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Desktop Tower Defense

Scott Rippee @ 5:45 pm Sunday, November 18th, 2007

I learned about Desktop Tower Defense from Tom Distler’s blog. It’s so much fun, but heed Tom’s warning.

I made the mistake of watching one of those youtube videos, embedded in google search results, that I would have rather not seen before having a chance to solidify a winning strategy of my own.

Starcraft 2 officially announced!

UnderpaidLoveMonki @ 8:56 am Saturday, May 19th, 2007

It’s been awhile since the last time I played video games. The last one was Warcraft III and before that was Starcraft/Broodwar. With this annoucement, I may have to restart my crazy gaming days again which were long gone during my tenure as a graduate student.

Anywho, here’s the official announcement and some screenshots and videos of the game.

Rubik’s Cube Madness :)

Scott Rippee @ 11:34 pm Saturday, February 24th, 2007

I’ve been screwing around with rubik’s cubes lately, mostly because of a wager with a few co-workers, and thought that this was pretty interesting when I spotted it on 37signals

Check out this online rubik’s cube game to help improve your “skillz” and remember not to wager engineers when it comes to solving the Rubik’s.

A couple friends have a pyramid rubik’s. I played around with one for a while last week and it was pretty entertaining. I’ll have to search around for one.

This looks like my nightmare:

Burning Crusade: One Week Later

Cory Maddox @ 1:07 am Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Just an update on my current status on the new Rivendare server.

I have reached level 30, and my current playtime is just under 3 days.
This is going smoother than any character previously, and I have had all blues since 25.
The server currently seems pretty even on a horde to alliance ratio, and I have not ran into an overpopulation of either of them.

My Shadow Priest Simbul at 30 - With the new Guild Tabard, hahaha.
Simbul at 30

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Burning Crusades: Starting Fresh as Horde

Cory Maddox @ 12:56 am Friday, January 19th, 2007

As I am sure many know, The Burning Crusades expansion has been released for World of Warcraft.
This post is just a small update and info on my current character. Me and all of my friends decided to start on a brand new server, and switched from Alliance to Horde. It has been a blast so far, and its great to be on a brand new server.

A fresh economy and everyone rushing to make a name for themselves. No famous guilds or people yet, and everyone is on even footing. It is a much more enjoyable experience to raise a new character on a new server for me than to create a new character on an already established server. So watch out West Coast PVP server Rivendare, Rakuin is in the house.

Current PVP Kills = 11
Average Level of PVP Kills = 31
Current PVP Deaths = 3
Current Level = 24



Games to look forward to: Xbox 360 Edition

Cory Maddox @ 5:08 pm Thursday, January 11th, 2007

Welcome to the first part of my series of articles covering the games I am anticipating the most. These articles will include screenshots and some information on the games. The first console I am covering will be the Xbox 360.

Fable 2
This is an action/adventure follow up to Fable 1. If the creative team behind this can get it to match all of the promises of the first game, which were not even closely met, it will be a strong contender for Action/Adventure game of the year for 2007. I myself believe that they will go beyond what they promised with the first one and suprise a lot of people, with a long and replayable game.


How-to: Lengthen the Nintendo Wii Sensor bar cable for use with a Projector.

Cory Maddox @ 6:34 pm Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

This is a rather simple guide, but no photos right now.

Required tools
1. Scissors
2. A lighter (key item)
3. Speaker Wire
4. Tape or something to cover up the wire once you have spliced it.

Step one: Cut the sensor bar cable wherever you would like to splice in additional wire.
Step two: Strip enough of the wire so you have access for splicing.
Step three: With the lighter, carefully burn the coating off the wire so you are able to splice it. The wire is enameled, so without doing this step the cable will not work at all.
Step four: Splice the speaker wire with the sensor bar cable.
Step five: Set up your sensor bar with its now extended cable at the base or top of your projector screen, and off you go.

For those of you who do not feel comfortable doing this with your one and only sensor bar you can pick up another one from the Nintendo shop for just $10.

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R.I.P. Lik-sang.com

Cory Maddox @ 10:14 am Tuesday, October 24th, 2006


Do not know quite what to say about this. Sony has caused Lik-sang.com to shut down due to multiple lawsuits. They used tactics to bleed the company dry in legal fees, opening as many cases as possible in as many regions as possible.


