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Updating the game center
I know that our gaming area has been slow to update, but that's just because we're lazy sloths, not because we haven't been playing. I myself have such a backlog of reviews to write it's silly. Here's a list of the items I hope to have available: Quake II, both Q2 mission packs, Deadlock II, Starship Titanic, Jedi Knight, Theme Hospital, Obsidian, Age of Empires, Heavy Gear, and Outlaws. Are some of these games, though, too old to be worth the bother? Maybe, but I'll try to get them all... I'll just start with the newest games and work my way backwards. A new game gets older quicker than an older game, if you get my meaning.
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The Shogo demo
I played the demo for Shogo, and the engine itself was pretty impressive. There was a certain amount of lagging for quick, sudden mouse movements on my machine (a P233 with 128M RAM and an Orchid Righteous 3D card), but on the other hand, the turning was very smooth, as was all animation. Effects provided a visual feast of eye candy, and I only hope everyone has enough computing power to appreciate them.

There were a few sticking points about the game/demo itself. I found it rather odd that there were weapons in the demo that you could pick up, but couldn't actually use, because they're "not available in demo" (for example, the assault rifle). Why are they even there at all? And, as a gun guy, I found the misnomer applied to the "machine gun" rather amusing. The person who devised these weapons doesn't know the difference between a machine gun and a submachine gun? I may not expect the average joe to know the distinction, but if you're putting together a game based on weapons, you may want to do a little research (beyond just playing Quake II, which made the same silly mistake... that puny little thing is not a machine gun).

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More Y2k
I've been spending a bit of time reading up on various online Y2k sites that prophecize the collapse of civilization caused by total economic and social breakdown. What I want is for someone to explain this to me: if all the banks fail and the government topples, why are all of these people saying that they're saving up "3 or 4 months mortgage" and rent payments? Who the hell are they expecting to pay? The banks? They're all going to fail, remember? Ah well. Nobody said these people had to make sense.

On a related note, if you're looking for reliable ammo at a low price, some of the lowest prices I've seen are in the Cheaper Than Dirt catalog. While you can't order directly from www.cheaperthandirt.com, you can have them send you a catalog. If anyone out there knows of a better retailer of ammo, let me know.

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Missile strikes against Afghanistan
I have to say I do have my doubts about the credibility of the government's claims of "convincing information" about the Sudan and Afghanistan missile targets. What can you believe when the Sudan government itself is calling for U.N. inspectors to search the destroyed chemical factory and discover if Clinton's claims are true?

And was it appropriate for the United States to conduct an overt military strike against sites in countries without open hostilities towards America? Not that I don't support military action against terrorist organizations, because I do. But what would happen if Iran launched missiles at a target on U.S. soil that it claimed housed terrorists against their nation? Was a covert special ops force out of the question? The biggest question is this: what consequences will Clinton's actions bring about? Increased terrorist activities against Americans? More bombings on U.S. soil? The possibility of nuclear retaliation in an American city? The thought is truly frightening to think about.

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