August 13, 2006

And now that I'm 18...

     Not much has changed. Except now I have Half-life 2: Episode 1. It's pretty good, basically just more of the game that's being elaborated upon. It seems like the developers are still working on getting their creative flare back because the gameplay is rather bland. The level design is interesting in places where skill isn't involved (inside the citadel you simply hold down the fire button and you kill anything in sight), but the levels look nice but aren't very fun to play when you have to kill enemies. Clearly episode two will have some of the fun stuff back in it (like I already said: portal), and I hoping that it's an indication that the gameplay of HL2 itself will be improved as seems like the designers are finally having free time to fuck around, which will probably mean that they added in the stuff I love Valve for.
     Besides Half-life, I also have an ergonomic mouse of doom. It's called the "Zero tension mouse," and it looks like someone grabbed a chunk of gel, lopped off the half he couldn't grab, and added buttons, and let it harden. The thing is massive, and surprisingly comfy. It's actually getting to the point where my right arm isn't used to having it's muscles strained the wrong way and it complains about normal mice (meaning that it hurts). Anyway, here's a shot of it:

     And last but not least, I'm listening to Godspeed You Black Emperor. In one of their very few pieces with words, this line comes up: "I woke up one morning, and fell a little further down. For sure as the valley of death, I open up my wallet and it's full of blood." Good stuff.

Posted by Kickmyassman at August 13, 2006 11:38 PM


it looks like cake.

(i obviously need more sleep).

Posted by: suzi at August 14, 2006 09:23 AM

Yeah, i know what you mean about episode 1. even less problem solving than half life 2, although some of the levels are slightly less linear. And all of the problem solving that they DO have is like "Switch this button on!". Plus, even though you're with alex for the whole game, you never do anything really WITH her except fight. No 2 player problem solving... would've been kewl.

Posted by: Ben at August 14, 2006 12:15 PM

Hey Kit, check your damn e-mail, you lazy ass. And yes that thing looks like it eats kittens.

Posted by: Nic at August 16, 2006 10:36 AM
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