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A closer look at Amazon's Fire HD 8 2017 edition

Posted by warreni, in hardware review 04 August 2017 - - - - - - · 2979 views
Amazon, Amazon Prime, Kindle Fire and 3 more...
I picked up a Kindle Fire HD 8 on Prime Day for $50, which seemed like a pretty cheap way to get a new Android tablet at the time. Having fiddled with it for nearly a month, I thought I would share my impressions for those curious or on the fence about the Fire line of tablets. 
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The specs for this tablet are available on Amazon's site he...


Adam West's legacy

Posted by warreni, in general musings 10 June 2017 - * * * * * · 4319 views
Batman, Adam West
Adam West died yesterday at 88, after a battle with leukemia. While best known for the 1966 Batman TV series, West appeared in a number of Westerns and more mainstream films prior to being cast in that role. However, as is often the case with cult phenomena, the double-edged sword of Batman would follow him for the rest of his days; he wished to escape...


Batman: The Telltale Series-Realm of Shadows Review

Posted by warreni, in game review 08 April 2017 - - - - - - · 3646 views
Batman, Telltale and 3 more...
I played through the free entry in Telltale's take on The Batman recently, and while it is enjoyable, it is definitely not without its problems. After two patches, this remains the most-poorly-optimized Telltale game I've played to date, with frequent stuttering and long load times. Oddly, the mouse-and-keyboard controls are also really awful for a compan...


Planescape Torment has an enhanced edition on the way

Posted by warreni, in game musings 30 March 2017 - - - - - - · 3458 views
RPG, unique story and 1 more...
Beamdog has announced what many have long hoped for as the newest in its line of repackages of classic Infinity Engine role-playing games, spiritual ancestor to Torment: Tides of Numenera , Planescape Torment . As someone who got the original for his birthday back in 1999ish? (fuzzy memory), I thought it was a terrific game that enabled you to play as an...


Dead or Alive 5 isn't just for anime perverts. . . but it is for anime perverts (with lots of money for DLC)

Posted by warreni, in game review 27 March 2017 - * * * - - · 14579 views
fighting game, anime girls
The burning question undoubtedly etched upon your brain when considering any review of Dead or Alive 5 is this: is this just a game for perverts who like to see saucer-eyed girls in schoolgirl outfits or bikinis beating on each other or members of the opposite sex but who are insufficiently challenged by Sakura Beach Bounce? Well, no, it's not just for t...


The Walking Dead Season 2 continues Clementine's story in superlative Telltale fashion

Posted by warreni, in game review 18 March 2017 - - - - - - · 2759 views
Telltale, adventure games, QTEs and 1 more...
The Walking Dead Season 2 picks up Clementine's story not long after the end of Season 1, and this is definitely Clementine's show in much the same way that Season 1 was Lee's story. If you've played the previous game in this series or any other older or more current Telltale game, then you basically know what to expect from this one, and, frankly, you've...


Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is a great LOTR Batman game

Posted by warreni, in game review 05 March 2017 - * * * * * · 3241 views
Monolith, Rocksteady Studios and 5 more...
Shadow of Mordor is essentially a Lord of the Rings Batman game. If they weren't both Warner Brothers games, you'd think Monolith ripped off Rocksteady in a major way. Detective Vision mode? Check. Hit counter in the upper left corner of the screen than turns red when you reach a speciifc count and triggers extra damage and special abilities? Check. Enemi...


Stardock's new Star Control doesn't look anything like Star Control

Posted by warreni, in game musings 19 October 2016 - - - - - - · 3735 views
Stardock, Star Control and 2 more...
So, Stardock, creators of the Galactic Civilizations series and collaborators on the well-received Sins of a Solar Empire slow RTS games, is the proud owner of the rights to the original Star Control games (1 and 2) and is now taking pre-orders for its new iteration. They've even released a trailer here:  ...


Killer Instinct vs. Mortal Kombat X--FIGHT!

Posted by warreni, in game review 18 October 2016 - - - - - - · 3452 views
fighting games, stupidity, PC and 1 more...
Killer Instinct vs. Mortal Kombat X--FIGHT! Killer Instinct is the latest in a short line of fighting games originally developed as an arcade cabinet in 1994 and later ported to Nintendo consoles; in 2013, the series was ported/rebooted for an XBONE release. Unlike Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter, Killer Instinct only had one cabinet in its evolutionary history, and it's overall a less mature prod...


