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REVIEW - Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons


REVIEW - Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Brothers_ A Tale of Two Sons - Brothers Review 1

Brothers follows the trend of games like The Last of Us and Journey, where the emphasis is not so much on the "game" but the experience, It's an amazing achievement in story telling and it's all done without any dialogue or even a single line of text. It can easily be argued whether or not this is a game per se, but one thing is for certain you don't want to miss out on this one.

Yay for option screens

The game's mechanics are extremely easy to wrap your head around, however it's in the execution that they become dynamic and essentially become the dialogue. Each character is controlled individually using the analog sticks while the left and right trigger correspond to each characters interaction with the environment. The interactive elements change depending on which brother you are controlling. For example, you reach a point in the game where something as simplistic as coming across a stray cat gives separate outcomes; the older brother causes the cat to hiss and claw, while the younger brother is the polar opposite. It's these series of events that continue to cascade into an extremely well told story that, ironically, would have been given a disservice through dialogue.

You'll be fending off a horde of hungry wolves while also trying to keep your brother close behind

Brothers gets dark and morbid as the game progresses; unapologetically so. It goes hand in hand with the game mechanics as you'll notice if you make it to the bitter end. I completed the game in one sitting of about 3-4 hours and if you give it a chance I recommend you do the same. The puzzles aren't puzzles in the usual sense, they are more an exercise in dexterity but equally as rewarding without being too punishing. Picture yourself counting backwards from 100 in your head while verbally reciting the alphabet two letters at a time; YouTube would be so proud. There are secret areas you can find by exploring the branching paths and ultimately earn some achievements; this alone is what make Brothers a game in my opinion.

The scenery and atmosphere are stunning and help set the mood; good and sad.

If you have $15 to spare pick it up on XBLA, PSN, and Steam. It's definitely worth the price of admission and will give a whole new outlook on what is possible of video game storytelling.



Valve finally brings Steam to Mac

Steam is the shit on PC, so it only makes sense that Steam on Mac would be even more the shit. Let's call 1-800-Steamer y'all.

Seriously though, this is some extremely good news. With the release expected sometime in April and GDC right around the corner there's plenty to be excited about. Some of Valve's best games are making the cut. Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, the Half-Life series, Portal and it's long awaited sequel, Portal 2 are all expected day and date with the release of the Mac client.

All the features from the PC version will be available as well as cross-platform gameplay. PC and Mac users will be sharing the same servers and lobbies. The most profound feature is without a doubt, Steam Play, which allows users who've bought a game on any platform to download and play the same game on the other platform for no additional charge. That's what Steam is all about. Aside from a few publishers with shitty DRM practices, I'm looking at you UBISOFT, Steam is THE way to purchase games on PC. You can take your account anywhere, to any PC and play the games you've bought. With games like Modern Warfare 2 and Torchlight fully supporting Steam Cloud, even you're game saves transfer over. It's obvious that not every game will have a Mac counter part but even with what Valve has to offer that's more than enough to put a gigantic smile on many faces. Did I mention PORTAL 2!!!!

I personally can't wait. I'll definitely be jumping into more Team Fortress 2 as well as finally finishing up Half Life 2: Episode 2 now that Boot Camp is slowing becoming a thing of the past. Expect an update once the Mac Client hits.



Apple iPad, what a "netbook" should be and why it's not for you

No Flash! No GPS! No Camera! No HDMI!?!?  Yeah, I'm sure the millions of netbook users running whatever version of Windows that was shit packed into their device are loving every minute of that overheating, sluggish mess.  All while allowing GeekSquad to stay fully staffed.  Apple elitists may not have taken kindly to the announcement of the iPad but truth be told, the iPad, while obviously still in it's infancy, is Apple doing what it does best, making one beautiful piece of gadgetry that's brilliantly designed and fun to use.

"Apple doesn't allow Flash on the device!"  A fault in web design folks, not the device.  HTML5 will soon become the standard and if YouTube's recent beta is anything to go by it's only a matter of time.  I'd find myself questioning the value of the site I'm visiting and whether or not it's worth having my  browser crash and fans bust into overdrive.

