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07 May 2005

Only now does it occur to me that no one came to Clickburg in an August costume, but that may have been because I only gave notice of that fabulous bargain a day beforehand. So I'm not pointing any fingers- this time.

In an awesome turn of events, I'm going to meet Ron Gilbert. Yes, that's 'Ron Gilbert', creator of such admirable [adventure]games as Monkey Island and Pajama Sam. He's in the Netherlands right now and, laidback pirate that he is, decided he has need of company (quite possibly wenches and grog as well) and invited everyone who wanted to meet him to a gathering in the city. Due to the miracle of the internet database I'm writing this on the day before the meeting, but when you read this it'll be a day past it. So I'll tell my story next wednesday, maybe, if I feel like it. Anyway, Ron Gilbert is here and I'm going to meet him and I'm dead excited.

I have a Nintendo DS now, and thanks to some terrifically legal plotting and scheming I have it for two-thirds of the selling price. But only now do I notice that the launchgames for the DS are quite pathetic and not really interesting at all. It takes actually owning the machine and searching for a great title for it to realise that. I've bought Polarium a few days ago, which is a nice way to fill a dead moment, and I'll probably buy Mario 64 DS as well. The Warioware game isn't my thing, and for the rest it's either puzzlegames or completely uninteresting licence-games or EA-drivel. That's pretty rough. What I want is some big juicy adventure I can sink my teeth in. But it's not here yet, and only Castlevania DS, who looms on the horizon, could somewhat fill that gap. But even that still lacks the depth I want to sample. We need substance, and so far the DS is only providing light courses with delicious but unfulfilling parlour tricks by stylus. Come on Nintendo, you can do it!

I've just seen Harry Potter 2: The Chamber of Secrets and it was nice. Apart from some horrid CG-creature which thankfully wasn't nearly as prominent in the movie as was forecast by it's voluminous presence on the cover and some irritating sobbing ghostgirl it was quite nice. Of course the book itself already had its clumsy quirks, like that ridiculously farfetched anagram-name of Voldemort and the fact that it would be hardly possible for a snake (I always thought Basilisks had paws like a salamander?) the size of Godzilla to drift through the Hogwarts halls unnoticed. And of course all carefully constructed realism is abandoned in the end when the story becomes some sort of child's fantasy: Harry Potter saved the day, so there won't be any exams this year!
Hurrah! But still, the Harry Potter-movies remain to be great entertainment. They're among those few movies of which I don't mind them lasting for hours and hours, because it's such a nice dabbling atmosphere. What I actually wanted to say when I started this paragraph was that I'm concerned for the future of the movies. In photo's of the fourth movie (which is split in half or something?) Daniel Radcliffe looks like he shot into the air ten feet. If this rate goes on we'll have either Dawson's Creek-style twentysomethings pretending to be teenagers in the end, or replacements for the original actors. Both would be unfortunate.

A last little snippet about Clickburg: mediacoverage has been great in publicizing August: we've already been aired multiple times on regional television, with footage of me and my crew on Clickburg and a broadcasted trailer I made of the August Movie. We're becoming famous!

Roderick.