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Achievement unlocked

I have reached a great milestone.

The symmetry. The sense of completeness. The numerical beauty. The yin and the yang.

It’s perfect!


How would you make XBox Live better?

Andre Vrignaud, or Ozymandias, is a Microsoft employee whose job is to help manage the overall gaming platform strategy for Xbox and Windows.

He posted an article on his blog asking community feedback from XBL users on how to make the XBL better in the future.

At the time of writing this, he’s got over 800 responses from the user community. There’re some great suggestions from users about future enhancements to the XBL service. If you have time to read through all those comments, by all means do. It’s a very interesting read.


My PGR3 Tournament elimination round 1 race video

Here’s the video capture of the race. Lots of bumping going on. The first few corners are just impossible.

It was close, but I made a bunch of mistakes that cost me the race, including the big crash at the end.


PGR3 Tournament elimination round 1 completed

7 racers showed up for the 3-lap race. I came in 6th and got eliminated.

Here’s how the race went from my perspective.

I started at last place on the inside. I went into the first corner taking an inside lane and then cars just started coming in from all directions. I’m sure I hit my fair share of cars as well. I use the in-car view when racing, so visibility is pretty bad. I don’t even know how I ended up on the 3rd place after the 2nd corner.

I approach the 4th corner side by side with the 2nd place car. He is slightly in front so I slow down to take the line behind him. The 4th place car catches up on me, bumps me, then starts swerving and falls behind. I’m in the third place and stay there until midway through the second lap.

I scrape an inside wall on a chicane, and the 4th place car gets ahead of me and I fall back to 4th. The 5th place car is WAY back. The race is pretty much in the bag at this point.

That all changed in the first corner of the final lap, however. The 2nd place car screws up the corner pretty badly and I basically get stuck behind him while the 5th place car catches up on us and overtakes me.

We race right at each others’ bumpers until the 3rd last corner where I’m feeling pretty good at my chances of overtaking these two guys. Bad idea…

I go into the corner with way too much speed and collide with the 3rd place car. The 4th place car somehow manages to avoid the brunt of the crash. The 6th place car catches up on us and overtakes me to come in 5th. I finish 6th.

Thankfully my boneheaded move didn’t affect the race results as the 3rd and 4th place cars end up finishing at those positions.

I’ll post videos of the race later. Here’s The Crash footage as an appetizer:

The Crash from Sackamonjaro’s viewpoint

It’s a good one! 🙂


PGR3 Tournament elimination races tonight

I’ll be racing at 12:20am tonight.

All the races are broadcast in PGR3’s Gotham TV Tournament Channel. If you own PGR3, tune in and watch me make a complete fool out of myself racing against all these pros.


The Mad Finn as a pro-gamer?

Bizarre Creations, Global Gaming League, Inc. and Microsoft are running a worldwide tournament in Project Gotham Racing 3 (PGR3), a racing game for the XBox 360.

Top 64 qualifiers in each of the three regions – North America, Europe and Asia – make it to the elimination rounds for their region. There’re four elimination rounds using a bracket of 64 competitors. Top 4 racers in each elimination race move onto the next round. The top 4 racers of each region are going to the Finals run at the Lamborghini factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy.

The qualifying was run using a Lamborghini Gallardo on Tokyo Nishigushi Short track. Unlimited amount of laps, best lap time counts.

The qualifying ended last night and I made it to the top 64 in North America!! My best lap time was 53.62 secs in 43rd position with the last qualifier having a time of 53.67 secs. Overall I came in at 149th position of 9,397 total competitors.

I’ve always been good at racing and sports games, but I never imagined I’d be able to compete as evenly as I did with the very best of PGR3. Some of the top qualifiers do this sort of thing professionally and they’re freakishly talented.

Before the tournament begun I thought I’d have a small chance in making the top 64, if some of the top racers wouldn’t participate. But everyone turned up, and the competition was simply fierce, especially in Europe. Not in my wildest dreams did I think I’d make it as high as top 50 among all these great racers.

The elimination rounds begin this Thursday evening and continue every evening until this Sunday. Let’s see what happens. I don’t think I’ll make it very far. I’ll be lucky, if I make it through the first round.

But it’s been an absolute blast so far. I can’t wait till the real competition starts.


Why are people such asses on XBox Live?

Josh Smith, with entirely too much free time on his hands, decided to study the vulgarity on Halo 2 online matches.

These f***ing n00bs only said damn 0.53 times per hour.