31 oct. 2009

“Smartphone Showdown: iPhone 3GS vs Motorola Droid”

I’m linking this just for the close-up shot of the Droid’s screen— it looks like a super-high-quality printout, not a screen. Which is no surprise, because if my calculations are right, that’s a fucking 260dpi you get on that screen.

Whereas the iPhone’s impressive-at-the-time 160dpi was a real advantage when it came to displaying web pages, I can’t imagine how useful 260dpi can really be on a device this size — for it to make a difference on the legibility of small type as compared to the iPhone, the letters would have to be so small that you’d need a magnifying glass to make them out anyway. (Well, that does open up a market for Droid-sized magnifiers like there existed in the GameBoy era.)

But damn, that must look so hot you’ll want to lick it.


I need the MS Points card that's in my wishlist http://bit.ly/4yjK3t to review Gay Tony. To discuss the gay implications and… parachutes!


RT @sween: “My wife sure asks me to buy a lot of batteries.”


30 oct.

Well, that was the last of the packs of good ramen from Paris.


Moon — A fantastic sci-fi short that got so diluted you're always ten steps ahead. And it does feel like Sam Rockwell is acting alone.


Ponyo — But... it's ugly?


29 oct.

C'est quoi ce temps ?


Day 10 of not listening to a single TWiT podcast, and that feels good.


Kaamelott 6.01-6.06 : J'apprécie complètement l'envie de ne pas être on l'attend, mais là il ne la vend pas bien fort, sa trilogie de films.


28 oct.

Oops. My pancakes taste like omelet.


27 oct.

Finally finished World of Goo, and... what the hell? no gamerscore points? (Also, the vague story seemed promising, but doesn't deliver.)


This cat enjoys duct tape as much as I do.


26 oct.

Did the "clean my desktop" thing once more. Depressing to know it won't last, plus shoving stuff under the carpet is as good as deleting it.


“Apple Magic Mouse Review | Macworld”

And as mentioned earlier, there’s no scrollball button. On the Apple Mouse, the scrollball button is set to launch Dashboard by default. As with Exposé, Apple recommends using an F-key to launch Dashboard.

I knew there was no button for Exposé, but didn’t care because I was never convinced by the way it worked on the peripheral formerly known as Mighty Mouse, and you can use hot corners for that anyway (not to mention that the new mouse is the reason why Exposé is now accessible by click-holding a Dock icon in Snow Leopard) — but I didn’t realize there was no middle button, either. I seriously couldn’t operate a computer without a middle mouse button to open links in new tabs.


Transformers 2: ...


X-Men Origins Wolverine: The opening montage is kinda cool for such an uninteresting movie. And, damn, Ryan Reynolds's body. Damn. Damn.


25 oct.

How long can you keep homemade pancake batter in the fridge? I should always have some!


Hmm, looks like there's a Paranormal Activity screener DVD. Don't know if I wanna get it. And watch it. In the dark countryside.


Wait, Dichen Lachman isn't a bad actress then?


Hmm, I probably should subscribe to some music podcasts.


Je regarde Roman de gare, pour Fanny Ardant, et je me sens comme honteux d'avoir jamais aimé un Lelouch.


24 oct.

Ultra-thin, rubber, protection, touch... Is this catalog I'm translating about iPhone accessories or condoms?


Mozilla Raindrop trades the invite-only beta for build-it-yourself-from-source. Not so great with the marketing, those guys.


23 oct.

En manque de biscuits. Veuillez suggérer des recettes. (Simples.)


Up ★★★★★

For once, here’s a movie that lived up to its hype — this is, indeed, the best Pixar movie evar, and probably the first I loved without reservations.

I’m hesitating to complain that Dug and the other dogs could have had more time, and lines — there’s a blurred, uncertain border between underusing and overusing a gag or character, and it’s definitely best for everyone to play it safe on that front.

For instance, I just refrained from making a squirrel joke (and that was hard), because I imagine every single review of Up has made one already.


Google Reader's new "Explore" is the best time-waster.


Well, Google Reader is finally doing something with all of that social data. Good recommendations, looks like.


