Archive for March, 2011

Star Trek Online

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The foundry has finally gone live on the holodeck server of Star Trek Online. For those not in the know, the foundry allows its users to creat and play User Created Missions, or more commonly referred to as User Generated Content(UGC). The Foundry has been available for beta testing on the Star Trek Online Tribble server for a while, however it’s now finished and on the main live server, so that everyone can make all their star trek stories and ideas come to life.

Why is this such a big deal? because it increases the content of Star Trek Online, by leaps and bounds. Their will be new missions added, not just weekly but daily! Will the missions be any good though? Well, if you ask any sci-fi geek, he will tell you that star trek fans are one of the most creative groups of people you will find. So, yes! The UGC has high potential for some fantastic missions and stories. In fact, even though The Foundry has been out but for a few days, there are already a few good stories out! Don’t believe me? Check out to Helna and Back, Deep Space 11 and Dissent Part I: Walking in the Air. These are but a few of the already great stories published in just a couple of days.

Granted, at the moment, most of the stories aren’t high quality, however that’s because people are learning the tools and creating basic missions in order to get a feel for things. When they do however, the great missions will come pouring in!

This also means that there will be more missions available for the Klingon faction. As most STO players are aware, the Klingons have been largely ignored in terms of missions, quests and klingon exclusive storylines, because they were intended to be used mainly for PVP, however now the users and players have a chance to change all that, since they themselves can begin making content for the klingon faction.

Basically, the Foundry has some huge potential and I am very excited to see where all this leads.

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One of the most common things known about me, is that I read, collect and enjoy Comic books.In fact, my favorite comic company is Marvel Comics, though I am definitely not a Marvel Fanboy, as I also enjoy a number of titles from DC comics. I just tend to prefer Marvel, since their stories have just a little more realism to them. At least as much realism as you can have when you are producing stories about people in colorful tights swinging through Manhattan on spider webs. I am mentioning all of this here, because while my love for comics is pretty much common knowledge, I am not 100% sure if I have mentioned it here in my blog.

Another thing I enjoy is Sci-Fi. I am also one of those sci-fi geeks, who enjoy both star wars and star trek equally, and really don’t prefer one over the other, since I firmly believe they are both fantastic franchises in their own right.

All that being said, it’s now time to get down to the meat of this post.

I was digging around in my comic collection and came across a Star trek comic, which was produced by Marvel Comics. The series was titled “Star Trek: Early Voyages” and the only one I had, was the Special Final issue. I originally had picked it up, because to be honest, it was the first time I had seen the title, otherwise I would have gotten the whole series, but the other reason I picked it up, was because it was the final issue. I am a sucker for first issues and final issues.

Anyway, I flipped through the book, and looked at the back of the mag, where they say their farewells, and how great it’s been producing the comic, and how they hope you had as much reading them, as they did producing them. You know the routine.

Anyway, after their “Good-bye”, there was a little blurb. I will quote it here.

Attention to all subscribers of EARLY VOYAGES – after this issue, your subscription will be transferred to IRON MAN! Face it, True Believer – You’ve definitely hit the jackpot! If you already have a subscription to IRON MAN, it will be extended accordingly!

To that I say: Huh?!

How does that even make sense?! Where do I start? To begin with, how fucked up is that? If I were subscribing I would be seriously pissed off! To begin with, I think it’s a tad unfair that they willingly took your cash, then cancelled the stories you were interested in, but then to add insult to injury, they decide instead of returning your money prorated, they would just keep it, and pick out a comic themselves to send to you!

Hey, if they want to keep your cash, fine! At least give the subscribers a choice of what comic they want though! It’s their money! They should have a choice on what it goes for!

Speaking of choices? The whole “your subscription will be transferred to IRON MAN! Face it, True Believer – You’ve definitely hit the jackpot!” line? Just stupid! To begin with, they cancelled the comic that the subscriber was interested in! That’s what the subscriber wanted to read. If they wanted Iron Man, they would have subscribed to Iron Man to begin with! So, I ask you, how the hell is that hitting the jackpot? What it should say is “Face it subscriber – You definitely got screwed and didn’t even get taken to dinner first!”

That’s pretty much all the ranting I have regarding that.

Cover of "Back to the Future"

Cover of Back to the Future

When I was a small little tyke, there were several movies I loved. These movies included such classics as Ghostbusters and of course Gremlins, however it also included the greatest time traveling movie ever written: Back to the Future. Not familiar with it? If you haven’t seen Back to the Future, then I really do feel sorry for you, because you are missing out on a major modernish movie classic!

However, the point of this blog post is not to sing the praises of such a glorious film, although it truly does deserve a song of glory! No, the point of this post is to talk about “Back to the Future: The Game“! Obviously, as you can tell by the title, the game is based on the Back to the Future film series. It takes place about 6 months after the events of the third film, and let’s you control Marty McFly in this time traveling jaunt through the chronosphere.

The game is a blast, though in all fairness, may not be appealing to everyone. It’s an inventory based adventure game, meaning if you despised games like Sam & Max or Sierra Games titles like Space Quest, Police Quest or Kings Quest, then chances are you will not appreciate this game. If however, you do like those types of games, then you are definitely in for a treat!

Back to the Future: The Game, is brought to you by TellTale games, and like its previous Sam & Max and Monkey Island titles, it too is episodic, meaning you will get to play once chapter a month, for 5 months. This will allow you to take your time, and not rush through the game. Savor the puzzles and enjoy the unfolding story.

The voice acting in the game is fantastic, especially the guy who does the voice of Marty McFly! He sounds exactly like Michael J. Fox! In fact, he may sound more like Michael J. Fox, than Michael J. Fox!

Also, Christopher Lloyd returns, and uses his voice to reprise his role as Doctor Emmet Brown!

The game is available on both PC and PS3 (Through PSN), so pick your platform of choice, and sit back, and play this marvelous game!

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, 1957

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The time is here! The time is here!
It’s been yet again another year!
One more year, since the year before,
and many, many more, since 1904!

In your life, you did many great deeds!
You provided us with many great reads!
You wrote about eggs, that were colored green
and about grinches, who were really mean!
You told of fishes both red and blue,
and of an elephant who once heard a who!

I say in all seriousness, and not in jest!
Your stories were great! better than best!
They are still read, they stood the test!
I think they are better than all the rest!

Wish you were around, to hear how I say,
How much I miss you in this world of today,
and how thankful I am of all that you did,
and loved all the stories you gave to this kid.

So, even though you aren’t here today.
I had something I really wanted to say.
You brought me joy, You helped me play,
and now I wish you a happy birthday!

–By Shaide–

History of video game consoles (sixth generation)

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MyGamercard.net was a webservice that allowed you to create an Xbox 360 Gamercard, to proudly display on your website or blog. I used it, as did many other gaming bloggers. Unfortunately, the website shut it’s doors, and left many without a gamercard badge to show of on their website.

However, after looking around the web, I found a service that fits me perfetly, and it might fit you as well. The website is called ZaamIT, and too, allows you to create a gamercard for your blog! In fact, I am using it now.

True, the styles are limited, but they are unique, and I believe that there is a style that will fit most everyone! So, if you are one of the people who found yourself out in the cold, you should at least check this service out. You might find yourself surprised.