Friday, May 30, 2003

Just finished watching Adaptation. Loved it. Not as odd as Being John Malkovich, but definately close.
Now you too can dress up your cat. I like the Anne of Green Gables look, though I think that the cat wearing the schoolgirl blouse is a little put out...

I wonder how many cat tranquilizers you have to give your cat to make it sit still though.

Thursday, May 29, 2003

Didn't understand the Matrix: Reloaded? Thought it needed more pie? Well, Matrix:XP is for you!
Well, if you're waiting to get a PS2, may as well wait a wee bit longer.
Sony announces that it will release its new PSX console, complete with hard drive and DVD burner, in Japan this year and in other territories in 2004. First pictures inside.

At a media briefing in Tokyo earlier today, Sony announced that it will release a new game console named PSX in Japan before the end of the year. Scheduled for release in North America and Europe sometime in 2004, the sleek-looking PSX console is essentially a redesigned PlayStation 2--albeit with plenty of additional features.

With the exception of the console's 120GB hard drive and built-in Ethernet support, the PSX console's new features won't offer any benefits as far as gaming is concerned, but--thanks to the inclusion of a TV and broadcast satellite tuner and a DVD recorder--it will instead transform the PlayStation 2 into a set-top box capable of delivering online play, music, and movies straight out of the box.

When playing games, you'll plug your controllers into the rear of the PSX console, where the hard drive and Sony Memory Stick compatibility have clearly rendered the standard PS2 memory cards obsolete. No pricing information for the PSX has been announced at this time, but the box will be marketed as a high-end electronics product rather than as a game console and, as such, will be handled by Sony's Home Electronics Division as opposed to Sony Computer Entertainment.

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Monday, May 26, 2003

Oh man, Gamespy just slapped Matrix with 58%... bleh...

I didn't find it that horrible. Granted, I will be the first to say that as a game, it's not that good. If it didn't have the Matrix to lean on, nobody would look at it twice...

That said, I did have fun playing it. There were a couple levels that made me want to tear out my arms in frustration and it did look and almost play like a game that should have come out at the PS2 launch... but I still had fun. And the extra Matrix stuff was just icing on the cake then.


It's kind of hard to figure out whether it deserves the 58%... From a technical standpoint, sure. But I did have fun, which is what really matters.
And people say I don't get out much...
Kind of sad that I had more fun at the 50th anniversary party of one of the guys at work's parents than I did at the family wedding on Saturday...
Rise of Nations is pretty good. I like the whole border play mechanic. Throws a little something extra in.

I definately wouldn't have paid top dollar for it though.

Oh, and I got my VCD's of Matrix: Reloaded made. Granted, the quality sucks, but until I get to the theatre again, it'll be my only fix.

Saturday, May 24, 2003

This is a cute little film about a spider and a fly. IT CAME FROM OUT OF THE DRAIN!!
Sigh. I'm really trying to avoid playing Morrowind. Played for about an hour or so tonight, but then I reinstalled Planescape: Torment and played it all night... granted, with all of these huge PC RPG's that I'm determined to start playing, I won't be as tempted to buy new games (suuuuure...)

Friday, May 23, 2003

Hmm... This week I coined a new word: Internacronym. It's what I call those annoying internet acronyms that make everyone look like a 12-year-old AOL user :)

ie. LOL, ROFLMAO, etc.. you know what I mean.

According to Google there are no entries for Internacronym, so I'm claiming it!
Plain Sensodyne Toothpaste is condensed evil in a tube. I have eaten foul things, but this stuff made me want to rip my tongue out.

The fact that it's almost neon pink should have tipped me off...

Thursday, May 22, 2003

Just beat Enter The Matrix as Ghost. Woot!

Worst end level ever though.. well, no... it could have been worse. There's a driving level earlier in the game that almost had me tossing my Xbox out into the composter.

Other than that though, pretty spiffy game. Not the prettiest or best game ever, but it does elaborate on Reloaded and it is pretty fun.
Hmm... seems I didn't read that news blurb close enough. Turns out that "the law makes it a crime, punishable by a $500 fine, to sell or rent videogames that depict violence against police officers to anyone under the age of 17".

So it's not just any kind of violence, just violence against authority figures. I wonder if that means that, say, I have a game where the boss is a corrupt cop who has taken over a bridge, say. Say I have to throw bananas at him. The game is only rented T (teen) due to depictions of banana-related violence. But since I have to take out a cop (a corrupt one at that, but a cop nonetheless) my game can't be sold to kids under 17 under threat of a fine and possible charges.

