Midway’s The GRID: What You Get

High school and college consisted of two things:  Air hockey and The GRID.  I think I easily dropped multiple thousands of dollars into the GRID over 4-5 years.  I was looking to buy a Golden Tee game today and was going through game vendors and had a GRID flashback and have spent the last 4 hours playing with Google looking for GRID stuff.  I was pleased to see that the original hosters of The GRID message board brought it back.  Hopefully a few of the old regulars will find it and say hi.


Running through my old collection, this is what I have been able to find:

The GRID: Arena

Grid Arena

The GRID: Arena was a modification a buddy and I started creating for Quake 3: Arena.  I am sure I still have the source code on a zip disk in my box at home.  I am going to have to get it out and see if I can still get it up and running.  We did not get very far, but we were able to re-create the cannon from the GRID, which is by far the coolest weapon in the game.  We never got to themeing/skinning anything as we were merely programmers.  I am sure that I have screenshots somewhere too, also on a zip disk somewhere.  I will have to find a zip drive.

Gala West Tournament

Me filmingThe GRID 
Gala West Chicagoland Championship Poster

So that is the year 2000 version of me.  This also reminds me that 2000 was ten years ago.  Damn.  Anyway, this young stud took second place in The GRID Chicagoland Championship held at Gala West (which they now call Brunswick Zone Naperville).  Second only to a kid from the Golf Mill arcade named Jeff who was about half my size.  Anyway, I have the video uploaded to Vimeo:

The GRID: Gala West Tournament from Derek McKenzie on Vimeo.

Sorry about the quality, the technology is a decade old.  I believe this video was taken and put together by Midway’s John Vogel.  If I remember properly there was an issue with the video of the final game, and this video doesn’t have that footage.  I have tons of video from this too on some tapes that I will have to find a way to capture.

That is all I have for now.  Will continue to look for now.


Ode to the McGriddle

The McGriddle is the greatest thing ever created.  Anytime anyone ever mentioned that they a) do not like the McGriddle, b) never tried the McGriddle or c) well, there is no C.  I used to always link them to Tucker Max‘s message board to read Sling Blades Ode to the McGriddle, now that the message board is gone, here is Sling Blades McGriddle arguement.


Tucker Max: “Dude–That thing looks disgusting. It has to be nasty, with the syrup shit in it. What is that?” 

Sling Blade : “I can only assume from your cavalier attitude that you have not yet partake of the wonderment that is the McGriddle. Let me enlighten you. What happens is the One True God grows them on trees in the Elysian Fields using a heretofore unused incantation. He then proceeds to magic them down to your local eatery where whatever Ghetto Bastard cook your McDonalds has rescued from welfare that week proceeds to wrap it in cellophane and pass it along to you, the fortunate consumer. You proceed to ingest this finery in the vain hope that your obviously overmatched taste buds can somehow grasp the delectable intricacies it is suddenly faced with. Is that egg? why yes it is, and bacon too. But wait-They didnt add… yes they did, yes they did indeed. They added cheese. And then, then my friends, they wrapped it in a sumptuous pancake bun! As your taste buds try to process that amazing piece of information, IT hits them… the syrup nugget. THE MOTHERFUCKING SYRUP NUGGET!!! It announces itself with a burst of confectionery grandiosity the likes of which your palate has never seen.”

Tucker Max : “So you like them?”

Sling Blade: “if you EVER speak ill of the McGriddle again I will personally force-feed you one while I fuck you in the butt using the wrapper as a condom and then donkey punch you when the infused syrup nuggets explode in your mouth.”

Credit: I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

Pears Before Twitter

There is a little website that you may or may not have heard of called the twitter.  We just started playing with the tweeter a few days ago.  We tweet and we twit and twat, what have you, check us out @dagoosh.  Anyway, just because it is fresh over here, I enjoyed this PBS comic a little more than I should have:


Pearls Before Swine

Google: Press Enter to Search

 It is rare I visit Google’s main page, using the universal bar in Chrome has really made it obselete, but for whatever reason I found myself on there today and noticed "Google Search" and "I’m Feeling Lucky" were gone, replaced with a simple instruction "Press Enter to Search"


Google - Press Enter to Search


I love it, but people are just too stupid for this.  I mean, ideally the home page would be the Google Logo and a search box and Google takes it form there.  Hell, don’t even bother with the enter key, as the user starts typing, just have the page transform into a SERP in real time.

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JavaScript SetFocus onLoad

Setting the focus of a text box on page load.  Stop doing it.

Sites like Yahoo! and Bodog do this, and it absolutely drives me crazy.  When the page finishes loading, it takes my cursor and places it into the beginning of the username textbox.  This is unacceptable, as by the time the page finishes loading, I am usually typing in my password.  There is nothing worse than typing in my username, than having half of my password go into the password input box and the second half of my password to go into the beginning of the username textbox.