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Tuesday, 12/31/02, 4:18 PM
The 2002-3 Rommy Awards

Here's my picks for the best of this year:

Best Pre-Existing show of 2002: Gotta be the Mole again. Although the second season wasn't produced quite as tightly as the first, the series really got going near the end, especially the bribery scene and the tag game in Round 10.
Second place: Hollywood Squares. If this show gets cancelled, it won't be for lack of trying. Henry Winkler and his production staff should be ordained by the fandom for resurrecting what was once a bland game show. I dare say that this is about as good as HS has ever been.

Best New show of 2002: Pyramid. A couple things still annoy me (like how you have to win both games and both Winner's Circles to qualify you for the tournament - what if you get saddled with a numbnuts celebrity?) but Sony was well served in leaving a classic vehicle pretty much alone.
Second place: Russian Roulette. Hey, nothing says suspense like the 7 seconds those drop zeons spin around the studio. Never mind that nobody ever drops before the third question.

Best Host of 2002: Anderson Cooper. We're certainly going to miss his wonderful handling of such a delicate reality show. And now we're stuck with Ahmad Rashad - Ahmad forking Rashad! - to keep the ball rolling. I have my hopes, but I also have my doubts.
Second place: Donny Osmond. A little cardboard in spots, but he's done a good job of filling Dick Clark's gigantic shoes.

Best Non-game/reality show of 2002: I'd like to say ESPN's Around the Horn, but I usually reserve this spot for comedy/drama shows and it could be argued that Max Kellerman's sports-discussion-on-speed has game elements in it (however pre-orchestrated). So instead, I'll give the award to ABC's sitcom Less Than Perfect. One of the only sitcoms that actually get me to laugh, plus I need to give a shout-out to former Buena Bulldog and fellow Vis-Com classmate Zachary Pugh... I mean, Levi.

Worst game/reality show of 2002: The Chamber. Its premiere episode had so many production errors, that scared me away from the show more than the Chamber itself. But from what I've heard, the next two episodes were hardly improvements.
Second place: Dog Eat Dog. Admittedly, this is not a show that I actively dislike, and I'm more willing to watch this thing through than an episode of Fear Factor, but the front game is a rehash of every vote-off show that precedes it and the end game makes it the only show where the losers win the money and the winner leaves empty handed. Quoi?

Biggest braindead decision of 2000: Elavia taking the $50,000 bribe. Everyone and their dog knew that she had all of the other 6 contestants wrapped around her finger, and yet she took the easy way out. Of course, I'm sure it's no skin off Dorothy's back.
Second place: TNN's introduction of Taboo. Couldn't you have waited for me to pitch the idea?

One more review for good measure

Yes, I'm still playing my NES, everyone. In fact, I've just finished another review, for The Three Stooges. I'll try to refrain from using any Stooge catchphrases in celebration, like "Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk" or "Woobwoobwoobwoobwoob!"



Monday, 12/30/02, 1:26 PM
It's done! And only 6 months behind schedule!

I've finally gotten around to finishing my Dragon Warrior Shrine for the Video Game Lair. Happy now, Yoichi?


Friday, 12/20/02, 12:10 PM
It was a very good day

Have you ever had one of those days where everything seemed to fall right into place? Well, yesterday was one of those days.

For one thing, I went to Golf 'n' Stuff that afternoon for my workout (I'm sure you guys know by now what kind of equipment I use to work out), and not only did I complete a third Oni course (Pop 8), I also cemented Max 300. Plus, I was about to spent my last token when the game didn't accept it. I notified someone, and he found about 5 more tokens, which he gave to me. The DDR machine takes 5 tokens.

That evening was bowling, and even though I pretty much came out a stinker on the gift exchange we had (I got two pairs of novelty boxer shorts - I don't wear boxers and they don't even fit), but I made up for it in spades. I had a 213 my first game, my first ever game over 200.

Needless to say, I'm really happy right now.

Forgive me, for I have sinned

Then again, there is one little hiccup.

I didn't just play DDR at GnS. I also put my tokens into games like Pac Man, Missile Command... and Marvel Super Heroes, X-Men vs. Street Fighter, and Marvel vs. Capcom 2. That's right: Loog's playing fighters.

Maybe I've given the genre a bit of a raw deal in previous years, but I never could seem to figure out what the allure was to these things. After all, they're all just variations on a theme: beat the other guy up with fireballs and dragon punches.

As it turns out, this similarity serves to the genre's benefit, since I found I could roam from game to game and do reasonably well in each one. Someone told me how to tag out on the team-up games, so that's one move I no longer had to worry about. The games are more about skill and technique than pointless bloodletting, so it appears as if they've gotten over their Mortal Kombat phase (which is also apparent by how I never see anyone play that series of games anymore). And, as I said in the capsule for MSH, recognizable characters means you'll have an inroad to the game, instead of having to pick from 20 nobodies.

You probably won't see me spend all my time on this sort of game, but at least it gives me something to do between my DDR sessions.


Friday, 12/13/02, 12:33 PM
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Yep, another color change for around here. As soon as I figure out how SHTML is supposed to work, this sort of thing should go a lot quicker.

No review yet, but...

I did get around to adding a few capsule reviews: Fire & Ice, Wrath of the Black Manta, Krusty's Super Fun House (update), Marvel Super Heroes, Namco Museum Vol. 3, and NFL Blitz 2000.

Oh yeah, one more thing:

I passed MaxX Unlimited on Dec. 7th. Of course, I didn't have my camera on at the time, so I don't have any proof, but you'll take my word for it. Right? Right??


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