Résiste à la tentation d'avoir un badge "Translator" sur sa page Twitter.


22 oct.

J'ai raté mes scones, et je ne réessaierai pas, ça a l'air bien trop chiant à préparer.


“’69 Corvette And ’88 Lamborghini Horrifyingly Swap Paint In Japanese Gran Turismo Ad”

The worst part about this is that I can’t figure out what the hell that ad is supposed to mean. Or why the Corvette turns into a Lotus. Those japan people, they’re weird, huh, what about those talking toilets they have, amirite?


Bought a Mythbusters DVD out of curiosity, but I can't stand the cheesiness. Do people really love this show?


20 oct.

Les français sont des cons, quand même — pas moyen de trouver un DVD de Kaamelott VI qui ne réclame pas de mot de passe.


“The Apple Store is down”

I’m probably a little oversensitive on those matters, but I’ll still take it as a little slap on the face that relatively major modifications to the Mac lineup have been announced without a press event at all — nothing to show for it in advance of the Store closing down.


13-inch MacBook: “Unibody” enclosure for the plastic case? Uh… yeah, whatever. (Those Geniuses sure enjoy having you come to the Bar to get your battery replaced, don’t they.) I have to see it in person, but it looks a little toy-like on the pictures, which may be good, or bad — but that design is definitely at odds with every single other Apple product currently available. The new MacBook is also pretty much as light as the Pro now, which doesn’t make much sense for the product lineup, but that’s isn’t news.

27-inch iMac: Hottt. Obviously. Except I don’t like the design — I find that straight horizontal line to be an extremely weird choice, when a simple, uninterrupted black glass pane covering the entire front of the machine would have been so much classier. And it’s a shame that it took this long to finally get video inputs on that thing, but still great that it finally happened. (No picture-in-picture, though. And for some reason it’s only on the 27-incher.) Can’t quite figure out why Apple is evidently adopting the SD card as a Mac standard for good.

Magic Mouse: (God, that’s even worse than “Mighty Mouse.”) I guess having a smaller surface accounts for the need to use fewer fingers in the gestures, but it’s still gonna be confusing to laptop users that they have to scroll with one finger, and swipe with two. Not to mention that the right click seems even more specific than it already was with the previous mouse. I’ll have to play with it sometime, but I still wish they’d finally release an external trackpad. And I don’t think it’s very pretty — or, more to the point, I don’t think it really fits the computers it’s going to connect to.

Mac mini server: Cool. Geeky cool. I mean, it’s just about useless, but who wouldn’t want one? (First I thought it would be super flat, and it would be fantastic. Then I saw it wasn’t thin at all, and was disappointed. But finally I found out it had two hard drives, and now I’m a little horny.)


P.S. I can’t believe the hideousness of that new remote.


“Exporting likes from Google Reader”

Liking information isn’t just limited to Reader shared item feeds. If you use Reader’s [XML] view of a feed, you can see the elements there too. This means that as a publisher you can extract this information and see which of your items Reader users find interesting.

Coming soon to garoo.net: “0 likes” badges.


Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

Damn, that was pointless. I thought the retcon would be infuriating and insulting, but the fact is that I couldn’t care less about any of it, and I was so bored I had a difficult time forcing myself to push through — ten minutes in, I already couldn’t wait for that thing to end. I never expected interesting, or good (particularly not with Olmos directing), but that much emptiness — it’s draining.

I have to commend Mary McDonnell for sitting this one out. (Whatever her reasons were — I can’t imagine she just prefers appearing as a cartoon character in a couple of Grey’s Anatomy episodes rather than as the elected tyrant of all mankind in one of the most iconic TV shows of the decade.)


Still, because I can’t help it:


Never mind the whole Cavill’s Club thing on Galactica, making the entire coordinated effort of the skinjobs aboard the fleet exponentially less interesting, what puzzles me is:

The original “plan” was to eliminate in one single blow, by nuking their cities, a space-faring civilization that’s busy traveling from colony to colony — expecting that there wouldn’t be a single survivor? You know, like ships in the middle of a trip… or people in the countryside?

