Archive for the Noteworthy Category

X-Files on NetFlix.ca now!

Posted in Movies, Noteworthy with tags , , on October 5, 2011 by abraxus

Very nice to finally get something good on the Canadian version for once. X-Files holds up amazingly well so far. Will enjoy watching it again!

Sad to hear of the passing of Steve Jobs earlier tonight. Visionaries are hard to come by.

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Electronics Entertainment Expo = E3 2009

Posted in Games, Noteworthy with tags , , , , , , , on June 2, 2009 by abraxus

Ok. I have G4 tv so I have been able to watch all of the Press Conferences as they were happening and I have to note some of my impressions.

Thus far Microsoft is in the lead as far as ‘Wow Factor’ for the event with Nintendo and then Sony in last place. Why is Sony in last place you ask? PSP Go. In a time when their sales are lagging behing and the 360 is picking up pace their response is to devote time, effort and cash to coming out with what essentially is a new ‘gimmick’ with a $250 Price Point. What should have been a major point in their presentation was a new Price Drop on their Playstation 3 to move more units into homes. That is the only significant way for them to compete at this point. Nothing they announced was a ‘Killer App’ this year despite many of the games looking excellent I have yet to see one that screams “Buy a Console AND this game!” in the same way that Halo and Knight of the Old Repulic did for the XBox. Probably Sony’s best presentation was the new Motion Sensing Eye Toy which does put Nintendo on notice that they can’t just fool around with their attempts any longer. Of course it stands to mention, Nintendo showed actual game play with their Wii Motes and Sony had only Tech Demo’s so Frame Rates could well be an issue.

Nintendo did well in its presentation but very little of it was a startling revelation. After last years E3 they learned their lesson and came to the mat with new Metroid, Mario and Zelda for consumers to sink their teeth into. Perhaps the only ‘hole’ in their presentation was the time they spent going on about Wii Fitness related titles and the announcement of the Wii Vitality peripheral which is essentially a finger tip Pulse Monitor. This year Nintendo as put more emphasis on providing content for the more mature Gamers and if they prove to be successful their sales will see a significant increase among the disenfranchised 18 – 35 year old market which is what Nintendo needs to dig in to.

Microsoft simply had a solid performace all around with the announcement of Natal and some truly innovative Motion Capture technologies not to mention their usual line up of outstanding games like Bioshock 2, Dragon Age, Halo: ODST and the surprise (well ok not a surprise to anyone who pays attention to the game industry but still a feather in their caps) of picking up not only the Final Fantasy franchise (once a Hallmark of Playstation) but also of the Metal Gear Solid  and Resident Evil franchises as well. What this showed me was that Sony is started to slip on its fast track and Developers are looking to Microsoft and the XBox to pick up where Sony is dropping off.

All in all, not many of the Consoles have ‘Exclusives’ anymore and I am not sure what that will do to the Companies in the long term. Final Fantasy XIV Online sounds alot better than it actually is given the hardly stellar response of the gaming public to their first attempt with it. I am VERY happy to see the E3 of old return though. It SHOULD be an over the top bigger than life event as it represents everything to come in the next year.

Those crazy Japanese folks..

Posted in Blogging Related, Noteworthy on December 29, 2008 by abraxus

One of my more frequent Blog-reads, Mr. Yoshi, and some of his friends have set up a fancy dancy viewing thingie into the mysterious world of the far off Orient. They call it jCrap and it’s a very amusing often tongue..we mostly tongue in cheek look at the strange goings on of the people out home that way. Everyone who’s anyone will be there. You don’t want to be left out do you? Go look…I’ll be here when you get back. Srsly. (Stole that from Pandora..who apparently swiped it from one of her frequent readers. Also it gives me the excuse to prod her into *cough* POSTING!)

This is just sad…

Posted in Games, Noteworthy, Rants with tags , , , on November 3, 2008 by abraxus

While I was making my rounds of the Daily Sites I check out I came across Woody’s place over at GU Comics and what I read brought back some old and unfriendly memories. For those that don’t want to head over to the link I will sum up. Gen Con, a yearly Game Mecca sort of thing, hold a Fund Raising Auction every year during the Convention and donates the proceeds to a worthy charity. This year it was held in honor of the passing of Gaming Legend Gary Gygax and they raised $17,938 which was slated to be donated to the Christian Childrens Fund. They help starving kids in Africa among other things.

