Dangerous double daggers

Friday, January 20, 2012 | 03:17 PM | by

It looks like Wednesday's protest against SOPA/PIPA has been heard in a lot of the right places. SOPA has been tabled for the time being with the representative from Texas who introduced the bill stating that he agreed it needed to go back to the drawing board.

It's a step in the right direction, but it would be a mistake to think that it's over and we've won, and we can forget about it now. This is the sort of bill we'll always need to be wary about and keep an eye on. SOPA is tabled, but not dead. Merely hybernating. Will it be less potentially destructive when it returns? I hope so, but we'll have to wait and see. Meanwhile PIPA is still alive and kicking and in need of a good punch to the groin.

The Razer SWTOR Headset contest over, and we have our three winners. Ken Irons took first place with entry #5 (what a surprise). Nicholas Becker (entry #13) and Michael Kersh (entry #16) tied for 2nd place. All three of them will be receiving new SWTOR branded headsets courtesy of the great folks over at Razer. Congratulations guys!

In other news, I forgot to mention this earlier in the week with the whole contest thing and the SOPA/PIPA blackout, but... Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is everything I hoped it would be.

The demo dropped on Tuesday, and while I was on board with this game the instant they announced the creative team behind it, actually getting my hands on it definitely supercharged my excitement for it. In a way, it sort of feels like the game that Fable should have been. Less focused on ridiculous features that sound cool and end up half-delivered, and more focused on just being plain old fun.

If I had one gripe about my time with the demo, it would be that the camera felt too close at times. I kept desperately wanting to pull the camera back a little bit to get a better sense of the action and my surroundings, but that's just me.

I'm really psyched about seeing they world they've built. R.A. Salvatore was one of the earliest Fantasy authors I got into, with the Drizzt trilogies, and the Cleric Quintet (doodad!). I sort of drifted away from his work once I found the more gritty fantasy stylings of George R. R. Martin, but I do have fond memories of the Forgotten Realms with Mr. Salvatore. From what I hear, the lore and history in KoA: Reckoning borders on overwhelmingly deep, so I'm interested to get into it early next month.

Also, stabbing things with daggers is pretty fun.

WEMas 2012!

Friday, January 20, 2012 | 03:25 PM | by

I'm in the midst of planning a few GameDays to celebrate Winter-een-mas 2012 this year. I'm having a bunch of friends come stay with me the latter half of the holiday for gaming and general mischief, so I'm trying to cram as much into the opening days of the celebration as possible.

I can tell you for certain that on Wednesday, January 25th, the first day of Winter-een-mas, I'll be hosting another Leaguefest in League of Legends. Starting at 3pm EST on the 25th, I'll be on LoL pretty much all day (with some breaks for food, etc), running custom normal games, and custom ARAM games for fun. We'll have a custom chatroom that you can join to find games with other people celebrating, and just generally have a good time. I'll post more information that morning.

For Thursday the 26th, I'm still trying to find a game we can play. I'm actually really tempted to break out L4D/L4D2 and jump on Steam to play with you guys. I might also organize something in SWTOR. I'll keep you posted, and I'm certainly open to suggestions.