Daily Archives: February 12, 2010

The Wheel Weaves as… Wait, What?

Oh look, news!

Red Eagle Games… or Red Eagle Entertainment… or whoever it was who announced that they had acquired the rights to make games based on the late Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series of books has… announced something!

I suppose I should be excited after having read the books so far… well, except for the new one.  But I need more that this tidbit of information to get worked up.

Not that it is bad news.

It seems that Obsidian Entertainment has signed up to help develop Wheel of Time based games.

That would be good news, in fact.  You might remember Obsidian Entertainment from such titles as  Knights of the Old Republic II and NeverWinter Nights 2, both of which draw on intellectual property developed elsewhere, along with their upcoming Fallout: New Vegas.

So they at least bring something to the table, experience with external IPs and a release or three under their belt, which contrasts them nicely with the aforementioned Red Eagle Games, about which there seems to be little written.

No news on whether Obsidian’s involvement will be an MMORPG or not, nor anything about the platform on which they might focus.  They mentioned the PC, the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 in the press release, so I guess the Wii is out.

All of which begs the question as to whether or not somebody SHOULD make a MMORPG based on the Wheel of Time series, though if they do I look forward to a variety of  braid tugging and skirt smoothing emotes along with an “agelessness” slider in the character creation tool.

What else would a Wheel of Time MMORPG need?

Tobold Does Not Endorse This Energy Drink!

Because it seems that putting Tobold in your posts titles has a magic similar to mentioning Kibo in a Usenet post back in the late 80s/early 90s.


A friend, and former co-worked of mine, is part some sort of contest that somehow involves getting people to look at a video he made and put up on YouTube.  The more views the better.  He sent out an email to the few of us who still remain at the tiny, thrice acquired, stump of our old company to ask us to get out the word.

So, here is the video.

The video features his dog Oliver (who is a rough coated Jack Russell Terrier), some guy I do not know (probably a relative), and an energy drink called Xe, which purports to be healthy, containing a “Proprietary blend of Superfruits” plus chocolate of some sort.  There is a joke in there somewhere I am sure.

I’d never heard of Xe before today.

Not that I pay much attention to energy drinks, but I could probably identify two or three brands aside from Red Bull if a gun were held to my head.  There is one named after a game studio, right?

And Xe isn’t even on the list of energy drinks over at Wikipedia. (Though I see from the list there is one called Beaver Buzz.  Hah!  There is definitely a ready supply of jokes there!)

I did point out to my friend that there is no legally available energy drink (or any other substance) that could possibly give a person as much energy as Oliver has, which explains the disclaimer “actual terrier may vary.”

I was assured that Oliver did not, at any time, have access to the actual energy drink, lest he re-enact the Hammy the Squirrel scene from the end of  Over the Hedge.

He’s a very nice dog who only bites people who truly deserve it and lets you know if he suspects something might be living in your walls by tearing through the sheet rock just to check.  Good dog!