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Tycho / on Mon, Mar 25 2002 at 3:21 am

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Ursine Adventures

Today’s strip features nearly a half-ton of prime bear.  Speaking of which, I’ve always been a little disappointed that our plan to produce authentic Bear Steins never came to fruition - I can’t shake the notion that there are those who want to drink bear, but settle for other liquids.

Hello, and welcome to Clarification Theatre.  I’ll be your host, Me.

  • Gunvalkyrie:  Check out Gamespot‘s take on things, if you’re still wondering where you’ll land on it - I doubt Gabe or Monkey will ever touch it again.  It’s not a game that you can just pick up and play, as I said previously - it takes a bit (well, a lot) of getting used to, and some levels unduly punish the player for minute errors - which the controls don’t help.  In the end, these are things that (as the Gamespot reviewer states) you either can or can’t overlook.  I can overlook it.  And, as I said on Friday, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone found the toil and the reward incongruous.

  • Freedom Force:  I do hope you took up Irrational Games on their offer of a demo, the retail version is to be released this Tuesday as I understand it.  It is not a long demo, by any means - but you could get some good time out of it if you felt like doing to, leveraging their Character and Ability creation tools to craft paragons of superheroism like my own Sunder and/or Breakpoint.  I received a mail from a reader curious about the game’s moddability - for example, can one skin their own heroes?  Yes, comes the jubilant and emphatic reply.  Yes, you may:  they’ve even produced a tool which allows industrious lads or lassi to have skins ready to go, well in advance of a game purchase.  I pre-ordered from that EBX over in Redmond, as the box claimed I would be privy to several unique heroes.  The actual site codifies the arrangement, however:  what I get are three unique skins.  Skins, for fuck’s sake!  As though there’ll be some kind of shortage?

  • A large number of people wrote in about my comment on the Radica Flood Light, which I boldly claimed was the only GBA light worth buying.  The mail either took me to task for the implied slight against Portable Monopoly‘s Afterburner product, or expressed a deep hunger for additional info.  I think I’m probably on record somewhere as saying that the front-lighting solution from Portable Monopoly perfects the Game Boy Advance.  If there is a more advanced praise technology I can leverage in regarding the Afterburner, please direct me toward it.  We’ve supported that project since it was little more than a hazy concept.  But it is hardly an off-the-shelf solution - you aren’t going to stroll into a store, grab one, stick it on your GBA and immediately begin the rocking process.  You need to perform surgery on your handheld before you see any benefits.  I don’t even see it as being in the same category as the (invariably worthless) consumer lights, being an invasive modification to the system.  There’s going to be people who, for whatever reason, don’t want to open their machine - and until the Flood Light, I didn’t think there was a viable alternative.  Perhaps Gabe and I should do a full review.

I’ve got the winner all lined up for das “Embarrass Yourself For Our Amusement And Win Dungeon Siege Or Something” contest, and I’ll make her life available for public mockery this week.  I’m disappointed that more of you did not choose to humiliate yourselves, but on the other hand, I was not forced to see any of you naked.  I’m willing to call it even.  The next time we dangle a bauble before you, however - please try to be more spritely! 

(CW)TB out.

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