An interesting thing happened to my gaming PC this year. It started showing its age (I’d be much obliged if you at least feign shock). I began to notice the symptoms the moment I powered up Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm for the first time. My frame rate was consistently plummeting to around 20 frames per second. I was flabbergasted. Why would this be happening, I thought, when Wings of Liberty ran (with the same graphics settings, mind you) at around 60FPS or better?
Have you all heard about Four in February? According to the official Facebook page, it’s “an initiative that encourages you to beat four video games in February.” The group was started in order to encourage gamers to bunker down over the last month of winter and make a dent in their gaming backlogs. You know, those games we all own and intend to beat, even the ones that are potentially years old at this point. *cough* Final Fantasy XII *cough* Odin Sphere *cough*
It’s a really neat idea, one that I originally read about on Kotaku a few weeks back. I meant to tell my readers about it then, but, you know, disappeared for several weeks as is my way. Since that time, however, I’ve joined the FB group and selected four games from my backlog to work on: Continue reading
So I attempted to log into my blog this morning and found that my username had been mysteriously changed to “sec-w.com.” To the Google I went and learned that this is a problem that’s popped up with a few other WordPress users. I’m not entirely sure how they gained access to my username, but I haven’t noticed anything strange about the site since. I’m planning, however, to backup my content and setup shop on a clean WordPress install. As a result, you will notice a sudden change in the appearance of my site.
PS–Thanks a lot, “sec-w.com.” You’re a real stand-up group.
Update: Okay, I’ve got the site back up and running and removed my old theme as I think it may have had a hand in the breach. For now, I’m using the default WP theme. That should change in the near future.
So, faithful readers, you probably have noticed that it’s been a long while since I last made a post–roughly 53 days, if I’m not mistaken–and perhaps you were wondering whether or not I had dropped dead in my favorite gaming chair, my face buried somewhere between the A and D keys of my mechanical keyboard. Well, wonder no more! My (most recent) hiatus was caused by nothing so macabre as all that. Quite the contrary, something wonderful has happened. On November 28th, my wife gave birth to our first baby, a daughter whom we have named Milleigh (pronounced “mill-lee”) in honor of both her mother and her mother’s mother.
Between gaming, diapers, and finals, it turned out that my time was spread paper-thin and I was presented with the interesting dilemma over Christmas break of whether to invest my time in playing games or writing about them. Continue reading
About a year ago, I was browsing through the iTunes library looking for some awesome and nostalgic video game music to get me through the year. I eventually made my way to Square Enix’s collection deciding that, after making my way for the umpteenth time through the OSTs for both Final Fantasy VII and FFVIII plus their spin-off collections (i.e. piano collections, etc.), it was high time I pick up the OST to FFIX. I found it easily enough, but alas, the full album was outside of my budget. I couldn’t bring myself to pick the watered-down American version of the album, I wanted the full Japanese collection.
I resolved to hold off on the music until I had some more iTunes credit. At the time, I was winning iTunes gift cards with some regularity through various competitions at work so I figured it would not be too long a wait. My patience paid off because Continue reading
Okay, readers, it’s go time. The Kickstarter campaign for Lori and Cori Cole’s new game, Hero-U, just seven days shy of completion, but they still have a ways to go to reach the $400,000 goal that will guarantee the game’s release (right now they’re at about 60%). Trust me on this, these guys know what they’re doing in the way of game development and I have full faith in their ability to make a humorous game that is addictive, challenging, and, most of all, unique. If you haven’t pledged already, head over there now and secure your copy of the game. For a little extra, you can even secure a copy of the game’s sequel! We just have to get this one made first.
Many of you may already be familiar with Lindsey Stirling, the former America’s Got Talent quarter-finalist turned YouTube sensation who combines hip-hop and pseudo-ballet dancing with her beautiful violin arrangements. Stirling is a BYU alum (or at least a former student) and while I hate (but not really) BYU with a passion (GO UTES!), I could probably hit the school with a stone if I stood outside my office and so I sort-of feel like she’s family. She has done a handful of video game music covers, including an awesome rendition of the Skyrim theme with Peter Hollens, but I have to admit I have formed an addiction to her latest, a terrific arrangement of the Assassin’s Creed 3 theme. Check it out below: