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Here’s a segment I like to call: Watching What I’m Watching. Or, very likely, “Watch What I’m Playing”. Or, more accurately, “Watching What I’m Doing in Front of the TV on a Saturday Night, in the Dark, While I Sit Off Camera Moping About Not Doing Anything on a Saturday Night.” asdf asdf. df sdf asdfg asgd asdfg asfgd asd asfdas adsd fas das: fasdf dsadf asdfasd adsdf ddfgdfg dfgsdf. asd dasd fdsd fds sdf sdf gf sdashgd asdf gasdfgasd…

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rRootage

This is something that I definitely want to see more of: rRootage, an independent, nicely executed game concept that takes the core elements of a shooter to their most minimalist, abstract form. There’s no story or theme or any realistic representation of anything: just a “ship”, a seemingly auto-generated “boss”, and a mercilessly unforgiving torrent of “bullets”. So many bullets that, as with most shmups, it’s more about “bullet avoidance” than it is about any actual “shooting.” Additionally, if your…

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The First Superpower

I know that it’s April fifth already, but it’s still worth saying: April Fools Day is the stupidest day in the history of days. What was once a day meant for spraying people with water and giving people pieces of tabasco flavoured chewing gum, and, in general, a day reserved for laughing at idiots, is now a day where you can pass off blatant lies as a joke. It’s even worse when actual sources that you rely on for news,…

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Ice Stage

Imagine this: take a 1/18 scale model car and drench it in water, freeze it, cover it with a layer of snow, pour more water on it, and finally, freeze it a second time for good measure. Then, try scraping all the snow and ice off of it using only a toothpick. If you can imagine this, then you know why it took nearly an hour to get the car out of the driveway today. And the forecasts are calling…

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Hard Core

News of the Jupiter Research survey, which linked a lower income with more game playing, has been making its rounds. That fact alone is an worthy of discussion. However, what gets me is the following: … what is known as the “hard-core” category, or those who buy more than six games per year. Six!? Six games a year makes you a hard-core gamer? In that case, I don’t want to know what category I fit into. Screenshot images that game…

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Freeze!

I’ve had a GameCube for well over a year now, and in that time I’ve had it freeze up a total of three times. I figure that for such a complex piece of hardware that’s a reasonable percentage. It’s surely less problematic than a Playstation 2 or XBox; and exponentially less so than a Nintendo. Then again, no console has been as bad as that. The first two times happened during Metroid Prime. Both of those freezes were during unimportant…

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The scourge

The most unbargainlike of all bargains is the dreaded “mail-in rebate.” This evil menace seems to be gaining popularity. It must be stopped! While picking up The Wind Waker last week, the clerk asked me if I was interested in pre-ordering Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles. I was, but seeing as it won’t be released until the Fall (if then) there was no urgency. I passed. The clerk then told me that it was free. I reconsidered, and agreed. “That will…

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I Don’t Love Live

The XBox Live Experience site has a weird Requiem For A Dream infomercial feel to it. It creeps me out. It makes me want to stay as far away from Live as possible. If you, like I, have always wondered how to make a model of the Starship Enterprise using only a floppy disk, then this is the tutorial for you.

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It’s Alive

It seemed like it had gone the way of the Dodo (or, more specifically, myVideoGames.com), but Robot Street Gang is back up and updating! They’ve gone to a more weblogish type of style, although they maintain that they will still do articles. I’ll believe that bit when I see it. Virtual Reverie is also worth noting. The list of video game centric weblogs grows. The lack of such sites has been lamented here more than once.

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Civil Engineering

Having made two “Pixel Town” blocks — a factory, and a (time-consuming) hotel — I had an urge to revisit SimCity. The SNES version, naturally. I had to clean the dust off of the cartridge, but after all these years I’m proud to say that the Megalopolis of Freedom is still going strong. The city of, ahem, KINGMIKE is doing well too. The visit, however, didn’t satisfy my civil engineering needs. Naturally, I picked up SimCity 3000 Unlimited for a…

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GTA 4 Real

You know how people protest about Grand Theft Auto being a bad influence on impressionable youths because it is so “realistic?” Watch this clip to see just how realistic it is [10.4MB mpeg file]. They could have gone with the gag a bit more, but brevity is good in comedy.

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Game Boy Advance SP

I picked up the just released GameBoy SP. Initial impression: man, the box is ugly. Slightly less initial, but still pretty damned initial impression: Christ, this thing’s small and light. *Gratuitous link to a European ad for the SP. Obviously, a European ad*. Opening the GBA SP for the first time was momentarily awkward. It’s the size of a compact, and it opens (clam-shell) like a compact; I felt like I was about to put on some mascara. After realizing…

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United States of Whatever

Eh, war. Whatever. The fact that Canada isn’t officially participating in this war just fuels my war-apathy. However, I could do without all the repetitively masturbatory news info-overload television broadcasting, but, luckily, I don’t watch much TV anymore so it’s not much of an issue. I’m not going to be waking up with a news-headache tommorrow (though, likely, I will wake up with other kinds of headaches — but that’s a different issue altogether.) Bah. Remember The Lost Vikings for…

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