However…when the CCF learned that some of the proceeds of the Donation came from the sales of things relating to Dungeons and Dragons they refused the Donation. I’ll let you all decide for yourselves if that is a worthy reason to refuse a Donation for such a cause.

How it relates to me is that back in the day when I ran Dungeons and Dragons games for a group of like minded kids I had to sit down with Parents on occasion to ensure them that Dungeons and Dragons was not Satan Worshipping. I kid you not. At age 11 I was sitting down with 30 year olds to explain that if they let their kids play a Role Playing Game with me that they would not turn into Satan Worshippers. All of this because Rev. Gary Faldwell and his 500 Club had been spamming the airwaves claiming that is exactly what would happen if they didn’t stamp out the evil of D&D.

I had thought the worlds Social Consciousness had advanced since then but apparently I was wrong eh?

Link to the Original Article @ LiveGameAuctions.

Debate

Posted in Life, Noteworthy with tags , on June 12, 2008 by abraxus

Earlier today I got into a little bit of a debate…well not really a debate as such but a discussion over at my friend Yoshi’s Blog. It was about a news report and YouTube video that detailed a Marine throwing a puppy off a Cliff.

Disgusting yes, inhumane yes. I find the mans actions to be reprehensible.

That being said what I did not agree with was several Posters leaping to the conclusion that this one mans deplorable action somehow was representative of the the Marines in general. As you can well imagine many of the Posters are, like myself, animal lovers and were justifiably outraged that a human being could do something like that to a puppy.

Seeing as how my Family is directly related to the Military I am well aware that I am biased towards the Military but I just could not sit by and watch people take a one mans idiocy and turn it into hate mongering for an entire group of people. I know a great many people serving today and I can all but guarantee that every single one of them would be seriously offended by what happened and completely unable to grasp how a human being could do something like that.

You just shouldn’t take the actions of one man and brand an entire group with them, it’s unfair and I’ll speak up about it every single time.

Note: I am not providing any links to this, if anyone wants a link to it I will provide it on a ‘by-request’ basis. I just don’t feel the need to perpetuate this any further publicly.

What is the world coming to?

Posted in Noteworthy, Politics with tags , on March 19, 2008 by abraxus

Generally I stay away from Political issues as a show of respect for my..well lack of respect for anything Political but something on the news this past week caught my eye. Over in Tibet right now there are people protesting the beating of protesters in a political demonstration. So what do the Tibetan Police do? They beat the protesters protesting the beating of the other protesters. Now I am the first to admit I found the situation mildly amusing (damn you Simpsons and South Park!) but in retrospect it opened my eyes to my own apathy towards Political issues.

Back in the day Demonstrations were a legitimate means for the public to communicate to their government when they felt their local representatives were not acting as the peoples mouthpiece and that was fine. But now I see that the Politicians themselves have become apathetic towards Protesters to the point that the Demonstrations are more for the benefit of the people gathered together under a common banner. As if to say “Yes we all agree that something needs to be done but really are the Politicians even paying attention anymore?”¬†

You can’t go a day reading the newspaper or watching it on TV without hearing about a Demonstration or Protest Rally somewhere in the world. I just don’t see them having any effect whatsoever any longer.

If you poke something long enough it gets angry, if you poke it even longer it just becomes immune to the input. That’s what has happened to the power of Demonstrations I think. It’s no longer, “Wow look at all these people! Let’s find out what has their knickers so twisted!” it has become “Oh great…another useless protest, how late is this going to make me for work?”

You won’t see much of this on my Blog, I just thought I’d splurge today. Thanks for reading if you got this far!

End of Turn

Posted in Games, Noteworthy with tags , , , on March 5, 2008 by abraxus

I’m sure there are a great many people out there today Blogging about the passing of Gary Gygax on Tuesday at his home in Wisconsin. Anyone involved in Table Top Roleplaying has more than likely heard the name of this Gaming Icon at some point and I guarantee that anyone born in the Late 60’s who’s played Table Top RPGs knows it well.

It’s impossible to properly quantify Gary’s impact on Gaming Culture or even popular culture. Although he was not the only man involved in creating the Iconic Game System known as Dungeons and Dragons he was undeniably a huge influence in its development.

Where J.R.R. Tolkien helped to bring the Fantasy writing Genre into existence Gary Gygax was the man that gave people the world over the tools to create and play in worlds all their own.

It might only be a game to some people but for me it was (and still is) a massive part of my fondest memories. I mourn his loss heavily.

Rest well in the Summerlands Sir, you have most certainly earned it.