Quantum Conundrum

A new puzzle game with quantum shifts. You can make things fluffy, heavy, or slow.

Civilization 5 – Gods & Kings – Religion

The developers of Civ 5 are back in a new expansion set to be released in June. This time there are a number of new enhancements.
Religion was a feature of Civ 4, but it has been completely revamped in Civ 5. There is a new resource type called faith. By building different structures you can increase your faith production. With a certain amount of faith, you can found a pantheon. A Pantheon is the beginning of religion. You can select from dozens of bonuses. The example I saw was additional food production from camps.
In the mid game, When you get a great prophet, you can found your religion. You get additional bonuses to choose from on top of the pantheon bonus. You can start spreading your religion. It will automatically start to spread to cities within 10 squares of the a religious city.
In the late game, religion isn’t as important. You can start picking culture paths that allow you to spend faith to buy structures or get bonuses.

They also revamped the spying mechanic. I will write about that next time.

I’m looking forward to picking this up.

Pax east 2012

What I’m looking forward to at PAX East.

MY son and I have decided, the first thing we are going to see in the expo hall is Borderlands 2.
Last year we had a good routine. We would catch a cab to the convention center around 7:30. The doors to the convention center open at 8am. Even getting there early we had to wait outside for about 30 minutes or so. As soon as the convention center opens, we headed to the Queue room.

The Queue room is a massive line to get into the expo hall. The expo hall opens at 10am. By that time, the queue room contains thousands of people. By getting to the queue room and in line immediately, we are among the first hundred or so people into the expo hall. We IMMEDIATELY head the to thing we want to see. Last year it was Portal 2 and Star Wars. This year it be Borderlands 2, Steel Battalion, and Assassin’s Creed.

Another difference is last year we spent the entire time on the expo floor. I don’t want to do that this year. I want to hit the parties. I want to attend the amazing panels.

Dan Amrich recently published a book, Critical Path. He is going to be on a panel about Getting into the games industry. Major Nelson, Felicia Day, and Stepto will be at the Major Nelson Show panel. Joystick, Gamer with Jobs, Kotaku, and others have there own panels.

Getting back into the swing of things

I’m sitting at the airport waiting on my flight and I all i can think about is PAX East.

Last year was the first time I attended one of the bigger conventions.  I decided to go at the last minute and it was one of the best experiences I’ve had.  I launched a website and a podcast.  I got a few interviews and film of all the new games coming out.  Things didn’t pan out like I wanted and I focused on my day job.

I heard about Dan Amrich’s new book, Critical Path: How to Write About Video Games For a Living.  I bought it right away and really enjoyed the book.  His stories and advice stick with you.   One of the points that stuck with me, is that to write you have to write.  The point also hits me in the fact that I’m a developer, and I want to make games.  I know the free tools are there, so I’ve started working on making a game as well.

We all want to just come home and relax. But it’s very easy to relax on that plateau. It’s easy being lazy.   Bruce Lee once said, “There are no limits. There are plateaus, and you must not stay there; you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you.”  That is my new mantra.  I’m done being lazy, I want to work towards the things I want.

Dan, Thank you for your book.  It was very enlightening and motivating.  I think it funny that your book highlights the negatives of the job, trying to make people aware of what they are getting into.  It does seem like some people have some rosy glasses but my eyes are open.

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Project GAEMS – The G155

The G155

I first heard about the G155 from Sidewinder_24x7.  He was very excited for the product and told me to check it out.  I have to say I’m impressed.   I got to play with the G155 and talk with the company at PAXEAST 2011.

The G155 is the size of a briefcase.  It has a built-in 15.5″ 720p flat screen that looks great, it has an excellent viewing angle, and good sound.  It is connected via the included 7” HDMI cable.  I was able to see perfectly from a wide-angle above, below, and out about 60-70 degrees to either side.  It is bright, has good color, and is very responsive.  It has built-in stereo speakers as well as dual headphone jacks.  There are 2 bags for holding controllers, headsets, and power cables.  There is also a CD sleeve for holding 4 disks.  It weighs about 10 lbs and meets TSA and airline carry-on specs.

There is a foam insert under the systems.  It is raised on the Xbox side, and flat on the Playstation side. I saw it in both configurations and the systems were quite stable and protected while allowing plenty of ventilation and access.  As with all Xboxes, you have to be careful when moving it because you can scratch your discs if you move it while on. I have been told that the Playstation doesn’t have that issue and you can move it at will.

It has a release date of early June 2011, at a price of $299. They are currently taking pre-orders now. You can see setup videos at their website: http://www.projectgaems.com/video/.

A new beginning

Its time for a change…

I will start posting stuff here soon.