Player versus Developer Narratives

My First Warden. Destruction, personified.

David Jaffe, designer of the Twisted Metal series of games, made a splash recently at a DICE summit presentation.  The Ars article linked has a good breakdown of it, and if you want the full talk, go here (he’s a bit obnoxious and vulgar, FYI).  Here’s a pertinent snippet: My talk is actually a warning,… Continue reading Player versus Developer Narratives

The Forum Returns!

Ever so quietly, a link to the forum section of the site has returned.  Why?  Well, mostly because I wanted to play around a bit.  It’s been upgraded to the latest version of SMF for the forum software, and has a dice roller to make forum games much easier.  If anyone wants to join –… Continue reading The Forum Returns!

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim First Impressions

I’m only maybe 5 or 6 hours into Skyrim, but I feel like I’ve seen and experienced enough to give you my first impressions.  It’s a downright beautiful game, it set my detail level to ‘High’ based on my specs and it was just ridiculous how good it looks.  I think there’s been an emphasis… Continue reading The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim First Impressions

New Pics of Mattie and Thomas!

My parents were in town the past week or so, and we went to the Buffalo Zoo and the Strong Museum. Here’s a few highlights: In no particular order, as my in-laws’ camera didn’t have the right date set and I’m too lazy to manually sort all the pics. By the way, if you have… Continue reading New Pics of Mattie and Thomas!

Mechwarrior!!!

Read the interviews, check the trailers held within, and rejoice. One of the founders of FASA, Jordan Weisman, acquired the license back for the Battletech universe, and is creating a new game! This was one of my favories series, and as I’ve mentioned, one of the games that caused me to want to try PC… Continue reading Mechwarrior!!!

Old Game Tuesday – Final Fantasy VI

There was a time when I was perfectly happy just playing my original 8-bit NES. I had fun, time-consuming games like Final Fantasy and Uncharted Waters, and didn’t need any new console just for better graphics. Then I was informed Final Fantasy II was coming to that newfangled SNES. Someone brought their system and the… Continue reading Old Game Tuesday – Final Fantasy VI

Old Game Tuesday – Stars!

As I roll through these old games, you are going to notice that 4X games are well-represented. One of my personal favorites is Stars!, released wa-a-ay back in 1995. Jeff Johnson and Jeff McBride created the game for their own enjoyment, and decided to release it as Shareware. People still did that back then, you… Continue reading Old Game Tuesday – Stars!

Old Game Tuesday – M.U.L.E.

M.U.L.E. holds the distinction of being the game I’ve probably played the longest. I was first exposed to it on my old Commodore 64, and though there are many classics from that era (which may be covered here in the future), this is the one that has kept my interest continually since then. M.U.L.E. is… Continue reading Old Game Tuesday – M.U.L.E.

iPhone SDK Doesn't Suck

Gizmodo has a roundup of their iPhone SDK coverage here, but the thing that jumped out at me (being a huge fan of Will Wright) is that the iPhone will have the full-blown version of Spore available for it. Other highlights include VOIP via WiFi and an AIM client, still no Flash though. iPod Touch… Continue reading iPhone SDK Doesn't Suck