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Wii Launch

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2006-11-20 06:29:48

Wii Launch

Today's offering is a sort of bookend to the recent strip chronicling the PlayStation launch. It didn't take much of my prodigious reasoning faculties to predict some manner of violence over the PS3, but I can't believe stores didn't use some sort of lottery system as depicted in our comic. Once again, my dim assessment of humanity was reinforced by the stupidity of how the launch was handled, and the ridiculousness of people getting shot over an overwrought piece of electronics with nothing good to play on it.

And then, some law enforcement agencies decide to present a show of force for various Wii launch sites, not understanding the different demographic or the high supply of the product. Nintendo fans are far more likely to hug you than "cut j00 mang!" Good Game game shops and cops! GG!

Now get this: the PlayStation 3 apparently does not support 1080i. This is the hi-def format my television outputs. So when I eventually do get around to picking up a PS3, it'll downscale the video to 480p. After all of Sony's self-congratulatory "hi-def begins when we say it does" talk, it won't produce a hi-def image on my fucking Sony hi-def TV!

GG Sony, GG!

Now enough of my bitching and on to the good stuff.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan doesn't need any more hype, but do yourself a favor and go see it. Not only is it the funniest film I've seen this millennium (at least), it's an unrelentingly amazing work of social satire. I think Sacha Cohen's Ali G character is even funnier, but with Borat he continues to push his trademark fusion of pre-scripted setups and reality television to new subversively hilarious heights. This guy makes Andy Kaufman look like a hack.

If you have a 360, go get Gears of War. If you don't have a 360, go get a 360 and Gears of War. Yes, it's not quite perfect, in the same way that Halo wasn't quite perfect. It plays and feels great, with important evolutionary tweaks to the shooter genre. It's like they took the nutmeat from Brothers in Arms and Full Spectrum Warrior (believable use of cover, and cover fire/flanking) and amped up the kick-ass factor several fold. One of the guns has a frickin' chain saw on it for melee! Yes, it's as awesome as it sounds. Multiplayer action is a blast, and the co-op is the best since Splinter Cell. Also, it's absolutely gorgeous in hi-definition. Gears is the 360 killer app.

My final recommendation today is for the best anti-virus program I've come across: Kaspersky 6.0. It apparently has the best virus detection in the industry (I'll just have to trust several independent tests). In addition, it has a tiny footprint, requiring only a few megs of hard drive space and is remarkably frugal in its use of system resources. Perhaps my favorite feature is that it only checks files modified or added since the previous scan, making for the quickest scans I've ever experienced. I use my router as my firewall, so I can't vouch for the quality of the full internet security suite, but if all you need is an AV, look no further.

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