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V.19 No.20 |

Video Games

What Did You Play This Weekend?

Sometimes a man's got to do what a man's got to do. In my case, that meant spending this weekend geeking the hell out on the Old West. To be specific, Red Dead Redemption ate up a several-hours-long chunk of my life, during which I hunted bounties, herded cattle, busted a bronco or two, and killed the occasional chicken stealing coyote. So far the game has hooked me deeper than Rock Star's previous 100 million dollar open-world epic, GTA IV. Visually, it's quite a lovely homage to the West, and with a full day/night cycle, the atmospheric perspective we're all so used to taking for granted is employed to great effect. As a result, simply drifting around the prairies and canyons on my horse (one of the broncs I personally busted) feels about as right as I could want. Also, the nature of the game world gives a far more intuitive justification for rambunctious behavior than GTA IV was ever able to. There are plenty of gunfights, sure, but they seem a lot more at home in the wild West than randomly running over pedestrians and shooting cops ever did in Liberty City. I haven't spent much time on the multiplayer side of things yet, mostly due to the freezing/hanging issues that have plagued the game here in the early days. I got in one brief session, though, and spent most of that time either riding the noob mount, a burro, or getting shot in the face. Woot.

V.19 No.18 |

Video Games

More Peeps At StarCraft 2

Sometimes it seems like everyone in the world besides myself is in the ongoing StarCraft 2 multiplayer beta. That's OK, though, because I pretty well suck at playing against humans in real-time strategy games, so up until now I've only been paying scant attention to Blizzard's upcoming blockbuster.

However, a few new tidbits have dropped recently and my head has officially been turned. First, the game finally (after 7 years of development, folks) has a release date: July 27. Second, Blizzard has revealed much more of the single-player campaign, and while the multiplayer has seemed very similar to the original, the campaign appears to be a massive upgrade in terms of available units and types of scenario. Finally, they started showing off challenge mode, which is a series of training missions designed to prepare the player for going up against other people. Roll all this up into one game (and hell, why not throw in a little Facebook while you're at it?) and I'm sooooo there.

Today's Events

Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest at Manuel Lujan Building @ Expo NM


The nation's largest festival dedicated to chocolate, coffee and gourmet foods.

The Albuquerque Forum on Faith and Politics at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

Brian Jones and David McCrory at St. John's United Methodist Church

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