Mass Effect

Filed under: General - Mark @ 6:45 am

 

I love non-linear gameplay. Deus Ex, Deus Ex: Invisible War… and that’s about it really for FPS.

So how then did I miss Mass Effect? I notice that Mass Effect 2 has been released to huge hype and mass fanfare. I’d never heard of it. How? How did this happen? How did I miss the original Mass Effect?

Anyway, I went out and got me a copy of Mass Effect (2007). And it’s fantastic. And because it’s 3 years old my PC runs it at max-settings. If Mass Effect 2 is even half as good as Mass Effect, it’s worth the hype. And I’ve only played Mass Effect for about 3 hours so far!

Oh yeah, I picked up my car. Finally! I’m still not 100% convinced it’s not a lemon, but man, it goes HARD. It’s not as quick to launch as the commodore, (because it’s 4WD) but you get it in the wet and it will destroy a Ford XR6 or a Commodore SS. They just sit there spinning their wheels while I’m off and away.

I thoroughly enjoy the creature comforts as well. In-dash stacker, climate control, comfy seats, electric windows. These things all sound pretty normal these days, but coming from a povo-pack Commodore I can hardly believe that these two cars were built within 12 months of eachother! In its day it would have been the bee’s knees.

Photos will be coming soon, as soon as it stops bloody raining!

Add Comment (1) | 9/2/2010

 

 

AWD here I come

Filed under: General - Mark @ 5:57 pm

 

I pick up my car tomorrow! Yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay

Add Comment (2) | 5/2/2010

 

 

I hate cheques

Filed under: General - Mark @ 1:41 pm

 

After all this bloody chasing the NRMA, we finally got the cheque for my car yesterday (Total days late: 13).

The thing is, on the 27th, they swore black and blue that the cheque was in the mail, to the correct address. When we received the cheque, guess what. It was dated the 29th. In the mail my ass.

Speaking of which, what’s the deal with everyone wanting to pay me by cheque? I’ve got three cheques from the NRMA and a cheque from the RTA. C’mon. If I wanted to pay YOU by cheque, one of two things would happen:

1) You would laugh at me and tell me to go away
2) You would charge me an exorbitant processing fee

This immense double standard means:

1) It’s OK for you to delay you giving me what is rightfully mine, but it’s not OK for me to delay giving it to you
2) My time is worthless. If you charge a huge fee for processing a cheque, you’re saying that it takes TIME and your time needs to be compensated for. This is fair enough I guess. But when you refuse to compensate ME for MY time at the other end? Not fair at all. It’s basically spitting in my face and telling me that your time is important but mine is worthless. In fact I bet it takes me longer to bank a cheque than it does for you.

In related news, thank God for BankWest. Rather than just talking about being nicer, and friendlier, they actually are. Their North Sydney branch opens at 7.30. In the morning. Which is brilliant because 7.30am is exactly when I walk past their branch every day. Which means that I didn’t have to waste my lunch break walking back to the bank and waiting to get the aforementioned cheques banked. And the girl who served me was far too chirpy for that time of the morning.

Their plants don’t talk back to you though. Which is a bit of false advertising. But I guess it’s a small price to pay for convenience.

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