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March 19, 2004 by Tim

I hope you all had a fun and safe Saint Patrick’s Day. Mine was spent drunk. Pretty damned drunk. But it was also spent with video games and good food, so a good time was had. And I also saw a very good movie for the first time. Sam Raimi’s The Quick and the Dead. I had never seen it before, and started getting an itch to check it out while reading Bruce Campbell’s biography, and then the hammer that drove the nail home was when Scott Kurtz raved about how good it was. Well, I finally saw it, and I must concur. Very cool movie.

Don’t forget, I’m at I-CON in New York next weekend. Come out and say hi. It’s supposed to be a really fun convention. I’m looking forward to it. They’ll have gaming, and movies and lots of cool stuff to do. I even hear they’re having a Klingon wedding or something. Which, if you were into that kind of thing, would sound pretty… uhh… neat.

Anyway, if most of you are like me (and you better damned well not be, for the sake of the future of the human race), you’ve already gone ahead and downloaded the Splinter Cell single player demo. It’s short, but god damn it brings back some good feelings.

Now, I don’t need to tell you that I loved the first Splinter Cell. And just knowing that the new one practically gaurantees more of the same makes me all warm and tingly inside, like I just ate a piece of really hot toast. But what’s really got my knickers in a shiver is the multiplayer aspect. The more I read about it, the more paper towels I need to fetch to mop up the growing puddle of drool next to my keyboard. I’m itching to fire it up, but I want to know something in advance, and I have yet to find a definitive answer. I’m hoping someone out there can solve this one for me.

I know that the Xbox version will have Live! support, and that Live! support automatically equals headset audio support. However, I prefer my Splinter Cell on the PC with a pinch of salt. Is there in-game headset support for the PC version, or are we going to need to use third-party software. Fire the answer to my mailbox.

Now excuse me for a moment while I attempt to sell my soul for a video game.

Blizzard, in their infinite wisdom, has decided not to send me a World of Warcraft beta acceptance email. I’m fairly certain this was just an oversight of some sort, and so I refuse to be bitter on the subject. Besides, I still have Lineage 2 to warm my bed (ducks a thrown fist from his girlfriend) and it is more than enough to keep me occupied.

However, if some reader out there were to, oh.. I don’t know… befall some tragic accident… wait. What I meant to say was, if some reader out there found himself without time to participate in the beta test, and wanted to donate his beta account to me, I would me perfectly willing to accept. Hell, I might even show my appreciation in gift-form. And if some Blizzard employee found an extra account email lying around, perhaps I could grease the wheels by offering some World of Warcraft comics in return.

Just some food for thought. I need to go shower. I feel dirty.

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