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June 21st, 2004

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10:41 pm - Ah, the lazy days of vacation
My big plan for today was to get together with my friend iamnikchick and her husband Chris for lunch if all the schedule gods worked out. That didn't work as Nicole was taking Kate up to stay with her dad while she and Chris hustled over the last-minute details for getting out of town in time for Origins in Columbus this forthcoming weekend.

Then, as I lolled in bed, I got the series of emails arranging a showing of Bad Santa complete with tasty 'que over at Ray and Christine's. Among these was the horrible news that revjohn's car had been stolen. Again. I was vaguely aware of a cop showing up at the door this morning sometime and John talking to him about something, but I didn't catch all the details. Serious bummer.

The movie, however, was hilarious. We were rolling on the floor throughout. Let me just say that I'll never be able to watch the Gilmore Girls in the same light again. (This is a movie that laurel will need to see for no reason other than that. Maybe just that scene. Maybe just up to the "prove it" line. Yeah, that she could probably handle.)

Between morning email and evening movie, I got Rev's Xbox fired up and started in on Knights of the Old Republic. Early on, I'm finding things a bit linear in a tactical sense. Combats seem very much to be "push the attack button and sit back and watch the action." I can see, however, how the many options will become more complex as the characters gain more abilities and more members are added to the mix.

Now that John and Jenny are off to bed, being hard-working sorts that they are, I'll dive back into the KotOR to wile away the night.
Current Mood: lazylazy
Current Music: Jedi Drinking Test (Album Cut)--Dust Rhinos--Got Guinness?

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Date:June 22nd, 2004 05:25 am (UTC)

Aero Bed?

Peter, are you using the Aero Bed? If so, how is it?
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Date:June 22nd, 2004 06:23 am (UTC)

Re: Aero Bed?

"Aero Bed," he asks incredulously? No, I, apparantly don't rate such technological marvels. I'm on the futon lounger in the Xbox room. Just me and Trouble. At least the cat cares.

(I'll have to ask your boy about this Aero Bed business.)
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Date:June 22nd, 2004 06:33 am (UTC)


I bought it on Ebay and had it shipped to Flying Lab. It may still be at Flying Lab...being used for who knows what nefarious purposes...or maybe a house with three cats is not the best place for an..AIR BED..what was I thinking...old lady leaves computer mumbling to herself.
Date:June 25th, 2004 12:36 am (UTC)

Oh geez, right!

The aerobed! Dang, I knew we'd forgotten something!

Said bed is indeed still at Flying Lab. Pete's stuck with the hard-as-a-rock futon for one more night. Sorry, Pete!

Date:June 25th, 2004 09:23 am (UTC)

Re: Well,,,

It is still at Flying Lab! The eBay description said it had a leak that needed fixing, and I just didn't get to it before Pete arrived. So it's the futon for him!
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Date:June 22nd, 2004 09:27 am (UTC)


I've been thinking of buying that one (PC version), but I have a low tolerance for 3rd-person games. What is the camera viewpoint - is there by any chance a 1st-person play option? Does the camera stay sedately behind your character, or does it jump all over the place? I can't deal with that.

Incidentally, I believe the combat model in that game is pure AD&D (Advanced Dungeon and Dragons, not Attention Deficit Disorder). That's why you don't have much control during the battles - the computer is looking at your stats and rolling the dice for you behind the scenes.

Ever play Halo? You must have, if you have an XBox! I just bought the PC version. Finally made it out of the %&*% ship, and I'm running around looking at the scenery. Just for fun, I tried jumping over a waterfall. Okay, guess the Master Chief isn't all THAT invulnerable.
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Date:June 24th, 2004 12:13 am (UTC)


I didn't see a 1st-person camera option on KotOR. I think it would remove some of the enjoyment from the game as the best part about combat early on is watching the moves of the characters as they engage in battles. The camera does, however, seem to be fairly sedate, in that it moves in conjunction with what you are focusing on. So if you're moving north, the camera points in that direction and if you see something to investigate and choose to do so, the camera moves to it. It seemed very natural to me, but then I often get a disoriented feeling from 1st-person games.

Yeah, I gather the system behind KotOR is d20 (which is what all the hip kids are calling AD&D these days), and now that I've played a while, there are getting to be more options for me that it doesn't seem so "push the attack button and watch what happens."

I do not, however, own an Xbox. I'm staying with friends in Seattle who do and thus am getting use of it during the long nights that I'm up and no on else is. I decided today, however, that I'd better get out of the house and do something with my vacation or I could have very well saved myself plane fare by staying home, buying the Xbox and a couple of games! So, no, I haven't played Halo, though I've heard good things about it as well.

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