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Wednesday, November 17th, 2004
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So, Half Life 2 is everything I hoped it would be. Great graphics and physics, backed by solid gameplay. It's still a linear game, but the environments are so expansive that it doesn't feel like you're on rails (like the other high profile 3d shooter that came out this year ;)

Also, my VX4400 has a new problem (ie, one that does not have to do with the glass). It's stuck in a loop, rebooting during the power-on screen. I don't think there's anything I can do, since I never get the chance to enter any input. So, I'll probably have to go to Circuit City tomorrow and see if the Verizon guys there can do anything with it.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-11-17 04:00 pm (UTC)
It shows the booting up screen for about 40 seconds, before it blanks and starts again.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-11-17 04:20 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure, how can you tell? The only thing on the screen is the Verizon logo.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-11-17 05:27 pm (UTC)
The logo appears as soon as I power on the phone. Normally, it would stay on the screen until the phone booted, and it would switch to the "desktop" screen. Instead, the logo just hangs there for a while, and then reboots.
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[User Picture]From: suppafly
2004-11-17 06:57 pm (UTC)
mine does that a lot of times when it is searching for service.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-11-17 07:56 pm (UTC)
Weird. I'll try taking it around outside and see if I can get it to boot.
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[User Picture]From: suppafly
2004-11-17 08:00 pm (UTC)
could try pulling the battery, but i think it loses some of your settings that way..
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-11-17 08:06 pm (UTC)
I already tried pulling the battery. When I put it back in and power on, it goes back into the reboot cycle.
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[User Picture]From: czircon
2004-11-17 05:28 pm (UTC)

it doesn't feel like you're on rails (like the other high profile 3d shooter that came out this year ;)


Metroid Prime 2?

(hooray for the quote button)
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-11-17 05:33 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of DOOM 3, which is a game where you have to follow the same path through the same corridors every time you play.

I haven't played Metroid Prime 2 yet, but I heard it was pretty much like the first one. So I would think it's illusion of non-linearity is just as good.
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[User Picture]From: czircon
2004-11-17 06:56 pm (UTC)
I was sort of trying to be facetious, but it didn't work. I just got Metroid Prime 2, so I'm sure you'll be hearing about it in my journal pretty soon.
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From: monthigos
2004-11-17 07:50 pm (UTC)
I think DOOM 3 can excuse itself for being linear most of the time because its attempting to be some sort of horror ride. At the same time there's a lot of times where its just 'creatures teleport in', 'kill creatures', 'go to the next room', 'repeat'.

I'm glad to hear HL2 has lived up to your expectations. So many games to get and no money!
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From: monthigos
2004-11-17 07:48 pm (UTC)
Ha! I knew you would bring up a Nintendo game. That reminds me, I need to finish Metroid:Prime. I think I'm close to finishing, I'm on the Giant Pirate Boss (I forget his official designation).
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[User Picture]From: he_the_great
2004-11-18 06:03 am (UTC)
I still have to beat HL 1. Im on the alien world, so I shall be doing that before getting HL2. Did you have any trouble with registration, it sounded to be horrendous.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-11-18 06:07 am (UTC)
I didn't, but my roommate did. I bought the game over Steam, downloaded it, and unlocked it on the 16th smoothly. He bought the box version, and had trouble registering his CD key until late at night.
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[User Picture]From: duinlas
2004-11-18 01:26 pm (UTC)
What game ISN'T linear?

Or: What game with a story isn't linear?

I can't think of any. Even GTA3 and whatnot is a Linear game.

There is no way to advance a story without going in a line. :P
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-11-18 04:54 pm (UTC)
I agree. At least, there's no way to do it *yet* :D I do think it's worth the effort to make the player feel like he's choosing where to go, even if it's the only path. HL2 does this a lot through excellent level design.
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