Thursday, February 28, 2008

No Real Posts

At least not for the time being. I'm on hiatus. Not that I get those, but I'm taking one anyways. I'm sure by the time I come back all four of you will have something more fabulous to do with the 30 seconds you spend here.

NSFW, btw...

Thursday, February 21, 2008

A quick update

Hey, I've been low key for a week. Not much to say here, unless you want me to say , "Play Bioshock" or "I have too many damn games on my to buy list".

Without further ado, the regular Zero Punctuation update (courtesy the Escapist)

(Do I still have to say NSFW? NOT SAFE FOR WORK. Wear your darn earphones!)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Sins of a Solar Empire

Looks like Game Spot is pro Sins, which seems cool.
"This isn't just the first great strategy game of 2008. It's also an absolute must-have if you love space strategy."
Jason Ocampo, GameSpot

That sounds good. I really am trying to avoid the actual press, as I'm not as interested in polluting my view point these days with somebody elses perspective. I'll check out screens, but I really only skim reviews and previews. I love watching teasers and trailers. I adore the Bioshock and Fallout trailers.



But I digress. Sins looks to be the game I was hoping somebody would make in a lot of ways. I thought that MOO3 would be that game, but wasn't, even after a heroic community effort to fix it. I'm not sure how complicated (or not complicated) the Empire part is, but what I've seen and heard is promising.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

New Zero Punctuation

As always don't forget your head set, as the F bombs are a plenty. Oh and if you're a Team Fortress fan, stick around after the credits. Now that's comedy...

Subversion Blog Post

Chris, head cheese over at Introversion has a new post up on development of Subversion. These guys have basically hit three for three as far as I'm concerned. You would not be wasting your time to check out the demos of Uplink, Darwinia or DEFCON. I bought DEFCON right after it came out. It's not a sophisticated RTS, but it is very elegant. And fast. And it has global thermo nuclear war.

I think the amount of procedural creation he's building into Subversion is awesome. I've often thought that this kind of design would have a longer shelf life than the most excellent of pre-scripted encounters. That and the numbers he's using are HUGE relative to what you've played to date. 50 000 buildings.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008



Of course that teaser is a total rip. You should dig in at Game Spy or Game Spot, both of whom have decent amounts of coverage. Not that I'm pro Gamespot right now...



I knew it. And it's no fun at all. Especially the "five clusters of common withdrawal symptoms: headache; fatigue or drowsiness; dysphoric mood including depression and irritability; difficulty concentrating; and flu-like symptoms of nausea, vomiting and muscle pain or stiffness".

Yes, on day 2 I seriously thought I was getting the worst flu ever. I can only imagine what real drug users go through when they detox. Rather, I will only imagine, because if kicking the caffeine is this bad, I don't want to know what coming off something heavily affective is like.

I'm continuing to tough it out. And the pushers have laid off, so I'm getting a relatively clean break, other than Rebecca handing me a chocolate coated granola bar. Yes, there's caffeine in chocolate. It's a double whammy.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Year 2

Year Three began yesterday, but I don't usually post on weekends so Happy Late Anniversary me. With the institution of Google Analytics I can share with you (all about 10 of you) that my readership actually has extended world wide. People have come here to look at posts from all over the globe. Hopefully they found what they were looking for.

As for year 3, I expect more of the same. I'll probably fiddle with the look and feel again. Hopefully I won't break anything this time. Feel free to leave your well wishes in the comments.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Caffeine Induced Coma?

Or rather a lack of caffeine induced lethargy. I've decided to go caffeine free for a while, and see how it affects my sleep pattern. So, far I'm just pure sluggish.

It's seems old Tom Chick has taken an extended leave from Shoot Club. Yahtzee is however back this week with a totally not safe for work review of Call of Duty 4, a game which is totally on my list.

That would be the ever growing list which still includes GTA IV should it ever deign to be released.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Fat Tuesday

FYI - for all of my Catholic readers - it's Fat Tuesday, so go out and have a pizza. I would like to say have a pizza on me, but the profit margin here is a negative sum game...

Armageddon Empires

Look, just go here, download the demo and play it.

How'd that go?

Some notes I would like to share with you.

1) Looks like this guy's pretty much a one man band. Except the actual art. I sympathize.

2) Armageddon Empires is almost exactly the concept I had plotted for Ancient Empires. The big differences would have been one communal deck of cards for all players and it hadn't occurred to me how much better it would be as presented on the PC.

And it's not even written in C...

After you've played the 30 round demo about 8 times, go buy the guy's game. He deserves it.

Sunday, February 03, 2008


If you like Half Life, valve and web comics you should really spend a day reading Concerned: A humor comic based on the world of Half-Life 2. The comic has finished it's story line, which does not include the more recent Ep1 and Ep2 extensions. It's fairly consistent in its humor, and the composition is out standing. This kind of work is what motivates me to try and make web-comics. Not that I've actually gotten around to making a web comic. It's on my list.

Stop bugging me.

Did I mention that HL2 may be the only shooter I've played through 4 times. Yup. On at least 3 different machines. And I've actually got a taste to do it again. I am totally hot for what the guys at Black Mesa are doing though, which would be hawsome if they can pull it together.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Lego AND Star Wars

Most everybody knows I'm a big fan of both the Lego and the Star Wars. Well over at Boing Boing, they're catering to both.

That's pretty keen. And you can see by the light that it took a couple of days to build. I have some shots somewhere of my build of the smaller, anniversary edition 'Falcon. Also pretty keen.