Archive for April, 2009

(wme) Eight Squares in the Garden – ‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves…

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Apr27 Through the Looking Glass was Lewis Carroll’s sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Alice wonder’s what it’s like on the other side of the mirror.  She then is able to pass through it.  She meets the Red Queen there and the queen offers her a throne to her, if she can get to the 8’th square.  There’s also the poem The Jabberwocky which she can only read by holding it up to a mirror.  Reason I mention the poem is here, I will recite a line or two.  Ahem! <clears throat> “’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves, Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;  All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe.  "Beware the Jabberwock, my son!  The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!  Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun the frumious Bandersnatch!"”  – Okay so I’m like, umm what what, and what?  They call it literary nonsense, like it’s on purpose or something, which it probably is.  In fact supposedly the effect of nonsense is caused by an excess of meaning, rather than the lack of it.  I guess what it means is, that it’s so full of symbolism and meaning that it comes out as nonsense.  Contrariwise they may be using nonsense to cover up their meaning, that is if they’re meaning something, that is supposed to look like it means nothing, thereby masking the meaning.  If you get my, umm… meaning. 


Retroshoot – “SHOOOOoooooooooOOOOTTT!”, Grig from the Last Starfighter.

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Apr24 What is with all this retro stuff anyways?  I mean it’s pretty big, you have all the compilations out there, most recently the Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection, not to mention Namco Museum, Midway Arcade Treasures 1, 2, and 3, Atari Anthology, Intellivision Lives.  There was the Sonic Mega Collection.  There was even all the Megaman games for the Gamecube.  There was one with a bunch of Activision classics on it.  Emulators are pretty big, the biggest is the arcade emulator MAME.  What’s the deal with this anyways?  Why are so many people into games that are old, or pretend to be old.  For instance Geometry Wars was made to look like old vector graphics games.  Puppy Games try to make theirs look like they belong to some oldschool game compilation or something, yet still with modern sound, and cool effects that you couldn’t get.  I think there’s a lot of reasons.  For me I get a chance to play games that were fun to me when I was a kid, and still are.  Also some new games aren’t as fun as games used to be.  They try to make it hyper-realistic, or accurate controls.  Some first person shooters just have too many darn controls. 


Last Man Standing – Can you stand alone against Skyn… I mean Skullnet?

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009


Remember those wondrous days of yesteryear where nothing excited us more than a couple of colored blocks on screen, and a little bleep and bloop?  There was a console, arguably the first successful one for the home called the Atari VCS more commonly known as the Atari 2600?  You do?  Well do you remember one of the big launch titles for the 2600?  Yep Combat, and a variation within combat?  Common now, don’t tell me you’ve forgotten good ol’ Tank?  Okay admittedly I thought I remembered the game being only Tank, which is based on the arcade version of Tank by Kee and Atari games.  However Tank and it’s variations were added into the Combat cartridge with various other battle type games.  Anyways, it was always fun playing Tank and it’s various variations, and nailing the other guy.  Especially Tank Pong, where you could bounce shots off the walls.  Nothing like reliving the good ol’ days.  Well what this has to do with our next game is that it, also is a tank game.  It’s called Last Man Standing, by IronCode Software.  Let’s figure out if it’s something worth buying or not.