No HDMI! Seriously!? on a fucking Netbook.  Fuck you.  Cramming components into a device that can't handle them efficiently only to use as bullet points on the box doesn't make for a good device.  The problem with Netbooks, if it's not already blatantly obvious, is that they're made with cheap components that are packed into horribly ventilated plastic shells with an OS that isn't designed with any of them in mind.  People fail to realize the reason Apple devices and even Google's Nexus One, albeit less so, are designed for the hardware they are loaded onto.  You still get video out from the device, as you do on an iPod Touch and iPhone it's just not done with an HDMI cable.

It's also common practice for Apple to release updated versions almost immediately after a product ships.  So I don't see any reason why a camera or GPS wouldn't make it into future releases.  Heck it's already been spotted in the SDK.

It may surprise you but the first person I thought of getting an iPad for wasn't myself, it was for my Dad.  There's no chance of installing unnecessary bloatware, no need for spyware, installing drivers for printers, even fumbling with menus to connect to the internet via 3G USB network cards.  My Dad's a trucker and carries a Compaq Laptop with him running Windows Vista that he uses for nothing other than Google Maps, MSN Messenger, Skype, and ofcourse movies and music.  The iPad does that and does it exceptionally well. Thanks in part to his lack of experience with computers, The Compaq makes navigating within Windows a nightmare, while the iPad would make it a breeze to bring up a map, use it and just put it away.  

Multitasking on a Smartphone kills battery life.  Period.  How do you fix that.  Well you design your OS around it just like Apple did with the iPhone.  Sure apps don't run in the background but they save your progress, location, status,  etc, allowing you to switch between them and continue to work productively while remaining responsive and most importantly stable.  You don't need twenty apps running in the background on a Smartphone or an iPad.  If you do, as I said before, reevaluate your workflow and understand this device, let alone a pathetic fucking Netbook, is not for you.  Look at what the device can do, not what it can't and take it from there. 

While the price range for these products is unexpected, and welcomed, of an Apple product line it's easy to see a relation to the PC to Mac price difference.  If you compare the iPad to even the most expensive Netbook, the iPad is still more expensive but the design is by far more superior.  It basically comes down to asking yourself, when you're in the market for a mobile device, be it a netbook or laptop, if what you need the device for fits it's capability, I can almost guarantee the iPad will still edge it out.  Hands down.  Unless you're a cheap fucking bastard, or you had kids when you shouldn't have.  If that's the case, use your income tax on one, you know, instead of buying diapers, then apply for welfare.  Suck it.



BetterTouchTool makes Apple's Magic Mouse worth a shit

When I first picked up Apple's new Magic Mouse the only thing I found magical about it was how quickly it made $70 disappear from my wallet.  True, Apple can sell it's cult vomit in a can so long as the can resembles an object that looks like it fell off the back of the USS Enterprise, however for the most part the vomit turns out to be some great tasting orange juice.

After smashing my Mighty Mouse to bits with a hammer for it's pathetically designed scroll ball I went ahead and picked up a Magic Mouse based on it's potential.  Shut the fuck up and listen.  The entire surface of the mouse is touch sensitive, however the only officially supported gestures out of the box are single finger swipes for scrolling or full 360 degree scrolling.  It's like having a scroll ball that actually works!  The downside though was where the Mighty Mouse had a middle button and the side (squeeze) buttons this supposed Magic Mouse had neither.  This is where BetterTouchTool comes in.  

BTT was developed by Andreas Hegenberg based on the heavily modified code in MultiClutch and holy shit is this guy a genius.  This little app resides in your menu bar and lets you fully customize your Magic Mouse with multifinger clicks, taps and gestures.  It really shows what this mouse is capable of.  This tool is so customizable that it can be a bit overwhelming, however if you stick with only what you need at first and experiment later you should be set.  I've grown fond of the multitouch capabilities in my MacBook Pro's touchpad that working without them seems counterproductive.  Now, with BetterTouchTool and the ability of the Magic Mouse to mimic it's gestures I can now use Expose, Dashboard, Show Desktop even Quicklook and Trampoline while in clamshell mode with multifinger gestures instead of the simple one-finger flip I'd give my old Mighty Mouse relying on keyboard shortcuts.  As if that wasn't enough you can even customize the trackpad to do the same and more if you are so inclined.  Truly an amazing and useful app.

If you have a Magic Mouse there is no reason not to use, or at least try this tool.  I've paid for apps less usefull than this and yes it's free.  Not sure why Apple doesn't have this type of support out of the box but l can only watch in amazement as to how devoted and talented some people out there are.  More importantly that they use their talents for good.  Iron Man is the fucking shit yo!

