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Dead Rising is pretty hard

I know I shouldn’t try to play the story missions on my first playthrough, but I’m so used to "try and get everything" when playing games, so I have a hard time refraining from following the story missions. I eventually gave up trying to rescue everyone though, and I believe I can’t rescue everyone if I want to follow the story anyways. But I guess that’s what I *should* be doing since that is the quicker way to level up.

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Some thoughts about this game:

  • Yes, it’s true: Otis (the guy who keeps calling you) is annoying. Sometimes I try to attack while he’s talking, but it doesn’t work and I end up getting snacked on by zombies. And then he calls back and says I’m rude for suddenly hanging up. Huhuhu. I’m playing on a HDTV so I don’t have the problem with the phone text being too small to read though. Anyways since I’ve almost completely given up on rescuing people, I just ignore most of the phone calls anyways, unless I’m sure I’m safe.
  • All weapon items break rather too quickly in my opinion. I guess I’m not really supposed to try and kill every zombie in my path… still, it’d be nice if I didn’t have to replace the weapon every other minute.
  • I wish there were more savepoints.
  • I kind of suck in this game. I keep dying! Should probably work on leveling up a bit more, taking more photos, rescuing people, etc. Ah well. I’ll probably get to a point where I’m way too underpowered to complete the next story mission, forcing me to give up on the story to work on leveling up instead.

 

Oh, I had my birthday party last Saturday (Nov 20), it was pretty cozy. Had some friends over for dinner, talking and some games and karaoke. I cooked an entrecĂ´te steak that I got from my father, it turned out quite good! Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of it, though Leon took some photos I think. I also made an ice cream cake, that I remembered to photograph only after I cut a few pieces of it.

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Ice cream cake with coconut cake layer on the bottom

We had dinner with my family on my actual birthday and also the day after that, it was cozy too, and my mother seemed to like the ice cream cake too. I also got some nice gifts from my friends: A shirt, a scarf, an electric shaver and some chocolate. Also a portable Othello game. Yum chocolate! *eats one*

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And I gave blood yesterday, got another umbrella since I don’t know where the first one went… Might have lent it out to someone and forgotten about it, or I might have just left it somewhere. So I got another one. In case I break my "travel" one.

By the way I also beat the final episode of Sam and Max: Season 1 last week! I managed to do it without cheating (looking at a walkthrough) this time. These games are really only for those who like those kind of games. (Point and click adventures.) Because once you’re stuck, it feels quite frustrating.

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I also started playing some indie games:

  • Super Mario Bros X: It’s a fan-made Mario game, which includes elements from almost all Mario games, including the US/EU Super Mario 2. Meaning the game actually has both normal powerups (fire flowers, ice flowers, Yoshi) and also has Shyguys that you have to pick up and/or throw things at. The physics in the game feels very close to "the real thing", except that some characters use their Mario 2 movements (Toad and Princess Peach), which makes movement feel slightly awkward because they can’t slide on hills.
    The game also has a two-player split-screen mode, but I haven’t tried that with anyone yet.
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  • An Untitled Story: This is a Metroid-style exploration type game and it’s actually rather difficult. The game has very simple graphics that seriously looks like it was made with MSPaint, and the music is at times grating. But the gameplay is reasonably solid, and there are tons of hidden powerups, mostly additional health. Which you are going to need, because some rooms requires fairly accurate jumping to get past without taking damage!
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My iPad finally got iOS 4.2(.1)! It adds a bunch of features that I had been looking forward to:

  • Folders
  • Support for the next/previous song buttons on my Bluetooth headset
  • Searching for text in webpages in Safari (though this crashed when searching in long websites, for example game walkthroughs…)
  • Multitasking (though it doesn’t seem to be real multitasking? Some apps just seem to reset when I switch away and then back to them. So it’s kind of like Android, it only works when the app supports it.)
  • Norwegian keyboard (I’ve found that I still try to hold the o and a buttons to get Norwegian letters because I’m so used to it by now. Bah.)

