Enter the Derivatives

What do you get when you mix The Matrix with Blade? Underworld. I was tempted to answer that question with “a shitty movie,” but that’s implied. Now, I’m not a big Matrix fan, but I will probably see it regardless. So while I will “Enter The Matrix”, I doubt that I will “Enter The Underworld.” How generic and derivative can you get? While I’m knocking generic special-effects laden action flicks, it’s worth saying once more that Terminator 3 looks absolutely…

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Rebel Strike

Nintendo has launched its E3 site, and while its sparce at the moment, it does have a number of titillating screen shots. Most noticeable is the new Mario Kart. However, what’s even more exciting is the new information on the Rogue Leader follow-up: Rebel Strike. Next month’s issue of EGM, which you can view at the preceding link (warning: you need to register and download proprietary software. I do not know if it is spyware infested or not), has a…

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Let’s review

I mentioned my first round picks here, but they can also be found at Sportsfilter with short explanations (my reasoning was lacking here). Sens in 5: perfect. Devils in 5: perfect. Stars in 5: took them six games, so half-right; ‘Nucks in 6: they won in 7, half-right again; Caps in 6: even though they went ahead 2-0, they blew it; Wings in 7; Avs in 6: way off; Leafs in 7: well, it did go to a game seven.…

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When Things Just Work

This is probably going to make the rounds many, many times across this interweb, but it definitely deserves it: Honda Accord ad 300k, 100k. Quite simply the coolest advertisement I have seen in ages. Wow. More info here.

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Ikaruga

I’ve been anticipating Ikaruga for months, and now that it’s finally here, I’m pleased to say: not only does this game live up to the lofty expectations I gave it, it exceeds them. By far, Ikaruga is about as close to gaming bliss as you can get during this console generation. Sure, the Metroid Primes and the Wind Wakers are more thorough game experiences, but neither of those achieves the simple adrenaline rush that Ikaruga provides. It’s hard to describe…

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The Sacred Ratio

With every fast-food combo, there exists a sacred unwritten rule: the golden ratio. You know what I mean. It is that holy balance between burger and fries. For every bite of the burger, let’s call it X, you eat Y number of fries. The goal, of course, is to be left with a bite-sized piece of the burger and no more than five fries. The purpose? To end it all, burger and fries, with one final bite. This ratio between…

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FFXI Beta

I don’t like MMORPGs, but I’d be willing to give this series a try: Final Fantasy XI Public Beta Application. Al-Sahaf: the modern day Black Knight. Ignoring the StyleBoost *ahem* conceptual derivation, creatiu is a good design link resource, even if it is in Spanish.

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The News… twelve years ago

CablePulse 24, the local information wankfest of a channel, fills its extreme late night slot with Rewind, a replay of a select news broadcast from the station’s history. It was interesting today because they chose February 15, 1991 during the early days of the first Gulf War. On that day, Saddam’s new peace proposal was the major news. Most of the Western leaders — Bush, Major, Mulroney — rejected the proposal. The weather was also the big talk, with a…

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Mobile Light Force 2

“Americanization” is a dirty word. Not in any global-political way, nor through any cultural and language saturation (though one could strongly make that argument); but, more importantly, it’s dirty when it comes to import releases of Japanese games. The recently released Mobile Light Force 2 is a perfect example. MLF2 is actually Shikigami no Shiro. The original game art was something along these lines. The Americanized packaging has this absolutely hideous babes-with-guns explosion fest that has absolutely nothing to do…

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03 distress signal

Watch out for that whiplash. At 4am, certain songs can get you from zero to depression in about two seconds. When hit hard, a varied mp3 collection is key. Counter the sad song with a menacingly evil track; respond to the happy song (which depresses more than the sad one) with some angry, broken beats; strike back at the cheesy 80s new wave with lurking dark ambience. Balance is the key. Lately, I have been on a video game music…

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Place your bets now

Betty Bowers. Found through random website, of all places. Ignore this paragraph if you absolutely hate hockey. That wonderful time of the year is upon us: hockey playoffs. I posted my picks for the first round elsewhere, but I’ll cross-post them here just so you can see how wrong I will be: Sens in 5; Devils in 5; Caps in 6; Leafs in 7; Wings in 7; Avs in 6; Stars in 5; ‘Nucks in 6. I’m not going to…

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Rock Bottom

I don’t watch tv much, so I don’t know what’s going on out there. I hear that there’s a war or something. Whatever. Anyway, casually flicking around I caught a bit of Inside Edition (and I’m rather ashamed to admit it). The segment I caught was about how troops have captured some of Saddam’s palaces and how amazed they are by the high opulence and grandeur of the buildings. They talk about how so much money goes to beautify the…

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Javascript is fun

/snip: removed so that it doesn’t ruin the page completely. On the negative side, this little script really shows how IE MAJORLY outpaces Mozilla based browsers when it comes to Javascript processing. It can still be viewed in the individual entry, though it does lose some of its fun.

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