- Far too long since my last post. Bad, blogger. Bad! Anyway, my writing has has kept me busy. And since I'm such a ponderously slow writer, focusing on my fiction pretty much slams the brakes on my blogging. But no more. Blogs for everyone today!
- My spam folder caught hold of a Starcraft II beta key a couple days ago. I almost threw it out because the subject line was not quite right. (There was a missing open parenthesis on the trademark.) But it had actually key that, when plugged into my Battle.net account, really unlocked the SC2 beta. I was so stunned that I had to tell my wife. Getting a key was the highlight of my beta experience. Everything after that (including playing the game) is a decided "Meh." I started a practice game, recruited several SCVs, built some buildings, then resigned the match. I know that I don't like traditional RTS games, and SC2 is very much that. Only having multiplayer options didn't help the experience. There was a small part of me that considered trying the game for the single player aspect, but I doubt that will happen now. I'll stick with Dawn of War II for my real time needs, thank you very much.
- Does anyone else read the webcomic Ménage à 3? I think it's hilarious, but it's also NSFW in every sense of that N. I ordered the second compilation volume and it just arrived today. I'm so excited. I know it seems weird, but I love buying print copies of my favorite online comics. It's just about the only way for me to support them and I don't need a bunch of t-shirts and coffee mugs.
- Finished season three of Mad Men in my favorite way: cuddling on the couch with my wife. And just in time for season four to kick off on AMC. Or maybe we'll wait till the DVD comes out. Decisions, decisions.
- I'm still working my way through Puzzle Quest 2 on my DS, although I also have Dragon Quest IX waiting in the wings. I want to play both, but I'd hate to get lost due to constant switching. Not that PQ2 won't hold. It took three years to beat Puzzle Quest and I didn't have any trouble coming back after months away.
- Also on the gaming front, I picked up DeathSpank on Xbox Live Arcade. It is a fun little hack-and-slasher that reminds me of older games like Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance and Champions of Norrath. I appreciate that content is soft-gated so you can attempt challenges that are higher than your level. At the same time, it's easy to get frustrated trying that content if you missed lower level quests. I wasn't immediately taken by the dialogue and voice acting, but it's growing on me. I doubt that DeathSpank will be a long game, but I don't want it to go on forever. And at fifteen dollars, the price is just right.
- That's enough for today. Get off my lawn or I'll turn on the sprinklers.
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