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Gaming on a Budget

Gaming isn’t a cheap hobby. One of the main “excuses” used for piracy is the cost of games and with rising production costs at the developer’s end, price increases are often considered during annual shareholders meetings of even big production houses like EA.

So what’s the frugal gamer to do? In this article I want to briefly point out a few great ways to feed your hobby on a small scale budget.

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All of the major consoles have services that allow for alternatives to $50+retail titles: Xbox Live Arcade, Playstation Network, and Wii Ware. With prices ranging from $8 – $15 the selection is quite vast and as of late the quality of these games has really picked up. Usually you expect only a few hours of entertainment from an arcade title but multiplayer games like Battlefield 1943 can provide literally endless hours of gaming. In this post I’m going to list a few of the games I got for next to no money. Continue reading

EA Sports NHL 09

A couple of weeks back I asked my buddy Heekwon if he was interested in buying NHL 09 so we could play some hockey games over Xbox Live together. Before I even had a chance to buy it myself he went out and got it. What a friend!

I felt a little bad because it took me until yesterday to buy it myself but I’ve finally got it! I’ve only played one game so far, won the game 2-0 and also won 2 fights 🙂

So far it looks awesome and I can’t wait to start a club in EA’s online league and get some good gaming in! I’m just hoping now that I can get a one year Xbox Live Gold membership for Heekwon. I owe the guy!

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NHL 09 Box Art

Free Stuff

I love it when there are some benefits of this podcast we’ve been doing (Battlefield Podcast).

Got this in the mail the other day, brand new zBoard keyboards. Hooray!

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Spore – From Bacteria to Galactic God

Spore is an upcoming gaming from Will Wright, the creator of Sim City and The Sims.

Spore is, at first glance, an evolution game: the player molds and guides a single-celled species across many generations, until it becomes intelligent, at which point the player begins molding and guiding a society into a spacefaring civilization. Spore’s main innovation, the basis of its scope and open-endedness, is that Wright has returned to procedural generation.

I personally can’t wait for this because it seems like it would be so different from every game I’ve played so far. Below is a 1 hour presentation from Will Wright that explains a lot about the game. Also check out the related links below.

Spore at Wikipedia
Spore Homepage

1UP.com

My Page on 1UP.com
Pretty interesting website. It features game reviews, previews, and articles, as well as a large online community. More interesting for me though was the fact that it allows me to keep an online collection of my games. If you’re into meeting new people who play the same games you do, check it out.

PC Gamer Podcast

PC Gamer Podcast
The PC Gamer Podcast is just another podcast, but it’s about PC gaming and it’s brought to us by the creators of the PC Gamer magazine. Basically you just download an MP3 file and listen to the online radio newscast. Pretty interesting stuff sometimes.Games

NHL 06 | EBgames.com

NHL 06 | EBgames.com
So I tried NHL 06 last night. It promises to be the most fun since NHL 94, which would be great. Lately the series has suffered from arcade settings and extremely unrealistic gameplay. From what I’ve seen so far, it looks like that has improved. However, by far the worst problem plaguing the game lately is the limited way to configure your controller. I have a Logitech gamepad with a D-pad, 2 analog sticks, 6 buttons and 4 thumb buttons. For some stupid reason I can only assign 4 of the 6 buttons the way I want; the other 2 appear to be hardcoded to control the ingame music player (!!!!). Pisses me off. Must bother EA and have them explain this tenacity…

How vewy vewy intewesting…

Wired 13.09: On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re a Bot

In the booming world of online poker, anyone can win. Especially with an autoplaying robot ace in the hole. Are you in, human?

It’s late one Wednesday afternoon, and CptPokr is logged on to PartyPoker.com and ready to play. Onscreen, the captain exudes a certain brash charisma – broad shoulders, immaculate brown hair, restless animatronic eyes. He looks like he should be playing synth in Kraftwerk. Instead, he is seated at a virtual table with nine other avatars, wagering on limit Texas hold ’em.

There’s plenty at stake. An estimated 1.8 million gamblers around the world ante up for online poker every month. Last year, poker sites raked in an estimated $1.4 billion, an amount expected to double in 2005.

Ever since the aptly named accountant Chris Moneymaker parlayed a $40 Internet tournament buy-in into a $2.5 million championship at the World Series of Poker in 2003, card shark wannabes have been chasing their fantasies onto the Net. Some even quit their day jobs and try to make a living at online poker. And why not? This shadowy world is driven by no less a force than the great American dream. As the tournament’s motto goes, “Anyone can win.” There’s one problem, though, as CptPokr is about to demonstrate: The rules of the game are different online.

CptPokr is a robot. Unlike the other icons at the table, there is no human placing his bets and playing his cards. He is controlled by WinHoldEm, the first commercially available autoplaying poker software. Seat him at the table and he will apply strategy gleaned from decades of research. While carbon-based players munch Ding Dongs, yawn, guzzle beer, reply to email, take phone calls, and chat on IM, CptPokr (a pseudonym) is running the numbers so it will know, statistically, when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em.