The marketing campaign for Sins of a Solar Empire has begun. I’m cheering for this game, even though I’m not really an RTS player. I enjoyed Warcraft II and Starcraft in the late 90’s, but since then the games have subdivided into countless sub-genre and grown in complexity. The focus has shifted away from from story-driven Player vs. PC gameplay, to high-speed PvP. That’s nice for some, but it’s just not for me. So the whole thing sort of left me behind.
Having said that, I might pick up SoaSE anyway. I’m a huge fan of Stardock, and their policy of releasing DRM-free games is something I like to support. Plus, the game seems to be a new angle on the RTS formula. At the very least I’ll check out the demo.
Batman: Arkham City
A look back at one of my favorite games. The gameplay was stellar, but the underlying story was clumsy and oddly constructed.
Grand Theft Railroad
Grand Theft Auto is a lousy, cheating jerk of a game.
Video Compression Gone Wrong
How does image compression work, and why does it create those ugly spots all over some videos and not others?
The Witch Watch
My first REAL published book, about a guy who comes back from the dead due to a misunderstanding.
The Best of 2018
I called 2018 "The Year of Good News". Here is a list of the games I thought were interesting or worth talking about that year.