Thank you again to Tiberath and DarkCampainger. I'm still using my CRT, but I've been trying to keep the spirit of their donations by saving the money for computer repairs. My mouse has been dying for a week or two. I've been struggling with my Wacom tablet instead, but I'm not used to it and there isn't really any room for it on my desk. Fortunately, the package containing my new Microsoft SideWinder 3 just arrived. (I also got an adapter that lets me use my PlayStation controllers. They'll take some adjustment, but I'm hoping they'll provide an ergonomic alternative.)
- Congratulations to Matt Worden. GAMES Magazine has claimed Jump Gate as their "Traditional Game of the Year". That's a print-on-demand game from The Game Crafter getting respect.
- Congratulations also go to Sean "Day" Plott for the 200th episode of Day Daily. His analytic style has been my favorite way to enjoy StarCraft II. *THUG SNAPS*
- BTW, professional gaming is finally fun to watch according to PC Gamer's Tom Francis. StarCraft II commentators have made the difference. Gee, I feel all validated now. ;)
- Can I mention StarCraft II again without making you sick? Joel McDonald recently made a post on his Gamasutra blog that examines how the RTS does a better job capturing the experimentation and challenge of cooking than games like Cooking Mama.
- Here's some variety to cleanse the palette: David from Gamer Melodico compared Valkyria Chronicles to Xcom and Rob Zacny wrote about the game's stuggle to rescue downed soldiers. Better now? I could also mention that Valve announced Defense of the Ancients 2 last week. However, as long-time Tech Tree readers know, I'm not convinced by the "S" in "action-RTS". (Granted, I have not watched many replays.)
- Bytejacker interviewed the Super Meat Boy team in their latest episode. I wish them well, but, like Minecraft, there appears to be a certain hype threshold within indie circles that rubs the nerves of other developers raw. Part of it is jealousy. However, I can also see how games that can get mainstream coverage might not require the only channels available to the rest... Granted, going broke by ignoring them is probably enough reason to do it anyway.
- The Dice Tower's Tom and Melody Vasel have begun announcing their top 100 games of the year. Or at least the method they're using to decide the winners. For future reference, Melody likes "games that are fun, not boring". She's also a 10-year-old cutie. When you give inarticulate feedback like that, I want to slap you.
- Speaking of which, the entrants to the 13th Annual Independent Games Festival have been revealed. That goes double for the judges.
...Remember when BYOND news made the bulk of this column?
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