Download it here



Chrome for Mac is now available

Google's Chrome is now officially in beta for Mac.  The previous developer build was fairly stable, at least in my experience with it, and now this build should prove more reliable.  On Windows my browser of choice was always Chrome.  When I moved to Mac, Chrome was no where to be seen aside from buggy developer builds of Chromium, so I was basically forced to move onto Safari.  It's grown on me.  In case you are asking, I was never a big fan of the whole Firefox mess.  Now that I've grown accustomed to Safari, and more recently 1Password, I still can't set Chrome to be my default browser as I rely too much on 1Password's efficiency.  However now that Chrome is in it's official public release maybe Agile Web Solutions will have an update waiting for it's users soon.  Lets not forget how long it took for Chrome on Windows to lose it's beta tag.  Heck I think Gmail still carries it.  Hmm.

In the meantime visit for the download and take it for a spin.  My favorite part about Chrome is the address/search bar being one.  Kinda like Neo in the Matrix.



Unboxing: Presonus FireStudio Mobile

My lovely lady got me the following gift for my birthday this past weekend. I need to put this shiz to good use so get your ears ready suckas, this may just bring about the return of the Ask An Enemy Podcast, creamage of pants from rocking Lipstick Device jams, or nothing. The choice is up to me and my mood. You better hope I'm pissed or you'll be listening to some Hootie style jams. Have you heard that shit disease he calls a Christmas song? It's called "Grandma got run over by a reindeer now she has no clue my real fucking name is Darius Rucker and not Hootie! It's NEVER BEEN FUCKING HOOTIE!!!" Nah, seriously it's called Shit DUZEEZ or something equivalent to that mental picture. Scheck out the gallery bro!



Unboxing: Apple's Magic Mouse

Check out the gallery below. I've been meaning to post up these pics for awhile but the turkey got the best of me. It's called being lazy. If only I wrote for EGM or one of the good blogs I'd have the man on my ass day in and day out to get shit done. Now that's a mouthful, and that would probably be what he said, but I dig chicks. Literally. NICE!!! Maxim in the work place? That's hot yo!



VM Ware Fusion 3.0 vs Parallels 4.0 - Presentation

I thought I'd follow up on the last post with what stood out to me immediately upon starting up Fusion.  It wasn't as captivating in it's presentation as Parallels when switching up modes.  On top of that XP runs stellar on Parallels so it honestly defeats the purpose of running Windows 7 through virtualization.  Check out the vid for the deets.



VM Ware Fusion 3.0 is Windows 7 ready, Gaming not so much

I should be a bit easier on VM Ware since the main reason games are acting up under Fusion 3.0 can be attributed to my graphics card. My MacBook Pro is running the usual Nvidia 9400M graphics chip with 256MB of ram that now comes stock on all of Apple's MacBook line. Select 15 inch MacBook Pros carry a combo of the 9400M and 9600M GT GPU with only the high end 15 inch and the 17 inch sporting a sweet 512MB of RAM. In the gaming community we call that a great way to tighten up the graphics. While in Boot Camp, games run well if not great thanks to having full access to 256MB of RAM, which I consider to be the sweet spot for video cards in terms of budget and quality, IF, the FSB is at least 1066mhz. To the layman picking up a video card and seeing 1GB of ram on the box may lead to some creamage in the pants but, learn to pay attention to the speed at which the RAM runs and the creamage will be well deserved.  400Mhz will only lead to massive choke points and a Call of Slideshow.

Back to the subject at hand. Virtualization has been neck and neck between Parallels and VM Ware for features like gaming, and really that's all I care about. The only reason I use Boot Camp is to play my PC games. It's kind of a hassle to always have to jump back and forth between Windows and Mac OS. All of my productivity comes from the Mac side via my blogging apps, image editing tools and recording software, so if I read about a patch that's just been released, I have to finish what I'm doing, restart and boot into Windows, download the patch (and wait while it does), apply it and try it, then restart back into Mac OS and do the write up.  I think you see where running a virtual machine can come into play. I can stay within Mac OS while doing all of that. However, at least on my current MacBook Pro anyway, games don't run so well under VM Ware or Parallels. I've tried both and while I currently run Windows XP through Parallels for the simpler things, I decided I'd try Fusion 3.0 to test out Windows 7 and it's gaming features if only to see how much power I was able to squeeze out of it.

