Well, I'm pretty much done with Rage. The single player campaign is done, and as I'd heard it ends abruptly. Even expecting it to end abruptly, I was still surprised when it did. It was a very good game, and the 8.0 review GameSpot gave it feels right. It's pretty enough and does everything well, but a host of outdated mechanics take some of the shine off. I did two public Rage races, but matchmaking is bad, as I was one of three n00bs matched against a veteran whose car greatly outclassed ours.
What was surprisingly fun was the Legends of the Wasteland co-op missions, nine bite-sized scenarios to complete. They open and close with a Dukes of Hazzardish narration, and I lucked into getting matched with a competent teammate who also had a mic. I may try to chase the 'complete a Legend with no one dying' achievement. Unlike the single player, these are a bit challenging.
With nothing I'm desperate to play console-wise, I'm thinking about dusting off the GBA and tackling The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. And I'll keep at MW2, both to stay sharp for MW3 and to earn more titles/emblems just because.
I tried the upgrade to iOS 5 for my 3GS yesterday. Sadly, like many others it failed due to high demand after about an hour. I woke early at started it at 4:45. Since I'd already downloaded the software it was able to skip that part, but since wholly new OSes totally wipe your phone and then do a full restore and sync from a backup, it still took a good 90 minutes to complete.
There's nothing to hate in the upgrade, and lots to like. Italics/bold/underline in email is great. They have some "reading list" thing in the Safari browser, which I'm guessing is temporary bookmarks for stuff you want to get to/read, but don'tneedto add to Favorites. The faster camera access from an off phone shaves precious seconds off getting the camera open to take a quick photo when the opp isn't likely to last long. Cropping and simple editing for photos is also nice. You can also easily tweet stuff directly from your phone. It's all pretty good.
I also have to give continued props to Jeff Probst for his live-tweeting during Survivor. It really takes watching the show to a whole new level. Between observations and behind-the-scenes tidbits, you learn so much. He also responds to questions on his TOUT account (like Twitter, but for 15 second videos). Really if you love the show but aren't on Twitter, it's worth an account just to follow him, and you may be able to see his tweets without even being a user.
Also, I have to thank Ice-T (@FINALLEVEL), who gave me a retweet response over Twitter to me this weekend. He's big into videogames, and I asked if he was psyched for Christopher Meloni being a new playable character in MW3. He actually didn't know about it, but responded all the same.
That's all for today. Thanks for reading, everybody!