September 12, 2005

45 Bodies Found at New Orleans Hospital

The bodies of 45 patients were found at the Memorial Medical Center hospital in New Orleans. I guess it's their fault for not being able to get themselves to high ground.

GRRRRRRRR

Posted on September 12, 2005 at 05:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Caveat Emptor: Xbox 360

To those of you with kids (or who are still kids) jumping up and down for the next best thing, be afraid, be very afraid. There's a bit 'o crack cocaine coming to you from Billy-boy and his gang in Redmond, WA which will be hitting store shelves this Christmas called the Xbox 360 (Xbox 2 in simple terms.)

Caveat Emptor I: Yep, all in all it's just another console platform, but WOWZA, the out-the-door price of the base unit will be anywhere from $400 to $500, and GameStop has some bundles which will go from $700 to $2,000! The base price may actually go higher because of energy and economic disruptions compounding supply and demand.

Caveat Emptor II: I have not kept up with internal Microsoft documentation since our base closing but the last I had heard is that the Xbox 360 will not come with a hard disk (the Xbox 1 has a 10GB disk.) Why does it matter? Well, the Xbox 1 runs a core Windows Operating System and all Windows OSs use virtual memory (the disk takes the place of RAM when RAM runs out,) and I also know of a number of Xbox 1 games that need quite a bit of that disk space for non-virtual memory uses. The bottom line is that a few? some? several? many? of the Xbox 1 games may not work with the Xbox 360 and very likely you'll have to buy a hard disk addon... ka-ching again. If you already have an Xbox 1, make sure your favorite games will be compatibe before you turn it into a doorstop (a function it performs particularly well, by the way.)

Posted on September 12, 2005 at 06:11 AM | Permalink | Comments (5)

September 10, 2005

So I'm a Game Geek

I'm a former Executive Producer at the recently shut down Infogrames/Atari Beverly Massachusetts office and I used to work at The Avalon Hill Game Company in Baltimore before it was sold to Hasbro (yes, I wrote that.) Games have been a part of my life since 1968, just ask The Countess about the 300+ Avalon Hill, SPI, West End Games, Games Workshop, GMT Games, Rio Grande Games, etc. game boxes all over the place. Hi dear!

So, get used to me writing about'em!!! evil_smiley.gif

Scott (aka Lum) works at Mythic, which designed, developed, and publishes, in my humble opinion, one of the finest MMO games: Dark Age of Camelot. MMO stands for Mcrack Mcocaine Oaddiction... wait, no, that's not right... Massively Multiplayer Online, yeah, that what it really stands for. Wink, wink, nod, nod. He's also got a great blog called Broken Toys Blog, wherein he mostly talks about games and game development, but likes to also mix in some commentary.

Now, I realize this may be a little too narrow of a subject for the likely visitor to this blog, but Lum has combined my two passions of games and politics in this presentation of alternate Magic: The Gathering cards. If you know the game, you'll get it, if you don't... well, as a PSA, go learn it, your kid'll love you even more for it!

Posted on September 10, 2005 at 07:52 AM | Permalink | Comments (16)

September 02, 2005

Even the Game World

Having spent 10 years in the games industry, it does my heart good to see this from Sony Online Entertainment.

Please Lend a Helping Hand In the Wake of Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina has left an incredible wake of destruction across the Mid-Atlantic States. Sony Online Entertainment would like to ask you to take a moment to make a donation to the American Red Cross in order to help alleviate some of the suffering. Mid-Atlantic? Oh well...

In EverQuest II we have added the /donate command, type in /donate to be taken to the American Red Cross's Hurricane 2005 relief page. For those members of SOE Communities in other games, you can contribute using this link, American Red Cross. The American Red Cross will process your donation and make sure that it is put to maximum use to help those whose lives have been affected by the hurricane. Considering how much time us MMORPGers focus on our obsession, the "/donate" command is a good yank back to reality!

