Consoles Ate My PC

Consoles are ruining PC gaming.  I say that with all the avid seriousness and helpless resentment of a Mac enthusiast watching their o­nce beloved overpriced touchy-feely plastic blue machine become a Windows system with a thin Apple veneer.

The 2003 Ely Awards Pt. 1

Every year gaming websites are required by law under the 1996 Cliché Column Act to gather a Â"˜Best ofÂ' list. Useful for those readers who might have been temporarily comatose, heavily medicated, or who are completely incapable of forming their own opinions, these lists serve o­nly to ensure that people in internet forums absolutely never run out of things to complain about.

Digital Forests and Algorithmic Trees

The other night I was standing in my backyard staring at the sky, like I do every night. I like to stare at the stars flitting in and out from behind the clouds, the full moon hanging in the sky like some kid's prize marble, even the city lights encroaching on the horizon. Also, my dog happened to be taking her sweet time finding a place to piss. That's when it hit me.

Dec 15th - 21st

Happy Return of the King week everyone! In two days time we put to rest the Lord of the Rings trilogy and cling to the eventual extended edition as our final taste before everything is wrapped up. It's going to be a happy and sad day for me, these movies began not long after hoochie and I got together and I can safely say we'll be watching them years from now with fond memories.

The Dark Side of Sims Online

And we're not referring to the gameplay here. The Salon put up a nice article ('ad-powered' for non-subscribers) on Professor Peter Ludlow, who has been playing The Sims Online until recently.

Flapping in the Wind

Sometimes you've just got to let it all hang out.Like a fat man in a shirt three sizes too small for him, I publicly offer myself up for ridicule so that you can feel better about yourselves and your place in society. No, I haven't joined the Shriners. I tried to but apparently you have to be an old man with no shame to join so I forwarded them o­n to Elysium.

See That's Interplay Up There And...

Check your facts people! And by "people" I mean "Sway". Due to a total factual inaccuracy, and the fact that I don't have Photoshop here at work, my completed comic will o­nce again have to be postponed.

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.