VM Ware touts Fusion 3.0 as the first VM software to fully take advantage of Windows 7's eye candy features like, Aero, Flip3D, and ofcourse Open GL 2.1. It really tries to sell itself to gamers by claiming to now run games at full speed. As of this writing and once again, on my MacBook Pro running 256MB of Video RAM, games don't seem to be running so hot. While Left 4 Dead was certainly playable it wasn't necessarily enjoyable. The framerate was a little choppy and I consistently had to change up my video settings in-game. It kept trying to run at 4x Anti Aliasing with a resolution of 1280x960. Native resolution is 1280x800 so go figure. In Unity, the games would always start up on the far left of the screen and glitch out every so often. In full screen I stared at this awesome screen at the most inopportune moments resulting in a complete reboot of the app. I finally got it running somewhat decently under single window mode at a resolution of 800x600. Not the best way to experience games but it worked.

All in all, Windows 7 runs great under Fusion 3.0, and through boot camp games run much better on Windows 7 than XP and the abortion that is Vista. I simply don't see a point in running Windows 7 through virtulization when XP serves it purpose in that department. Funny how even Windows 7 offers XP virtualiztion for those programs that simply wish to stick to their guns and run only on XP. Time will tell I guess. If you have a Mac with a heftier video card that packs 512MB I strongly suggest you give Fusion 3.0 a try. While CodeWeavers does an admirable job with CrossOver Games at specifically targeting gaming, it too fails in many respects, with the most obvious being the game selection. It's picky about what games it will run. While I plan on upgrading to a newer MacBook Pro, if not iMac, I can't say for certian a 17 inch MacBook Pro is in my future. If only I worked for EGM I could justify the upgrade. As of now it's a high price to pay for more "wasted" time. Fuck you responsibility.



AT&T iPhone Tethering VS Sprint Mogul Tethering

Now that I've got tethering up and running on my iPhone I thought I'd run it through some tests and compare it to my previous interwebz connection, my HTC Mogul on Sprint's EV-DO Rev A Network.

Sprint usually excels at being the first of all the networks to really push cellular networking technology out of the gate, however competition can be a bitch and AT&T is that bitch. We all know AT&T is under a lot of pressure from it's customers for some lame ass business habits and frankly I'm quite surprised Apple has tolerated any of it. Apple's iPhone is capable of so much and AT&T seems like they'd rather hinder the device than embrace it.

[DISCLAIMER: I, in no way, recommend you put your iPhone or Mogul through the following methods to enable features AT&T has yet to acknowledge. You take full responsibility for your actions, any malfunction you may cause your device and/or any charges you incur. With that being said, many people have gotten these features to work with little to no known side effects, YET.]

Let me make this clear, I have not yet enabled MMS, as that fork in the road leads to shitloads of other headaches at the moment but if you're so inclined feel free to read this and give it a shot. As much as I fucking loathe AT&T's method of viewing MMS messages I still prefer to wait on an official release for that one. It's coming, but not till late summer. Plus MMS will actually modify your Carrier Profile while the tethering hack is simply adding an additional network profile that can easily be deleted if you no longer need it. Here's how you do the tethering hack, it's super simple to do.

Some users have been reporting that their visual voicemail no longer works, for the record I had no problems with mine, but the solution seems easy enough so the payoff depends on your point of view and as always, YMMV.

When you first install the tethering profile you'll notice an extra setting, Internet Tethering in your Network settings at Settings>General>Network. All you need to do is simply turn it on and your Mac will recognize it as a new network connection simply click on ok and then apply and you'll be surfing like Johnny Utah in no time. It's Apple's "It just works" slogan being put the test just does. I haven't tested this on my PC, though I"m sure you'll have to go through the usual driver install rigamarole and you should be set. If for whatever reason you need to uninstall or remove the AT&T Profile later simply go to Settings>General>Profile and tap on remove and you'll be golden.


