You took too long, now your candy's gone. That's what happened. Pakhow!

Friday, March 30

Cool

Today's Greatest Thing Ever

A macabre fairy tale?  As if there were any other kind. smile


In other news, I have a llama.  Arrived this morning as a freebie with some t-shirts.  Which were greatly discounted, then over-charged, then over-refunded, so they worked out being reasonably priced even with international shipping.

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Thursday, March 29

Cool

Still No TV

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Thursday, March 22

Geek

Dragon Age: Shadows

Bioware, this:

It's ten years after the events of Origins, and the brief peace following the Warden's victory has all but collapsed.  There's open conflict among the lords of Ferelden, between the lords and the crown, between the mages and the Chantry, between Ferelden and Orlais.  The only reason Orlais hasn't stepped in and taken over is that they aren't faring any better, nor is any help to be expected from Orzammar, which is in open civil war, nor the Dalish Elves, who have completely vanished.

And there are reports of a new Blight from the north...  And from the west, and from the south.

And into all this steps the Warden, the saviour of Ferelden.  Only you have no idea where you've been for the past ten years.  If you died at the end of the first game, doesn't matter, you're back.  You still died, but that's still you walking around.  (Indeed, whoever died at the end of the first game is back, very much alive.)

You have even more trouble on your hands than the first time, and all your former allies are dead, lost, or struggling with their own problems.  You have to gather the scattered remnants of your party and try to save Thedas from the greatest peril it has ever faced.

Annnnd....  The rest is up to you.
more...

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Rant

Another Open Letter To Bioware

And specifically to Mark Darrah:
Maybe I should just put a stop to something right now.
We ARE NOT going to:
* Burn DA2 to the ground
* Pretend it doesn't exists
* etc...
I am proud of what DA2 accomplished in several areas. It is certainly not without flaws.
We have things to learn from BOTH Dragon Age games as well as other titles.
Starting your post by telling me to ignore the hard work of over a hundred people is NOT a good way to start a dialogue with me.
Grow up, Mark.  

You just cancelled all future DLC and expansion packs for Dragon Age II, but you still haven't learned your lesson.  Dragon Age II is not a particularly good game.  While it's not awful in itself, it is awful in that it trashes the legacy of one of the best games of all time.  It is not in any sense a sequel to Dragon Age: Origins.

This is real life.  You don't get a reward for showing up.  You don't even get a reward for working hard.  You get a reward for results.

The right thing to do - and the sales figures and the cancelled projects clearly bear this out - is to abandon Dragon Age II completely.  Burn it to the ground, sow the ground with salt, and forget it ever existed.  So a hundred people worked hard on it?  I don't care.  What they produced is no good.

You do have things to learn from both games, but the lessons are very simple:

From Dragon Age: Origins: Do this.
From Dragon Age II: Don't do this.

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Tuesday, March 20

Cool

Open Letter To Bioware

Regarding the new direction for the Dragon Age series:

Dragon Age: Origins.  Do that.

Previously:

Dragon Age II, A Possibly Unfair Review But I Don't Care

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Cool

Whu... Blee....

Must... Purchase... 50,000-year-old dice...



Or 25-year-old AD&D. That's cheaper.

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Sunday, March 18

World

So That's What This Hunger Games Thing Is

Okay, they're "young adult" novels, but that doesn't actually require the writing to be eye-gougingly awful. I'll stick with Terry Pratchett or Garth Nix, thanks all the same.

(via Slashdot and the most commonly highlighted sentences in Kindle ebooks)

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Saturday, March 17

World

Apropos Of Very Little

Does anyone remember the year - probably in the late nineties, maybe 2000 or so - when suddenly every woman in the world took to wearing orange and black and it looked like the planet had been invaded by giant anthropoid bees?

There is actually a reason I ask.  Well, two reasons, one being that I can't remember.

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Cool

It Is A Sobering Thought

That by the time Mozart was my age, he'd been dead for two years.*


* Well, ten, but I'm quoting here.

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Geek

Tiny Pixels

Galaxy Note and iPad.next both land in Australia in the next week or two.

I'll take one of each.

Well, I'll wait for my next pay cheque, and then take one of each.  Right now might be a little improvident.

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