Nov 142008
 

Grover along with a whole heap of amazing guest stars, including Lou Diamond Phillips.  This will allow you some great Weekend zen.

[tags]video, monster[/tags]

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

Nov 142008
 

As we draw closer to the holidays and the wonder of Black Friday sales your ability to get gifts for your inner geek or those outside of yourself who also like toy beholders increases. Here’s a bunch more ideas for you – all of this stuff is on sale too, which helps.

To start the day off right, here some Role Playing stuff 24-50% off including a bunch of D&D 4E books.  Here is a broader link which features more games including board games and non-D&D stuff also 25-50% off.   I can honestly picture that plushy Beholder sticking out of my stocking Christmas morning.

If you’re looking for a little mood music while you roleplay, or create characters, or wait for all of your players to settle in and stop quoting Monty Python and Kevin Smith movies, check out the Mediaeval Baebes who’s MP3 albums are availabe as digital downloads for $8.99 to $9.49.  If you haven’t given them a listen you’ll want to.  Also the actual CDs are available as well and easier to wrap.

If you or your kids are into sporty type stuff like scooters, pogo sticks or foosball tables you can get up to 40% off over the weekend.

If you’re looking to stock up on toys, Amazon is offering 10% off your order and free shipping through select third party sellers if you spend $75 or more.

Now a bunch of DVD deals.  The James Bond Ultimate Collector’s Set is good at $89.95 for eveyr Bond film up through 2007.  That’s about $200 off retail. Rome – The Complete First Two Seasons is just about the same price, or a bit over $20 off. Disney / Pixar Ultimate Collection is $109.99 which for all the Pixar stuff in the world isn’t bad. And lastly, there’s a save up to 45% on Blu-Ray sale going on as we speak.

[tags]deals, beholder, rpg, movies[/tags]

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

Nov 132008
 

Drugstore.com has a very odd promo going on.  Odd in a cool, David Bowie Space Oddity sort of way.

I’m not sure why they’re featuring this, or how they managed to get a discount price, but heck if you like spaceflight, weightlessness and making $35,000 purchases online then today is your lucky day.

You can purchase a parabolic weightless flight for 10 provided by Zero-G for a mere $35Gs.  That’s more thank $10,000 off the price if you were to buy 10 seats through Zero-G themselves and is a slightly insane thing to purchase over the web.  Insanely cool that is.

[tags]zero-g, drugstore, oddball, vomit[/tags]

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

Nov 132008
 

No soap box this time, the reasoning is much simpler than DRM issues or corporate greed.

I downloaded the demo a few nights ago via Steam and was surviving along through the first 15 minutes or so.  Just about the time I was ready to exit the starting building and had polished off a crew of 20+ infected, one of my cats deciced it would be a good idea to jump up on my shoulders.

I screamed like a little girl, the cat came about 2 inches from the ceiling and it took a good 2-3 minutes for my heart to stop palpitating wildly.

It was then that I realized that this game, rather than giving me a release of stress, was actually adding to my daily dose of stress.

Now if you’re into the whole Zombie Apocalypse thing (I am) and if you’re like to know a bit about what it may be like to try and survive one – really survive a hoard of bloodthirsty, screaming, running, infected maniacs (I do not) then this game will be perfect for you.

The graphics are good, the intensity is uber-intense and the horror movie simulation level is topped out.  In  other words, they did a good thing with this, Valve did.  It’s just not my cup of tea.  So I’ll be sitting down with my Ghouls from Fallout 3 and my starships from Sins of a Solar Empire for a few more months until something a little less heart attack inducing comes my way.  For those who want this kind of experience though, you’re going to enjoy the hell out of it.

[tags]heart attack, screaming undead, zombies, left 4 dead, infected, video games[/tags]

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

Nov 122008
 

The Holidays are right around the corner and while I have an almost maniacle love for all things holiday season related, I do find that when it comes to giving and getting I tend to do a lot better on the giving part.  Not a ton of people in my extended family are themselves geeks and they have no idea what it is that makes me tick.  For a few gift ideas for yourself or others who share our love of space opera, gadgets and elf ears here’s what grabbed me from Amazon today that’s on sale.

The first thing to grab my eye this morning was the Star Wars Clone Wars Ultimate Light Saber. Having grown up with Star Wars, just the thought of owning a Light Saber with 20 interchangable parts and over 1000 configurations makes me weak in the knees.  At $20 this is a steal.

One of my many er. . . character traits is that I love holiday music.  There’s a ton of Holiday Music MP3s available for download right now.  I’ve already made a playlist for my iPod with which I plan on torturing my co-workers. The Weird, strange and bizzare is of particular interest to me.

