No new UE. I might get some done during my traditional Tues/Weds free time; no promises. I have to outline out some of what’s going down to make sure it all jives. Obligatory Monday night / Tuesday morning notes:
WWE Raw… was pretty good. Mixed reaction from the live gang (nothing unusual or bad there, mind you), and I felt it came across well in terms of storyline coherency. Of course Taker will show up during Jeff’s match… and it also made sense for Raven to get revenge on Jeff during the Taker/Matt match. Raven showed intelligence (for a rassler) with the handcuff / psychological torture of Matt trick, very classic ECW Raven work. (Although if this was ECW, he’d do a double handcuff / crucifixion thing like he did to Tommy Dreamer…) It made sense for Eddie and Benoit to be pissed about Austin leaving, since they were primed to take his spot / get some revenge; having Flair take the boots off the peg for good so he can strap ’em on was also a nice touch. Finally, to hammer home the point that they (really over)stated regarding how Austin did business, we get a STRONG promo from (surprise!) The Rock about WWE work ethic. Very nice.
Of course, they knocked my pick for King of the Ring (Booker T) out of the picture. But it was done in a way that made sense; the many run-ins and faction wars jived with how they built up Booker / Goldust / nWo stuff. I loved that Paul played a tweener here, against Booker but also against the nWo, inspiring a bit of chaos and the ‘grey area’ the WWE CLAIM their characters reside within. Nice.
All around, a good show. If they can keep this going it’ll be great… but knowing the WWE, and Raw especially, it’ll probably be another 50/50 fluke.
Now that I’ve bored you all with rasslin’ chat, in other Me Notes, I’m working with the Emulaxian guy on the new version of his front-end for MAME cabinets. The beta version has skin support, and presto! Furniture Warriors skins! Wooden tiled backgrounds! Superdeformed Lumi-chan! Wai! I likes it lots. Now I just need the REAL wooden cabinet built… hopefully we’ll get forward progress on that soon.
Finally, here’s a page I’m going to later encorporate into my MAME How-To site’s redesign (coming any week now)… Games You’ll Probably Want On Your MAME Cabinet But Haven’t Added Yet Because Your Either Forgot About Them Or Didn’t Know They Were Really Sweet. Sort of my long-form answer to the groovy poll I ran last week. You’re welcome. ^_^