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Below are 20 journal entries, after skipping by the 20 most recent ones recorded in luvcraft's LiveJournal:

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Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
3:41 pm
I have broken down and joined the book of faces
it is a dark day. ;_;

terrifyingly, it immediately suggested two people I know for my friends list, when I had only given it my name and birthdate; no high school, no location, nothing!
Monday, October 19th, 2009
10:48 pm
we all walk the wibberly wobberly walk...
special 2-disc release of Hardware on DVD and Blu-Ray!

I'm bumping it to the top of my Netflix queue to see if it's still as good as I thought it was when I was 15 before I buy it.
9:10 am
8:18 am
Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls...
Crosstown time's here.

If you've already played it, then thanks! However, if you haven't played it by the end of the day, then you are a HORRIBLE PERSON (or you don't have an Xbox 360).
Tuesday, October 13th, 2009
4:20 pm
Friday, October 2nd, 2009
9:15 am
a couple more links to exciting game stuff
whatareyouwait.info is an awesome URL that hosts an awesome (and free) game.

also, the Machinarium demo is out. It's the new game by the guy who made Samorost. I haven't tried it yet, but it certainly is pretty.
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
8:55 pm
2:04 pm
9:30 am
Monday, September 28th, 2009
11:30 am
also finally played the Brutal Legend demo last night
Very fun! After watching me play through it, xuer wanted to play through it, too, and she did, and enjoyed it. Tim Schaffer writing and Jack Black ad-libbing work really well together. It made me want to play Psychonauts again, although I'm going to wait on that because I strongly suspect that Psychonauts will have a special sale when Brutal Legend comes out. I think that this is the game that will finally get Schaffer the acclaim he should've gotten from Psychonauts.

So! If you have a 360 or (God help you) a PS3, you should check out the demo!
8:44 am
so, I finally started playing Scribblenauts
There was a police man, a fireman, a doctor, and a... something else on the screen, and I had to give two of them "something they'd normally have in their hands". I gave the doctor a scalpel, and the police man a donut, and that worked! I probably should have given the doctor "crushing student loan debt", but I suspect that's not in the game's dictionary.

Later I had to make a schoolteacher happy, so I gave her a romance novel, and it worked! Probably because the game interpreted it as a book for her classroom, but I like to think that she really just wanted some low-brow smut.

I'm liking the puzzle levels a lot, but not liking the "action" levels so much.
Saturday, September 26th, 2009
9:50 pm
totally awesome weapons-free (except gravity gun halfway through) HL2 mod OTD
Research and Development

(requires HL2:e2)

Brilliant, overall. I really didn't like the part with the bouncy bombs and the zombines, but everything leading up to that is awesome, and the next section after that is even more awesome!

This joins Minerva on my very short list (2 games so far) of must-play HL2 mods.

Get it!!
Thursday, September 24th, 2009
10:23 am
It has occurred to me...
...that Lockbox (Hyper Mix) might make a good Rock Band track. For those not "in the know" there's an upcoming service whereby independent bands can add their own music to a big happy Rock Band marketplace.

Lockbox is also public domain, so anybody could re-record it for the game without any worries about copyright. It would have to be re-recorded, though, since Rock Band songs have to be split into separate tracks for each instrument, and the masters for Lockbox are probably long gone (and were on tape to begin with, and repeatedly mixed-down to fit more tracks in).

If someone DOES want to re-record it, though, I'd be happy to redo the vocals, and I could probably get Mike White to redo the guitar.

antje23, I'm looking at YOU as the best candidate for this! :)
Monday, September 21st, 2009
4:38 pm
a little dated
We watched Ferris Bueller's Day Off this weekend. When I was 9 and saw the cut-for-TV version I thought it was pretty cool. Now that I'm not 9, however, it was just "three rich white kids ditch school, steal a car, insult a minority and a waiter, and then crash the car".

I also can't imagine it appealing much to modern teens; "they ditch school to go to an art museum, a snooty restaurant, and a baseball game? What, was their dentist all booked up for the day?" Come to think of it, I can't see it appealing to 80s teens either, but I can see it appealing to aging baby-boomers -- just like everything else in the 80s -- for whom an art museum, a snooty restaurant, and a baseball game sound like a grand old time.

I often wish the 80s hadn't been 90% 50s, because that remaining 10% had a lot of potential.
Thursday, September 17th, 2009
7:29 pm
9:19 am
WTF, Disney

So, a while ago this image was posted to Boing Boing, with some text about it being part of a series of cool paintings of a post-apocalyptic take on Disneyland/World.

Today, however, I learned that it's actually concept art for a dark, edgy game being developed by Disney themselves for the Wii. Supposedly it revolves around Mickey Mouse "cleaning up" the world, a'la Okami, while fighting SRL-style cyborg monster versions of Disney characters.

I know that Disney's execs have been complaining that Mickey Mouse has been fading in popularity, and they've been looking for ways to "reboot" the character, but this seems like a very strange way to do it.
Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
8:42 am
oh boy!
good news! Scribblenauts has shipped.

bad news! It won't arrive until September 23rd. Sic Semper Super Saver Shippers!

good news! That gives me plenty of time to finish reading Locke Lamora, and also make another attempt at reading A Shadow in Summer.

8:29 am
I said what what, In the Pit
The updated version of In the Pit has cleared review, so if you already have it it should automatically update the next time you start it. The update fixes a couple of obscure crash bugs, and also adds a "list the controls" option to the pause menu. It also changes the developer name from "luvcraft" to "Studio Hunty", which had been bugging me for a while. Also there's new cover art.

So, nothing big, but I'm hoping that this update coupled with the new surge of positive reviews the game's getting (uno! zwei! san!) and the lower price tag (240 points instead of 400) will create a nice cancerous lump in its long tail. :)
Monday, September 14th, 2009
5:15 pm
over a month since the update, and genres still don't show up on Netflix on my Xbox. :(

I've called Netflix about it, and they've said that there are a few people having the problem, and they know about it, but they don't know what's causing it and don't have an ETA on the solution.

Oh well, there's still plenty of stuffs in my watch instantly queue, and I'm still getting a new physical disc every 3 days, so it's not really like I have a pressing need for it...
Saturday, September 12th, 2009
1:58 pm
so, I've been kind of on the fence about Scribblenauts. Then I read this on a forum I frequent:

>> giant squid is a pretty reliable destructive force

> not compared to cthulhu after being shot with a mind control device and fitted with a saddle, with a chaingun glued to his forehead


earlier in the same thread, someone posted this following:


Make GOD and put him next to the ATHEIST

Watch the ATHEIST run

Make a piece of weaponry for the ATHEIST

Sit back and laugh.

and yes, this actually IS entirely doable in the game.
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