February 23rd, 2003


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Playing "Syberia." It's an adventure game. I am back in the wonderful world of applying objects to other objects and talking to NPCs about a gloriously predetermined range of topics. While the adventure game has passed it's heyday, and I will probably never again feel the great love that Hero's Quest and Monkey Island awoke beneath my sternum, I do get occasional flashbacks. "The Longest Journey" made me happy for at least a week and a half. On t'other hand, despite years and Zen, I still haven't forgiven the last Monkey Island for not having mouse support, and thus being completely unplayable. What the hell? I mean, what the hell?! No mouse support? What were they THINKING?!

Right. I am accomplishing nothing this weekend, the few minor touchups I needed to do are languishing untouched...there is only "Ask NPC about Automaton." Ah, glory.

Okay, I lied--I did accomplish this. But since it only took me about half an hour, and his little fangs are a bit lopsided, I feel like it doesn't count.
Sabertoothed Toad

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Okay, now I'm pissed.

Yesterday, at approximately 7:30 pm, I trundled out of the car, threaded my way past ice and doggiedoo, my copy of "Syberia" clutched in my hot little hand. I installed it. And thus, at about eightish, I began to play.

At roughly 2 AM, I went to bed, slept until 10ish, did a little putzing around with various projects, walked to the store, came home, played Syberia.

It was fun. There was a lot about mammoths. I like mammoths. There's a mystery race of people that ride mammoths on a deserted island somewhere in Siberia. Cool by me.

At right around 7 pm, not quite twenty-four hours from when I got out of the car, I talk to an NPC whom I assume will take me off to the island of mammoths. I sit through a lengthy cutscene, Coke in hand, awaiting hot click-object-on-mammoth adventure game action.

I get the end credits. Nary a mammoth in sight.

Allowing for sleep and putzing, I defeated this game in about twelve hours. And we're not talking walkthrough-in-hand defeat, either. I draw the line at believing that I am some kind of amazing Adventure Game Guru. This was just appallingly short. I mean, I lay out thirty bucks for a game, I expect a few more hours of gameplay out of it--it's not like the movies!

Gmmmnfrrrf. I'm gonna go reinstall "Longest Journey"--it's been a couple of years and hopefully I've forgotten most of the puzzles. My adventure game fix hasn't been anything like satisfied...I need some more clicking.
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