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Samurai Showdown Tony 
Posted by: Tony at 12:33 AM EST on 6/29/2003
File Under: Games

Another good game to play on MAME that I can pull from my head is Samurai Showdown. The slashing (especially the full-strength slashing that is accompanied by some slow motion) becomes a sort of addiction. It is pleasing when you slash at the enemy with a powerful attack and his lifebar loses a large chunk--taking it to zero, and there is an additional slow motion effect, so it's all like, "YEAH!!!!!!" Plus, it has a good level of difficulty and to me it seems to have more strategy than Soul Calibur (I'm not joking, but I did suck at Soul Calibur, so that could explain it.) Samurai Showdown II is too difficult for me, so I didn't enjoy it.

Metal Slug - There's no school like old school... Tim 
Posted by: Tim at 7:23 PM EST on 6/25/2003
File Under: Games

Why the hell did it take me so long to try out MAME? I mean, I KNEW I could play some really kickass old arcade games with it, but for some reason, I just never bothered. Damn my infernal laziness.

Well, anyway, that problem has been rectified, and I'm now happy to say that I'm hopelessly addicted to the Metal Slug series. I had always heard great things about these side-scrolling shooters, but since I don't frequent arcades, (nor did I have $500 to blow on a NeoGeo back in the day) I never got to experience them first hand. But now that I have, I definitely see what the big deal was. These games have some of the most amazingly fluid and detailed animation I have ever seen in a game, not to mention downright fun, addictive, and quirky gameplay. They don't make games like this anymore... It's a shame.



P.S.: I downloaded Finding Nemo. It sucked. I fell asleep with a half hour left, and doubt I'll go back and finish it. Don't listen to her lies.

Hmm... Tim 
Posted by: Tim at 7:24 PM EST on 6/19/2003
File Under: Whatever

I prefer to think I'm the one leaving humanity behind...

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Hey, there's a website here? Karyn 
Posted by: Karyn at 11:40 PM EST on 6/17/2003
File Under: Whatever

Since Tim has come out of his early retirement, I feel that I should add something. There are two things I have to say:

1) See Finding Nemo. If you haven't seen it, drop what you're doing and claim yourself a couple of seats in a theater. Or if you're more into the downloading, do that. Just see it. In truth, adults will like it more than kids; in my first showing, it was 50% teens/ college kids, 25% adults and 25% kids... and the kids didn't understand the jokes. The other 75% were guffawing. C'mon, when has Pixar ever made a bad movie?

2) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix comes out on Saturday! Pinch me, I must be dreaming! Read it. Read all of them. They're cute and British.

If you're one of the people who refuses to partake in either of the above activities (ahem, Tim), then I'm afraid the human race is leaving you behind, my friend.

That is all.

Finally, School Is Over! Tony 
Posted by: Tony at 12:37 AM EST on 6/17/2003
File Under: Whatever

For about three weeks, I am schoolless. Oh, the freedom.

I hope you didn't miss The Matrix: Reloaded. It is great in many ways. I read a review that criticized it, but honestly I think the reviewer felt stupid because he could not understand Neo's conversation with the elder white guy near the end of the movie. If you can understand that conversation, the movie is much more than just flash--it is a good phylosophical...adventure. Damnit, I've read Plato's dialogues and I can't spell phylosophical. I was especially happified when I realized the directors were taking the story in a direction I did not think they would take it in. By far, the most disturbing element of the movie was the fight between Neo and the multitude of Agent Smiths. The battle itself was nifty. However, the graphics were fake-looking and I was sort of shocked that the directors chose a fake-looking highly crazy scene instead of a realistic-looking moderately crazy scene. It was simply distracting.

In other areas of my life:

My engineering instructor posted a message on the classroom dry erase board. It had this:

Below is a Safety Alert from the Shell Oil Company that I received and have taken it upon myself to forward.


SAFETY ALERT.


The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in which mobil phones (cell phones) ignited fumes during fueling operations.

In the first case, the phone was placed on the car's trunk lid during fueling; it rang and the ensuing fire destroyed the car and the gasoline pump.

In the second, an individual suffered severe burns to their face when fumes ignited as they answered a call while refueling their car.

And in the third, an individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as fumes ignited when the phone, which was in their pocket, rang while they were fueling their car.

6/16/03

I tried to search for further info at the Shell website (http://www.shell.com) but found nothing. I searched other areas of the internet and found: http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/cellgas.htm

So, maybe just a scare. Either way, I have been visually shown that phones and vehicles should not mix when safety is a priority. ("Look at that car FLYYYYYYYYY!!!! And the person inside it DIEEEEEEEE!!!!")

Finally, Kudos to the totally badass poll this incredible website now boasts.


Tim adds: Snopes has something to say on this issue...

Okay, so maybe Windows XP isn't totally perfect... Tim 
Posted by: Tim at 3:16 AM EST on 6/12/2003
File Under: Misc Tech -> Computers

I switched to Windows XP a few weeks ago and loved it, but I've been trying to play Quake for the last day or so, and I'm having a hell of a time getting it to work. The shareware and GLQuake crash at launch, and Tenebrae worked once, but crashes every time now. Blah.

