So, first things first – the displays have finally landed. They’re nice – enough said.
Secondly, a bus seemed to have a minor problem navigating the turn behind our apartment. Finally, shoes. I got some. For biking, and stuff. They are nice – the Nike Kato II. The thing I like so much is that they are very similar to my Tupu running shoes in many ways. It looks like they even share certain pieces. This is all well and good, but what good would biking shoes be without a bitchin’ pair of clipless pedals? I ordered those, but they’re not here yet. I’m waitin’.
And Driv3r has a lot of them. It’s shaping up to be a decent game, although the combat is peppered with areas of frustration, stemming from the sheer randomness of some situations. For example, on your final mission in Miami, you’re required to “shoot your way through” a building with another person on your side. This other person, I swear, is absolutely insane. There were times he’d stay back and do what you’d want him to do (shoot bad guys), but every so often he’d rush ahead and get himself killed or he would shoot me. That’s about the most frustration I’ve experienced so far, barring some vague instructions that left me wondering what to do. All in all, I would recommend the game to anyone who’s into that kind of driving and shooting business, because I certainly am.
And speaking of motorcycles, I watched Mission Impossible 2 the other night. It was decent but I really just like it for the Triumph Speed Triple. In addition to that, and because I haven’t made a list in awhile, here are other good motorcycles:
These, with the exception of the Harley, of course, are all 600cc bikes. That means that not only are they cool to look at, they’re attainable (with the exception of the BMW) as well. I really am a big fan of both the Honda and the Triumph specifically, and those will probably be the two main contenders if I start to look at motorcycles over the next couple of years.
It’s hard to really qualify Driv3r at this point. I like the additional vehicles and the detail in the cities seems to be adequate. The problem – well, the main problem and the biggest difference between the Driver series and Grand Theft Auto is that Driver’s environments are very stark and artificial while GTA’s make you feel much more at home. Simple things are missing, most notably interaction with others. There’s not a lot of this in GTA but it makes you feel like part of the world. I also prefer the radio stations of GTA to the ambient music of Driver (and The Getaway), especially with the commercials.
I have yet to play the missions at this point, since I spent most of the night getting acclimated to the new surroundings, but Driv3r will shape up to be a decent time waster if nothing else.
So, I suppose you’d be expecting me to rant and/or rave about Driv3r. Unfortunately, I can’t. In spite of the call I got Sunday about the reservation arriving yesterday, it was not there. As it turns out, it got delayed in shipping. I am sad about this and a bit angry, but not enough to boycott GameStop. It is not their faults and they were nice enough to call me (after the fact) and let me know it was delayed, so at least they were trying. It was sad, but not a huge deal. As a result I finished the vigilante missions in the other game whose name I shall not mention. Man, the drama in my life is just insane, no?
Driv3r Is Out Today!
I AM MOR3 3XCIT3D THAN I HAV3 3V3R B33N.
Well, here is the sixth iteration of my site, the second of LaubJournal, and the first created in Dreamweaver. Fun times. I’m happy to say that I have once again been blessed with G5 at work, this time a dual 1.8Ghz. I also have Studio MX 04 at work which is awesome.
Now for some sad news: not one, but two people in my department are leaving. My boss left to pursue another job opportunity locally. He was–well, he still is–a fantastic guy, and we had similar senses of humor and taste in television. I’ll miss seeing him at work and hopefully we’ll still have chances to hang out. The other person was in the same position I am, and he’s going to North Carolina, which kind of makes me jealous. I didn’t know him quite as well, but was getting to. It will suck for them to not be around.
Of course, that means more work for those of us left, but that is an exciting prospect in that I get more responsibility again. Anyway, done writing, time for dinner.
This marks my very first ever blog entry from outdoors. As of right now, we are sitting on our new deck with our laptops. Wow, we are geeks. It is great out here, though – it’s 10 PM and it’s still 80 degrees. Let’s hope we get more weather like this.
Anyway, I finally broke down and bought a Game Boy Advance SP. I don’t know why; it’s not like I needed another Game Boy. It’s awfully cute, though.
There was this one time where I had this blog and I didn’t update it for like two weeks. Wait – that was now. Anyway, here I am with a list of fragmented thoughts:
- scootering is fun, biking is almost as fun, especially with the weather finally getting nicer.
- bought Kanye West’s the College Dropout and Jay-Z’s Black Album. Kanye’s is better.
- also bought the Kill Bill vol . 1 soundtrack – also good.
- also also bought Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Hitman 2: Silent Assassin. MGS2 is good, Hitman is hard.
- still enjoying the Getaway and eagerly awaiting my reserved copy of Driv3r.
- finally updated my blog with more meaningless blather nobody cares about.
- thinking about a new phone (camera!) but there aren’t any good ones around here. Yet.
- we gave the cat another bath the other day – he liked that a lot
- I need to go rollerblading sometime.
- it’s finally almost summer and I’m happy about that. I think