Thursday, July 26, 2012

38 Studios' Financial Woes

 I was saddened to hear about the financial straits 38 Studios and Big Huge Games seemed to be in, because I really liked Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning. Things were looking grim.
 Epic Games decided to help them out in a big way, which is pretty amazing. You can read the article about it here:
It's nice to know that there is some good in this world and that there are people who are willing to take the time to help those in need.
Now for the not so good part. It looks like bad money management, a lack of business sense, and common sense in general caused these financial woes. The article here gives a pretty informative look at how this came to happen:

Friday, July 13, 2012

Assassin's Creed III Comic-Con Boston Gameplay Demo

The Assassin's Creed III walkthrough demo was shown at Comic Con 2012 with commentary from creative director, Alex Hutchinson. This shows off the Boston city environment and it looks amazing. There is so much detail and the gameplay looks phenomenal. I can not wait for October 30 to get here and play what looks like it's shaping up to be a fantastic game. You can check out the video here:

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Geek Girl Seduction Article, You're Doing It Wrong...

I usually like Geeks Are Sexy. They post cool stuff, well stuff that pertains to my interests like robots, comic books, Doctor Who, Star Trek, etc. but they posted an article that left me scratching my head. It was titled How To Seduce A Geek Girl and after reading it, I felt a bad taste in my mouth. The taste got worse when I saw that a girl had written it. In regards to the girl who wrote it, a part of me wants to ask what she was thinking when she wrote it because while some girls may be into those things not everyone is. The article seems to state that all geek girls are the same and like only these few things that are listed. Read here:
 My big issue is the first line that states geek girls are their own breed. Seriously? It's not as if we're some kind of rare mystical animal like a unicorn. The point is, every geek girl is different and what one girl may geek out over, another one may not find that particular subject interesting. For example, if Batman and The Doctor (yes as in Doctor Who) were in front of me right now and asked me if I would like to go for a ride, I'd pick The Doctor because for me it's all about getting to time travel in the TARDIS with the Doctor and having all kinds of incredible adventures, (sorry, Batman) even though I like Batman too. I just love Doctor Who a little bit more.
 Then we come to the part where it hints that geek girls will never like anything from pop culture ever. I have several geek friends who like quite a few things from pop culture, not everything but a few things. There's also a myth thrown in there that geek girls ONLY seem to like fantasy movies like Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit, Labyrinth, and the like. While I do love fantasy films and books ( I grew up on them due to all the wonderful books my grandmother had in the house and watched many fantasy and science fiction films and shows with her.), I am also equally in love with science fiction and if it has giant robots in it I'm in geek heaven. It's also why I love Spock and Sulu and why my husband teases me about my huge crush on Patrick Stewart. He'll even do the Captain Picard voice just to tease me about it, but you know what? I LOVE it.
 Then there's a weird part in the article about candy and about how geek girls should be given things like space ice cream and Sour Patch Kids and no chocolate. I know. I shed a tear at that too. I love chocolate especially dark chocolate and I love gifts of my favorite dark chocolate. I'm sorry, but I don't like space ice cream and if you give me that I'm probably going to raise my eyebrows at you quizzically and ask you what you did with my chocolate. I also don't like Dippin' Dots. I think they're weird.
 I can also honestly say I have never cosplayed anything remotely Battlestar Galactica oriented in the bedroom like this article suggests to do in order to seduce your geek girl. I like the show, but I can't see myself doing that. How does that work anyway? Does one get to be the evil cylon and you their clone? Or do you pretend the cylon is there with their clone and you get to participate? For the record, I've never done the Princess Leia slave girl scenario either. If that is your kind of party, then have at it. For me, it's not my thing.
 Now before everyone gets all riled up, let me be clear. I know that everyone is different and everyone has their own views and opinions about things. So yes, this article is one person's opinion and it shows a different view. However, in my opinion I disagree with a lot of things in it, mainly the idea that geek girls can be put into some kind of perfect cookie cutter form and we're all basically the same. That just isn't so. Geeks (girls and guys) come from all walks of life, have varying passions, interests, and come in all shapes and sizes. There is no one size fits all type.  One thing I do agree with in it is getting to know the person's interests and likes because that is part of getting to know them and you never know, you could have many likes and dislikes in common with them. Just by having a normal conversation, you can get to know a lot about a person. That applies to everyone not just geeks. Try it, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Phantasy Star Online 2 Launches On July 4th

The Phantasy Star Online 2 beta has been a great success according to SEGA. I have to agree. After playing the beta, I know that I enjoyed it greatly. The graphics are beautiful and the music is great. The game play is very user friendly and the interactive menu and maps are quite easy to navigate. Overall, it's been a lot of fun to play for me and I know my husband, Ron has enjoyed playing it also. We've had a great time playing it together.
 On July 4th (Yes, that's tomorrow) Phantasy Star 2 will be making the transition from open beta to full release at 2 p.m. Japanese time. There has been no official announcement regarding localization, but from all the information I've been looking up, it's looking like before winter of this year (December) it will be hitting North America. Phantasy Star 2 will also be released on the iOS and Android. There will also be a release for the PS Vita in 2013.
 If you've been playing the beta, your character will not be wiped and will switch over to the official release. I know I for one, will be playing although my Japanese isn't great and looking forward to the US release come this winter.
 Don't forget you can find every kind of guide for Phantasy Star Online 2 on the website and you can also get the latest updates from their Facebook page. There's some great information on new areas and costumes for the game as well as some contests on the latest blog post by which you can check out here: