Wrote a review for Ocarina of Time if anyone wants to read it.
Last week was okay. On Wednesday I did a very interesting lab in Biology. The experiment was to see if shredded wheat (like the cereal but about the size of a wallet) had starch and/or sugar in it, and to see if chewed shredded wheat had sugar and/or starch in it. I immediately got dibs on being the chewer, and my rather timid partner happily obliged. So off we went on our experiment. I put a large piece of shredded wheat and chewed it for approximately one minute. When trying to spit the wheat into the test tube I was overcome by a tremendous fit of giggles that only subsided when I had wiped the... "debris" from my lips. :lol: I was so lucky the masticated mush didn't land on the floor, because people might have gotten sick when looking at it. :)
Nothing really exciting happened for the rest of the week, but I did have my hopes dashed yesterday (Saturday). I was grocery shopping at Food Lion when I saw that PlayStation Magazine had the demo of Shadow of the Colossus in it. I was so excited I almost had a hemorrhage! But then I looked at t he price. $9.99 for a magazine and a demo disk!? I bought Jack and Daxter for less than that! So I decided to save my money for the actual game instead. Speaking of money, I'm watching my neighbors' dogs this weekend so that means I'll be a little richer when they come back. WHOO! Shadow of the Colossus, here I come!
I too have noticed the odd relation between the "Jak" and "PoP" series . I don't really like it when a perfectly good game with no profanity and too much violence goes down the "bad ass" path. Who says light-hearted whimsy isn't cool!?
guinness4life wrote:My big issue with the game is the sound. For the most part, it's completely absent in a game where it shouldn't be. The occassional voice acting is mostly subtitled in indecipherable runes. Why even bother? I also thought the puzzles were insultingly easy and the camera was often a problem.
In terms of the PoMo art thing people are always going on about, I don't get that, either. It's just a platform game that's well-animated with some above average platforming sequences, environments, and lighting and a below average story and sound.
Are you talking about ICO!? There are PLENTY of sounds in ICO, albeit environmental sounds. I think you just need to turn up your volume. The were there to give the player a feel for the castle and other areas of the fortress to immerse you into the environment. An endless loop of music (which is basically what background music in other games amount to) would become boring and monotonous. The subtitles in the game were there to inform the player that the characters were in a far off land that no one knows about, and Yorda's runes are there to make you think about what she means instead of her just straight up telling you. It makes her more mysterious (duh!). The puzzles in ICO were there to show how infernal and ominous the castle was, almost as if the castle itself was consciously keeping the pair from escaping. Just because they weren't difficult doesn't mean the experience lacks good game play.
When we talk about the "art" of ICO, we don't always mean the good lighting effects and nicely animated characters. We mean the emotional art (sappy, I know) of ICO. Unless you are a soulless prude, everyone who has played ICO has felt at least something for the characters. This is what makes it art. As we guide Ico and Yorda through the castle, we feel like we know them, because they have fought enemies and traversed dangerous traps together. I.e. they form an unspoken relationship that most characters in other games lack.
Today (Saturday) was EXTREMELY fun. I went up to the lake for an early Labor Day party. They had this huge floating trampoline that was awesome. I kept doing back flips on it. :P I also went tubing, which was great, too. Did I mention I love to swim? This one woman asked if I had gills I was in the water so much. :D From the moment we got there, I was in the water. LoL. That's basically my week. Boy was it eventful!
Quote of the Day: "To get an audience, start a fight." -- Gailic Proverb
Today I was sleepy all day. My eyes hurt I was so sleepy. Anyway, I learned the above quote in first period and thought it was pretty cool (you'll find out later). Math was... bleh, yet productive. I did a cool lab in Biology testing the pH levels of acids and bases. My partner had me cracking up, because her dropper kept getting stuck to the pH strips :lol:. I sang in chorus (obviously), and flirted some more with Amber. What a great girl. She loves to draw, swim, sing, AND talk about video games for hours on end. I'd like to see any other cute girl like this 8). I can barely remember what happened in SAT prep, I was so tired, and the same goes for Spanish. But I did notice I didn't have any homework in either class, so it's all good. Walking to the bus, a fight broke out between two juniors. Evryone gathered around and cheered and this one girl shouted "THASS MA MAN!!" I remembered my quote from this morning and got a good chuckle to myself. I got on the bus and the three boys (an 8th grader, a freshman, and an obnoxious sophomore) annoyed the hell out of me. The 8th grader kept begging me to sing "Holla Back Girl," the freshman agreed with whatever the other two boys said, and the sophomore cursed me out and insulted me most of the time. It didn't hurt my feelings, because all three of them were stupid and just looking at them made me feel superior :). I got home, played my new video game, read, and ate dinner. Boy, what a day! (Whew!)
"I think that, like a good book without pictures, games that leave stuff to the imagination are more engrossing and artistic."
Oh yeah! I am so artsy! Anyway, today was a nice lazy day. I woke up at 11:00 PM (yes, I sleep in VERY late). I played Ratchet and Clank: GC and read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban for most of the day. When I'd get bored of one I'd do the other, so I just alternated between the two all day. We had our neighbors over for dinner, and my mom fixed her famous potato salad. I swear, it's the best potato salad you'll ever eat! That was basically my day. I could have gotten in the sun a little more, but I think I'll save that for next weekend. :P