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murder, death, kill 2

October 27, 2004

i have finished; i came, i saw, i shot, i kicked Halo`s ass. on legendary no less. i have to say it was a fun and somewhat easy game to play. now i`m just left to wonder how long are we going to have to wait for the OS X port of Halo 2. i see no need to invest in an Xbox, solely for playing Halo 2.

murder, death, kill

October 20, 2004 — Leave a comment

there a great deal of satisfaction found in shooting stuff but since the smell or cordite doesn`t agree with me and i wouldn`t think of having a gun in the house, i have to get this satisfaction in two dimensions.

for the last week and a half i`ve been playing Halo. yes, i`m late with Halo 2 on the horizon, but i haven`t had a machine i could play it on until recently.

i was at the Macworld conference when Halo was initially demoed and even as a batch of screen captures and quicktime movies, it was fantastic and for that brief moment it was ours, a game by a mac company for mac users, then along came M$ with Xbox looking for the ultimate first person shooter and we mac users had to wait three years for a port. but i`m not bitter.

i find it very relaxing and it`s also very familiar. before made Halo and Oni, they were responsible for one of the best series of first person shooters every made on any platform – Marathon.

The master chief of Halo appears to be the same long suffering soldier of Marathon fame, placed hither, thither and yon to do what he does best. the weapons have changed but the level of intelligence require to play hasn`t. Marathon was one of the first games where if you shot a friendly, the rest would either refuse to help or if they were armed, they would shoot back.

i like a game that requires some skill even went all i want to do is vent and blow stuff up.

meet The Sims?

September 23, 2004 — Leave a comment

i`ve had a copy of the Sims since last October when i renew my .mac membership; it was one of the freebies. well owned might be a better description, i had it shipped to vic and it was in her possession until recently.

i installed and attempted to play it for the first time yesterday. i create characters and make sure they`re employed, housed, fed, practice good hygiene and social interaction, ad infintum. i played for five minutes before i though this sounds remarkably like what i have to do everyday.

what is the point?

i`m not much of a gamer. i grew up with the first generation of computer games that weren`t about the rendering, but more in like with the chose your own adventure books, then came the arcade classics and finally; for me at least; the atari 2600/5200 consoles. i enjoy the occasional one person shooter or arcade type space game but the idea of playing a game that imitates real life just leaves me cold.

over the Labour Day weekend i played halo on an Xbox and it was quite entertaining but i learned my lesson about console gaming four years ago. while i was living in fl and i had a lot of time on my hands, i rented a PS2 and Oni from Blockbuster for a week and in that week, i did very little else. i would come home from work, a little after 5 pm heat up dinner and sit in front of the tv until 2 and 3 am, get up at 6 and play for at least an hour before i had to get to work. luckily i only lived 10 minutes away. i decided after that i didn`t need a game console in my house because i`m the type of person to play until the game is licked and that`s not conducive to good family relations.

i do also enjoy playing games on my computer but having seen many a keyboard destroyed but abuse of whatever the `fire` is, i tend to keep it at a minimum, particularly on my personal machine and at work you don`t really want something that encompasses your whole screen and requires three or four different prompts before you can quit, so i stick to the word games on yahoo.