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Posted 2001-12-16 by Tony Walsh
  • New@Downwithup, Pigdump's Trish Thornton spews Xmas cheer.
  • Okage, King of Shadows, is a great game for PS2. [] Okage is blatantly inspired by the illustrations of Tim Burton, more specifically Nightmare Before Christmas. At first I dismissed the game as some derivative piece of doo doo, but as usual, this was before I actually played the game. The graphics are gorgeous, and the developer managed to simulate camera depth of field by blurring out the 3D landscape as it recedes. Most other games accomplish this through trickery and the use of bitmap backdrops, but Okage manages to actually blur out real 3D details. I initially thought that the translation of the dialog and story (from Japanese) was awkward... but as the game progresses, the dialog gets more and more deliberately hilarious. So here's the plot- in an attempt to rid his sister of a ghost's curse, a young boy volunteers to be the slave of an Evil Shadow King. The King, named Stanley Hihat Trinidad XIV, is relegated to existing only as the boy's shadow, and crows about how his plans for world domination are about to begin. The funny part is how ridiculous King Stan looks, and how all the mortals he attempts to subjigate just think the Evil Shadow King is an amusing parlour trick.

    Anyway, the game is an RPG similar to Final Fantasy, the music, graphics, story, and game play are all top notch. So go rent or buy.
  • I'm so sorry. I changed my work environment to PC. I converted my gaming machine to a production model, and am shamefully doing my best to preserve what little Mac-ness I have left. I'm running two monitors via the ATI Radeon 8500, have many of my USB-based Mac peripherals plugged in, and have to find something to make this shitty OS look nicer. Again, please forgive me. The G4 has been relegated to testing only. The end.
  • Word on the street is that Quebec actress Stacie Prudhomme will be playing the title role of the upcoming "Alice" movie. The film is based on the video game, which is a dark take on the Alice in Wonderland books.
  • Worm on the street, or perhaps "New Worm on the Block," is Gokar, a mass-mailing virus. Now that I have a PC, I have something to worry about. Help me, Norton!
  • Most Web developers can already attest to the fact that there are no such things as Web standards. The Web Standards Project is fed up, and has finally called it quits. [] The Project complains that "Browser makers are no longer the problem. The problem lies with designers and developers chained to the browser quirk oriented markup of the 1990s often because they don't realize it is possible to support current standards while accommodating old browsers...So your site looks the same in Netscape 4 as it does in IE6. Mazel Tov. How will it look and function in a 7.0 browser? In a wireless device? On a web phone? In a Braille reader? What will become of your expensively produced web documents in two years? In five?"
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