Not to mention the implication that all the clones who happened to end up aboard the fleet (or anywhere else) were just out there to enjoy being nuked?

Okay, you win. It is insultingly stupid. But I still don’t care. (Although I do mind the horribly lame explanation for how Marilyn Six magically disappeared off Galactica, all of the show’s mysticism be damned.)


Did BSG:Retcon just sport a lingering cock shot?


19 oct.

Suggestion for those goddamn retweets: users juste paste the URL to the tweet they're quoting, and Twitter and clients work with that.


“Google Wave : la vague impression de discuter avec un bègue”

Mais alors comment bien parler la Wave pour ne pas se faire rembarrer au bout de trois mots ?

Changer de langue. L’allemand par exemple place le verbe à la fin de la phrase, sa construction grammaticale permet de garder un suspense insoutenable que personne ne peut déflorer avant la touche finale.

Se la jouer Yoda. Vous inversez tous les mots pour que les personnes qui vous lisent soient obligées de reformer la phrase afin d’en déduire le sens et la réponse à apporter.

Taper son texte ailleurs. Voire écrire une lettre et la poster.


— Quand on pense à la complexité de cette techno dont personne n'a et n'aura jamais eu besoin…

— Finalement, Wave, c'est de l'art (@krstv)


“Why hasn’t Vista sold well?”

Our industry has collectively taught average people over the last few decades that computers should be feared and are always a single misstep from breaking. We’ve trained them to expect the working state to be fragile and temporary, and experience from previous upgrades has convinced them that they shouldn’t mess with anything if it works. They’ve learned to ignore our pressures to always get the latest versions of everything because our upgrades frequently break their software and workflow. They expect unreliable functionality, shoddy software workmanship, unnecessary complexity, broken promises from software marketers, and degrading hostility from their office’s IT staff. […]

The upgrade market for average PC owners is dead. We [developers] killed it.


“DIY Tilt Shift Camera Hack Flickr Find”

In short: that’s a medium-format lens duct-taped to a mount adapter. Sexy.


17 oct.

Ah, yes, Channing Tatum is pretty.


I feel like watching a good movie, for a change. I wanna watch a movie that I've already seen but I haven't seen yet.


I miss vegetables.


And there you go, Adium's auto-update is screwed up again (stuck in a loop while verifying the dmg).


Ca y est, ces chieurs de Vidéoposte ont désactivé l'accès caché sans clavier-de-banque à la con. Quelqu'un a un hack ? Un userscript ?


16 oct.

“The lesson of the Sidekick failure”

You aren’t in control of your data if you can’t easily and frequently make useful backups onto your own computer and your own media.

I recognize that it’s hypocritical for me to say this as the lead developer of Tumblr, which does not yet offer an automated feature for users to download backups of their blog content. So I took some time this week and started to write one. I’m happy to announce that Tumblr will be releasing an easy backup tool in the coming weeks.

Heh, I like that way of thinking/doing. (And he definitely has my respect for developing Tumblr anyway.)


Here's hoping there was nothing important in the 4GB of old trash I just cleaned up from my Library folder.


(Wave-inspired test of) Collaborating on a PHP file over SubEthaEdit/Coda is addictive. Kinda makes me want to work with someone. Hmm. Nah.


I just can't get over the "New Wave" buttons and links all over the place.


15 oct.

Checked out Lifehacker's wave while everybody was joining in: the interface itself makes it absolutely unusable. This is not gonna work.


Brain-fart en voyant une mention de Lucky Luke dans le programme télé. Si je devais le prononcer à haute voix je serais bloqué une heure.


Wave, day 2: This thing is in desperate need of a couple good Apple UI engineers. E.g. separate "New Wave" and "Ping" buttons are asinine.


“The Collider, the Particle and a Theory About Fate”

That’s a lovely concept, poorly explained (and possibly poorly conceived in its originators’ own minds): if the Large Hadron Collider ever worked at full capacity, the catastrophe would be even bigger than just a black hole swallowing the Earth; it would be so big that it would travel back in time and destroy the entire universe in the past. And, since our universe exists, it hasn’t been destroyed from the future, so that clearly shows that the supercollider will never work.

