I’m missing out. Last week I didn’t touch this blog except to trade comments and clean the spam filter. Pretty much all of the posts were pre-written, which really saved me from leaving a week-long gap on this thing.
But while I was writing four or five miles of code, I was missing out on a ton of stuff:
The big thing I missed was Steven’s bit on Linux Standardization. This thing made my spider sense tingle about ten different times. There were so many things to say and so many ideas to tackle that I ended up having a paradox of choice and saying nothing.
Fledgling Otaku put up a great Holiday Greeting. Back at you, man. He also linked to this funny YouTube bit on the Wii vs PS3. (Warning: This thing is a little daring. If you come from a formal office you might want to give it a pass. Better safe than sexy.)
Back at the beginning of December Cineris posted this bit from the Unreal Tournament forums, imploring the designers to take the game back to its roots and recapture the incredible fun of the original Unreal Tournament. I have a bunch of thoughts on this, but I never took the time to cobble them together into something readable. I will say this: The original author is spot-on. I have all of the Unreal Tournamant games here, but whenever friends come over for a little LAN gaming, it’s no contest. We play UT99 every time. The game is almost eight years old, and even up against brand-new games with the fancy pixels, it’s still no contest. Like the PS3 vs the Wii, raw technology is no match for compelling gameplay.
Who Broke the In-Game Economy?
Why are RPG economies so bad? Why are shopkeepers so mercenary, why are the prices so crazy, and why do you always end up a gazillionaire by the end of the game? Can't we just have a sensible balanced economy?
PC Hardware is Toast
This is why shopping for graphics cards is so stupid and miserable.
WAY back in 2005, I wrote about a D&D campaign I was running. The campaign is still there, in the bottom-most strata of the archives.
A look back at Star Trek, from the Original Series to the Abrams Reboot.
Zenimax vs. Facebook
This series explores the troubled history of VR and the strange lawsuit between Zenimax publishing and Facebook.