Is there a proper Windows port?

New poll Tim 
Posted by: Tim at 1:57 AM EST on 6/11/2003
File Under: Site News

The old poll was old as fuck and the results were reset somehow. So, there's a new one up. I think this poll will finally solve an age-old debate, be groundbreaking news, and cure cancer. So, you damn well better vote!

RalliSport Challenge Review Tim 
Posted by: Tim at 10:06 PM EST on 6/10/2003
File Under: Games -> Xbox -> Review

Whoah, I'm back already!? Yep... I've been bored lately, so I decided I'm going to go through some of my older games and do reviews. Nothing in-depth, though. Afterall, there are about a billion and three different game sites you can go to for that. I'm just going to give my quick, albeit honest, thoughts on the games, and make a final recommendation. Hey, it's not like anyone in print magazines writes three page reviews, so why should all websites have to? Anyway, here we go with Rallisport Challenge for the Xbox:

After becoming inexplicably addicted to Sega GT 2002, I completed the game and moved on to a different Xbox racer - RalliSport Challenge. Damn, that was quite a jump. Sure, they're both racers, but going from the forgiving road racing mechanics of Sega GT to the crazy powersliding-heavy Rallisport Challenge required a complete change of strategy. There's no doubt this game has a formidable learning curve. Once you get the hang of it, though, there's nothing quite as satisfying as coming up on a hairpin turn, letting off the gas, and sliding right through it without ever hitting the brakes.

Once you get over the fact that it's hard as hell to control your car at first, there are a few other things you'll notice. Like the graphics. The absolutely beautiful graphics. Once you see the sun reflecting off of the ice on a winter course, or the wet mud on any number of other tracks, you'll finally realize what all the hype over bump-mapping is about. I always counted it off as a pointless feature for fanboys to rant about on internet messageboards, but it really shines here.

After you get past the graphics, the next thing you'll probably notice is great damage model for the cars. This is one of the few games out there with real, licensed vehicles that actually show damage during a race - and it's done better than any other racing game I've seen. Drive your car hard enough, and you'll be busting tail lights, windshields, and bumpers all over the place. Hell, you can even knock out one light but have the other shine bright when you slam on those brakes. The damage and the subtle way your car becomes dirtier throughout a race combine for a great effect. The attention to detail is downright excellent.

So, what about the bad? Honestly, there isn't too much to complain about. I guess the only thing I really have any gripe about is the opponent AI. Frankly, they race like you're not even there. Go race a rally cross, and nine times out of ten, the third place car will swerve like three car-widths straight into you just to get onto the line it was programmed to race. Also, you'll never see the AI cars fight for position amongst themselves. They'll get into their 1-2-3 order, about one or two seconds apart, and not budge for the rest of the race. This area of the game could have definitely used a little extra work.

Oh, and I have one other complaint, and this is something that a LOT of racing games are guilty of. So, say I'm driving along at 100 mph and I hit one of the long, short signs on the side of the road. It will go flying and slow me down substantially. So, why is it that when I hit one of the bigger fixed signs, it stops me dead in my tracks with no damage to the sign? You would think a 3000 pound car going 100 miles per hour would crash straight through a piece of wood...

Anyway, I'll break it all down for you:

Pros:
  • Incredible graphics
  • Great vehicle damage
  • Lots of modes to play through, and a deep career mode

Cons:
  • Formidable learning curve
  • Poor opponent AI
  • Hit and miss physics

Final Verdict: If you're a racing game fan, do yourself a favor and go buy this game, since it should be dirt cheap by now. Once you get used to the handling, you'll be in for a treat with a deep career mode, beautiful graphics, and good sound all around. It's quality stuff, considering it's just a first-generation title.

Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Tim 
Posted by: Tim at 7:00 PM EST on 6/8/2003
File Under: Games

Whoo, been a while. This place is... Yeah, I dunno, dead, I guess. Maybe I'll start updating again. (Then stop updating like two months later, as is the usual case for me.)

Anyway, since I'm here, I might as well mention the game I've been playing for the last couple of days. Normally, I'm not a PC gamer. I don't have the best computer, and most of the games are ones that I just can't get into - like RTSes and MMORRPGs - but there was no way I could pass this one up. Afterall, it's totally free!

Go download Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. It's 260 MB, but it's a damn fine game. Originally, it was supposed to be a retail addon for RtCW, but the single player aspect apparently sucked ass. So, as a compromise, they finished the downright excellent multiplayer mode and released it for free as a standalone product - you don't even need the original RtCW!

Anyway, for those not in the know, the game is an online-only, team-based FPS, and takes place during World War II. You have a choice to join either the Allies and storm the Axis troops, or become an Axis soldier set to defend the Allied onslaught. You can take the role of a soldier, medic, engineer, or covert op. Each class has its own special abilities, and everyone has to work together to achieve a series of objectives and win the battle.

I totally suck at the game, but it's been good fun, anyway. It's the first tactical, team-based FPS I've ever played (told you I was out of the loop on PC games), so it has been kind of hard for me to pick up. I'm slowly but surely getting better, though.

Anyway, I recommend everyone check it out. After all, you can't go wrong for free!

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