Thoughts on The Political Machine

Posted by warreni, in game musings 06 October 2016 - - - - - - · 6333 views
Stardock, simulators, politics
Thoughts on The Political Machine So I more-or-less abandoned my epic 121-week campaign (Clinton v. Cruz) a few months ago, and in light of the outcome of the Republican presidential primary, it appears that it was not a moment too soon. It was, frankly, in addition to being splendidly irrelevant to the real world, becoming a bit of a slog. I quit around week 20, and it was already turnin...


Geralt's latest adventure is nothing short of amazing

Posted by warreni, in game review 16 September 2016 - - - - - - · 1683 views
The Witcher 3, RPG and 1 more...
Geralt's latest adventure is nothing short of amazing Well, according to GOG Galaxy, I've spent over 236 hours in the last five months guiding Geralt of Rivia on his quest to find and save his god-daughter, and what a journey it's been. Pretty much every aspect of the game has been improved over Assassins of Kings, but still retains its grounding in Sapkowski's morally-grey world of monstrous humans and some...


The Witcher 3 first impressions

Posted by warreni, 02 May 2016 - * - - - - · 4382 views
The Witcher 3, RPG and 2 more...
So to my surprise my new work laptop can actually handle the notoriously-poorly-optimized The Witcher 3 , so I've been playing it a bit for the last several days. I'm around 2 hours into the game, still a level 1 Geralt, but I've made a few tentative observations:
Combat is TPSier than ever in this installment, more so than in Assassins of Kings , and I s...


Election the second - Clinton demolishes Trump

Posted by warreni, 20 March 2016 - * * - - - · 3961 views
sims, The Political Machine 2012 and 2 more...
Election the second - Clinton demolishes Trump In the second part of this series, Hillary Clinton launched an absurdly-successful bid to win the presidency for the Democrats, soundly defeating Republican rival Donald Trump. Clinton won even states no Democrat has any business winning, including Oklahoma, Idaho, Louisiana, and Mississippi. How? Well, according to TPM, she outspent Trump considerably. G...


Election 2016 begins (Election the first)

Posted by warreni, 17 March 2016 - * * - - - · 3038 views
sims, The Political Machine 2012 and 2 more...
Election 2016 begins (Election the first) My first foray into the 2016 presidential election (via Stardock's The Political Machine 2012) was a rousing failure. The Democrats put forth a bold ticket: Bernie Sanders on the top and Al Franken on the bottom. Donald Trump shrewdly chose Condoleeza Rice, perhaps helping to secure some minority and female votes that he otherwise probably wouldn't have g...


Baldur's Gate II: EE is the same Shadows of Amn you've known and loved

Posted by warreni, in game review 02 March 2016 - - - - - - · 3072 views
RPG, turn-based, isometric and 1 more...
Baldur's Gate II: EE is the same Shadows of Amn you've known and loved Baldur's Gate II is probably the definitive cRPG of the modern era; it set the standard for role-playing games in general and AD&D games in particular for the 2000s in the same way that the SSI Gold Box games did for the 1980s. The detailed isometric graphics, tactical turn-based combat, colorful characters, romance options, and character interaction...


Return of MST3K? Kickstarter begins. . . .

Posted by warreni, 12 November 2015 - * * * * * · 2861 views
MTS3K, Non-gaming stuff
Return of MST3K? Kickstarter begins. . . . https://www.kickstar.../bringbackmst3k

Joel and the bots are back (although no sign of Kevin, Mike, Bill, Mary Jo, Frank, or Trace at this point), maybe. A Kickstarter went up a few days ago, when I was too lazy to post about it, and it's already up to a cool $1.3 million of its $2 million base goal. With 29 days to go, it's looking p...


Dragon Age Inquisition isn't the perfect Dragon Age game, but it's a vast improvement over DA 2

Posted by warreni, 10 November 2015 - - - - - - · 2737 views
Dragon Age, RPG, review
I should preface my remarks about this game by saying I didn't hate Dragon Age 2 . It was in no way a worthy successor to Dragon Age: Origins , which is probably still BioWare's best game of the last 12-13 years. While Dragon Age 2 saw very few returning characters from the original and radically altered the original's meticulous turn-based combat, seemi...


Dragon Age Inquisition - Corypheus is defeated

Posted by warreni, 05 November 2015 - - - - - - · 1451 views
RPG, Dragon Age
Well, 120 hours in and I finished DA:I. Tiny-ass review: it was a pretty enjoyable experience. I may even replay it with a different inquisitor later.






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