Things I learned over the weekend - Monday, 22 November 2010

Being the MC at a wedding isn't bad at all...

...once you get over the opening nerves and realise that everyone attending is on your side. Man, I was bricking it for the first couple of sentences, though. It was my girlfriend's brother's wedding, so my partner's parents and all of the (vast) family were there. But as the day went on, I really relaxed and got into it; by the end of the night, my performance was hammier than a troupe of talented pigs on a trapeze. Having people indulge in a steady stream of free booze obviously aided my charms. All up, I think I'd do it all over again, armed with some knowledge gleaned from my debut effort.

Vanquish is still aces in the relentless action department.

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT
Now that I've finished Fable III, I've really started to focus on Vanquish. I'd only dipped my toe into the splashy, sweary world of Vanquish before, but after finishing a couple of Acts last night I'm oh-so-keen to get back into it. I'll have to get as much of it in as possible over the next couple of days, because as of Wednesday morning I'm off to Thailand and Malaysia for a couple of weeks.

Oh, and this:
 

Driver has aged a LOT.

Yep, I'm talking about the original Playstation game. For reasons that will become apparent in another forthcoming blog, I (re)purchased the game to play it all over again, but this time I'm gonna actually  finish it.
 
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Also, seeing as I didn't provide an entry for last week, here's the most important lesson I learned during that weekend...

DJ Hero Renegade Edition is an inconvenient item to walk/tram home.

Seriously, that box is hefty as fuck - its weight and size make it goddamn difficult to carry down the street as you walk a few blocks to catch a tram. And then catching the tram with it presents a whole new batch of interesting challenges. But what could I do? It was cheap and I'd heard everyone say to get the deluxe version that came with the tabletop rig.

DJ Hero is also pretty entertaining.

 This guy is such a big influence on my listening/ creative habits that this teensy widdle caption is completely the wrongest place ever to try and tell you all about it.
Despite actually having the ability to competently mix records for realsies (I love making mini mixes and mash-ups) I'd never actually played DJ Hero before last weekend. My verdict? It's fun enough, although I don't think it's as direct and natural a correlation to the activity it mimics as Guitar Hero and Rock Band are with theirs. This mainly comes from the fact that you have to press different buttons on the turntable which (obviously) you don't do when you're actually mucking around with real vinyl. But I certainly get the feeling I'll enjoy the whole experience more once I've mastered the way you read the highway and what different tracks expect of me.

Some of the mixes are very much on the ball, too, which is good. Plus there are a couple of instances where cussing has been excised through clever use of the cross fader, which brought a smile to my face. There are a couple of tracks, though, where the chopping gets a bit much, and it kind of muddies the core tune and makes it a bit of a mess. Also, as a fan of both Justice and DJ Shadow, I'm quite happily catered for, so the game wins some big points there.
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Posted by buzz_clik

Being the MC at a wedding isn't bad at all...

...once you get over the opening nerves and realise that everyone attending is on your side. Man, I was bricking it for the first couple of sentences, though. It was my girlfriend's brother's wedding, so my partner's parents and all of the (vast) family were there. But as the day went on, I really relaxed and got into it; by the end of the night, my performance was hammier than a troupe of talented pigs on a trapeze. Having people indulge in a steady stream of free booze obviously aided my charms. All up, I think I'd do it all over again, armed with some knowledge gleaned from my debut effort.

Vanquish is still aces in the relentless action department.

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT
Now that I've finished Fable III, I've really started to focus on Vanquish. I'd only dipped my toe into the splashy, sweary world of Vanquish before, but after finishing a couple of Acts last night I'm oh-so-keen to get back into it. I'll have to get as much of it in as possible over the next couple of days, because as of Wednesday morning I'm off to Thailand and Malaysia for a couple of weeks.

Oh, and this:
 

Driver has aged a LOT.

Yep, I'm talking about the original Playstation game. For reasons that will become apparent in another forthcoming blog, I (re)purchased the game to play it all over again, but this time I'm gonna actually  finish it.
 
---

Also, seeing as I didn't provide an entry for last week, here's the most important lesson I learned during that weekend...

DJ Hero Renegade Edition is an inconvenient item to walk/tram home.

