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Mar. 26th, 2004

Last night I had a pleasant dinner out in sterling with Chris; we'd been negotiating about it for a while and he really wanted me to try Taste of Vietnem. It was pretty good, after all. We chatted about things, to no small extent the game. Then we watched Starsky & Hutch. I didn't loathe the whole thing, although there were one or two parts I did specifically dislike. Some of it was kind of funny and (for me) heartwarming, and it made me want to take a vacation to the 70s. The drive out there wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The drive back was slightly more pleasant because I couldn't see the suburban sprawl and irritating McMansions. At one point (the bulk of the drive was on rt. 7) I could have easily been driving on Rockville Pike. It's all the same.

Getting out there reminded me that I finally parted ways with my ancient (in maps of rapidly expanding suburban landscape terms) Thomas Guide, and I needed a new one. Surprise: Border's says they don't carry them. They're an "ADC house" as the clerk told me. What? That makes no sense to me, carrying only one map brand in your store. Looking around online today, it seems to me that Rand McNally bought the "Thomas Guide" name (that is, assuming they didn't own it back in '97 when I got mine) and have changed the look of it, and added cd-roms. Dear R-McN: I don't have a fucking laptop so what the fuck good will it do me to have a cd-rom map. 99% of the time I use a map it is IN THE CAR you morons. Grr, I want my old Thomas Guide back, except it was pretty woefully out of date; I just really need the best, most easily readable comprehensive map to the DC-Baltimore metropolitan area. I guess I will have to consider getting this and this, although I can't SEE them in person so I'm not willing to buy them just yet. Thus ends my map rant.

[edit] Also I may buy this game. Gamers, anyone else considering it?



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Mar. 26th, 2004 08:06 am (UTC)
Dang, the other Chris in Sterling missed your visit. :)
Mar. 26th, 2004 09:37 am (UTC)
aie!! well he had to badger me on IM for weeks to get me to drive out there... i am allergic to rush hour traffic!
Mar. 26th, 2004 08:53 am (UTC)
The map...
I have the thomas brothers/rand mcnally DC/NoVA guide, and it's pretty much the same as the thomas brothers, but with different cover art.
Mar. 26th, 2004 09:36 am (UTC)
Re: The map...
sweet!! thanks for the info.
Mar. 26th, 2004 06:06 pm (UTC)
Seconded- same old thos bros cartography, but with a coaster thrown in. I usually get my maps at the Rand McNally store, except now I see that the only one in the area is in Tysons. grump. I really thought there was one in Monkey Mall as well, but it appears not. So Amazon is really your best bet.
Mar. 30th, 2004 10:55 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah I don't get out to Tysons hardly ever. :P
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Mar. 28th, 2004 12:55 pm (UTC)
huh? what? did someone say something? sorry i've been playing this game nonstop since yesterday and forgot the world existed. ;)
Mar. 26th, 2004 10:06 am (UTC)
Re: Game

Color me interested.
Mar. 28th, 2004 12:56 pm (UTC)
i love it. haven't played MP yet but at this point it's like why bother, it's fun to open up the stuff and pull the slot machine arm. i love that metaphor, thank you shawn.
Mar. 26th, 2004 12:53 pm (UTC)
Oooooh! the game looks cool!
Mar. 26th, 2004 02:09 pm (UTC)
that game looks cool
but two lines popped jumped out at me and set off alarm bells

70 percent of the world is open for exploration right away
there's so much to do, the player never feels lost or aimless, just free to do what they like

those two things made me think of Morrowind, which caused me to shudder
though I'm totally behind the idea of open, non-linear games, in Morrowind, a large portion of the game is watching your character run from one place to the next (that game is HUGE)
there's also lots and lots and lots of quests
so many quests, in fact, that unless you keep a notebook, you'll forget what you were doing, what it involves, and what you've already done
which, in turn, makes the player feel overwhelmed and confused

then again
this game isn't morrowind
and, judging from the review, it looks as if the game has learned about mistakes from previous games that came before it

i'd say buy it, and if it's good, get me a copy
Mar. 28th, 2004 12:57 pm (UTC)
it's good. but for the completist it may be frustrating, because it's like... huge.
Mar. 26th, 2004 02:12 pm (UTC)
Out in my neck of the woods. How about that.

And yes, it really is all the same around here. Almost like driving through Ohio. LOL
Mar. 28th, 2004 09:51 am (UTC)
I finally clicked on this link!
I'm interested considering how I liked Diablo so much.
Mar. 28th, 2004 12:57 pm (UTC)
Jack and I have been playing all weekend, it's awesome!
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