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This is just a list of things I saw today that you need to see. Doctor Horrible, Act 1, the 8-bit Nintendo version: Mail truck converted into a Colonial Viper (original BattlestarStuff you just need to see

Hey, guess what... this review will be completely devoid of jokes about having seen this movie before. Just wanted to get that off my chest. Off the top of my headReview: Deja Vu

Once or twice a year I get the opportunity to play poker with some friends. Supposedly, one of those opportunities is coming up in the next couple of months (right,Poker face

I'll be jotting down my initial thoughts of the shows I watch that premiere this week. Tonight, I intended to watch the NBC shows Chuck, Heroes, and Journeyman. I missed Chuck,Initial thoughts - Premiere week pt 1

Here's a tip from my sister-in-law. Pretty impressive savings. This is the perfect time to shop for next year's winter clothes. We shop at department stores like Macy's andShop Ahead

Bryce Zabel's FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH: Santa's 2007 Movie Smackdown! Bryce has put together a fun poll on which Christmas/holiday movies make the cut for annual viewing. Which ones can youThe Santa Smackdown!

It's a popular debate lately: are these social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.) bad for us? Recently an Oxford professor, Baroness Susan Greenfield, made some rather provocative speculations aboutTuesday TubeWatch: Social networking will eat your brain!

Kathy Sierra has a great blog (Creating Passionate Users). I've only been following it for a couple weeks, but I'm really impressed. She writes about (predictably) making people passionate about"Interesting" idea

So this past weekend I got together with my brother and a bunch of college friends for a night of poker in Philadelphia. It was the first time this groupPoker night!

So we've got a new look here at the old blog. Not too drastic, but updated. I'm not finished tinkering, so things might change again soon. See if you canCh-ch-ch-ch-changes...

The same thing we do every day, Pinky. Try to take over the world! Yeah, okay, this blog is read by people in at least 17 different countries (though really 5What are we going to do today, Brain?

Hicks Picks 9 - Slice of Scifi AUGH! This is annoying. “Stargate” movies delayed The direct-to-home-theater “Stargate” movies are coming–but it’s going to take a bit longer than expected. 20th Century Fox toldStargate SG-1 DVD movies delayed

To continue with the theme of my last post... Clark Aldrich talked about the similarities of video games and training simulations in one of his blogs for ASTD's Learning Circuits: Computer gamesVideo games and simulations

I don't talk much about the technical side of having a blog, but though it might look technical, this is really about the business side of blogging. One of the thingsSo long, BlogGlue

I'm going to revisit a couple of topics discussed here recently and then we'll hit some new topics. Well, after my last post I finished watching The Event. I stick withRevisitation and new worlds

Jump through classic video games

This is pretty old, but then the subject is even older! It’s a fun look at the (mostly) 80s video games.

How many video games can you identify? There were sadly quite a few I didn’t recognize.

If you want to see some other stuff, check out Grand Master Peter’s Flash movies.

. . . → Read More: Jump through classic video games

The myth of the solitary gamer

Over on The COA we’ve been talking about gaming experiences. To us geeks, that typically means video games, in case there’s any confusion. Though this wasn’t planned, throughout the articles and comments there has been a thread about the social aspect of gaming, and a sense that the rest of the world sees gaming geeks as hunkered down in their parent’s basements eating Cheetos with only their computer for company.

Sure, there are times when . . . → Read More: The myth of the solitary gamer

Am I getting more awesome?

Am I awesome?

Well that’s sort of a silly question. Of course I am. I’m me, after all.

But is it possible that I’m getting more awesome?

I can’t say for sure, but the fact that I’ve joined together with an international cadre of bloggers recognized for their awesomeness can only be a good sign.

So far our awesomeness is primarily self-proclaimed, but we’ve got the title to put us over the top as the . . . → Read More: Am I getting more awesome?

Could this be the one?

I’ve got one year to make up my mind. Maybe it won’t seem like as big of a deal then. But for right now? I must have it.

I haven’t been this excited about a video game in years. Yeah, there have been games I’ve really wanted, and those that the trailer got me excited for, but for each of them, if it wasn’t a PC-compatible game, I didn’t even consider them beyond thinking, “maybe . . . → Read More: Could this be the one?

Duke Nukem Disease: Come Get Some! – Tuesday TubeWatch

Oh, great… another cause to spend our research money on.

What calibur is your lightsaber?

Star Wars: Gaming | Swords and Lightsabers Clash in Soulcalibur IV

(Wow, that’s a weak post title … sorry)

Go to the link above for a news release and trailer for a cross-over from Star Wars to head-to-head battle game SoulCalibur 4.

I have a hard time getting the trailers to run smooth off the Star Wars site for some reason… lots of jumpiness… so if you’d rather see it smoother, try this page (though . . . → Read More: What calibur is your lightsaber?

The Multi-media Empire of Orson Scott Card (or How To Save the Video Game Industry)

Wired News: Orson Scott Card Builds an Empire

The above link is an interview with multi-award winning [tag]science-fiction[/tag] author [tag]Orson Scott Card[/tag] on plans for his Empire franchise. [tag]Empire[/tag] was conceived from the beginning as a multi-media endeavor, with the story told in different ways through a novel, comic books, film, and [tag]video games[/tag].

By the end of the interview, he has made some comments about video games and how he doesn’t play them anymore . . . → Read More: The Multi-media Empire of Orson Scott Card (or How To Save the Video Game Industry)

HALO movie – on pause

SCI FI Wire | The News Service of the SCI FI Channel

As previously reported, Fox and Universal Studios have backed out of their deal to finance Halo. While not ideal, [tag]Wingnut Studios[/tag] were going ahead with their part of the production anyway. Well, now they’ve quit too. Here’s their statement:

“As was previously confirmed, we deeply regret that both Universal and Fox did not choose to move forward with financing the [tag]Halo film[/tag] under . . . → Read More: HALO movie – on pause

‘Halo’ – Game Over?

Variety.com – ‘Halo’ pic loses its studios

[tag]Fox Studios[/tag] and [tag]Universal Studios[/tag] have backed out of their deal to finance the [tag]Halo movie[/tag], based on the popular [tag]video game[/tag] by [tag]Bungie[/tag] and [tag]Microsoft[/tag].

The studios exercised their option to back out right before a deadline that would require an advance payment to Microsoft, who also would receive 10% of the movies profits.

While the exit of two studios would seem to imperil “Halo,” . . . → Read More: ‘Halo’ – Game Over?

Fight trolls with math!

Timez Attack

I am really impressed with this game. It’s engaging, the graphics are great, it has a cool adventure environment, and it teaches math. Seriously cool.

As you (a small monster) run through the world, you meet up with puzzles that teach you multiplication. For example, you have to get the question right in order to open a door. It’s not timed, it’s not threatening, and you have a sense of achievement when you . . . → Read More: Fight trolls with math!