Archive for February, 2010

I’ve got the Heebie Jeebies looking at these cool Freebies

I just wanted to rhyme freebies.

Alright folks, I’d like to spend some time talking about something I haven’t talked about really at all in this blog. Games. As you may or may not know, I’m a gamer. I love to play online games, and in particular, I get a sick enjoyment in killing other players. Recently I’ve fallen on hard times [actually, not really], and since I don’t have enough money to keep a subscription in a MMO, I’ve been looking for some free entertainment to pass my plentiful time away.

We’ll start of with your traditional Massively Multiplayer Roleplaying Game – Allods Online

Some basic things you should know about Allods Online

  • It is a Free to Play game. This means that you don’t have to buy the game to play, and making an account is free.
  • There are no monthly subscription Fees
  • The game plays a lot like World of Warcraft – Art style, interface, gameplay, ect
  • There are two factions – 3 races.. you get the idea

I’ve been playing the game in its closed beta state for quite a bit. They’ve just opened up their “Open Beta.” From what I can tell, the game is pretty good for something that is free. There is an item shop within the game where you can buy certain items/perks for real money – but it is optional. The game seems very polished at this early stage, and I enjoy playing it thus far. However, it is far from a new experience. Like I said, it is very similar to World of Warcraft, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad game – just familiar. And free. You can click on the picture above to go to the website.

League of Legends is a game that plays out a lot like a custom game on Warcraft 3 called DotA [ Defense of the Ancients] It looks like a Real time strategy, however, you control one single unit, called a Champion. You play online, with a 5v5 setup. The game involves a lot of teamwork, and the environment within the game is very competitive. The game has a decent learning curve, but for people who haven’t played this type of game before, they may have some trouble playing it.

Here are some basic factiods

  • Its free to play
  • Multiple “Champions” to play as.
  • Can unlock new heroes by either using real life money to buy “Riot Points” [think XBL’s microsoft points] or play games to collect “influence points” and essentially buy the champions for free.
  • Competitive Gameplay
  • No real commitment like other online games require – play at your leisure.

There are a few quirks with the game – balance is okay, but playing with some champions, it can get downright awful. The lack of picking champions before matchmaking can lead to some queer team setups. The interface outside of the game can be a little dysfunctional at times, but overall, despite its downsides, its a fairly fun game to play with a group of friends. You can check out more by clicking on the image above.

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Revisiting the Past

Hello folks. This time I thought I’d share with you some videos I’ve made in the past. They’re nothing special, but I felt like I should dust them off and post them up on here, for those that didn’t get to see them.

Here is the first video I’ve made – uploaded in January 2007, pictures taken by yours truly. This was when I still had to visit my dad, and I was living in Pennsylvania.

This next video I made for an English class assignment in my Junior year of High School. Don’t ask what the assignment was about – I just though I’d make a neato video.

And last but not least – I made a video for my photography class in my senior year of high school depicting the events of a trip from Virginia to Pennsylvania.

Off Topic

I present to you  Bitch Slap: Batman & Robin Comic Generator

I stumbled across this interesting little comic generator just recently. It’s fun to mess around with, and it gets the point across.

Below comics generated by yours truly.

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Ancient Sorrow

Hello folks, and Welcome to another edition of “The Watchman’s Ease”

Please keep all thoughts of racism and prejudice deep inside yourself while riding on “Open Up Your Minds To Simple Concepts – Express.”

Africa.

Aids, violence, sex, drugs, black people, Chris Brown, corruption, rap music, teen pregnancy, P. Diddy, 50 Cent, KFC, and Kool-Aid.

There, I’ve gotten all the racism and prejudice out and in the open. Now, put it away. You won’t need it here, but please remember to take all your belongings with you when leaving this website.

Let’s continue.

I would like to talk about something that’s been in the back of my mind. What the hell is up with Africa? Anyone been there lately, talk to the locals, do some good ol’ fashioned American tourism? No? Why not? Because, it simply is a place where life expectancy isn’t too high. Well, why is that? Could it be because the governments in Africa aren’t very stable? I think we’re on to something, my dear Watson.

Why aren’t Governments in Africa stable?

Well, let us start from the beginning, or, well, very close to it. I’d put the date at around the 1600 or 1700s. Society in Africa isn’t as “civilized” as European cultures. Instead of Monarchies with fairly strong foundations and a working “Law & Order” process, we have tribes. Now, there is nothing wrong with tribes. Honestly, truly, I blame Europeans for totally messing up things for Africa. African culture never really got the chance to evolve like the cultures over in Japan or China. Sure, those places had outside influence, but their origins were not violent. I think you know what I’m talking about.

The Transatlantic Slave Trade

Tribal warfare is going on in Africa during this time. Lots of it. Traders would basically set up camp on Africa’s coast, and trade with African tribes. What was it the Africans had that the Traders would want? Why, more Africans, my dear Watson! Subdued Africans at that. Tribes would capture members of an enemy tribe and drag them off to the traders, selling them. This, in turn, possibly created a more violent atmosphere in Africa. Tribes would probably fight other tribes just to make a quick buck.. er.. or, well, gold piece? I don’t know… you get the idea.

After the Slave Trade died down, I imagine a lot of grudges were made between certain tribes, perpetuating endless tribal warfare.  Violence then becomes a constant in Southern Africa. Cultures never really get to evolve as they’ve already been influenced on Europe, and it’s a bad influence. Governments rise and fall like today’s stock market, and stability and prosperity is never truly secured.

This is but one of the reasons why Africa will never truly have a stable government formed by the people of Africa. That’s not to say there isn’t a friendly face to be found on the continent, there is… but chances are, they have aids, so don’t even touch em’ with a ten foot pole. Alright, I kid. There probably are a few countries in Africa that have some stability, but even those aren’t much to brag about. The continent is knee deep in corruption and poverty [See Blood Diamonds…]

So, how will the place ever change? Nukes! No, I guess that’d be too easy. [Again, with that sense of humor of mine] I’d have to say the only way Africa would get a stable government is if some outside source came in there and shook things up a bit. In a nice way. Like a stripper on a pole. [Hah] No, really. Something like with what the great US of A did in Iraq, but less “War on Terror” and more “Happy Kwanza.” First order of business would probably be rooting out “Warlords.” [See Darfur] Take a hold on illegal weapon trading and clean up governments of their corruption [See Dictators.] Then, help the remaining, stable governments form a pact [UPSA – United People of Southern Africa, Anyone? Plus, it looks like someone had a typo when talking about the UPS… and their color is brown, too! Coincidence? I think not.

Though I probably paint a horrible picture for the people who live in Africa, the continent really does have a rich, unique, culture. It really is a shame that outside civilizations had such an influence in the way the Africa has become. I really do hope to see a day where the people of Africa see stabilization within their society… but that is a bigger change than even Obama could bring about.