Week in Arcade: Gotham City Imposters, Shank 2

A team shooter and a beat-em-up totaling $25 this week.

Gotham City Imposters

Credit where credit it due: Gotham City Imposters is actually quite a bit of fun. Even if the license is loosely applied, gunplay and bizarre, crazed power-ups gives this shooter a manic pacing. Weaponry has a nice bit of pop and customization is exceptional. Maps are spread wide to offer the necessary spacing, and with time, some glaringly awful spawns will be fixed. However, it’s important to note there are over 100 pieces of DLC already available, meaning Warner has no qualms about splitting this community later on with a menagerie of paid content. One has to wonder why the base game is $15 too given the obvious attempt to milk players.

Shank 2

Shank returns with an inhuman level of violence, now ratcheted up with death traps like car crushers, explosions, and additional dropped weaponry. It’s all intertwined into the same, albeit faster, gameplay from before, everything that’s fresh brought into the world logically. Cinematic style is improved, certainly with a better cash flow behind it for smoother animation. That, and more violence. Everything in Shank 2 goes back to the original’s hallmark. Fluid combos translate into exceptional survival play, meaning co-op requires another layer of strategy to keep plugging along at higher levels. Absolutely a $10 downloadable gem that paired with the first, could easily work its way onto retail shelves.

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK SETS SECOND ROUND OF MEETINGS TO DISCUSS, SOLICIT INPUT FROM PUBLIC ON PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS TO AGING FACILITIES

US Fed News Service, Including US State News November 8, 2006 The National Park Service’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park issued the following press release: Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have set a second round of meetings to discuss and solicit input from the public on the proposed improvements to the aging facilities at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont in Blount County. The meetings are scheduled on Monday, November 13, at the Blount County Library, Maryville, Tenn., and Tuesday, November 14, at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont inside the national park. Both meetings are between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. go to website great smoky mountains

The meetings, presented in an open house format, will provide more detail through exhibits and displays outlining detailed architectural drawings, floor plans, and site layout and features on the proposed preliminary alternatives. The five alternatives include concepts on new facility construction, rehabilitation of existing facilities, and a combination of both within the existing 10-acre site.

The public has a 30-day opportunity to review and comment on these refined conceptual alternatives as part of the Design Concept Plan/Environmental Assessment (DCP/EA). The purpose of the DCP/EA is to evaluate existing facilities as they relate to meeting current environmental education program needs, and to develop conceptual designs for alternative facilities that will help to better support Tremont’s programs. The DCP/EA is required by the National Environmental Policy Act.

The five preliminary alternatives include Alternative A – No Action; Alternative B – Limited Modification to Existing Facilities; Alternative C – Moderate Modifications to Existing Facilities (no new buildings would be constructed); Alternative D – Moderate Redevelopment (construction of a new dormitory building and extensive rehabilitation of existing buildings); and Alternative E – Major Redevelopment – (complete site redevelopment that will incorporate sustainable design practices). Any construction of new facilities would take place within the footprint of the existing site and overnight capacity will remain the same. web site great smoky mountains

“As a valuable Park partner,” said Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson, “Tremont provides in-depth environmental education experiences for youths and adults in a residential setting. The programs at Tremont are an integral part of the Park’s Resource Education Program, and we want to ensure that those visiting and staying at the center will have the best residential experience while learning about the Park.” The comments that were received so far mentioned support for varying degrees of facility upgrades and improved levels of service, as well as developing facilities that best meet the needs of service to the public, making the campus pedestrian friendly and meeting accessibility issues. Some concerns were voiced over program disruption due to the renovations and the expansion of facilities. “Once we receive and analyze the public comments and undertake the impact analysis on each of the proposed alternatives, a preferred alternative will be selected and presented to the public in the fall of 2007,” Superintendent Ditmanson commented.

Nancy Gray, 865/436-1208.