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Roland Needs to Retire

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I recently got back from vacation, and although I thought it might be an interesting experiment to go for a week without playing games, I hardly noticed any difference at all. As soon as I got back I was lucky enough to land the review of Darwinia (PC), which was a nice way to ease back into things. As you can see from my review, I really enjoyed that game. It's kinda weird the way you start to feel a connection with a bunch of little green guys that basically do nothing but stand around waiting to get killed. Definitely worth playing.

Vacation went by super fast, but I got to do pretty much everything I wanted to... except relax. Believe it or not, playing video games for a living can get pretty hectic and stressful at times. Of course, I wouldn't trade it for the world, and it's especially nice to be able to take a vacation without dreading going back to work when the vacation is over.

I played a bit of Nintendogs today at one of those kiosks in my local Best Buy. I have to admit, between that and Advance Wars I'm considering picking up a DS, especially now that it's a little cheaper. My only problem is finding the time to play that, my PSP, and my Giz... oh wait.

On top of all that, I'm so close to finishing The Dark Tower that most of my down time (like when I'm riding the train to and from work) is spent trying to kill off that damn book. I'm pretty disappointed at how the series progressed over the past couple books. After Wizard and Glass everything grinded to a halt and you just want Roland and the Tet to get on with it already. I think the weakest book so far is Song of Susannah, I just have a hard time getting into the character of Susannah/Mia/Detta/Odetta. I think it might have to do with the way King writes his female characters. Of all the King books I've read, there haven't been many strong female characters. Frannie in The Stand was OK in the beginning, but later on she kinda faded out of the picture when she hooked up with Stu Redman. Polly from Needful Things was pretty funny, but she too became just kind of a counterpoint to the stronger character of the Sheriff (I can't remember his name off the top of my head). If anyone can think of some really good female characters King has written, feel free to share. Maybe I should read Misery, Kathy Bates was freaky in that movie. Anyhow, I'm still glad that I've stuck with the series for all those thousands of pages. For all the parts I could do without, I must admit that Roland is a hell of a cool character to read about, to the point that you almost wish he would stop aging and just keep cappin' bad guys and eating popkins forever. I'll wait until I finish the final book to give my final analysis. I'm only about 500 pages away, so it shouldn't take too long.  

Moving Day

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I'm changing workstations once again today, but I'm looking forward to it. Change is always exciting. I'll still be by a window, but I'll have a bit nicer view out of the north end of the building. I've been in my current spot for close to a year, which is amazing because in the first eight months I worked here I moved three times.

In other news, Tapwave has official died, which now makes the Zodiac a bit more attractive to cracked collectors who absolutely have to have every system ever made. I can't help but wonder if the Gizmondo will follow the same route. For such an expensive, feature-laden device, Tiger is keeping too quiet about it.

Silver Moments

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I've always been primarily a console gamer, although I'm not averse to booting up the latest and greatest PC titles every once in awhile--or just playing the demos. Lately though, I've had an odd urge to go back and play some older PC games, specifically Dungeon Keeper, Myth, and Dune 2000. I've been able to run the latter two games on Windows XP, but I haven't had any luck with Dungeon Keeper yet (not that I've tried very hard). Between Myth and UT2004 though, I really don't feel like I need much more on my PC. The Battlefield 2 demo has been getting some play on my system lately though, maybe it's about time for me to pick that one up so I can go online and get mowed down.

I picked up tickets to the Nine Inch Nails/Queens of the Stone Age concert, they were damn expensive but it should be a cool show. It's not for a couple more months, so I figure I'll stop listening to NIN and QotSA now so when it's time for the concert I'll enjoy the tunes that much more. I haven't been to a concert in a long time, I think the last big show I saw was Tool and Tricky. After I see NIN I don't think there will be many more big name bands on my "must see" list. All of my other favorites are long-gone, and even if they did a reunion show I don't think I'd want to see it. Those things are so depressing. I guess seeing the Queens of the Stone Age will sorta be like seeing Kyuss (another bygone favorite of mine).

Hmm, nope, I'm not going to talk about the whole Hot Coffee thing, because if you're reading this you're probably already well aware of how insulting the whole thing is. Oh well...

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