Happy Independence Day! Courtesy of Ace of Spades HQ, here's a video to get my fellow Americans' patriotic juices flowing against perfidious Albion. (No offense intended, Elation. Well, maybe a little.) Warning: contains profanity and general political incorrectness. http://ace.mu.nu/archives/267891.php
Now the other stuff!
1) BYOND's first print advertisement made its debut last weekend! As Tom was quick to point out, this ad would be a lot better if I'd included some way to track whether or not it actually brought anyone to BYOND (by providing a special URL like byond.com?source=ABJ200806, or whatever). Still, it was fun just to see it in print. If you know of anyone who found BYOND by seeing this ad, let me know!
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2) When Deadron was in town, we discussed our respective preferences for PC gaming and console gaming. I was weaned on the Atari 2600, and aside from my fondly-remembered C-64 and Amiga years (and both of those systems featured lots of games playable with standard Atari joysticks), I've always been a console guy. The 360 controller seemed as foreign to him as controlling a shooter with a mouse and keyboard seems to me -- though I did it successfully with Mafia, and completed the game, because Mafia was worth the trouble. (By the way, it runs fine under Vista, and you can get it real cheap off eBay nowadays.)
At any rate, this article contains perhaps the most succinct explanation I've seen of the difference between the two types of gaming. Can you spot it?
Here it is: "The PC as a platform for authentic, fully-licensed, simulation sports games has declined radically in the past three years as the next generation consoles, with their high definition graphics and 5.1 sound capabilities have attracted millions of consumers to eschew the lean in PC sports gaming experience for the lean back full room console experience."
It's true. Playing on the PC, you lean in. On the console, you lean back. Being a mostly laid-back guy, I prefer consoles. Another mystery of the universe solved!