Slow Motion

Since I’ve been away most of December, it’s been a little slow in here, I’ll try to make up for it this week.

Today I left work “early”, went home, had dinner, talked to Karine, which I haven’t really talked to in weeks and then did something I haven’t done since July: I played Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. Still an excellent game. Me and Hans Olav were supposed to go out for a few beers today, but he came home a bit late and I think I feel a headache coming in, so we’re postponing it. That’s about what happened today.

I said I’d post. I didn’t say that I’d post anything interesting!

Crashes

This weekend wasn’t the most eventful one. When I stopped working around four or something in the afternoon on Sunday, I felt into the void. The what-the-hell-should-I-do-now-void I usually fall into when I’ve been working a lot. I should probably have gone for a run, but I didn’t want to. Maybe try to redesign the site (again). But I had no creativity. Play poker with Hallvard, Gunnar and Ola. Didn’t feel like it.

That’s when my trusty old Xbox came to the rescue. I’ve always been a great fan of the Need for Speed series from Electronic Arts, so I went out and bought a copy of the latest Need for Speed game, Most Wanted. Buying games is god damn expensive, but it’s not like I buy a lot of games and this was an entertainment crisis. What could be more entertaining than a car chase on a Sunday evening? Nothing I can think of, really.

NFS Most Wanted is certainly a great game. It’s a mixture of NFS Underground and NFS Hot Pursuit and it’s so damn easy, maybe a little too easy, but still a lot of fun. I played for a couple of hours on Sunday, and blew another hour in front of the TV today.

Until my Xbox locked up. Yeah, it simply just stopped working, the picture froze and my loudspeakers starting making a terrible noise. This is the first time I’ve experienced a crash on my box, but it proves that Microsoft is just as good at making gaming consoles that they are making operating systems.

Thanks to modern technology, my Nokia phone (which also crashes every now and then), you can witness the mystery of the crashing Xbox.

Download “That One Time When My Xbox Crashed” an intriguing documentary about technology’s effect on human life. You’ll need a video player capable of playing 3GP files to play it. QuickTime is an alternative.

Projections

Yay! My SleepTracker arrived today. A little whining always helps. The problem is that the package now located the post office. I got the package slip in the mail, but I was at work when it came. Great. Also, the morons at customs have decided that I have to pay almost NOK 300 in VAT for the package. Damn it. Since it’s Sunday tomorrow, the post office is closed, so getting the package is a bit hard. Marvelous. And I can’t pick it up on Monday either, because I’m in Stockholm. That trip certainly ruined a lot of things. But The Girlfriend said she could pick it up for me, so all is good.

After about eight hours at work today, I was so annoyed I almost threw my monitor through the glass window in my cubicle. Instead I decided to leave and go home. Now I’ve played Grand Turismo 4 with Hans Olav, Karine and The Girlfriend. One of the guys me and Hans Olav live with has a PlayStation 2 and a projector, so we nicked both and rigged everything in the living room. Quite entertaining. When I get my own apartment – one day – I think I’ll have to get a projector, too.

Quake III Arena

Quake III Arena.Let’s go back in time. Let’s go WAY back in time: Wolfenstein 3D. The first masterpiece from id Software. The computer games scene saw the first signs of a new computer game genre. id Software revolutionized the game industry with Wolfenstein 3D and it’s forever living sequel, DOOM. Then came DOOM II, Quake, Quake II and now – Quake III Arena.

Unlike the other games from id Software you are not going to save the world or anything like that in Quake III Arena (Q3A). It is a pure multiplayer game for local area network (LAN) or Internet games. Gather some friends and kick their butts! If you are not connected to the Internet or a LAN, you can still enjoy the game. Q3A features a huge number of computer controlled oponents called bots (short for "robots") for you to rip apart.

If you are into pure hard core 3D first person shooter action, then get this game – NOW!

Homeworld

Homeworld.Homeworld — Relic Entertainment’s masterpiece. The winner of the E3 Game Critics Award ’99 for Best Strategy and a twenty feet list of other awards. It’s several reasons for this: The killer graphics, the awesome game play, the thrilling skirmish mode, the beautiful ambient music, I can just go on and on.

I bought Homeworld the day it hit store shelves and I have yet to get bored while playing it. I have to admit that I don’t play the campaign anymore (playing the same story over again and over again is a bit repetitive), but every now and then I play a round of multiplayer skirmish and it’s great fun every time.

Homeworld goes out highly recommended, not just to strategy gamers but also to players of other genres. This is not just a thinkers game. It’s also packed with a lot of sweet guns and heavy action. Ever wanted to control an ion cannon the size of a medium sky scraper? Now is your chance.

Real-time strategy. Real 3D. Real Game.