Category: Games

How to get a job in web design

I recently hired a junior web designer who will work with me to deliver awesome web projects.

Here’s the thing though, I’ve got pretty high standards, and when I’m looking for someone to work with me, I’m looking for something very specific. I want someone who’s basically a junior version of me, a mini-me if you will.

So I got to thinking, and I figured I’d put up what it is exactly I’m looking for when I hire someone to work for me.  I’m not unique in this, I’m sure that even though the postings don’t say this, anybody who’s in my position and is looking for a kick assed front end designer/developer, you’d see a pretty similar posting. Continue Reading

Initial Thoughts: GTA IV

GTA IV artworkGTA IV is out, I picked mine up on Tuesday, but didn’t get to play it right away. I’ve got a ton of stuff on the go this week, but I decided to make some time to play it anyway Wednesday night.

This is the first new GTA game for the current generation of consoles, and appropriately it’s named GTA IV rather than GTA subtitle here (for those not in the know, GTA 3 was the first GTA game for the revolutionary PS2 / Xbox generation last time).  It currently has the highest ratings for any game that I’ve ever seen with pretty much unanimous praise. Continue Reading

What I played, Q1 2008

The best games from the beginning of 2008Since the first three months of 2008 are almost over, I thought I’d go over the games I played this quarter, what got the most of my time, what I liked, what I didn’t, and what rocked my world (pun intended).

Here’s the brief list of the games I played in the first 3 months of 2008: The Darkness, Rock Band, The Orange Box, Burnout Paradise, Halo 3, Marble Blast Ultra, Beautiful Katamari. Continue Reading

Rock Band: Better with a group

Rock BandI’ve been playing Rock Band off and on since Christmas, and other than one night with the guys, we usually play just Char and I. We have a great little two person band ala The White Stripes going on we’re known as “Chip and the Dips”. The two of us have fun together rocking out (Char on drums, me on guitar), but yesterday during our team building session, I experienced Rock Band as it was really meant to be played. Continue Reading

So long City of Heroes

My City of Heroes charactersSadly, today I let my City of Heroes account expire. It wasn’t really a tough decision, I just wasn’t playing the game that much, and when I was playing it, I just couldn’t play for as long as was apparently needed to get anywhere.

City of Heroes is a massively multiplayer online role playing game. You take on the persona of a hero and go out to defeat villany and bring justice to the world.

Like I said, it’s a really cool game, but MAN does it require a committment. On average it required an hour every time I logged in. If you went on a big mission, you were looking at another hour. Leveling up usually required spending quite a bit of time looking for dudes to beat up, and then you had to run back to your trainer and get leveled up. Plus you would need to slot your enhancements, and tweak your character every couple of hours.

I only made it to level 11 with my main character, Roman Arcane, who was a scrapper with a broadsword. My other characters included: Atma Acerbus, a level 9 blaster. Lady Daemon, a level 8 blaster. Baron Darkside, a level 8 defender (who was a pretty awesome character). Matterman, a level 3 defender.

Roman was cool in the early levels because of his abilty to dish out loads of damage, but as the levels rose and the villians got tougher, he started to suck.

Atma was fun to play because his primary travel power was teleport, and he could pull enemy’s to him, allowing him to dispose of a group of baddies one at a time.

Baron Darkside was really useful because he was both a healer, and a dealer of damage. He could teleport friends to him, and was also able to kill baddies from a distance.

I had a lot of fun playing the game, but in the end it was the massive requirement of time that was needed that is keeping me out of the game.

There is going to be a follow up to the game called “City of Villians” which looks like a lot of fun, maybe this time next year I’ll give it a shot.

Atari to hit gamers with a blast from the past

Thanks to Erz, who’s manning the wire for sending this one off;

Atari wants to take you back in time, and to get there, you can ride a “Centipede” or an “Asteroid,” or bounce back and forth between the pixilated paddles of “Pong.”

The video game company told The Associated Press on Tuesday it plans to reissue scores of its classic titles from yesteryear on a single disc that can be played on the game consoles Xbox and PlayStation 2.

“Atari Anthology” will feature 85 games and is scheduled to go on sale in November at a cost of about $20.

But it’s only one of the nostalgia projects Atari will push into the market then. The second is Atari Flashback, a slightly miniaturized version of the old Atari 7800 from the mid-’80s. It will have 20 games built into it, including “Breakout,” “Solaris,” “Crystal Castles” and “Battlezone.”

Flashback will sell for $45 and include a pair of old-school joysticks.

X’04 – Microsoft puts on a great show

This was a pretty cool way to spend an afternoon. Not only did I get to meet some really cool Microsoft people, I was also able to check out a bunch of upcoming X-Box releases like Knights of the Old Republic II, Star Wars Battlefront, Fable (which looks awesome), ESPN NHL Hockey 2K5, and other stuff from Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, THQ, Activision, Tecmo, LucasArts, ESPN Videogames, Buena Vista Interactive and Microsoft Game Studios.Halo 2 was there, and it looked amazing. The new weapons and destructible vehicles are awesome, and the Ghost at least has a new “turbo” mode which lets you boost away from enemies and enemy fire.

I only got to play a few minutes of Battlefront, but it was pretty cool. The level that was available was a Clone Trooper level, which was kind of neat. I’m sure it will be amazing when you have the ability to play the full game.

What really impressed me however was Fable. I’ve heard loads of good things about it, and since it’s made by Big Blue Box and Uuber AI genius Peter Molyneux (who created one of the coolest games of all time Black and White). I knew it would be good. What surprised me was how easy it was to just pick up and play. Within two minutes I was intuitively doing stuff with the character. This is going to be an amazing character based game, where everything you do will have repercussions on how you are treated, and how your character looks.

It was a load of fun, and the swag was pretty cool too. Just getting to see Halo (which comes out in November) was worth it for me, but seeing other stuff which I’m looking forward to makes me even more excited.

Half Life 2 nearly ready

I need to start planning out my fall 2004. New house, check, preparations for moving, check, preparations for NHL season (or lack thereof if there’s a lockout), check, preparations for Fall HockeyUpdater season, check. Preparations to vanish possibly for months on end because I will be consumed entirely by the gaming bliss that will be Half Life 2…not quite there yet.According to CNN.com, Half Life 2 has a launch date which Valve is reporting as “summer 2004”, which would really mean September or more likely October (which is the beginning of the lucrative holiday season). Valve won’t be releasing any news until E3, May 12-14th in sunny Las Vegas Nevada.

Halo…oh my god, Halo

I have played many video games in my life. I might even say that at various points in my time I’ve been a “vidiot”, however not since Half Life have I loved a game as much as I’m loving Halo: Combat Evolved.I’ve played it at least 16 hours so far, including an 8 hour marathon on Saturday night that went from 11:00 until 7:30am! I f-ing love this game, it’s incredibly in-depth, the enemies are awesome, you fight alongside marines at various points (and it’s always my objective to try to keep the little buggers alive while we’re dishing out the death to the baddies). It’s equal part Aliens and Predator, has tons of Half Life styled goodness in it, a ton of weapons that just kick it so old school, and the most intuitive controls I’ve ever used.

The enemies are brilliant, my favourite tactic is chucking a plasma grenade (which sticks to things and people) right onto an enemy, and watching as they run away, right into their awaiting group of friends…who are all killed.

The vehicles are awesome, jeeps, tanks, flying skidoo’s, and aircraft all make up your arsenal, and you can kick much ass with any of them.

If Halo2 has X-Box Live enabled when it launches, it may be the greatest game of all time.