Out of the Blue

Well, I finished Half-Life 2... in spite of my efforts to prolong the experience, the further along I got, the harder it was to resist pushing on. Let me just say this outright... Believe the hype. The game hits such high marks in storytelling and game design, and the obvious effort that went into fine-tuning various elements to maximize the fun factor shows through in every moment... there were several occasions when I thought the upcoming segment had some familiar tedious gameplay cliché that turned out to be tremendous fun because of how well the design was implemented.

Congrats to Valve on such an achievement... Half-Life and Half-Life 2 are the Godfather and Godfather II of computer games. In my opinion Half-Life 2 is not only Game of the Year, but it's the best shooter ever... and the best computer game ever.

Links of the Day: The Sandwich Club.
Star Wars Changes. Thanks Dan.
Stories of the Day: All-Cereal Restaurant Opens in Philly. And no mention of Seinfeld!
Lady said she didn't know police drove trucks, so she kept going.
Science!: Evidence on Cold Fusion Remains Inconclusive, New Review Finds (registration required).
Some people are 'immune' to exercise. And some of us just have a resistance.
This lens sheds a tear.
Media of the Day: He plays Wok N Woll. Thanks The Flying Penguin.
Mariko Takahashi's Fitness Video. I'm speechless.
Auction of the Day: MIRACLE - JOHN LENNON on a GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH. Thanks a-ron.
Follow-up: 'Virgin birth' mammal rewrites rules of biology.
Thanks Mike Martinez and Ant.
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Armengar, I don't fault you at all for that. I can't WAIT for Sven to work his coop magic. In fact, if I ever get my hands on the editor this is probably the first title since the original Unreal I'll try to make maps for...

The Problem (TM): Damn dialup. I can't get anything else out here. Took me 2 hours to install HL2 off of Steam (from the CE box version) and it'll take me 20 to download the SDK.

I was about to break off my old Quake skills in some CS kiddies' asses the other night when I jumped into a 200-ping server and it ballooned up to 800 as soon as I tried to move. Some guy runs by and I pick up a radiator as it follows me drunkenly around the screen. He stops, looks at me, I press fire. He shimmies left and right, shoots at me, misses, stops, shoots at me again while STANDING STILL, and hits me in the head with the magnum. My grav gun never fired, and this is 3 seconds later.

Damnit. I may not be able to play with you guys after all... Unless I was in a bad server. I can play most UT2K4 gamemodes ok (pings of 400 or less) and still occasionally lead.

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