Evening Reading: From the Great White North

Greetings from beautiful Edmonton where I arrived this afternoon. They tell me that I lucked out with regard to the weather and I can't argue. Though it is supposed to cold tonight, it was quite nice this afternoon. And yes, I'm here to visit BioWare, specifically to check out Mass Effect 2. I haven't seen the embargo sheet yet but it shouldn't be too long before I can give you the full scoop.

I spent most of my weekend gaming time playing more Dragon Age and knowing I was coming up here I was sort of comparing and contrasting to Mass Effect as I went along. One thing that stood out to me was the difference in how each handles the signature BioWare branching conversations. Dragon Age goes back to their old method of having the literal phrases your character says as opposed to Mass Effect where you were more selecting a posture. It has an interesting impact on the narrative. To me it felt more structured. In some cases that was frustrating where I felt like I wasn't able to get the character to behave the way I wanted them to. But as a result, the personalities of those characters are more under the designer's control and hence they're able to create complex relationships.

While I was on the plane up here today here's what was happening out there:

The week got off on a sad note with the passing of Ken Ober who hosted MTV's Remote Control. Kurt Loder wrote a little remembrance in his honor.

New Zealand specialists are going to try to dig two cases of 100 year-old scotch out of the Antarctic ice.

450 lb. Giant Jellyfish growing in number.

New Oxford American Dictionary picks Unfriend as its Word of the Year 2009

From The Chatty
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    November 16, 2009 6:33 PM

    I installed steam on my mac! add me to your friends lists cuz this is empty and sad

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      November 16, 2009 6:33 PM

      also i couldn't figure out the shack group thing - how do i shot its web?

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      November 16, 2009 7:09 PM

      what games are actually supported via this method? There has to be some overhead running in emulation. Is it just for games like peggle and such? Or (assuming you have necessary gpu/cpu) is it capable of running games like l4d2?

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        November 16, 2009 7:12 PM

        He may have just done it under Fusion or Bootcamp.

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        November 16, 2009 7:12 PM

        I was able to play TF2 in Crossover and VMWare. It ran better in Crossover, but the mouse movement was a little weird. They both felt kind of like you just had a really high ping.

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        November 16, 2009 7:30 PM

        torchlight is running fine minus fullscreen weirdness mentioned above

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      November 16, 2009 7:44 PM

      so um torchlight is pretty cool - i want my native osx client already :(

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        November 16, 2009 7:50 PM

        :|

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        November 16, 2009 8:09 PM

        Buy a PC DO IT

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          November 16, 2009 8:31 PM

          nope it runs great! my little hardcore wizard dude rules

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            November 16, 2009 8:42 PM

            They'll be sure to release Mac client update someday. Those guys are pretty big on the Blizzard philosophy, but in the mean time just have fun in crossover :)

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              November 16, 2009 8:46 PM

              I just wanted to see what it was like. Totally awesomesauce is what it is! Very excited for it in January or whatever.

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          November 16, 2009 8:53 PM

          he has one. He could install Windows on it if he wanted

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            November 16, 2009 8:56 PM

            EWWWWWWW GROSS NO!!!!!!! Are you out of your friggin mind.

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      November 16, 2009 8:54 PM

      STEAM QUESTION

      every time i open steam i get a bunch of messages saying people have added me to their friends. but they're all shackers that have been on my friends list since TF2 came out so they didn't just add me. does anyone else get those messages?

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