Youtube and Controversies: Political attitudes, conservatism and the struggle with being non-political

For those who don’t actually already know this, my Ph.D work is in political science, and since then I’ve taught political science for years before adding another graduate degree and focusing on communication. However, one thing that always seemed to grate at me was that no matter how hard I tried to be non-political, it was practically impossible. Not for … Read More

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The Avatar Returns to the World of Britannia (An Early Review of Shroud of the Avatar after its official release)

For the longest time, I was holding out on playing Shroud of the Avatar. Which is kind of strange, considering the fact that I’m exactly the type of player the game has been looking for. You see, I grew up as a programmer and gamer while playing every Ultima game ever made. If you follow the natural evolution of that … Read More

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Customer service is becoming an artifact of a time that has long since passed

The other night I was watching Game of Thrones on HBO Now through my Apple TV (yes, how many products can I mention in one sentence?). Up until now, Apple TV and HBO Now has been a great service where I’ve really enjoyed the shows and the quality used to bring them to me. However, on this evening (and the … Read More

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Origin Offers A Free Copy of Ultima VIII

Most people who know me know that I am probably one of the greatest fans of the Ultima franchise ever. There probably isn’t a title in the series that I don’t remember with great fondness, including some of the more obscure entries in the series. I was probably one of those rare individuals who was devastated when Richard Garriott decided … Read More

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Dealing with companies with horrible (or lack of) customer service

Recently, I’ve been dealing with one of those companies known for horrible customer service. You know, one of those corporate entities that everyone loves to hate, yet they keep doing their thing, somehow convinced that people will just forget about horrible customer service in the past, forgive them completely and even though they haven’t done anything to fix anything, their … Read More

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From the too little, too late file: Sim City is going to allow offline play

Last year or so, EA/Maxis released the latest version of Sim City, the continued offspring of one of the originally wonderful games to come out on PC. Unfortunately, it had some things wrong with it. Okay, I’m being nice. It had a LOT wrong with it. So much that after a week of trying to play it, I deleted it … Read More

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Sim City: A Game You’ll Learn to Love and Hate

I recently bought the new release of Sim City (from Electronic Arts, using its subsidiary Maxis Software, which is bought some years back). Maxis used to be one of the greatest companies on the planet, creating Sim City, the Sims and then Spore (which was a little after they were bought by EA). However, Sim City has always been the … Read More

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EA’s Sim City Reboot Isn’t Going As Planned…unless you’re one of the disasters that destroys the cities

On the third day of the release of the new Sim City by EA’s Maxis studio, things have gone from reviews of “best game ever” to “what a crappy piece of s4#&!” The problem isn’t the game itself, although some complaints have started to come in on that level as well (like how small the cities are in comparison to … Read More

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The Secret World: An MMORPG that’s struggling to make itself known

Recently, NCSoft announced that City of Heroes Freedom is closing shop. NCSoft did this because it was trying to consolidate its properties, and (at least according to me) it chose to close a pretty profitable property to focus on its other crap…I mean games. In October, the game will shut down, and it will no longer be accessible. Therefore, I … Read More

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The Strange World of Free to Play (F2P) Games

Lately, I’ve been playing City of Heroes, which for those who don’t know it, is a massively multiplayer online persistant world game, often referred to as an MMO, or an MMORPG (for role playing game). Years ago, I started playing the game, when I was bored with whatever other MMO I was playing at the time, and recently, I installed … Read More

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