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wSaturday, June 14, 2003

Alright, so I was watching some episodes of the Phoenix Saga from the old X-Men cartoon on Fox that I came across. I can't decide what's the worst part of this series: the fact that they couldn't draw, the fact that they made Phoenix anything not all-powerful because they can't show Jean Grey committing suicide, or the fact that they made Jubilee a main character. I mean, freaking Jubilee. Geez.

Well, at least the theme song was cool. Kinda.

posted by Danin at 6/14/2003 11:45:00 PM

wThursday, June 12, 2003

Just so you know, this post is going to have spoilers for Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, so if you haven't gotten the "best" ending and don't want to know yet (and believe me, you don't), please do not read on.

Now that that's out of the way, I can spew on how awesome Aria of Sorrow is.

Aria of Sorrow is awesome. I mean, besides the gameplay and the graphics and the audio that are lauded in every review on the planet, the plot twist that marks the beginning of the good ending is just freaking amazing. See, you have no idea how satisfying it is to play (for the most part) as the Belmonts trying to kill Dracula for the past fifteen years that Castlevania has existed as a series, and then to play as this new character that has no apparent relation to either Dracula or the Belmonts, only to defeat the one who believes himself to be the reincarnation of Dracula and discover that the reincarnated Dracula is in fact not him, but you. To put it more sucinctly, you are for once not killing Dracula. You are Dracula. Do you see how awesome this is? Very awesome, that's how.

Okay, I'm done.

posted by Danin at 6/12/2003 03:04:00 AM

If I could draw your attention to this article on Gamespot for just one moment. See that guy talking smack about the Game Boy? Let's take a closer look:

"Game Boy is for 10-year-olds," said Ilkka Raiskinen, head of Nokia's entertainment and media arm. "If you're 20 or 25 years old, it's probably not a good idea to draw a Game Boy out of your pocket on a Friday night in a public space."

Way to alienate 150 million Game Boy owners, Mr. Numbnuts. Now while you're over there trying to extract your foot from your mouth, I'm going to be right here playing Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, which I'm happy to say is better than anything that will ever grace your sorry over-priced excuse for a cellphone/handheld.

posted by Danin at 6/12/2003 02:37:00 AM

wSunday, June 08, 2003

If you liked Gollum in The Two Towers (and really, who didn't?), you'll probably enjoy his and Andy Sirkis' acceptance speech for the Best Virtual Performance award at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards. The language is remarkably out-of-character for anything spawned by Tolkien, but the way it's delivered is about as Gollum-ish as it gets. It's also nice to see the fine folks at WETA Digital having a sense of humor outside of all their work on LotR trilogy.

So, I was reading this article on the Register the other day about how blogs are choking out useful search results on Google, and I realized, hey, wait a minute, I have a blog. I went up to my Google toolbar (absolutely essential for everyone), punched in "gods and gaming," since that would be, you know, this thing you're reading right now, and sure enough, there I was, third result from the top. There really isn't a point to this story, I'm just surprised that I made it onto Google when I can't even think of where it might have found that link--the only place I remember posting it was the old Bob and George forums, which have been replaced at least twice in as many months and to which I stopped posting long before then.

I'm so proud of my little sister. She went out to a party last night and came back absolutely shitfaced. Don't tell her I said that.

posted by Danin at 6/08/2003 09:02:00 PM