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Half Life 2 level by level analysis
June 06, 2008

I haven't checked the blogs in about an hour so hopefully this one didn't get stolen. Maybe I'll do more some other time but I'm done for now.

Point Intersection Sets the tone for the game. No action so I wont give it a rating but works better than the first level in Half Life.

A Red Letter Day Still not an actual level. Once again does a good job at setting the tone and the rendezvous with Kleiner and Barney and Eli Vance was cool.

Route Kanal A pretty standard level here. Great atmosphere and introduction but pretty average for the most part. Not bad but not one Ill be replaying too much. 6/10

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Music of 2008!
June 01, 2008

Haven't listened to much but I'm going to post it anyways.

CONSOLERS OF THE LONELY - The Raconteurs (8)
A PERFECT PLACE - Mike Patton (7) (technically a soundtrack but whatever)
RED ALBUM - Weezer (7)
THIRD - Portishead (7)
PROFESSOR SATCHAFUNKILUS... - Joe Satriani (7)
ACCELERATE - REM (7)
READ EMOTIONAL TRASH - Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks (6)
ROBERT POLLARD IS OFF TO BUSINESS - Robert Pollard (6)
SLEEP THROUGH THE STATIC - Jack Johnson (6)
NARROW STAIRS - Death Cab for Cutie (6)

THE ODD COUPLE - Gnarls Barkley (6)
TROUBLE IN DREAMS - Destroyer (5)
KONK - The Kooks (5)
AT MOUNT ZOOMER - Wolf Parade (5)
GHOSTS I - IV - Nine Inch Nails (5)
VAMPIRE WEEKEND - Vampire Weekend (4)
HERETIC PRIDE - The Mountain Goats (4)
RABBIT HABITS - Man Man (4)
FLOAT - Flogging Molly (4)

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Music of 2007: FINAL
February 07, 2008

It's about time I put this up. Forgot all about it until Genj's post reminded me.

NEON BIBLE - Arcade Fire: 9
ICKY THUMP - White Stripes: 9
SOMEWHERE IN THE BETWEEN - Streetlight Manifesto: 9
GA GA GA GA GA - Spoon: 9
WE WERE DEAD BEFORE THE SHIP EVEN SANK - Modest Mouse: 8
BEYOND - Dinosaur Jr: 8
FEAR OF A BLANK PLANET - Porcupine Tree: 8
STRAWBERRY JAM - Animal Collective: 8
YEAR OF THE CROW - State Radio: 8
MAGIC - Bruce Springsteen: 8

IN RAINBOWS - Radiohead: 8
BLUEFINGER - Frank Black: 8
NO WORLD FOR TOMORROW - Coheed and Cambria: 8
THE MAGIC POSITION - Patrick Wolf: 8
AW II - Ataxia: 8
NEW MOON - Elliott Smith: 7
PERSON PITCH - Panda Bear: 7
ALONE - Rivers Cuomo: 7
OUR LOVE TO ADMIRE - Interpol: 7
MYTH TAKES - !!!: 7
CHALLENGERS - The New Pornographers: 7

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I can make a TT entry too!
August 19, 2007

It's 2 in the morning so I hope this makes sense.

Every two years or so the review scene seems to change. In 2000 (from what I hear) big paragraphs was what made one great. During the "golden age" in 2002 detailed writing and longer reviews was the way to go. This changed in 2004-2005 when short and to the point was the most effective. My peak was probably 2005 and 2006 because that's my style.

Here's something I realized while reading over some of the critiques thus far:

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Orgasmic
May 12, 2007

DirectX 10 screenshots

I cannot wait.

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Reviews of 2006!
January 01, 2007

I was going to go to Times Square this year to watch the ball drop, but I'm way too lazy. So I'm here making another list!

Here are the reviews I wrote in 2006, starting with the earliest. I've been semi-retired for about 4 months now, but hopefully I'll come up with something new soon.

Halo Zero

A quick review for a quick game. That's all.

Super Mario RPG

A much needed rewrite of an old review from late 2002 for an overrated game. At least it beats the old one (I hope).

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The FINAL music of 2006 list
December 26, 2006

I still haven't listened to 2-3 albums that I wanted to, but I doubt they will seriously impact this list.

Eisenhower - The Slip: 9
Return to Cookie Mountain - TV on the Radio: 9
Stadium Arcadium - Red Hot Chili Peppers: 9
Black Holes and Revelations - Muse: 9
Game Theory - The Roots: 8
Us Against the Crown - State Radio: 8
Ys - Joanna Newsom: 8
Hip Hop is Dead - Nas: 8
I am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass - Yo La Tengo: 8
Close Calls with Brick Walls - Andrew WK: 8

Gang of Losers: The Dears: 8
Silent Shout - The Knife: 8
Whatever people say... - Arctic Monkeys: 8
Citrus - Asobi Seksu: 8
The Loon - Tapes N Tapes: 8 (2005)
As Far as the Eye Can See - People in Planes: 8
Peeping Tom - Peeping Tom: 7
Super Colossal: Joe Satriani: 7
A Matter of Life and Death - Iron Maiden: 7

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