Backlog Challenge: Far Cry

I’ve always heard good things about the Far Cry series. Without a decent gaming rig, I just never got around…

I’ve always heard good things about the Far Cry series. Without a decent gaming rig, I just never got around to playing them. A Steam sale a couple of months ago convinced me to pick up Far Cry and Far Cry 2, and after playing through a couple of adventure games I decided a change of pace was in order.

At the time Far Cry released it was considered by many to be the best first person shooter in existence. A combination of responsive AI, open-ended missions, and incredible graphics put it a head and shoulders above the competition. Of course, this was back in 2004. A lot’s changed since then.

My week with FitBit

In my never-ending quest to get fit, I’ve tried just about everything. The fact of the matter is that I’m…

In my never-ending quest to get fit, I’ve tried just about everything. The fact of the matter is that I’m just not terribly motivated. Working out with Kinect is nice since it turns it into more of a game, but there’s nothing there to really push me. Jogging is just about my worst nightmare (and my knees’ as well). Organized sports in the city are a pain to get to, or at least more of a pain than I am willing to cope with. After ruling out all of these logical activities, I turned to the next best thing: buying expensive trinkets on the internet!

Fitbit is, at its heart, a pedometer. But it is one hell of a pedometer! It also does a lot of other nifty stuff, such as track your sleep, and it provides a website to look at all your data in a pretty format. You can even track what you’ve been eating and whether you’ve been working out in other ways. So, is it worth it? Now that I’ve been using it for a week, let’s take a look.

How to create an Xbox Live account

This is a super long post, so I’m going to break it down for you. Here are the sections: Why…

This is a super long post, so I’m going to break it down for you. Here are the sections:

  • Why you should get Xbox Live
  • How to sign up for an Xbox Live account on your Xbox
  • How to add prepaid cards to your account and how you can change your Gamertag
  • What to do now that you have an Xbox Live account

Enjoy!

The problem with Your Shape: Fitness Evolved

For some reason, now that Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 is out I’ve finally started playing the original on a…

For some reason, now that Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 is out I’ve finally started playing the original on a regular basis. All in all it’s a great way to work out. The main problem I’m having is that for some reason the game decided I should be on the “Advanced” cardio track even after I retook the quiz and failed on purpose and I can’t figure out any way to change that. I’m lucky enough to have a lot of floor space in my living room and the Kinect tracks pretty well on most of the exercises. There are a couple of issues though, which I’ve decided to chronicle in terrible thrown-together-in-MS-Paint comic form:

The Best Free Android Apps

He’s a comforting little fellow, isn’t he? Remember when phones were just to make calls (oh god, do some of…

He’s a comforting little fellow, isn’t he?

Remember when phones were just to make calls (oh god, do some of you not? I’m getting old…)? No longer! Now that I’ve had my Droid X2 for a while, it’s time to share some of the wisdom I’ve gathered over a couple months of use. My basic stipulations for apps are that they are either free or provide a service that I can’t get anywhere else. So far I haven’t bought a single app (although I have some media subscriptions that come with an app). Pretty good service record! There are a lot of Apps out there, and a lot of those apps are great for something or other, so I’m going to stick to the ones that I find myself using on a daily basis.

Indie Games: Humble Indie Bundle 3 Review

Updated 8/7/11 – You still have over TWO AND A HALF days to purchase the bundle, and to sweeten the…

Updated 8/7/11 – You still have over TWO AND A HALF days to purchase the bundle, and to sweeten the deal Humble Bundle, Inc has added Steel Storm and Atom Zombie Smasher, as well as access to Humble Bundle #2 if you pay over the average price. Reviews of the two new games below.


Sorry world, I was trying to put this out last night, but I got caught up looking at pictures on reddit. Happens every time…

Available on: PC/Mac/Linux, Price: Pay what you want!, Available until: 8/9/2011 at 6pm CST
 

The recent rise in indie games has been a welcome advance in the gaming world. With a growing community of online supporters, many developers have decided to break free from the shackles of rushed development cycles and the boring cookie-cutter concepts of major publishers and strike out on their own, either by themselves or with small teams. These small teams don’t generally have the answer to anyone, and the result is awesome, innovative indie games for the rest of us! Indie publishers have been especially active lately, producing excellent, critically acclaimed games like Braid, Super Meat Boy (not for the easily cowed gamer), World of Goo, and Minecraft.

And every once in a while, Humble Bundle, Inc wraps a few of them up into a juicy, delicious Humble Indie Bundle – a pay-what-you-want pack of indie games! When purchasing, you pick your price and then decide how you want to split it up between the developers, Humble Bundle, Inc, and two charities – the EFF, which seeks to protect our online freedoms, and Child’s Play, a Penny Arcade-sponsored group that donates toys and games to children in hospitals. Seriously, even if you have no interest in the games, this is worth it just to give a little money to these great charities. But you should be interested in the games! I’m going to give a brief review of each to tell you a little about it, and I’ll link to a longer review by a 3rd party at the end if you want more info.

Waste Your Weekend: Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2 (XBLA)

System: Xbox Live Arcade (Xbox 360), Players: 1-4 (local), ESRB: Everyone, Current price: 800 MSP The first Geometry Wars: Retro…

System: Xbox Live Arcade (Xbox 360), Players: 1-4 (local), ESRB: Everyone, Current price: 800 MSP

The first Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved was at one point the most downloaded game on Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA). It featured a tight, dual-stick control scheme where you moved with the left joystick and shot with the right, trying to take down ever-increasing waves of enemies. The sequel expands dramatically on this formula, keeping the simple dual-stick shooter mechanics while adding five new game modes and local multiplayer.

How to update your facebook from the moon (and other crazy places)

A hilarious new Facebook hack has been discovered by reddit that makes it so you can update you Facebook “from”…

A hilarious new Facebook hack has been discovered by reddit that makes it so you can update you Facebook “from” almost anywhere. And it’s easy! Simply copy and paste the following URL into your browser:

http://www.facebook.com/connect/prompt_feed.php?preview=true&api_key=123456789

and then replace the “123456789” with the api_key of your choice from the list below. For example, if you wanted to post from your Banana Phone you would replace it with “1477a4cd29ec724a3de19be5d26e0389”. So your link would be:

http://www.facebook.com/connect/prompt_feed.php?preview=true&api_key=1477a4cd29ec724a3de19be5d26e0389

Easy, right? And there’s more!