It all depends on which theory of time paradoxes you adhere to.

via bol.cnet.com


14 oct.

Wave, day 1: Yeah, the tech is interesting, but I'm afraid that interface isn't particularly convenient. Def needs a native client.


What's nice with Wave invites is that you can tell everyone you know you've invited them; they'll never know it isn't true.


Oh, I'm in, and I've got 8 invites. Beg. Beg!


13 oct.

"This is Hogwarts we're talking about, what could be safer?" Ever the brightest of the bunch.


The Harry Potter movies really need previouslies — I can never remember what happened before. Wait, that's because nothing happened.


Heroes 4.05 — That's a pretty stupid power, and I really dislike the whole carnival plot, wherever it intends to go exactly.



My name is Jon Hicks, and I’m a stationery fetishist. I’m sure many of you are too. […]

Best of all though looks like the Swedish Whitelines series. Rather than use the traditional lined approach, it uses the negative space, creating a less destructive white lined grid.

White lines on very light gray paper — sounds awesome. Just wishlisted an A4 pad on Amazon to make myself a little present the next time I order a book.


District 9 ★★★★

Damn, and they say I’m a misanthrope.

I’m not sure what to write about that one, as I think I was very much a victim of the whole buzz about this movie and the expectations it had created. Truth is, I wouldn’t join the chorus to say this was a great science-fiction film. What I’d call it is a very good double Doctor Who episode. It’s not like the plot is very interesting, and the characters are even worse (quite intentionally, too). The movie basically stops at its premise, which is excellent and does merit its movie treatment, but there’s so much that could have been done if the writers hadn’t stopped there.

I’m surprised that somehow I didn’t end up being as bothered by the obviousness of the Apartheid allegory as I thought I would be — maybe I got used to it in advance, or maybe it just works in context (and is just taking itself seriously enough to pass). Clearly, the mock-documentary style helps a lot. However, I thought people were nitpicky when they complained about how the movie just abandons the journalists’ point of view when it becomes too inconvenient for the story’s progression, but it happens much earlier than I expected and is indeed quite jarring and inelegant… even though it’s clear to see that’s exactly what they were trying to avoid. Making more of a show of the transition would have helped. Ah, and I’ll take this opportunity to note that I hate movies that rely too much on the gross factor to shock the audience — you know, how vomit is the new gore. But I’d like to mention in passing how coherent the design of the prawn mecha is. Sorry, geek moment here.

I wouldn’t be as quick as some to point that movie as evidence that you can make a good sci-fi flick with a relatively low budget: clearly, the lack of funds shows in how you stay mostly confined within the slums, and it’s easily explained by the plot itself but still hurts the movie’s ending a bit: when you’re essentially going to pad your short film out with a whole hour of action, it does help to have a budget that allows you to really throw things around and maintain the scope of the story. Two million prawns, remember?




Nevermind the usual ten-year-old genius geek who can fix everything (god I hate that trope with such a passion). Could you please just tell me WHY THE HELL WOULD EXPOSURE TO FUEL TURN SOMEONE INTO A PRAWN?


12 oct.

Can you believe it went from Mad Men's Conrad Hilton to Paris in just two generations. What a century.


11 oct.

Pourquoi tous les pédés du département sont sur Gayvox ? Interface de chat de merde.



Simple enough, but I think it looks great. (Although the layout screws up if the window isn’t as wide as he assumed.)

via designcollector.net


This time I woke up with Les Miz in my head. Much better, no contest, but what the hell's going on with my internal jukebox?


Sérieusement, deux chanteurs de boys band en un mois ? Passera pas.


10 oct.

Ca devrait être moi, la Gallardo noire en séjour à Avranches.


Looks like blowing my nose and chewing almonds at the same time is beyond my skills.


Why the hell did I wake up with Phantom of the Opera "in-side mah mind," and where can I find an icepick — or a grenade?


Ice Age 3 — More good scenes than the second, still less than the first. Not enough of the cute little dinos, and too many sex jokes.