Additionally, for our 13,000+ players actually in the affected areas, we will be suspending billing until such time as they are able to play again. In addition, any items or structures in any of our games, which decay over time, will be preserved until the user's next login. An inconsequential thing, but a nice gesture.

Thank you in advance for your support and generosity.

The SOE Family

Posted on September 2, 2005 at 06:32 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 10, 2005

Now Here's Something You Don't See Everyday

"A South Korean man who played computer games for 50 hours almost non-stop died of heart failure minutes after finishing his mammoth session in an Internet cafe, authorities said Tuesday."

I hope he killed all the monsters and gathered his loot before he died.

Posted on August 10, 2005 at 10:20 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

July 30, 2005

I'm Feeling Much Better Now

I'm wondering if the joint pain was caused by an illness. I ended up sick with some run-down plague over the past couple of days. I felt like crud. Now that I'm feeling better, the joint pain in my ankles and wrists is getting better. I'm sure I messed up my left wrist by wrestling with a watermelon, and the watermelon won. I'll stick with berries from now on. Pick on something my own size. Smiley1

I searched a couple of nearby electronic stores for the game "Dark Fall II" but no one carried it. I bought it at The Adventure Company's web site. I loved "Dark Fall". I played that at night with the lights out while my husband was out-of-state on a business trip and my son was visiting his father. Here I was, all alone in a 200 year old house, playing a game that involved me wandering through a haunted 1930's train station/hotel. When I went to bed, I heard every little pop and creak in the house. I scared myself silly, and I loved every second of it. When I play "Dark Fall II", I know I'm going to crawl in bed at o-dark-thirty in the morning, and cuddle next to my husband all night because I'm going to hear bogies coming out of the floorboards. This house isn't haunted, but it looks like it could be.

I watched a very good Korean horror film yesterday - "A Tale Of Two Sisters". It's based on a Korean folk tale. I couldn't quite grasp what was going on during the first viewing, but it made much more sense the second time. It's about two girls who come home to their father and evil stepmother after spending some time in a mental institution. The whole story is from the older girl's point-of-view, and things are not what they seem. With a little help from Internet spoilers and a second viewing, it made much more sense. I wouldn't mind owning this one. It's been compared to "The Sixth Sense", and I can see why.

Well, it's back to bad movies on SciFi. I just finished watching "John Carpenter's 'Body Bags'". That was brainless fun. Now, "Queen of the Damned" is on. I love lazy Saturdays. I need to rest up to completely get my health back, and watching raunchy movies is just the ticket.

Posted on July 30, 2005 at 03:03 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

July 23, 2005

Nithead Whines About Nude Patch In Sims II

Oh, come on. Get real. The nude patch in The Sims isn't a new thing. I've used the nude patch ever since I had the game. Nude Sims looks like mannekins. They don't have genitals or nipples. Still, it would only be a matter of time before some nithead got his knickers in a bunch over the nude patch, in this case in Sims 2. The clue for me was when Gamespot identified him as a "Miami attorney and antigaming activist". He's against games from the get-go.

Here's what he had to say about the nude patch in Sims 2:

"Sims 2, the latest version of the Sims video game franchise ... contains, according to video game news sites, full frontal nudity, including nipples, penises, labia, and pubic hair." Has he actually played the game and saw the nudity, or is he just going by second-hand information? He's also worried about pedophiles getting their rocks off while playing the game, since there are children Sims you can create.

I haven't bought Sims 2 yet. I own the original Sims, and they don't have genitals or nipples. They look like Barbie and Ken. If anyone has Sims 2, are they anatomically correct? Even if they are, I don't see what the big deal is. I would get a major kick out of it if the Sims 2 Sims were anatomically correct.

Sometimes people are just out to make trouble. I use a lot of the cheat codes for The Sims, including the one that gives your Sims thousands of dollars. I like to make 'em rich and then kill 'em off in kitchen fires, drownings, electrocutions, etc. so they can haunt the house. Then, I bring in new, live Sims and watch them get the shit scared out of them when they run across a ghost at 1:30 in the morning.

My favorite moment: I have Mulder and Scully Sims. Mulder was abducted by aliens while he was stargazing out of the telescope at 3 am. That was so fitting.

Posted on July 23, 2005 at 08:28 AM | Permalink | Comments (24)

July 15, 2005

Friday Cat Blogging

This is so wrong. If I had a house with that many cats, they'd be alive, healthy, and very spoiled. I'd have to hire someone to keep the litter boxes clean. Then again, I can't imagine having nearly 200 cats. That's just insane. What's amazing is that the woman in this story had two houses full of cats.

2nd House Full of Cats Linked to Va. Woman

Thursday July 14, 2005 6:34am

Nearly 200 Cats Found in Burke Home

Burke, Va. (AP) - Fairfax County (website - news) Animal Control officers are expected to return to a Burke townhouse Thursday where nearly 200 cats were found Wednesday - many of them dead.

The house it turns out is owned by the family of the Alexandria (website - news) woman who had nearly 300 cats removed from her home on Ludgate Drive over the weekend. Fairfax County police say they got a tip about the Burke home from a neighbor who saw the story about the cats being removed from Ruth Knueven's home.

The townhouse is located in the 9,900 block of Lakepoint Drive and is believed to belong to Knueven's daughter. Authorities reportedly found 134 dead cats there Wednesday. Many of the living cats are kittens.

Nearly all the cats found at Knueven's Alexandria home had to be destroyed because of disease.

I know I already posted this, but I wanted to repost it for today, being that this is the day for Friday Cat Blogging. My husband wrote to Blizzard, the company that makes World Of Warcraft, and it is not going to change the name of the cat back to Maine Coon. This is just so unbelievably stupid. One of my commenters in the original post pointed out that the name comes from the cat originating in Maine, and that it looks like a raccoon.

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My husband told me this morning that the makers of the game World Of Warcraft changed the name of one of their rare pets, the Maine Coon cat, to Black Tabby, because some idiots were offended by the word "coon" in the cat's name. The Maine Coon is a real cat, you morons. There's a cat in my neighborhood that is a Maine Coon. They're very big, very cuddly, and very furry. The cat in the game looks like it was shaved, but it's still a Maine Coon. Here's a picture of it. The male character is my husband's avatar, Initria. He got the Maine Coon before the WOW makers changed its name.

This is just plain stupid. It's a real cat, and that's its name. It's recognized by Cat Fanciers of America. I love Maine Coons. They're very friendly and cuddly.

Maine_coon

Posted on July 15, 2005 at 08:23 AM | Permalink | Comments (16)

July 13, 2005

This Is Just Plain Stupid

This is more appropriate for Friday Cat Blogging, but it can't wait. My husband told me this morning that the makers of the game World Of Warcraft changed the name of one of their rare pets, the Maine Coon cat, to Black Tabby, because some idiots were offended by the word "coon" in the cat's name. The Maine Coon is a real cat, you morons. There's a cat in my neighborhood that is a Maine Coon. They're very big, very cuddly, and very furry. The cat in the game looks like it was shaved, but it's still a Maine Coon. Here's a picture of it. The male character is my husband's avatar, Initria. He got the Maine Coon before the WOW makers changed its name.

This is just plain stupid. It's a real cat, and that's its name. It's recognized by Cat Fanciers of America. I love Maine Coons. They're very friendly and cuddly.

Maine_coon


Posted on July 13, 2005 at 11:17 AM | Permalink | Comments (12)

March 19, 2005

I Would Love To Own This

A six-foot-tall Lara Croft statue. She'd have a place of honor in my office. I already have all the dioramas from the game, and this would be an excellent addition.

Bids are up to $710.00, and the reserve is not yet met. I wonder how high it will go?

Scroll down to see pictures of the statue.

Posted on March 19, 2005 at 08:57 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)