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Trioptical avatar 7:26 PM on 02.23.2013
Busy March

Did you know that there are now 11 PlayStation 4 related things you can sign up to preorder now on Amazon? Only Watch_Dogs has an estimated price. Man, $99.99. they're probably wrong about that one.

I just realized it's going to be an extremely busy March for me. Vaccinations for my daughter begin next week, meaning that she may or may not get sick for a few days, so she's going to need constant monitoring and comfort.

Then from a gaming stand point, SimCity releases on March 5th. Perhaps my most anticipated game at the moment, SimCity's made great improvements in representing the condition of the different active systems in the city. Things like water, power, sewage, education, pollution, etc. are no longer just graphs and spreadsheets. Everything is overlaid directly over the city in several different graphical data layers. It makes the game so much more playable, and I can't wait to see all the kinds of cities I'll be able to build without the beta's time limit.

The week after that, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and God of War: Ascension come out on the 12th. Surprisingly, I'm mostly interested in StarCraft for the story, and God of War: Ascension for its multiplayer. That's weird, isn't it?

Then, if all goes according to plan, I'll be receiving the Ouya in March as well. It's crazy that a new console is right around the corner. The stuff people have made for system already are hopefully worth checking out, but most interesting to me is what Ouya's staff plan to do as far a curating the content that appears on the platform. Some of the stuff I've heard at least seems like they're thinking hard about how to avoid the mess that is the Google Play Store or the Apple AppStore.

The other exciting part about Ouya is that every console is a development kit as well, so the dream of making and releasing my own console game lives on.

Of course, while it seems like March is all about games, it's not really like I can separate playing and life quite as easily anymore. Like I said, busy March.

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