And an undiscoverable camouflaged "action button" on the compose screen. #tweetie #wtf #tothinkthatusabilitygeeksareinlovewiththisapp


"To refresh, pull down on the list until the arrow is flipped"? What the fuck? #tweetie #goingtoofar


9 oct.

Confused — there was no free version of the first Tweetie? I just went and bought it? Those days are gone, Twitterific 2 is too good-enough.


“Digg Testing A Way To Surface Older Content And Get Paid For It”

Digg is testing a new type of advertisement on its site that basically surfaces old content submitted to Digg that is relevant to certain advertisers. So, as you can see in the example below, if Norton wants to advertise its new security software, it can find a few old Digg items related to Internet security and put them in the ad box along with their banner. This not only advertises their product, but gives users something potentially useful to click on.

That’s a pretty clever strategy — getting advertisers to sponsor your content, after it’s been posted, after it’s been dugg by the users themselves, so that they can’t complain it’s uninteresting.


8 oct.

Pff, bravo Twitter, trouver le moyen de me faire regretter de ne pas avoir vu le JT de TF1 [pour pouvoir exprimer un avis éclairé].


“Dropbox Affiliates Program Being Shut Down”

I never got around to adding the banners on my blog (what with having my own iPhone apps to promote… in vain), so I couldn’t care less, but I’m just surprised by the tone of the message:

(Where “CJ” stands for the — unbelievably convoluted and unfriendly, so no argument there from me —advertising network that they went through to offer their affiliates program.)


7 oct.

Ah, according to BOL the browser would be disabled on int'l Kindles. Still not quite sure if we'd have to pay a $1.99 roaming tax or not.


What's... up... with the scaryyy photo on Tom Cru1se's official Twitter account, and blog?


Heroes 4.04 — When a character is defined by the skeletons in his closet, it doesn't add depth to invent one more skeleton four years in.


Shouldn't the Kindle iPhone app be available in France now? Or Stanza get access to the Kindle store? I just might buy books on iPhone.


I know Apple's e-reader is coming, but I'd probably be ordering the Kindle right now if I had the cash. It's pretty cheap in euros.


6 oct.

Just found out what the annoying little smileys are in the middle of Mashable's posts, and I now loathe that blog more than ever.


Installing a Google Chrome theme is so damn seamless and pleasant.


Reinstalling XP. (I need to re-authorize my virtual PCs after upgrading to Parallels 4, so I might as well switch to free VirtualBox.)


“This Is A Photoshop And It Blew My Mind”

PhotoSketch is an internet-based program that can take the rough, labelled sketch on the left and automagically turn it into the naff montage on the right. Seems unbelievable but—as the video shows—it works.

There’s no fucking way that actually works. I’ll believe it when I see it with my own two eyes, running on my own machine, with a firewall denying access to anything but Google Images, and after I’ve checked that there isn’t a teeny painter imp caged inside my computer.


The new @boingboing layout is weird but reminds me that it's time to use fancy fonts for post titles again.


10.6 deselects the target folder's icon too fast when you drag and drop a file. I always feel like I must have slipped at the last minute.


Damn. Just realized I left Paris right as it was going to get its Apple Store.


5 oct.

Funny, I would have assumed pronouncing "Stephen" like "Steven" was more of an American thing, and a search seems to indicate the contrary.


4 oct.

“An Unboxing You Won’t See On Gizmodo or Engadget”

All kidding aside, any company that can give this much attention to detail just in their HR paperwork should be fun to work for.


3 oct.

“Google Injects Ads And User-Generated Content Into iPhone Maps”

I do not want to believe that Google is beginning to retaliate after the whole Google Voice on iPhone fiasco. Do not. Want.

Well, clearly, on some level, open warfare between Google and Apple would be entertaining to watch. But it wouldn’t be very fun for us, Apple users.


“Leo Laporte Makes $1.5 Million Per Year from Podcasting”

Laporte’s TWiT network, run from the basement of his house in Petaluma, does $1.5 million in revenue per year, doubling yearly. His costs, however, are more impressive: it only takes $350,000 per year to run the business with 7 employees.

