Visiting a New World All Over Again–A Review of Skyrim

As most people know (who know me), I’m a big fan of good computer games, especially ones that are deeply absorbed in roleplaying. I loved Fallout 3 (even with all of its flaws), and I’ve probably played most of the major online MMORPGs, although I’ve missed out on a few recent ones. Shortly before Skyrim, I was playing Star Wars: … Read More

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A Simple Story of a Little Jedi Girl…a review of Star Wars: The Old Republic

As the crowd cleared before her, Zontara realized she was standing in front of her adversary, a gang leader who had stolen the holocron from the ancient jedi temple. She had tracked him to this planet, fought through bandits, thieves and hooligans until she finally tracked the device to this room. Her companion, a large lizard beast who had been … Read More

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The Evolution of Writing in Online Computer Games

Recently, I started playing Star Wars: The Old Republic, often shortened to TOR. Up until this time, I was a huge fan of World of Warcraft, as was practically every other computer geek on the planet. However, having always been a fan of Star Wars, I figured that when it came out, I would have to try it out. But … Read More

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Learning to Code can sometimes be like learning to disarm nuclear weapons but harder

A long time ago, I was learning the computer language COBOL. The first two books I went through were very simple. It was almost like learning to tie my shoes. And then the third book was like learning calculus right after learning subtraction. Nothing made sense. And everything before had almost no relevance to anything that came after. I experienced … Read More

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Creating Apps, Programming and Just Plain Ole’ Creativity

Recently, I mentioned that I had decided to start making apps. Originally, my thought was to program in Android, mainly because I wasn’t a fan of Apple’s nefarious walled garden. But then I started to realize that all of my Internet stuff was involved with Mac/Apple, including my iPhone and my iPad, so I ended up buying a MacBook Pro … Read More

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What it All Comes Down to

I guess it’s time for another update on what’s going on, what’s on my mind, and where I think things are going. 1. My Readership. I suspect I really don’t have anyone reading this blog (my main one). It gets printed also on Open Salon, which might grant me a few readers there, but even there it’s a crap shoot … Read More

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Revisiting Old Computer Games

Over the last weekend, I was taking a break from writing, and I found myself looking for a computer game to play. I was already tired of the current crop of games out there, so I was looking for something new, different, or just not the same old game. So I went onto Steam’s site, looking for a game to … Read More

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Bioware is Ripping Off Gamers Again

Last year, one of the better games to come out was one called Dragon Age, and it was created by famed game design company Bioware. I’ve been a huge fan of Bioware for many years, mainly because they created some of the best roleplaying games known to mankind, like Neverwinter Nights, Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect. Well, … Read More

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Civilization V Review–A Lot Like An Old Friend Who Can’t Remember Your Name

I’ve been a big fan of the Civilization PC game series since the very first one came out. Sid Meier is considered one of the gods of computer gaming, and there’s a good reason for it. He completely understood what gamers like, and he brought that experience to each and every one of us who paid money to pay that … Read More

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All Common Sense Aside, a Virtual Girlfriend Sounds Like a Great Idea

I know we like to rag on the Japanese for adopting really ridiculous concepts like having virtual relationships with cartoon characters from computer games, but after thinking about it a bit, I’m starting to think that maybe they’re onto something here. I mean, let’s face it. I haven’t done all that well with human girls/women. The few I’ve dated have … Read More

duaneAll Common Sense Aside, a Virtual Girlfriend Sounds Like a Great Idea