Archive for March, 2009

Short Post.

With the advent of Spring, I’m getting outside a little more, but I’m still making time for gaming.

I cleared the 10,000 achievement mark this last week for my 360 profile. Not bad for someone who has still not had their Xbox for a year now. What can I say, I actually like trying to get those challenges, and while I’ve only “completed” a few games in terms of total gamer score, my rankings are usually pretty high.

I’m taking some interest in those old Sierra 3D adventure games again: Black Cauldron, King’s Quest, Leisure Suit Larry. Those games (yes, even Larry) were an integral part of my gaming childhood. They sported some of the best graphics on the Apple IIc, and they’re still remarkably well detailed games today.

I think that’s one of the worst offenses of both modern computer gaming and even moreso Activision. I’ve lost a lot of interest in computer gaming these days, as most of it is summarized as MMOs, FPS and cross-ports of console games. Gone are the days of point and click adventures, and even text based games. Obviously, some of the mechanics are a little archaic by today’s standards, Read the rest of this entry

For Sale: Mortal Kombat.

Those keeping up on the gaming scene news may have read this little number about Midway’s *ahem* “thoughtful” means to protect and reward their top execs over… everyone else who worked there. Gotta keep those top execs who ran Midway into the ground happy with big bonuses for all their hard work, right? While I normally don’t get too snarky about one of my old “alma maters”, the misconduct is just poor, but it doesn’t surprise me. While I could tell stories, I’m not going to say more than that. I’d say from respect, but their recent antics have reached the high point of dickery, so I’ll do it more as a polite courtesy for old friends and the old good memories.

Among the recent decisions made is the now posted interest of selling the Mortal Kombat franchise to the highest bidder. Willingness to abandon a company’s flagship franchise is a sure sign that they have less intention of saving the company, and more intention of getting what the can cash-wise before they call it quits. It would be like Nintendo willing to say good-bye to Mario: The day that happens, the end is near.

I Read the rest of this entry

What Kind of Gamer Are You?

Not every post I write is about game news, something I’m currently playing, or the state of affairs in the game industry. Sometimes, I simply like to discuss gaming in general. In this particular case, I want to discuss gaming over the years, where my interests have grown, and where I am now. As I’ve actually gotten a small number of readers to my site, I’ like to open this one up for discussion, and see your own views as well.

I’ve been playing video games since the late 1970’s (scary, isn’t it?). I started out with a home version of Pong that my sister had, but didn’t really hit my stride until the Atari 2600 entered our home one early Christmas. Considering that my other toys were from The Empire Strikes Back, I’d say that would put things around ’79-’80.

So my first games were arcade games. Both in the actual arcade, and of course, versions of games like Asteroids, Missile Command and Space Invaders at home. My other big games were Adventure and Superman.

And then Pac-Man hit, and that changed everything.

“Pac-Man Fever” wasn’t just a song. It was a way of life for Read the rest of this entry

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