Jesus. I’ve been hating his content more and more (all mostly due to his spreading himself impossibly thin), but I felt guilty for criticizing a guy who spends his entire life sequestered in a podcast recording studio and has to accept more and more ads to make ends meet. Turns out he really is a fucking media tycoon.


Early Gmail adopters should be offered just one alias if they want to change their address. I didn't originally expect to actually use it!


“The Macalope Weekly: Who’s the boss?”

That got the Macalope thinking. Maybe that’s exactly what iPhone developers need: a union.

Think about it: low wages, abusive management, and the reason they can’t change the conditions is that they have no collective bargaining power. Ring any bells, Norma Rae?

I would be weary of that “Apple still has to send you those checks no matter how much of a malcontent you are,” however.


Custom forms and sticky notes — SOHO Notes 8 has interesting ideas.


“Shadow Art”

I’d very much like to see those installations in person and check that there’s no cheat.


2 oct.

How long can it take to send an invite from Google Wave's servers to my Google Mail account? Something must have gone wrong. Gmail down?


That's Not What A Fucking Haiku Is.


“Get a better view with Quick Look”

Type “defaults write com.apple.Finder QLEnableXRayFolders 1” (or use Secrets.prefPane) and Quick Look on a folder will display of a few icons of its contents. Why on earth would that not be enabled by default?


Need for Speed: Shift (démo 360) ★★★★

J’étais tout prêt à assassiner ce jeu, malgré les avis plutôt positifs que j’avais lus sur internet, et voilà qu’il faut que je réécrive toute ma critique : ce jeu devrait plutôt s’appeler I Can’t Believe It’s Need For Speed.™

Il est devenu à peu près impossible de décider lequel, de Forza 3 ou Shift, a les plus beaux graphismes, mais voilà ce que je peux dire : pour une ou plusieurs raisons qui m’échappent, ce nouveau Need for Speed est bien plus immersif que son concurrent direct, et donne une meilleure sensation de vitesse (enfin, sur ce point, c’est plus difficile à affirmer, parce que le circuit proposé par la démo de Forza est plus lent). Je continue de penser que la façon dont la vue intérieure de la voiture se floute quand on roule vite est idiote (il s’avère que ça ne dérange pas vraiment le conducteur, qui est concentré sur sa conduite, mais ça rend les cadrans du tableau de bord totalement inutilisable, ce qui force à utiliser le HUD du jeu et prouve bien que c’est un gimmick stupide), mais tout le reste fonctionne bien mieux, et je ne suis pas trop sûr du pourquoi — il y a des effets visuels qui entrent en compte (j’ai un doute, est-ce que Forza a le moindre flou de vitesse ? c’est peut-être pour ça qu’il donne une telle impression de stérilité), et la caméra est visiblement bien mieux placée, que ce soit en vue intérieure ou extérieure. Peut-être que c’est juste Shift qui gère mieux mon 1280x1024 que Forza, et que les deux jeux seraient plus similaires sur un écran large, mais ça ne changerait rien au fait que, dans mon cas personnel, la différence est énorme.

Mais les graphismes n’ont jamais été le vrai point fort de Forza. La vraie surprise, c’est que je ne peux rien reprocher au modèle physique de Need for Speed — tout a l’air parfaitement réaliste. Et les aides à la conduite fonctionnent aussi bien, si ce n’est mieux, que celles de Forza, même si ça me fait profondément mal que, dans les deux jeux, le freinage automatique soit activé par défaut — ce sont des jeux de course automobile ! Mais voilà où Forza reprend l’avantage, et au final gagne le match à mes yeux : si vous jouez au pad (et le volant de Microsoft est une merde, que je n’achèterais pas même si je pouvais me le permettre), Forza applique un peu de magie au contrôle du stick gauche pour assouplir les coups de volant — parce que ce truc est physiquement flou et juste impossible à contrôler bien précisément du bout du pouce, alors qu’un écart de quelques degrés est censé représenter un ou deux tours entiers de volant dans la voiture. Dans Need for Speed, en revanche, on n’a que le choix entre activer la direction assistée, qui conduit effectivement à votre place (insupportable, donc, pour quiconque cherche le réalisme), ou la désactiver et voir le moindre petit écart du stick gauche se répercuter directement aux roues avant, rendant la voiture terriblement difficile à contrôler. Il est tout à fait possible que Shift soit le meilleur jeu des deux si vous jouez avec un volant, je ne sais pas — mais dans ce cas vous avez tout intérêt à prendre plutôt la version PS3 et y jouer avec un volant Logitech, plutôt que la version Xbox.

