Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Neverwinter Nights 2 controversy

As it seems there's been quite the stir over at 1up after one of their reviewers broke the mold of not giving hyped games at least a 7 or 8 on a 10 scale. The reviewer gave Neverwinter Nights 2 a 5! Obviously they ended up pulling the review - can't have that. No doubt after getting pressured by Bioware/Wizards of the Coast/Hasbro and probably the even more powerful people that probably own Hasbro. A computer game is a multi-million dollar investment after all. Can't have writers that we support with freebies, free games and free booze at conventions write bad reviews.

So I was expecting an awful review when I read it. Sure, it wasn't the greatest or even the worst, but it did make some valid points about how story and immersement have taken a back seat compared to hack & slash and rules in CRPGs. After all, it's been quite a while since I played an RPG as immersive as Fallout 1-2 and Planescape: Torment. Vampire: Bloodlines was quite good though. I still havn't played through Oblivion, so jury is still out on that one.

So right now the debacle over at 1up just seems like a sad case of censorship.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Company of Heroes

I've been neglecting my studies a bit too much lately by playing another Relic title, namely Company of Heroes. Very good and addictive game even though I've managed to take a little hiatus now this weekend to study since I've been playing it a lot. The missions are quite long and challenging, so they wear you down after a while. But it's great fun.

Last monday I got my Call of Cthulhu book and it didn't disappoint. We've been playing with an old version, so it was interesting to see how they had done some modification to the ruleset. I also started up another blog, Dr Jack Bundy's blog which features the personal journal of my character in our Call of Cthulhu game. My intention is for my character to keep daily records of the events that he experiences.

I've been looking into getting an MP3 player and it was a tough choice since none really seemed to have all the features I wanted or the price wasn't "right". A crucial thing I wanted was a replacable battery, but hardly any versions seemed to allow that. There was a couple, but then they either missed another feature or didn't have enough space or something else. So I ended up getting a Creative Zen V plus. An okay, cheaper price so in a couple of years when the battery dies I wont feel so bad. Apparently lithium ion batteries that power MP3 players and cell phones lose capacity from their construction date, even if you use them or not. So all you really can do is try and prolong the lifespan as long as possible. I'm hoping though since it was a lithium ion polymer battery which is a newer battery model doesn't lose as much capacity and since its an MP3 player it's hopefully even less. Apparently a laptop lithium ion battery lost 20% year just from normal usage (Wikipedia, 2006).

Study wise it's going alright. We pretty much got top score with the article we wrote. I did an economics knowledge test today that went better than what I had expected. I got two more articles to write, then work on the bachelor paper really begins in a week or so. Then I also have a Business Law class that focuses on negotiation, so I'll be swamped.