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Title: What the hell...
Posted: January 20, 2009 (12:11 AM)
What the hell...
Title: Archival Woes
Posted: October 26, 2008 (03:20 AM)
Why do my blog archives fail me before Febuary 6th of this year?
Title: A New Challenger Approaches!
Posted: October 07, 2008 (03:09 AM)
As is evident by the well-written GalCiv2 review currently in the focus window, HG HAS ANOTHER STRATEGY REVIEWER!
In light of my resistance to his nagging powers, EmP is clearly trying to muscle another of his pawns into my coveted niche as The Guy Who Reviews The Strategy Titles. Well I won't have it!
Let history show that, on this day, Will the Great challenges Melaisis to...A REVIEW-OFF.
So start writing those poems and ballads, people, because there might not be enough AWSUM to go around.
Title: Dr Horrible's Sing Along Blog
Posted: September 20, 2008 (04:50 PM)
HG userbase, I'd like to introduce you to someone.
This is Dr. Horrible.
Go on and watch the rest. You know you want to.
Title: So. We're still here.
Posted: September 10, 2008 (02:34 AM)
This can only mean that the Large Hadron Collider didn't kill us all when they turned it on this morning.
I believe drinks are in order.
Posted: September 07, 2008 (01:21 AM)
Title: Why do people constantly pick on the French for being "cowards"?
Posted: September 03, 2008 (03:16 PM)
In particular Americans?
I think it might have something to do with France being steamrolled by Hitler in WW2, but such an assessment belies only a total lack of understanding of European history whatsoever. Let me drop a name here: Napoleon Bonaparte.
Posted: August 21, 2008 (03:43 PM)
They are not the antichrist.
Get the fuck over it, people.
Title: I'm bored.
Posted: July 12, 2008 (02:07 AM)
Yeah, like the title says. I'm bored. So with that in mind,
Posted: July 01, 2008 (01:20 AM)
Turns out someone at work switched the radio from the Classic Rock station (101.1) to the New Rock station (99.3) while I was out on delivery that night. Hence the song from my childhood.
So I guess I'm not that old after all.
And oh yeah, happy friggin Canada Day.
Title: I had a rather sobering experience...
Posted: June 30, 2008 (03:08 AM)
I happened to hear a song I haven't heard since I was little on the radio. Wouldn't be such a big deal, except it was the classic rock station.
I am officially old.
Title: ***BREAKING NEWS*** Lasthero sighting!
Posted: June 26, 2008 (12:54 AM)
The elusive lasthero has been spotted on the GameFAQs message boards.
See for yourself in this topic, scroll about halfway down.
The authorities have been alerted, and a containment team dispatched. We'll keep you updated as the situation develops.
Posted: June 09, 2008 (09:50 PM)
Remind me never again to get my hopes up about another Dreamcatcher title.
Title: For someone who worked on DirectX, Alex St. John has a shockingly poor grasp of the gaming industry...
Posted: March 23, 2008 (01:54 PM)
Have a look at this interview.
Basically, Alex St. John claims that Intel and Microsoft have diluted the PC's potential by mass-marketing machines with crappy hardware and a bloated OS, and that once the People realize it the PC will undergo some kind of revolution and emerge as a better, stronger, purer Master Race - er, excuse me, gaming platform. In short, the consoles are doomed.
Couple of things wrong with his arguments:
1) Mass-market PCs with crappy stuff are mass-marketed because the mass market is massively lazy. The casual gamer (being the one that makes up most of the market) doesn't want to waste time setting things up, which is why most buy prefab computers right off the shelves of Future Shop and Radio Shack (or whatever the fuck it's called now) and stard playing games with them. Consoles are quick and easy to set up, no fiddling with installation disks and configuration options, just pop in a CD and turn it on. Point is, even if St. John finds some Final Solution to Microsoft and Intel's contamination of the Aryan - sorry, of the PC market, people will still opt for prefab PCs from Best Buy because they're lazy.
I should probably lay off the holocaust references before people start writing letters. For the record I was inferring that St. John was the PC equivalent of a Nazi.
2) Consoles are accessable; to users, because they don't need to continually spend money on upgrades just to keep up with the bellcurve; and to programmers, because consoles provide a universal standard. If you're writing a console game, you know what kind of hardware you're working with, and what kind of limitations it has. If you're writing a PC game, you have to make a best guess based on an ever-changing benchmark, then figure out how far your playerbase deviates from it, and even then you'll run into problems with unique configurations of software and hardware that interact in ways you couldn't have anticipated.
3) No fair quoting World of Warcraft as the most profitable PC game ever. World of Warcraft is the gaming equivalent of crystal meth; inexplicably popular among people who don't know any better, mostly because it's addictive. Is it innovative? No. Is it unique? No. Everything it does has been done before and done better, mostly by Everquest. It's basically Diablo 2, redressed with Warcraft flavor and persistant gameworlds. I don't mind so much because it puts money into the coffers of Blizzard, who are busily working as we speak on Starcraft 2, but World of Warcraft is not that great. I mean, don't get me wrong, it's not a bad game by any definition; a game is good as long as its players have fun. But World of Warcraft doesn't deserve half the praise it gets, doesn't deserve the perfect scores and stellar reviews thrown at its feet, and it doesn't deserve them because it's nothing we haven't seen before. It doesn't break the mold, it brings nothing new to the table, but the thing is, people don't care. The gaming industry is built on stagnation, on winning formulae that can't be deviated from lest money be lost; that's why every year you see the same sports titles re-released with nothing but updated rosters, slightly different music, and marginally improved textures.
That last argument really has nothing to do with the interview, but it needed to be said. Point is, consoles are accessable, user-friendly, and cheap, three things hardcore gaming PCs will never be, and that's why they will always be around.
Title: Huzzah for Team Will!
Posted: March 13, 2008 (05:08 PM)
Second place, booyah!