That's where it gets dumb. If they do that with games, then they should also do it with every movie that depicts cops being attacked and every show that does the same. Can you imagine if they applied that broad brushstroke to every form of entertainment? Now I have no problem with ratings being enforced (see below) but to just target one aspect of the game and make that the focal point of a law is annoying. That, and it shows that games are the scapegoat of the week, as usual, and these old codgers are doing the ol' kneejerk reaction to them.

I don't think it should be a criminal offense. The fine is just hunky-dory, but you shouldn't be able to be locked away for selling games to minors. Again, see my rant below for more reasons why.
Well, I may be in the minority of gamers who actually think this is a good idea, but Washington State has passed a bill that will fine people who sell or rent M-rated games to minors.

Frankly, I don't understand why this is such a big deal. I look at it like the situation with R-rated movies. If you were to sell an R-rated movie to a kid, of course you'd get slapped with a fine. At least, that used to be the case. I think that the same standards should apply to games. It puts the onus back on the parents.

If a parent buys their 9-year-old Grand Theft Auto 3, then it's their decision, not the decision of the kid. If that kid then goes out and kills 90 people in a killing spree unheard of since the last killing spree, well, then the parents can't just say, "Musta bin dose durned videogames." and be let off the hook.

At least the EB I go to will be upfront and tell a parent or grandparent who is buying Grand Theft Auto or a similar M-rated game about why it is rated M and let the parent decide if they want to still buy it for their kid. I understand that a lot of parents don't know and don't care what game they're buying, they just want their kid to shut up. At least this way they're informed.

They are also rather strict with carding kids who are trying to buy M-rated games. I like my EB. I just wish they'd give me games for free instead of forcing me to buy them :P

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Hee hee... From the annals of Spam Subject Lines That Make You Laugh:

** Wish you had lager Breasts **

Boobs AND beer, together at last... :)
This is pretty neat. This guy built himself an actual wooden Periodic Table.
Woohoo! Just finished Mafia.

Great game. Did I mention that yet?

It's sad when the story in a game by swedish developers is better than most mafia movies made by Americans.

Monday, May 19, 2003

Here is a very good possible scenario for how the Matrix will wrap up. It's just speculation, but I like it.
Oh, have I mentioned that Linkin Park's new album Meteora is just plain yummy? I finally got to sit down today and give it a good listen and I'm loving it. I find it to be a lot more focused than Hybrid Theory. They seem to have the screaming white-guy techno rock down to a science.
Penny Arcade has an insanely long newspost today mostly concerning stuff they saw at E3.

I like this description.

"People would stop me on the floor and ask me to sign a book or something and then ask why I wasn�t with Tycho and where he was. I told them look for the most boring game on the floor, he will be the guy standing next to it asking the developer questions like if their physics engine takes into account the surface of the table when calculating the rolling of a D20 or something."

Can't you feel the love?
Woo.. I'm pooped. Long day today at work. Fun day, but long. Took the guys out to the nearby park and played soccer and frisbee for a couple hours. I think I'm ready for my nap now :)

This is indeed a scary long weekend. Not only did I work from Saturday till today, I also think I played all of about 30 minutes of videogames all weekend! ARG!

Garden looks nice though...

Sunday, May 18, 2003

Hee hee. A timeline of the Internet.

I personally like what happened in 2000.

"The internet is finally given purpose when Scientists Mathew Chapman and Michael Chapman complete their research and bring Homestarrunner technology to the internet."
Oh man. This guy's on crack. Check out his Matrix: Rejected site.

Not only are half the facts wrong (no, Cypher does NOT return at the end of Reloaded) he also is dense enough to wonder why he was kicked out of not one, but two theatres for getting up in the middle of The Matrix and trying to explain why it's bad.

And his whole Columbine thing is screwed up. I almost hope this is a joke... If not, and this guy is really a doctor, we need to look a lot closer at the universities over in England.
Spent the morning on Saturday gardening... then I had to go to work :(

At least now our garden is about 75% weed free and we've got some pretty annuals in to give it some colour.

I also planted some hot chili peppers in our garden. That'd be nice, homegrown chilis... mmm...

Friday, May 16, 2003

Man, Golden Sun has THE longest password in history. 6 screens long... took the entire back of a manila envelope to write it all out. Yeesh.
Well, all of the Wager boys have been married off. My little brother Grant just called to tell me he went and got himself married in Niagara Falls today.

Kids these days.
Ah... Just beat Golden Sun. Now to work on Golden Sun: The Lost Age!

