Beach 07 Day 04/05: Stormy Doldrums

22 06 2007

It’s a lazy, lazy buncha days. Which I am convinced is actually quite good for me given the usual mania in my life.

Wednesday, just as the Wii Forecast Channel predicted, the skies opened up and a thunderstorm came down. We were prepared — it was a video day, and we ran through the whole set of The Lost Room on DVD. A good series with some very clever ideas, which sorta wobbles to a non-halt at the end in desperate hope for a TV series which never came. Still, vast potential, there.

I’ve also been playing with the Wii quite a bit. I was thrilled to realize I didn’t have to go boot up the laptop to learn the attack moves for Comix Zone — I could hop out and run the web browser, which is an unusually capable and well designed bit of software. Warioware’s good, Paper Mario is really great, and Comix Zone and Streets of Rage 2 are love. This was definitely a good buy.

Day 5, the sun came back out, and the weather was just lovely. Jen, Andy and I headed out for a round of shopping. First up was a used bookstore we went to last year and really enjoyed… bit of rose colored glasses there, as the prices were unusually high (a novelization of Attack of the Clones is not worth 25 bucks, even if it is a first edition, thank you). Also, Jen got a copy of a novelization of Close Encounters that was missing the last thirty pages. Basically, aliens show up, and… nothin’. Still, I snuck some shots, since the piles and piles of near randomly organized books are practically porn for librarians, and visually appealing.

Next we got a souvenir. It seems whenever I go to the beach, I end up buying a lighthouse. Either a little figurine, or a snowglobe, or in this year’s case, a laser etched 3-D hologram thingy. It’s quite lovely, but marred slightly by the fact that it has a palm tree; clearly it’s Generic Beach Swag with Nags Head imprinted on it as an afterthought. Still, it’s better than the other stuff at Wings, the kitschy shop we visited… which mostly stocked items themed off “Beer” and “Pirates” and “Rednecks” and “Beer” and “Drunkenness” and “The War of Northern Aggression” and so on. They stopped juuuust short of stocking white hoods, at least.

Finally, went to see Ocean’s Thirteen, which was a decided step up from 12 and a lot of simple and effective fun. Good stuff, good stuff. Not a DVD keeper but a very entertaining rental, at least.

Since I’m posting this late, we’re already a bit into day 06. Big family dinner planned tonight. If I have any complaint, it’s the office slowly melting down, from what I can see on the blackberry I check each night. I am not looking forward to monday at all, and that dread unfortunately pokes at my current mindset. I must cleanse myself with some Guitar Hero. Excuse me.

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22 06 2007
ninjarat

I’ve also been playing with the Wii quite a bit. I was thrilled to realize I didn’t have to go boot up the laptop to learn the attack moves for Comix Zone — I could hop out and run the web browser, which is an unusually capable and well designed bit of software.

Holy….
One of the nice features of running a custom firmware on my PSP is that I can use faqs and walk-throughs from GameFAQs as PS1 game manuals. Push a button, scroll down to the manual, and follow through. Very, very convenient. I wish more consoles supported features like that… but I never thought about using the Wii Internet Channel (Opera) like that. Forest, trees, etc. Sweet.

22 06 2007
shachihoko

Glad you’re enjoying the Wii so much ^_^ Also, glad I thought to recommend Super Paper Mario when you were asking for suggestions.
More than either of those, though, I’m particularly glad to hear that you’ve been having such a damn good vacation overall.

23 06 2007
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

I am a bit stuck for what to get for the Wii now. Nothing’s really leaping out at me as being fun AND plausible for my control issues. Then again, it’s not like I’m snapping up 360 titles left and right, either — and now I have a Best Of Both Worlds Scenario, so when something comes, I can get the most appropriate version of it. (Shooters = PC, Action = 360, Wacky = Wii.)

25 06 2007
Anonymous

I have that “Beam Kings” diagram posted up on the wall as a counterexample. I point at it every so often when talking about controls. Emacs is not a good design model for game control mappings.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Context Sensitive Action Button bugs the hell out of me. Press Y to [ take cover | leave cover | jump | backstab | dodge | /crycry ] depending on context! Of course, it’ll never become confused and decide you want to Leave Cover and stand in the middle of the room instead of backstabbing the guy next to you.

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