While Apple's iPhone has tethering built-in in 3.0, my HTC Mogul requires the use of third-party software to use your current data plan and avoid having to pay extra for, ridiculousness. The Mogul does have tehtering built-in as well however it's finicky as all fuck and you need to pay additionally for a Phone As Modem data plan. Just for kicks the software I used was USBModem by Mobile Stream. It's $20 and they do have a fully working trial version that you can test to make sure it works on your device first. I'll stand by it as I've used it for well over a year and comes in super handy when you forget to pay your Time Warner bill really need it.

DL Speed/UL Speed

Network performance depends on many variables that affect speed so this is not scientific in anyway whatsoever but the highest speeds I've achieved so far are noted here. I took both networks to task at and chose servers from San Fransisco and Dallas and here are the results.

HTC Mogul SAN FRANSISCO server, Sprint EV-DO Rev A

HTC Mogul DALLAS server, Sprint EV-DO Rev A

Loading videos from YouTube, GameTrailers, Game Videos, etc, there was always the need to queue them up and let them load entirely before even watching them. Streaming was not an option as the constant stop and go would get annoying quick. For occasionally updating the blog the HTC Mogul held it's own. The only time it really disappointed me was during E3. Trying to liveblog while watching the conferences was such a nightmare I had to resort to simply watching the conference and writing up some afterthoughts.

Now let's look at the speeds I get on AT&T's 3G Network. AT&T's 7.2 Mbps HSDPA Network won't start rolling out till later next year and rumor has it that AT&T will officially announce iPhone tethering then. It seems a bit pointless to me as only the 3GS has built-in support for those blazing fast speeds but a Thailandnese hooker makes more sense than AT&T at the moment.

Apple iPhone SAN FRANSISCO server, AT&T 3G Network

Apple iPhone DALLAS server, AT&T 3G Network

Upload speeds are generally always low. For example at home I can get anywhere near 16Mbps DL speed but my upload speed never passes the 1Mbps mark. Not entirely sure if that's bad as I don't really ever upload much aside from the podcast and pics for the blog.


It's quite obvious the speeds on AT&T's network are plenty fast, however the downside is it's not official yet. So eventhough you are paying AT&T for an "unlimited" iPhone Data plan, more than likely there is a fair use clause in there somewhere which caps it at a 5GB bandwith limit. I haven't quite reached that point yet, although on my Sprint data plan I did reach 11GB of bandwith month after month without a peep from Sprint. I'll chuck that up to my archaic Sprint Power Vision plan, which I don't think is an option any more. Visiting all the major sites I've noticed most tethering plans all start at about $30 and go up to $60, and all have a 5GB cap. Convenience wins in the end though. I'll take the risks and see what comes of my handy iPhone. The phone is still fully functional while tethered, you can still receive calls, text messages, play music etc. With the simple flick of a swtich I'm online as opposed to having to fumble through menu after menu on my Windows Mobile based HTC Mogul. Gotta hand it to Apple, they make some slick devices.



Mac VS PC, My opinion so far...

This is coming from someone who has never owned a Mac before. I have always been plastered behind the screen of the many mutations Microsoft has put Windows through, including the most recent Windows 7 Beta. Although beautiful and definitely appealing to my soft spot for eye candy, Windows 7 is still Windows. That's where the problem lies. It will continue to be Windows and I cannot see myself ever going back to it. If it weren't for the lack of video game support for Mac OS, I'd probably never touch another PC in my life. Call of Duty 4 and Blizzard's brilliance in developing Diablo II for Mac keep me content for now but if Valve brought Steam to Mac consider my last statement solidified and etched on my tombstone.

Why did I switch to Mac?

The PC I had before Mac was fully spec'd out to my needs and budget. It wasn't cheap but it also wasn't going to magically teleport Howard the Duck down from Duckopolis, DC, to join in on some COD4 with me and my ladyfriend. It served it's purpose, yet not even a week in and I was already receiving the "high maintenance girlfriend attitude". Download the driver to this, Sound Card that, blah blah blah. Windows Vista plug and play my ass. After numerous crashes during recording sessions using Sonar 7 Pro, which I absolutely adore (Note to self: get in good with some rich old bitches, aka the coogs, take out insurance polices, ride 'em dry, use the dough to pay Cakewalk to develop Sonar for Mac, and I'll drop Logic in a "heaaaartbeat", DJ reference FTW.

I decided I it was time for a change. I'd always heard Macs were THE machines to go to for media intensive applications for their mean stability and ease of use.