I'd be mad if I'd finished Golden Sun a year ago when it first came out... It's got more of a cliffhanger ending than The Matrix: Reloaded! At least now that I have The Lost Age, I can just get right on with the story.
Heh. This describes me to a T. Got it from

"There's a secret organization out there that's after all my money, they keep releasing kickass shit expecting that I buy it, and I DO. I actually envy the drug addicts out there, since they usually have enough scratch to buy a burrito after thier drug binges. Since my "fix" weighs in at $80 a disc, or $15 per ticket, there will be no burritos for me. "

Sigh. So true.

Thursday, May 15, 2003

Oh man, Enter The Matrix rocks.

I just did the coolest thing. I went into bullet-time, grabbed a shotgun out of the cop's hands and then beat him with the stock of the gun. Very cool.
The Matrix: Online. Now that'll be a cool game.
Cool. I was sitting next to this guy who was the stunt double for Jason Patric in Narc.

He was telling me stunt stories before the movie. Sometimes it's fun to go to the movies by yourself... you never know who you'll meet.
Once you HAVE seen The Matrix: Reloaded, check out this site. And all of the other Matrix coverage over on Time.

I'm so glad I didn't see any of this last week when the magazine came out. Yeesh.
GO SEE THE MATRIX! NOW! (well, The Matrix: Reloaded)


That's all I'll say about it until after a couple days when everyone's seen it :)

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Hee hee.
Fundamental difference between the US and Canada:
The US started out with a general. We started out with a drunken Scot.

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

ah... this time tomorrow and I'll be sitting in a theatre enjoying The Matrix: Reloaded.

Note to self. Don't forget to take your overdue library books back before work!
Cool. A great site for ordering import DVDs. Just what I need.

Monday, May 12, 2003

I picked up The Matrix: Reloaded soundtrack. 2 discs (one 'soundtrack' disc and one score disc) for the low price of $14.99! Woo.
Bork bork bork!

Google the Swedish Chef way!
Sweet. Finally making some headway in Mafia. I'm on mission 15 of 20 now... If only 1930's era cars were able to climb hills without stalling :P

Sunday, May 11, 2003

Ah, had a nice relaxing weekend in Sarnia. I even was able to track down and pick up the nice iron tiki torches for my backyard! Woo!
Check out the trailer for Underworld. This looks too cool.

Friday, May 09, 2003

Cool. IGA is having a free sample day here. I got about two meals worth of free stuff :)
Hmm... maybe it's a good thing I didn't get that job... This could be me!
Ah ha!

I've finally figured out why so many Japanese games include the bloodtype of characters. Turns out that they have something like a dating horoscope, but rather than being based on birthdates, it's based on bloodtype. It's all becoming so clear now...
And this article on the Plight of the Aging Gamer is too close for comfort!

Though I think that just the way my schedule works out with a lot of free time during the day helps me at least spend more time on gaming than this guy does... be that good or bad...
This is an excellent little article on why people play (console) RPG's. I agree with the guy wholeheartedly.

Though I like to read more books...

Thursday, May 08, 2003

Is it wrong for me to concider a 250 page campaign sourcebook for a game system I don't even play anymore light reading?
Wow. IGN has posted the top 100 games of all time. And they didn't lock it out. Scary.

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

Mmm... final free Animatrix episode.

Did I mention I already have my Matrix ticket?
Oh my dear sweet lord. This is just too disturbing for words.

Japanese people can be very scary sometimes.
I also got my Matrix: Reloaded ticket. Mmm...
I'm so pathetic

I picked up .hack//Mutation today.

Willpower? Don't know what it is.
*Spig hyperventilates*

Shenmue 3... at E3... mayBE...

If it's true, and they're not dropping Shenmue, then I will be SO happy. I swear, half the games I play make me just think back to playing Shenmue 2 and how much I wish I were playing the next one.

Even .hack made me think of that.

It's the quasi-Japanese life they try to portray through the games that make me long for the ultimate Japanese life simulator :)
Well, it's about time.
INDIANA JONES, World�s Favorite Action-Adventure Hero,
Comes to DVD for the First Time in
Four-Disc Set Premiering Worldwide Nov. 4

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

This is a neat little article about incorporating net feedback to news stories into the news itself. Nice to see that CBC is at least pondering using the Net as a resource. I loved TodRadio when it was on. I actually had one or two of my comments read on the air. That must have used up about 30 seconds of my alloted 15 minutes of fame.
Ah... this explains it.

"Please note that studios occasionally run out of stock. We will notify you within 4 to 6 weeks if we have trouble obtaining this title."