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I like the iPad quite a lot, but I do feel somewhat frustrated by the limitations. I can’t do normal file transfer, but have to use iTunes, meaning I have to connect via a PC to add photos from a camera/phone. I bought a cheap copy of the iPad Camera Connection Kit, but it turns out support for the connection kit was broken with iOS 4.2. At first I thought it didn’t work because it was a cheap copy. Oh well, I hope they fix that soon… Still, this would only fix the limitation for photos, I still wouldn’t be able to freely move music or videos around.

What I do like about the iTunes music connectivity is that it syncs the number of times I’ve played or skipped a song. I plan to use that to clean up my song collection further. (Remove songs I don’t really like anymore.) Have just barely started to do the cleaning up though.

That asides, I mostly use the iPad as an internet device, for which it works excellently. I don’t miss Flash much at all when using it, and a lot of video websites have added HTML 5 video support anyhows, so those actually work. Working on it is not that easy though, I prefer normal keyboards for typing.

 

Argh, I wrote a lot again. Even though I have written many times that I should post more often instead of dumping out my thoughts out in a big blurb, I just never seem to be able to do that. Well I’ll end this post here in any case.

 

Posted by on 2010-11-28 in Uncategorized

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Beat Wind Waker, hooray!

Last weekend I decided I wanted to beat Wind Waker no matter what. I just barely managed to do it on Sunday night, even though I decided to ignore the rest of the sidequests. By now I’m rather convinced it must be some sort of bug. Those times when I could get treasures, it seems that I could hit it even if I was off-target, but sometimes it would be impossible to hit the treasure no matter how close I was to it.

Enough about treasures. The ending was all right, and actually I almost felt bad for Ganondorf for the pitiful face he was making while explaining why he wanted to destroy the world. And he got stabbed in the face with a longsword! That’s gotta hurt. I can’t believe this is a game for kids.

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Stupid treasures.                      This wallpaper is pretty cool.

Three weeks since I updated my blog huh. Well I’ll try and summarize some of the stuff I’ve been doing.

For Stella’s birthday I made an attempt on layered cheesecake. Just followed the standard recipe, but mixed half of the filling with chocolate (powder). I tried to wait untill each layer stiffened before adding the next layer, but that was too tedious and probably unnecessary. I also forgot to use less water in the jelly, which is the reason why it’s so thick. But it was not necessarily a bad thing, it didn’t fall apart when cutting the cake as I feared it might.

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We also went out to eat on her birthday, went to a tapas restaurant, I think it was San Leandro. The place was interestingly different, with tall tables and chairs giving a bar-like feeling. The food however didn’t really feel that special. At least it didn’t feel like it was worth the rather stiff price. (I think we paid 250 NOK per person.) I prefer heartier meals for that price, like a steak or so. At least we got a big plate of fried (or baked?) potatoes though.

4th – 7th November I went to Stockholm to visit Yann again and to go to Gamex. Only went there one day, it was fun but too small to be worth going more days, unless you actually want to spend lots of time playing the demo games. I tried out Kirby: Epic Yarn, which was more difficult than I thought (read: I sucked). But it looked quite nice, I liked the various effects that made the clotheslike background really look like it’s made of cloth! I will probably buy this game even if it might be short. Other than that, there weren’t really that many games there that I truly looked forward to. Oh, I did buy a wallet. It looked cool and seemed to be quite good quality, so I bought it even though it wasn’t exactly cheap (200 SEK).

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I also had a dinner with my relatives in Stockholm, since I helped them buy an unlocked iPhone 4 from Norway. They made "bibimbap", a Korean dish/meal. Never heard that name or tried Korean food besides Korean barbeque before. It’s basically a bunch of mostly cold prepared vegetables and sliced meat, but they added some other cooked meat to make a fuller meal. It was good in any case, I got quite full!

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Last weekend most of the youth went to Gothenburg to participate in a missions/evangelization training "camp". I decided not to go, honestly because I didn’t really want to talk to people much. I don’t mind talking with people once in a while, but since the whole focus of this camp was on talking with people and sharing the gospel, I didn’t feel like going. It’s too bad, I would’ve liked going to Gothenburg to visit friends again…

Instead I stayed at home and spent almost all the weekend playing and eventually finishing Wind Waker. Which I wrote about at the beginning of this blogpost. Next up is probably Dead Rising! But I will need to take some time to clean my house and plan the food for my birthday party this Saturday.

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Posted by on 2010-11-15 in Uncategorized

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