The up, left, and sideways

Monday, February 6, 2006 | 03:23 AM | by
So the Steelers won, the Seahawks lost. I didn't agree with a couple of those calls. I don't think the Steelers should have been awarded a couple of those possessions. However they played hard, they won, congratulations Pittsburgh. Seattle, better luck next time.

So we still don't have a concrete date on Oblivion yet, but they have released the system specs, if you haven't seen them already:


  • 3 Ghz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor
  • 1 GB System RAM
  • ATI X800 series, Nvidia GeForce 6800 series, or higher video card
Minimum System Requirements:

  • Windows XP
  • 512MB System RAM
  • 2 Ghz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor
  • 128MB Direct3D compatible video card and DirectX 9.0 compatible driver;
  • 8x DVD-ROM drive
  • 4.6 GB free hard disk space
  • DirectX 9.0c (included)
  • DirectX 8.1 compatible sound card
  • Keyboard, Mouse
Pretty hefty, so you may want to start gearing up now for the hopeful March release. That is, if you're planning to get the game on the PC like I am.

The way I see it, when you look at Morrowind and the staggering accumulation of player-made content for the PC version, and then realize that Xbox players got none of that, the option is clear. Now of course I realize not everyone has a choice between platforms.

But if you do have that choice, I think in the long run you'll be happier with the open-ended PC platform that can extend your gameplay infinitely. Consoles are catching up in terms of downloadable content, but are still restricted to developer offerings. And I find the fanbases are by far more fervent and diligent when it comes to creating new game content.

I've got my sights set on a new blood infusion for the Xbox 360 this month. Two titles I've been anticipating are scheduled for release, Full Auto and Fight Night. I love the Xbox 360, and I think it's got some great potential, but let's face it; things need to pick up. The console is hurting for a game library above and beyond Live! Arcade (although I am pretty psyched about Street Fighter). So I'll be pouncing on these two titles as soon as they come about.

I hope most of you have heard about this, but if you haven't, you're gonna love it. A group of guys got together and made Jack Thompson's game, and it's deliciously violent. Check it out.

Monkey ain't kidding

Tuesday, February 7, 2006 | 03:05 AM | by
Just tried the "I'm OK" game after over 30 minutes of "freaking thing won't work". Seriously, this is some very good stuff. The guys behind it really know what they are doing and they created something that really worth trying, at least once. It is, however, not suitable for work, so consider yourself warned.

Looking at the quality of their progress, I'm pretty sure that Paul Eibeler's favorite charity will be receiving a nice donation shortly.



Tuesday, February 7, 2006 | 02:59 PM | by
This is too funny.

Thanks Julie, for sending that in!

Digital Overload Hotels, etc

Tuesday, February 7, 2006 | 03:52 PM | by
I know a lot of people have been running into issues getting a hotel room for Digital Overload because you have to be 21 years old to rent a room at our official hotels. People have been arranging room-shares, but other people have been stuck without a place to stay.

I have some good news. We've spoken to the Holiday Inn and they are willing to make an exception in their policy for our event. For Digital Overload they will rent hotel rooms to people 18 and over with a valid ID. Here is the updated hotel information for the Holiday Inn:

Holiday Inn Downtown (website)
$119/night (single, double, triple or quad)
• The Holiday Inn is located 1 block from the Rhode Island Convention Center, so you don’t have to worry about a car all weekend.
• Parking is an additional $12 per 24 hour period, but that means that you don’t have to pay for parking at the convention center.
• If you are 18-20 years old, and would like to book a room at the Holiday Inn, please call (401) 831-3900 and ask for Angel.

Digital Overload is now only a little more than a month away. There are still some tickets available, but they're going fast.

Digital Overload will have LAN gaming (you can bring your own computer, or rent one) as well as table-top gaming and consoles. It's shaping up to be a really fun weekend, so check out the website for more info!