The head gnome in charge of PlayingWithMyWeiner.com, the only gaming site run by a chick with two, count 'em TWO weiners!
As far as particulars, I am a WoW player, with a 80 gnome rogue and 70 gnome tank on Lothar US.
I dig RPGs, both Japanese and Western. I'm excited by games with good writing. Visuals are great, but are less important to me than the overall experience. That's not to say that I'm a casual gamer, but rather that I'm a Dragon Quest-type gamer, not a Final Fantasy type (though I play and enjoy both series.)
Right now I'm playing WoW, Fallout 3, Little Big Planet, DQ IV, and whatever doesn't suck on my iPhone.
We interrupt your election results to bring you this breaking news from online retailer Amazon.com.
Do you hate buying a new shiny something and not be able to open it because the packaging seems like it was designed by sadist monkeys? Me too. Don't worry, Amazon is on the way.
Amazon has a large splash letter on their front page tonight touting their multi-year war on bad packaging, titled Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging. They are working with major manufacturers to reduce extraneous packaging, use more recyclable materials in packaging, and make products easier to open in general. As of today there are 19 products from Fisher-Price, Mattel, Microsoft and Transcend in Frustration-Free packaging, with more promised to be on the way soon.
I won't be impressed until they get those evil dog bone things off my games and DVDs, but kudos to Amazon for taking some steps in the right direction.
So we aren't getting Rock Bad: Beatles. Instead we're getting "an unprecedented, experiential progression through and celebration of the music and artistry of The Beatles", whatever that means. So what DOES that mean? If it is a play through of the history of the Band, that's great, but that would be the same basic idea that Guitar Hero used with Aerosmith. I can't imagine that we'll be allowed to play with or change the Beatles' music in any way, and how many more "lost" tunes can they have in the vault? I'm looking forward to this one, almost a year away, but I'd love to hear what folks think it will be.
(Trying in Firefox today after DANMARTIGAN's helpful comment to my post yesterday. To you, DANMARTIGAN, the sound of . . . a crescendo!)
According to Jack Thompson, at least. In his last death throws before disbarment, Thompson filed a motion in
his lawsuit against the Florida Bar in which he referred to GamesLaw.net as a "video game enem[y]" doing
"criminal activities." I am a Contributing Writer and attorney at GamesLaw.net.
Did you pre-order the Amazon exclusive Fallout 3 Survival Edition? I did, back in September. Did you receive it
today, on release day? I didn't, and neither did hundreds of other people.
According to the Fallout 3 user forums, Amazon vastly underestimated the amount of Survival Edition's they'd
need, and took too many pre-orders. As a result, some people had their orders cancelled today, along with a
$20 "don't hate us!" gift certificate from Amazon. Who had their orders cancelled? Not the late-orderers; folks
who pre-ordered the Survival Edition as late as last week received the game today, while some of the earliest
pre-orderers were left in the lurch.
But wait, there's more. Of those who were lucky enough to actually *get* the Survival Edition, most did not
receive it today, on the day of release. People who pre-ordered in the last two weeks were given Amazon's new
option of "guaranteed day of release", but everyone who ordered the game before that and paid extra for one-
day shipping (that would be me) will not receive their order until tomorrow at the earliest.
Way to go, Amazon. I will think long and hard before I take you up on one of your "Special Offers" again.