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Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2010-03-22 11:24:51

Recognithe!


Sorry about the late post; I had some internet issues last night.

I figured Eminem lyrics would nicely represent the general vibe of the brand of homophobia so rampant on the internet, and Xbox Live in particular. And for those of you like-minded individuals who enjoy interacting with these cretins in a facetious manner, be it in direct confrontation or ironic mocking like M.C. Lithp, it's just too easy to rile them up. I once considered setting up a side game to kill time during game lobbies: the first one to get themselves called a fag would be the victor. Unfortunately, the ease of this simple goal rendered the contest moot. All too often, before a single syllable is uttered, mere proximity to these oafs would be sufficient to elicit a preemptive homophobic invective.

The only game release this week that even vaguely interests me is Red Steel 2 for the Nintendo Wii. It's not a sequel so much as a complete overhaul. The original was terrible, and the developers clearly decided to simply discard it entirely. The new one is a cel-shaded Western that incorporates the Wii Motion Plus to supposedly deliver intricate swordplay, but they made those same promises for the previous game. For anyone considering taking a flyer on this game, it certainly looks stylish. The second link is for a package that includes the Wii Motion Plus add on.

Now Playing - Modern Warfare 2 (360); level 70, 10th prestige, 2.12 kill/death ratio (dropping due to chasing ridiculous challenges); Final Fantasy XIII (PS3)
Xbox Live/PSN Gamertag - Vawce

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2010-03-21 04:12:29

Diplomacy V - Spring 1903


Austria's arrangement with Italy continues unabated, and the two remain poised to run the table. However, Austria remains in a vulnerable position relying entirely on trust in his ally, as this turn ground all Austrian momentum to a halt. The only offensive, yet another thrust into the key province of Galacia, was rebuffed again.

England missed her turn, giving France the miracle he needed. Worse, Liverpool is about to fall. The Anglo-German alliance is now floundering, further strengthening the Austro-Italian position.

Through a combination of immense luck and deft tactical maneuvering, France survived the Anglo-German invasion. Although this conflict caused him to lag several turns behind the major powers, light is now visible at the end of the tunnel. France's position is still severely compromised by Italy's positioning and Germany's strength, but the first faint glimmer of expansion potential now shines.

Germany burned yet another turn on profitless maneuvering, exacerbated by the British convoy that never appeared. It's difficult to say that the German position (sitting at six centers with easy growth within reach) is weak, but the increasing loss of tempo and the squandering of early opportunity for initiative does not speak well toward the chances of future success.

Italy continues to spread his might laterally across the Mediterranean. An Italian fleet passed the bottleneck of Gibraltar with shocking ease. Turkey is being enveloped in the east. Any number of options for conquest are open. The one real question that remains is, "How long will the Austro-Italian alliance remain viable?" The two empires' interests seem in opposition to me (the eighteen supply centers needed for victory), unless Austria commits to one of the classic blunders: "Never get involved in a major land war in Asia!"

Russia is in full defensive lockdown. The continuing problem is political isolation, and it's difficult to anticipate any other outcome than the other powers slowly whittling away Russian holdings.

Turkey has lost control of Mediterranean access and is being enveloped by hostile forces. Curiously, neither Austria nor Italy has a fleet in position to execute the back breaking convoy to Syria, but the future remains bleak.

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