Hong Kong, October 24th of 2006 - Lik-Sang.com, the popular gaming retailer from Hong Kong, has today announced that it is forced to close down due to multiple legal actions brought against it by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Sony claimed that Lik-Sang infringed its trade marks, copyright and registered design rights by selling Sony PSP consoles from Asia to European customers, and have recently obtained a judgment in the High Court of London (England) rendering Lik-Sang’s sales of PSP consoles unlawful.

Lik-sang.com was my prefered online shop to import games from Japan and other countries. It was one of the most popular, and only websites that offered this service to gamers worldwide. I was able to pre-order games and get them days after they were released in Japan, for the same cost as a US release. In addition they sold many things that are not avaliable anywhere else, and offered deals that cannot be matched on things such as Metal DDR pads.

Sony has sunk to a new low with this effort. Here is Sony’s justification:

ultimately, we’re trying to protect consumers from being sold hardware that does not conform to strict EU or UK consumer safety standards, due to voltage supply differences et cetera; is not - in PS3’s case - backwards compatible with either PS1 or PS2 software; will not play European Blu-Ray movies or DVDs; and will not be covered by warranty

To “protect consumers” they have just, to put it kindly, raped the import market, removing one of the only places avaliable for average consumers to get things for a resonable price. This reeks of greed, more than anything. Shut down the little guy who sells our hardware for cheaper than we do in the UK. Consumers who are importing know damn well what they are buying, and do not need protection from Sony.

Goodbye Free Worldwide Shipping on Imports.
Goodbye to the supplier who sold me my DS Lite months before a US release.
Goodbye to the supplier who provided me with Berserk, Bleach, Soul Caliber 2, Naruto 1, Naruto 2, Naruto 3, Naruto 4, and countless other games. Not to mention mugs, t-shirts, and more.

Farewell Lik-sang.com. The gaming community will miss you.

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Flash Player 9 Fl0ws onto Linux.

Cory Maddox @ 12:25 pm Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Great news for those Linux users out there who have been screwed by web content creators for the past year and a half or so. The beta version of Flash Version 9 is out. So run on over to Adobe Labs and grab it. :)

Getting it working is as simple as the following steps:

1. Download the installer for linux.
2. “tar xvf” the installer.
3. cp libflashplayer.so into /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox/plugins/ if you are root, or into ~/.mozilla/plugins/ if you are a user.
4. Restart firefox.
5. Flow Click Me

You now have Flash 9 working in Linux as well as a page that, “gasp”, makes flash seem decent.
In addition you did not even have to pay $600 and buy a PS3 to play Fl0w.

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Japanese, Dual Katana Wielding, Bikini Wearing, Cowboy Samurai Zombie Slaying Xbox 360 Game.

Cory Maddox @ 3:53 pm Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

What more is there to say?

Oneechanbara VorteX

Oneechanbara VorteX

I wonder who thought up the concept of this game…

Exec #1: We really need to penetrate the Japanese market, if we want to stand any chance during this next generation showdown.
Exec #2: So all we have to do is combine all the things the Japanese might like into one game, and we are guarenteed a hit.
Three hours of market research later….. (checked random DBZ forums)
Exec #1: We have DONE IT. The market research has shown us that the Japanese want Women in Bikinis, Katanas, Samurai, and Zombie Slaying. This is brilliant.
Marketing: It is not American enough for our console’s “Image”. It is completly lacking in racing, and World War 2 aspects.
Exec #2: No worries, we have that covered also, the main heroin will wear…. a cowboy hat, nothing more American than that.
Modeler: Oh hell yes I will model that.
Game Programmer: Huh…. guess it couldn’t be any worse than programming the physics to trap a monkey in a plastic ball.


Future PSWii60 Combo

Cory Maddox @ 5:56 pm Friday, October 13th, 2006

October and November this year are going to be expensive, expensive, expensive. :)


Wiiiiii. :)

Luckily I was able to take care of both my Wii and PS3 pre-order this week. Now I will be able to avoid the insane PS3 shortages at launch, and more importantly, I will not loose an arm to the angry soccer mothers looking to get “The new Nintendo, console thingie” for their little Billies and Stephanies.

STampede for Wii

The months of September to November have been and will continue to be amazing for console gaming. Final Fantasy 12, Okami, Persona 3 (Devil Summoner), Zelda Twilight Princess, Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi 2, as well as two new console launches.

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Microsoft giving out refunds to people who paid to repair a 2005 console.

