Evening wear

Technology, wow!

Wednesday, October 5, 2005 | 01:03 PM | by
I suppose as someone who makes it a point to stay on top of what is happening in the wonderful world of video games, it can be easy for me to forget that not everyone craves this level of complete knowledge of what has been, what is, and what soon will be.

So when my best friend came up from New York this past weekend, the person with whom I used to spend every waking hour gaming with, the very activities that inspired this comic strip... when he came up and said to me that he had seen not one screenshot or video of an Xbox 360 game and had no clue what the deal was with the system, I was a bit taken aback.

So I sat down with him for about an hour with a plethora of media to educate him about the next generation systems. I wish I had had this, which is a nice little collection of some of the finer games coming to the 360.

I preordered my 360 the day preorders went live. I bought one of those package deals from EBGames. I know EBGames will soon turn into GameStops, and I grew up with Electronics Boutique, so I want to send them my patronage as often as possible before they disappear.

The bundle comes with all of the standard games I imagine everyone will have to have at launch. Project Gotham, Perfect Dark, Dead or Alive. The fourth game was Kameo, which I wasn't too sure about, until I started reading some of the latest news and screenshots about it. I mean, it is a Rare game, so chances are it will be pretty damned good.

The sooner it gets here, the better. I think my Xbox is on its last legs, after (4?) years of hard use.

Yeah, Dark Iron

Wednesday, October 5, 2005 | 04:39 PM | by
Been having a lot of fun with my World of Warcraft guild on Dark Iron lately, The Rapscallions. We're really a tight-knit community, and it shows.

The other night word came through guild chat that some L40 Human Mage and his buddies were ganking solo Rapscallions out in Arathi. As I was only down in The Plaguelands, I decided to head north and see if I could help out. By the time we got there, the group of Alliance had moved on, but through some pretty nifty detective work, we figured out what quest they were on, and where they were heading next.

So we mounted up and arrived there before them. In their defense, they did at least try and put up a struggle. Each of the many times we slaughtered them.

The human mage even started /spitting on me. I guess he didn't like being on the receiving end of an unfair fight? I even ran down his girlfriend on my undead steed as she fled the battle.

Maybe if he didn't come off as such a jackass, people wouldn't go out of their way to hunt them down? Who knows. I've never had that problem.

Regardless, we are Horde, and four hundred strong. You mess with one of us, you mess with all of us.

Technology, wow! Part Two

Wednesday, October 5, 2005 | 06:06 PM | by
I got my Cintiq 21UX today, and obviously I had to try it out right away.

I got the thing all set up and grabbed one of the sketches from my journal, and started messing around.

I did that in less than ten minutes. It works like a dream. Everything just feels so natural and fluid. Rather than trying to match what I'm doing on a tablet with what I'm seeing on the screen, I just draw right on the screen.

It's a hefty piece of machinery, and pretty expensive, but worth every last penny if you're into digital artwork.


Thursday, October 6, 2005 | 10:21 PM | by
Can anyone out there hook me up with the first three episodes of this season's Lost?

Wow, you guys never cease to amaze with the speediness of your responses. Thanks a bunch everyone! I'm downloading the episodes right now, so I can get caught up with the season in progress. It will be the first time in five years I've attempted to watch a television series as it airs.