Gaming Keypads and Retro Gaming

Video Games - AtariNote: This is not sponsored by any company nor is this a review of any specific product. While I do mention my specific device, this should apply any and all programmable gaming keypads.

As a programmer and a PC gamer, I have an affinity towards programmable gaming keyboards. The ability to create macros on the fly is invaluable both in a game and in an IDE. While I always liked the idea of a gaming keypad, I never really could justify the high price since I already use a programmable gaming keyboard. However, when I found one on sale I bought it without hesitation. I figured, even if I don’t like it for gaming, I could always take it to work and use it with my laptop for programming.

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Nintendo Switch Thoughts: Such Wasted Potential

MiiThe Nintendo Switch is by far the most disappointing console I have ever bought. Not because it is bad, per se but because I had such high hopes for the platform that it just totally failed to deliver on. I have been enamored with the idea of a portable home console since the original Gameboy came out in 1989. Even with the limitations of poor battery life, one of the worst monochrome LCD screens in existence, the inability to play in low light without a monstrosity of a battery-sucking, glare-inducing magnifier / light, the ability to take my NES favorites like Mario, Zelda, and Tetris was pure magic. With the exception of the ahead-of-its-time Sega Nomad, Handhelds always seemed like isolated ecosystems two generations behind the rest of the gaming world. Even the Vita felt closer to the most beautiful PS2 than a handheld PS3.

Enter the Nintendo Switch. Now, you have a home console that can be played anywhere. Handheld and home games are no longer separate experiences; the same game I play on the TV is the same game I play in the palm of my hand. This was my gaming Nirvana.

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E3 2015 Wrap-up

Captjc V6 SmallThis has been one of the better E3 seasons in a while. This generation of consoles have been firmly established so it’s just lots of good games. Also, if there was one theme of this show it was playable female protagonists. As someone who isn’t a fan of the “Large ‘roid-raging Space Marine”, the ability to play as a strong female character is a refreshing change of pace. Besides, if I am going to stare at a character’s ass for 20+ hours, I would prefer it at least be a nice-looking ass. Hopefully this will not be a fad but will continue well into the future.

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ForumWarz – The Game of Intarweb Pwnage.

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.