Walking to pick up lunch today, I came across a section of Mission Street — an entire block! — that had been completely shut down, cordoned off with police tape. All eyes were on a bus that was being hooked up to a sizable tow truck, and I couldn’t help but notice that the bus had a massive, circular, spider-web of a crack on the driver’s windshield… exactly at the height and shape one would expect to see if a pedestrian’s head had struck the windshield at high speeds (or more likely the opposite). All in all, it was pretty unsettling.
Hours later, I came home and hopped on the elliptical machine for a workout. The next video on my Netflix queue, ever my loyal exercise companion? The episode of Lost featuring the flashback in which Juliette’s ex-husband is struck by a bus at high speeds.
So that was kind of weird.
Anyway! That unpleasant coincidence aside, today was pretty nice. I’ve been really frustrated at work lately, because all my boring managerial duties and time-consuming podcasting responsibilities have done a serious number on how much time I’m able to spend writing, i.e. what I most enjoy about my job. Imagine my delight when, after a month of two of literary drought, I had three big articles dominating the site today. It was almost like I’m a real writer again. Hoorah!
I will celebrate by linking to them. So that you, too, may become angry about my opinions, reporting, and compiling of other people’s thoughts.
- Halo: Reach preview: I never particularly cared for Halo multiplayer until ODST‘s great cooperative modes. Therefore the greatest praise I can offer to Reach is that as I was drafting this article yesterday, I kept thinking, “Man, I really wish I were playing Reach multiplayer right now.”
- 3D Dot Game Heroes review: Remember, in review terms, a “good” rating and a clear statement of personal enjoyment is secret code for “this game is complete garbage and you are stupid for owning a PlayStation 3.”
- The Test of Time: People like Nintendo games, apparently.
Amidst all of that, I did still have time to die anticlimactically to the first boss of a game that no one had played for 20 years. So that was pretty special.
Incidentally, once GameSpite Year One, Vol. 2 is finished, the next episode of GameSpite Quarterly will feature a completely awesome article on Bio Force Ape. Among other things! It’s gonna be rad.