Thursday, November 20, 2008

Gaming and Games 1

Tiny adventures.

Tiny adventures is nice little time waster application on facebook that gives an entertaining romp thru some DnD "gameplay".

The game basically plays itself so no need to worry about it ever minute of the day. The characters are not terribly customizeable due to program limitations but it can involve some gear switching and assistance from your facebook friends. If you have any.

The number generator appears to be random most of the time but seems to get very angry and start rolling a string of single digit numbers. The rolls seem to square up in the long run avraging out to what it should but it seem to know when you NEED to win, and it makes you lose. But that's just a gripe.

The big thing in the game is as you complete the adventures of a certain character you retire that character for the next "Generation" and doing so unlocks some useful and interesting things, like more options or abilities to get thru the game.

Good game little timewaster overall, with a few annoying problems, hopefully they expand on this idea and make a slightly more interactive and extanded version next.

Extra news:

PETA, those crazy animal rights people have done it again. Their new game is aimed to please, and just in time for the holidays.

PETA's up to it's high standards once again, blowing things out of proportion like a one eyed crazy person. I understand the want to protect animals from animal cruelty and all that jazz, but seriously? Do they have video footage that isn't 10 or more years old? Do those scare tactics work? Personally I'm offended by this game, not because of the blood, guts, and sinew, but because they attacked a completely wholesome idea, a video game about cooking.

Not even a real chef, or a major corporation that kills thousands of tasty tasty animals for our enjoyment and consumption. A videogame. Their claim? Meat is bad, Blah blah blah. Oh and there should be a vegitarian version of the game, for vegans(cause milk and butter are evil too).

Did they approach the company with the idea for the game? No. Did they even make a broad suggestion? Nope, other than the normal moaning about how meat is bad. Yet they attacked the innocent fictional character.

I'm sure that nothing will happen to PETA because of this other than the free press from the reactions posted all over the internet.

The quality is low and the simulation is of something I can be safe in saying 99.9% at least, of all cooks would never have to do. Head and feathers still on? Giblets still attached to the interior of the bird? Wow, I feel like buying a frozen turkey to beat live turkies to death with, thanks PETA! Not really, but anything to be contrary to PETA's freakish desire to keep me from eating meat.

Happy Thanksgiving PETA! I'll send a picture of my super turducken as I put it together. Chicken strips surrounded by meatloaf wrapped in a few sliced up turkey breasts and then the whole thing wrapped up in a pork loin. Serve with sausage gravy AND giblet gravy. And If I can get my hands on it maybe use some duckfat to keep the interior moist, and some thin slices of goat meat as a garnish to give the whole thing some international flare.

NEXT TIME: Gaming and Games 2: Sunday RPG Session 1

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Caution: Memetic Hazard 1

Meme, anyone familiar with the term probably knows it from it's plethora of incarnations on the internet. The number and evolution of memes is said to be a study in how biological beings evolve. The strong survive, the weak die off. Not all memes are bad, but many are destroying our society, we'll be covering the bad ones.

But first a lesson.
Now that that's done.

Motivators or more commonly demotivators.

Initially a simple encouragement tool for office workers, used to cheaply fill wallspace in otherwise barren offices, it's transformed by the fickle and often crazed minds that inhabit the internet. The idea is simple; a picture, a title, and a small statement about the picture or title. the whole thing should motivate, or enlighten, however the images are often of an offensive, erotic or just simply weird origin and are ment to confuse, anger, arouse, and sometimes more than one.

And that's the problem with this meme. Abuse. Speaking of the abuse you can make your own. Go here.
Congratulations, you're part of the Meme now. For good or for bad, welcome to the internet, it's not likely the first meme you've encountered but this is one of the more common and when topical can be entertaining to read thru a few dozen at a time of the thousands out there on the internet.

NEXT TIME: another memetic hazard and possibly a few lessons on keeping yourself from perpetuating them.

1 GET!

Stupid internet, I've avoided these things for so long but things change.

It's time to build a virtual community! All bow down to the Blog Gods and weep as the mightiest blog ever is brought before your eyes.

Future posts to inculde...

Caution: Memetic Hazard
Mr. Moneybags
Steam and Strategy
Gaming and Games
and anything else I can come up with that is only important to me but other peple may find interesting.