Cory Maddox @ 12:02 pm Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Microsoft: As part of our standard and ongoing process of analyzing repair data, we recently noticed a higher than usual number of units coming in for repair. Upon further investigation, it was further discovered that the bulk of the units were isolated to a group that was part of the initial manufacturing run of the console. Returns for repair are coming in for a variety reasons and it’s a higher rate than we are satisfied with. We’ve made the decision to comp repairs for consoles manufactured before January 1, 2006, and provide refunds to the small group of customers who have already paid for repairs.

So for the unlucky like me, we are now in luck. :) Microsoft has done what it should have done from the start. Refund checks will be in the mail in 5 to 8 weeks. For those who have not had issues. I highly recommend you call Microsoft and purchase a 2 year service contract. It is like $50. They do not advertise it anywhere as far as I can tell, so call up and ask for one, and if you are lucky, your console will still be under the starting warranty, so you can extend it.

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Joy + Stick

Scott Rippee @ 8:44 pm Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006
linux tux snow game

Its been a cold long year for Linux, gaming, and me. Well, maybe not cold, but my mouse is pretty frosty in regard to fraggin’ action. Having been a big fan of Quake2 and 3 I was locked and loaded when I picked up a X2 w/ GeForce 7800 PCI Express system, about a year ago. I was ready to get some hot action brewing between myself and Quake 4 and Doom 3. I loaded up faithful Gentoo Linux and my games only to discover choppy video with crackling sound or no sound and amazingly smooth video.

Being a little stubborn I declared that Windows was never going on my glowing box just so I could gib up some time. So I hacked long and searched hard, but eventually lacking in determination and will, I surrendered and let my weeping Force de Ge lounge around like an old dog surviving another long dry day. That was until XGL and compiz dazzled my existence, but thats another post.

Today I got a good surprise. When getting OpenGL, GLX, and such re-setup something software snapped into place and not only did I get working what I was shooting for, Second Life (which is really interesting), but also all of my other games then worked with acceleration and perfect sound. Not much time to frag, but at least now Cory can no longer snicker at the thought of the poor tool who can not convince his Linux box to play with him.

Xbox 360 total cost after only 7 months = 679$, Cheaper than a PS3 ? I think not.

Cory Maddox @ 4:22 pm Friday, August 4th, 2006

I guess I could blame myself for this, for trusting that Microsoft would actually release a reliable piece of hardware. During the first three months of the Xbox 360 release, when all the problems were cropping up and people were getting their replacement units quickly from Microsoft, I guess I felt kinda lucky that I did not have any issues, and that I had a unit which was running flawlessly. But today I learnt that I would have been better off having a problem then. Then I would have actually got my issue taken care of in a reasonable manner and mabey got a unit that was not from the first batch of trash.

While a friend was over last night I decided to toss in Fight Night Round 3 and start up a game, but as soon as the game loaded my sound system started screaming and the video went out of synch then locked up. About 4 seconds later the screen went black and I got three lovely red LED’s on the front of my Xbox 360.


Undeniable proof that video games can be art.

Cory Maddox @ 10:03 pm Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

While I was gaming earlier tonight, wandering around aimlessly in a beautiful artistic world, I decided to make this post. The mental trigger to make this post was a passing thought of how absurd the negative press on gaming has been lately. Everywhere you look the past few years, there are politicians and lawyers jumping on the “games cause kids to kill” train. Regardless of the facts that state that youth crime rates are at an all time low and the studies that show video games help build critical thinking and cause children to think more. They spout biased studies that have no real proof of anything, and sometimes even flat out lies. Instead of accepting the reality that BAD PARENTING levels are at an all time high, and getting worse every day, they ignore this and try to pass laws and regulations. As far as I am concerned, this not only helps nothing at all, but actually gives parents even more room to do less.

I cannot fathom how people do not look at some of these games and see them as breathtaking. There have been many games that could be seen as art, with amazing soundtracks and stunning visuals, such as Shadows of the Colossus. The game I am playing tonight though is like a moving painting, with almost every single frame being worthy of a screen capture. Currently it is only avaliable in Japan, but will be out here soon. Each new area I make it to in the game is more beautiful than the previous, so I wanted to post this video I recorded of just a single tiny area, that by itself could be art. This tiny section is just the corner of a portrait that anti-game peple would never see, because of voilence.

Download AVI File