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Instant Review: Speed Racer

Or, Meteoro La Película

Today, we watched Speed Racer, but in some unusual conditions:

  1. We muted the sound,1
  2. We turned on Spanish subtitles, and
  3. We looped the Wipeout 3 soundtrack on shuffle over the film.

It was OK.

  1. Important: we did not just fail to turn on the receiver, but actually turned it on and then muted it.  Not for any particular reason.  It was muted from the beginning, and not because the audio annoyed us at first. []

Instant Review: Mr. Driller Online XBLA Demo

Serviceable yet disappointing.

The Subject: Mr. Driller Online Demo on XBLA

The Hook: Fun arcade/console game is turned into a Hi-Definition XBLA game

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Myst Online: Uru Live Beta

Social Interactions in my Myst? It’s more likely than you think.

In the interest of fairness, since this is a beta product, and in order to avoid writing too much about Myst while out of character, let me just say a very few things. Continue reading ‘Myst Online: Uru Live Beta’

GameTap Early Review

Overall Vibe: Quite Positive

I finally decided to subscribe to GameTap after it was announced that they were redeveloping and launching Myst Online: Uru Live this February 15, and that the public beta program is already underway. I’ll get into more details about Myst Online later, but understand that it was indeed my tilting point for this service, and I think K shares my motivation in that regard. Others joined up at the same time for the episodic Sam & Max games — 3 so far. Still others, while being dragged into Myst Online for the first time, immediately noticed some of the videos that are also part of the service. There’s some original episodes, as well as some old favorite low-rent features like SeaLab 2021, Space Ghost Coast-to-Coast and Megaman. (Samples of my favorite new-to-me features, “A Day in the Extra Life” and “C0MPu73R L4B” are available behind that link.)

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Picco Z

As Seen At RHIT Homecoming

Toys “R” Us can’t seem to keep them in stock, but it turns out that my favorite little helio-copter is available at RADIO SHACK everywhere. Get your $40 and GO GO GO! (Instant Review: Nearly impossible to steer, but flies easily and looks cool doing it. You’ll have to adjust the trim — you do so by tapping the trim button on the remote a LOT of times, but after that, it’s a great party toy, and good for indoors. Try to avoid swatting it out of the air, though, or you will break the delicate wiring near the tail.)