Many will agree the barrier to entry though is the initial cost. Notice I said initial cost, not simply cost. I'll get into that in a bit, but for now simply make note of it. The cost of a new Macbook, let alone learning an entirely new operating system, was a bit daunting at first as well as almost double what I paid to piece together my previous configuration. Enter the new unibody aluminum MacBooks. Many don't understand that it's not only how much ram you have, but at what speed it runs. The same goes for your hard drive and processor and that should ultimately define what decision you make one way or the other. That's where it gets difficult to decide on what system to purchase when it comes to prepackaged PCs as opposed to non-OEM. It basically boils down to the "butterface" syndrome but for PCs.

For the sake of hopefully keeping your attention we'll avoid specifics and plainly say that the new Macbooks, couldn't have come at a better time, and met, if not exceeded, my original setup.

Now, remember I said the initial cost. Lets get into that. I've spent the last couple weeks helping friends and co-workers with setting up, maintaining, and even straight up recovering data from their current ill advised purchasing decisions. I do not mean to belittle their decisions as I'm sure they don't glue their face to their computer screens and have better things to do than figuring out what the fuck ERROR: INvalid SYNtax JESxx98US **^^%Microsoft**7773 ::GET**&^@mnn YO>>:2345 SHIT::???!!234dffff TOGETHER{{}} means and I don't blame them, it's painful, tedious, and exhaustive work. Even more so when you have to rely some poor schmuck behind the counter of a big retail store who is there simply to pay child support get the funds to party with "lil smiley y la Tear DRoP" later that night at the local watering hole leading to more child support. Don't get me wrong, I love learning from these situations and would never deny any friend a helping hand, but it's also why I hate giving advice on what to buy seeing as I always feel like I spend more time explaining the minute details that they would either never notice nor would ever care about. Most people will never see the difference between 1066 FSB as opposed to 800 and there's nothing wrong with that, I also think I just proved my point.

After spending most of my time maintaining my PC, and since most think time is money, and to some it would, I hope you can see why the initial cost, at least to me, is worth every ounce of praise. Mac OSX isn't without it's quirks and headscratching "why the fuck did they do that" moments but it definately beats downloading the wrong driver for the wrong video card that leads to the broken keyboard resulting in a bloody fist nabbing the cat and, to avoid PETA hunting me down, ending up in a trip to the vet.

So what's your conclusion?

After owning, and fist pumping to the beat of a new drummer boy, for about six months, my decision to stick with Macs from this point on is as firm as Katie Holmes grip on the vibrator. Do I recommend switching to Mac? Well, to be honest, unless your daily meal ticket relies on your expertise in returning this band to it's roots, or photoshopping this to that and not simply writing up articles for El Diario, you're pretty much golden sticking to your guns, plus you'll still be helping out Lil SMiLey mooch off his friends.



Windows 7 Beta, so far so not good

Last night I finally had the chance to install the Windows 7 Beta through boot camp on my MacBook (late 2008 model). It was about 1:00am when I started and about 1:30am when I finished the initial steps to get it ready for testing. I went to bed and woke up this morning eager to take it through my daily routine and came across a few issues. The first? Well, as is always the case with any Windows operating system I've ever used beta or not, was driver support. While at work I use my Sprint Mogul for internet access, which runs on Microsofts own Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Edition. It includes driver support much like Vista does out of the box, however since it's in beta it doesn't seem to work like it should. I kept getting disconnected using internet sharing through USB every 2 to 3 minutes, which led me to boot back into Leopard, thats the Mac's OS for those of you not geeky enough to sport an Apple bumper sticker, and attempt a run through VMware's Fusion. Thats what you see in the following screen shots.

The second is with bluetooth devices. Still running through boot camp I attempted to add my Apple Mighty Mouse as a bluetooth device along with my Sprint Mogul, for an attempt at trying the Bluetooth PAN features, and ultimately came upon some more issues. I'm glad the Apple Software Update for the trackpad worked other wise right clicks would have been impossible. At the moment I'm still messing around with the beta and I'll return with some more impressions once I get my head together. Hey it's early folks and I'm on close to 4 hours of sleep.

Here are some screen shots I took while I was running Windows 7 through Fusion.

As you can see here, I got an error installing VMware Tools, sad face, however once I restarted everything seemed to work fine, semi happy face.