Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Puzzle pieces

Yesterday was so awful that when I looked at the clock on my computer and realized it was Wednesday I was honestly surprised. Blocking fruitless twelve hour works days from my mind is probably healthy, and it would have stayed that way if I didn't spend most of the day today trying to fix the same problem. How do you tell a customer 'You're fucked, re-install windows.' when the problem affects four different machines and yet no one knows how to fix it? Answer: let the guy who is in charge do it, I have many other things that are broken to work on.

Saw II has remained amusing in spite of a few repeated puzzles. I don't mind them, nor do I mind most areas looking similar. From what I understand it is supposed to be oppressive and depressing. I do need to call out on option puzzle I ran across last night as being much to well thought out to be wasted on a toss off licensed game. For starters there is a giant chessboard with randomly placed pawns. Each pawn has a number and there are letters on most of the empty squares. On a table nearby are three televisions, each with a different chess piece on the screen: knight, king and bishop if I remember correctly. The screens were flashing on and off in seemingly random intervals. To stop here would have been merciless; someone saw fit to throw players a bone by posting a Morse code key nearby. You had to watch the pattern the screens flashed in to find the correct letter on the chess board, then find a pawn that could be captured from that letter by moving in the manner of the piece that was pictured. I was impressed, but then again, I was playing Saw II on purpose.

I wish I was playing Dragon Age 2 now, but it can wait. Everything will get played eventually. In fact, I can only think of a few games that I will actually buy this year, not counting XBLA or PSN games that sneak out and demand my attention. I am putting serious thought into the new Mortal Kombat. Everything I see about it reminds me of MK2, and that ain't a bad thing. The Witcher 2 may get purchased in spite of never having finished the first game. Guild Wars 2 frightens me a little, but the game I really am going to throw down the cash without hesitation is the new Elder Scrolls. I have so many great memories of Oblivion that I would be a fool to not play it as soon as it is available.

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