Basically it’s an alpha version of the T-1000:
“Each cell is filled with a jammable slurry.”
Mmmmm … jammable slurry …
Writing about the Grand Theft Auto video games for the Time 100 issue, I unpersuasively argued the following semi-flippant point: the Houser brothers who write and create these games are the spiritual successors to Balzac and Twain and Wolfe. They are societal super-reporters, stuffing the gaming experience with detailed observations …
This is very brief, because I’m rapidly closing a piece about my first impressions of Wave for the magazine, which is a whole different process. So I’m not going to do a list of features. You probably know them anyway. For a more thorough introduction, try Lifehacker’s walkthrough.
My main impression is this: it’s much, much less like …
Yesterday a Brooklyn man was attacked by a neighbor wielding a samurai sword. The man apparently escaped with cuts on his head and hands, despite a chorus of onlookers chanting “finish him, finish him!”
This is hardly an isolated incident. Ninja attacks are on the rise.
I feel like one of the millions of starving children who unlike Charlie Bucket didn’t get a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s factory and subsequently died in poverty and obscurity. For I have not gotten an invitation to Google Wave:
Perversely, I am attempting to solve Geo-Defense Swarm in a “clean” way — i.e. w/out resorting to drugs (other than the usual cocktail of caffeine and alcohol), genetic modification or consulting online strategy guides. Honor demands it. For some reason.
But I am getting manhandled by this thing. Still haven’t beaten level one on …
I know Lev is a Wurdle man, and I respect that about him. I do. But it must be asked: Has there ever been a better game than GeoDefense Swarm? No, there has not. As someone observed somewhere, “it is the thinking man’s tower defense game.”
Everybody knows that when I fill out census forms, under ethnicity I put ‘Halo fanboy.’ So yeah, I liked Halo: ODST. (For the spelling I would also accept OSDT, OTSD, and the M-for-mature title OSTD. Cue laugh track. Followed by Wilhelm scream.)
But why, Lev? Why did you like it? Draw close, my children.
Actually the main thing I’m trying not to do is play Halo: ODST. But I think there’s still an embargo on ODST reviews. So that’s out. So the other thing I’m trying not to do is play Wurdle.
Over at Swampland they’re soliciting captions for the Obama/light saber pix. I have a weird feeling we can do better:
The man who’s famous for coming back from the dead has just come back from the dead. And no, he didn’t bring back a tablet with him.
Of course it was more fun to talk about the resurrection of Steve Jobs when you were talking metaphorically, about his coming back in triumph after the firing from Apple and the cratering of NeXT. …