It is almost the end of the first official day of E3. Here are some of the things that really stood out to me. This seems to be Nintendo’s year. You can tell because Sony and Microsoft are shamelessly copying them (I will give more on Smart Glass and Sony Smash Bros Battle Royal later), but it is also Nintendo’s show to lose. If I seem to bitch about Nintendo all the time, it isn’t because I am some hater or some rabid fanboy, but because it is part of my childhood and I want them to succeed.
Retro Game Challenge takes the crown from my previous favorite, Beat Hazard, as my new favorite game. Don’t get me wrong, I own a metric shit-tonne of games and there plenty of them I like (and many I still haven’t gotten around to playing much less beating, 179 as of writing this), however it is a special kind of game that can be labeled as a favorite. They are typically challenging enough to be fun but not too hard as to be frustrating, have massive replayability, and are easy to jump into for gaming sessions quick or long. These tend to be either of the Arcade-style variety or free-form strategy games. While I do love RPG’s and story-driven FPS games, they are much harder to put down for a long while and then pick them back up again. I also prefer games that can be started and finished in less than a couple of hours. I do have a hard time playing really long games. I usually get bored sometime around the 25-30 hour mark. For that reason, I don’t play Japanese RPG’s (that and I can’t stand grinding) or MMO’s (I also refuse to pay monthly to keep playing a game).
I have played around with Linux for a long time. I bought (yes, bought) a copy of Red Hat 5 at a flea market when I was 12. Over a decade later, I have been keeping up with it on and off. Until I got my Macbook, linux has been my programming environment of choice (when I had a choice). Having grown up with my childhood disaster that was Red Hat 5, graduating to Red Hat 9 (another purchase), and later Fedora Core 2-4 (I liked FC3 but 4 was a complete disaster IMO), switching to a bunch of different distros (including Scientific Linux, and the late great PHLAK Linux) and settling on this new little distro called Ubuntu, I have watched Linux grow and mature from a hobby *NIX clone to the OS we know and love. I have also been going back and forth between Desktop Managers / Desktop environments for as long as I have been using Linux. I started with nothing (I couldn’t for the life of me get RH5 to run X on my old 486 Packard Bell), tried Red Hat’s Gnome (GNOME 2.x), Caldera‘s KDE (KDE 2.x), WindowMaker, AfterStep, XFCE, watched GNOME evolve from a cool GUI to a dumbed-down bloated experience, and watched KDE go from a Fisher-Price overly-complex mess to the debacle known as KDE 4.0.
I have recently been engrossed in the free Internet-based game, Forumwarz. It can best be described as a Massively Single-player online game of internet Pwnage. The object is to “pwn” forums on a fake version of the internet. As either a Troll, Emo, or Camwhore, the player takes on various missions to take down and infect forums through the use of attacks and a steady regime of drugs. The game play is similar to many turn-based RPGs — Get a mission, stock up on supplies, Battle, and level up. Missions get money to buy supplies. Community forums give a nice place to level up. To keep you with a steady supply of cash (in in this case Flezz), everyday strangers will send you useless crap which can be sold to buy more supplies.
The environment is wonderful. To say that this game is offensive is an understatement. It is just plain FUCKED UP! It parodies internet and pop cultures while including enough crude humor and sexual perversions to make Fred Phelps shit his pants.
I Highly recommend Forumwarz to anyone with a sick and demented sense of humor.