D&D, only $10,000.00

Jerry Fahrni: "I spent many hours playing D&D with paper, pencil and physical dice. I remember when I thought hi-tech was writing a small app that would randomly generate characters on my then new Commodore 64." - We used to have all kinds of fun playing D&D! We always made Jay(Jerry) the Dungeon Master, he hated it, but was very good at it. Those were good times, very good times. Pepsi, candy, friends, and lots of D&D. Mom used to have to step over the comatose bodies sprawled about the living room the day after. Anywho, I digress...

Go check out the video, it is VERY cool. Too bad a surface table is not affordable.

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The Ramp Champ Story

The Ramp Champ Icon.Louie Mantia: "In December, we brainstormed ideas for what the different ramps should be and decided who would design them. We laid out plans for a bunch of ramps: a default ramp (which was transformed into Clown Town), the Icon Garden, Breakwater Bay, Space Swarm, Tiki Island, Ninja Attack, and Happy Place. Of course, I'd be lying if I said these didn't go through major revisions (and name changes) over the course of the design phases, but these were the final names based on the ideas we had in December." - The IconFactory is a class act, and I absolutely LOVE stories like this. It's fun to read about the history, and process, of any new product. Ramp Champ is an especially beautiful iPhone game, and I'd imagine one of the first to embrace In App Purchase.

If you want to have some fun the $1.99 price tag is worth the price of admission, especially if you love carnival games.

Get it on iTunes.

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Just a little obsessive are we?

Time: "Although extreme cases of Internet and video-game addiction have not been widely publicized in the U.S., it's a different story in Europe and in East Asia, where game-playing has even been linked to player death." - Wow. It's hard to believe we now have game addiction centers. Yes people, XBox, and the internet can combine to create a beast. Get a life, go outside, talk to real humans, not just their digital representations. Crazy stuff.

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Use the force

USA Today: "The Force Trainer (expected to be priced at $90 to $100) comes with a headset that uses brain waves to allow players to manipulate a sphere within a clear 10-inch-tall training tower, analogous to Yoda and Luke Skywalker's abilities in the Star Wars films." - I hadn't heard of this until this morning.

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Cool job, Meteor Games

Meteor Games: "Meteor offers a huge amount of perks including giant bean bags, all the latest consoles (PS3, 360, Wii), free parking, an awesome arcade machine, free lunch Fridays, nerf wars and an endless supply of breakfast bars/soft drinks." - Fun perks! If you're a web head, love CSS, XHTML, and JavaScript, and live in, or around, West Hollywood, CA, this could be just the job for you!

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iPhone Tetris clone?

Apple Gazette: "If there is a legitimate trademark infringement claim it needs to be settled in a court of law. If the creator of 'Tris' isn’t interested in doing that, then I’m not sure I see a problem with it being removed. I understand that argument that 'he’s a college student, he can’t afford a lawyer' - and I get that, but that’s the system that we have. I would imagine from his point of view its just not worth the hassle - and I would have to agree with that if I was in his situation." - Maybe someone can give this kid some legal advice, or for heavens sake hire him!

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The little guy

MSNBC: "One of the highest-rated Xbox 360 games of all times isn't some shooting game from some fancy-pants company that makes games by dipping programming code in giant vats filled with hundred dollar bills. And it’s not some action game that tap dances across your TV screen showing off its high-def graphics like some supermodel showing off her expensive new dress." - Maybe, just maybe, this little gem of a game can get my wife to stop playing Call of Duty for a while? Yeah, right! But seriously, this game is something us "old-timers" can appreciate. It reminds me of original Nintendo games, or old arcade games, and for $15.00 it's definitely worth a look.

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XBox Live Abuse

Tonight I decided to play a couple games of Call of Duty, I'd had a long day, and wanted to do something that didn't require a lot of thought. We played one game, I was having a good time, then we were hooked up with a group of less than stellar human beings. The verbal attacks were childish, and quite frankly infuriated me. I had to quit.

Thing is, I don't think these guys would do this in person. They're so darned cowardly. In person if they did something like that I'd just kick the poo out of them and move on. Please, have the common courtesy to keep crude comments to yourself.

Does anyone know of a public list of XBox Live gamers to avoid? How about a way of getting their real names? Any information would be appreciated.

I've already reported them, I have their gamer tags, and a couple of voice messages from them, for some reason I couldn't play them, but I wil, and I'd like to see their XBox Live accounts suspended, and the individuals banned.

I have a feeling Microsoft doesn't have the guts, or the desire, to do that.

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Job of the week

jobs.joelonsoftware.com: "Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) markets the PlayStation® family of products and develops, publishes, markets, and distributes software for the PlayStation®Portable entertainment system, PlayStation®2 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, for the North American market." - I'll bet it's a very tough place to work, but rewarding.

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Thinking of San Luis

I've been sitting here watching Bug play Strangers Wrath and all I can think about is OddWorld Inhabitants and how much I wanted to work for them. I applied for a position with them back in 2004 but nothing came of it. They were located in downtown San Luis Obispo above Ross between Monterey Street and Higuera Street. It's a dream location for Kim and I and a job right in the heart of the city was something I wanted. Then, in April 2005, OddWorld was no more. The doors closed and that dream was shot down. It's strange they'd disappear like they did. Their games were creative and very unusual and had a very loyal fan base. It's a bummer, not only for the selfish side of me, but for the part of me that was a fan of their work.

I doubt they're ever return in their old form, but here's hoping.

In the meantime I guess I'm going to have to try to convince Pelco to open a development shop in San Luis Obispo. Smile, life is good!

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Gary Gygax

MAKE Magazine: "Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons and TSR Hobbies, passed away this morning at his home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Gary's work needs no introduction to the maker community. His imagination and creative ideas are known by anyone who ever found another world by way of pen, paper and a roll of dice. These same ideas seed so much of the interactivity and virtual worlds we still see developing today - and on top of all those contributions, this man was cool" - I can't even begin to tell you how many hours we spent huddled over pencil, paper, die, and our D&D books. My brothers and I, along with our close friends, would spend days on end playing; yes, days on end. My mom would find a group of boys sacked out in the living room Pepsi's and candy wrappers laying all over the place, all of us sound asleep between adventures. Heck, she'd even beg us to get outside for a while, enjoy the sunshine, go swimming, do SOMETHING! Those were the days. My brothers and I still talk about that period in our lives, it was great fun, and I wouldn't have traded it for the world.

Thanks Gary.

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Got'sta get me one of those

Team Fortress 2 is on my must have list.

Check out the videos, starting with a guy near and dear to my heart, The Engineer.


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Hitting the nail on the head

James Robertson: "I'm a casual gamer who loves the Wii. I'll ooh and ahh at the graphics on the 360 - but I can't justify the purchase based on how much I play. The Wii - whole different story there :)" - James nails it. Who can justify the price tag if you're not a hardcore, gotta have the killer graphics, gamer? We own a 360 but we play our Classic XBox more than we play the 360. Why? We still love playing the original Halo and connecting two, or more, systems together and playing team slayer. The sad thing is I can't find replacement XBox controllers, no third party controllers because everyone I've used stinks.

I can see a Wii in our future. I think everybody I work with has opted for the Wii. Most of them say the same thing, "Nintendo has great characters, great story lines, and great gameplay, it's not so much about the killer graphics."


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BioShock, oh my

Note to self, you need to pickup BioShock when it releases...

That is all.

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