Software

Launchpad

Well I was extremely bored today so I decided to reinstall some of my programming stuff. Decided to make a program that I can use to launch various programs. Mainly because my tribes config requires me to first run hudbot.exe before launching tribes and I wanted to be able to load both with the click of one button. Anyways, I ended up adding a few more programs to it, helps keep my desktop free of a lot of icons.

This is the very first version of it (I worked on it a whole 10 minutes). Eventually I will add icons and other graphics to make it much “sexier”.

Games

Best $50 spent

After giving it much thought, Starsiege: Tribes is definitely the best $50 I have ever spent on a game. Its six years old and I am still playing it. I got $50 worth of entertainment out of that one.

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Games

Games to look forward to

Here are the games that I am currently the most interested in:

Timeshift – TimeShift is a futuristic, sci-fi shooter from Atari and developer Saber Interactive.
Prey – Prey is a first-person shooter in which players take on the role of a character who must fight against multiple alien races
Gears of War – Gears of War is a tactical sci-fi shooter from Epic Games
Too Human – Too Human is a sci-fi action adventure from developer, Silicon Knights.
Mass Effect – BioWare is working on a new sci-fi action RPG exclusive to the Xbox 360.
WarDevil – WarDevil lets you play as a beast on a quest find truth in a barren and futuristic world.
Splinter Cell 4 – The Splinter Cell stealth action series returns for a fourth go-around in Splinter Cell 4.
Alan Wake – Alan Wake is a psychological thriller set in the American Northwest.
Metronome – Metronome is a third-person adventure game set in a large, industrial city where you must use sound to solve various puzzles.
Return to Castle Wolfenstein – id software is executive producing a next gen Wolfenstein game.
Max Payne 3 – The gritty and action-packed Max Payne series returns for a third iteration.
Resident Evil 5 – Capcom continues the Resident Evil franchise on the next generation platforms.

And yes, its just by chance that they are all xbox 360 titles.

Games

360 Backwards Compatibility Updated

Most people assumed it would be weeks or months (if ever) before Microsoft would start updating its backward compatibility list for Xbox 360 again, especially after corporate VP of worldwide marketing and publishing Peter Moore told 1UP the “emulation ninjas” were taking a break. On the Xbox team, taking a break must mean adding support for the entire lineup of Tom Clancy videogames to Xbox 360. The following games now have patches available via Xbox Live for your high-definition backwards compatibility enjoyment:

  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon 2
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon 2 Summit Strike
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3 Black Arrow
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow
Games

Visiting Old Games

Well now that I have gotten all my new games out of the way (Quake 4, Fear, Call of Duty 2) I am going to go back and play one of my favorite pc games. No, its not System Shock 2, thats a good guess though. I am actually talking about Freelancer. Its hard to describe the game, but I feel its one of the best space game ever created. I guess the easiest way to describe it is to say its a sort of Grand Theft Auto in space, but thats not exactly true. Here are some quotes from a review of the game:

Think of Freelancer as Privateer 3, with hints of Diablo and Morrowind. You take on combat-intensive missions for money, buy and sell commodities for extra profit, and use the money to buy better ships and equipment. Freelancer tracks who you attack and who you help, which determines your reputation among the 50 different factions. Your reputation dictates who helps you, where you can land, and who tries to kill you.

Freelancer is rife with little details that flesh out the “living universe.” Pilots here are the most talkative bunch in any space sim; they’re constantly yammering about who they’re fighting, what they’re shipping, or why they need help. While you can’t hear anyone scream, you can certainly hear everyone chatter. Luxury food and alien organisms are perishable cargo, and decay much faster if you foolishly travel through a radioactive nebula. A derelict ship hauling cargo from a military research station might carry experimental weapons not sold in normal retail outlets. In multiplayer, I saw fellow editors use different docking bays in the same station when we all landed simultaneously.

Exploration is encouraged, and is perhaps the most exciting aspect of the game. Playing the story, I went through 30 (out of 48) systems in a little more than 25 hours, with my pilot hitting Level 18 out of 40. I only flew a handful of ships, and some ships I’ve never seen before were on sale at certain dealers. One time, I found myself in a heavily trafficked system through which all the shipping companies ferry, and I decided to become a pirate and raid all the freighters there (free tip: It’s the Galileo system in between Libertania and Kusari space).

Not only is the universe great and fun to explore but the story is great as well. You wont believe all the things that will happen, all the places you will go and all the things you will see and do. Its probably one of the best single player games I have played in years.

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