Many 30 second moments…

Halo: Combat Evolved (Halo 1) released on November 14, 2001. Three
years have passed (minus a day or two) and Halo2 has been the game de
jour for many Xbox owners. Heck, First Person Shooter (FPS) fans have
even bought Xboxes just to play Halo – the original was that good. But
does Halo 2 live up to the very high expectations placed on it by fans,
fuelled by the Microsoft marketing machine?

For me, right now, the short answer is no. Here’s why¦ Continue reading “Many 30 second moments…”

On Co-operative gaming…

One of the cool things that my wife and I do together is play video games. Yep, we both enjoy them. I’m lucky, I guess.

Halo (the original) was one of the first for Xbox that we both could play the campaign game supportively, co-operatively. This is very important – as our First Person Shooter (FPS) skill levels differ, so we can both play to our strengths – covering each others weaknesses.

As well, there’s something cool about having a shared experience in a virtual world – something you can talk about over breakfast, plan strategy on the drive to buy groceries, whatever. It’s a way to share this predominantly male hobby with your significant other.

So, Halo is fun. Playing Halo campaign with your mate (especially if one of her favourite movies is Aliens) is more fun. Anticipating Halo 2, discussing it, reading about it, drooling at the screenshots – you got it – even funner(TM).

Then over the weekend, I’d read that Halo 2 will not support co-op campaign play over the system link, or internet.

Major Disappointment. We were looking forward to:

  • Full Screen (2 Xboxen, 2 Monitors, 2 Halo)
  • Voice communication with live headset
  • Involving others via internet hosted games

Sigh – what will be included with the released version of Halo 2 will be co-op campaign mode playable on a single Xbox – same as the original. After all this development time, they’re basically giving us a slightly improved game, but no real benefit to those who enjoy
playing the game with others – rather than against others.

The competitive FPS folk out there will not really miss this feature, but as someone who does enjoy co-op gaming, Halo 2 is already disappointing. We’ll still buy it, still play it, and likely still love it, but this one feature would have made it gold.

Networking – what’s it all about…

Here I am, looking through my portfolio of work, and I notice that I don’t have anything that represents any radio work. So I think to myself, “Self, what can we do about this.” Self says, “Well, since you’re learning quite a bit about networking as you develop this new career, why not do an item on Networking?”. Self is a pretty smart guy, sometimes. So, here it is, in MP3 format, my (just under) 3-minute item on Networking. Comments?? You know where to post ’em.The full text is in the extended entry…below

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I am Ahab

I am Ahab

“ This is My Whale

I stand amidships, the deck lurching with every motion of the craft “ the beast surges onward, oblivious to the condition of my fellow travellers inside.

My Whale moves, from place to place, following it’s own path, heedless of the desires of it’s passengers “ krill.

Upon occasion, My Whale stops, lets loose a mighty sigh, and discharges one, or a few, of my fellow travellers “ as if they’ve provided their nutrient value and are nothing more than mere Excrement.

My Whale continues onward.

March “ 2003 “ ETS Route 6 “ Edmonton