Week in Arcade: Street Fighter III, Crazy Machines, Hole in the Wall

A trifecta of games following the Summer of Arcade, including another Kinect exclusive if Fruit Ninja didn’t injure you enough.

Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition

Capcom fires off a fighting game with this smooth, precise online update to one of the best games in their vaults. Online quirks have been ironed out with extreme prejudice and the fighting engine loses none of its precision timing whether in single player or multi. Visuals can be kept pure to their pixel perfection, and the animation remains a stand-out to this day. Only the menus have been updated, along with a fresh injection of menus tunes. New challenges offer a bit of heft to solo play, something else to concentrate on while trying to take down one of Capcom’s cheapest end bosses. Arguably the pinnacle of the genre.

Crazy Machines Elements

Another classic is reborn, the contraption building Crazy Machines brought to increasingly vivid life thanks to the addition of nature. Add fire, wind, and rain to your machines to reach the ever increasing kooky goal. It takes some smarts and the physics are certainly secondary to the puzzle solving, but mind bender fans will find the hundreds of buildable parts too much fun NOT to toy around with. Three modes of play keep things varied to manage a slim replay value. This one could certainly be a DLC hotbed with added puzzles flowing with some regularity.

Hole in the Wall

Kinect Arcade game #2 is this game show inspired hole fitter (?!) where players need to contort and hold positions to fit through cardboard cut-outs. Sounds like fun but the recognition is only so-so, and the game is awfully forgiving, likely to allow for different body types. The game show environment isn’t all that special, and the fun seems to wear thin after a few tries. Seems better suited to Kinect Fun Labs (if they ever get that working again) then a Live Arcade title.


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Last week they came to verb the nouns, and I didn’t speak up because I was not a verb. This week they came to adjective the nouns, and I didn’t speak up because I was not an adjective.

Actually, that’s not a problem, since verbing nouns is a great American pastime. By the same reasoning, adjectiving nouns should be perfectly legitimate as well. The problem is one of word choice, not grammar.

True story: A 17-year-old Angry Grammarian was writing his college admissions essay about how anal retentive he was. (Hard to believe, I know.) But unless you’re applying to Oberlin, you can’t really write “anal retentive” in your college essay. So I wrote “obsessive-compulsive” instead. But that introduces another problem: OCD is an actual medical disorder-not a term you can just fling around. Which is worse for a college essay: improper word choice or mentioning a butt?

I honestly don’t remember what word I ended up substituting, but the lesson remains that “OCD” has a very specific meaning, and it likely doesn’t apply to you. Unless you have a serious medical condition, you’re probably not nearly as OCD about your word choice as you think you are. web site college essay topics

How do you punctuate “like” when quoting someone? Do you put commas around the “like”? People use that word so frequently, we have to confront It. This column has plenty of readers who view “like” to be the great scourge of our language. (They tell me so. Often.) But it’s not going away, so the least we can do is punctuate it properly.

“Like” serves the same function as “urn” or “uh,” which you wouldn’t dream of floating in the middle of a sentence unpunctuated. If the “like”-sayers promise to set it off with commas, as they would with “urn,” maybe they can find some peace with the hardened prescriptivists whose ears are bleeding.

[Author Affiliation] By Jeffrey Barg jbarg@philadelphiaweekly.com Barg, Jeffrey