Friday, March 16, 2001

Well, they like me and I like them. Now we're just waiting for details.

Thursday, March 15, 2001

Quick note: Just in case you needed proof that MSN (that is, Microsoft Network) is full of shit. I give you the Top Ten DVD List. It is interesting to note number 3: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. This is an excellent film but it has not been released on DVD. The same goes for numbers 6, 7 and 9. One wonders how they managed to make it onto the top 10 DVD List...

Strangely enough Army of Darkness is not on the Top 10.

Wednesday, March 14, 2001

Life is good.

Tuesday, March 13, 2001

Well, tomorrow's the big day. I have my "appointment" at 3:00, I have to take a half day off for it. I'm a little nervous, but everything should go smoothly. I feel like it may be a bit early, but if I wait too long it will be too late. Plus I don't want to miss anything.

On a side note, my ex-boss seems to be MUCH stranger as a consultant than as a boss. I always thought he acted weird towards clients, and now we're the client so he acts weird towards us. Plus he's not doing everything he was doing when he was full time, but since he's on contract they're not hiring to fill those things. So there are a few projects that have no creative direction and nobody cares (except the designers who feel that they need some "big-picture" art direction). Of course since the ex-boss is now a contracter he doesn't really want to hold the "big-picture" anymore, so we have no big-picture. I feel like this stuff should be a no-brainer, but consistently I am proven wrong. Why do I expect so much?

Question of the day: Is it better to hope for something and then be disappointed when it doesn't happen (and be happy when it does), or to be indifferent to it and feel indifferent when it does, or does not happen?

I'm beginning to think that I'm not looking at things in the best way.

Monday, March 12, 2001

Special Feature: 2001 Console Wars




Not since the late 80's / early 90's has there been a video game console war even close to what's going to happen this year. It was the golden age of 16 bit consoles. Sega started it with the Genesis and Nintendo perfected it with the Super Nintendo (SNES), but they weren't the only ones. At around that time there were many companies who were trying to get a piece of the pie. NEC (make of fine computer monitors) released the ill fated Turbo Graphix 16. SNK released a home version of it's arcade hardware which is still popular, but has always been FAR too expensive, the NEO GEO. Phillips tried and failed, as usual, with the CDi. A format that seems to still float around, but has never been worth anything. The war happened and Nintendo won, that is until Sony's Playstation hit the market in 1995.

Now it's 2001, it's not a space odyssey, but the next level of consol war's is about to happen. Sega started it, perhaps too early and has already lost. The Dreamcast is dead, and everyone is going to benefit from it. Who would have thought, but because it's gone, Sega will be developing for all of the new platforms, and that's a very good thing. The only other contender already in the ring is Sony, with the Playstation 2 the "Be all, end all set top box." Well, it's definately not that good, but because of the PS1 they have the advantage of popularity.

So who are the other 3 (as shown above)? The next one that will be here is the Gameboy Advance from Nintendo. People may not thing that the GBA has a chance to compete with the other consoles, but I guarantee that the GBA will be the hottest selling game system of 2001. It will arrive in June, at the bargain price of $99 and it will have the largest game library of any system (though Atari may beat it). The GBA will be porting classic titles from the SNES (some of the hottest games ever) as well as being backwards compatable with every Gameboy and Gameboy Color game ever made.

Microsofts Xbox should be released just a hair before Nintendo's game cube and is somewhat similar to the Playstation 2. The Xbox will play DVDs and sport an impressive line up of "acquired" games. (Microsoft bought a bunch of game companies so their games would become Xbox exclusives). There are some really nice games coming out for it and the controller is sooooo much nicer than the playstation 2's. Sort of like a more ergonimic Dreamcast controller (which I like).

Much like the Xbox, the Nintendo GameCube is still somewhat shrouded in mystery. We know what it looks like, but we're not sure of the games. Classic franchises like Mario, Zelda, and Metroid have already been shown on the system but not a lot else. Nintendo does not have the variety of publishers that the other companies have, but they have always shown that they have a quality standard much higher than the others (didn't help with the N64). The GameCube will not, initially, play DVDs though a modified console may come later. The system is smaller than most and will hook up with the GBA (which could be interesting).

Sony has a solid foot already in the industry. With franchises like Final Fantasy and Resident Evil, the PS2 appeals to many. From what I've seen the PS2 has the same old, marginal games that the PSX had, just with better graphics. They have had few, if any, titles that push the boudaries (unlike Sega who consistantly pushes the edge). I feel that if this continues, the PS2 won't last. Even with things like Metal Gear Solid 2 and Final Fantasy XIII.

I don't have a PS2 yet, and I'm not planning on getting one (maybe when I can get a used one for $99). The Xbox is interesting, but if it sports a $299 price tag, there's no way I'm gonna touch it. The GameCube has potential, but Nintendo's track record since the SNES went obsolete has been anything but good. If they get the games done, and the price is right, maybe. Depends on what sort of GBA support there is. As for the GameBoy Advance, I'm gonna be preordering. The list of confirmed games is incredible, and the list of possible game is way beyond. For $99 it's a bargain. Much like the GameBoy Color was the best selling system in 1999 (and maybe 2000), the GBA will be the best selling system of 2001.

[end special feature]

I was sick today, I came home early and slept for 4 hours. Hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow.

Sunday, March 11, 2001

Baby Clothes from England




We just got our shipment of baby clothes from England. That's right, we're so hip we can't see our feet.

Actually it has nothing to do with "hip"-ness. We just can't stand the styles of boy baby clothes here. It's all footballs and baseballs and crap. Plus you get to pay $25 for something that's ugly. I can't believe how expensive stuff is. So we decided to order some really cute clothes from England. And they cost MUCH less than the ugly clothes here. What a deal. So as you can see from the picture we got a few "Crocodile" clothes which are the best. They all say "Crocodiles live in the swamp" which is really funny (to me). Then there's that cool Baby Duck jumper and a neat Submarine outfit. It's probably the coolest baby clothes I've ever seen.

Our friend Joseph "the Goat" came over last night and hung out with us for a while. It was nice to have someone over. We ate strange, sour Japanese candy and french fries (not simultaniously). He's an ex-coworker and is doing well. He's living in a tent in his friends back yard while working on server-side Java and Database stuff.

I've felt like crap all day and I keep having sneezing fits that don't help at all. Combine that with accidently copying over a project for work and my wife feeling like shit and it's been a pretty rotten Sunday. The week has potential though. We're having a half-day offsite (possibly on a boat) on Monday then an all day meeting on Tuesday, then I need to take a half day off on Wednesday for a top secret mission. I hope Thursday is mellow.