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Oh, great... another cause to spend our research money on. Duke Nukem Disease: Come Get Some! - Tuesday TubeWatch

Bungie.net : Games : Halo 3 Oh, man. Go check out the trailer. Seriously. I want to play this thing, and I haven't even played Halo 2 yet. It makes me thinkHalo 3 trailer

So, today's my birthday. 40th, if you're wondering. I'm feeling slightly more like looking back and seeing how things have gone to this point than I have for previous birthdays,Birthday pimpin'

Everything old is new again. In anticipation of Tron: Legacy, a fan created this new trailer for the original Tron (1982), with a more modern look and feel. He did aNew Tron Trailer

So today I had an eye doctor's appointment. Apparently I have totally awesome vision while I'm wearing my glasses. The lady was actually joking when she put up the lineIt just seemed odd

Obviously the European fascists are being hurt by the global economic problems. In an effort save money, they've apparently let their entire marketing department go. While I applaud their frugality,Slow economy affects European fascist marketing

I just found an interesting review of estimation strategies for creating e-Learning courses. Pete Blair has graciously posted a few free resources that could come in handy, one of which isCourse development estimation

Though it didn't do too well in the box office, this movie worked for me - all the way until the last scene. The end was the one place whereReview: Firewall

Andre Agassi began the end of his professional tennis career tonight with a great match vs. Andrei Pavel. Like many people, I've been watching Andre Agassi for almost his entire career.Agassi's last first round win

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? ThereJump through classic video games

Doctor Who To Return For Fifth Season In 2010 - Slice of Scifi I can't say I really understand why they are doing this. Does everyone really need a full years'Doctor Who Takes a Vacation

... and then nothing but disappointment. That pretty much describes this podcast. Really there is some interesting stuff discussed somewhere in there, but to get to it, you have toGrand opening...

Set in the 12th century Crusades and the defense of Jerusalem, this movie should have been one I loved. The crew took pains to ensure an accurate portrayal of theReview: Kingdom of Heaven

I've got a problem. There are multiple layers to this thing. And it's all George Lucas' fault. Well, maybe I have some part to play in it as well. But it'sThe Star Wars Conundrum

Over Memorial Day weekend, my wife and I foisted my 2 kids on my parents and ran for the hills, totally taking advantage of my parents' generosity to spend 6Double Review: Narnian royalty return to take down Indiana Jones

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!