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1 - It's one of the best games I've ever played. Right up there with System Shock 2, Deus Ex, and Thief 2.

2 - I feel a little guilty about that, like I lose some kind of Indy cred for liking something so phenomenally popular. At least ME2 earned its vast popularity, unlike some cultural phenomena.

3 - They let you import a Mass Effect 1 save game. The decisions you made during ME1 then come back into play for ME2. Sometimes in big ways, sometimes small. You get emails from the people you saved, that's awesome.

4 - Though not as awesome as the intergalactic sci-fi spam. A Batarian businessman has millions of credits tied up by the Citadel Bureaucracy. If you could just help him with the transfer...

5 - One of your crew performed Gilbert and Sullivan as a youth. Ask nicely and he'll give you a rendition of "I am the very model of a scientist Salarian", it's one of the funniest moments of sci-fi I've ever seen.

6 - I don't understand why people keep saying that ME2 has invented it's own Genre. It's a Thinking Man's Shooter. Granted, the category is tiny, but most of the ground in ME2 was walked by Deus Ex and System Shock 2 first. ME2 walks it better, but it's still the same ground.

7 - I feel really weird admitting that this game is as good as Deus Ex. I didn't think that was physically possible. I'll get over it eventually.

8 - If you don't feed the fish in your captain's cabin, they die. They don't tell you this ahead of time, just figured I'd warn any would-be fish buyers.

9 - The endgame raises some interesting issues regarding Transhumanity, which is a favorite philosophical subject of mine. From a Transhumanist perspective, you're kind of the bad guy. I'll cover that in a more cogent post later.

10 - The voice actor for Female Sheppard (Sheppard is the main character's last name) is about six times more awesome than the voice actor for Male Sheppard. Just sayin', the game's better when you play as a girl.

That's all for now.

Holy crap!

Nov. 21st, 2005 11:22 am
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Watch a cheater get busted at the Million Man Lan.

I feel a little sorry for him... but only a little. Anyone who's played online games knows how annoying cheaters can be. My only concern is that they're sure about the cheaters they catch. Presumably, they only react this way when they're certain that the person they've caught is cheating.
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I think this may be the first time that a game hacker was aided by an oscillating fan. As reported on Boing Boing, LJ User [livejournal.com profile] unhappymeal successfully collected a Million Roses in We ♥ Katamari by tying his joystick to a fan and strapping the controller down. Apparently there's an entire easter egg sequence for successfully completing this random and somewhat pointless task. Par for the course when you've got Katamari to roll.
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The gauntlet is down. The gauntlet is down. I have a love/hate relationship with Penny Arcade. They piss off Harlan Ellison with their puerile antics, and I hate them. They piss of Jack Thomson with their equally brilliant sense of irony, and I love them.

The story? Jack Thomson, Florida Lawyer and Anti-Video game advocate, offered the video game industry a proposal: Publish his violent video game which targets the game industry as victims, and he'd donate $10,000 to charity. The insinuation was simple, if you think violent games don't make their players more likely to kill, then make yourselves the victims. He thought he was calling the industry's bluff.

A few days later, a modding group released his video game as a modification for GTA: San Andreas. Jack then went back on his word, saying that the original press release was "Satire" and insinuating that the game industry simply didn't grasp the subtlety. Needless to say, no donation was made.

Until Penny Arcade made the donation for him, to the charity his challenge designated, IN HIS NAME.

Take it like a man Jack, take it like a man.
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Prince of Persia, oh how I hated loved that game. Beautifully animated, immersive, and requiring the kind of timing that only a computer could expect. Well all that is old is new again, and the original prince is now available as a flash game. Get it in two flavors:

Free Online Games version
Prettier Gamespy Promo Version
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People who've heard me babble long enough know that I'm a bit of a controller geek. My ideal 3d (first person shooter) controls are based around the number pad, the part of the keyboard I was originally trained to use. The only problem, the number pad is a poor controller. It has too few keys, and it takes your hand away from the main keyboard where many functions are often accessed.

As a result, most modern games are based around a "WASD" configuration, which uses those keys to move, and the surrounding keys as functions. The problem? I hate WASD. )

Well Fuck

Oct. 14th, 2005 01:55 pm
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Schwarzenegger, bless his heart, has signed a law banning the sale of violent video games to minors. As of now, selling a violent game in California to someone under the age of 18 is punishable by a $1000 fine. I'll ignore the obvious jibes from the gaming media about the Terminator terminating violence, because this isn't really about Schwarzenegger. Keep in mind that this bill passed the House and Senate of California with an overwhelming majority, Democrats, Republicans, the Governor, there is no good guy here. Obviously, this is an issue that hits really close to home for me, so bare with me while I hash out all my observations and conclusions regarding this development. I'll try to keep things concise, but I may wind up rambling, so be patient.

Right, the rest is behind a cut, because it's long and annoying. )


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