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Last night I finally finished a book that has taken me way to long to complete. The Sirens of Titan is the latest Vonnegut I have read and whenever I’m done reading I want to pick up another one of his books right away. Instead I’m going to pick finish another book I started, TNT.

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So far it has been a fun, pulpy, violent and dirty book that is unique among the things I’ve read so far.

I scanned the Wikipedia entry myself and learned a couple of interesting facts. Apparently, Vonnegut sold the rights for The Sirens of Titan to Jerry Garcia to make a movie out of, which I’m not the biggest fan of Jerry’s but I’m disappointed we’ll never get to see it. Also, very relevant to my interests in particular, Shigesato Itoi says that The Sirens of Titan was one of his inspirations for my favorite game OF ALL TIME AND FOREVER, Earthbound. :D

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I like this game.

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So I’ve had a chance to play Solipskier this weekend and it does so much right that it keeps me playing.  One of my favorite things about the design is how the gates that you have to guide the avatar through work. When the avatar is on screen the gates function as a point boost for going through them or a speed loss for missing them. When the avatar is flying through the air, above the visible stage the gates act as score multipliers for each one the avatar flies over. Another thing I really like is getting the avatar to jump through the gates by making little ramps for him. There’s something very enjoyable about feeling it creates.

I checked out the developers website and realized that they are the same guys doing 4fourths. Very awesome.