Avant de conclure, deux petites observations, puisque je ne vais pas acheter ce jeu pour écrire un test : premièrement, le briefing avant une course est une idée géniale que tous les jeux devraient absolument reprendre (même si le briefing de Shift n’est pas assez linéaire pour bien mémoriser les instructions — ça marcherait mieux de montrer tout simplement un parcours complet du circuit, plutôt qu’une best-of monté à la MTV… certes plus fun à regarder, mais moins efficace pour apprendre). Deuxièmement, le jeu fait cette erreur très commune, mais de plus en plus inacceptable, de passer directement d’un relativement long écran de chargement, au départ de la course — là où Forza place un écran de confirmation qui permet d’aller pisser pendant qu’un circuit se charge.

EA est vraiment passé tout près du miracle, là — c’est à la fois une grande déception et une incroyable réussite qu’ils soient arrivés si près de vraiment faire un excellent jeu de course — mais, malgré ses avantages, je ne peux simplement pas placer Need for Speed: Shift devant Forza 3. La conduite est un peu moins précise pour les fans de simulation, et pas tellement plus abordable pour le grand public (les aides fonctionnent de façon très similaire, et ne font pas plus de Shift que de Forza un remplaçant valable pour Project Gotham Racing — elles conduisent à votre place, au lieu de “juste” simplifier le modèle physique). Et ça ne serait évidemment pas bien intéressant pour qui que ce soit d’acheter les deux. (Même si je suis sûr que certains fans de conduite le feront.)

Sur PS3 en revanche, si vous avez un volant et que vous ne pouvez plus attendre l’arrivée de Gran Turismo, je dirais que l’achat peut valoir le coup.


Brütal Legend (démo 360) ★★★★

Eh bien, voilà un jeu dont je ne sais pas trop quoi penser. Pour être clair, les dialogues et le jeu des acteurs vaudront bien le prix du jeu à eux seuls (enfin, en VF, je ne sais pas), et il n’y a pas de doute qu’on passera un bon moment à traverser l’univers du jeu, donc ce n’est pas là que la question se pose.

Ce dont je ne suis pas sûr, c’est le gameplay. La partie clone de God of War est bien plus réussie, plus fun que je ne pensais (enfin, je trouve les ennemis un peu trop faciles en difficulté medium — même pour un premier niveau) mais les parties véhiculées sont superflues et peu intéressantes, et le boss fight n’était vraiment que bien ennuyeux. Reste le côté Overlord/Pikmin qui semble prendre de l’importance dans la suite du jeu, et n’est pas du tout présent dans la démo, donc difficile de se faire une idée. Ah, et tout ça est un peu trop linéaire — ce qui pourrait aussi s’expliquer par le fait qu’il s’agit du début du jeu, mais je ne suis pas si sûr : le ressenti vient surtout de traverser de longs couloirs étroits… au milieu de grands espaces vides, au lieu d’enchaîner les salles fermées dans God of War (ce qui n’est pas bien différent conceptuellement, mais fait plus naturel). Pour finir, les graphismes passeraient globalement bien mieux sur une télé basse-définition.

Et pourtant, je pense que c’est un jeu à acheter. Probablement. Ou à acheter en partageant le coût avec un ami ou deux. (Je ne m’attends pas à ce qu’il soit très motivant d’y rejouer après l’avoir fini, et je doute fortement que le mode en ligne ait beaucoup d’intérêt — mais je pourrais me tromper complètement sur ce point.)


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I don't understand the kerfuffle about UTIs. There's still an "Open this file with..." in Finder's Get Info — so the metadata still exists.


Damn, I'd kinda forgotten how hot Luke Macfarlane is.


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