Aleksandar • Vacić

iOS bits and pieces

Revenge of the Sith

The beginning of the movie was very frightening. The scenes are flat, dialogs amazingly dumb - I can imagine McGregor vomiting after every 3rd cut. Very frightening, felt I. Then Grievous…a robot general that coughs…coughs..? A robot?!

The chit-chat between Anakin and Obi-Van when they return Palpatin safely home was unbearable. Man, I started to feel sorry my ticket money.

But then finally something started to happen. Hayden surprised me and played much more impressive Anakin than he did in the AotC. Step by step he built the tension of Anakin going deeper and deeper into the darkness. The scenes between Anakin and Palpatin (while he was still that) are the absolute highlight of the movie. Ian McDiarmid with his amazingly deep voice (is that his real voice?) really nails it home and while the devastation of the Jedis began, I was sure the film is back on the right track.

Sort of a low point is Anakin’s final surrender to the dark side. I don’t know what I expected…or how it should be…but this somehow did not touch me. It’s sure interesting to note that even so wise Jedi Master as Mace Windu fell under the power of rage and anger…wasn’t that the dark side path?

The double duel is amazing, really amazing. Again, Hayden gives good performance of arrogant, guilty-driven, self-doubting and utterly bitter Vader. In the end, it is a good movie, worth seeing. Just ignore first few dozens of minutes.

And - Natalie Portman…so breath-taking. With that long hair, that is.

The underdogs wins!

Fabulous and fuc*ing thrilling!

Champions League final is a crown of the European football and this was finally a game worthy of that glory. Indescribable game, this had to be seen to believe. 3:0 for Milan, than 3:3 after Liverpool’s 6-minute storm. Liverpool’s players barely stood by the end of the 120 minutes. And while I write this, everyone awaits the start of the lottery…

Serghino misses. Hamman scores. Pirlo misses! (obviously no strength in him) Cisse scores! Liverpool leads 2:0! Tomasson finally scores for Milan. Now comes very important try for Englishmen. I sensed it :( - Dida defended. Great shot by Kaka. 2:2! Smicer scores and it comes to two best players. Schevcenko or Gerard. I can’t believe that he…

Liverpool is the Champion of the Europe for 2004/05!!!

Age of Empires III

Few months ago, first screenshots emerged. Fans old and new called it “a visual orgasm”. Indeed, the first screenshots were so amazingly detailed that it looked impossible that they were from the game itself. After E3, things are shaping up. Screens still look amazing, there are videos as well and a brand new official web site.

amazing screenshot

Now, I know there are other games. I know there is that KillZone awesome-looking demo for PS3. That’s all fine and jolly. But Age of Empires is the only game I played for more than one year. I played Rise of Rome, than Age of Kings than Conquerors for something like five years. I simply don’t have time to play anymore, but if I find time, I would always go to Zone and play AoC. It is the best 2D real-time strategy ever made and believe me I tried them many.

When AoM came, it did not really struck me that hard. Actually far from it. They took away the best thing from AoE - reincarnation. I was bitten down to the only 50 (or sometimes 10) vils so many times in team games, and with help from team mates reincarnated in several minutes with new army, new economy and joined the fray again. In AoM, with limited number of places I could rebuilt, this was not possible and huge slice of fun is cut off.

I’m a firm believer that 3D strategies will never be as good as 2D. 3D greatly diminishes the playability. I don’t know how to explain it, but I always had much more fun playing 2D than 3D.

The mere mention of AoE name ignites the sparks in head and fingers. I don’t know whether it will be as good as AoC, but damn sure I’m gonna buy it and try. I can’t bloody wait. If only they allow me to build wherever I want, whatever I want. Man, that would be awesome.

Monaco GP

I can’t really remember the last time I have seen the Monaco Grand Prix exciting like this. Exciting because of the racing, not the incidents and spectacular crashes.

I don’t have much time to write (even this post is later than previous ones), thus only a few highlights. McLaren is definitely the team of the moment. No one was the match for Kimi today. It would probably be the same with Montoya if it wasn’t for that stupid thing in the practice. McLaren went for victory for Kimi and points for Montoya and did both. Juan Pablo did a fantastic things at the start, when he slipped through 5-6 cars before the first corner. That freed him to push from the very beginning and eventually got to 5th.

Williams drivers were amazing. Yes, they were terribly faster than Renault, but to overtake in Monaco is amazingly hard. It was thrilling and so much fun to watch them breaking hard, shortening the curves, and generally giving the best show F1 can give.

Renault may seem like slipping, but I think not - they took the wrong tyre choice. They deteriorated badly in the end, more than other teams and it costs them too much. All teams used very soft compounds, but Renault seem to have taken the greatest risk. The grip is almost non-existent here, and they probably wanted to “create” it, as much as possible. No risk no gain, the saying goes. They did not gain this time, but I respect them for trying.

It’s good for the championship though, as Alonso’s advantage has diminished this small bit and if McLaren keeps the pace, it will be a close battle in the end. Even with that, I think that one DNF for Alonso would still be needed to really make it close.