I am not evil!

I decided to replay Mass Effect 1 and 2 as an evil character recently. The main reason is because in Mass Effect 2 there are points where you can interrupt a conversation which seem like a lot of fun but I didn’t experience these points because I was playing a 100% good character. Ever since Baldur’s Gate 2 where I played a good Paladin so I could get the +5 holy avenger sword I have always played good characters. So in my current play through of Mass Effect (1) I am nearing the end and my ‘evil’ character has more paragon (good) points than renegade (evil) points. One of the main reasons for this is because someone asks me for help the evil option is to tell them to get lost but I always feel like I’m missing out in both XP and story if I do that. Maybe this might change when I jump to ME2 but I find it funny that even though I aiming to be bad I cannot help but be good.

I think I’ll try the same with Dragon Age, my first play through was a goody two shoes character but Morrigan and Shale seem like much more fun character to hang out with so I’ll play again doing things their way.

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iPhone is the home for recession gaming

I love my iPhone. This should not come as a shock to anyone that knows me. I also love checking out games on the iPhone platform as well, but what is interesting is the pricing model that the app store has settled into. In the early days the standard price for a “big” game was Eur9.99 which seemed to be an off-putting price point. What developers have found out is that as you reduce the price they  hit a sweet spot that people accept is value for the game, which for the customer means that there is great value to be had.

In the last week I bought 2 games that are available on other platforms this makes for interesting comparison.

First: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

PSP Eur 32.49 Play.com

DS Eur 23.49 Play.com

iPhone Eur 7.99 Current

IPhone Eur 5.39 Special (this was earlier this week and what I got I t as)

Then last night: Plants Vs Zombies

PC Eur 9.99 Steam

PC Eur 13.49 Play.com

iPhone Eur 2.39 Current

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Robo Steel

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For the last few years I noticed RoboSteel’s work around Dublin, in shop windows and such. It always looked cool but always presumed that it would cost millions because it was hand made and so intricate. So two weeks ago I was wandering through the Saturday market and saw that they had a stand, looking through the work I was not only amazed at the detail but the price for the work that goes into the pieces. I took a card that started to check out his website/twitter which have loads of great stuff. Then yesterday while walking to Sub Cities new place in Old Temple bar I saw he has an exhibit of his large works. This stuff is amazing, two Aliens a predator but what blew me away was the Optimus Prime. If you get a chance I would check this stuff out. It is just mind blowing.

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Technology does not work that way!

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I can’t watch shows like CSI or the like. Regardless of how I feel about the writing or acting it’s the portrayal of technology on the show that gets on my nerves. I know how the latest cutting edge in tech and like to think I’m up to speed in what can and cannot be done, and from what I can see 90% of what is on CSI is bull. The reason I thought bout this ran recently is because I started watching of a show called Burn Notice. The reason I started watching it is because it features Bruce Campbell who is a living legend. The setup is the main character is an ex-spy who is trying to find out why he got fired. But what impressed me is the use of technology nearly everything he have assembled on the show I could see working in the real world.

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My game is broken

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I saw Sacred 2 come out on PC and it looked like a fun hack and slash but didn’t grab my notice too much because I prefer to play those types of games on my consoles these days. Then I read some reviews for the xbox/PS3 release and they raved about the game worked so much better on the consoles than PC because you could sit down with mates and have a laugh. Sounded perfect. I picked it up so @zarkia and I could play together, I have been struggling to find some fun on screen two player game that we both could enjoy. @zarkia started playing the single player on Sunday and seemed to enjoy it a lot. Then we gave the two player a go last night.

It started out fine but a bit confusing. We didn’t know who could pick up items or open doors. We got over that and started to get into the game, then we found the killer “bug”. We could not trade items! So what happens is that when you open a chest or kill someone you do not know what you are getting then if you get a weapon the other person can use you can not give it to them. We even though that we could sell the item to a vendor then the other person buy it back but the vendors Items are different between the players. Looking online it seems that this is going to get patched but I don’t know how the game got released with such a blatant flaw. I’m debating if I should just wait playing multiplayer till the patch comes out but who knows when that will be. Its mighty annoying.

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The Power of Hacker iPhones

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WordPress

Spent the afternoon messing with wordpress blogs. Lots of fun and lots that can be done. Going to use one on my many domains (www.thefrostblog.com) as my blog test bed.

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Am I being an a$$hole?

Liam Pickering
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Thoughts on Project Natal

Project Natal was announced at this years Microsoft E3 press conference and has seemed to have gathered a large amount of main stream media attention. Now rumor has it that Natal will be the basis for a new Xbox console release. This has me very worried about gaming’s future.

This always has been Microsofts reaction to the Wii’s ridiculous success, which is fine as the Wii is making a lot of money right now. The problem I have is that it is a very different type of gaming that is fun in short burst’s or at a party but I do not enjoy playing the Wii for long periods of time. I don’t like the Idea of sitting down for a few hours to play a shooter or a JRPG and having to keep waggling my hands all over the place. Natal aims to remove even the waggle interaction with the wiimote and just map body movements. I don’t want to pretend to be driving just holding my hands in front of the TV (yes I know there’ll be $10 plastic accessories to help with that), but that all feels so gimmicky yo me that my interest is at zero. Honestly I was more impressed by Sonys "Magic Wand" because I could see the game potential of that (I do hate game that shoehorn sixaxis controls into PS3 games tho).

Then the thought hit me. Am I the one thats out of touch. Has gaming moved past the limitations of the controller but I’m clinging on to the old ways with dear life. Is this the Rock and Roll that I’m giving out that it just sounds like noise.

One of my arguments is that the Wii console has sold a units but its 3rd party software sales isnt great. Wii fit and games like Mario Kart, Wii Play and select 3rd party like Carnival games sell lots but not many other titles do that well, whereas the Xbox and PS3 have a must have game every month.

I hope I’m wrong, I home that there is a killer motion control game out there that will turn me around on his but right now Natal has not impressed me.

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Random T-shirt action

So 2 months ago a package arrived in my name and inside was this t-shirt:

I had no idea where it came from or what it was for. So i left it in case it was sent to me by mistake and someone came looking for it. So yesterday I decided to open it, and what i found written on the back was Persona 4 the game I ordered around the same time as the t-shirt arrived. Am annoyed now because its a Large and I’m playing Persona 4 and really enjoying it.

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