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samaritan1975 ([personal profile] samaritan1975) wrote2008-11-03 08:25 am

J... M... U.... Duuuuuuukes!

So, went down to JMU this weekend with the missus and some friends- we're not alum, but our friends are, so we decided to make a day trip of it.  Weather held out, thankfully enough (we had gone down a couple of years ago, when it was absolutely frigid); this was the homecoming game against Delaware, and I have to say, we had pretty good seats (overlooking the Madison endzone), even if I don't really follow team sports.

I'm reminded why I don't drink, or if I do, I keep it to one.  There was this drunk guy behind us in the stands with his friends.  He was nice enough (in that 'lack of inhibition due to inebriation' kind of way), and really chatty.  Kept us laughing the whole time.  His sister in law ended up sitting next to me- I'd say freshman or sophomore.  Nice, and apologetic for her brother-in-law.  He was also kind of 'touchy', joking about how 'this isn't weird, because we're secure... and oh, you look tense, let me rub your shoulders... don't let your wife see!" (with my wife sitting there, cracking up).  I don't really mind it, per se, but after 3 quarters, I was kind of reaching that point of "Okay, dude... just wanna watch the game, and these tickets weren't cheap".  I'd like to think I was a pretty good sport about it; his friends decided it'd be a good idea to go put more alcohol in him before the end of the 4th quarter, so they left early.  High fives ensued.  At any rate, I couldn't do the comedy justice in an LJ post.

Got some time to play the Mirror's Edge demo on the 360.  LOVE the visual design- bright enough to make it visually appealing, but it somehow, nevertheless, is able to give that 'feel' of a corrupt metropolis.  Didn't encounter the motion sickness that seems to be rumored.  It's an interesting gameplay mechanic, trying to implement parkour into a controller layout- perhaps it interests me from the fact that 'real life' parkour is amazing to watch, I don't know.

Halloween was tame- 19 kiddies came to the door, leaving us with a bunch of candy.  Got the hot water heater replaced for just under $1200 (they had to cut in some piping, since our old heater sat up on tripod legs, which let it 'seat' over a drain pipe in the floor), all by a fluke discovery of a gas leak.  I'd complain, but, y'know, $1200 for not dying a fiery death is a pretty good deal.

[identity profile] 2008-11-03 03:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh man, Daniel and I tried out the Mirror's Edge demo at a friend's place this weekend, and I was a big fan. I love the colors. I seriously want to re-do our apartment in Mirror's Edge colors.

[identity profile] 2008-11-03 08:45 pm (UTC)(link)
It'd be a little harsh with lighting for me (though the red 'highlights' for interactive objects would be neat)... but the 'feel' of the game is enhanced by it, I think. I mean, you just *feel* like you're standing on the ivory towers, while the streets run dirty and corrupt. You're above it, fighting to clean it up- running in your haven, your lifeline.

The hand-to-hand portion is surprisingly well done, too, particularly considering that it's not actually a fighting game. But the implication of mixing parkour with martial arts is *really* interesting to me.