Daily Archives: December 3, 2010

Another iPad Arcade Tease

Remember that April Fool’s Joke over at ThinkGeek?  The iCade?

This is just a dream...

Well, that immediately came to mind when I was looking at the Brookstone catalog last night and saw they had a Pinball Magic stand for the iPad.

Not quite the iCade, but a start

Not quite the killer app for the iPad, but interesting enough that I went to go look at their site online to see if there were any more details about it.

There were not any further details.  There were no details at all.

They had a tiny version for the iPhone and iPod Touch, but no iPad version.

Tiny iPhone pinball

So I started to dig around to see if anybody else had only to find… nothing.

Nothing but an article over at CNet wondering what became of the Pinball Magic stand for the iPad.  So the iCade seemed to be a pretty apt comparison, only it isn’t April.

I guess the big available retro option for the iPad is the Etch-a-sketch case.

Somebody go pester the guys at ThinkGeek about that iCade.

Talking Cats Play Pattycake

It is Friday and that guy who did the Werner Herzog videos on YouTube hasn’t done anything in ages.

So, instead, here are cats playing Pattycake courtesy of my wife.  Pattycake is a game of sorts, right?

Oh, and the cats, they talk.  But you kind of have to talk to play Pattycake.

Our cats don’t have the patience for this sort of thing, though one of our cats will play fetch if he is in the mood.

And it is my sister’s birthday, though she doesn’t like cats all that much.  But she lives pretty close to SOE HQ.

So she has that going for her.

Happy Birthday.

I Can Get You In The Cataclysm Beta, I Swear!

Already amusing today, now that the beta is closed and Cataclysm is just a couple days out, this sort of phishing attempt is going to transition to comedy gold on December 8th.

Subject: world of warcraft: Cataclysm Beta Test Invitation!

Get those opt-ins ready for the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm closed beta! The sundering of Azeroth is nigh, and you don’t want to be left out in  the cold of Northrend when you could be enjoying the sun-drenched beaches on the goblin isle of Kezan. To ensure you’re opted-in and eligible as a  potential candidate, you’ll need a World of Warcraft license attached to your Battle.net account, have your current system specifications uploaded  to the Battle.net Beta Profile Settings page, and have expressed interest through the franchise-specific check boxes.

Get the Installer – Log in to your Battle.net account:[bogus URL]

** IMPORTANT ** To avoid graphical bugs and other technical issues, please ensure your video card drivers are up-to-date.

Enjoy the game!

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Remember to make sure your video card drivers are up to date.

Amazon.com Gold Box Win for Me

I mentioned yesterday that Amazon.com was having an all gaming related Gold Box event.  I was interested to see what they would put up as specials over the course of the day and if there would be anything I really wanted.

Well, there were some interesting items, and some less than interesting.  Amazon.com had one main item up on special all day, Just Dance 2 for the Wii, then a series of hour long specials throughout the day which ran until either time ran out or they ran out of stock.

Items that ran the full hour

  • Plants vs. Zombies for the XBox 360 (71% of stock claimed)
  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit for PS3, XBox 360, or PC (49% of stock claimed)
  • Disney Sing It! (with microphone) for Wii (41% of stock claimed)
  • Turtle Beach Ear Force X11 for XBox 360 or PC (47% of stock claimed)

Items that sold out

  • Wii Party (all stock gone in 20 minutes)
  • Nintendo DSi XL in Midnight Blue ($30 off list, was sold out when I check 2 minutes into the sale)
  • DSi XL Accessory Kit
  • PS3 160GB w/ Ratchet & Clank and SingStar Dance Party +$50 credit ($299)

Of course, they do not tell you how many items were in stock.  There might have been 10,000 copies of Need for Speed and only a dozen DSi XLs available.

But all that matters in the end is that there was exactly one item on my Amazon.com wish list that was part of the sale.


And I checked in just in time to get them.

I have, for the last couple of years, traded between my excellent Plantronics model 510 USB headphones, which hurt my admittedly large ears after a couple of hours, for instance night and a pair of big Aiwa HP AK-100 cans, off the ear, open air, very comfy headphones, for all occasions that did not require me to speak. (I’ve had them for a decade and have never found another pair nor any other headphones that combine comfort a decent sound so well.)

But when I saw these Turtle Beach X11 gaming headphones at Best Buy a few weeks back, I thought they had potential.  They had a pair you could try on, and they seemed to be quite cozy.  The demo showed they had decent sound, though who knows how that will translate when they are hooked up to my PC.  And we’ll have to see how well the microphone works.

So the Gold Box deals got me at least one item I was looking for at a discount.

Burger King Now Seeks Spam King Title?

I’m sure that nobody at Burger King is behind this, but I am going to guess that they somehow created conditions that incentivized (English, any noun can become a verb at need) this with some sort of coupon kick-back, judging from the full URL.

Would you like fries with that?

I had five pages of Burger King spam comments in the spam folder when I got home today.  And they are still coming in.

Anybody else been getting special messages about Burger King?

Addendum:

It appears that it is just one bozo with access to a spam bot and a pathetic site he wants to promote to generate ad revenue or to make the domain desirable for resale.

A couple hundred McDonald's spams to go with Burger King

I expect that Wendy’s will be the next topic.

Fortunately they all get caught in the spam folder and one button flushes the lot.