Items from the Mailbag – End of the Year, I Almost Forgot Edition December 30, 2011Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, Mail Bag.
December is almost gone and I have items in my mailbag I forgot to mention! So without further ado, I give you:
- Space exploration with planet colonization and ship to ship combat.
- Play in a galaxy that can expand to over five million stars.
- Work independently or as a member of a team.
- Learn the game without being preyed upon by other players.
- Compete on a level playing field. Everyone has an opportunity to win including free players.
- Levels of play allow for casual or hardcore players.
- Every campaign is unique as the players actions decide the game outcome.
But, like MegaWars III, it needs players to gel and become a community to be a worthwhile game to play.
There was the obligatory note from Trion Worlds telling me that they may have been hacked and asking me to come change the password to my account. Their solution to the hacking apparently involves making sure that everybody’s password was longer, and contained a capital letter, a number, and a special character.
Somehow I doubt the strength of individual account passwords was what got them hacked, though if it was, they have bigger problems than I care to imagine.
Mike from the Tactical Carnage Gaming Community sent me an invite to become a “combat liaison” at his site, or to at least move my blog there, since he could offer me free hosting and I would get more exposure.
He did not explain what a combat liaison was, the site only listed StarCraft II and Counter-Strike as related games (that has been updated since), and judging from the ticker on the front page, he get fewer views in a week as I get in a day (and I do not get that many views in the grand scheme of things) so the “more exposure” seemed a bit dubious. Plus I am never keen to put my content into the hands of some random stranger or change my URL, probably the most valuable asset on the blog.
Still, he was persistent, following up the next day wanting a response already, so I outlined the above and asked if he had ever, you know, actually read my blog, since it did not seem to fit in at all with his site. I signed my response “Wilhelm SynCaine de Cayeux” to see if that would cause any confusion, but there was no follow up. Ah well.
I am just not sure I want to play with their story development tool so much as I want to see what really smart people can do with it. Still, it might give me the opportunity to recreate my most reknown MUD mob ever, the one named “My Ex-Girlfriend,” an NPC that would follow me around and complain loudly about all my faults and shortcomings.
Not technically a mailbag item, but as I was finishing up my Looking Back at 2011 post, I got a call on my cell phone (eh?) from an evangelist at Microsoft wanting to get me interested in developing games for the Windows Phone platform. There were all sorts of incentives and Windows/XBox Live tie-ins and he was very excited about the whole thing. He seemed a little sad when I had to tell him I did not develop games nor did I have any tangible experience on mobile platforms, Microsoft or otherwise.
I can only imagine that he got my phone number from a resume I submitted to Microsoft for a position with the TellMe group, which actually does things I have years and years of experience with, like VXML, speech recognition, and speech app tools, design, and implementation, all of which was pretty clear on my resume. But I guess he just saw “phone stuff” and gave it a shot.
In hindsight, I should have pointed him at Lord British.
Angry Boys with Lettuce and Tomato
Raimy of BLT & Associates (their URL is BLTomato.com, so yes, that sort of BLT) wanted to tell me that HBO was making a Facebook game related to their show Angry Boys and that I should watch their Facebook page right here.
I don’t actually get HBO, I had never actually heard of Angry Boys until that email, and I am really about done with Facebook games. But, you know, if you are into any of that, there it is.
See what a sandwich based URL will get you?
My Phone is Developmentally Disabled
I keep getting messages asking me to download, try out, or review various iPhone and Android apps. There were literally a dozen in my December list. The problem is that I do not have an iOS or Android device. I have an el-cheapo LG phone that is mostly a phone with some texting capabilities and a Bejeweled knock-off game that came with it. So, no, I will not be trying out your phone app.
And that is it. Now it is time to go play Laser Tag, which was my daughter’s choice for a birthday activity with her friends. Go figure.