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Support Eternal Fate on Kickstarter!

August 5 2012

A friend of mine, Tom Mustaine, has started a great game Kickstarter thru his company Escalation Studios. Here is more about Eternal Flame: Eternal Fate offers a completely new online challenge for players via head-to-head or team-based competition. The game’s blend of action and strategy is enhanced by key features including: Create and customize your persistent character with a nearly infinite combination of gear, spells and skills. Gather loot and gain experience by defeating your foes. Level up your character and unlock new items as you advance. Three unique character classes with distinct play styles. I can't recommend supporting this Kickstarter more than telling you I supported the game with over $500 bucks. For just $45 bucks, you can help make the game come true.

Time for another review ... Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty

August 3 2010

So this is going to be a short mini-review until I finish the all the single player content and really get deep into multi-player ... but some initial data points: 1. 10 years (12 since the original Starcarft, 10 since Starcraft: Brood War) is a long time to wait for a game 2. This game feels like Starcraft 1.5 in terms of play ... and that is not a bad thing 3. It cost 100 million to make this game 4. It will make ~ 600 million this year alone So what do I think? Very simple - this is the best, single player solo game experience I have ever had. Period. Yes, people will complain about lack of LAN play, spawn installs, RealID, Battle.NET 2.0 match making, and lack of chat rooms - but NONE of those effect the single player experience. The missions are engaging, fun, and so different from each other. The in-between mission stuff that let's you advance your technology, units, and explore the story and mythology are awesome. The in-game cinematics are killer, but the produced videos

So I get a new desktop computer and the winner is Notes - and the games too :)

April 22 2010

So it was time to get a new desktop. My old one was 5 years old and was having power issues. Plus, with Starcraft 2, Rage, and a few other games coming out, it was time :-) So here is what I got: Dell Dimension XPS 9000 i7 9.2 @ 2.67 Ghz 9 Gigs Ram 128 Gig SSD Boot Drive 1 TB 7200 Data Drive BluRay Drive DVRW Drive Dual ATI Radeon HD 5870 (cough) 28" Widescreen TouchScreen Monitor I also have Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit on this. A gaming machine for sure, but I will use it work when at home. TweetDeck screams on this as does Chrome. But Notes is the real winner. Why? I installed Notes 8.5.2 CD4 Standard Client. No plug-ins besides anything in the core installer. I set the Notes program directory on the SSD and the data folder on the regular drive. Sametime and Activities are turned on. I set Notes to use Workspace as the home page. I then reboot and launch Notes. With Sametime auto-launching into 3 communities (PSC, Bleedyellow, LotusLive). Times: Cold boot: 15 seconds Warm boo

Interesting Thought: Art is whatever moves you - and Roger Ebert, video games move me

April 19 2010

So if you have not read this post Video games can never be art by Roger Ebert, please start there. So Mr. Ebert says quite a bit on why he doesn't think video games are not art, and man, I totally disagree. To me, art is what moves you. It invokes emotion. There are many things out there that I feel lack taste, but are still art. For instance, the live performance art of naked people sitting in a chair - I don't get it, I think it's dumb, but I still think it's art. Just not my taste. But Mr. Ebert specifically calls out video games. I can think of many games that provoked as strong an emotion as any movie, painting, sculpture, statue, or building I have seen on this planet. Seeing much of the stuff in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg caused me to stop and stare. So did the first time I saw the Cyber Demon in Doom ... and then two seconds later got my first rocket in my face and red screen. There are movies out there that make me emotional, such as E.T. or Shawshank Redemption. I've

Finding the silver lining in every black cloud - and why the Anonymous Coward has no place

May 13 2009

It has been a fairly interesting week in my world - and I want to highlight 3 events and two threads that tie them together. Those events are: 1. The closing of 3D Realms and what seems to be the end of the line for Duke Nukem Forever (4) 2. The Office 2007 Service Pack 2 inclusion of Open Document Format (ODF) support and the fallout surrounding 3. The relaunch of and the reaction in the Lotus bubble You might look at those three things and wonder what could ever tie them together. Funny, I found two consistent thoughts that came into my head as I read various sites and comment threads about all three. When did we all decide everything was negative? So those reading the blog subject might see the reference to a highly anticipated album, but it really is a thought that has been in my head lately. No matter the issue or topic, it seems that most people start out looking for what is wrong. How this will impact me negatively. What can I do to find fault and then poin

Have you played Fantastic Contraption yet? You need too

August 3 2008

Have you played this yet? Folks, this is part The Incredible Machine and part The Casual Collective. Go play Fantastic Contraption now, but make sure you have the time