Monthly Archives: November 2011

Hooked

You might think this will be a blog post about Skyrim. After all, it’s the game I’ve been most looking forward to. It’s the only game in ages I actually preordered, and off Steam so I could play it the minute it unlocked. Except I didn’t. When Skyrim unlocked, I was playing my latest addiction, Minecraft.

For some of you, this is old news. Minecraft has been in beta for ages. People have been talking about how incredible the game is for months and months. Four million copies sold. Yadda yadda. But I couldn’t get past the dated graphics. I don’t require top notch graphics. I appreciate them, but I’ll gladly play games that are graphically unappealing if the gameplay is awesome. But I thought Minecraft’s graphics were beyond my threshold.

But the idea of the game was interesting. Then I saw a PC Gamer article on the Top 25 Minecraft Mods. My interest was piqued once more, but I had enough games to play. I had active MMO subscriptions. Skyrim’s release was just around the corner. I asked, begged, pleaded with Dempsey to talk me out of buying the game. She, being the black-hearted woman she is, did exactly the opposite. She even took to Twitter and rallied the troops. No fewer than six people told me I was insane for not playing Minecraft.

So I took the plunge.

I finally shut the game down six hours later that first night. About thirty minutes in, I told my husband, “I…I think I understand what all the fuss is about.” The next day I kept talking about it. He’d been as opposed to it as me, but he watched some videos. He, too, decided to try it out.

We probably played about 20 hours that weekend alone. I found the photo realism texture pack, which vastly improved on the graphics.

We got other people in it. Everyone seems to be thoroughly enjoying it. It dominates our game time. We’ve found an abandoned mine shaft deep in a cavern, a fortress in the Nether world, several small dungeons full of mobs and treasure chests. We’ve built castles and towers, and a skyway, and even a three-way-switching minecart rail beneath the earth.

I’ve started modding my single player game. Mods add so much more to the game. I want to mod the server, but with the imminent release of the final build this Friday, all the mod-makers are holding off on updating.

This is a game of extraordinary possibilities, a true sandbox. Not many games give you a dungeon to explore, and then let you take out not only the treasure, but the support beams, the walls, and then lets you carve your own path back to the surface (literally).


APB: Reloaded live action trailer

Got a press release about the APB Reloaded live action trailer and wanted to share it. It’s pretty cool, if a bit heavy on the slow motion. The song kicks ass. Check it out.

The release of the video trailer marks the launch of a unique Facebook campaign for APB Reloaded.  [a]list games and GamersFirst have partnered with Fanrank, the Facebook app designed to track and reward influential fans, to invite new players and encourage existing ones to spread the word about the game.  The campaign begins by awarding in-game prizes for those who share the live action trailer and get their friends to join in the Free2Play fun in APB Reloaded.  Later stages will introduce bigger prizes, new trailers, and ultimately a player museum of in-game and user generated content.

For the APB Reloaded Fanrank campaign, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/7rcuhr8.


Delaney

She came from a no-kill animal shelter, the only cat in the cage actively looking around, examining her surroundings. She caught my attention immediately, and when I held her, I knew she was the perfect cat. After I signed the paperwork and paid the adoption fee, the woman who had cared for her all but cried when she handed her over. I could tell she was going to miss her, and it soon became obvious why.

She’s so sweet and loving. When she was young, she was awake and active more than any other cat I’d ever seen. Her favorite toy was the string from a pair of sweatpants. She carried it with her everywhere. She would drag it into one room, play with it, then carry it somewhere else to play with. I found it in a different place all the time.

She isn’t the smartest cat in the world. In fact, I think she might be one of the dumbest. When she climbs on the kitchen counters, virtually the only place in the house she isn’t allowed, she meows loudly, letting us know very clearly what she’s doing. She used to do somersaults and try to look cute when she did something wrong, in the hopes the cute would make us forget what she did. Sometimes it worked.

She’s perfectly content sitting in our laps, or sleeping under the blankets in bed, curled between my arm and side. She loves having her belly rubbed. When we put a pet door in the door to the attached garage for the litter box, she discovered heaven in the form of an un-air conditioned garage during a Texas summer.

She’s almost 15, and she’s been with us for 13 years. She’s in a lot of pain, having a lot of problems, and it’s only going to get worse. We don’t like seeing her suffer. Tomorrow morning we take her to the vet. She won’t be coming back.

I wish it could have lasted longer, but I’m glad I got to know her.


New short story

I posted a new short story, “Best Wishes” in the fiction section. Be careful what you ask for.


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