The Cosmotopia sale – SF and F DVDs continues with lots of titles at a significant savings.

Also in DVDland – Family Guy – The Complete Collection (Stewie Head Packaging) – (Amazon.com Exclusive) with 100 episodes, including Blue Harvest and a bunch of extras for $59.99.  That’s almost $110 off.

There’s a Nintendo thing going on where you can Buy a DS Lite, get a 20 dollar game for five bucks which is great for those folks looking for a hand held console to pick up.  Just keep in mind that the DSi comes to the states next year.

Sony and Amazon are offering a ton of Hi-Def deals on everything from Playstation 3 and Blu-Ray players to huge Hi-Def televisions with free white glove delivery.  If you’re like me and harbor dreams of playing games on a PS3 connected to a 55″ HDTV well this may be your cheapest avenue to that dream.

On to graphic novels, Watchmen (Absolute Edition) is going for$58.80.  Trust me.  If you know a comic book geek who’s itching to wait in line for this movie right now this will tide them over for a few hours at least.  Also Gizmodo has some new and free character art from the movies up and available for your viewing pleasure.

There’s also a decent sale on Graphic Novels and Comics going on right now.

Woah – last minute addition here I just found. Nerf N-Strike Vulcan EBF-25 Blaster – Yellow is $34.99 ($8 off) and can send plastic darts down the field with full auto capability.  Bring on the zombie apocalypse!

There are my finds for today.  Enjoy!

*Note: Yes these links to Amazon have my Amazon Associate ID associated with them.  This is one of the ways I support this site.  I try to keep my links relevant to items readers of Troll in the Corner would get a kick out of.  Here we can help each other out.  I spend time finding neat stuff and if you chose, you get to buy it on sale.

[tags]deals, watchmen, music, high def[/tags]

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

Nov 102008
 

I noticed today on GamePolitics that two more class action suits had been brought up against EA and their use of SecuROM software.  You can read the PDFs here and here.  This time the suits concern the installation of SecuROM when an EA product was installed.  Yeah, that’s nothing new – except these were demo versions of the game. DEMOS. Well, to be fair, one demo and one free version of some software.

That’s right, in the tyranical pursuit of knocking out game pirates everywhere, EA has decided it’s in everyone’s best interest to install third party, anti-piracy software on their demos.  And not just any third party software but everyone’s favorite – SecuROM.

The two demo packages in question are the free version of Spore: Creature Creator and the demo version of The Sims: Bon Voyage.  In the first case the plantiff notes that EA makes no mention of the installatio of SecuROM in their EULA or anywhwere else for that matter and that SecuROM can’t really be uninstalled completely.

In the second case, the user experienced immediate problems with other legitimate software on her computer.  Mainly the little used and esoteric ability to access her iPod and other USB storage devices.

EA must be putting a lot of faith into SecuROM’s CCCC – their Copy Control Competence Center (I couldn’t really make this stuff up if I tried) where “a team of experienced engineers is continuously working on new ways to keep you ahead of software piracy.”  Go them!  They’ve managed to stall hackers for almost a week PRIOR to the release of some software titles (ahem: Spore) from cracking their products and being able to play the game for free.

If EA is looking for a better solution than spending lots of money hiring SecuROM to fail prior to launch, they can try the simple authentication/verification scheme.   Each title ships with a key code.  When the user installs their product, the game calls EA once, verifies that it’s a single install that hasn’t been used before and then allows the users to unlock updates, patches, etc.  Without a code anyone could still install the game but they won’t have access to the goodies.  Improvements, perks, extras, what have you.

Of course, that would force them to concentratre more on developing a good, enjoyable and original game.  Meaning that if they lost money on a title, they couldn’t simply blame piracy, shake their heads and effect a sad, told-you-so look on their collective corporate faces.  A good title will make them cash.  A poorly executed title will garnish them nothing but scorn although being EA they’ll still probably show a small profit on it.  Lots of people buy EA titles based on franchises.

I know this is something of a soap box for me but it really, really annoys me when a company feels they have the right to install intrusive software on my computer.  Enough is enough.  I hope these lawsuits make it to court and I hope EA loses badly.  I’d hate to see some developers hurt over this but I’d love to see them pick a different distributor or publisher.  Hell, go Steam or Impulse and pull together for physical box publishing. Save a bundle AND avoid the ire of PC gamers.

[tags]ea, drm, securom, dorks, soapbox[/tags]

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.