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Sat, Nov. 5th, 2011, 05:33 pm
Shopping for Wiis used to be easy, now it isn't.

So, Mom's retiring in two months, so I was looking into getting her a Nintendo Wii, since she expressed some interest in it.

Shopping for new Wiis consoles used to be easy, because there was exactly one model.

These days, you've got the Mario Kart black bundle, the Mario Kart White bundle, and the "Holiday" New Super Mario Bros. Wii Black Bundle.

Now, here's the thing. My mom would prefer the white console, and it's getting very hard to find the Mario Kart White Bundle, despite Nintendo's claim that they "will continue to be available."

As for the New Super Mario Bros. Black Bundle, there's no way in hell I'll buy it for her unless it's the last model left on the planet. Nintendo removed GCN compatibility from it without dropping the price as a sad attempt to bolster their bottom line, which is in the pits thanks to the 3DS debacle.

*sigh* This used to be easy.

(Side Note: It doesn't help that the kinds of games she's interested in are Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, and Wii Fit. None of which come with the systems any more. In other words, she's not going to play the pack-in game regardless of which one it is. Although, if she *did*, she'd be far more likely to try Mario Kart than New Super Mario Bros. Wii)

Sun, Jul. 10th, 2011, 05:56 pm
Shadow Complex = Metroidvania with No Replayability

So, a few years back, I picked up the Metroidvania game Shadow Complex.

I never finished it, and I decided to restart the game from scratch today to go through it.

Except when I started a new game, I noticed I had a view of the entire map.

Thinking this was a bug, I deleted my saved game. Then I deleted the Shadow Complex game and reinstalled it. Then I deleted my gamer profile (and all saved games on my 360) and reloaded my GamerTag from the Internet.

Turns out, this is an intentional "feature" and that it saves your map to your GamerTag.

I think I'd recommended this game to people in the past, but I now find I have to disrecommend this title because the exploration part of replaying it is completely gone. There's no "look for secret rooms" stuff like other Metroidvania games because if you've ever discovered them in a previous game they stay discovered for any new games on this GamerTag.

Which leaves me with exactly one choice: Start the game on a new GamerTag. Which means I'll be perpetually stuck at 80/200 points on my main profile, because I'll never get the remaining achievements for it.

Mon, Jun. 6th, 2011, 10:15 am
No internet

Sorry, I forgot to post last week on Tuesday that I had power back on.

Anyway, everything continued as normal until Sunday, when power went out at almost the same time it did the previous Sunday.

Power was restored about 8 hours later. However, apparently cable was knocked out at the same time, and was still out when I left for work this morning.

I have no idea when I'll have Internet access again at home. (<hope>maybe they'll fix our random upsteam drops when I try to play online games at peak times at the same time<hope>

Mon, May. 30th, 2011, 09:50 am
Loss of power

Thank you Consumers Energy of Michigan for ruining my 3-day weekend. The funny thing is that my power went out before the storm hit this area, and the stop lights just down the street have power...

At around 5:11pm EDT yesterday, my residence lost power. As of 9:00am EDT today, power is still out there.

When I called the power company this morning to get the latest estimate for when power would be restored, the automated system quoted me "Wednesday June 1 at 11:30am."

That's just ridiculous. I'm assuming power will be back later today.

Even better, since today is a federal holiday, my workplace (State of MI Romney building across the street from Michigan's capitol building) is locked up, so I can't even go in today to do some work.

I'm currently sitting in a Burger King in South Lansing using their public WIFI connection (after eating; remember, no power at home), I'm only connecting to sites that use SSL on their login pages, such as LiveJournal.

It'd be nice if someone here could let people in other places I'm active in know that I currently don't have power. For example, over on OCR's TF2 thread. Allied Modders I'll handle myself, because that hasn't yet been blocked from work, so I can contact them tomorrow.

P.S. My DS's power ran out 30 minutes after the power outage started. I'd recharge it, but...

At least I still have yet to read 3-4 books I recently got, which is the only consolation.

Wed, Apr. 20th, 2011, 10:52 pm
Weird Al's next cut single

So, apparently Weird Al did a parody of Lady Gaga's Born This Way called Perform This Way, but she didn't like it, so it won't appear on his next album.

However, he did put it on Youtube:

Tue, Mar. 1st, 2011, 12:38 am
Beyond Good & Evil HD

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 is the day that Beyond Good & Evil HD arrives on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

If you missed the game's initial release, it was actually a really good game that reminds me a bit of the 3D Zelda games (Ocarina of Time, etc...).

I have the Steam release of the original version for PC, but the game has issues with newer graphics cards that requires you to manually tweak configuration files.

Also, the HD re-release isn't planned for PC... only Xbox 360 and PS3.

Sat, Jan. 15th, 2011, 02:13 pm
BitTorrent clients?

First, I don't use BitTorrent that often, but there are occasionally things its faster at downloading than a normal DL would be.

So, I've been using μTorrent for a number of years because it was small, had bandwidth control features, and didn't install all sorts of extra crap.

That last point is apparently no longer true, and μTorrent now installs Crapware on your PC even if you unchecked every optional component it asks you for permission to install. Namely, it installs the Conduit app installer or some such shit, as well as its own toolbars (for IE and Firefox both).

Needless to say, I uninstalled μTorrent, all associated packages, and Firefox addons.

However, now I need a new BitTorrent client. Any recommendations?

Fri, Dec. 24th, 2010, 01:23 pm
Steam Daily Sale: Overlord

So, you've seen me talk about Overlord before... it's pretty fun.

It's also $3 for the Overlord Complete Pack (Overlord, it's Raising Hell expansion, and Overlord II) today only.

Already own an Overlord game? The individual games are on sale as well.

Tue, Nov. 30th, 2010, 09:00 pm
Slayers TV serieses

braxus made me curious as to whether or not Funimation has all the seasons of Slayers up now, and not just both halves of season 4.

Turns out they do... some on Hulu, some on Youtube.

Slayers (season 1) DUB on Youtube, DUB on Hulu
Slayers NEXT (season 2) DUB on Youtube, DUB on Hulu
Slayers Try (season 3) DUB on Hulu
Slayers Revolution (season 4) SUB on Youtube, SUB on Hulu
Slayers Evolution-R (season 4.5) SUB on Youtube, SUB on Hulu

Basically, the same series are on both Youtube and Hulu, except Slayers TRY, which is only on Hulu. The first three series are only available online dubbed, while the last are only available online with all episode subtitled.

Note: Each season is 26 episodes, except the last two which are 13 episodes each.

Wed, Nov. 24th, 2010, 10:58 pm
30 Days of TellTale

Starting today, TellTale is starting their 30 Days of TellTale sale where they have a different sale each day.

Today's sale is... 50% off everything in their store except Poker Night and Back to the Future.

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