Haikus, off-the-cuff and probably half-baked 
2007.02.05 22:51 - Entertainment, Bad Poetry Corner

Darkling wintersnight:
below, a graveyard silence;
o'erhead, the moon.

(Burma-Shave)


And another:

In springtime ever,
she waits: laughing, happy, hale.
I, in winter, strive.

(Burma-Shave)


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The Weekend in Games 
2007.02.05 11:35 - Entertainment, Microcode, Television
  1. Final Fantasy XII: Completed a handful of hunts, but the big achievement was running through the last dungeon and beating the ever-loving tar out of the final boss. The strategy guide suggested a minimum level of 40, and recommended 45+. At level 56 across all six characters, I didn't have to significantly modify gambits or equipment, nor swap characters out. I didn't even need to issue very many commands manually, which was actually pretty cool. There's still several metric tons of side-quest to be completed, but I think I can say that FFXII is the best of the lot. Leaving FFXI aside, since I've never bothered, and Tactics (barely played), X-2 (haven't played, never will), and a handful of other side entries, I think FFXII is the best FF game made thus far. Given what I've seen of FFXIII, I think that's likely to remain true for a while. Yasumi Matsuno left Square part-way through this game's development; does anyone know anything about where he wound up, or what games he's working on? Recommended if you miss Final Fantasy.
  2. Guild Wars: Nothing much. Did a little faction farming, completed a couple missions over the past week and opened up another Hero for my main character. A little burned-out on GW at the moment, especially with the latest round of skill-balancing going through right now. It's cool that ArenaNet goes to such lengths to make the PvP end of the game interesting, but I don't play PvP any more than necessary (which is to say, hardly at all, and never against/with actual people). Since the latest round of changes doesn't do me any favors in PvE land, I'm not that interested. Looking forward to details on expansion 4, one of these days. (Nightfall's really excellent, though.)
  3. Myst Online: URU: Aside from a few uncomfortable moments of confused identity Saturday night, Uru's actually pretty cool. Since it's a non-competitive game (and a non-violent game), it's more fun, in some ways, than anything else I've played (I never played Myst back when it was new). It hasn't grabbed me quite as firmly as it seems to have taken some other people, though. More poking around the dusty remains of a dead(?) civilisation this evening.
  4. Final Fantasy III: Couldn't help but be a come down from FFXII, but this is the last of the mainline FF games that I haven't played. So far, I loathe the magic system (seriously: it's the FF1 system, with some extra types of magic. I'll probably just have to keep my characters dedicated to specific lines of magic, which defeats the point of the job system), and the story is a bit less directed than I'd like, but I don't seem to have gotten really lost more than once. First impression: crummy, legacy magic system in an otherwise spectacular remake of an originally 8-bit game.


I hear there was a football game, but I didn't see much besides pretty mediocre commercials. Sorry, Matt, I think your team lost this year.
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Dear Mr. Joey Parry 
2007.02.01 13:57 - Site/Meta
If that's even really your name. Please stop spamming my blog comments with your crap. I know the web is all about the long tail, but c'mon. You or your bot probably accounts for more of the traffic this web site has picked up in the last month than any real person. Cut it out.

To the real people: for the short term, I'm going to disable comments, starting this evening. I'll need to actually move the comments.php file to make that work, so there's really no point in bothering before I get home. Apologies for any inconvenience, but I'm lazy, and I get roughly, oh, three legitimate comments in a given month.

Email's still open, and RGSB.org is still in my RSS aggregator.
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Dude. 
2007.01.23 10:08 - Toys, Actual Toys, Gadgets
Dude.

Soundwave MP3 player. It transforms.
Optimus Prime iPod Dock (G1 figure with a nice, new head, actually--iOptimus?)

Man. I'm not buying either of those (too expensive, and I'm way over-invested in robots lately, anyhow), but neat, anyway. Well, Soundwave is neat. Prime is just continuing his long history of selling out.

First two links shamelessly stolen from Shortpacked! and Gizmodo, but I couldn't resist posting.

Addendum: As long as this is the most recent entry, an update: allegedly, there will be headphones shaped like Rumble and Frenzy to go with Soundwave. I'm still not buying, but dang. That's nuts.

Further Addendum: Okay, now it's just silly.
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Game Night 
2007.01.22 13:37 - Entertainment, Microcode, Internet Stupidity
I want to point out that I really, really enjoy being able to visit the Internet once in a while with the other Clan Pf!ers. I actually miss Enemy Territory, and am looking forward to ET: Quake Wars with some interest. (It's a shame, actually, that we don't seem to have been able to get into Battlefield 2. Not, I think, that it's been our fault, and we did give the old college try.)

I can also say that I missed the memo wherein it was explained that having a clan server was license to be a jerk about the way it was adminned.0 I suppose that brings me to a day last week, when four of us hopped onto a server we'd frequented in the past, and were quickly muted for being our usual boisterous selves. I guess we just weren't racking up the kills quickly enough for the [foobar]AintGotNoSenseOfHumor.2

Now, the server in question has never been known for an overabundance of flexibility. Or smarts, really, since they've instituted a profanity/obscenity filter that is a bit overagressive. I mean, overagressive if you like grape soda, anyway.

*sigh*

I wonder if they can start including a filter for ridiculous admins.

Footnotes

0. Yeah, yeah. Chatty [redacted] should get on IRC. Whatever, poindexter. Those of us not competing to be members of the Cyberathlete League1 play videogames for fun. Lighten up.
1. I don't care what you say, cyberathleticism is just not something I can take seriously. More so when the "prominent" "athletes" are apparently still the sort of guys that shoved people like me into locker rooms in younger days. When I thought it was just gaming dorks, it was laughable. Now, I think of it as an exercise in cruel irony.
2. Can they start making that a server flag, then? I mean, if excessive humor is grounds for mute+kickban, it would be nice to know ahead of time.
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