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  • E3 2015: Day 1 – United Airlines, official airline of the 9th Circle of Hell

    Today’s trip to LA was a total ordeal thanks to United Airlines’ exhaustive crew of apathetic clowns. They, along with a recalcitrant check-in kiosk started my journey to customer service Hell. Actually, that’s not entirely true. This memorable trip began this morning with my cab driver, who I found crashed out in my driveway. There he was, with the seat reclined all the way back, passed out in a dirty white t-shirt. I woke him up and he graciously popped [...]

  • Somehow Stephanie Meyer makes vampires even stupider than Anne Rice.

    So not long ago I saw the movie “Twilight”. Having heard that it was a teen romance, I hesitated but since it had vampires, I figured “how bad can it be?” Pretty bad, it turns out. In spite of the ethereal hotness of actors Robert Pattinson and Kristin Stewart, the film is a mawkish mess. Numerous times I felt myself cringing during the absurdly sophisticated sounding exchanges among what are supposed to be high school seniors. I don’t know what [...]

  • Long time, no post

    Well, this is embarrassing. It looks like the Baron hasn’t had anything to say since April 2007 but looks can be deceiving. ‘Fact is, the Baron’s been up to his eyeballs in oh let’s say…”life” since then, not to mention jumping into finally getting paid to put words together. There hasn’t been much time to ruminate, proselytize, advocate or defend. But those non-verbal days are over! The Baron is back.

  • Video Games – What Are They Good For?

    Video games are for nerds. Or kids. Or guys. Or pathetic 1,000 pound shut-ins. At least that’s what most folks seems to believe. In spite of the expansion of the game industry and the marketing muscle of companies like Microsoft, games are still the least-understood and most misrepresented entertainment medium in our culture aside from clog-dancing. And unfortunately, as with anything having to do with the media, it’s often the vacuous, sensational, do-nothing offerings that get the most press. How [...]

  • Unlikely Heroes: Offbeat Game Heroes Prove You Don’t Need Muscle to Have Moxie

    What would video games be without heroes? They’d be Pong, that’s what they’d be. Each and every video game would be Pong – and we’d all be playing it with our butts sweatily stuck to our naugahyde couches in corduroy bell-bottom pants while listening to Hotel California, swilling RC Cola and watching Sanford and Son! It’d be an ugly world, I assure you. Luckily, we don’t have to face such a reality; video games have evolved a lot since the [...]

  • Nintendo Knows What Girls Like

    I only became a handheld enthusiast about 6 months ago. Before then, I didn’t think the handheld had anything to offer anyone over the age of 10 but once I got ahold of my husband’s DS lite and a game called Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, I was hooked. I played the hell out of that game and couldn’t wait to get my hands on the sequel to it. I was perfectly satisfied living out my vicarious lawerly career on a [...]

  • Gamesnobbery: A Study in High-Falutin’ Geekery

    Anyone who plays games has at least one obnoxious, know-it-all friend who thinks he’s the authority on gaming. (Note: if you don’t have a friend like this, then the obnoxious know-it-all is you.) That friend thinks he’s the best at every game—all the games that count anyway—he’s sure to have a strong opinion about which games are worth playing and which ones you’d have to be an idiot to enjoy. He’s up on all the latest and most obscure import [...]

  • God of War – the Non-Ladies Man

    Is it absolutely necessary that the women in God of War II be so damn ugly? I just finished playing the game and I was amazed that they somehow managed to make the environments gorgeous and the female characters utterly wretched. I remember thinking the same thing in God of War the First—that the artists who made the female models either were misogynists or had never actually seen a woman’s body. It’s funny too considering both games have erotic little [...]

  • Adventure Games Resurrected

    I’ve been lamenting the death of adventure games since 1999 or so, after the last Gabriel Knight game came out. I’d just discovered the joy of PC adventure gaming in 1996 and was living in a fool’s paradise, thinking the genre would go on forever. Little did I know it’d be stomped into the ground by the Great Console Uprising. Once people got themselves a taste of the ol’ plug-and-play, it was all over. No one wanted to spend half [...]

  • My So-Called Second Life

    Behold, a new temp gallery of 3D texture-based imagery.