Oh well. I guess I'll just have to wait for the next disc then. I hope it's not delayed too long
weird. split my order of both .hack discs. They're not charging me any extra shipping or anything. I guess disc 2 isn't in stock yet, so they just shipped out disc one. Woo!
As an addendum:

They said the only reason they didn't choose me was because the other guy had more edumacation, and even there it was down to the wire.

Take that, you lame MCSE's! Self-taught POWER!

There... got that out of my system :)
Sigh. I just got the phone call from head office that I didn't get the job. The worst thing is that I came in second to the guy who got it... second out of 40 applicants! ARG!

Monday, May 05, 2003

I'm scared to use my computer right now. It's house-shakingly thunderous outside. *bites nails*
I picked up Valkyrie Profile today. I still think my little brother has my original copy, but he swears he doesn't. Sigh. Oh well.
It was crazy foggy when I drove home today. Foggy, but beautiful.

Sunday, May 04, 2003

I need to buy a telescope.

Anyone know where to get one?
Woah! Enter The Matrix is cheap! Only $39 after rebates... not too shabby. Beats the $90 I was expecting to pay.

I also picked up a copy of Call of Cthulhu: Nocturnum... Mmm... Squiddy RPG sourcebook...

Saturday, May 03, 2003

Kicked my buddy Boosok's butt tonight at C&C Generals :) Mwahaha...

Now I'm watching .hack/sign. Very cool anime.
I took the guys at work for a walk along the Credit River today near Glen Williams. It was a beautiful day and we had a blast. Must... go... outside... more...

Friday, May 02, 2003

Oh man. This is cool, but only if you're an insane geek who likes comics like me.

It's a video showing how Gabe from Penny Arcade draws a strip on the computer. Very cool.
Today is No Pants Day!
I just got back from X-Men 2. Woo! Fun movie. Now for the next movie, they HAVE to have Sentinels!
I have to say that I'm disappointed by the somewhat mediocre reviews that Primal has been receiving. Had I based my purchase on the reviews, rather than impulse buying, I would have missed out on an excellent game.

I do agree that it's not for everyone. The combat system could use some work but in the end it's decent. But the story, voice acting, characters and environments are A+ in my book. And it's a drop-dead gorgeous game to boot... esp. since it's on the PS2!

But if you're in the mood for a good adventure game with just a hint of combat, you'd do much worse than Primal.

I found that one of the neatest things was how each of the worlds you explored had a problem that was specific to that world and didn't just seem like a gameplay contrivance. Ie. in the first world you're helping to sort out a whole rite of succession that has been tampered with by the bad guy. In the second world, you don't really have any enemy, per se, but you have to activate a series of pumps in order to cleanse the water, which again has been tampered with by the bad guy.

The story is able to weave the various worlds, each with their own problems and dangers, into a greater whole. By the end of the game... man. You just feel like you've done something worthwhile.

For a game, that is :)
My tummy still feels all wonky though. I had some kraft dinner for supper, and some crackers, but that's about it. Sigh.
Woo! Beat Primal just after midnight. I'm on a roll this week.

Thursday, May 01, 2003

This is some pretty sweet news.
Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes
Konami announced that it plans to introduce a new Metal Gear Solid game at the Electronic Entertainment Expo next month called Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, a souped up remake of Metal Gear Solid for the GameCube! The game is being developed by the master craftsmen at Silicon Knights and will feature new graphics and possibly some new content (though that bit has yet to be confirmed by parties involved). The Twin Snakes will be released later this year.
And I no longer feel like I'm dying. I almost didn't make it there when I was driving... but my tummy calmed itself down and I was fine by the time I got there.
Well, I just got back from the interview.

It was pretty good. A couple trick questions: "Should you look in the internet cache if you're doing a service call?" which was followed by, "The program manager thinks one of their staff is looking at inappropriate sites. When you look through the cache, you see 2 files called "BIG THROBBING DICKS". What do you tell the manager?"

And there was another one re: setting up a new puter and the manager wants all their old files back on the new computer. How do you do it? I said to just yank the old harddrive out and slave it, which was the case. They said that most of the MCSE's don't know what to do. "Uh... use floppy discs?"

So all in all, it went well. I'll find out in a few days or so whether I got it or not.
Oh why did I go out for Tempura last night?

I woke up this morning with some pretty bad indigestion. I had to go get rid of it from both ends before I felt better...

This never happens to me when I don't have anything planned for the day. It only happens when I'm in a rush in the morning and have something relatively important to do! Bleh.

Well, I'm off for the interview. When your day starts out with vomit, it can only get better, right?