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Finito Mass Effect, Bioshock 2 arrives!

Beat Mass Effect on Monday, then I got the Bioshock 2 Special Edition in the mail on Tuesday. Perfect timing! Anyways the final parts of Mass Effect was quite good, with cinematics and dramatic (albeit very cliched) stuff happening. After taking almost every single sidequest and getting the best armor and weapons I could for my characters, most enemies died in one or two shots with the shotgun. Hurr hurr. Anyways, some photos of the Bioshock 2 Special Edition:

The box is pretty big! I think it's mainly because of the LP. The contents of the box The audio CD is designed to look like a LP!

The contents is an art book, a LP, an audio CD with soundtrack from the game, and two posters (that I haven’t opened up and looked at yet). And the game of course. The butterfly thing on the right side is just the lid for the inner box, with some more artwork from the game. The audio CD is also designed to look like a small LP, pretty cool! Although I just ripped the music to my computer and won’t be using the CD. Don’t have a LP player either… maybe I’ll just frame those two and put them on the wall.

The game itself is good too! Love the atmosphere, how everything is designed to look like the 50s, and how you sometimes see people doing various stuff on the other side of a window. Early in the game you pass by a window leaking water, and you see a Big Daddy fixing it up, making the water stop leaking. I guess it doesn’t sound so amazing when describing it… but things like this makes the game surroundings more believable, more alive.

The game is running quite smooth too on my two year old gaming laptop. Admittedly with the resolution turned down to 1440×900, but still with highest settings on other graphical effects. I even feel like it’s running smoother than Bioshock 1… maybe they made the engine more efficient? Or maybe it’s because of newer NVidia drivers? *shrugs* Oh, I also upped my RAM from 2GB to 4GB and put in a new 7200RPM hard drive instead of the old 5400RPM one, I guess that might matter too. Heh. Well it’s quite playable in any case!

I also tried out making jelly and chocolate using the Wii remote and nunchuck packaging:

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Wasn’t quite as easy as I hoped, and I had some trouble getting both sides to stick well together both on the jelly and on the chocolate… But it was an usable result I guess. Don’t really have anyone to give the chocolate to either… will probably just give it “to the youth group”.

My parents tipped me about some 49NOK IKEA chairs (HAJDEBY), so we went to IKEA and bought two:

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Just for fun I tried to make a time-lapse video of me building it, but the program I used (LapseDroid) didn’t prevent my phone from going into sleep mode while it was taking photos… so it only got the first 10 minutes of the building. So disappointed… At least next time I’ll know to leave it on charging or turn off sleep mode before trying.

Anyways, going to a new years party soon with my family. No dates for Valentine’s day tomorrow. I guess I might just stay home to play Bioshock 2.

 

Posted by on 2010-02-13 in Uncategorized

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Farewell, uncle Joseph

Went to my uncle’s funeral yesterday. My mother was pretty sad, and I guess many other people were sad too. Ate lots of food and cake. After the funeral we brought all the flowers and put it at my grandmother’s (Joseph’s mother’s) grave. Had to dig away some of the snow.

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Been playing Mass Effect a lot lately. I started on this game before Mirror’s Edge and Dead Space. Then there are a few Wii games that I started before that, and I might finish those Wii games after Mass Effect. If anything, my new years resolution is to finish the games I’ve bought. Also to lose weight. Oh, I did lose something like 2kgs. Which would be the 2kgs I gained in Hong Kong.

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Now my goal is to lose two more kgs! By eating lots and lots of vegetables. Because I hear vegetable fibre is good at pushing crap out of your system. Or something like that. I still exercise every morning, even if it’s really light exercise! Now I cycle on my exercise bike while watching Heroes. Leon said it’s pretty stupid in the newest season, but I just randomly read a comment that it got better after a while, so I’m giving it a chance. Maybe I’ll even watch Lost again! The Dollhouse finale was great by the way! Too bad the show was cancelled, but they wrapped the show up pretty good I guess.

Other than Mass Effect, haven’t really done much lately. Went iceskating with Tina and Stella last week. Oh, also I made two awesome wallets! The ones I had fell apart. Even though not all of them were cheap Hong Kong wallets. Anyways, the first one was this:

It’s made from a used (and cleaned) milk carton. It feels pretty sturdy! I happened to have some self-adhesive velcro that I bought in Hong Kong in 2008, so it was easy for me to make this, but I guess buying this kind of hobby materials in Norway might be even more expensive than just buying a new wallet. 😛 Well, you can just use a rubber band or some rope or so instead anyhows. I followed this instructable, but it turns out there are a bunch of milk carton wallet ideas at that site, so you could look at more of them if you’re interested.

But while I was making that wallet, I saw the instructions for another awesome wallet, which I made here:

This one is made from the circuit sheet from an old keyboard and packing tape! If you happen to have one or two old keyboards lying around that you don’t plan to use, you can make this.

Yeah, I guess I’m gonna go back to playing Mass Effect now! Started it up, but then thought I should blog first since I haven’t done that in two weeks again. Okay, gaming time!

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