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Dust and Echoes

Halo. It's finished.
- Cortana, Halo

On Monday night, after two weeks of on-and-off play, I completed Halo. Definitely well worth the cost of an Xbox. It does have its faults, but thankfully no (or very few) bugs. It's just like I thought it'd be - the Wing Commander of first-person shooters. Cinematic all the way, but not enough that you switch your brain off. You need to be thinking with this one.

So what's next? Well, I could wait until late next year for Halo 2... but there's other fun to be had. As I just played it through Normal difficulty - I've already started through again on Heroic. And then... there's multiplayer, especially the fun of going through the campaign co-operatively. The ideal would be two Xboxes with two TV screens, but as that's pretty much out of the question (especially as I don't know anyone with another Xbox), I'm thankful we've got a nice big 68cm screen so that split-screen mode will still look good!

So - anyone up for the Halo campaign with me? Vickie? Gav? Anyone?

No. I think we're just getting started.
- The Master Chief, Halo

In other news, I've been doing a little shopping around for Vickie's upgrade, and I find myself going back to my old nemesis, Adelong Computers. Some of you cats on the IMAGinewS list know about the pain I had with them late last year when shopping for a new monitor after Vickie's 17" died. This time, I'm going to them for a preliminary quote, which I may take into Computer Interchange and ask them to better. On the other hand, some of the costings Adelong have provided so far look pretty darned impressive, and I've asked them whether they have the parts on-hand to avoid a repeat of last year's debacle. I'm waiting on them to give me a price on the Big Upgrade - the one where I go bonkers and upgrade both our PCs at the same time (and with the same motherboard and processor). I'll let you know how it turns out.

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