Deus Ex 2 (PC)

I mean, don't get me wrong. I still got the implants in my head. The C.I.A. is still listening in. It just doesn't bother me anymore.I want to apologize for having this review up so late. Rat Boy was kind enough to write o­ne up for us and I've just been too busy to post it sooner.

Bang the Machine

Well, what could that headline be about? A friendly soul dropped a link to something that might be interesting to those among you who live in or near San Francisco. The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is hosting a "multimedia exhibition" called Bang the Machine: Computer Gaming Art and Artifacts from January 17th through April 4th next year.

The Warm Glowing Warming Glow

I guess first I have to address the new name of this column: Maximum Verbosity. Many thanks, and a copy of Galactic Civilizations, go to forum member One_of_47 for coming up with a name I wish I'd come up with myself. Apparently I spent all my creativity coming up with witty overworded soliloquies. What appealed to me about Maximum Verbosity is how it matches my personality.

A Merry Christmas from Interplay

You've probably already heard it by now: Interplay was worried that some of their employees might not have enough time to spend with their families over the holidays and spontaneously decided to lay off a number of developers. Basically closing down Black Isle Studios and putting an end to the development of the game known under the working title 'Van Buren'.

Dec 8th - 14th

Certis is MIA again saving some orphans in a burning orphanarium so I've been tasked to do The Week Ahead. I personally think he's just being a slacker, I mean it's not like you couldn't type while saving orphans. They're pretty small and malnourished, I bet you could pick em up with one hand.
The guys over at Krawall pointed out an interesting study published by Tobias Baumann, student of Multimedia Arts at the SAE Institute in Zurich, Switzlerland. He wondered about the aspects that make teamwork in o­nline games more or less enjoyable and put up a poll. About 4,700 players participated in the survey and stated their take o­n the games they played.

Hong Kong Education Secretary Bejeweled

From the "Player of the Week" department comes this Straits Times story o­n Professor Arthur Li, Secretary for Education and Manpower in Hong Kong. The Prof was 'caught in the act' by some students during a meeting. Being the gamer that he is he even refused to apologize for playing Bejeweled o­n his PDA as "no constructive opinions" were voiced in the debate.

Horizons Beta Impressions

Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill me because I've got magic aaargh."Horizons launches in Europe o­n Friday and here in North America we should see it o­n shelves o­n the 9th of this month, and thus, my time spent in the Horizons beta has run to a close.
Oh, I know what youÂ're thinking. Two Daily Elysiums in o­ne week, it must be getting close to Christmas. But youÂ're thinking it in a really sarcastic way. DonÂ't think I canÂ't tell.ThereÂ's an old saying where I come from: donÂ't kiss a rattlesnake goodnight o­n the first date.

The Force is Weak in this One

Let me tell you a brief story. Last weekend, after Thanksgiving, I was taking a brief respite in what turned out to be a marathon gaming fiesta to eat some leftovers. I was just eating turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes, nothing terribly challenging. Something suddenly went wrong.