Seriously, that box is hefty as fuck - its weight and size make it goddamn difficult to carry down the street as you walk a few blocks to catch a tram. And then catching the tram with it presents a whole new batch of interesting challenges. But what could I do? It was cheap and I'd heard everyone say to get the deluxe version that came with the tabletop rig.

DJ Hero is also pretty entertaining.

 This guy is such a big influence on my listening/ creative habits that this teensy widdle caption is completely the wrongest place ever to try and tell you all about it.
Despite actually having the ability to competently mix records for realsies (I love making mini mixes and mash-ups) I'd never actually played DJ Hero before last weekend. My verdict? It's fun enough, although I don't think it's as direct and natural a correlation to the activity it mimics as Guitar Hero and Rock Band are with theirs. This mainly comes from the fact that you have to press different buttons on the turntable which (obviously) you don't do when you're actually mucking around with real vinyl. But I certainly get the feeling I'll enjoy the whole experience more once I've mastered the way you read the highway and what different tracks expect of me.

Some of the mixes are very much on the ball, too, which is good. Plus there are a couple of instances where cussing has been excised through clever use of the cross fader, which brought a smile to my face. There are a couple of tracks, though, where the chopping gets a bit much, and it kind of muddies the core tune and makes it a bit of a mess. Also, as a fan of both Justice and DJ Shadow, I'm quite happily catered for, so the game wins some big points there.
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Posted by KaosAngel

HOLD IT! 
 
You say you enjoy mixes yet you are a fan of Justice and DJ Shadow.  I see a lack of Tiesto.

Posted by buzz_clik
@KaosAngel: Ha! I pretty much left that loved-up chargin' progressive nonsense in the warehouses after the late nineties.
 
Justice is crunchy, glitchy electro house with a rock snarl, which is much more in line with my older sensibilities, and Shadow is... well, he's royalty.
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Posted by W0lfbl1tzers

POISON SHOULD BE ON INFINITE LOOP!

Posted by buzz_clik
@W0lfbl1tzers: I'd say that is very much a preferred cut.
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Posted by kalmis

Funny. I recently went back to the first Driver as well. Finished and even reviewed it. Kind of wish I hadn't.

Posted by buzz_clik
@kalmis said:
" Funny. I recently went back to the first Driver as well. Finished and even reviewed it. Kind of wish I hadn't. "
The blog I'm about to write is about my history with that bastard-hard last level. Ugh, those cops are maniacs.
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Posted by Sweep

FUCK YEAH 

you are going to Thailand, I look forward to reading those blogs ifyouknowwhatimean ;)
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Posted by buzz_clik
@Sweep: And I look forward to trying to remember what happened.
 
I've already reread your Thailand blog to get myself in the mood, too. (yay, cross-promotion!)
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Posted by Claude

I didn't learn crap this weekend. I did get pissed and wrote a blog with a lot of curse words in it. It was a test to see if I can still curse in a blog title not posted to the forums. It's still there. Oh, and I got my Whiskey Media T-Shirt today. You had a hand in on that, so thanks to you too.

Posted by xMP44x
@buzz_clik said:
The blog I'm about to write is about my history with that bastard-hard last level. Ugh, those cops are maniacs. "
Isn't that the level where you're given the little blue shitbox car and told to drive across the entire map within about five or ten minutes? My memory is a little hazy but I can remember having some fun with that level. And by fun, I mean 'incredibly angry moments'. However, I always found the level where you had to chase the helicopter in Driver 2 to be much more frustrating, seeing as Rio was packed with traffic and the final road in the course made cabling look straight.
Posted by Jayzz

i learned about

Posted by buzz_clik
@Claude: Glad you like the shirt, mate. I hope you and your sexy turkey concubine enjoy it for many years to come.
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Posted by buzz_clik
@xMP44x: I can't fully remember the full details of the last level, but what I do remember is that the cops have obviously been snorting evidence and are fully cranked and hellbent on taking you down. They move faster than you, they fly through the air and they have scant regard for public safety, let alone the law. Shit's insane, the odds are really stacked against you and it's mad frustrating.
 
Can't wait to get to that level again to relive the fun! I'm pretty sure there's a tooth mark in one of my Dual Shocks because of playing that game the first time around.
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Posted by Bruce

I have never been to a wedding, thankfully.