Lag-tastic

I’ve been off to Bye-Bye-Land the last week, fully detached from the outside world with a wandering mind. I feel really out of it right now and the computer is the last thing I want to be near to. Over the last few days, this trusty old laptop (which I call Supernaut) has functioned primarily as a glorified music player. The headphone output goes straight into the stereo’s input. Winamp handles the rest. Airwave radio tends to get boring real…

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Four Brief Words

Amusing. Useful. Interesting. Cool. This Matrix piracy article has a weird juxtaposition. First they talk about the movie being routinely downloaded and pirated, and how digital piracy could become “debilitating” for the industry; then they add that despite the piracy, the movie made $363.5m at the box office worldwide so far. Only 363.5 million? What a menace those pirates are! The two rounds of extra downloadable content for MechAssault have made the multiplayer aspect of the game that much better.…

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Puttering away

Feeling nostalgic, I was browsing through my old, old referer lists. It was early 2000, and this whole blog thing was just a steadily growing, but mostly “underground”, fad. Back then, you could count all the “blog” mentions in the mainstream press with a single hand. It was an idyllic free-spending time, when Slashdot and Metafilter were ad-free and the concept of subscription based content was far fetched. Now it’s unavoidable. The referers were a mish-mash of memories, with names…

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dot not renewed

Things are uneventful and boring. No poorly written commentary and no long personal stories, just a bunch of links: We are on the verge of creating real life Spider-Men. Science is grand. PaperRad is, um, rad. Understanding the Psychology of Programming (it involves lots of Coca-Cola). And, finally, I find this useful, so someone else might too: Content Management Design. I’m letting the domain 20twelve.net die a quiet death. There’s no point in renewing it if I’m never going to…

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Damned Dirty Neophytes

GameTab is yet another game review aggregator. The stand-out for GameTab is their news aggregator: news.gametab.com. While its claim of being the “Google News for Gamers” is vastly premature (in a lot of ways), it is, nonetheless, an good idea and a solid start. Game related news has been seriously lacking something like this. Now if only they could provide syndication… It’s slightly old news, but Google News now comes in a localized Canadian flavour. According to Starship Dimensions, an…

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Mode 7 Memories

Under no circumstance do I sell or trade in any of my games. Not anymore. When I was young and foolish, I did such things. I traded in all sorts of SNES games. I sold my NES and most of my games so that I can get the latest SNES titles, including Final Fantasy III. I went through a large number of games, only to be left with a few. When you’re young, you don’t know any better. All you’re…

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Unplug me!

Neo can fly. Neo can stop hundreds of bullets in flight. In the first movie, Neo could literally jump into an agent and blow him up from the inside out. Neo can do all sorts of other spoilerific things. So why the hell does he insist on fighting everyone hand-to-hand? Clearly, I saw Matrix Reloaded the other day. Things I did not like: “bullet time.” Ok, quit it already. It wasn’t that revolutionary in 1999, it’s clearly not revolutionary now.…

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The filterverse

Hey, look: there’s a gamesfilter now! Found through Metafilter’s etc page. Looks like this filterverse is getting crowded. A++++ SUPER nice ebay feedback. Disregard the Coca-Cola advertisement aspect of it, but I made a movie. It’s a tragic tale.

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Con-play

Space is being out-spaced by TVO. While Space is showing such masterful sci-fi movies like ThrillKill and Ghost in the Machine, TVO is showing The Day The Earth Stood Still and the Director’s Cut of Blade Runner. Maybe I’m wrong, but Space seems to be in a state of decline. They used to have a lot of good shows and movies, but lately it seems like a whole slew of B-movies and extra-super-lousy shows. Not letting that media crazed bug…

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Call the plumber

I didn’t sign any stinking NDA, so I hold no remorse for linking to the leaked MGS3 trailer. It is definitely interesting, and it certainly piques one’s interest. Given the jungle setting (Zanzibar?), it looks like 3 will be more of a homage to the original Famicom Metal Gears than the previous two Solids. I anticipate it, but given that this is Kojima the trailer is likely to be very unindicative of the final product. Metal Gear Solid 2 was…

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Drag-on Dragoon

Square-Enix recently announced its E3 line-up. There’s definitely a stronger showing than last year’s one and a half games on show, but having four of the new titles contain the words “Final Fantasy” is a bit much. Their only original title, Drakengard, looks like it has potential. The movie on the official Japanese site is impressive, albeit completely lacking in any gameplay footage. The Magic Box has some screens and a (very) brief description, labeling the game an “action RPG,”…

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May Day

I was going to write something — on two occassions — but once again I was denied by Rogers. The connection went down on Monday night. In a few sporadic moments of connectivity, I found that there was scheduled maintenance that night. Fine, I’ll accept that. The problem is: the connection continued to be as sporadic as Hale-Bopp through to today. That is definitely not fine. Now that I’m finally back online again, I can’t remember what I was going…

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Pong-Man

A short history about the early days of video gaming: From Pong to Pac-man.

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